TII crosses Rs 3000 Cr turnover and net up by 109 %


Chennai, May 2, 2011: Tube Investments of India Ltd (TII) reported a Gross Turnover of Rs.3130 cr. for 2010-11, a growth of 27% over the previous year. The operating profit of TII before exceptional items moved up from Rs. 169 Cr. to Rs. 221 Cr., a growth of 30%. All the business segments performed well. The good performance in the Engineering and Metal Formed Products businesses was on the backdrop of a strong growth of 26% in the auto industry. TII also booked an exceptional income arising from sale of some of its Land. After considering this exceptional income, the profit before tax stood at Rs. 241 Cr. as against Rs. 129 Cr. after an exceptional charge of Rs. 40 Cr. in the previous year. Mr. L. Ramkumar, Managing Director said “The year 2010-11 was a year of landmarks with good performances from all business segments. Despite capacity constraints in two of our businesses, the Company did well to improve its operating profit through a focus on product mix, higher asset and people productivity and benefits of new product introductions”.


The bicycles segment achieved two milestones; one in terms of having crossed the 4 million mark in volume and another in having crossed the Rs 1000 cr. mark in turnover. A combination of initiatives including increased focus on special, premium and performance bike segments and promotion of “Cycling” enabled this segment to achieve this performance. The year also marked the introduction, for the first time in India, of an indigenously designed and made carbon frame bike under the “Montra” brand. The company also launched, in the premium segment, Schwinn and Mongoose range of bikes. These have been received well in the market. The division derived as much as 23% of its revenues from new models reiterating its strength in leading growth through new products. On the customer front, the company continues to offer a unique and enjoyable purchase experience through its retail format. As of date, there are as many as 647 outlets under various formats and the share of business from these channels is about 25%. The Company continues to maintain a premium position in the industry through its strong quality and brand image. The fitness industry in India continues to grow at a rapid pace and the company’s fitness business turnover increased by 39% over the previous year.

The electric scooters market in India saw a few players, regional as well as importers, exiting the market due to their inability to provide quality products/services. This dampened the consumer’s confidence and resulted in the organized market volume dropping to 40,000 numbers from an estimated 60,000 numbers last year. The announcement of subsidies by the Government coupled with a focused approach in areas of quality and after sales service should help the division, to perform better in the years to come.

The Profit before interest and tax in this segment was at Rs.78 Cr. against Rs. 69 Cr. in the previous year, representing a growth of 14%.


The Engineering segment also achieved a milestone in having crossed the Rs. 1000 cr. turnover mark. The division reported a volume increase of 20% in the precision cold drawn welded tubes. Export of tubes grew at 15%. In cold rolled steel strips business, the growth at 7% this year was better than that of the last year. The division also supplies valued added tubular components to the auto industry. This business grew by 40% in volume terms.

The Profit before interest and tax in this segment was at Rs.113 Cr. against Rs. 85 Cr. in the previous year, representing a growth of 32%.

Metal Formed Products

In this segment, volume of automotive chains grew at 30% – better than the 26% growth in the two wheeler industry, while the industrial chains grew at 11%. Exports of chains picked up and grew by 60%.The volume of car doorframes sold touched the 1 million mark and grew by 17% over last year. The plant in Uttarakhand became fully operational and the revenues from the railway segment grew by 42% over the last year. The total revenue for the segment grew to Rs. 775 Cr. from Rs. 580 Cr., a growth of 34%.

The Profit before interest and tax in this segment grew by 26% and was at Rs. 101 Cr. as compared to Rs. 80 Cr. in the previous year.

Performance of major subsidiaries

Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Ltd, the insurance subsidiary of the Company achieved a Gross Written Premium of Rs. 968 Cr. against Rs. 785 Cr. last year. This represents a growth of 23%. Despite the growth, the company reported a loss of Rs. 22.59 Cr. against a profit before Tax of Rs. 1.85 Cr. in the previous year. The loss of Rs. 22.59 cr is after reckoning Rs. 61.40 Cr a charge in the profit and loss account attributable to its share of losses from Indian Motor Third Party Insurance Pool (IMTPIP) in line with the results circulated by GIC Re, the Pool Administrator.

Cholamandalam DBS Finance Ltd (CDFL) became a subsidiary of the Company in April 2010 and is now Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Limited (CIFCL). The Company now holds 60.56% of the equity of CIFCL. Disbursements for the year grew by 48% from Rs.3866 Cr. to Rs.5731 Cr. the highest since inception. All the existing business verticals recorded their highest growth / profits since inception. Profit before tax recorded for the year by the Asset financing businesses amounted to Rs.348 Cr, a growth of 246% over the previous year. After considering all the potential losses in the Personal Loan portfolio, the Profit before tax was at Rs 123 Cr, a growth of 76% over the last year.

Consolidated Results

The consolidated profit after tax for the year was Rs. 195.90 Cr. a growth of 75% over the last year.

About Tube Investments of India

Tube Investments of India consists of TI Cycles of India, Tube Products of India, TI Metal Forming (including Chains).  In bicycles, TII is the second largest manufacturer with well-known brands – Hercules, BSA and Philips.  TII is the market leader in precision steel tubes and roll-formed car doorframes in India. Also, being the second largest motor cycle chain manufacturer in India, TII is a major supplier to the Indian auto / auto- component industry. In the recent times, the Company has introduced E- Scooters.

About Murugappa Group

Founded in 1900, the Rs.13617 Crores (USD 3.03 billion) Murugappa Group is one of India’s leading business conglomerates. The Group has 29 businesses including seven listed Companies actively traded in NSE & BSE. Headquartered in Chennai, the major Companies of the Group include Carborundum Universal Ltd., Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Ltd., Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Ltd., Coromandel International Ltd., Coromandel Engineering Company Ltd., E.I.D. Parry (India) Ltd, Parry Agro Industries Ltd., Tube Investments of India Ltd., and Wendt (India) Ltd.

Market leaders in served segments including Abrasives, Auto Components, Cycles, Sugar, Farm Inputs, Fertilizers, Plantations, Construction, Bio-products and Nutraceuticals, the Group has forged strong joint venture alliances with leading international companies like Mitsui Sumitomo, Foskor, Cargill, Groupe Chimique Tunisien, Winterthur Technology Group and Morgan Crucible. The Group has a wide geographical presence panning 13 states in India and 5 continents.

Renowned brands like BSA, Hercules, Ballmaster, Ajax, Parry’s, Gromor and Paramfos are from the Murugappa stable. The organization fosters an environment of professionalism and has a workforce of over 32,000 employees.


For any clarification, please contact: L. Ramkumar, Managing Director, Tube Investments of India Ltd. Ph – 044 – 4228 6702 / 4211 4747 RamkumarL@tii.murugappa.com

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