UltraTech net falls on cement oversupply; sets Rs 12k cr as capex

Written by fe Bureau | Mumbai | Updated: Jul 30 2010, 06:28am hrs
UltraTech Cement has reported a 42% dip in its net profit at Rs 243 crore for Q1 FY11 as against Rs 418 crore in the same quarter of the previous fiscal. Sales declined by 8.34% to Rs 1,790 crore as compared to Rs 1,953 crore.

The profitability of the company was affected due to oversupply scenario in the cement sector. The company had a capacity addition of 60 million tonne per annum (mtpa) last year. South India, which account for around 33% of the companys total sales volume, was affected due to lower offtake and shortage of wagons. Western and eastern India were constrained on logistics and partial disruption in operations.

Prices of coal, raw material and transportation expenses rose in the quarter. Hence, costs surged by 12% against the same quarter last year.

UltraTech Cement has also announced a capital outlay of over Rs 12,000 crore to be spent between now and the coming five years. The company chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, while addressing shareholders on the 10th annual general meeting, said that the capex plan pertains to increasing the grinding capacity in Gujarat and setting up additional grinding units across locations. There would also be an expenditure on installing waste heat recovery systems and instituting bulk packaging terminals across various states. These projects will be funded through a judicious mix of internal accruals and borrowings. The company has a strong balance sheet with a debt-equity ratio of 0.35 and an interest cover of more than 14 times, said Birla. The quarter under review saw a fall in coal supply through linkages which compelled UltraTech to increase its coal purchase from the domestic market at a higher price and the balance requirement was met through imports. Imported coal prices rose from $76 per metric ton (pmt) to $110 pmt y-o-y basis. These factors have lead to a squeeze on margins.

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