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HindustanTimes Wed,24 Sep 2014

Bajaj Auto worst performer so far among automobile companies

Reuters  New Delhi, July 17, 2014
First Published: 13:50 IST(17/7/2014) | Last Updated: 13:52 IST(17/7/2014)

Bajaj Auto, India's second-largest motorcycle maker, reported a flat quarterly profit, lagging expectations, hurt by sluggish sales volumes in the domestic market.

Bajaj said on Thursday standalone net profit was 7.4 billion rupees ($123 million) for its fiscal first quarter to end-June, compared with 7.38 billion rupees a year ago. Net sales rose 6.7% from a year earlier to 51.33 billion rupees.

Analysts on average had expected a profit of 8.16 billion rupees on revenue of 51.99 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Sales volume of Bajaj's motorcycles slumped 16.5% between April and June, hit by sluggish sales in the domestic market. This has put Bajaj behind its rival TVS Motor Co, which moved up a notch to become India's third-largest two-wheeler company by unit sales.

Bajaj, valued by the market at $10.4 billion at Wednesday's close, is the worst performer so far this year among Indian automobile companies.

The stock has gained 12.2% so far this year at Wednesday's close, underperforming the automobile sector index, which was up 32.3% over the same period.


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