Analysts have mixed views on Petronas

Dateline 2016-11-17, The Star:

Analysts are generally mixed on the performance and outlook of Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) going forward, amid the uncertainty that blankets the global oil and gas (O&G) sector.

Hong Leong Investment Bank Research (HLIB) said on Thursday that the O&G player registered a 12.7% higher core net profit at RM7.1bil in the third quarter of financial year 2016, on a year-on-year basis (YoY). However, its core net profit for the first nine months of financial year 2016 (9MFY16) dropped to RM24.8bil, down 19.4% YoY.

Core profit after tax for the upstream segment declined by 32.1% YoY in 3QFY16 mainly due to lower realised oil prices in the quarter, consistent with global oil price trend and lower LNG volume due to lower trading volume. This is despite an increase in production volume YoY due to resumption of operations in of Sabah Sarawak Gas Pipeline, higher facilities uptime in Malaysia and Canada and better production from Indonesia and Australia.

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