ASTL: Finance cost, the main culprit

February 26, 2020 (MLN): Amreli Steel Limited (ASTL) has announced its financial results for the half-year ended December 31, 2019, as per which, the company has suffered losses of Rs 312 million (LPS: Rs 1.06) against net profits of Rs 516 million (EPS: Rs 1.74) of the same period last year.

The main reason for the net losses incurred by the company was higher financial charges.

During the period under review, the topline jumped by 10.76% YoY to Rs 13.64 billion on an account of increase in offtake and an increase in re-bar prices. However, the gross margin fell by 3ppts from 12% to 9% owing to increase in input cost.

The primary culprit behind the red bottom line was colossal finance cost which increased by 2.5 times YoY to Rs 1.21 billion. However, the tax reversal of Rs 275 thousand came as a breather in the bottom line.

Condensed Interim  Profit or Loss Account for the Half Year Ended December 31st  2019 (Rupees in ‘000)

Dec-19

Dec-18

% Change

Sales

 13,642,337

 12,317,227

10.76%

Cost of sales

 (12,378,447)

 (10,791,903)

14.70%

Gross Profit

 1,263,890

 1,525,324

-17.14%

Distribution cost

 (327,481)

 (284,927)

14.94%

Administrative expenses

 (310,025)

 (236,682)

30.99%

Other expenses

 (10,287)

 (45,480)

-77.38%

Other income

 8,639

 29,398

-70.61%

Operating profit

 624,736

 987,633

-36.74%

Finance costs

 (1,212,839)

 (489,638)

147.70%

(Loss)/Profit before taxation

 (588,103)

 497,995

Taxation

 275,624

 18,338

1403.02%

Net (loss)/profit for the year

 (312,479)

 516,333

(Loss)/earnings per share-basic and diluted

 (1.06)

 1.74

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Posted on: 2020-02-26T15:05:00+05:00

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