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SAIL sails again... with 20.6% FY14 profit rise

State-owned Steel Authority of India had posted a profit of Rs 446.53 crore on a standalone basis in the fourth quarter of 2012-13.
‘We have to provide Rs 471 crore towards the wage revision of non-executives of the company during the fourth quarter, which basically cut into our profit margins during January-March period, but we registered an impressive 20.6 per cent growth in net profit to Rs 2,616 crore in FY14,’ Chairman C S Verma said.

The company had approved wage revisions for its 85,000 non-executives, which were pending since January 2012.Total expenses rose 10.37 per cent to Rs 12,804.67 crore in the fourth quarter of the previous financial year from Rs 11,600.58 crore in the corresponding quarter of 2012-13, it said in a filing to the BSE.

Total income climbed to Rs 13,509.21 crore from Rs 12,284.74 crore in the year-ago period.Verma said SAIL's gross turnover at Rs 51,866 crore in FY14 was the highest ever and had increased more than 5 per cent from Rs 49,350 crore in FY13.
‘The thrust on development of infrastructure and industry would provide more avenues for steel consumption. This certainly augurs well for the Indian steel industry,’ Verma said.

The company produced 12.9 million tonnes of saleable steel in financial year 2013-14, an increase of 4 per cent over the previous financial year.
‘The corresponding rise in total sales was 8.6 per cent, at 12.07 million tonnes. Growth in domestic sales was in conjunction with growth in exports of 28 per cent in FY14,’ the company said in a statement.Continued emphasis on value-added steel production resulted in output of 5.4 million tonnes of special quality steel in FY14 as against 5.09 million tonnes in FY13.

During the fourth quarter, production of saleable steel was 3.13 million tonnes, up 4 per cent.On the modernisation plan, Verma said, ‘SAIL's focus in the current fiscal would be to complete the balance facilities under our modernisation and expansion programme and ramp up production from the new units in the shortest possible time.‘We are confident of expanding our hot metal capacity to 19.5 million tonnes by September 2014,’ he said.
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