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Feb 12, 2018 07:48 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Tata Steel Q3 profit grows 5-fold to Rs 1,136 cr, operational earnings beat estimates

Profit was lower than CNBC-TV18 poll of Rs 1,450 crore but operational numbers were ahead of estimates.

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Tata Steel has reported strong set of earnings for December quarter on Friday as consolidated profit showed nearly 5-fold increase at Rs 1,136 crore, driven by strong India operational performance. The growth was also due to low base in year-ago.

Profit for the quarter ended December 2016 stood at Rs 232 crore. Profit was lower than CNBC-TV18 poll of Rs 1,450 crore due to exceptional losses but operational numbers were ahead of estimates.

The company provided provision for demands and claims (exceptional items) at Rs 1,115.6 crore for the quarter against Rs 28.55 crore in same quarter last year.

Consolidated revenue during the quarter grew by 20.8 percent to Rs 33,447 crore compared to Rs 27,684 crore in year-ago, with India business showing 10.6 percent growth year-on-year at Rs 15,596 crore and Europe growing 20.7 percent to Rs 14,693 crore.

EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) growth of 56.7 percent year-on-year at Rs 5,697 crore and margin expansion of 390 basis points at 17 percent were far ahead of CNBC-TV18 poll of Rs 5,020 crore and 15.4 percent, respectively.

India business reported EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) growth of 37 percent at Rs 4,647 crore and Europe business EBIT degrowth of 10.6 percent at Rs 632.2 crore compared to same quarter last year.

Other income in Q3 grew by 74 percent to Rs 226 crore compared to year-ago.

Tata Steel said South East Asian Operations business grew by 23.4 percent year-on-year to Rs 2,413.6 crore with EBIT rising 54.5 percent to Rs 187.1 crore for quarter ended December 2017.

"Other Indian trade operations business showed a 48 percent growth YoY with EBIT rising 60 percent while other trade related operations business declined 9.5 percent but posted EBIT at Rs 360.13 crore against EBIT loss of Rs 466.65 crore YoY," it added.

The stock price closed up 1.83 percent at Rs 683.65 ahead of earnings that came after market hours today.
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