Repsol today presented its 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, with which the Company enters a new phase in which it will extract value from the growth achieved after achieving the targets set in its previous Strategic Plan.
The Company has achieved a new scale and makeup after the transformative growth resulting from acquisition of Talisman that has greatly increased the flexibility to take decisions, with a high-quality asset portfolio focused on more stable OECD countries.
To meet the value-creation objectives from the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan under any circumstances and to increase its resilience, the Company will focus on efficiency and asset portfolio management.
The Plan is based on Repsol’s demonstrated ability to create value from management efficiency, even with low oil prices. This will allow the Company to be self-financed, maintain its competitive shareholder compensation, and reduce its debt.
The Talisman acquisition, which was completed in May, concluded the execution of the previous Strategic Plan and afforded Repsol a scale that is ideal to take on this new chapter.
Value and Resilience, the basic lines that define the Strategic Plan, are supported by asset portfolio management and the maximization of efficiency.
This will allow Repsol to double its EBITDA at CCS to 11.5 billion euros in 2020.
The flexibility, strength, and adaptability of its asset portfolio will allow Repsol to undertake divestments of 6.2 billion in non-strategic assets and cut spending by 38% without altering its company profile.
Furthermore, five months after the Talisman integration, new synergies have been identified that allow Repsol to raise its savings target resulting from the integration to 350 million dollars from the 220 million dollars initially expected.
These synergies supplement the efficiency program included in the Strategic Plan. This program will be applied to the entire Company and will lead to cost savings, including synergies, of 2.1 billion euros per year from 2018.
One of the core aspects of the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan is a commitment to the shareholder compensation policy, one of the best dividend yields on Spain’s Ibex-35 index. Repsol allocates one euro per share and distributes this as scrip dividends.
Dividend payment will be possible throughout the entire period contemplated in the Strategic Plan, even with crude prices remaining at 50 dollars per barrel for the duration. At that Brent price, Repsol will be able to generate cash flow to finance its investment needs, maintain dividends, and pay off debt. Furthermore, it will be able to maintain its investment grade rating.
Following the Talisman acquisition, Repsol’s Exploration and Production unit will focus on three strategic regions: North America, Latin America, and South-East Asia, with high potential for organic development.
From this starting point, the Strategic Plan sets out a process of optimization and asset portfolio management that will reflect lower exploration expenses, a reduction of 40% in investment levels, and production of between 700,000 and 750,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, guaranteed by current reserves.
All of this will allow this business area to reduce the free cashflow breakeven price. This will generate positive cash flow along with an increase in ROACE.
Greater efficiency in the Upstream area will be complemented by the demonstrated strengths of the Downstream area which have reaffirmed Repsol’s advantages as an integrated company.
The investments made in the Cartagena and Bilbao refineries and the corresponding improvement in integrated refining margins have placed Repsol at the head of European integrated companies in efficiency, guaranteed value creation, and resilience in the face of depressed oil prices.
The Strategic Plan includes a broader integration of refining and marketing activities, with divestments in non-strategic assets for the Downstream unit and a clear goal of reducing energy costs and CO2 emissions. This allows the company to set the Downstream unit’s target for free cash flow generation for the next five years at an average of 1.7 billion euros per year.
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