• FEBRUARY 5, 2001

Madras Cement: Operating margins zoom

Madras Cements has reported a sharp rise in net profits for the quarter ended 31st December 2000. The company has benefited from a jump in operating margins.

(Rs m)3QFY003QFY01Change
Sales 1,239 1,457 17.6%
Other Income 5 2 -57.4%
Expenditure 961 1,029 7.1%
Operating Profit (EBDIT) 278 428 54.0%
Operating Profit Margin (%)22.4%29.4% 
Interest 158 173 9.3%
Depreciation 116 144 23.9%
Profit before Tax 9 1131218.6%
Other Adjustments - -  
Tax - -  
Profit after Tax/(Loss) 9 113 1218.6%
Net profit margin (%)0.7%7.8% 
No. of Shares (eoy) (m) 1.2 1.2  
Diluted Earnings per share#* 28.5 375.8 1218.6%

The cut in production effected by the cement companies in December seems to have had a telling impact on not only Madras Cement but other cement companies as well. However, what needs to be looked into is whether such a rise in cement prices is sustainable or not.

Madras Cement currently trades at Rs 5,565, implying a P/e multiple of 14.8x.

Copyright © Equitymaster Agora Research Private Limited. All rights reserved.
Any act of copying, reproducing or distributing this newsletter whether wholly or in part, for any purpose without the permission of Equitymaster is strictly prohibited and shall be deemed to be copyright infringement.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Equitymaster Agora Research Private Limited (Research Analyst) bearing Registration No. INH000000537 (hereinafter referred as 'Equitymaster') is an independent equity research Company. Equitymaster is not an Investment Adviser. Information herein should be regarded as a resource only and should be used at one's own risk. This is not an offer to sell or solicitation to buy any securities and Equitymaster will not be liable for any losses incurred or investment(s) made or decisions taken/or not taken based on the information provided herein. Information contained herein does not constitute investment advice or a personal recommendation or take into account the particular investment objectives, financial situations, or needs of individual subscribers. Before acting on any recommendation, subscribers should consider whether it is suitable for their particular circumstances and, if necessary, seek an independent professional advice. This is not directed for access or use by anyone in a country, especially, USA, Canada or the European Union countries, where such use or access is unlawful or which may subject Equitymaster or its affiliates to any registration or licensing requirement. All content and information is provided on an 'As Is' basis by Equitymaster. Information herein is believed to be reliable but Equitymaster does not warrant its completeness or accuracy and expressly disclaims all warranties and conditions of any kind, whether express or implied. Equitymaster may hold shares in the company/ies discussed herein. As a condition to accessing Equitymaster content and website, you agree to our Terms and Conditions of Use, available here. The performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results.

SEBI (Research Analysts) Regulations 2014, Registration No. INH000000537.

Equitymaster Agora Research Private Limited (Research Analyst)
103, Regent Chambers, Above Status Restaurant, Nariman Point, Mumbai - 400 021. India.
Telephone: +91-22-61434055. Fax: +91-22-22028550. Email: info@equitymaster.com. Website: www.equitymaster.com. CIN:U74999MH2007PTC175407