Oil sands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. (NYSE: CVE) posted a wider quarterly loss on Feb. 13, but said the impact of output cuts will be more than offset by an improvement in Canadian crude prices this year.
Prices of Canadian heavy oil have fallen in relation to the U.S. benchmark due to transportation bottlenecks, but a recent move by the province of Alberta to impose output curbs on oil producers has eased a supply glut.
Cenovus said its production fell 10% to 432,713 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d). Analysts on average were expecting Cenovus to produce about 451,000 boe/d, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
During the quarter, differentials between Canadian crude and U.S. benchmark prices reached record highs.
Cenovus' net loss widened to C$1.35 billion (US$1.02 billion), or C$1.10 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from C$776 million, or 63 Canadian cents per share, in the year-ago period. (US$1 = C$1.3231)
The EIG-led group signed a lease and lease-back agreement with Aramco, acquiring the equity stake in the newly formed Aramco Oil Pipelines Co.
Bank of America, which is the second largest U.S. bank, said the latest announcement puts its total commitment to sustainable finance by 2030 at $1.5 trillion.
The recently announced agreement by Pioneer Natural Resources to acquire DoublePoint Energy, with multiple private equity sponsors, also adds further indications of a shift toward private upstream activity, analyst says.