May 17, 2012, 02.44 PM IST
FMCG major Emami Ltd plans to shore up the hiring of sales staff and launch new brands and product extensions to increase its penetration in rural markets.
The company is also exploring acquisition possibilities to strengthen its hold in these markets, said Mr Naresh Bhansali, Chief Executive Officer, Finance, Strategy and Business Development, Emami.
Undeterred at having lost its battle for Paras Pharma's personal care business to Marico, Emami is now eyeing new acquisitions.
“The personal care business is a competitive industry and we should find adequate value in acquiring a company,” he said.
The company's popular brands such as Boroplus and Navratna have been growing at over 20%. But are yet to penetrate the rural markets, Mr Bhansali told Business Line.
Emami will expand its frontline sales team by 15% this year. Close to 400 people are employed in the company's rural sales team at present.
“We are looking at adding more strength to our sales team. We had expanded our sales team by about 20% last year,” he said.
The company had in 2010 rolled out Project Swadesh to increase its penetration in rural areas.
Under the project, Emami hired stockists to market its products on mobile vans.
“This helped us cut costs and reduce dependency on wholesalers. This will be a sustained initiative and will take time to achieve scale of business. But we believe consistent efforts will yield results,” he said.
Emami stock price
On December 09, 2013, Emami closed at Rs 469.55, down Rs 2.4, or 0.51 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 539.40 and the 52-week low was Rs 369.24.
The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 15.68 per share as per the quarter ended September 2013. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 29.95. The latest book value of the company is Rs 44.96 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 10.44.
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