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Tuesday 02 February, 2021

BP PLC

4Q20 Part 1 of 1

RNS Number : 6348N
BP PLC
02 February 2021
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

London 2 February 2021

 

BP p.l.c. Group results

Fourth quarter and full year 2020

 

 

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Highlights

Resilient operations and strategic progress in a challenging environment

 

Bernard Looney - chief executive officer:

2020 will forever be remembered for the pain and sadness caused by COVID-19. Lives were lost - livelihoods destroyed. Our sector was hit hard as well. Road and air travel are down, as are oil demand, prices and margins. It was also a pivotal year for the company. We launched a net zero ambition, set a new strategy to become an integrated energy company and created an offshore wind business in the US. We began reinventing bp - with nearly 10 thousand people leaving the company. We strengthened our finances - taking out costs and closing major divestments. And through all of this, the underlying operations of the company remained safe - one of our safest years - and reliable, and major new projects were brought on line. I appreciate our team's commitment to deliver the energy the world needed and am grateful for the support we received from investors and the communities where we work. We expect much better days ahead for all of us in 2021.

Financial results and progress

- Underlying replacement cost profit for the quarter was $0.1 billion, similar to the previous quarter. Performance was significantly impacted by lower marketing performance in the Downstream, with volumes remaining under pressure due to COVID-19 and continuing pressure on refining margins and utilization. In addition, the result was impacted by a significantly weaker result in gas marketing and trading and higher exploration write-offs, partially offset by a higher Rosneft contribution and a lower underlying tax charge. The full-year result was a loss of $5.7 billion compared to $10 billion profit in 2019, driven by lower oil and gas prices, significant exploration write-offs and refining margins and depressed demand.

- Reported profit for the quarter was $1.4 billion, compared with $0.5 billion loss in the previous quarter. The result included $2.3 billion gain on disposal from the sale of BP's petrochemicals business. For the full year, the reported loss was $20.3 billion, including significant impairments and exploration write-offs taken in the second quarter, compared with a profit of $4.0 billion in 2019.

- Operating cash flow for the quarter, excluding Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments of $0.1 billion, was $2.4 billion. Compared to the third quarter, this reflected the significant impact of lower marketing volumes in the Downstream and a significantly weaker contribution from gas marketing and trading. There was also the absence of the working capital release and other working capital effects, absence of the Rosneft dividend, and severance payments for reinvent bp, partly offset by lower tax payments.

- Proceeds from divestments and other disposals in the quarter were $4.2 billion, including $3.5 billion on completion of the petrochemicals divestment. In February 2021, BP agreed to sell a 20% interest in Oman's Block 61 for $2.6 billion subject to final adjustments. BP has now completed or agreed transactions for over half of its target of $25 billion in proceeds by 2025. BP expects proceeds from divestments and other disposals of $4-6 billion in 2021, weighted toward the second half.

- At year end net debt was $39 billion, down $1.4 billion over the quarter and $6.5 billion over the full year. Net debt is expected to increase in the first half of 2021, driven by severance payments, the annual Gulf of Mexico oil spill payment and payment following completion of the offshore wind joint venture with Equinor. It is expected to then fall in the second half with growing operating cash flow and the receipt of divestment proceeds. BP continues to expect to reach our $35 billion net debt target around fourth quarter 2021 and first quarter 2022. This assumes oil prices in the range of $45-50 a barrel and BP planning assumptions for RMM and gas prices.

- A dividend of 5.25 cents per share was announced for the quarter.  

Performing while transforming

- Operations were strong in 2020, with full-year BP-operated refining availability of 96% and Upstream plant reliability of 94%. Safety performance was also strong with both tier1/tier2 process safety events and reported recordable injury frequency significantly lower than in 2019. Upstream unit production costs for the year were 6.5% lower than 2019. Full-year Upstream production was 9.9% lower than 2019 primarily due to divestments.

- BP continues to make strong progress in reinventing its organization. The new organization was in place at the start of 2021 and over half of the approximately 10,000 people expected to leave BP as a result of the reinvent programme had left by year-end. Around $1.4 billion in people-related costs are expected associated with the reinvent programme, with the majority of the cash outflow incurred in the first half of 2021.

- Four new Upstream major projects began production in the year, including three in the fourth quarter - Ghazeer in Oman, Vorlich in the UK and KG D6 R-cluster in India. In the quarter, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline began gas deliveries, completing the Southern Gas Corridor pipeline system.

- Demonstrating the resilience of BP's convenience offer, while retail fuel volumes were 14% lower for the full year, BP's convenience gross margin grew by 6%. Through the year, around 300 strategic convenience sites were added to the network.

- BP had developed 3.3GW net renewable generating capacity to FID by end-2020, 0.7GW more than a year earlier. In January 2021 BP completed formation of its strategic US offshore wind partnership with Equinor, including the purchase of 50% in the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind projects. The projects were also selected to supply 2.5GW of power to the State of New York, adding to an existing commitment to supply 0.8GW.

- Working in partnership with other companies, BP has announced: plans to develop a 'green' hydrogen project at its Lingen refinery in Germany with Ørsted; a BP-operated multi-company partnership to develop offshore infrastructure to support planned UK carbon capture, use and storage projects; and agreements to provide additional supplies of renewable energy to Amazon.

 

Financial summary

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Profit (loss) for the period attributable to BP shareholders

 

1,358 

 

(450)

 

19 

 

 

(20,305)

 

4,026 

 

Inventory holding (gains) losses, net of tax

 

(533)

 

(194)

 

(23)

 

 

2,201 

 

(511)

 

RC profit (loss)

 

825 

 

(644)

 

(4)

 

 

(18,104)

 

3,515 

 

Net (favourable) adverse impact of non-operating items and fair value accounting effects, net of tax

 

(710)

 

730 

 

2,571 

 

 

12,414 

 

6,475 

 

Underlying RC profit (loss)

 

115 

 

86 

 

2,567 

 

 

(5,690)

 

9,990 

 

RC profit (loss) per ordinary share (cents)

 

4.08 

 

(3.18)

 

(0.02)

 

 

(89.53)

 

17.32 

 

RC profit (loss) per ADS (dollars)

 

0.24 

 

(0.19)

 

0.00 

 

 

(5.37)

 

1.04 

 

Underlying RC profit (loss) per ordinary share (cents)

 

0.57 

 

0.42 

 

12.67 

 

 

(28.14)

 

49.24 

 

Underlying RC profit (loss) per ADS (dollars)

 

0.03 

 

0.03 

 

0.76 

 

 

(1.69)

 

2.95 

 

 

RC profit (loss), underlying RC profit, operating cash flow excluding Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments, working capital, organic capital expenditure and net debt are non-GAAP measures. These measures and inventory holding gains and losses, non-operating items, fair value accounting effects, divestment proceeds, RMM, major project, convenience gross margin, Upstream plant reliability, refining availability and divestment proceeds are defined in the Glossary on page 32.

 

 

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BP p.l.c. Group results

Fourth quarter and full year 2020

 

 

Murray Auchincloss   - chief financial officer :

These results reflect a truly tough quarter, with a challenging price environment and COVID-19 related demand impacts. Nonetheless, we made strong progress in reducing net debt again, to $39 billion in the quarter. We remain on track to meet our target of $35 billion between the fourth quarter of 2021 and first quarter of 2022, which will trigger the start of share buybacks, subject to maintaining a strong investment grade credit rating.

 

COVID-19 Update

Strengthening finances:

- BP's future financial performance, including cash flows and net debt, will be impacted by the extent and duration of the current market conditions and the effectiveness of the actions that it and others take, including its financial interventions. It is difficult to predict when current supply and demand imbalances will be resolved and what the ultimate impact of COVID-19 will be.

- BP has continued to progress its divestment programme towards delivery of $25 billion of proceeds by 2025. The petrochemicals and Alaska midstream disposals both completed in the fourth quarter. Divestment proceeds for the full year were $5.5 billion.

- Organic capital expenditure in 2020 was $12.0 billion, in line with the guidance given in April and compared with $15.2 billion in 2019.

- Costs that are directly attributable to COVID-19 were around $0.1 billion for the quarter (full year 2020 around $0.4 billion).

- At year end net debt was $39 billion, and BP continues to actively manage the profile of its debt portfolio. During the third quarter and January 2021, the group bought back an aggregate of $6 billion of debt. At year-end BP had around $44 billion of liquidity, including cash and undrawn revolving credit facilities.

- Net debt is expected to increase in the first half of 2021 before reducing in the second half of the year supported by growing operating cash flow and the receipt of divestment proceeds. BP continues to expect to reach our $35 billion net debt target around fourth quarter 2021 and first quarter 2022. This assumes oil prices in the range of $45-50 a barrel and BP planning assumptions for RMM and gas prices.

 

Protecting our people and operations:

- BP continues to take steps to protect and support its staff through the pandemic. The great majority of BP staff who are able to work from home continue to do so. Precautions in operations and offices include: reduced manning levels, changing working patterns, deploying appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures at plants and retail sites. Decisions on working practices are being taken with caution and in compliance with local and national guidelines and regulations.

- BP is providing enhanced support and guidance to staff on safety, health and hygiene, homeworking and mental health.

- While the pandemic did not result in significant outages in our ongoing operations, it resulted in delays to in-year major projects in the North Sea and India and has impacted development of the Mad Dog 2, Tangguh Expansion, Trinidad Cassia Compression and Greater Tortue Ahmeyin Phase 1 major projects. However production from four major projects commenced during the year.

- Refinery utilization for the full year was around 6% lower than 2019 due to the impact of COVID-19 on demand, with refining margins remaining extremely weak. Year on year, demand for retail fuels was lower by 14% and for aviation by 50%. Despite this, convenience gross margin grew by 6% at BP retail sites for the full year.

- Despite the challenges of the environment, BP's operations have performed safely and reliably over the course of the year. BP-operated Upstream plant reliability was 94% and BP-operated refining availability was 96% for the year.

 

Outlook:

- From the oil supply side, limited growth from non-OPEC+ countries coupled with active market management from OPEC+ means that for 2021 we anticipate a normalization of the currently high inventory levels.

- Oil demand is anticipated to recover in 2021. The speed and degree of the rebound depends on governments' policies and individuals' self-imposed actions as vaccine distribution proceeds.

- Oil prices have risen since the end of October, supported by vaccine rollout programmes and continued active supply management by OPEC+ countries. Prices are expected to remain subject to the decisions of OPEC+, confidence in efforts to manage the rollout of vaccination and further virus control measures.

- We expect the US gas market to tighten in 2021 as supply declines and demand for LNG exports recovers. The current tightness on global LNG markets and higher US gas prices will lift other regional gas prices.

- US gas markets are likely to benefit from lower production and a recovery in international LNG demand driven by demand in Asia.

- In the first quarter of 2021 we expect material impacts in Downstream as a result of the pandemic, with increased COVID-19 restrictions resulting in lower product demand. We expect industry refining margins and utilization to remain under pressure. In our marketing businesses we expect renewed COVID-19 restrictions to have a greater impact on product demand, with January retail volumes down by around 20% year on year, compared with a decline of 11% in the fourth quarter.

- BP will continue to review all actions and respond to any further changes in prevailing market conditions.

 

The commentary above and following should be read in conjunction with the cautionary statement on page 36.

 

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Group headlines

Results

For the full year, underlying replacement cost (RC) loss* was $5,690 million, compared with a profit of $9,990 million in 2019. Underlying RC loss is after adjusting RC loss* for a net charge for non-operating items* of $12,191 million and net adverse fair value accounting effects* of $223 million (both on a post-tax basis).

RC loss was $18,104 million for the full year, compared with a profit of $3,515 million in 2019.

For the fourth quarter, underlying RC profit was $115 million, compared with $2,567 million in 2019. Underlying RC profit is after adjusting RC profit for a net gain for non-operating items of $1,166 million and net adverse fair value accounting effects of $456 million (both on a post-tax basis).

RC profit was $825 million for the fourth quarter, compared with a loss of $4 million in 2019.

Profit or loss for the fourth quarter and full year attributable to BP shareholders was a profit of $1,358 million and a loss of $20,305 million respectively, compared with a profit of $19 million and $4,026 million for the same periods in 2019.

See further information on pages 4, 27 and 28.

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

The charge for depreciation, depletion and amortization was $3.4 billion in the quarter and $14.9 billion in the full year, compared with $4.4 billion and $17.8 billion for the same periods in 2019. In 2021, we expect the full-year charge to be similar to the 2020 level.

