BP Announces Q2 2019 results
At the midpoint of our five-year plan, BP is right on target. Reliable performance and disciplined growth across our businesses are delivering strong earnings, cash flow and returns to shareholders. And this is also allowing us to grow businesses that can make a significant contribution in the energy transition, helping deliver the energy the world needs with lower carbon.
RC profit (loss), underlying RC profit, operating cash flow excluding Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments and working capital are non-GAAP measures. These measures and major projects, inventory holding gains and losses, non-operating items and fair value accounting effects are defined in the Glossary on page 35.
Strong financial results
Underlying replacement cost profit for the second quarter of 2019 was $2.8 billion, similar to a year earlier. The quarter’s result largely reflected continued good operating performance, offset by oil prices lower than in the second quarter of 2018.
Non-operating items in the second quarter of $0.9 billion, post-tax, related mainly to impairment charges.
Operating cash flow, excluding Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments, was $8.2 billion for the second quarter, including a $1.5-billion working capital release (after adjusting for net inventory holding gains), and $14.2 billion for the first half, including a $0.5-billion working capital release.
Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments of $1.4 billion on a post-tax basis in the second quarter were primarily the scheduled annual payments.
A dividend of 10.25 cents a share was announced for the quarter.
Solid Upstream and Downstream performance
Reported oil and gas production for the quarter averaged 3.8 million barrels a day of oil equivalent, 4% higher than a year earlier.
With the start-up of Culzean in the North Sea this quarter, four Upstream major projects have begun production in the first half of the year.
Final investment decisions were taken in the quarter for new Upstream major projects in India and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as agreement for additional investment in Angola.
In Downstream, quarter on quarter growth in lubricants and fuels marketing, more than offset by planned turnarounds ahead of IMO 2020.
Growing low carbon businesses
BP agreed to combine its Brazilian biofuels and biopower business with that of Bunge in a new equally-owned joint venture. On completion, BP’s interest in the venture will be more than 50% larger than its existing biofuels business.
Lightsource BP (43% owned by BP) has continued to make strong progress, including agreeing a significant expansion in Brazil.
BP agreed a $30 million venturing investment in Calysta, which will use BP's natural gas to produce protein feed for aquaculture and agriculture.
Source : Strategic Research Institute