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Sesa Sterlite Limited: Consolidated Results for the First Quarter Ended 30 June 2014

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SOURCE Sesa Sterlite Limited

MUMBAI, India, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Attributable PAT* increased to Rs. 1,341 crore 

Sesa Sterlite Limited ("Sesa Sterlite" or the "Company") today announced its unaudited consolidated results for the first quarter (Q1) ended 30 June 2014.

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Financial Highlights

  • Q1FY 2015 Revenues up 19% at Rs. 17,056 crore
  • EBITDA up 3% at Rs.5,670 crore; continued strong EBITDA margin of 47%[1]
  • Attributable PAT (excluding exceptional items) doubled to Rs. 1,341 crore
  • Strong balance sheet with Cash & Cash equivalents of over Rs.47,500 crore
  • Gross debt reduction by Rs.500 crore during the quarter

Operational Highlights

  • Oil & Gas:
    • Sustained production at ~220 kboepd; significant exploration and appraisal activity underway at Rajasthan for continued growth
    • Significant extension of existing gas play at Rajasthan in and around the Raageshwari Deep Gas (RDG) field
  • Zinc-India: production in line with mine-plan and higher mined metal expected in H2; optimizing open pit and transition to underground
  • Aluminium: First phase of 325kt Korba-II smelter commenced production, Lanjigarh alumina refinery continues to operate above 90% utilization

Mr. Navin Agarwal, Chairman: "The outlook for the natural resources sector and for our Company is positive as the Government is looking at formulating forward looking policies which will help harness production and grow the potential of our businesses. The natural gas development project pursued by Cairn India is a good example of the Company's focus as a key growth area for the future."

* Excluding exceptional items 

[1] Excludes custom smelting at Zinc and Copper India operations

Consolidated Financial Performance

The Sesa Sterlite merger and the Vedanta Group consolidation was completed in August 2013, hence Q1 FY 2015 performance is compared with the adjusted proforma numbers of Q1 FY 2014, which are more representative of the performance during the period.

(In Rs. crore, except as stated) 

    Proforma)                                                      Q1              Q4
                                                                         FY2014    FY2014
                                                               FY2015 (Adjusted (Adjusted
                 Particulars                                 (Actual) Proforma) Proforma)
          72,591 Net Sales/Income from operations              17,056    14,361    20,784
          25,665 EBITDA                                         5,670     5,479     6,665
             47% EBITDA margin[1]                                  47%       45%       45%
           6,111 Finance cost                                   1,537     1,571     1,537
           2,210 Other Income                                   1,139       600       764
           (505) Forex loss/ (gain)                              (141)     (218)       30
          21,999 Profit before Depreciation and Taxes           5,416     4,577     5,961
           5,584 Depreciation                                   1,544     1,303     1,469
           2,840 Amortisation of goodwill                         520       584       924
          13,576 Profit before Exceptional items                3,352     2,690     3,569
             229 Exceptional Items[2]                           1,627         -       167
           1,000 Taxes                                            362       310       328
          12,347 Profit After Taxes                             1,363     2,379     3,074
           7,342 Minority Interest                                988     1,779     1,852
           5,005 Attributable PAT after exceptional item          376       600     1,222
                 Attributable PAT before exceptional
           5,207 item                                           1,341       600     1,389
           16.88 Basic Earnings per Share (Rs./share)            1.27      2.02      4.12
                 Basic Earnings per Share without
           17.58 exceptional items(Rs./share)                    4.52      2.02      4.69
           60.50 Exchange rate (Rs./$) - Average                59.77     55.95     61.79
           60.10 Exchange rate (Rs./$) - Closing                60.09     59.70     60.10
  1. Excludes custom smelting at Zinc and Copper India operations 
  2. Exceptional items for the quarter is reflected net of tax 

Q1 Revenue were up 19% at Rs 17,056 crore as compared with Q1 FY2014. The increase was primarily due to Sterlite Copper (Rs 2,650 crore higher) which was under temporary closure in Q1 FY2014. Cairn India also witnessed increase in revenue (Rs 420 crore higher) due to higher average oil prices though offset partially by higher profit petroleum. Revenues in Aluminium were higher on better premium, partially offset by a weaker market and lower realisations in the power business. Operations at the Australian copper mines were suspended since January 2014 and the mine has been put under care and maintenance in July 2014. Other businesses were almost flat compared to Q1 FY 2014.

