Wintershall Dea post strong Q2 thanks to oil prices, lower spending

(Reuters) – Wintershall Dea (WINT.UL) posted strong second quarter 2021 earnings as it benefited from firmer oil prices and reduced spending, its earnings report showed on Tuesday.

The company, owned jointly by BASF (BASFn.DE) and Russia’s LetterOne, posted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation, and exploration expenses (EBITDAX), a standard oil industry measure, of 636 million euros ($750.10 million) in the three months, up 140% year-on-year.

Adjusted net income of 168 million euros was up 93% from the same 2020 period.

Brent oil prices have fallen to just under $75 from a peak of $77 a barrel in early July, which were the highest since 2018.

Chief Executive Mario Mehren said of the second quarter; “(It) has stabilised our credit ratings and gives us significant flexibility to follow our strategic objectives.”

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Capital expenditure fell 37% to 223 million euros and is on track to achieve full year guidance of 1-1.1 billion euros.

Wintershall Dea’s production outlook for the full year is now for 630-640 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe/day) after its second quarter production was 1% up year-on-year.

Wintershall in the second quarter released another 100 million euros in dividend to shareholders, completing payment of a total 600 million this year after suspending its 2020 dividend.

The company, which produces gas and oil in 13 countries, was helped by a new discovery in Norway close to existing infrastructure.

Its core regions are Russia, Argentina, North Africa and the Middle East.

($1 = 0.8479 euros)

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