New York, September 25, 2018 - Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO, and Patrick de La Chevardière, CFO, will today present Total’s Strategy & Outlook to the financial community in New York. The presentation slides and webcast are available on total.com.
Key messages of the presentation include:
Over the past three years, Total has demonstrated a track record of delivering on its objectives including production growth, cost reduction, capital discipline, and asset sales. The downstream business continues to provide best in class profitability and robust cash generation. The result is a stronger company with a post-dividend breakeven lowered to 50 $/b, more than halved compared to 2014.
Going forward, Total reaffirms its strong position with:
Outstanding production growth of 6-7% per year from 2017 to 2020,
15-17 B$ per year of capital investment over the same period, and
An Opex reduction target of 5 B$ per year by 2020 compared to the 2014 base, increased from 3.7 B$ in 2017
Creating value through the cycle
Total has taken advantage of the cycle since 2015 to acquire, at a cost of less than 2.5 $/boe, more than 7 billion boe of low breakeven resources, representing 25% of the Upstream portfolio, significantly high-grading the asset base.
Total is now seizing the favorable cost environment to sanction both major projects and short-cycle opportunities. The upgraded portfolio has a rich pipeline of major projects to be sanctioned by 2020 that will add more than 700 kboe/d of production, thus contributing to a 5% average growth from 2017 to 2022. In addition, the Group has a number of short-cycle projects such as deepwater tie-backs and infill drilling which can be developed at a cost of less than 7 $/boe and offer high returns and quick payback.
Building a responsible energy company on core strengths and growing markets
Total integrates climate issues into its strategy and takes into account anticipated market trends. As such the Group will focus on low breakeven oil projects, expand along the full gas value chain and develop a profitable low carbon electricity business. To better represent this to the market, the Group will update its reporting structure from 2019 with the creation of a new segment called Integrated Gas, Renewables and Power (iGRP). This segment will consolidate the current Gas, Renewable and Power perimeter as well as the Upstream and Midstream LNG assets currently reported in Exploration & Production.
In addition, the Group has released today the 3rd edition of its "Integrating Climate into our Strategy” report which includes a new Carbon Intensity Indicator. The Group’s objective is to reduce the carbon intensity of its energy sales by 15% from 2015 to 2030. Beyond 2030, it has the ambition to pursue its efforts or possibly to accelerate as new technologies become available and public policies are put in place and reach a reduction of around 25% to 35% by 2040.
Delivering shareholder return
The Group has clear visibility on cash flow growth to 2020, driven by project startups and recent acquisitions. At 60 $/b Brent, cash flow is expected to increase by 7 B$ from 2017 to 2020 and return on equity to increase to 12%.
Total is implementing the shareholder return policy announced in February:
The 2018 interim dividends have been increased by up 3.2%, in line with an increase of 10% by 2020,
The Group is buying back in 2018 1.5 B$ of shares as part of the 5 B$ program from 2018-20
Total is confident that its clear strategy and solid execution will continue to deliver peer leading shareholder returns for investors.
Following the Strategy & Outlook presentation, there will be a series of Business Unit Presentations made by members of the Executive Committee and other Senior Executives:
Deepwater: A profitable source of growth
Arnaud Breuillac, President, Exploration & Production
Growing in the LNG integrated value chain
Laurent Vivier, Senior Vice-President, Gas
Bernard Pinatel, President, Refining & Chemicals
Marketing & Services of the future
Momar Nguer, President, Marketing & Services
Leveraging new technologies
Marie-Noëlle Semeria, Senior Vice-President, Research & Development
Integrating climate into our strategy
Philippe Sauquet, President, Gas, Renewables & Power, President Strategy-Innovation
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