BP increases its dividend for the first time in four years in Q2 report

BP increases its dividend for the first time in four years in Q2 report

/ Financial News / Sunday, 09 September 2018 11:46

British multinational oil and gas behemoth BP has published its Q2 financial results for 2018, and they make for positive reading for the company’s shareholders. The firm has delivered another strong quarter with regards to financial and operational performance and has seen its dividend increase for the first time in four years.

Group chief executive, Bob Dudley expressed his delight at BP’s financial results and claimed that the Q2 results were another indicator that the company’s overall strategy and approach was working.

The group CEO said, “We continue to make steady progress against our strategy and plans, delivering another quarter of strong operational and financial performance. We brought two more major projects online, high-graded our portfolio through acquisitions such as BHP’s US onshore assets and invested in a low-carbon future with the creation of BP Charge-master. Given this momentum and the strength of our financial frame, we are increasing our dividend for the first time in almost four years. This reflects not just our commitment to growing distributions to shareholders but our confidence in the future." 

The key highlights of BP’s Q2 financial performance is outlined in more detail below.

  • Underlying replacement cost profit* for the second quarter of 2018 was $2.8 billion – four times that reported for the same period in 2017 – including significantly higher earnings from the Upstream and Rosneft.
  • Operating cash flow excluding Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments* was $7.0 billion in the second quarter – which included a $1.3 billion working capital* release (after adjusting for inventory holding gains*) – and $12.4 billion in the first half, including a $0.4 billion working capital build.
  • Dividend was increased 2.5% to 10.25 cents a share, the first rise since the third quarter of 2014.
  • Upstream reported the strongest quarter since the third quarter of 2014 on both a replacement cost and underlying basis.
  • Oil and gas production: reported production in the quarter was 3.6 million barrels of oil equivalent a day. Upstream production, excluding Rosneft, was 1.4% higher than a year earlier and up 9.6% when adjusted for portfolio changes and pricing effects, driven by rising output from new major projects* and strong plant reliability*.
  • Major projects: with start-ups in Azerbaijan, Russia and Egypt, three of the six new projects expected to start in 2018 are now online.
  • Strategic portfolio management: agreed to buy world-class US onshore oil and gas assets from BHP, a $10.5 billion acquisition that will transform BP’s US Lower 48 business. BP also agreed to increase its stake in the Clair oilfield in the UK while exiting the Greater Kuparuk Area in Alaska.
  • Downstream reported strong first half refining performance, with record levels of crude processed at Whiting refinery in US; further expansion in fuels marketing, with more than 1,200 convenience partnership sites now across our retail network.
  • Advancing the energy transition: acquisition of UK's largest electric vehicle charging company Chargemaster and investment in innovative battery technology firm StoreDot move forward BP’s approach to advanced mobility.
  • Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments in the quarter were $0.7 billion on a post-tax basis.
  • Net debt* reduced in the quarter by $0.7 billion to $39.3 billion.
  • BP's share buyback programme continued with 29 million ordinary shares bought back in the first half at a cost of $200 million.

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