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Cement prices continue to slide

Jun 20, 2000

That cement prices have been adversely affected by the recent drought in four states is well known. However the extent to which the weakness in prices has percolated comes as a surprise.

Guj Ambuja results: extraordinary income to the rescue

Apr 19, 2000

Gujarat Ambuja Cements Limited (GACL) recorded an 8.7% jump in its net profit for the third quarter ended March 31, 2000. It turnover during the period improved marginally by around 1%.

Prism Cement cuts losses

Mar 14, 2000

Prism Cement has posted a loss off Rs 98.5 in 3QFY00. The company has managed to cut its losses. However, the company has suffered a deterioration in operating profit margins. The hike in costs due to increase in fuel prices coupled with a slow price recovery has adversely affected the company's bottomline.

Budget will propel growth...

Mar 11, 2000

The presentation of the Union Budget is one of the most keenly awaited moments in corporate India. Given that the cement sector was the key beneficiary of the budget for FY2000, expectations ran high once again as the finance minister rose to present the budget for FY2001. However as we all know now, the budget was, as one hoarding put it - "A two hour speech that put India behind by one year". Well that may be the general view, but the cement sector

Cement dispatches grow 8.5% in February

Mar 8, 2000

According to the Cement Manufacturer’s Association (CMA), cement production grew 9.6% (YoY) to 8.1 mt in February even as dispatches grew 8.5% to 8.2 mt.

"Our first priority is to remove inefficiencies"

Mar 1, 2000

In an interview to equitymaster.com (EQM) Mr. Nambiar, MD, ACC, found time to answer questions on a wide range of issues.

"Higher realisation is not a key profit driver"

Feb 25, 2000

In an interview to equitymaster.com (EQM), Mr. Sekhsaria, Promoter and MD, Gujarat Ambuja spoke to equitymaster.com about his views on the future of the cement industry in India.

India Cement posts 62% growth in net

Feb 2, 2000

India Cements Limited has posted a 39% growth in total income during the quarter ended 31st December 1999. The company has suffered an erosion in operating margins as cement realisations have been under pressure even as costs increased. The slower growth in interest and depreciation expenditure enabled the company to posted a rise in bottomline and a marginal improvement in net margins.

Priyadarshini Cement posts net loss in 3QFY00

Feb 2, 2000

Priyadarshini Cement has posted a net loss of Rs 10 m in the quarter ended 31st December 1999. The company has posted improved operating margins and higher other income. However, the surge in interest and depreciation expenditure has led to a complete erosion in the bottomline of the company.

Sagar Cements fails to trim losses

Jan 29, 2000

Sagar Cements has posted a loss of Rs 5 m during the quarter ended 31st December 1999. The company continues to suffer from low operating margins. The interest and depreciation expenditures continue to be high, taking their toll on the bottomline of the company.

Narmada Cement trims losses

Jan 25, 2000

Narmada Cement has posted a loss of Rs 57 m during the quarter ended 31st December 1999. The company has shown a substantial improvement in operating margins. However, the sharp rise in interest expenditure has prevented a further decline in losses.

Dalmia Cements reports a 31.7% growth in net

Jan 24, 2000

Net sales are up 19% and interest expenses and other income have fallen. Though profit growth is only 31.7% due to a tax write back in 3QFY1999, this is much higher at PBT level.

Prism Cement cuts losses

Jan 22, 2000

Prism Cement has posted a loss of Rs 99 m in 3QFY00. The company has managed to cut its losses. However, the company has suffered a deterioration in operating profit margins. The hike in costs due to increase in fuel prices coupled with a slow price recovery has adversely affected the company's bottomline.

Guj Ambuja lays out investment plans worth Rs 20 bn

Jan 22, 2000

Gujarat Ambuja Cements Limited (GACL) has outlined investment plans worth Rs 20 bn. These include the investment in Associated Cement Companies and DLF Cements Limited. Apart from this, the company is planning to pursue an earlier plan to augment capacity by 7 million tonnes.

Gujarat Ambuja posts 85% jump in net

Jan 21, 2000

Cement major, Gujarat Ambuja Cements Limited (GACL) has announced an 85% jump in bottomline for 2QFY00. The company has benefited from an improvement in realisations and a sharp growth in operating profit margins.

ACC's 3QFY00 results disappoint

Jan 20, 2000

Associated Cement Companies (ACC) has posted a net loss of Rs 198 m during the quarter ended 31st December 1999. The company has suffered on account of a slower topline growth even as expenditure grew at a faster rate.

Gujarat Ambuja posts 85% jump in net

Jan 20, 2000

Cement major, Gujarat Ambuja Cements Limited (GACL) has announced an 85% jump in bottomline for 2QFY00. The company has benefited from an improvement in realisations and a sharp growth in operating profit margins.

India Cements plans recast of debt equity structure

Nov 15, 1999

India Cements Limited (ICL) is restructuring its debt portfolio and also issuing equity to pare down its debt equity ratio.

Dalmia Cement net falls 20%

Nov 3, 1999

Dalmia Cement has posted net profit Rs 81 m (down 20.4%) in 2QFY2000. However, sales have increased by 16.6% to Rs 984 m.

India Cements net zooms 105%

Nov 2, 1999

India Cements has posted 105.3% appreciation in net profit to Rs 272 m. This is attributed to a 49.8% leap in revenues.


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