The Energy Giant BP, having quite a high reputation in the industry has witnessed a sliding of about 12 percent in its profit within the first quarter of 2019 i.e. to 1.6 billion pounds. The primary cause for the same has been revealed to be the continuous fall in the prices of oil and gas in these three months, which affected the net revenue and thus the profits for this giant. At the same time last year, it had made profits of about 1.9 billion pounds in the first quarter itself.
But, on the contrary, the shares of BP nudged up about one percent early in the stock markets of Tuesday where its dividend witnessed a boost and added further to the present yield of 5.6 percent, thus beating the expectations despite the decline in the net profits. This reverse reaction on both of the different phenomenon has garnered mixed reviews amongst the public and the shareholders of the giant.
The quarterly reports of BP said that the strong supply of oil and gas at the beginning of 2019 somehow negated the falling prices of the same and hence helped in partially offsetting the impact of weaker oil and gas prices. As quoted by the Chief Executive Bob Dudley, ‘BP’s performance in this quarter despite all of the odds indeed shows the strength of our strategy and teamwork displayed during the period.’ He further extended by saying that the solid and full-proof upstream and downstream delivery and trading results produced more than a significant amount of earnings and cash flow at such a volatile phase for the giant, which began with very weak marketing conditions and thus caused significant turnarounds that went within the favor of BP.
As per the previous records, BP witnessed a whopping record in the past two years over the cost of crude oil, with the profits doubling in 2018. However, the price sank to the newest 18-month low in December of last year, which weakened the market to a great extent and thus knocked the roots of the giant. As a result, the cash flow for this period stood at 4.6 billion pounds and 773 million pounds capital build, excluding the period of 464 million pounds for its Deepwater Mexico Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico way back in 2010.
As per Richard Hunter, the head of the markets at Interactive Investor quoted that BP might not have shown its usual exceptional performance like previous years, but nonetheless, it remains on its track of fulfilling the strategic promises to the stakeholders. Its shares have witnessed a rise of 3 percent in the past year and spiked about 10 percent within the last three months itself.
On a concluding note Hunter said that the company’s historic position as a core portfolio constituent is in a little danger due to the fallen prices, but its market consensus on the shares is most likely to remain intact and thus it is still expected to remain firm on its roots as one of the leading giants of the industry.