• JULY 27, 2000

HFCL: Sales, profits zoom

Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited has posted a sharp 640% growth in bottomline. The company has benefited from the 228% growth in topline and an improvement in operating margins.

(Rs m)1QFY001QFY01Change
Sales 773 2,539 228.2%
Other Income 18 209  
Expenditure 620 1,988 220.7%
Operating Profit (EBDIT) 154 551 258.7%
Operating Profit Margin (%)19.8%21.7% 
Interest 48 21 -57.1%
Depreciation 39 66 68.3%
Profit before Tax83673707.3%
Tax - 55  
Profit after Tax/(Loss) 83 617 640.7%
Net profit margin (%)10.8%24.3% 
No. of Shares (eoy) (m) 64.7 71.7  
Diluted number of shares (m) 64.7 71.7  
Diluted Earnings per share*5.234.5 

During the quarter, the company has allotted over 7 m shares to a company belonging to the Kerry Packer Group. The company has initiated measures to sustain growth in coming months. It is stepping up the capacity of its optic fiber plant 15,000 ckm from 5,000 ckm.

The stock currently trades at Rs 1,182, implying a P/e multiple of 34.3x.

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