The Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) says the purported GHs 186,349 loss incurred in four months by the refinery is mainly charges it incurred on legacy debts.

A statement signed by the General Manager-Finance, Mr Daniel Appiah, stated that “the amount in question (GHs 186 million) was mainly incurred as a result of financial interest charges and exchange differences on TOR’s outstanding legacy debts yet to be paid from ESLA proceeds; and not due to trading or transactional activities by TOR”.

Mr Appiah indicated that TOR’s total legacy debt as at April 30, 2019 was GHs1.85 billion, after ESLA PLC had paid a total amount of Ghs 1.1 billion.

Giving the breakdown of the amount, the General Manager-Finance noted that GHs 999,557 and GHs 19,350 were exchange difference and financial charges respectively, of the legacy debts which formed 59.87 per cent of a total of GHs 198,610

The remaining 79,703 Ghana Cedis which formed 40.13 per cent of the figure was for operational while GHs 12,261 was obtained from the figure as ‘less gross profit’ and the said GHs186,349 recorded as the “net loss”.

According to him, as contained in TOR’s internal management report, the refinery made a gross profit in the first four months of this year indicating that “TOR is a potentially profitable company”.

Mr Appiah stated that TOR had been facing some liquidity challenges for some time now culminating in the company’s inability to implement its annual budgets.

“TOR’s revenue targets are not being achieved due to lack of working capital to procure crude oil for processing on continuous basis. However, fixed costs continue to be incurred, ”he said.

He added that due to lack of working capital, a number of efficiency-enhancement projects had stalled while some were yet to be started to improve the profitability of the company.

He however indicated that TOR was receiving support from Government of Ghana through the Ministries of Finance and Energy to turn around the fortunes of the refinery.

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