Nestle India share price gains over 3% after shareholders vote against increase in royalty to Swiss parent

Nestle India share price gains over 3% after shareholders vote against increase in royalty to Swiss parent
Nestle India share price gains over 3% after shareholders vote against increase in royalty to Swiss parent

Nestle India share price rallied over 3% on Saturday after the company’s shareholders rejected a proposal to increase the royalty payments to its Swiss parent. Nestle India share price gained as much as 3.01% to 2,518.95 apiece on the BSE.

According to a stock exchange filing, about 70.8% of public shareholders of Nestle India voted against the company’s proposal to increase royalty payments to its Swiss parent Nestle.

The motion called for the payment of general license fees (royalty) by the company to Societe des Produits Nestle SA to be increased to 5.25% of net sales, net of taxes, compared to the current level of 4.5%. The increase was proposed at a rate of 0.15% per annum effective from 1st July 2024.

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Under Indian regulations, the potential change would be classified as a related party transaction, which means that controlling shareholders were not allowed to vote.

Nestlé India reported a 26.8% year-on-year (YoY) jump in net profit for the quarter ended March 2024, beating street estimates, helped by softer milk prices. The company posted a net profit of 934 crore in Q4FY24 as against 737 crore a year earlier.

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The FMCG major’s revenue from operations rose 9.05% to 5,268 crore in Q4FY24 from 4,831 crore, YoY.

Nestlé India’s EBITDA margin expanded by 2.41 percentage points to 25.4% in the final quarter of FY24.

The company had warned of “unprecedented headwinds” in prices of key commodities such as coffee and cocoa, with all-time-high prices and an ongoing price rally.

At 11:15 am, Nestle India shares were trading 2.43% higher at 2,504.60 a piece on the BSE.

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