Effective tax rate

The effective tax rate (ETR) on RC profit or loss* for the fourth quarter and full year was -141% and 16% respectively, compared with 102% and 51% for the same periods in 2019. Adjusting for non-operating items and fair value accounting effects, the underlying ETR* for the fourth quarter and full year was 40% and -14% respectively, compared with 27% and 36% for the same periods a year ago. The higher underlying ETR for the fourth quarter reflects changes in the mix of profits and losses. The lower underlying ETR for the full year mainly reflects the exploration write-offs with a limited deferred tax benefit and the reassessment of deferred tax asset recognition in the second quarter. The underlying ETR for 2021 is expected to be higher than 40% but is sensitive to the impact that volatility in the current environment may have on the geographical mix of the group's profits and losses. ETR on RC profit or loss and underlying ETR are non-GAAP measures.

Dividend

BP today announced a quarterly dividend of 5.25 cents per ordinary share ($0.315 per ADS), which is expected to be paid on 26 March 2021. The corresponding amount in sterling is due to be announced on 15 March 2021, calculated based on the average of the market exchange rates for the four dealing days commencing on  9 March 2021. See page 24 for more information.

Share buybacks

BP repurchased 120 million ordinary shares at a cost of $776 million (including fees and stamp duty) in the full year 2020, all of which was completed in the first quarter of 2020. In January 2020, the share dilution buyback programme had fully offset the impact of scrip dilution since the third quarter 2017.

 

 

Operating cash flow*

Operating cash flow excluding Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments* was $2.4 billion for the fourth quarter and $13.8 billion for the full year. These amounts include a working capital* build of $4.0 million in the fourth quarter and $1.3 billion in the full year, after adjusting for net inventory holding gains or losses* and working capital effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The comparable amount for the same periods in 2019 was $7.6 billion and $28.2 billion.

Operating cash flow as reported in the group cash flow statement was $2.3 billion for the fourth quarter and $12.2 billion for the full year, including a working capital build of $0.7 billion and $0.1 billion respectively, compared with $7.6 billion and $25.8 billion for the same periods in 2019.

See page 30 and Glossary for further information on Gulf of Mexico oil spill cash flows and on working capital.

Capital expenditure*

Organic capital expenditure* for the fourth quarter and full year was $2.9 billion and $12.0 billion respectively, compared with $4.0 billion and $15.2 billion for the same periods in 2019.

Inorganic capital expenditure* for the fourth quarter and full year was $0.5 billion and $2.0 billion respectively, compared with $0.2 billion and $4.2 billion for the same periods in 2019.

Organic capital expenditure and inorganic capital expenditure are non-GAAP measures. See page 26 for further information.

Divestment and other proceeds

Divestment proceeds* for the fourth quarter and full year were $4.0 billion and $5.5 billion respectively, including $3.5 billion and $3.9 billion of proceeds from the petrochemicals divestment respectively. For the same periods in 2019 divestment proceeds were $0.8 billion and $2.2 billion respectively.

In addition, $0.2 billion was received in the fourth quarter in relation to the sale of an interest in BP's New Zealand retail property portfolio. For the full year, $1.1 billion in other proceeds were received including from the TANAP pipeline refinancing and the sale of an interest in BP's UK retail property portfolio. Other proceeds for the fourth quarter and full year in 2019 were $0.6 billion.

Total divestment and other proceeds for the quarter and full year in 2020 were $4.2 billion and $6.6 billion respectively. Total divestment and other proceeds for the fourth quarter and full year in 2019 were $1.4 billion and $2.8 billion respectively.

Net debt* and gearing*

Net debt at 31 December 2020 was $38.9 billion, compared with $45.4 billion a year ago. Gearing at 31 December 2020 was 31.3%, compared with 31.1% a year ago. Gearing including leases* at 31 December 2020 was 36.0%, compared with 35.3% a year ago. Net debt, gearing and gearing including leases are non-GAAP measures. See pages 25 and 29 for more information.

Reserves replacement ratio*

The organic reserves replacement ratio on a combined basis of subsidiaries and equity-accounted entities was 78% for the year. Including acquisitions and divestments, the total reserves replacement ratio was -5%.

 

 

* For items marked with an asterisk throughout this document, definitions are provided in the Glossary on page 32.

The commentary above contains forward-looking statements and should be read in conjunction with the cautionary statement on page 36.

 

 

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Analysis of underlying RC profit (loss)* before interest and tax

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Underlying RC profit (loss) before interest and tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upstream

 

697 

 

878 

 

2,678 

 

 

(5,041)

 

11,158 

 

Downstream

 

126 

 

636 

 

1,438 

 

 

3,088 

 

6,419 

 

Rosneft

 

311 

 

(177)

 

412 

 

 

56 

 

2,419 

 

Other businesses and corporate

 

(89)

 

(130)

 

(250)

 

 

(1,040)

 

(1,280)

 

Consolidation adjustment - UPII*

 

(77)

 

34 

 

24 

 

 

89 

 

75 

 

Underlying RC profit (loss) before interest and tax

 

968 

 

1,241 

 

4,302 

 

 

(2,848)

 

18,791 

 

Finance costs and net finance expense relating to pensions and other post-retirement benefits

 

(568)

 

(610)

 

(781)

 

 

(2,523)

 

(3,041)

 

Taxation on an underlying RC basis

 

(158)

 

(402)

 

(955)

 

 

(743)

 

(5,596)

 

Non-controlling interests

 

(127)

 

(143)

 

 

 

424 

 

(164)

 

Underlying RC profit (loss) attributable to BP shareholders

 

115 

 

86 

 

2,567 

 

 

(5,690)

 

9,990 

 

 

Reconciliations of underlying RC profit or loss attributable to BP shareholders to the nearest equivalent IFRS measure are provided on page 1 for the group and on pages 6-11 for the segments.

 

Analysis of RC profit (loss)* before interest and tax and reconciliation to profit (loss) for the period

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

RC profit (loss) before interest and tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upstream

 

(592)

 

30 

 

614 

 

 

(21,547)

 

4,917 

 

Downstream

 

1,245 

 

915 

 

1,433 

 

 

3,418 

 

6,502 

 

Rosneft

 

270 

 

(278)

 

503 

 

 

(149)

 

2,316 

 

Other businesses and corporate

 

308 

 

24 

 

(1,432)

 

 

(683)

 

(2,771)

 

Consolidation adjustment - UPII

 

(77)

 

34 

 

24 

 

 

89 

 

75 

 

RC profit (loss) before interest and tax

 

1,154 

 

725 

 

1,142 

 

 

(18,872)

 

11,039 

 

Finance costs and net finance expense relating to pensions and other post-retirement benefits

 

(759)

 

(808)

 

(903)

 

 

(3,148)

 

(3,552)

 

Taxation on a RC basis

 

557 

 

(418)

 

(244)

 

 

3,492 

 

(3,808)

 

Non-controlling interests

 

(127)

 

(143)

 

 

 

424 

 

(164)

 

RC profit (loss) attributable to BP shareholders

 

825 

 

(644)

 

(4)

 

 

(18,104)

 

3,515 

 

Inventory holding gains (losses)*

 

695 

 

233 

 

10 

 

 

(2,868)

 

667 

 

Taxation (charge) credit on inventory holding gains and losses

 

(162)

 

(39)

 

13 

 

 

667 

 

(156)

 

Profit (loss) for the period attributable to BP shareholders

 

1,358 

 

(450)

 

19 

 

 

(20,305)

 

4,026 

 

 

 

 

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Operational updates

Upstream

Upstream production, which excludes Rosneft, for the full year averaged 2,375mboe/d, 9.9% lower than for 2019, driven primarily by divestments in BPX Energy and Alaska. Underlying production* for the full year was 3.5% lower than 2019.

For the full year of 2020, BP-operated Upstream plant reliability* was 94.0% and Upstream unit production costs* of $6.39/boe were 6.5% lower than in 2019.

Production from three Upstream major projects started in the quarter - the Ghazeer project in Oman, Vorlich in the UK North Sea and the KG D6 R Cluster project offshore India. This follows the Gulf of Mexico Atlantis Phase 3 project in the previous quarter. The Raven project in Egypt is currently undergoing commissioning.The Trans Adriatic Pipeline began gas deliveries, completing the Southern Gas Corridor pipeline system.

BP reached agreement to sell its interests in the Wamsutter asset in Wyoming to Williams Field Services LLC. In February 2021 BP also agreed to sell a 20% participating interest in Oman's Block 61 to PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited.

Downstream

BP-operated refining availability for the full year was 96.0%. In the quarter BP announced plans to cease production at the Kwinana refinery and convert it to an import terminal, helping to secure ongoing fuel supply for Western Australia.

BP continued to make progress in fuels marketing in 2020, expanding its retail network by more than 1,400 to over 20,300 sites worldwide. This includes more than 1,900 strategic convenience sites, around 300 more than a year earlier.

The $5-billion sale of BP's petrochemicals business to INEOS completed on 31 December and BP received the second payment of $3.6 billion, less $0.1 billion of third-party indebtedness. Final payments totalling $1 billion are expected in the first half of 2021.

Through 2020, the number of BP and joint venture operated electric vehicle charging points increased to more than 10,000 worldwide, with growth in the UK, Germany and through the DiDi joint venture in China.

 

 

Strategic progress

At the end of 2020, BP had developed 3.3GW net renewable generating capacity to FID, compared with 2.6GW a year earlier.

The formation of BP's strategic partnership with Equinor for offshore wind opportunities in the US was completed in January 2021, including BP's purchase of a 50% interest in the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind projects. Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind 1 were selected to provide New York state with additional offshore wind power which, subject to negotiation of a purchase and sale agreement, will bring the total secured by the projects to 3.3GW, 75% of the maximum potential installed capacity across the projects.

In the quarter BP also acquired a majority stake in Finite Carbon, the biggest developer of forest carbon offsets in the US. BP's investment is expected to support the accelerated growth of the business, including international expansion.

Financial framework

Operating cash flow excluding Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments* was $13.8 billion for the full year of 2020, compared with $28.2 billion for the same period in 2019.

Organic capital expenditure * for the full year of 2020 was $12.0 billion. BP expects total capital expenditure, including inorganic capital expenditure, to be around $13 billion in 2021.

Divestment and other proceeds were $6.6 billion for the full year of 2020. BP has now completed or agreed transactions for over half of its target of $25 billion in proceeds by 2025. BP expects proceeds from divestments and other disposals of $4-6 billion in 2021, weighted toward the second half.

Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments on a post-tax basis were $1.6 billion in the full year of 2020. Payments for 2021 are expected to be around $1 billion on a post-tax basis.

Gearing * at 31 December 2020 was 31.3%, in part reflecting the hybrid bond issue in the second quarter of 2020. See page 25 for more information.

 

 

Operating metrics

 

 Year 2020

 

Financial metrics

 

 Year 2020

 

(vs.  Year 2019)

 

 

(vs.  Year 2019)

Tier 1 and tier 2 process safety events

 

70

 

Underlying RC profit (loss)*

 

$(5.7)bn

 

(-28)

 

 

(-$15.7bn)

Reported recordable injury frequency*

 

0.132

 

Operating cash flow excluding Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments (post-tax)

 

$13.8bn

 

(-20.7%)

 

 

(-$14.4bn)

Group production

 

3,473mboe/d

 

Organic capital expenditure

 

$12.0bn

 

(-8.1%)

 

 

(-$3.2bn)

Upstream production (excludes Rosneft segment)

 

2,375mboe/d

 

Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments (post-tax)

 

$1.6bn

 

(-9.9%)

 

 

(-$0.8bn)

Upstream unit production costs (a)

 

$6.39

6.39/boe

 

Divestment proceeds*

 

$5.5bn

 

(-6.5%)

 

 

(+$3.3bn)

BP-operated Upstream plant reliability

 

94.0%

 

Gearing

 

31.3%

 

(-0.4)

 

 

(+0.2)

BP-operated refining availability*

 

96.0%

 

Dividend per ordinary share (b)

 

5.25 cents

 

(+1.1)

 

 

(-50.0%)

 

 

 

 

Return on average capital employed*

 

(3.8)%

 

 

 

 

(-12.7)

(a)  Reflecting lower costs and divestment impacts.

(b)  Represents dividend announced in the quarter (vs. prior year quarter).

The commentary above contains forward-looking statements and should be read in conjunction with the cautionary statement on page 36.

