July 24, 2019 / 12:16 PM / a month ago

Russia's Novatek quarterly earnings more than double to $1.1 billion

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian gas producer Novatek (NVTK.MM) said its net income more than doubled in the second quarter year-on-year to 69.18 billion roubles ($1.1 billion), helped by the sale of a stake in its liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.

Novatek, Russia’s leading producer of LNG, said it had sold a 10% stake in March in its Arctic LNG 2 project, now being built, for 308.6 billion roubles.

Its shares rose by 1.7% in Moscow by 1123 GMT.

Excluding the effect from the disposal of interests in subsidiaries and joint ventures, normalised profit in the second quarter rose by 18.4 percent to 64.3 billion roubles.

The company said revenues in April-June rose to 218.5 billion roubles as it ramped up production at its Yamal LNG plant.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, Maria Kiselyova and Maria Grabar; Editing by Susan Fenton and Edmund Blair

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