Lotte Chemical’s revenue up by 65% to Rs79bn in 9MCY22

January 24, 2023

Hifsa Raja

Lotte Chemical Limited’s revenue increased by 65% to Rs79 billion in the first nine months of the Calendar Year 2022, compared with Rs48 billion in the corresponding period of the previous year, reports WealthPK.

Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) price increases led to an increase in revenue. This was due to the bullish trend in the upstream markets. Owing to the busy season, there was a significant demand in the local market. The demand for PTA also increased due to the anti-dumping duty imports from countries such as  Indonesia and Thailand.

The gross profit increased by 179% to Rs14 billion in CY22 from Rs5 billion in CY21. The profit before taxation during the nine-month period of CY22 increased by 185% to Rs12 billion from Rs4 billion in the corresponding period of CY21. The profit after taxation increased by 151% to Rs8.1 billion in the nine months of CY22 compared with Rs3.2 billion in the corresponding period of CY21, reports WealthPK.

Earnings Growth Analysis:

The EPS growth was volatile from 2018 to 2020 with major ups and downs, but it showed an improvement in 2021 with a gain of 119%.

Price Volatility Analysis:

Lotte Chemical Pakistan has been more volatile than 75% of PK stocks, generally moving +/- 7% weekly. The price volatility of LOTCHEM is higher than the average market volatility.

Industry comparison:

The companies that have been considered the competitors of Lotte Chemical Pakistan are Archroma Pakistan, Gatron, Tri-Pack Films, and Engro Polymer and Chemicals.

Lotte Chemical Pakistan’s PE ratio is 4.3, which is close to the average PE ratio of the industry i.e. 5.8, whereas it has the largest market capitalization in the industry, which is around Rs40.7 billion.

The prospect of consistent dividend payments is another benefit of making investments in large-cap firms because large-cap companies are already well-established in the market and their stock values are often not expected to increase at rapid rates over time. So, making an investment in Lotte Chemicals Pakistan will give the investors a consistent dividend with the passage of time.

Dividend Payment Stability and Growth of Payment:

Dividend payments from LOTCHEM have fluctuated over the past 10 years.

LOTCHEM's current dividend yield is 14.9%, and the dividend per share is Rs4. In 2024, dividend yield and dividend per share are predicted to decline from the present all-time high dividend from the previous 10 years. Lotte Chemical Pakistan Limited was incorporated in Pakistan on 30 May 1998 under the Companies Ordinance, 1984 (repealed with the enactment of the Companies Act, 2017). Its principal activity is the manufacture and sale of Pure Terephthalic Acid (PTA).

Credit : Independent News Pakistan-WealthPk