News wire — U.S. refiner Phillips 66 on Friday reported a quarterly loss compared to a year-ago profit, as coronavirus-led restrictions on businesses and travel destroyed fuel demand and hurt margins.
Fuel demand has plunged as countries around the world limit travel to stem the spread of the coronavirus. This led to a plunge in crude prices, which touched historic lows in April.
Refining margins for the fourth largest U.S. refiner slumped 77% to $2.60 per barrel in the second quarter and the company posted a loss of $878 million in the refining segment, its biggest, compared with a $983 million profit a year earlier.
“Our second-quarter results reflect the disruption in refined product demand from COVID-19 and weak margins across our businesses,” said Chief Executive Officer Greg Garland in a statement.
Net loss stood at $141 million, or 0.33 cents per share, in the quarter ended June 30, compared with a profit of $1.42 billion or $3.12 per share, a year earlier.
Excluding items, Phillips 66 reported a loss of 74 cents per share. Analysts on average had expected a loss of 93 cents per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
Smaller rival PBF Energy reported second-quarter adjusted net loss of $384.8 million, or $3.19, compared to an adjusted net income of $101.1 million, or $0.83 per share, a year earlier.
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