(Bloomberg) — Repsol’s (BE:) third-quarter income beat expectations as the retail and and chemical operations helped offset lower oil prices.
- Adjusted net income was 522 million euros ($582.8 million), a drop of 66 million from a year earlier. That compares with an average analyst estimate of 475.7 million euros in a Bloomberg survey.
- Europe’s biggest oil companies have all reported impacts from lower crude prices in the third quarter: BP (LON:) Plc relied on refining to compensate for lower revenue and Eni SpA matched estimates, while Equinor ASA was hit with a big drop in profit.
- Repsol (MC:) is relying on strong cash generation and low debt to pay for a buyback of as much as 5% of existing shares announced in July.
- Net debt at at the end of the quarter rose to 3.8 billion euros, 174 million higher than the previous quarter
Repsol’s shares are up 6.1% year-to-date, compared to a 5.5% gain on the European Oil and Gas index.
- Upstream adjusted net income dropped to 218 million euros from 368 million a year earlier, on the back of lower oil prices even as output rose with the startup of new wells in Marcellus and Eagle Ford in the US as well as in Canada and Colombia.
- Downstream adjusted income rose to 372 million euros from 336 million as Spanish the commercial and chemical business counterbalanced softer refining margins, a key metric for the sector, which declined to $5.50 per barrel from $6.70 12 months ago.
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