Galp posts 90% profit leap on soaring oil prices and refining margin

(Reuters) – Portuguese oil and gas company Galp Energia (GALP.LS) reported a 90% jump in adjusted second-quarter profit on Monday, citing soaring oil prices and a sharp increase in its refining margin.

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Galp said the company “successfully captured the favourable market conditions” in upstream activities, refining and renewables. Upstream refers to exploration and production.

The Lisbon-listed company’s shares were up 0.47% at 9.79 euros in morning trade, outperforming a 1% decline for the broader European Stoxx index for oil producers (.SXEP).

Adjusted net profit was 265 million euros ($270 million) in the three months to June 30, up from 140 million euros a year earlier and above the 224 million euros expected by 21 analysts polled by the company.

Galp’s adjusted upstream core profit rose 88% to 878 million euros, boosted by Brent crude prices that rose 65% year on year to $113.9 a barrel.

The higher prices more than offset a drop in its share of oil and gas production from projects in which it has the stake, down 7% at 119,600 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Its refining margin jumped to $22.30 a barrel in the quarter, up from $2.40 in the same period last year, when Portugal was under COVID-19 restrictions, and $6.90 in the previous quarter.

The improved global oil market backdrop prompted Galp to raise its guidance on full-year core profit to 4 billion euros, up from 2.7 billion euros, in line with what Jefferies analysts said was a market consensus estimate of about 4.1 billion euros.

Galp, which also runs renewable energy plants, said sales of refined products direct to clients rose 22% year on year to 1.9 million tonnes.

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