PPL declares 18pc decline in gross profit in first half

PPL declares 18pc decline in gross profit in first half

KARACHI: Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) on Friday declared 18 percent decline in its gross profit for the period July – December 2020.

However, drastic reduction in exploration expenses and other charges the net profit (after payment of tax) of the company managed to post a growth of 7 percent for the period.

The company declared Rs42.2 billion as gross profit for the first half of 2020/2021 as compared with Rs51.39 billion in the corresponding half of the last fiscal year.

The major fall in gross profit may be attributed to revenue which fell to Rs75.54 billion for the six month period ended December 31, 2020 as compared with Rs85.41 billion in the same period of the last fiscal year.

The company declared profit after tax of Rs26.27 billion for the first half of the current fiscal year as compared with Rs24.55 billion in the same period of the last fiscal year.

The growth in after tax profit can be attributed to drastic reduction in expenses of the company.

The cost of exploration has been reduced to Rs3.146 billion during the first half of the current fiscal year as compared with Rs11.74 billion in the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.

The cost of other charges also fell to Rs3.88 billion for the half under review as compared with Rs7.32 billion in the corresponding half of the last fiscal year.

PPL announced earnings per share at Rs9.64 for the first half ended December 31, 2020 as compared with Rs9.02 EPS declared in the same half of the last year.

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