Woodside Energy Group [ASX:WDS], operator of oil and gas assets and hydrogen exploration, has briefed markets with its full-year report for 2022.
The energy group posted net profit after tax (NPAT) of US$6.49 billion — 228% up on the year before — and said record output was underpinned by ‘outstanding performance’ in LNG, which operated at 98.5% reliability throughout the year.
Woodside’s share price was flat on Monday morning, worth $34.60 each.
It has slipped more than 7% in the past month; however, over the last full year, it has gained nearly 24%.
WDS is majorly in line with the rest of its industry, up 18% on the ASX 200:
Woodside claims higher profit and record production
The fuel producer reported its full-year earnings and operations for 2022, declaring NPAT of US$6.49 billion.
This was a 228% increase on the previous year and saw underlying NPAT rocket 223%, with US$5.23 billion.
Operating revenue surged a solid 142%, with a total of US$16.82 billion. Annual sales volume was 168.9 MMboe (million barrels of oil equivalent), at a realised price of $98.4 per boe.
The company posted free cash flow of $6.54 billion, and cash on hand by the end of the year totalled $6.19 billion, though WDS still has net debt of $571 million, with a gearing of 1.6%.
Woodside decided on a fully franked final dividend of US$1.44 a share. The dividend was based on underlying NPAT, leading to a full-year shareholder distribution of $4.8 billion.
Woodside’s CEO Meg O’Neill claimed the results were achieved on both strategy and its merger with BHP’s petroleum business back in June.
‘In what was a momentous year for Woodside we achieved the goals we set ourselves ahead of the merger, implementing initiatives to deliver the targeted $400 million in synergies ahead of our original schedule.
‘Our net profit after tax rose on the back of the increased production and sales delivered by the expanded portfolio and higher global prices for our products. In 2022 our realised price rose 63% year-on-year to $98.4 per barrel of oil equivalent.
‘Throughout the year we took steps to maximise our exposure to favourable prices, expanding our global marketing presence and increasing trading activities.’
Looking ahead with WDS
Woodside said that seven of 23 wells have now been completed at Sangomar, while the Singapore facility is to be relocated ahead of first oil late in the year.
The Scarborough and Pluto Train 2 projects in WA are now 25% complete and remain on track for first LNG production in 2026.
O’Neill hopes that 2023 will see progress for Woodside’s pipeline of growth opportunities, including its Trion project in offshore Mexico. She alluded to evaluation of bids for major work scopes, execution plans, and narrowing cost estimates in support of final investment decision (FID) readiness this year.
O’Neill says the group is also preparing for ‘FID readiness’ for the H2OK project in Oklahoma, which would be the first major project to be sanctioned under Woodside’s $5 billion new energy and lower-carbon 2030 investment plan.
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