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Operating margins under pressure at Orchid Pharma

Jan 29, 2000

Orchid is a bulk drug manufacturer. The company's primary products are oral and sterile cephalosporins -cephalexin, cefradine and cefradroxyl. For the quarter ended December 1999 Orchid has reported a 38.7% jump in the topline. The operating margins excluding other income are under pressure. This has led to only a 19.3% jump in the bottomline. The company made placement of 10.7 million shares at Rs.175/ per share to Schroder Capital during the year.

(Rs m) 3QFY2000 3QFY1999 Change
Net Sales 850 612 38.7%
Other Income 7 6 12.6%
Total Expenditure 616 421 46.2%
Interest 85 84 0.9%
Depreciation 75 44 70.7%
Profit before Tax 80 69 16.1%
Tax - 2 -100.0%
Profit after Tax/(Loss) 80 67 19.3%
Net profit margin (%) 9.4% 10.9%  

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