As Deepwater Horizon claims near closure, BP to take $1.7 billion post-tax non-operating charge

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A file picture released by the US Coast Guard on 22 April 2010 shows a fire aboard the mobile offshore oil-drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, located in the Gulf of Mexico some 80 kilometres southeast of Venice, Louisiana, US.

Charge covered within existing financial framework


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On January 16, British energy giant BP said it expects to take a post-tax non-operating charge of around $1.7 billion in its fourth quarter 2017 results for the remaining Business Economic Loss (BEL) and other claims associated with the Court Supervised Settlement Program (CSSP) established as part of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) class action settlement.

According to BP, the cash impact is expected to be spread over a multi-year period.

According to BP, the charge results primarily from significantly higher claims determinations issued by the CSSP in the fourth quarter and the continuing effect of the Fifth Circuit’s adverse May 2017 ruling on the matching of revenues with expenses when evaluating BEL claims.

“With the claims facility’s work very nearly done, we now have better visibility into the remaining liability,” BP Chief Financial Officer Brian Gilvary said. “The charge we are taking as a result is fully manageable within our existing financial framework, especially now that we have the company back into balance at $50 per barrel,” he added.

BP said that cash payments related to DWH in 2018 are now anticipated to be around $3 billion, as compared to the company’s third-quarter estimate of just over $2 billion.

BP said the company would continue to vigorously appeal determinations of claims that it believes are non-compensable under the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee settlement agreement.

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