Sequentially revenue for the quarter is lower than 4Q FY2014 by Rs 3,729 crore. This is driven by lower production at Sterlite Copper due to a planned maintenance shutdown of 23 days during Q1 and lower volumes in Zinc businesses & Cairn India. The impact of marginally higher LME and metal premiums is partially offset by higher profit petroleum tranche starting this quarter.

EBITDA at Rs. 5,670 crore is up 3% compared with corresponding prior quarter with margin (excluding custom smelting) continuing to remain strong at 47% (Q1 FY2014 at 45%). However, margins of 38% in Q1FY2014 including custom smelting did not have the full impact of the smelting business given the temporary closure of Sterlite Copper and was therefore higher than the normal level of 33% in the current quarter. As a result the EBITDA growth is not in line with the revenue growth.

EBITDA margins at Aluminium business continued to improve due to higher premiums and cost control; Zinc India was impacted adversely by higher costs coming from lower volume; Cairn India was also lower due to profit petroleum increase. On an overall basis, while favourable oil prices, LME, premiums, and currency depreciation helped increase EBITDA, lower volumes in Zinc & Power, higher COPs, higher profit petroleum, and Australian mines closure resulted in a modest EBITDA increase of 3.5%.

Sequentially, EBITDA was lower by Rs. 995 crore primarily due to lower volumes as explained above. EBITDA margin was marginally higher thus helping offset some of the effect of lower volume.  

Depreciation and amortisation have increased in Q1 by Rs. 178 crore to Rs. 2,064 crore over Q1 FY2014, most of the increase due to higher depreciation charge in Cairn India on account of change in depreciation method from Straight Line Method (SLM) to Unit of Production (UOP) on tangible assets. There was lower amortisation of goodwill due to lesser production in Zinc International & Australian mines, which was more than offset by the depreciation increases. The depreciation and amortisation for the quarter is lower than Q4 FY2014 by Rs. 329 crore, due to higher goodwill amortisation charge at Lisheen mine in Q4FY2014.

In the quarter, finance cost was marginally lower at Rs. 1,537 crore than in proforma Q1 FY 2014, reflecting refinancing benefits. This is also in line with Q4 FY 2014.

In Q1, other income at Rs 1,139 crore increased by Rs. 539 crore compared to the corresponding prior quarter. The increase was mainly on account of higher maturities of investments in Fixed Maturity Plans (FMPs) at Zinc and Cairn India, as income is recognized at maturity of FMP's due to partial adoption of AS 30.  The higher current quarter maturities also led to an increase of Rs 375 crore sequentially over Q4FY 2014.

Thus, net interest was lower in current quarter as compared to corresponding previous quarter as well as sequentially, largely due to higher other income.

Due to change in closing currency rate, there was a forex gain of Rs. 141 crore in this quarter, mainly at Cairn India driven by their dollar denominated investments & trade debtors.

Profit before taxation (PBT) for the quarter before exceptional item at Rs 3,352 crore was higher than corresponding prior quarter by Rs 663 crore largely on due to higher other income. EBITDA, which is marginally higher, is offset by higher depreciation. Sequentially, PBT is lower by Rs. 217 crore, due to lower EBITDA of Rs. 995 crore, offset by higher other income of Rs 375 crore, lower amortisation and depreciation charge of Rs. 329 crore, other movements being relatively smaller and largely offsetting each other.

Exceptional items, net of tax, were Rs. 1,627 crore (gross Rs. 2,128 crore, tax impact of Rs. 501 crore) represents the retrospective effect of the 'depreciation accounting' change made by Cairn India to comply with the guidance notes issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, wherein Cairn India has changed the method of depreciation on some of its oil & gas assets from SLM to UOP method. This charge is for the period upto 31st March 2014.

