Analysts recommend Aker BP purchases before the quarterly figures – E24

Analysts recommend Aker BP purchases before the quarterly figures – E24
Analysts recommend Aker BP purchases before the quarterly figures – E24

The oil company Aker BP’s results for the third quarter of the year are expected to be somewhat better than in the same period last year, which was a quarter with a major write-down.

Kjell Inge Røkkes Aker is heavily involved in the oil business, but has also thrown himself into the green shift.

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byoutline Morten Uglum

Published:Updated: October 24, 2020 11:54 AM, Published: October 24, 2020 10:56 AM

Thursday of the week, the oil company Aker BP, which is controlled by the oil giant BP and Kjell Inge Røkkes Aker, will present the figures for the third quarter of the year.

Now the analysts have made up their minds about what the accounts will look like.

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Expecting a slightly stronger operating result

This is what the analyst corps expects, based on estimates obtained by Infront for TDN Direkt:

  • An operating profit of $ 216 million, compared to $ 196 million in the same period last year.
  • Profit before tax is expected to be 160 million dollars, compared to 143 million dollars last year.
  • An operating profit before write-downs (ebitda) of $ 481 million in the three-month period this year, slightly better than last year.
  • Revenue is expected to land at $ 683 million, down from $ 723 million in the third quarter of 2019.

In the third quarter of last year, Aker BP had to book extraordinary expenses and write-downs totaling USD 94 million.

Aker BP produced 201,600 barrels of oil per day in the third quarter, the company announced earlier in October. This means that the company is on track to reach its production target for 2020.

Aker BP sold oil at $ 42.70 per barrel in the quarter, compared to $ 29.90 per barrel in the second quarter, it said.

Positive to the oil stock

Before the figures are released, ten analysts have a buy recommendation, while only 1 recommends selling the oil stock, according to Infront TDN Direkt.

The average price target is NOK 223, while the Aker BP share closed at a price of NOK 151.4 on the Oslo Stock Exchange on Friday.

Since the turn of the year, the Røkke share has fallen above 45 per cent, but analysts on average expect a significant upside over the next 6–12 months.

Recent reports have highlighted that the stock has fallen sharply, with the prospect of higher oil prices and debt maturity only in 2024.

The highest price target is NOK 280, while the lowest is NOK 150.

The company’s market value is NOK 54.5 billion.


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