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30th August, 2017 - edotco, partners with Dawood Hercules, to acquire Jazz-owned Pakistan tower business “Deodar”

Islamabad – 30 August, 2017: edotco Group Sdn Bhd (“edotco”), in its biggest expansion to date, together with Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited (“DH Corp”), a leading listed investment conglomerate in Pakistan announced the acquisition of approximately 13,000 towers from Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited (Jazz).

edotco, through Tanzanite Tower Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of edotco Pakistan Private Limited (“edotco PK”), entered into an agreement with PMCL to acquire its tower subsidiary, Deodar Private Limited (“Deodar”) and its portfolio of over 13,000 tower assets. As part of the transaction, DH Corp will be investing a 45% equity stake with the remaining 55% control stake to be held by edotco. The total transaction consideration for the proposed acquisition is USD 940 million, which will be funded through a combination of debt and equity.

Suresh Sidhu, CEO of edotco said, "edotco is delighted to expand its business in Pakistan by catering to the network requirements of Jazz, the country's number one digital communications company. With Dawood Hercules as our partner, we are confident in the potential of the market in Pakistan and will continue to demonstrate our long-term commitment to supporting the development and enhancement of the country’s telecommunications infrastructure.”

Inam ur Rahman, CEO of DH Corp, said: “DH Corp has always invested in projects and businesses that directly contribute to Pakistan’s growth and prosperity. Continuing our commitment to the future, we are excited to partner with edotco Group Malaysia and bring their wealth of knowledge to the local telecommunications sector. We are confident this enterprise will serve as a beacon for more investment in Pakistan and in our people.”

Aamir Ibrahim, CEO of Jazz commented, "This transaction with Tanzanite Tower will allow Jazz to further improve its core strength in providing best in class products and services to its customers. Partnering with a trusted partner like Tanzanite Tower will ensure that Jazz’ customers will continue to benefit from industry leading network quality. It also allows Jazz to focus on its journey to becoming an innovative digital lifestyle partner.”

At completion of the sale, Deodar will enter into a master services agreement (MSA) with Jazz, whereby it will continue to provide tower services to Jazz. The initial term of this MSA is twelve years and is renewable at Jazz’s discretion for three consecutive periods of five years each.

As a result of the terms of the Pakistan Mobile Communication Limited (Jazz)/Warid earn-out agreement, following the completion of the transaction, GTH's stake in Jazz will be approximately 83%.

About Jazz
With over 52 million customers, Jazz is Pakistan's Number 1 digital telecommunications services provider.

About edotco Group
Established in 2012, edotco is the first regional and integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company in Asia, providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector from tower leasing, co-locations, build-to-suit, energy, transmission and operations and maintenance (O&M). (Owned by Axiata) edotco operates and manages a regional portfolio of over 26,000 towers across core markets of Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with over 18,400 towers directly operated by edotco and a further 8,100 towers managed through a range of services provided.

About DH Corp
Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited (DH Corp) is an investment holding company founded on family values. It is listed on the Pakistan Stock Exchange, with a market capitalization of approximately USD600 million. DH Corp’s vision is to make food, energy and infrastructure available, affordable and sustainable for the developing world via pairing capital with capability and with ideas that will have the biggest impact.

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Ghalia Naseer
Corporate Affairs
Dawood Hercules Corporation
Tel: +92.21.356.34249
Email: ghalia@dawoodhercules.com
Junaid Shafqat
Corporate Communication
Jazz
Tel: +92. 301.8460517
Email: pr@jazz.com.pk
Annushia Balavijendran
Corporate Communications
edotco Group
Tel: +603 2268 6014
E-mail: annushia_ext@edotcogroup.com

08th Sept, 2016 - DH Corp receives PSX Top 25 Companies Award for 2015

Dawood Hercules Corporation was bestowed the PSX Top 25 Companies Award for 2015. Every year, the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) acknowledges the performance of the top companies on the basis of comprehensive criteria, which includes dividend payout, capital efficiency, profitability, free-float of shares, transparency & investor relations and compliance with listing of companies & securities regulations.

26th August, 2016 - DH Corp announces net profit of Rs 2.17 billion for Apr-June '16

Dawood Hercules Corporation (DAWH) announced net profit of Rs 2.17 billion for April-June 2016 and interim cash dividend of Rs 9 per share.

18th August, 2016 - Engro Corp reports net profit of Rs2.50 bn for Apr-June '16

Engro Corporation Limited reported a net profit of Rs2.50 billion for April-June 2016 and interim cash dividend of Rs7 per share.

30th July, 2016 - Engro Foods announces earnings of Rs. 1.9 billion

Engro Foods Limited reported earnings of Rs1.9 billion for the first half of 2016. The company’s revenues were Rs. 23.3 billion for January to June. The company did not announce any cash dividend.

5th July, 2016 - Engro agrees to sell 51% stake in EFoods to FrieslandCampina

Engro Corporation Limited has agreed to sell a controlling 51 percent stake in its foods subsidiary to a Dutch dairy cooperative in a deal valuing around $448 million, the country’s second-biggest listed dairy firm said on Monday. “The company (Engro Corporation) agreed to sell up to 51 percent of the shares of Engro Foods Limited to FrieslandCampina Pakistan Holdings BV of the Netherlands in terms of a sale and purchase agreement,” it said in a notice issued to the Pakistan Stock Exchange.

"This is a defining moment for Pakistan,” Hussain Dawood, chairman of Engro Corporation said. “This partnership enables us to provide a wider array of affordable high quality dairy products for a healthier Pakistan, especially for its younger population.”

FrieslandCampina is one of the world’s largest dairy companies with around 19,000 member farmers and annual revenues of more than 11 billion Euros. The Dutch firm expressed its intention to acquire Engro Foods in last March, has agreed buy about 391 million or 51 percent controlling stakes. Engro Corporation holds more than 87 percent in its wholly-owned foods subsidiary. Citigroup Global Markets Ltd. in London is the financial adviser to the deal, while the Pakistan unit of the bank is the manager.

26th April, 2016 - Hussain Dawood recipient of MAP Lifetime Achievement Award

Mr. Hussain Dawood, industrialist and ardent philanthropist, has been conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 by Marketing Association of Pakistan (MAP) for his remarkable contributions in a broad range of sectors. The award was presented by Talib S. Karim, President, Marketing Association of Pakistan, and S. Masood Hashmi (Managing Director, Orient McCann Erickson) at their flagship event MARCON.

Hussain Dawood, Group Chairman, Dawood Hercules Corporation, Engro Corporation and HubCo, while accepting the award said, “It is a distinct honour to receive the MAP Life Time Achievement Award, and this year I am grateful to be it’s recipient.”

Talib S. Karim, President, Marketing Association of Pakistan, said “Marketing Association of Pakistan is one of the oldest and one of the most prominent associations of Pakistan. It has been honouring individuals who have excelled in the field of Marketing and Management every year since 1987. MAP selects its recipients through long deliberations, and this year the committee unanimously recommended Mr. Hussain Dawood for his outstanding contributions in various sectors.”

Muhammad Azfar Ahsan, Chairman, MARCON'16 & Founding CEO, Nutshell Forum, said “Mr. Hussain Dawood chairs an array of profit and not-for-profit ventures namely Dawood Hercules Corporation Ltd. the group’s flagship holding arm with investments in foods and energy, Engro Corporation Ltd.; Hub Power Company Ltd., the largest Independent Power Producer in Pakistan; Karachi Education Initiative, which funds the graduate management school Karachi School of Business & Leadership, and The Dawood Foundation, with its legacy of establishing various education and health institutions across the country. His social responsibilities include Memberships of the World Economic Forum and its Global Agenda Councils of Anti-Corruption and Education.”

20th April, 2016 - Engro Foods announces Rs1.1b profit for Jan-March 2016

Engro Foods reported a net profit of Rs1.1 billion for Jan-Mar 2016, up 4% from the same three-month period of 2015. The result was higher than market expectations. Bottom line growth on a quarterly basis clocked up at 97.5% mainly because of improved gross margins in Jan-Mar. The earnings report resulted in the Engro Foods stock closing up by 0.6% to Rs154.92 per share.

12th April, 2016 - Thar coal project achieves $2bn financial close

Engro Powergen Thar Ltd (EPTL) received government guarantee to formally recognise its $2 billion financial close of the coal mining and power project at Thar. A joint venture of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) and ETPL will undertake the project construction at Thar (Block-II) for power generation beginning by mid-2019. The National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has also committed to establishing a 500kV Direct Circuit Transmission Line from Thar to Matiari.