 

 

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Upstream

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Profit (loss) before interest and tax

 

(572)

 

38 

 

614 

 

 

(21,530)

 

4,909 

 

Inventory holding (gains) losses*

 

(20)

 

(8)

 

 

 

(17)

 

 

RC profit (loss) before interest and tax

 

(592)

 

30 

 

614 

 

 

(21,547)

 

4,917 

 

Net (favourable) adverse impact of non-operating items* and fair value accounting effects*

 

1,289 

 

848 

 

2,064 

 

 

16,506 

 

6,241 

 

Underlying RC profit (loss) before interest and tax*(a)

 

697 

 

878 

 

2,678 

 

 

(5,041)

 

11,158 

 

(a)  See page 7 for a reconciliation to segment RC profit before interest and tax by region.

 

Financial results

The replacement cost loss before interest and tax for the fourth quarter and full year was $592 million and $21,547 million respectively, compared with a profit of $614 million and $4,917 million for the same periods in 2019. The fourth quarter and full year included a net non-operating charge of $612 million and $15,768 million respectively, compared with a net charge of $2,723 million and $6,947 million for the same periods in 2019. The net non-operating charge for the quarter primarily reflects a net impairment charge and a provision for restructuring costs partly offset by disposal gains. The charge for the full year is principally related to impairments associated with revisions to long-term price assumptions. Fair value accounting effects in the fourth quarter and full year had an adverse impact of $677 million and $738 million respectively, compared with a favourable impact of $659 million and $706 million in the same periods of 2019.

 

After adjusting for non-operating items and fair value accounting effects, the underlying replacement cost result before interest and tax for the fourth quarter and full year was a profit of $697 million and a loss of $5,041 million respectively, compared with a profit of $2,678 million and $11,158 million for the same periods in 2019. The result for the fourth quarter mainly reflects lower liquids and gas realizations, lower production including the impact of divestments, and a significantly weaker gas marketing and trading contribution, partly offset by lower depreciation, depletion and amortization. The result for the full year mainly reflects lower liquids and gas realizations and the impact of writing down certain exploration intangible carrying values.

Production

Production for the quarter was 2,155mboe/d, 20.1% lower than the fourth quarter of 2019. This includes the impact of divestments mainly in BPX Energy and Alaska. Underlying production* for the quarter decreased by 11.1% mainly due to impacts from reduced capital investment levels and decline, significant weather impacts from hurricanes in the higher-margin US Gulf of Mexico and maintenance activity.

For the full year, production was 2,375mboe/d, 9.9% lower than the full year of 2019 mainly due to the impact of divestments in BPX Energy and Alaska. Underlying production for the full year decreased by 3.5% mainly due to impacts from reduced capital investment levels and decline, and significant weather impacts from hurricanes in the US Gulf of Mexico.

 

Key events

On 26 October, BP announced the start of production from the Qattameya field in the North Damietta concession, located offshore Egypt (BP operator 100%).

On 29 October, BP confirmed oil discoveries at the Cappahayden and Cambriol prospects in the Flemish Pass basin, offshore Newfoundland, Canada (Equinor operator 60%, BP 40%).

On 15 November, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), an 878-km gas transportation system crossing Greece, Albania, the Adriatic Sea and Italy, became operational (BP 20%, SOCAR 20%, Snam 20%, Fluxys 19%, Enagás 16% and Axpo 5%), with first gas exports from Azerbaijan to Europe commencing in December.

On 26 November, BP announced the start of production from the Vorlich field in the UK North Sea (BP 66%, Ithaca Energy operator 34%).

On 15 December, BP signed an agreement to sell its interest in the Wamsutter asset, located in the Greater Green River Basin, Wyoming, US, to Williams Field Services LLC. Subject to approvals, the transaction is expected to complete in first quarter 2021.

On 18 December, BP and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) announced the start of production from the R Cluster ultra-deep-water gas field in block KG D6 off the east coast of India. (RIL operator 66.67%, BP 33.33%).

On 1 February 2021, BP announced it has agreed to sell a 20% participating interest in Oman's Block 61 to PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP). Subject to approvals, the transaction is expected to complete in 2021 and following which the participating interests in Block 61 will be: BP operator 40%, OQ 30%, PTTEP 20%, and PETRONAS 10%.

 

Outlook

We expect full-year 2021 underlying production to be slightly higher than 2020 due to the ramp-up of major projects, primarily in gas regions, partly offset by the impacts of reduced capital investment and decline in lower-margin gas assets. We expect reported production to be lower due to the impact of the ongoing divestment programme.

We expect first-quarter 2021 reported production to be slightly higher than fourth-quarter 2020.

The commentary above contains forward-looking statements and should be read in conjunction with the cautionary statement on page 36.

 

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Upstream (continued)

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Underlying RC profit (loss) before interest and tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

(100)

 

125 

 

645 

 

 

(2,396)

 

2,670 

 

Non-US

 

797 

 

753 

 

2,033 

 

 

(2,645)

 

8,488 

 

 

 

697 

 

878 

 

2,678 

 

 

(5,041)

 

11,158 

 

Non-operating items (a)(b)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

(101)

 

(114)

 

(2,451)

 

 

(2,969)

 

(6,265)

 

Non-US

 

(511)

 

(517)

 

(272)

 

 

(12,799)

 

(682)

 

 

 

(612)

 

(631)

 

(2,723)

 

 

(15,768)

 

(6,947)

 

Fair value accounting effects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

104 

 

57 

 

120 

 

 

198 

 

(179)

 

Non-US

 

(781)

 

(274)

 

539 

 

 

(936)

 

885 

 

 

 

(677)

 

(217)

 

659 

 

 

(738)

 

706 

 

RC profit (loss) before interest and tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

(97)

 

68 

 

(1,686)

 

 

(5,167)

 

(3,774)

 

Non-US

 

(495)

 

(38)

 

2,300 

 

 

(16,380)

 

8,691 

 

 

 

(592)

 

30 

 

614 

 

 

(21,547)

 

4,917 

 

Exploration expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

104 

 

40 

 

86 

 

 

2,724 

 

233 

 

Non-US

 

110 

 

150 

 

180 

 

 

7,556 

 

731 

 

 

 

214 

 

190 

 

266 

 

 

10,280 

 

964 

 

Of which: Exploration expenditure written off(b)

 

154 

 

50 

 

155 

 

 

9,920 

 

631 

 

Production (net of royalties)(c)(d)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liquids* (mb/d)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

359 

 

363 

 

517 

 

 

424 

 

482 

 

Europe

 

160 

 

143 

 

149 

 

 

154 

 

141 

 

Rest of World

 

600 

 

623 

 

662 

 

 

651 

 

666 

 

 

 

1,119 

 

1,129 

 

1,328 

 

 

1,229 

 

1,288 

 

Natural gas (mmcf/d)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

1,232 

 

1,419 

 

2,317 

 

 

1,561 

 

2,358 

 

Europe

 

320 

 

265 

 

275 

 

 

282 

 

185 

 

Rest of World

 

4,459 

 

4,774 

 

5,354 

 

 

4,800 

 

5,279 

 

 

 

6,011 

 

6,457 

 

7,945 

 

 

6,643 

 

7,823 

 

Total hydrocarbons* (mboe/d)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

571 

 

608 

 

916 

 

 

694 

 

888 

 

Europe

 

215 

 

188 

 

196 

 

 

202 

 

173 

 

Rest of World

 

1,369 

 

1,446 

 

1,585 

 

 

1,479 

 

1,576 

 

 

 

2,155 

 

2,243 

 

2,698 

 

 

2,375 

 

2,637 

 

Average realizations* (e)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liquids(f) ($/bbl)

 

38.42 

 

38.17 

 

55.90 

 

 

36.16 

 

57.73 

 

Natural gas ($/mcf)

 

3.10 

 

2.56 

 

3.12 

 

 

2.75 

 

3.39 

 

Total hydrocarbons ($/boe)

 

28.48 

 

26.42 

 

36.42 

 

 

26.31 

 

38.00 

 

(a)  Full year 2020 principally relates to impairments in a number of our businesses resulting from the revisions to BP's long-term price assumptions. Full year 2020 also includes impairment charges related to the disposal of our Alaska business. Fourth quarter and full year 2019 include impairment charges related to the disposal of heritage BPX Energy assets, Alaska and GUPCO divestment. See Note 3 for further information.

(b)  Full year 2020 includes the write-off of $1,974 million relating to value ascribed to certain licences as part of the accounting for the acquisition of upstream assets in Brazil, India and the Gulf of Mexico and the impairment of certain intangible assets in Mauritania and Senegal. This has been classified within the 'other' category of non-operating items. See Note 4 for further information.

(c)  Includes BP's share of production of equity-accounted entities in the Upstream segment.

(d)  Because of rounding, some totals may not agree exactly with the sum of their component parts.

(e)  Realizations are based on sales by consolidated subsidiaries only - this excludes equity-accounted entities.

(f)  Includes condensate, natural gas liquids and bitumen.

 

 

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Downstream

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Profit before interest and tax

 

1,895 

 

1,106 

 

1,412 

 

 

622 

 

7,187 

 

Inventory holding (gains) losses*

 

(650)

 

(191)

 

21 

 

 

2,796 

 

(685)

 

RC profit before interest and tax

 

1,245 

 

915 

 

1,433 

 

 

3,418 

 

6,502 

 

Net (favourable) adverse impact of non-operating items* and fair value accounting effects*

 

(1,119)

 

(279)

 

 

 

(330)

 

(83)

 

Underlying RC profit before interest and tax*(a)

 

126 

 

636 

 

1,438 

 

 

3,088 

 

6,419 

 

(a)  See page 9 for a reconciliation to segment RC profit before interest and tax by region and by business.

 

Financial results

The replacement cost profit before interest and tax for the fourth quarter and full year was $1,245 million and $3,418 million respectively, compared with $1,433 million and $6,502 million for the same periods in 2019.

The fourth quarter and full year include a net non-operating gain of $1,403 million and $479 million respectively, compared with a charge of $28 million and $77 million for the same periods in 2019. The gain for the quarter and full year reflects a profit of $2.3 billion on the sale of our petrochemicals business, which is partially offset by restructuring costs and impairments. Fair value accounting effects in the fourth quarter and full year had an adverse impact of $284 million and $149 million respectively, compared with a favourable impact of $23 million and $160 million in the same periods in 2019.

After adjusting for non-operating items and fair value accounting effects, the underlying replacement cost profit before interest and tax for the fourth quarter and full year was $126 million and $3,088 million respectively, compared with $1,438 million and $6,419 million for the same periods in 2019.

Replacement cost profit before interest and tax for the fuels, lubricants and petrochemicals businesses is set out on page 9.

Fuels

The fuels business reported an underlying replacement cost loss before interest and tax of $169 million for the fourth quarter and a profit of $2,037 million for the full year, compared with a profit of $1,068 million and $4,759 million for the same periods in 2019.

The result for the quarter and full year reflected an exceptionally weak refining environment, with COVID-19 restrictions impacting refining utilization and fuel volumes. The result for the full year also reflected a higher contribution from supply and trading.

Fuels marketing demonstrated continued resilience, delivering significant profit for the quarter and full year, despite COVID-19 which adversely impacted retail fuel and aviation volumes by 14% and 50% respectively for the full year.

The refining loss for the quarter and full year reflects the continued impact of historically low industry margins. For the full year, although availability was strong at 96%, utilization was around 6% lower than 2019 due to the impact of COVID-19 on demand. These factors were partially offset by a lower level of turnaround activity and lower costs. The result for the quarter was also impacted by narrower heavy crude oil discounts compared with the same period in 2019.

In the quarter we announced our plans to cease production at our Kwinana refinery and convert it to an import terminal, helping to secure ongoing fuel supply for Western Australia.

During the year we continued to progress our agenda to redefine convenience, delivering a 6% growth in convenience gross margin* for the full year, and we expanded our retail network by over 1,400 sites, to a total of 20,300, which now includes more than 1,900 strategic convenience sites.

We also progressed our electrification agenda, growing our network to more than 10,000 BP and joint venture operated EV charging points. This included rolling out ultra-fast chargers at retail sites in the UK and Germany, and the continued expansion of our electrification joint venture with DiDi in China.

Lubricants

The lubricants business reported an underlying replacement cost profit before interest and tax of $262 million for the fourth quarter and $818 million for the full year, compared with $333 million and $1,258 million for the same periods in 2019. The result for the quarter and full year reflects significant demand impacts, with volumes lower than the prior quarter and 15% lower for the full year. In the second half of the year we have seen volumes in growth markets recover to 2019 levels as COVID-19 restrictions eased during that period.

In 2020 we continued to expand our service offer, growing the number of Castrol branded independent workshops by more than 4,000 to over 28,000 globally. We also continued to establish strong partnerships with OEMs, with BMW selecting Castrol to be its exclusive supplier of lubricants to all BMW and MINI authorized dealers across the US, Canada and Mexico.

