Brooks Labs eyes nearly 2-fold growth in profits

Brooks Labs eyes nearly 2-fold growth in profits

Mumbai: Brooks Laboratories, which made its debut on the bourses today with a 10% premium against its issue price, expects to almost double its net profit to 12 crore this fiscal, a top official has said.

“Our PAT (profit after tax) was 6.89 crore last year and we are expecting it somewhere around 12 crore this year," the contract research and manufacturing services company’s managing director, Rajesh Mahajan, told the agency.

Mahajan said the company is targeting an increase in its turnover to 80 crore in the ongoing fiscal from 53 crore in fiscal year 2011 and a further jump to 120 crore by fiscal year 2013-end, once its new manufacturing facility in Gujarat is commissioned.

The company, which presently has a single manufacturing facility in Himachal Pradesh’s Baddi district, will invest the entire 63 crore it raised through the initial public offer (IPO) over the next 12 months to set up the Gujarat plant, Mahajan said.

The company opened at a 10% premium vis-a-vis its issue price of 100 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) this morning and surged to 131.10 within minutes of the opening bell.

However, it quickly lost momentum amid a bearish trend in the broader market and was trading at 86.70, more than 13% lower than its issue price, on the BSE at 11:15 am. The BSE benchmark Sensex was down 1.11% at 16,634 points at the time.

Mahajan said Brooks is looking to export its products to overseas markets and expects to start getting orders from African and South-East Asian countries this fiscal.

The new Gujarat plant will cater to the European and North American markets, which have stricter regulations, he added.

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