India Globalization Capital (Amex: IGC)
Ram Mukunda, CEO of India Globalization Capital, said, "We are pleased to report profitability this quarter due to our considerable efforts to realign and focus our equipment, processes, and people on the iron ore mining business, cut costs from unprofitable construction contracts, and renegotiate or extinguish expense liabilities and debt. Our revenues for the quarter rose dramatically to nearly $4 million and we achieved earnings of $0.01 per share."
Mukunda added, "We are now filling orders from our Chinese customers through our trading operations. We expect to increase this activity as we expand our suppliers beyond India and China. In the future the lower margin trading business is expected to transition to higher margins as we supply high-grade iron ore from our beneficiation plants. As reported in Bloomberg, in September, 2012 China approved $158 billion for infrastructure as part of a stimulus plan that is expected to boost the demand for commodities. Iron ore prices have started to recover from their lows of $86 per ton in September 2012 to around $125 per ton. We have about $500 million of iron ore deposits, four mine sites, and three beneficiation plants. Our short term strategy is three pronged: 1) start supplying high grade iron ore from our beneficiation plants, 2) expand the supply chain for raw materials beyond India and China, and 3) actively look at consolidating more mines in the Inner Mongolia region that can be accretive to the Company."