Net profit in October-December 2013 quarter stood at Rs 5,502 crore, or Rs 18.7 a share while profit was Rs 5,972 crore, or Rs 20.3 per share, in June-September 2014 quarter.
RIL, the operator of world's biggest oil-refinery complex, earned USD 7.3 for turning every barrel of crude oil into fuel in third quarter as compared to USD 7.6 a barrel gross refining margin (GRM) a year ago. The GRM in December 2014 quarter was also lower than USD 8.3 per barrel in the previous July-September quarter.
"The quarter witnessed heightened volatility across the hydrocarbon business. Benchmark crude oil prices declined by around 40 percent through the quarter, with consequent impact on petrochemical feedstock and product prices," the company today said in a statement.
Declining feedstock prices impacted buying sentiment across product categories, it said.
Commenting on the results, Mukesh D Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, RIL said: "Our focus on operational efficiency and the superior configuration of assets helped us deliver an industry-leading performance in the refining and petrochemicals business despite sharp decline in crude and feedstock prices."
RIL, he said, continued to advance margin adding refining and petrochemicals business capital investments, which will come to fruition over the next 4-6 quarters.
"These investments demonstrate our commitment to creating value through the business cycle," he said.
Turnover dipped 20.4 percent to Rs 96,330 crore in the December 2014 quarter. Exports also declined by 21.5 percent to Rs 58,507 crore.
While debt rose to Rs 150,007 crore from Rs 142,084 crore as on September 30, 2014, cash-in-hand fell to Rs 78,691 crore as on December 31 from Rs 83,456 crore at the end of previous first quarter.

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