Russian gas monopoly Gazprom earned a 5th less from each cubic meter exported beyond the former Soviet Union in the 1st 9 months of last year, compared with the same period in 2015, the company reported on January 19, 2017.
Its unaudited accounts for the period showed that its operating profit was almost halved, at rubles 567.82 bln ($9.4 bln) compared with rubles 1.04 trillion.
But its finance costs were much lower; and its net profit came out higher, at rubles 737.4 bln compared with rubles 690.3 bln.
The results showed the average export price was rubles 11,994/'000m³, including excise and customs, down from a 2015 price of rubles 15,034/'000m³; sales within Russia rose in price, at rubles 3,798/'000m³, up from rubles 3,577/'000m³.
Exports to countries outside the former Soviet Union over the period were sharply up, at 161 bln m³ compared with 125 bln m³, although for the year as a whole the company exported a little over 179 bln m³, including some days of record amounts.
Author: William Powell