Marico's Consolidated Revenue Marginally Lower; Domestic Growth In Low-Single Digits In Q2

Marico's Consolidated Revenue Marginally Lower; Domestic Growth In Low-Single Digits In Q2

The company further said that the consumption trends, particularly in rural, are expected to improve in H2 owing to retail inflation levels staying within RBI’s target range, hike in MSPs, healthy sowing season, easing liquidity pressures and government spending.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Wednesday, October 04, 2023, 06:06 PM IST
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During the second quarter, demand trends largely mirrored the trends observed in the preceding quarter Marico said on Wednesday in a regulatory filing. Instances of rising food prices and below-normal rainfall distribution in some regions seemed to impede the anticipated recovery in rural demand.

Marico said that the domestic volumes grew in low-single digits on a year-on-year basis, with low single digit volume growth in Parachute Coconut Oil and Saffola Edible Oils, and low single-digit value growth in Value Added Hair Oils. In the regulatory filing it said, "We continued to witness healthy trends in offtakes, market share and penetration across key franchises. The newer portfolios, Foods and Premium Personal Care (including Digital-First), remained on course to achieve full year aspirations."

The International business delivered double-digit constant currency growth, thereby exhibiting sustained resilience amidst a volatile global operating environment.

Consolidated revenue is marginally lower on a year-on-year basis, dragged by pricing corrections in key domestic portfolios over the last 12 months, which will progressively come into the base going ahead. Moreover, currency depreciation in some of the overseas markets had an adverse effect on the reported INR growth in the international business.

The company further said that the consumption trends, particularly in rural, are expected to improve in H2 owing to retail inflation levels staying within RBI’s target range, hike in MSPs, healthy sowing season, easing liquidity pressures and government spending.

It also said, "Among key inputs, copra and edible oil prices stayed in a favourable range, although the latter continued to exhibit some volatility. Crude derivatives remained firm with an upward bias. Consequently, we expect robust gross margin expansion on a year-on-year basis. While A&P spends were also significantly ramped up towards strategic brand building of its core and new categories, we expect healthy operating profit margin expansion leading to low double-digit operating profit growth.""

The company expects to maintain an improving trend across key performance parameters in H2, supported by a gradual pickup in volume and topline growth in the domestic business and healthy momentum in the international business, while the full-year margin guidance remains intact.

The Company maintains its aspiration of delivering sustainable and profitable volume-led growth over the medium term, enabled by the strengthening brand equity of its core franchises and scale up of new engines of growth.

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