Shares of Bajaj Auto slipped 4 per cent to Rs 2,785 on the BSE on Monday after the company reported a 10 per cent year on year (YoY) drop in total auto sales at 354,913 units for the month of February 2020.
The two-wheeler maker missed analysts' expectations by a decent margin. Nirmal Bang Equities, for instance, had expected total auto sales of 382,844 units, while Emkay Global Financial Services had expected total sales of 374,000 units for the month.
Domestic demand for mobikes may be under severe pressure, but Bajaj Auto has left its closest competitors, Hero Motors and Eicher Motors, far behind as far as market cap are concerned. While the market capitalisation of Bajaj has gone up by close to 20 per cent this calendar year, Hero and Eicher have foundered.
TVS Motor Company and Bajaj Auto have settled a decade-old dispute related to patent rights for spark plugs.
The companies said they entered into a settlement agreement on Thursday to amicably settle the decade-old dispute related to alleged infringement of Bajaj's patent for digital twin spark plug ignition technology.
PUNE: At a time when motorcycles sales have plummeted over 15 per cent in the first half of this fiscal in the prolonged slowing economy and a challenging business environment, Bajaj Auto’s Pulsar 125 Neon in the Pulsar series has emerged a winner.
The Pune-headquartered auto maker sold over 40,000 units of Pulsar 125 bike within two months of its launch in August, the company said in a statement.
Bajaj Auto today reported better-than-expected earnings for the quarter ended September 30, pushing its shares 2% higher in afternoon trade. Bajaj Auto shares were up 2% at ₹3,186 as compared to a 0.44% rise in Sensex. The automaker's profit rose 22% to ₹1,402 crore, aided by a tax expense reversal of ₹182 crore due to the recent lowering of corporate tax rate.
Chennai-based TVS Motor Company has been granted a patent for a hybrid three-wheeler that is low-cost and will help reduce fuel consumption, besides improving driving performance. The hybrid three-wheeler comprises an electric motor coupled with an internal combustion engine, which occupies less space and is easy to assemble as well as service. TVS Motor in 2017 had secured a similar patent for hybrid two-wheeler.
With sales subdued and inventory with dealers piling up, two-wheeler makers like Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor have started facilitating zero-interest loans in select states to woo buyers. Meanwhile, Hero MotoCorp has dropped the interest on loans to 7% from the prevailing 10-12%. Manufacturers are offering these soft loans via their finance arms — TVS Credit, Hero FinCorp and Bajaj Auto Finance. The offer is currently available in some markets.
Bajaj Auto on Friday reported a 1% Y-o-Y increase in its profit after tax (PAT) to Rs 1,126 crore for the quarter ended June 30. There was a 27% Y-o-Y rise in other income to Rs 441.25 crore that aided the growth in PAT. Bajaj Auto’s profit before tax fell 2% to Rs 1,579 crore. Total turnover grew 5% to Rs 8,197 crore while revenue from operations was up 4% to Rs 7,756 crore. The Ebitda got reduced by 9% to Rs 1,250 crore while the Ebitda margin contracted by 250 basis points Y-o-Y to 16.1%.
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