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Declares a 36% dividend:

Piramal Glass Ceylon turnover tops Rs 5 b

Piramal Glass Ceylon PLC has ensured the continuance of its upward momentum in performance by recording the highest ever profit in its history of Rs.687 million in F2012.

A revenue growth of 23% as against last year and the profit after tax growth of 19% from 578 million in F2011 to Rs.687 million in F2012 has ensured the board of directors declaring a first and final dividend of 36%.

PGC's Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Sanjay Tiwari while announcing PGC's results said, “We're proud to report that we have bettered all the previous best ever results this year with this exceptional performance. This year we have ensured the sustenance and continuity of the rich harvest we started reaping from our facility at Horana.”

Revenue achieved for the year was Rs 5120 million depicting a growth of 23% as against Rs.4163 million of the previous year. The revenue growth of 23% was contributed to, by both the export as well as domestic segments. The domestic market saw a significant growth of 23% from Rs. 3159 million to Rs. 3894 million. The major portion of growth was contributed by the liquor and food and beverage segments.

The profitability increase was positively impacted by the export market. The export product portfolio saw a marked increase in its shift from mass market to the high end premium market segment yielding higher realizations. According to Tiwari, the speciality portion of the total export basket is growing steadily as per strategy .

In addition, during the year the company has been able to set footage and establish a market for itself in New Zealand and Australia. The company ensured that the export sales crossed the Rs. 1 billion Mark for the third consecutive year. This is a contribution of almost 25% of the total turnover. Several new products were also designed and launched in the export market which yielded high realisation to the profitability .

The focus on Manufacturing Excellence too gained momentum during the year with the company achieving level 2 of the Manufacturing Excellence in the 2nd Quarter of the FY 12. “This has made a significant contribution towards streamlining of production processes, which in turn has helped us achieve high productivity levels” said Mr Sanjay Tiwari.

The earning per share increased by 18% to Rs 0.72 per share as against Rs 0.61 per share.

The turnover for the Q4 F 12 grew by 23% from Rs. 1,102 million in F11 Q4 to Rs. 1,360 million . Yet amidst this significant growth of top line, the Profit After Tax fell down to a mere 7% of sales at Rs 98 million during the quarter as against Rs 178 million and 16% of sales it achieved during the similar period of the previous year.

The main contributory factors contributing towards this drop in performance figures was the energy price increase and the dollar depreciation.

The unprecedented increase in energy prices during mid February 2012 created much concern. The ever increasing LPG Gas prices , electricity tariff and furnace oil impacted negatively in the last quarter. The price of furnace oil increase of 80% and the electricity tariff increase of 15% has laid a heavy burden on the cost parameter.

Tiwari said that the company never anticipated an overnight increase of this magnitude. “In fact the relevant authorities were requested to phase out such increases so that the burden can be absorbed by the consumers over a period of time”.

The company has had no option but to pass off some part of the cost increase to its customer. Yet this pricing strategy does not hold true and sustain in the international market. This would end up with the company losing the market it has created for itself in the international shores with much effort.

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