- Net income attributable to shareholders up 13%
- This content was produced in Russia where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine
Top Russian oil producer Rosneft posted a 13% rise in half-year net profit on Thursday to 432 billion roubles ($7.22 billion) which it said was helped by tight cost controls.
Russian oil firms have faced Western sanctions over Ukraine which have impeded their global trade and complicated financing.
"Rosneft was under an unprecedented pressure of adverse external factors and unlawful sanctions," Chief Executive Igor Sechin said in a statement.
Russia saw an exodus of western businesses following the start of what Moscow calls a "special military operation" in Ukraine on 24 February. BP announced in February it was abandoning its 19.75% stake in Rosneft.
Rosneft said oil sales in the January-June period increased by 5.7% year on year, while its debt dropped by 12% compared to the beginning of the year.
"Thanks to high operational efficiency and appropriate management decisions, we were able to ensure business continuity and demonstrate stable results," Sechin, a long-standing ally of President Vladimir Putin, added.
Rosneft accounted for around half of BP's oil and gas reserves and a third of its production.
In June, Sechin said BP still remained its largest private shareholder despite the withdrawal announcement.
Sechin said at the time that BP's dividend would be transferred to special accounts, without elaborating. Russia has imposed capital controls and restricted cross-border transfers of foreign currencies to weather Ukraine-related sanctions.
Rosneft said on Thursday that BP is still entitled to a part of more than 441 billion roubles ($7.4 billion) for 2021.
"1H 2022 financial results form a solid basis for interim dividends payment and a further growth of total payments for 2022," it said.
Rosneft said first-half hydrocarbon production reached 4.85 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, a 1.5% increase from the year-earlier period "in a comparable perimeter" excluding assets disposed of in 2021.
($1 = 59.8000 roubles)