Tax charge in the current quarter of Rs 362 crore (tax rate 10.8% excluding exceptional items), compared with Rs. 310 crore in Q1 FY2014 (tax rate 11.5%), is higher following higher PBT. The tax rate is marginally lower. Sequentially Q4 FY2014 at Rs. 328 crore (tax rate 9.2%) was lower despite a higher PBT and EBITDA, driven by the lower tax rate as well, which was impacted by deferred tax credits in that quarter.

As a result of all of the above, the Profit After Tax (PAT) for the quarter at Rs. 1,363  crore (Rs 2,990 crore gross of exceptional items) compares to Rs. 2,379 crore and Rs 3,074 crore in corresponding prior quarter and sequential quarter, respectively. PAT (gross of exceptional items) shows a healthy growth of 26% over Q1 FY 2014.

Attributable PAT was Rs. 376 crore (Rs 1,341 crore gross of exceptional item) in Q1 FY 2015 as compared to Rs.600 crore in Q1 FY 2014. Before exceptional items the attributable PAT has more than doubled Attributable Earnings per Share (EPS) for the quarter was Rs. 1.27 per share as compared to Rs. 2.02 per share in Q1 FY 2014. Excluding exceptional item attributable EPS at Rs. 4.52 per share is more than double compared to Q1 FY 2014

Gross debt was Rs. 80,028 crore, a reduction of about Rs 500 crore from March 2014. Out of the company's cash, cash equivalents and liquid investments of Rs. 47,664 crore, Rs.32,524 crore was invested in debt mutual funds, Rs.2,049 crore in bonds, and Rs.13,090 crore in bank deposits. The company continues to follow a conservative investment policy and invests in high quality debt instruments with the mutual funds, bonds and fixed deposits with banks. The Company have its long-term rating at AA+/Stable from CRISIL.  Net debt at Rs. 32,364 crore has increased by Rs. 2,595 crore largely on account of Rs. 1,120 crore of cash used for Cairn buy back, dividends to minorities Rs 282 crore and Free Cash Flow (FCF) post capex being a deficit of Rs 1,000 crore.

Oil and Gas Business 

                                                                                Full Year
                                                                  %       Q4
                                         Q1 FY2015   Q1 FY2014  change  FY2014  (Adjusted
    Particulars                           (Actual)   (Proforma)  YoY   (Actual) Proforma)
    Production (in boepd, or as stated)
    Total Gross operated production*        2,26,597   2,20,088     3% 2,32,884  2,26,548
    Average Daily Gross Operated
    Production                              2,17,869   2,12,442     3% 2,24,429  2,18,651
    Rajasthan                               1,83,164   1,73,517     6% 1,90,881  1,81,530
    Ravva                                     23,940     28,253   -15%   24,225    27,386
    Cambay                                    10,765     10,672     1%    9,323     9,735
    Average Daily Working Interest
    Production                              1,37,907   1,32,087     4% 1,42,796  1,37,127
    Rajasthan                               1,28,215   1,21,462     6% 1,33,616  1,27,071
    Ravva                                      5,386      6,357   -15%    5,451     6,162
    Cambay                                     4,306      4,269     1%    3,729     3,894
    Total Oil and Gas (million boe)
    Oil & Gas- Gross                           19.83      19.33     3%    20.20     79.81
    Oil & Gas-Working Interest                 12.55      12.02     4%    12.85     50.05
    Financials (In Rs. crore, except as
    Revenue                                    4,483      4,063    10%    5,049    18,762
    EBITDA                                     3,120      3,029     3%    3,654    13,877
    Average Price Realisation - Oil &
    Gas ($/boe)                                 97.0       93.3     4%     94.4      94.5
    Brent Price ($/bbl)                          110        102     7%      108       108

* Includes internal gas consumption 

During Q1, average daily gross production was 217,869 barrels of oil equivalent (boe), 3% higher than the corresponding prior period, driven by ramp-up at the Rajasthan block.

As compared to Q4 FY2014, production at Rajasthan in Q1 was lower due to an unplanned outage at the Mangala Processing Terminal (MPT) in May 2014, resulting in a reduced facility uptime of c.96%. The MPT is scheduled to have a 10-day maintenance shutdown in August 2014, which will affect the average daily gross production during Q2 FY2015. However, we would be utilizing this opportunity to tie-in new facility enhancements related to the development projects.

