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Results for Quarter Ending 30th September 2004 Press kit

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October 29, 2004

Tata Motors maintains growth
Q II PAT up 50%; Gains in sales volumes and market share

Tata Motors, India’s leading automotive manufacturer, today reported revenues (net of excise) of Rs.4147.05 Crores for the quarter ended September 30, 2004, an increase of 31% over Rs.3177.73 Crores in the second quarter last year. The Profit Before Tax stood at Rs 427.21 Crores as compared to Rs.328.52 Crores in the same period last year, an increase of 30%.

The Profit After Tax for the second quarter, after provision of Rs.118 Crores towards current and deferred tax, stood at Rs.309.21 Crores, as compared to Rs.206.68 Crores in the second quarter of last year, an increase of 50%. However, the operating margins continued to be under pressure at 12.5% (13.8%) due to unprecedented increase in all material input costs. The Company continues its thrust on cost reduction to reduce the impact of such cost increases.

The total sales volume for Q2 FY05 at 95,576 nos. grew by 22% over 78,125 nos. sold in the corresponding period last year.

During the Quarter, the Company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol :TTM) through conversion of its outstanding GDSs into ADSs. This was a Level II listing without any concurrent fund raising.

Half Year

The Company’s revenues (net of excise) at the end of the first half of the year 2004-05 improved by 36% to Rs.7721.13 Crores (Previous year – Rs.5680.17 Crores ). The Profit Before Tax for the first half of the year was Rs.730.30 Crores as compared to Rs.492.19 Crores in the same period last year, an increase of 48%. The Profit After Tax for the first half of the year was Rs.532.57 Crores, compared to Rs.306.99 Crores in the same period last year, an increase of 73%.

The Company recorded significant increases in sales volumes across all product groups and gained market share. Commercial Vehicle sales in the domestic market in the first half were 83953, an increase of 31% (64131 nos. last year). The Company improved its market share in commercial vehicles from 58.6% (1H FY04) to 59.7% in 1H FY05 in the domestic market.

The Passenger Vehicle sales in the domestic market in 1H FY05 were 85948 nos., recording an increase of 28% over the corresponding period of the previous year (66973 nos.). The Company’s market share in passenger vehicles increased to 17.3% from 16.2% in the first half of previous year.

Indica sales at 52,456 nos. grew by 31.5% in 1H FY05. The Indigo range (including the recently launched Indigo Marina), with a sale of 19166 nos. in the first half of the year grew by 45%.

Indigo continued to maintain its leadership in entry level ‘C’ segment of cars with a market share of 30.9% and crossed the 50,000 mark in the shortest span of time in the Indian sedan market. Indigo Marina was launched in September’04 and has been well received in the market. With the launch of the Sumo Victa in July’04 , Sumo sales volumes grew by 39% in 2Q FY05. Tata Motors continues to be the second largest player in the Passenger Vehicle segment.

Exports

Cumulative export sales for the period April-September’04 were 10,593 nos. as against 7,417 nos. sold in the same period last year, representing an increase of 43%. The Company has commenced marketing initiatives for introducing ‘TATA NOVUS’ heavy vehicles (manufactured in South Korea by Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicle Company) in the international markets.

The Audited Financial Results for the quarter and six months ended September 30, 2004 are enclosed.

AUDITED FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE QUARTER/HALF YEAR ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2004

Particulars
Quarter ended September 30,
Nine months ended
September 30,
Year Ended
March 31,
   
2004
2003
2004
2003
2004
(A)  
(Audited)
(Unaudited)
(Audited)
(Unaudited)
(Audited)
1 Vehicle Sales:(in Nos.)          
  Commercial vehicles
44076
37426
83953
64131
152195
  Passenger Cars and Utility vehicles
45167
36855
85948
66973
140018
  Exports
6333
3844
10593
7417
22046
   
95576
78125
180494
138521
314259
2 Vehicle Production:(in Nos.)          
  Commercial vehicles
47628
41243
93228
67099
159972
  Passenger Cars and Utility vehicles
48924
39017
91115
70690
151570
   
96552
80260
184343
137789
311542
3 Export Turnover (at F.O.B. value) Rs. Crores
323.73
185.92
535.91
352.26
1006.32
  US $ M
70.27
41.03
116.48
76.83
230.23
             
