New Delhi: Shares of oil marketing companies Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd on Wednesday plunged up to 13 percent, a day after a hike in excise duty on petrol and diesel.
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) shares tanked 13 percent, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) plunged 9.99 percent and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) dropped 7.49 percent on the BSE.
Late on Tuesday evening, the government hiked excise duty on petrol by Rs 10 per litre and that on diesel by Rs 13 a litre to mop up gains arising from international oil prices falling to a two-decade low.
The government will gain close to Rs 1.6 lakh crore in additional revenues this fiscal from a record increase in excise duty on petrol and diesel, that will help make up for revenue it lost in a slowing economy and shutting down of businesses due to COVID-19 led lockdown.
State-owned fuel retailing companies, IOC, BPCL and HPCL had frozen petrol and diesel prices since 16 March and will now set off gains they accrued from continuing drop in international oil prices against the excise duty hike.
Officials said normally retail prices would have changed with any revision in taxes but like 14 March, there is no change as the excise duty hike is being adjusted against the gains consumers should have got from Brent crude oil dipping to about $18 per barrel - the lowest since 1999.
Commenting on the excise duty hike, Vikas Halan, Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance, Moody's Investors Service, said: "Government of India''s increase in petrol and diesel taxes by $21/barrel and $27/ barrel respectively will result in government's tax collection increasing by about $21 billion, if the tax hike is maintained for full year.
This reinforces the importance of oil marketing companies to the Government of India and validates the support incorporated in our credit assessment of these companies. The tax hike could result in higher working capital outflow for the oil marketing companies, which will partly offset the working capital savings from lower inventory costs."
According to a note by Emkay Global Financial Services, "the excise duty hike though on expected lines could have been taken once demand had fully recovered. So long volumes continue to be low, OMCs net earnings impact would now be negative. Outlook hence depends on how quickly lockdown is lifted."