Cement shares gain on strong Q1 earnings

A labourer loads cement bags onto an improvised motorized rickshaw at the construction site of a residential complex on the outskirts of Kolkata
Shares of midcap cement companies have rallied up to 13%, with most of them hitting their respective 52-week highs on the BSE in intra-day trade after reporting robust earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 (Q1FY17) because of lower operational costs.

Mangalam Cement, JK Cement, JK Lakshmi Cement, Sagar Cements, OCL India, Saurashtra Cement and Prism Cement were up 2%-9% on the BSE at 10:06 am. The S&P BSE Sensex was up 0.44% at 28,200.

Mangalam Cement surged 13% to Rs 330, also its 52-week high on the BSE. The company posted net profit of Rs 22.59 crore in Q1FY17 against a net loss of Rs 18.91 crore in a year-ago quarter.

JK Cement too hit fresh 52-week high of Rs 815, up 9% on the BSE in intra-day trade.  The Kanpur-based company reported net profit of Rs 61 crore in Q1FY17, as compared to Rs 1 crore in Q1FY16.

Meanwhile, total 12 cement companies so far declared their Q1 results, reported 55% year on year jump in aggregate net profit at Rs 1,675 crore. These companies had a combined profit of Rs 1,080 crore in Q1FY16.

The market analysts believes the demand outlook for cement sector remain strong on the back of pick-up in infra spending and improving outlook for rural demand driven by better monsoons.

COMPANY LATEST

PREV CLOSE
GAIN(%)
MANGALAM CEMENT 318.20 292.65 8.73
J K CEMENTS 797.00 748.05 6.54
KEERTHI INDUS 142.50 135.80 4.93
SAGAR CEMENTS 615.75 588.15 4.69
JK LAKSHMI CEM. 445.80 427.75 4.22
SAURASHTRA CEM. 74.50 71.80 3.76
SH. DIGVIJAY CEM 25.90 25.00 3.60
OCL INDIA 758.00 733.25 3.38
KAKATIYA CEMENT 415.50 406.65 2.18
PRISM CEMENT 110.75 108.80 1.79


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