KARACHI: Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC) posted a net consolidated profit of Rs3.2 billion in the quarter ended September 2017, down 13.5% compared with Rs3.7 billion in the same period of last year, according to a company notice sent to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX).
Earnings per share (EPS) stood at Rs2.53 in Jul-Sep 2017 compared with Rs2.94 in the corresponding period of last year.
The KSE-100 index closed at 42,087, up 529 points or 1.27% on Friday. Fauji Fertilizer share price closed at Rs82.32, up 1.27%.
Along with the result, the company declared a cash dividend of Rs1.5 per share, taking nine-month pay-out to Rs4 compared to Rs5.15 last year. Sales grew 55% year-on-year in third quarter of 2017 due to significant growth in Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP) off-take, which as per provisional September 2017 figures stood near 250,000 tons, up 15 times compared to last year. However, urea sales declined 14%.
Margins contracted by four percentage points year-on-year to 21% due to lower urea prices and higher proportion of DAP sales.
Administration and distribution expenses rose 42% year-on-year to Rs2.6 billion likely due to aggressive incentives and higher DAP sales (imported).
Finance cost went up by 8% year-on-year to Rs908 million whereas other income declined 44% year-on-year to Rs1.4 billion.
During nine months of 2017, revenue of the company posted an increase of 25% while gross margins declined by seven percentage points to 21% due to a decline in urea prices. Key risks for the company include decline in international urea prices, slower-than-expected urea sales, and weaker-than-expected local urea prices.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 21st, 2017.
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