Equinor first quarter 2021 results
Equinor (OSE: EQNR, NYSE: EQNR) reports adjusted earnings of USD 5.47 billion and USD 2.66 billion after tax in the first quarter of 2021. IFRS net operating income was USD 5.22 billion and the IFRS net income was USD 1.85 billion.
The first quarter of 2021 was characterised by:
- Strong results due to price recovery, sustained cost improvements and strict capital discipline.
- Very strong cash flow and a 7.1 percentage points reduction of adjusted net debt ratio to 24.6%.
- Solid operational performance and high production efficiency. Some impact from Covid-19 and restrictions on projects in execution.
- Significant gain of USD 1.38 billion from farm downs in offshore wind assets.
- Cash dividend of USD 0.15 per share.
“With sustained improvements and capital discipline, we are able to capture value from recovering oil and gas prices and achieve our best quarterly results since 2014. We deliver a net cash flow above 5 billion dollars and reduce our adjusted net debt ratio to below 25 percent. The forceful response and solid operational performance delivered by our organisation during the pandemic is providing for a strong position for safe operations, value creation and cash flow generation in 2021 and going forward,” says Anders Opedal, President and CEO of Equinor ASA.
“Equinor aims to be a leader in the energy transition and during the quarter we strengthened our position within offshore wind with the awarded offtake contracts from New York State for Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind 1. We also booked capital gains of around 1.4 billion dollars from farm downs, demonstrating our ability to create value from accessing and maturing renewable projects. Within low carbon solutions we have started construction of the Northern Lights terminal and secured funding for three low carbon projects in the UK,” says Opedal.
Adjusted earnings  were USD 5.47 billion in the first quarter, up from USD 2.05 billion in the same period in 2020. Adjusted earnings after tax  were USD 2.66 billion, up from USD 0.56 billion in the same period last year.
Higher realised prices for gas and liquids positively impacted the results from all upstream segments, further supported by sustained costs improvements and strict capital discipline.
Results from the Marketing, midstream and processing segment were impacted by losses on derivatives for gas forward sales, shut down of the Hammerfest LNG plant and weak refinery margins.