1Q 2023 Trading Update

Source Company Press Release
Company Ampol Limited, Z Energy Ltd.
Tags Corporate: Overview/Strategy, Country: Australia, Downstream: Refining
Date April 27, 2023

Key points

  • Unaudited Group RCOP EBIT of $345.4 million, up 82 per cent
  • Group total fuel sales volume up 50 per cent with Australian fuel sales volume growing by 14 per cent, the addition of Z Energy sales volume and beneficial timing of international third-party spot sales
  • Lytton Refiner Margin (LRM) of US$14.90 per barrel for the first quarter, remained above historical levels
  • Repair to slide valve at the Lytton refinery is on track
LRM Refinery production  1Q 2023 US$14.90/bbl 1,490 ML  1Q 2022 US$10.59/bbl 1,413 ML  Variance (%) 41% 5.5% 
Convenience Retail fuel sales volume  973 ML  946 ML  2.8%/5.4% LFL 
Australian wholesale sales volume  2,746 ML  2,305 ML  19% 
Subtotal Australian fuel sales volume  3,718 ML  3,251 ML  14% 
International sales volume  2,087 ML  1,335 ML  56% 
Z Energy sales volume  1,091 ML  (Pre-acquisition 911 ML)  N/A 
Total sales volume (Ampol Group)  6,897 ML  4,586 ML  50% 

Ampol Limited (ASX/NZX:ALD) today provides an update on trading conditions and operational performance for the first quarter of its 2023 financial year.

The unaudited Group RCOP EBIT for the first quarter of 2023 was $345.4 million, up 82 per cent on the prior corresponding period, representing Ampol’s second strongest quarterly result in its history and reflecting continued strong performance across all areas of the business.

Refined product markets were strong, with LRM for the first quarter of 2023 reaching US$14.90 per barrel. This compares favourably to the US$10.59 per barrel realised in the first quarter of 2022. Since the end of March 2023 Singapore refined product cracks across all products have softened, reflecting short-term risk to global demand and the potential for higher Chinese exports.

Refinery production for the quarter was 1,490 ML with only marginal impact from the temporary outage of the Fluidised Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) announced on 27 March 2023. The repair to a slide valve of the FCCU is on schedule. There has been no disruption to customers.

Fuels and Infrastructure (Ex-Lytton) delivered another strong quarterly earnings1 result. Australian fuel sales volume grew by 14 per cent compared to the prior corresponding period with growth across petrol, diesel and jet due to increased mobility post COVID lockdowns, the return of net migration and the ongoing recovery in the aviation sector. In addition, Ampol has made good progress in reducing its exposure to elevated quality premiums and product freight as customer contracts have progressively been renewed. International sales volume for the quarter increased by 56 per cent due to the benefit of the timing of third-party spot sales.

Convenience Retail had a successful quarter as customers continued to respond positively to the Ampol brand. Headline retail fuel sales volume increased by 2.8 per cent, 5.4 per cent on like for like basis, and average retail fuel margins improved. Shop also continued to perform well with shop sales up 0.8 per cent on a like for like basis and further improvement in shop gross margin (post waste and shrink), reflecting the ongoing benefits from the retail shop strategy.

2023 will be the first full year of contribution from Z Energy. During the first quarter, New Zealand was impacted by extreme weather events with heavy flooding in Auckland during January followed by the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle on the east coast of the North Island. Z Energy saw improved trading in the month of March as operating conditions stabilised. Fuel sales volume for the quarter was up 20 per cent on the prior corresponding period, which was COVID affected, and consistent with the growth in market share6 to 46 per cent.

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