Exports drive Bajaj Auto profit up 2.7% to Rs. 738 cr

India’s second-largest vehicle maker, Bajaj Auto, on Friday reported a 2.7% year-on-year rise in net profit to Rs. 738 crore during the April-Ju
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India's second-largest vehicle maker, Bajaj Auto, on Friday reported a 2.7% year-on-year rise in net profit to 738 crore during the April-June quarter as exports benefited from a weak rupee, offsetting sluggish sales volumes.

The news sent the company's shares up 3.7% to 1,967 on the BSE.

Analysts had expected a net profit of 747 crore during the quarter.

While revenue rose marginally to 5,087 crore during the quarter, sales volume fell 9% on production loss due to workers' strike.

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The company said its ability to leverage the depreciation in the rupee vis-à-vis the US dollar to its advantage paid rich dividends.

"While exports were more or less flat at $327 million, in rupee terms, it recorded a 10% growth to 1876 crore in the first quarter of 2013-14," said Kevin D'sa, president, finance, Bajaj Auto.

Motorcycle sales fell 12% to 8,60,151 units during the quarter, while three-wheeler sales rose 24% to 119,124 units, with exports growing 44% to 74,067 units.

First Published Date: 19 Jul 2013, 14:09 PM IST
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