|Bid||194.10 x 0|
|Ask||194.25 x 0|
|Day's Range||192.80 - 195.50|
|52 Week Range||156.10 - 216.10|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||153.40|
|Earnings Date||May 2, 2018|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||24.42|
LONDON/OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's Statoil (STL.OL) will raise its dividend, investments and exploration spending in 2018, it said on Wednesday, after higher oil prices helped it beat fourth-quarter earnings forecasts. Like other oil companies, Statoil is also benefiting from efficiencies it pushed through during the sector's downturn, when firms were forced to slash jobs, projects and investment. Its flagship project, the development of the Johan Sverdrup oilfield in the North Sea, now has a break-even price so low it challenges the efficiency of OPEC countries, said one analyst.
Statoil (STL.OL) has begun work on a proposal to build an onshore terminal in northern Norway for handling oil from the Arctic offshore Johan Castberg oilfield and other yet-to-be-developed resources, the country's energy minister and Statoil's chief executive said on Tuesday. A report on the proposal is expected in 2019, Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Soeviknes told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference. "We are working together with several other licence holders and operators to see if there is a basis for building a terminal," Statoil's Chief Executive Eldar Saetre, also speaking to Reuters, said.
Norwegian oil and gas investments will begin to rise in 2018 after falling for the last four years, helping drive output to near-record highs in the next five years, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said on Thursday. By 2022, combined output volume of oil and gas from the country's fields could approach levels last seen in 2004, the highest on record, it added. Oil and gas would each account for about half of production, the regulator said.
Norwegian oil companies and their suppliers will hire more people in the coming years as the industry recovers from a slump and the price of crude rises, Norway's Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Soeviknes told Reuters on Tuesday. "All evidence points to a significant increase in employment in the oil industry," Soeviknes said on the sidelines of a conference. In late 2017, oil firms presented new field development plans that will trigger billions of dollars of investment, and more plans are on the way in 2018.
Efforts to find new oil off Norway are expected to double next year, preliminary company plans show, with activity rising in more mature areas after this year's disappointing Arctic campaign. The pressure to deliver is growing as this year's poor exploration results were partly to blame for a drop in interest in Norway's latest licensing round. Around 45-50 exploration wells, including wells to delineate previously made discoveries, could be drilled next year on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), up from around 26 wells this year.
Norway's trillion-dollar (£758 billion) sovereign wealth fund is proposing to drop oil and gas companies from its benchmark index, which would mean cutting its investments in those companies, the deputy central bank chief supervising the fund told Reuters, sending energy stocks lower. If adopted by parliament, the fund would over time divest billions of dollars from oil and gas stocks, which now represent 6 percent - or around $37 billion - of the fund's benchmark equity index. The aim is to make the Norwegian government's wealth less vulnerable to a permanent drop in oil prices.
It’s been a bad year for oil explorers in Norway’s Arctic: a record campaign in the Barents Sea yielded little; the most exciting well in years proved to be a flop; and Norwegians grew increasingly skeptical ...