Godrej Consumer to Invest ₹900 Crore in New Manufacturing Plants

Godrej Consumer to Invest ₹900 Crore in New Manufacturing Plants
Godrej Consumer to Invest ₹900 Crore in New Manufacturing Plants

by Tanushree Jaiswal Last Updated: Aug 10, 2023 - 04:52 pm 280 Views

In response to rising demand, FMCG leader GCPL plans to set up new manufacturing units in Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh with a ₹900 crore investment. This move aims to boost production capacity by 20% in the home and personal care categories. Despite a slight dip in Q1 net profit, GCPL reports a 10.4% rise in revenue. CEO Sudhir Sitapati's strategic focus on volume growth and operational efficiency is driving optimism for the company's future, backed by successful global sales growth. The company's acquisition of Raymond's FMCG business further indicates its long-term vision.

GCPL Eyes 20% Production Boost with ₹900 Crore Investment in Manufacturing

In a significant move aimed at catering to rising customer demand and optimizing manufacturing operations, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. (GCPL), a prominent Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company, has revealed its plan to invest ₹900 crore in establishing new manufacturing facilities in Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh. The decision, reached during the company's board meeting on August 7, reflects GCPL's commitment to enhancing its production capacity by approximately 20% in the home care and personal care product categories.

The substantial capital infusion is projected to be financed through a strategic blend of internal accruals and debt. With its current manufacturing capacity utilization standing strong at 75-80% the introduction of these new manufacturing sites is slated to conclude within 18-36 months, positioning the company for further growth.

Earlier in the year, GCPL made waves by disclosing plans to raise ₹5,000 crore through non-convertible debentures (NCDs), a proposal that gained approval from the board of directors. Despite this forward-looking initiative, the company reported a marginal 7.6%-year-on-year decline in net profit for the June quarter, attributing the dip to a stamp duty component. Net profit for the period settled at ₹318.8 crore, compared to the previous year's figure of ₹345.1 crore.

Although net profit saw a minor setback, GCPL's total revenue showcased remarkable growth, surging by 10.4 percent during the review period. The revenue figure reached an impressive 
₹3,448.9 crore, marking a substantial increase from the corresponding period in the previous fiscal year, which recorded revenue of ₹3,124 crore.

The company's shares are currently trading at ₹1,021.00. However, on a year-to-date basis, the stock has exhibited a noteworthy 14% increase in value, indicative of investors' sustained confidence in GCPL's potential for growth.

GCPL's impressive sales growth in Indonesia and key regions such as Africa, the USA, and the Middle East underscores its global reach and effective business strategies. In Indonesia, sales surged by 15% in constant currency terms, a result of successful strategies implemented in the previous year. Similarly, the cluster encompassing Africa, the USA, and the Middle East witnessed robust 16% sales growth in constant currency terms.

Management Commentary:

Sudhir Sitapati, MD & CEO of Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. (GCPL), emphasized the company's unwavering commitment to driving growth through increased sales volume, brand investments, and enhanced profitability. Sitapati underscored the paramount importance of advertising investments and the pursuit of maximum volume expansion. Notably, nearly half of the company's capital expenditure (capex) is dedicated to advertising initiatives, with the remainder allocated to bolstering operational efficiency.

Sitapati's bullish outlook on the company's growth prospects stems from the positive returns already yielded by their investments, poised to fuel volume growth beyond historical levels. He accentuated the strategic allocation of capital expenditure to fortify this growth trajectory.

GCPL's India business reported a notable volume growth of 12% for the June quarter, closely aligning with expectations ranging from 11 to 12%. However, Sitapati cautioned against assuming a consistently sustained growth rate, highlighting that historically, GCPL's India business has operated within the lower mid-single-digit growth range.

Earlier this year, GCPL made headlines by acquiring Raymond's FMCG business for ₹2,825 crore. Sitapati acknowledged that immediate synergies weren't anticipated in the initial half of the year. Nevertheless, he expressed optimism that these synergies would gradually materialize in the second half, underscoring the company's long-term strategic vision.

In summary, GCPL's substantial investment in new manufacturing facilities reflects its dedication to meeting consumer demands and optimizing operations. Despite a minor dip in net profit, the company's strong revenue growth and investor confidence underscore its potential for sustained expansion. Sudhir Sitapati's strategic leadership and emphasis on volume growth and operational efficiency position GCPL for a promising future within the competitive FMCG landscape.

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