Hero MotoCorp share price: Analysts in a CNBC-TV18 poll expect Hero MotoCorp to clock a two-fold increase in net profit as the auto major rides on the back of expanding margin.
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Hero MotoCorp shares were under pressure on Friday as the two-wheeler major geared up for its financial results later in the day. Investors are expected to look out for commentary on demand and margin outlook at a time when automakers have taken a series of price hikes to protect profitability.
Hero MotoCorp will be reporting its earnings as auto manufacturers continue to struggle against higher raw material costs eating into their margins and supply-side issues on a persistent global shortage of semiconductors.
Analysts, however, believe the chip shortage does not impact Hero MotoCorp as much, given that it is a smaller player in the premium motorbike segment.
Analysts in a CNBC-TV18 poll expect Hero MotoCorp to report a net profit of Rs 771 crore for the April-June period, which would be more than double compared with the corresponding period a year ago.
They estimate its revenue to jump 56.6 percent year on year.
Analysts in the CNBC-TV18 poll peg Hero MotoCorp's margin at 12.1 percent, which would be 270 basis points above the year-ago period.
An expanding margin will be a big positive for the company at a time when businesses across sectors are scrambling to tackle their shrinking margins thanks to wild swings in commodity prices.
According to CLSA, the Hero MotoCorp management aims at taking the company's EBITDA margin to 14-16 percent by the year ending March 2024, from 11 percent in the quarter ended March 2022. EBITDA margin — a key measure of profitability — determines a company's operating profit as a percentage of its revenue.
Investors will also track the commentary on sales volumes. Hero MotoCorp took a price hike of up to Rs 3,000 with effect from July 1.
Hero MotoCorp shares have declined 3.7 percent in the past month, a period in which the benchmark Nifty50 has risen 10 percent.
First Published: IST