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Sturdy gasoline enterprise helps to cushion Eni revenue fall

The emblem of Italian multinational oil and gasoline firm is displayed on a gas tanker truck parked outdoors an Eni petrol station in Cyprus’ capital Nicosia on September 9, 2022.

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Italian vitality group Eni reported a 49% fall in its adjusted internet revenue within the second quarter due to weaker commodity costs however a robust efficiency from its gasoline enterprise helped it to beat forecasts.

Adjusted internet revenue within the interval got here in at 1.94 billion euros ($2.13 billion) down from a bumper results of 3.81 billion euros a 12 months in the past, however above an analyst consensus of 1.64 billion euros.

The state-controlled group raised its 2023 steering for its gasoline enterprise (GGP) after it underpinned the group’s leads to the second quarter with an adjusted working revenue of 1.1 billion euros, greater than double the 0.5 billion analysts had pencilled in.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine final 12 months, Eni moved rapidly to interchange Moscow’s gasoline provides with gas it extracts in African international locations, strengthening its place on the gasoline markets.

Buying and selling exercise associated to its giant gasoline portfolio and re-negotiations and settlements associated to contracts have been the components behind the great efficiency of the division within the final three months, it mentioned.

Eni now expects the gasoline enterprise to achieve an adjusted earnings earlier than curiosity and taxes (EBIT) determine of between 2.7 billion and three.0 billion euros for the 12 months versus earlier steering of two.0-2.2 billion euros.

It additionally improved its full-year outlook for its low-carbon unit Plenitude and trimmed plans for capital expenditure this 12 months to under 9 billion euros from a earlier estimate of 9.2 billion euros.

Group’s expectation for adjusted EBIT for this 12 months is confirmed at 12 billion euros even after making an allowance for a weaker oil and gasoline costs.

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On Thursday Shell and TotalEnergies reported sharp falls in second-quarter revenue from bumper 2022 earnings as oil and gasoline costs, refining margins and buying and selling outcomes all weakened.

“Eni has reported a robust set of second-quarter outcomes, with adjusted EBIT and internet revenue coming in nicely forward of market expectations,” mentioned Royal Financial institution of Scotland in a notice, including the brand new steering for the gasoline division was a major transfer up relative to market expectations.

Shares within the group have been up 1%, outperforming a flat Milan’s blue-chip index at 0740 GMT.

Within the second quarter Eni and different vitality teams had to deal with a 30% fall in crude oil costs and a drop of greater than 60% within the gasoline value and refining margins in contrast with the identical interval final 12 months.

Regardless of a weaker outlook for commodity costs, Eni mentioned it will proceed a share buy-back programme began in Might.

“Contemplating our first-half outcomes and persevering with enterprise efficiency that drives raised steering, we’ve got a strong place from which to pay our first quarterly instalment of the raised 0.94 euros per share 2023 dividend in September and proceed our 2.2 billion euro buy-back,” Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi mentioned.

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