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Colour Chem: Operating margins under pressure

May 26, 2000

Colour Chem has reported disappointing results for FY 2000. While the turnover has staganted operating margins have declined. The net profits have increased primarily due to the fact that last year the company gave a VRS to 443 persons and wrote off Rs 270 m in the income statement.The continuing slowdown in industrial production has affected both the topline and the operating profit growth of Colour Chemicals. While life sciences contribute around 40% to the turnover of the company, pigments contribute another 35%. Around 25% of the turnover is contributed by the textile, leather and paper chemicals division. All divisions have to some extent been affected the industrial slowdown.

(Rs m)FY1999FY2000Change
Sales 2,963 2,951 -0.4%
Other Income 148 189 27.3%
Expenditure 2,618 2,662 1.7%
Operating Profit (EBDIT) 345 288 -16.4%
Operating Profit Margin (%)11.6%9.8% 
Interest 83 75 -9.6%
Depreciation 113 120 6.3%
Profit before Tax 297 282 -5.1%
Other Adjustments (270)  
Tax 23 70 204.3%
Profit after Tax/(Loss) 4 212 5616.2%
Net profit margin (%)0.1%7.2% 
Earnings per share 19.7 60.1  

The stock quotes at Rs 1505 (face value: Rs 100) at an earning multiple of 25 times.

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