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EXIDE REPORTS 12% YEAR ON YEAR GROWTH AND 36% SEQUENTIAL GROWTH IN PROFIT BEFORE TAX FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2014 - 15

Kolkata, July 21 2014: Exide Industries Ltd, on Monday reported a Profit Before Tax for the quarter ended June 30th 2014, of Rs.267.3 crores on a turnover of Rs.1909.6 crores as compared to a Profit Before Tax of Rs.238.3 crores on a turnover of Rs.1626.3 crores for the corresponding quarter ended June 30th 2013. For the preceding quarter ended March 31st, 2014, the Profit Before Tax was Rs.196.1 crores on a turnover of Rs.1608.6 crores.

The Board of Directors declared an interim dividend of Re. 1.50 per share as compared to the interim dividend of Rs.1.10 per share for the financial year 2013 – 14.

MD & CEO Mr P K Kataky said that though demand for both Automotive and Industrial battery remained subdued during the quarter, improvement in our Automotive Replacement battery sale accompanied by robust growth in Inverter battery sale for both Automotive and Industrial SBU along with re-entry into Telecom business helped improving performance.

The company continues to focus on Cost Control and Technology upgradation to improve profit.

P K KATAKY
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Exide Industries Limited

Change in Board of Directors – 27th May, 2014

Mr S B Raheja has resigned from the Board of Directors of Exide Industries Limited with effect from 27th May, 2014 due to personalreasons. Consequently, Mr D S Parekh who was appointed as an Alternate Director to Mr S B Raheja ceases to be a Director of the Company with effect from 27th May, 2014.

Exide reports Rs. 115.5 crores of profit before tax on turnover of Rs.1301 crores for the third quarter

Kolkata, January 13, 2014: Exide Industries Limited on Monday reported a Profit before tax of Rs.115.5 crores on a turnover of Rs.1301 crores for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 as compared to a Proft before tax of Rs.146.8 crores on a turnover of Rs.1462 crores for the corresponding quarter last year.

Exide Industries Limited’s Profit before tax for the nine months ended December 31, 2013 is Rs. 526.9 crores on a turnover of Rs.4356 crores as compared to a Proft before tax of Rs.537 crores on a turnover of Rs.4530 crores for the corresponding nine months period last year.

Commenting on the performance, the MD & CEO Mr P K Kataky said that continued sluggish demand had its impact on the performance of the Company. In the replacement market, the demand for heavy duty and light duty commercial vehicles including passenger cars used for commercial application (taxi) remained subdued. Automobile OEMs had a degrowth.

In Industrial batteries, the demand for infrastructure, motive power, telecom and inverter batteries continued to be sluggish.

The Company''s cost control and technological upgradation initiatives are progressing well. This will enable the company to succeed in its marketing efforts in a highly competitive market in the future.

Exide margins improve due to better margin management

Kolkata, June 15, 2013: Exide Industries Ltd on Tuesday reported higher net profit in the first quarter of the current financial year 2013-14. The sequential growth in Profit Before Tax of Rs 238 crores has been significantly higher by 16% as compared to the previous quarter ended 31st March, 2013. During the 1st quarter of April - June 2013, sales at Rs 1626 crores registered an improvement of 5%, whilst Profit Before Tax showed a growth of 9% as against the corresponding quarter of the previous financial year. The performance has improved both year-on-year as well as sequentially particularly at a time when industries to which Exide caters to are witnessing severe de-growth in recent past.

The Company’s Board of Directors met in the city on Monday to adopt the financial results for the quarter April to June of 2013.

Ascribing the rise in profitability to better margin management, judicious product mix and cost reduction through value engineering, Mr P.K. Kataky, Managing Director & CEO of Exide Industries Ltd., said, “The improved financial performance is largely due to increased sales growth in the after-market segment of the automotive battery business. Our emphasis on value engineering also paid rich dividends to improve margins. These efforts will continue across all levels so that the momentum is carried into the future.”

Mr Kataky took over the role of MD & CEO of Exide, South Asia’s largest stored energy solutions company effective May 1, 2013.

