Cairn India Tuesday reported a 33 per cent drop in its September quarter net profit on back of lower oil prices and production from its prime Rajasthan oilfield.
Net profit in July-September quarter fell to Rs. 2,278 crore, or Rs. 12.10 a share, from Rs. 3,385 crore a year ago, or Rs. 17.68 per share, Cairn said in a statement.
Revenue dipped 14 per cent to Rs. 3,982 crore “on account of lower volumes due to planned maintenance shutdown (at Rajasthan fields), realizations impacted by the softer global crude prices and higher profit petroleum tranche in Rajasthan.”
It got USD 92.1 per barrel oil price in Q2 as compared to USD 96.7 in the same period last fiscal. However, gas price realisation was 30 per cent higher at USD 7.3.
Cairn produced 163,262 barrels of oil per day from the Rajasthan fields, down 6 percent from 175,478 bpd in Q2 of last fiscal. This was 11 per cent lower than 181,164 bpd output in Q1 of current fiscal.
It completed the planned shutdown for routine operational and statutory maintenance activity at Mangala Oil Processing Terminal in Rajasthan.
“Though the shutdown resulted in lower production at 163,262 barrels per day of oil and oil equivalent gas, it has helped improve plant reliability and strengthen operational safety.
“We are back to normal production levels after the shutdown and excluding the shutdown period, Q2 production was comparable to Q1. We utilized the opportunity presented by the shutdown to create tie-ins for future development projects,” Cairn said.
Cairn said it disbursed the balance USD 450 million as a part of USD 1.25 billion loan facility extended to its parent Vedanta Group firm in the previous quarter. It had cash of Rs 16,029 crore at the end of Q2.
The company board appointed Mayank Ashar as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company with effect from 17th November, 2014. He will be the first full-time CEO to be appointed by Vedanta since face of the company, Rahul Dhir quit in August 2012.