Hinduja group flagship Ashok Leyland has announced more production holidays at its Ennore plant (the mother plant) in Chennai.
After absorbing August 16 & 17 as non-working days (production holidays), the company has on Friday informed the employees that August 24 (Saturday), August 27 and August 30 as non-working days and August 26 will be a 6th day non-working day.
Hinduja group flagship firm Ashok Leyland Limited (ALL) is in for another challenging time.
Amidst slowdown blues and suspended production at its plants due to weak demand, workers’ union at the company’s Ennore plant (the mother plant set up in 1960s) went on a day’s sit-in-dharna on Friday, protesting against the management’s refusal to meet the union’s demand on bonus issue. However, the plant’s production has not been hit, said sources in the know.
Q1 EBITDA margin at 9.4% was in line with our estimate (ahead of consensus by 60 bps), but revenue/PAT missed. Management remained non-committal on volume growth number for FY20 (earlier was expecting 10-12% industry growth) given the continued demand weakness.
While demand recovery remains crucial, it has initiated Rs 5-bn cost reduction program which should aid margin.
Hinduja group flagship Ashok Leyland Ltd (ALL) has said it has decided to prune costs across verticals to not only stay fit in the volatile market conditions but also maintain its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda)/profitable margins at a decent level.
Commercial vehicle major Ashok Leyland posted a 44% dip in consolidated profit at Rs 247 crore in the first quarter of current fiscal. The company had posted a profit of Rs 443.32 crore in the April-June quarter a year ago.
The company's consolidated revenue from operations declined 8% during the quarter under review to Rs 6,612.42 crore from Rs 7,193.79 crore in the corresponding quarter of 2018-19.
Shares of Ashok Leyland dipped up to 4 per cent to trade at Rs 82.10 per share in the early morning deals on Tuesday after the company announced closure of its Pantnagar plant due to weak demand and outlook for the industry.
In a regulatory filing, the heavy vehicle manufacturer said that the plant will remain closed between July 16 and July 24.
Ashok Leyland on Thursday announced organisational changes by elevating two senior officials as chief operating officers and appointing a head for electric vehicle business. However, the company did not announce any name for the position of MD & CEO, which fell vacant after Vinod K Dasari quit in November 2018.
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