first_imgNorway’s Statoil has reported that its net operating income for the full year 2014 was NOK 109.5 billion (approximately $14.56 billion), compared to NOK 155.5 billion ($20.65 billion) same time last year.Fourth quarter 2014 net operating income was NOK 9.0 billion. Adjusted earnings in the fourth quarter of 2014 were NOK 26.9 billion, compared to NOK 42.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013. For the full year 2014, adjusted earnings were NOK 136.1 billion compared to NOK 163.1 billion in 2013.The company also presented its Capital Markets Update, reducing organic capital expenditure from USD 20 billion to USD 18 billion in 2015, stepping up its improvement programme by 30% to USD 1.7 billion per year from 2016, and expecting organic production growth of 2% to 2016 and 3% from 2016 to 2018. Statoil proposes to the Annual General Meeting a fourth quarter dividend of NOK 1.80 per share, with the intention to pay a flat dividend in the first three quarters of 2015.“Statoil’s quarterly earnings were affected by the sharp drop in oil prices. Our net income was also impacted by specific accounting charges. Underlying performance and cash flows were solid in 2014, supported by profitable growth, strong operational improvements, and solid marketing- and trading results. Our financial position is robust, and we maintain a stable dividend. Through our significant flexibility in our investment programme we are well prepared for continuous market weakness and uncertainty,” says Eldar Sætre, president and CEO of Statoil ASA.On 4 February the Statoil board of directors appointed Eldar Sætre as Statoil’s new president and CEO. Sætre has been acting as president and CEO since October 2014, and assumed the role with immediate effect. He has 35 years of experience from Statoil.Adjusted earnings in the fourth quarter of 2014 were NOK 26.9 billion, compared to NOK 42.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013. The 36% reduction in the quarter is mainly caused by the significant drop in the liquids prices. In addition, lower European gas prices and increased depreciation and operating costs contributed to the decrease in adjusted earnings. Strong operational performance on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) as well as a positive exchange rate development (NOK/USD), improved refinery margins and increased volume of liquids sold counteracted the decrease.Adjusted earnings after tax in the fourth quarter of 2014 amounted to NOK 4.3 billion, down from NOK 11.0 billion in the same period last year. Adjusted earnings after tax were impacted by an effective tax rate of 84% in the fourth quarter compared to a normal level around 70%. The high effective tax rate in the quarter was mainly due to expensed exploration costs with limited tax protection.Statoil’s reported net income for the fourth quarter was negative NOK 8.9 billion. This represents a decrease from the reported positive NOK 14.8 billion in the same period in 2013 and was due to net quarter specific accounting charges of NOK 18 billion. These charges were mainly due to impairment losses related to Statoil’s international operations and various exploration assets, partly offset by gains from sale of assets.Statoil reported cash flow from operations in 2014 of NOK 209 billion before taxes paid and working capital items. At the end of the year, Statoil’s net debt to capital employed was 20%. Organic capital expenditure was around USD 20 billion in 2014, in line with the guidance for 2014.According to Statoil, the company’s future plans include:– Grow organic production annually by 2% to 2016 and 3% from 2016 to 2018;– Reduce organic capital expenditure from USD 20 billion to USD 18 billion in 2015;– Step-up the improvement program by 30% to USD 1.7 billion from 2016;– In total, the plans will provide total cash improvements of USD 5 billion;– Preparedness to manage material portfolio flexibility to secure free cash flow covering dividend and operate within 15-30% net debt across a broad set of price scenarios;– Proposed fourth quarter dividends of 1.80 NOK per share, with the intention to maintain a flat dividend for the first three quarters of 2015.last_img

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