ITC Interim Dividend Declared: FMCG major ITC on Friday has declared an interim dividend of Rs 6 per share. The cigarette-to-hotel conglomerate reported 21 per cent jump in net profit at Rs 5,031 crore for the quarter ending December 31, 2022 as against Rs 4,156 crore in the year-ago period.
The company has fixed February 15 as the record date to determine the eligibility of shareholders and the dividend will be paid out between March 3 and 5.
In the past 12 months, ITC has declared an equity dividend amounting to Rs 11.50 per share, which results in a dividend yield of 3.02 per cent at the current share price levels.
ITC Q3 FY23 Performance
ITC’s revenue rose 2.3 per cent to Rs 16,225 crore in Q3FY23 as compared to Rs 15,862 crore in Q3FY22.
ITC said consumer sentiments improved during the December quarter but remained below pre-pandemic levels. “Rural demand continued to be relatively subdued while improving sequentially. Potential risks from anticipated slowdown in global economy, continuing geo-political tensions remain key monitorables,” said the cigarette-to-FMCG conglomerate.
“The company sustained its strong growth momentum across all operating segments during the quarter driven by focus on accelerated digital adoption, customer centricity, execution excellence and agility,” the Kolkata-headquartered company said in its earnings statement.
During the quarter, revenue from the “total FMCG” segment, which also includes cigarettes, was up 16.96 per cent to Rs 12,934.67 crore. It was Rs 11,058.26 crore in Q3 FY22.
Revenue from the cigarette business climbed 16.19 per cent to Rs 8,085.72 crore in the October-December quarter of this fiscal. It was Rs 6,958.79 crore in the year-ago period.
PBIT (Pre-tax profit) of the segment was up 16.9 per cent YoY. This was led by “stability in taxes on Cigarettes, backed by deterrent actions by enforcement agencies, enabling continued volume recovery from illicit trade,” said ITC.
Revenue from the FMCG-others segment was also up 18.28 per cent to Rs 4,848.95 crore as against Rs 4,099.47 crore.
ITC’s FMCG-others segment consists of branded packaged foods such as staples, snacks, meals, dairy and beverages, apparel, education and stationery products, personal care products, safety matches and incense sticks.
This was led by strong growth in staples, biscuits, noodles, snacks, dairy, beverages and frozen foods. Its stationery sales witnessed strong growth. Segment EBITDA margin was at 10 per cent amidst elevated commodity prices.
“The FMCG Businesses witnessed strong growth across channels and markets (both urban and rural) driven by a ramp-up in outlet coverage, enhanced penetration and superior last mile execution. Overall, input costs remained elevated even as some commodities witnessed sequential moderation in prices,” said ITC.
FMCG businesses continued to drive improvement in profitability through multi-pronged interventions such as cost management, premiumisation, supply chain agility, judicious pricing actions, fiscal incentives, leveraging digital and optimising channel assortments, it added.
Revenue from ITC’s hotels segment jumped 49.19 per cent to Rs 739.32 crore from Rs 495.53 crore in Q3 FY22.
Its RevPAR (Revenue per available room) was ahead of pre-pandemic levels driven by retail (packages), leisure, weddings and MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) segments.
“Domestic business travel normalised while inbound foreign travel also witnessed pickup; this augurs well for the company’s portfolio that comprises a relatively higher salience of business hotels. Special occasions and festivals were effectively leveraged to drive demand,” it said.
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