- The company announced its highest-ever after-tax profit of Rs29 billion for financial year 2020-21
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan State Oil (PSO) continues to face the challenge of circular debt due to inability of clients to clear the dues timely, despite making heavy profits in the last financial year 2019-20.
The company announced its highest-ever after-tax profit of Rs29 billion for financial year 2020-21.
The PSO’s receivables from all the clients touched Rs402.863 billion.
The PSO has recovered Rs194.283 billion from the power sector along with late payment surcharge income.
At present, the PSO is to recover Rs402.863 billion from its clients.
The company management has reduced finance cost by Rs3.2 billion that had further complemented the profitability of the company.
However, it is still facing a critical time due to all-time high receivables.
The PSO supplies oil to various clients and now a new phenomenon in the shape of circular debt has emerged on account of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Of the total, the PSO has to receive Rs194.283 billion from the power sector on account of oil supply for power generation.
Generation companies are major defaulters that have to pay Rs140.714 billion.
Hubco owes Rs45.105 billion, whereas, Kapco has to pay Rs8.465 billion.
The PSO has also played a pivotal role in the LNG sector.
The company entered into another agreement with Qatar Petroleum under G2G arrangement to supply an additional three million tons of LNG for a period of 10 years.
This contract shall add additional volumes to an already executed 15-year long-term sales purchase agreement (SPA), making the PSO the largest supplier of LNG in the country with a supply base of 6.75 million tons per annum.
However, the company is facing circular debt issue in this sector.
It is supplying LNG to the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) to distribute to the consumers.
The SNGPL has to pay Rs164.759 billion to the PSO on account of LNG supply.
This is a new addition in the circular debt chain in the oil and gas sectors.
The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is another big defaulter of PSO.
The PSO supplies jet fuel to the airline to continue its operations.
However, it has not been able to pay dues to PSO on account of fuel supply.
The PIA has to pay Rs21.974 billion to the PSO.
The state-run oil company is due to receive Rs10.161 billion from the government on account of price differential claims. Despite multibillion rupees of the PSO being stuck due to non-payment of dues by its clients, it has been making major payments to oil refineries in Pakistan.
The PSO has to pay Rs32.101 billion to oil refineries.
It owes Rs16.836 billion to Pak-Arab Refinery Company (Parco), Rs4.931 billion to Pakistan Refinery Limited (PRL), Rs3.984 billion to National Refinery Limited (NRL), Rs3.848 billion to Attock Refinery Limited (ARL), Rs1.100 billion to Byco, and Rs1.403 billion Enar.
The PSO is also the largest importer of oil.
It has an agreement with Kuwait Petroleum.
It has to pay the company Rs129 billion on account of LC payments for oil and LNG.
The financial results have demonstrated the PSO’s agility and strength across its diverse portfolio despite, the challenging economic scenario and recurrent waves of the pandemic.
The PSO is leading the market by a large margin, delivering a phenomenal performance over and above the industry average.
Despite swelling outstanding, the company has exhibited an outstanding growth of 21.9 percent in liquid fuels over last year with volumes reaching 9.2 million tons, attaining a market share of 46.3 percent in financial year 2021 compared to 44.3 percent in financial year 2020-21.
The PSO also achieved its highest-ever volume of 7.6 million tons in the white oil segment despite, the shrinking jet fuel and kerosene oil industry, with a market share of 45.2 percent in financial year 2021 compared to 44 percent in financial year 2020.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2021