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JK Lakshmi reports healthy growth

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 JK Lakshmi Cement recorded healthy growth of 8% in its production and sales during April – June 2017. On the back of strong volume growth, the company achieved a turnover of Rs.1003.18 crore during the period, higher by 15% compared to the same previous of the previous year.,/p>

However, increase in petcoke and diesel prices resulted in only a marginal increase in EBIDTA to Rs.130.52 crore, from Rs.127.92 crore in April – June 2016.

After providing for higher interest and depreciation, PBT was down at Rs.37.44 crore in April – June 2017, compared to Rs.40.41 crore in the same period of 2016. Net profit, after providing for tax, stood at Rs.28.30 crore, against Rs.28.64 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

During the quarter, the company improved its power consumption to 72 kwh/MT, from 73 kwh/MT in April – June 2016. It has also further decreased its fuel consumption, from 701 kCal/kg clinker, to 696 kCal./kg clinker.

Assuming a good monsoon, the GST’s smooth implementation, and a continued drive from the government, JK Lakshmi Cement predicts that cement demand will pick up in the second half of the year, following monsoon season.

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