HPCL, IOCL shares tumble ahead of Q4FY18 result; will higher crude oil hit earnings?
Currently, these two OMCs suffer from impact of higher crude oil rates, which has led them to increase India’s petrol and diesel retail prices to record highs.
Two state-owned OMCs, namely Hindustan Petroleum Corp Limited (HPCL) and Indian Oil Corp (IOCL) saw selling pressure from investors on Tuesday, ahead of the two companies fourth quarter ended March 2018 result announcement. Currently, these two OMCs suffer from impact of higher crude oil rates, which has led them to increase India’s petrol and diesel retail prices to record highs. OMCs are among major revenue generators for the government on the back of commodity products including petrol and diesel. Investors' faith in these two stocks is weakening because the ongoing hikes have made petrol and diesel prices rise over Rs 2 per litre each and this has created a belief that earnings too will be impacted.
At around 1210 hours, share price of IOCL was trading at Rs 162.40 per piece down by Rs 2.90 or 1.75% on BSE. However, the company also touched an intraday low of Rs 161.30 per piece, which led to decline of 2.41% so far today.
Whereas, HPCL was trading at Rs 308.90 per piece below Rs 4.30 or 1.37% on BSE. So far, today, the company has tumbled over 3% by touching intraday low of Rs 303.45 per piece.
But can crude oil really impact these two OMCs earnings in Q4FY18? Here's what analysts expect IOCL and HPCL to perform in Q4FY18.
Sharekhan says, “We expect a weak quarter for oil marketing companies (OMCs) on sequential basis as we expect decline in gross refining margins (GRMs) given lower benchmark Singapore GRM at $7/bbl (as compared to $7.3/bbl in Q3FY2018), lower inventory gain due to modest increase in the oil price in Q4FY2018 as compared to previous quarters and higher fuel & loss for refiners due to rise in oil prices.”
Therefore, Sharekhan expects IOCL and HPCL to report earnings de-growth of 28% and 3% in Q4FY18. It says, “Earnings decline of IOCL/HPCL is expected to be much higher than that of BPCL, as BCPL is expected to benefit from ramp-up of Kochi refinery expansion.”
For HPCL, Prabhudas Lilladher says, “Operationally strong results expected; however, lower inventory gains at Rs4.6bn in Q4 v/s Rs16bn in Q3 to drag earnings.” It adds, “We expect GRMs of US$7.9/bbl in Q4 v/s US$9/bbl in Q3.”
Similar views was for IOCL, as Prabhudas said, “Operationally strong results expected; however, lower inventory gains at Rs4.6bn in Q4 v/s Rs16bn in Q3 to drag earnings. We expect GRMs of US$8.5/bbl in Q4 v/s US$12.3/bbl in Q3.”
IDBI Capital in case of HPCL says, “We expect crude throughput to decline 7% to 4.3mmt while sales volume to decrease 1% to 8.8mmt. GRM to decline 27% YoY to US$5.8/bbl from US$8/bbl in Q4FY17.”
As for IOCL, IDBI said, “We expect crude throughput/sales volume to increase 2% YoY to 17.5/21.5 mmt. GRM to dip 33% YoY to US$6/bbl from US$9/bbl in Q4FY17.”
Considering above factor, HPCL’s revenue is expected at Rs 60,635.3 crore, whereas PAT seen at Rs 1,783.1 crore in Q4FY18. At the same time, IOCL’s revenue is estimated at Rs 1,18,966.9 crore and PAT at Rs 6,317 crore this quarter.