China's oil giant CNPC reports losses

BEIJING: China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) saw sharp earning declines for the first quarter (Q1), with the revenue shrinking 14.4% to around 509.1 billion yuan (US$72.71 billion), citing the tumbled global economy and the plummeting international oil prices as causes.

Net losses attributable to shareholders reached 16.23 billion yuan, compared with a profit of 10.25 billion yuan in the same period of last year, according to a quarterly report of the company filed to the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges.

The losses came after the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak significantly slashed market demand and weighed on industrial chains, the report noted.

Aside from the epidemic impacts, the global oil rout was another major cause for the profit contraction of the company, with the Brent and West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices nosediving by 73.25% and 66.53% by the end of the Q1, respectively.

Noting that the company is facing unprecedented pressure, Dai Houliang, chairman of the CNPC said the convergence of two black-swan events -- the novel coronavirus epidemic and global oil price slumps -- has hit both the supply and demand of the oil and natural gas markets, pushing the company to trim spending this year.

Facing the grim situation, the company will strengthen the coordination of industrial chains, tighten regulations on costs and deepen the market-oriented reform to keep the operation running in an orderly manner, it said.

The share price of CNPC stood at 4.44 yuan apiece on April 30, the last trading day before China's May Day holiday. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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