Maruti Suzuki India Ltd , India's biggest carmaker, reported a 36 percent rise in third-quarter net profit, matching estimates, as favourable foreign exchange movement and cost reduction efforts offset falling sales.
Maruti Suzuki India controlled by Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp, said profit for the Oct-Dec quarter was 6.81 billion rupees ($108 million), up from 5.01 billion rupees in the same quarter of 2013. Sales fell about 3 percent to 106.2 billion rupees.
Analysts had expected the company to post a profit of 6.84 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters.
The country's largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki India today posted a 35.87 per cent increase in net profit to Rs 681.15 crore for the third quarter ended December 31.
The company had posted a profit of Rs 501.29 crore in the corresponding period of the previous financial year. Net sales declined 3.07 per cent to Rs 10,619.68 crore
from Rs 10,956.95 crore a year earlier, Maruti Suzuki said in a statement.
"Higher localisation, favourable foreign exchange and cost reduction initiatives by the company contributed significantly to net profit," it said.
The volume of sales dropped 4.41 per cent to 2,88,151 vehicles during the third quarter from 3,01,453 units. The company's board today decided that the investment in the Gujarat facility will be made by a 100 per cent Suzuki subsidiary and not Maruti Suzuki.
"The company will be named Suzuki Motor Gujarat Pvt Ltd with a starting capital of Rs 100 crore," Suzuki Motor Corporation Chairman Osamu Suzuki said. The company will not be listed and will be set up by April.
Maruti Suzuki shares fell 2.78 per cent to Rs 1,654 on the BSE Sensex