PetroVietnam Drilling Forecasts 2013 Profit to Increase 29%

PetroVietnam Drilling & Well Services Joint-Stock Co., the country’s biggest listed oilfield services provider, forecasts profit this year may rise 29 percent as rates for drilling rigs increase.

Net income may reach 1.7 trillion dong ($81 million) in 2013 from 1.32 trillion dong last year, Chief Financial Officer Ho Ngoc Yen Phuong said in a phone interview yesterday. Sales are expected to be 13.1 trillion dong, compared with 11.9 trillion dong in 2012.

The Ho Chi Minh City-based company will experience “high growth” this year as contracted day rates for its rigs has risen 15 percent to an average of $155,000 per day, Phuong said. Rig prices are expected to increase further as demand outstrips supply, she said.

PetroVietnam Drilling climbed 1 percent to close at 50,000 dong on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, the highest level since June 2, 2011, after rising as much 6.1 percent earlier. The stock has advanced 33 percent this year, outpacing the 25 percent advance in the benchmark VN Index.

The company will start operating two new hired rigs from the third quarter, bringing the total operating rigs to nine, Phuong said. PetroVietnam Drilling, partly owned by Deutsche Bank AG, had earlier this year set a target of 1.36 trillion dong for profit and 11.3 trillion dong for sales.

The oilfield services provider is a unit of Vietnam Oil & Gas Group, known as PetroVietnam.

— With assistance by Giang Nguyen

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