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Better product mix helps Welspun post 9% Q3FY13 growth
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Feb '13
Welspun India Ltd., part of the $ 3.5 billion Welspun Group announced Q3 and 9M FY13 results, showing strong growth in comparison to corresponding period last year.

Financial Highlights – Q3 FY13
-Sales grew by 9% largely due to higher volumes and better product mix.
-In spite of the increase in raw material costs, increased operational efficiency and the benefits of business restructuring have led to improved EBITDA margins of 18% from 11% in Q3FY12.
-Depreciation flat YoY while Finance expenses marginally lower due to lower debt levels.
-Profit after Tax at Rs. 516 mn; multifold improvement YoY.
 
Financial Highlights – 9M FY13
-Net Sales up by 21% YoY at Rs. 28,904 mn
-EBITDA up by 61% YoY at Rs. 5,095 mn delivering consistent margins of 18% across the three quarters indicating a steady and sustainable business performance.
-Profit after Tax five-fold YoY at Rs. 1,616 mn
- As on 31st Dec 2012, Net Debt stands at Rs. 15,107 mn while Net worth stands at Rs. 9,285 mn implying a Net Debt to Equity of 1.63 xs.
 
Key Developments during the quarter
- Merger of WIL and WGBL completed via court order dated 26 Nov 2012; becomes effective from December 7, 2012 delivering synergy benefits
-Home Textiles (HTT) has ranked Welspun No. 1 in US Home textiles in the recent annual survey released in Jan 2013, climbing up from No. 2 position last year.
-Acquired 13.03% equity stake in Welspun Retail Ltd (WRL) a subsidiary company, raising the effective shareholding in WRL to 98.03%.

Management comments

Speaking about the performance, Mr. Rajesh Mandawewala, Managing Director, Welspun India Ltd., said, “Welspun has continued its progress in the major home textile markets and the latest HTT No: 1 ranking is a testimony to our unprecedented growth. The results indicate the success of our consolidation efforts and renewed focus on our core competencies. Our strong customer relationships, efficient supply chain and innovative product development remain our key strengths. Our vision to become a fully integrated player will further improve performance and enable us to consolidate our position as the top home textile supplier globally”.

Outlook

Indian textile industry is in a favourable position compared to its major competitors, like China and Pakistan, helped by availability of surplus cheap cotton, comparable/lower labour and power costs, along with favourable government policies. Post business consolidation, Welspun is well positioned to fully leverage the Indian competitive advantage and continue on the path of strong and sustainable growth and profitability. The Company’s focus over the next year will be to increase its backward integration, which will result in an improvement in operating performance across all product categories.


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