Revenue and EBITDA in Q1 were marginally higher due to higher volumes and oil prices, offset by the shift to a higher profit petroleum tranche at the Rajasthan block. The operating expense in Rajasthan was US$ 4.2/bbl for Q1 FY2015. EBITDA in Q1 was lower than Q4 FY2014 largely due to the increase in profit petroleum.

The Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) programs at the Mangala field is on track to commence first polymer injection by the end of FY 2015. Development projects at Barmer Hill (BH) and gas development at Rajasthan Deep Gas (RDG) field continue to be on track. We have also drilled 7 successful exploration and appraisal wells at Rajasthan during the quarter.

We extended a significant existing gas play, with multi-TCF potential, in and around the RDG field, and are acquiring equipment to double RDG production volumes by Q4 FY2015. Front end engineering and tendering for construction of new pipeline and facilities for the gas development are underway. The Bhogat terminal, marine facilities and the Salaya-Bhogat pipeline are under pre-commissioning, and gas has been introduced into the Bhogat terminal.

At BH and satellite fields, we undertook our largest tight oil development activity to date. We pumped c.250,000lbs of proppant in Northern BH and commenced production from the Mangala BH and Aishwariya BH fields during the quarter.

Since resumption of exploration in March 2013, we have established 1.2bn boe of hydrocarbons in-place against our 3-yeardrill-out target of 3bn boe with 8 discoveries at Rajasthan. An additional ~0.6bn boe has been discovered and is under evaluation. The current drilling activities are expected to establish an additional 1.2bn boe of hydrocarbons in-place during FY 2015-2016, enabling us to achieve target volumes significantly ahead of plan. These new discoveries and prospect volumes will take the total discovered hydrocarbons in-place at Rajasthan to over 7 billion boe. An additional un-risked prospect inventory of approximately 3bn boe has been identified for drill-out commencing FY2016.

In Q1 FY2015, production at Cambay was at 10,765 boepd, with an uptime of 99.7%.Production was higher on account of successful well intervention measures undertaken in the previous quarter. Production at Ravva was at 23,940boepd, supported by volumes from 3 new 4D-infill wells, with a plant uptime of 99.7%.

Zinc India  

                                                 Q1              Q4   Full Year
                                                     % change
    Particulars                       FY2015 FY2014    YoY     FY2014  FY2014
    Production(in'000 tonnes, or as
    Mined metal content                  163    238       -31%    200       880
    Refined Zinc - Total                 141    174       -19%    182       749
    Refined Zinc - Integrated            139    173       -20%    179       743
    Refined Zinc - Custom                  2      1       138%      4         6
    Refined Lead - Total [1]              31     31        -1%     36       123
    Refined Lead - Integrated             22     27       -21%     29       111
    Refined Lead - Custom                  9      3       157%      7        12
    Saleable Silver - Total (in
    tonnes) [2]                           82     96       -15%     91       350
    Saleable Silver - Integrated (in
    tonnes)                               56     77       -28%     68       301
    Saleable Silver - Custom (in
    tonnes)                               27     19        39%     23        49

    Financials (In Rs. crore, except
    as stated)
    Revenue                            2,904  2,874         1%  3,559    13,281
    EBITDA                             1,296  1,440       -10%  1,711     6,804
    Zinc CoP without Royalty (Rs./MT) 60,100 46,800        29% 55,500    51,100
    Zinc CoP without Royalty ($/MT)    1,005    836        20%    899       844
    Zinc CoP with Royalty ($/MT)       1,178    995        18%  1,068     1,005
    Zinc LME Price ($/MT)              2,074  1,840        13%  2,029     1,909
    Lead LME Price ($/MT)              2,096  2,049         2%  2,106     2,092
    Silver LBMA Price ($/oz)            19.6   23.1       -15%   20.5      21.4
  1. Excludes captive consumption of 1,689 tonnes in Q1 FY 2015 vs 1,644 tonnes in Q1 FY 2014, 1,991 tonnes in Q4 FY 2014 and 7,262 tonnes in FY 2014. 
  2. Excludes captive consumption of 9 tonnes in Q1 FY 2015 vs.9tonnes in Q1 FY 2014,10tonnes in Q4 FY 2014 and 38 tonnes in FY 2014. 

