* New software system caused disruptions
* Company says production now back to "near normal" levels
Feb 12 (Reuters) - Novelis Inc, the world's largest producer
of rolled aluminum products, reported a quarterly profit on
Tuesday, following a year-earlier loss, but said had been hit by
production disruptions as it put a new software system in place.
The company, a unit of India's HindalCo Industries Ltd
, said it suffered from lost shipments and lower
productivity in the fiscal third quarter to Dec. 31, as it
implemented a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
Atlanta-based Novelis said net income attributable to its
common shareholder for the fiscal third quarter was $3 million,
compared with a loss of $12 million a year earlier. Net sales
fell 5.7 percent to $2.32 billion.
"The third quarter was challenging as we experienced more
production disruptions than expected related to our ERP
implementation in North America," Chief Executive Phil Martens
said in a release. "These implementation issues are largely
behind us and production has returned to near normal levels."
The company said results were also held back in part by
"unfavorable pricing dynamics" in some regions, and higher input
costs in North America.