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Amara Raja Batteries Dips 1% Even as Net Profit Doubles

Aug 16, 2021

Shares of Amara Raja Batteries (ARBL) dipped over 1% today even as the company's net profit doubled to Rs 1.2 bn for the June 2021 quarter.

The company had posted a net profit of Rs 625 m in the same period last year.

The revenue of the company jumped 63.4% year on year (YoY) to Rs 18.9 bn compared to Rs 11.5 bn in the June 2020 quarter as aftermarket demand across product segments in both automotive and industrial segments remained strong.

The company said that the revenue of its automotive business grew on the back of strong growth in exports and OEMs. In the industrial business, both telecom and UPS applications registered strong YoY growth.

Due to the increase in revenue, the company's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased by 64.3% YoY to Rs 2.5 bn from Rs 1.5 bn.

However, EBITDA margins remained flat as raw material, employee, and other expenses increased.

Key Financial Highlights (June 2021 vs June 2020)

  Jun-21 Jun-20 YoY Change
Revenue (in m) 18,862 11,512 63.8%
       
EBITDA (in m) 2,500 1,522 64.2%
EBITDA Margin 13.26% 13.22% 0.03%
       
Net Profit (in m) 1,241 625 98.6%
Net Profit Margin 6.58% 5.43% 1.15%
Source: Financial Results

While the uncertainty due to the second wave of Covid-19 is creating unpredictability in the product off-take, the company is focused on ensuring product availability across all market segments by calibrating its manufacturing operations and supply chain dynamically.

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With respect to the outlook, Jayadev Galla, Vice Chairman, Managing Director and CEO, said,

  • Even as we prepare ourselves for the future opportunities in both the energy storage and e-mobility applications, we remain focused on maximising the value of the lead acid business by selective investments in expanding product portfolio and the geographies we serve.

Amara Raja Batteries plans US$ 1 bn capex over the next 5-7 years

Amara Raja Batteries plans to invest about US$ 1 bn over the next five to seven years in capex towards both organic and inorganic growth.

The investment will largely be used for a 10-12 GWh (gigawatt hours) lithium ion battery facility under the Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC), PLI (Production Linked Incentives) scheme of the government.

The battery maker said it would focus more on new-age energy storage systems such as lithium-ion technology keeping in view market trends as the lead acid battery market growth rate is expected to taper off over a period of time.

In May 2021, the Government of India approved the PLI (Production Linked Incentives) scheme for manufacturing ACC (Advanced Chemistry Cell) batteries at an estimated outlay of Rs 181 bn.

Amara Raja has been making about Rs 4-5 bn investment on capex to sustaining its existing businesses every year.

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Jayadev Galla takes over as group chairman

After founding and nurturing the Amara Raja Group for over three decades, group chairman Ramachandra N. Galla finally called it a day and handed over the baton to his son Jayadev Galla.

The decision on his retirement was taken in June at the company's board meeting when Mr. Ramachandra chose not to seek reappointment and hand over the mantle to his son.

How the stock markets reacted to Amara Raja Batteries June 2021 results today

Shares of Amara Raja Batteries opened the day higher at Rs 740 on the BSE and Rs 742 on the NSE today and later fell over 1% after the company declared its results.

The share touched its 52-week high of Rs 1,025 and 52-week low of Rs 693 on 15 January 2021 and 13 July 2020, respectively.

Over the last 30 days, Amara Raja Batteries share price is down 1.1% and in the year to date, the scrip is down by 22.2%.

About Amara Raja Batteries

Amara Raja Batteries is one of the largest manufacturers of lead acid batteries for both industrial and automotive applications in the Indian storage battery industry.

It produces automotive batteries under the brands Amaron and Powerzone TM, which are distributed through a large pan-India sales and service retail network.

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The company's industrial battery brands comprise PowerStack, AmaronVolt, and Quanta.

In India, Amara Raja is the preferred supplier to major telecom service providers, telecom equipment manufacturers, the UPS sector (OEM & replacement), Indian railways and to the power, oil & gas, among other industry segments.

The company supplies automotive batteries under original equipment (OE) relationships to Ashok Leyland, Ford India, Honda, Hyundai, Mahindra & Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, and Tata Motors.

For more details about the company, you can have a look at Amara Raja Batteries factsheet and quarterly results on our website.

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Ayesha Shetty

Ayesha Shetty is a financial writer with the StockSelect team at Equitymaster. An engineer by qualification, she uses her analytical skills to decode the latest developments in financial markets. This reflects in her well-researched and insightful articles. When she is not busy separating financial fact from fiction, she can be found reading about new trends in technology and international politics.

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