JSW Steel quarterly profit triples with govt promoting local steel utilities

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    “Steel demand is expected to benefit from rising infrastructure spend and improving consumer demand in FY2018,” JSW said in a statement. JSW Steel Ltd, India’s biggest steelmaker by capacity, has come out with a statement that  its fourth-quarter profit more than tripled, helped by higher steel prices and output and government support for local mills.

    The results are another sign of a marked pickup in India’s steel sector, which had been hit by a global slowdown amid excess capacity.

    Earlier this month, the cabinet approved a proposal to make local steel mandatory in government infrastructure projects.

    JSW reported a consolidated net profit of 10.09 billion rupees ($157 million) for January-March, against 3.01 billion rupees a year ago.

    That was well ahead of analysts’ forecast for a 7.76 billion rupee profit, according to Thomson Reuters data.

    Revenue from operations rose 52.5 percent from a year earlier to 179.17 billion rupees as the company ramped up production from newly built capacity at its flagship plant in the southern state of Karnataka.

    JSW said operating profit jumped 64 percent to 31.65 billion rupees.

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