KARACHI: Engro Corporation has declared profit after tax at Rs5.94 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. The after tax profit fell by nine percent when compared with Rs6.56 billion in the same quarter last year.
Engro’s consolidated revenue grew by 11 percent in comparison to the prior period, mainly driven by energy projects in Thar coming online during July 2019 and offset by lower turnover of Fertilizers and Petrochemicals businesses.
Profit attributable to the owners was recorded at Rs3,317 million compared to Rs4,010 million for the prior period.
On a standalone basis, the Company posted a profit after tax of Rs780 million against Rs3.832 billion for the same period last year, translating into an earning per share of Rs1.35 per share.
This decrease is primarily attributed to delays in receipts of dividends from subsidiaries as their Annual General Meetings (AGMs) have been postponed on account of the COVID-19 lockdown.
This is, therefore, a temporary timing difference between quarters and not reflective of underlying performance of the Company.
The company announced an interim cash dividend of Rs6 per share for the first quarter. Like in the past, the Board has endeavored to maximize dividends on a quarterly basis, however, the future dividends for the year would be based upon prevailing situation and earnings for the year.
The portfolio of Engro Corporation is resilient in these difficult times and the Company remains confident that despite challenging circumstances, it will be able to maintain a healthy performance in upcoming quarters.