Rangebound crude oil prices and refining margins, along with a stable currency, may translate into a predictable earnings season for oil and gas companies.
For the July-September quarter, the top six oil and gas firms are expected to report a seven percent decline in revenue on a quarter-on-quarter basis. Net profit is expected to fall 28 percent and the earnings before interest, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) may decrease by 19 percent, according to Bloomberg consensus estimates.
Crude oil prices and the average currency rate (dollar-rupee) fell 0.7 percent and 0.1 percent respectively on a quarter-on-quarter basis, ensuring that energy firms did not face any sharp volatility during the three-month period.
For upstream companies like Oil and Natural Gas Ltd. and Oil India Ltd., flat volumes and realisations and no subsidy sharing burden during the quarter will help sustain profitability. GAIL India Ltd., however, will benefit from higher gas volumes and lower gas prices.
Downstream companies, like Reliance Industries Ltd., Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., could see their sales volume grow but gross refining margins are likely to decline or remain flat. For Indraprastha Gas Ltd., margins are expected to improve on account of lower gas prices.