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Sinopec Corp. Announces 2009 Interim Results

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Press Release: Sinopec Corp. Announces 2009 Interim Results

BEIJING, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ("Sinopec Corp." or "the Company") (HKEX: 386; NYSE: SNP; LSE: SNP; CH: 600028) today announced its interim results for year ended 30 June, 2009. Financial Highlights:
  • In accordance with the PRC Accounting Standards for Business Enterprises ("ASBE"), the Company\'s turnover was RMB 534.025 billion, down by 26.9% over the same period in 2008. Net profit attributed to equity holders of the company was RMB 33.19 billion, representing an increase of 332.6% over the same period of previous year. Basic earnings per share was RMB 0.383, rising by 332.6% year-on-year.
  • In accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the Company\'s turnover, other operating revenues and other income amounted to RMB 534.025 billion, representing a decrease of 30.2%. Net profit attributable to equity holders of the Company was RMB 33.246 billion, up by 332.8% compared to the same period last year. Basic earnings per share was RMB 0.383, up by 332.8% year-on-year.
  • The Board of Directors proposed a half year dividend of RMB 0.07 per share with total dividend amount reaching RMB 6.069 billion.
Business Highlights
  • The Exploration and Production Segment achieved steady growth in its oil and gas production, however, its operating profit was RMB 5.5 billion, down by 79.7% compared with the same period last year. This decline mainly was due to the decrease of crude price in the reporting period.
  • The Refining Segment recorded an operating profit of RMB 19.9 billion, as a result of continuous optimization of crude sources and resultant reduction in crude cost, as well as implementation of domestic pricing mechanism and reform on levies and charges on road transportation.
  • The Marketing and Distribution Segment generated an operating profit of RMB12.5 billion, representing a year-on-year decrease of 44.3%. This decline was mainly attributed to weakened domestic demand on oil products in the reporting period and the implementation of domestic pricing mechanism which narrowed gross margin of oil products.
  • The Chemicals Segment recorded an operating profit of RMB9.8 billion, representing an increase of 115.3% over the first half of 2008 due to the market development initiatives and the drop in input cost.
Mr. Su Shulin, Chairman of Sinopec, commented: "China\'s petroleum and petrochemical market was confronted with challenges of declining demand and increased competition in the first half this year, in light of the global financial crisis. Responding to such operating environment, we have implemented a number of adjustments to our business strategy which was driven by market requirements and centered on profitability. We also took measures to further develop market potentials, improve production efficiency, and management effectiveness. " "The government\'s fiscal stimulus package has yielded positive results on the national economy, and we saw both demand and pricing of petroleum and petrochemical products starting to recover recently. As a result, our monthly operating performance began to pick up. " "For the first half of 2009, oil and gas equivalent output grew steadily. Refining business was turned profitable capturing the opportunity of new pricing mechanism and the reform on levies and charges of road transportation. Chemicals business had continued to improve its capability in defending against market risks. The marketing and distribution business withstood severe operating challenges." Mr. Su Shulin continued, "The substantial increase in profit for the first half of 2009 is primarily a reflection of weaker comparatives from the same period of last year. In early 2008, crude prices reached historic highs, but Chinese domestic fuel prices were tightly controlled, to the extent that retail prices were at some stages lower than the underlying crude price. During this period, local refinery businesses suffered huge losses and there was a great shortage in inventory. In order to ensuring effective supply to the domestic market, Sinopec invested heavily to secure crude resources from multiple overseas channels and improve logistics systems. Thus, the company incurred significant operating losses during that period. " "With the implementation of the new pricing mechanism and reform of relevant levies and charges on road transportation in 2009, domestic fuel prices were increased. Yet it did not reach to a level that fully reflects crude cost due to considerations of challenging domestic economic situations and the resultant impact on consumers and enterprises, as well as the influence of the international financial crisis. Leveraging the company\'s advantage in scale and cost-efficiency, as well as its integrated business model, Sinopec turned around its profitability in the first half of 2009." PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL DATA AND INDICATORS

FINANCIAL DATA AND INDICATORS PREPARED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRC    ACCOUNTING STANDARDS FOR BUSINESS ENTERPRISES ("ASBE")                                                                 Changes                                       Six-month periods       over the same                                          ended 30 June        period of the                                      2009           2008        preceding                                      RMB             RMB           year    Items                           millions      millions           (%)    Operating profit/(loss)          43,999        (26,023)            -    Profit before taxation           43,768          7,610         475.1    Net profit attributable to     equity shareholders of the     Company                         33,190          7,673         332.6    Net profit before extraordinary     gain and loss                   33,285          8,351         298.6    Basic earnings per share (RMB)    0.383          0.088         332.6    Net cash flow from operating     activities                      82,370          5,994       1,274.2                                                                Changes                             At 30 June      At 31 December   from the end                               2009                2008       of last year    Items                  RMB millions        RMB millions        (%)    Total assets              816,342            763,297           6.9    Total equity attributable     to