Eldar Sætre- President and CEO, Statoil
Statoil delivered adjusted earnings of NOK 16.7 billion and adjusted earnings after tax of NOK 3.7 billion in the third quarter. Statoil reported net income in accordance with IFRS of negative NOK 2.8 billion, mainly due to net impairment charges and provisions.
"We continue to reduce underlying operational costs and deliver a quarter with strong operational performance and solid results from marketing and trading. In the third quarter, our financial results continued to be affected by low liquids prices. The results enable us to increase our guided production growth to above 3% for 2015, as well as reduce the guided capital expenditure level with USD 1 billion to around USD 16.5 billion. We have generated a strong cash flow in the current environment and have a solid balance sheet with a net debt ratio of 24%," says president and CEO of Statoil ASA, Eldar Sætre.
Adjusted earnings were NOK 16.7 billion in the third quarter compared to NOK 30.9 billion in the same period in 2014. The reduction was primarily a consequence of lower liquids prices and increased depreciation, partially offset by stronger refining margins, good operational performance and reduced underlying operating costs. Realised average liquids prices in the quarter were down 37% measured in NOK compared to the third quarter last year. Adjusted earnings after tax were NOK 3.7 billion, compared to NOK 9.1 billion in the same period last year.