Impacted by higher raw material and logistics costs, Ultratech Cement's third-quarter net profit dipped marginally to R601 crore from R617 crore in the same quarter last fiscal. The net sales of the company, however, increased to R4,857 crore in Q3, compared to R4,565 crore in the same period in 2011-12, Unitech said in a statement on Saturday.
On the cost front, year-on-year, raw materials and logistics cost were mainly impacted due to an increase in railway freight and hike in diesel prices, it said. Energy cost, that is, imported coal remained at $100 per tonne levels. The benefit of softening in coal prices was partly offset by the depreciation in rupee, it added.
The total expenses of the company rose to R4,072 crore from R3,833 crore a year ago. The companys ongoing capacity expansion plans towards setting up of additional clinkerisation plants in Chhattisgarh and Karnataka were on track. These projects are expected to be operational by early FY14. They will augment the company's cement capacity by 9.2 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) bringing it to a total of 62 mtpa, it added.
Backed by some positive economic sentiments, long-term demand of the building material was likely to see 8% growth, with housing, infrastructure and allied spending being the key value drivers, the company said.
Network18, TV18 in the black
Led by strong performances in broadcasting and digital businesses, Network18 Media and Investments posted a consolidated net profit of R6.84 crore for October-December 2012 period, after many quarters of loss. Its arm, TV18 Broadcast, also turned profitable with a consolidated net profit of R21.3 crore for the reported quarter.
Both our companiesNetwork18 and TV18 returned to profitability this quarter. Our recast balance sheets helped rationalise our interest payouts and our television and digital assets turned in strong operational performances, Network18 managing director Raghav Bahl said. Network18 had registered a net loss of R85.80 crore, while TV18 had a net loss of R53.5 crore in October- December 2011.
The entities had a net loss of R22.57 crore (Network18) and R40.6 crore (TV18) in the previous sequential quarter (Q2, 2012) as well. Network18s consolidated revenues for Q3 of 2012-13 stood at R697.4 crore, up about 52% from R510.08 crore in the same period last year. Of this, television and motion pictures business accounted for R542 crore, while digital content and eCommerce and allied businesses contributed R119.6 crore and R80.7 crore, respectively. All our broadcast and digital content operations grew their margins despite softness in the ad environment. Our e-commerce businesses have turned in another stellar quarter, group CEO B Saikumar said.