ConocoPhillips Q3 chem profit rises 27% to $132m on better margins

27 October 2010 14:38  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--ConocoPhillips’s third-quarter earnings in its chemical segment rose 27% to $132m (€95m) from $104m in the 2009 third quarter, largely due to improved ethylene margins and better market conditions, the US-based energy and petrochemicals firm said on Wednesday.

The company said that its 50% interest in the CPChem petrochemicals joint venture with Chevron “delivered particularly strong results” in the three months ended 30 September, compared with the year-earlier period.

Third-quarter ethylene industry cash margins more than doubled to 11.2 cents/lb from 5.2 cents/lb in the 2009 third quarter, it added.

For the first nine months of the year to 30 September, ConocoPhillips’ chemical segment earnings almost doubled to $380m from $194m in the same period last year.

The company did not break out chemical segment sales.

Overall, the energy major reported third-quarter earnings of $3.1bn, up more than double from $1.5bn in the 2009 third quarter.

Excluding gains from asset dispositions and other items, third-quarter 2010 adjusted earnings rose to $2.2bn, from $1.4bn in the 2009 third quarter, primarily due to higher commodity prices and better US refining margins, the company said.

($1 = €0.72)

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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