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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FT - of the six LNG tankers that have made deliveries into the UK so far in 2018 three have carried cargoes originally from Russia, leading to questions about whether Moscow was gaining a foothold in the UK gas market after starting up the Yamal LNG facility in Siberia late last year.
REUTERS - So far this year, two Yamal cargoes unloaded at British terminals for domestic consumption, accounting for about a third of Britain’s 2018 LNG imports after typical supplier Qatar pre-sold the bulk of its winter output to Asia last year.
REUTERS - U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were at $60.77 a barrel at 0753 GMT, up 6 cents, or 0.1 percent, from their previous settlement. Brent crude futures LCOc1 were at $64.62 per barrel, down just 2 cents from their last close.