JK Tyre Q3 net profit at Rs 21 cr; to invest Rs 240 cr in 15 months
The company, which had posted a net loss of Rs 21.31 crore in the year-ago period, also said it will be investing around Rs 240 crore in expanding trye production capacity at its domestic plants and Mexico in the next 15 months.
The standalone total income during the third quarter of this fiscal went down by 7.35 per cent to Rs 1,281.49 crore from Rs 1,383.19 crore in the year-ago period, the company said.
Commenting on the results, JK Tyre & Industries Vice Chairman and MD Raghupati Singhania said: "It was indeed a challenging quarter for the auto industry with depressed demand, particularly by the OEMs, which impacted demand for tyres".
The company's better profitability was due to deeper penetration in the market place, particularly in truck and bus radials, despite the overall slowdown, he added.
"The stable raw material prices during the quarter helped in containing costs. Additional radial tyre capacities recently created, both for truck/bus as well as passenger tyres will further cement JK Tyre's radial leadership position," Singhania said.
Commenting on the company's expansion plans, JK Tyre & Industries President and Director Arun Bajoria said: "The board today approved an investment of Rs 160 crore for expanding our overall domestic tyre production capacity across different segments".
The investments, to be carried out over the next 15 months, will see the
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