Toray Industries Inc reported its financial results for 1Q FY 2023

Toray Industries Inc reported its financial results for 1Q FY 2023

Toray Industries Inc reported its financial results for 1Q FY 2023, said the company.

During the period under review (from 1 Apr 2023 to 30 Jun 2023), in the resins and chemicals businesses, the resins business was weak given the impact of demand declines in the Chinese markets and other factors.

Demand declined due to inventory adjustment in supply chains for optical applications and electronic parts in the films business as well as circuit materials in the electronic & information materials business.

As a result, revenue of overall Performance Chemicals segment decreased 12.3% to Yen 214.8 bn compared with the same period of the previous fiscal year and core operating income declined 56.1% to Yen 7.4 bn.

We remind, Toray Advanced Materials Korea Inc. (TAK) is reviewing its film line expansion in South Korea as part of its 300 billion won (USD229 million) capital expenditure plan for this year, unlike other chemical firms that have frozen their investments due to an industry slowdown amid the economic downturn.

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Singapore's middle distillates stockpiles steady; imports rise

Singapore's middle distillates stockpiles steady; imports rise

Singapore's middle distillates stockpiles were little changed as an uptick in weekly imports for both gasoil and jet fuel/kerosene capped drawdowns, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Gasoil and jet fuel/kerosene volumes stored at key trading hub Singapore dipped 1.2% to 7 million barrels (0.94 million metric tons) in the week ended Aug. 9, official data from Enterprise Singapore showed. On the gasoil front, total imports more than tripled from the previous week, led by an influx of 40,915 metric tons from Korea.

Still, gasoil exports fell 79% week-on-week to 78,122 metric tons. For jet fuel/kerosene, total imports jumped to 114,598 metric tons.

Most of the imports came from China, rising to 32,272 metric tons, in line with earlier expectations that the export margins of the world's second-largest economy would improve.

Similar to gasoil exports, jet fuel/kerosene exports also dropped by roughly 75% to 20,051 tons.

However, Chinese exports are likely to be capped going ahead, according to Refinitiv Oil Research.

Export volumes from China are expected to fall to about 650,000 million metric tons for August, partly due to the lack of export quotas, and as domestic demand is expected to strengthen going into September and October, said Refinitiv in a weekly report.

Supplies within Asia are also set to tighten amid a series of planned and unplanned refinery shutdowns taking place across the region, including in South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam, the analysts added.

We remind, Most Russian fuel exports from the Baltic and Black Sea regions are now pricing above a price cap set in February by a G7-led coalition designed to limit Moscow's revenues in the aftermath of its invasion of Ukraine.
The rise in Russian fuel prices comes as global prices for fuels from other origins soar amid strong demand and low inventory levels.

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Occidental shakes up CFO role, appoints Sunil Mathew

Occidental shakes up CFO role, appoints Sunil Mathew

Oil and gas producer Occidental Petroleum said it has appointed company veteran Sunil Mathew as its new chief financial officer, a new executive in a span of three years, said Reuters.

Occidental overtime has been shuffling its finance head quite frequently and it has been a bit of a revolving door. The company in its recent filing did not provide a reason for the CFO change. The appointment, effective immediately, replaces Rob Peterson, who would now lead the company’s chemical division.

Peterson, who was the CFO since 2020, would transition into the role of executive vice president of essential chemistry at Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem), a wholly-owned subsidiary.

The shale producer appointed Peterson in 2020, when it was struggling with a massive USD40 billion debt load from its purchase of rival Anadarko Petroleum that was considered an ill-timed bet and was widely criticized.

His predecessor, Cedric Burgher was there for three years and left after settling a long and bitter war with activist investor Carl Icahn over the Anadarko deal, giving the activist investor’s associates three seats on its board.

Mathew, 53, has been with the company since 2004. Prior to the new role, he was Occidental’s vice president of strategic planning and analysis.

We remind, Occidental and ADNOC announced that they will evaluate investment opportunities in Direct Air Capture (DAC) facilities and carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration hubs in the United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a pathway toward the development of carbon management platforms to accelerate the net-zero goals of both companies.

