United Spirits Q3 Results: Profit slumps 64.4% QoQ hurt by soaring input costs

Indian alcoholic beverage maker 

United Spirits Ltd NSE -5.90 % on Tuesday reported a 64.4% slump in quarterly profit, hurt by soaring input costs, falling sales and a one-time expense.

The maker of Johnny Walker whiskey reported a profit of 1.11 billion rupees ($13.61 million) in the quarter ended Dec. 31, down from 3.11 billion rupees in the previous year.

The sector has been grappling with high cost of extra neutral alcohol and soda ash. Meanwhile, bottle prices have spiked due to inflation in natural gas required for glass production.

The Bengaluru-based scotch maker’s revenue fell 25% to 66.12 billion rupees in the quarter, while net sales fell nearly 10% t .

The Diageo PLC-backed company had sold 32 brands in May last year, including Haywards and Old Tavern, to Inbrew Beverages on a slump sale basis.

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