The state-owned exploration giant Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) booked its first-ever quarterly loss after it took an impairment on the slump in oil and gas prices.
ONGC reported a Rs 3,098 crore loss in the January-March quarter as compared to a profit of Rs 4,240 crore in the same period a year back.
The country’s largest explorer booked an impairment loss of Rs 4,899 crore in the fourth quarter of 2019-20, reflecting valuation of the firm’s assets after fall in crude oil prices.
But if not for the impairment, the company would have booked a profit.
An impairment loss is a recognised reduction in the carrying amount of an asset that is triggered by a decline in its fair value.
The same reason also led to the company seeing FY20 net profit halved to Rs 13,445 crore from Rs 26,765 crore a year back.
Revenue in the fourth quarter fell to Rs 21,456 crore from Rs 26,759 crore a year earlier.
Crude oil production was marginally lower at 5.82 million tonnes in January-March as compared to 5.9 million tonnes in the previous fiscal.
Natural gas output fell to 6.04 billion cubic meters from 6.56 bcm in January-March 2019 after demand fell due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown.
ONGC declared total 12 discoveries (7 onland, 5 offshore) during FY 2019-20 in its operated nomination acreages. Out of these, 7 are prospects (3 onland, 4 offshore) and 5 are pools (4 onland, 1 offshore). During FY 20-21, ONGC has notified 3 discoveries so far (two in offshore deep-water NELP block and another in on-land block in Nomination PML)
Its overseas arm ONGC Videsh too saw its net profit for FY20 fall to Rs 454 crore from Rs 1,682 crore after it also took an impairment loss of around Rs 3,000 crore.
ONGC has recommended a final dividend of Rs 2 per share. The dividend amounts to Rs 300 crore.
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