BANGKOK, July 24 (Reuters) - PTT Exploration and Production Pcl (PTTEP), Thailand's top oil and gas explorer, reported a 55 percent rise in second-quarter net profit on Thursday due to higher petroleum sales and firmer global oil prices.
PTTEP, the flagship upstream oil exploration business of state-controlled PTT Pcl, posted a April-June net profit of $560 million or 18.2 billion baht, higher than the average 14.2 billion baht ($446 million) forecast by 10 analysts polled by Reuters.
This compared with $362 million billion a year earlier.
Higher petroleum sales were mainly due to the acquisition of Hess Corp's assets in Thailand and rising output from Montara field in Australia.
Analysts said sales will be higher in the second half as output from Zawtika field in Myanmar will come on stream in the third quarter.
PTTEP shares, valued at $20.8 billion on the Thai bourse, have risen 4 percent in the past 12 months, outperforming a 1.9 percent gain in the broad index. ($1 = 31.8300 Thai Baht)
(Reporting by Khettiya Jittapong; Editing by Miral Fahmy)
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