India's UltraTech Q2 net almost doubles, warns on costs

Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:02pm IST

Stocks

   

* Q2 net profit up 97 pct on low base

* Variable costs up 8 pct in qtr, freight costs weigh

MUMBAI Oct 20 (Reuters) - UltraTech Cement, India's biggest cement producer, reported a near doubling of profit in the quarter to the end of September from a low base but warned of higher costs for materials, fuel and freight.

Demand for cement in India, the world's second-largest producer after China, is expected to rise about 8 percent during the fiscal year that ends in March, driven by a government push to expedite infrastructure projects to revive growth.

Sales growth across the sector has been slow this year as a result of sluggish homebuilding and construction in Asia's third-largest economy.

Margins of cement makers have come under pressure in recent months due to an increase in the cost of fuel and transport. Ultratech's variable costs rose 8 percent in the quarter from a year previously, the company said on Saturday.

In September, the government hiked diesel prices by 14 percent and that will have a further impact on cement producers.

Major rivals Ambuja Cements and ACC Ltd warned this week that rising fuel and freight costs could nullify increased demand over the coming months.

UltraTech is among a group of cement makers fined a total of $1.1 billion in June for price fixing.

The company, part of the diversified Aditya Birla Group, said its additional capacity of 10.2 million tonnes per year at plants in Chhattisgarh and Karnataka would be operational in the early part of the fiscal year that begins in April 2013.

UltraTech reported a 97 percent rise in standalone profit to 5.5 billion rupees for the July-September quarter, falling short of market estimates of 5.89 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Net sales rose 20 percent to 47 billion rupees. (Reporting by Henry Foy; Editing by Paul Tait)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Market Eye

Sensex, Nifty rise to second consecutive record high

Sensex, Nifty rise to second consecutive record high

The BSE Sensex and Nifty on Friday rose to their second consecutive record highs. The 30-share Sensex surged as much as 1.5 percent to an all-time high of 27,759.01. The broader Nifty gained as much as 1.49 percent to a record of 8,291.65.  Full Article 

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Commodities

Commodities

Silver futures in India hit four-year low on global cues.  Full Article 

BOJ Policy

BOJ Policy

BOJ shocks markets with surprise easing as inflation slows.  Full Article 

Cost Cutting

Cost Cutting

PM Narendra Modi boots officials out of the first class cabin  Full Article 

Leisure Riding

Leisure Riding

Harley-Davidson woos affluent young Indians with bike culture  Full Article 

Shadow Banking

Shadow Banking

China's shadow banking sector growing rapidly, third largest in world - FSB.  Full Article 

Moody's on India

Moody's on India

Moody's welcomes India's policy steps, but wants to see more.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage