Aditya Birla Group firm Ultratech Cement on Saturday reported a 52 per cent dip in net profit for the July-September quarter at Rs 264 crore on account of lower selling price of the building material amid subdued demand.
The company, the largest cement maker in the country, had clocked a profit of Rs 550 crore in the July-September quarter of the last fiscal, it said in a statement.
"The results of the quarter have been impacted mainly on account of lower selling price and subdued demand. Cement demand remained sluggish on account of prolonged monsoon and low offtake from the infrastructure and housing sectors," it said.
Net sales fell to Rs 4,502 crore from Rs 4,699 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Ultratech sold 9.1 million tonnes of cement and clinker during the quarter.
Total expenditure rose to Rs 4,100 crore from Rs 3,927 crore a year ago.
"The benefit of softening in prices of imported coal was negated by the devaluation of the rupee. Logistics and raw material costs continued to rise given the high diesel prices.
However, optimisation of the fuel mix helped in curbing power and fuel cost to some extent," it said.
Ultratech said demand for cement may grow 5 per cent during the current fiscal. However, in the long-run, demand is likely to grow by over 8 per cent.
"The key demand drivers will continue to be housing and infrastructure spends," it said.