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APL Apollo Tubes Q2 results: Profit up 35% to Rs 203 cr, misses estimates

The steel tube maker's consolidated profit rose 35% to Rs 203 crore in the second quarter, but missed analysts' average estimate of Rs 222 crore, according to LSEG data

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India's APL Apollo Tubes reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly profit on Monday, as higher costs and lower steel pipes' prices offset strong domestic demand.
The steel tube maker's consolidated profit rose 35% to Rs 203 crore in the second quarter, but missed analysts' average estimate of Rs 222 crore, according to LSEG data.
Total expenses climbed nearly 16% to Rs 4,373 crore, with costs of raw materials rising 22%. That overshadowed a 10% increase in revenue, which stood at Rs 4,630 crore.
A volatile monsoon season also weighed on the prices of steel pipes, analysts said.
Its total sales volume rose 12% in the quarter.
The company's biggest segment Apollo Structural, which makes electric resistance welding (ERW) pipes - used in a variety of applications like infrastructure, construction, water and sewage projects - generated an over 10% increase in sales.
The country's ERW industry saw a boost in demand amid higher government spending on infrastructure projects, analysts said.
The company also announced the appointment of Chetan Khandelwal as the chief financial officer, effective Nov. 1. He will replace Deepak Goyal.
Shares of the company settled 1.2% lower ahead of the results. They rose nearly 25% in the quarter.

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First Published: Oct 30 2023 | 5:08 PM IST

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