Mumbai, Maharashtra, India:
Hindustan Zinc Limited (“HZL” or the “Company”) today announced results for the second quarter (“Q2”) and Half Year ended 30 September 2012.
OperationalMined metal production in line with the mine plan Refined Lead production up by 60% Refined Silver production up by 86% Greenfield Kayar mine strikes developmental ore, ahead of schedule
Interim DividendInterim dividend of Rs 1.60 per share
“Our results show our ability to deliver consistent performance from our best-in-class assets. We will continue our growth story in future and maintain our cost leadership to deliver industry leading performance”, said Mr. Agnivesh Agarwal, Chairman of Hindustan Zinc.
Unaudited Financial Summary(In Rs Crore, except as stated)
Quarter EndedHalf Year Ended 30th September 30th September 2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change Net Sales/Income from Operations Zinc 1,843 2,034 (9%) 3,659 4,140 (12%) Lead 341 174 96% 683 418 63% Silver 449 247 82% 837 566 48% Others 189 138 37% 356 291 22% Total 2,822 2,593 9% 5,535 5,415 2% Cash Profit (Net Profit + Depreciation) 1,714 1,491 15% 3,469 3,120 11% Profit After Taxes 1,540 1,345 15% 3,121 2,840 10% Earnings Per Share (Rs.) 3.64 3.18 15% 7.39 6.72 10% Production - Mined Metal ('000 tonnes) Zinc & Lead 190 210 (9%) 377 398 (5%) Production - Refined Metal ('000 tonnes) Total Zinc 163 185 (12%) 324 378 (14%) - Fully integrated Zinc 153 185 (17%) 310 376 (17%) Total Lead1 27 17 60% 58 33 75% - Fully integrated Lead 24 17 40% 53 33 59% Total Silver2 (tonnes) 92 49 86% 174 96 81% - Fully integrated Silver 80 49 63% 160 96 66% Zinc LME (USD/MT) 1,885 2,224 (15%) 1,906 2,236 (15%) Lead LME (USD/MT) 1,975 2,459 (20%) 1,974 2,503 (21%) Silver LBMA (USD/oz) 29.8 38.8 (23%) 29.6 38.4 (23%) USD-INR 55.24 45.76 21% 54.74 45.26 21%
(1) Including captive consumption of 1,435 tonnes and 3,076 tonnes in Q2 and half-year, as compared with 1,348 tonnes and 2,739 tonnes in corresponding prior periods, respectively.
(2) Including captive consumption of 7,523 Kgs and 16,166 Kgs in Q2 and half-year, as compared with 7,193 Kgs and 14,389 Kgs in corresponding prior periods, respectively.
(3) Silver occurs in Lead & Zinc ore and is recovered in the smelting and silver-refining processes
Mined metal production during H1 is in line with our mine plan. The production is expected to progressively increase during Q3 and Q4, such that H2 should more than make up the H1 shortfall. We expect the mined metal production for the full year to be slightly higher than the previous year.
Mined metal production was 190kt in Q2 and 377kt in H1, as compared with 210kt and 398kt in the corresponding prior periods. In line with the mined metal production, integrated production of refined zinc was 153kt in Q2 and 310kt in H1. Integrated production of refined lead was 24kt in Q2 and 53kt in H1.
Integrated refined Silver production was 80 tonnes in Q2 and 160 tonnes in H1, up 63% and 66% respectively, driven by the ramp-up of SK mine and Dariba lead smelter.
Revenues were Rs. 2,822 Crore in Q2 and Rs. 5,535 Crore in H1, up 9% and 2% respectively compared to the corresponding prior periods. Net profit was up 15% in Q2 at Rs. 1,540 Crore and up 10% in H1 at Rs. 3,121 Crore, compared to the corresponding prior period. During Q2 and H1 of FY2013, the positive impact of higher Lead-Silver volumes and Rupee depreciation was offset by lower zinc volumes, lower prices of Zinc, Lead and Silver.
The Zinc COP, excluding royalty, during the quarter was Rs. 46,750 per MT ($844), compared to Rs 38,800 ($847) in the corresponding prior quarter. The increase was primarily on account of higher excavation cost and Rupee depreciation.
HZL’s Board of Directors has recommended an interim dividend of 80% i.e. Rs. 1.60 per share on equity share of Rs 2.00 each, as compared to an interim dividend of Rs 1.50 per share last year. The record date for the payment of interim dividend is 26th October 2012.
At the greenfield Kayar mine, a milestone of development ore production was achieved towards the end of the quarter. Both Rampura Agucha and Kayar underground mines are progressing well and will start commercial production in FY2014.
Liquidity and investment
As at 30 September 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of Rs. 19,136 Crore. This includes Rs. 10,177 Crore in debt mutual funds, Rs. 1,663 in bonds and Rs. 7,275 Crore in fixed deposits with banks. The Company follows a conservative investment policy and invests in high quality debt instruments. Our investment portfolio is rated “very good” by CRISIL – the highest rating.
About Hindustan Zinc
HZL is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of Zinc-Lead and a leading producer of Silver globally. It has a metal production capacity of over one million tonnes per annum with its key Lead-Zinc mines in Rampura Agucha and Sindesar Khurd; and modern smelting complexes in Chanderiya and Dariba. HZL is focused on growth and long-term term sustainability on the back of its high-quality assets, long mine life of over 25 years and low cost base. The Company is a subsidiary of the NYSE listed, Sterlite Industries (India) Limited (NYSE: SLT) and London listed FTSE 100 diversified metals and mining major, Vedanta Resources plc.
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