EQS Newswire / 27/04/2023 / 18:06 UTC+8
Sinopec Achieved Good Performance in 2023 Q1
Net Profit Reached RMB 20.7 Billion
(27 April 2023, Beijing, China) China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (“Sinopec Corp.” or the “Company”) (HKEX: 00386; SSE: 600028) today announced its unaudited first quarterly results for the three months ended 31 March 2023.
In the first quarter of 2023, China’s economy improved with gross domestic product (GDP) up by 4.5% year on year. The international crude oil prices fluctuated in a wide range and the spot price of Platt’s Brent for the first quarter averaged USD81.27 per barrel, down by 19.7% year on year. The domestic demand for refined oil products rebounded rapidly, demand for natural gas maintained growth year on year, and demand for chemical products recovered.
The Company seized the favorable market opportunity, optimized the whole business chain, strengthened the coordination of production and marketing, made great efforts to expand sales, and achieved good performance. In accordance with CASs, net profit attributable to equity shareholders of the Company was RMB 20.102 billion in the first quarter of 2023. In accordance with IFRS, net profit attributable to shareholders of the Company was RMB 20.740 billion in the first quarter of 2023.
Exploration and Production: The Company intensified efforts in high quality exploration, expanded the scale of profitable production capacity, and made positive progress in maintaining oil production, increasing gas output and reducing cost. In exploration, we focused on expanding resources, increasing reserve and obtaining more exploration licenses, strengthened risk exploration in new regions and areas, and made important breakthroughs of oil and gas exploration in Shunbei, Chuanbei, and Jiyang depression. In development, we accelerated the capacity building of Shunbei and Tahe oilfields, strengthened fine-tuned development of mature oil fields, and sped up capacity building of natural gas in Western Sichuan and Southeast Sichuan. We also optimized the resources structure of LNG to reduce procurement costs, strengthened operation optimization of natural gas business, achieving a constant improvement in the profitability of whole natural gas business chain. In the first quarter, the Company’s oil and gas production reached 124.6 million barrels of oil equivalent, up by 2.6% year on year, with natural gas production reaching 330.47 billion cubic feet, up by 5.3% year on year. The exploration and production segment realised an earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of RMB 13.357 billion.
For domestic production of crude oil, 1 tonne = 7.10 barrels. For overseas production of crude oil, 1 tonne = 7.25 barrels. For production of natural gas, 1 cubic meter = 35.31 cubic feet.
Refining: The Company actively addressed the market changes, vigorously optimized production operation to maximize the overall profits along the business chain. Closely following market changes, we maintained high utilisation rate. We flexibly adjusted the procurement strategies to reduce procurement costs. We optimized the product mix and increased the exports of refined oil products. We also accelerated the construction of world-class refining bases and advanced with structural adjustment projects in an orderly manner. In the first quarter, the Company processed 62.24 million tonnes of crude oil, yielding 37.30 million tonnes of refined oil products. The refining segment realised EBIT of RMB 10.459 billion.
Note: Including 100% production of domestic joint ventures.
Marketing and Distribution: The Company seized the favorable opportunity arising from the rapid recovery of demand, fully leveraged the advantages of integrated business and marketing network, strengthened resources coordination, made every effort to expand sales volume, and achieved significant improvement of the sales volume and profits. We optimised the sales network of refined oil products, made continuous efforts for the transition to an integrated energy service provider of Petro-Gas-Hydrogen-Power-Services. We continued to improve the quality and profitability for the non-fuel business. In the first quarter, total sales volume of refined oil products was 56.16 million tonnes, up by 10.1% year on year. The marketing and distribution segment realised EBIT of RMB 8.475 billion.
Note: The total sales volume of refined oil products includes the amount of trading volume.
Chemicals: Facing severe challenges resulting from the concentrated release of chemical capacity and fierce competition, the Company closely followed the market demand, optimised the structure of feedstock, facilities and products with a profit-driven orientation, maintained high utilisation rate in profitable facilities, increased production of high value-added products such as PV-grade EVA and polybutadiene rubber, and reduced products with no marginal contribution. We actively promoted the construction of advanced capacity. In the first quarter, the ethylene production was 3.347 million tonnes, and the total chemicals sales volume was 20.69 million tonnes, up by 0.2% year on year. The chemicals segment realised EBIT of RMB -3.022 billion.
Note: Including 100% production of domestic joint ventures.
Capital expenditure: In the first quarter, focusing on quality and return of investment, the Company continuously optimised its investment projects, with total capital expenditures of RMB 23.40 billion. The capital expenditures of the exploration and production segment were RMB 14.98 billion, mainly used for the crude oil and gas production capacity construction in Shunbei, Tahe, Western Sichuan and Southeast Sichuan, and construction of the Shengli Shale Oil National Demonstration Zone and storage and transportation facilities of Shandong LNG. The capital expenditures of the refining segment were RMB 4.22 billion, mainly used for the expansion of Zhenhai refinery and structural adjustment of Anqing and Yangzi refineries. The capital expenditures of the marketing and distribution segment were RMB 0.78 billion, mainly used for renovation of the existing stations. The capital expenditures of the chemicals segment were RMB 3.27 billion, mainly used for ethylene projects in Tianjin Nangang and Hainan, Yizheng PTA project, caprolactam relocation project in Baling, and new material projects in Zhenhai and Tianjin, etc. The capital expenditures of the corporate and others were RMB 0.15 billion, mainly used for information technology projects.
Principal financial data and indicators prepared in accordance with CASs
Note: In accordance with the requirements of both the Interpretation of Accounting Standards for Business Enterprises No. 16 and the Accounting Standard for Business Enterprises No. 18—Income Taxes, the Company retrospectively adjusted the relevant items of the financial statements.
Note: In accordance with the requirements of the International Accounting Standards 12, the Company retrospectively adjusted the relevant items of the financial statements.
Sinopec Corp. is one of the largest integrated energy and chemical companies in China. Its principal operations include the exploration and production, pipeline transportation and sale of petroleum and natural gas; the production, sale, storage and transportation of refinery products, petrochemical products, coal chemical products, synthetic fibre, and other chemical products; the import and export, including an import and export agency business, of petroleum, natural gas, petroleum products, petrochemical and chemical products, and other commodities and technologies; and research, development and application of technologies and information; hydrogen energy business and related services such as hydrogen production, storage, transportation and sales; battery charging and swapping, solar energy, wind energy and other new energy business and related services.
This press release includes “forward-looking statements”. All statements, other than statements of historical facts that address activities, events or developments that Sinopec Corp. expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future (including but not limited to projections, targets, reserve volume, other estimates and business plans) are forward-looking statements. Sinopec Corp.’s actual results or developments may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and uncertainties, including but not limited to the price fluctuation, possible changes in actual demand, foreign exchange rate, results of oil exploration, estimates of oil and gas reserves, market shares, competition, environmental risks, possible changes to laws, finance and regulations, conditions of the global economy and financial markets, political risks, possible delay of projects, government approval of projects, cost estimates and other factors beyond Sinopec Corp.’s control. In addition, Sinopec Corp. makes the forward-looking statements referred to herein as of today and undertakes no obligation to update these statements.
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