During Q1, mined metal production was 31% lower than the corresponding prior quarter, in line with our mine plan at Rampura Agucha (RAM), which involves lower mined metal production in the first half of the year as we excavate more waste than ore. With improving open pit grade cycles, we expect to have higher production in the second half of this year. The full year production of mined metal is expected to be marginally higher than FY 2014.

Integrated production of refined zinc, lead and silver was lower than the corresponding prior period and in line with the mined metal production in the quarter.

The zinc metal cost of production before royalty during the quarter was Rs. 60,100 ($1,005), which is 29% higher in Rupee and 20% higher in USD term from a year ago. The costs were higher due to lower volumes, rupee depreciation, planned shutdowns and higher mine development costs.

EBITDA was lower at Rs. 1,296 crore, compared to corresponding prior period. The positive impact of higher zinc and lead prices was more than offset by higher COP and lower volumes.

During Q1, total underground mine development completed was 15% higher across mines. The RAM and Sindesar Khurd shaft projects are progressing well. At RAM, we continue to transition from open pit to underground mining, which started production in FY2014 and is currently ramping-up. We are also evaluating mine design and planning for further extension of the open pit. Overall, the expansion to 1.2mtpa of mined metal at Zinc-India is progressing well.

Zinc International  

                                                   Q1               Q4   Full Year
                                                       % change
    Particulars                         FY2015 FY2014     YoY     FY2014  FY2014
    Production (in'000 tonnes, or as
    Refined Zinc - Skorpion                 33     34         -4%     33       125
    Mined metal content- BMM and
    Lisheen                                 51     56         -9%     50       239
    Total                                   84     90         -7%     83       364
    Financials (In Rs. crore, except as
    Revenue                                866    938         -8%  1,165     4,015
    EBITDA                                 232    298        -23%    441     1,282
    CoP - ($/MT)                         1,272  1,162          9%  1,203     1,167
    Zinc LME Price ($/MT)                2,074  1,840         13%  2,029     1,909
    Lead LME Price ($/MT)                2,096  2,049          2%  2,106     2,092

Refined Zinc metal production at Skorpion was marginally lower than the corresponding prior quarter. Zinc-Lead mined metal production was lower due to drop in grades as per mine plan sequencing and shutdown of mill for maintenance at BMM.

EBITDA at Rs. 232 crore was 23% lower than the corresponding quarter due to lower volumes and shifting of sale of metal and concentrate parcels to Q2, affecting the EBITDA by Rs. 67 crore.

We are evaluating the installation of a roaster at the Skorpion Refinery to treat sulphide ores from BMM and other neighbouring mines, and the detailed feasibility study for the refinery conversion is expected to be completed this financial year. We are conducting feasibility studies on Gamsberg and Swartberg to extend the mine life at the BMM mining complex.

Iron Ore  

                                                Q1              Q4   Full Year
                                                    % change
    Particulars                      FY2015 FY2014    YoY     FY2014  FY2014
    IRON ORE (in million dry metric
    tonnes, or as stated)
    Sales                               0.5      -          -    0.0       0.0
    Goa                                 0.0      -          -      -         -
    Karnataka                           0.5      -          -    0.0       0.0
    Production of Saleable Ore          0.0      -          -    1.5       1.5
    Goa                                   -      -          -      -         -
    Karnataka                           0.0      -          -    1.5       1.5
    Production ('000 tonnes)
    Pig Iron                            146    110        33%    133       510
    Met Coke                            126     85        49%    119       408
    Financials(In Rs. crore, except
    as stated)
    Revenue                             477    363        32%    545     1,662
    EBITDA                               47    (47)         -    (82)     (230)

At Karnataka, the production was 0.01 million tonnes on account of a slow pace of sales through the e-auction process. However, e-auctions have picked up recently and we expect to produce at our provisional annual capacity of 2.29 million tonnes during the year.

At Goa, iron ore operations continue to remain suspended. The Goa Government is working towards formulation of its mining policy following the Supreme Court order of March 2014, and we expect to start operations in the second half of FY 2015 after obtaining the necessary approvals.

