- BP's fourth-quarter replacement cost profit was $3,447 million, compared with $2,587 million a year ago, an increase of 33%. For the full year, replacement cost profit was $13,955 million compared with $25,593 million a year ago, down 45%.
- Non-operating items and fair value accounting effects for the fourth quarter had a net $937 million unfavourable impact compared with a net $18 million unfavourable impact in the fourth quarter of 2008. For the full year, the respective amounts were $622 million unfavourable and $650 million unfavourable. Non-operating items for the fourth quarter and full year 2009 included a goodwill impairment of $1.6 billion relating to our US West Coast fuels value chain in Refining and Marketing.
- Finance costs and net finance income or expense relating to pensions and other post-retirement benefits were $302 million for the fourth quarter, compared with $251 million for the same period last year. For the full year, the respective amounts were $1,302 million and $956 million.
- The effective tax rate on replacement cost profit for the fourth quarter and full year was 34% and 33% respectively, compared with 44% and 36% a year ago. Adjusting for the impact of the goodwill impairment in Refining and Marketing, which is not tax deductible, the effective tax rate for the fourth quarter was 27% and for the full year was 31%. In 2010, we expect the effective tax rate to be around 33-34%.
- Net cash provided by operating activities for the quarter and full year was $7.3 billion and $27.7 billion compared with $5.6 billion and $38.1 billion respectively a year ago.
- Net debt at the end of the quarter was $26.2 billion. The ratio of net debt to net debt plus equity was 20% compared with 21% a year ago.
- Cash costs(b) for the full year were more than $4 billion lower than in 2008, of which approximately 40% related to foreign exchange benefits and lower fuel costs. Excluding the effects of changes in exchange rates and fuel costs, we expect further reductions in cash costs in 2010.
- Total capital expenditure, including acquisitions and asset exchanges, for the fourth quarter and full year was $5.9 billion and $20.3 billion respectively. Excluding acquisitions and asset exchanges, capital expenditure in 2009 was $20.0 billion. Disposal proceeds were $1.1 billion for the quarter and $2.7 billion for the full year. In 2010, we expect capital expenditure, excluding acquisitions and asset exchanges, to be around $20 billion and we expect disposal proceeds of $2-3 billion.
- The quarterly dividend, to be paid in March, is 14 cents per share ($0.84 per ADS), the same as a year ago. In sterling terms, the quarterly dividend is 8.679 pence per share, compared with 9.818 pence per share a year ago, a decrease of 12%.
- Subject to shareholder approval at the Annual General Meeting on 15 April, an optional scrip dividend programme, allowing shareholders to choose to receive dividends in the form of new fully paid shares in BP p.l.c. in lieu of cash, will be available for future dividends. This would replace the company's current dividend reinvestment plans.