Maruti Suzuki had posted a 17.80 percent decline in its net profit for the third quarter ended December 31, 2010, at Rs 565.17 crore due to higher royalty payout, increased employee costs and higher discounts, which according to market observers disappointed the investors.
Shares of Maruti Suzuki tanked by 5.15 percent to touch an-year low of Rs 1,170 a piece on the BSE.
The company's shares witnessed a similar downside on the National Stock Exchange and slipped by 6.43 percent to quote at Rs 1,150.30 in the morning session.
The company's third quarter numbers were below our expectations, as it reported net profit of Rs 565 crore, as against our estimate of Rs 601 crore, due to subdued performance at the operating front," equity broking firm Angel Broking said in a note.
Besides, the counter was also hammered by the weakness in the stock market benchmark Sensex, which was trading at 18,108.46, down 287.51 points from the previous close at 1032 hours.