“The improved performance during the quarter is all the more significant because it comes at a time when the automotive OE business has suffered severely due to slack in demand from the industry. In the coming months, the depreciation of the rupee will increase the cost of imported lead. Performance of the industrial batteries business also remained damp due to overall stagnation in both the world as well as Indian economy. Even Home UPS battery sales were depressed during the quarter due to advance onset of the monsoon. Batteries for solar applications, however, are showing an encouraging growth trend”, Mr Kataky added.

Exide reports 40 per cent sequential growth in net profit

Automotive replacement market regained
Operating margin improves to 15.3 per cent
ING Vysya Life Insurance acquisition completed from internal cash resources
Continues to remain debt free

Mumbai, April 29, 2013: Exide Industries Ltd on Monday reported a robust 40 per cent sequential growth in its 4th quarter net profit for the period January to March 2013. The company’s board of directors met in Mumbai during the day to consider the results for the fourth quarter of financial year 2012-13. During the quarter under review the company reported a net revenue of Rs 1538 crore and net profit of Rs 146 crore as compared to 1463 crore and Rs 104 crore respectively, earned during the third quarter of financial year 2012-13. The company’s operating margin improved 320 basis points sequentially.

On a year to year basis the growth in net revenue and net profit during the fourth quarter is 6 per cent and 3 per cent as compared to the corresponding period of the previous financial year.

As for the full financial year 2012 / 13, the net revenue of Rs 6071 crs reflects a 19% growth. Despite the margin pressures, the net profits for the year at Rs 523 crs was 13% higher than the previous year.

The Exide Industries Ltd Board of Directors which met in Mumbai today to approve the financial result declared a final dividend of Rs 0.60 per Share (par value of Re 1.00). Added to the interim dividend of Re 1.00 per Share declared earlier during the year, this takes the total dividend payment for the financial year 2012-13 to Rs 1.60 per Share (par value Re 1.00) as against Rs 1.50 in the previous year.

Commenting on the financial performance of the company, Managing Director and CEO, Mr T.V. Ramanathan said, “there is a marked improvement in the company’s performance during the 4th quarter of financial year 2012-13. The regaining of market share in the crucial automotive replacement market, that started during the first quarter of the financial year under review gained further traction during this period. However, the full impact of the volume growth didn’t accrue due to de-growth in the original equipment (OE) business in the 4-wheeler segment and less than expected growth in the 2-wheeler OE segment.”

In the industrial strategic business unit (SBU), which accounts for 40 per cent of the company’s revenue, demand for Exide’s range of home UPS batteries picked up during the quarter under review. “However, the lack of buoyancy in other infrastructure sectors of the economy like telecom, railways and power projects remains a matter of concern for the company”, Mr Ramanathan said.

The capital expenditure of the company during the financial year 2012-13 was Rs 176 crore. For the year 2013-14 the company has planned a capital outlay of Rs 250 crore to be spent on capacity augmentation for industrial batteries and modernisation. The company continues to remain debt free. During the quarter under review, following IRDA (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority) and other regulatory permissions, the company completed the acquisition of remaining 50 per cent stake in ING Vysya Life Insurance, proving its long term commitment to the insurance business. The acquisition was funded entirely from the internal cash resources of the company.

Exide reports Rs 104 crore net profit on Rs 1462 crore turnover

Kolkata, January 17, 2013: Exide Industries Ltd on Thursday reported a net profit of Rs 104 crores on a net turnover of Rs 1462 crores for the third quarter ended December 31, 2012. The Board of Directors of the company met in Kolkata on Thursday to consider the results.

As compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous financial year, this translates into a 17 per cent growth in turnover. However, net profit for the quarter remains at the same level of the previous year.

For nine months ended 31 December 2012 net profit is Rs 376 crs including Rs 0.95 crs as dividends from subsidiaries against Rs 319 crs same period last year which included Rs 24.88 crs as dividends from subsidiaries. Excluding the dividend income from subsidiaries, the growth in net sales and net profit for nine months ended this year is 24% and 28% respectively.

Commenting on the quarter’s performance, the Managing Director and CEO, Mr T.V. Ramanathan said, “the quarter witnessed a continuous upward move in the prices of Lead which combined with Rupee depreciation vis-à-vis US Dollar resulted in significant cost push and consequent pressure on the margins which to some extent was compensated by the positive impact on the margins arising from the robust volume growth in replacement segment”.

