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UFlex eyes sustainable transformation despite Q2 FY24 profit challenges

UFlex's Q2 FY24: EBITDA soars 9.7%, despite profit dip

UFlex, India’s largest multinational flexible packaging and solutions company has announced its consolidated financial results for the second quarter ended 30 September 2023. The company’s unaudited results were approved by the Board of Directors in a meeting held on 14 November 2023.

Q2 FY24 Financials

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The standalone revenue of the company decreased from INR 1720.5 crore to INR 1650.5 crore in Q2 FY24 when compared with the corresponding period last year (CPLY). The company’s Earnings Before Interest, Tax and Depreciation (EBITDA) increased 9.7% from INR 153.3 crore to INR 168.1 crore in Q2 FY24 when compared with CPLY, led by sales volume increase of 8.9% to 64,232 MT. The company’s Profit After Tax (PAT) decreased 42.7% from INR 36.5 crore to INR 20.9 crore in Q2 FY24 when compared with CPLY.

The consolidated revenue of the company decreased from INR 3848.8 crore to INR 3389.5 crore in Q2 FY24 when compared with the corresponding period last year. The company’s Earnings before Interest, Tax and Depreciation (EBITDA) decreased 17.7% from INR 493.2 crore to INR 405.9 crore in Q2 FY24 when compared with CPLY. The company’s Profit after Tax (PAT) decreased 67% from INR 190.7 crore to INR 63.3 crore in Q2 FY24 when compared with CPLY. Total sales volume increased 0.6% YoY to 150,840 MT.

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Commenting on the results, Ashok Chaturvedi, chairman and managing director, UFlex Group, said, “In Q2, our Flexible Packaging business witnessed increased sales volumes both on QoQ and YoY basis. The Packaging Films business witnessed increased sales volumes on a QoQ basis but was almost flat on a YoY basis. While the EBITDA margins (excluding exceptional items with respect to currency devaluation) are down on a YoY basis, the margins have improved significantly on a sequential-quarter basis, which has led to EBITDA (excluding exceptional items with respect to currency devaluation) increasing to INR 405.9 crore in Q2 from INR 303.7 crore in Q1. We expect that the Packaging Films business margins will improve further from Q4 onward.”

Anantshree Chaturvedi, vice chairman and CEO, Flex Films International, said, “The global Packaging Films business should start seeing an upturn in upcoming quarters, and the challenging business environment should start easing up with positive market sentiments. In Q2, we have already witnessed significant sales volume growth in the Americas.

Looking ahead, we remain committed to driving a sustainable transformation within the industry by developing innovative, eco-friendly products and solutions. We are also making steady progress on our net-zero journey and are on track to reduce our carbon footprint significantly.”

Apoorvshree Chaturvedi, director – global operations, UFlex Group, said, “UFlex is banishing multiple myths about the efficiency and scalability of plastic recycling across used polymers and generated waste streams. This is all to reaffirm the company’s vision and focus on sustainable packaging. We take our responsibility toward the planet very seriously and have made significant R&D investments to develop sustainable products and solutions for the industry that are cost-effective and financially accretive over future market cycles, as we see a secular need for packaging solutions that marry recycling opportunities in the marketplace.”

Rajesh Bhatia, group CFO, UFlex, said, “The overall increase in sales volumes especially on a sequential-quarter basis is a big positive. UFlex India operations continue to do well, led by our Flexible Packaging and Aseptic Packaging business. With the commissioning of our PET chips plant at Panipat, India, later in FY24, we will not only attain self-sufficiency in our raw material requirements but will also see an improvement in our EBITDA margins.”

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