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Larsen & Toubro beats expectations, doubles quarterly profit growth

Jul 29 2014, 08:29 IST
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Larsen & Toubro posted a consolidated turnover of Rs 18,975 crore for the June quarter, 10% higher than a year earlier. Larsen & Toubro posted a consolidated turnover of Rs 18,975 crore for the June quarter, 10% higher than a year earlier.
SummaryLarsen & Toubro posted a consolidated turnover of Rs 18,975 crore for the June quarter, 10% higher than a year earlier.

Engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) doubled its net profit year-on-year for the quarter ended June 30 to R 967 crore, helped by new orders and gains from the sale of stakes it held in companies like L&T Finance Holdings and City Union Bank.

The company posted a consolidated turnover of R18,975 crore for the June quarter, 10% higher than a year earlier.

L&Tís June quarter results surpassed Street expectations. A Bloomberg poll of L&Tís earnings estimates put out by analysts tracking the company had pegged its net profit to come in at R800 crore and revenues at R11,587 crore.

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L&Tís financial performance in the April-June period was aided by an exceptional gain of R249 crore. This was on account of L&T selling an 8% stake in its financial subsidiary L&T Finance Holdings during the quarter to comply with rules laid down by the Securities and Exchange Board of India that mandates the maximum level of promotersí holding in a listed company at 75%. The conglomerate also sold its entire holding of 4.55% in City Union Bank, held through L&T Finance Holdings, during this period. L&Tís June quarter earnings also take into account profit from the sale of its stake in Dhamra Port, which it sold ó along with Tata Steel ó to Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone in May.

A quarter of L&Tís total consolidated turnover came from jobs executed overseas. However, this contribution declined 16% y-o-y because much of the pick-up in international orders has started in the last few months and L&T is hopeful that should reflect in sales over the next few quarters.

The companyís total expenses surged 8.4% y-o-y to Rs 17,267 crore. This was primarily on account of a 12% increase in staff cost, which was due to additional hiring of 6,000 people at the group level. L&Tís performance could have looked even better but for a 45% surge in depreciation charges in the June quarter over the previous year, on account of changed guidelines to calculate depreciation in line with the new Companies Act.

L&Tís operating profit was up 34% over the same period a year ago at Rs 2,515 crore and operating margins improved 240 basis points to 13.3% during the quarter.

The companyís consolidated order inflows during the quarter rose 11% y-o-y to Rs 33,408 crore, while its total order book stood at

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