During the quarter under review the replacement market for automotive batteries saw a volume growth of 25 per cent as against the same quarter of the previous financial year. However, due to the de-growth in the OE market, overall growth was only 13%. In two-wheeler replacement market, the company witnessed a 53 per cent volume growth. But here too growth in the OE segment was subdued, though in line with the two wheeler vehicle Industry.

Consequent upon the early onset of winter in most parts of the country, the home inverter battery market was not buoyant in the quarter. However, the business for solar batteries witnessed almost 100 per cent growth.

Demand for UPS batteries remained low due to the poor growth of the economy, with majority of the bulk customers like banks and other major players in the service sector going slow on their investments.

In the home UPS systems, where the company is a relatively new entrant, it has further consolidated its market share.

The capital expenditure for the current financial year is estimated to be Rs 190 crores.

Exide net profit rises to Rs.120 crores

Friday October 19, 2012: Exide Industries Ltd at its Board Meeting in Mumbai on Friday declared improved second quarter results for the year 2012-13.

During the quarter under review the company had a net sales of Rs.1517 crores as compared with Rs.1172 crores for the same quarter of the previous year which reflects a growth of 29%. Net profit for the quarter was Rs.120 crores as compared to Rs.51crores for the same quarter of the previous year representing an increase of 135%. The net profit for the quarter under review reflects a degrowth of 21% as compared with the immediately preceeding quarter.

During the first six months of the current financial year the company’s net sales stands at Rs.3068 crores as compared to Rs.2415 crores earned during the first half of the previous financial year. Net profit during this period improved from last year’s Rs.300 crores to Rs.390 crores – a YTD growth of 30%.

ESPEX Batteries Limited is now a 100% subsidiary of the Company.

“Demand in the automotive OE segment remained dampened during the quarter due to the ongoing slowdown in the Indian automotive industry. However, robust growth in the replacement market more than compensated for this,” said Mr T.V. Ramanathan, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company, adding “by this high volume growth we regained some of the lost market share in the branded automotive battery business segment.”

As for Industrial battery segment, the home UPS batteries continued its robust growth in this quarter also, but will be subdued in the next quarter consequent to the onset of the winter. The company’s entry into the new synergistic business of manufacturing and marketing its own range of home UPS system have been well received by the national market. Buoyed by the enthusiastic consumer response the company has decided to augment capacity by setting up another factory near Haridwar in Uttarakhand. The company’s first home UPS manufacturing facility is located in nearby Roorkee.

“The home UPS business is evolving fast in the country. Customers today need a complete integrated solution for their back up power requirement, which the Company can now provide with its own range of home UPS systems. This business has gained traction and will gain further momentum in future,” Mr. Ramanathan said.

The Board of Directors, which met in Mumbai today to approve the financial results declared an interim dividend of Re 1/- per Share (100% on the Rupee one Equity Share).

The Capital expenditure for the current financial year is estimated to be Rs.250 crores.

Exide top line grows by 25 percent

Kolkata, July 16, 2012: Exide Industries Ltd, the country’s largest lead acid storage battery manufacturer and stored energy solutions provider, today declared its first quarter results for the year 2012-13 (April to June). Net turnover during the 3-month period rose 25 per cent to Rs 1551 crores. Profit from operations during the same period at Rs.205 crores rose 10 per cent sequentially and 3 per cent as compared to the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.

Net Profit of Rs. 152 crores even though reflects a de-growth of 7% on YOY basis is 6.6% higher than the previous quarter.

The Company’s Board of Directors met in the city on Monday to approve the financial results for the quarter April to June of 2012-13.

The prevalent depressed conditions in the automotive OE segment somewhat eroded the beneficial impact of the higher sales volume achieved in replacement market. “Being a significant player in the automotive OE business, any negative swing in Auto Sector is a matter of concern for the Company. Nevertheless Company is able to modestly improve its overall margin levels”, said Mr T.V. Ramanathan, the Managing Director and CEO of Exide Industries.

The volume growth in four wheeler Automotive battery division was 10%, and the Volume growth of Industrial batteries was 19% for the Quarter under review. The company’s motorcycle battery business continued to do well showing 28% volume growth.

