The group’s profit from operations declined 9.8% to RM83mil against the same quarter last year due to lower sales in Malaysia partially mitigated by higher sales in Singapore and lower operational costs
Earnings per share was 21.73 sen versus 23.86 sen in the first quarter of last year.
According to Carlsberg, revenue fell 9.8% to RM532mil from the year-ago quarter due to the movement control order (MCO) being imposed in several states in Malaysia.
Comparatively, the negative impact of the first MCO - which began on March 18 that year - on the first quarter of 2020, was relatively minimal.
On a quarter-on-quarter basis however, the brewer's net profit was a 75.1% jump over RM37.95mil in Q4FY20 as revenue was boosted by Chinese New Year sales and the easing of Covid-19 pandemic control measures.
The group’s profit from operations increased 79.5% to RM83mil for Q1FY21 versus Q4FY20 due to higher revenues in both Malaysia and Singapore operations, the absence of one-off restructuring costs of RM9.9mil as well as lower marketing spend and administration expenditures.
"Our Q1FY21 performance, although a significant improvement Q-o-Q, was impacted in Malaysia.
"As in 2020, our top priorities remain the health and wellbeing of our employees, supporting our customers to the best of our ability and safeguarding the financial health of the business," said managing director Stefano Clini in a statement.
He added that uncertainty remains high due to the resurgence of Covid-19 cases and subsequent lockdowns in Malaysia and Singapore.
"Under the current circumstances where the business outlook has deteriorated following the lockdowns, the Board will continue to suspend its review of a dividend policy for 2021 until later in the year when hopefully these uncertainties will ease, and the conditions become clearer.
"As communicated in the Company’s 51st Annual General Meeting last month, the Board aims to prioritise business sustainability, to strike a balance of preserving cash and liquidity while still delivering shareholder value," he said.