Karachi: Byco Petroleum Pakistan Limited’s (BYCO) net profit for the first half of the financial year 2021 was up 4.5 times in comparison to last year’s. This increase to Rs 961 million equates to earnings per share of Rs 0.18 compared to a net profit of Rs 213 million and earnings per share of Rs 0.04 the previous year.

Pakistan’s largest petroleum refiner, today reported financial results for the six months ended 31 December 2020. The company’s gross revenues have declined by 20% due to fall in oil prices to Rs 100.1 billion from Rs 125.6 billion in the corresponding period last year, owing to Covid-19. However, gross profits increased by 30% to Rs 3.3 billion from Rs 2.5 billion a year earlier due to favourable crude and furnace oil prices.

Operating profit saw an increase of 20% to Rs 2.3 billion from Rs 1.9 billion in the same period last year, due to strict discipline on costs. The company’s net profit increased to Rs 961 million, or Rs 0.18 per share, from Rs 213 million, or Rs 0.04 per share, in the same period of 2019, more than 4.5 times last year’s corresponding net profit.

COVID-19 caused an unprecedented disruption to trade and commerce but businesses have started to adjust to the new normal. International oil prices increased and POL product consumption in Pakistan has also climbed, though refining margins remained under pressure due to narrow spreads on Premium Motor Gasoline (PMG) and High-Speed Diesel (HSD).

Byco’s Chief Executive Officer, Amir Abbassciy, commented: “Byco expects that discussions between the Government of Pakistan and oil refineries will be productive in developing a long-overdue refining policy so that refineries and the government can chart the next decade of development in this crucial sector. The company places its gratitude with the Government of Pakistan, its customers, shareholders, suppliers, and all other stakeholders for the co-operation extended during the pandemic.”

The writer is a member of staff The reporting desk can be reached at info@thecorrespondent.com.pk


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