Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Indian Hotels gains on strong Q4 profit outlook

A higher tax payment indicates higher net profit of the company in the quarter.

Meanwhile, the BSE Sensex was up 90.03 points, or 0.61%, to 14880.83.

On BSE, 2.03 lakh shares of the scrip were traded. The stock had an average daily volume of 4.95 lakh shares on BSE in past one quarter.

The scrip had touched a high of Rs 107.50 and a low of Rs 100.05 so far during the day. The stock had hit a 52-week high of Rs 163.80 on 2 January 2008 and a 52-week low of Rs 93.05 on 22 January 2008.

The scrip had outperformed the market in the one month to 17 March 2008, falling 16.61% as against the Sensex`s 18.25% fall. It had, however, underperformed the market in the past three months, slipping 24.76% against the Sensex`s 22.38% slide.

The Tata Group-run mid-cap hospitality firm has an equity capital of Rs 72.34 crore. Face value per share is Rs 1.

At the current price of Rs 105.70, the scrip trades at a PE multiple of 11.83, based on Q3 December 2007 annualised EPS of Rs 8.93.

The net profit of Indian Hotels rose 31.2% to Rs 134.58 crore on 14.6% rise in sales to Rs 520.62 crore in Q3 December 2007 over Q3 December 2006.

Indian Hotels Company, better known as the Taj group of Hotels, was set up in the early twentieth century, has since emerged as one of the leading players in the domestic hospitality sector in India and overseas.

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