London: Metals conglomerate Vedanta Resources today reported a net loss of USD 3.5 billion for the fiscal ended March 2016 hit by a non-cash impairment charge.Primarily on its oil and gas assets.
The mining giant led by billionaire Anil Agrawal had posted net loss of USD 3.8 billion in 2014-15, it said in a regulatory filing.
However its attributable net loss rose marginally to USD 1.83 billion in 2015-16 against USD 1.79 billion in the previous financial year.
The London-listed firm's revenues declined by 17 per cent to USD 10.74 billion in the last fiscal from USD 12.88 billion in 2014-15 on account of an "exceptionally challenging commodities markets" globally.
The company's Chairman Anil Agrawal said: "Vedanta demonstrated resilience this year, delivering healthy EBITDA margin, strong free cash flow and lower gross and net debt in a volatile commodities market."
The company had record production in zinc, lead, silver at Zinc India, Aluminium, Power and Copper cathodes, he added.
Vedanta Resources CEO Tom Albanese said: "In FY2016, Vedanta demonstrated resilience in the face of exceptionally challenging commodities markets around the world.
"In my 40 years in the mining business I have seen the commodity cycle turn many times, although the severity of this torrid year was something no one foresaw."
The firm said a strong free cash flow of USD 1.7 billion enabled it to reduce net debt by USD 1.1 billion and gross debt by USD 0.4 billion.
Vedanta Resources declared a final dividend of 30 US cents per share.
A year ago with Vedanta had announced an ambitious goal of delivering savings of USD 1.3 billion over the next four years.
Through a combination of new business programmes, operational excellence, modernisation of the supply chain and innovative ideas it saved USS 325 million in the first year.
Albanese said Vedanta resources' current requirements are low with FY 2017 capex expected to be around USD 1 billion, 50 per cent of which would be across the high return zinc projects at Gamsberg and Zinc India.
Going ahead, Agrawal said: "Naturally, we now hope for an improvement in the dynamics of the global commodity markets. Indeed, we are cautiously optimistic for 2017; based on the visibility we have now, we believe a recovery may be emerging, led by zinc."
Meanwhile, in a country where GDP may double in the decade ahead, Vedanta looks forward to playing its part in unlocking India's wealth of world-class energy and mineral resources, he added.