Country’s biggest oil firm, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) on July 31 reported a profit of Rs 1,910.8 crore for the June quarter of FY21, a 47 per cent drop in net profit from Rs 3,596.11 crore YoY – as pandemic outbreak pummelled fuel demand and shrank refining margins.

The numbers of June quarter were better sequentially as in the March quarter, the company reported a loss of Rs 5,185.32 crore.

Standalone net profit in April-June quarter at Rs 1,910.84 crore, or Rs 2.08 per share, was 46.8 per cent lower than Rs 3,596.11 crore, or Rs 3.92 a share, net profit in the same period of the last financial year, the company said in a regulatory filing.

With a good part of the quarter being spent under lockdown where the vehicular movement was sparse, IOC fuel sales fell 29 per cent to 15.25 million tonnes.

Its refineries processed 25 per cent less crude oil at 12.9 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2020-21 fiscal.

IOC said it lost USD 1.98 on turning every barrel of crude oil into fuel in the April-June period. This compared to a gross refining margin of USD 4.69 a barrel in Q1 of 2019-20.

“The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) globally and in India has impacted businesses and economic activities in general. The spread of COVID-19, along with nationwide lockdown starting from March 25, 2020, has caused a serious threat to human lives and resulted in a reduction in global demand and disruption in the supply chain, which have forced the businesses to restrict or close the operations in short term,” it said.

Revenue from operations fell to Rs 88,936.54 crore in April-June from Rs 150,136.70 crore a year back.

“The company’s sales during the month of April 2020 were impacted significantly by the nationwide lockdown and consequently capacity utilization of the plants was lower. However, the same has come back close to normal levels by the month of June 2020,” it said.