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Reliance...beat forecast with a new 12pc jump in profit

Reliance plans $5bn investments in refining, petchem

MUMBAI, July 25, 2015

India’s Reliance Industries has said it will invest $5 billion across its refining and petrochemicals business by next March, after strong refining margins boosted its quarterly profit.

Reliance is India’s second-largest company by market value and runs the world’s largest refinery complex, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

It beat forecasts with a near 12 per cent jump in net profit for the quarter through June, its fiscal first quarter, from a year earlier to 63.18 billion rupees ($987 million).

That topped analysts’ estimate of 63.08 billion rupees, as the company said its refining margins reached a six-year high.

Reliance is investing heavily to add capacity and expects its gross refining margin to increase after the expansion is completed in two years.

“It would be fair to say that about half of the value of the (benefit from) expansion should come in 2016/17,” Reliance’s joint chief financial officer V Srikanth said, referring to the fiscal year that will begin next April.

Reliance saw its gross refining margin rise to a six-year high of $10.40 in the June quarter, compared with $8.7 in the same period a year earlier.

The company, which derives most of its revenue from its core refining and petrochemicals businesses, has been expanding in recent years into consumer-facing businesses such as retail and telecoms to aid growth.

Its Reliance Jio unit, which is building India’s largest 4G broadband network, will begin an “extensive” test launch in the next few weeks and will have access to about 75,000 mobile towers at the time of its commercial launch planned for December, Srikanth said.

Reliance re-entered the telecoms sector in 2010 but has yet to launch services, highlighting the challenges it faces with infrastructure and a new technology.

It has already invested more than $15 billion in the telecoms business. - TradeArabia News Service




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