Price of lead continued to remain under check in the international markets during the period under review. However, the depreciation of rupee vis-à-vis dollar negated most of the resulting advantages.

During the quarter under review the Company rolled out home UPS systems across the cities successfully under its own brands. Our range of home UPS has been well received in the market. We are now in the process of increasing the production capacity, having stabilized the products.

“Though synergistic, this is a new line of business for us where we will have to make a niche for ourselves through top level after sales service. The Company is using its existing network of nationwide dealers to market the product”, Mr Ramanathan said.

The Capital expenditure for the current financial year is budgeted at Rs. 270 crores.

Exide reports 35 per cent rise in PAT

Kolkata, July 13, 2010: In an encouraging start to the financial year 2010-11 Exide Industries Ltd today reported a 35 per cent rise in net profit and 30 per cent rise in gross sales during the first quarter of 2010-11 compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. The company’s board met in the city on Tuesday to review the first quarter (April-June 2011) results of the current financial year.

During the period under review, the company’s gross sales stood at Rs 1410 crore, compared to Rs 1084 crore during the same period of the previous year and net profit stood at Rs 165 crore compared to Rs 122 crore earned during the same period of the previous year.

“Our continued focus on cost reduction and product mix is once again reflected in this quarter’s overall performance,” said Mr T.V. Ramanathan, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Exide Industries Ltd.

The higher profitability figures are satisfactory considering the continued volatility in raw material prices and foreign exchange rates even as competition from cheaper imports from neighbouring countries continued unabated.

“The Indian market for batteries across segments is fast maturing and customers are becoming more quality rather than price conscious. This positive trend will continue and gain momentum in future to help technology focussed companies like Exide Industries,” Mr Ramanathan added.

The company’s penetration strategy into the replacement market for commercial vehicles and tractor segment is paying off handsomely where sales grew by 14 per cent. Among other segments, motorcycle battery sales showed significant growth, improving 27 per cent in volume terms.

“To cater to the increased demand for our motorcycle customers – both in OE and after market - and to consolidate our position as the world’s second largest two-wheeler battery manufacturer, we are going to start production at our new motorcycle battery manufacturing plant at Ahmednagar in Maharastra,” Mr Ramanathan added.

During the current financial year the company’s automotive battery SBU showed a growth of 28 per cent and the industrial battery SBU showed a growth of 26 per cent in value terms. Significantly the growth in value terms far outstrips the growth in unit terms in all the segments.

The Board also approved in principle acquisition of the entire shareholding in Leadage Alloys India Limited, a Lead smelting unit, where Exide presently holds 51% shares. With such acquisition, Exide would have two wholly owned smelting units for captive consumption to cater to its requirements of Lead and Lead Alloys.

The company’s 63rd annual general meeting is scheduled to be held in the city on Wednesday the 14th July, 2010.

Exide declares increase of 89% in net profit for 2009-10

Highlights of 09-10

  • Net turnover rises 12 per cent to Rs 3,794 crore
  • Pays 40 per cent final dividend ; annual dividend 100 per cent
  • ROCE and RONW rise to 42% and 44 per cent respectively
  • Debt-Equity Ratio at 0.04 : 1

Kolkata, April 28, 2010: Exide Industries Ltd, the country’s largest lead acid storage battery manufacturer and stored energy solutions provider, today declared its annual results for the year 2009-10. While net turnover during the 12-month period rose 12 per cent to Rs 3794 crore, net profit during the same period jumped 89 per cent to Rs 537 crore.

During the fourth quarter of the financial year 09-10, the company clocked a net turnover of Rs 1028 crore and a net profit of Rs 200 crore, showing a growth of 28 per cent and 88 per cent respectively over the corresponding period of the previous financial year.

The Exide Industries Ltd Board of Directors, which met in Mumbai today to approve the financial results declared a final dividend of 40 per cent. Added to the interim dividend of 60 per cent declared earlier during the year, this takes the total dividend payment during the financial year 2009-10 to 100 per cent.

