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Mumbai: Wary of being left behind in the race for renewables and electric vehicles, oil marketing companies are quietly drawing up plans to expand their modest presence in renewable energy space.

Indian Oil Corp. Ltd, the largest of the three big oil marketers, is exploring opportunities for setting up battery charging stations and battery replacement facilities for electric vehicles in its petrol pumps. “We are also looking at opportunities for manufacturing and retailing lithium-ion batteries,” the company said in its annual report for 2016-17.

Shares of the state-run oil marketing companies IOC, BPCL and HPCL dived up to 2.8% after Moody’s Investors Service said that the state-owned fuel retailers have to increase borrowings. IOC, BPCL, and HPCL will have to go in for increased borrowings to sustain high dividend payments and capital spending this fiscal, keeping their credit metrics weak, Moody’s Investors Service said yesterday.

New Delhi: State-owned fuel retailers Indian Oil Corp. (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd (HPCL) will go in for increased borrowings to sustain high dividend payments and capital spending this fiscal, keeping their credit metrics weak, Moody’s Investors Service said on Tuesday.

The rating agency expected dividend payments by the three companies to drop modestly in 2017-18, but remain higher than in 2015-16. The government expects to receive Rs67,500 crore of dividends from all state-owned companies in 2017-18, less than Rs77,000 crore estimated to have been received in 2016-17, but more than double than Rs30,800 crore in 2015-16.

Shares of the IOC, BPCL, and HPCL tumbled on the news that government may ask the oil marketing companies to absorb further increase in global crude oil prices. The stock of the nation’s largest company Indian Oil Corporation fell as much as 6.2% to the day’s low of Rs 408; shares of another state-run refiner Bharat Petroleum Corporation plunged 8.4% to the day’s low of Rs 489. Shares of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation lost 8% to the day’s low of Rs 443.7.

Bharat Petroleum, which has just been upgraded to a Maharatna company, today said it has lined up capital expenditure of Rs 1.08 trillion for the next five years.

The public sector oil retailer will spend the money on capacity expansion of refineries as well as marketing and upstream activities, its chairman and managing director D Rajkumar told reporters at a post-AGM press meet here late evening.

State-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) is set to invest at least Rs 18,000 crore on expansion of its refineries in the next five years, in order to add another 19 million tonne (mt) refining capacity.

This will be part of the company’s overall road map to spend Rs 1.08 lakh crore till 2021-22. “Including our subsidiaries, our refining capacity is somewhere about 31 mt, we are planning to move closer to 50 mt by somewhere around 2022. This will see an investment of approximately about Rs 18,000 crore,” D Rajkumar, chairman and managing director of BPCL, told Business Standard.

Shares of state-owned oil refiners rallied by up to 5% on BSE in intra-day trade on report that the government will end subsidy on kerosene.

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) gained 5% to Rs 388, while Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) surged 4.4% to Rs 401 and Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) rose 3% to Rs 499 on BSE in intra-day trade. On comparison, the S&P BSE Sensex was down 159 points or 0.49% at 32,318 at 10:25 am.

PATNA: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) on Thursday asked RJD chief Lalu Prasad's son Tej Pratap Yadav and his firm M/S Lara Automobiles to hand over to it, with immediate effect, the operation, assets and materials of a pump allotted to him here.

In June, BPCL had terminated the allotment on the grounds that Tej, a minister in the state government, had furnished false information and concealed facts when he applied for the pump in 2012.

Bharat Petroleum Corp has made its first purchase of U.S. oil, buying high sulphur crudes Mars and Poseidon in a tender, its head of refineries R. Ramachandran said.

BPCL is the second Indian refiner to buy U.S. Gulf crude after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Washington last month when President Donald Trump said the United States looked forward to exporting more energy products to the world's third-biggest oil buyer.

Larsen & Toubro, BPCL trade ex-bonus
Posted on 13th July 2017
Shares of two Nifty 50 companies, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) are trading at their adjusted price of 1:2 bonus shares.

The board of directors of L&T and BPCL during last week of May, 2017, had approved issue of bonus shares in the ratio of 1:2 (i.e. one bonus equity share for every two fully paid equity shares held). L&T has fixed July 14, while BPCL fixed July 15 as the record date to identify eligible shareholders for the purpose of bonus shares.

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