PBF Energy beats quarterly profit estimates on strong margins

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A nighttime view of the Torrance Refinery, an oil refinery operated by PBF Energy, in Torrance, California, U.S., March 10, 2022. Picture taken March 10, 2022. REUTERS/Bing Guan/File Photo

(Reuters) – U.S. refiner PBF Energy (NYSE:) Inc beat estimates for first-quarter profit on Friday, aided by higher margins amid tight supplies and strong demand for fuel.

Refining margins have risen after pandemic-related closures and subsequent declines in fuel inventories raised demand for oil products.

Western sanctions on Russia also crimped global supplies at a time when fuel demand was recovering from pandemic lows, boosting the margins of refiners.

PBF’s gross refining margin, excluding special items, rose to $1.41 billion in the reported quarter, compared with $850.7 million a year ago.

“While we cannot anticipate where or when, we expect to see market dislocation moving forward,” said outgoing Chief Executive Officer Tom Nimbley.

Excluding items, the New Jersey-based company earned $2.76 per share for the three months ended March 31, compared with analysts’ average estimate of $2.58, according to Refinitiv data.


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