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Britannia Industries Q1 profit jumps over two fold to Rs 542.68 crore

Total income during the period under review stood at Rs 3,514.35 crore, up 26.97 per cent, as against Rs 2,767.8 crore in the year-ago quarter, Britannia Industries said in a regulatory filing.

By: PTI | New Delhi | July 17, 2020 5:15:21 pm
Tiger brand cookies, made by Britannia Industries Ltd., are arranged for a photograph in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007. File photo, source: Scott Eells/Bloomberg News)

Britannia Industries on Friday reported over two-fold increase in consolidated profit at Rs 542.68 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, on the account of higher income.

The company had posted a profit of Rs 248.64 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal.

Total income during the period under review stood at Rs 3,514.35 crore, up 26.97 per cent, as against Rs 2,767.8 crore in the year-ago quarter, Britannia Industries said in a regulatory filing.

Britannia Industries Managing Director Varun Berry said: “The quarter posed an uphill task for the economy in wake of COVID-19 and caused significant disruptions due to lockdowns imposed to curtail its spread. Factories, depots, transport and vendors across the supply chain were impacted.”

As soon as the lockdown was eased, he said the company focussed on getting distribution back to the pre-COVID-19 levels and increasing its rural and hinterland reach.

“On the cost front, we witnessed moderate inflation in the prices of key raw materials and expect the prices to be stable going forward given the positive outlook on monsoon and harvest,” he said.

Berry stated that given the dynamic nature of the pandemic and associated uncertainty, the company was quick to resort to cost efficiencies through extraction of supply chain efficiencies, reduction in wastages and fixed costs leverage.

“We also rationalised media spends considering the constraints of inventories due to higher market demand,” he said, adding that the company is diligently studying the impact of COVID-19 on short-term and long-term changes in consumer preferences, distribution models and are confident of overcoming challenges with agility.

Shares of Britannia were trading 1.43 per cent lower at Rs 3,798.55 apiece on BSE.

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