ABB, which is into power and automation technologies, on Thursday, reported over 73 per cent slump in net profit at Rs. 17 crore for the three months ended December 2012, amid challenging business conditions. The company had a net profit after tax of Rs. 64 crore in the same period a year ago.

According to a statement, ABB raked in revenues of Rs. 2,053 crore in the latest December quarter compared to Rs. 2,170 crore in the year-ago period. For the full year ended December 2012, net profit after tax plummeted to Rs. 137 crore from Rs. 185 crore in the same period a year ago.

“Delays in receipt of payments due to tight liquidity in the market, inflexible terms and conditions in infrastructure projects, forex volatility and low price realisation increased the risk level significantly and impacted project margins during the year,” the statement said.

Dividend

Meanwhile, ABB board of directors has announced a dividend of Rs. 3 per share for shareholders.

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