Santos reports record underlying earnings and higher shareholder returns
- Underlying profit US$2,461 million, up 160%
- Reported net profit after tax US$2,112 million, up 221%
- EBITDAX US$5,646 million, up 101%
- Free cash flow US$3,641 million, up 142%
- Balance sheet strengthened with gearing reduced to 18.9 per cent
- Annual merger integration synergies US$122 million
- US$1,455 million in announced shareholder returns for 2022, comprising:
- a 78% increase in the final dividend to US15.1 cents per share unfranked (US$500 million), bringing total dividends declared for the year to US22.7 cents per share (US$755 million)
- The previously announced increase in the on-market share buyback to US$700 million
Santos has announced its full-year results for 2022, reporting record free cash flow of US$3.6 billion and underlying profit of US$2.5 billion. The results reflect significantly higher oil and LNG prices compared to the corresponding period due to stronger global energy demand combined with a higher interest in PNG LNG following the Oil Search merger.
The reported net profit after tax of US$2.1 billion includes the previously announced impairment charges of US$224 million after tax, losses on commodity hedging and one-off costs associated with acquisitions and disposals.
Santos paid US$1.1 billion in government royalties and excise, royalty-related taxes and income taxes in 2022 and spent US$385 million in our host communities supporting local businesses and community initiatives.
Santos is also investing in decarbonisation projects consistent with our Climate Transition Action Plan. The Moomba Carbon Capture and Storage project was 40 per cent complete at the end of the year and on track for first injection of CO2 in 2024.
Santos has announced the return of US$1.5 billion to shareholders for 2022 under the company’s capital management framework, comprising US$755 million in unfranked dividends and the previously announced on-market share buyback of US$700 million, of which US$384 million had been completed by the end of 2022.
Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gallagher said Santos delivered record production, free cash flow and underlying earnings in 2022 as the company benefited from strong customer demand for our products, higher commodity prices and disciplined cost management.
'Today’s results demonstrate the strength of Santos, with strong diversified cashflows and capacity to provide sustainable shareholder returns, fund new developments and the transition to a lower carbon future,' Mr Gallagher said.
'Strong free cash flows mean we are in a position to deliver higher shareholder returns through an increase in the final dividend and previously announced increase in the on-market buyback, consistent with our disciplined capital management framework.
'Demand for our products has remained strong in both Australia and internationally, due to increased demand and shortages of supply from producing nations because of global underinvestment in new supply sources.
'Our critical fuels not only play a key role in the energy security of Australia and Asia, but they also provide affordable and reliable alternatives to switch from higher emitting fuels.
'We are focused on backfill projects to sustain production of these critical fuels in our core assets.'
Click here for 2022 Full-year Results Announcement and Presentation