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GAZPROM

January 28, 2004

Gazprom reports its consolidated interim condensed financial results under international financial reporting standards (ifrs) for the three and nine months ended 30 september 2003

On 28 January 2004 Gazprom issued its unaudited consolidated interim condensed financial information prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 “Interim Financial Reporting” (IAS 34) for the three and nine months ended 30 September 2003.

The table below presents the unaudited IFRS consolidated interim condensed statement of operations for the three and nine months ended 30 September 2003 and 2002. Amounts for the three and nine months ended 30 September 2002 are expressed in terms of the equivalent purchasing power of the Russian Rouble as of 31 December 2002. As the characteristics of the economic environment of the Russian Federation indicated that hyperinflation had ceased, effective from 1 January 2003 we no longer apply the provisions of International Accounting Standard 29 “Financial Reporting in Hyperinflationary Economies” (IAS 29). All amounts are presented in millions of Russian Roubles, unless otherwise stated.

 

Three months ended

 

Nine months ended

30 September

 

30 September

2003

2002

 

2003

2002

Sales (net of excise tax, value added tax and customs duties)

175,555

134,973

 

597,382

441,510

Operating expenses

(135,987)

(112,976)

 

(415,360)

(342,627)

Operating profit

39,568

21,997

 

182,022

98,883

Net monetary effect and financing items

(3,430)

6,194

 

(1,011)

5,516

Share of net income (loss) of associated undertakings

1,640

(169)

 

4,194

2,412

Gains (losses) on available-for-sale investments

1,008

(551)

 

(1,626)

1,092

Profit before profit tax and minority interest

38,786

27,471

 

183,579

107,903

Current profit tax (expense) benefit

(6,790)

627

 

(31,259)

(43,256)

Deferred profit tax expense

(8,172)

(20,452)

 

(23,939)

(46,999)

Profit tax expense

(14,962)

(19,825)

 

(55,198)

(90,255)

Profit before minority interest

23,824

7,646

 

128,381

17,648

Minority interest

(1,146)

(1,380)

 

(1,942)

(1,006)

Net profit

22,678

6,266

 

126,439

16,642

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the nine months ended 30 September 2003 sales (net of excise tax, VAT and customs duties) increased by RR155,872 million to RR597,382 million, or 35% compared to the nine months ended 30 September 2002. Total sales for the three months ended 30 September 2003 increased by 30% to RR175,555 million compared to the three months ended 30 September 2002. More detailed information on our sales for the three and nine months ended 30 September 2003 and 2002 is presented in the table below.

RR’ millions (unless otherwise stated)

Three months ended

 

Nine months ended

30 September

 

30 September

2003

2002

 

2003

2002

Sale of gas

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

 

 

 

 

Net sale (net of excise tax, VAT and customs duties)

94,180

71,597

 

316,516

238,749

Volumes in bcm

30.2

29.7

 

102.9

95.9

Average price, constant RR per mcm (including excise tax, net of VAT and customs duties)

4,038

3,110

 

3,980

3,222

FSU

 

 

 

 

 

Net sale (net of excise tax, VAT and customs duties)

8,335

11,096

 

32,817

37,068

Volumes in bcm

8.0

8.9

 

31.3

32.2

Average price, constant RR per mcm (including excise tax, net of VAT and customs duties)

1,246

1,478

 

1,277

1,385

Russia

 

 

 

 

 

Net sale (net of excise tax and VAT)

29,256

24,771

 

128,839

91,727

Volumes in bcm

46.5

46.2

 

212.8

197.5

Average price, constant RR per mcm (including excise tax, net of VAT)

713

544

 

677

473

Total sales of gas

 

 

 

 

 

Net sale (net of excise tax, VAT and customs duties)

131,771

107,464

 

478,172

367,544

Volumes in bcm

84.7

84.8

 

347.0

325.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales of gas condensate and other oil and gas products (net of excise tax and VAT)

23,140

14,064

 

62,269

35,913

Gas transportation sales (net of VAT)

7,253

4,102

 

20,421

12,428

Other sales (net of VAT)

13,391

9,343

 

36,520

25,625

Total sales (net of excise tax, VAT and customs duties)

175,555

134,973

 

597,382

441,510

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales of gas increased by RR110,628 million, or 30% to RR478,172 million in the nine months ended 30 September 2003 compared to the nine months ended 30 September 2002. This increase was primarily due to higher prices and volumes for sales both in Europe and Russia in the three and nine months ended 30 September 2003.

Average price of gas exported to Europe increased by 30% and 24% in the three and nine months ended 30 September 2003, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2002. The increases in the average prices of gas exported to Europe followed the increase in U.S. dollar oil prices in 2002. Sales volumes to Europe increased by 2% and 7% in the three and nine months ended 30 September 2003, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2002, primarily related to sales under existing long-term contracts. The increase in average constant RR prices for domestic gas sales in the three and nine months ended 30 September 2003 compared to the same periods in 2002 followed the increase in domestic gas tariffs set by the Federal Energy Commission.

Sales of gas condensate and oil and gas products increased by RR26,356 million, or 73% in the nine months ended 30 September 2003 compared to the nine months ended 30 September 2002, primarily due to higher oil products prices and the fact that OAO AK Sibur (“Sibur”) increased its level of operations.

Our operating expenses increased by 21% to RR415,360 million in the nine months ended 30 September 2003 as compared to the nine months ended 30 September 2002. This increase was primarily due to increase in staff costs (RR16,976 million), costs of purchased gas (RR13,552 million), transit costs (RR8,280million), repair and maintenance (RR7,237 million), costs of electricity (RR5,164 million), costs of processing services (RR4,918million) and depreciation (RR2,781million). Increases in these items more than offset decreases in taxes other than on income (RR5,816 million) and cost of materials (RR2,037million). The increase in the cost of purchased gas was primarily due to increased volumes of purchases of gas from Central Asia by Gazprom’s foreign subsidiaries for resale to customers in Western Europe. The increase in transit costs was primarily due to the increased volumes of gas sales to Europe, new transit contracts for gas from Central Asia and higher transportation tariffs in Poland. The increase in processing costs was primarily related to increased levels of operations at Sibur.

Our profit tax expense decreased by RR35,057million to RR55,198 million in the nine months ended 30 September 2003 compared to the nine months ended 30 September 2002. The decrease primarily resulted from the fact, that as from 1 January 2003 we no longer apply the provisions of IAS 29, which in prior periods increased the book value of our fixed assets compared to their tax basis and resulted in a deferred tax expense.

Net profit for the three and nine month periods ended 30 September 2003 amounted to RR22,678 million and RR126,439 million, respectively.

More detailed information on the IFRS consolidated interim condensed financial information for the three and nine months ended 30 September 2003 as well as our “Management’s discussion and analysis of financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2003” can be foundhere.

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