Reliance Industries posts 24% jump in Oct-Dec quarter net profit
Net profit in October-December at Rs 5,502 crore was 23.9 per cent higher over Rs 4,440 crore in the same period a year ago, RIL said in a statement.
The better-than-estimated quarterly profit came on the back of rise in earnings from turning crude oil into petrol, diesel and other petroleum products.
RIL, which had previously sought to widen beyond its core energy business through forays into consumer-focused sectors such as telecom, retail and financial services, seems to be shifting focus back to where it started its energy business – oil refining.
The shift in focus is after output from its flagship natural gas field in the Krishna Godavari basin continues to wane and government approvals for developing newer and smaller fields are slow to come.
RIL, which operates the world's biggest refining complex at Jamnagar in Gujarat, earned USD 9.6 on turning every barrel of crude oil into fuel in the quarter, compared to USD 6.8 per barrel gross refining margin in the same period a year ago.
Sales were up over 10 per cent to Rs 96,307 crore.
Debt soared to Rs 72,266 crore at the end of Q3, up from Rs 68,259 crore at the beginning of the fiscal. At quarter end, it had a cash pile of Rs 80,962 crore, making the company debt free on