JK Cement to report a net profit of Rs. 163 crores.
The company has reported sales of Rs. 2270 crores during the period ended June 2022, as compared to Rs. 2351 crores during the period ended March 2022. The company has posted a net profit of Rs. 163 crores for the period ended June 30, 2022, as against a net profit of Rs. 201 crores for the period ended March 31, 2022. The company has an EPS of Rs. 21.06 for the period ended June 30, 2022 as compared to Rs. 26.03 for the period ended March 31, 2022. The margins are at 17.7% in Q1 FY23 versus 23.5% in Q1 FY22.
Margin expansion at a low cost:
Grey cement volume fell 10% QoQ to 0.31 Cr. MT. The total sales stood at 86% vs. 75% YoY. The volume of putty increased 38% year on year to 5 lakhs. With a QoQ increase in the sales share of putty, blended Net Sales Realization (NSR) firmed up 6% QoQ and rose 7% YOY. The total Opex was up a modest 4% QoQ, mainly on a loss in grey cement and on lower fuel inflation. Thus, blended unitary EBITDA rebounded 16% QoQ to INR 1,101 per MT. The margin for both grey and white segments expanded by 100/250bps QoQ to 17/20% and 20%, respectively, implying EBITDA of INR 900/MT. The UAE subsidiary’s revenue went up 28% YoY to INR 100Cr. As JK Cement split the useful life of its cement power plants into 15-20 year periods, depreciation expense went up 16% QoQ.
In Q1FY23, healthy pricing recovery in the northern regions, subdued fuel cost inflation, and low cost inventory benefits increased blended unitary EBITDA by 16% QoQ to INR 1,101 per MT as margins in both the grey and putty segments rebounded. While consolidated revenue rose 32% year over year, EBITDA came in flat. JKCE’s central expansion of 4 million MT is on track by Q4FY23. The company plans to further add 6 million MT of grey cement capacity in the central and northern regions by the end of FY25 to brace its distribution reach.
The stock P/E for JK cement is at 32.5x. With a five-year P/E of 24.8x, the EPS stood at Rs. 85.1. The return on capital employed was 16.6% and the return on equity was 17.4%. The EBITDA was recorded at 15.4x. The ROA was at 6.57% and the price to book ratio was at 4.90x. The scrip closed at Rs. 2736, up by 1.36%.