ACC Limited has announced the consolidated Financial Results for Q4 and Year Ended December 31, 2018.
- Profit before tax rose by 210/o YoY
- Profit after tax was Rs. 1521 Crores (including write-back of Rs. 501 Crores relating to tax provisions of earlier years)
- Operating EBITDA up by 11% YoY
- Cement Sales volume increased by 8% YoY
- Ready mix concrete volume up by 16% YoY
Highlights Q4, 2018
- Profit before tax up by 22% YoY
- Profit after tax was Rs. 732 Crores (including write-back of Rs. 501 Crores relating to tax provisions of earlier years)
- Operating EBITDA up by 15% YoY
- Cement sales volume - robust growth @8% YoY
- Ready mix business- double-digit volume growth trend @15% YoY
"ACC has demonstrated its capacity to execute multiple strategies and strengthen the culture of protecting its reputation and driving competitive advantage. ACC has delivered Profit before tax (PBT) growth of 21% for the full year 2018 and 22% for the last quarter of 2018. Over the last Quarter, net sales growth was 11% and operating EBITDA# growth was up by 15%. This proportional growth of EBITDA was achieved by executing a set of priorities, both on revenue and cost levers, improving efficiency and strengthening our customer and market approach. This enabled us to improve our performance continuously over the last several quarters. We are excited to continue this growth momentum as we add new cement capacities of 5. 9 million tons t hrough a greenfield integrated cement plant at Ametha in Madhya Pradesh, with a grinding unit in Uttar Pradesh and expansion of our Tikaria and Sindri plants.", said Neeraj Akhoury, Managing Director & CEO.
Net Sales during the quarter grew 11% to Rs. 3789 Crores compared to Rs. 3417 Crores for the same quarter last year. Operating EBITDA for the quarter registered a growth of 15% to Rs. 511 Crores as against Rs. 443 Crores during the previous year's quarter despite sharp cost headwinds. Operating EBITDA for the full year 2018 was ~ 2118 Crores compared to Rs. 1912 Crores in the previous year, an increase of 11%.
The cement business delivered sales volume growth of 8% during the quarter on a YoY basis driven by stronger demand trends and greater focus on premium products.
Despite rising prices of slag, petcoke and diesel, our continued emphasis on productivity measures, improved raw material mix and source mix optimization helped partially offset higher input costs which resulted in improved performance during this quarter.
Fixed costs, Selling General & Administrative expenses (SG&A) were lower on a YoY basis.
Ready Mix Concrete
The company's ready mix concrete business registered significant growth in volumes of 15% during the year through focus on profitable construction segments and value added solutions delivered to large projects . Eighteen new plants set up during the year contributed to the volume growth.
The Board of Directors has recommended payment of dividend at Rs. 14/- per share of Rs. 10/- each aggregating Rs. 316.94 Crores (including tax on dividend), with a dividend payout of 32%, keeping in view the proposed expansion plans.
In the recently announced budget 2019, the Government has indicated its commitment to further augment the infrastructure sector (railways, roads, highways and irrigation projects). Government's concerted efforts to increase investment across several sectors will have a favorable impact which will stimulate cement demand and boost economic growth. This will open up more opportunities and Cement as a core sector will continue to benefit from the India growth story.
Shares of ACC LTD. was last trading in BSE at Rs.1407.75 as compared to the previous close of Rs. 1416.8. The total number of shares traded during the day was 37590 in over 948 trades.
The stock hit an intraday high of Rs. 1415 and intraday low of 1391.05. The net turnover during the day was Rs. 52826662.