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Statoil ASA: 2016 third quarter results

Statoil (OSE:STL, NYSE:STO) reports net operating income of USD 737 million
and adjusted earnings of USD 636 million in the third quarter of 2016.

The third quarter was characterised by

* Continued weak markets, planned maintenance and expensed exploration wells
* Strong operational performance and improvement programme on track
* Positive net cash flow and reduced net debt ratio
* Lowering 2016 capex and exploration guidance

"The financial results were affected by low oil and gas prices, extensive
planned maintenance and expensed exploration wells from previous periods. We
delivered solid operational performance with strong cost improvements and
progress on project execution", says Eldar Sætre, President and CEO of
Statoil ASA.

"Strict prioritisation and continued good results from our improvement
programme allow us to further lower our 2016 capex and exploration guidance",
says Sætre.

"Our financial position remains robust with a positive net cash flow in the
quarter. We continue with the scrip dividend programme and have reduced the
net debt ratio", says Sætre.

Net operating income was USD 737 million in the third quarter compared to USD
883 million in the same period of 2015. The reduction was primarily due to
lower oil and gas prices, expensed exploration wells and lower refinery
margins. Continued progress on the improvement programme with reduced costs
and strong operational performance contributing positively to the results.

Adjusted earnings were USD 636 million in the third quarter compared to USD
2.027 billion in the same period in 2015. In addition to the continued low
prices, the result reflects reduced overall operating costs mainly as a
result of the on-going cost improvement initiatives. Adjusted earnings after
tax were negative USD 261 million in the third quarter, down from positive
USD 445 million in the same period last year. In the quarter we have expensed
exploration wells capitalised in previous periods in the amount of USD 324
million. This is mainly related to two exploration wells in the Gulf of

Statoil delivered equity production of 1,805 mboe per day in the third quarter
compared to 1,909 mboe per day same period in 2015. The reduction was
primarily due to planned maintenance and deferral of gas sales. Excluding
these elements and divestments, the underlying production growth was 5%
compared to the third quarter last year.

As of 30 September 2016, Statoil had completed 21 exploration wells. Adjusted
exploration expenses in the quarter were USD 581 million, up from USD 412
million in the third quarter of 2015.

Cash flow from operations amounted to USD 7.0 billion after tax in the first
nine months of 2016 compared to USD 11.4 billion in the same period last
year. Organic capital expenditure was USD 7.8 billion in the first nine
months of 2016, and net debt to capital employed was 30.3% at the end of the

Statoil is lowering its capex guidance for 2016 from USD 12 billion to around
USD 11 billion and its exploration guidance for 2016 from USD 1.8 billion to
around USD 1.5 billion. Production guidance remains unchanged, and expected
annual organic production growth is 1% from 2014 to 2017.

The board of directors has decided to pay a dividend of USD 0.2201 per
ordinary share for the third quarter. Shareholders will have the option to
receive the dividend for the third quarter in cash or newly issued shares in
Statoil at a 5% discount.

The twelve month average Serious incident frequency (SIF) was 0.8 for the
twelve months ended 30 September 2016, compared to 0.5 in the same period
last year.

Further information from:

Investor relations

Peter Hutton, Senior vice president Investor relations,

tel +44 7881 918 792 (mobile)

Morten Sven Johannessen, vice president Investor Relations North America
tel +12035702524 (mobile)

Bård Glad Pedersen, vice president Media relations,
tel +47 918 01 791 (mobile)

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements acc. to §5-12 vphl
(Norwegian Securities Trading Act)

Presentation 3rd quarter 2016 Hans Jakob Hegge CFO
Press release 3rd quarter results 2016
Financial statements and review 3rd quarter 2016


This announcement is distributed by Nasdaq Corporate Solutions on behalf of Nasdaq Corporate Solutions clients.
The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Statoil via Globenewswire

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