Commenting on the improved financial results for the year, the company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr T.V. Ramanathan, said, "The increase in profitability was partly due to availability of Lead and alloys which constitutes a major raw material for the products from the two captive Lead Smelters acquired two years ago. Apart from the same, favourable foreign exchange rates, strict austerity measures and control on costs on all fronts contributed to the sharp rise in the profitability."

"A volume growth of 16% in Automotive Batteries was achieved in spite of increased competition" he added.

"Exide continues to enjoy the trust and be the preferred supplier of most of the vehicle manufacturers in all segments. In the Industrial business, inspite of the depressed export markets and significant degrowth in telecom segment, we were able to record a 10% volume growth."

Mr Ramanathan further added that "the Company was not able to keep pace with the surge in demand in the automotive sector and consequently lost some top line growth due to capacity limitations. The Company is expanding its production capacities which include setting up a new plant at Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, on a fast track mode. Consequent to this, the capital expenditure during the current financial year is expected to be atleast Rs 350 crores.

"Exide continues to maintain its focus on its Corporate Social Responsibility and apart from several initiatives taken by the individual factories, it is partnering with UNICEF in their Child Environment Programme in India, which provides total sanitation and accelerated rural water supply programmes mainly to the hitherto unreached and marginalized rural communities. "This initiative", Mr Ramanathan added, "has been linked to raising consumer consciousness and creating awareness for return of used batteries which contain lead and thereby inducing the vehicle owners also to indirectly participate in this cause."

The Company has entered into Technical Collaboration Agreements for certain new products like ISS Batteries for supplies to Automotive sector.

The debt equity ratio of the Company as at the end of the year was 0.04 : 1.

Exide declares 132% per cent rise in Q3net profit

Kolkata, January 11, 2010: Exide Industries Ltd, declared a 132% rise in the net profit to Rs 130 crs during the third quarter (October – December 09) of financial year 2009-10. During this period, the company’s net turnover rose 16% to Rs 913 crs.

For the nine months of the current financial year the company’s net profit was Rs 402 crore on a net turnover of Rs 2766 crore. The company’s board of directors met in Kolkata on Monday to adopt the financial results for the period October to December 2009.

Commenting on the third quarter performance, Mr T V Ramanathan, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Exide Industries Limited, stated “apart from low base effect the robust profit growth is a direct result from volume growth, improved product mix, and cost efficiencies secured on sourcing of materials, in addition to continued austerity measures.

Buoyancy in the automobile sector, both in four wheelers and two wheelers, coupled with new products , deeper market penetration backed by extensive after sales service led to increased growth in the automotive battery business. In the industrial battery business the negative effect of degrowth in the telecom sector has been more than compensated by growth in power, traction, UPS and other infrastructural segments.

With the improved economic scenario, both domestically as well as internationally, we hope that the current momentum of growth will continue in the near term. However, volatility in the international lead prices remains a cause of concern”, he added.

To mitigate any adverse impact arising from possible escalations in the imported lead prices continuous investments in technology and for capacity upgradation is being made by the captive lead smelting and refining units in Pune and Bangalore.

He further added that “to maintain its leadership position the Company will continue to invest in technology, R&D and capacity upgradation.”

Exide continues its steady growth

Highlights of 08-09

  • Turnover rises 17 per cent to Rs 4233 crore
  • Pays 20 per cent final dividend; full year dividend payout 60 per cent
  • Automotive sales cross 14 million batteries
  • Industrial battery sales cross 1.3 billion amp hours
  • Haldia Factory wins the prestigious TPM Award.

Kolkata, April 27, 2009: Exide Industries Ltd, the country’s largest lead acid storage battery manufacturer and stored energy solutions provider, today declared its annual results for the year 2008-09. While net turnover during the 12-month period rose 19 per cent to Rs 3,393 crore, net profit during the same period increased 14 per cent to Rs 284 crore.

During the fourth quarter of the financial year 08-09, the company clocked a net turnover of Rs 798 crore which shows a marginal growth. However, the Profit Before Tax at Rs 106 crore and Net Profit at Rs 68 crore shows a growth of 19 per cent and 9 per cent respectively.

