Tata Steel, SAIL, Jindal Steel shares tumble up to 16% after the export tax shocker

Tata Steel, SAIL, Jindal Steel shares tumble up to 16% after the export tax shocker
Indian steel makers have a new headache amidst tepid domestic demandCanva
  • Shares of India’s largest steel companies, Tata Steel, SAIL, Jindal Steel among others, tumbled up to 16% after the Indian government imposed export taxes overnight.
  • The Indian steel makers currently have over 2 million tonnes of steel orders in the pipeline, said industry body FICCI.
  • India ran a trade surplus of nearly ₹1.07 lakh crore in the two years after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
India’s biggest steel makers’ stocks tumbled up to 15% after the government imposed export taxes of 15% overnight on eight steel products - intending to tame inflation. The announcement was made alongside the decision to cut duties on petrol and diesel, apart from raw materials for iron and steel.

This could prove to be a double whammy for steel companies as the domestic demand for steel has been tepid. They were hoping to supplant it with exports, and with the extra taxes for exporting, will slash their margins if not businesses.

Indian stock markets reacted sharply to the news, with Tata Steel, SAIL, Jindal Steel and Power (JSPL), and JSW Steel all tumbling by up to 15%. As of 11 a.m., JSPL was the worst impacted, with its shares plunging by nearly 16%.

Tata Steel, SAIL, Jindal Steel shares tumble up to 16% after the export tax shocker
Shares of steel companies tumbled on news of export tax on steelNifty / Business Insider India / Flourish

The steel makers are more worried about the execution of ongoing orders which could be in a fix due to the unexpected move by the government.

“They should have given us at least 2-3 months of time, we did not know about such a substantial policy. This could possibly lead to force majeures. We alone have 2.6 lakh tonnes of orders, which were taken when export duty was zero,” said V R Sharma, managing director of Jindal Steel and Power, in an interview with Reuters.

The iron and steel product category has witnessed a net trade surplus in the last two years – since the outbreak of COVID-19 – with the total surplus standing at $14.1 billion (approx. ₹1,07,000 crore) in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

Tata Steel, SAIL, Jindal Steel shares tumble up to 16% after the export tax shocker
India's balance of trade in the iron and steel category since 2004Business Insider India / Flourish

India’s iron and steel imports, in the same period, came down from 3.6% of the total imports to only 2.1%, according to a report by Motilal Oswal.

“In a bid to curb inflation the Ministry of Finance announced export duties on most steel products, along with an excise duty cut for petrol and diesel. This is likely to divert more supply towards the domestic market. With prices now being guided by the export parity philosophy (instead of import parity) it could lead to a sharp correction in steel prices in India,” said a report by CLSA.

It downgraded Tata Steel from ‘Buy’ to ‘Underperform’; JSW from ‘Underperform’ to ‘Sell’, and JSPL from ‘Buy’ to ‘Overperfrom’.


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Over 2 million tonnes of steel orders in the pipeline, says steel industry

Industry body FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) has sought 3 months’ time from the Indian government to clear orders amounting to over 2 million tonnes of steel.

The FICCI Steel committee co-chairperson Sharma, who is also the MD of JSPL, said that the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has given an opportunity to Indian steel companies to fill in the demand for steel in Europe, which is the second largest importer in the world.


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