Statoil's net operating income for the full year 2014 was NOK 109.5 billion. 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 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.
"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.