TOTAL NET INCOME $2.8 BLN
TOTAL - Total's Board of Directors met on April 26, 2017, to review the Group's first quarter accounts. Commenting on the results, Chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanne said: "Supported by the OPEC/non-OPEC agreement, Brent prices remained volatile in the context of high inventories and averaged 54 $/b this quarter. In this environment, Total's adjusted net income increased by 56% to $2.6 billion in the first quarter 2017, in line with the strong recent quarterly results of 2016, due to good operational performance and a steadily decreasing breakeven. Excluding acquisitions and asset sales, the Group generated $1.7 billion of cash flow after investments, mainly due to a 63% increase in operating cash flow before working capital changes from the Exploration & Production segment and investment discipline.
Upstream production continued to grow by 4% per year with the start-up of the giant Moho Nord field in Congo. To prepare for future growth, Total signed a strategic alliance with Petrobras, gaining access to the giant lara and Lapa fields in Brazil, without being preempted by any of the partners in the license. In addition, Total signed a global partnership agreement with Sonatrach, enabling it to consolidate its future development in Algeria.
The Downstream continued to take advantage of favorable margins due to the high availability of its installations. The Group is pursuing its profitable growth strategy for petrochemicals with the sanction of two major new investments in the United States and South Korea, benefiting from the current low cost environment. The Marketing & Services segment completed the acquisition of new assets in East Africa, reinforcing its leadership position on the continent.
In this context, the net-debt-to-equity ratio decreased to 22.7%, notably due to the finalization of the $3.2 billion sale of Atotech. The strength of the balance sheet and relentless pursuit of cost reductions allows the Group to launch new projects and acquire resources while fully benefitting from the ongoing deflation in the oil sector."
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AN - China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) is willing to invest $3 billion in its existing oil and gas operation in Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said on Sunday following a meeting with the Chinese in Abuja.
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IMF - Output grew by 3.8 percent in 2017, underpinned by a resilient non-hydrocarbon sector, with robust implementation of GCC-funded projects as well as strong activity in the financial, hospitality, and education sectors. The banking system remains stable with large capital buffers. Growth is projected to decelerate over the medium term.
IMF - Higher oil prices and short-term portfolio inflows have provided relief from external and fiscal pressures but the recovery remains challenging. Inflation declined to its lowest level in more than two years. Real GDP expanded by 2 percent in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of last year. However, activity in the non-oil non-agricultural sector remains weak as lower purchasing power weighs on consumer demand and as credit risk continues to limit bank lending.