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Canada’s Suncor Energy loss narrows on robust cost-saving measures

Canada’s Suncor Energy loss narrows on robust cost-saving measures

Canadian oil and gas producer Suncor Energy Inc posted a much smaller fourth-quarter loss on Wednesday, buoyed by significant cost-saving measures.

Canada’s second-biggest oil company said it exceeded operating cost reduction targets, reaffirmed commitment to significantly reduce its debt and increase returns to shareholders in 2021.

The company reported a net loss of C$168-million ($131.41 million) in the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with a net loss of C$2.335-billion a year earlier.

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Crude oil and refined product realizations in the fourth quarter were significantly lower than the prior year period, with crude oil and crack spread benchmarks declining by more than 25 per cent due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Suncor said.

The company produced 769,200 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd), down from 778,200 boepd in a year ago. Refinery utilization was 95 per cent, compared to 97 per cent a year earlier.

Suncor said it planned to pay down between C$1-billion and C$1.5-billion of debt and repurchase between C$500-million and C$1-billion of company’s shares in 2021.

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Published at Thu, 04 Feb 2021 04:40:16 +0000

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