Hyderabad: Kansai Nerolac Paints Limited (KNPL), one of the leading Paint companies in India, today at the Board meeting announced its unaudited results for the first quarter of financial year 2020-21. For the quarter, the company declared Net revenue of Rs. 598.1 Crores, a de-growth of 59.1 % over the corresponding quarter of the previous year.
EBIDTA was at Rs. 80.5 Crores, a de- growth of 67.7 % over the same quarter of the previous year. PAT was at Rs 42.7 Crores, a de-growth of 71.1 % over the same quarter of the previous year.
Commenting on the results, Mr. H. M. Bharuka, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd said, “There was an unprecedented demand destruction this quarter due to the lock down imposed on account of COVID -19. Both sales and bottom-line was impacted as a result. Sales in April were a complete washout across. Sales of Decorative has seen revival in May and June with the company registering double digit volume growth in both the months. Industrial sales continued to be impacted in both May and June due to the slow recovery of the end customers.
Despite the severe drop in topline, an aggressive cost control program and judicious management of overheads helped the company report profit. EBITDA drop was also contained to just 350 basis points. Basic raw material prices were benign this quarter though there was volatility in forex rates.
Looking forward, the company is optimistic that demand recovery would continue. Due to frequent lockdowns and COVID cases across, managing the eco system of supply chain is becoming a bigger challenge. However, with multiple plants the company is in a better position to manage it though it is creating a logistic challenge”.