28 May, 2008
Consolidated financial results for the year ended March 31, 2008
Tata Motors today reported consolidated gross revenue of Rs. 40340.79 crores in 2007-08, a growth of 9.3% compared to Rs. 36922.61 crores in 2006-07.
The consolidated revenues (net of excise) at Rs. 35651.48 crores posted a growth of 10.2% over Rs. 32361.20 crores in the previous year. The Consolidated Profit before Tax (PBT) for the year was Rs. 3086.29 crores compared to Rs. 3088.00 crores. The Consolidated Profit after tax (PAT) for the year was Rs. 2167.70 crores, a marginal decrease over Rs. 2169.99 crores in the previous year.
Tata Motors has reported a Basic Earnings Per Share (EPS) of Rs. 56.24 for its consolidated operations as against Rs. 56.43 in 2006-07.
Tata Motors stand-alone financial results
Financial year ended March 31, 2008
Tata Motors gross revenue for the financial year 2007-08 was Rs. 33093.93 crores (2006-07:Rs. 31819.48 crores).
The revenues (net of excise) at Rs.28730.82 crores posted a growth of 4.6% over Rs. 27470.03 crores in the previous year. The PBT for the year is Rs. 2576.47 crores, an increase of 0.1% over Rs. 2573.18 crores last year. The PAT for the year is Rs. 2028.92 crores, an increase of 6% over Rs.1913.46 crores last year.
The Company’s margins were under pressure during the year due to rising interest rates, constraints in availability of vehicle financing from outside sources and unprecedented increase in input prices. The Company has focused on cost reduction measures. There have been delays in the introduction of two new products, which are expected to be launched in the very near future.
The total sales volume (including exports) for 2007-08 is 585,649 units, highest ever of the Company, compared to 580,280 units in 2006-07. The Company maintained its leadership position in commercial vehicles and was among the top three players in the passenger vehicles, although it lost some market share. In the domestic market, commercial vehicles’ sales increased by 4.8% to 312,935 units and passenger vehicles’ sales at 218,055 units declined by 4.5%.
This year was a historical year for the Company marked with two path breaking events – the unveiling of the Tata Nano – the world’s least expensive car and the signing of the definitive agreement with Ford Motor Company for purchase of the Jaguar and Land Rover businesses. A number of new products were launched towards the end of the year. In passenger vehicles, new launches include the Indica V2 with a common rail diesel (DICOR) offering, the Indigo CS (the world’s first sub 4-metre sedan), the Indigo LS (an entry level DICOR offering), the Sumo Grande, and the Safari DICOR 2.2 VTT range. Commercial vehicle introduction during 2007-08 included the new Magic and Winger range for passenger transportation, state-of-the-art low-floor CNG-propelled buses and several trucks, tippers and tractor-trailers from 9 tonnes to 49 tonnes. These product launches would help the Company regain some of its market share.
While Tata Motors’ new plant at Pant Nagar (in Uttarakhand) for Ace and Magic range of vehicles went on stream during 2007-08, construction activity is on at Singur (in West Bengal) for the Tata Nano and at Dharwad (in Karnataka) for buses to be manufactured by the Company’s joint venture, Tata Marcopolo Motors Limited. The existing plants at Pune, Jamshedpur and Lucknow are undergoing expansion and modernization.
The automobile industry including Tata Motors is expected to face challenging times ahead due to unprecedented increase in input prices and continuing adverse economic situation in India and globally.
The Board of Directors has recommended a dividend of Rs.15/- per share of Rs.10/- each for the financial year 2007-08 (2006-07: Rs.15/-). The dividend is subject to approval of shareholders; tax on the dividend will be borne by the Company.
The Audited Financial Results for the financial year ended March 31, 2008, are enclosed.