MOSCOW (MRC) -- Sumitomo Chemical reports a 79% increase in net profits for its fiscal first nine months ended 31 December 2015 compared with the year-ago period, to ?84.56 billion (USD705 million), said the company on its site.
Nine-month sales decreased 8.4%, however, to ?1.57 trillion. Nine-month sales at Sumitomo's petrochemicals and plastics segment decreased 26.9%, to ?518.4 billion. The segment however reports more than a threefold rise in operating profits, to ?25.77 billion, due to higher margins and temporary licensing revenues, Sumitomo says.
Market prices of petrochemical products and synthetic resins declined because of lower feedstock prices. Shipments of petrochemical products and synthetic resins decreased due to the restructuring of the petrochemical business at the Chiba Works as well as a change in the commercial distribution channel for petrochemical products from Petro Rabigh and periodic plant maintenance there. The weaker yen had a positive effect on sales from overseas subsidiaries in yen terms.
As MRC reported earlier, in May 2015, Sumitomo Chemical Co. announced its plans to mothball the ageing 415,000 tpa naphtha cracker at its Chiba plant from May 11. Though Sumitomo Chemical's cracker is shut for good, the company resumed operations of downstream petrochemical units at the Chiba plant from the beginning of July, using petrochemical feedstock from Keiyo Ethylene's 768,000 tpy cracker located nearby.
Sumitomo Chemical is a Japanese based manufacturer of a diverse range of products, including basic chemicals, petrochemicals and plastics, fine chemicals, agricultural chemicals, IT-related chemicals and pharmaceuticals.