equity shareholders of     the Company              354,494            329,300           7.7    Net assets per share (RMB)     (Fully diluted)            4.089              3.798           7.7    Adjusted net assets per     share (RMB)                4.002              3.706           8.0    FINANCIAL INFORMATION EXTRACTED FROM THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS PREPARED IN     ACCORDANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING STANDARDS ("IFRS")                                                                   Changes                                 Six-month periods             over the same                                   ended 30 June                period of the                              2009              2008           preceding year    Items                 RMB millions      RMB millions              (%)    Operating profit         46,182            6,837                 575.5    Profit attributable to     equity shareholders of     the Company             33,246            7,682                 332.8    Return on capital     employed (%) Note         6.39             1.24                  5.15                                                             percentage points    Basic earnings per share     (RMB)                    0.383            0.089                 332.8    Diluted earnings per     share (RMB)              0.381            0.057                 568.4    Net cash flow generated     from operating activities     per share (RMB)          0.912            0.028               3,204.6    Note: Return on capital employed = operating profit x (1 - income tax     rate)/capital employed                                                                     Changes                               At 30 June   At 31 December       from the end                                  2009            2008            of last year    Items                    RMB millions     RMB millions             (%)    Total assets                825,201        779,172                 5.9    Total equity attributable     to equity shareholders of     the Company                353,139        327,889                 7.7    Net assets per share (RMB)    4.073          3.782                 7.7    Adjusted net assets per     share (RMB)                  3.987          3.690                 8.0    The following table sets forth the operating revenues, operating expenses    and operating profit/(loss) by each segment before elimination of the    inter-segment transactions for the periods indicated, and the changes made    in the first half of 2009 compared with the first half of 2008.                                         Six-month periods                                           ended 30 June                                      2009              2008        Change                                 RMB millions      RMB millions       (%)    Exploration and Production     Segment       Operating revenues          46,176             96,659        (52.2)       Operating expenses          40,675             69,561        (41.5)       Operating profit             5,501             27,098        (79.7)    Refining Segment       Operating revenues         301,864            425,585        (29.1)       Operating expenses         281,966            472,131        (40.3)       Operating profit/(loss)     19,898            (46,546)           -    Marketing and Distribution     Segment       Operating revenues         317,770            396,459        (19.8)       Operating expenses         305,262            373,985        (18.4)       Operating profit            12,508             22,474        (44.3)    Chemicals Segment       Operating revenues          90,792            132,005        (31.2)       Operating expenses          81,031            127,472        (36.4)       Operating profit             9,761              4,533        115.3    Corporate and others       Operating revenues         195,426            411,237        (52.5)       Operating expenses         196,912            411,959        (52.2)       Operating loss              (1,486)              (722)           -
BUSINESS REVIEW AND PROSPECTS In the first half of 2009, the Chinese government implemented stimulus package to promote economic growth, and adopted proactive fiscal policy and relatively easy monetary policy to overcome the negative impact of the international financial crisis on the global economy. As a result, Chinese economy maintained sound growth, domestic demands for oil products stopped falling and gradually went up, demands and prices of chemical products gradually bounced from the bottom of the fourth quarter last year. Meanwhile, the domestic pricing mechanism of oil products is being improved. Confronted with the unfavorable situation, the Company timely adjusted its operating strategies, invested great efforts in developing markets, enhanced the integration of production, sales and research, and optimised its product mix to satisfy customer needs. Therefore, the Company managed to realise better than expected results in the reporting period. PRODUCTION AND OPERATION Exploration and Production SegmentIn the first half of 2009, capital expenditure for exploration and production segment was RMB19.438 billion. The newly-built production capacity of crude oil and natural gas was 3.01 million tonnes per year and 437 million cubic meters per year respectively. In exploration, the Company made such new achievements as high-yield hydrocarbon flows from exploration well in Toputai block in Tahe oil field, and from continental-phase Ziliujing well groups and marine-phase Leikoupo well groups in Yuanba region by improving overall geological research, optimising exploration layout, investing more in exploration and technological debottlenecking. In development, the Company attached great importance to development efficiency and quality, increased recovery rate and production per well, controlled development progress in the marginal blocks, enhanced operational management to increase production. In the first half of this year, the Company produced 21 million tonnes of crude oil, representing an increase of 1.2% compared with the same period last year, and produced 4.037 billion cubic meters of natural gas, representing a decrease of 1.1% compared with the same period last year. The operating revenues of this segment were RMB46.2 billion, representing a decrease of 52.2% over the first half of 2008. The operating profit was RMB5.5 billion, representing a decrease of 79.7% over the first half of 2008. In the reporting period, this segment achieved cost saving of RMB322 million.