4th March, 2016 - Dutch company announces interest in acquiring 51% of Engro Foods

Engro Corporation Limited has received a public announcement of intention from Dutch dairy co-operative FrieslandCampina International Holding BV to acquire up to 51% shareholding in Engro Foods Limited. Due diligence may commence shortly.

13th August, 2015 - SECMC says financial close to be achieved in two months

Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) has announced that financial close of mining and power projects would be achieved within two months. CEO SECMC Shamsuddin Shaikh said that entire financing for Thar coal mining and power project was available from China and local banks, adding that first coal-fired project of 660 MW will be available in 2018 followed by another project of an identical capacity in 2019.

11th August, 2015 - Engro Fertilizers' profits surge 109 percent

Engro Fertilizers Limited has announced a profit-after-tax of Rs4.057 billion, translating into the earnings per share of Rs3.05 for the quarter ended June 30, 2015.

The company’s profitability for the quarter under review surged by 109 percent as compared to the profit of Rs1.937 billion and EPS of Rs1.5 in the quarter ended June 30, 2014. The company has also announced an interim cash dividend of Rs1.5 per share.

8th August, 2015 - Engro Powergen posts profits

Engro Powergen Qadirpur Limited has announced a profit-after-tax of Rs0.491 million, translating into the earnings per share (EPS) of Rs1.52 for the quarter ended June 30 as compared to the profit of Rs0.502 million and EPS of Rs1.55 in the corresponding quarter last year.

7th August, 2015 - Engro Fertilizers awarded 'National Finance Champion 2015' trophy

Engro Fertilizers Limited was awarded with the trophy and named as “National Finance Champion 2015” at grand finale National Finance Olympiad (NFO) 2015, organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP).

1st August, 2015 - Engro Foods records about 500% rise in profit

Engro Foods once again performed strongly as profits rose about 500% to nearly Rs2 billion in the first half of 2015, the company’s financial report revealed on Friday.

A subsidiary of Engro Corp – Pakistan’s largest private-sector conglomerate – the local foods giant reported an after-tax profit of Rs1.9 billion or Rs2.6 per share for the six-month period ended June 2015 compared to Rs329 million or Rs0.4 per share in the same period of last year.

16th June, 2015 - DH Fertilizers sold to PakArab

The Dawood Hercules Corporation Ltd (DH Corp) board announced to enter into a Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Pakarab to sell its entire holding in DH Fertilizers (DHFL) at a ‘price to be determined in accordance with the provisions of SPA’. The price was essentially the differential between the agreed enterprise value of DHFL, amounted to Rs6.6 billion, and the total long-term loans that stood at Rs4.6bn “and at present, the price is approximately Rs2bn”. The shareholders in DH Corp greeted the news with enthusiasm, as the price of company’s stock spiralled upwards to its ‘upper circuit’, representing a gain of Rs5.60 to close at Rs117.77.

28th April, 2015 - Engro Foods, NBP sign MoU

Engro Foods on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) to provide entrepreneurship opportunities in dairy and livestock sector. The financing to eligible candidates will be provided under the Prime Minister Youth Business Loan scheme and training by Engro Food through different programmes.

21st April, 2015 - Hubco, CPIH ink $2.4bln coal-fired power project deal

Hub Power Company (Hubco) signed a joint venture agreement with China Power International Holding Limited (CPIH), a wholly-owned core enterprise of China Power Investment Corporation (CPIC), to develop a $2.4 billion coal-fired power project. The JVA was signed amid the presence of PM Nawaz Sharif, President of China Xi Jinping and the senior management of Hubco and CPIH. Chairman Hubco Hussain Dawood said, “Hubco has a strong growth pipeline. The company is all set to seek medium to long-term growth through expansion and investments. This collaboration will not only strengthen Hubco’s leadership position in industry, but will also serve as an important milestone in attaining the sustainability in our energy mix.”

23rd July, 2014 - Reon Energy completes 125 kWp solar power project at Wah Nobel

Reon Energy Solutions has recently completed a 125 kWp solar power installation commissioned by Wah Nobel Group of Companies.
The successful completion of the project bears testament to Reon's capability as a world-class renewable energy solutions provider and also reiterates Wah Nobel as a leader in adopting new technologies of high quality, safety and reliability. The inauguration of the project was held on July 14, 2014. Shahid Pracha, Chairman Reon Energy Solutions & Chief Executive Dawood Hercules Corporation, while appreciating POF's initiative said, "Solar is a new technology for Pakistan and the POF following on its rich tradition of innovation leadership has been amongst the first to embrace it in a significant way”. Inam ur Rahman, CEO, Reon Energy Solutions, regarded the project as a positive start towards acquiring energy self-sufficiency.

8th July, 2014 - Dawood Lawrencepur to set up renewable energy company

Dawood Lawrencepur Limited (DLL) is planning to set up a renewable energy company, said company secretary Hafsa Shamsie on Monday. The board of directors of DLL has decided to set up a wholly-owned subsidiary under the name of Reon Energy Limited, which would solely focus on the renewable energy business. The board also decided to invest Rs. 10 million as equity in the proposed subsidiary. The company already has a renewable energy division called Reon Energy Solutions.

20th June, 2014 - Hubco plans $900m coal-run power projects

The Hub Power Company Limited (Hubco) plans to develop coal-based projects of up to 660MW at a cost of $800-900 million. Hubco CEO Khalid Mansoor told that the company had already sought NTDC approval for power evacuation and would be shortly seeking Letters of Intent (LoI) from Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB). The company is working on the project´s feasibility and it would take 12 to 18 months to achieve the financial closure of the project, he said. The board of directors of Hubco in its meeting on June 19 also approved equity investment of $20 million in Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC). This investment would be aimed at coal-mining which would revolutionize the power sector.

19th June, 2014 - Elengy receives licence to build LNG terminal at PQ

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) on Wednesday issued a licence to Elengy Terminal Pakistan Limited (ETPL) – a subsidiary of Engro Corporation – to construct a terminal at Port Qasim (PQ) for landing and re-gasification of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be imported early next year. The licence was issued after ETPL fulfilled all requirements of Ogra’s LNG rules. An ETPL official said the company was fully geared to start construction of the terminal within few days. The terminal would have installed capacity to handle about 600mmcfd of LNG.

7th April, 2014 - The Dawood Foundation provides relief goods to Thar families

The Dawood Foundation has been actively providing relief goods to draught affected families in Thar for a month now. Almost 3 million rupees have been collected so far from individual and corporate donors to procure 1450 large ration packs containing sugar, rice, porridge, packaged milk, ORS, biscuits, bottled water and mosquito repellant. To date seven trucks have been sent to areas well away from the road which so far had not been aided by any organization. As these areas are accessible only via dirt tracks with deep loose sand, 4x4 wheel-drive trucks provided by Rangers personnel were used to reach the affected families. This relief effort is still underway at The Dawood Foundation and Dawood Public School; more trucks will be dispatched soon.

Formed in 1961, The Dawood Foundation (TDF) is the philanthropic arm of the Dawood Hercules Group. For more information please visit http://www.dawoodhercules.com/csr_dawood-fdn.php

TDF relief goods arrive at Thar

Ration packs being distributed at SoomroBheel in Thar

Dawood Public School students packing relief goods

TDF volunteers preparing ration packs

31stJanuary, 2014 - Nawaz, Zardari launch Engro Thar coal project

THARPARKAR / MITHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari together oversaw the groundbreaking ceremony of Engro's open pit mining project in Thar. The project, a joint venture between Engro Powergen and the government of Sindh, will initially provide 660MW of power to the energy-starved industrial units once completed in 2017.

Addressing the ceremony, Premier Nawaz appreciated Zardari's invitation to the event, saying that it provided him with an opportunity to see and understand the pivotal development project - at a time when the nation is gripped by an acute power crisis. He also supported former president Zardari's suggestion for setting up an industrial park in Thar that would generate employment for the people. "The Thar coal project will ensure prosperity for the people and for the generations to come" Nawaz said. Earlier, former president Zardari, during his address said the political leadership in the country had matured and the nation would benefit from democracy. "This is a revolution of time which we need to pass onto the new generations," he said. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah assured the provincial government's cooperation in the project. Speaking on the occasion, Engro Corporation's Chairman Hussain Dawood said that the project was a major milestone that would serve as a game changer in the energy sector. The Thar Coal Power Company would produce 3,960MW of electricity, in six phases, from the coal in Block II of the project.

16th January, 2014 - Engro Fertilizers listed at KSE

The Karachi Stock Exchange has allowed listing and quotation of shares of Engro Fertilizers Limited; formal trading in its shares would start from Friday. The first settlement date of its transaction will be Tuesday, January 21, a notification said. The market lot of the company will be 500 shares of Rs. 10 each, while the opening price of shares of the company will be Rs. 28.25 per share as determined through book building process.

