Vedanta Limited: Consolidated Results for the Third Quarter Ended 31st December 2019

MUMBAI, India, Jan. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Vedanta Limited today announced its unaudited consolidated results for the Third quarter (Q3) ended 31st December 2019.

Financial & Corporate Highlights

    --  Stronger sequential and year over year financial performance despite
        market headwinds
        --  EBITDA1 of ? 6,531 crore, up 10% y-o-y.
        --  Industry leading EBITDA margin2 of 34% including one-offs.
        --  Attributable PAT at ? 2,348 crore, up 49% y-o-y.
    --  Strong Balance Sheet
        --  Strong financial position with total cash & liquid investments of ?
            35,205 crore.
        --  Net Debt/EBITDA at 1.0x lowest among Indian peers.

Operational Highlights

Strong sequential performance across our businesses with marked cost efficiencies driving profitability. Business wise highlights are:

    --  Zinc India:
        --  Mined metal production at 235kt, up 7% q-o-q.
        --  Refined metal production at 219kt, up 4% q-o-q.
        --  Silver production at 149 tons, up 11% q-o-q.
    --  Zinc International:
        --  Gamsberg production at 31kt, up 28% q-o-q, driven by higher recovery
            and improved grade.
    --  Oil & Gas:
        --  193 well drilled, 72 wells hooked up till Q3 FY20.
        --  Early gas production facility ramped up to designed capacity of 90
    --  Aluminium:
        --  Highest ever quarterly alumina production in Lanjigarh at 476kt, up
            16% q-o-q
        --  Continuous structural reduction in cost. Hot metal cost lower by 9%
            q-o-q at        $1,691/t.
    --  Iron Ore: Highest ever quarterly sales in Karnataka at 1.5 million
    --  Steel: Production at 317kt, 18% up q-o-q, with lowest cost of sales
        since acquisition.

    --  TSPL: Plant availability at 94%.

Mr. Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer, Vedanta, said:

"We remain on track to become the world's largest long-life integrated Zinc-Lead-silver producer in 2 years while maintaining our cost leadership. Our Aluminium business continues to benefit from improved integration and systemic cost improvements. In our Oil & Gas business, the completion of new facilities and hook up of new production wells paves the way for higher volumes ahead. Our enviable project pipeline across all our key businesses will benefit from the resumption of accelerating growth from India. We look forward to an exciting fourth quarter and the year ahead."

              Consolidated Financial Performance

      The consolidated financial performance of the company during the period is as under:

            (In ? crore, except as stated)

              Particulars                                               Q3                       % Change   
              Q2                       % Change                       YTD Dec


                  FY2020                                                    FY 2019                                               FY 2020                                               FY 2020                                 FY 2019


            90,901             Net sales/Income from  operations                                21,126                          23,435                     (10%)                         21,739                           (3%)     64,032   67,809

            Other Operating Income                                              234                             234                                                      219                             7%        660      771

              EBITDA(1)                                              6,531                           5,953                       10%                          4,497                            45%     16,217   17,682

             EBITDA Margin(2)                                                   34%                            29%                                                     25%                                      29%     30%

             Finance cost                                                     1,232                           1,358                      (9%)                          1,340                           (8%)      3,913    4,288

             Investment Income                                                  628                           1,043                     (40%)                            832                          (25%)      1,832    2,019

            (509)             Exchange gain/(loss) -(Non
                                       operational)                                                      (0)                             47                                                     (50)                                     (32)   (343)

            21,432              Profit before Depreciation and
                                       Taxes                                                           5,929                           5,685                        4%                          3,939                            51%     14,105   15,070

            8,192              Depreciation & Amortization                                      2,291                           2,207                        4%                          2,395                           (4%)      6,841    5,934

            13,240              Profit before Exceptional items                                  3,638                           3,478                        5%                          1,544                                     7,264    9,136

            320              Exceptional Items Credit/
                                       (Expense)(3)                                                      168                                                                                   (422)                                    (254)     320

              13,560                         Profit Before Tax                                     3,806                           3,478                        9%                          1,122                                     7,010    9,456

             Tax Charge/(Credit)                                              1,082                           1,146                      (6%)                        (1,553)                                    (333)   2,864

             Tax on Exceptional items                                            59                                                                                    (56)                                        3      112

