Sugar stocks jump 20% as government raises ethanol price for blending in petrol by 25%

New Delhi: Shares of sugar companies jumped as much as 20 percent in morning trade on Friday after the government raised ethanol price for blending in petrol by 25 percent.

The government on Wednesday approved an over 25 percent hike in the price of ethanol produced directly from sugarcane juice for blending in petrol in a bid to cut surplus sugar production and reduce oil imports.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs raised the procurement price of ethanol derived from 100 percent sugarcane juice to Rs 59.13 per litre from the current rate of Rs 47.13.

Among stocks, shares of Simbhaoli Sugars, Rana Sugars, Magadh Sugar & Energy, Rajshree Sugars & Chemicals, K M Sugar Mills, Avadh Sugar & Energy, Ponni Sugars (Erode), Uttam Sugar Mills and Thiru Arooran Sugars, Dalmia Bharat Sugar & Industries - all surged 20 percent each in morning trade on BSE.

Representational image. Reuters.

Representational image. Reuters.

That apart, shares of Dwarikesh Sugar Industries were trading with gains of 15.53 percent, Dhampur Sugar Mills (17.71 percent), Bannari Amman Sugars (10.43 percent), Sakthi Sugars (18.13 percent).

This is the second consecutive session that sugar stocks have registered handsome gains. Earlier on Wednesday, the sugar stocks had zoomed as much as 18 percent on BSE.

The government's move of raising ethanol price for blending in petrol by 25 percent would help sugar mills quickly release arrears of cane farmers, which stands at over Rs 13,000 crore. As much as 40 percent of these dues are in Uttar Pradesh alone.

Ethanol so extracted would be doped in petrol to cut reliance on imports. The government is looking at scaling up the blending to 10 percent in the next couple of years from 4-5 percent now.

Molasses is a viscous product resulting from refining sugarcane or sugar beets into sugar.

Since 2014, the government notified an administered price for ethanol. The move significantly improved the supply of ethanol during the past four years.

The ethanol procured by public sector oil marketing companies (OMCs) has increased from 38 crore litres in ethanol supply year 2013-14 to estimated 140 crore litres in 2017-18.


Updated Date: Sep 14, 2018 12:27 PM

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