EnQuest shares plunge after oil and gas producer falls to loss
EnQuest shares tumbled on Tuesday after the windfall tax and falling prices sent the energy producer swinging to a first-half loss.
The London-listed business reported a $21.2million loss for the six months ending June, compared to a $203.5million profit for the same period last year.
It said the result was driven by a $76million charge related to the Energy Profits Levy (EPL), equivalent to more than half its overall tax bill.
Discounting the EPL, the firm still saw pre-tax profits slump by around 38 per cent to $112.9million because of declining oil and gas prices hitting turnover, which plunged by over $200million to $732.7million.
Following the trading update, EnQuest shares slumped 15.8 per cent, or 2.75p, to 14.7p by early Tuesday afternoon, making them the biggest faller on the FTSE All-Share Index.
Petroleum prices skyrocketed over much of 2022 due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine squeezing supplies across Europe and loosening Covid-related restrictions enabling factories to reopen and people to travel more regularly.