ICI Pakistan Limited Profit after tax, EPS up by 34pc

Staff Reporter

Karachi—ICI Pakistan Limited has announced the Company’s financial results for the year ended June 30, 2016. Unconsolidated profit after tax for the year at Rs2,843 million or EPS of Rs30.78 is 34 per cent higher than the same period last year. Operating result for the year at Rs3,479 million is 14 per cent higher than the same period last year due to strong performance in the Soda Ash, Life Sciences and Chemicals Businesses, which compensated for the lower operating result of the Polyester Business.
Net turnover of Rs36,954 million for the year is 1 per cent below prior year (Rs37,515 million). This is primarily attributable to lower revenues in the Polyester Business, which declined 15 per cent in line with the downward correction of crude oil prices and as a consequence, prices across the petrochemical chain. Net turnover in the Soda Ash Business grew by 7% on account of higher volumes, while the Life Sciences Business recorded a 13 per cent growth in sales. Chemicals Business sales grew 5 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Successful commissioning of steam and power projects during the year further enhanced the energy mix in the Soda Ash and Polyester Businesses, delivering value and easing the energy cost burden. The Soda Ash Business also witnessed the commissioning of the expanded Dense Ash and Refined Sodium Bicarbonate plants as per plan. During the year, the Company also completed a further 10% equity participation in its Associate, NutriCo Pakistan Pvt. Ltd., (Morinaga infant formula distribution business), bringing its total investment in the business to 40%.
On a consolidated basis (including the result of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary ICI Pakistan PowerGen Limited and after recognising Rs407 million as ‘Share of Profit from Associate’) profit after tax for the year at Rs2,730 million or Rs29.56 EPS is 20 per cent higher than the same period last year. Going forward, demand generation on account of the CPEC projects is expected to create a favourable environment for investment growth in the country. In the new financial year, planned capacity expansion projects in the Soda Ash Business are expected to further enhance performance, while the outlook for the Chemicals and Life Sciences Businesses remains positive. The Board of Directors has recommended the Final Cash Dividend in respect of the financial year ended June 30, 2016 at the rate of 90 per cent i.e. Rs9/- per share of Rs10/- each.

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