27 July, 2009
Tata Motors today reported revenues (net of excise) of Rs.6404.63 crores on a stand-alone basis for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, of the financial year 2009-10, a decline of 7.6% compared to Rs.6928.44 crores in the corresponding quarter previous year.
The company’s continued focus on cost efficiencies, coupled with reduction of raw material prices, inventory reduction and improvement in sales realisation, yielded considerable benefits resulting in the operating margin to 11.4% (from 7.1% in the previous year), with operating profits at Rs.728.00 crores, an increase of 47.9% as compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.
Profit before Tax for the quarter grew by 58.8% to Rs.548.04 crores (Q1 2008-09: Rs.345.09 crores) and Profit after Tax was Rs.513.76 crores (Q1 2008-09: Rs.326.11 crores), an increase of 57.5%. The interest cost (net) at Rs.253.45 crores for the quarter increased by 125.6% due to increased debt taken by the company during the previous year to support its product programmes, investments and working capital requirements and depreciation at Rs.229.12 crores was higher by 26.7% reflecting the increased investments in new products and supporting capabilities. For the quarter ended June 30, 2009, there was an exceptional notional foreign exchange valuation loss of Rs.5.54 crores (previous year loss of Rs.161.59 crores).
Improvement in liquidity, increased reach across the country and introduction of new products and variants improved the company’s sales, except in the case of the heavy truck segment. The heavy truck segment is recovering, albeit slowly, in response to infrastructure development, Government stimulus packages for the automobile industry and Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) initiatives.
The company’s domestic sales volume at 122,120 vehicles recorded a marginal decrease of 1.4% over the corresponding quarter of the previous year, whilst the exports at 5220 vehicles continued to be severely impacted (negative 43%) in the wake of continuing tumultuous global environment resulting in total sales volume at 127,340 vehicles, a decline of 4.3% as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year. The company gained market share in commercial vehicles to 67.4% during the quarter compared with 61% in the corresponding quarter of previous year on the back of a marginal 1.1% growth in domestic sales to 72,216 units. Tata passenger vehicles declined by 10% in the domestic market to 45,846 units but have been growing sequentially every month of the quarter breaking into positive growth in June. The market share for Tata passenger vehicles has sequentially improved from April to June 2009 with the June exit market share at 12.5%, and for the period being at 11.3%. Along with Fiat, the company has a joint market share of 12.3% in the industry.
The company continues to upgrade its resources to leverage emerging opportunities. In commercial vehicles, the company unveiled its new range of world standard trucks in May 2009, comprising multi-axle trucks, tractor-trailers, tippers, mixers and special purpose vehicles which are being gradually launched in India and also in select international markets over a period of time. An all-new Starbus range of buses has also been introduced. A new mileage enhancing automatic stop-start technology, developed in-house, has been introduced in the Ace mini truck. Tata Motors has received a majority of the orders for buses released by different State Governments under the JNNURM.
In passenger vehicles, the company has completed the process of allotment of Tata Nanos, following the car’s launch in March 2009. Deliveries to the allottees have since begun. The company also opened the first Jaguar Land Rover showroom in India at Mumbai. Along with the Fiat Linea, Fiat 500 and the Palio, the company has commenced the distribution of the Fiat Grande Punto in June 2009.
The audited stand-alone financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, are enclosed. The consolidated financial results for the 1st quarter of Financial Year would be voluntarily disclosed separately in due course.