The Board of Directors of Exide Industries Ltd which met in Mumbai on Monday to adopt and approve the financial results, recommended a final dividend of 20 per cent (Re 0.20 per share). Added to the interim dividend of 40 per cent (Re 0.40 per share) declared earlier during the year, this takes the total dividend payment during the financial year 2008-09 to 60 per cent (Re 0.60 per share).

Commenting on the improved financial results for the year, the company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr T.V. Ramanathan, said, “We are happy to record year on year growth in virtually all the financial parameters of the company despite this being a year that was particularly difficult for a number of sectors in which the company operates.

“While on the one hand, price of our most important raw material – lead, fell drastically within a very short period of time, the rupee also lost its strength almost in tandem. We weathered the storm through enhanced focus on production efficiencies, better inventory management (both at the raw material and finished goods level) and serious cost cutting across all functions. All this was done without any sacrifice to the inherent quality of our products.”

During the year under review, Exide started delivery of Nano batteries to Tata Motors. “It gives us tremendous pride to confirm that the much awaited people’s car is going to roll out with batteries originally designed and now being manufactured by Exide Industries,” Mr Ramanathan said. The company is using its Shamnagar factory in West Bengal to produce the battery.

During the year Company’s capital expenditure was Rs 160 crs.

The Company’s reliance on bank borrowings has reduced and consequently the Debt : Equity Ratio of the Company at end March 09 is 0.26 : 1. However, the company’s original equipment business in the automotive sector didn’t perform well, particularly in the last two quarters, due to degrowth in the industry. But robust volume growth in the replacement market ensured overall growth for the automotive battery SBU. Exide is a market leader in the after market branded Automotive industry in India.

One of the reasons for Exide’s continued top and bottomline growth during the year under review is the fact that the company is not entirely dependent on only the automotive industry any more. Today approximately 35 per cent of its business and profits come from industrial range of batteries like telecom, power, traction, inverter, UPS etc. Some of these sub-segments like Inverter, UPS and Telecom did exceptionally well during the year, helping the company to turn in superior numbers.

During the year under review, Exide Industries consolidated its position in the lead recycling and smelting business by acquiring 51% stake in a Bangalore based company, namely Leadage Alloys India Limited. This is in addition to the 100% owned other lead smelting facility near Pune, Chloride Metals Ltd that the company had acquired in the previous financial year. These two smelters together met 28% of Company’s total Lead and Lead Alloy requirements.

“With these two lead smelting units under our control, we are in a better position to monitor the environmentally crucial issue of lead recycling in our own captive units,” Mr Ramanathan added.

To further bolster this environmental initiative, during the year Exide Industries joined hands with UNICEF to support them in their Child Environment Programme that involves creating better environmental conditions for underprivileged children. This is a further recognition that “improving the living conditions of the underprivileged children” is one of our primary societal obligations.

The support to UNICEF from Exide is linked to the number of used batteries that Exide gets as return from its existing customers. For every returned battery a particular sum of money would go to UNICEF, thereby giving an incentive to the Company’s environmentally sensitive customers to return their used batteries to Exide Industries. Exide also pays its customers for returning the used batteries.

During the year under review, the company’s Haldia factory got the most prestigious TPM Award 2008, from Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance. This is one of the world’s most coveted manufacturing excellence awards.

Exide maintains steady growth

Kolkata, January 12, 2009: Exide Industries Ltd, the country’s largest lead acid storage battery manufacturer, marginally improved its profit before tax for the quarter ended December 31, 2008. At its board meeting held today to consider the unaudited financial results for the third quarter of the current financial year, the company reported a profit before tax of Rs 86 crore as against Rs 83 crore earned during the same period of the previous financial year. The net sales for the quarter of Rs 789 crore shows a year on year (YOY) growth of 9 per cent.

For the nine month period of the current financial year 2008-09, the net sales of Rs 2598 crore and the net profit of Rs 216 crore reflected a YOY growth of 26 and 15 per cent respectively.

The board also approved the payment of an interim dividend of 40 percent to the shareholders.

Commenting on the Q3 performance, Exide’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr T.V. Ramanathan said, “stringent austerity measures introduced from October 2008 and reduced reliance on imported raw materials coupled with improved sales mix enabled the company to fully negate the adverse impact of significant reduction in off take from OE customers in the automotive segment.”

