ITC trades flat as stock turns ex-date for dividend of Rs 6.25 per share

Shares of ITC traded flat at Rs 266.40 on the BSE in Thursday’s commerce in an in any other case agency market, after the stock turned ex-dividend of Rs 6.25 per share. The stock hit a excessive of Rs 268.55 and a low of Rs 263.85 on the BSE.

On May 18, 2022, the board had really helpful last dividend of Rs 6.25 per share of Rs 1 every. The dividend will likely be paid between July 22, 2022 and July 26, 2022 to these members entitled thereto. The company has fastened Saturday, May 28, 2022 as the file date for the aim of figuring out entitlement of the members for fee of last dividend.

In the previous three months, ITC outperformed market by surging 25 per cent (adjusted to dividend), as in comparison with 3 per cent decline within the S&P BSE Sensex. Besides that, the stock has gained 19 per cent in six months, as in opposition to 5 per cent fall within the benchmark index.

The surge comes after the company reported sturdy outcomes for final two quarters. For January-March quarter (Q4FY22), ITC posted resilient efficiency with round 9 per cent cigarette quantity progress and margin growth throughout cigarettes, paperboard and FMCG business.

For Q4FY22, ITC reported 11.7 per cent year-on-year (YoY) enhance in consolidated revenue after tax (PAT) at Rs 4,196 crore, led by progress throughout segments from Rs 3,755 crore in Q4FY21. Meanwhile, the company’s consolidated income from operations was up 15.3 per cent to Rs 17,754 crore from Rs 15,404 crore, a year in the past.

The cigarettes business staged a broad-based recovery, with volumes surpassing pre-pandemic ranges. The non-cigarette fast-moving client items (FMCG) business carried out effectively too, by way of targeted value administration interventions throughout worth chain, premiumisation, and considered worth actions.

That aside, analysts at Prabhudas Liladher stay optimistic of ITC’s near-term outlook. “Near term outlook remains positive given cigarette volume traction amid stable tax regime, strong pricing, benefits of backward integration in paper board, benefits of supply chain disruption in leaf tobacco and strong wheat exports. Besides that, the gradual improvement in ARR and occupancy levels in hotels and sustained growth in seen in core segments like FMCG with steady margin expansion,” the brokerage agency mentioned.

Although analysts count on close to time period margin strain in FMCG, the sturdy traction in different companies will allow ITC to maintain double digit revenue progress. “We enhance valuation of cigarettes to 16x on bettering progress and steady taxation (15x earlier) regardless of LT dangers and assign larger multiples for FMCG and paper business,” the brokerage agency added with a ‘buy’ ranking on the stock and elevated goal worth to Rs 305 from Rs 285 per share.

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