Petrochemicals

The petrochemicals business reported an underlying replacement cost profit before interest and tax of $33 million for the fourth quarter and $233 million for the full year, compared with $37 million and $402 million for the same periods in 2019. The result for the full year reflects the impact of COVID-19 on demand, and a significantly weaker margin environment.

In December we completed the divestment of BP's petrochemicals business to INEOS for a total consideration of $5 billion. Final payments, totalling $1 billion are expected to be received in the first half of 2021.

Outlook

The commentary above contains forward-looking statements and should be read in conjunction with the cautionary statement on page 36.

 

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Downstream (continued)

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Underlying RC profit before interest and tax - by region

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

(231)

 

96 

 

556 

 

 

1,141 

 

2,190 

 

Non-US

 

357 

 

540 

 

882 

 

 

1,947 

 

4,229 

 

 

 

126 

 

636 

 

1,438 

 

 

3,088 

 

6,419 

 

Non-operating items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

890 

 

(27)

 

(40)

 

 

800 

 

(42)

 

Non-US

 

513 

 

(119)

 

12 

 

 

(321)

 

(35)

 

 

 

1,403 

 

(146)

 

(28)

 

 

479 

 

(77)

 

Fair value accounting effects(a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

(125)

 

78 

 

(37)

 

 

27 

 

148 

 

Non-US

 

(159)

 

347 

 

60 

 

 

(176)

 

12 

 

 

 

(284)

 

425 

 

23 

 

 

(149)

 

160 

 

RC profit before interest and tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

534 

 

147 

 

479 

 

 

1,968 

 

2,296 

 

Non-US

 

711 

 

768 

 

954 

 

 

1,450 

 

4,206 

 

 

 

1,245 

 

915 

 

1,433 

 

 

3,418 

 

6,502 

 

Underlying RC profit before interest and tax - by business (b)(c)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuels

 

(169)

 

222 

 

1,068 

 

 

2,037 

 

4,759 

 

Lubricants

 

262 

 

326 

 

333 

 

 

818 

 

1,258 

 

Petrochemicals

 

33 

 

88 

 

37 

 

 

233 

 

402 

 

 

 

126 

 

636 

 

1,438 

 

 

3,088 

 

6,419 

 

Non-operating items and fair value accounting effects (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuels

 

(1,037)

 

288 

 

(41)

 

 

(1,754)

 

32 

 

Lubricants

 

(121)

 

(7)

 

39 

 

 

(179)

 

57 

 

Petrochemicals

 

2,277 

 

(2)

 

(3)

 

 

2,263 

 

(6)

 

 

 

1,119 

 

279 

 

(5)

 

 

330 

 

83 

 

RC profit before interest and tax (b)(c)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuels

 

(1,206)

 

510 

 

1,027 

 

 

283 

 

4,791 

 

Lubricants

 

141 

 

319 

 

372 

 

 

639 

 

1,315 

 

Petrochemicals

 

2,310 

 

86 

 

34 

 

 

2,496 

 

396 

 

 

 

1,245 

 

915 

 

1,433 

 

 

3,418 

 

6,502 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BP average refining marker margin (RMM)* ($/bbl)

 

5.9 

 

6.2 

 

12.4 

 

 

6.7 

 

13.2 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refinery throughputs (mb/d)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

708 

 

701 

 

761 

 

 

693 

 

737 

 

Europe

 

720 

 

699 

 

848 

 

 

742 

 

787 

 

Rest of World

 

200 

 

187 

 

238 

 

 

192 

 

225 

 

 

 

1,628 

 

1,587 

 

1,847 

 

 

1,627 

 

1,749 

 

BP-operated refining availability* (%)

 

96.1 

 

96.2 

 

95.7 

 

 

96.0 

 

94.9 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing sales of refined products (mb/d)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

1,055 

 

1,083 

 

1,156 

 

 

1,011 

 

1,145 

 

Europe

 

801 

 

849 

 

1,051 

 

 

823 

 

1,073 

 

Rest of World

 

457 

 

422 

 

537 

 

 

441 

 

509 

 

 

 

2,313 

 

2,354 

 

2,744 

 

 

2,275 

 

2,727 

 

Trading/supply sales of refined products

 

2,942 

 

2,618 

 

3,519 

 

 

3,026 

 

3,268 

 

Total sales volumes of refined products

 

5,255 

 

4,972 

 

6,263 

 

 

5,301 

 

5,995 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petrochemicals production (kte)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

640 

 

541 

 

518 

 

 

2,201 

 

2,267 

 

Europe

 

1,241 

 

1,325 

 

1,141 

 

 

5,183 

 

4,714 

 

Rest of World

 

1,261 

 

1,211 

 

1,353 

 

 

4,896 

 

5,133 

 

 

 

3,142 

 

3,077 

 

3,012 

 

 

12,280 

 

12,114 

 

(a)  For Downstream, fair value accounting effects arise solely in the fuels business. See page 28 for further information.

(b)  Segment-level overhead expenses are included in the fuels business result.

(c)  Results from petrochemicals at our Gelsenkirchen and Mülheim sites in Germany are reported in the fuels business.

 

 

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Rosneft

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020 (a)

2020

2019

 

2020 (a)

2019

Profit (loss) before interest and tax(b)(c)

 

295 

 

(244)

 

534 

 

 

(238)

 

2,306 

 

Inventory holding (gains) losses*

 

(25)

 

(34)

 

(31)

 

 

89 

 

10 

 

RC profit (loss) before interest and tax

 

270 

 

(278)

 

503 

 

 

(149)

 

2,316 

 

Net charge (credit) for non-operating items*

 

41 

 

101 

 

(91)

 

 

205 

 

103 

 

Underlying RC profit (loss) before interest and tax*

 

311 

 

(177)

 

412 

 

 

56 

 

2,419 

 

 

Financial results

Replacement cost (RC) profit before interest and tax for the fourth quarter was $270 million and RC loss for the full year was $149 million, compared with a profit of $503 million and $2,316 million for the same periods in 2019.

After adjusting for non-operating items, the underlying RC profit before interest and tax for the fourth quarter and full year was $311 million and $56 million respectively, compared with a profit of $412 million and $2,419 million for the same periods in 2019.

Compared with the same period in 2019, the result for the fourth quarter primarily reflects lower oil prices partially offset by favourable foreign exchange effects. Compared with the same period in 2019, the result for the full year primarily reflects lower oil prices, unfavourable foreign exchange and adverse duty lag effects.

Key events

On 28 December, Rosneft announced completion of the acquisition of 100% stakes in JSC Taimyrneftegaz and LLC Taimyrburservis, and the sale of a 10% interest in LLC Vostok Oil.

 

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

 

 

2020 (a)

2020

2019

 

2020 (a)

2019

Production (net of royalties) (BP share)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liquids* (mb/d)

 

876 

 

858 

 

923 

 

 

877 

 

923 

 

Natural gas (mmcf/d)

 

1,360 

 

1,260 

 

1,306 

 

 

1,286 

 

1,279 

 

Total hydrocarbons* (mboe/d)

 

1,111 

 

1,075 

 

1,148 

 

 

1,098 

 

1,144 

 

(a)  The operational and financial information of the Rosneft segment for the fourth quarter and full year is based on preliminary operational and financial results of Rosneft for the three months and full year ended 31 December 2020. Actual results may differ from these amounts. Amounts reported for the fourth quarter are based on BP's 22.01% average economic interest for the quarter (third quarter 2020 21.96% and fourth quarter 2019 19.75%). A preliminary assessment of the fair values of the assets and liabilities acquired and the consideration transferred in respect of the acquisitions announced by Rosneft on 28 December is being undertaken and the impact, if any, on BP's accounting for its equity-accounted investment in Rosneft will be updated once this has been completed.

(b)  The Rosneft segment result includes equity-accounted earnings arising from BP's economic interest in Rosneft as adjusted for accounting required under IFRS relating to BP's purchase of its interest in Rosneft, and the amortization of the deferred gain relating to the divestment of BP's interest in TNK-BP. 

(c)  BP's adjusted share of Rosneft's earnings after Rosneft's own finance costs, taxation and non-controlling interests is included in the BP group income statement within profit before interest and taxation. For each year-to-date period it is calculated by translating the amounts reported in Russian roubles into US dollars using the average exchange rate for the year to date.

 

 

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Other businesses and corporate

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Profit (loss) before interest and tax

 

308 

 

24 

 

(1,432)

 

 

(683)

 

(2,771)

 

Inventory holding (gains) losses*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RC profit (loss) before interest and tax

 

308 

 

24 

 

(1,432)

 

 

(683)

 

(2,771)

 

Net (favourable) adverse impact of non-operating items* and fair value accounting effects*

 

(397)

 

(154)

 

1,182 

 

 

(357)

 

1,491 

 

Underlying RC profit (loss) before interest and tax*

 

(89)

 

(130)

 

(250)

 

 

(1,040)

 

(1,280)

 

Underlying RC profit (loss) before interest and tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

(135)

 

(65)

 

(85)

 

 

(453)

 

(713)

 

Non-US

 

46 

 

(65)

 

(165)

 

 

(587)

 

(567)

 

 

 

(89)

 

(130)

 

(250)

 

 

(1,040)

 

(1,280)

 

Non-operating items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

(303)

 

(62)

 

(268)

 

 

(475)

 

(559)

 

Non-US

 

250 

 

(50)

 

(914)

 

 

157 

 

(932)

 

 

 

(53)

 

(112)

 

(1,182)

 

 

(318)

 

(1,491)

 

Fair value accounting effects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-US

 

450 

 

266 

 

 

 

675 

 

 

 

 

450 

 

266 

 

 

 

675 

 

 

RC profit (loss) before interest and tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

(438)

 

(127)

 

(353)

 

 

(928)

 

(1,272)

 

Non-US

 

746 

 

151 

 

(1,079)

 

 

245 

 

(1,499)

 

 

 

308 

 

24 

 

(1,432)

 

 

(683)

 

(2,771)

 

Other businesses and corporate comprises our alternative energy business, shipping, treasury, BP ventures and corporate activities including centralized functions, and any residual costs of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Financial results

The replacement cost result before interest and tax for the fourth quarter and full year was a profit of $308 million and a loss of $683 million respectively, compared with a loss of $1,432 million and $2,771 million for the same periods in 2019.

The results include a net non-operating charge of $53 million for the fourth quarter and $318 million for the full year, compared with a charge of $1,182 million and $1,491 million for the same periods in 2019. Fair value accounting effects in the fourth quarter and full year had a favourable impact of $450 million and $675 million respectively. See page 28 for further information.

After adjusting for non-operating items and fair value accounting effects, the underlying replacement cost loss before interest and tax for the fourth quarter and full year was $89 million and $1,040 million respectively, compared with $250 million and $1,280 million for the same periods in 2019. The results include an uplift in valuation of a venture investment of $229 million for the fourth quarter and $284 million for the full year.

Alternative Energy

BP's net ethanol-equivalent production* for the fourth quarter and full year averaged 14.9kb/d and 20.3kb/d respectively, compared with 11.6kb/d and 13.7kb/d for the 100% BP-owned business for the same periods in 2019.

Net wind generation capacity* was 1,071MW at 31 December 2020, compared with 926MW at 31 December 2019. BP's net share of wind generation for the fourth quarter and full year was 902GWh and 2,806GWh respectively, compared with 785GWh and 2,752GWh for the same periods in 2019.

In December Lightsource BP developed to FID the 163MW Elm Branch and 153MW Briar Creek projects in the US, 50MW South Lowfield and 21MW Thornham projects in the UK, taking their overall total capacity developed to FID to 1,403MW for the full year.

In January 2021 BP and Equinor formed a strategic partnership to initially develop four projects in two existing leases located offshore New York and Massachusetts which together are expected to have a total generating capacity of 4.4GW. Early in January Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind 1 projects were selected to provide New York State with an additional 2.5GW of power and subject to negotiation of a purchase and sale agreement will take total secured power offtake agreements on the projects to 3.3GW which represents a material de-risking of the overall project. Beyond these initial projects, the strategic partnership expects to participate in future offshore wind developments in the US.

In December, BP finalized its investment in India's Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF) with an initial investment of $30 million and a total commitment of $70 million to the fund. The fund itself was established in 2018 and is focused on identifying, investing in and supporting growth in clean energy projects in India and is managed by Lightsource BP and Everstone Capital.

