KN Radhakrishnan, President and Chief Executive Officer, TVS
Motor Company said that the year 2017-18 was a good year, despite the fact the raw material prices and other costs have increased, competition intensified. He expects 2018-19 will also be a good year on the backdrop of expectation that the monsoon to be normal.
He hopes the industry to grow by 8-10 per cent and that the company grows ahead of the industry.
Motor's profit grew by 30.6 per cent to Rs 1.65 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017-18 from Rs 1.26 billion in the fourth quarter 2016-17. TVS
has reported a growth of 40.4 per cent with total revenue excluding Excise Duty / GST going up from Rs 284.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016-17 to Rs 399.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017-18.
It was expected that the company will close the Fiscal 2017-18 with a double-digit margin, but it stood at 7.5 per cent end of the fourth quarter.
The headwinds including raw material, import duty and minimum wage increase in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have been a roadblock. Besides, company's marketing expenses increased due to new launches and AutoExpo.
"Overall there was a 1.92 per cent increase, to mitigate this we had taken a price increase of 0.4 per cent in January. But it was passed on to dealers and it did not come into company's P&L," said Desikan.
He expects that raw material price increase may continue till first half and TVS
will review the price as and when it required.
Queried whether the company will achieve the double-digit EBITDA in 2018-19, Desikan said without committing any time frame said that the company is working on better product mix, cost reduction programme including value engineering, increase the localisation (today around 15 per cent is import content) and taking other initiatives which will help the company to achieve double-digit EBITDA.
Speaking about Indonesian subsidiary, he said, the company expects to break even this year. End of March 2018, the subsidiary's EBITDA loss was around $3.5 million.