Pakistan’s October oil sales highest after May 2018

Pakistan’s October oil sales highest after May 2018

KARACHI: Pakistan’s domestic oil sales in October 2021 recorded 1.99 million tons, which is the highest since May 2018, analysts at Topline Research said on Tuesday.

Pakistan’s oil sales have increased by 17 per cent YoY to 1.99 million tons in October 2021 (and also up 3 per cent MoM), which is the highest monthly sales after May-2018.

In first four months of fiscal year 2021/2022, Pakistan oil sales have increased by 22 per cent YoY to 7.8 million tons driven by macro recovery.

High Speed Diesel (HSD) registered strong growth in October 2021 and was up by 25 per cent YoY to 0.8 million tons. The analysts attribute the growth to increased transportation activity and Large Scale Manufacturing (LSM) growth.

Petrol sales were up 12 per cent YoY to 0.8 million in October 2021 led by rising car sales. This is despite a 12 per cent increase in petrol prices during the month indicating strong demand.

Furnace Oil (FO) sales also grew by 12 per cent YoY to 0.3 million tons. FO growth may improve further in the winter season as Pakistan is likely to witness gas and RLNG shortages.

Amongst the listed companies, Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and Shell Pakistan (SHEL) remained outperformers as sales were up 35 per cent YoY and 22 per cent YoY, respectively.

On other hand, Hascol Petroleum (HASCOL) and Attock Petroleum (APL) reported sales decline of 73 per cent YoY and 3 per cent YoY, respectively.

PSO achieved a market share of 52 per cent in October 2021 compared to 45 per cent in October 2020. MS and HSD sales of PSO have grown by 32 per cent and 46 per cent YoY, respectively.

SHEL sales were mainly led by higher HSD and MS sales (up 38 per cent YoY and 11 per cent YoY, respectively). APL lower sales were mainly owing to 42 per cent YoY lower FO sales.

HASCOL continued to face sales decline across all the segments driven by its liquidity crunch.