Piramal Glass goes to loss in December 2008

Piramal Glass Ceylon, the Sri Lankan unit of India“s Gujarat Glass, said its net loss for the December 2008 quarter was LKR 54 million (USD 470,000) compared with a net profit of LKR 1.5 million a ye…

Piramal Glass Ceylon, the Sri Lankan unit of India“s Gujarat Glass, said its net loss for the December 2008 quarter was LKR 54 million (USD 470,000) compared with a net profit of LKR 1.5 million a year ago. The firm, formerly known as Ceylon Glass, said in a stock exchange filing that sales rose 112% to LKR 814 million in the quarter from a year ago. The company was hit by a sharp rise in finance costs. In the nine months ending 31 December 2008, the net loss was LKR 206.7 million compared with a net profit of LKR 89.7 million the year before. Sales rose 65% to LKR 2.2 billion during the nine-month period. The nine month results include other operating income of LKR 53 million which came almost entirely from capital gains from the sale of scrap material at its former plant premises near the capital, Colombo. In 2008, the company moved to a new location south of Colombo where it has commissioned all five production lines. The firm has been struggling with high energy and raw material costs.