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Date : Oct 20, 2020
Performance of the private corporate business sector during the first quarter of 2020-21

Today, the Reserve Bank released data on the performance of the private corporate sector during the first quarter of 2020-21 drawn from abridged quarterly financial results of 2,5361 listed non-government non-financial (NGNF) companies. Data pertaining to Q1:2019-20 and Q4:2019-20 are also presented in the tables to enable comparison. The data can be accessed at the web-link https://dbie.rbi.org.in/DBIE/dbie.rbi?site=statistics#!2_42.

Highlights

Sales

  • Aggregate sales of 1,619 manufacturing companies recorded a sharp contraction of 41.1 per cent (Y-o-Y) in Q1:2020-21 following 15.6 per cent decline in Q4:2019-20 reflecting the impact of the pandemic induced lockdown; the contraction was broad based and varied across industries - only pharmaceutical companies recorded higher sales on both annual (Y-o-Y) and sequential (Q-o-Q) basis (Table 2A and Table 5A).

  • Non-IT services companies also registered sharp contraction of 41.0 per cent (Y-o-Y) in their nominal sales; the contraction was across services except telecommunication companies (Table 2A and Table 5A).

  • Sales growth of IT sector companies remained in positive terrain but moderated to 3.2 per cent (Y-o-Y) in Q1:2020-21 (Table 2A).

Expenditure

  • Subdued scale of operations resulted in lower raw materials expenditure for the manufacturing sector in Q1:2020-21 (Table 2A).

  • Staff cost contracted for manufacturing and non-IT services sectors while its growth decelerated for IT companies in Q1:2020-21 (Table 2A).

Operating profit

  • Lower business operations led to decline in the operating profits of manufacturing and non-IT services companies; while operating profits of IT companies, on the other hand, increased by 9.4 per cent (Y-o-Y) in Q1:2020-21 (Table 2A).

Interest

  • With moderation in earnings, interest coverage ratio (ICR)2 of the manufacturing companies moderated further to 2.4 in Q1:2020-21 from 3.5 in the previous quarter (Table 2B).

Pricing power

  • Operating profit margins remained steady for manufacturing companies and improved for services companies in Q1:2020-21 (Table 2B).

 

List of Tables
Table No. Title
1 A Performance of Listed Non-Government Non-Financial Companies Growth Rates
B Select Ratios
2 A Performance of Listed Non-Government Non-Financial Companies – Sector-wise Growth Rates
B Select Ratios
3 A Performance of Listed Non-Government Non-Financial Companies according to Size of Paid-up-Capital Growth Rates
B Select Ratios
4 A Performance of Listed Non-Government Non-Financial Companies according to Size of Sales Growth Rates
B Select Ratios
5 A Performance of Listed Non-Government Non-Financial Companies according to Industry Growth Rates
B Select Ratios
Explanatory Notes
Glossary

Notes:

  • The coverage of companies in different quarters varies, depending on the date of declaration of results; this is, however, not expected to significantly alter the aggregate position.

  • Explanatory notes detailing the compilation methodology, and the glossary (including revised definitions and calculations that differ from previous releases) are appended.

(Yogesh Dayal)     
Chief General Manager

Press Release: 2020-2021/513


1 Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) extended the deadline for submission of financial results for Q1:2020-21 by listed companies to September 15, 2020.

2 ICR (i.e., ratio of earnings before interest and tax to interest expenses) is a measure of debt servicing capacity of a company. The minimum value for a viable ICR is 1.


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