January 27, 2022 (MLN): The new waves of infection would expose the relative fragility of Pakistan’s health systems and in the event of further lockdowns or shocks to external demand, the economy would have comparatively less fiscal headroom to support domestic economic activity, said a report issued by Moody's on Wednesday.
Since the outlook for new spikes in infections and economic disruption remains highly uncertain, it would pose serious risks to the informal workforce and the operation of key labour-intensive economic sectors such as textile and garment manufacturing, it added.
In South Asia, pandemic control had improved significantly in recent months. However, economies with relatively weak fiscal profiles, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan, will be compelled to balance fiscal consolidation objectives with rising social demands to ameliorate structural problems such as weak governance, unequal access to healthcare or income inequality.
These governments will face constraints on their ability to stimulate domestic demand or support companies as new pandemic-related disruptions to economic activity emerge, the report noted.
With regard to debt burden of APEC countries rating, the report foresees the region’s outlook across sectors stable for 2022, reflecting generally improved economic conditions for most issuers, although weaker entities remain exposed to downside pressures from higher dollar-borrowing costs.
Median debt burdens and growth rates of APAC sovereigns are gradually settling at levels that are weaker than they were before the pandemic, but the region is still better positioned than many others because of comparatively higher growth rates and, in some countries including Pakistan, lower debt burdens.
About half of APAC governments will record a decline in their debt burdens in 2022, as revenue and economic output start to recover and some stimulus measures are gradually unwound. Debt burdens and interest costs will nevertheless remain above pre-pandemic levels for most governments in the region.
The unwinding of pandemic-era policies may prove difficult in economies where rising social pressures will drive government policy, or where the financial and corporate sectors require ongoing forbearance measures as they adjust to uneven growth recoveries across sectors.
Fiscal policy space varies across the region. Fiscal constraints are considerable for a cluster of economies, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
The report further noted that economies that are growing at a slower rate than the interest rate on their debt will encounter larger fiscal challenges because of less-favourable debt dynamics. The increase in debt levels during the pandemic will further compound this challenge.
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January 27, 2022 (MLN): ICI Pakistan reported net profits of Rs 6 billion during 1HFY22, which was 2.4 times higher than the profits of Rs2.46 billion in the corresponding period last year.
This translates into an Earning Per Share (EPS) of Rs62.69, up by 2.2x YoY as compared to the SPLY.
In conjunction with financial results, the Board of Directors has recommended the final cash dividend in respect of the financial year ending June 30, 2022, at the rate of 200% (i.e., Rs20 per share of Rs10 each).
The improved performance was achieved on account of enhanced efficiencies delivered by the businesses, recovering consumer demand, consolidation of results of NutriCo Pakistan (Private) Limited, and a one-off net positive impact of Rs1.847bn resulting from the re-measurement of the previously held equity interest of NutriCo Pakistan (Private) Limited.
Adjusting for the one-off gain of Rs1.847bn due to the remeasurement of previously held equity interest, as explained above, profit after for the period under review would have been Rs4.198bn, 70% higher versus the SPLY and EPS attributable to the owners of the holding company would have been Rs42.69, higher by 49% as compared to the SPLY.
On a consolidated basis, including the results of the company's subsidiaries: ICI Pakistan PowerGen Limited and NutriCo Morinaga (Private) Limited, net turnover for the period under review was Rs46.62bn, up by 53.4% YoY, resulting in an increase in gross margins from 22% to 23%.
According to the financial statement issued to PSX, the operating result stood at Rs6.76bn which was 78.6%YoY higher in comparison to SPLY.
Among other major heads, the company’s distribution cost jumped by 15.7% YoY, admin expenses increased by 32.6% YoY and other income witnessed a growth of 28.4% YoY.
The company booked an effective tax rate of 27% against 32% in the corresponding period last year.
Alongside financial results, the Board of Directors of the company have authorized the execution of a Term Sheet with Tariq Glass Industries Limited (TGIL) to explore the possibility of a joint venture (JV) with TGIL to set up a greenfield state-of-the-art float-glass manufacturing facility, having production capacity of up to 1,000 metric tons per day.
The implementation of the Proposed Joint Venture is subject to, including, finalization and execution of definitive agreements and receipt of necessary corporate and regulatory approval, the company said.