Commenting on lead prices, Mr Ramanathan said, “the recent softening of lead prices in the international markets hasn’t helped the company much due to depreciation of the rupee against dollar. Hopefully by the end of the next quarter the company will get some benefit provided lead prices don’t become volatile again and the rupee somewhat strengthens.”

Commenting about the future, Mr Ramanathan said, “a strong balance sheet and a lower debt/equity ratio should enable the company to sustain strong cash flows and thus meet the challenges arising from lower buoyancy in the auto OE market in the near term.”

In the automotive segment in Q3, despite the slow down of OE market, the market shares were retained. The steady growth in the replacement market enabled the company to secure an overall volume growth of 8 per cent.

In the industrial battery segment the sales volume growth in Q3 was 17%. The sales volume in the telecommunication segment is expected to be less buoyant in the ensuing quarters. However, we expect steady volume growth in both traction and UPS home segments.

“Our continued focus on austerity measures and improved operational efficiencies in all our factories and efficient management of inventory will underpin the company’s strategy to counter the uncertainties now built up in the Indian economy,” Mr Ramanathan said.

Exide reports 25 per cent rise in net profit in Q2

Kolkata, October 23: Exide Industries Ltd, the country’s largest Lead Acid Storage Battery Manufacturers achieved a YOY net profit growth of 25% for the quarter ended September 30, 2008. At its Board Meeting held today, to consider the unaudited results for the three months ended 30 September 2008, the Company reported a net profit of Rs 78 crores as against Rs 62 crores same period of the previous year. The net sales for 3 months of Rs 901 crores also show a YOY growth of 35%.

For the 6 months of the current financial year 2008 / 09, the net sales of Rs 1,807 crores and the net profit of Rs 160 crores reflected a YOY growth of 36% and 21% respectively.

Commenting on the satisfactory Q2 performance, Exide’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr T.V. Ramanathan said, “proactive steps taken during the last 12 months to secure a portion of raw materials from Secondary Lead indigenously available by acquiring Lead smelting capacities coupled with an improved sales mix has ensured satisfactory growth despite the very challenging economic environment”.

The strong Balance Sheet and the very low Debt Equity Ratio would ensure the Company meet its finance requirements for the ensuing quarters also in a cost effective manner, Mr Ramanathan added.

The recent softening of Lead prices in the international market to some extent has been neutralized by the sharp depreciation of Rupee against the Dollar.

In the Automotive battery segment, the growth in value terms for the six months ended 30 September 2008 is 35%. The lower volume growth in the OE business has been countered by a robust growth in the Replacement Trade sales.

Under the Industrial battery segment, the overall growth in value terms for the half year is 40%. Telecom and Power sectors underpin this value growth. Exide’s traction batteries continued to find ready export markets in the developed economies of Western Europe, South Africa, Korea, Japan and Australia.

About Exide: Exide Industries Ltd is the country’s largest manufacturer of lead acid storage batteries and power storage solutions provider. With seven international standard factories spread across the nation, the company offers one of the widest ranges of batteries for every conceivable application in industrial as well as automotive segments. Exide also has a manufacturing subsidiary in Sri Lanka and does business globally through its subsidiaries and affiliates in South-East Asia, Australia and Europe. Exide’s products are sold globally, particularly in developed markets like Australia, Japan and Western Europe, under its own brand name.

Exide’s strong brand pull, established in India for close to hundred years, is supplemented by its nationwide dealer network and a very strong R&D center. With the help of two of its Japanese collaborators – Shin Kobe and Furukawa - Exide has consistently remained at the cutting edge of international battery technology and introduced various pioneering products and power storage solutions in the Indian and global markets.

Exide’s products find application in automotive, two-wheelers, inverters, UPS, power, telecom, railways and submarines, among others. Exide is also present in the non-conventional energy business where it designs and integrates solar and wind power solutions.

Exide net surges 34 per cent, top line grows to Rs 1135 crore

Kolkata, July 24, 2008: Exide Industries Ltd today declared 34 per cent growth in its gross turnover and 17 per cent growth in net profit during the first quarter of the financial year 2008-09, compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous financial year.

The company’s Board met in the city on Thursday evening to adopt the financial results for the quarter April-June 2008.

