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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PLATTS - For full-year 2017, South Korea's crude imports from its biggest supplier Saudi Arabia fell 1.7% to 319.02 million barrels, compared with 324.45 million barrels in the previous year, customs data showed. On the contrary, South Korea has imported 1.77 million mt, or around 13 million barrels, of crude from the US in 2017, about four times higher than in 2016. Shipments from Russia grew to 140,000 b/d last year from 112,000 b/d in 2016.
AOG - ADNOC’s 2030 strategy, he said, aims to capitalise on predicted global economic growth and demand for oil and petrochemical products, particularly in non-OECD countries. As its business responds to changing market dynamics, the company will continue to broaden its partnership base, strengthen its profitability, adapt to new realities and expand market access.
WNN - Under the terms of the assignment and purchase agreement it has signed with Nucleus and Brookfield, Toshiba will sell its rights to assert claims against Westinghouse related to the parent guarantees in the amount of $5.788 billion, and on account of other claims Toshiba holds against Westinghouse in the amount of $2.284 billion to Nucleus, for the sale price of $2.160 billion.
REUTERS - Brent crude futures LCOc1 were at $69.23 a barrel at 0808 GMT, up 8 cents from their last close, but down from a high of $69.37 earlier in the day. Brent on Monday rose to $70.37 a barrel, its highest since December 2014, the start of a three-year oil price slump. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were at $63.84 a barrel, down from a high of $63.89 earlier, but up 11 cents from their last settlement. WTI hit $64.89 on Tuesday, also the highest since December 2014.