We continue to progress our aim to build material renewable energy businesses by having developed 20GW of net renewable generating capacity to FID by 2025. Overall we have developed a total of 3.3GW of net renewable generating capacity to FID by 31 December 2020 across our businesses and are progressing a development pipeline with projects across nine countries totalling 11GW net BP. In addition our development teams are further evaluating potential options totalling over 20GW.

Outlook

Other businesses and corporate charges for 2021, excluding non-operating items, fair value accounting effects and foreign exchange volatility impact, are expected to be $1.2-1.4 billion although the quarterly charge may vary quarter to quarter.

The commentary above contains forward-looking statements and should be read in conjunction with the cautionary statement on page 36.

 

 

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Financial statements

Group income statement

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales and other operating revenues (Note 6)

 

44,789 

 

44,251 

 

71,109 

 

 

180,366 

 

278,397 

 

Earnings from joint ventures - after interest and tax

 

214 

 

73 

 

163 

 

 

(302)

 

576 

 

Earnings from associates - after interest and tax

 

575 

 

(332)

 

640 

 

 

(101)

 

2,681 

 

Interest and other income

 

233 

 

183 

 

210 

 

 

663 

 

769 

 

Gains on sale of businesses and fixed assets

 

2,757 

 

27 

 

48 

 

 

2,874 

 

193 

 

Total revenues and other income

 

48,568 

 

44,202 

 

72,170 

 

 

183,500 

 

282,616 

 

Purchases

 

32,803 

 

31,645 

 

53,444 

 

 

132,104 

 

209,672 

 

Production and manufacturing expenses

 

6,111 

 

5,073 

 

5,809 

 

 

22,494 

 

21,815 

 

Production and similar taxes (Note 8)

 

228 

 

140 

 

412 

 

 

695 

 

1,547 

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization (Note 7)

 

3,426 

 

3,467 

 

4,434 

 

 

14,889 

 

17,780 

 

Impairment and losses on sale of businesses and fixed assets (Note 3)

 

1,168 

 

294 

 

3,657 

 

 

14,381 

 

8,075 

 

Exploration expense (Note 4)

 

214 

 

190 

 

266 

 

 

10,280 

 

964 

 

Distribution and administration expenses

 

2,769 

 

2,435 

 

2,996 

 

 

10,397 

 

11,057 

 

Profit (loss) before interest and taxation

 

1,849 

 

958 

 

1,152 

 

 

(21,740)

 

11,706 

 

Finance costs

 

749 

 

800 

 

886 

 

 

3,115 

 

3,489 

 

Net finance expense relating to pensions and other post-retirement benefits

 

10 

 

 

17 

 

 

33 

 

63 

 

Profit (loss) before taxation

 

1,090 

 

150 

 

249 

 

 

(24,888)

 

8,154 

 

Taxation

 

(395)

 

457 

 

231 

 

 

(4,159)

 

3,964 

 

Profit (loss) for the period

 

1,485 

 

(307)

 

18 

 

 

(20,729)

 

4,190 

 

Attributable to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BP shareholders

 

1,358 

 

(450)

 

19 

 

 

(20,305)

 

4,026 

 

Non-controlling interests

 

127 

 

143 

 

(1)

 

 

(424)

 

164 

 

 

 

1,485 

 

(307)

 

18 

 

 

(20,729)

 

4,190 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share (Note 9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit (loss) for the period attributable to BP shareholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Per ordinary share (cents)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

6.71 

 

(2.22)

 

0.09 

 

 

(100.42)

 

19.84 

 

Diluted

 

6.68 

 

(2.22)

 

0.09 

 

 

(100.42)

 

19.73 

 

Per ADS (dollars)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

0.40 

 

(0.13)

 

0.01 

 

 

(6.03)

 

1.19 

 

Diluted

 

0.40 

 

(0.13)

 

0.01 

 

 

(6.03)

 

1.18 

 

 

 

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Condensed group statement of comprehensive income

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit (loss) for the period

 

1,485 

 

(307)

 

18 

 

 

(20,729)

 

4,190 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currency translation differences

 

1,594 

 

(166)

 

1,404 

 

 

(1,843)

 

1,538 

 

Exchange (gains) losses on translation of foreign operations reclassified to gain or loss on sale of businesses and fixed assets

 

(357)

 

 

880 

 

 

(353)

 

880 

 

Cash flow hedges and costs of hedging

 

42 

 

(90)

 

(76)

 

 

105 

 

59 

 

Share of items relating to equity-accounted entities, net of tax

 

(105)

 

308 

 

43 

 

 

312 

 

82 

 

Income tax relating to items that may be reclassified

 

 

(16)

 

(39)

 

 

66 

 

(70)

 

 

 

1,176 

 

36 

 

2,212 

 

 

(1,713)

 

2,489 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remeasurements of the net pension and other post-retirement benefit liability or asset(a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow hedges that will subsequently be transferred to the balance sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax relating to items that will not be reclassified

 

(89)

 

(16)

 

(459)

 

 

(105)

 

(157)

 

 

 

253 

 

70 

 

1,027 

 

 

72 

 

168 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

1,429 

 

106 

 

3,239 

 

 

(1,641)

 

2,657 

 

Total comprehensive income

 

2,914 

 

(201)

 

3,257 

 

 

(22,370)

 

6,847 

 

Attributable to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BP shareholders

 

2,740 

 

(364)

 

3,240 

 

 

(21,983)

 

6,674 

 

Non-controlling interests

 

174 

 

163 

 

17 

 

 

(387)

 

173 

 

 

 

2,914 

 

(201)

 

3,257 

 

 

(22,370)

 

6,847 

 

(a)  See Note 1 - Pensions and other post retirement benefits for further information.

 

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Condensed group statement of changes in equity

 

 

BP shareholders'

Non-controlling interests

Total

$ million

 

equity

Hybrid bonds

Other interest

equity

At 1 January 2020

 

98,412 

 

 

2,296 

 

100,708 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income

 

(21,983)

 

256 

 

(643)

 

(22,370)

 

Dividends

 

(6,367)

 

 

(238)

 

(6,605)

 

Cash flow hedges transferred to the balance sheet, net of tax

 

 

 

 

 

Repurchase of ordinary share capital

 

(776)

 

 

 

(776)

 

Share-based payments, net of tax

 

726 

 

 

 

726 

 

Share of equity-accounted entities' changes in equity, net of tax(a)

 

1,341 

 

 

 

1,341 

 

Issue of perpetual hybrid bonds

 

(48)

 

11,909 

 

 

11,861 

 

Payments on perpetual hybrid bonds

 

 

(89)

 

 

(89)

 

Tax on issue of perpetual hybrid bonds

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions involving non-controlling interests, net of tax

 

(64)

 

 

827 

 

763 

 

At 31 December 2020

 

71,250 

 

12,076 

 

2,242 

 

85,568 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BP shareholders'

Non-controlling interests

Total

$ million

 

equity

Hybrid bonds

Other interest

equity

At 31 December 2018

 

99,444 

 

 

2,104 

 

101,548 

 

Adjustment on adoption of IFRS 16, net of tax(b)

 

(329)

 

 

(1)

 

(330)

 

At 1 January 2019

 

99,115 

 

 

2,103 

 

101,218 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income

 

6,674 

 

 

173 

 

6,847 

 

Dividends

 

(6,929)

 

 

(213)

 

(7,142)

 

Cash flow hedges transferred to the balance sheet, net of tax

 

23 

 

 

 

23 

 

Repurchase of ordinary share capital

 

(1,511)

 

 

 

(1,511)

 

Share-based payments, net of tax

 

719 

 

 

 

719 

 

Share of equity-accounted entities' changes in equity, net of tax

 

 

 

 

 

Transactions involving non-controlling interests, net of tax

 

316 

 

 

233 

 

549 

 

At 31 December 2019

 

98,412 

 

 

2,296 

 

100,708 

 

 

(a) Principally relates to a non-controlling interest transaction entered into by Rosneft.

(b)   See Note 1 in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019 for further information.

 

 

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Group balance sheet

 

 

31 December

31 December

$ million

 

2020

2019

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

114,836 

 

132,642 

 

Goodwill

 

12,480 

 

11,868 

 

Intangible assets

 

6,093 

 

15,539 

 

Investments in joint ventures

 

8,362 

 

9,991 

 

Investments in associates

 

18,975 

 

20,334 

 

Other investments

 

2,746 

 

1,276 

 

Fixed assets

 

163,492 

 

191,650 

 

Loans

 

840 

 

630 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

4,351 

 

2,147 

 

Derivative financial instruments

 

9,755 

 

6,314 

 

Prepayments

 

533 

 

781 

 

Deferred tax assets

 

7,744 

 

4,560 

 

Defined benefit pension plan surpluses

 

7,957 

 

7,053 

 

 

 

194,672 

 

213,135 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Loans

 

458 

 

339 

 

Inventories

 

16,873 

 

20,880 

 

Trade and other receivables

 

17,948 

 

24,442 

 

Derivative financial instruments

 

2,992 

 

4,153 

 

Prepayments

 

1,269 

 

857 

 

Current tax receivable

 

672 

 

1,282 

 

Other investments

 

333 

 

169 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

31,111 

 

22,472 

 

 

 

71,656 

 

74,594 

 

Assets classified as held for sale (Note 2)

 

1,326 

 

7,465 

 

 

 

72,982 

 

82,059 

 

Total assets

 

267,654 

 

295,194 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

36,014 

 

46,829 

 

Derivative financial instruments

 

2,998 

 

3,261 

 

Accruals

 

4,650 

 

5,066 

 

Lease liabilities

 

1,933 

 

2,067 

 

Finance debt

 

9,359 

 

10,487 

 

Current tax payable

 

1,038 

 

2,039 

 

Provisions

 

3,761 

 

2,453 

 

 

 

59,753 

 

72,202 

 

Liabilities directly associated with assets classified as held for sale (Note 2)

 

46 

 

1,393 

 

 

 

59,799 

 

73,595 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Other payables

 

12,112 

 

12,626 

 

Derivative financial instruments

 

5,404 

 

5,537 

 

Accruals

 

852 

 

996 

 

Lease liabilities

 

7,329 

 

7,655 

 

Finance debt

 

63,305 

 

57,237 

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

6,831 

 

9,750 

 

Provisions

 

17,200 

 

18,498 

 

Defined benefit pension plan and other post-retirement benefit plan deficits 

 

9,254 

 

8,592 

 

 

 

122,287 

 

120,891 

 

Total liabilities

 

182,086 

 

194,486 

 

Net assets

 

85,568 

 

100,708 

 

Equity

 

 

 

BP shareholders' equity

 

71,250 

 

98,412 

 

Non-controlling interests

 

14,318 

 

2,296 

 

Total equity

 

85,568 

 

100,708 

 

 

 

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Condensed group cash flow statement

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit (loss) before taxation

 

1,090 

 

150 

 

249 

 

 

(24,888)

 

8,154 

 

Adjustments to reconcile profit (loss) before taxation to net cash provided by operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization and exploration expenditure written off

 

3,580 

 

3,517 

 

4,589 

 

 

24,809 

 

18,411 

 

Impairment and (gain) loss on sale of businesses and fixed assets

 

(1,589)

 

267 

 

3,609 

 

 

11,507 

 

7,882 

 

Earnings from equity-accounted entities, less dividends received

 

(538)

 

1,018 

 

(75)

 

 

1,845 

 

(1,295)

 

Net charge for interest and other finance expense, less net interest paid

 

22 

 

60 

 

250 

 

 

236 

 

657 

 

Share-based payments

 

179 

 

199 

 

167 

 

 

723 

 

730 

 

Net operating charge for pensions and other post-retirement benefits, less contributions and benefit payments for unfunded plans

 

(182)

 

(46)

 

(43)

 

 

(282)

 

(238)

 

Net charge for provisions, less payments

 

866 

 

293 

 

270 

 

 

735 

 

(176)

 

Movements in inventories and other current and non-current assets and liabilities

 

(715)

 

556 

 

(306)

 

 

(85)

 

(2,918)

 

Income taxes paid

 

(444)

 

(810)

 

(1,107)

 

 

(2,438)

 

(5,437)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

2,269 

 

5,204 

 

7,603 

 

 

12,162 

 

25,770 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenditure on property, plant and equipment, intangible and other assets

 

(2,922)

 

(2,577)

 

(3,936)

 

 

(12,306)

 

(15,418)

 

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

 

(17)

 

(10)

 

(33)

 

 

(44)

 

(3,562)

 

Investment in joint ventures

 

(529)

 

(12)

 

(57)

 

 

(567)

 

(137)

 

Investment in associates

 

