Piramal Glass posts Rs. 154m PAT for nine-months | Sunday Observer

Piramal Glass posts Rs. 154m PAT for nine-months

Piramal Glass Ceylon PLC reported that for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2018 it had a turnover of Rs. 5,485 million and profit after tax (PAT) of Rs. 154 million, as against Rs. 251 million for the corresponding period of the previous year.

The turnover for the nine months at Rs. 5,485 million showed an 8% growth as against the previous year sale of Rs. 5,067 million. Export sales grew by 31% from Rs. 1,627 million to 2,123 million whilst a drop of 3% was seen in the domestic market compared to the Rs. 3,440 million in F18 to Rs. 3,362 million in F19.

The third quarter ending December 31, 2018, has always been a very positive quarter for Domestic sale each year due to the festival season. Yet these positive sentiments were not seen this year especially due to the unstable political climate in the country and the uncertainty towards the policies.

The domestic sale of F19 Q3 was Rs. 1,226 million as against Rs. 1,256 million in F18 Q3 which showed a drop of 3%. Food, Beverage and Liquor segments continued to show a de-growth during the quarter as well as for the nine-month period when compared with the similar periods of the previous financial year.

During the quarter, export sale was stable at Rs. 733 million as against Rs. 729 million of previous year similar period.

For the nine months ended December 31, 2019 the Gross profit margin has decreased from 21% to 16% as compared with previous year similar period.

The gross profit during the period under review was severely impacted by the fuel price increase to the extent of 35% in LPG and 15% in furnace oil which in turn has a directly impacted the prices of raw material, packing material & transportation costs.

“We regret to note that the relevant authorities have reduced the prices of petrol and diesel but have not addressed the price of furnace oil price in spite of drastic reduction of international crude oil prices. Our continuous appeal to the authorities has gone unheard, heavily impacting the company profitability and sustainability of exports,” the company said in a press release.

It is concerning to note the mixed approaches of the authorities towards exports. Much focus is made on exports, by encouraging the business to promote their products, yet the government does not create a conducive environment for same by creating a level playing field. While all neighbouring countries have linked the furnace oil price to the global crude oil rates, we regret to note that we in Sri Lanka are yet to implement same, it said.

The government decision to increase certain levies and taxes hasresulted in the final products becoming more expensive. This has resulted in the consumer shifting towards cheaper and illicit products.

This turn of events has impacted several manufacturing industries including packaging. Thus we feel this decision has neither benefited the industry nor added any additional revenue to the government.