Bharat Forge Q4 profit down 52% at Rs100.33 crore

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New Delhi: Auto component major Bharat Forge Ltd on Tuesday reported a 51.65% decline in standalone profit at Rs100.33 crore for the fourth quarter ended 31 March on account of impairment provisioning on investments in non-core areas.

The company had posted a standalone profit of Rs207.5 crore in the same quarter a year ago, Bharat Forge said in a BSE filing.

During the quarter, revenue from operations stood at Rs1,466.61 crore, compared to Rs1,183.18 crore in the year-ago period. Post implementation of goods and services tax from 1 July 2017, revenue from operations is required to be disclosed net of GST.

Bharat Forge said in the past, the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary in India, Bharat Forge Infrastructure Ltd (BFIL), had made investments in certain non-core areas such as oil exploration and certain EPC contracts.

Due to unsatisfactory outcome of these projects, the company has made a provision of Rs130.57 crore in standalone financial results towards impairment of investments/advances given, among others and expected losses on contracted payments on these projects, it said.

The company said consolidated profit for the fiscal year was at Rs753.97 crore as against Rs710.73 crore in the previous fiscal. Consolidated revenue from operations for 2017-18 was at Rs8,414.67 crore, compared to Rs6,598.16 crore in 2016-17.

“Financial year 2017-18 has been a record year for the company with revenue growth surpassing underlying demand growth across sectors and geographies,” Bharat Forge chairman and managing director B. N. Kalyani said.

During the year, the company secured long-term orders of Rs700 crore across various segments and geographies, he added.

The company is undertaking an expansion of its forging and machining capacity at the Baramati facility by investing Rs400 crore. This will cater to the requirements of automotive and industrial markets globally, Kalyani said.

“Looking ahead into FY19, we expect continued strong performance across sectors primarily driven by combination of continued growth in end-market and new product ramp up,” he said.livemint