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Pentasoft: Flat topline

Jan 25, 2001

For the 3QFY01 though Pentasoft's topline growth was almost negligible, its grace was saved by almost a 7% improvement in operating margins. This was due to lower costs.

(Rs m) 2QFY01 3QFY01 Change
Sales 1,482 1,493 0.8%
Other Income 46 38 -18.0%
Expenditure 1,040 947 -9.0%
Operating Profit (EBDIT) 441 546 23.7%
Operating Profit Margin (%) 29.8% 36.6%  
Interest 17 13 -25.6%
Depreciation 131 166 26.6%
Amortisation of goodwill 0 75  
Profit before Tax 339 330 -2.7%
Tax 0 0  
Profit after Tax/(Loss) 339 330 -2.7%
Net profit margin (%) 22.9% 22.1%  
Diluted number of shares (m) 18.1 18.1  
Diluted Earnings per share* 74.9 72.9  
P/E (x) 2.3 2.4  

The revenue break up stood at 68% for the enterprise division, 18% for the engineering division, 14% for the education and training division. Looking more deeply into the enterprise division, banking and financial services contributed to 12% of the revenues, insurance contributed to 14% of the revenues, logistics & supply chain solutions around 15% and e-business solutions around 21%. The products and services in this division contributed 6%.

The company has launched products in the ASP mode to get a wider clientele. At a current market price of Rs 172, the stock is trading at a P/E multiple of 2.4 times 3QFY01 annualised earnings.

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