Pilipinas Shell posted a net income of P1.0 billion for the first quarter, a strong rebound from the P5.5 billion loss in the same period last year due to its new supply chain strategy, higher premium penetration across all segments, and continued cash conservation measures.
On the other hand, the company’s cash flow from operations excluding movement in working capital stands at P3.9 billion, while its borrowings remain at a manageable level.
“We are now seeing the positive results of the tough decisions we made that ensured our financial resiliency and competitiveness brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The difficult decision to transform our refinery into world-class import facility allowed us to avoid the significant losses we incurred during the first half of 2020,” says Pilipinas Shell President and CEO Cesar Romero.
Volume delivery remains below pre-COVID levels, as COVID cases increase and stricter quarantine measures in key cities nationwide resumed during the latter half of March.
The company’s Q1 total volume is down 31% vs prior year (PY), as marketing volume vs PY is down by 16%. However, Lubricants and Bitumen are up by 12% and 27% vs PY respectively. This double-digit growth was supported by new customer wins and increase in economic activities in some industries.
Just last March, the company unveiled its 2021-2025 Strategy Plan banking on the transformation of its supply chain from manufacturing to full importation.
The evolution of its retail business to mobility, and the move to lower carbon operations including pioneering the carbon offset offer in the country and providing low carbon products and services support Royal Dutch Shell’s target of being a net zero carbon emissions business by 2050.
In line with the strategy, mobility will open another “next-generation” site in Marilao Bulacan that features more convenience options. The site also boasts sustainable features such as Lube Bay made out of eco-bricks and energy from solar panels.
This is also the first site utilizing Bitumen FreshAir (“BituFresh”) for its pavements. Non-fuel retail network expansion continues as the company ends the quarter with 152 Shell Select stores, 70 Deli2Gos, and 410 Shell Helix Oil Change and Service Centers. – CebuNews.ph