Hindustan Unilever second-quarter profit jumps nearly 20 percent, beats estimates

Profit rose to 15.25 billion rupees ($207.08 million) in the three months ended September 30, compared with 12.76 billion rupees a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

Published: 12th October 2018 04:56 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th October 2018 06:23 PM   |  A+A-

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) headquarters in Mumbai. (Photo: File / Reuters)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: FMCG major Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) Friday reported a 19.51 per cent increase in net profit to Rs 1,525 crore for the September 2018 quarter on account of double digit growth across categories.

The company had posted a net profit of Rs 1,276 crore during the same period last fiscal.

Sales during the quarter under review stood at Rs 9,138 crore as against Rs 8,199 crore in the year-ago period, up 11.45 per cent, HUL said in a regulatory filing.

"Our focus on strengthening the core, leading market development and driving excellence in execution has enabled us to deliver competitive and profitable growth. In the near term, we expect demand to be stable. Our strength of agility and responsiveness gives us confidence to navigate the headwinds arising from crude inflation and currency depreciation," HUL Chairman and Managing Director Sanjiv Mehta said.

HUL Chief Financial Officer Srinivas Phatak said while the company expects the demand to be stable in the near term, the company will watch out for currency depreciation and crude price increase.

Pathak said the company had undertaken a price increase of 2-3 per cent across select home care category products -- which includes brands such as Domex, Vim and Surf Excel -- in the quarter under review.

The company will not shy in increasing prices but will not lose its market competitiveness, he added.

Revenue from the personal care segment during the quarter under review was at Rs 4,316 crore as against Rs 3,910 crore a year earlier, an increase of 10.38 per cent.

Revenue from homecare products stood at Rs 3,080 crore, up 12.44 per cent, compared to Rs 2,739 crore reported in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal.

The food and refreshment category -- which included Kissan, Brooke Bond Red Label tea, Bru coffee and ice cream and frozen desserts business, accounted for Rs 1,704 crore, up 11.66 per cent, during the quarter as against Rs 1,526 crore a year earlier.

The company's board has declared an interim dividend of Rs 9 per share of face value Re 1 each for the financial year ending March 31, 2019.

For the half year ended September 30, 2018, HUL's net profit was up 19.34 per cent at Rs 3,054 crore as against Rs 2,559 crore in first half of 2017-18.

Its sales was at Rs 18,494 crore in the half year ended September 30, 2018, up 6.94 per cent, as against Rs 17,293 crore in the previous fiscal.

In a separate filing, the company also announced the appointment of Leo Puri as an Independent Director on its board effective October 12, 2018.

"Puri, until recently, was the Managing Director of UTI Asset Management Company.He has also previously served as an Independent Director in companies including Max New York Life Insurance Company, Infosys, Bennett Coleman & Co," the company said.

Shares of HUL settled 2.63 per cent higher at Rs 1,568.65 apiece on the BSE.

Stay up to date on all the latest Business news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp