Eni: first quarter 2017 results

Key operating and financial results
IVQ 16 IQ 17IQ 16% Ch.
49.46Brent dated$/bbl53.7833.8959
1.078Average EUR/USD exchange rate 1.0651.102(3)
1,856Hydrocarbon productionkboe/d1,7951,7542
1.286 Adjusted operating profit (loss)(a)€ million 1,834583215
1.400 of which: E&P 1,41595..
(72)G&P 33828519
75R&M and Chemicals 1891777
459Adjusted net profit (loss)(a)(b) 7442..
0.13- per share (€)  0.210.00 
340Net profit (loss)(b) 965(383)..
0.09- per share (€)  0.27(0.11) 
1,556Adjusted cash flow from operations(c) 2,5971,47376
3,248Net cash flow from operations 1,9321,37041
2,250Capital expenditure 2,8312,45515
14,776Net borrowings 14,93112,22222
a) Non-GAAP measure. For further information see the paragraph "Non-GAAP measures" on page 12.
b) Attributable to Eni's shareholders - continuing operations.
c) Non GAAP measure. Net cash flow from operations before changes in working capital and excluding inventory holding gains or losses.


Yesterday, Eni’s Board of Directors approved group results for the first quarter 2017 (unaudited). Commenting on the results, Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni, remarked:

Eni has markedly improved its financial and operational performance in the first quarter of 2017. The Group has delivered a 60% increase in adjusted net profit to €750 million, compared with €460 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 when oil prices had already recovered to levels close to those experienced in this quarter. The operating growth is even bigger if compared with the first quarter 2016, when oil prices were at their lowest. Furthermore, the Group has seen with €2.6 billion its strongest cash generation in seven quarters. This performance was driven by the ongoing execution of Eni strategy across all business segments on 2017 targets, which are all confirmed. Flagship upstream projects, such as Jangkrik in Indonesia and OCTP in Ghana, are all about to come on stream, while Zohr in Egypt is progressing ahead of schedule. All this makes me confident about the full year budget production guidance. The disposal of assets in Egypt and Mozambique, which are expected to close before the end of the year, will contribute to a further strengthening of the Group’s financial position while maintaining future growth prospects. We expect that in 2017 organic cash generation, coupled with proceeds from disposals, will allow us to fully fund our capex and dividend requirements at an oil price well below the current level.




Exploration & Production
  • Production for the quarter: up by 2.3% to 1.795 million boe/d; up by 5.7% excluding negative price effects of PSAs and OPEC cuts
  • Started the East Hub project in Angola; also confirmed time schedules of other large, highly cash generative projects expected for 2017: Jangkrik in Indonesia, OCTP in Ghana and Zohr in Egypt
  • Achieved important exploration success offshore Mexico in a conventional lease with a high working interest. Additional exploration successes achieved in Libya, Indonesia and Norway
  • Portfolio of unproved properties: acquired new leases offshore Cyprus, Ivory Cost and Norway
  • Signed a deal to dispose of a 25% interest in Area 4 in Mozambique to ExxonMobil for a cash consideration of approximately $2.8 billion. Also closed the sale of the 10% interest in Zohr to BP
  • E&P adjusted operating profit: €1.42 billion (an increase of €1.32 billion vs. the first quarter 2016)


Gas & Power


  • Signed a deal to dispose of the retail business in Belgium as part of Eni’s divestment plan for the 2017-2020 period
  • Agreed terms for the supply of LNG volumes in excess of 11 million tonnes to Pakistan over a fifteen-year period, in line with the strategy to strengthen our position in this business
  • G&P adjusted operating profit: €338 million, up by 19% from the first quarter 2016


Refining & Marketing and Chemicals


  • Breakeven refining margin below 4 $/barrel
  • R&M adjusted operating profit: €66 million, in line with the first quarter of 2016, notwithstanding the shutdown of the EST plant at the Sannazzaro refinery
  • Chemicals adjusted operating profit: €123 million, representing a strong performance, leveraging the restructuring plan executed in the last few years


Group results


  • Adjusted operating profit: €1.83 billion, up by 215% or €1.25 billion, vs first quarter of 2016
  • Adjusted net profit: €0.74 billion (up by €0.74 billion vs the first quarter of 2016)
  • Net profit: €0.97 billion
  • Strong cash generation: €1.93 billion, up by 41% vs the first quarter of 2016; €2.60 billion before changes in working capital at replacement cost, up by 76%
  • Capex: €2.83 billion (€2.42 billion on a pro-forma1  basis), in line with our strategy to bring cash- generative projects on stream in 2017
  • Disposals agreed in the first quarter of 2017 of €2.9 billion, approximately 60% of the minimum target planned for the 2017-2020 four-year period
  • Net debt: €14.9 billion, in line with the end of 2016
  • Leverage at March 31, 2017: stable at 0.28


(1)Excluding reimbursement of capex relating to asset disposals, see page 10.




Exploration & Production


Confirmed 2017 target of 0.8 bln boe of new resources, at a unitary discovery cost of approximately 1 $/bbl.

Confirmed FY production target of 1.84 mln boe/d (up by 5% from 2016) leveraging on new project start-ups and ramp-ups of fields entered into operations in 2016, mainly in Egypt, Kazakhstan, Angola, Indonesia and Norway. Other initiatives of production optimization are expected to be implemented, which were not included in the initial plans. These additions will absorb mature fields decline and Val d’Agri shutdown lasting up to 90 days. Actions are underway in order to reduce the expected downtime period.


Gas & Power


Gas & Power Confirmed the target of structural break-even since 2017.

Planned cost position improvements by leveraging on long-term supply contracts revision and logistic cost reduction. Eni plans to retain market share in the large customers and retail segments, increasing the value of the existing customer base by developing innovative commercial initiatives, integrating services and optimizing operations.


Refining & Marketing and Chemicals


Confirmed the target of breakeven refining margin at 3 $/barrel from 2018.

Refinery intakes on own account are expected to slightly decrease y-o-y due to the lack of availability of certain assets at the Sannazzaro Refinery, partially offset by higher volumes at Livorno and Milazzo refineries. Against a backdrop of strong competition, management expects to consolidate volume and market share in the Italian retail market by leveraging innovation and product and service differentiation. In the rest of Europe, sales are expected to remain stable, excluding the effects of asset disposals in Eastern Europe.

In the Chemical business, sales are expected to trend up, due to higher production supplies. Cracker and polyethylene margins are expected to decline, while a recovery is expected in the butadiene and styrenics businesses.




Confirmed the target of 18% reduction in capex y-o-y on a pro-forma basis, i.e. net of the capex which will be reimbursed in connection with asset disposals.

Cash neutrality: confirmed the organic coverage of capex and dividends at a Brent price of approximately 60 $/bbl in 2017.

Leverage at the end of 2017: projected to decline from 2016 level, also reflecting the expected closing of portfolio transactions, particularly the Mozambique deal.


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