Production of pig iron and metallurgical coke were 33% and 49% higher at 146,000 tonnes and 126,000 tonnes, respectively as compared with the corresponding prior period as production ramped up.

EBITDA was positive at Rs. 47 crore due to higher contribution from the pig iron businesses.

We have identified significant tailings at Bomi and soft weathered cap ore at Mano. Initial studies indicate that these are easy to mine and beneficiate resources. We continue to work with the Liberia Government on infrastructure solutions for an early phase of mining operations.

Copper India/Australia  

                                                 Q1               Q4   Full Year
                                                       % change
    Particulars                       FY2015 FY2014         YoY FY2014    FY2014
    Production (in'000 tonnes, or as
    Copper - Mined metal content           -      6           -      1        18
    Copper - Cathodes                     66     16           -     98       294
    Tuticorin power plant sales
    (million units)                      136    137           -    144       601
    Financials (In Rs. crore, except
    as stated)
    Revenue                            4,855  2,465         97%  6,718    20,594
    EBITDA                                90      7           -    356     1,176
    Net CoP - cathode (USCent/lb)        8.9      -           -    6.0       9.7
    Tc/Rc (USCent/lb)                   18.8   13.9         36%   18.5      16.6
    Copper LME Price ($/MT)            6,787  7,148         -5%  7,041     7,103

Copper cathode production at the Tuticorin smelter was lower than the preceding quarter at 66,000 tonnes, due to a planned 23-day maintenance shutdown and the smelter has ramped up well subsequently. Revenue and EBITDA are not comparable as the smelter was temporarily closed for most of the corresponding prior quarter. EBITDA is lower compared to Q4 FY2014 due to lower volumes and higher COP, driven by higher one time maintenance expenses, lower acid realisation credits.

At our Australian mine, where production has been suspended since January 2014, a rockfall occurred in June, delaying the restart of the mine. The mine has been put on care and maintenance in July, and can be reopened after FY2016 if it is found to be technically and economically feasible after the completion of a program for additional exploration which involves drilling and exploring newly identified ore bodies.


                                                   Q1                 Q4    Full Year
                                                          % change
    Particulars                         FY2015   FY2014        YoY   FY2014    FY2014
    Production (in'000 tonnes, or as
    Alumina - Lanjigarh                    233        -          -      227       524
    Aluminium - Jharsuguda                 132      134        -1%      135       542
    Aluminium - Korba I                     60       61        -1%       64       251
    Aluminium - Korba II[1]                 11        -          -        1         1
    Aluminium-Total                        203      195         4%      200       794

    Financials (In Rs. crore, except
    as stated)
    Revenue                              2,917    2,363        23%    3,022    10,779
    EBITDA - BALCO                          89       24       279%       82       272
    EBITDA - Vedanta Aluminium
    Division                               441      260        69%      447     1,444
    Alumina CoP - Lanjigarh ($/MT)         365        -          -      357       358
    Alumina CoP - Lanjigarh (Rs./MT)    21,800        -          -   21,100    21,700
    Aluminium CoP -(Rs./MT)           1,02,000   98,300         4%   99,000  1,00,400
    Aluminium CoP -($/MT)                1,699    1,758        -3%    1,602     1,658
    Aluminium CoP- Jharsuguda (Rs/MT)   97,800   93,800         4%   95,300    96,900
    Aluminium CoP - Jharsuguda($/MT)     1,636    1,676        -2%    1,542     1,602
    Aluminum CoP - BALCO (Rs/MT)      1,09,600 1,08,200         1% 1,06,800  1,07,700
    Aluminium CoP - BALCO ($/MT)         1,834    1,934        -5%    1,728     1,781
    Aluminum LME Price ($/MT)            1,798    1,835        -2%    1,708     1,773
  1. Trial run production of 11 kt in Q1 FY2015 from Korba II 325 kt smelter 

The Lanjigarh alumina refinery operated at 93% of its rated capacity and produced 233,000 tonnes in Q1, which is higher by 6,000 tonnes as compared to Q4 last year. The numbers for the corresponding prior period are not comparable as the plant was not operational then.

