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Indian Oil posts 50% jump in quarterly profit as refining margin doubles

Debjit Chakraborty I Bloomberg/ 12 Aug 18 | 01:23 PM

State-owned Indian Oil Corp. posted a 50 per cent jump in quarterly profit as the margin for converting crude into fuels more than doubled.

Net income climbed to Rs 68.3 billion ($992 million) in the quarter ended June 30, from Rs 45.5 billion a year earlier, the company said in a stock-exchange filing Saturday. That compares with the Rs 53.3-billion average of 20 estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Sales rose 16 per cent to Rs 1.5 trillion.

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India’s largest refiner has taken advantage of rising domestic oil consumption, which expanded for a 10th straight month in June, as vehicle sales surged and economic activity picked up. The Mumbai-based company is locking in future supplies and said this month it signed a term tender to purchase American oil for delivery every month between November and January as US President Donald Trump seeks to squeeze Iran exports.

Indian Oil earned $10.21 for every barrel of crude it turned into fuel in the quarter compared with $4.32 a year earlier. A weaker rupee also helped since the refiner’s products are priced mostly in dollars but it reports earnings in rupees. The rupee averaged about 67.06 for a dollar in the quarter ended June, four per cent lower than a year ago.

Brent crude, the global benchmark, averaged about $75 a barrel in the quarter ended June, up from about $51 a barrel a year earlier.

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