20th November, 2013 - Engro book building gets good response

The book building process of Engro Fertilizers Limited (EFL), a fully owned subsidiary of Engro Corporation, that kicked off on Tuesday was over-subscribed on the first day of the three day (Tuesday-Thursday) with the company receiving bids for 70.6 million shares, against the offer of 56.2 million shares. That produced the indicative strike price at Rs23 per share, higher than the floor price at Rs20. Engro Fertilizers currently owns 1.22 billion outstanding shares. The company intends to raise capital through an initial public offering of 75 million shares with three-quarters or 56.25 million shares being offered to institutions and high net-worth individuals (HNWIs) through the ongoing book building process.

30th October, 2013 - Dawood Hercules BoD holds 200th Meeting

21st October, 2013 - Engro to list flagship fertiliser unit by month-end

Engro Corporation will list its flagship fertiliser business by the end of the current month in order to repay its debt and fund capital expenditures. In an investor presentation made by company executives on October 11, Engro Fertilizers unveiled its plans to price its Rs1.5 billion (targeted) IPO by the end of the month. The country’s major fertiliser manufacturing and marketing company will issue 75 million ordinary shares at a floor price of Rs 20 per share. In addition, Engro Corp, the holding company with a majority shareholding, will sell up to 30 million ordinary shares out of its existing stake at the strike price determined through the book-building mechanism. Only institutional and large investors are allowed to take part in the book-building exercise, which precedes the IPO stage.

18th September, 2013 - Dawood Hercules moves IT to the Cloud

The Dawood Hercules Group is the largest Pakistani conglomerate and a pioneer in moving its IT systems to the Cloud to improve resilience and cut operating costs. Dawood Hercules needed to upgrade its communications and collaboration platform. After evaluating available offerings, it chose Microsoft Office 365 in the public cloud and migrated more than 500 users—with the potential to scale up to 2,000 users in associated companies.

Describing the Group’s transition to the Cloud, Shahid H. Pracha, CEO Dawood Hercules, said, “Business continuity is a key factor in our business and moving to the cloud doesn’t require Dawood Hercules to change the way it works, because the service is based on familiar productivity tools which our people know and trust. This transition will also help us to improve shareholder value�?.

Amir Rao, Country Manager, Microsoft, while talking about the system, said, “Office 365 has the best-in-class cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools which has enabled our customers to spend fewer resources and time on IT and focus on their core business. Regardless of the business size, any organization can now get enterprise-caliber software and services for the first time with reduced cost and can stay updated more easily using the product�?.

The Dawood Hercules Group has one subsidiary and seven affiliated companies, all of which share centralized IT services. The move to the Cloud was led by Dawood Hercules Corporation, the flagship investment holding company of the Group. This strategy has helped to avoid capital expenditure on a new communications and collaboration infrastructure. Office 365 is fully compatible with existing desktop formats, email, and data. And, because it’s in the cloud, operating costs are significantly reduced.

The Group’s transition to the Cloud has been documented via a case study which may be seen at microsoft.com/casestudies

23rd August, 2013 - Engro Corporation announces impressive turnaround

On Thursday, Engro Corporation announced a spectacular turnaround in fortunes as the company reported a profit of Rs 3.83 billion in the first half of 2013, compared to a loss of Rs 340 million in the corresponding half of 2012, attributable to a rebound in its fertilizer and polymer divisions. According to a notice sent to the Karachi Stock Exchange, consolidated revenues of the company clocked in at Rs 66.9 billion, up 25% over the corresponding half of 2012. The result announcement was not accompanied by any payouts.

Fertilizer division
Engro’s fertilizer business reported highest-ever six-month revenue of Rs 20.5 billion during the period. It also recorded a highest-ever six-month urea sales volume of 622,000 tons during the half, attributable to increased production on the back of continued operation of its billion-dollar Enven plant on the Mari gas network as well as lower imports and higher off-takes in anticipation of the general sales tax (GST) and gas price hikes. The growth in sales is 57% higher than corresponding first half’s volume of 397,000 tons. The company received rota gas from the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines (SNGPL) for 28 days during the second quarter. Subsequently, Engro’s market share in the urea market increased to 23% in first half of 2013 from 14% in the same period last year.

Foods division
During the first half of 2013, revenue of Engro Foods fell 4.3%, driven by a slowdown in consumer demand and due to distribution issues in certain cities, electoral process in the country, deteriorating law and order situation and severe power crisis, said a press statement of the company with the results. Despite lower revenues, profit was 9% higher than the same period of last year. Engro Foods is in the process of revamping its distribution structure to support the growth trajectory going forward. The ice cream business recorded revenue of Rs 1.4 billion, a decrease of Rs 114 million as compared to the same period last year.

Polymer division
Engro Polymer and Chemicals recorded a growth of 27% in revenues during the period, mainly attributable to higher prices and higher vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) exports. Higher sales along with good margins led to a profit of Rs 425 million compared to Rs 59 million in first half of 2012. Production operations remained smooth throughout the period with VCM production showing a 25% growth over the same period of last year. Most of the VCM was consumed in-house, while surplus production of about 10,000 tons was exported.

Energy division
In first half of 2013, the Qadirpur power plant dispatched a total net electrical output of 796 gigawatt hours (GwH) with a lower load factor.

Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) set up a wholly-owned subsidiary, Thar Power Company. It signed agreements with KESC for supplying 600MW.

21st August, 2013 - The Hub Power Company announces cash dividend

The Hub Power Company Limited (Hubco) announced results for the fiscal year 2012-13 on Monday, reporting net profit after tax (PAT) at Rs 9.4 billion on unconsolidated basis, which translated into earnings per share (eps) of Rs 8.11. The company also announced final cash dividend at Rs 4.50 per share with the results, taking cumulative payout to Rs 8 per share. The market viewed the payout as higher-than-expected and was warmly greeted by the investors who carried the price of Hubco stock up by Rs 2.29 to Rs 71.61.

22nd July, 2013 - Govt considering setting up energy fund: Shahbaz

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said that every possible option was being utilised for resolving the energy crisis and the government was also considering setting up an energy fund in this regard. The CM said that energy projects would be completed speedily in collaboration with local and foreign institutions. He said that the Punjab government welcomes the interest of the private sector in launching energy projects and would provide all facilities to the investors extending cooperation to the government in this regard. He expressed these views during a meeting with renowned industrialist Hussain Dawood. Provincial Energy Minister Sher Ali Khan, Advisor Azm-ul-Haq, the Planning & Development Chairman, the secretaries concerned, the managing director of Sui-Gas and other officials concerned were also present. Shahbaz Sharif while talking to Hussain Dawood said that generation of energy was the first and last priority of PML-N government. He said that industrial, economic and agriculture development could not be possible without energy. He said that the PML-N government was working on energy projects on war-footing and energy projects would be completed speedily. Mr. Dawood gave a briefing on the ongoing projects in energy and agriculture sectors on the occasion.

18th July, 2013 - PM Nawaz discusses energy crisis with Hussain Dawood

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that private sector’s investment in the energy sector could play a vital role in reducing the electricity shortfall in the country. Talking to Hubco Chairman Hussain Dawood, who called on him at the PM House, the prime minister added that the sector would be meted out preferential treatment in order to attract local and foreign investments. He appreciated the construction of 84MWs run-of-the-river project by Hubco’s Laraib Energy as the first private sector hydel power project in the country. Mr. Dawood expressed confidence in Nawaz’s leadership and the pro-business policies of the present government. Terming it a national endeavour to bring Pakistan out of energy deficit morass, he appreciated the premier’s focus on the energy sector as the country’s economy and people’s lives were linked to it.

The premier assured his full cooperation and support for the provision of business-friendly environment in the country.

16th July, 2013 - PM inaugurates first private hydro power plant in Pakistan

Pakistan opened its first private hydroelectric power plant on Monday, moving to tackle a deepening energy crisis that has devastated its already struggling economy. The project built with the assistance of Asian Development Bank and a number of other financial institutions, has been completed by Laraib Energy Limited on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis. Laraib Energy is a private company owned by the Hub Power Company Limited (Hubco).

On Monday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif travelled to Pakistan-administered Kashmir to oversee launch of the new project he says will offer a significant boost to the ailing power sector. “I hope that because of this and other initiatives, there will be a substantial decrease in power cuts in the coming days,�? Sharif said in televised remarks. He said the project was a milestone in the country's history and would pave way for construction of similar projects to cater to the power needs of various sectors of economy. The PM appreciated efforts of Hubco Chairman Hussain Dawood, who he said, is number one in setting up power projects in Pakistan. The project will not only substantially improve power supply but also open new vistas of development, he added.

