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ACC sees Indian demand rising 10 per cent YoY, India

16 August 2012, Published under Cement News

Indian cement major ACC has said cement demand may grow at a healthy rate of 10 per cent in 2012 but subdued capacity utilisation and higher raw material costs will keep prices under pressure. "The demand for cement is expected to grow at 10 per cent over 2011. A lower utilisation rate coupled with increase in cost of raw materials and increasing logistics costs are likely to keep overall prices under pressure in all regions," it said in its annual report. "Pressure on costs will continu...

Life Insurance Corp trims stake in ACC, India

15 August 2012, Published under Cement News

State-run Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has sold 2.68 per cent stake in cement maker ACC  for INR187.75 crore through open market operations. LIC had 10.51% stake (or 18.77 crore shares in ACC) prior to the transactions that took place between November 2011 and August 2012, both at the Bombay Stock Exchange as well as the National Stock Exchange, the cement firm said in a regulatory filing today. Following the transactions, LIC's shareholding in ACC, in which Swiss major Holcim holds a ...

ACC reports 26 per cent net profit rise

27 July 2012, Published under Cement News

ACC of India reported a rise of 26.33% in consolidated net profit to INR4.15bn for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 as compared to INR3.28bn in the same period last year. Total consolidated income for the company, which is 50.3 per cent owned by Holcim, increased by 15.13% to INR29.59bn for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 from INR21.90bn in the year ago period. Net sales rose 14.95% to INR29.19b  for the quarter compared to INR25.39bn in the same period last year.

India first quarter market expectations

20 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Indian cement companies are expected to post higher net profits and sales in the first quarter of the current fiscal (April-June FY13) thanks to improved prices and higher demand. However, gains in profits for most cement companies will be impacted by rising costs owing to higher railway-freight charges. Besides, rupee depreciation will increase the cost of imported coal, a key raw material and fuel for the industry, according to brokerage Kotak Securities. Market expectations for...

ACC seen posting 12 per cent rise in 1QFY13 net profit

19 July 2012, Published under Cement News

ACC is likely to post a 12 per cent YoY rise in net profit at INR3.78bn for the first quarter of the current fiscal (FY12-13), according to the average of 22 brokerages' estimates, Moneywire reports. India’s second-largest producer, in which Holcim holds a 50.3 per cent stake, is expected to post a 13 per cent rise in net sales for the quarter at INR27.25bn. On a QoQ basis, net sales are seen declining five per cent. However, net profit Apr-June is not strictly comparable with the previou...

Holcim: June '12

06 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Holcim's two main Indian subsidiaries, Ambuja Cements and ACC Limited, have been fined at total of approximately EUR325m, or INR2301 crores, by the Honourable Competition Commission of India. This represents some 36 per cent of the total INR6304 crores (EUR891m) levied on eleven leading Indian cement producers. The fines have been based on the profits generated in 2009/10 and in 2010/11 and the biggest fines were imposed Holcim and UltraTech, while Lafarge and a further six domestically con...

Holcim Indian cement interests see modest YoY gains

03 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Holcim’s Indian cement companies, ACC and Ambuja Cements have reported modest rises in June shipments and production in June. ACC said shipments in June reached 1.96Mt, up 2.6 per cent from the 1.91Mt a year ago but lower than the 2.05Mt recorded in May. Cement production during June rose 4.23 per cent to 1.97Mt from 1.89Mt a year ago but fell from 2.02Mt in May. During Jan-June, ACC dispatched 12.79Mt of cement compared to 12.18Mt in the corresponding period a year ago. Production dur...

Holcim to contest Indian price fixing fine

22 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Holcim has said will defend the position of its two Indian units on the penalties imposed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for price fixing. Yesterday, the CCI announced that it would fine 11 Indian producers a total of US$1.1bn, stating that they had created an artificial cement shortage “so as to reduce supplies and raise prices in times of higher demand," it said in its judgment. The ruling applies to Holcim group companies ACC and Ambuja Cements (ACL), which have been fi...

Indian producers issued with record fine on price fixing

21 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Eleven Indian cement producers have been issued a total fine of INR60bn (US$1.1bn) for price fixing, the highest ever fine issued by the country’s antitrust authority in its three-year existence. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) said in its ruling that the companies colluded to underuse their plants and create an artificial cement shortage. "The commission has found that the cement companies have not utilised the available capacity so as to reduce supplies and raise prices in tim...

High Court stops cement firms from making cement under ACC trade mark

07 June 2012, Published under Cement News

The Delhi High Court has restrained three cement companies based in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab from producing or selling their product under the trade mark of leading cement manufacturer Associated Cement Companies (ACC) Ltd. The court also appointed a three-member team including a lawyer as court commissioner to inspect their stores in Gorakhpur, Sirhind and Kapurthala. Justice Kailash Gambhir passed the interim order accepting the argument of ACC's counsel Purushottam Mishra that Ajay K...