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British Oil major BP PLC reporting third quarter earnings Tuesday beating analyst expectations with underlying replacement cost profit of $1.87 billion. $BP also announced a share buy back program.

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Earnings: BP underlying replacement cost profit $1.87 billion, beating analysts' projections of $1.58 billion.Revenue of $60.808 million vs. $48.043 million over the same period last year.

Reaction: BP PLC NYSE: $BP Premarket $39.62 +0.51 (1.29%)

Share Buyback

BP announced a share buy back program the next three months in order to try to dampen the impact of its scrip dividend program where it'd  cash reserves are converted into new shares. 

Brian Gilvary, BP’s chief financial officer said “Given the momentum we see across our businesses and our confidence in the outlook for the group’s finances, we will be recommencing a share buyback programme this quarter. We intend to offset the ongoing dilution from the scrip dividend over time” .

"We are steadily building a track record of delivering on our plans and growing across our businesses. There is still room for further improvement and we will keep striving to increase sustainable free cash flow and distributions to shareholders," Bob Dudley, chief executive at BP, said in a statement.

Cash and Debt Levels

BP said it was able to balance cash flow through the first nine months of the year at $49 a barrel oil. However the large Deepwater Horizon payments are not covered at that price.  BP’s underlying cash flow was $5.2bn, excluding a $564m charge for the Deepwater Horizon disaster, compared to forecasts for cashflow over $6bn. The price of Brent oil increased 14 percent in the third quarter to a fresh two-year high above $60 a barrel this week.

BP’s net debt at the end of September climbed to $39.8bn, compared to $32.4bn a year ago. This drove the overall ratio of net debt to earnings up to 28.4pc from 25.9pc a year ago.

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