Total Announces Immediate Action Plan in Context of Sharp Decrease in Oil Prices

PARIS--()--Regulatory News:

Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman & CEO of Total (Paris:FP) (LSE:TTA) (NYSE:TOT), addressed the Group’s employees on March 19 to mobilize them in the face of the challenges ahead. He recalled the resilience that the Group’s teams demonstrated during the 2015-16 oil crisis as well as the two pillars of the Group’s strategy which are the organic pre-dividend breakeven of less than $25/b and the low gearing to face this high volatility.

In a context of oil prices on the order of $30 per barrel, he announced an action plan to be implemented immediately based on the following three axes:

- Organic Capex cuts of more than $3 billion, ie. more than 20%, reducing 2020 net investments to less than $15 billion. These savings are mainly in the form of short-cycle flexible Capex, which can be arbitrated contractually over a very short time period;
- $800 million of savings in 2020 on operating costs compared to 2019, instead of the $300 million previously announced;
- Suspension of the buyback program – the company announced a $2 billion buyback for 2020 in a 60 $/b environment; it bought back $550 million in the first two months.

The attached link allows access to Patrick Pouyanné’s address to the Group’s employees as well as a presentation of the action plan:

- Message from Patrick Pouyanné to workforce
- Presentation of the action plan at 30 $/b

Patrick Pouyanné will intervene during the First Quarter 2020 conference call on April 30, 2020.

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Media Relations: +33 1 47 44 46 99 l presse@total.com l @TotalPress
Investors Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962 l ir@total.com