              9,698                         Profit After Taxes                                    2,665                           2,332                       14%                          2,731                           (2%)      7,340    6,480

            9,490              Profit After Taxes before
                                       exceptional items                                               2,556                           2,332                       10%                          3,096                          (17%)      7,597    6,272

             Minority Interest                                                  317                             758                     (58%)                            572                          (45%)      1,482    2,030

              7,065                         Attributable PAT after exceptional
                                                  items                                                2,348                           1,574                       49%                          2,158                             9%      5,857    4,450

            6,857              Attributable PAT before exceptional
                                       items                                                           2,239                           1,574                       42%                          2,317                           (3%)      5,907    4,242

            19.07              Basic Earnings per Share (?/share)                                6.34                            4.25                       49%                           5.83                             9%      15.82    12.01

            18.50              Basic EPS before Exceptional items                                6.05                            4.25                       42%                           6.26                           (3%)      15.95    11.44

            69.89              Exchange rate (?/$) -Average                                     71.06                           72.11                      (1%)                          70.35                             1%      70.34    69.68

            69.17              Exchange rate (?/$) -Closing                                     71.27                           69.79                        2%                          70.50                             1%      71.27    69.79

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              ncludes one off for past cost recovery at Oil & Gas business (
              1,276 crore) & true-up of RPO liability in line with Regulatory changes at Aluminium
                   Business (
              460 crore) 
              EBITDA Margin excludes custom smelting at Copper India & Zinc India and includes impact of one-offs. EBITDA Margin (excl. customs & impact of one-
                   off) is 27% for Q3 FY'20 & 26% for 9M ended Dec'19. 
                Exceptional Items Gross of Tax 
                Previous period figures have been regrouped
                   or re-arranged wherever necessary to conform to current period's presentation


Revenue in Q3 FY20 was at ? 21,126 crore, lower 10% y-o-y, primarily due to subdued commodity prices and lower volumes in Zinc and Oil & Gas business, partially offset by past exploration cost recovery in Oil & Gas business and higher volumes at Iron Ore & Steel business.

Revenue was 3% lower on q-o-q basis, primarily due to lower volumes in Oil & Gas business, partially offset by higher volumes in Iron Ore & Steel, Zinc India and Aluminium business coupled with past exploration cost recovery in Oil & Gas business.


EBITDA(1) for Q3 FY20 was at ? 6,531 crore, higher by 10% y-o-y, primarily due to past exploration cost recovery in Oil & Gas (? 1,276 crore), lower cost of production & true up of RPO liability (? 460 crore) at Aluminium business, partially offset by lower volumes and commodity prices.

EBITDA(1) was higher by 45% q-o-q, primarily due to past exploration cost recovery in Oil & Gas, improved cost of production and true up of RPO liability at Aluminium business.

EBITDA margin(2) for Q3 FY20 was at 34% (incl. one-offs) & 27% (excl. one-offs).

Depreciation & Amortization

Depreciation and amortization expense for Q3 FY20 was at ? 2,291 crore, higher by 4% y-o-y due to increased ore production at Zinc India, and commencement of Gamsberg operations in Q4 FY19, partially offset by lower charge at Skorpion.

Depreciation & amortization expense was lower by 4% q-o-q on account of lower Oil & Gas volumes & Skorpion and accelerated depreciation at Zinc India taken in the last quarter.

Finance Cost and Investment Income

Finance cost for Q3 FY2020 was at ? 1,232 crore, lower by 9% y-o-y and 8% q-o-q, primarily due to repayment of high cost debt and fall in interest rates in line with the market trend.

Investment Income for Q3 FY20 was at ? 628 crore, lower by 40% y-o-y and 25% q-o-q primarily on account of mark to market loss in Q3 FY20 compared to mark to market gain in Q3 FY 19 and Q2 FY 20.


Tax expense for Q3 FY20 was ? 1,141 crore compared to ? 1,146 crore in Q3 FY19 & tax credit of ? 1,609 in Q2 FY20. Normalised tax rate for the quarter is 30% in line with the prior guidance, compared to 33% in Q3 FY19 driven by change in profit mix amongst businesses.

Attributable Profit after Tax and Earnings per Share (EPS)

Attributable Profit after Tax (PAT) for the quarter was ? 2,348 crore higher by 49% y-o-y and 9% q-o-q. Earnings per share for the quarter was at ? 6.34 per share.

