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Escorts Q2 Profit declared - 16.2 Cr

Escorts Limited today reported a profit of 16.2 crore in the quarter ending September 30, 2015 as against a loss of 7.9 crore in the corresponding quarter in the previous fiscal. The net profit for the half year ending September 2015 was up by 100 per cent at 52.5 crore as against 26.3 crore in the corresponding period last year.

The company recorded tractor sales of 11,438 units for current quarter. For the first half of the year, tractor sales stood at 26,313 units. However, tractor volumes were sequentially down by 23.1% against the previous quarter due to the cyclical nature of the industry, uneven monsoons and the impact of low crop prices. Sales of construction equipment went up by 20.5% at 612 units as against 508 units in the preceding quarter.

Speaking on the results, Chairman Mr. Rajan Nanda said, “The tractor industry has been adversely impacted by the poor and uneven monsoon. The impact of poor monsoons has been accentuated by the cyclical nature of the industry. There is farm distress that is getting reflected in the overall industry recording steep drop in tractor sales though there are indications that the second half will show better results. At a macro level, the farm economy would do well with more government engagement in areas such as a strong and effective crop insurance regime, easing of loans for seeds and inputs. The market is still to echo the good effects of grand plans in infrastructure. The ambitions in railways, however, has started to percolate to the manufacturers, albeit very feebly. For increased industrial confidence, sustained growth across sectors would be a welcome boost.”

- Half yearly profit up 100% over previous year
- Domestic Tractor market share up at 10.6%
- Railway Products revenue up at 53.5 crore. Current order book of 65 crores
- Quarterly revenue from Construction Equipment up at 124.5 crore on the back of 20.5% sequential growth
- Escorts Auto Products recorded an increase in revenue for the half year from 49.7 crore in the previous fiscal to 53.2 crore in this year.

According to Mr. Nikhil Nanda, Managing Director, Escorts Ltd, “The adverse market situation due to poor monsoons and sluggish infrastructure investment has impacted the entire industry. The focus continues to be maintaining profitability through growth and cost management. In a tough market with dropping volumes, we have increased our market share in tractors which is a small but significant win. The 20% increase in construction equipment over the previous quarter needs to be maintained. The focus for the second half of this fiscal will be to consolidate markets, strengthen presence in existing geographies while expanding reach in new segments and markets. As the economy picks up, we expect greater traction in the Railways and Construction business. There are also a number of initiatives to improve brand recall, strengthen customer engagement and engage employees in transformational endeavors.”

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Due to the seasonal nature of the industry, tractor volumes were down by 23.8% to 11,438 tractors in quarter ending September 2015 as against 15,013 tractors in the corresponding quarter. Escorts were particularly impacted by the slowdown in the industry as the maximum impact of reduced demand took place in the regions where Escorts is traditionally strong. However, due to aggressive marketing initiatives, domestic market share was up at 10.6% in the current quarter as against 10.2% in in the previous quarter.

Source: Escorts