Raymond reports consistent strong quarterly performance amidst challenging market conditions
Mumbai, 15th August 2023: Reporting the strongest first quarter performance both in terms of revenue and EBITDA, the company continues to demonstrate consistent profitable growth despite subdued consumer demand and challenging market conditions. The revenue for the quarter stood at
₹ 1,826 Cr with highest ever first quarter EBITDA margin of 13.8% in a seasonally weak quarter. Our continued focus on casualization and premiumization in the Branded Apparel segment enabled a topline growth of 16% along with a steady growth showcased by our Branded Textile business in comparison to the same quarter last year.
The real estate business continues to witness a strong demand for its offerings with a recent launch in July-23 of premium residential project at Thane with RERA carpet area of about 1 million square feet with a revenue potential of over ₹ 2,000 Cr. The consumer demand for our real estate project at Thane continues to be encouraging.
Commenting on the performance, Gautam Hari Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, Raymond Limited said; “This was a momentous quarter for us as the Raymond group became net debt free post the sale of our FMCG business. During the seasonally weak first quarter and subdued consumer demand, the company has recorded a strong and steady performance across businesses. The quarter witnessed a lesser number of wedding days compared to the corresponding quarter last year that was a dampener for consumer demand. However, going forward we are optimistic as festive and wedding season will set in during the second half of the year giving an impetus to the consumer demand across the country. The silver lining for the quarter was our recent value unlocking initiative of Lifestyle business demerger which is under progress. Post demerger, we will have two independent consumer facing net debt free listed entities for Lifestyle and Real Estate businesses and there is significant liquidity surplus of over ₹ 1,500 Cr. at the Group level to drive future growth.”
Q1FY24 Segmental Performance (Post IND AS 116)
Branded Textile segment sales reported growth of 6% at ₹ 688 Cr in Q1FY24 vs ₹ 648 Cr in Q1FY23. We witnessed increasing consumer demand for our latest season offerings including innovative products, and gifting solutions for summer wedding season. EBITDA margin remained healthy at 17.0%
Branded Apparel segment reported topline growth of 16% with sales at ₹ 305 Cr in Q1FY24 as
compared to ₹ 262 Cr in same quarter last year. Continued demand for office wear and new offerings
in casual wear contributed to the growth. The growth was witnessed across all trade channels and retail network. The segment reported EBITDA margin of 6.4%.
We have opened 37 new stores during the quarter including 15 ‘Ethnix by Raymond’ stores across Tier I to Tier IV towns. Our store network stands at 1,407 stores including 75 ‘Ethnix by Raymond’ stores as on 30th June, 2023. Despite challenging consumer demand scenario, we witnessed 8% growth during the quarter in Average Transaction Value (ATV) vs Q1FY23 in The Raymond Shop (TRS) network spread across 600 towns & cities.
Garmenting segment sales grew by 7% to ₹ 265 Cr in Q1FY24 as compared to ₹ 247 Cr in previous year. The growth was driven by sustained demand in US & Europe markets from our existing customers and also through new customer acquisitions across reputed brands. EBITDA margin for the quarter was 9.2%. There is capacity expansion underway to cater to the increasing demand.
High Value Cotton Shirting segment reported sales in the quarter at ₹ 192 Cr, a growth of 13% as compared to ₹ 170 Cr in previous year, led by demand for our cotton offerings by our B2B customers. The segment reported EBITDA margin of 10.0% for the quarter.
Engineering business sales remained flat in the quarter at ₹ 209 Cr on an aggregate basis. Sales performance was mainly driven by key categories in exports markets in a global inflationary environment and well supported in domestic markets. The business reported EBITDA margin of 14.0% for the quarter.
Real estate business continued it’s fast paced construction across Ten X Habitat, Address by GS and recently launched Ten X Era projects. The business delivered a sales performance of ₹ 234 Cr. along with EBITDA margin of 23.3% for the quarter. Sustained home demand coupled with higher liquidity in the market and incremental customer confidence in Raymond Realty projects was the highlight of the quarter for the business as our committed delivery timelines was much appreciated by our customers.
During the quarter, total booking value was ₹ 330 Cr in overall 3 projects with ~82% of total units in Ten X Habitat, ~87% of total units in The Address by GS project and ~38% of launched units in TenX Era project which was launched in February 2023.