Built near an existing river dam and developed by a local private company, the 84 megawatt New Bong Escape Hydropower Project is expected to produce electricity at a much lower cost than thermal generated power. It is also part of a broader plan to overhaul the moribund power sector by handing over parts of it to private hands. APP reported that the project, completed at a cost of $215 million in 40 months, will produce 84 megawatts of electricity, which will be added to the national grid through a 132 kv transmission line.

Power cuts have worsened in Pakistan in recent years, becoming one of the main sources of public discontent in the South Asian country which generates about 8,000 MW of power - way below its total demand estimated at around 15,000 MW. The deepening shortages have already sparked violent protests in the past and cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, adding to Pakistan's long list of economic and security woes. “We have to move from oil to coal, hydro and gas-based power generation to bring down costs,�? said Miftah Ismail, who has co-authored the Sharif government's new energy policy.

3rd July, 2013 - Curtailing unaccounted for gas losses can end gas crisis

The current gas crisis can be brought under control without reducing supplies to any sector at all if the government curtails or minimises the gas losses in the country. The ‘unaccounted for’ gas (UFG) constitutes around 12 per cent of the total 4.3 billion cubic feet (BCFD) gas production of the country, according to some fertiliser producers. Every year around 516 MMCFD gas out of total 4.3 BCFD is stolen by different sectors and gas theft has increased substantially after the mushroom growth of CNG sector in the country, they say.

The ‘system inefficiencies’ in SNGPL and SSGC distribution networks are the crux of the problem and have never been addressed properly. The government should carry out energy efficiency audit across the board to audit every single sector of economy using natural gas, including the domestic consumers who waste lot of gas using inefficient equipment. The government should focus on cost benefit analysis of using gas for different sectors of economy. Enhancing energy efficiencies of different sector is a medium to long term initiative which requires substantial investments and incentives at the policy level with clear and tangible benefits to those who comply and penalties on those who don’t, they say.

Quoting a research report prepared by International Resources Group for the Asian Development Bank and the Federal Ministry of Planning and Development, they say the system-level economic valuation indicates that reducing gas to the fertiliser sector costs the economy Rs196 million per mmcfd, while increasing gas to the power sector costs the economy Rs98 million per mmcfd. The plant level comparison between fertiliser and power plants shows that using 100 mmcfd gas for fertiliser saves Rs29.4 billion compared to fertiliser imports, while replacing 100 mmcfd for power saves Rs6.4 billion compared to heavy fuel oil imports. Thus, using natural gas for fertiliser has a higher savings relative to using it for power generation by Rs23 billion. This compares well with the value from the economic model, which for use of 100 mmcfd gas in the fertiliser sector gives a net benefit of Rs19.6 billion. The team working on the report applied two approaches: an energy system economic analysis and a plant-level comparison. Both approaches gave a similar result: natural gas has a higher economic value for fertiliser production. The energy systems analysis shows that reducing gas to fertiliser and increasing gas to power both increase energy system costs. The plant-level analysis shows that importing fertiliser has a greater economic cost than that of importing heavy fuel oil for power generation.

The fertiliser producers believe that using gas for producing urea is the most efficient and judicious usage as fertiliser sector is not just burning the gas to run the plants alone, it offers maximum value addition by converting the raw gas into precious urea grains and country hugely benefits from this import substitution. Gas should be provided as priority to the sector which creates maximum value addition. Fertiliser is the only sector which has zero per cent ratio of `unaccounted for’ gas, it never defaults on its payment obligations to gas utilities which are positive for cash flow of SNGPL or SSGC. Fertiliser sector is also one of the highest tax paying sectors of the economy in private sector of Pakistan. All other industries have alternative fuel options except fertiliser sector that uses gas as raw material to produce the key farm input, urea, for the farmers that ensure food security of the masses as well as provide raw material to important industries like textile and food processing.

25th June, 2013 - FMPAC seeks judicious distribution of gas

Fertilizer Manufacturers Pakistan Advisory Council (FMPAC) has demanded rational distribution of natural gas from the government. The statement said this was essential to keep all sectors of the economy running in order to generate the much-needed economic activities and subsequent generation of revenues for the national exchequer.

It added that closing down a few industries or giving priority to one sector over other will not resolve the economic issues, hence, the best way should be to analyse as which sector is creating maximum value addition with the natural resources, especially gas. Shahab Khawaja, executive director of FMPAC, said that the fertiliser sector is not using gas to run its plants but it offered maximum value addition by converting raw gas into precious urea grains.

Due to worst-ever gas curtailment to the fertiliser sector during the last three years, the country had spent $1.5 billion and also paid a subsidy of around Rs80 billion on the imports of 3.4 million tons during 2010-12, he said. “Pakistan cannot afford to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on urea import and we are hopeful that the new government will ensure judicious distribution of gas among all the sectors of the economy,�? he said.

The cost of imported urea comes to around $23 per mmBtu of gas. Instead, the import of furnace oil and liquefied petroleum gas will be 30 to 50 percent less expensive than the imported urea on mmBtu basis, he said. Fertiliser plants have invested $2.3 billion during the last four years to make Pakistan self-sufficient in urea production. With consistent gas supply to these plants, the government can ensure timely availability of this key farm input to farmers at reduced cost, he said, adding that this will also help the government reduce its fiscal deficit, as well as subsidy.

Khawaja said that all other industries have alternative fuel options except the fertiliser sector that uses gas as a raw material to produce key farm input, urea.He warned that if gas remained discontinued to the fertiliser plants, Pakistan will have to import one million tons of urea, which can cost the national exchequer $450 million and a subsidy of Rs21 billion to match the imported urea price to the domestic cost.

If an 18 to 36 month moving average is considered, in which Pakistan has imported over 3.4 million tons of urea by draining approximately $1.5 billion, as well as paid over Rs 80 billion in subsidy, then the differential between local and international prices is more than Rs1,000 per 50kg bag, he said. Khawaja said that based on the current feed and fuel gas prices, gas subsidy per bag of urea works out to be Rs 228 per bag. In essence, if the government’s subsidy on gas price was taken away, urea prices will only increase by Rs 228 per bag, he said.

The difference between domestic and international urea prices is more than Rs 1,000 per bag, therefore, not only is the fertiliser industry passing on feed gas subsidy to the farmers, it is also passing on a much larger benefit voluntarily in addition to paying taxes to government.In total, farmers received a benefit of around Rs365 billion over the last three years (around Rs 500 billion over last five years) in the form of lower domestic urea prices, he added.

16th May, 2013 - FMPAC hopes new government will revive agri sector

Fertilizer Manufacturers Pakistan Advisory Council (FMPAC) has congratulated the PML-N and its leadership for securing a majority in the general elections and hopes that the new government will revive the agriculture sector to ensure farmers’ wellbeing and the country’s food security.

“With the PML-N government coming into power, we are confident that Nawaz Sharif will ensure early revival of the agriculture sector through better long-term policies,�? Shahab Khawaja, executive director of FMPAC, said. “The PML-N fully understands the importance of agriculture sector for economic revival. The fertilizer sector, being an integral part of the agriculture sector, should be given due importance while allocating gas resources.�?

He added that Nawaz Sharif’s pro-industry approach, which he demonstrated in his previous governments, provides relief to industries and it was his government’s policies that led to the rise in fertilizer production.

“Due to gas curtailment to the fertilizer sector in the last three years, $1.5 billion was spent on foreign exchange and subsidy worth Rs 80 billion was spent on imports of 3.4 million tons during 2010-12,�? said Khawaja. “Fertilizer sector is the only sector bringing in foreign direct investment. Gas curtailment has resulted in closure of fertilizer plants, risking billions of dollars of investment in the sector.�? He said that fertilizer plants invested $2.3 billion in the last four years, making Pakistan self-sufficient in urea production. With consistent gas supply to these plants, the government can ensure timely availability of this key farm input to farmers at cost-effective rates, which will also help the government to reduce the rising fiscal deficit as well as subsidy expenditure, he added.

Khawaja said that Pakistan cannot afford to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on urea import and the FMPAC is hopeful that the PML-N will ensure judicious distribution of gas among all economic sectors. �?All other industries have alternative fuel options, except fertilizer, which uses gas as a raw material to produce urea for farmers and also ensure the country’s food security as well as provide raw material to textile and food processing industries,�? he said. “Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited-based four plants faced more than 300 days of gas curtailment in 2012. If gas is not provided to fertilizer plants in 2013, the country will have to import one million tons of urea that will cost the national exchequer $450 million and a subsidy of Rs 21 billion to match the imported urea price to domestic prices.�?

