Shares in issue and share buybacks

Shares in issue is the number of Ordinary shares outstanding at the end of the period shown. The ADR equivalent is equal to the number of Ordinary shares divided by six

Shares in issue (a)
Shares in issue (a)
1Q18
1Q18
4Q17
4Q17
3Q17
3Q17
2Q17
2Q17
1Q17
1Q17
Shares in issue (a)
Shares in issue at period end (thousand)
1Q18
19,943,591
4Q17
19,817,325
3Q17
19,797,657
2Q17
19,738,566
1Q17
19,664,528
Shares in issue (a)
ADS equivalent (thousand)
1Q18
3,323,931
4Q17
3,302,887
3Q17
3,299,609
2Q17
3,289,761
1Q17
3,277,421
Shares in issue (a)
Average number of shares outstanding (thousand); discrete
1Q18
19,918,700
4Q17
19,804,932
3Q17
19,756,117
2Q17
19,686,613
1Q17
1,9518,500
Shares in issue (a)
ADS equivalent (thousand); discrete
1Q18
3,319,783
4Q17
3,300,822
3Q17
3,292,686
2Q17
3,281,102
1Q17
3,25,3083
(a) Excludes treasury shares and includes certain shares that will be issued in the future under employee share-based payment plans.

Share buybacks refers to purchases made by the company of BP ordinary shares, for Treasury shares or subsequent cancellation. Cash can be returned to shareholders both through the dividend (paid quarterly) and by means of the buyback programme.

Share buybacks
Share buybacks
Number of shares (million)
Number of shares (million)
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
Share buybacks
Total in 2000
Number of shares (million)
222
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
2,001
Share buybacks
Total in 2001
Number of shares (million)
154
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
1,281
Share buybacks
Total in 2002
Number of shares (million)
100
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
750
Share buybacks
Total in 2003
Number of shares (million)
299
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
1,999
Share buybacks
Total in 2004
Number of shares (million)
827
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
7,548
Share buybacks
Total in 2005
Number of shares (million)
1,060
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
11,597
Share buybacks
Total in 2006
Number of shares (million)
1,334
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
15,481
Share buybacks
Total in 2007
Number of shares (million)
663
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
7,497
Share buybacks
Total in 2008
Number of shares (million)
270
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
2,914
Share buybacks
Total in 2009
Number of shares (million)
0
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
0
Share buybacks
Total in 2010
Number of shares (million)
0
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
0
Share buybacks
Total in 2011
Number of shares (million)
0
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
0
Share buybacks
Total in 2012
Number of shares (million)
0
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
0
Share buybacks
Total in 2013
Number of shares (million)
753
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
5,493
Share buybacks
Total in 2014
Number of shares (million)
612
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
4,796
Share buybacks
Total in 2015
Number of shares (million)
0
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
0
Share buybacks
Total in 2016
Number of shares (million)
0
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
0
Share buybacks
Total in 2017
Number of shares (million)
51
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
343
Share buybacks
Total in 2018
Number of shares (million)
25
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
175
Share buybacks
Total since 2000
Number of shares (million)
6,370
Total cost in $ (US$ million)
61,876
Shares bought back between 8th February 2005 and 20th September 2006 were placed in Treasury for use in BP's employee share schemes.

Please see the link below for recent regulatory announcements and details of transactions in own shares.

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