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India Inc’s profits to suffer hard knock from inventory losses – Part I

April 29, 2020 / 06:12 PM IST
India Inc’s profits to suffer hard knock from inventory losses – Part I

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Quarterly performance largely backed by improved realisations
Medium-term triggers China plus and protectionist measures for tyre industry
Valuations not inexpensive; but improved medium-term outlook

The coronavirus pandemic has hit demand hard. The historic plunge of oil prices is a clear indication of demand destruction in commodities. Indian companies are already navigating through what is possibly their worst quarter in history, due to a national lockdown. Companies are caught in a trap of bleak prospect for sales and bloated inventories. Inventory refers to goods that are in various stages of being made ready for sale - which includes raw materials, work in progress and finished goods. To illustrate,...

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