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First quarter 2018 results
Paris, April 26, 2018 - Total's Board of Directors met on April 25, 2018, to review the Group's first quarter accounts. Commenting on the results, Chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné said:
"Oil prices continued to rebound in the first quarter 2018. Brent rose to an average of $67 per barrel, supported by strong demand, OPEC-non-OPEC compliance and geopolitical tensions. Conversely, as a result of this increase, refining margins were weaker (-34%). In this context, the Group's adjusted net income and DACF continued to increase, achieving growth of 13% and 16%, respectively, compared to a year ago, in line with announced sensitivities. Cash flow after organic investments increased to $2.8 billion, up by more than 50% from a year ago, thanks to good operational performance and continued spending discipline. Return on equity was 10%.
In line with the shareholder return policy announced in February, the Group is raising the first 2018 interim dividend by 3.2%. Scrip shares issued in January for the second 2017 interim dividend were bought back to prevent any dilution. In addition, the group bought back a further $300 million of shares to return to shareholders part of the benefit realized from higher oil prices.
First quarter production reached a record level of more than 2.7 Mboe/d, an increase of more than 5% from a year ago, despite the expiration of the Mahakam permit in Indonesia. Notable drivers included the ramp-ups of new projects, like Yamal LNG in Russia and Moho Nord in Congo, as well as the contribution of new assets, in particular Maersk Oil and Al Shaheen in Qatar. There were two start-ups in the first quarter, Fort Hills in Canada and Timimoun in Algeria.
The Group continues to prepare for the future. Major successes were achieved by successfully obtaining two new 40-year concessions in offshore Abu Dhabi, acquiring a 16% interest in the Waha onshore concession in Libya and growing its position in the deep-offshore Gulf of Mexico, following the giant discovery of Ballymore in January.
In the Downstream, the Group is pursuing its growth in petrochemicals with the finalization of a joint venture with NOVA and Borealis in the United States and by signing an agreement in principle to build a giant petrochemical complex integrated into the SATORP refinery in Saudi Arabia.
The announced acquisition of Direct Energie allows Total to accelerate its development in gas and power generation and distribution in France and Belgium. This transaction is part of the Group's strategy to expand along the entire gas-power value chain and to develop low-carbon energies."
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