January 30, 2020 (MLN): Weak demand for steel products from construction, automotive and other key downstream industries adversely affected International Industries Limited (INIL)’s net profits for the half-year ended December 31, 2019, as it went down considerably by around 92% YoY to Rs 170.2 million. Whereas, in the corresponding period of last year the company posted net profits of Rs 2 billion.
The decline in profitability was primarily attributable to the key challenges that the company had to face during the period mentioned above which includes the higher cost of financing, gas input, and freight due to implementation of axle load regime.
Although the company’s net revenues remained at the same level, margins came under extreme pressure as it shrank by 3ppts to 9% compared to the corresponding period of last year due to higher interest rates and high freight cost due to axle load restriction.
Even though the company enjoyed a tax concession of Rs 315.4 million, the impact failed to lift the company’s profitability.
Moreover, the company stated a loss per share of Rs 0.93 against the Earning per share of Rs 9.86 reported last year.
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