India’s United Breweries posts slump in Q4 profit on higher input costs

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India’s United Breweries Ltd (UBBW.NS) reported a 94.03% slide in fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, hurt by higher raw material costs.

The liquor maker, partly owned by the Dutch brewer Heineken (HEIN.AS), said its standalone profit fell to 97.3 million rupees ($1.19 million) in the three months ended March 31, from 1.63 billion rupees a year earlier.

Total expenses rose nearly 18% following a 32% spike in raw material costs.

“Gross margin during the quarter was lower as compared to previous year due to continued inflationary pressures on our cost base, particularly on prices of barley and packaging materials,” said the brewer in a statement.

United Breweries, which sells beer under labels like Kingfisher and Cannon 10000, saw its revenue growth slow from about 96% in the first quarter, when sales jump in the summer months, to 5.4% in the third quarter, which includes the onset of winter.

The slowing revenue growth and rising expenses pushed the company to its first loss in 10 quarters in the October-December period.

PEERS COMPARISON

 RIC
PEEV/EBITDARevenue growthprofit growthMean rating# of analystsStock to price target
Valuation (next 12 months)
Estimates (next 12 months)Analysts' sentiment
United Breweries Ltd
(UBBW.NS)
46.5932.3012.1757.96Buy140.88
United Spirits Ltd(UNSP.NS)50.3831.065.0712.75Buy140.91
Radico Khaitan Ltd(RADC.NS)
43.2025.3915.2743.40Hold70.97

* The mean of analyst ratings standardised to a scale of Strong Buy, Buy, Hold, Sell, and Strong Sell

** The ratio of the stock’s last close to analysts’ mean price target; a ratio above 1 means the stock is trading above the PT

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JAN-MARCH STOCK PERFORMANCE

United Breweries stock return compared to its competitors
United Breweries stock return compared to its competitors

— All data from Refinitiv

— $1 = 81.7870 rupees

($1 = 81.7500 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Yagnoseni Das in Bengaluru; Editing by Sohini Goswami

The above news was originally posted on reuters.com