India’s JK Lakshmi Cement reported an increase of 157.7% in net profit for the June quarter, reaching Rs.40.46 crore. Total income rose 31.1% to Rs.602.92 crore as production increased. Sales volumes grew 18% in the quarter, and cement prices reportedly grew by around 5% from the previous quarter, averaging Rs.316 per 50 kg bag in the quarter. Operating profit rose to Rs.115.98 crore, a 58% y/y. The company said it has been working towards improving efficiency and has brought fuel consumption down to 715 kcal/kg of clinker. Power and fuel costs as a percentage of sales were at 20% this quarter, down from 22.6% in the same quarter last year.
JK Lakshmi Cement is in the process of building a 27 lakh t greenfield plant in Chhatisgarh, due for commissioning in the final quarter of this year.
Edited from various sources by Katherine Guenioui
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