(23)

 

(1,037)

 

(83)

 

 

(1,138)

 

(304)

 

Total cash capital expenditure

 

(3,491)

 

(3,636)

 

(4,109)

 

 

(14,055)

 

(19,421)

 

Proceeds from disposal of fixed assets

 

439 

 

32 

 

24 

 

 

491 

 

500 

 

Proceeds from disposal of businesses, net of cash disposed

 

3,564 

 

84 

 

792 

 

 

4,989 

 

1,701 

 

Proceeds from loan repayments

 

61 

 

50 

 

64 

 

 

717 

 

246 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

573 

 

(3,470)

 

(3,229)

 

 

(7,858)

 

(16,974)

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net issue (repurchase) of shares (Note 9)

 

 

 

(1,171)

 

 

(776)

 

(1,511)

 

Lease liability payments

 

(631)

 

(578)

 

(566)

 

 

(2,442)

 

(2,372)

 

Proceeds from long-term financing

 

2,619 

 

2,587 

 

1,879 

 

 

14,736 

 

8,597 

 

Repayments of long-term financing

 

(3,191)

 

(4,307)

 

(360)

 

 

(12,179)

 

(7,118)

 

Net increase (decrease) in short-term debt

 

(906)

 

(2,630)

 

62 

 

 

(1,234)

 

180 

 

Issue of perpetual hybrid bonds

 

 

 

 

 

11,861 

 

 

Payments on perpetual hybrid bonds

 

(62)

 

(27)

 

 

 

(89)

 

 

Payments relating to transactions involving non-controlling interests (other)

 

 

 

 

 

(8)

 

 

Receipts relating to transactions involving non-controlling interests (other)

 

173 

 

483 

 

566 

 

 

665 

 

566 

 

Dividends paid - BP shareholders

 

(1,059)

 

(1,060)

 

(2,076)

 

 

(6,340)

 

(6,946)

 

 - non-controlling interests

 

(75)

 

(58)

 

(47)

 

 

(238)

 

(213)

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

(3,132)

 

(5,590)

 

(1,713)

 

 

3,956 

 

(8,817)

 

Currency translation differences relating to cash and cash equivalents

 

336 

 

268 

 

119 

 

 

379 

 

25 

 

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

46 

 

(3,588)

 

2,780 

 

 

8,639 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

31,065 

 

34,653 

 

19,692 

 

 

22,472 

 

22,468 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period(a)

 

31,111 

 

31,065 

 

22,472 

 

 

31,111 

 

22,472 

 

 

(a)  Third quarter 2020 includes $316 million of cash and cash equivalents classified as assets held for sale in the group balance sheet.

 

 

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Notes

Note 1. Basis of preparation

 

The results for the interim periods are unaudited and, in the opinion of management, include all adjustments necessary for a fair presentation of the results for each period. All such adjustments are of a normal recurring nature. This report should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and related notes for the year ended 31 December 2019 included in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019.

The directors consider it appropriate to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the annual financial statements. The impact of COVID-19 and the current economic environment has been considered as part of the going concern assessment. Forecast liquidity has been assessed under a number of stressed scenarios performed to support this assertion. Reverse stress tests performed indicated that the group will continue to operate as a going concern for at least 12 months from the balance sheet date even if the Brent price fell to zero.

BP prepares its consolidated financial statements included within BP Annual Report and Form 20-F on the basis of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), IFRS adopted pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 as it applies in the European Union (EU) and in accordance with the provisions of the UK Companies Act 2006 as applicable to companies reporting under international accounting standards. IFRS as adopted by the EU differs in certain respects from IFRS as issued by the IASB. The differences have no impact on the group's consolidated financial statements for the periods presented.

The financial information presented herein has been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies expected to be used in preparing BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2020 which are the same as those used in preparing BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019 with the exception of the changes described in the 'Updates to significant accounting policies' section below. There are no other new or amended standards or interpretations adopted from 1 January 2020 onwards that have a significant impact on the financial information.

Considerations in respect of COVID-19 and the current economic environment

BP's significant accounting judgements and estimates were disclosed in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019. These have been subsequently reviewed at the end of each quarter to determine if any changes were required to those judgements and estimates as a result of current market conditions. The valuation of certain assets and liabilities is subject to a greater level of uncertainty than when reported in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019, including those set out below.

Impairment testing assumptions

BP sees the prospect of an enduring impact on the global economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the potential for weaker demand for energy for a sustained period. BP's management also expects that the aftermath of the pandemic will accelerate the pace of transition to a lower carbon economy and energy system as countries seek to 'build back better' so that their economies will be more resilient in the future.  As a result of all the above, during the second quarter, BP revised its price assumptions for value-in-use impairment testing, lowering them and extending the period covered to 2050.  A summary of the group's revised price assumptions, in real 2020 terms, is provided below:

 

 

 

2021

2025

2030

2040

2050

Brent oil ($/bbl)

 

 

50

50

60

60

50

Henry Hub gas ($/mmBtu)

 

 

3.00

3.00

3.00

3.00

2.75

 

As disclosed in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019 - Note 1, the majority of BP's reserves and resources that support the carrying amount of the group's Upstream oil and gas properties are expected to be produced over the next ten years. The revised assumptions for Brent oil and Henry Hub gas for the next 10 years are lower by approximately 29% and 17%, respectively, than the average prices used to estimate cash flows over this period as disclosed in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019 - Note 1. The revised impairment testing price assumptions are lower, on average, by approximately 27% and 31% respectively for the period from 2021 to 2050, than the prices referenced in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019 - Note 1.

The group has identified Upstream oil and gas properties with carrying amounts totalling approximately $45 billion where the headroom, based on the most recent impairment tests performed, was less than or equal to 20% of the carrying value. A change in price or other assumptions within the next financial year may result in a recoverable amount of one or more of these assets above or below the current carrying amount and therefore there is a significant risk of impairment reversals or charges in that period.

The discount rates used in value-in-use impairment testing were also formally reassessed in the fourth quarter. Despite changing economic and geopolitical outlooks, as the discount rates are set using a number of parameters that are applicable to longer-term assets, the post-tax discount rate, as disclosed in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019, remains unchanged. Pre-tax discount rates typically ranged from 7% to 15% (2019 7% to 13%). Post-tax premiums for certain higher-risk countries are 1% to 3% (2019 1% to 4%). The revisions to these rates did not have a material impact.

Provisions

The nominal risk-free discount rate applied to provisions is reviewed on a quarterly basis. Recent changes in long-dated US government bond yields have not affected the group's overall assessment of the discount rate applied to the group's provisions and therefore the rate, as disclosed in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019, remains unchanged. The timing and amount of cash flows relating to the group's existing provisions were reviewed during the fourth quarter and did not change significantly compared to the provisions balance reported as at 31 December 2019.

 

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Note 1. Basis of preparation (continued)

Pensions and other post-retirement benefits

The group's defined benefit pension plans are reviewed quarterly to determine any changes to the fair value of the plan assets or present value of the defined benefit obligations. As a result of the review during the fourth quarter of 2020, the group's total net defined benefit pension plan deficit as at 31 December 2020 is $1.3 billion, a reduction in the deficit of $0.6 billion and $0.2 billion from 30 September 2020 and 31 December 2019 respectively. This reduction in deficit and the overall actuarial gains of $0.3 billion during 4Q were predominantly driven by the adoption of approved assumption changes. The impact of further decreases in the UK, US and Eurozone discount rates were largely offset by asset performance and reduction in inflation rates. The current environment is likely to continue to affect the values of the plan assets and obligations resulting in potential volatility in the amount of the net defined benefit pension plan surplus/deficit recognized.

Impairment of financial assets measured at amortized cost

The estimate of the loss allowance recognized on financial assets measured at amortized cost using an expected credit loss approach was determined not to be a significant accounting estimate in preparing BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019.  Expected credit loss allowances are, however, reviewed and updated quarterly. Allowances are recognized on assets where there is evidence that the asset is credit-impaired and on a forward-looking expected credit loss basis for assets that are not credit-impaired. The current economic environment and future credit risk outlook have been considered in updating the estimate of loss allowances although the full economic impact of COVID-19 on the forward-looking expected credit loss is subject to significant uncertainty due to the limited forward-looking information currently available.

Whilst credit risk has increased since 31 December 2019, there has also been a significant reduction in the group's trade and other receivables balance. Therefore, the total expected credit loss allowances recognized as at 31 December 2020 have not significantly increased from the amounts disclosed in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019 - Financial statements - Note 21 Valuation and qualifying accounts.

The group continues to believe that the calculation of expected credit loss allowances is not a significant accounting estimate. The group continues to apply its credit policy as disclosed in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019 - Financial statements - Note 29 Financial instruments and financial risk factors - credit risk.

Income taxes

None of the group's deferred tax assets in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019 were determined to be a significant accounting estimate. The carrying amounts are, however, reviewed and updated quarterly to the extent that there are changes in the probability of sufficient taxable profits being available to utilize the reported deferred tax assets. The group has recognized deferred tax assets as at 31 December 2020 of $7.7 billion, an increase of $3.1 billion from 31 December 2019. The group continues to believe that the measurement of its deferred tax assets is not a significant accounting estimate.

Other accounting judgements and estimates

All other significant accounting judgements and estimates disclosed in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019 remain applicable and no new significant accounting judgements or estimates have been identified specifically arising from the impact of COVID-19.

Updates to significant accounting policies

Hybrid bond issuance

On 17 June 2020, a group subsidiary issued perpetual subordinated hybrid bonds in EUR, GBP and USD for a US dollar equivalent amount of $11.9 billion. As the group has the unconditional right to avoid transferring cash or another financial asset in relation to these hybrid bonds, they are classified as equity instruments and reported within non-controlling interests in the condensed consolidated financial statements. The contractual terms of these instruments allow the group to defer coupon payments and the repayment of principal indefinitely, however their terms and conditions stipulate that any deferred payments must be made in the event of an announcement of an ordinary share or parity equity dividend distribution or certain share repurchases or redemptions.

Change in accounting policy - Interest Rate Benchmark Reform: Amendments to IFRS 9 'Financial instruments'

Financial authorities in the US, UK, EU and other territories are currently undertaking reviews of key interest rate benchmarks such as the London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) with a view to replacing them with alternative benchmarks. Uncertainty around the method and timing of transition from Inter-bank Offered Rates (IBORs) to alternative risk-free rates (RfRs) may impact the assessment of whether hedge accounting can be applied to certain hedging relationships.

BP is significantly exposed to benchmark interest rate components e.g. USD LIBOR, GBP LIBOR, EURIBOR and CHF LIBOR. All of the group's existing fair value hedge relationships are directly affected by interest rate benchmark reform as they all manage interest rate risk. Further information about the group's fair value hedges is included in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019 - Financial statements - Note 30 Derivative financial instruments - Fair value hedges.

BP adopted the amendments to IFRS 9 and IFRS 7 'Financial Instruments: Disclosures' relating to interest rate benchmark reform with effect from 1 January 2020. This first phase of amendments provides temporary relief from applying specific hedge accounting requirements to hedging relationships directly affected by interest rate benchmark reforms.

The reliefs provided by the amendments allow BP, in the event that significant uncertainty around the reforms arises, to assume that:

the interest rate benchmark component of fair value hedges only needs to be assessed as separately identifiable at initial designation; and

the interest rate benchmark is not altered for the purposes of assessing the economic relationship between the hedged item and the hedging instrument for fair value hedges.

In accordance with the transition provisions, the amendments have been adopted retrospectively to hedging relationships that existed at the start of the current reporting period and will be applied to new hedging relationships designated after that date.

 

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Note 1. Basis of preparation (continued)

The reliefs have meant that the uncertainty over the interest rate benchmark reforms has not resulted in discontinuation of hedge accounting for any of BP's fair value hedges.

The second phase of IFRS amendments were issued by the IASB in August 2020 to address the financial reporting impacts of transitioning from IBORs to RfRs. These amendments will be effective for BP from 1 January 2021.The amendments have been endorsed by the EU and the UK. BP has an internal working group to monitor and manage the transition to alternative benchmark rates and are currently assessing the impact on contracts and arrangements that are linked to existing interest rate benchmarks, for example, borrowings, leases and derivative contracts. BP is also participating on external committees and task forces dedicated to interest rate benchmark reform.

Change in accounting policy - physically settled derivative contracts

In March 2019, the IFRS Interpretations Committee ("IFRIC") issued an agenda decision on the application of IFRS 9 to the physical settlement of contracts to buy or sell a non-financial item, such as commodities, that are not accounted for as 'own-use' contracts. IFRIC concluded that such contracts are settled by the delivery or receipt of a non-financial item in exchange for both cash and the settlement of the derivative asset or liability.

