Real estate major DLF has registered 28 percent decline in net profit for second quarter. The biggest real estate company in India witnessed decline of 4 percent in income from operations, which stood at Rs 1956 crore compared to Rs 2039 crore during same period last year.
The consolidate net profit of DLF stood at Rs 100 crore compared to Rs 138 crore for the same period last year. The company incurred expenses of Rs 1527 crore compared to Rs 1476 crore during the quarter under review.
Real estate companies in India have seen lower margins and less number of sales due to slowdown in realty market in India. Many projects have been delayed by developers due to scarcity of funds and higher rates in Indian market. Buyers have also declined over the past few years due to higher interest rates. Also, many buyers are expecting real estate developers to reduce the prices and they are still waiting for better deals. In major cities, the slowdown in real estate has resulted in higher inventory levels for developers.
DLF currently has 52 million square feet area under construction for various projects. The company stock was trading marginally down in today’s trade. The stock has touched 52-week high of Rs 289 and low of Rs 120 on NSE.
Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) has reviewed its estimation for net profit of the manufacturing segment during the September quarter downwards, mainly because of the poor show of petroleum products biz.
In its monthly appraisal, it stated, “We now expect net profit to fall by 5.7 per cent, against our earlier expectations of a 34.2 per cent rise. This is on account of a downward revision in the profit forecast of the petroleum products industry.”
But, CMIE anticipates the manufacturing division to continue its growth impetus by recording a 20.7% increase in net sales during the September quarter.
A steep reduction in profit of the petroleum products business and big losses to be incurred by the aviation business are likely to confine the development in business profit during the second quarterly period.
The report signalizes that exclusion of 5% import duty on crude during the month of June was likely to have a optimistic impact on the earnings of petroleum products business during the existing quarter.
“But, a sharp rise in crude prices in July prompted us to revise our forecast for crude prices upwards for the September quarter and for the full fiscal,” it said.
“We expect the rise in crude prices to offset the impact of duty removal. The industry is now expected to report a steep 56.7 per cent fall in net profit in the second quarter as against 33.1 per cent fall expected earlier,” CMIE added.
CMIE estimates net profit development of manufacturing division (apart from petroleum products) during the quarter almost unaltered at 32.5%.