Ambuja Cements benefits in 2017 as impact of demonetisation and general sales tax ebb

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India: Ambuja Cements has benefited in 2017 as the impact of demonetisation and general sales tax eased. The subsidiary of LafargeHolcim reported that its sales rose by 12% year-on-year to US$1.58bn in 2017 from US$1.41bn in 2016. Its operating earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBTIDA) rose by 14.9% to US$300m from US$261m. Its cement sales volumes rose by 8.7% to 23Mt from 21Mt.

“During the year, we focused on providing specific solutions to address customer needs, value offerings, particularly for the retail segment products, and made strong investments in building brand equity. Our strategy to focus on premium products, core markets and managing costs has delivered higher sales and EBITDA growth,” said Ajya Kapur, managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of Ambuja Cements.

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