(B)  
(Rupees Crores)
1 Sales/Income from operations
4887.84
3764.36
9132.77
6688.58
15493.52
  Less: Excise Duty
740.79
586.63
1411.64
1008.41
2270.30
  Net Sales/Income from operations
4147.05
3177.73
7721.13
5680.17
13223.22
2 Total Expenditure          
  (a) (Increase) / Decrease in stock in trade and work in progress
(1.10)
(57.69)
(250.35)
12.36
141.98
  (b) Consumption of Raw Materials & Components
2803.68
2127.01
5385.74
3653.66
8341.39
  (c) Staff Cost
258.99
215.15
495.13
400.74
882.49
  (d) Other expenditure
565.52
454.39
1141.21
842.97
1975.56
  (e) Sub Total 2(a) to 2(d)
3627.09
2738.86
6771.73
4909.73
11341.42
3 Operating Profit [1-2]
519.96
438.87
949.40
770.44
1881.80
4 Other Income (Note 2)
70.59
22.78
111.83
33.27
58.90
5 Interest          
  (a) Gross Interest
54.86
46.95
108.46
105.63
206.65
  (b) Capitalisation of Interest and other receipts
(15.08)
(20.96)
(27.10)
(25.85)
(45.39)
  (c) Net Interest
39.78
25.99
81.36
79.78
161.26
6 Product development cost – written off
15.73
9.88
42.34
19.02
51.64
7 Depreciation and Amortisation
106.82
94.40
205.15
189.71
382.60
8 Profit before extraordinary/exceptional items [3+4-5-6-7]
428.22
331.38
732.38
515.20
1345.20
9 Exceptional Items
  (a) Employee sesheettion cost (Note 4)
1.01
2.86
2.08
23.01
4.56
  (b) Provision for diminution in value of investments
48.30
  (c) Sub Total 9(a) to 9(b)
1.01
2.86
2.08
23.01
52.86
10 Profit Before Tax [8-9]
427.21
328.52
730.30
492.19
1292.34
11 Less: Provision for Taxation
  (a) Current Tax
103.25
23.57
194.92
36.15
96.00
  (b) Deferred Tax
14.75
98.27
2.81
149.05
386.00
  (c) Sub Total of 11(a) and 11(b)
118.00
121.84
197.73
185.20
482.00
12 Profit After Tax [10-11]
309.21
206.68
532.57
306.99
810.34
13 Paid-up Equity Share Capital (Face value of Rs. 10 each)
359.10
320.64
359.10
320.64
356.83
14 Reserves excluding Revaluation Reserve
3236.77
15 Basic EPS (not annualised) Rupees
8.63
6.45
14.90
9.59
24.68
  Diluted EPS (not annualised) Rupees
8.07
6.25
13.99
9.28
22.71
16 Aggregate of Non-Promoter Shareholding
  – Number of Shares
240765835
217689135
240765835
217689135
235239669
  – Percentage of shareholding
67.16%
67.90%
67.16%
67.90%
66.65%

Notes:

  1. Figures for the previous period have been regrouped/reclassified wherever necessary.

  2. Other Income includes Rs. 28.53 crores towards profit on sale of a long term trade investment sold during the quarter.

  3. During the half year ended September 30, 2004, (a) Rs. 8.13 crores towards premium on the early redemption of Debentures and (b) Issue expenses of Rs. 29.12 crores, and prorata provision for premium on redemption of Rs. 19.36 crores, of Foreign Currency Convertible Notes have been debited to Securities Premium Account.

  4. The Company had charged by way of employees sesheettion cost to the Profit and Loss Account for the comsheettive quarter and half year in the previous year Rs. 2.86 crores and Rs. 23.01 crores respectively . In view of the limited revision of the Accounting Standard 26 (AS 26) on ‘Intangible Assets’, the Company reverted to its earlier accounting policy of amortising such cost over a period of 24 to 84 months, in the year ended March 31, 2004. Had the current accounting policy been followed in the previous period, the employee sesheettion cost reported would have been lower and accordingly the profit before tax would have been higher by Rs. 2.04 crores and Rs. 21.95 crores in the quarter and the half year ended September 30, 2003 respectively.

  5. During the quarter, (a) 3,57,098 Ordinary Shares were allotted consequent to exercise of equivalent number of warrants pertaining to rights issue of 2001 at Rs. 120/- per share and (b) 1,38,068 Ordinary Shares were allotted consequent to conversion of 750 1% Foreign Currency Convertible Notes (2008) at Rs. 250.745 per share.

  6. The Company is engaged exclusively in the business of automobile products consisting of all types of commercial and passenger vehicles. These, in the context of Accounting Standard 17 on Segment Reporting, issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, are considered to constitute one single primary segment.

  7. The Company has raised Rs. 943.42 crores upto September 30, 2004, towards the proceeds from the Rights issue of Convertible and Non-convertible Debentures with detachable warrants issued in 2001. These proceeds have been fully utilised for the stated objectives of capital expenditure, product development expenditure and prepayment/repayment of borrowings.

  8. In April 2004, the Company has raised funds by issuing (a) US$ 100 Million (Rs. 438.5 Crores at issue) by way of Zero Coupon Convertible Notes maturing in April 2009 and (b) US$ 300 Million (Rs.1315.5 Crores at issue) by way of 1% Convertible Notes maturing in April 2011. The noteholders have an option to convert these notes into Equity Shares or Depository receipts at Rs. 573.106 and Rs. 780.400 respectively, and the Company has a right to redeem these notes subject to certain conditions.

  9. As on July 1, 2004, 117 Investor complaints were outstanding (out of which 116 complaints pertaining to non-receipt of interim dividend). The Company received 127 complaints during the said quarter and disposed off 186 complaints by September 30, 2004. There were 58 complaints unresolved as on September 30, 2004, out of which 57 complaints pertain to non-receipt of dividend, which have been resolved as of date.

  10. The Statutory Auditors have carried out an audit of the results stated in (B) above for the quarter and half year ended September 30, 2004.

The above Results have been reviewed by the Audit Committee of the Board and were taken on record by the Board of Directors at its meeting held on October 29, 2004.

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