By Gift Eguavoen
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced a ₦39.85billion trading surplus for the month of February 2021 representing a massive 314.24% leap from the ₦9.62billion surplus it recorded in January 2021.
This is contained in the February 2021 edition of the NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR), according to a press release by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Corporation, Dr. Kennie Obateru.
Trading surplus or trading deficit is derived after deduction of the expenditure profile from the revenue for the period under review.
According to the report, in February 2021, NNPC Group operating revenue as compared to January 2021, increased by 35.64% or N 152.07billion to stand at N578.79billion. Similarly, expenditure for the month increased by 29.21% or N121.83billion to stand at N538.94billion. The expenditure for the month as a proportion of revenue was 0.93% as against 0.98% the previous month.
The significant increase in trading surplus is attributed mainly to reconciled accounts by the Corporation’s downstream subsidiary, the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), using the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) pricing template.
Other factors that boosted the trading surplus figure, according to the Corporation, included the performance of Duke Oil, Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) and Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC) which recorded robust gains as a result of increased debt collection and cost optimization measures.
Meanwhile, in the period under review, the Corporation supplied a total of 1.41billion litres of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) translating to 50.52m litres/day.