RIL posts record profit of Rs 9,435 crore in Q4

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Apr 2018 10:24:07




OIL-TO-TELECOM conglomerate Reliance Industries on Friday reported its highest quarterly net profit of Rs 9,435 crore on record earnings from petrochemical and retail business and rise in profitability of its upstart telecom unit, Jio. Consolidated net profit of Rs 9,435 crore, or Rs 15.9 per share, in January-March was 17.3 per cent higher than Rs 8,046 crore, or Rs 13.6 a share, in the same quarter of the last fiscal, the company said in a statement. While its core petrochemical business posted record quarterly pre-tax profits, earnings from the oil refining business dipped on squeeze in margins.However, the surprise package was retail which clocked over 200 per cent rise in pre-tax profit.

Helped by rise in earnings across businesses, Reliance Industries posted a record net profit of Rs 36,075 crore in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, up 20.6 per cent over Rs 29,901 crore net profit of 2016-17 fiscal.It had highest ever PBDIT (profit before depreciation interest and taxes) of Rs 74,184 crore. Jio, which with 186.6 million subscribers is the world’s largest and fastest growing mobile data network, saw profits rise to Rs 510 crore, up 1.2 per cent over third quarter earnings. Though Jio started operations in September 2016 with free voice and data offering, 2017-18 was first full year of its financial reporting. For the 2017-18 fiscal - the first full year of commercial operation - it had a net profit of Rs 723 crore. Reliance said pre-tax profit from petrochemical business, where all expansion projects have been completed, was at record high of Rs 6,435 crore in fourth quarter of 2017-18 fiscal, up 12 per cent over last year.

The owner of world’s largest refining complex earned USD 11 on turning every barrel of crude oil into fuel in January-March as against a gross refining margin (GRM) of USD 11.5 in the same period last year. The lower GRM pushed down pre-tax segment profit by 11 per cent to Rs 5,607 crore. Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, or Jio, disrupted the telecom industry with free voice and cut-price data in September 2016 and started commercial operations in second quarter of FY18 with a loss of Rs 271 crore. It has been blamed for falling profits of industry peers like Bharti Airtel which earlier this week reported its first loss in 15 years from India operations. Reliance’s oil and gas business saw widening of loss to Rs 600 crore from Rs 486 crore loss in Q4 of last fiscal as the output continued to fall.