Hero Honda Q1 net up 13% at Rs 558 cr

PTI New Delhi | Updated on July 21, 2011 Published on July 21, 2011

A file photo of Mr Pawan Munjal, MD and CEO, Hero Honda Motors.

The country’s largest two-wheeler maker, Hero Honda, has reported a 13.46 per cent jump in net profit for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 to Rs 557.89 crore.

The company had posted a net profit of Rs 491.69 crore for the April-June quarter last fiscal, Hero Honda said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Total income during the first quarter this fiscal also rose 32.68 per cent to Rs 5,771.74 crore from Rs 4,350.03 crore in the year-ago period.

The company sold 15,29,577 vehicles in April-June, 2011, up 23.95 per cent from 12,34,039 units in the corresponding period a year ago.

Reacting to the numbers, the company shares were trading 1.55 per cent higher at Rs 1,788.50 apiece on the BSE late afternoon today.

Commenting on the results, the Hero Honda Managing Director and CEO, Mr Pawan Munjal, said: “Our Q1 performance has set the outlook for the coming quarters and we are confident of achieving our initial guidance for FY’12 to sell over six million units.”

The numbers for the first quarter are in line with the growth that Hero Honda has been reporting for the past several years, he added.

Mr Munjal said the company’s initiatives on developing a new brand identity, exploring global opportunities, enhancing R&D capabilities and finalisation of the fourth plant are going ahead.

“However, on an immediate basis, the thrust is on to maintain operational excellence in light of the volatile costs of commodities such as steel, aluminium and rubber,” he added.

The company will carry on strengthening its product portfolio through new launches, network expansion and other customer outreach initiatives.

“We have already covered over 1,00,000 villages across the country as part of our rural initiatives under our rural vision, ‘Har Gaaon Har Aangan’.

“We are also aggressively expanding our distribution network and we will soon be crossing 5,000 customer touch points by the end of the year. All these initiatives will continue to drive growth for us in the domestic market, even as we explore markets around the world, notably in Latin America, Africa and South East Asia,” Mr Munjal said.

Published on July 21, 2011
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