Whirlpool’s September quarter numbers came below street expectations on major counts. Revenue rose merely by 1.9% yoy to Rs1181.5cr in Q2FY19, 8.7% lower than the steet estimates. EBITDA fell by 5.1% yoy to Rs107.8cr in Q2FY19 vs. Rs113.5cr in Q2FY18, missed the consensus estimates by 14.3%. EBITDA margin softened by 67bps yoy to 9.1% in Q2FY19. Net profit during the quarter grew by 6.9% yoy to Rs78.6cr as against Rs73.5cr for the same quarter last year, however fell short of estimates by 10.9%.
Top-line was impacted by lower consumer demand as the company took price action to offset higher input costs caused by increased fuel prices, weaker rupee and custom duty hiked by the government
Decline in operating profit and contraction in the margin for the same was largely attributed to higher input costs.
Bottom-line, despite muted sales numbers, was supported by higher other income, which increased by 43.9% yoy to Rs39.82cr in Q2FY19.
The company had Rs983.48cr of cash and cash equivalent on its books at the end of September 2018.
As part of its strategic join venture plan announced earlier, Whirlpool acquired 49% stake in Elica PB India in September 2018. Elica PB India will manufacture and distribute cooking and built-in appliances under the Whirlpool brand.
Whirlpool of India Ltd is currently trading at Rs. 1,367.35, down by 18.3 points or 1.32% from its previous closing of Rs. 1,385.65 on the BSE.
The scrip opened at Rs. 1,394 and has touched a high and low of Rs. 1,406.15 and Rs. 1,350.60 respectively. So far 50,949 (NSE+BSE) shares were traded on the counter. The stock is currently trading above its 200 DMA.
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