Bajaj Auto Ltd today reported a 10.48 per cent increase in its standalone net profit for the third quarter ended December 31, 2013 at Rs 904.55 crore, the highest ever in any quarter, on the back of good export performance.
Bajaj Auto Ltd's standalone profit stood at Rs 818.74 crore during the corresponding period a year ago.
However, total income of Bajaj Auto declined to Rs 5,131.24 crore in the quarter under consideration from Rs 5,412.71 crore for the same period a year ago, it added.
Unit volume sales were down by 11.8 per cent during the third quarter this fiscal to 9,93,690 units as against 11,27,741 units in the year-ago period.
Commenting on the decline, Bajaj Auto said: "Sales during festive period, though reasonable, were not robust. Subsequently, in November and December, industry sales continued to remain sluggish".
In addition to that, the quarter witnessed a marked increase in input cost of steel, aluminum and other imported components.
"In this environment, Bajaj Auto has declared an industry high EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation) margin of 21.1 per cent in Q3/FY 2014 as against 19.8 per cent in Q3/FY 2013 and its the highest ever quarterly profit," the company said.
Export revenue during the quarter stood at Rs 2,123 crore as against Rs 1,719 crore in the same period last fiscal, up 23.5 per cent.
Shares of Bajaj Auto were trading at Rs 1907.35 per scrip at BSE during the afternoon trade, up 0.63 per cent from their previous close.
Bajaj Auto Q3 net profit up 10.5 pct, beats analyst estimates
(Reuters) Motorcycle maker Bajaj Auto reported a better-than-expected 10.5 per cent increase in quarterly net profit, helped by a foreign exchange gains and as higher revenues from exports helped offset weak demand for its vehicles.
Bajaj Auto, for whom exports contribute more than a third of sales, said net profit for the October-December quarter was 9.05 billion rupees, compared with 8.19 billion rupees a year ago.
The company also benefited from a foreign exchange contract related gain of nearly 1 billion rupees during the quarter.
The average estimate of 15 analysts was for a profit of 8.82 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Bajaj Auto export revenue rose 23 per cent in the quarter from a year earlier, the company said on Thursday, although total sales in volume terms fell nearly 12 per cent.
Its operating margin - said to be the best in the industry - was 21.1 per cent in the quarter, wider than 19.8 percent reported a year ago.
Shares of the company, which is India's biggest exporter of two-wheeler vehicles and three-wheelers such as tuk tuks, were trading up 0.8 per cent at Rs 1,908 in afternoon trade at the Bombay Stock Exchange.