UltraTech Cement Records a 67% Spike in Net Profit Despite Challenges in the Industry

UltraTech Cement Records a 67% Spike in Net Profit Despite Challenges in the Industry

UltraTech Cement achieved an outstanding 67% increase in net profit during Q3 FY24, surpassing market expectations. The remarkable growth is attributed to strong demand for building materials and effective cost management strategiesSURFACES REPORTER (SR) brings you the key highlights of the news:

Despite challenges such as a temporary slowdown in December 2024 due to state elections, flooding, and a construction ban, UltraTech Cement demonstrated remarkable resilience, safeguarding margins through lower fuel and raw material prices and strategic cost-saving initiatives.

Analysts from Elara Securities highlighted the positive impact on cement companies from lower fuel prices and internal cost-cutting measures, with UltraTech Cement's net profit exceeding predictions at INR 1,774.78 crore.

Industry Growth Prospects

The cement sector is poised for substantial growth, driven by increased government spending on infrastructure, rural development, and urban housing demand. Fitch Ratings anticipates a 6-8% growth in India's cement demand over the next few years.

UltraTech Cement, along with other cement manufacturers, benefited from lower fuel costs in Q2 FY24. The strategic acquisition of Kesoram Industries' cement business further strengthened UltraTech's market position.

With a consolidated capacity of 138.39 million tonnes per annum, UltraTech Cement is on track for expansion through both organic and strategic acquisitions.Industry consolidation and price adjustments in September and October contributed to enhanced pricing discipline and robust operational profitability.

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