V2 Retail says 2021 festival sales above pre-COVID levels

V2 Retail, one of India’s largest value retail chains specializing in fashion and items of daily use, reported strong sales growth for July-September, and said the festival season this year has so far been better than pre-pandemic levels. Outside travel, tourism and entertainment sectors, the company had been one of the worst hit by the […]

Demand for sugar, BP machines drive Morepen Q2 profits

Medical devices and chemicals manufacturer Morepen Laboratories reported a strong increase in revenue and profitability, as demand for its home diagnostic equipment such as glucose meters shot up in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s revenue for the Jul-Sep period jumped by 17% on year to Rs 398 cr, while net profit jumped […]

Rising input costs, monsoon dampen Birla Corp’s Q2 earnings

The 102-year-old Birla Corporation, one of the oldest companies in India and one of its largest cement and jute producers, said the sharp rise seen in commodity prices in recent months and an extended monsoon hurt its margins during the Jul-Sep period. The company’s operating profit or EBITDA — a measure of profit that excludes […]

Parag Milk says derivates back to growth, milk vols yet to reach pre-pandemic levels

Parag Milk Foods Ltd, India’s largest dairy-focused consumer goods brand, said sales of some of its key products has reached pre-pandemic levels, but sales of liquid milk are half their regular volume. The company, which was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic both because of logistical disruptions as well as a dip in consumer demand, reported […]

Rising costs dampen Exide’s revenue out-performance

Exide Industries, one of India’s oldest automotive battery companies, reported a strong increase in revenue for the September quarter, but an equally significant jump in the cost of key raw materials prevented any benefit of the higher sales from flowing to the company’s bottom line. The company’s operating revenue jumped Rs 4,758 cr from Rs […]

Kolte-Patil has a good quarter on strong real estate market

Kolte-Patil Developers reported a strong second quarter for the financial year, as the real estate recovery seen in earlier quarters continued apace. The company’s collections — a measure of the cash it managed to collect from buyers — zoomed 86% compared to the COVID-ravaged second quarter of last year, and was up 34% compared to […]

COVID drags Zensar Tech’s revenue, boosts Q1 profit

Zensar Tech, a mid-size IT and outsourcing company based in India, reported a 3.1% dip in its revenue (after adjusting for currency fluctuations) as the number of onshore employees fell sharply year-on-year due to COVID-19. Constant currency calculations measure how the company’s revenue would have performed had there been no change in currency exchange rates […]

HT Media group’s ad-for-equity portfolio crosses Rs 500 cr

The Hindustan Times group, which runs a similarly named English newspaper and the Hindi daily Hindustan, said its total investment in various companies under its ‘ad for equity’ scheme has crossed the Rs 500 cr mark. Most large media houses in India offer a fixed amount of ad inventory in return for equity of the […]

COVID second-wave impact temporary: Bharat Forge

Baba Kalyani, chairman and managing director of India’s largest forging and metal components manufacturer Bharat Forge, today expressed the opinion that the current economic setback on account of the second wave of COVID-19 is of a temporary nature. “The lock down in India to curtail the spread of Covid has clearly had an impact on […]

PVR issues profit warning, all screens remain shut

PVR, India’s No.1 film exhibitor, said it has put on hold all construction and other capital expenditure related to new projects and screens, and issued a profit warning for the current quarter on account of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “The Company opened 13 new screens in FY’21 which were already under fit-out prior to lockdown. […]

Zee Entertainment reports mixed Q4 results

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, the country’s largest home-grown television and broadcasting company, reported a modest year-on-year improvement in its advertising and subscription revenue, but also saw the usual sequential decline when compared to the preceding, holiday quarter. The company’s results have become more difficult to compare due to the fact that the seasonally strong third […]

Bharti takes Airtel Broadband to 72 new cities in 3 months

Bharti Airtel reported yet another strong quarter of financial and operational performance as it continued to benefit from increased demand for connectivity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has constrained face-to-face meetings. In an effort to tap demand for high-speed services, the number of cities in which the company is offering its wired […]

Aarti Drugs caps strong year with Q4 growth

Aarti Drugs, one of the biggest manufacturers of ingredients for the pharmaceuticals industry in India, reported a strong performance for the fourth quarter and full year 2020-21. All three of the Mumbai-based company’s business divisions — APIs or pharmaceutical ingredients, formulations or medicines, and specialty chemicals — contributed to a strong peformance, resulting in an […]

Lockdown blues spells boon for matrimony sites

COVID-19 season has failed to make any dent in the growth of India’s matchmaking websites such as Matrimony.com, the largest. Going by the numbers, youngsters in the country seem to be finding more time for online matching making services during the COVID-19 era than ever before. In a year when most companies have seen double-digit […]

HAL points to 6% FY sales growth, double-digit PAT growth despite COVID

HAL or Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, a government-owned aircraft maker, reported a 6% growth in its revenue for the current year despite a one-month shut-down related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bangalore-based company reported provisional revenue of Rs 22,700 crores for the year ending today, up from Rs 21,438 crores for the year ended March 2020. […]