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)