This document constitutes the Annual Report and Accounts in accordance with UK requirements and the Annual Report on Form 20-F in accordance with the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934, for BP p.l.c. for the year ended 31 December 2014. A cross reference to Form 20-F requirements is included on page 257.
This document contains the Strategic report on pages 1- 50 and the inside cover (Who we are section) and the Directors’ report on pages 51- 71, 90, 167-196 and 207-255. The Strategic report and the Directors’ report together include the management report required by DTR 4.1 of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Disclosure and Transparency Rules. The Directors’ remuneration report is on pages 72-88. The consolidated financial statements of the group are on pages 89-166 and the corresponding reports of the auditor are on pages 91-95. The parent company financial statements of BP p.l.c. are on pages 197-206.
The statement of directors’ responsibilities, the independent auditor’s report on the annual report and accounts to the members of BP p.l.c. and the parent company financial statements of BP p.l.c. and corresponding auditor’s report do not form part of BP’s Annual Report on Form 20-F as filed with the SEC.
BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2014 and BP Strategic Report 2014 (comprising the Strategic report and supplementary information) may be downloaded from bp.com/annualreport. No material on the BP website, other than the items identified as BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2014 or BP Strategic Report 2014 (comprising the Strategic report and supplementary information), forms any part of those documents. References in this document to other documents on the BP website, such as BP Energy Outlook, are included as an aid to their location and are not incorporated by reference into this document.
BP p.l.c. is the parent company of the BP group of companies. The company was incorporated in 1909 in England and Wales and changed its name to BP p.l.c. in 2001. Where we refer to the company, we mean BP p.l.c. Unless otherwise stated, the text does not distinguish between the activities and operations of the parent company and those of its subsidiaries, and information in this document reflects 100% of the assets and operations of the company and its subsidiaries that were consolidated at the date or for the periods indicated, including non-controlling interests.
BP’s primary share listing is the London Stock Exchange. Ordinary shares are also traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Germany and, in the US, the company’s securities are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in the form of ADSs (see page 244 for more details).
The term ‘shareholder’ in this report means, unless the context otherwise requires, investors in the equity capital of BP p.l.c., both direct and indirect. As BP shares, in the form of ADSs, are listed on the NYSE, an Annual Report on Form 20-F is filed with the SEC. Ordinary shares are ordinary fully paid shares in BP p.l.c. of 25 cents each. Preference shares are cumulative first preference shares and cumulative second preference shares in BP p.l.c. of £1 each.
The Material may contain certain forward-looking statements, forecasts or projections with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and businesses of BP and certain of the plans and objectives of BP with respect to these items. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will or may occur in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in such statements depending on a variety of factors.
Please refer to the Cautionary statement on page 241 of the full BP Annual Report and Form 20-F 2014 for further information on forward-looking statements.