HONG KONG, Aug 23 (Reuters) - China’s Sinopec Corp 0386.HK, the world’s second-largest refiner after Exxon Mobil XOM.N, posted its best quarterly profit in more than two years on Sunday, buoyed by recent fuel price hikes and falling crude oil prices.
The company’s net profit was 22.0 billion yuan ($3.22 billion) for April-June, based on Reuters’ calculations.
The result was higher than the 16.1 billion yuan expected by five analysts surveyed by Reuters. It compares to a restated net profit of 1.62 billion yuan in April-June last year.
Sinopec 600028.SS SNP.N aims to process 97.1 million tonnes of crude in the second half of this year.
The company, which is China’s second-largest oil producer after PetroChina 0857.HK 601857.SS PTR.N, also plans to produce 21.4 million tonnes of crude oil and 4.96 billion cubic metres of natural gas, it said. ($1=6.831 Yuan) (Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee, Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)