Thrissur: Kalyan jewellers posted a good performance in Q4 of FY2020-21 on the back of robust revenue growth in India and strong recovery in the Middle East operations. The total revenue for the quarter was Rs 3056.6 Crores compared to the revenue of Rs 2140.7 Crores for the same quarter in the previous year. While the growth in India revenue was at 60.6%, the consolidated revenue growth was at 42.8%. The consolidated Q4 Profit After Tax (PAT) was reported at Rs 73.9 Crores, which was a 54.1% growth when compared to the same period last year. The consolidated PAT for H2 FY20-21 was recorded at Rs 206.7 Crores, a 72.3% growth over the same period last year.
The reasons for the revenue growth in the India operations were mainly because of the accelerated shift within the jewellery industry from unorganized to organized players and the resilient wedding and related demand. The revenue growth of the gold division was 69.6% and that of the studded division was 36.6%. The disproportionate increase in gold revenues led to an overall decline in the gross margins percentage in Q4 FY2021.
The total revenue for the year ending March 2020-21 was Rs 8573.3 Crores against the total revenue of Rs 10,100.9 Crores in the corresponding period last year, a decline of 15.1% compared to the previous year. However, the revenue decline of the India operations was considerably lower at just 6.6%.
Backed by strong revenue growth in Q4, the Company recorded Profit Before Tax (PBT) of Rs 98.5 Crores compared to Rs 67 Crores in the previous year, a growth of 46.9% for the quarter. The Company reported an EBITDA of Rs 227.7 Crores for the quarter compared to Rs 179.6 Crores in the previous year.
The H2 PBT was Rs 263.2 Crores, when compared to Rs 174.2 Crores in the previous year, a 51.1% growth for the half-year. The EBITDA for the H2 was Rs 538.8 Crores compared to Rs 427.5 Crores in the previous year, a 26% growth for the half-year.
For the full year ended March 2021, the Company’s India operations recorded a profit before tax (PBT) of Rs 187.5 Crores compared to Rs 235.3 Crores in the previous year. However, the Company posted a loss in its consolidated balance sheet amounting to Rs 6.1 Crores. This is primarily because of a one-time write of the Middle East business due to COVID19 amounting to approximately Rs 100 Crores and the revenue loss in Q1 due to the global lockdown.
The Company’s retail chain stands at 137 showrooms, as of 31st March 2021, out of which 107 showrooms are in India and 30 showrooms in the Middle East. It has 4,60,000 sqft of retail space in India and 38,000 sqft of retail space in the Middle East totalling over 5,00,000 sqft of retail space.
Candere, the Company’s e-commerce business performed excellently well with revenue growth of 66% in Q4 FY20-21. The revenue for the FY20-21 was Rs 82.1Crores, a growth of 47% and the net profit was Rs3.2 Crores, compared to the previous year loss of Rs 1.7 Crores.
Ramesh Kalyanaraman, Executive Director of the Company said, “The past year has been unprecedented in many ways. FY2020-21 began with a severe dislocation as our entire store network was temporarily shut down given the global pandemic. However, the company was able to make a strong recovery in the following months, thanks to the teamwork of our employees and proactive customer engagement initiatives undertaken. The Company had already reached a stage where the operating leverage had started kicking in. Adding to this, the robust revenue growth in the second half of the year especially in Q4 enabled us to achieve 72.3% growth in H2 FY2021 PAT which is in fact 45.3% more than the full-year PAT of the previous year. Today, approximately 80% of store networks in India are closed due to state-imposed restrictions, and the on-ground situation is likely to remain fluid over the next few weeks. Given the strength and scale of our business, leaner cost structure, systems and processes institutionalized to deal with this kind of dislocation based on the previous year’s experience and the additional strength of our balance sheet after our recent IPO, we are well equipped to handle the near term shifting realities of the market and remain well-positioned for the long term.”