In Q1, production at the 500kt Jharsuguda-I & 245kt Korba- I smelters remained stable. The Jharsuguda-I smelter operated above its rated capacity despite recent grid failures.

Hot Metal cost at Jharsuguda I was Rs. 97,800 per tonnes (US$1,636) as compared to Rs. 93,800 per tonne earlier (US$1,676) primarily on account of higher alumina cost.

Hot Metal cost at Korba I was Rs. 109,600 per tonne (US$1,834) compared to Rs. 108,200 per tonne (US$1,934) earlier, primarily on account of further tapering of linkage coal as per CIL policy.

Availability of domestic coal is expected to be lower with lower e-auction volumes, which could result in higher imports, higher coal prices and higher power costs of smelters in the coming quarters.

EBITDA for the quarter was higher at Rs. 530 crore mainly due to improved metal premium ~$450 per tonne and rupee depreciation as compare to corresponding previous period.

The production at the 325kt Korba-II smelter continues to ramp up, and this smelter produced around 11,000 tonnes during Q1 with 74 pots online by the end of the quarter, and the balance 10 pots were turned on in July 2014. We will further ramp up this smelter to full capacity during FY2015 subsequent to the commissioning of the 1,200 MW power plant for which we are working on the final stages of regulatory approvals, which are expected to be received in Q2 FY2015.

During the year we plan to start the first phase of 50 pots of the 1.25 mtpa Jharsuguda-II smelter with the available surplus power from the 1,215 MW power plant, and subsequently ramp up further capacity with power from the 2,400 MW power plant after receiving necessary approvals.

Regarding the BALCO coal block, we have now received the forest diversion and the Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) approvals, and are working with the State Government for execution of the mining lease.


                                                  Q1              Q4   Full Year
                                                      % change
    Particulars                         FY2015 FY2014 YoY       FY2014 FY2014
    Production (in million units)
    Total Power Sales                    2,599  3,177      -18%  2,092     9,374
    2400 MW Jharsuguda power plant       2,154  2,604      -17%  1,701     7,625
    270 MW BALCO power plant                70    187      -63%     84       390
    100MW MALCO power plant                229    224        2%    231       911
    274 MW HZL Wind power plants           146    162      -10%     76       448

    Financials (in Rs. crore except as
    Revenue                                872  1,273      -31%    733     3,574
    EBITDA                                 338    441      -23%     50     1,025
    Average Cost of
    Generation(Rs./unit)                  1.92   2.26      -15%   2.04      2.23
    Average Realization (Rs./unit)        3.21   3.63      -12%   3.34      3.54
    Jharsuguda Cost of Generation
    (Rs./unit)                            1.75   2.21      -21%   1.76      2.10
    Jharsuguda Average Realization
    (Rs./unit)                            2.90   3.45      -16%   2.98      3.26

During Q1, power sales were 18% lower primarily due to lower sales from Jharsuguda 2,400MW plant on account of lower power realisation and transmission constraints. The Jharsuguda 2,400MW plant operated at a Plant Load Factor (PLF) of 45% in Q1 as compared with 54% during the corresponding prior period. Power sales from the BALCO 270MW power plant were lower as it supplied power for the ramp up of the 325kt Korba-II smelter.

At Jharsuguda 2,400 MW power plant, average power realizations reduced to Rs. 2.9 per unit due to lower sales volume from open access. The power generation cost during the quarter was Rs.1.75 per unit as compared with Rs. 2.21 per unit in corresponding prior quarter, primarily on account of an improved coal mix due to lower PLF.

EBITDA in Q1 was Rs. 338 crore lower than the corresponding prior quarter due to lower volumes and lower realisation partly offset by a one-time gain of Rs. 63 crore.

The first 660 MW unit of the Talwandi Sabo Power Plant is under commissioning, with the reliability run of the unit planned during Q2. The other two units are expected to be commissioned towards the end of FY 2015.

Ports Business 

In Q1 the company achieved 1.78 mn tonnes volume at the Vizag port as compared to 1.11 mn tonnes a year ago. The performance of the company was affected by severe shortage of Railway rakes leading to poor evacuation of cargo and hence limited space availability.