Khawaja added that the fertilizer sector is not burning gas to run plants but offers maximum value addition by converting raw gas into precious urea grains, which is significant for the fertilizer industry.

He informed that by not producing urea locally, the country has to import urea, which is the most expensive form of energy on an MMBTU basis, costing $23/MMBTU, whereas RFO and LNG cost 30 to 50 percent less than urea on an MMBTU basis.

9th May, 2013 - Sindh Engro, KESC sign accord for 600MW Thar coal power project

Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) to jointly pursue a power generation project of up to 600 megawatts as a mark of cooperation between the two companies on the development of one of the largest coal reserves around the world in Thar, a statement said. By virtue of this MoU, SECMC, a joint venture company between Engro Powergen Limited (EPL) and the government of Sindh, would develop a 600MW mine mouth power plant at Thar Bloc-II, whereas KESC would off take power from this plant to meet the rising demand in its coverage zone in Karachi city and adjoining areas in the interior of Sindh and Balochistan.

8th May, 2013 - Fertilizer sector: Rise in gas prices to hit farmers

The ministry of industries and production has maintained that the move to enhance gas prices for the fertilizer sector would upset the national policy on agriculture. In a letter to the petroleum ministry, it stated that gas prices have traditionally been determined after thorough deliberations between stakeholders and the oil and gas regulator. However, overnight change in the policy would distort the delicate balance.

Caretaker minister Sohail Wajahat H. Siddiqui had last week chaired a meeting on gas pricing and called for cutting the gas subsidy to fertilizer plants. Mr. Siddiqui had informed the meeting that the exercise was aimed at bringing uniformity in gas prices for all sectors using gas, whereas the ministry of industries maintained that by increasing gas prices for fertilizer sector, the worst sufferer would be the agriculture sector.

Agriculture amounts to 23pc of the total GDP and employs over 43pc of the total workforce; and anything which hurts the agriculture economy can have a significant reaction on all those sectors which rely on agricultural produce, according to the letter. In a recent meeting with the officials of the ministry of industries, a delegation of the fertilizer sector had stated that the proposal would inflict serious blow to the fertilizer industry in Pakistan. They said that fuel prices in Middle East are around $0.75 for 1.75mbtu whereas it is $3.2 for gas and $5.4 for fuel in Pakistan for fertilizer sector. “This would reflect a hike of Rs 800 to Rs 1,000 per urea bag,�? said a representative of the fertilizer sector, adding that high prices would eventually make fertilizer import more attractive than local production. The ministry of industries was informed that it would lead to job cuts as well as total reliance on imports and the situation would eventually place farmers and the government functionaries at the disposal of importers and market players. An official of the ministry of industries said that only a developed and blooming industrial sector can ensure economic wellbeing of the country.

2nd May, 2013 - Hubco’s 225MW Narowal plant shut down due to fuel shortage on account of non-payment by government of overdue receivables

The Hub Power Company (Hubco) needs the government to make an upfront payment of Rs 3-5 billion to enable it to resume power generation from its 225MW plant in Narowal. A senior Hubco official said that the company had shut down its Narowal plant on March 26, 2013 after operating it partially since Jan 4 because of non-payment of its dues by the government. The resumption the plant can reduce power cuts in Punjab by 40-50 minutes, he said. The overdue amount for Narowal plant had exceeded Rs 19bn, causing the company to default on its payment of Rs 3.2bn to its Saudi oil supplier, Bakri. The receivables of the Narowal plant are thrice the receivables of other similar IPPs,�? he said.

5th March, 2013 - Akram Durrani appointed CEO of DH Fertilizers Ltd

Mr. Akram Durrani, Director HR & Corporate Affairs at Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of DH Fertilizers Limited with effect from March 1, 2013. Mr. Durrani, who has been intimately concerned with the affairs of DH Fertilizers since September 1, 2012 as Executive Director, will be based in Lahore. He brings a lifetime of varied experiences as a successful professional manager to his new role.

1st February, 2013 - Fertiliser plants faced 89pc output loss in 2012

Pakistan’s fertiliser sector faced yet another year of dismal performance due to unprecedented cut in gas supply, said the Fertiliser Manufacturers Pakistan Advisory Council (FMPAC). Fertiliser plants in the northern region lost production by 89 percent in the year 2012. Of the total production capacity of over 2.2 million tons, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL)-based fertiliser plants produced only 256,500 tons of urea in 2012, which is the lowest ever production by fertiliser plants in the sector’s history. Producing only 11.6 percent of the total urea production capacity of SNGPL-based fertiliser plants shows the worst ever gas curtailment being faced by fertiliser plants in the country, said a FMPAC spokesman.

The country’s total urea production figures are also dismal as the whole fertiliser sector on SNGPL as well as Mari network produced 4.1 million tons of urea against 4.8 million tons produced last year, as compared with an installed capacity of 6.9 million tons. This shows the overall production loss of 2.8 million tons in a year, which has never been witnessed before. Currently, all four fertiliser plants on the SNGPL network are facing a complete shutdown, which has resulted in severe production and financial losses for the sector.

Four fertiliser plants on the SNGPL network, including Pakarab, Dawood Hercules, Engro’s new plant and Agritech, remained the main victims of the chaotic gas situation in the country. The worst years for the fertiliser sector have been 2011 and 2012 as instead of providing gas to fertiliser plants to produce economical urea domestically, the government preferred to import Urea by spending over $1 billion from the foreign exchange reserves.

The spokesman said that the fertiliser sector has been witnessing a steep production decline as it produced five million tons of urea in 2009 against a capacity of five million, 5.15 million tons against a capacity of 5.6 million tons in 2010, 4.9 million tons against 6.9 million tons capacity in 2011 and 4.1 million tons against a capacity of 6.9 million tons in 2012. He said that there is a misconception that fertiliser manufacturers enjoy raw material subsidy from the government in shape of reduced feed gas prices.

12th December, 2012 - DH Corp announces discontinuation of dialogue with Pakarab Fertiliser

Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited (DH Corp) on Tuesday announced to discontinue dialogue with Pakarab Fertiliser Limited for possible sale of its shareholding in DH Fertilizers plant. With this announcement, DH Fertilizers plant's share sales purchase deal between DH Corp and Pakarab Fertiliser has been lapsed. According to Dawood Hercules announcement sent to Karachi Stock Exchange, the previously announced plan to sell its share in the DH Fertilizers plant by Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited to the Pak-Arab Fertiliser Company, has been shelved. On September 17, 2012, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between DH Corp and Pakarab Fertiliser in relation to a possible sale of DH Corp's entire shareholding in DH Fertilizers Limited to Pakarab Fertiliser. The consummation of the transaction under the MoU was subject to entering into definitive agreements and under MoU the parties made no bidding agreement in relation to the transaction. While till date no definitive agreement has been entered into. However, now, the board of directors of DH Corp at its meeting held on Monday has decided that DH Corp does not wish to pursue the transaction for commercial reasons. DH Corp has also informed Pakarab of its intention to discontinue the negotiations in relation to the transaction.

The proposed deal has now been confirmed to be off the table and the Dawood Hercules Corporation would continue to own and manage the said fertiliser plant near Sheikhupura. When this deal was announced a due diligence process was also initiated by the Pakarab Fertiliser Company and extensive negotiations were held to finalise the deal. Industry sources claim that the manipulation of gas through Sui Northern Gas Company Limited (SNGPL) by certain elements resulted in the deal not getting through. Due to gas shortage in the country, the Ministry of Petroleum in May, 2012 announced a plan to supply Gas by rotation to two plants at a time for a month each. However, after the first month, the gas rotation formula was abandoned and SNGPL adopted a discriminatory gas supply policy. Engro and DH Fertilizers plants received gas for only 45 and 62 days, respectively during the current year, and Pak Arab Fertiliser and Agritech plants received gas for 110 and 108 days, respectively. Sources further revealed that SNGPL also treated discriminatorily DH Fertilizers and Engro by not providing agreed gas as per formula devised by the Ministry of Petroleum.

