The decline in cash flow from heavy Canadian crude was partially offset as the refineries in Ohio and Wisconsin benefited from the cheaper grade, Robert Peabody, chief executive officer, said in a conference call Thursday. As earnings shifted from Canada to the U.S. refineries, the reduction in company’s tax burden in the U.S. helped boost income, he said.
Husky, which produces oil in Alberta and Saskatchewan and operates refineries in the U.S. and Canada, reported fourth quarter free-cash flow rose 8.5 percent versus a year earlier. Heavy Western Canadian Select’s discount to U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate grew to more than $30 a barrel last month from about $15 in mid November. The discount traded just under $25 a barrel on Thursday versus an average of about $13 a barrel all of last year.