KARACHI: Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) turned into a profit-making company with earnings of Rs3.60 billion in the half year ended December 31, 2016, primarily on the back of a significant rise in the value of gas sales, according to a bourse filing on Wednesday.
The gas utility had booked a net loss of Rs215.46 million in the same half of the previous year.
Accordingly, earnings per share (EPS) came in at Rs5.68 in Jul-Dec 2016-17 compared to loss per share of Rs0.34 in the corresponding period of financial year 2015-16.
Its share price rose 2.33%, or Rs2.50, to Rs109.39 with a volume of 5.97 million shares at the Pakistan Stock Exchange.
According to the profit and loss account, the company’s gas sales increased 35% to Rs151.94 billion in Jul-Dec FY17 compared to previous year’s Rs112.48 billion.
Other income, mainly stemming from the late payment surcharge paid by gas consumers, increased 53% to Rs6.65 billion from Rs4.35 billion. Selling cost dropped 28% to Rs2.39 billion from Rs3.34 billion.
On the flip side, finance cost swelled 21% to Rs2.97 billion from Rs2.44 billion.
In the second quarter (Oct-Dec) alone, the net profit soared sevenfold to Rs2.20 billion (EPS Rs3.47) from Rs327.97 million (EPS Rs0.52) in the corresponding quarter of FY16.
Topline Securities, in its post-result comments, said the strong profitability in a single quarter was primarily the outcome of higher operating profits, which were linked with increased capital expenditure.
“SNGPL has been undergoing major capex [capital expenditure] on an LNG [liquefied natural gas] pipeline scheduled to be completed by the end of FY17,” it said.
SNGPL is estimated to undertake capital spending of over Rs30 billion in the current financial year. “SNGPL earns a fixed 17.5% return on its operating assets, which results in higher operating profits,” Umair Naseer, an analyst at the brokerage firm, said.
Unaccounted-for-gas (UFG) loss has been on the decline, driving the company’s net profit. “UFG in 2QFY17 is estimated at 8% against over 9% in the same period of last year,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2017.
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