India: Dalmia Bharat’s sales rose but its earnings and profit fell in the half-year to the end of September 2018. Its income increased by 10% year-on-year to US$625m from US$570m and its sales volumes grew by 13% to 8.6Mt from 7.6Mt. However, earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) decreased by 8% to US$126m from US$138m and its profit after tax dropped by over a third to US$7.7m from US$12m.
The cement producer said it had reduced its logistic costs despite an increase in diesel prices. It also reported that its alternative fuels co-processing rate was 5.5% in the second quarter of its 2019 financial year with the company focused on raising this. The board of director also announced that the amalgamation with Odisha Cement had been completed.