JSW Steel posts 13-fold rise in Q2 profit on higher output

\ Mumbai, Oct 27 (PTI) JSW Steel today reported a net profit\of Rs 726.46 crore in the quarter ended September 30, a nearly\13-fold rise from Rs 56.26 crore posted in the same period\last year owing to higher crude steel production and sales.\ Revenue in the second quarter stood at Rs 14,421 crore, up\from Rs 11,993 crore in the same quarter last year.\ \\"The company has had the highest-ever quarterly crude\steel production at 3.98 million tonne, by 22 per cent YoY.\Saleable steel sales have also been good at 3.84 million\tonne, up 20 per cent from last year, for the quarter,\\" JSW\Steel Joint Managing Director and Group CFO Seshagiri Rao told\reporters here.\ The net sales realisation was up 1 per cent YoY, but fell\the preceding quarter by 4 per cent, owing to overall cost\reduction, he said.\ Consolidated operating EBIDTA (earnings before\interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) for the quarter\under review rose 65 per cent YoY to Rs 2,959 crore.\ Rao said exports were at 26 per cent of the topline.\ He stated the company is on target with the production\guidance of 15.75 million tonne for the fiscal year.\ The Sajjan Jindal-led company will start operating\five iron ore mines with a total capacity of 111 million tonne\over the next two years, he said. \\"Two of the five mines will\become operational by March 2017 and the rest in 2018.\\"\ On price outlook, he said of late there has been a spurt\in coal and iron ore rates globally. \\"It (the upward trend) is\likely to temporarily keep steel prices elevated in the\current quarter and (impact) could spill over to the\subsequent quarter.\\"\ Rao appealed to the government to offer trade remedial\measures to keep a check on imports.\ JSW Steel\\’s production ramp-up was faster than demand\improvement. In thw first half of FY2016-17, crude steel\production increased by 7.5 per cent YoY, whereas apparent\finished steel consumption grew by 3.6 per cent YoY.\ At the same time, the steel imports have come down by\only 35 per cent against expectations of a 50 per cent decline\despite initiation of various trade remedial measures by the\government. Therefore, progress on effective trade remedial\measures is imperative for the health of the industry, he\said.\ \\"It is a concern that several products are being\imported below the MIP (Minimum Import Price). A lot of these\are items like tin plate which we are capable of producing at\a low price in India,\\" he said. PTI DSK AP RSY\MR\SRE\

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