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India: collusion ruling looms large over cement makers

24 April 2012, Published under Cement News

Indian cement makers’ stocks fell on fears that the Competition Commission of India (CCI) will rule against the sector as it deliberates on whether companies have colluded to push up prices. On Monday, the CCI imposed hefty penalties against agrichemical manufacturers, sparking fears similar action will follow regarding cement producers.

UltraTech Cement net profit rises 19% in 4Q to US$69.7m

24 April 2012, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement posted a 19% rise in net profit at INR8.67bn (US$69.7m) in the fourth quarter ended 31 March 2012, as compared to INR7.27bn (US$138m) in the corresponding quarter last year. Net sales rose 19% to INR53.37bn from INR44.9bn during the period. ?? Profit before interest, depreciation and tax is INR14.64bn as against INR11.27bn in the corresponding period of the previous year. ??The combined cement and clinker sales of grey cement was 11.54Mt and 3Mt for white cement.

India Cements: investors could consider on long-term basis

24 April 2012, Published under Cement News

Chennai-based India Cements is a leading player in southern India and has benefited from strong cement prices, given production discipline amongst local producers over the past few quarters. Consequently, total cement dispatches in the southern region grew just 1.8% YoY during FY12, and the pace was much slower than the all-India growth during this period, Point Out brokerage house reports. India Cements has recently diversified its presence into northern markets. Its subsidiary Trinetra ...

India: Udayapur Cement to shut for a month

23 April 2012, Published under Cement News

One of the biggest cement factories in the country built with Japanese assistance has been closed for a month for ‘maintenance work’ at a time when the demand for construction materials has been witnessing a boom. According to a Himalayan Times report, the closure of Udayapur Cement Factory, which has a cement capacity to churn out 800tpd every day, is not a result of technical failure, as claimed by the management, but due to the shoddy management, say employees of the cement factory. “Pr...

ACC first-quarter hit by one-time depreciation charge

19 April 2012, Published under Cement News

ACC Ltd Thursday said its January-March net profit fell sharply, hit by a one-time depreciation charge of INR3.35bn. ACC, a unit of Holcim Ltd, posted a net profit of INR1.52bn, down from INR3.50bn a year earlier. Sales rose 19 per cent to INR30.15bn from INR25.41bn. The results were much lower than the market expected. An average of estimates from six analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast a net profit of INR4bn. Without the one-time charge, the net profit could have ...

UltraTech in talks to buy Mozambique mine

19 April 2012, Published under Cement News

Aditya Birla group's UltraTech Cement - India's largest cement maker, is in talks to acquire a large limestone mine in Mozambique for about INR1500 crore. According to reports in the Economic Times of India, negotiations between the Mumbai-based company and the mine owner began two months ago and could subsequently result in UltraTech constructing a 1-2Mta cement plant in the southeast African country. Demand in Mozambique has been growing at 8-9 per cent annually, a source familiar with th...

Jaypee plans capacity hike, India

18 April 2012, Published under Cement News

India’s Jaypee Group is aiming to increase cement capacity to around 50Mta over the next five years from 33.5Mt, the Economic Times of India reports. Shiva Dixit, vice president of Jaiprakash Associates (the flagship company of the diversified Jaypee Group) told local press that “Our current capacity is 33.5Mt. By the end of this year, it will reach to 36Mt. We are evaluating various locations and are targeting to touch 50Mta cement capacity over next five years.” Jaiprakash is current...

UltraTech Cement appoints additional director, India

18 April 2012, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement’s board of directors have appointed M Damodaran as an additional director (independent) with effect from 16 April 2012, the company said in a statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Indian cement corporate announcements

13 April 2012, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement has informed that the NJ Jhaveri has resigned from the board of the company with effect from 4 April, 2012, according to a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Meanwhile, Shree Digvijay Cement Company has also informed the BSE that Alvaro Joao Serra Nazare, a director of the company has resigned from his directorship with effect of 1 April 2012. 

India cartel ruling expected in 15 days

12 April 2012, Published under Cement News

India’s Competition Commission said it will be at least 15 days before it issues its final report on an alleged cartel by 39 cement companies. "There will be 2-3 meetings of the members. So far, there had been no sittings. It will take at least 15 days for us to prepare the final report," a senior CCI member told PTI. CCI is probing an alleged cement cartel on various fronts including selling prices and the creation of artificial shortages by producing less than capacity.