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January 27, 2022 (MLN): Interloop Limited (PSX: ILP) declared its profit-after-tax (PAT) for 1HFY22 at Rs4.72 billion (EPS: Rs5.25), registering a growth of 62.4%, from Rs2.90bn (EPS: Rs3.23) earned in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year, the company’s filing on PSX revealed today.
In conjunction with financial results, the company announced an interim cash dividend for the year ended June 30, 2022, at Rs2 per share i.e., 20%.
This increase in profitability was mainly attributable to a whopping increase in gross margins amid higher revenue during the period under review.
It is pertinent to note that the company has grown into one of the world’s largest hosiery manufacturers; a complete vertically integrated company with state-of-the-art spinning, yarn dyeing, knitting and finishing facilities. This hosiery segment contributes 76% to the overall topline.
Going by the financial statement, the net sales of the company increased by around 50% YoY to Rs39.35bn, mainly due to the addition of new machineries in its hosiery division fostering volumetric sales of the company. In addition, utilization of hosiery division stands nearly at 100%, a research note by Arif Habib Limited said.
Resultantly, the gross margins improved by 2ppt to 27% in 1HFY22 majorly accredited to PKR depreciation coupled with better economies of scale and addition of state-of-the-art machinery adding efficiencies to the plant.
On the cost front, the company’s major expense head i.e., administrative expenses ballooned by 51.5% YoY to Rs1.95bn during the said period while distribution cost went up 34% YoY due to excess export orders and the addition of new machinery in knitwear and denim division.
Among other line items, the other operating expenses of the company witnessed a more than two-fold increase to Rs974mn. On the other hand, other income plunged by 47% to Rs25mn.
Meanwhile, the finance costs of the company increased by 69% YoY to Rs871mn in 1HFY22 on account of higher reliance on borrowings to meet CAPEX requirements. Further, an increase in the policy rate by the central bank was also one of the reasons behind this increase in financial costs.
On the tax front, the company’s effective tax rate stood at 7% compared to 6% in 1HFY21.
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January 27, 2022: Tesla rode rising demand for electric vehicles to a record $5.5 billion profit in 2021, but cautioned that supply chain problems would continue to crimp production through 2022.
Elon Musk's company, which scored an 87 percent jump in auto deliveries last year in spite of the global semiconductor shortage, reported a 71 percent rise in revenues to $53.8 billion.
But the electric auto maker said it saw no immediate relief from supply chain woes that have hit activity "for several quarters," it said.
"We plan to grow our manufacturing capacity as quickly as possible," Tesla said in a news release that reiterated the company's target of 50 percent annual growth.
"The rate of growth will depend on our equipment capacity, operational efficiency and the capacity and stability of the supply chain," Tesla said.
"Our own factories have been running below capacity for several quarters as supply chain became the main limiting fator, which is likely to continue through 2022."
In the most recent quarter, Tesla scored a $2.3 billion profit, up more than eight times the year-ago level as revenues jumped 65 percent to $17.7 billion.
Tesla has been ramping up production at factories in California and Shanghai, while also building new facilities in Germany and Texas.
Tesla said it began building Model Y vehicles in Texas in late 2021, while it started equipment testing in Germany around the same time.
"We are still in the process of finalizing the manufacturing permit from local authorities" in Germany, Tesla said.
Shares of Tesla were unchanged in after-hours trading at $937.65.
January 27, 2022: Samsung Electronics' operating profit was up by 53.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2021 driven by record annual sales, the company said in a regulatory filing Thursday.
The world's biggest smartphone maker said its operating profit rose to 13.87 trillion won ($11.55 billion) for the October-December period in 2021, up from nine trillion won in the same quarter the previous year.
Samsung achieved "record sales thanks to competitive products, despite continuing uncertainty," the tech giant said in a statement, citing solid demand for its premium smartphone lines.
While the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the world economy, it has helped many tech companies boom.
Pandemic-driven working from home has boosted demand for devices powered by Samsung's chips, as well as home appliances such as televisions and washing machines.
Consumer demand for high-end products such as foldable phones also helped to further boost profits around the holiday season.
"In the Memory Business, demand is expected to grow as enterprises ramp up IT investments while the Company will expand supply of high-performance products," Samsung said.