Essar Oil UK, which owns and operates the Stanlow Refinery today filed financial results for the year ending March 31st 2015.
Results for Financial Year 2014-15
During the year, Stanlow Refinery, located in Ellesmere Port and meeting about 15% of the UK’s transport fuel demand, processed 8.54 MMT of crude, an 18% increase on the previous year’s 7.24 MMT which had included a major site maintenance turnaround.
Gross revenues for the year stood at $7,615 million, an 11% drop to $8,569 million reported in FY14, largely due to the lower crude oil price which fell 21% year on year average.
Essar Oil UK reported its highest ever annual Current Price Gross Refining Margin (CP GRM) at $7.80/bbl, a 91% increase to the $4.08/bbl reported in FY14, primarily due to refinery reconfiguration and improved benchmark margins. Stanlow has outperformed the Northwest European FCC Cracking margin off Dated Brent for the year, which stood at $2.66/bbl.
EBITDA for the year was at $177 million, against a loss of $113 million reported in FY14. Profit after Tax (PAT) in the period grew to $70 million, against a loss of $121 million in FY14.
During the year, Stanlow began to operate as a reconfigured and optimised single train site to increase the production of high value products. In the new single train operation, higher margin gasoline and middle distillates yield improved by about 5% compared to the representative period of FY14 and lower margin fuel oil and naphtha reduced by about 6%.
Essar Oil UK Chairman, Naresh Nayyar, commented: “This was a significantly better year for us. It is heartening to note that the impact of several initiatives taken at the site in recent years is now being reflected in the operational and financial performance of the company. I am confident the business will continue to improve its performance. We also take pride in saying that the company delivered 100% product availability to our customers throughout the period, significantly contributing to energy supply security in the region.”
Essar Oil UK Chief Executive, Volker Schultz, said: “We continued to receive strong support from our shareholders, who helped substantially strengthen the balance sheet by equity capitalisation. With strengthened operations and a refinanced business, we can now look ahead with renewed confidence, as we pursue projects to further strengthen our operation and improve the profitability of the business.”
Operational and financial performance: Key Indicators
Throughput (in MMT)
Gross Revenue (in $m)
CP GRM (in $/bbl)
EBITDA (in $m)
Profit after Tax (in $m)
Essar has taken several initiatives since acquiring the Stanlow site in 2011, in order to improve and optimise the operational and financial performance of the company. Besides re-optimising the configuration, the company has connected the refinery to the natural gas grid, materially diversified its crude slate, significantly improved the production of high value products and delivered a variety of cost efficiencies. This has enabled Essar to deliver an additional margin of $3/bbl.
The financial position of the company has significantly improved during the year through strong financial performance and equity capitalisation by the shareholder, resulting in healthy net worth of $640 million by end March 2015. The company recently signed new long term working capital facilities comprising of Inventory Monetisation with J. Aron & Company for five years in relation to approximately 5.8 million barrels of crude oil and petroleum products at Stanlow, and a new three year £300m ($475 million equiv.) Receivables Securitisation facility with Lloyds Bank Plc.
Stanlow delivered 100% product availability for customers throughout the period.
Essar Oil UK continued to support its local communities during the year through partnership working with appropriate agencies. This CSR activity operated across a number of different areas and included educational, environmental, wellbeing and charitable initiatives.