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JSPL Q2 profit dips 12% to Rs 400 cr

Jindal Steel and Power Ltd today said its consolidated profit after tax for the July-September quarter declined by 12 per cent to Rs 400 crore on higher depreciation and interest outgo.

JSPL Q2 profit dips 12% to Rs 400 cr

Jindal Steel and Power Ltd  today said its consolidated profit after tax for the July-September quarter declined by 12 per cent to Rs 400 crore on higher depreciation and interest outgo.

The Naveen Jindal-led firm had reported Rs 455 crore PAT in the same quarter of the last fiscal.

“JSPL grew its consolidated second quarter turnover by 6 percent year-on-year. EBITDA in Q2, FY’15 at consolidated level also increased by 10 percent. However, due to 53 percent increase in burden of interest and depreciation, PAT for Q2 FY’15 was lower by 12 percent,” JSPL said in a statement.

The cash profit of the company increased however from Rs 907 crore in Q2, FY’14 to Rs 1,308 crore in Q2, FY15 — a net increase of 44 percent, it added.

JSPL’s turnover rose to Rs 5,143 crore during the quarter from Rs 4,852 crore a year ago despite “several unfavourable” developments such as de-allocation of coal blocks, reduction in steel demand due to monsoon and difficulty in importing raw materials.

Turnover from the steel business dipped by 9 percent, but, power business reported a 39 percent growth and its Oman steel unit clocked a 32 per cent increase. JSPL’s coking coal mine in Australia, however, continued to make losses due to operational reasons as well as low price levels.

Depreciation cost of the company during July-September quarter went up by 50 percent to Rs 650 crore, while interest outgo increased by 57 per cent to Rs 599 crore from the year ago period.

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