A substantial decrease in finance costs enabled Lanka IOC PLC (LIOC) to post a net profit of Rs.805.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 (4Q12) as against Rs.42.6 million during the corresponding period of the previous year, interim financials released to the Colombo Stock Exchange revealed.
Accordingly finance costs fell from Rs.870.8 million during the final quarter of 2012 to Rs.28 million during the quarter under review.
A further increase in finance income, which was Rs.106.4 million during the period in consideration in comparison to Rs.25.3 million during 4Q12, also contributed to the growth of the company’s bottom line.
Revenue for the quarter fell to Rs.19.2 billion from Rs.19.4 billion a year earlier and cost of sales fell to Rs.17.7 billion from Rs.17.8 billion and gross profits fell to Rs.1.44 billion from Rs.1.6 billion. Gross profits fell to Rs.790 million from Rs.895 million.
Also LIOC’s income tax expenses increased during the quarter under review to Rs.63.2 million as against Rs.7.8 million during the corresponding period of 2012.
Earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 stood at Rs.1.51 as opposed to 8 cents during the quarter ended March 31, 2012.
Meanwhile for the year ended March 31, 2013 the company recorded a net profit of Rs.2.9 billion as against Rs.905.9 million during the previous year.
During the year under review too finance costs fell from Rs.1.1 billion to Rs.138.8 million while finance income too increased from 78 million to Rs.267 million.
LIOC is a unit of India’s state controlled oil major, Indian oil Company
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