Larsen and Toubro on Wednesday reported 28.36 per cent jump in its consolidated net profit to Rs 2,593.41 crore for the quarter ended September 30.

The company, however, said private sector investments in the country remain cautious in view of increased economic volatility.

It also said that recovery of non-performing corporate debts through insolvency resolution has improved the business sentiments.

The infrastructure conglomerate had clocked a net profit after tax of Rs 2,020.30 crore in the year-ago period.

“Investment by private sector, however, remains cautious with increased economic volatility in terms of hardening commodity prices, weakening INR, rising crude oil prices, tight liquidity in the financial markets, coupled with unevenly distributed monsoon,” L&T said in a statement.

Stressed debts

It also said that ‘Make for India’ initiative by the government, especially in Defence, is yet to create an impact due to various embroils.

“Fiscal pressures and increased Current Account Deficit are adding to the uncertain economic environment,” it said.

The company, however, added that recovery of stressed corporate debts through insolvency resolution has alleviated the concerns on liquidation of funds blocked in stressed assets and also improved the business sentiment.

The company’s total consolidated income of the company rose to Rs 32,506.10 crore in the July-September quarter from Rs 26,846.41 crore in the same period previous fiscal, the company said.

Total expenses rose to Rs 29,225.10 crore from Rs 24,308.17 crore.

“The company has witnessed a strong growth of 46 per cent, with order wins worth Rs 41,921 crore at the group level during the quarter ended September 30, 2018 due to pick-up in domestic ordering activity. International orders at Rs 8,268 crore constituted 20 per cent of the total order inflow,” the company said in a statement.


On outlook, the company said the government’s thrust to infrastructure development, rural electrification, water supply and irrigation has provided investment momentum to the domestic markets for the past few quarters.

Increased spending by the states and the Centre, Public Sector Undertakings and Municipal authorities is further supplemented by bi-lateral and multi-lateral funding agencies, supporting developmental programmes. Besides allocation of funds for projects, a push by the government has also been seen in facilitating faster clearances to ensure speedy, timely execution of the projects, it said.