Malaysia’s Petronas Swings to Profit Amid Higher Oil Prices

April 22, 2017

Dateline 2017-03-14, Bloomberg:

Petroliam Nasional Bhd., Malaysia’s state oil company, swung to a profit last quarter amid higher oil prices and as the company recorded lower impairment costs.

Net income was 9.42 billion ringgit ($2.1 billion) in the three months through December, from a loss of 4.69 billion ringgit a year ago, the company said Tuesday. Revenue fell 2.6 percent to 58.6 billion ringgit.

While cost-cutting helped improve performance and the global oil market is expected to rebalance, the outlook remains uncertain, Chief Executive Officer Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin told reporters in Kuala Lumpur. “We are preparing ourselves for a very uncertain second half of this year.”

 


Malaysia’s Petronas Posts 96% Profit Drop on Lower Oil Price

October 11, 2016

Dateline 2016-08-22, Reuters:

Malaysian state-owned oil firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) on Monday said low oil prices dragged quarterly profit down 85 percent, and labelled the industry outlook “gloomy” well into 2017.

Petronas has seen a global slump in oil prices squeeze finances, which make up a third of Malaysia’s oil and gas revenue. The benchmark Brent futures LCOc1 price, which hit a 12-year low earlier this year, rose 25 percent in the second quarter but remains lower than a year earlier.

“We should expect to see volatility continue and Petronas will not bank on optimistic oil prices to ease up on pressure,” President and Chief Executive Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said at a news conference.

“The combined factors of oversupply, growing inventories and slower demand growth point to an ongoing gloomy outlook well into 2017.”

Wan Zulkiflee said Petronas planned for an average price this year of $30 a barrel, unchanged from its February forecast. Brent crude, after a recent rally, traded at $49.50 at 1021 GMT.

 


Malaysia’s Petronas sees gloomy industry outlook as second quarter profit slumps

October 9, 2016

Dateline 2016-08-22, Reuters:

Malaysian state-owned oil firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) on Monday said low oil prices dragged quarterly profit down 85 percent, and labelled the industry outlook “gloomy” well into 2017.

Petronas has seen a global slump in oil prices squeeze finances, which make up a third of Malaysia’s oil and gas revenue. The benchmark Brent futures LCOc1 price, which hit a 12-year low earlier this year, rose 25 percent in the second quarter but remains lower than a year earlier.

“We should expect to see volatility continue and Petronas will not bank on optimistic oil prices to ease up on pressure,” President and Chief Executive Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said at a news conference.

“The combined factors of oversupply, growing inventories and slower demand growth point to an ongoing gloomy outlook well into 2017.”


PETRONAS to Continue Cost Control Measures Even When Oil Price Recovers

October 7, 2016

Dateline 2016-08-18, Rigzone:

Malaysia’s state-owned Petroliam Nasional Bhd (PETRONAS) planned to continue with efforts to control costs even when oil prices recover after it saved approximately $851 million (MYR 3.4 billion) following implemention of cost cutting measures from the beginning of 2015 to the middle of this year, President and Group CEO Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said Wednesday, as reported by national news agency Bernama.

“Through the Cost Reduction Alliance program, we have managed to cut MYR 3.4 billion in terms of our costs since we started till the middle of this year,” Wan Zulkiflee told the International Conference of Blue Ocean Strategy’s plenary session in Putrajaya.

PETRONAS’ Cost Reduction Alliance (CORAL 2.0) is a five year program stretching from 2015 to 2019 seeks to inculcate cost-conscious mindset across upstream sector in Malaysia. The industry-wide program aims to support sustainability in the local petroleum sector through cost optimization, increased efficiency and driving industry innovation across all operators.

Many international, national and independent oil and gas companies, including PETRONAS, had undertaken measures to cut cost due to the slump in global oil prices that commenced in the second half of 2014.

“In 2014, oil prices were more than $100 per barrel, at lunch time today it was $48. Oil companies had to do strategic responses, worried about cash flows, cut budgets and optimize the manpower and PETRONAS was no different,” Wan Zulkiflee said, as reported by Bernama.

 


Cost-cutting measures save RM3.4b for Petronas

October 6, 2016

Dateline 2016-08-17, FMT:

Malaysia’s oil giant, Petronas, has saved RM3.4 billion since embarking on cost-cutting measures in 2015 and this effort will continue even if oil prices recover.

“Through the Cost Reduction Alliance programme, we have managed to cut RM3.4 billion in terms of our costs since we started till the middle of this year,” its president and group chief executive officer, Wan Zulkifli Wan Ariffin, said.

He said this at the International Conference of Blue Ocean Strategy’s plenary session themed “Delivering High Value at Low Cost” here today.

The Cost Reduction Alliance, or Coral 2.0, is a five-year industry-wide programme from 2015 to 2019, driven by Petronas, with the aim to inculcate a cost-conscious mindset across Malaysia.

Wan Zulkifli said the transformation kicked in when oil and gas companies, including Petronas, were hit by tumbling prices from 2014.

 


Cost-cutting measures save RM3.4b for Petronas

September 29, 2016

Dateline 2016-08-17, FMT:

Malaysia’s oil giant, Petronas, has saved RM3.4 billion since embarking on cost-cutting measures in 2015 and this effort will continue even if oil prices recover.

“Through the Cost Reduction Alliance programme, we have managed to cut RM3.4 billion in terms of our costs since we started till the middle of this year,” its president and group chief executive officer, Wan Zulkifli Wan Ariffin, said.

He said this at the International Conference of Blue Ocean Strategy’s plenary session themed “Delivering High Value at Low Cost” here today.

The Cost Reduction Alliance, or Coral 2.0, is a five-year industry-wide programme from 2015 to 2019, driven by Petronas, with the aim to inculcate a cost-conscious mindset across Malaysia.

Wan Zulkifli said the transformation kicked in when oil and gas companies, including Petronas, were hit by tumbling prices from 2014.

 


Petronas weathers oil price rout with cost-cutting, deferral of big projects

May 6, 2016

Dateline 2016-03-23, AsiaOne:

THE realities of low oil prices have forced Malaysia’s oil-and-gas (O&G) industry to undertake extensive cost- cutting, in addition to deferring projects demanding large capital expenditure, although national oil company Petronas has braved the global headwinds to press on with two multibillion-dollar projects.

Prime Minister Najib Razak noted at the official opening of OTC Asia (Offshore Technology Conference Asia) 2016 in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday that Petronas had been forced to employ measures to ride out the storm resulting from an acute and dramatic decline in oil prices over the last two years.

Petronas CEO Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin (commonly known as Wan Zul) said the Malaysian O&G industry has collectively saved RM2.44 billion (S$817 million) by implementing cost-cutting – through which efforts by Petronas towards “internal cash management, cost efficiency and simplification” yielded RM1.4 billion in cost savings alone in 2015.