India: Aditya Birla subsidiary UltraTech Cement recorded a profit of US$506m in the nine-month period ending on 31 December 2020, up by 47% year-on-year from US$345m in the corresponding period of 2019. Sales fell by 4% to US$4.16bn from US$4.33bn. Third-quarter sales rose by 17% to US$1.68bn from US$1.43bn and third-quarter profit rose by 122% to US$217m from US$97m. The company said that it ended the period having reached 84% production at its newly acquired cement plants of 15Mt/yr total capacity. In the third quarter the board approved capital expenditure investments of US$747m aimed to increase cement production capacity by a further 13Mt/yr.
The company said, “Recovery from the Covid-19-led disruption of the economy has been rapid. This has been fuelled by quicker demand stabilisation, supply side restoration and greater cost efficiencies.” It added, “While UltraTech continues to closely monitor the impact of Covid-19 on its operations, its capital and financial resources remain entirely protected and its liquidity position is adequately covered. With strong rural growth, revival in manufacturing sentiment, buoyancy in the goods and services tax and tax collections, UltraTech expects demand to grow on the back of the government’s push on infrastructure projects. Given its pan-India presence, UltraTech is well-positioned to support the rising demand for cement in the country. As always, UltraTech remains committed to all its business associates and stakeholders.