BP PLC has announced an increase in the second quarter dividend of 4% to 5.46

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BP PLC has announced an increase in the second quarter dividend of 4% to 5.46

BP today announced an interim dividend of 5.46 cents per ordinary share which is expected to be paid on 24 September 2021 to ordinary shareholders and American Depositary Share (ADS) holders on the register on 13 August 2021. The ex-dividend date will be 12 August 2021. The corresponding amount in sterling is due to be announced on 14 September 2021, calculated based on the average of the market exchange rates over three dealing days between 8 September 2021 and 10 September 2021. Holders of ADSs are expected to receive $0.3276 per ADS (less applicable fees). The board has decided not to offer a scrip dividend alternative in respect of the second quarter 2021 dividend. Ordinary shareholders and ADS holders (subject to certain exceptions) will be able to participate in a dividend reinvestment programme.

Other financial highlights include:

• Operating performance was resilient in the second quarter with four major project start-ups, strong momentum in the customers business, including material growth in convenience gross margin, and delivery of $2.5 billion of cash costs savings on a run-rate basis relative to 2019, around six months earlier than targeted.

• Reported profit for the quarter was $3.1 billion, compared with $4.7 billion for the first quarter 2021.

• Underlying replacement cost profit was $2.8 billion, compared with $2.6 billion for the previous quarter. This result was driven by higher oil prices and margins offset by a lower result in gas marketing and trading.

• Operating cash flow of $5.4 billion includes $1.2 billion pre-tax of Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments within a working capital* build of $0.5 billion (after adjusting for inventory holding gains and fair value accounting effects).

• Net debt fell to $32.7 billion at the end of the second quarter.

• Following the annual review of price assumptions used for investment appraisal and value-in-use impairment testing, bp's Brent oil price assumption to 2030 is increased to reflect expected supply constraints, while longer-term assumptions are lowered as bp expects an acceleration of the pace of transition to a low carbon economy.

• As a result of these changed assumptions, the reported result includes a pre-tax net impairment reversal of $3.0 billion.

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