Maruti net down despite record turnover in 2008-09

April 24th, 2009 - 5:52 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki has logged almost 30 percent decline in its net profit for 2008-09 despite recording the highest ever turnover in the company’s 27-year history.
The company’s net profit for the fiscal stood at Rs.1,218.74 crore ($244 million), down 29.6 percent from Rs.1,730.82 crore in 2007-08, an official statement said Friday.

However, Maruti’s turnover rose 14.28 percent to Rs.21,453.86 crore last fiscal from Rs.18,773.27 crore the year before.

“During the year, commodity prices went up sharply and remained high for most part of the year, forex fluctuations were also adverse and impacted the bottom line significantly,” Maruti chief executive officer and managing director Shinzo Nakanishi said.

The consolidated net profit for 2008-09 stood at Rs.1,227.45 crore, down 31.4 percent from Rs.1,789.87 crore the year before.

However, the automaker managed to gain an additional 0.6 percent market share during the year, taking its total share to 46.5 percent of the Indian passenger car market.

Maruti, which introduced two new models last fiscal, sold 792,167 vehicles (domestic and exports) in the year, up 3.6 percent from 764,842 units it sold in 2007-08. The export growth during the period was 32 percent, the statement added.

Nakanishi added that the company was looking at higher export figures in the current fiscal.

Maruti is currently the second largest car exporter in the country after South Korean company Hyundai.

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