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PetroChina H1 net profit rises 4%, helped by fuel price reforms

  • PetroChina (NYSE:PTR) says its H1 net profit rose 4% Y/Y as losses at its refining and chemical businesses narrowed after fuel pricing reforms last year; for the quarter, profit rose ~15% Y/Y to $33.9B yuan ($5.5B), matching expectations.
  • However, H1 operating profit from PTR's natural gas and pipeline business fell 81% Y/Y to 4.1B yuan, partly because PTR needed to procure expensive natural gas imports to meet rising demand; PTR has lost billions of dollars from selling imported natural gas at deep discounts in recent years.
  • Analysts expect PTR to report stronger H2 results thanks to a natural gas price increase and potential gains from asset sales.

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