Semirara remits P16 billion in royalties to govt


Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) has remitted to the national government nearly P16 billion representing royalties for 2022.

During SMPC’s virtual annual stockholders’ meeting Tuesday, company chairman Isidro Consunji said the firm posted its highest remittance to the government and host communities in 2022 for the past 25 years. The P16 billion figure is 151-percent higher compared to 2021.

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 transformation, and even prouder of our meaningful contribution to national energy security and poverty alleviation,” Consunji said.

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.


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