Six-month periods ended                                             30 June              Changes                                        2009        2008              %    Crude oil production (mmbbls)     Note                              149.12      147.38            1.2    Natural gas production (bcf) Note  142.51      144.15           (1.1)    Newly added proved reserve     of crude oil (mmbbls)             137.74      158.74          (13.2)    Newly added proved reserve of     natural gas (bcf)                (131.64)     186.92              -
Refining Segment In the first half of 2009, adapting to changes in oil products market and demands for chemical feedstocks, the Company optimised its production process to adjust product mix in a timely manner, increased export volume and increased yield of gasoline and jet fuel. Meanwhile, the Company optimised the procurement of crude oil and improved the efficiency of pipeline networks, with a view to reduce the cost of imported crude oil and to improve efficiency in a cost-effective manner. In the first half of this year, the refinery throughput was 86.90 million tonnes, representing an increase of 1.8% compared with the same period last year and the production of oil products was 54.04 million tonnes, representing an increase of 3.5% compared with the same period last year. Operating revenues of this segment was RMB301.9 billion, representing a year-on-year decrease of 29.1%. This was mainly attributable to the fall in the price of refined oil products and sales volume of diesel. However, the operating expenses were RMB282.0 billion, representing a year-on-year decrease of 40.3%, mainly attributable to the sharp drop in crude oil price. The company worked hard to reduce the cost of crude oil processed to raise the profit. In the first half of 2009, the total costs of crude oil processed were RMB191.0 billion, representing a year-on-year decrease of 55.3%. The capital expenditure for refining segment was RMB5.345 billion which was mainly used for refinery revamping projects and product quality upgrading projects. Cost saved in the refining segment achieved RMB457 million in the reporting period. The operating income of the segment totaled RMB19.9 billion in the first half of 2009, however, in the same period last year, the company suffered an operating loss.

Six-month periods                                                 ended 30 June       Changes                                                2009        2008           %    Refinery throughput (million tonnes) Note  86.90       85.35         1.8    Gasoline, diesel and kerosene production     (million tonnes)                          54.04       52.23         3.5    Including: Gasoline (million tonnes)       16.99       14.04        21.0    Diesel (million tonnes)                    32.40       34.25        (5.4)    Kerosene (million tonnes)                   4.64        3.94        17.8    Light chemical feedstock production     (million tonnes)                          12.04       12.14        (0.8)    Light products yield (%)                   74.94       74.64         0.3                                                                    percentage                                                                      points    Refining yield (%)                         93.84       93.86       (0.02)                                                                    Percentage                                                                      points    Note:  Refinery throughput is converted at 1 tonne = 7.35 barrels
Marketing and DistributionIn the first half of 2009, domestic demand for oil products declined and third party supplies increased, which resulted in intensive competition in domestic market. The Company made great efforts to explore markets, expand sales to end users, strengthen management, improve services and enhance brand image. Besides, the Company greatly expanded the marketing of lubricants and fuel oil, promoted sales of non-fuel products and provided customers with all-round services by using IC cards. The total sales volume of oil products reached 57.71 million tonnes, and sales volume increased on a monthly basis. In the first half of 2009, the operating expenses were RMB305.3 billion, representing a year-on-year decrease of 18.4%, mainly attributable to the sharp drop in crude oil price. Capital expenditure in marketing and distribution segment was RMB2.55 billion, sales network of refined products was further improved and 288 service stations were added. In the first half of 2009, the marketing and distribution segment\'s operating profit was RMB12.5 billion, representing a year-on-year decrease of 44.3%. This decline was mainly attributed to the decrease of domestic demand and sales volume of oil products in the first half of 2009 and implementation of domestic pricing mechanism of oil products and reform on taxation and charges of road transportation, resulting in weakened gross margin of oil products. The marketing and distribution segment and the chemicals segment achieved cost saving of RMB455 million.

