Ambuja Cements Q1 profit rises 29% to Rs514.34 crore
Ambuja Cements net sales rose to Rs2,763 crore in the March quarter, from Rs2,530 crore in the year-ago period
New Delhi: Ambuja Cements on Friday reported a 29.56% increase in consolidated net profit to Rs514.34 crore for the first quarter ended March 2018, helped by cost reduction and better capacity utilisation.
Part of the Swiss cement giant LafargeHolcim, the company had clocked a net profit of Rs396.96 crore in January-March period a year-ago, Ambuja said in a BSE filing.
However, its total income was marginally down 0.93% to Rs6,545.91 crore during the period under review as against Rs6,607.74 crore in the corresponding quarter of the last year.
Ambuja Cements total expenses were down 5.05% at Rs5,790.43 crore, against Rs6,098.71 crore. It follows January to December as its financial year.
On a standalone basis, Ambuja Cements reported a rise of 10.12% in standalone net profit at Rs272 crore in the March quarter. The company's net sales rose to Rs2,763 crore in the March quarter, from Rs2,530 crore in the year-ago period.
"The topline growth of 9% on a YoY basis is attributable to improved realisations and sales growth of premium brands - Compocem and Roof Special," Ambuja Cements said in a statement.
Its sales volume also increased to 6.22 million tonnes in the March quarter, compared with 6.02 million tonnes in the corresponding period last year.
"During this quarter, the rise in global oil and energy prices drove up power and fuel costs and diesel prices which impacted freight costs. However, efficiencies improved," it added.
Commenting on the results, Ambuja Cements MD and CEO Ajay Kapur said: "Our focus on reducing costs, improving productivity and increasing capacity utilisation backed by strong attention to the retail segment and robust sales from our premium value added products led to a strong quarter with 29% EBITDA growth."
During the quarter, Ambuja Cements sales volume was up 3.32% to 6.22 million tons in January-March quarter as against 6.02 million tons of the corresponding quarter.
Shares of Ambuja Cements today settled at Rs 236.95 apiece, down 1.46% from the previous close.