The Indian multinational chemicals company, UPL Ltd, announced its financial results for the first quarter of FY23 on 1st August 2022. The company reported a 29.54% YoY (year on year) increase in its profit after tax (PAT) to Rs. 877 crore in Q1 FY23 from Rs. 677 crore in Q1 FY22.
The rise in UPLs profits is attributable to a robust operational performance by the company, led by an increase in its revenue from operations, which stood at Rs. 10,821 crore in this quarter, jumping 27.08% YoY from Rs. 8,515 in the same quarter of the previous year. This was on account of better product realisations (up 18% YoY), favourable exchange rate (up 3% YoY), and higher volumes (up 6% YoY), as stated by the company’s management. There was also a reduction in the finance costs of the company.
The EBITDA of UPL Ltd. stood at Rs. 2,342 crore in Q1 FY23, displaying a 26% YoY growth from Rs. 1,862 crore in Q1 FY22. However, the EBITDA margin fell slightly by 23 bps to 21.6% in Q1 FY23 from 21.9% in Q1 FY22. The EBITDA margins were maintained despite inflationary pressures, aided by a significant uptick in realisations supported by efficient supply chain management.
Operating margin of the Mumbai-headquartered company stood at 14.39% in Q1 FY23 as against 14.36% in Q1 FY22. At the same time, the net profit margin increased to 9.29% in the quarter under review as against 8.81% in the same quarter of the previous year.
The net worth of the company jumped up to Rs. 29,622 crore in Q1 FY23, a 15.2% YoY increase from Rs. 25,713 crore in Q1 FY22.
The earnings per share (EPS) of the company stood at Rs. 10.76 in Q1 FY23, increasing 33.17% YoY from Rs. 8.08 in the same quarter of the previous year. At around 3 pm, minutes after the results were declared during the market hours, the UPL share reacted positively to the results announcement and shot up 3.9%, trading in the green at Rs. 774.40 per share.
Commenting on the performance, Mr. Jai Shroff, CEO – UPL Ltd., said “After a strong end to FY2022, we continued to see solid growth momentum in Q1 FY23, asthe strong agri commodity prices drove significant uptick in price realizations as well as healthy demand from growers. The EBITDA margin remained largely intact despite the significant input cost inflation and a challenging macro-economic environment exacerbated by geopolitical issues. This was driven by proactive pricing actions coupled with efficient supply chain management that led to the strong topline growth getting translated into robust operating profitability growth as well.
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Moving on, as we look ahead to the rest of the year, we are well poised to continue our healthy growth momentum, as product realizations continue to remain strong, recent new launches continue to see good traction in the marketplace, and the overall demand outlook continues to be constructive. Considering this positive outlook, we have revised our FY23 guidance upwards, expecting to achieve a revenue growth of 12-15% now versus 10% earlier, and EBITDA growth of 15-18% versus 12-15% earlier.”
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Research Analyst: Bavadharini KS