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Piramal Glass records Rs. 316m PAT in 1H, 20-21

25 October, 2020

Piramal Glass Ceylon PLC released its results for the half year ended September 30, 2020 with a revenue of Rs. 3,560 million and a Profit After Tax (PAT) of Rs. 316 million as against the revenue of Rs. 3,527 million and PAT of Rs. 95 million during the corresponding period in the previous year.

The year started under a lockdown situation in the country due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The operations commenced with 25% capacity producing glass containers for essential commodities for Food and Pharmaceutical customers.

The operations were back to normal only by mid-May leading to a setback in Q1.

However, the demand started improving from second quarter of the current financial year and we were able to generate a revenue of Rs. 2,230 million as against Rs. 1,942 million of the previous year reflecting a growth of 14.8%.

The Profit after Tax stood at Rs. 360 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 as against Rs. 74 million during the corresponding period in the previous year.

The domestic market witnessed a growth of 20% with sales of Rs. 1,560 mn as against previous year similar period revenue of Rs. 1,291 mn.

The demand for packaged food witnessed a steep rise due to panic buying by households resulting to higher sales of food jars in the domestic segment during the period under review.

The demand for Pharmaceutical and Agro industries also showed a healthy upward trend. However, the Beverage market saw a setback with the restrictions placed on social and festive gatherings.

Export sale is marginally ahead in FY21 second quarter with Rs. 670 mn as against Rs. 651 mn of the corresponding period during the previous year.

The export sale is achieved despite limitations in vessel availability for major markets. Even shipments to nearby markets such as India and Pakistan were impacted. However, the demand of flavoured water bottles for Canadian and North American markets and higher demand for food jars in Australia helped to surpass last year’s sales.

The company also made inroads in new markets such as the UK, Mexico, Colombia and Netherlands with Food jars and high-end liquor bottles.

“We are hopeful to sustain and further improve the performance, as there is a healthy pipeline for new products and new customers in the international markets. Even the demand from domestic customers remains strong. We shall continue to provide the right product quality with excellent customer service and innovation in New Product Development,” said Executive Director and COO, Sanjay Jain.

The company achieved a gross profit of 24% at Rs 528 mn for the F21 Q2 as against 19% at Rs.368 mn in the corresponding period previous year, a growth of 43%.

The half year closed with a PAT of Rs.316 mn as against Rs.95 million of the previous year similar period reflecting earning per share of Cents 0.33 as against Cents 0.10 in the previous year.