Fuel demand to remain lower than pre-Covid-19 levels in fiscal 2020-2021: Indian Oil

Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) expects auto fuel demand for the current financial year 2020-2021 to remain considerably lower than pre-COVID-19 levels.

Speaking to reporters after declaring the quarterly results, IOCL Chairman, Shrikant Madhav Vaidya said, “Our capacity utilisation had increased to 93 per cent in the first week of July 2020. But it has now come down to 75 per cent due to extended lockdowns in states…we do not see demand for auto fuels to regain to pre-COVID-19 levels in the near future.”

Vaidya said that he expects the IOCL Group’s capacity utilisation to be maintained at 70-75 per cent for the full financial year 2020-2021. IOCL is India’s largest fuel retailer and alone caters to nearly half of the country’s demand.

Commenting on expansion plans and possible growth drivers, Vaidya said that he expects petrochemicals demand to remain robust. He also said that the IOCL Board has approved setting up a  13,800 crore Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) plant in Paradip.

Quarterly Results

IOCL has reported a 2,350.25 crore consolidated net profit for the first quarter of financial year 2020-2021. This is lower than the 3,623.69 crore consolidated net profit reported by the company in the same quarter of the previous financial year.

Consolidated total income for the period under review stood at 90,776.10 crore, significantly down from 1,53,111.43 crore consolidated total income and in same quarter of the fiscal 2019-2020.

IOCL reported an inventory loss of 3,196 crore in the first quarter of fiscal 2020-2021. The group had reported an inventory gain of 2,362 crore in the comparable quarter of 2019-2020.

On a per barrel basis, inventory loss during the first quarter of 2020-2021 stood at $3.05 barrel compared to an inventory gain of $3.92 a barrel in the same period a year ago.

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