Shares of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories rose around 5 percent as investors reacted to its Q2 show. Brokerage houses termed the results to be in line with estimates, with Citi raising its target to Rs 2,680.
The pharma major reported a rise of 77 percent (year-on-year) in its net profit at Rs 503.8 crore. The company had reported a profit of Rs 284.9 crore during the same period of last year.
The revenue rose to Rs 3,797.8 crore against Rs 3,546 crore that the company posted during the corresponding quarter of last year. This implies a rise of 7 percent.
At an operating level, the company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose to Rs 864.6 crore, a rise of 25.5 percent from Rs 688.8 crore reported during the previous year.
The operating margin came in at 22.8 percent against 19.4 percent year on year.
Here’s how global brokerages reacted to Dr Reddy’s Q2 show.
Brokerage: Macquarie | Rating: Neutral | Target: Rs 2,500
The global research firm said that the results were marginally better, driven by a strong Russia, China sales. It likes the company’s focus on cost efficiencies and rationalization of non-core assets. Reducing complex arbitrage could play spoilsport, it added.
Brokerage: Nomura | Rating: Buy | Target: Rs 2,704
Nomura said that the company’s Q2 was in line with estimates and there was strength visible beyond US generics. Key near-term events likely to impact earnings, it added.
Brokerage: Morgan Stanley | Rating: Overweight | Target: Rs 2,729
Morgan Stanley said that Q2 was a beat as emerging markets made up for domestic markets’ stagnation. Base business is showing growth momentum, it added.
Brokerage: Citi | Rating: Neutral | Target: Raised to Rs 2,680
Citi termed the Q2 earnings were a mixed bag. It raised FY19 earnings per share (EPS) target by 10 percent, but lowered FY20-21 EPS estimates by 4-5 percent. It is factoring in slightly higher erosion in US generics. Stability in US pricing & cost control initiatives should provide a floor to base earnings, it added.