„We decided to proceed impairments of fixed assets of the refining segment, due to the deteriorated external refining environment. Reported EBIT excluding one-off impairment reached positive result of 372m in 2012,“ said the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Unipetrol, Piotr Wielowieyski, adding: „The best results were recorded in the petrochemical segment in 2012, especially due to very good performance in 4Q. The retail segment generated 207m in EBIT for 2012, but the segment was negatively affected by lower sales volumes, mainly in gasoline, partly caused by fuel imports within grey economy.”
In the refinery segment the volume of crude processed in 2012 reached 3927 kt, similar volume as in 2011 (3942 kt). Nominal utilisation ratio increased to 82% in 2012 (+5% y/y). The refinery segment recorded EBIT of CZK -4,806bn in 4Q12, mainly due to one-off impairments of fixed assets. Other factors that influenced performance of the segment in 4Q were significant increase of fuel imports within grey economy, lower capacity utilization by 7% q/q, lower sales volumes, mainly in gasoline, due to seasonality. Stronger CZK against USD also worsened profitability. On the other hand the segment was positively influenced by higher average Brent-Ural differential.
EBIT in the petrochemical segment amounted to CZK +432m in 4Q12, mainly due to significantly better external market conditions in terms of crude oil prices and positive effect of feedstock prices. Positive EBIT was delivered also due to results of internal optimization projects. Company recorded higher model olefin margin q/q, slightly compensated by small decrease of model polyolefin margin. Group sales of petrochemical products increased (+17% y/y) in 4Q12, to 453kt, mainly due to slightly improved demand for polymers or cyclical turnaround of Litvínov plant at the turn of 3Q and 4Q 2011. Better results were affected also by the production shutdowns of several competitors. Permanent shutdown of the urea unit in Litvínov was in-line with plan as of 1 st January 2013.
The retail segment recorded a negative EBIT of CZK -25m in 4Q12. Strong negative effect had significant increase of fuel imports within grey economy. The result was also affected by lower sales volumes, mainly in gasoline, due to weak seasonality, recession of the Czech economy or very fierce price competition on the Czech market. Negative segment EBIT impact of fixed assets impairment in the amount of CZK 40m. Company recorded higher unit margins on gasoline, but slightly lower diesel unit margins on the other hand. In 4Q Benzina finished successfully implementation of the gastronomic concept STOP CAFE, all 88 restaurants are now in operation. Within December, BENZINA opened two new premium filling stations BENZINA PLUS on D3 highway between Prague and Ceske Budejovice.
UNIPETROL, a.s. is a group of companies operating in the petrochemical industry in the Czech Republic. In 2005 UNIPETROL became a part of the PKN ORLEN Group, the largest oil processor in Central Europe. The UNIPETROL Group is oriented mostly towards oil processing, fuel distribution and petrochemical production. In all of these business areas the UNIPETROL Group is among the key players both in the Czech Republic and on the Central European market. The Group ranks among the leading firms in the Czech Republic in terms of its revenues, and employs almost 4,000 people.
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