• APRIL 28, 2000

Birla consolidates.

The company is promoted by the M.P Birla group and was incorporated in 1992 in a technical cum financial collaboration with Ericsson Cables, Sweden.

It manufactures both optical fibre cables which are presently in use and much faster than jelly filled cables which are also manufactured by the company.

The company has shown a steady increase in revenue mainly on account of increased demand for optical fibre cables. However due to increasing raw material costs, profit margins are more or less constant. The future is extremely bright for the company.

(Rs m) FY99 FY00 Change
Sales 1,261 1,575 24.9%
Other Income 9 5 -44.4%
Expenditure 1,008 1,326 31.5%
Operating Profit (EBDIT) 253 249 -1.6%
Operating Profit Margin (%) 20.1% 15.8%  
Interest 73 34 0.0%
Depreciation 68 76 11.8%
Profit before Tax 121 144 19.0%
Tax 13 39
Profit after Tax/(Loss) 108 105 -2.8%
Net profit margin (%) 8.6% 6.7%  
Earnings per share 3.60 3.50  

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