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Volatile Cotton Prices Drives Mafatlal Industries to Hedge on MCX

Volatile Cotton Prices Drives Mafatlal Industries to Hedge on MCX


The recent years have enormously exposed the Indian cotton industry to the global price mayhem and as a result high volatility has been seen in the commodity’s prices. Thus, making it imperative for the vulnerable cotton stakeholders, including the corporates to embrace price risk management to safeguard themselves against elevated levels of price volatility and thus protect their incomes. One such company which has resorted to hedge its price risk through derivatives trading on Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) is Mafatlal Industries Limited.

       Mafatlal Industries Limited is one of the largest composite textile mills in the country with a wide range of products including yarn dyed shirtings, linens, bleached white fabrics, suitings, and bed linen among many others.

       Hedging price risk of internationally linked commodities such as cotton on MCX also protects the market players from currency price risk as the commodities on MCX are traded in Indian Rupees. The healthy correlation between international benchmark cotton prices of the Intercontinental Exchange in the U.S. and MCX cotton prices depicts efficient price discovery at the Exchange platform.

       MCX Cotton futures which is considered as a benchmark price indicator in India and going by FY16 figures, the trust of stakeholders is constantly on the rise which is evident from the average turnover which stood at Rs. 218 crore and the average Open Interest at 50860 MT. MCX cotton average daily turnover in May 2017 stood at Rs. 204 cr as compared to Rs. 160 cr in May 2016, which is a notable increase of 28 per cent.
Mrugank Paranjape, MD & CEO, MCX

       Mr. Mrugank Paranjape, MD & CEO, MCX, said, “It is heartening to see that increasing number of corporates are using commodity exchange platform to hedge their price risk exposures. During the last one year, the average daily volume of the cotton contract traded on MCX has increased significantly, thereby, proving high hedging interest in this contract. Corporates such as Mafatlal Industries hedging on MCX is a testament in itself of the trust these corporates pose in our platform.”

       According to Mr. Mr. Aniruddha Deshmukh, MD & CEO, Mafatlal Industries Ltd., “Risk management is a great necessity to stay alive in any business. More particularly for efficient functioning of the cotton sector with increased price volatility in cotton during the recent times, risk management measures become extremely critical for the textile companies. With efficient price risk management in place, through MCX platform, we can now safeguard our business margins.”

       Mr. Milan Shah, CFO, Mafatlal Industries Ltd said, “Operating in a highly competitive environment where prices of our key input, cotton, is unpredictable, our need for risk management to protect the bottom-line is quite acute. Besides, being a listed entity, compliance under SEBI’s Listing Obligations and Disclosure Regulations (LODR) 2015 also necessitates adequate disclosures of risks to our shareholders, leading us to take steps to hedge those risks. We understand that this transparency will help our investors appropriately price our business. We are glad to use the MCX platform to adequately manage cotton price risk, and hope to consolidate our competitive position by using its cotton derivatives as part of risk management solutions.”

       As per USDA, Global cotton production for 2017-18 is projected at 24.65 million tons, up by 6.94 % as compared to 23.05 million tons in 2016-17. India stands as the major producer of Cotton with a market share of 24.73% and the second largest consumer of cotton after China. According to USDA, the demand from the Indian textile industry is likely to increase in the coming season by 1 % to 5.23 million MT.

About MCX:
Having commenced operations on November 10, 2003, Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (MCX) is India’s first listed, national-level, electronic, commodity futures exchange with permanent recognition from the Government of India. In the financial year 2016–17, the market share of MCX was 90.37%. MCX offers the benefits of fair price discovery and price risk management to the Indian commodity market ecosystem. Various commodities across segments are traded on the Exchange platform. These include bullion, energy, metals and agri commodities. The exchange has forged strategic alliances with various Indian and International commodity exchanges and business associations. For more information about MCX and its products visit www.mcxindia.com.  

About Mafatlal Industries Limited:
Mafatlal Industries Limited (MIL), is the flagship company of the Arvind Mafatlal Group. It is a pioneer for quality textiles in India since 1905. The Company’s product portfolio consists of yarn dyed Shirtings, Suitings, Voiles, Prints, Linens, Bleached White Fabrics, Rubia, value added and fashion Denims, School Uniform fabrics, Corporate/ Institutional Uniforms, Bed & Bath Linen and Readymades. Equipped with world class technology, the company’s composite manufacturing units at Nadiad & Navsari have the capacity to produce various kinds of premium fabrics. The sales volume of Mafatlal Industries Ltd. is over 100 million meters per annum. Mafatlal has an extensive 600 dealer network and 35,000 retail outlets throughout India. MIL is a fabric supplier to the most discerning customers and brands in the domestic and overseas market.


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