Statoil : Statoil: 2012 fourth quarter results

                Statoil : Statoil: 2012 fourth quarter results

Fourth quarter and preliminary 2012 Operating and Financial review

Statoil's (OSE:STL, NYSE:STO) fourth quarter 2012 net operating income was NOK
45.8 billion. In 2012, net operating income was NOK 206.6 billion.

Statoil delivered equity production of 2,004 mboe per day in 2012, increased
by 8% from 1,850 mboe per day in 2011. Adjusted earnings increased by 7% to
NOK 193.2 billion in 2012, from NOK 179.9 billion in 2011. Statoil achieved an
organic reserve replacement ratio (RRR) of 1.1 in 2012.

"2012 was a year of strong strategic and operational progress for Statoil. We
grew our production by 8% in 2012, in line with the target we announced in
2011, and we deliver strong earnings growth. We are well underway to deliver
profitably on our ambition of producing more than 2.5 million barrels of oil
equivalents per day in 2020," says Helge Lund, Statoil's president and CEO.

"Statoil's strategy remains firm. We continue our strong exploration
performance, adding more than 1.5 billion barrels in new resources, and we are
maturing our high quality project portfolio, including the Johan Sverdrup and
Skrugard fields. We continue to manage our balance sheet and enter 2013 from a
robust financial position," says Lund.

Statoil's Board of Directors will propose to increase the dividend to NOK 6.75
per share for 2012. This is in line with the company's dividend policy and an
increase from NOK 6.50 in 2011.

Statoil maintains its ambition of producing more than 2.5 million barrels of
oil equivalents per day by 2020 and estimates organic capital expenditures for
2013 at around USD 19 billion. The company will complete around 50 exploration
wells in 2013 with a total exploration activity level at around USD 3.5

Terror attack in Algeria

On 16 January 2013, Statoil together with our partners BP and Sonatrach, were
hit by a terror attack on the In Amenas gas production facility in Algeria.
Five esteemed and dear Statoil-colleagues lost their lives in the attack.
Twelve of our employees managed to escape to safety. Many colleagues from
partners and suppliers are confirmed dead or remain unaccounted for.

"What happened in Algeria is brutal, international terrorism of the worst
kind. This affects innocent people from a variety of nations and innocent
victims from a number of companies and countries have been subjected to
senseless violence. The whole of Statoil is strongly affected by the terror
attack. We continue to assist and support the families, friends and colleagues
who have lost those dear to them. The safety of our staff and partners will
remain our highest priority," says Lund.

Statoil will conduct an investigation to determine the relevant chain of
events before, during and after the In Amenas terror attack in order to enable
Statoil to further improve within the areas of security, risk-assessment and
emergency preparedness.

Capital Markets Update

Today, Statoil presents the Capital Markets Update, focusing on our position
as the leading oil and gas operator in Norway and the second largest gas
supplier to Europe.

"On the Norwegian continental shelf, we announce that we are on track to meet
our ambition of producing more than 1.4 million barrels of oil equivalents per
day in 2020," says Lund.

"We also announce that Statoil's gas sales in the European markets were
all-time high in 2012, at solid prices. We see a strong outlook for the
European gas markets and are well positioned to capture value as the markets
develop," says Lund.

Statoil also announces today increased gas volumes for the Block 2 discoveries
offshore Tanzania to 7-9 Tcf in total recoverable resources.

Fourth quarter results 2012

Statoil's net operating income was NOK 45.8 billion compared to NOK 60.7
billion in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Adjusted earnings were NOK 48.3 billion, compared to NOK 45.9 billion in the
fourth quarter of 2011.

Adjusted earnings after tax were NOK 15.1 billion, up from NOK 14.5 billion in
the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net income was NOK 13.0 billion compared to NOK 25.5 billion in the fourth
quarter of 2011.

Key events since third quarter 2012

  *Creating value from a superior gas position, by entering into a long-term
    gas sales agreement with Wintershall for the delivery of a total of 45
    billion cubic meters (bcm) to the German and other North-West European
  *Building new growth on the NCS through submission of the Dagny and Aasta
    Hansteen development plans (PDO), start-up of Visund South and approval of
    the Svalin fast-track development.
  *Building material positions in offshore business clusters, by investment
    decisions to develop the Mariner oil field (Statoil-operated) in the UK
    North Sea and the Hebron development project offshore Canada.
  *Continuing the development of Statoil as a leading global exploration
    company, by making a third discovery offshore Tanzania, adding additional
    acreage in the Espirito Santo Basin offshore Brazil, and added barrels to
    the Johan Sverdrup field.
  *Continuing portfolio management and expanding in unconventionals, through
    the acquisition of around 70,000 operated net acres in the liquid rich
    part of the central Marcellus area.
  *Further strengthening our financial position through the execution of USD
    2 billion in debt capital market transactions at highly competitive terms.

Further information from:

Investor relations
Hilde Merete Nafstad, senior vice president investor relations,
+ 47 957 83 911(mobile)

Morten Sven Johannessen, vice president investor relations USA,
+ 1 203 570 2524 (mobile)

Jannik Lindbæk jr, vice president for media relations,
+ 47 977 55 622 (mobile)

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section
5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

4th quarter 2012 Press release
4th quarter 2012 Financial statements and review
Capital Markets Update 4th quarter and full year 2012 Strategy update


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