Raymond Q4 profit jumps 18% on strong real-estate demand

Bengaluru: Indian conglomerate Raymond reported an 18 per cent rise in fourth-quarter profit on Friday, buoyed by strong demand for its real-estate segment.

The company, which sells clothes to luxury homes, said its consolidated profit rose to 2.29 billion rupees ($27.5 million) in the three months to March 31, compared with 1.94 billion rupees a year ago.

Its real estate segment saw strong booking momentum during the quarter, particularly post the launch of its first joint development project in Bandra, Mumbai.

The segment accounts for 25 per cent of the revenue mix and its revenue more than doubled during the quarter.

However, demand for consumer goods in Indian cities has largely weathered a broader slowdown, while rural inflation-hit consumers are cutting back on expenses.

Its textile segment, biggest in terms of revenue contribution, saw a moderated 2 per cent growth in revenue amid muted customer demand and challenging market conditions.

The conglomerate’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) margin expanded to 19.2 per cent from 17.3 per cent an year ago.

During the quarter, Raymond completed the acquisition of Maini Precision Product to foray into aerospace, defense and electrical vehicle components business.

Post consolidation, Raymond aims to set up two units, one of which will focus on aerospace and defense, while the other will cater to the auto components with EV and engineering consumables sector.

The company also re-appointed Gautam Hari Singhania as managing director for a term of five years effective from July 1, 2024.

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