HUL profit grows 8% in the second quarter but fails to cheer investors

HUL profit grows 8% in the second quarter but fails to cheer investors
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  • Despite the 8% growth in HUL’s profit, the company share price dipped in red and was trading a percent lower.
  • The growth in its profit was led by the stellar growth in its foods and refreshment post the merger with GSK.
  • HUL reports 1% volume growth, excluding GSK Consumer.
FMCG major Hindustan Unilever (HUL) reported an 8% growth to ₹2,009 crore in its standalone net profit for the second quarter ending September 30. Despite the growth in its profit, the company share price dipped in red and was trading a percent lower post the results announcement.

HUL profit grows 8% in the second quarter but fails to cheer investors

The growth in its profit was led by the stellar growth in its foods and refreshment post the merger with GSK. The volumes of the company rose 1% excluding the consumer businesses acquired from GlaxoSmithKline Plc and VWash, compared to the same quarter last year.

HUL SegmentRevenue (July to September)Year-on-Year Growth %
Home Care₹3318 crore -1.5%
Beauty & Personal Care₹4535 crore-0.17%
Foods & Refreshment₹3379 crore45.3%
Others₹210 crore56%

The company said, “Foods, tea and coffee sustained the high growth momentum and grew in double digits; our consumer focused activations and innovations are leveraging the 'in-home consumption' trend.”
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“Health, Hygiene and Nutrition forming 80% of our portfolio grew in double digits,” it added.

The revenue numbers are better than the street expectation — which was pegging a 7% yoy growth in its profit.

HUL Q2 earnings

ParticularsJuly to September 2020Year-on-Year Growth %
Profit ₹2,009 crore 8%
Revenue ₹ 11,593 crore 13%

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“Our operations and service levels are now back to precovid levels and we have accelerated the pace of digitising our operations under the re-imagine HUL agenda,” said HUL chief and managing director Sanjiv Mehta.

The company has also declared an interim dividend of ₹14 per share.

The management believes that the worst is behind them and remains optimistic on demand recovery going ahead. “The economic outlook has improved given the various initiatives taken by the government and Reserve Bank of India. In our sector, rural markets have been resilient but the demand in urban India, especially in metropolitan cities has been muted. We believe that the worst is behind us and we are cautiously optimistic on demand recovery,” said Mehta.

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Angel Broking has highlighted that excluding the impact of GSK merger, organic growth was 3% only. "We believe discretionary spends are still not back to pre-covid levels so these segments (Home care segment and beauty & personal care segment) have recorded a marginal drop in revenue. Although, mainly due to cost control management, all segment results improved compared to previous year. Company also declared an interim dividend ₹14 per share. From an investment perspective, we are bullish on HUL considering that discretionary spends are recovering back to pre-covid level, improving distribution and focus on premium products," Keshav Lahoti - Associate Equity Analyst, Angel Broking Ltd said.

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