Statoil's report for the third quarter of 2015 shows that adjusted earnings were NOK 16.7 billion, compared to NOK 30.9 billion in the same period in 2014. Net operating income according to IFRS for the quarter was NOK 7.3 billion, compared to NOK 17.0 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.
Statoil’s Net impairment charges of NOK 4.8 billion related to exploration assets and various other asset impairments and reversals, provisions for disputes of NOK 3.3 billion and net other adjustments of NOK 1.3 billon impacted the IFRS results. Earnings per share were negative NOK 0.89 in the quarter, an improvement compared to negative NOK 1.48 in the same period last year.
“We are progressing our efficiency programs according to the plan we communicated in February, and continue to reduce the underlying operational cost. I am pleased with the way we are taking costs down, but the continued low prices in the third quarter demonstrates that we must continue to chase further cost efficiencies,” says Sætre.
Statoil delivered production of 1,909 mboe per day in the third quarter, up 4% compared to the same period in 2014. The underlying production growth, after adjusting for divestments, was 7% compared to the third quarter last year. The production from the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) grew 10% in the third quarter of 2015 compared to last year, adjusted for divestments. Equity production outside of Norway was 735 mboe per day, a 4% increase compared to the same period last year, adjusted for divestments.
In the third quarter Statoil made two discoveries on the NCS, as well as one on the UK continental shelf. As of 30 September, Statoil had completed 33 wells, with five wells on-going. Adjusted exploration expenses in the quarter were NOK 3.4 billion, marginally down from NOK 3.6 billion in the third quarter of 2014.