The operating profit or Ebit (earnings before interest, tax) of Reliance Industries (RIL) from refining and marketing rose 115 per cent to Rs 3,615 crore during October-December 2012 from the year-ago period.
But the company's Ebit margin from oil and gas declined 54 per cent to Rs 590 crore against Rs 1,294 crore in the corresponding previous quarter. The petrochemicals segment contributed 31 per cent of Ebit margins and 20 per cent of revenues at Rs 1,937 crore against Rs 2,157 crore a year ago.
The refining and marketing and petrochemicals business has once again dominated the financial performance of the company because of poor performance on its exploration and production front.
The refining and marketing segments contribute 78.2 per cent of the revenue base and 58 per cent of Ebit (earnings before interest, tax) margins for the firm.
The firm is investing over Rs 1 lakh crore ti expand its petrochemical capacities and add value to its refining business. The investment is expected to secure a significant change in RIL's earning capacity on commissioning of these projects.
The company reported its third straight quarterly net profit increase at Rs 5,502 crore during the Oct-Dec 2012 period because of buoyancy in refining margins. Its gross refining margin (GRM), at $9.6 per barrel, jumped 41 per cent compared with the third quarter of 2011-12. GRM is the difference between crude oil price and total value of petroleum products produced by a refinery.