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International cement giant makes Indian debut

May 18, 2000

Ciments Francais (France) has finally established a toehold in India, the world’s third largest cement market. The company is reported to have picked up a 50% stake in a 1.7 million tonne cement plant that has been hived off by Zuari Industries (50% stake).

The Retention Pricing Scheme: How does it work?

May 12, 2000

The Retention Pricing Scheme (RPS) was introduced in November 1977 in the wake of the increase in crude oil prices in the early seventies when the prices of both imported fertilisers as well as fertiliser feedstock (naphtha) increased substantially.

Cement sector valuations look up!

Apr 25, 2000

The cement sector is once again in the news. No, not for the valuations accorded to it by the stock markets. But for the price being paid to acquire cement companies in India.

Zuari Industries reports a net loss of Rs 19.9 m

Jan 28, 2000

Zuari Industries has reported a net loss of Rs 19.9 m for the 3QFY2000. Its net sales have gone up by 93% to Rs 3696 m however expenditure also went up by 105% to Rs 3430 m. To add to this deprecitaion cost went up 257% and interest by 61%.

Sales double at Chambal Fertlisers but net profit inch up 5% plus

Jan 27, 2000

Though turnover at Chambal Fertilisers has doubled the operating margins (excluding other income) are under pressure. Both interest and depreciation costs have jumped almost 80%, both the pre-tax and the post tax profits have gone up marginally by 6.6% and 5.3% respectively

Reduction in operational expenses helps Godavari double net

Jan 27, 2000

A reduction in Godavari Fertiliser's total expenditure of more than 10% has improved operating margins, despite a 4% reduction in turnover. This has led to a near doubling of net profit despite the company providing Rs 100 million in tax in the current quarter.

Cemex of Mexico in race for Zuari's cement unit

Jan 11, 2000

The race for dominating the Indian cement industry is hotting up. After Lafarge (France) and Holderbank (Switzerland), it is now the turn of Cemex SA DE CV Mexico, the third largest cement producer in the world, to bid for a presence in the Indian cement industry. The cement unit in question has a capacity of 1.7 million tonnes and belongs to Zuari Industries.

Tata Chem posts 9% drop in topline

Oct 23, 1999

The company has posted a 9% decline in topline whereas its bottomline has contracted by 18%. The sharp jump in interest costs has added to the pressure on the bottomline.

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