Coal India reports 178 per cent to Rs 8834.22 cr in first quarter
Coal India on Wednesday reported a 178 per cent year-on-year growth in net profit for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, ahead of market estimates.
Aided by better realisations from the electronic auction of coal, net profit from continuing operations during the quarter was Rs 8834.22 crore as against Rs 3174.15 crore in the corresponding quarter previous year.
The total income of the public sector miner during the quarter was Rs 36086.68 crore, up 39 per cent from Rs 25963.13 crore in the corresponding period the previous year.
Coal India’s total supply of coal through the fuel supply agreements (FSA) was 153.80 million tonnes (MT) during the April-June quarter of 2022 and the average realisation per ton from the FSA sales was Rs 1442.67. In the corresponding year age period (AprilJune 2021), supply through FSA was 127.48 MT and the average realisation per ton from FSA sales was Rs 1394.06.
But a major contributor to the revenue during the quarter was the e-auction route. Coal India offered a total of 20.91 MT through e-auction during the quarter, which is less than 30.19 MT in the corresponding quarter previous year. But the realisation through e-auction sales during Q1FY23 was Rs 4339.97 per ton as compared to Rs 1569.05 tonnes in Q1FY22.
According to market sources, the public sector miner has been able to garner a significant amount of premium through e-auction sales. This comes amid changes introduced earlier this year and is being reflected through better realisations. International coal prices were also trading at a much higher level during the year-ago period.
A common electronic auction structure instead of sector-specific auctions was cleared by the cabinet in February 2022 with an objective to create a level playing field for all consumers with the same price structure and eliminate cartelisation due to a wider base of participants.
The growth in revenue was also more than the 10.9 per cent rise in total expenses, which in turn aided the bottom line growth of the miner.
Coal India’s total production during the quarter was 159.75 MT compared to 123.97 MT in the year-ago period. Coal offtake during the quarter was at 177.49 MT compared to 160.43 Mt during the corresponding quarter previous year.
Coal India scrips at Rs 219.85, were up 2.02 per cent over the previous close at Bombay Stock Exchange.