The company's consolidated revenues for the half-year amounted to $1,15,172 million. Despite seasonal factors, the company observed improvements across key segments. With a focus on sustainability, Tata Steel emphasizes achieving net zero by 2045, and is investing in decarbonization projects. Key undertakings include an EAF project in the UK and seeking regulatory support in Netherlands. Additionally, they're sourcing 379 MW renewable power for their India operations.
The recently unveiled financial report showcases a strong performance of the company. The consolidated revenues for the half year reached a significant $1,15,172 million, demonstrating the company's robust economic position. A detailed breakdown shows the revenues for the July-September quarter at $55,682 million.
A commendable capital expenditure of $4,553 million was made during the quarter, escalating to $8,642 million for the half-year period. Projects such as the 5 MTPA expansion at Kalinganagar and the 0.75 MTPA EAF project in Punjab mark significant developments and are presently under rigorous implementation.
The company's net debt, although substantial, is at $77,032 million. Yet, with a buoyant group liquidity of $27,637 million, the company's financial health remains unshaken. This is further affirmed by the Investment grade ratings from esteemed financial institutions, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.
In India, the revenues were recorded at $33,922 million with a noteworthy EBITDA of $6,841 million. The crude steel production maintained stability with approximately 5 million metric tons. There was a slight increase in deliveries, particularly in the domestic sector, with 4.82 million metric tons delivered.
Europe's economic outlook for the company presented its own set of challenges. With revenues at £1,812 million, there was an EBITDA loss of £242 million. However, the QoQ improvement in liquid steel production was evident with the figures at 1.95 million metric tons. This was largely attributed to the improved operational efficiency in Netherlands.
One pivotal financial decision taken was the impairment charge of $12,560 million in standalone financial statements and an additional $2,746 million in consolidated financial statements. This was complemented by a charge towards restructuring amounting to $3,612 million in consolidated financial statements.
Tata Steel has made a progressive commitment to sustainability. The announcement in September to invest in an EAF at Port Talbot, UK stands as a testament to this dedication. This project, costing £1.25 bn and supported by a government grant of £500 million, is poised to drastically cut down carbon emissions by 50 million metric tons over a span of ten years.
Mr. T V Narendran, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, stated “Tata Steel India delivered steady performance, with crude steel production of around 5 million tons. Domestic deliveries were up 6% YoY, despite renewed volatility and seasonal factors during the quarter. Among the key segments, Auto and Branded Products & Retail had best ever 2Q sales. We have started producing FHCR coils at Kalinganagar CRM complex and have started receiving approvals from automotive OEMs for our cold rolled steel. Our retail sales to home builders continue to grow aided by our strong distribution network. Tata Steel Aashiyana, the e-commerce platform, services more than 10,000 unique customers per month. Moving to Sustainability, we remain committed to Net Zero by 2045 and have calibrated the decarbonisation of steelmaking as per the operating geography. In UK, we plan to invest in a state-of-the-art scrap based EAF with the government support and this will enable reduction of 50 million tons of direct carbon emissions over a decade. In Netherlands, we will shortly be submitting the detailed decarbonisation proposal to the Dutch government seeking regulatory and financial support. In India, we are committed to responsible growth and are undertaking multiple initiatives ranging from scrap charging in blast furnace to greening the power mix. We are entering into an agreement to secure 379 MW renewable power for our India operations. I am happy to share that Tata Steel has received Safety and Health Excellence recognition for 2023 by worldsteel.”
Tata Steel, with its financial might and visionary objectives, continues to forge a path of growth, innovation, and sustainability. Their commitment to net zero by 2045 and various eco-friendly initiatives solidify their position as a leader in the steel industry.