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Aksh Optifibre Reports Robust Q3 FY18 Financials

During the quarter company achieved a turnover of Rs 155 Crore, as compared to Rs 145 Crore in the preceding quarter

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Aksh Optifibre Limited, the leading Indian manufacturer of Optical Fibre, Optical Fibre Cables, Fibre Reinforced Composites and a major e-Governance & Turnkey service provider reported its Q3 FY18 financial results.

During the quarter company achieved a turnover of Rs 155 Crore, as compared to Rs 145 Crore in the preceding quarter. EBITDA margins at 12% also witnessed improvement in the current quarter, as against 11% in last quarter. PAT at Rs 6.5 Crore reported a healthy increase of 30% against Rs 5 Crore in the previous quarter.

Quarter Ended December, FY18



Rs Crore
Particulars
Dec-17
Sep-17
Dec-16
QoQ
YoY
Total income
155.3
145.2
129.0
7%
20%
EBITDA
18.4
15.4
12.2
20%
51%
EBITDA Margin
12%
11%
9%


PAT
6.51
5.02
1.25
30%
422%


Mr. Satyendra Gupta, Deputy Managing Director at Aksh Optifibre Limited, commented, “Amidst the rapidly increasing global demand for data traffic originating consequent to artificial intelligence and hyper-connected smart devices there has been the need for deploying more and more fibre across the globe including India. Indian Optical fibre Industry is experiencing the never before demand consequent to rampant demand from digital India. The roll out of the Bharat net project, the world largest rural broadband project connecting 250000 gram panchayat will increase the demand for the optic fibre by manifold times. Consequent to the proactive steps taken by the Company towards enhancing its operational capacities and backward integration the quarter gone by witnessed the significant positive impact on the top line and bottom line of the company. With the capacity increase in place, the Company will look forward for the reduction in cost of production further. “

 

Capacity expansion update 

In conjunction with the growing demand for optical fibre cable globally, the management takes great pleasure in announcing the successful commissioning of its expanded capacity of Optical Fibre & Optical Fibre cable at its manufacturing facilities in its Bhiwadi (Rajasthan, India). After the expansion, company’s Optical fibre manufacturing capacity now stands at 3 Mn FKM Per Annum, from 1.5 Mn FKM  Per Annum. OFC manufacturing capacity now stands at 9 mn FKM Per Annum from 4.5 Mn FKM Per Annum earlier. AOL FRP Division, the manufacturing arm of AOL FZE (Wholly owned subsidiary of the company) located in Dubai, has also successfully commissioned it’s enhanced Fibre Reinforced Plastic Rod (FRP) capacity from 0.4 Mn Kms to 1.4 Mn KMs. Company’s expansion projects in China, Mauritius and Silvassa are also on track.

Considering the buoyant demand for Optical Fibre cable across the globe, company endeavours to operate its newly expanded capacity to the optimum utilization levels and offer an extensive range of high quality optical fibre cable solutions to its marquee global clients.

The trial run for developing the ophthalmic lens is in progress at its state of the art ophthalmic lens production facility in Kehrani, Rajasthan(India) and  the commercial production will commence  early next month.    

Funds Raising Update 

Board of Directors in its meeting held on February 12, 2018, approved fund raising up to USD 35 Million through issue of equity shares/ convertible instruments by way of QIP or FCCB.  Board also approved issuance of convertible warrants to the promoters for an aggregate sum of Rs 42.5 Crore divided into 1 Crore warrants convertible into 1 Crore equity shares at a price of Rs 42.5 per share. The funds so raised will inter-alia be utilized for capital expenditure required for ongoing/future expansions, working capital requirements and other general corporate purposes.

Industry Outlook

The world fibre demand appears to be buoyant going forward, witnessing a double-digit growth for the fourth consecutive year, it is estimated that ~ 520 million fibre-km bare fibre was consumed across the globe in 2017, which  lead to the continued shortage resulting in further surge of fibre prices. As per the industry estimates new preform capacity which came on-line during 2017, has only marginally helped in bridging the demand-supply gap. With approx consumption of 280 million fibre-km in 2017, the Chinese demand for Optic Fibre will play a major role in determining the trajectory for the world’s cable market growth, wherein Chinese demand for optic fibre is expected to surpass the industry growth, which took place last year.


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