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Q3 Earnings Trend: India Inc Witness Stable YoY Growth

26 August 20224 mins read by Angel One
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The Indian corporate sector witnessed a steady growth momentum in their earnings during quarter 3 of FY 2021. Compared to the previous financial year, both net profit and revenue expanded in double digits.

Interested in knowing more about this topic? Read on.

Growth Trend in Indian Companies

Around 254 Indian companies have already announced their Q3 earnings. According to an analysis, revenue jumped 28.4% for these companies. Meanwhile, net profit increased by 17%.

Moreover, top-line growth was advantageous through a low base during the same quarter in 2020 when revenue decreased 1.2%. Even the net profit growth points out the fact that the companies have experienced a more than doubled profit of 142% during the previous year.

The operating margins of these firms came down to 250 basis points YoY to reach 21.6%. This figure shows that the margin performance is going as per expectations as India Inc featured a cost-optimisation mode during the previous years’ quarters to secure profitability in times of feeble topline growth. At the same time, input costs have increased because of rising commodity prices.

Earlier, analysts expected massive aggregate growth, with high performance by a few specific sectors. However, 42% of Indian firms are likely to post YoY earnings decline, and around 38% will publish higher than earnings growth of 15%.

The initial trend of impressive earnings was started by Reliance Industries Ltd., which is the largest company in terms of market cap and revenue. Further, technology-driven firms TCS and Infosys followed this trend. Altogether, these firms contributed 58.1% to the net profit of the 254 companies and 52.1% of the topline to the sample. Excluding these three firms, the profit and revenue of this group totalled 13.4% and 18%, respectively.

Early Q3 Earnings Show Margin Pressure

Early publishing of the Q3 financials indicates that higher input costs continue to be an irritant. Although earnings stood within the line of expectations, profit margins had moderate growth for another quarter.

As per analysts, a continued surge in COVID-19 cases and a rise in crude oil prices will put margins under pressure for the current quarter as well.

Another major worry was demand, which did not increase despite the festive season. Delayed monsoon harvesting, elevated inflation and COVID-19 cases surge may have contributed to this lazy demand trend in the third quarter of FY 2021.

Bottom Line

More earnings from different sectors in the coming weeks will expectedly change this trend. Anticipated weaknesses from sectors such as cement, FMCG, automobiles, minings and metals may lead to overly cautious aggregate performance. Amid these, analysts are eyeing the Union Budget, which is scheduled to happen on 1 February 2022. Investors hope that the government may announce specific measures to combat investment and consumption in the country.

Source – The Economic Times

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What was the increase in raw material costs for the sample companies?
    Cost of raw materials in relation to revenue for these 254 firms increased to 24.3% in the December quarter of 2021. It was 19.9% a year ago.
  2. What was the growth in revenue and net profit for this sample?
    For the Q3 quarter, these companies posted revenue and net profit of 8.5% and 16.2%.
  3. By how much did Bajaj Auto’s volumes decline?
    Despite the recent festive season, Bajaj Auto reported a 10% YoY decline in volume.

Disclaimer: This blog is exclusively for educational purposes and does not provide any advice/tips on investment or recommend buying and selling any stock.

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