Zee Learn reports improved y-o-y results for Q2:2014

BENGALURU: The Essel group’s education company Zee Learn Limited (Zee Learn) reported higher revenue from operations at Rs 23.91 crore, higher by 27 per cent as compared to the Rs18.84 crore for Q2-2013. The company also returned a PAT of Rs 0.54 crore for Q2-2014 as compared to a loss of Rs(-2.501) crore for the corresponding quarter of last year.

During Q1-2014, the company had forex gain of Rs 1.86 crore on remittance of the GDR issue (listed on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange) proceeds, which was included in the other income of the company for that quarter. The company had reported a 28.7 per cent higher operating of revenue of Rs 33.52 crore for the immediate trailing quarter as well as PAT of Rs 3.25 crore, which was about six times (6.06 times) more than the PAT for the current quarter.

Let us look at the other Q2-2014 results reported by Zee Learn

Two heads that added to the profitability were increase in stock in trade and other income.

Zee Learn reported increase in stock in trade of Rs 0.9543 crore for Q2-2014, which was 49.2 per cent higher than the Rs 0.6396 crore for Q1-2013, but was 35.2 per cent lower than the Rs 1.47 crore for the immediate preceding quarter (Q1-2014).

Other income for Q2-2014 at Rs 0.4294 crore was 38.6 per cent lower than the Rs 0.5953 crore for Q2-2013 and less than a fifth (5.2 times lower) of the Rs 2.22 crore for Q1-2014. As mentioned above, this included a forex gain of Rs 1.86 crore for Q1-2014.

Total expenditure for Q2-2014 at Rs 22.31 crore was 9.1 per cent higher than the Rs 20.46 crore for Q2-2013, but 28 per cent lower than the Rs 30.95 crore for the immediate trailing quarter.

During Q2-2014, the company spent Rs 1.89 crore towards advertising expense, which was about 5.3 per cent lower than the Rs 2.0 crore for Q2-2013 and almost half (52.4 per cent) of the Rs 3.61 crore for Q1-2014.

Towards publicity, the company spent Rs 2.01 crore for Q2-2014, which was 32.7 per cent lower than the Rs 2.98 crore for Q2-2013 and again almost half (50.6 per cent) of the Rs 3.97 crore for Q1-2014.

Zee Learn spent 78.6 per cent more towards purchase of education goods and TV content at Rs 5.85 crore for Q2-2014 as compared to the Rs 3.28 crore for Q2-2013, but less than half (47.7 per cent) the the Rs12.27 crore for Q1-2014.
Depreciation and amortisation for Q2-2014 at Rs1.75 crore was 23 per cent more than the Rs1.42 crore for Q2-2013 and 14.5 per cent more than the Rs1.53 crore for Q1-2014.

Employee benefit expense at Rs 7.51 crore for Q2-2014 was 13.8 per cent lower than the Rs 8.71 crore for the corresponding quarter of 2013 and 9.7 per cent lower than the Rs 8.31 crore for Q1-2014.

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