Hindalco Industries saw its stock price decline by 10% in morning trades on Tuesday post its US subsidiary Novelis posted its December quarter performance. While the financials were in line with the expectations its the Capex guidance and timeline that disappointed said analysts Novelis’ 3QFY24 adjusted EBITDA came in line with our estimates, with demand outlook improving in America, whereas Europe and Asia remain under pressure, said analysts at Kotak Institutional Equities.
However the company has revised the capex outlay upward for its key growth project—greenfield expansion in North America—by 65% to $4.1 billion (around $2.5 billion earlier) and delayed the timeline by one year to end-FY2027. The management has downgraded the return guidance from this project to ‘double digits’ from ‘midteens’ earlier, pointed kotak analysts.
Cost inflation and delay do not impact our explicit earnings forecast until FY2026, but damage the growth, earnings and return prospects of the company from a 5-year perspective, said analysts at Kotak Institutional Equities. Also Read- SAIL share price drops 5% as Q3 profit declines 22%; here's what the analyst say In terms of financial performance, the net income for Novelis attributable to common shareholder at $121 million, was up compared to $12 million in the same period last year.
Novelis saw its net sales decline 6% year-on-year to $3.9 billion for the third quarter of fiscal year 2024. the same was driven by lower average aluminum prices while shipments remained flat.
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