India's ONGC Q3 profit down 17 pct, but beats estimate

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 11, 2013 12:50 hrs

MUMBAI, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Indian state-run producer Oil & Natural Gas Corp reported a 17 percent fall in quarterly profit, but beat expectations, helped by higher sales and nearly flat subsidy provision.

The company reported a net profit of 55.63 billion rupees ($1.04 billion) for its fiscal third quarter ended December, down from 67.4 billion rupees a year earlier, which had included a one-time gain on account of royalty dues from a joint venture partner.

Analysts on average had expected the company to post a net profit of 53.7 billion rupees for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Starmine data.

Net sales rose 16 percent to 209.87 billion rupees.

Shares of ONGC, India's third-biggest company by market value, closed 1.7 percent lower on Monday, ahead of the results. The stock has jumped 15 percent so far in 2013, outperforming a 6 percent rise in the sectoral index. ($1 = 53.55 rupees) (Reporting by Prashant Mehra; Editing by Anand Basu)

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