Our medium-term outlook

Balancing the financial frame

"We continue to make good progress in adapting to the challenging price and margin environment. We remain on track to rebalance organic cash flows next year at $50 to $55 a barrel, underpinned by continued strong operating reliability and momentum in resetting costs and capital spending."
Brian Gilvary, chief financial officer

Oil price environment

Oil market: moving back to balance

Brent oil price (¹)
($/bbl)

(1) Source: Platts 31 October 2016

Brent oil price (2)
($/bbl)

(2) Source: Wood Mackenzie 1 September 2016
Forward prices for Brent continue to point to a modest upward trajectory. The physical market appears to have moved broadly into balance, with the amount of oil produced each day broadly in line with daily consumption. Nevertheless, oil inventories are at record levels and will still take some time to reduce. Looking ahead, we expect inventories to decline gradually next year, supported by continued demand growth and sustained weakness in non-OPEC supply.

Focus on long term value growth for shareholders

Optimising the porfolio in a low oil price environment

Value over volume

Our financial framework is designed to grow long-term value for shareholders while maintaining the financial health and liquidity of the Group. At its simplest we have prioritised value over volume and will continue to do so on an ongoing basis.

Disciplined and timely capital allocation

We drive returns through disciplined investment into the best projects. In the current environment we have an added imperative to make very careful judgements about how we use our scarce capital. We have to balance the pace of investment to capture maximum deflation while ensuring we maintain safe operations and preserve future growth.  

Selective asset acquisition and divestment

We believe getting this right is strongly linked to making the right decisions about our portfolio. We look to divest assets which no longer fit with our strategy and deepen in assets which add the most value.

Continued capital and cost discipline

Continuing to make strong progress on resetting the capital and cash cost base of the group

We expect capital expenditure in relation to the current portfolio to be around $16 billion in 2016. In 2017 we continue to expect spending to be between $15-17 billion, but leaning more towards the lower end of this range as we continue to improve efficiency. This would represent a 30-40% drop in capital expenditure by 2017 compared to the peak levels in 2013. The reduction has come through: paring back exploration spend; prioritisation of marginal activity; and the capture of accelerating deflation in the supply chain as we time our investment decisions.
We also continue to move quickly to lower controllable cash costs across the group. The group’s cash costs over the last four reported quarters were $6.1 billion lower than 2014 levels, putting us well on track to achieving our goal of a $7 billion reduction in 2017 cash costs compared with 2014.

Cash cost reductions(¹)
($ billion)

(1) Cash costs are the principal operating and overhead costs that management considers to be most directly under their control; see bp.com for further information.
Cash cost reductions measured over the preceding four quarters, relative to 2014

A medium-term financial frame

Balancing organic sources and uses of cash

Our aim, as noted, is to re-establish a balance in our financial framework where operating cash flow covers capital expenditure and the current dividend in a $50-55 per Brent barrel price range. This retains the dividend at a level we believe is supported by the long-term cash generating capability of our underlying businesses, without damaging our growth objectives.

Our ultimate aim over time is to sustain a position where operating cash flow from our business covers capital expenditure and the dividend. Once rebalancing is achieved, and based on our current portfolio, free cash flow is expected to start to grow at a similar price level. This is supported by the stronger cash flows expected from the next tranche of Upstream project start-ups and resilient performance from the Downstream.

Organic free cash flow per share (¹)

We continue to expect $3-5 billion of divestments in 2016 and around $2-3 billion per annum thereafter, in line with our historical norms. The proceeds from these divestments provide additional flexibility to manage oil price volatility and capacity to meet our Deepwater Horizon payment commitments in the United States.
(1) Organic free cash flow: operating cash flow excluding Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments less organic capex. In USD per share
(2) DPS: dividend per ordinary share
(3) 2020: Brent prices real

Balance sheet resilience

20-30% gearing band re-established

Gearing %

During 2010 we lowered our gearing band from a historical range of 20-30% down to 10-20% to manage uncertainties, mainly in relation to the Deepwater Horizon incident. Having finalised these agreements, we have re-established a 20-30% gearing band going forward.

Forward-looking statements - cautionary statement

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Tables and projections in this presentation are BP projections unless otherwise stated.

November 2016