Indian tyremaker MRF misses Sept-qtr profit estimates as input costs weigh

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Indian tyre manufacturer MRF Ltd missed second-quarter profit estimates on Tuesday, as soaring input costs and supply chain issues weighed, offsetting a rise in revenue.

Standalone net profit from continuing operations fell 32.4% to 1.24 billion rupees ($15.14 million) for the three months ended Sept. 30, from 1.83 billion rupees a year earlier, it said in an exchange filing.

Analysts on average had expected a profit of 1.85 billion rupees, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

The tyre manufacturing industry has been grappling with high input costs as soaring global inflation hiked prices of raw materials such as rubber.

MRF Chairman K.M. Mammen had said in July that supply issues for raw materials, inflicted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and low demand due to soaring fuel costs played spoilsport for the company and the industry at large.

The Russia-Ukraine conflict also led to a sharp increase in petrochemical costs, a key component in tyre manufacturing.

MRF's input costs saw an 8.1% rise to 41.13 billion rupees.

Indian tyre companies, including MRF, on Friday said they were investing 11 billion rupees to expand rubber plantations in India's northeastern and eastern regions.

Revenue from operations rose 18.4% to 57.19 billion rupees.

In the past week, MRF's competitors CEAT Ltd and JK Tyre and Industries Ltd also reported big slumps in their quarterly profits.

($1 = 81.9050 Indian rupees)

(This story has been corrected to say that profit fell 32.4%, not 32.2%, in paragraph 2)

(Reporting by Biplob Kumar Das in Bengaluru; Editing by Janane Venkatraman)