VST Tillers Tractors hits 52-week low on weak Q2 results; stock falls 14%


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hare brokers react to falling stock prices on screens of computers and television


  Shares of VST Tillers Tractors have slipped 14% to Rs 1,526 per share, also their 52-week low on the BSE in intra-day trade after the company’s net profit in September quarter (Q2FY19) reduced more-than-half to Rs 92 million due to lower operating income. The company engaged in the business of manufacturing and trading of agriculture machinery had a profit of Rs 187 million in the same quarter last fiscal.

Operational revenue during the quarter under review declined by 17.6% at Rs 1,446 million against Rs 1,755 million in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

The company said consequent to detailed investigation by an independent agency in relation to incidence of fraud reported as a part of audited accounts for the year ended 31st March 2018, committed by certain employees amounting to Rs. 31.78 million (net of recovery of Rs. 3.7 million as of date), which was expensed in the earlier years, has been written back and included under other income.

The recoverability of the said amount being doubtful at this stage has been provided for and included under "other expenses", it added.

Meanwhile, total volumes for India’s largest power tiller manufacturer, declined 27% year-on-year in October 2018. Volume was 4% lower compared to September 2018. It sold a total of 1,879 units in October 2018 against 2,577 units in October 2017 and 1,953 units in September 2018.

On a cumulative basis (April to October 2018), total volumes declined 22% at 16,653 units during the first seven months of current fiscal. The company sold 21268 units during the same period last year.

At 10:45 am; VST Tillers Tractors was trading 10% lower at Rs 1,596 on the BSE, as compared to a marginal 0.01% decline in the S&P BSE Sensex. A combined 21,727 equity shares changed hands on the counter on the BSE and NSE so far. The stock corrected almost 50% from its 52-week high level of Rs 3,085 touched on April 24, 2018.