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Hindalco announces Q1 FY 2014-15 standalone results (unaudited)

August 14, 2014



ENP Newswire - 14 August 2014

Release date- 14082014 - Hindalco announces Q1 FY 2014-15 standalone results (unaudited).

Aluminium production at highest ever level on back of ongoing ramp-up at greenfield facilities

Financial highlights

(In Rs. crore) Q1FY15 Q1FY14 Q4FY14

Revenue from operations 7,996 5,838 8,435

Other income 216 428 212

Profit Before Interest, Tax and Depreciation (PBITDA) 965 907 1,057

Depreciation 187 183 244

Finance costs 338 149 215

Profit before exceptional items and tax 440 575 598

Exceptional items - - 396

Profit before tax 440 575 202

Tax expenses 113 101 -46

Net profit 327 474 248

Basic EPS - rupees 1.59 2.48 1.20



Hindalco, the Aditya Birla Group flagship company, today announced its unaudited results for the first quarter ended 30 June 2014.

Revenue from operations for the quarter grew by 37 per cent on the back of higher volume in both the businesses and higher realisation in Aluminium Business vs, Q1FY14. Aluminium volumes were higher driven by the ramping up of production at Mahan smelter. Copper volume in the corresponding quarter last year was lower due to the shutdown at Dahej smelter.

During the quarter, PBITDA stood at Rs. 965 crore vs. Rs. 907 crore in Q1FY14. The growth in PBITDA was largely on account of higher volumes and realisation.

Other income was lower compared to Q1FY14 as previous year income included certain one-timers and dividends from subsidiaries. Finance costs rose due to interest on project loan being charged to revenue, on progressive capitalisation of greenfield projects.

Depreciation is at Q1FY14 level, despite higher capitalisation, mainly on account of revision of useful life of certain assets in compliance with Schedule II of the Companies Act, 2013. Consequently, depreciation for the quarter is lower by Rs. 145 crore.

Sequentially, compared to Q4FY14, revenue from operations had been lower by 5 per cent due to marginally lower volume in Aluminium Business. PBITDA has been lower by 9 per cent.

Business results

Aluminium LME had been lower by 2 per cent vis-a-vis Q1FY14. A weaker rupee and higher regional premium, cushioned the decline substantially.

Of the total revenue of Rs. 7,996 crore, Aluminium Business contributed Rs.3,011 crore vs. Rs.2,211 crore in Q1FY14. The higher revenue is attributable to 37 per cent higher volume and higher metal premium over LME. The segment results of Aluminium Business rose from Rs.249 crore in Q1FY14 to Rs.320 crore in Q1FY15 riding on higher volume, better realisation and lower depreciation.

In the Copper Business, revenue moved up to Rs.4,990 crore vs. Rs.3,636 crore in Q1FY14. The performance of the Copper Business reflected enhanced volume post the smelter shutdown in Q1FY14. The segment results soared from Rs.81 crore in Q1FY14 to Rs.317 crore in Q1FY15.

Sequentially, compared to Q4FY14, Aluminium segment results had been lower by 8 per cent, while Copper results were maintained at the same level.

Operational review

Aluminium

For the year ended 31 March 2014, net sales grew by 7 per cent with profit before depreciation, interest and tax growth at 13 per cent. Interest costs went up significantly consequent to higher borrowing and capitalisation of some assets at projects. Due to higher interest cost and exceptional items, the net profit was lower at Rs.1,413 crore.

Metal production extended substantially to 190 Kt vs. 139 Kt in Q1FY14 and 175 Kt in Q4FY14, consequent to the ongoing ramp-up at Mahan smelter.

Utkal Alumina refinery produced 199 Kt Alumina in Q1FY15. The standalone result do not include performance of Utkal Alumina refinery, as it is a separate subsidiary.

The smelting operations at Aditya Aluminium, Odisha were affected, following a prolonged power outage in early July due to external grid failure and torrential rain. Similarly in early August due to torrential rain the smelting operations at Hirakud, Odisha were also affected. Efforts are on to restore normalcy at the both the locations.

Copper

Cathode production was higher at 96 Kt as against 68 Kt in Q1FY14, on account of the planned shutdown in Q1FY14 and maintained at the same level as in Q4FY14.

In sum, Hindalco's endeavours to deliver stakeholder value continue relentlessly.

Statements in this 'Press Release' describing the company's objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or predictions may be 'forward looking statements' within the meaning of applicable securities laws and regulations. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied. Important factors that could make a difference to the company's operations include global and Indian demand supply conditions, finished goods prices, feed stock availability and prices, cyclical demand and pricing in the company's principal markets, changes in government regulations, tax regimes, economic developments within India and the countries within which the company conducts business and other factors such as litigation and labour negotiations. The company assume no responsibility to publicly amend, modify or revise any forward looking statement, on the basis of any subsequent development, information or events, or otherwise.

For enquiries related to the media or the Aditya Birla Group's CSR initiatives, please contact:

Dr. Pragnya Ram

Group Executive President, Corporate Communications & CSR

Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Limited

Aditya Birla Centre, 1st Floor, 'C' Wing

S.K. Ahire Marg, Worli

Mumbai 400 030.

Telephone:

91-22-6652 5000 /2499 5000

Fax: 91-22-6652 5741/ 42

Email: pragnya.ram@adityabirla.com


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