Shares of oil marketing companies (OMCs) were trading lower in the range of 2% to 4% on the BSE in early morning trade on Thursday after global crude oil prices hit 3-year high on Wednesday.
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation or HPCL (down 4% at Rs 308), Bharat Petroleum Corporation or BPCL (down 3.7% at Rs 390) and Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals or MRPL (down 3% at Rs 104) have hit their respective 52-week lows on the BSE in intra-day trade today.
Shares of oil exploration, equipment and services companies were trading higher on the bourses by up to 7% on Wednesday in otherwise subdued market after on higher crude oil prices.
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Oil India, Aban Offshore, Jindal Drilling & Industries, Hindustan Oil Exploration and Deep Industries were up in the range of 3% to 7% on the BSE. On comparison, the S&P BSE Sensex was down 0.30% at 33,780 points at 10:07 AM.
India’s largest hydrocarbon producer, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), has told the government it will not raise the dividend payout for 2017-18.
The reason is that it had to go for two major deals, both on government order. Of acquiring a majority stake in Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation’s (GSPC’s) KG basin gas block.
New Delhi: ONGC Ltd is in talks with Saudi Aramco and Kuwait's Petrochemical Industries Company to sell its 26 per cent stake in ONGC-Petro Additions Ltd (OPaL) to repay the bank loan it has taken to fund the acquisition of refiner HPCL.
The state-owned explorer had been keen to induct a strategic partner in OPaL.
ONGC, Oil India and BPCL’s Area-1 project moved a step forward this week although FID may still be months away. Even so, with start-up only in 2023E, any earnings uplift is years away with development spend likely to weigh on cashflow in the interim with Oil India, BPCL more vulnerable to downside surprises than ONGC. Nonetheless, with valuations inexpensive we keep our ‘Buy’ on ONGC, Oil India preferring IOCL to BPCL/HPCL in downstream SOEs.
Shares of state-owned oil marketing companies (OMC) were trading weak with the Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) hitting a 52-week low of Rs 363.60 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in intra-day trade on Wednesday.
Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) were down 1% to 2%, as compared to 0.07% rise in the Nifty 50 index.
Oil and gas explorer ONGC has entered into short-term loan agreements with three banks to part-fund its acquisition of HPCL. Accordingly, the company has entered into agreements with PNB, Axis Bank and Bank of India on January 22 for loans totalling to Rs 18,060 crore. As per a BSE filing made on late Tuesday evening, the agreements are for short-term loans to part-finance the acquisition of HPCL.
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