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Shares in Cairn India rose as much as 2.82 percent in early trade Tuesday after reporting a 44 percent, quarter-on-quarter jump in its October-December quarter consolidated profit to Rs 3,345 crore.
The profit was boosted by forex gain of Rs 236 crore and lower tax rate. The company had logged in Rs 786 crore loss in previous quarter.
Operational numbers of the company were slightly weaker than expected. Income from operations declined 4 percent to Rs 4278 crore, QoQ after paying royalty for operating Rajasthan blocks in which it has 70% participating interest along with ONGC's 30% stake.
The management clarified on its production ramp up plans in a conference call post results announcement, which is a positive.
Cairn revised its guidance lower by 10 percent to reach 200-215 kbpd by FY14, due to technical difficulties at Bhagyam.
"Bhagyam will need 15 more wells to reach 40 kbpd peak," the company said.
The research firm CLSA said, "Cairn highlighted its intensive exploration plan in Rajasthan over the next three years which should help it in tapping 670mboe of potential recoverable resources and assist in achieving its 300kbpd of production target."
Shares saw some profit booking after rising sharply in initial trade today, which gained 0.57 percent to Rs 342.25 at 10:07 hours IST.
Cairn India stock price
On December 18, 2014, Cairn India closed at Rs 239.95, up Rs 10.35, or 4.51 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 385.00 and the 52-week low was Rs 228.40.
The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 26.87 per share as per the quarter ended September 2014. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 8.93. The latest book value of the company is Rs 206.66 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 1.16.
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