April 21, 2017 / 11:13 AM / in 9 months

ACC first-quarter profit beats estimates on higher cement sales volume

(Reuters) - India’s ACC Ltd, a unit of the world’s largest cement maker, Lafargeholcim Ltd, reported a 9 percent fall in its first-quarter net profit, but beat analysts’ expectations, helped by stronger cement sales volume.

Consolidated net profit fell to 2.11 billion rupees ($32.67 million) for the quarter ended March 31, from 2.32 billion rupees a year earlier, the company's third profit drop in four quarters. (bit.ly/2owUViW)

Total revenue from operations grew 9 percent to 36.31 billion rupees.

Analysts on average were expecting a profit of 1.62 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Sales volume at the company’s cement segment rose 4 percent in the quarter as impact from government’s move to withdraw high-denomination notes declined, the company said.

($1 = 64.5950 Indian rupees)

Reporting By Arnab Paul in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair

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