Among the industries (79) studied, only 16 showed negative growth in their total income during 2009-10. Mention may be made of aluminium and aluminium products (-8.35%), electronics consumer (-6.75%), fertilisers (-24.21%), oil & gas (-1.3%), real estate (-12.82%), shipping (-4.86%), steel large (-17.52%), sugar (-4.67%) and transport airlines/travel agencies (-3.01%).
All the other 63 broad industry categories under which the FE 500 had been clubbed had positive growth to show. As always, aggregates tend to conceal some real good or bad performances. Thus, even though auto ancillaries showed good income growth of 23.34%, Rane Holdings grew at the higher rate of 42.84%. The group average was also weighed up by the 25.14% income. The net profit of Subros, one of the biggest auto ancillaries companies, increased by 58.80% during 2009-10.
Similarly, engineering industry saw 15.02% per cent income growth. But at least three engineering companies namely Engineers (I), Tecpro Systems, and McNally Bharat Engg. reported more than 23% increases. The net profit of the engineering group of companies increased by 36.44% to Rs 6,668 crore during 2009-10.
Among the industries studied, the best performers of the year were construction, automobiles-LCVs/ HCVs/passenger cars, cement, entertainment/electronic media software, computer-software-mega, pharmaceutical bulk drugs and formulations and tyres.
Given below is a brief synops is of the major gainers and losers of 2009-10.
Construction: The industry showed excellent results with positive growth rates in all financial indicators. While total income increased by around 19.06%, net profit went up by 91.46%. And the retained profit of the group increased by 112.34%to Rs 3,343 crore during 2009-10. And the debt-equity ratio increased from 2.08 during 2008-09 to 2.34 during 2009-10. Jaiprakash Associates, Lanco Infratech, Nagarjuna Construction Co. and Era Infra Engineering were among the best performers.
Due to the global financial crises, the fiscal year 2009-10 began as a difficult one. Core industries and infrastructure services, led by the robust growth monentum of telecom services and spread across