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Saturday 5 January 2013

Stock Update: JK Lakshmi Cement - Cementing its gains!

Last year in February, I had posted about JK Lakshmi Cement. It has given very good returns in the last year (from close to 60 to 160 today).

 JK Lakshmi cement is setting up a Greenfield cement plant of 2.7 MT at Durg, Chhattisgarh with a capital outlay of 1250 crore, which is expected to be commissioned by Q3FY14. Also, it is in process of reviving its subsidiary, Udaipur Cement works, which currently has a capacity of 1 MT. The company will invest 100-150 crore in this subsidiary. As the 0.55 MT grinding unit at Haryana is fully stabilised and after the commissioning of 2.7 MT Greenfield plant at Durg by Q3FY14, the company will have a total cement capacity of 8.1 MT. However, the full benefit of the Durg expansion will be seen in FY14E.

Q3'13 is expected to be flat or decline slightly in terms of margins. Currently, there is good traction in cement sales from Rajasthan and Gujarat, where JK Lakshmi has good presence. Jan-Mar quarter is usually the best quarter for cement dispatches.

Overall, I am positive about the prospect of the company and I think the best days are yet to come.