Balance Sheet

We have robust cash and liquid investments of ? 35,205 crore. The Company invests in high quality debt instruments as per the Board approved policy. The portfolio is rated by CRISIL, which has assigned a rating of "Tier-I" (implying Highest Safety) to our portfolio. Further, the Company has undrawn committed facilities of c. ? 8,400 crore as on 31(st) December 2019.

As on 31(st) December 2019, Gross debt was at ? 58,589 crore, higher by ? 2,691 crore as compared to September 2019. This was mainly due to the increase in temporary borrowing at Zinc India and term debt at Oil & Gas partially offset by debt repayment at Vedanta standalone.

Net debt stood at ? 23,384 crore, higher by ? 3,303 crore as compared to September 2019 in line with increase in Gross debt.

Corporate Update

Vedanta announced the acquisition of Ferro Alloys Corporation Limited (FACOR) on 31st January 2020 for a total consideration of ? 280 crores. FACOR is in the business of producing Ferro Alloys and owns a Ferro Chrome plant with capacity of 72,000 TPA, two operational Chrome mines and 100 MW of Captive Power Plant through its subsidiary, FACOR Power Limited (FPL). The acquisition will complement the Company's existing steel business as the vertical integration of ferro manufacturing capabilities has the potential to generate significant efficiencies. The consideration will be payable under the approved Resolution Plan on a debt and cash free basis. The portion of payable cash is ? 10 Crores and rest ? 270 crores face value in form of zero coupon, secured and unlisted Non-Convertible Debentures payable to the Financial Creditors payable equally over 4 years commencing March 2021.

Key Recognitions

Vedanta has been consistently recognized through the receipt of various awards and accolades. We received the following key recognitions recently:

    --  Vedanta Aluminium received Bronze at the India Public Relations and
        Corporate Communications Awards 2019in the category of CSR Communication
        (Beyond Metro)
    --  Balco received National Safety Award by Ministry of Labours &
    --  Balco awarded 5S Excellence Award by CII (Gold Award in Process
    --  Cairn Oil & Gas was awarded 'Digitally Advanced Company of the Year' by
        Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI) for its intensive
        deployment of digitalisation initiatives to drive value-creation across
        business operations and functions.
    --  Cairn Oil & Gas has been recognised as 'Top 25- India's Best Workplaces
        for Women - 2019' by Great Place to Work(R). Great Place to Work(R) is
        the global benchmark on building, sustaining and recognizing high-trust,
        high-performance workplace cultures.
    --  Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh is now Great Place to Work TM certified.
    --  Vedanta's Alumina refinery at Lanjigarh won the prestigious Frost &
        Sullivan India Manufacturing Excellence Award 2019. The unit received
        the award in Gold under the Metals sector.
    --  Vedanta's world-class alumina refinery at Lanjigarh, Odisha won the
        prestigious Platinum Award for safe practices under the Mines & Metal
        category at the 18th Greentech Safety Award 2019.
    --  Hindustan Zinc received 'Outstanding Digital Transformation in Supply
        Chain' award at the Express Logistics & Supply Chain Conclave, which is
        considered as Asia's largest end-to-end supply chain management.
    --  Hindustan Zinc is proud recipient of the prestigious IEI (Institution of
        Engineers India) Centenary Industry Excellence Award 2019 for their
        innovation, business strategies in manufacturing/engineering operations
        and services and their capacity to sustain excellence in a competitive

Results Conference Call

Please note that the results presentation is available in the Investor Relations section of the company website -

Following the announcement, there will be a conference call at 6:00 PM (IST) on Friday, 31st January 2020, where senior management will discuss the company's results and performance. The dial-in numbers for the call are as below:

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About Vedanta Limited

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world's leading diversified natural resource companies with business operations in India, South Africa, Namibia and Australia. Vedanta is a leading producer of Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, Aluminium & Power.

Governance and Sustainable Development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety and environment and on enhancing the lives of local communities. The company is conferred with, CII-ITC Sustainability Award, FICCI CSR Award, Dun & Bradstreet Awards in Metals & Mining & The Great Place to Work.

For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing to India's growth story. The company is amongst the top private sector contributors to the exchequer with the highest ever contribution of INR 42, 560 Crore in FY 2019. Vedanta contributes 1 percent of India's GDP.

Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Vedanta Limited
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