Six-fold jump in GAIL Q1 profit on higher sales, improved margins

PTI New Delhi | Updated on August 05, 2021

Manoj Jain, CMD, GAIL Ltd

Net profit reported ₹1,529.92 crore in April-June quarter

GAIL India Ltd on Thursday reported a 500 per cent jump in its June quarter net profit on the back of higher sales and margin boost in gas as well as petrochemicals.

Net profit of ₹1,529.92 crore in April-June was up from ₹255.51 crore in the same period a year back, the company said in a statement.

The profit was, however, lower than the ₹1,907.67 crore earning in the preceding January-March quarter.

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The April-June 2020 quarter was heavily impacted by muted economic activity and restricted mobility due to a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. This impacted gas sales and demand for petrochemicals.

This year, the second wave of coronavirus infections impacted economic activity but not to the extent witnessed last year as lockdown restrictions were more local.

"The increase in the profits is mainly attributable to better physical performance in natural gas marketing and transmission, improved margins in gas marketing due to favourable market conditions and better price realization in petrochemicals and liquid hydrocarbons," the statement said.

Gas marketing

With an increase in the volume of gas transported through GAIL pipelines, the profitability from the business at ₹914.90 crore was up 27 per cent year-on-year but 3.6 per cent lower over the preceding quarter.

Margins on gas sales helped the company report a segment profit of ₹377.61 crore from a loss of ₹545.46 crore last year. It was higher than ₹280.89 crore profit in the preceding quarter.

Profit from the petrochemical business at ₹138.30 crore compared with a loss of ₹154.43 crore last year.

"During the quarter, natural gas transmission and natural gas marketing volume increased by 19 per cent and 18 per cent respectively as compared with corresponding quarter in the previous year.

"The volume growth is due to the normalcy of the business activities as against nationwide lockdown during Q1 FY21," it said.

Turnover rose 44 per cent to ₹17,386.63 crore.

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Manoj Jain, chairman and managing director, GAIL said the company is focused on the development of the national gas grid.

The firm along with its joint ventures is executing pipeline projects of around 8,000 km with an investment of around ₹38,000 crore, he said.

GAIL is also expanding polypropylene production capacity by setting up 500,000 tonnes PDHPP Unit at Usar (Maharashtra) and 60,000 PP unit at Pata (Uttar Pradesh) with an approximate investment of ₹10,000 crore.

During the current financial year, GAIL has a capital expenditure plan of ₹6,600 crore.

Jain added that GAIL is exploring possibilities for expanding its footprint in renewables.

Published on August 05, 2021

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