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Indian cement producers to appeal CCI fines

02 September 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim, India Cements and Ramco Cements have said that they will appeal against yesterday’s ruling by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) which levied fines totalling INR67bn (US$1bn) against 11 firms, the Press Trust of India reports. Four of the other affected companies – UltraTech, Shree Cement, Jaiprakash Associates and JK Cement – have said they will seek legal advice and may subsequently submit appeals of their own. LafargeHolcim has said it believes it has a strong ...

Competition Commission of India imposes US$944m fine for cartelisation

01 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has levied a fine of INR63.2bn (US$944m) on 10 cement companies whom it accuses of conspiring to fix prices in contravention of competition law. In addition, the Cement Manufacturers Association has been ordered to pay a INR7.3m fine. Of the 10 companies, four – Jaiprakash Associates, UltraTech, Ambuja Cements and ACC – will bear the brunt of the penalties, accounting for 76 per cent of the total fine. The other firms fined today are Lafarge, Cent...

India: reason for optimism?

17 August 2016, Published under Cement News

The first quarter of 2016 provided some basis for optimism for India’s cement producers as the sector reported double-digit expansion. However, in the months ahead, the monsoon season and the perennial overcapacity of the industry continue to haunt profitability. The amendment of The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act is expected to facilitate M&A in the cement sector The first quarter of 2016 has seen India’s cement industry make a positive start to the year...

India: UltraTech’s plan for Bokaro plant moves forward

10 August 2016, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement’s project to build a new 1.5Mta plant at Bokaro in Jharkhand has moved a step closer to realisation after the district authorities gave it their support, the Times of India reports. Rai Mahimapat Ray, managing director of the Bokaro Industrial Area Development Authority, said: "We discussed the additional land requirements for a railway siding, levelling of the allotted 50-acre plot, availability of slag and other raw materials locally and formalities for environmental cl...

UltraTech Cement

02 August 2016, Published under Cement News

UltraTech has at last agreed terms with Jaypee Group for the acquisition of Jaypee’s cement interests. UltraTech is paying some US$2400m for the acquisition of 17.2Mta of cement capacity across five states as well as a 4Mta grinding plant currently under construction in Uttar Pradesh. The deal still requires the approval of shareholders, creditors hand the High Court and should be completed within 12 months. UltraTech has recently commissioned a new grinding centre at Pataliputra in Bihar...

India: UltraTech purchases more coal linkages

27 July 2016, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement has won an auction for 95,000t of coal from  Junadhi Mines in Chhattisgarh. The rights to use the coal are being sold off as part of a wider exercise within the Indian coal industry.  UltraTech will pay INR1050/t (US$15.60/t) for the coal. 

UltraTech Cement

22 July 2016, Published under Cement News

UltraTech has reported a 29 per cent increase in profit after tax for the quarter ending 30 June 2016. On a consolidated basis, profit came in at INR7.8bn, up from INR6.04bn in the same period last year. Net sales over the period advanced by four per cent while EBITDA improved by 25 per cent from INR13.02bn to INR16.26bn. According to the company, the quarter saw improvements in operating costs due to “operational efficiencies and a judicious power and fuel mix”. UltraTech says that it ex...

India: UltraTech to complete Jaypee acquisition ‘in next 12 months’

20 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Birla Group chairman, Kumar Mangalam Birla, told his firm's annual general meeting that its UltraTech Cement subsidiary should complete its acquisition of Jaypee Cement within the next 12 months, the Economic Times reports. The deal, which will see UltraTech acquire cement production capacity of 21.2Mta, was agreed earlier this month, despite efforts from Jaypee’s creditors that saw them convert debt into equity. On completion, UltraTech – already India’s largest producer – will contro...

India: UltraTech concludes Jaypee deal

05 July 2016, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement has struck a deal to obtain the cement assets of Jaypee Group with a last-minute increase in acquisition price on Monday. UltraTech will purchase Jaypee Group’s cement operations, that have a total capacity of 17.2Mta spread across Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Andhra Pradesh, for INR161.9bn (US$2.4bn). In addition to existing cement operations, UltraTech will also acquire the 4Mta grinding unit that is currently being constructed in Utt...

India: Jaypee Group debts threaten cement unit sale

04 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Creditors of Indian conglomerate Jaypee Group have invoked debt restructuring provisions that allow them to convert loans into equity, turning them into the firm’s majority shareholders, reports the Economic Times. Jaypee Group is struggling under debts of INR582.5bn (US$8.7bn) and had agreed to sell its cement unit to UltraTech Cement to raise capital. Following the move by banks, UltraTech is understood to have written to the Gaur family – who founded and still run Jaypee – questioning ...