The company's net profit in the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal was Rs 2,861.28 crore, NTPC said in a filing to BSE.
"NTPC...posted good operational performance for the third quarter," the company said in a statement. It added that the gross generation for October-December grew to 61.310 billion units from 59.129 billion units for the corresponding quarter in previous year, up by around 4 percent.
A steep fall in tax cost supported the bottom line, but lower other income and higher finance cost restricted profit growth.
The company's total income from operations was almost flat at Rs 18,858.09 crore. Net sales were also flat at Rs 18,738.98 crore.
The total expenses of the company, however, marginally went up to Rs 15,451.78 crore from Rs 15,208.53 crore in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.
The other income of the company dropped 35.9 percent to Rs 481.28 crore during the October-December quarter of the current fiscal.
NTPC's other income in corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal was Rs 751.88 crore.
The finance cost increased to Rs 700.81 crore from Rs 601.03 crore the same period last year.
Tax expense was came down by 87.7 percent to Rs 112.78 crore during the quarter from Rs 918.17 crore in same period of last fiscal.
NTPC further said that its the Board of Directors in its meeting held today has decided to pay interim dividend for FY2015 at the rate of 7.5 percent-- i.e 75 paise per equity share. The dividend will be paid on February 13, 2015.

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