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Aditya Birla Nuvo reports results for the quarter ended 30 June 2009

29th July, 2009

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Aditya Birla Nuvo continues to move closer in the direction of achieving distinct strategic objectives across its businesses:

  • Building momentum for achieving leadership in the financial fervices business;
  • Achieving pan India presence in the telecom business;
  • Regaining profitability in the BPO and the garments businesses and
  • Strengthening operations in the 'Value' (manufacturing) businesses

As a result, almost all the businesses have outperformed competition while strengthening their positioning and earnings y-o-y as well as q-o-q.

Q1 FY 2009-10
Q1 FY 2008-09
(Rs. crore)
Consolidated net income from operations
5,369.4
2,653.3
Consolidated Net Sales
3,214.3
3,098.7
Consolidated PBDIT
306.4
270.8
Consolidated Net Loss
(35.3)
(28.3)
  • Higher net sales is supported by the Life insurance, Telecom and Garments businesses. 
  • Higher PBDIT is primarily driven by improved performance in the BPO and the Garments businesses coupled with lower new business strain in the Life Insurance business.
  • Higher depreciation consequent to expansion in the Telecom business and higher interest costs to fund growth in the Financial Services businesses led to increase in net loss.

To strengthen balance sheet by reducing debt and interest costs, shareholders have approved equity infusion of Rs. 1,000 crore through preferential allotment to promoters, in the EoGM held on 17 June 2009. A sum of Rs. 250 crore has been received in June 2009 itself as 25 per cent application money.

All the businesses are progressing well on the designed path of achieving profitable growth.

Financial services
Birla Sun Life Insurance (BSLI)
continues to outperform the private sector life insurers. While private life insurers de-grew by 18 per cent in new business premium during the quarter, BSLI's annualised new premium de-grew only by 6 per cent. In June 2009, BSLI ranked 5th with 10.1 per cent market share amongst private players. BSLI posted 17 per cent y-o-y growth in total premium income from Rs. 796.4 crore to Rs. 929.2 crore. Renewal premiums soared by 64 per cent to Rs. 526.9 crore driven by high persistency. Lower strain of new business premium reduced net loss from Rs. 146.8 crore to Rs. 111.1 crore.

Birla Sun Life Asset Management (BSAMC) continued its strong momentum and outperformed industry by a significant margin. BSAMC achieved 37 per cent y-o-y growth in average domestic AUM compared to industry's 19 per cent growth. It ranks 5th with 8.4 per cent market share. Total average AUM (incl. offshore and PMS) at Rs. 58,514 crore posted 20 per cent q-o-q growth. Domestic equity AUM grew q-o-q by 70 per cent achieving highest growth rate in this segment among top 5 players. BSAMC has been recognised as "India Onshore Fund House 2009" by the Asian Investor, Hong Kong. More than 80 per cent of AUM is in top two quartiles of performance based on one year returns.

Net profit of Apollo Sindhoori grew from Rs. 2.1 crore to Rs. 2.7 crore supported by improved broking volumes. 'Aditya Birla Private Equity Fund' has successfully launched its maiden offering to Indian investors and is getting encouraging response. Other financial services businesses continued to invest in people and technology related infrastructure.

The Aditya Birla Financial Services Group is taking rapid strides in its journey to be a leader and role model in financial services sector with a broad based and integrated business. It is well positioned to capitalise on the huge untapped opportunity offered by the Indian financial services sector.

Telecom
Idea Cellular expanded its footprint to 17 services areas with the launch of Orissa and Tamil Nadu (Incl. Chennai) service areas. Idea now covers ~ 90 per cent of the national subscriber base and serves over 47 million subscribers. It ranks 5th with 11 per cent market share. Idea registered a 37 per cent rise in revenues from Rs. 2,173.5 crore to Rs. 2,974.8 crore. Cash profit grew by 37 per cent from Rs. 565.3 crore to  Rs. 772.6 crore. Net profit grew by 13 per cent from Rs. 263.1 crore to Rs. 297.1 crore despite start up costs of newly rolled out circles and its share in losses of Spice.
    
BPO
Net loss at Rs. 9.2 crore has been reduced considerably y-o-y from Rs. 23.6 crore and q-o-q from Rs. 33.9 crore, supported by site consolidation and overheads reduction initiatives. Lower business from the clients suffering slowdown contained revenues to Rs. 371.6 crore. In the direction of scaling domestic operations and building expertise in telecom vertical, one site was launched in India to serve Idea Cellular while two others are on cards.
 
Garments
Revenues grew by 13 per cent from Rs. 225.1 crore to Rs. 255.1 crore driven by higher sales in the branded garments business. Sales from retail channel grew by 23 per cent supported by expanded retail space and growth in like to like store sales. The top-line growth could have been higher but for weak order flow in contract exports subsidiary due to global slowdown. Loss before interest and tax at Rs. 45.1 crore has been reduced significantly y-o-y from Rs. 56.9 crore and q-o-q from Rs. 82.2 crore, supported by rent-negotiation, exit from unviable stores, working capital management and manpower rationalisation efforts.

Carbon black
Capacity utilisation rose to 100 per cent from 79 per cent in the previous quarter. Re- affirming that later half of FY 2008-09 was an aberration due to sharp volatility in crude oil prices and slowdown in demand from auto / tyre sector. Driven by lower feed stock prices and revival of demand from tyre sector, Hi-Tech Carbon has made a turnaround by earning PBIT of Rs. 25 crore compared to loss of Rs. 13.8 crore in the previous quarter. Profitability is lower y-o-y due to part consumption of high priced feed stock which got completely exhausted in May 2009. In June 2009, operating margin has attained normalcy. Capacity expansion by 75,000 mtpa at Patalganga is targeted by March 2010 to tap regained buoyancy in domestic auto sector.

Fertilisers
While Indo-Gulf achieved higher per day productivity y-o-y, planned maintenance shut-down in April 2009 and subsequent breakdown in May 2009 resulted in lower operating days. Consequent lower volumes coupled with higher repairs and maintenance costs lowered profitability.

Rayon
Indian Rayon posted highest ever quarterly profitability driven by higher VFY realisation and lower input costs. Earnings were further augmented by 16 per cent growth in caustic soda sales volumes on back of capacity expansion in December 2008.

Insulators
Aditya Birla Insulators witnessed lower volumes due to deferment of delivery schedule by few clients. Demand and realisation remained under pressure globally. Capacity expanded by 10,000 TPA is under trial run and commercial production is targeted in the running quarter.

Textiles
Profitability of Jaya Shree textiles was impacted by usage of high priced stock due to fall in input prices. The business is focusing on increasing share of retail segment to enhance margins.

Aditya Birla Nuvo is well positioned to emerge stronger with the continuous pursuit of strategic initiatives. It is dedicated to ensure that 'Growth' businesses achieve 'path to profitability' faster. The investments made, specifically in the Financial Services, BPO and the Garments businesses, are endeavoured towards creating long term value for the shareholders.

About Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd.
Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd is a conglomerate and the platform that has launched many new age businesses for the Aditya Birla Group. Over the years, it has built successful ventures into sunrise sectors viz., Telecom, Life Insurance, Asset Management, Garments and Business Process Outsourcing. The razor sharp focus on 'Value' businesses has made it a leading player in Viscose Filament Yarn, Carbon Black, Fertilisers, Textiles and Insulators.

Aditya Birla Nuvo is a part of the Aditya Birla Group, India's first truly multinational group. The group operates in 25 countries, is anchored by an extraordinary force of over 130,000 employees belonging to 30 nationalities and derives over half of its revenues from operations outside India.

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