UAE’s Taqa posts Q1 loss on low oil prices
Abu Dhabi National Energy Co (TAQA), the state-owned oil explorer and power supplier, on Wednesday reported a first-quarter net loss, hurt by low oil prices.
TAQA, majority-owned by Abu Dhabi’s government, made a net loss attributable to equity holders of AED608 million ($165.5m) in the three months to March 31, versus a net profit of AED256m in the same period of 2015, it said in a bourse statement.
A 43 percent drop in the price of oil and gas sold by TAQA reduced the group’s first-quarter revenue by 24 percent to 3.9 billion dirhams.
Revenue from electricity and water fell slightly to AED2.1 billion in the quarter versus AED2.2bn in the first quarter of 2015.
TAQA, in March, said it slashed its proposed capital expenditure for 2016 by 42 per cent to no more than AED1.8bn in response to lower oil prices..
Despite significant cuts in capital expenditure, TAQA produced 153,700 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the first quarter, down 3 percent versus a year earlier, the company said.
“We continue to execute our strategy to meet the challenges of the low commodity price environment,” TAQA chief operating officer Edward LaFehr said in the statement, adding this had resulted in savings of AED1bn in the first quarter.
Earlier this month, TAQA said it was not in talks with any entity to sell its oil and gas assets after Reuters reported that TAQA was considering whether to sell its overseas oil and gas assets to another Abu Dhabi state-owned entity.
TAQA is also considering an international bond issue, IFR reported on Monday, citing sources. ($1 = AED3.6730)