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NewOcean in 1H 2021 losses; set for ‘significant scale-down’ of oil products business

31 Aug 2021

Hong Kong-listed NewOcean Energy Holdings Limited on Monday (30 August) posted losses for the six months ended 30 June 2021 (1H 2021), due to a drop in overall sales volume and gross profit derived from sales being unable to cover all the expense incurred.

The company posted loss of HKD 169.96 million (USD 21.83 million) in 1H 2021, 87% down from loss of HKD 1.35 billion in 1H 2020.

Revenue for the period decreased by around 52% to approximately HKD 6.01 billion mainly due to the drop in total sales volume of energy products from approximately 3,648,000 tonnes to approximately 1,512,000 tonnes.

“Since the Group is under debt restructuring and the banks froze their credit facilities granted to the Group, the business operations are wholly financed and supported by the internal resources of the Group,” it explained.

“Therefore, the Group has no choice but to downsize the operation level in current period.”

NewOcean’s business segments include the sales and distribution of LPG, sales of electronic products, and its oil products business that includes its bunkering business.

Its oil products business segment recorded loss of HKD 205.28 million in 1H 2021, down 69% from loss of HKD 657.6 million in 1H 2020. Revenue for the similar segment was HKD 3.5 billion in 1H 2021, 53% lower than revenue of HKD 7.5 billion in 1H 2020.

Moving forward, NewOcean’s indicates its oil produces business, including bunkering, will be scaled down.

“Being all set for the significant scale-down of our oil products business, we are committed to focusing not only on the sales of products with high gross profits, but also on lowering our costs,” it states.

“When the costs of refuelling business in Hong Kong are relatively high, the Group will step up its efforts to sell wholesale to our clients who are distributors, and to lease its existing oil tankers to wholesalers or list them for sale.

“As to our business in Singapore, only small portion of its marine bunkering business will remain.

“Meanwhile, the Group will take the occupancy of a small portion of the total leased capacity of 300,000 tonnes of floating storage unit, while the remaining part will be leased to third parties for cost saving purposes.”

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Photo credit: NewOcean Energy Holdings
Published: 31 August, 2021

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