Revenue at INR 5,442 crores; up by 13% YoY
EBITDA at INR 411 crores; down by 42% YoY
PAT at INR 189 crores; down by 48% YoY
Sales volume registered at 270,360 metric tonnes
Net lenders’ debt stood at INR 1,779 crores
Revenue stood at INR 5,605 crores; up by 11% YoY
EBITDA at INR 358 crores; down by 52% YoY
PAT at INR 152 crores; down by 63% YoY
Gurugram, November 3, 2022: The Board of Directors of Jindal Stainless Limited (JSL) announced the unaudited financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2022. JSL’s standalone revenue, EBITDA, and PAT stood at INR 5,442 crores, INR 411 crores, and INR 189 crores respectively during Q2FY23. The Company recorded a sales volume of 270,360 metric tonnes (MT). JSL’s net external debt reduced to INR 1,779 crores as on September 30, 2022, and its net debt-to-equity ratio improved to ~0.5, which is among the best in the metal sector. On a consolidated basis, JSL’s revenue stood at INR 5,605 crores, EBITDA at INR 358 crores, and PAT at INR 152 crores during Q2FY23.
Globally, demand for stainless steel decelerated throughout Q2FY23. This can be attributed to subdued demand in real estate and construction sectors, high energy costs, and aggressive rate hikes by FED, among other reasons.
On the domestic front, demand from end-user segments continued to be strong. With JSL’s agility in sales planning, the Company enhanced its focus on domestic sales. As a result, ~95% of JSL’s total sales volume in Q2FY23 catered to domestic customers. This agile approach also focused on continued efforts for development of new grades aligned with evolving customer requirements, timely deliveries, and proactive redressal of customer concerns. The Company’s MoU scheme in FY23 and its focus on acquiring new OEM customers garnered positive sentiments. These factors together led to an increase in JSL’s sales volume.
Demand continued to remain steady in the automobile sector during Q2FY23, registering a growth of nearly 28% on QoQ basis. The Company supplied new stainless steel grades including 432, along with existing grades like 436L and 439 to auto majors. In the ornamental pipe and tube (P&T) segment, average sales in Q2FY23 increased by 41% over Q1FY23. Demand was also strong in the lift and elevators segment.
Indian Railways continued its thrust on increasing its share of business in freight. This led to a 25% jump in JSL’s sales to the railway wagon segment during Q2FY23. Going forward, Vande Bharat trainsets will remain a major focus area for Railways. It is also heartening to note that India is expected to invest INR 80,000 crore in metro projects over the next 5 years.
Other key developments:
Despite being suppliers of high quality products, the cost competitiveness of the Indian stainless steel manufacturers has been severely affected by the government’s decision to impose a duty on the export of stainless steel products. This has led to a fall of 60% in the Indian exports of stainless steel flat products between Jun-Aug’22 (as per the Ministry of Commerce), thus widening the trade deficit. On one hand, this has disrupted the ongoing expansion plans of domestic producers. On the other hand, it has led to a lack of trust in Indian policies among global customers. Overall, this decision is damaging India’s reputation as a reliable stainless steel exporter.
It is noteworthy that the export duty has been invoked at a time when the domestic industry is struggling with continuous dumping of stainless steel imports from China and Indonesia.
With its offerings adhering to global quality standards, JSL has traditionally maintained a high-end product mix for niche stainless steel solutions. However, the imposition of export duty has adversely impacted the Company’s international sales.
The split of domestic and export volumes in JSL’s total sales during Q2FY23 was as follows:
2. Update on JSL-JSHL merger: Post approval from the shareholders and creditors of JSL and JSHL on April 23, 2022, both Companies had filed the second motion petition with the Hon’ble NCLT, Chandigarh. While hearing the second motion application on July 13, 2022, the Hon’ble NCLT directed issuance of notice(s) to the sectoral regulator(s). The next hearing is scheduled for November 11, 2022. The Companies expect the merger process to be completed within the current financial year.
3. Update on JUSL acquisition: The shareholders of JSL approved the acquisition of 74% stake of JUSL from OPJSTL through postal ballot with an overwhelming majority on September 3, 2022.
4. R&D highlights: JSL successfully developedand stabilizedvarious stainless steel grades in the 400 series. The Company also concluded multiple strategic orders for specialty grades in the lean duplex family. Additionally, JSL dispatched its first ever order of 304 grades for ISRO’s critical applications. The Company is also collaborating with external institutions to improve the recovery of Chromium from discarded Fe-Cr slag.
5. Update on Renewable Energy and ESG efforts: JSL has initiated ‘Project Samanvay’ with Ernst & Young (EY) LLP in order to:
achieve its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals, and
predict greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and set carbon neutrality targets in accordance with the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).
On the ESG front, JSL is conducting real-time environment surveillance at various locations to monitor air (ambient air and stack) and water quality and analyse work zone, effluents, and noise. The Company is also actively evaluating renewable energy projects for its power requirements, including EVs for its green fleet. Furthermore, the Company also carried out a plantation drive of 2,558 trees inside the premises during Q2FY23.
On the GHG emissions front, the Company has set an organizational target to reduce its carbon emissions by 1 lakh tonnes in FY23 for the merged entity.
6. Projects update: The ongoing brownfield expansion project at JSL to nearly double its melt capacity to 2.1 million tonnes per annum is on track and is expected to be completed in FY23.
Financial Performance Summary (Figures in INR crore):
|SS Sales Volume (MT)||183,421||132,172||39%||315,593||339,299||7%|
|Total Revenue (net)||3,448||3,071||12%||6,519||5,927||10%|
|Total Revenue (net)||3,926||3,454||14%||7,380||6,520||13%|
On a half-yearly basis, H1FY23 standalone sales volume stood at 505,890 metric tonnes, up by 2% over H1FY22. The net revenue, EBITDA, and PAT of the Company were INR 10,779 crores, INR 934 crores, and INR 476 crores respectively. JSL’s interest cost reduced by 8% to INR 147 crores for H1FY23 as compared to corresponding period last year. On a consolidated basis, JSL’s net revenue, EBITDA, and PAT were recorded at INR 11,079 crores, INR 907 crores, and INR 481 crores respectively during H1FY23.
Commenting on the Company’s performance, Managing Director, JSL, Mr Abhyuday Jindal said, “Owing to the current export duty levied by the Indian government, JSL’s exports saw a significant dip during Q2FY23. However, an agile business model allowed us to efficiently increase our sales volumes across domestic segments, and achieve highest-ever quarterly domestic sales. The Company’s continued efforts towards increasing its domestic customer base aided this achievement. We are committed to make India ‘Atmanirbhar’ in its growing stainless steel requirements through future-ready and sustainable solutions.”