BP Release Third quarter 2019 results

Financial results
Underlying replacement cost profit for the third quarter of 2019 was $2.3 billion, compared to $3.8 billion a year earlier. The result was impacted by significantly lower Upstream earnings, resulting from lower prices, maintenance and weather impacts.

A divestment-related, non-cash, non-operating after-tax charge of $2.6 billion resulted in a reported loss for the quarter of $0.7 billion.

Operating cash flow, excluding Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments, was $6.5 billion for the quarter, including a $0.1 billion working capital release (after adjusting for net inventory holding losses). Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments were $0.4 billion on a post-tax basis.

A dividend of 10.25 cents per share was announced for the quarter. Scrip dividend alternative suspended for the third quarter.

Upstream operations impacted by maintenance and weather, Downstream strong
Reported oil and gas production for the quarter averaged 3.7 million barrels of oil equivalent a day, compared to 3.6 million barrels of oil equivalent a day a year earlier.

Underlying Upstream production, excluding Rosneft, was down 2.5% from a year earlier, reflecting maintenance across a number of regions and weather impacts in the US Gulf of Mexico.

The Downstream delivered strong operations with overall 96% Solomon availability for the quarter, and record crude was processed at the Whiting and Cherry Point refineries in the US.

Divestments ahead of schedule, Downstream expansion in fast-growing markets
Following the agreement to sell all BP’s interests in Alaska to Hilcorp Energy, divestment transactions announced in 2019 totalled $7.2 billion at the end of the third quarter. BP expects this to reach around $10 billion by year end.

In the Downstream, BP continued its strategic delivery in new markets, announcing joint ventures in fuels marketing in India and electric vehicle charging in China.

In the quarter BP announced that it will deploy continuous measurement of methane emissions on all its future major operated oil and gas processing projects.

Bob Dudley, group chief executive , commented;

BP delivered strong operating cash flow and underlying earnings in a quarter that saw lower oil and gas prices and significant hurricane impacts. Our focus remains firmly on maintaining financial discipline and delivering safe and reliable operations throughout BP. We’re also continuing to advance our strategy, making strong progress with our divestment plans and building exciting new opportunities in fast-growing downstream markets in Asia.

RC profit (loss), underlying RC profit, operating cash flow excluding Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments and working capital are non-GAAP measures. 

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