Supermarket chain DMart, led by RK Damani posted its Q4 FY22 results on May 14, 2022.
The company’s profit attributable to the shareholders of the company was up 2.8% YoY (Year on Year) to Rs 420 crore. On a sequential basis, the company’s profit was down 22.8% QoQ (Quarter on Quarter).
The company’s revenue from operations was up 18.5% YoY to Rs 8,786 crore. The revenue from operations was down 4.6% QoQ. Consequently, DMart’s total income was also down on a sequential basis by 4.5% to Rs 8,819 crore. The total income on a YoY basis was up 18.2%.
The dip in DMart’s sequential numbers is largely attributable to the rise of the Omicron COVID variant in January 2022. Moreover, post the Omicron wave, the eCOmmerce business has slowed down on its growth trajectory. However, the momentum on the brick-and-mortar stores has picked up. The March 2022 numbers are well above the March 2021 numbers, particularly due to the FMCG business recovering well.
DMart now has 214 stores that are 2 years or older, with 21 new stores being added in Q4 FY22. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had 284 operating stores with Retail Business Area of 11.5 million square feet.
DMart’s stock closed in the red at Rs 3,230.60 per share after taking a 1.22% dip after the end of the intraday trading session on May 13, 2022 ahead of the company’s quarterly results.
Neville Noronha, CEO & Managing Director of Avenue Supermarts Limited, said that January 2022 started extremely well but then the Omicron wave of Covid‐19 reduced the momentum. These waves typically hurt the high margin and discretionary items more. As is the trend of the past, recovery does take 40‐50 days after restrictions are removed or anxiety of a Covid wave recedes.
March 2022 month again had robust recovery and very satisfactory like for like growth vis a vis March 2021. In general, the quarter performance and past two waves of stop‐start‐stop give us extreme confidence on the resilience of the business to recover in the short term.