Q1-2016: Reliance Retail y-o-y revenue up 17.5%

BENGALURU: Reliance Industries Limited?s (RIL) organized retail segment - Reliance Retail is a tiny fraction of the revenue that India's largest private corporate reports. However, this segment has been growing consistently, quarter on quarter.


In Q1-2016 (quarter ended 30 June, 2015), though RIL has reported a 23 per cent y-o-y consolidated revenue drop, Reliance Retail posted a 17.5 per cent revenue growth in the same period at Rs 4968 crore as compared to the Rs 3999 crore in Q1-2015. Reliance Retail?s Q1-2016 revenue however was 1.9 per cent lower than the Rs 4788 crore in the immediate trailing quarter.


Note: 100,00,000 = 100 lakh = 10 million = 1 crore


The retail segment reported a profit before tax (PBIT) of Rs 111 crore (2.4 per cent EBIT margin) in the current quarter, 37 per cent more than the Rs 81 crore (2 per cent EBIT margin) and 6.7 per cent more than the Rs 104 crore (2.2 per cent EBIT margin) in Q4-2015.


Though RIL reported a drop in revenue to Rs 83,064 crore in Q1-2016 as compared to the Rs 1,07,905 crore in Q1-2015, it was 17.2 per cent more than the Rs 70,863 crore in Q4-2015. RIL also posted a record consolidated PBDIT of Rs 12,095 crore, up 9.8 per cent as compared Rs 11,016 crore to Q1-2015. Net Profit at Rs 6222 crore was 4.4 per cent more than the Rs 5957 crore in the corresponding year ago quarter, but declined 2.5 per cent as compared to the Rs 6381 crore in the immediate trailing quarter.


Company speak on organized retail segment


The company says that its Value Formats consolidated its leadership position further of being the largest grocery retailer in the country. The business expanded its network further with new store openings to strengthen its leadership position and optimise its operations. The formats launched several own brands products under various categories in the quarter.


Reliance Market continued additions to its store network, reaching out to more and more kiranas, traders and institutions as partners across the country. Contribution of Private Label Sales to overall sales increased to 10 per cent from eight per cent in the same period last year. Reliance Market now serves over 17 lakh registered members across 35 cities.


The digital sector maintained its growth momentum and operates 1,298 stores across the country.


Reliance Digital with its superior in-store experience and extensive product assortments continued to improve its proposition and delight customers. Digital Express Mini rapidly scaled up its operations during the quarter and surpassed the milestone of operating over 1,000 stores across the country in a short time since launch, a feat achieved by any retailer first time in the country.


The Fashion and Lifestyle sector delivered strong performance in the quarter by offering fashionable, high quality merchandise at great value. Reliance Trends operates a strong own brand portfolio comprising over 20 brands that contribute over 70 per cent of overall sales. During the period, the format has partnered with a globally renowned fashion house to augment its in-house product design capabilities. The association would help in bringing global fashion trends to the Indian market thereby bridging the gaps in the merchandise offerings.


Reliance Brands strengthened its presence through its partnerships during this period. During the period, Reliance Brands announced an exclusive partnership with Japanese retailer Muji, which sells a wide verity of household and consumer goods and 130 year old Dutch lingerie brand Hunkem?ller.


The first BCBG MAX Azria store was launched in Delhi, marking the launch of international womenswear brand known for its contemporary fashion sensibilities in India.


As on 30 June, 2015, Reliance Retail operated 2,747 stores across 210 cities in India. 

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