MUMBAI, JANUARY 23, 2021
Aditya Birla group company UltraTech Cement on Saturday reported over two-fold jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 1,584.58 crore in the third quarter (Q3) of the current financial year. The leading cement producer had posted a net profit of Rs 711.17 crore in the year-ago quarter, UltraTech Cement said in a BSE filing.
Its revenue from operations stood at Rs 12,254.12 crore, up 17.38 per cent, during the quarter under review as against Rs 10,439.34 crore in the corresponding period of the last fiscal. UltraTech Cement’s total expenses were at Rs 10,190.03 crore in the third quarter of the financial year 2020-21, as against Rs 9,611.08 crore, down 6.29 per cent.
During the quarter, it had a volume growth of 14 per cent to 22.82 million tonne, it said. “Recovery from the COVID-19 led to the disruption of the economy. This has been fuelled by quicker demand stabilisation, supply-side restoration and greater cost efficiencies,” UltraTech Cement said in a post earning statement.
While rural and semi-urban housing continues to drive growth, pick-up in the government-led infrastructure aided incremental cement demand. “Pent-up urban demand is expected to improve with the gradual return of the migrant workforce,” it added.
Though fuel prices have increased in recent months, operational efficiencies and tight control over costs are reflected in the company’s 26 per cent operating margin. “Focus on reducing debt continues. Net debt reduction during Q3FY21 was Rs 2,696 crore and year-to-date, it was Rs 7,424 crore,” it said.
During the quarter, UltraTech’s Board approved Capex of Rs 5,477 crore towards increasing capacity by 12.8 mtpa (million tonnes per annum) with a mix of – brownfield and greenfield expansion – in the fast-growing markets of the east, central and north regions of the country. “This expansion is in addition to the company’s 6.7 mtpa capacity addition that is currently underway in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar and West Bengal, which has picked up the pace and is expected to get commissioned by financial year 2022, in a phased manner,” it said.