BP三季度扭亏为盈

中国石化新闻网 2020-10-30

  中国石化新闻网讯 据离岸工程网站10月27日消息 BP在第三季度扭亏为盈,但报告称,从新冠病毒大流行中复苏的步伐仍然不确定,并继续打压燃料需求和炼油利润。

  这家总部位于伦敦的公司表示,虽然亚洲,尤其是中国的燃料需求正在复苏,但全球第四季度迄今为止的消费仍然疲软。

  受油价疲软和投资者对BP能否成功从化石燃料转向可再生能源的担忧影响,BP股价今年已下跌逾50%,并维持在25年来的低点附近。

  不过,BP首席财务官默里?奥金克洛斯向路透社表示,冠状病毒危机不会减缓BP公司的过渡计划。

  奥金克洛斯说:“很难想象环境会比第三季度更加残酷,即使第四季度没有实质性的不同。”

  BP报告称,截至9月30日的三个月内,该公司的基本重置成本利润为8600万美元,超出了分析师预期的1.2亿美元的亏损。此前,该公司在上一季度出现创纪录的67亿美元的亏损,当时还将股息减半。

  他补充称,疲弱的燃料需求继续拖累炼油利润率,BP炼油厂的开工率为80%。燃料需求仍低于危机前水平15%左右。

  BP的炼油利润率为6.20美元/桶,较上一季度略有增长,但不到去年同期的一半。

  BP表示,油价上涨和天然气交易业务强劲提振了业绩,不过,石油交易较上一季度明显下降。

  炼油和贸易通常有助于抵消疲软的石油和天然气价格,但BP及其同行今年遭遇了一场完美风暴,当时冠状病毒疫情导致油气价格和燃料需求双双大幅下跌。

  瑞士信贷分析师托马斯阿道夫在一份报告中表示:“尽管宏观环境困难,但BP的基本表现仍然强劲。”

  截至格林尼治标准时间8时17分,BP股价上涨1.6%。

  吴恒磊 编译自 离岸工程

  原文如下:

  BP Swings Back to Small 3Q Profit

  BP swung back to a small profit in the third quarter but warned the pace of recovery from the pandemic remains uncertain and continued to weigh on fuel demand and refining profits.

  The London-based company said that while fuel demand in Asia, particularly in China, was recovering, global consumption remained weak so far in the fourth quarter.

  BP's shares are down more than 50% this year and remain near 25-year lows, battered by weak oil prices and investor concerns about BP's ability to successfully shift to renewable energy from fossil fuels.

  The coronavirus crisis will however not slow BP's transition plans, Chief Financial Officer Murray Auchincloss told Reuters.

  "It is hard to imagine the environment being much more brutal than it was in the third quarter," Auchincloss said, even if the fourth quarter "is not materially different."

  BP reported a $86 million underlying replacement cost profit, the company's definition of net income, for the three months to Sept. 30, beating analysts' expectations of a loss of $120 million. It followed a record $6.7 billion loss in the previous quarter, when it also halved its dividend.

  Weak fuel demand continued to weigh on refining profit margins, with BP refineries operating at 80% of capacity, he added. Fuel demand remains around 15% below pre-crisis levels.

  BP's refining margin of $6.20 per barrel was up slightly from the previous quarter but less than half of what it was a year earlier.

  The results were boosted by higher oil prices and stronger natural gas trading results, though oil trading was "significantly lower" than the previous quarter, BP said.

  Refining and trading typically help offset weak oil and gas prices. But BP and its peers hit a perfect storm this year when the coronavirus epidemic led to both sharp drops in oil and gas prices and fuel demand.

  "Despite the difficult macro backdrop, this was a strong underlying performance from BP," Credit Suisse analyst Thomas Adolff said in a note.

  BP shares were up 1.6% by 0817 GMT.

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