BP routinely enters into forward sale and purchase contracts. As described in the group's accounting policy for revenue in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019, revenue recognized at the time such contracts were physically settled was measured at the contractual transaction price and was presented together with revenue from contracts with customers in those financial statements.

BP changed its accounting policy for these contracts, in accordance with the conclusions included in the agenda decision, with effect from 1 April 2020, as follows:

Revenues and purchases from such contracts are measured at the contractual transaction price plus the carrying amount of the related derivative at the date of settlement. Realized derivative gains and losses on physically settled derivative contracts are included in other revenues.

There is no significant effect on current period or comparative information for 'Sales and other operating revenues' and 'Purchases' as presented in the group income statement, therefore no comparative information has been restated.

There is no significant effect on net assets or on comparative information for 'Profit before taxation' or 'Profit after taxation' as presented in the group income statement, therefore no comparative information has been restated.

In addition, BP chose to change its presentation of revenues from physically settled derivative sales contracts from 1 January 2020. Revenues from physically settled derivative sales contracts are no longer presented together with revenue from contracts with customers. They are now presented as other revenues. Comparative information in Note 6 for revenue from contracts with customers and other revenues have been re-presented to align with the current period.

Voluntary changes to significant accounting policies - not yet adopted

Net presentation of revenues and purchases relating to physically settled derivative contracts from 1 January 2021

As described above, BP routinely enters into transactions for the sale and purchase of commodities that are physically settled and meet the definition of a derivative financial instrument. These contracts are within the scope of IFRS 9 and as such, prior to settlement, changes in the fair value of these derivative contracts are presented as gains and losses within other operating revenues. The group has presented revenues and purchases for such contracts on a gross basis in the income statement upon physical settlement. These transactions have historically represented a substantial portion of the revenues and purchases reported in the group's financial statements.

The group has determined that revenues and purchases relating to such transactions should, in future, be presented as a net gain or loss within other operating revenues. This will provide reliable and more relevant information for users of the accounts as the group's revenue recognition will be more closely aligned with its assessment of 'Scope 3' emissions from its products, its 'Net Zero' ambition and how management monitors and manages performance of such contracts. In the group's 2021 financial statements, comparative information for Sales and other operating revenues and Purchases in the consolidated income statements for 2019 and 2020 will be restated.

Change in segmentation for 2021 financial reporting

The group's reportable segments are expected to change for 2021 financial reporting consistent with a change in the way that resources will be allocated and performance assessed by the chief operating decision maker, who for BP is the chief executive officer. The group's reportable segments are expected to be Customers and products, Gas and low carbon energy, Oil production and operations and Rosneft. These are also expected to be the group's operating segments. At 31 December 2020, the group's reportable segments were Upstream, Downstream and Rosneft.

Customers and products is expected to comprise the group's convenience and mobility business, which manages the sale of fuels to wholesale and retail customers, convenience products, aviation fuels, and Castrol lubricants; and refining, supply and trading. The petrochemicals business will also be reported in restated comparative information as part of the customers and products segment up to its sale in December 2020. The customers and products segment is expected, therefore, to be substantially unchanged from the former Downstream segment with the exception of the Petrochemicals disposal.

Gas and low carbon energy is expected to comprise regions with upstream businesses that predominantly produce natural gas, gas trading activities and the group's renewables businesses, including biofuels, solar and wind. In the group's financial reporting for 2020, gas producing regions are part of the Upstream segment and the group's renewables businesses are part of 'Other businesses and corporate'.

Oil production and operations is expected to comprise regions with upstream activities that predominantly produce crude oil. In the group's financial reporting for 2020, these activities are part of the Upstream segment.

 

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Note 1. Basis of preparation (continued)

The Rosneft segment is expected to continue to include equity-accounted earnings from the group's investment in Rosneft.

Segmental information presented in these financial statements is based on the segment structure as at 31 December 2020.

In the group's financial reporting for 2021, comparative information for 2019 and 2020 will be restated to reflect the changes in reportable segments. It is expected that reporting under the new segment structure will begin with the first quarter 2021 interim financial statements.

 

Note 2. Non-current assets held for sale  

The carrying amount of assets classified as held for sale at 31 December 2020 is $1,326 million, with associated liabilities of $46 million.

The balance consists primarily of a 20% participating interest from BP's 60% participating interest in Block 61 in Oman. As announced on 1 February 2021, BP has agreed to sell this interest to PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited of Thailand for a total consideration of up to $2.6 billion, subject to final adjustments. Under the terms of the agreement, BP will receive $2,450 million on completion, with up to an additional $140 million receivable contingent on pre-agreed future conditions. Subject to approvals, the transaction is expected to complete during 2021. Assets of $1,298 million and associated liabilities of $10 million have been classified as held for sale in the group balance sheet at 31 December 2020.

Transactions that have been classified as held for sale during 2020, but have now completed, are described below.

Upstream segment

On 27 August 2019, BP announced that it had agreed to sell its Alaska operations and interests to Hilcorp Energy for up to $5.6 billion, subject to customary closing adjustments. The sale included BP's upstream and midstream business in the state, including BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., which owned BP's upstream oil and gas interests in Alaska, and BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc.'s 49% interest in the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). These assets and associated liabilities were classified as held for sale in the 31 December 2019 group balance sheet. The disposal of BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. completed on 30 June 2020.  The disposal of BP's interest in TAPS and other midstream assets completed on 18 December 2020. BP retained the decommissioning liability relating to its interest in TAPS, which will be partially offset by a 30% cost reimbursement from Hilcorp.

Downstream segment

On 29 June 2020 BP announced that it had agreed to sell its global petrochemicals business to INEOS for a total consideration of $5 billion, subject to customary closing adjustments. The assets and liabilities of the business were classified as held for sale from that date until the disposal completed on 31 December 2020. Under the terms of the agreement, INEOS paid BP a deposit of $400 million and a further $3.6 billion on completion, less $0.1 billion of third-party indebtedness remaining in petrochemicals on completion. The remaining $1 billion is payable in instalments of $100 million in each of March, April and May 2021, and $700 million by the end of June 2021 at the latest. The business had interests in manufacturing plants in Asia, Europe and the US, including interests held in equity-accounted entities. A gain on disposal of $2,270 million was recognised in the fourth quarter 2020, which included a $340 million gain relating to the reclassification of accumulated foreign exchange from reserves.

 

Note 3. Impairment and losses on sale of businesses and fixed assets

Impairment and losses on sale of businesses and fixed assets for the fourth quarter and full year 2020 were $1,168 million and $14,381 million and include net impairment charges of $777 million and $13,700 million respectively. Impairment charges also arose in certain equity-accounted entities in the full year. The BP shares of these charges, amounting to $847 million for the full year, are reported in the line items 'Earnings from joint ventures' and 'Earnings from associates' in the group income statement.

Upstream segment

Net impairment charges in the Upstream segment were $674 million and $12,831 million for the fourth quarter and full year respectively.

Impairment charges for the full year mainly relate to producing assets and principally arose as a result of changes to the group's oil and gas price assumptions. They include amounts in Azerbaijan, BPX Energy, Canada, India, Mauritania & Senegal, the North Sea, and Trinidad. The recoverable amounts of the cash generating units within these businesses were based on value-in-use calculations.

Impairment charges for the full year also include amounts relating to the disposal of the group's interests in its Alaska business.

The BP share of impairment charges arising in equity-accounted entities reported in the Upstream segment in the full year was $545 million.

Downstream segment

Net impairment charges in the Downstream segment were $104 million and $840 million for the fourth quarter and full year respectively. These principally relate to portfolio changes in the fuels business, including the conversion of Kwinana refinery to an import terminal.

 

 

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Note 4. Exploration expense

Exploration expense in the fourth quarter and full year was $214 million and $10,280 million and includes exploration expenditure write-offs of $154 million and $9,920 million respectively. All exploration expenditure is recorded within the Upstream segment.

The exploration write-offs principally arose following management's re-assessment of expectations to extract value from certain exploration prospects as a result of a review of the group's long-term strategic plan and changes in the group's price assumptions. The exploration write-offs for the full year principally arose in Angola, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, the Gulf of Mexico and India.

 

Note 5. Analysis of replacement cost profit (loss) before interest and tax and reconciliation to profit (loss) before taxation

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Upstream

 

(592)

 

30 

 

614 

 

 

(21,547)

 

4,917 

 

Downstream

 

1,245 

 

915 

 

1,433 

 

 

3,418 

 

6,502 

 

Rosneft

 

270 

 

(278)

 

503 

 

 

(149)

 

2,316 

 

Other businesses and corporate

 

308 

 

24 

 

(1,432)

 

 

(683)

 

(2,771)

 

 

 

1,231 

 

691 

 

1,118 

 

 

(18,961)

 

10,964 

 

Consolidation adjustment - UPII*

 

(77)

 

34 

 

24 

 

 

89 

 

75 

 

RC profit (loss) before interest and tax*

 

1,154 

 

725 

 

1,142 

 

 

(18,872)

 

11,039 

 

Inventory holding gains (losses)*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upstream

 

20 

 

 

 

 

17 

 

(8)

 

Downstream

 

650 

 

191 

 

(21)

 

 

(2,796)

 

685 

 

Rosneft (net of tax)

 

25 

 

34 

 

31 

 

 

(89)

 

(10)

 

Profit (loss) before interest and tax

 

1,849 

 

958 

 

1,152 

 

 

(21,740)

 

11,706 

 

Finance costs

 

749 

 

800 

 

886 

 

 

3,115 

 

3,489 

 

Net finance expense relating to pensions and other post-retirement benefits

 

10 

 

 

17 

 

 

33 

 

63 

 

Profit (loss) before taxation

 

1,090 

 

150 

 

249 

 

 

(24,888)

 

8,154 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RC profit (loss) before interest and tax*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

(21)

 

105 

 

(1,603)

 

 

(4,016)

 

(2,759)

 

Non-US

 

1,175 

 

620 

 

2,745 

 

 

(14,856)

 

13,798 

 

 

 

1,154 

 

725 

 

1,142 

 

 

(18,872)

 

11,039 

 

 

 

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Note 6. Sales and other operating revenues

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

By segment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upstream

 

7,742 

 

7,797 

 

13,955 

 

 

34,197 

 

54,501 

 

Downstream

 

41,513 

 

40,256 

 

64,251 

 

 

162,974 

 

250,897 

 

Other businesses and corporate

 

422 

 

391 

 

538 

 

 

1,716 

 

1,788 

 

 

 

49,677 

 

48,444 

 

78,744 

 

 

198,887 

 

307,186 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less: sales and other operating revenues between segments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upstream

 

3,963 

 

3,647 

 

6,823 

 

 

17,130 

 

27,034 

 

Downstream

 

486 

 

124 

 

384 

 

 

158 

 

973 

 

Other businesses and corporate

 

439 

 

422 

 

428 

 

 

1,233 

 

782 

 

 

 

4,888 

 

4,193 

 

7,635 

 

 

18,521 

 

28,789 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third party sales and other operating revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upstream

 

3,779 

 

4,150 

 

7,132 

 

 

17,067 

 

27,467 

 

Downstream

 

41,027 

 

40,132 

 

63,867 

 

 

162,816 

 

249,924 

 

Other businesses and corporate

 

(17)

 

(31)

 

110 

 

 

483 

 

1,006 

 

Total sales and other operating revenues

 

44,789 

 

44,251 

 

71,109 

 

 

180,366 

 

278,397 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By geographical area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

15,980 

 

16,513 

 

24,148 

 

 

63,829 

 

95,495 

 

Non-US

 

33,886 

 

32,328 

 

54,450 

 

 

134,945 

 

208,031 

 

 

 

49,866 

 

48,841 

 

78,598 

 

 

198,774 

 

303,526 

 

Less: sales and other operating revenues between areas

 

5,077 

 

4,590 

 

7,489 

 

 

18,408 

 

25,129 

 

 

 

44,789 

 

44,251 

 

71,109 

 

 

180,366 

 

278,397 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues from contracts with customers(a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales and other operating revenues include the following in relation to revenues from contracts with customers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crude oil

 

1,185 

 

1,366 

 

1,880 

 

 

5,048 

 

9,141 

 

Oil products(b)

 

16,216 

 

16,642 

 

25,946 

 

 

63,564 

 

102,408 

 

Natural gas, LNG and NGLs

 

3,252 

 

2,844 

 

4,871 

 

 

12,726 

 

18,909 

 

Non-oil products and other revenues from contracts with customers(b)

 

2,608 

 

2,624 

 

2,878 

 

 

9,840 

 

12,169 

 

Revenue from contracts with customers

 

23,261 

 

23,476 

 

35,575 

 

 

91,178 

 

142,627 

 

Other operating revenues(c)

 

21,528 

 

20,775 

 

35,534 

 

 

89,188 

 

135,770 

 

Total sales and other operating revenues

 

44,789 

 

44,251 

 

71,109 

 

 

180,366 

 

278,397 

 

(a)  Amounts shown for revenue from contracts with customers and other operating revenues for fourth quarter and full year 2019 have been represented to align with the current period. See Note 1 Change in accounting policy - physically settled derivative contracts for further information.

