Seasonal Price Hikes For Cement Likely From Mid-January, Says ICICI Securities
Indian labourers unload bags of cement from a truck in Gurgaon (Photographer: Adam Ferguson/Bloomberg News)

Seasonal Price Hikes For Cement Likely From Mid-January, Says ICICI Securities

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ICICI Securities Report

Our channel checks suggest industry demand likely grew in low single digit YoY during December 2020, while average pan-India prices corrected 3-4% month-on-month (still up 5% YoY) owing to volume push (by calendar year-end companies) and fight for higher market share.

Volumes and prices both are likely to be up 5-6% YoY during Q3 FY21E, which would drive more than 25% YoY Ebitda growth.

Key trigger to watch out for, would be seasonal price hikes which usually start from mid-January 2021 as peak construction period sets in and also necessitated this time by cost escalations.

We remain optimistic about the imminent price hikes.

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ICICI Securities Cement Monthly Note_Dec20.pdf

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