Statoil Suffers Loss in Q3

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Statoil’s third quarter 2014 net operating income was NOK 17.0 billion, a decrease from NOK 39.3 billion in the third quarter of 2013.

Net income was negative NOK 4.8 billion mainly due to impairments. Adjusted earnings were NOK 30.9 billion, a decrease from NOK 40.4 billion in the third quarter of 2013.

“Statoil’s quarterly earnings were negatively impacted by lower oil and gas prices and our decision to defer gas sales to enhance value. Our negative net income in accordance with IFRS relates to quarter-specific items. We delivered strong operational performance and cash generation in the quarter,” says Eldar Sætre, Statoil’s acting president and CEO.

“We are progressing well on our efficiency improvement program. We continued to produce with high regularity on the Norwegian continental shelf and execute our projects as planned, remaining on track for our 2014 production guiding,” says Sætre.

Statoil’s adjusted earnings were NOK 30.9 billion in the third quarter. The decrease from the third quarter of 2013 was mainly a result of lower oil and gas prices, reduced ownership share from divestments, higher depreciation due to investments in producing assets, new fields coming on stream and a larger share of oil in the production mix.

Statoil’s reported net income for the third quarter in accordance with IFRS was negative NOK 4.8 billion due to quarter specific accounting charges of NOK 13.5 billion. These charges were mainly related to an impairment of the Kai Kos Dehseh asset in Canada, triggered by the postponement of the Corner field development, as well as impairments of exploration assets in the Gulf of Mexico and Angola. In line with practice to reflect the underlying performance, certain quarter-specific items are not included in the adjusted earnings.

“Our cash flow from operations so far this year is NOK 168 billion before tax. We have a strong balance sheet, and will pay a dividend of NOK 1.80 per share for the quarter,” says Sætre.

At the end of the quarter, Statoil’s net debt to capital employed was 19%. Organic capital expenditure was around USD 15 billion year-to-date, and the guidance of around USD 20 billion for 2014 remains.

The board of directors appointed Eldar Sætre as acting president and CEO on 15 October. “Statoil’s strategy remains firm. Safe and efficient operations are our top priorities, and we continue developing the business according to plan,” says Sætre. Statoil’s board of directors has established a sub-committee which has started the search for Statoil’s next CEO.

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