NMDC’s Share Price Falls The Most In Two Months After Q2 Results, Buyback
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NMDC’s Share Price Falls The Most In Two Months After Q2 Results, Buyback

Shares of NMDC Ltd. fell the most since August after the state-run iron ore miner’s revenue remained flat and margin contracted in the first full quarter of operations after the nation eased the coronavirus lockdown curbs.

Net profit rose 10% over the year earlier to Rs 774.2 crore in July-September period, according to an exchange filing, as other expenses fell. That compares with the Rs 714.3-crore consensus estimate of analysts tracked by Bloomberg. Its revenue remained flat at Rs 2,229 crore compared with the Rs 2,328.1-crore forecast.

Operating profit—or earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation—fell 3% year-on-year to Rs 1,030.2 crore, against the estimated Rs 991.1 crore. The miss in Ebitda, according to a post-earnings note by Motilal Oswal, was due to lower-than-expected realisations. NMDC’s operating margin contracted 110 basis points to 46.2% in the three months ended September.

The miner also announced a buyback of equity shares worth Rs 1,378 crore. The board will buy back 13.1 crore shares, or 4.3% of the total equity, at Rs 105 apiece—a 11.7% premium to Tuesday’s closing price. The record date for the buyback has been set as Nov. 23.

Of the 22 analysts tracking the NMDC stock, 16 have a ‘buy’ rating, four suggest a ‘hold’ and the rest recommend a ‘sell’. The average of Bloomberg consensus 12-month target price implies an upside of 32.2%. The stock ended 3.5% lower at Rs 90.75, snapping a two-day gaining streak.

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