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Adani Ports Q4 profit jumps 38% to Rs 914 cr

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) on Tuesday reported a 38 per cent jump in its consolidated net profit to Rs 914.06 core for the March quarter on account of rise in income.

The company had clocked a net profit of Rs 660.73 crore in the corresponding quarter of the 2014-15 fiscal. Total income from operations rose to Rs 1,947.20 crore during the January-March quarter as against Rs 1,681.19 crore during the corresponding period a year ago. The company’s total expenditure rose to Rs 977.88 crore during the quarter under review as against Rs 832.91 crore in the year-ago period of the previous fiscal, it said in a BSE filing. For the entire year, APSEZ’s net profit rose by 24 per cent to Rs 2,867.36 crore as against Rs 2,314.33 crore in 2014-15.

Its total income from operations from the year stood at Rs 7,255.73 crore as against Rs 6,151.98 crore in the previous fiscal. Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani said, “Our strategy continues to bear fruit, with total operating income for the first time exceeding the $1 billion mark.” “With an expanded footprint at 10 locations along the Indian coastline, we aim to continue to drive growth within our ports business as well as look to the further development of industrial clusters and full-service logistics, with the ultimate goal of building a fully integrated logistics player of significant scale,” he added.

APSEZ CEO Karan Adani said the the port has delivered, yet again, an outstanding financial performance and operationally increased both total cargo throughput and container handling. “We will continue to look at improving our financial margins and operational efficiency, through a combination of enhanced use of technology, optimising our cargo mix and reducing our net finance cost. Our guidance for the next year, cargo volumes likely to see 10 per cent to 15 per cent growth and corresponding 10 per cent to 15 per cent growth in profit after tax,” he said. 

With company’s expansion in capacity, it is well positioned to capitalise on the growth in domestic imports, exports and the increased need for logistics infrastructure in India, he said. 
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