Vedanta posts slump in Q4 profit after metal prices fall

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Indian metals-to-oil conglomerate Vedanta Ltd reported a 68% slump in fourth-quarter profit on Friday after revenue fell amid declining prices of metals.

Vedanta’s consolidated net profit stood at 18.81 billion rupees ($230 million) for the quarter ended March 31, compared with 57.99 billion rupees a year earlier, the billionaire Anil Agarwal-led company said in an exchange filing.

Analysts had, on average, expected a profit of 28.91 billion rupees, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

The metals and mining major’s quarterly revenue fell 5.4% to 372.25billion rupees. The share of revenue from the mainstay aluminum business reduced to 33% from 39%.

Zinc and aluminum prices have plunged more than 40% from the record highs hit in March 2022.

Total expenses climbed 10.5% to 330.4 billion rupees from a year earlier, with finance costs jumping 35% and depreciation & amortization costs surging 16%.

The results come as Vedanta Group-owned Hindustan Zinc’s proposal to buy certain zinc assets from Vedanta Ltd for $2.98 billion lapsed after failing to get shareholders’ approval.

The company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization slumped 32%.

Meanwhile, the losses due to a windfall tax on oil exports fell to 1.18 billion rupees from 3.33 billion rupees in the December quarter after the government reduced levies.

Total aluminum sales contracted 1.4%, but production remained flat.

Last month, Hindustan Zinc reported a fall in quarterly profit, hit by lower zinc and silver prices.

($1 = 81.7800 Indian rupees)

(By Aleef Jahan; Editing by Dhanya Ann Thoppil)


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