Indian Oil Corp, the country's biggest refiner, may cut petrol prices if global crude prices drop, chairman RS Butola said on Thursday.
Indian Oil Corp
Defending the company's steep price hike, Butola said it wasn't an easy decision to make but it was done as all options available had been exhausted.
The company has said it will review petrol prices again in early June after claiming to lose almost Rs 50 crore everday on petrol.
State oil companies raised the price of petrol on Thursday for the first time in more than six months in a gesture of fiscal discipline that economists said is unlikely to give a significant lift to the embattled rupee.
IOC says it has lost Rs 1056 crore in 50 odd days this year in under recoveries while the industry has lost Rs 2400 crore this year in under recoveries.
India imports 80% of its oil.
Butola promised to pass on the benefit to consumers if global crude prices began to ease.
IOC stock price
On July 24, 2014, Indian Oil Corporation closed at Rs 331.25, down Rs 2.65, or 0.79 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 385.35 and the 52-week low was Rs 186.20.
The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 28.91 per share as per the quarter ended March 2014. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 11.46. The latest book value of the company is Rs 280.66 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 1.18.
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