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Most Russian fuel exports now pricing above G7-imposed price cap

Most Russian fuel exports now pricing above G7-imposed price cap

Most Russian fuel exports from the Baltic and Black Sea regions are now pricing above a price cap set in February by a G7-led coalition designed to limit Moscow's revenues in the aftermath of its invasion of Ukraine, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The rise in Russian fuel prices comes as global prices for fuels from other origins soar amid strong demand and low inventory levels. The Group of Seven countries, the European Union and Australia set price caps for Russian diesel and other fuels to keep markets supplied while limiting Moscow's revenues after an EU ban on importing those fuels came into effect on February 5.

The EU ban bars EU vessels from carrying Russian-origin fuel unless the products are purchased at or below the price cap agreed by the coalition.

The coalition set a USD100 per barrel price cap on products that trade at a premium to crude, mainly diesel, and USD45 per barrel cap for products that trade at a discount, such as fuel oil and naphtha. The Argus data showed that prices for Russian origin diesel, gasoil, naphtha and fuel oil loading in the Black Sea and Baltic regions have exceeded those caps in recent weeks.

Russian origin gasoline continues to be priced below the USD100 a barrel cap, the data showed. At a press briefing last week, a senior U.S. Treasury official said Washington is confident that the price cap is working to squeeze Moscow's revenues and stabilize energy markets despite a recent upturn in prices.

Acting Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy Eric Van Nostrand said the cap was continuing to limit Russian revenues, while giving "non-coalition buyers additional leverage to negotiate prices down." Russia's Urals crude has also been trading above the coalition's imposed price cap of USD60 a barrel.

The Biden administration is poised to increase outreach to western trading houses, insurers and tanker owners to remind them to abide by the price cap, sources and exporters told Reuters. The administration is expected to use "soft" tactics, instead of widespread threats of harsh enforcement on potential violators as that could upend energy markets, they said.

The EU ban on Russian oil imports forced Moscow to reroute its oil product exports to new buyers in West Africa, Latin America and the Mideast Gulf, increasing journey times for fuels like diesel and fuel that would have been destined for European buyers.

We remind, Russia is considering limiting the number of companies allowed to export oil products in a bid to curb illegal exports of fuel intended for the domestic market. The Kommersant newspaper reported earlier that Russia was looking at creating a list of approved refiners to combat so-called "grey exports" of subsidised domestic fuel.

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Petro Rabigh shifts to USD576mln losses in H1-23

Petro Rabigh shifts to USD576mln losses in H1-23

Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Company (Petro Rabigh) turned to net losses after Zakat and tax worth SAR 2.16 billion in the first half (H1) of 2023, versus net profits of SAR 2.10 billion in H1-22, said Zawya.

The revenues shrank by 33.35% to SAR 21.66 billion during January-June 2023 from SAR 32.50 billion a year earlier, according to the interim financial results.

Loss per share reached SAR 1.29 in H1-23, against earnings per share (EPS) of SAR 1.83 in H1-22.

The firm also shifted to net losses amounting to SAR 1.19 billion in the second quarter (Q2) of 2023, compared to net profits standing at SAR 1.38 billion in Q2-22.

Revenues dropped by 40.98% year-on-year (YoY) to SAR 10.68 billion in the three-month period that ended on 30 June 2023, compared to SAR 18.10 billion.

On a quarterly basis, the Q2-23 net losses enlarged by 24.07% from the SAR 964 million losses reported in Q1-23, while the revenues went down by 2.72% from SAR 10.98 billion.

As per MRC, Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co. (Petro Rabigh) has signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with investors to set up manufacturing plants in the Rabigh PlusTech Park. The first MoU was inked with Pure Life Industries Middle East Co. to manufacture 80,000 water filters and flat ceramic membranes a year, the company said in a statement published on the Saudi stock exchange. The second MoU was signed with Saudi Top Co. to produce 50,000 tonnes of recycled polymer compounds per annum.

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