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Satisfactory performance in challenging markets (vedlegg) 

May 7, 2002, 09:30 CEST

Statoil (OSE: STL, NYSE: STO) achieved a profit of NOK 10 billion before financial items, income taxes and minority interest (EBIT) for the first quarter of 2002. This compares with NOK 15.4 billion for the same period of last year. Earnings per share came to NOK 1.39 (USD 0.16) as against NOK 2.19 (USD 0.24) for the first quarter of 2001.

Financial statements and review - first quarter 2002
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  • Earnings per share: NOK 1.39
  • High gas production and good regularity on the Norwegian continental shelf
  • Increased international production
  • Lower prices and margins

Net profit for the first quarter amounted to NOK 3 billion as against NOK 4.3 billion for the same period of last year. Return on capital employed over the past 12 months, adjusted for one-off effects, came to 15.8 per cent as against 17.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2001.

“This result reflects a strong increase in natural gas output on the Norwegian continental shelf and substantial growth in our international oil production,” says chief executive Olav Fjell. “Regularity on our installations has been good. The markets have been demanding, with lower prices for oil, natural gas and products. Overall, we consider our performance to be satisfactory. Our underlying operations confirm that we are on the right track in relation to our targets for 2004.”

Group income statement (unaudited)

USGAAP income statement (in millions, except share data)
First Quarter
2002
2001
2002
NOK
NOK
change
USD*
Total revenues
54,816
50,844
8%
6,914

E&P Norway
7,096
10,489
(32%)
802
International E&P
256
556
(54%)
29
Natural Gas
2,821
3,284
(14%)
319
Manufacturing & Marketing
(187)
1,333
(114%)
(21)
Other
(5)
(219)
98%
(1)
Income before financial items, income taxes and minority interest
9,981
15,443
(35%)
1,128
Net financial items
806
(758)
206%
91
Income before income taxes and minority interests
10,787
14,685
(27%)
1,219

Income taxes
(7,745)
(10,277)
(25%)
(875)
Minority interest
(37)
(80)
(54%)
(4)
Net income
3,005
4,328
(31%)
340

Earnings per share
1.39
2.19
(37%)
0.16
Weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding
2,164,585,600
1,975,885,600
10%


*Solely for the convenience of the reader, financial data for the first quarter of 2002 has been translated into US dollars at the rate of NOK 8.85 to USD 1.00, the Federal Reserve noon buying rate in the City of New York on March 29, 2002. Financial data for the first quarter of 2001 has been translated into US dollars at the rate of NOK 9.15 to USD 1.00. There are no special items in the 1Q 02 income statement.

Statoil’s overall oil and gas production during the first quarter averaged 1,096,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, as against 1,005,000 barrels for the same period of last year.
This nine per cent improvement primarily reflects good regularity, a substantial increase in gas production on the NCS and rising oil output from the group’s international operations.

Production cut on the NCS reduced Statoil’s average daily oil output by about 24,000 barrels. Its oil production from the NCS averaged 682,000 barrels per day in the first quarter.

Statoil’s equity gas production from the NCS rose from a daily average of 40.9 million cubic metres in the first quarter of 2001 to 52.4 million. This 28 per cent growth reflects a planned build up of delivery volumes under long-term gas sales contracts with buyers in continental Europe.

Average daily oil production for Statoil outside Norway rose by 40 per cent, from 56,600 barrels in the first quarter of 2001 to 79,500. The Sincor facility in Venezuela delivered its first oil cargo at the end of March, while the Girassol field off Angola reached plateau production five months ahead of schedule.

Low refining margins, product prices and shipping rates were the most important reasons behind the weakening of results for Statoil’s downstream operations. Refining margins have fallen by 71 per cent since the first quarter of 2001, while methanol prices and petrochemical margins halved over the same period.

A fatal accident occurred on 17 April on Byford Dolphin while this drilling rig was working for Statoil on Esso’s Sigyn field in the North Sea. The incident is being investigated to clarify its causes. Viewed overall, Statoil made progress in the safety area during the first quarter compared with the same period of last year. Both the total recordable injury frequency and the number of serious incidents declined.

Further information from:

Public affairs
Wenche Skorge, +47 51 99 79 17 (office), +47 918 70741 (mobile)
Investor relations Norway
Mari Thjømøe, +47 51 99 77 90 (Office), +47 907 77824 (mobile)
Investor relations USA
Thore E. Kristiansen, +1 203 978 6952 (office), +47 916 64659 (mobile)

Financial statements and review - first quarter 2002
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