Year-on-year                                               Six-month periods                                                  ended 30 June      changes                                                2009        2008        %    Total domestic sales volume     of oil products (million tonnes)          57.71       63.02     (8.4)    Including: Retail sales (million tonnes)   37.43       42.91    (12.8)    Direct sales (million tonnes)              11.44       10.37     10.3    Wholesale (million tonnes)                  8.83        9.73     (9.2)    Average annual throughput per     station (tonne/station)                   2,596       3,006    (13.6)                                                                     Increase/                                                                     decrease                                                                       at the                                                                    end of the                                                                     reporting                                                                      period                                                                     over that                                                                       of the                                          At 30 June  At 31 December last year                                               2009        2008          (%)    Total number of service stations          29,484      29,279         0.7    Including: Number of company-operated     service stations                         28,842      28,647         0.7    Number of franchised service stations        642         632         1.6
Chemicals In the first half of 2009, the Company invested great efforts in developing potential markets. It also further promoted technical cooperation and alliance with customers, expanding marketing networks and channels while satisfying customer needs, strengthened the integration of production, sales and research and reinforced the development of new products according to the demand of customers. The Company increased production of new synthetic resin specialty and polyester specialty with an enhanced differential ratio for synthetic fibers. It enhanced management efficiency and improved operational efficiency. As a result, the total sales of chemical products increased despite of maintenance shut down of some facilities. The output of major chemical products reached 13.36 million tonnes. The operating expense of the chemicals segment was RMB81.0 billion, representing a decrease of 36.4% over the first half of 2008. This was mainly attributable to the decrease of raw and auxiliary materials of RMB46.4 billion from the first half of 2008. In the first half of 2009, the operating profit of the chemicals segment was RMB9.8 billion, representing an increase of 115.3% over the first half of 2008. This was mainly because the Company tried its best in market development, resulting in an increase in sales volume of chemical products, meanwhile the extent of unit price of raw materials decrease was higher than the extent of product prices decrease, which contributed to profit increase. The chemicals segment achieved cost saving RMB397 million in the reporting period. The capital expenditure in chemicals segment of RMB11.158 billion was primarily for ethylene projects in Tianjin and Zhenhai.

Output of Major Chemical Products           Unit: 1,000 tonnes                                                                  Year-on-year                                               Six-month periods                                                  ended 30 June      changes                                                2009        2008        %    Ethylene                                   2,973       3,307      (10.1)    Synthetic resin                            4,738       4,945       (4.2)    Synthetic fiber monomer and polymer        3,721       3,768       (1.2)    Synthetic fiber                              629         681       (7.6)    Synthetic rubber                             409         460      (11.1)    Urea                                         892         685       30.2    Note: 100% production of two ethylene joint ventures, namely BASF-YPC and     SHANGHAI SECCO was included.
