BP'S PROFIT $1.5 BLN
BP - "Our year has started well. BP is focused on the disciplined delivery of our plans. First quarter earnings and cash flow were robust. We have shown continued operational momentum - it was another strong quarter for the Downstream and the first of our seven new Upstream major projects has started up, with a further three near completion. We expect these to drive a material improvement in operating cash flow from the second half" - Bob Dudley, group chief executive said.
- Underlying replacement cost profit for the first quarter was $1.5 billion.
- First quarter operating cash flow, excluding payments related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill*, of $4.4 billion. Including these payments, operating cash flow* was $2.1 billion.
- Dividend unchanged at 10 cents per share.
- Reported oil and gas production was 3.5mmboe/d in the first quarter, 5% higher than same period in 2016.
- New Upstream major projects* on track: Trinidad onshore compression project started up, another in ramp-up, and two more in commissioning.
- Downstream marketing growth and strong operational performance.
- $1.7 billion divestment of BP’s interest in SECCO petrochemical joint venture, subject to regulatory approvals.