Suspending buy-back under the share buy-back programme until further notice
Equinor (OSE: EQNR, NYSE EQNR) is under the current market conditions suspending buy-back under the share buy-back programme until further notice. Additionally, Equinor has started to implement measures to reduce operating costs, capex and exploration spend. An updated outlook is expected to be presented to the market by the end of March 2020.
"As a result of significant improvements in recent years, Equinor has a strong balance sheet and is in a good position to deal with the current circumstances, as well as uncertainties in front of us. We are now taking actions to remain resilient in a period of low prices, volatility and market uncertainty, in line with our contingency plans. In this situation, with the spread of Covid-19 and low commodity prices, we are suspending buy-back under the share buy-back programme until further notice," says Eldar Sætre, President and CEO of Equinor ASA.
The share buy-back programme of up to USD 5 billion, intended to be executed in the market until 2022, was announced 5 September 2019 together with the launch of the first tranche which was executed in the market in the period up to 4 February 2020. A proportionate share of the Norwegian State holding will as planned be redeemed and canceled following approval from the Annual General Meeting.
Equinor announced 6 February 2020 its intention to launch a second tranche of around USD 675 million, including the Norwegian State share, from around 18 May to 28 October 2020, subject to commodity price conditions, balance sheet strength and renewal of authorisation to execute share buy-back at the annual general meeting.
Under the current market conditions, Equinor is suspending buy-back under the share buy-back programme until further notice. This means that the second tranche will not be executed as previously planned.