TOTAL NET INCOME $2.5 BLN
TOTAL - TOTAL'S Board of directors met on July 26, 2017, to rewiew the Group's second quarter accounts.
Commenting on the results, Chairman and CEO Patrick Poyanne said:
"In a price environment that remains volatile, Total again delivered an excellent set of quarterly results with adjusted net income of $2.5 billion, a 14% increase compared to a year ago, and operating cash flow before working capital changes of $5.3 billion, a 33% increase, while Brent only increased by 9%. In the first half of the year, the Group generated more than $3.1 billion of cash flow after investments, excluding acquisitions and divestments.
In the Exploration & Production segment, second quarter 2017 operating cash flow before working capital changes increased by almost 50% compared to the same quarter last year, benefiting from production growth of more than 3%, driven by start-ups and ramp-ups of new cash-accretive projects, as well as the cost reduction program, which continues to be implemented with determination. The Group is also continuing to prepare for the future, with the signing of a contract related to the development of Phase 11 of the giant South Pars gas field in Iran, the start-up of operations on the giant Al-Shaheen field in Qatar and the final investment decision for Phase 3 of the Halfaya project in Iraq.
Despite a significant program of shutdown in the Refining & Chemicals segment during the second quarter, the Downstream generated $3.4 billion of cash flow in the first half of the year. The Group continues to grow its profitable petrochemicals business with the start-up its ethane-based ethylene production at Antwerp in Belgium and the launch of major projects at Port Arthur in the United States and at Daesan in South Korea.
In this context, Total has a stronger balance sheet having reduced gearing to 20%. As a result, in line with its strategy, the Group has the flexibility to take advantage of the low-cost environment by being able to launch profitable projects and acquire resources under attractive conditions."
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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.