Net revenues of Exide Industries up 50% YoY at INR7,913.4 mn in 4Q FY08 and Net profit at INR628 mn shows strong growth of 63% YoY in 4QFY08. EBITDA margins remain at 14.2% YoY even in the face of a 66% YoY increase in lead prices but dip QoQ from 15.1% owing to the increase in manufacturing and SGA costs. NPM increases by 30bps YoY to 7.9% due to stable depreciation costs.Full year FY08 EPS at Rs 3.13
Rise in lead prices has squeezed the margins of Exide Industries. For FY09E we expect EPS to be INR 3.8 with operating margins at 16.7%. Expect net sales to show a growth of 15% YoY and PAT to show a growth of 21%. This is on the back of an estimated volume growth of 15% in the industrial battery segment, 10% volume growth in two-wheeler battery segment and 9.6% volume growth in four-wheeler battery segment.