Novelis posts stronger net income despite challenges

May 14, 2013 | 03:18 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Novelis, earnings report, ERP, fire, Oswego, expansion, capital expenditure, Philip Martens aluminum

CHICAGO — Novelis Inc.’s profits surged despite lower average aluminum prices, lower shipments and disruptions at its North American operations.

The headwinds included the implementation of a new enterprise resource planning system (ERP) at two of its North American plants and a fire at its Oswego, N.Y., aluminum complex (, Feb. 14), but the Atlanta-based producer still managed to swing to a profit in its fiscal fourth quarter due to stronger demand and good cost-control measures.

Novelis posted net income of $203 million for its fiscal year ended March 31, more than double $90 million the previous, even as revenue slipped 11.3 percent to $9.81 billion.....

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