Tata Motors second-quarter profit jumps three-fold on Jaguar Land Rover strength

Tata Motors second-quarter profit jumps three-fold on Jaguar Land Rover strength
FILE PHOTO: A vehicle drives past three men walking out of a Tata Motors car plant at Sanand in the western Indian state of Gujarat, India, October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File Photo


November 9 (Reuters) – India’s Tata Motors Ltd reported a nearly three-fold rise in quarterly profit, blowing past estimates, helped by higher sales from its Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) business.


Net profit for the quarter ended Sept. 30 came in at 24.83 billion rupees ($382.18 million), versus 8.28 billion rupees a year ago, as strong demand for Range Rover Velar and other new models underpinned the bottom line. (http://bit.ly/2jbVXEc)


Analysts on average had expected a net profit of 14.99 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters data.


JLR, which has been propping up Tata Motors’ profits for several years amid the parent’s sluggish domestic business, saw its margin on earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation coming in at 11.8 percent during the quarter.


Retail sales of its sleek Jaguar saloons and Land Rover sport-utility vehicles rose 5 percent in the three months through September from a year before, as an increase in sales in China helped offset lower UK sales.


Britain’s biggest carmaker, JLR, has said it is already feeling the first effects of Brexit, with EU citizens demanding improved contracts and international suppliers less willing to commit to the country.


Preliminary industry data shows British new car sales in October fell for a seventh consecutive month, as uncertainty over Brexit and possible levies on diesel cars hit Europe’s second-biggest market.