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GCPL Q1 profit falls 8.7% to Rs225 crore

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New Delhi: FMCG major Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (GCPL) on Monday reported an 8.70% decline in consolidated net profit at Rs225.17 crore for the quarter to June due to tepid sales post GST and higher expenses. The company had posted net profit of Rs246.65 crore in April-June a year ago.

Net sales during the period under review were up 3.42% at Rs2,266.69 crore as against Rs2,191.64 crore of the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal, the company said in a BSE filing. Total expenses during the period was at Rs1,998.88 crore, up 6.53 per cent, as against Rs1,876.23 crore. For the June quarter, GCPL’s revenue from the domestic market grew 5.35% to Rs1,196.16 crore, from Rs1,135.39 crore a year earlier.

“While sales in April and May were strong, June sales growth dipped due to channel de-stocking in the run-up to the implementation of the transformative Goods and Services Tax,” said GCPL Executive Chairperson Nisaba Godrej. Its international business grew by 11% on a constant currency basis. However, revenue contribution from its Indonesian operations came in lower by 14.17% at Rs322.88 crore as against Rs376.20 crore last year.

Revenue from its African market, which includes the Strength of Nature brand, was up 12.87% at Rs512.26 crore as against 453.83 crore earlier. “Our Africa cluster continued to perform well with 26 per cent constant currency growth. Indonesia delivered a weak performance with 11% decline, but we expect gradual recovery in growth rates with improving macro-economic conditions,” she added.

Contribution from other markets was at 260.27 crore, up 2.49%, from Rs253.93 crore of the corresponding period of 2016-17. The stock was trading at Rs1,036.40 on the BSE on Monday, down 1.87% from the previous close.

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