Amara Raja Batteries Limited, India's leading Industrial and Automotive Battery major (B5E: 500008 & N5E Code: AMARAJABAT) today reported a revenue of Rs 1,566.73 crore in Q4 FY 19 (Rs 1580.74 crores) with a growth of (-0.9%) and profit after tax (PAT) of Rs. 119.34 crores (Rs 109.80 crores). The Earnings Per Share (EPS) for Q4 was at Rs. 6.99.
The Company reported for the financial year 2018-19 a revenue of Rs. 6,793.11 crores (Rs 6,059.15 crores) with a growth of 12.1% and profit after tax (PAT) of Rs.483.49. crores (Rs 471.32 crores) The Earnings Per Share (EPS) for FY 2018-19 was at Rs. 28.31.
The Board of the Company, which met today, amended the Dividend Distribution Policy and enhanced the dividend payout limit from existing "15%" to "30%" of PAT (excluding corporate dividend tax). The Board recommended a final dividend of Rs. 5.08 per share (face value of Re. 1/- each) at 25% of PAT, subject to the approval of the shareholders at the ensuing Annual General Meeting. In November 2018, the Board declared and paid an interim dividend of Rs. 2 per equity share of Rs. 1 each (200%). The total dividend for the financial year ended March 31, 2019, including the proposed final dividend amounts to Rs. 7.08 per share, which is line with the revised dividend distribution policy of the Company.
The Automotive battery business continued healthy double digit growth during the year. The aftermarket battery business, in both four wheeler and two wheeler space, witnessed demand pick up for AMARON and POWER ZONE brands aided by channel expansion initiatives. The OEM business saw some pressures in growth, due to slowdown in new vehicle sales. The inverter segment also saw significant uptick in volumes in tubular battery business, resulting in improved capacity utilization.
The automotive exports had significant boost with sustained volume growth in many regional markets. This resulted in gaining shares in many countries leading to substantial growth in the business.
The industrial business witnessed a moderate growth in volumes in segments like UPS and Railways. Exports registered good growth during the year with expansion of market share in majority of the countries where we are present. The telecom volumes remained subdued due to consolidation of the tower companies in the Telecom Market and the competitive pressures.
Commenting on the Q4 performance, Mr. Jayadev Galla, Vice Chai,'man & Managing Director, Amara Raja Batteries Limited said, "We are tracking our growth plans with significant investments into capacity and capability building across various products and process technologies for meeting market demand including the emerging opportunities in renewable energy and Electric Mobility. We will continue to pursue opportunities for strategic partnerships that will be complimentary to our vision and growth objectives."
S. Vijayanand, CEO, Amara Raja Batteries Limited commented, " With continuous growth in Automotive segment and demand for industrial batteries picking up in international markets we have further strengthened our operations by opening up our first overseas subsidiary in UAE and are in line with our expansion plan with other markets. We have commissioned the stamped grid technology facility for two wheeler battery manufacturing. The advanced stamped grid technology project for four wheeler batteries is progressing as per scheduled timelines and will be commissioned during FY20."
Shares of AMARA RAJA BATTERIES LTD. was last trading in BSE at Rs.631 as compared to the previous close of Rs. 625.05. The total number of shares traded during the day was 10519 in over 332 trades.
The stock hit an intraday high of Rs. 635.95 and intraday low of 621.8. The net turnover during the day was Rs. 6630442.