BUCHAREST, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Romanian state-controlled natural gas producer Romgaz SA recorded a net profit of 871 million lei ($263 million) in the first half, 40 percent up on the year, with revenues boosted by a recovering economy.
The Romgaz profit average estimate of 835 million lei is according to a Reuters poll of four banks and brokerages. It recorded a net of 622 million lei in the same period in 2013.
It said revenue from gas sale from internal production rose by 46 percent on the year to 2 billion lei in January-June, with revenue from underground gas storage 45 percent up.
Romgaz, listed on the Bucharest bourse and in London, has a market capitalisation of around $4.0 billion. It is the country's largest underground gas storage operator and its businesses include gas exploration and electricity production.
$1 = 3.3127 Romanian lei Reporting by Radu Marinas