(b)  An amendment of $341 million has been made to amounts presented for oil products and non-oil products and other revenues from contracts with customers for the third quarter 2020 with no overall effect on revenue from contracts with customers.

(c)  Principally relates to physically settled derivative sales contracts.

 

 

 

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Note 7. Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Upstream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

818 

 

842 

 

1,150 

 

 

3,772 

 

4,672 

 

Non-US

 

1,679 

 

1,713 

 

2,371 

 

 

7,447 

 

9,560 

 

 

 

2,497 

 

2,555 

 

3,521 

 

 

11,219 

 

14,232 

 

Downstream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

337 

 

336 

 

343 

 

 

1,359 

 

1,335 

 

Non-US

 

411 

 

407 

 

417 

 

 

1,631 

 

1,586 

 

 

 

748 

 

743 

 

760 

 

 

2,990 

 

2,921 

 

Other businesses and corporate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

19 

 

13 

 

14 

 

 

63 

 

55 

 

Non-US

 

162 

 

156 

 

139 

 

 

617 

 

572 

 

 

 

181 

 

169 

 

153 

 

 

680 

 

627 

 

Total group

 

3,426 

 

3,467 

 

4,434 

 

 

14,889 

 

17,780 

 

 

Note 8. Production and similar taxes

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

US

 

17 

 

14 

 

89 

 

 

57 

 

315 

 

Non-US

 

211 

 

126 

 

323 

 

 

638 

 

1,232 

 

 

 

228 

 

140 

 

412 

 

 

695 

 

1,547 

 

 

Note 9. Earnings per share and shares in issue

 

Basic earnings per ordinary share (EpS) amounts are calculated by dividing the profit (loss) for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding during the period. No share buybacks were carried out during the quarter. A total of 120 million ordinary shares were repurchased for cancellation in the full year, as part of the share buyback programme announced on 31 October 2017. The shares had a total cost of $776 million, including transaction costs of $4 million. The number of shares in issue is reduced when shares are repurchased.

The calculation of EpS is performed separately for each discrete quarterly period, and for the year-to-date period. As a result, the sum of the discrete quarterly EpS amounts in any particular year-to-date period may not be equal to the EpS amount for the year-to-date period.

For the diluted EpS calculation the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the period is adjusted for the number of shares that are potentially issuable in connection with employee share-based payment plans using the treasury stock method.

 

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Note 9. Earnings per share and shares in issue (continued)

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Results for the period

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit (loss) for the period attributable to BP shareholders

 

1,358 

 

(450)

 

19 

 

 

(20,305)

 

4,026 

 

Less: preference dividend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit (loss) attributable to BP ordinary shareholders

 

1,358 

 

(450)

 

19 

 

 

(20,306)

 

4,025 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of shares (thousand) (a)(b)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic weighted average number of shares outstanding

 

20,233,240 

 

20,251,199 

 

20,254,234 

 

 

20,221,514 

 

20,284,859 

 

ADS equivalent

 

3,372,206 

 

3,375,199 

 

3,375,705 

 

 

3,370,252 

 

3,380,809 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares outstanding used to calculate diluted earnings per share

 

20,329,326 

 

20,251,199 

 

20,351,808 

 

 

20,221,514 

 

20,399,670 

 

ADS equivalent

 

3,388,221 

 

3,375,199 

 

3,391,968 

 

 

3,370,252 

 

3,399,945 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares in issue at period-end

 

20,264,027 

 

20,254,417 

 

20,241,170 

 

 

20,264,027 

 

20,241,170 

 

ADS equivalent

 

3,377,337 

 

3,375,736 

 

3,373,528 

 

 

3,377,337 

 

3,373,528 

 

(a)  Excludes treasury shares and includes certain shares that will be issued in the future under employee share-based payment plans.

(b)  If the inclusion of potentially issuable shares would decrease loss per share, the potentially issuable shares are excluded from the weighted average number of shares outstanding used to calculate diluted earnings per share. The numbers of potentially issuable shares that have been excluded from the calculation for the third quarter 2020 and full year 2020 are 81,097 thousand (ADS equivalent 13,516 thousand) and 101,450 thousand (ADS equivalent 16,908 thousand) respectively.

 

Note 10. Dividends

Dividends payable

BP today announced an interim dividend of 5.25 cents per ordinary share which is expected to be paid on 26 March 2021 to ordinary shareholders and American Depositary Share (ADS) holders on the register on 19 February 2021. The ex-dividend date will be 18 February 2021. The corresponding amount in sterling is due to be announced on 15 March 2021, calculated based on the average of the market exchange rates for the four dealing days commencing on 9 March 2021. Holders of ADSs are expected to receive $0.315 per ADS (less applicable fees). The board has decided not to offer a scrip dividend alternative in respect of the fourth quarter 2020 dividend. Ordinary shareholders and ADS holders (subject to certain exceptions) will be able to participate in a dividend reinvestment programme. Details of the fourth quarter dividend and timetable are available at bp.com/dividends and further details of the dividend reinvestment programmes are available at bp.com/drip.

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

 

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Dividends paid per ordinary share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cents

 

5.250 

 

5.250 

 

10.250 

 

 

31.500 

 

41.000 

 

pence

 

3.917 

 

4.043 

 

7.825 

 

 

24.458 

 

31.977 

 

Dividends paid per ADS (cents)

 

31.50 

 

31.50 

 

61.50 

 

 

189.00 

 

246.00 

 

Scrip dividends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of shares issued (millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

208.9 

 

Value of shares issued ($ million)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,387 

 

 

 

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Note 11. Net debt

Net debt*

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Finance debt(a)(b)

 

72,664 

 

72,828 

 

67,724 

 

 

72,664 

 

67,724 

 

Fair value (asset) liability of hedges related to finance debt(c)

 

(2,612)

 

(1,384)

 

190 

 

 

(2,612)

 

190 

 

 

 

70,052 

 

71,444 

 

67,914 

 

 

70,052 

 

67,914 

 

Less: cash and cash equivalents(b)

 

31,111 

 

31,065 

 

22,472 

 

 

31,111 

 

22,472 

 

Net debt

 

38,941 

 

40,379 

 

45,442 

 

 

38,941 

 

45,442 

 

Total equity

 

85,568 

 

82,155 

 

100,708 

 

 

85,568 

 

100,708 

 

Gearing*

 

31.3%

33.0%

31.1%

 

31.3%

31.1%

(a)  The fair value of finance debt at 31 December 2020 was $76,092 million (31 December 2019 $69,376 million).

(b)  Third quarter 2020 includes $316 million of cash and $19 million of finance debt included in assets and liabilities held for sale in the group balance sheet.

(c)  Derivative financial instruments entered into for the purpose of managing interest rate and foreign currency exchange risk associated with net debt with a fair value liability position of $236 million (third quarter 2020 liability of $372 million and fourth quarter 2019 liability of $601 million) are not included in the calculation of net debt shown above as hedge accounting is not applied for these instruments.

 

As part of actively managing its debt portfolio, on 18 December 2020 BP exercised its option to redeem finance debt with an outstanding aggregate principal amount of $2.0 billion on 22 January 2021. In addition, in the third quarter, the group bought back $4.0 billion equivalent of euro and sterling bonds and terminated derivatives associated with the debt bought back. These transactions have no significant impact on net debt or gearing.

On 17 June 2020 the group issued perpetual hybrid bonds with a US dollar equivalent value of $11.9 billion. See Note 1 for further information.

 

Note 12. Inventory valuation

A provision of $216 million was held against hydrocarbon inventories at 31 December 2020 ($544 million at 30 September 2020 and $290 million at 31 December 2019) to write them down to their net realizable value.

 

Note 13. Statutory accounts

The financial information shown in this publication, which was approved by the Board of Directors on 1 February 2021, is unaudited and does not constitute statutory financial statements. Audited financial information will be published in BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2020. BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2019 has been filed with the Registrar of Companies in England and Wales. The report of the auditor on those accounts was unqualified, did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditor drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying the report and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or section 498(3) of the UK Companies Act 2006.

 

 

 

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Additional information

Capital expenditure*

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Capital expenditure on a cash basis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organic capital expenditure*

 

2,949 

 

2,512 

 

3,958 

 

 

12,034 

 

15,238 

 

Inorganic capital expenditure*(a)(b)

 

542 

 

1,124 

 

151 

 

 

2,021 

 

4,183 

 

 

 

3,491 

 

3,636 

 

4,109 

 

 

14,055 

 

19,421 

 

 

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Organic capital expenditure by segment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upstream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

566 

 

589 

 

1,029 

 

 

3,341 

 

4,019 

 

Non-US

 

1,463 

 

1,367 

 

2,029 

 

 

6,009 

 

7,885 

 

 

 

2,029 

 

1,956 

 

3,058 

 

 

9,350 

 

11,904 

 

Downstream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

237 

 

139 

 

258 

 

 

632 

 

913 

 

Non-US

 

527 

 

345 

 

522 

 

 

1,698 

 

2,084 

 

 

 

764 

 

484 

 

780 

 

 

2,330 

 

2,997 

 

Other businesses and corporate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

14 

 

13 

 

15 

 

 

80 

 

47 

 

Non-US

 

142 

 

59 

 

105 

 

 

274 

 

290 

 

 

 

156 

 

72 

 

120 

 

 

354 

 

337 

 

 

 

2,949 

 

2,512 

 

3,958 

 

 

12,034 

 

15,238 

 

Organic capital expenditure by geographical area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US

 

817 

 

741 

 

1,302 

 

 

4,053 

 

4,979 

 

Non-US

 

2,132 

 

1,771 

 

2,656 

 

 

7,981 

 

10,259 

 

 

 

2,949 

 

2,512 

 

3,958 

 

 

12,034 

 

15,238 

 

(a)  On 31 October 2018, BP acquired from BHP Billiton Petroleum (North America) Inc. 100% of the issued share capital of Petrohawk Energy Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of BHP that holds a portfolio of unconventional onshore US oil and gas assets. The entire consideration payable of $10,268 million, after customary closing adjustments, was paid in instalments between July 2018 and April 2019. The amounts presented as inorganic capital expenditure include $3,480 million for the full year 2019 relating to this transaction.

(b)  Fourth quarter and full year 2020 includes a $500 million deposit in respect of the strategic partnership with Equinor. Third quarter and full year 2020 include $1 billion relating to an investment in a 49% interest in the group's Indian fuels and mobility venture with Reliance industries. Full year 2020 and 2019 also include amounts relating to the 25-year extension to our ACG production-sharing agreement* in Azerbaijan.

 

 

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Non-operating items*

 

 

Fourth

Third

Fourth

 

 

 

 

 

quarter

quarter

quarter

 

Year

Year

$ million

 

2020

2020

2019

 

2020

2019

Upstream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gains on sale of businesses and fixed assets

 

256 

 

10 

 

38 

 

 

360 

 

143 

 

Impairment and losses on sale of businesses and fixed assets(a)

 

(856)

 

(274)

 

(2,718)

 

 

(13,214)

 

(7,036)

 

Environmental and other provisions

 

20 

 

(9)

 

(32)

 

 

(2)

 

(32)

 

Restructuring, integration and rationalization costs(b)

 

(209)

 

(164)

 

(13)

 

 

(401)

 

(89)

 

Other(c)(d)

 

177 

 

(194)

 

 

 

(2,511)

 

67 

 

 

 

(612)

 

(631)

 

(2,723)

 

 

(15,768)

 

(6,947)

 

Downstream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gains on sale of businesses and fixed assets(e)

 

2,310 

 

16 

 

 

 

2,320 

 

51 

 

Impairment and losses on sale of businesses and fixed assets(a)

 

(313)

 

(20)

 

(23)

 

 

(1,136)

 

(123)

 

Environmental and other provisions

 

(33)

 

 

(77)

 

 

(33)

 

(78)