Colombia's Ecopetrol profit falls 62 pct on oil price drop

Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:59pm EST
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BOGOTA Nov 17 (Reuters) - Colombia's state-controlled oil producer Ecopetrol on Tuesday reported a 62.2 percent drop in quarterly profit due to the global plunge in oil prices and costs incurred because of rebel attacks.

The company posted a third quarter net profit of 654.1 billion Colombian pesos ($212.8 million), compared with 1.73 trillion pesos in the year-ago period.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization fell 25.9 percent to 4.69 trillion pesos in the third quarter.

The company's consolidated oil and gas production for the first nine months of the year was 761,000 barrels per day, despite attacks on pipelines by leftist rebels, the company said in a filing to Colombia's financial regulator, a 1.1 percent increase from a year ago.

In the third quarter, though, production fell 1.8 percent to 740,900 bpd.

Ecopetrol is the largest producer in Colombia's nearly million barrel-per-day oil sector, followed by Toronto-listed Pacific Exploration and Production Corp, the biggest private player.

($1 = 3,073.23 Colombian pesos) (Reporting by Bogota newsroom; Editing by Christian Plumb)