Statoil's net operating income OK 109.5 billionStaff writer ▼ | February 7, 2015
Statoil's net operating income for the full year 2014 was NOK 109.5 billion. Fourth quarter 2014 net operating income was NOK 9 billion. Adjusted earnings in Q4 2014 were NOK 26.9 billion, compared to NOK 42.3 billion in Q4 2013.
Statoil Q4 net operating income was NOK 9 billion
Today, the company also presents 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.
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 in accordance with IFRS 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. ■