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India: mergers and acquisitions ahead?

23 July 2012, Published under Cement News

CRH has reportedly emerged as the latest company to enter the foray for a stake in Jaiprakash Associates' cement units in the Indian states of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, which could pave the way for the Irish building materials major to increase its presence in a country teeming with long-term potential. Elsewhere, the recent ruling by India's antitrust body on local cement producers could aid increased consolidation in the fragmented Indian cement sector.   Earlier last month, Jaiprakash ...

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...

Four Indian plants force to close on alleged environmental violation

20 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Four cement plants in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh have been ordered to shut down on alleged violation of air pollution controls norms. The Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board (CECB) told Business Line India that two UltraTech Cement plant, one Ambuja Cement and one Lafarge plant have all be closed for over a week now.  The four units, all situated in Baloda Bazar district, have a total capacity of 10Mta. CECB member secretary, Mr Narsimha Rao, said there were charges of viola...

UltraTech seen posting 8% YoY net profit rise

18 July 2012, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement is expected to post an 8% YoY rise in net profit for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012-13 (FY12-13) on the back of better sales realisation and a low base effect, an average estimate of 21 brokerages showed. Net sales are seen rising 15 per cent to INR49.98bn for the country’s largest cement producer. "We expect Q1FY13 (Apr-Jun) to be yet another strong quarter for cement companies," ICICI Securities said in a pre-earnings note. "Average all-India cement prices are ex...

Coal India threatens to cut supplies to four UltraTech Cement power plants

16 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Coal India has threatened to cut supplies to four of UltraTech Cement’s captive power plants located in the Indian states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. DNA India reported that last week, Coal India wrote to 16 captive power plants, including the UltraTech facilities, threatening to break long-term linkages. These units were found to be incomplete when a meeting of the Standing Linkage Committee reviewed their implementation status, officials of Coal India Ltd (CIL) said. ...

UltraTech Cement receives environmental approval for expansion

25 June 2012, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement has received environmental clearance for its expansion plans for two of its plants in Madhya Pradesh. The Environment Ministry has given clearance for UltraTech to its clinker plant from 3.59Mt to 6.2Mta and its cement plant from 4Mta to 10.33Mta. The company also plans to expand its captive power plant from 46MW to 122MW. The plants are located in Damodarpura and Khor villages in Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh.

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...

Lafarge, UltraTech eye Jaiprakash units, India

15 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Aditya Birla Group and Lafarge are separately in talks to buy Jaiprakash Associates cement units, the Economic Times reported on Friday. Officials from Lafarge and the Aditya Birla Group-controlled UltraTech Cement Ltd, Indias biggest cement producer, have completed preliminary talks and final bids are expected shortly, the newspaper said, citing sources with knowledge of the development. Jaiprakash has spun off its cement units in the western state of Gujarat and southern state of And...

Jaiprakash in talks to sell one Indian cement unit

11 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Jaiprakash Associates is in talks to sell one of its cement units to UltraTech Cement, Bloomberg reports. The company is seeking a valuation of about INR40bn for the division and the sale may help the company cut its debt. Jaiprakash Cement’s current debt stands at INR21,500 crore, while it has a market cap of INR14,500 crore. In a filing to exchanges in November the company said it is planning to separate its cement plants in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh. Meanwhile, UltraTech Cement – Indi...

Credit Suisse maintains negative outlook for large Indian cement companies

06 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Credit Suisse maintains negative outlook for large-cap cement stocks, due to expensive valuations and low growth prospects, the Economic Times of India reports. Cement prices in May declined by 2-6 per cent across regions in India, which is an unseasonal trend, Credit Suisse said. ??Demand was also cited to be weak, which is however, contrary to the double digit volume growth posted by Ultratech Cement and Ambuja Cement in May. Any adverse ruling by monopoly regulator on cartelisation c...