Why Energy Giant BP Shares Are Falling Today

BP PLC BP shares are trading lower by around 4% after the company reported Q3 FY23 results.

Sales and other operating revenues came in at $53.27 billion, missing the consensus of $57.71 billion.

Production was 946 mboe/d (-3.6% Y/Y), with underlying production down 2.6% Y/Y due to lower base performance and increased planned maintenance.

The Renewables pipeline stood at 43.9GW (bp net), including 17.7GW bp net share of Lightsource BP's pipeline. 

Adjusted EBITDA declined to $10.31 billion from $17.41 billion a year ago. 

Underlying RC profit per American Depositary Share (ADS) came in at $1.15, missing the consensus of $1.38. 

Operating cash flow was $8.75 billion, compared to $8.29 billion in the prior-year quarter. Capital expenditure increased to $3.60 billion from $3.19 billion a year ago.

Net debt stood at $22.32 billion vs. $22.00 billion a year ago.

"This has been a solid quarter supported by strong underlying operational performance demonstrating our continued focus on delivery. Momentum continues to build across our businesses, with recent start-ups including Tangguh Expansion, bpx energy's 'Bingo' central processing facility and Archaea Energy's first modular biogas plant in Indiana," said Murray Auchincloss, interim CEO.

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Dividend: BP announced a dividend per share of 7.270 cents, payable to common shareholders and ADS holders on December 19, 2023, with a record date of November 10, 2023.

Repurchase: During the quarter, the company completed $1.5 billion of share buybacks. BP plans to execute a further $1.5 billion share buyback before reporting Q4 results.

Q4 FY23 Outlook: BP expects reported upstream production to be broadly flat compared to Q3 FY23

BP expects seasonally higher volumes in its customers' business along with significantly lower realized margins and a higher level of turnaround activity in refining in Q4.

FY23 Outlook: BP continues to expect both reported and underlying upstream production to be higher compared with 2022. The company projects capital expenditure (including inorganic capital expenditure) to be around $16 billion in FY23.

At around $60 per barrel Brent and subject to the board's discretion each quarter, BP intends to deliver share buybacks of about $4.0 billion per annum and sees a capacity for an annual dividend per share of about 4%.

BP has increased FY30 adjusted EBITDA resilient hydrocarbons and group guidance by $2 billion to $41 billion-$44 billion and $53 billion-$58 billion, respectively.

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In another development, BP plans to reportedly form joint ventures around its U.S. onshore natural gas fields to boost production and cut costs, as per Reuters.

Price Action: BP shares are down 3.65% at $36.95 premarket on the last check Tuesday.

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