6th December 2012 – Transparency International Pakistan receives complaint against SNGPL

Transparency International Pakistan has received a complaint against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) regarding alleged discrimination and favouritism on its part by preventing the supply of gas to DH Fertilizers Limited (DHFL) and Engro Fertiliser Ltd, by diverting their quota to Pakarab Ltd, thereby causing loss of over Rs one billion per month and further resulting in shortage of locally manufactured urea, which is being imported at the expense of exchequer against precious foreign exchange. TI-Pakistan Adviser, Syed Adil Gilani in his letter sent to the Prime Minister on December 4 has requested the Prime Minister to take immediate action and order SNGPL to comply with the commitments made to Engro Chemical Pakistan Limited in the gas sale and purchase agreement of April 11, 2007 and to implement the Lahore High Court order directing the respondents, through an interim order of February 13, 2012, passed in the writ petition No 3310/2012 to supply gas to DHFL in accordance with the allocation policy and without any taint of discrimination. TI-Pakistan has summarised the allegations made by the complainant against SNGPL as follows:

1) That Sui Northern Gas Pipelines-based fertiliser plants, Engro and DH Fertilizers received gas for only 33 days of operations in the first six months of 2012.

2) That the company's urea sales fell 30 percent to 397,000 tons on a yearly basis due to gas supply issues, thus causing short manufacturing of 800,000 tons of urea fertiliser, which had to be imported by Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) at higher cost of approximately Rs 30 billion, as well as by spending precious foreign exchange from Pakistan foreign exchange reserves.

3) That according to gas sale and purchase agreement of April 11, 2007, Article 3.1 (b), SNGPL is committed to supply Engro Chemical Pakistan Limited 100 MMSCFD specification gas, initially to be obtained by the seller from Qadirpur field under the Qadirpur GSA. And without effecting the seller's obligations under Article 3.1(a), if during the term the volume of gas available under the Qadirpur GSA reduces on a permanent basis below 100 MMSCFD, then the seller shall be obliged to supply any shortfall up to the guaranteed delivery of specification gas to the buyer from the transmission system of the seller (the "System") and to enable such supply the buyer shall be permanently switched to the system (the "Switch").

4) That the Lahore High Court had directed through an interim order of February 13, 2012 ("Interim Order"), in the writ petition No 3310/2012 to supply gas to DHFL in accordance with the allocation policy and without any taint of discrimination. And further due to failure of SNGPL to abide with the court orders, and on filing of the contempt of court application, the Lahore High Court had passed an order on November 21, 2012 wherein para 6 states "DG GAS is directed to hold another meeting at 11 am on November 27, 2012 of all the stakeholders and pass an speaking order either evolving an immediate workable formula for supply of gas to members of fertiliser sector or then furnish detailed reasons for not doing it.".

5) That DG GAS, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, passed an speaking order on November 28, 2012 that after hearing of all the stakeholders including the petitioner he holds that in the interest of fairness and equity the understanding reached on May 8, 2012 should be followed in letter and in sprit and gas available for fertiliser sector whatever, whenever and wherever technically possible for operation of even single fertiliser plant should be given to the petitioner and other fertiliser plants on turn basis without any recrimination.

6) That in 2012 Engro Fertiliser was supplied gas for 45 days, and DH Fertilizers for 62 days, whereas Pakarab Fertiliser and Agritech Ltd were supplied gas by 100 percent more days for 107 days and 108 days respectively, which is a clear proof of the discrimination and favouritism.

7) That one of the major causes of the blatant violations of the High Court orders and SNGPL's contractual obligations is that the board has directors who are not allowed under the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) law to be there, and who are also involved in causing discrimination due to the alleged conflict of interest.

Adil Gilani said: "it is to the credit of the Prime Minster, who since taking oath of his office on June 22, 2012, is successful in taking up governance issues on top priority basis, and has complied with all the judicial orders in letter and in sprit, and has taken prompt notice and acted against all the corruption complaints brought to his notice, e.g. CDA commercial plot sale, Golen Gol Project, and procurement of 75 Railway Engines from China". Transparency International Pakistan is confident, he said, that the Prime Minster will act urgently in this case to stop SNGPL from attracting contempt of court by discrimination, favour, fairness and equity, and also to comply with the court orders and the terms of contractual obligations it has towards Engro fertiliser. Transparency International Pakistan is striving for across the board application of Rule of Law, which is the only way to stop corruption, he said. Copies of the letter have been forwarded for information with the request to take action under the rules and regulations to address the alleged deliberate discriminatory acts of SNGPL, causing loss to the nation in billions of rupees. Chairman, Public Accounts Committee, Islamabad, Registrar, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad, with the request that the Supreme Court HR Cell take up suo motu notice, as this case may prove to be the tips of the iceberg of corruption in gas sector, which is also causing CNG shortage due to the corruption of mismanagement, Chairman, NAB, Islamabad, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Islamabad, Auditor General, Islamabad, Chairman SECP, Islamabad, MD, SNGPL, Lahore, Mian Misbah-ur-Rehman, Chairman, SNGPL, Lahore, and Directors SNGPL, Mirza Mahmood Ahmad, Nessar Ahmed, Shabbir Ahmed, Dr Shahab Alam, Ahmad Aqeel, A. Samad Dawood, Muhammad Arif Habib, Muhammad Azam Khan, Wazir Ali Khoja, Mian Raza Mansha, Azim Iqbal Siddiqui, and Shahid Aziz Siddiqui.

1st October, 2012 – Fertilizer plants on SNGPL network: govt accused of violating gas distribution policy

1st October, 2012: The Federal government is reportedly violating its own gas distribution policy for fertiliser plants: plants being run on gas provided by Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) are not getting equal and fair treatment despite already defined distribution and rotation formulas. Sources told Business Recorder that in sheer violation of government's own policy for fair distribution of gas to SNGPL-based fertiliser plants, they are not getting equal and fair distribution by the gas company. "It is obvious from the current decision of resuming gas supply to a Multan-based fertiliser plant, which had already taken gas for 30 days (May 8-June 9) this year," sources said.

In a meeting of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources held in Islamabad on May 8 this year, attended by representatives of APTMA and Fertiliser plants, it was agreed in principle that four fertiliser plants on SNGPL would get gas on rotation basis for a period of 30 days for two plants at a time. This decision was confirmed by the Secretary of the Ministry Petroleum & Natural Resources in a letter No: NG (1)-7(158)/11-LS-Vol-111 dated May 10, 2012. In the first rotation, Agritech and Pakarab were provided feed gas for 30 days, beginning from May 8 to June 9. Engro Enven and DH Fertilisers were allowed feed gas in the second rota, beginning on June 10. However, their feed gas was suspended on June 16. The government diverted gas from DH Fertiliser and Engro Enven to the power sector much before the completion of their 30 days of rotation on the promise that when gas will be available, plants which had not completed their rotation will have the first right to available gas. However, sources said that now the government has decided in principle to supply feed gas to a Multan-based Fertiliser plant, instead of DH Fertiliser and Engro, which had not completed their rotation. "The government's previous direction to divert gas supplied from fertiliser sector to power sector has been lapse on Sep 30 this year and SNGPL is likely to resume gas supply to the said plant from October 1 (today). As the Multan-based urea plant was instructed to carry out start up activities and run their utilities and gas turbines," they added. According to the previously devised government formula, SNGPL network-based plants were supposed to be provided gas on rotation for a 30-day period at a time. Now, according to sources, the gas is being supplied to a plant which was already provided gas for 30 days without any interruption, instead of resuming gas for the plants, whose gas was abruptly suspended after just six days. "As per the agreed principles, if, for any reason, any network plant is denied gas for the stipulated 30 days per rota, the gas, when supplied, will first be given to such plants to complete the remaining days from the 30 days rota to ensure equal and fair distribution," they maintained.

During 2012, DH Fertilisers and Engro Enven plants had been allowed feed gas for only 45 days compared with 75 days for Pakarab and 80 days for Agritech. Even now, when gas is available, instead of allowing its supply based on principles of fairness and equity, SNGPL once again demonstrated favouritism and blatant discriminatory behaviour and likely to start the supply of feed gas to other plants. In this regard, MD SNGLPL also received written complaint from affected plants, in which they mentioned the above facts and called for gas supply in accordance with already defined formula. During 2011, two plants were extended preferential treatment and were allowed gas for more days than other two plants. Later, a urea plant had approached the court. Despite Lahore High Court's decision on petition against SNGPL's discriminatory gas supply policy, the fertiliser plants are still being subjected to discrimination.

15th September, 2012 – Proposed sale of DH Fertilizers Limited by Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited to Pakarab Fertilizers Limited

15th September, 2012: The Board of Directors of Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited (DH Corp.) in their meeting of 15 September, 2012 approved the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding by and between DH Corp. and Pakarab Fertilizers Limited. As per the terms of the MoU, DH Corp. intends to sell and Pakarab intends to purchase DH Corp’s entire shareholding (100,000,000 ordinary shares of Rs. 10 each) in DH Fertilizers Limited. The consummation of the transaction is subject to execution of definitive agreements and such approvals as may be required to give effect to the sale.

