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Trent: Expanding base...

Jan 20, 2003

The Tata Group retailing arm, Trent Limited, has reported a 46% growth in 3QFY03 topline. However, an over 83% growth in purchase of finished goods led to expenses increasing at a faster clip than sales. Consequently, the company's operating margins have dipped to 7.7% during the quarter.

(Rs m) 3QFY02 3QFY03 Change 9mFY02 9mFY03 Change
Net Sales 240 349 45.7% 611 814 33.2%
Other Income 13 15 15.3% 51 76 50.5%
Expenditure 220 322 46.5% 564 767 36.0%
Operating Profit (EBDIT) 20 27 36.0% 47 47 -0.5%
Operating Profit Margin (%) 8.3% 7.7%   7.7% 5.8%  
Interest 0 0 - 0 0 -
Depreciation 6 8 30.1% 18 21 19.1%
Profit before Tax 27 35 27.9% 80 102 27.7%
Tax 2 6 193.5% 6 24 307.8%
Prior period items 0 0 - 0 69 -
Profit after Tax/(Loss) 25 29 14.7% 74 147 98.6%
Net profit margin (%) 10.4% 8.2%   12.1% 18.1%  
No. of Shares (eoy) (m) 13.1 13.1   13.1 13.1  
Diluted Earnings per share* 7.6 8.8   7.5 15.0  
*(annualised)            
Current P/e ratio (incl. extraordinary items)   19.0     11.0  

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