- Company says E&P production volumes ahead of guidance
- U.K. producer increased oil, natural-gas output last year
BG Group Plc, which agreed to be acquired by Royal Dutch Shell Plc last April, expects to report full-year profit of at least $2.3 billion after crude oil prices extended their decline.
That profit for 2015 included a post-tax gain of at least $600 million, the Reading, England-based company said on Wednesday. BG reported preliminary numbers before a shareholder vote on the merger takes place next week.
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Oil’s collapse to a 12-year low has driven down profit and revenue at energy companies around the world and forced them to cut spending, write down the value of assets, defer and cancel projects and fire employees. BG, the U.K.’s third-biggest oil and gas producer, is one of the few companies where output is increasing, a boon for Shell.
BG shares rose 1.2 percent in London on Tuesday, trimming this year’s decline to 4.6 percent. BG will report final quarterly and full-year results on Feb. 5.
Brent crude averaged $44.69 a barrel in the fourth quarter in London trading, 42 percent lower than a year earlier. It dropped below $28 a barrel on Monday.