TOTAL NET INCOME $7.6 BLN
TOTAL - Total's Board of Directors met on October 26, 2017, to review the Group's accounts for the third quarter and first nine months 2017. Commenting on the results, Chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanne said:
"Total reported adjusted net income of $2.7 billion this quarter, a 29% increase compared to a year ago while the Brent price increased by 14%. This solid performance was also reflected in a return on equity of close to 10% and strong cash flow generation: excluding acquisitions-divestments, the Group generated $2.1 billion of cash flow after investments in the third quarter 2017 and $5.2 billion in the first nine months. The Group took full advantage of the favorable environment thanks to the performance of its integrated model and its strategy to reduce its breakeven point.
Adjusted net operating income from Exploration & Production increased by 84% compared to last year, benefiting notably from a 6% increase in production. Total continues to capitalize on its strengths: the Group took over as the operator of the giant 300 kb/d Al-Shaheen field in Qatar and announced the acquisition of Maersk Oil, which will strengthen its position in the North Sea and generate strong synergies.
The Downstream benefited from favorable refining margins and increased its results by 18% compared to the second quarter, despite the impact of Hurricane Harvey on its American operations, and generated more than $5.1 billion in cash flow in the first nine months, in line with the target for the year. Marketing & Services has announced its entry into the distribution sector in Mexico, the second-largest market in Latin America.
Investment discipline continues. Organic investments were $3.1 billion in the third quarter 2017 and $10.0 billion in the first nine months, in line with the target of $14 billion this year, and cost reduction will be more than $3.6 billion, surpassing the target for the year.
With operating cash flow before working capital changes of $15 billion in the first nine months of 2017, an increase of $3 billion over last year, the Group continues to strengthen its balance sheet, with a net-debt-to-equity ratio below 20%. This allows the implementation of the strategy for profitable growth, taking advantage of the low cost environment, notably by launching high-return projects."
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WNN - "We met today to confirm the continuing commitment of the European Commission and the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran towards the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and in particular its Annex III which addresses civil nuclear cooperation," Cañete and Ali Akhbar Salehi, president of the AEOI, said in a joint statement on 19 May. "We believe that the continuing implementation of the JCPOA, which was unanimously endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231, is crucial for the development and progress of the region as well as the global peace and security."
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