Coal India’s stock on Thursday fell by 3 per cent after the company reported a drop in consolidated net profit for the July-September quarter.

Following the disappointing results, shares of the state-run firm started the trade on a weak note and as the trade progressed it further fell by 2.89 per cent to Rs. 276.70 on BSE.

On NSE, the stock lost 2.99 per cent to Rs. 276.55.

The scrip was the worst performer on both the key indices — Sensex and Nifty — during the morning trade.

“Coal India’s Q2 top-line was above our estimate, however, its bottom-line was slightly below our estimate,” said Bhavesh Chauhan, Sr Research Analyst — Metals & Mining, Angel Broking.

Coal India on Wednesday reported a marginal drop in consolidated net profit at Rs. 3,052.36 crore for the July-September quarter due to higher input cost and less e-auction realisation.

The world’s largest coal miner posted a profit of Rs. 3,078.08 crore in the second quarter of 2012-13.

Net sales rose 5.75 per cent to Rs. 15,411.49 crore from Rs. 14,572.54 crore, Coal India had said.

Total expenses increased 8.38 per cent to Rs. 13,112.45 crore. The bulk of the expenses were on employee benefits, on which the company spent Rs. 6,974 crore.

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