Net Debt at $3.19 billion as of June 2023, down by $160 million vs June 2022

BANGALORE, INDIA, Aug 1, 2023 – UPL Ltd. (NSE: UPL & BSE: 512070, LSE: UPLL), today reported financial results for the first quarter of FY24 (Apr-June 2023)

Financial Performance Update

In ₹ crore

(Unless otherwise stated)

Q1 FY24 Q1 FY23 YoY
Revenue 8,963 10,821 (17%)
EBITDA 1,593 2,342 (32%)
EBITDA Margin (%) 17.8% 21.6% (387 bps)
Net Profit 166 877 (81%)

Revenue and EBITDA for Q1 impacted by the industry-wide slow down.

· Differentiated and Sustainable portfolio delivered resilient performance growing by 7% YoY – revenue share rose significantly to 37% (from 27% in Q1FY23) supporting contribution margins.

· Seeds business delivered robust performance as revenue grew by 26% YoY and EBITDA increased by 54% YoY.

· Net Debt stood lower by $160 million vs LY at $3,193 million as of 30 June 2023 despite lower factoring ($890 million on 30 June 2023 vs 1,140 million on 30 June 2022). Adjusted for the lower factoring quantum, net debt would have stood at $2,943 million (lower by $410 million YoY)

Commenting on the performance, Mr. Mike Frank, CEO – UPL Corporation Ltd., said “The global agrochemical industry has been going through a challenging phase over the last two quarters as distributors prioritized destocking and focused on tactical purchases amid high channel inventories. Additionally, the market is witnessing pricing pressure given the high base of previous year and aggressive price competition we have seen from the Chinese post patent exporters.

Given this backdrop, our revenue and profitability were also impacted by these headwinds in line with the rest of the industry. Having said that our differentiated and sustainable portfolio performed resiliently (+7% YoY); with revenue share increasing significantly to 37% versus 27% last year. Favorable portfolio and regional mix coupled with better margins at Advanta helped improve contribution margins by ~198 bps YoY in Q1.

One of our key focus areas has been to improve cash flows and strengthen our balance sheet. In-line with this, we have reduced our net debt by ~$160 million versus June 2022 despite much lower factoring (down by ~$250 million YoY).

Further, we are undertaking a cost reduction initiative of $100 million over the period of next 24 months; 50% of which we expect to be realized in FY24. Going forward, while we anticipate demand to remain subdued in Q2 FY24 as well, our performance should be sequentially better. We are optimistic of demand recovery in H2 FY24 as the channel inventory approaches a new normalized level. Overall, led by improved demand and cost optimization efforts, we expect our Revenue and EBITDA growth to turn positive in H2 FY24, with full year Revenue growth to now be in the range of 1-5% with EBITDA growth at 3-7%.”

Regional Performance Update

Region (INR crore) Q1 FY24 Q1 FY23 YoY % Chg.
Latin America 2,965 3,464 (14%)
Europe 1,259 1,728 (27%)
North America 870 1,796 (52%)
India 2,054 2,067 (1%)
Rest of the World 1,814 1,765 3%
Total 8,963 10,821 (17%)

Other Developments for the Quarter

During the quarter, our Specialty Chemicals Business (including AI manufacturing) was proposed to be transferred to a wholly-owned subsidiary ‘UPL Speciality Chemicals Ltd.’ (USCL) for a consideration of ₹ 3,572 crore. The proposed transfer has been approved at the shareholder meeting on 20th July 2023 and the transaction is expected to be completed in the next few months.

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