Vizag General Cargo Berth (VGCB) has good business opportunity due to large demand of imported coal. However evacuation of coal due to shortage of railway rakes is a bottleneck. VGCB has obtained permission for road evacuation of 1MMT/Year from the AP Pollution Control Board and this would help in attracting road bound customers.


The Equity Share Buyback program of Cairn India closed on 22nd July, 2014.  During the Buyback period, it bought back a total of 36,703,839 shares for a total consideration of approximately Rs. 1,225 crore from the open market through stock exchanges, of which Rs 1,120 crore was spent in the current quarter.

During the quarter, Cairn India Limited entered into an intercompany facility to lend upto US$1.25 billion to a wholly owned overseas subsidiary of Sesa Sterlite Limited for two years at arm's length terms and conditions. It carries an annual interest rate of LIBOR + 300 bps. Of this, US$800 million has been disbursed as of 30 June 2014. The wholly owned overseas subsidiary has repaid all of the accrued interest, and a part of principal of the intercompany debt extended from Vedanta Resources Plc to Sesa Sterlite.

Update on Asarco 

The US Bankruptcy Court recently passed an order restraining the company, amongst other things, from paying present and future dividend payments to the company's ADS holders, pending the payment of the judgment amount of US$82.75 mn. The Company is awaiting RBI approval for payment of the judgement amount.

The Company has transferred the final dividend for FY 13-14 of Rs 1.75 per share amounting to Rs. 519 crores including dividend to the ADS holders to the specified dividend account as per the requirements of the Companies Act within the stipulated timeline.


Debt and Cash 

(in Rs. Crore) 

    Company                      30 June 2014              31 March 2014
                             Debt Cash & LI Net Debt   Debt Cash & LI Net Debt
    Sesa Sterlite
    Standalone             39,883     2,489   37,394 38,943     2,459   36,484
    Zinc India                  -    24,611  (24,611)     -    23,943  (23,943)
    Zinc International          -       965     (965)     -     1,204   (1,204)
    Cairn India               351    19,381  (19,030)     -    23,017  (23,017)
    BALCO                   5,079        31    5,048  4,786         1    4,785
    Talwandi Sabo           5,303        15    5,288  5,028        22    5,006
    Cairn acquisition SPV
    (1)                    28,370         -   28,370 30,614        50   30,564
    Others squared          1,042       172      870  1,195       101    1,094
    Sesa Sterlite
    Consolidated           80,028    47,664   32,364 80,566    50,797   29,769
  1. As on 30 June 2014, debt at Cairn acquisition SPV comprises Rs.7,211 crore of bank debt and Rs.21,159 crore of inter-company  debt from Vedanta Resources Plc. The accrued interest of Rs.2,560 crore on the inter-company debt has been paid. 
  2. Others include MALCO Energy, CMT, VGCB, Sesa Resources, Fujairah Gold, and Sesa Sterlite investment companies. 

Debt Maturity Profile 

(in Rs. Crore) 

                                                        FY 2019 &
    Particulars (1)     FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018 Later      Total
    Sesa Sterlite
    Standalone            7,506   2,616   3,194   5,068     10,206 28,590
    Sesa Sterlite
    Subsidiaries          6,364   2,500   2,753   2,203      3,704 17,524
    Total                13,870   5,116   5,947   7,271     13,910 46,114

(1) Maturity profile excludes working capital facilities of Rs.12,755 crore.

Debt numbers in the tables above are at book value

Note:  Figures in previous periods have been regrouped or restated, wherever necessary to make them comparable to current period. 

About Sesa Sterlite Limited 

Sesa Sterlite Limited ("Sesa Sterlite") is one of the world's largest diversified natural resources companies. Our business primarily involves exploring, extracting and processing minerals and oil & gas. We produce oil & gas, zinc, lead, silver, copper, iron ore, aluminium and commercial power and have a presence across India, South Africa, Namibia, Ireland, Australia, Liberia and Sri Lanka. Sesa Sterlite has a strong position in emerging markets with over 80% of its revenues from India, China, East Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Sustainability is at the core of Sesa Sterlite's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety and environment and on enhancing the lives of local communities.

Sesa Sterlite is a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources plc, a London-listed company. Sesa Sterlite is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.


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