India: ACC has posted a total income of US$579m for the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 19% compared to the US$488m that it made in the same quarter in 2011.
Operating earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation increased by 10%, growing from US$112m in 2011 to US$124m in 2012. Net profit after tax for the quarter fell from US$67.2m in 2011 to US$29.1m in 2012, a decrease of over 55%!
In its consolidated financial results ACC explained that the marked decrease in profit was due to its decision to change its method of providing depreciation on captive power plants from 'Straight Line' to 'Written Down Value' methods at the rates prescribed in Schedule XIV to the Companies Act, 1956. Accordingly, ACC has recognised an additional depreciation charge of US$65.5m. Using the previous method of depreciation profit after tax would have been US$73.6m, a slight increase on the 2011 figure. This change would have had no impact on EBITDA and cash profit for the quarter ended March 2012.
While the company's results benefited from better volumes during the quarter, manufacturing costs and realisations were affected by steep escalations in the cost of inputs such as coal, fly ash and gypsum. The cost of transportation also rose significantly as a result of the hike in rail freight and increase in diesel prices.