Capital goods sector toplines under stress on cash flow woes
While the move dented the topline of the state-owned equipment firm during the quarter ended September 30, executives from the company say this sort of action is warranted to secure the long-term interests of the company. “The step has worked with some customers, who have quickly organised their finances to make payments to us,” a BHEL executive said. With power project developers struggling with cash flow problems and the sustained slowdown in investments dampening demand from industrial business segments such as cement, paper and metallurgical industries, players in the capital goods sector — considered a proxy for investment sentiment — are less than upbeat about the prospects in the coming quarters.
“In general, order finalisations have slowed down. Cash flow problems have badly hit power sector customers. In the industrial sector like mechanical and electrical products that include motors, transformers, compressors and valves, which typically has shorter cycle time, orders have come down as new capacities are simply not getting added due to the slowdown in the industry.” BHEL’s ‘other income’ component too has fallen sharply during the September quarter, with advances coming in at the time of new order bookings drying up.
Private sector engineering major Larsen & Toubro
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