Press Release for 4Q 2016 Financial Results

Tüpraş, which became the most complex refinery company in the region following its investments, continued to create added value for our country by reaching full capacity utilization and record high sales volume via reflecting the recovery encountered in product profitability in the last quarter into its performance.

The global increase in oil demand was realized at 1.57 million bbl/d in 2016, with a slight decline compared to 2015, while the average crude oil price in 2016 was 17% lower than the 2015 average. Crude prices started the year with fluctuations, at around $35/bbl level, and varied between $25 - $50/bbl range in the first 9 months. In the last quarter, high oil production rates and stock levels, as well as FED decisions and uncertainties in US presidential elections, together with fluctuations in developing countries’ markets, caused crude oil prices to decrease to $42/bbl. OPEC countries’ agreement on a supply cut on 30 November, also backed by non-OPEC countries, caused a price hike in crude oil, and the year was closed at $54.9/bbl.

Low industrial demand coupled with mild winter conditions reduced diesel cracks, while gasoline witnessed increased consumption due to the low crude oil price environment. However, overall, the high stocks resulting from the rise in refinery capacity utilizations squeezed profit margins. Normalization on the supply in the last quarter of 2016 via deferred maintenance works being realized in most of the European and Russian refineries affected the sector in a positive manner. However, the recent developments have not proven to be sufficient, and the average Mediterranean margin has slightly decreased compared to last year.

In 2016, Tüpraş operated its refineries with full capacity and, including semi-products processed, a total of 29.6 million tons, resulting in an increase of 11% (2.5 million tons) in domestic sales. With total sales reaching 30.3 million tons, Tüpraş succeeded in increasing sales volume by 5% (1.5 million tons) compared to last year.

Operational and Financial data

4th Q 2015 4th Q 2016 Diff. 2015 2016 Diff.
Operational Total Throughput (Thousand Tons) 7,839 7,768 -71 28,806 29,601 795
Domestic Sales (Thousand Tons) 6,198 6,366 168 22,245 24,764 2,579
Total Sales (Thousand Tons) 7,862 7,625 -236.3 28,739 30,255 1,516
Financial Sales Revenue (Million TL) 8,899 10,759 21% 36,893 34,855 -6%
Operating Profit (Million TL) 1,215 1,016 -16% 2,824 2,516 -11%
Profit Before Tax (Million TL) 1,047 896 -14% 2,225 1,944 -13%
Net Profit (Million TL) 822 809 -2% 2,563 1,813 -29%

Despite the 5% increase in sales volume, with yearly average oil prices around 17% lower than last year’s, the total revenue was 6% lower compared to last year and realized as 34.9 billion TL in 2016. Tüpraş reached an operating profit of 2,516 million TL by being able to reflect the recovery in the global oil markets into its financial and operational performance. Furthermore, by the correct execution of risk prevention strategies, the fluctuations in exchange rate and crude oil prices in 2016 have been managed successfully, and Profit Before Tax was realized as 1,944 million TL with a Net Profit of 1,813 million TL.

Tüpraş had gone through a 213 million dollars investment expenditure in refining in 2016, while the total investment reached 291 million dollars, including its partner Ditaş’ new tanker purchases to increase its fleet capacity. Tüpraş performs every strategic move in order to reach its sustainable profitability targets. With its increased global competitive power, Tüpraş will continue to realize its operational & financial targets and create added value for our shareholders, business partners, and our country by meeting the liquid fuel needs of our country at the highest standard.

Kindly presented to the public for information.

Corporate Communications Directorate