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Maruti Suzuki India Q3 profit rises less than expected

REUTERS
Published : Jan 25, 2018, 5:04 pm IST
Updated : Jan 25, 2018, 5:04 pm IST

Maruti sold a total of 431,112 vehicles during the quarter, up about 11.3 per cent from a year earlier.

The company, majority-owned by Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp, reported a profit of 17.99 billion rupees ($282.91 million) for the third quarter ended December 31
 The company, majority-owned by Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp, reported a profit of 17.99 billion rupees ($282.91 million) for the third quarter ended December 31

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, the country’s top-selling car maker, posted a lower than expected 3 per cent rise in quarterly net profit as higher sales of its compact and utility vehicles were partially offset by higher raw material costs.

The company, majority-owned by Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp, reported a profit of 17.99 billion rupees ($282.91 million) for the third quarter ended December 31, versus 17.47 billion rupees a year earlier. 

 

That compared with the 20.36 billion rupees average estimate of 21 analysts, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Maruti’s results are important for Suzuki Motor as the Indian company provides the bulk of Suzuki Motor’s revenues and has a market value of close to $45 billion, about one-and-a-half times that of its parent.

Maruti sold a total of 431,112 vehicles during the quarter, up about 11.3 per cent from a year earlier. Sales of compact vehicles, which include the Swift and Baleno, rose 26.9 per cent, while sales of utility vehicles including the Ertiga and Vitara Brezza climbed 28.1 per cent.

In December, Maruti said it expected to launch its first electric car by 2020.

 

Maruti Suzuki shares are among the best performers in India’s main stock index over the past year, rising nearly 65 per cent compared to the broader market’s 31 per cent gain.

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