Tata Steel posts Rs 1,665-crore net profit; planning to sell its Netherland business

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Tata Steel's Jamshedpur plant

Tata Steel said its consolidated net profit declined about 50 per cent to Rs 1,665.07 crore in the September 2020 quarter. The company had clocked a net profit of Rs 3,302.31 in the corresponding quarter of the previous financial year, Tata Steel said in a BSE filing.

Its total income during July-September 2020 stood at Rs 37,376.13 crore, compared with Rs 34,762.73 crore in the year-ago period. The firm’s total expenses were at Rs 35,244.58 crore, against Rs 34,758.15 crore a year ago.

In a separate statement, Tata Steel has informed about the company’s plans with respect to its operations in Europe. The company has initiated discussions with Sweden-based SSAB on potential sale of Tata Steel Netherland business, including Ijmuiden steelworks.

Tata Steel said it has also initiated the process to separate Tata Steel Netherlands and Tata Steel UK and will pursue separate strategic paths for the Netherlands and the UK businesses in the future.

Tata Steel CEO and MD T V Narendran said, “Tata Steel has delivered strong results in India with broad-based, market leading volume growth and strong cashflow generation.” He added that the resilience of the firm’s business model and the commitment of its teams have enabled it to ramp up capacity utilisation to normal levels and achieve highest-ever sales, despite the ongoing challenges due to the COVID pandemic.

On the business in Europe, he said in Europe, though the overall environment remains challenging and recovery is more gradual, there has been an improvement in volumes and sales.

The company is in discussions with the UK government regarding the future strategy of its UK business. Tata Steel Executive Director and CFO Koushik Chatterjee said that despite the pandemic, the company has delivered one of the best quarterly results in India in recent times. “This was driven by relentless focus on operating performance and a reduction in our cash costs by almost 14 per cent on a quarter on quarter basis.”

In India, Tata Steel is moving on the consolidation and the corporate simplification process, with the announcement of the merger of Tata Metaliks and Indian Steel and Wire products into Tata Steel Long Products.

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