Ambuja Cement implements growth plans and accelerate efficiency improvements with sustainability
Ambuja Cement implements growth plans and accelerate efficiency improvements with focus on sustainability
Quarter 1, 2022
● Net sales growth of 8% and volume growth of 3%
● Recently commissioned Marwar cement plant at Rajasthan, operating at full scale
● Board approval for Waste Heat Recovery project at Ambujanagar and Maratha. Total capacity to reach ~87 MW
● EBITDA at ₹ 790 Crore, impacted by significant rise in fuel prices, partly mitigated by strong delivery of efficiency programs under ‘I CAN’
Mr. Neeraj Akhoury, CEO, Holcim India and Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Ambuja Cements Limited said:
“We are focused to be the most innovative and sustainable company by offering advanced environment friendly construction products to our customers. The India Strategy 2025 for both Ambuja and ACC is under execution. Under this plan we will realise industry leading position in cost excellence, asset optimization and sustainability.
Our new Marwar cement plant is now operating at full capacity. Our additional cement capacity expansions of around 9 million tons at Ropar and Bhatapara are on track. Our plan is to grow Cement capacity to 100 million tons per annum.
Ambuja has recorded robust top line growth of 8%. Our market focused strategies are driving this performance. Ambuja Kawach, our green cement, has demonstrated growth of 66% year on year. Ambuja Cements has been ranked as India’s Most Trusted Cement Brand in 2022 by TRA Research.
The January to March 2022 quarter was impacted by rising fuel prices due to which EBITDA during the quarter was lower by 19%. This was partly mitigated by boosting efficiencies under our flagship ‘I CAN’ program. Supported by the Master Supply Agreement with ACC we further reduced our logistics costs.
The ongoing and new investments in the Waste Heat Recovery Systems approved by the Board will support our efficiency initiatives and lead to the delivery of our sustainability goals.”
Financial performance for the quarter ended 31st March 2022
● Net Sales during the quarter increased to ₹ 3,855 Crore compared to ₹ 3,579 Crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year, resulting in a growth of 8%
● On the cost, freight cost per ton declined 5% year on year supported by logistics efficiencies. Despite this gain, total operating cost per ton rose by 15%, due to increased fuel costs
● EBITDA during the quarter is ₹ 790 Crore and Operating EBIT is ₹ 639 Crore
Performance of ACC Limited, a Material Subsidiary
● Net Sales during the quarter increased by 3% to ₹ 4,322 Crore compared to ₹ 4,213 Crore last year
● Profit after tax at ₹ 396 Crore
● Efficiency project ‘Parvat’ helped deliver 1% lower per ton Freight & Forwarding cost despite fuel inflation. Strict cost control measures enabled reduction in fixed cost vs previous year