(Reuters) - Coal India Ltd posted a 52 percent plunge in fourth-quarter profit on Tuesday, hurt by higher expenses.
Profit was 12.95 billion rupees ($190.55 million) in the three months ended March 31, compared with 27.19 billion rupees a year earlier, the coal miner said. The government has a 79 percent sake in the company.
Coal production rose to 183.45 million tonnes from 176.37 million tonnes a year earlier.
Total expenses jumped 24 pct to 277.57 billion rupees.
($1 = 67.9600 Indian rupees)
(Reporting by Jessica Kuruthukulangara and Vishal Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)