Bajaj Electricals Ltd Wednesday reported over twofold jump in its standalone net profit to Rs 28.54 crore for the March 2019 quarter helped by improvement in margins in the consumer durable segment.
The company had reported a net profit of Rs 7.31 crore in the January-March quarter a year ago due to a tax demand of Rs 11.58 crore, Bajaj Electricals said in a BSE filing. Its total income during the period rose 10.37 per cent to Rs 1,772.94 crore, against Rs 1,606.27 crore in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.
Bajaj Electricals total expenses stood at Rs 1,755.35 crore as against Rs 1,495.61 crore, up 17.36 per cent.
Bajaj Electricals Chairman and Managing Director Shekhar Bajaj said the consumer products segment continued to reap the benefits of the Range and Reach Expansion Programme (RREP), registering a good growth with improvement in margins.
"Operating profit has grown by 22.3 per cent to Rs 45.95 crore from Rs 37.63 crore, with improvement in operating margins from 5.8 per cent to 6.2 per cent. The segment is expected to continue its good performance in the future years as well," he said.
Its revenue from consumer products during the quarter was Rs 741.03 crore, up 14.95 per cent as against Rs 644.64 crore.
EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) increased 7.31 per cent to Rs 1,031.84 crore, compared with Rs 961.48 crore a year ago.
For the entire 2018-19, Bajaj Electricals' net profit was almost up twofold to Rs 167.07 crore as against Rs 83.62 crore over the previous year. Its total sales were at Rs 6,673.14 crore in 2018-19, up 41.48 per cent as against Rs 4,716.39 crore in the previous year.
Meanwhile, in a separate filing, Bajaj Electricals told the BSE that its board in a meeting on Wednesday appointed Rajiv Bajaj as an additional director with immediate effect from May 22.
Its board also recommended a dividend of Rs 3.50 per share of a face value of Rs 2 each for the financial year ended March 31.
Shares of Bajaj Electricals Ltd on Wednesday fell by Rs 11.60, or 2.07 per cent, to close at Rs 550 apiece on the BSE.