Engro Corp announces Rs14.8 billion profit after tax in first quarter

Engro Corp announces Rs14.8 billion profit after tax in first quarter

KARACHI: Engro Corporation Limited has announced Rs14.8 billion profit after tax during first quarter (January – March) 2021 as compared with Rs5.9 billion in the same quarter of the last year, showing about 150 percent growth.

According to a statement issued on Thursday, Engro’s consolidated revenue grew by 58 percent from Rs 44,977 million during Q1 2020 to Rs 70,866 million in Q1 2021.

The Company posted a consolidated Profit After Tax (PAT) of Rs 14,779 million compared to Rs 5,940 million for the similar period last year.

Profit attributable to the owners was recorded at Rs 8,337 million compared to Rs 3,317 million for the prior period, resulting in an Earnings per Share (EPS) of Rs 14.47 compared to Rs 5.76. This growth in the results is primarily attributable to the higher profitability reported by Engro Fertilizer and Engro Polymer & Chemicals.

On a standalone basis, the Company posted a PAT of Rs 3,586 million against Rs 780 million for the same period last year, translating into an EPS of Rs 6.22 per share. The Company announced an interim cash dividend of Rs 12 per share for the first quarter.

Financial Performance – Segmental Perspective:

Fertilizers: Domestic market witnessed strong agricultural sector performance in Q1 as farm economics continued to improve, driven by better farm output prices and enhanced support pricing. The Company produced 523 KT of Urea vs. 572 KT for the comparative period due to a turnaround in one of the plants.  The Company delivered quarterly Urea sales of 582 KT vs. 169 KT and Phosphate sales of 74 KT vs. 36 KT during the same period last year. As a result, the PAT for the Company stood at Rs 5,741 million for Q1 2021 as compared to Rs 571 million in the same period last year.

Petrochemicals: During Q1 2021, international prices of PVC rose to an unprecedented level of USD 1,670 per ton as the winter storm in the US drove multiple unplanned shutdowns and forced majority of the PVC capacity offline. Furthermore, the Company announced commercial operations of the new PVC plant on 1st March 2021, which increased the total capacity to 295,000 MT per annum.

During Q1 2021, the Company recorded a revenue of Rs 15,671 million as compared to Rs 7,058 million in Q1 2020. With increased volumetric sales, efficient operations and higher international prices, the Company posted a PAT of Rs 4,143 million compared to a PAT of Rs 193 million for the same period last year. This is the highest quarterly profit ever achieved by Engro Polymer and Chemicals.

Connectivity: Engro continued to invest and progress in its Connectivity vertical through Engro Enfrashare strengthening its footprint to a portfolio size of 1,577 operational sites (1,265 sites in 2020), while hosting 1,681 tenancies (1,362 tenancies in 2020) and catering to all Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in Pakistan. This portfolio expansion has led to a significant increase in the market share as an Independent TowerCo from 41 percent in 2020 to 44 percent during Q1 2021.

Energy & Power:

Mining and power plant operations at Thar continued smoothly, with over a million tons of coal being supplied by the mine. The plant remained fully operational and achieved 81 percent availability with a load factor of 76 percent and a dispatch of 987 GwH to the national grid during the quarter. Meanwhile, the expansion of the mine at Thar to increase output to 7.8 million tons per annum is underway.

The Qadirpur Power Plant operates on permeate gas and is currently facing gas curtailment from the Qadirpur gas field as it continues to deplete. To make up for this shortfall, the plant has been made available on mixed mode. The Plant dispatched a Net Electrical Output of 190 GwH to the national grid with a load factor of 41 percent compared to 37 percent during similar period last year. The business posted a PAT of Rs 399 million for the current period as compared to Rs 895 million for Q1 2020, which is mainly attributable to retirement of debt component.

Terminals: Profitability of both the LNG and chemicals terminal remained healthy for the current quarter. The LNG terminal handled 18 cargoes, delivering 52.8 bcf re-gasified LNG in to the SSGC network. The chemicals terminal had an actual throughput of 286 kT vs. 246 kT during the similar quarter last year. The increase was primarily observed in chemical volumes, offset by lower LPG handling.

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