Sesa Goa logs Rs 522 cr Q2 profit
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Helped by its share of profits in Cairn India, Vedanta group firm Sesa Goa on Friday reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 522.04 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, 3012.
The company had posted a net profit of Rs 1.28 crore during the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal.
Without Rs 464.63 crore profit, for its 20 per cent holding in Cairn India, the Goa-based iron ore miner would have posted a consolidated net profit of Rs 57.61 crore in the quarter as many factors impacted its performance, its filing with the BSE showed.
This includes a ban on mining in Goa in September by the state government and later by the Supreme Court in October.
Other factors like subdued demand due to rainy season, fall in international iron ore prices and continued mining ban in Karnataka also affected company's sales and profit in the quarter.
Due to these, Sesa Goa's net sales was down by nearly one-third to Rs 288.49 crore during the quarter vis-a-vis Rs 784.14 crore of the July-September quarter of FY'12.
Iron ore sales -- Sesa Goa's mainstay-- was down to Rs 92.53 crore in the July-September period compared to Rs 593.68 crore of second quarter of 2011-12.
In terms of quantity, the company sold about 0.2 million tonnes (MT) of iron ore as against 1.6 MT of the corresponding period, it said in a separate statement.
"Iron ore operations were affected by the mining ban in Karnataka, a temporary restriction on iron ore extraction in Goa and transportation restrictions in South Goa during the monsoons," the company said.
Mining in Goa has been stopped since September 11, when the state government ordered a temporary suspension on extraction of ore across Goa. After that, Union Environment Ministry suspended existing environmental clearances of mines and is verifying documents.
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