Despite Higher Revenue Engro Polymer’s Profits Drop by 44.52% in H1 2019

Engro Polymer and Chemicals Limited has announced its financial results for the half that year ended on June 30, 2019.

The company’s profit decreased to Rs. 1.54 billion in the first half ended June 30, which was down by 44.52% as compared with Rs. 2.77 billion in the same period a year earlier. The decline in profits was due to an increase in expenses, which constitutes mostly exchange losses and higher finance cost.

Engro Polymer’s sales rose by 8.76% to Rs. 18.60 billion, up from Rs. 17.10 billion despite a decrease in PVC prices internationally. The currency devaluation during the period helped the company with revenue growth.

However, the cost of sales increased by 12.10% to Rs. 14.594 billion from Rs. 13.018 billion. Operating expenses skyrocketed to Rs. 1.088 billion, which were up by 233.57% in the first half from Rs. 326.357 million.

Consolidated Profit and Loss Account for the half-year ended June 30, 2019 (Amounts in thousands except for earnings per share)
Jun-19 Jun-18 % Change
Net revenue 18,600,321 17,101,613 8.76%
Cost of sales (14,594,328) (13,018,532) 12.10%
Gross profit 4,005,993 4,083,081 -1.89%
Distribution and marketing expenses (165,535) (211,350) -21.68%
Administrative expenses (388,455) (336,180) 15.55%
Other operating expenses (1,088,639) (326,357) 233.57%
Other income 437,613 492,402 -11.13%
Operating profit 2,800,977 3,701,596 -24.33%
Finance cost (727,588) (298,363) 143.86%
Profit before taxation 2,073,389 3,403,233 -39.08%
Taxation (528,995) (619,562) -14.62%
Profit for the period 1,544,394 2,783,671 -44.52%
Earnings per share – basic and diluted (Rupees) 1.70 3.98 -57.30%


The earnings per share (EPS) was Rs. 1.70 in January-June compared with Rs. 3.98 in the corresponding period last year.

EPCL’s script at the PSX was closed at Rs. 25.33, down by Rs. 0.34 with a turnover of 622,500 shares on Tuesday.

Engro Polymers & Chemicals Limited (PSX: EPCL) is a subsidiary of Engro Corporation Limited. EPCL’s primary commodity for sale is PVC for which it has a monopoly in Pakistan. While locally it is mostly used to manufacture pipes, it has a range of uses including artificial leather, shoes, garden hoses, windows, and doors.