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HLL: Elephants can dance!
Feb 14, 2006

FMCG behemoth Hindustan Lever Ltd (HLL) announced enticing results for the fourth quarter ended December 2005. While the topline grew by over 14% YoY during the quarter, lower interest costs (in light of the conversion of debentures) and an extraordinary income to the tune of Rs 824 m resulted in bottomline outpacing topline by a wide margin. Barring all these anomalies, bottomline grew by a commendable 27% YoY during the quarter. The company closed it books for the year with a decent 11% YoY topline and a 15% YoY bottomline growth.

(Rs m) 4QCY04 4QCY05 Change CY04 CY05 Change
Net sales 26,008 29,743 14.4% 99,269 110,486 11.3%
Expenditure 21,809 24,925 14.3% 84,896 96,332 13.5%
Operating profit (EBDITA) 4,199 4,818 14.7% 14,374 14,153 -1.5%
Operating profit margin (%) 16.1% 16.2%   14.5% 12.8%  
Other income 916 642 -29.9% 3,189 3,031 -5.0%
Interest 323 36 -88.9% 1,300 185 -85.8%
Depreciation 331 316 -4.5% 1,209 1,270 5.0%
Profit before tax 4,461 5,108 14.5% 15,054 15,730 4.5%
Tax 886 723 -18.4% 3,061 2,500 -18.3%
Extraordinary items (238) 824   (19) 557  
Profit after tax 3,337 5,209 56.1% 11,974 13,787 15.1%
Net profit margin (%) 12.8% 17.5%   12.1% 12.5%  
Effective tax rate (%) 19.9% 14.2%   20.3% 15.9%  
No. of Shares (m) 2201.2 2201.2   2201.2 2201.2  
Diluted earnings per share*       5.4 6.3  
P/E ratio (x)         35.6  
(* Trailing 12 months)            

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