• JULY 29, 2000

Knoll Pharma: A strong dose

A 30% growth in earnings on a 13.6% growth in the topline is a strong enough dose but Knoll has during the quarter also sold units of mutual funds which have realised an extraordinary profit of Rs 160.5 m.

(Rs m) 2QFY99 2QFY00 Change
Sales 790 897 13.6%
Other Income 18 30 64.5%
Expenditure 688 763 10.9%
Operating Profit (EBDIT) 102 134 31.4%
Operating Profit Margin (%) 12.9% 14.9%  
Interest 1 7  
Depreciation 14 14 6.7%
Profit before Tax 106 143 35.2%
Other Adjustments   161  
Tax 20 30  
Profit after Tax/(Loss) 86 273 217.5%
Net profit margin (%) 10.9% 12.6%  
No. of Shares (m) (eoy) 16.2 16.2  
Diluted no. of shares (m) 16.2 16.2  
Diluted Earnings per share* 21.3 67.5  

The company is a leading player in the anti–diabetes, pain control and antacid market with brands such as Brufen, Digene, Epilex (anti–epilepsy) and Cremmafin (laxative) market.

During the quarter the company has entered into an agreement with Kalpataru Homes for the part development of its Sion premises for a consideration of Rs 140 m.

The stock quotes at a price of Rs 314 (near its 52 week low of Rs 300) which implies an earning multiple of 4.6 times the second quarter annualised earnings.

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