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MOL's annual bunker price jumps 65%

Average price rose by $230 in the fiscal year to March 31.

The MOL Triumph during its first visit to Rotterdam in May 2017. Image credit: Kees Torn Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Updated on 28 Apr 2022 13:16 GMT

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) reports that net income jumped JPY 620.955bn ($4.849bn) to JPY 714.154bn ($5.578bn) during the fiscal year ending March 31. This was despite a 64.8 percent year-on-year (YoY) increase in the average bunker price.

The mean price of all major fuel grades purchased increased by $230 to $585 per tonne between April 2021 and March 2022.

MOL noted that its ferry and coastal ro-ro business saw a YoY deterioration in profit, reflecting rising bunker prices.

In its outlook for the current financial year, MOL predicts an average price of $650 per tonne for high-sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) and $810 per tonne for very-low-sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO).

MOL's Average Bunker Price, 2020-22 ($/mt)

Period 2021-22 2020-21
Apr-Jun 497 255
Apr-Sep 514 296
Apr-Dec 539 315
Apr-Mar 585 355

Key financial results and developments

In its key financials for 2021-22, MOL's revenue climbed JPY 277.884bn ($2.17bn), or 28.0 percent, to JPY 1,269.310bn ($9.913bn) as net income reached JPY 714.154bn ($5.578bn); and the Japanese shipper swung into the black with an operating profit of JPY 55.005bn ($429.6m), compared with the previous year's loss of JPY 5.303bn ($41.4m).

As regards the balance sheet, assets as at March 31 were JPY 2,686.701bn ($20.983bn), liabilities stood at JPY 1,351.835bn ($10.558bn) and equity at JPY 1,334.866bn ($10.425bn).

MOL said its LNG carrier division generated stable profit mainly through existing long-term charter contracts in addition to profit from the delivery of a new LNG carrier and an LNG bunkering vessel posting a year-on-year rise in profit.

Forecast for 2022-23

For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023, MOL forecasts shareholder profit will fall by JPY 208.819bn ($1.63bn), or 29.5 percent, to JPY 500bn ($3.91bn), whilst operating profit is estimated at JPY 46bn ($359.3m) — a YoY decline of JPY 9.005bn ($70.3m), or 16.4 percent.

Revenue, meanwhile, is predicted to climb JPY 83.69bn ($653.6m), or 6.6 percent, to JPY 1,353bn ($10.567bn).

Commenting on the year ahead, MOL said: "In the fiscal year ending March 2023, there is a risk that our company's businesses will be affected by factors such as the risk of an economic downturn caused by increasing global inflation and fluctuations in transportation demand resulting from the Russia-Ukraine situation. In the dry bulk carrier and energy transportation business, our company is mainly engaged in medium- to long-term contracts. Therefore, fluctuations in the business cycle and transportation demand are expected to have a relatively small impact on business performance.

"However, fluctuations in market conditions and cargo movements are expected to have a certain impact on our business performance for some short-term contracts. In the product transportation business including containerships, although the direct impact on cargo movement from the situation in Russia and Ukraine is limited, we anticipate that there will be a phase in which transportation demand will weaken due to the slowdown of the world economy or the impact on parts procurement and logistics."

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