Malaysia’s Petronas warns on 2017 outlook despite swing to Q4 profit


Dateline 2017-03-14, Reuters:

Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd warned on Tuesday of a cautious outlook for 2017, although sharp cutbacks in expenses by the state-run oil major allowed it to swing to a fourth-quarter profit from a loss in the year-ago period.

Petronas maintained what it called a “conservative” outlook for this year – despite also posting a higher profit for 2016 – saying it expects oil prices to remain uncertain and that it will continue to pursue lower costs.

Petronas, as the company is known, is relying on lower operating expenses, job cuts and project rollbacks to help it navigate through a low oil price environment.

Malaysia relies on its only Fortune 500 company for nearly a third of its oil and gas-related revenue. Petronas is one of the country’s largest employers with a workforce of over 50,000.

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