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Graphite India sinks 11% as revenue more than halves in June quarter

EBITDA margins declined to 36 per cent from 75 per cent, due to increase in average needle coke cost.

SI Reporter  |  Mumbai 

Worst post-Budget one-month performance in 18 years for stock markets

Shares of tumbled 11 per cent to Rs 280 intra-day on the BSE on Tuesday after reporting 77 per cent drop in consolidated net profit at Rs 220 crore in the April-June quarter (Q1FY20), due to lower sales and higher operating cost. The company had a profit of Rs 957 crore in the year-ago quarter.

Net sales during the quarter more than halved to Rs 967 crore from Rs 1,965 crore, on account of lower volumes and realizations as compared to previous quarter. Operating profit came in at Rs 352 crore, down 76 per cent over previous year quarter. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) margins contracted to 36 per cent from 75 per cent, due to increase in average needle coke cost.

The weakening global economy put electrode prices under severe pressure which have impacted the overall demand and supply dynamics, putting further downward pressure on the company’s performance.

The steel industry continues to face these headwinds during the current fiscal year with no sign of relief due to the challenging state of the global economy resulting in lower steel production in the electric arc furnaces (EAF) producing nations. Furthermore, the excess production of graphite electrodes in China due to relatively slow ramp up of EAF capacities is leading to cheaper graphite electrode exports to other countries, K K Bangur, chairman of said.

Against the backdrop of the removal of antidumping duties on Chinese electrodes in India, this trend has intensified, forcing companies to reduce prices to maintain market share. From a cost perspective, needle coke prices have remained at higher levels placing further pressure on margins, he said.

At 11:41 am, the stock was trading 6 per cent lower at Rs 297 on the BSE, as compared to 0.45 per cent decline in the S&P BSE Sensex. A combined 1.32 million shares have changed hands on the NSE and BSE so far.

First Published: Tue, August 13 2019. 11:44 IST