12th September, 2012 – DH Fertilizers increases shareholding in Hubco

12th September, 2012: The aggregate shareholding of DH Fertilizers Limited in the Hub Power Company Limited (Hubco) has increased to 10.12 percent. "DH Fertilizers Limited has bought 4,787,500 ordinary shares of the Hubco in addition to 112,260,000 ordinary shares already held", an information sent to Karachi Stock Exchange on Tuesday said. As per the Listed Companies (Substantial Acquisition of Voting Shares and Take-over) Regulations, 2008 acquisition of shares in excess of 10 percent of the voting shares in the listed company needs to be disclosed in that company to the said company and to the stock exchanges.

1st September, 2012 - Akram Durrani appointed Executive Director of DH Fertilizers Limited

1st September, 2012: Akram Durrani, Director HR & Corporate Affairs at Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited, has been assigned additional responsibility and will take on the role of Executive Director with oversight responsibility for DH Fertilizers Limited with effect from 1st September, 2012. In this role, he will coordinate closely with the CEO but will provide direct oversight of all functions of DH Fertilizers’ on a day to day basis.

27th August, 2012: Urea plants' closure to result in 0.96m tons of output loss: ministry

27th August, 2012: The Ministry of Industries has reportedly informed the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet that suspension of gas supply to five urea plants would result in loss of 966,000 tons production in four months and the country may face a shortage of urea during Kharif season, it was learnt.

The issue of fertiliser availability for Kharif 2012 was discussed during the ECC after the Ministry of Industries moved a summary for import of urea, arguing that it was apprised by the Petroleum Ministry that 5 out of 10 urea plants had been shut because of suspension of gas supply. There is no hope of gas restoration to these plants in the near future and subsequently urea shortage would be met through imports, maintained high ups of Ministry of Industries. The Ministry also informed the meeting monthly urea production by four plants on SNGPL system is 207,000 tons provided they get 100 percent gas supply whereas four month closure would result in 814,000 tons less fertiliser production. The ECC was informed that one urea plant on SNGPL system produce 38,000 tons urea if it is provided 100 percent gas supply. The suspension of gas supply for four month would result in loss of 152,000 tons. The Ministry said that five plants, four on SNGPL and one on SSGCL system, would be facing curtailment of gas for four months as a result of gas diversion to the power sector.

The meeting was informed that four plants that had been shut down on SNGPL system included Engro Fertiliser Limited with monthly production capacity of 110,000 tons, Pak Arab fertiliser 9,000 tons, Agritech Limited 39,000 tons per month and Dawood Hercules 51,000 tons per month. Sources said that Ministry of Industries had convened a meeting of all stakeholders on June 21, 2012 and two days after that meeting it was informed by the Ministry petroleum that half of urea plants had been shut down, consequently urea shortage would be met through imports. The Ministry informed the ECC that taking into account SNGPL plants total closure will reduce the urea stock to 443,000 tons in the first week of November 2012. Therefore, prudence demands that 600,000 tons of urea should be imported to maintain strategic reserves of around 500,000 tons immediately to discourage speculation, hoarding and black marketing. The subsidy on imported urea is always meant to bring the commodity within reach of small farmers, ensuring its affordability. However, subsidy on imported urea does not have desired effect as price of imported urea remains beyond the reach of small farmers as was evident from 20 percent less urea consumption in May this year compared to May last year.

The Ministry maintained that in case imported urea price is kept at par with domestic urea price, there is no need for the government to spend scarce foreign exchange. Market forces may meet urea gaps increasing the rate of this agriculture input. The ECC allowed import of 300,000 tons urea. However, the proposal that price of imported urea be reduced to Rs 1,450 from Rs 1,600 per 50 kg bag to facilitate the growers was not approved.

26th July, 2012 - Urea plants suffer Rs 5.5bn loss

2nd July, 2012: In the first half of 2012, all SNGPL-based plants, including Agritech, DH Fertilizers, Pakarab and Engro (new plant), faced a collective loss of Rs 5.5 billion in terms of revenue as their total sales of urea stood at 150,000 tons as against 316, 000 tons in the first half of last year.

In a statement, the fertilizer industry stated that 52 per cent decline in terms of sale translates itself in a revenue loss of Rs 5.5 billion. The total urea production by SNGPL based plants in the first half of 2011 stood at 297,000 tons which declined by 33 per cent (or 198,000 tons) till June this year.

The plants operated at 18 per cent of their capacity during these six months against 25 per cent last year. During the first half, they faced an estimated gas curtailment of 82 per cent in which Agritech and Pak Arab got gas for 63 days each while Engro Enven and DH Fertilizers got gas for 33 days in the first six months of 2012.

In the first quarter of this year, all SNGPL-based and SSGC-based plants faced a loss of revenue by 53 per cent compared with first quarter of 2011, generating Rs 8.16 billion revenue in the first quarter as compared to last years’ Rs 17.29 billion.

In 2012, four plants based on SNGPL as well as SSGC based FFBL lost profitability by 125 per cent and made a collective loss of Rs 1.076 billion whereas the same plants had made profit of Rs 4.3 billion in the first quarter of 2011.

The SNGPL-based plants are facing crisis as 82 per cent gas curtailment was never witnessed before 2012.

Despite making an investment of $2.3 billion in the last four years on new production capacity, making Pakistan world’s seventh largest urea manufacturer, there is an idle urea capacity of over three million tons.

Fertilizer sector officials said that if same gas curtailment continues during the remaining five months of 2012, the SNGPL-based fertilizer plants would be forced to shut down permanently.

23rd July, 2012 - Gas crisis hitting farm yields hard

The recently announced government policy to divert natural gas towards the energy sector and curtail it for Urea manufacturing and other sectors is a decision which may have serious consequences for the agriculture sector and further discourage the investors. The natural gas is a fossil fuel and it will ultimately deplete, this is all the more reason to be careful about its usage.

Manufacturing sector which is directly linked with agriculture is suffering. Urea which is a basic requirement for our crops faces severe production decline due to non-availability of gas. Textiles industry, dependent on cotton for raw material and natural gas is facing problems.

Natural gas is the basic raw material for Urea. Consequently, if gas is not supplied, the Urea manufacturing sector cannot sustain. Urea fertilizer is a very important input in cotton, wheat and virtually every crop grown in Pakistan. There’s no known alternate to it available to farmers currently. During the last decade, the government had encouraged the Urea manufacturing sector to grow and make the country self-sufficient. In this regard, Engro Enven plant and Fatima Fertilizer were the big projects set up during the past five years. About $3 billion worth of investment was made by the corporate sector. This is in doldrums now and will seriously hurt the country’s agriculture.

Local Urea production is under threat and subsequently farmers will suffer. The scenario is that either enough Urea won’t be available in the market or will have to be imported which will definitely raise the input costs and further increase agriculture production costs. Our decision makers seemed to have totally miscalculated the equation and now Pakistan faces serious issues due to Urea shortage in the future.

Any agri-scientist and farmer would tell you that Urea fertilizer is extremely important for agriculture. This is a known fact for all countries with substantial agricultural production. Till the late 1950’s, Pakistan was an agrarian and rural country. Discovery of natural gas in Sui, Baluchistan and subsequently in other parts of Sindh and Punjab encouraged global companies to invest in the Urea manufacturing sector. The Dawood Hercules fertilizer plant set up in Sheikhupura in 1968 was the first project completed with the assistance of World Bank in Pakistan. Over the next 35 years, growth in this sector led to a positive situation whereby, about two-thirds of urea demand was met by local manufacturers and the remaining was imported. Since gas availability was not an issue about a decade back, CNG pumping stations for motor vehicles started coming up with virtually no regulatory oversight or long-term planning. The mushroom and unregulated growth in the CNG stations led to huge conversion of petrol and diesel vehicles to CNG fitted engines and in less than 10 years of time, and now CNG sector consumes more gas than Urea fertilizer manufacturers.

The result for agriculture has been catastrophic. Within two years, urea prices have increased by 141. The GST imposition @ 16 per cent and Gas Infrastructure Development Cess of 193 per cent has added Rs 384/bag. Gas curtailment also resulted in major price increase impact of Rs 537/bag. The increase in urea prices means increase in input costs to farmers and subsequently this will pass onto the consumers.

