India Earnings season: Hero Moto corp expected to grow 16% and profits 28%

In the next few hours Bajaj Auto’s 20% growth will be compared to Hero Motocorp having already beaten its own profit expected with a 22% growth expanding margins to 21.3%

Hero had the largest volume gains in the latest quarter bringing market share back to 40% even as erstwhile partner Honda caught up to a formidable #3 with a 200k per month sales

Bajaj Sales still compare at 68% of Hero’s INR 61 bln for the quarter after Hero grew 16.86% y-0-y, Hero’s profits grew 43% Quarterly volumes were the highest at 1.6 mln units in three months with Bajaj trailing at 1 mln

Its Operating profit margins on adjusted basis counted as low as 12.7% while unadjusted basis still compares at 15.7% against 17.6% for Bajaj Auto strictly on business expenses at both companies

Hero’s sales are higher by 14% over September 2011 but its not known if its shares in the higher margin >125 cc has increased from the low 6% last quarter Bajaj sells 18% in the higher CC categories for its profit margins and has also included growing CV (Auto sales) in these data

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