Fashionable Results

Aug 03, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lankan retailer Odel group’s June profits rose 187 percent to 37 million rupees from a year ago owing to better margins despite higher tax and operating costs, its interim results showed.

Odel group’s June quarter sales were up 62 percent to 692 million rupees, while cost of sales had grown at a slower pace at 55 percent to 427.7 million, resulting in a gross profit of 264 million rupees, up 77 percent, results filed with the stock exchange showed.

The firm made a profit of 29 cents per share.

Odel owns a chain of high-end retail stores that sell garments, perfumery, gift items and ornaments.

In the June quarter the group’s distribution costs were up 77 percent to 40.4 million rupees, and administration costs rose 56 percent to 160 million rupees.

Finance costs were up 17 percent to 21.5 million rupees, while tax costs rose 507 percent to 23.2 million rupees.

Odel’s gross assets rose 65 percent to 2.5 billion rupees, from the same period last year, its interim results showed.

Odel’s public offer made history at the Colombo Stock Exchange by being oversubscribed 63 times. The firm raised 250.5 million rupees to retire some expensive debt and expand i