An argument put forth during the last 2-3 years implies that urea can be imported easily from abroad so why not do that? Definitely, it can be done but the economics make it very difficult for farmers and Pakistani consumers. Imported urea cost is about 3,158/bag and there’s no added value. The government provides a subsidy on this which results in a loss of Rs 55 billion to the national exchequer. The import costs the government $785 million in foreign exchange. Ultimately, the loss on imported urea comes to about Rs 15 billion and thus farmers suffer ultimately as the cost has to be borne by them. Importing Urea, therefore, is a problem not a solution especially in the wake of the fact that Pakistan has sufficient manufacturing capacity.

Local urea manufacturing capacity is 6.9 million tons and this happens to be the 7th largest in the world. The country is unable to utilize 2 million tons of local urea manufacturing due to gas supply issues. Urea is the guarantee to having better yields and food security plus fiber security in case of crops like wheat and Cotton. However, squandering a precious resource like natural gas on fuel burning in individual and transportation vehicles makes no sense.

The energy crisis requires serious attention. Pakistan must work to resolve the circular debt issue and not to make other industrial sectors suffer due to this problem. The continued and ever increasing use of CNG in vehicles is virtually bringing the industrial sector and agricultural manufacturing sector to a halt. Textile and urea manufacturing is getting seriously curtailed down and will have disastrous impact for the economy. It is time to rationalize the usage of precious natural gas resources. Agriculture and related Industry is the key to sustainable economy for Pakistan. If we are unable to rationalize the Natural gas utilization, it would imply and ensure that irrational policies have derailed our industry.

http://www.technologytimes.pk/2012/07/23/gas-crisis-hitting-farm-yields-hard/

2nd July, 2012: Pracha appointed CEO DH Fertilizers

2nd July, 2012: Shahid Hamid Pracha has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of DH Fertilizers Limited with effect from July 01, 2012. According to an information sent to Karachi Stock Exchange on Monday, Shahid Hamid has replaced A. Rashid Lone. DH Fertilizers Limited is 100 percent owned subsidiary of Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited.

18th June, 2012: DH Fertilizers manufacturing plant shut down

18th June, 2012: DH Fertilizers Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited) said that it had shut down its fertilizer plant after SNGPL informed them that in view of severe energy crisis and load shedding in the country, they have been advised by the government for immediate suspension of gas supply to the fertilizer sector and diversion of gas to the power sector. Accordingly, SNGPL informed that it will not be in a position to continue gas supply to fertilizer industries till further instructions. Dawood Hercules Corporation in a communication to Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) today said that as a consequence it has been forced to shut down plant of DH Fertilizers and will inform KSE when gas supply is restored. Engro's new Enven plant has reportedly been shut down as well.

11th June, 2012: Acquisition of shares of The Hub Power Company Limited (Hubco)

11th June, 2012: In an intimation sent to stock exchanges, Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited (DH Corp) informed that with respect to the acquisition of ordinary shares of The Hub Power Company Limited (Hubco) from the National Power International Holdings BV, all the regulatory consents and approvals are now in place and the Company is now moving ahead for the acquisition of Hubco shares at a price of PKR 31/- per share as follows:

  • 35.48 million ordinary shares of Hubco by Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited; and
  • 102.26 million ordinary shares of Hubco by DH Fertilizers Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of DH Corp)

8th June, 2012: Gas supply resumed to DH Fertilizers Limited

8th June, 2012: In a notification under the material information disclosure provisions of the Listing Rules, Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited (DH Corp) informed the Karachi Stock Exchange that Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited vide their letter dated 6th June 2012 had informed DH Fertilizers Limited (wholly owned subsidiary of DH Corp) to start operation from 00 hrs on 10th June 2012, barring unforeseen circumstances.

20th April, 2012: Gas supply to DH Fertilizers plant suspended in accordance with PMs directives

20th April, 2012: Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited in a disclosure statement required under the material information disclosure provisions of the Stock Exchange Listing regulations, today announced that on 19th April, 2012, gas supply to DH Fertilizer plant (A wholly owned subsidiary of Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited) was suspended by the Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL).

Gas supply is being discontinued in accordance with the Prime Ministers directives during 2nd National Energy Conference for the purpose of diverting gas to the power sector.

As a consequence DH Fertilizers Limited was forced to shut down.

The Company will inform the Stock Exchanges about resumption of gas supply as and when it is restored.

2nd April, 2012: Gas supply to DH Fertilizers plant suspended by SNGPL

2nd April, 2012: Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited in a disclosure statement required under the material information disclosure provisions of the Stock Exchange Listing regulations, today announced that the gas supply to DH Fertilizer plant (A wholly owned subsidiary of Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited) has been suspended by the Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL).

SNGPL has informed that disruption in of gas supply is due to sabotage activity and widening gap between the supply and demand, thus leading to this situation.

The Company will inform the Stock Exchanges about resumption of gas supply as and when it is restored.

16th February, 2012: DH Corp announces dividend

The Board of Directors in its meeting held on 15 February 2012 has announced a final cash dividend for the year ended 31 December 2011 of Rs 1.00 per share i.e.: 10%.

December 26, 2011 Meezan Bank arranges PKR 4.8 billion.

Meezan Bank Ltd. arranged a PKR 4.8 billion syndicated Islamic Finance Facility for DH Fertilizers Limited. DH Fertilizers is amongst Pakistan's leading fertilizer manufacturers and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited (formerly Dawood Hercules Chemicals Limited), one of the largest groups and trusted business names in Pakistan.

The PKR 4.8 Billion Syndicated Islamic Finance Facility was mandated to Meezan Bank as a Financial Advisor & Lead Arranger. United Bank and Allied Bank jointly led the consortium while AlBaraka Bank, BankIslami & Burj Bank were Co-Lead Arrangers of the Facility.

A signing ceremony was held at the Dawood Centre to ink the Facility Agreements between DH Fertilizers and the Banks. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Hussain Dawood, Chairmanand Mr. Shahid Hamid Pracha CEO- Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited, Mr. Irfan Siddiqui, President & CEO of Meezan Bank, along-with leading professionals from participating financial institutions including Mr. Shafqaat Ahmed (CEO - Al Baraka Bank), Mr. Ahmed Khizer Khan (President & CEO -Burj Bank Limited).

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Hussain Dawood said that the Dawood Hercules Group's underlying philosophy is to work on a partnership basis and form long-term relationships. He also emphasised the Group's commitment towards Islamic banking and praised Meezan Bank's support for arranging the Facility.

Adding his words at the occasion, Mr. Amir Ali, Head of Investment Banking Meezan Bank said that DH Fertilizers Limited (then a part of Dawood Hercules Chemicals Limited) was the first company in Pakistan to completely converted its long term bank borrowings to Islamic financing in 2007. The Company at that time had issued the largest ever private sector Sukuk in Pakisan, the issue size of which amounted to PKR 6.5 billion. He thanked the Company for its support at that time which had helped Islamic Banks boost the local Islamic Sukuks' Market.

Meezan Bank is the first and largest Islamic Bank in Pakistan with a branch network of 275 branches in over 80 cities of Pakistan offering a complete range of Islamic banking products and services for individuals and businesses.

28th October 2011: Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited appoints new CEO

The Board of Directors of Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited (DH Corp) in their meeting held on 27 October 2011 approved the appointment of Mr. Shahid Hamid Pracha as Chief Executive Officer in place of Mr. Isar Ahmad with effect from 28th November 2011.

Mr. Isar Ahmad who has been associated with the Company for the last six years has made significant contributions towards institutionalizing the corporate governance framework in the Company, managing the process of creation of the holding company and the demerger of the fertilizer business. Mr. Isar Ahmad will continue to serve on the board of the company and the boards of various companies within the group.

Mr. Shahid Pracha is a graduate electrical engineer from the University of Salford, UK and prior to joining the Group, spent major part of his career with ICI Plc’s Pakistan operations in a variety of senior roles including international assignment. During his association with the Group since last four years he has held the positions of Group Director Human Resources & Public Affairs, Chief Executive Karachi Education Initiative (KEI) the sponsoring entity of the Karachi School of Business & Leadership and Chief Executive Dawood Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DH Corp.

12th August, 2011: Demerger of Dawood Hercules Chemicals Limited

Dawood Hercules Chemicals Limited is pleased to announce that the Honourable Lahore High Court has approved the demerger and transfer of its fertilizer business as per the Scheme of Arrangement, into a wholly owned subsidiary, DH Fertilizers Limited (DHFL) with effect from January 1, 2011. This demerger involves the separation/transfer of assets, liabilities and employees etc. relating to the fertilizer business to DH Fertilizers Limited.

The name of Dawood Hercules Chemicals Limited will be changed to Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited (DH Corp.), which will function as a Holding Company. Requisite regulatory approvals from the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan have been obtained.