Energy Saving and Emission ReductionThe Company made remarkable achievements in resource saving, environment protection, energy saving and emission reduction. It conducted the publicity and education work of energy-saving and emission reduction, promoted the activity of energy efficiency benchmarking, carried out a post-project evaluation and focused on the promotion of advanced and new energy-saving technologies, such as grid powered drilling machine, model heating furnace, pulsed electric desalting and vapour collection. In the first half of this year, the energy intensity, industrial water consumption and COD in discharged waste water dropped by 3.8%, 2.6% and 4% respectively over the same period last year. Business ProspectsLooking into the second half of this year, the State will continue applying the proactive fiscal policy and relatively easy monetary policy, further improving and implementing the integrated economic stimulus package, and increasing domestic demand. The Chinese economy is expected to maintain relatively fast growth. International crude oil price in the second half is expected to be higher than the first half, fluctuating within a narrow range. While domestic demand for refined oil products will maintain steady growth, the demand for chemical products will continue to recover. Domestic ethylene production capacity is expected to grow significantly. In the second half of this year, the Company will make more efforts in market development, strengthen the coordination between production, marketing and R&D. Throughout intensified and refined management and cost saving, the Company shall make optimal arrangement for various production and operation activities. In Exploration and Production Segment, the Company will enhance wild cat exploration activities, and try to make break through in newly explored regions, and enhance integrated management over both exploration and development in key regions, as well as proactively tap the potentials of existing oil fields, and further improve their recovery rate. In terms of natural gas development, the Sichuan-East China Gas Project is expected to start-up in the fourth quarter of this year. In the second half of this year, the Company plans to produce 21.40 million tonnes of crude oil and 4.963 billion cubic meters of natural gas. In Refining Segment, the Company will try to operate at high utilisation rate, optimise the purchase and allocation of crude oil resources, and make efforts to reduce the cost of crude oil procurement. In line with market changes, the Company will timely adjust the product mix, and increase the output of high value-added products. The Company will start-up the newly built refining projects such as Fujian and Tianjin, and prepare for the production of GB III standard gasoline. In the second half of this year, the Company plans to 97.10 million tonnes of crude oil. In Marketing and Distribution Segment, the Company will proactively deal with the changing market, implement flexible marketing strategy, in order to consolidate and expand sales to end-users. The Company will optimise its logistics, improve marketing network. Meanwhile, the Company will refine the management activities, improve its service, actively promote and develop such businesses as non-fuel products and IC cards. In the second half of this year, the Company plans a total domestic sales volume of oil products at 63 million tonnes. In Chemical Segment, the Company will persist in such strategies as market oriented and customer centered, and to adjust product mix to produce more products well-received by the market. The Company will enhance coordination between production, sale and R&D and to promote the development of new products, and make more efforts to expand the market shares of chemical products. The Company will improve production management, maintain stable operation of facilities. Fujian and Tianjin, the two newly built ethylene projects will be put into operations. In the second half of this year, the Company plans to produce 3.727 million tonnes of ethylene. In light of the market environment and the concrete situation, the new Board of Directors approved the rolling development program for the period starting from 2009 to 2011. We will continue to grow the domestic production of crude oil and substantially increase natural gas production. Furthermore, we will promote the integration of the refinery and petrochemical enterprises in three regions - the Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta, and Bohai Rim - to ensure the steady supply of refined oil and petrochemical products. By 2011, domestic oil equivalent production is expected to amount to 55 million tonnes (approximately 43 million tonnes of crude oil and 17 billion cubic meters of natural gas); crude oil processing volume 202 million tonnes; ethylene productivity 9.3 million tonnes per year; and the total sales volume of domestic refined oil products 135 million tonnes. In the next half year of 2009, with the support of all the shareholders and the whole society, the Board of Directors, with the joint efforts of the corporate management and all employees, through implementation of the above mentioned development strategies, and by proactively confronting the challenges, Sinopec Corp. will make further progress and delivery good results to our shareholders, employees, customers, and the society. About Sinopec Corp.Sinopec Corp. is the first Chinese company that has been listed in Hong Kong, New York, London and Shanghai. The Company is an integrated energy and chemical company with upstream, midstream and downstream operations. The principal operations of Sinopec Corp. and its subsidiaries include: exploring, developing, producing and trading crude oil and natural gas; processing crude oil into refined oil products; producing, trading, transporting, distributing and marketing refined oil products; and producing and distributing chemical products. Based on 2007 turnover, Sinopec Corp. is the largest listed company in China. The Company is one of the largest crude oil and petrochemical companies in China and Asia. It is also one of the largest gasoline, diesel and jet fuel and other major chemical products producers and distributors in China and Asia. For additional information about Sinopec Corp., please visit the Company\'s website at www.sinopec.com

Investor Inquiries:                   Media Inquiries:    Beijing    Tel: (8610) 64990060                  Tel: (8610) 59960028    Fax:(8610) 64990022                   Fax: (8610) 59960386    Email: ir@sinopec.com.cn              Email: media@sinopec.com    Hong Kong    Tel: (852) 28242638                   Tel: (852) 35125000    Fax: (852) 28243669                   Fax: (852) 22599008    Email: ir@sinopechk.com               Email: sinopec@brunswickgroup.com
