Cnooc plans more capital spending despite profit slide

|By:, SA News Editor

Cnooc (CEO) posted an 11.4% drop in its 2013 net profit, well below analyst forecasts, to 56.5B yuan ($9.3B) vs. 63.7B yuan the previous year, as it struggled to deliver production growth and control costs amid weakening crude prices.

China's largest offshore oil and gas producer nevertheless says it expects to boost capital spending by 14%-30% this year, a sharp contrast to plans from rivals PetroChina (PTR) and Sinopec (SNP), which said they will cut capital expenditure this year by 7% and 4.2% respectively.

SNP had reported 2013 net profit rose 3.4%, while PTR had reported a 12% rise.

Production rose 20.2% Y/Y to 411.7M boe in 2013, thanks to contributions from newly acquired Nexen; excluding the contribution, Cnooc produced 350.9M boe, missing for the third year in a row its compound annual growth target of 6%-10% set for the 2011-15 period.