RIL Q1 outcomes: Consolidated net profit falls 7% to Rs 12,273 crore

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Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 12,273 crore for the three months ended June 30, 2021 (Q1FY22). This is a fall of 7.2 per cent from Rs 13,233 crore posted in the same period last year (Q1FY21).

However, last year’s June quarter profit included an exceptional gain of Rs 4,966 crore. This will mean a 48.4 per cent growth in adjusted profit after tax (PAT) over last year’s Rs 8,267 crore.

The oil-to-telecom conglomerate’s revenue from operations rose 58.2 per cent to Rs 1.44 trillion as compared to Rs 91,238 crore in the corresponding quarter of last year.

“The Company’s operations and revenue were impacted due to Covid-19. During the current quarter, there is no significant impact other than in retail segment,” Reliance said in an exchange filing.

Commenting on the results, Mukesh Ambani, chief of RIL said: “I am happy that our company has delivered robust growth despite facing a highly challenging operating environment caused by the second wave of the Covid pandemic. The results of the First Quarter of FY2022 clearly demonstrate the resilience of Reliance’s diversified portfolio of businesses that cater to large parts of the consumption basket.”

“In our O2C business, we generated strong earnings through our integrated portfolio and superior product placement capabilities. Along with our partner bp, we commissioned the satellite cluster in KG D6 and continued to ramp up production, contributing to 20 per cent of gas production in India. This will be a major contribution to our country’s energy security,” he said.

The company’s consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) came in at Rs 27,550 crore, higher by 27.6 per cent.

Segment wise, in the dominant Oil-to-Chemicals (O2C) business, revenues increased sharply by 75.2 per cent year-on-year to Rs 1.03 trillion ($13.9 billion) from Rs 58,906 crore in the last year period, mainly on account of sharp increase in product prices on the back of higher crude prices.

Segment EBITDA for the reporting quarter improved by 49.8 per cent year-on-year to Rs 12,231 crore ($1.6 billion) primarily on account of rebound in transportation fuel cracks to 4-6 quarter highs.

Jio Platforms, the digital and telecom of arm of the conglomerate, reported a 45 per cent year-on-year growth in consolidated net profit at Rs 3,651 crore in the June quarter as compared to Rs 2,519 crore in the same period last year.

The value of services for the quarter was Rs 22,267 crore, higher by 10 per cent year-on-year. The customer base as on June 30, 2021 stood at 440.6 million, a net addition of 42.3 million customers year-on-year.

ARPU for Q1FY22 was Rs 138.4 per subscriber per month, with improved subscriber mix and better seasonality being offset by Covid impact.

Meanwhile, Reliance Retail clocked a net profit of Rs 962 crore for the June quarter, a rise of 123.2 per cent year-on-year. The segment delivered gross revenues of Rs 38,547 crore ($5.2 billion), a growth of 21.9 per cent YoY.

“Covid-related restrictions on store operations during the quarter impacted our retail business operations and profitability. This is a temporary phenomenon. We remained focused on ensuring supplies of necessities, including food, grocery, health & hygiene products through a combination of online-offline channels,” Ambani said

“We stepped up our efforts in creating partnerships with small merchants and digital engagement with consumers. This is creating a newer and inclusive model of growth. I am confident that the retail business is poised to create exponential value and growth,” he said.

Revenue after adjusting for the petro retailing business that was transferred out, grew at 32 per cent YoY.

The retail arm’s EBITDA came in at Rs 1,941 crore ($261 million), was up 79.9 per cent year-on-year, driven by stepped up revenues in Fashion & Lifestyle and Consumer Electronics, judicious cost management and buoyed by investment income of Rs 551 crore.

On Friday, ahead of the results, RIL’s scrip closed 0.71 per cent lower at Rs 2,105 on NSE.

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