TOTAL NET INCOME $8.3 BLN
TOTAL - Commenting on the results, Chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné said:
"After falling from 100 $/b in 2014 to 52 $/b on average in 2015, Brent prices were highly volatile in 2016, fluctuating between 27 $/b and 58 $/b, with an average of 44 $/b for the year. In this difficult environment, the Group demonstrated its resilience by generating adjusted net income of $8.3 billion and had the highest profitability among the majors due to the strength of its integrated model and commitment of its teams to reduce the breakeven.
The Group's resilience was supported by outstanding production growth over the past two years (14.3%, including 4.5% in 2016). In the Upstream, the Group strengthened its position in the Middle East by entering the Al Shaheen field in Qatar, and in the US with the acquisition of shale gas assets. The Group is preparing future growth with the signing of major deals in Brazil with Petrobras, in Uganda and in Iran on the giant South Pars 11 project. The Group renewed its reserves with a replacement rate of 136% at constant prices and delivered promising exploration results, with two major discoveries in the US (North Platte) and Nigeria (Owowo).
Despite lower refining margins, the Downstream once again achieved its objectives and thereby demonstrated that its results are sustainable, with operating cash flow before working capital changes of $7 billion and ROACE above 30%, the highest among the majors.
Results from the Refining & Chemicals segment were underpinned by the strong performance of its Asia and Middle East integrated platforms, while Marketing & Services results were driven by growth in retail and lubricants.
Financial discipline was successfully maintained across all business segments both for investments ($18.3 billion including resource acquisitions) and operating costs, with savings of $2.8 billion in 2016, exceeding the objective of $2.4 billion. Production costs were reduced to 5.9 $/boe in 2016, compared to 9.9 $/boe in 2014.
The $10 billion asset sale program is around 80% complete following the closing of the Atotech sale, and this contributed to the Group's financial strength with gearing at 27%, lower than it was in 2014.
In this context, the Board of Directors proposes to increase the dividend, despite the volatility of hydrocarbon prices, to 2.45 €/share, corresponding to a fourth quarter dividend of 0.62 €/share, a 1.6% increase compared to the previous three quarterly dividends. This demonstrates the Board's confidence in the strength of the Group's results and balance sheet as well as its prospects for cash flow growth."
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REUTERS - Brent LCOc1 futures fell 43 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $79.14 a barrel by 0218 GMT, after climbing 35 cents on Tuesday. Last week, the global benchmark hit $80.50 a barrel, the highest since November 2014. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures eased 25 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $71.95 a barrel, having climbed on Tuesday to $72.83 a barrel, the highest since November 2014.
FT - Most oil majors can now cover dividends and capital expenditure at prices around $50 per barrel, meaning that, at $80, they make a healthy surplus.
EIA - The United States remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2017, reaching a record high. The United States has been the world's top producer of natural gas since 2009, when U.S. natural gas production surpassed that of Russia, and the world's top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013, when U.S. production exceeded Saudi Arabia’s. Since 2008, U.S. petroleum and natural gas production has increased by nearly 60%.
PLATTS - China became the largest contributor to global LNG consumption growth in 2017. It surpassed South Korea as the world's second largest LNG importer and its share of global LNG demand is expected to converge with that of Japan by 2030.