Oil major BP posts 70% drop in second-quarter profit, raises dividend by 10%

The BP logo is displayed outside a petrol station near Warmister, on August 15, 2022 in Wiltshire, England.
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LONDON — Oil major BP on Tuesday reported a sharp fall in second-quarter profits on the back of weaker fossil fuel prices, echoing a trend observed across the energy industry.

The British energy major posted second-quarter underlying replacement cost profit, used as a proxy for net profit, of $2.6 billion. Analysts had expected BP to report second-quarter profit of $3.5 billion, according to estimates collated by Refinitiv.

The second-quarter result compared with a profit of $4.96 billion recorded in the first three months of the year and with the $8.5 billion logged in the second quarter of 2022.

Oil majors have failed to match the bumper profits posted during the same period of last year amid weaker commodity prices.

British rival Shell and French oil major TotalEnergies on Thursday reported a steep drop in second-quarter profit, while U.S.-based Exxon Mobil’s second-quarter profit slumped 56% year-on-year.

The West’s five largest oil companies raked in combined profits of nearly $200 billion in 2022, as oil and gas prices soared following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. For its part, BP reported annual record profit of $27.7 billion for the full year of 2022.

Oil and gas prices came under pressure in the first half of this year, however, as global economic jitters outweighed supply-demand fundamentals.

Shares of BP are roughly 1.7% higher year-to-date.

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