Tata Consumer Products Ltd. today announced its results for the quarter ended June 2020.
For the quarter, Revenue from operations is higher by 13% (11% in constant currency) as compared to corresponding quarter of the previous year led by volume and value growth in branded businesses both in India and International. EBITDA at Rs 486 crores and Profit before exceptional items and tax at Rs 436 Crores is higher by 37% and 42% respectively, as compared to corresponding quarter of the previous year, mainly on account of higher revenue and lower level of expenditure including commodity costs.
The Company along with its subsidiaries and affiliates continues to manufacture and supply essential food and beverage items in domestic and international markets in the current COVID environment. The demand for the food and beverage products for in home consumption was buoyant, whereas segments in out of home consumption were adversely impacted. Based on the trends observed, there is some tapering off of demand across geographies and significant hardening of commodity costs in India. Impact on future operations would to a large extent depend on how the pandemic develops.
Some of the key Business updates are:
- For the Quarter, the India branded tea business clocked a 4% volume growth and 8% value growth, despite the decline in the month of April, when the lockdown had just begun.
- Tata Tea Chakra Gold launched an innovative Crowd-funding campaign in Tamil Nadu to garner support for the Hot Tea Shop segment currently struggling financially due to Lockdown and COVID impact. The brand recorded good growth in Q1.
- For the Quarter, the India Foods business clocked an 8% volume growth and 19% value growth. There has been excellent growth across pulses and spices, due to significant increase in demand. The salt portfolio recorded steady growth during the Quarter.
- Post the merger of the consumer product business of TATA Chemicals with TATA Consumer, a new combined organisation structure has already been announced and implemented.
- As part of the integration of the foods and beverages businesses in India, the combined Sales and Distribution re-design is underway. The objective of the redesign is to expand direct reach and enable effective revenue and cost synergies.
- During the Quarter, the International Beverages business registered a 15% revenue growth, driven by improvements in retail and online sales due to COVID related stocking across our key markets.
- The Good Earth Fruit and Herbals range was launched in UK with the aim of creating new teas and beverages for a new generation of consumers. The portfolio includes a range of fruit & herbal, green and black teas and original and flavoured kombucha (a gently carbonated tea).
- Eight O' Clock Coffee (EOC) in the USA registered growth across its portfolio. Its recent innovations such as EOC Barista series, Flavors of America and new SKUs in K cups have achieved distribution gains.
- Tetley Cold Infusions, a range specially formulated to brew in cold water, was launched in Canada and has received good consumer feedback.
Tata Starbucks Update
- Tata Starbucks' operations for Q1 were adversely impacted due to COVID 19. As of June 30th 2020, close to 60% of the total 186 stores have reopened.
- It also launched its first drive-thru store in India at the Ambala Chandigarh Expressway in Zirkapur. The drive-thru format offers added convenience for customers who want to pick up their orders from their car, or travellers on the go.
Sunil D'Souza, Managing Director & CEO of Tata Consumer Products said "We have recorded good revenue and profit growth in Q1 due to increased demand in some categories, strong marketing campaigns and adopting new routes to reach the end consumer effectively. The integration of our foods and beverages businesses in India is progressing well and will unlock significant synergy benefits. In our international markets, we are investing behind our core brands and driving innovations in the tea and coffee segment. We are also strengthening key processes across the organization to scale up capability and build a future ready organization."
Shares of Tata Consumer Products Ltd was last trading in BSE at Rs.449.75 as compared to the previous close of Rs. 434. The total number of shares traded during the day was 325692 in over 6768 trades.
The stock hit an intraday high of Rs. 452.3 and intraday low of 436.4. The net turnover during the day was Rs. 144972331.