Energy Saving and Emission ReductionThe Company made remarkable achievements in resource saving, environment protection, energy saving and emission reduction. It conducted the publicity and education work of energy-saving and emission reduction, promoted the activity of energy efficiency benchmarking, carried out a post-project evaluation and focused on the promotion of advanced and new energy-saving technologies, such as grid powered drilling machine, model heating furnace, pulsed electric desalting and vapour collection. In the first half of this year, the energy intensity, industrial water consumption and COD in discharged waste water dropped by 3.8%, 2.6% and 4% respectively over the same period last year. Business ProspectsLooking into the second half of this year, the State will continue applying the proactive fiscal policy and relatively easy monetary policy, further improving and implementing the integrated economic stimulus package, and increasing domestic demand. The Chinese economy is expected to maintain relatively fast growth. International crude oil price in the second half is expected to be higher than the first half, fluctuating within a narrow range. While domestic demand for refined oil products will maintain steady growth, the demand for chemical products will continue to recover. Domestic ethylene production capacity is expected to grow significantly. In the second half of this year, the Company will make more efforts in market development, strengthen the coordination between production, marketing and R&D. Throughout intensified and refined management and cost saving, the Company shall make optimal arrangement for various production and operation activities. In Exploration and Production Segment, the Company will enhance wild cat exploration activities, and try to make break through in newly explored regions, and enhance integrated management over both exploration and development in key regions, as well as proactively tap the potentials of existing oil fields, and further improve their recovery rate. In terms of natural gas development, the Sichuan-East China Gas Project is expected to start-up in the fourth quarter of this year. In the second half of this year, the Company plans to produce 21.40 million tonnes of crude oil and 4.963 billion cubic meters of natural gas. In Refining Segment, the Company will try to operate at high utilisation rate, optimise the purchase and allocation of crude oil resources, and make efforts to reduce the cost of crude oil procurement. In line with market changes, the Company will timely adjust the product mix, and increase the output of high value-added products. The Company will start-up the newly built refining projects such as Fujian and Tianjin, and prepare for the production of GB III standard gasoline. In the second half of this year, the Company plans to 97.10 million tonnes of crude oil. In Marketing and Distribution Segment, the Company will proactively deal with the changing market, implement flexible marketing strategy, in order to consolidate and expand sales to end-users. The Company will optimise its logistics, improve marketing network. Meanwhile, the Company will refine the management activities, improve its service, actively promote and develop such businesses as non-fuel products and IC cards. In the second half of this year, the Company plans a total domestic sales volume of oil products at 63 million tonnes. In Chemical Segment, the Company will persist in such strategies as market oriented and customer centered, and to adjust product mix to produce more products well-received by the market. The Company will enhance coordination between production, sale and R&D and to promote the development of new products, and make more efforts to expand the market shares of chemical products. The Company will improve production management, maintain stable operation of facilities. Fujian and Tianjin, the two newly built ethylene projects will be put into operations. In the second half of this year, the Company plans to produce 3.727 million tonnes of ethylene. In light of the market environment and the concrete situation, the new Board of Directors approved the rolling development program for the period starting from 2009 to 2011. We will continue to grow the domestic production of crude oil and substantially increase natural gas production. Furthermore, we will promote the integration of the refinery and petrochemical enterprises in three regions - the Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta, and Bohai Rim - to ensure the steady supply of refined oil and petrochemical products. By 2011, domestic oil equivalent production is expected to amount to 55 million tonnes (approximately 43 million tonnes of crude oil and 17 billion cubic meters of natural gas); crude oil processing volume 202 million tonnes; ethylene productivity 9.3 million tonnes per year; and the total sales volume of domestic refined oil products 135 million tonnes. In the next half year of 2009, with the support of all the shareholders and the whole society, the Board of Directors, with the joint efforts of the corporate management and all employees, through implementation of the above mentioned development strategies, and by proactively confronting the challenges, Sinopec Corp. will make further progress and delivery good results to our shareholders, employees, customers, and the society. About Sinopec Corp.Sinopec Corp. is the first Chinese company that has been listed in Hong Kong, New York, London and Shanghai. The Company is an integrated energy and chemical company with upstream, midstream and downstream operations. The principal operations of Sinopec Corp. and its subsidiaries include: exploring, developing, producing and trading crude oil and natural gas; processing crude oil into refined oil products; producing, trading, transporting, distributing and marketing refined oil products; and producing and distributing chemical products. Based on 2007 turnover, Sinopec Corp. is the largest listed company in China. The Company is one of the largest crude oil and petrochemical companies in China and Asia. It is also one of the largest gasoline, diesel and jet fuel and other major chemical products producers and distributors in China and Asia. For additional information about Sinopec Corp., please visit the Company\'s website at www.sinopec.com

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