Cement Q1 Preview - Demand Softens On Covid 2.0; High-Cost Pressure To Curb Profitability: Anand Rathi
A shovel sits in a tub of freshly mixed cement at a residential construction site. (Photographer: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg)

Cement Q1 Preview - Demand Softens On Covid 2.0; High-Cost Pressure To Curb Profitability: Anand Rathi

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Anand Rathi Report

Q1 FY22 cement demand was curbed by lockdown restriction (Covid-19 second wave).

April/May production fell 15%/13% month-on-month (Index of Industrial Production data).

Our channel checks show non-trade demand was firm.

Various infra activities, pre-monsoon demand and relaxed lockdown restrictions led to cement demand rising in June.

For companies we cover, we expect cement volumes to decline 12.2% QoQ; though, because of the low base, YoY volumes would have grown ~60.5%.

On high input costs, cement prices were hiked across regions in Q1, the highest being in the East and South where all-India prices rose 7.4% QoQ (flat YoY).

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