During the period under review, Exide Industries Ltd’s gross turnover grew to Rs 1135 crore (from Rs 848 crore during Q1 07-08) and profit after tax grew to Rs 82 crore (from Rs 70 crore during Q1 07-08).

Commenting on the performance, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr T.V. Ramanathan, said, “profit growth was affected by the depreciation of the rupee vis-a-vis all major currencies. A depreciating rupee affects profitability since we import a sizeable part of our main raw material Lead. In view of the burgeoning inflation rates, we have to keep a very tight leash on costs over the next three quarters to keep the momentum of the first quarter going.”

If exchange gain / loss arising from Rupee appreciation / depreciation is excluded the growth in profit for the quarter is 40%.

With the automotive segment showing less than buoyant growth rates in some of the segments, the company’s industrial battery business, particularly in telecom and power sectors continued to show robust growth.

The automotive segment is expected to see a lot of excitement in the near future with the planned launches of a slew of new car models by a number of manufacturers. Virtually all these new launches from the auto giants will be powered by Exide batteries, not to speak of the much awaited Nano from the Tata Motors stable half of which will also run on Exide batteries.

During the period under review the company acquired 51 per cent stake in Leadage Alloys India Ltd, a Lead smelting and refining unit located near Bangalore. This is expected to give the company better control over the business of recycling of used Lead acid storage batteries and consequently meet the requirements set forth by the government in its Battery Handling and Management Rules. Its own smelting unit will also help Exide combat the rising Lead prices more effectively.

Exide Industries net profit jumps 61 per cent to Rs 250 crore

Highlights of 2007 – 08

  • Turnover rises 51 per cent to Rs 3606 crore
  • Pays 40 per cent dividend and thus maintains uninterrupted dividend payment track record for 60 years
  • Automotive battery production crosses 608 million plates
  • Industrial battery production crosses 1169 million amp
  • Dedicated facility for export market goes on stream

Kolkata, April 22, 2008 : Exide Industries Limited today announced its annual results for the financial year 2007-08. While gross turnover rose 51 per cent to Rs 3606 crore for the 12 month period, net profit rose 61 per cent to Rs 250 crore, compared to the previous financial year.

For the fourth quarter (January to March 2008) gross turnover rose from 672 crore to 1008 crore, registering a growth of 50 per cent. Net profit during the quarter also grew in tandem from 39 crore to 63 crore, recording a growth of 62 per cent.

As a result of strong performance, the Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) and Return on Net Worth(RONW) have improved to 35% and 40% respectively. Debt Equity Ratio has also improved to 0.35:1 at end March 2008.

The Exide Industries Limited Board which met today to adopt and approve the results declared a dividend of 40 per cent, thereby maintaining its record of uninterrupted dividend payment for 60 years.

Commenting on the rise in profitability despite high input costs, particularly lead which accounts for close to 70 per cent of the costs, MD & CEO,Mr T V Ramanathan said, “the wildly fluctuating cost of lead in the international markets remains a cause of concern for us. However, during the year we could successfully introduce the concept of price escalation clause for most of our institutional customers in industrial batteries, which already existed in the automotive OEM segment. This protected us from the fluctuation in lead prices to a large extent.”

During the year 2007-08, Exide Industries Limited also made its maiden foray into the business of lead smelting by acquiring a unit in Maharashtra. “With our own lead smelting unit in place, we are now in a position to have better control on recycling of used batteries which gives us a major edge over the unorganized sector,” Mr Ramanathan said.

“With the economy continuing to grow at the rate of over eight percent, the future of the lead acid storage battery industry looks promising. However, the rising inflation rate is an area of concern. Hopefully the concerted government efforts to rein in the rise in prices will bear fruit soon,” Mr Ramanathan said.

With 62 per cent market share in the organized sector of automotive batteries industry, Exide’s grip on the auto segment remained firm despite growing competition from new entrants.

In industrial battery segment also the company’s market share remained unchallenged. Exide’s growth rate in the telecom sector was particularly noteworthy showing a growth rate of 71 per cent. SBU industrial’s exports grew by 35 per cent.

The production of batteries for industrial applications rose from close to one billion amp to nearly 1.2 billion amp during the year

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