BP blew expectations out of the water

April 27, 2021
BP blew expectations out of the water

British Petroleum posted its first-quarter figures that came ahead of expectations

One of the largest petroleum companies in the world, British Petroleum reported first quarter 2021 figures that came beyond the consensus.

The company’s net profit came in at $2.6 billion, significantly higher than the $791 million reported in Q1 2020. Analysts were looking for a profit of $1.4 billion. According to BP officials, the results were driven by “exceptional” and “significant” gas marketing and trading performance, as well as higher oil prices and more substantial refining margins.

The London-based company announced that its net debt fell to $33.3 billion, meaning that it could reduce its debt to $35 billion, hitting its target.

For the future, British Petroleum plans to resume its share buyback program of around $500 million.

After the news hit the wires, BP stock price traded more than 2% higher during the London trading hours. Since the beginning of the year, it gained over 16%.

Source: barrons.com

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