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Aditya Birla Group’s revenue crosses Rs2.5 lakh crore; up 9%

Global operations accounted for more than 50% of the group's revenues, which rose by 8%

New Delhi: Textiles-to-telecom conglomerate Aditya Birla Group’s consolidated revenue has crossed Rs2.5 lakh crore mark with a growth of 9% in the latest fiscal, group chief Kumar Mangalam Birla has said.

Global operations accounted for more than 50% of the group’s revenues, which rose by 8% in the US dollar terms as well to $41 billion “regardless of ups and downs in foreign currency", Birla added.

“I believe, that the bottom line and the cash in the till is a greater parameter to gauge performance rather than simply revenues. On this score too, we have done well," Birla said in his annual letter to the shareholders of Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd, one of the main holding companies of the group.

Giving details of the overall group-level financials, Birla said that the group’s EBITDA (Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) rose by 9% to Rs32,200 crore, while the same in the dollar terms grew by 8% to $5.25 billion.

“We have had a good year at the Group level. Our Group’s consolidated revenue crossed the Rs2.5 trillion mark, setting a new milestone," he said. Talking about Aditya Birla Nuvo, whose business portfolio includes the group’s financial services, telecom, fashion and lifestyle, as also agriculture, rayon, linen and insulator arms, Birla said it recorded a turnover of $4.4 billion (Rs 26,516 crore).

Stating that all these businesses were poised for higher growth, given the upturn in the economy, Birla said the company has a strong balance sheet and it “continue to play the role of a business incubator, nurture new businesses in sectors that offer promise, and alongside leverage opportunities across its current portfolio".

Listing out “steps towards accelerating topline and bottom-line growth and enhancing stakeholder value", Birla said the company will ensure that it has the right talent at the right time and at the right place for each business.

“Additionally, enhancing customer centricity and excellence capability by developing customer value propositions that are unmatched, stepping up the focus on R&D to increase the share of value-added products across businesses are our focus areas.

“The thrust on digitisation across our business processes and using analytics and big data continue," he said.

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