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KARACHI: Engro Fertilizers, Pakistan’s premier seed-to-harvest solutions provider, achieved record urea production of 2.3 million tons in 2023 to support the government’s efforts of ensuring affordable and abundant supplies for the farmers.

The company was able to achieve this feat and continued to play a pivotal role towards enabling the food security of Pakistan, amidst the headwinds of tough macroeconomic conditions, imposition of a higher super tax and gas price hikes.

Engro Fertilizers was additionally affected by steep Rupee devaluation as its 950,000 tons Base Plant is supplied gas under Petroleum Policy 2012 pricing, which is dollar-pegged due to its linkage with crude oil rate.

According to the latest annual results, Engro Fertilizers urea production surged by 18.3 percent compared to the year 2022 (1.95 million tons) due to improved operational performance of both EnVen and Base Plants. Consequently, the company’s urea sales witnessed an uptick by 20.3 percent to reach 2.32 million tons, while its market share also increased to 35 percent.

“The local fertilizer industry has ensured that farmers continue to benefit from lower domestic urea prices. The Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of urea stood at Rs 3,596/bag at year end, at a discount of 40 percent to international prices. This delta constitutes a contribution of approximately Rs 330 billion per annum towards farmer income in Pakistan,” said a company statement.

The industry is also engaging dealers to support government’s initiatives to curb urea hoarding for market price manipulation, bolstering crop productivity, and farmer profitability.

In 2023, the robust domestic urea manufacturing industry enabled import substitution to the tune of $2.3 billion, including Engro Fertilizers’ share of $835 million. Further, in 2023, the company contributed nearly Rs 34.7 billion towards the national exchequer by way of government taxes, duties, and levies, compared to Rs 11.6 billion last year.

On a consolidated basis, Engro Fertilizers posted a profit after tax of Rs 26.2 billion with earnings per share (EPS) of Rs 19.61 in 2023, mainly on the back of increased production from long-term reliability projects, cost optimization, efficient working capital management and higher interest income.

To sustain domestic urea production levels and safeguard the food security of Pakistan, Engro Fertilizers and other major fertilizer manufacturers are investing heavily in Gas Pressure Enhancement Facilities (PEF) project. The expected share of Engro Fertilizers’ capital expenditure in this project is over USD 100 million.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024

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Az_Iz Feb 17, 2024 10:32am
Great company.
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KU Feb 17, 2024 11:57am
Farmers incurred record financial loss in 2023. A 30 acre farmer's cost of production was Rs. 5 million and earning Rs. 4.3 million in 2023, Rs. 0.7 million deficit. Farmer's story is often ignored.
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