|PetroVietnam Gas' tanks. The company posted a 6.6 per cent year-on-year decline in total revenue during the first three months of the year. - Photo pvgas.com.vn|
HÀ NỘI – PetroVietnam Gas Corporation JSC (PVGas) earned VNĐ17.5 trillion (US$743.4 million) of total revenue in the first quarter of the year.
The figure was down 6.6 per cent year-on-year but still beat its target by 14 per cent.
Pre-tax profit and post-tax profit fell about 31 per cent year-on-year to VNĐ2.6 trillion and VNĐ2.1 trillion, respectively.
Realised profits exceeded targets set for the first three-month period by 33 per cent and 35 per cent, respectively.
According to the group, business operations in the first quarter were hindered by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic which suspended plants and pulled market demand down.
In addition, oil prices lost two-thirds since the beginning of the year to hit a four-year low of $22-23 a barrel on March 31, way below the expected level of $60 a barrel eyed by the company for 2020.
In the first quarter, PVGas was supplied more than 2.35 billion cubic metres of wet gas to produce nearly 2.3 billion cubic metres of dry gas, 15,200 tonnes of condensate gas and 426,200 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
The company in 2019 recorded total revenue of VNĐ75.6 trillion, which was almost unchanged from 2018's figure, and VNĐ12.16 trillion in post-tax profit, up 3.84 per cent year-on-year.
The earnings figures beat last year’s targets by 18 per cent and 59 per cent in total revenue and post-tax profit.
PVGas forecast its total revenue in 2020 will fall to VNĐ66.16 trillion and post-tax profit will be halved to VNĐ6.63 trillion. The company plans to pay a dividend rate of 30 per cent.
PVGas has also postponed its annual shareholders’ meeting, which was previously scheduled for April 14. The new date will be set before June 30.
PVGas shares (HoSE: GAS) soared 6.9 per cent to end Thursday at VNĐ67,000 per share. – VNS