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Jagran Prakashan: First cut
Oct 29, 2007

Performance summary
  • Operating revenues grows by 23% YoY in 2QFY08 on the back of robust growth in advertisement revenues.

  • Operating profit increased 30% YoY.

  • Bottomline grows by 27% YoY aided by higher operating margins and lower interest costs.

  • Board has recommended subdivision of face value of Equity Share from Rs 10 per share to Rs 2 per share and declared interim dividend of Rs 5 per share (dividend yield of 0.7%)

(Rs m) 2QFY07 2QFY08 Change 1HFY07 1HFY08 Change
Net Sales 1,436 1,772 23.4% 2,800 3,606 28.8%
Expenditure 1,136 1,382 21.6% 2,162 2,701 24.9%
Operating profit 299 390 30.3% 637 905 42.0%
Operating profit margin (%) 20.9% 22.0% 22.8% 25.1%
Other income 60 37 -37.7% 123 126 1.9%
Depreciation 56 83 47.5% 104 153 47.1%
Interest 20 14 -26.7% 37 34 -7.2%
Profit before tax 283 330 16.5% 619 843 36.1%
Prior period adjustment 17 (2) -112.2% 17 0 -98.7%
Tax 91 110 21.0% 198 276 39.1%
Profit after tax 175 222 26.5% 404 567 40.3%
Net profit margin (%) 12.2% 12.5% 14.4% 15.7%
No of shares (m) 50.2 60.2 50.2 60.2
Diluted earnings per share (Rs)* 15.3
Price to earnings ratio (x)* 43.5
* 12 month trailing earnings

What to expect?
At Rs 668, the stock is trading at a price to earnings multiple of 43.5 times itís trailing 12 month earnings. We shall put up a detailed analysis of the results post the conference call scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

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