Semirara remittances grow 151% to P16B

Because of our all-time high coal revenues, government share surged by 151 percent to nearly P16 billion

Semirara Mining and Power Corp. or SMPC’s remittance to the government as royalties in 2022 surged by 151 percent to nearly P16 billion, chairman Isidro Consunji said.

During SMPC’s virtual annual stockholders’ meeting on Tuesday, Consunji said the firm posted its highest remittance to the government and host communities in 2022 for the past 25 years.

The SMPC remitted P5.9 billion in royalties to the government in 2021.

“Because of our all-time high coal revenues, government share surged by 151 percent to nearly P16 billion, the highest ever contributed by our company to the national government and our host communities,” Consunji said.

He reported that SMPC’s consolidated revenues last year increased by 74 percent to P91.1 billion from P52.4 billion in 2021, while net income also surged by 146 percent to P39.9 billion from P16.2 billion in the same comparable period.

Likewise, the firm’s operating cash flow almost doubled to P40.8 billion in 2022, also a record-high for SMPC in the past 25 years from P21.3 billion in 2021.

Consunji also reported that SMPC’s coal production grew by 19 times to 16 million tons last year — the maximum allowable capacity under its environmental compliance certificate — from 800,000 metric tons in 1997.

He added SMPC’s domestic coal sales have powered 4,000 megawatts of power plants in the country, or accounting for 20 percent of the energy mix.

“I am proud of our organization’s transformation, and even prouder of our meaningful contribution to national energy security and poverty alleviation,” Consunji said.

3% slide in coal sales

SMPC president Maria Cristina Gotianun said despite the 55-percent decline in coal shipments from China, the company’s coal sales only slipped by 3 percent last year.

“We reduced our dependence on China and redirected our marketing efforts to local coal buyers,” she said.

Gotianun said the higher average selling prices for coal and electricity increased by double digit last year due to supply and demand imbalances in the global energy market.

The appreciation of US dollar against Philippine peso and Japanese yen also led to foreign exchange gains from SMPC’s coal exports and Japan imports.

Bigger prospects

Meanwhile, Consunji bared SMPC’s plan to seek mining opportunities outside Semirara Island.

The company is also open to venturing into liquefied natural gas (LNG) business.

“The Calaca location is ideal for LNG as well as coal. So the question is really an issue of business viability, but basically and technically, there’s no reason why SMPC will not go to LNG,” he added.

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