India: Dalmia Bharat’s earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 15% year-on-year to US$177m in the first half of the 2021 financial year, from US$154m in the first half of the 2020 financial year. Overall sales were US$591m, down by 8% from US$644m, while cement sales fell by 5% to US$567m from US$596m. The company attributed this to “a seasonal weakness of cement prices during the second quarter especially in the eastern region” in addition to a fall in volumes by 6% to 8.46Mt from 9.02Mt in the first half.
Chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director Mahendra Singhi said, “The strength of our company’s foundation is visible in overall improvement in the operating metrics during the second quarter and during the first half of the 2021 financial year. Our team has truly been instrumental to our success and we are completely geared up for a successful integration of the new capacity and ramping up its utilisation levels. Our second quarter EBITDA of US$94.6m is the highest ever for the company.”