The Board of Directors of Jindal Stainless Limited (JSL) and Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited (JSHL) announced the Q3FY23 financial results. Jindal Stainless’ (considering the post merged entity) proforma merged Revenue, EBITDA, and PAT were recorded at INR 9,073 crore, INR 951 crore, and INR 568 crore respectively.
- Net lenders debt in the quarter stood at INR 2,824 crore and the net debt-to-equity ratio was ~0.3, which is among the best in the metal industry. Interest costs for the proforma merged entity came down to 16% in the same period on a QoQ basis.
- On a QoQ basis, JSL’s sales volume, standalone Revenue, EBITDA, and PAT showed an increase of 22%, 14%, 51% and 86% respectively. JSL’s net external debt was INR 1,714 crores as on December 31, 2022.
- On a consolidated basis, JSL’s revenue stood at INR 6,350 crores, EBITDA at INR 525 crores, and PAT at INR 299 crores during Q3FY23.
- On a QoQ basis, JSHL’s standalone Revenue, EBITDA, and PAT also rose by 9%, 15% and 24% respectively in the same period, while the sales volume declined marginally by 5%.
- JSHL’s net external debt was at INR 1,092 crores as on December 31, 2022. On a consolidated basis, JSHL’s Q3FY23 Net Revenue, EBITDA and PAT were recorded at INR 4,285 crores, INR 367 crores, and INR 344 crores respectively.
- Continuous agility in sales and operations planning helped Jindal Stainless further intensify its focus on domestic sales. This helped the Company adapt to the changes in the market dynamics caused by uncertainty in policy pertaining to exports.
- Strategic sourcing, continuous enhancement of product mix through development and supply of niche value-added stainless steel grades, and improved operating efficiencies aided this adaptive strategy.
- This resulted in an increase in the overall sales of Jindal Stainless. It is noteworthy that around 95% of the total sales volumes in Q3 FY23 catered to domestic customers for the second sequential quarter.
- The domestic stainless steel industry struggled with continual dumping of substandard imports from China and Indonesia, witnessing a steep increase of 230% and 300% respectively, from FY21 to FY23 (Apr-Oct Annualised).
- The distortion in level playing field between Indian manufacturers and subsidised foreign imports, therefore, continued throughout the quarter.
Other key developments:
Acquisition of Rathi Super Steel Ltd:
- Strengthening the Company’s solution-oriented approach and widening its product offerings, Jindal Stainless acquired Rathi Super Steel Ltd. This move would add Long Products like Wire rods and Rebars to the Company’s existing product portfolio.
P&G’ Grooming Excellence Award:
- Recognizing Jindal Stainless as one of its prestigious partners, the P&G conglomerate felicitated the Company with its Grooming Excellence Award 2022.
- The award recognizes P&G’s top-performing external business partners annually in the operational, innovations, and relationship performance categories. Jindal Stainless has been selected from the ranks of more than 50,000 external business partners.
Stainless Steel Industrial Park:
- Hon’ble CM of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik, and MD, Jindal Stainless, Mr. Abhyuday Jindal laid the foundation stone of the 271-acre Stainless Steel Industrial Park to be built as a natural extension of Jindal Stainless’ Jajpur manufacturing facility. Planned in two phases over 6 years, the Industrial Park has an investment potential of more than INR 1500 crore.
Update on JSL-JSHL merger and JUSL acquisition:
- Hon’ble National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), Chandigarh Bench while hearing the Composite Scheme of Arrangement, interalia, providing for merger of Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited with Jindal Stainless Limited, has on 22nd December, 2022, confirmed that there were no objections to the Scheme, pending from any person, including the sectoral regulators, and reserved the order.
- The completion of the merger process is expected to be completed within the current financial year. Acquisition of 74% holding of JUSL by JSL is progressing as planned and will be completed within the committed timelines.
Renewable Energy and ESG update:
- Accelerating its ESG goals, Jindal Stainless signed a contract with ReNew Power to set up a ~300 MW renewable energy project.
- This utilityscale captive wind-solar hybrid solution will power the expansion of its facility in Jajpur, Odisha. The Company also introduced electric vehicles for employee commuting at its Jajpur facility.
- The Company’s ongoing brownfield expansion projects are progressing as planned.
Ascension to the Board:
- Considering the contribution of Mr Anurag Mantri to the Company, the Board of Directors approved his appointment to the Board of Directors of the Company as Executive Director and Group CFO.
- On a 9 months basis, JSL’s 9MFY23 standalone sales volume stood at 836,317 metric tonnes, up by 13% over 9MFY22. Net Revenue, EBITDA and PAT of the Company were recorded at INR 16,999 crores, INR 1,557 crores and INR 827 crores respectively in the same period. During 9MFY23, JSL’s consolidated Revenue, EBITDA and PAT stood at INR 17,428 crores, INR 1,432 crores and INR 780 crores.
- On a 9 months basis, JSHL’s 9MFY23 standalone sales volume stood at 489,781 metric tonnes, down by 6% over 9MFY22. Net Revenue, EBITDA and PAT of the Company were recorded at INR 10,285 crores, INR 950 crores and INR 599 crores respectively in the same period. During 9MFY23, JSHL’s consolidated Revenue, EBITDA and PAT stood at INR 11,665 crores, INR 1,027 crores and INR 904 crores.
Commenting on the performance of the Company, Managing Director, Jindal Stainless, Mr. Abhyuday Jindal said, “Agility and adaptability to changing market conditions lies at the core of sales and operations planning at Jindal Stainless. This strategy continued to serve us well in the last quarter and helped us align our sales mix with the domestic demand. We also undertook focused measures to fulfil our environmental responsibility, including the commitment to power future growth through renewable sources of energy only. On behalf of the Indian stainless steel industry, we are thankful to the Indian government for its decision to revoke the export duty levied on stainless steel products. This move will give a thrust to the government’s Local to Global mandate. We are hopeful that the government will take necessary steps to address the trade imbalance between Indian and China and other FTA countries like Indonesia caused due to dumping of subsidised and duty-free imports.”
Source: Jindal Stainless- Press Release | Image Credit (representational): JSL