Marathon Petroleum reports 22 % increase in quarterly earnings


FINDLAY — Marathon Petroleum Corp. today reported a 22 percent increase in quarterly earnings, helped by higher sales from its Galveston Bay plant.

Marathon, the third-largest stand-alone U.S. refining company, said its first-quarter profit was $725 million, or $2.17 per share, compared with $596 million or $1.70 per share, a year earlier.

Earnings met the analysts’ average estimate, according to Thomson Reuters.

Marathon finalized its purchase of the Galveston Bay refinery in February. The plant, known for a 2005 explosion that killed 15 workers, was purchased from BP Plc as part of a $2.4 billion sale of Gulf Coast assets. 

Marathon Petroleum's stock was down $3.04 a share to $79.37 at 10:40 a.m.