MADRID, Nov 3, (Pakistan Point News - 03rd Nov, 2016 ) - Spain's oil giant Repsol said Thursday it swung back to profit in the third quarter as the company reduced costs to adapt to a slump in oil prices which has hit production revenues. The company posted a net profit of 481 million euros ($$535 million) in the July-September period, compared to a net loss of 221 million euros in the same year-ago period. The result was higher than forecast by analysts polled by Factset who predicted the company would table a net profit of 308 million euros.
"The efficiency and savings measures implemented by Repsol throughout the year improved earnings and bolstered the company's resilience to the current environment of depressed crude oil and gas prices," the company said in a statement. Repsol in October 2015 unveiled an ambitious cost-cutting programme outlined in October 2015 which involves slashing billions from capital spending by 2020 and slashing 1,500 jobs by 2018. The company said lower spending on exploration helped it to drastically reduce its loss in its upstream operations to 28 million euros from 395 million euros in the third quarter of 2015 despite the slump in oil and gas prices. In its downstream operations, which includes refining, earnings fell 42 percent in the third quarter to 395 million euros from a year earlier due to lower margins, the company said.