Statoil ASA – Annual report – 31 December 2016
Industry: oil and gas
4 Acquisitions and disposals (extract)
Acquisition of shares in Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin) and sale of interests in the Edvard Grieg field
In January 2016 Statoil acquired 11.93% of the issued share capital and votes in Lundin Petroleum AB for a total purchase price of SEK 4.6 billion (USD 541 million). The shares were accounted for as a non-current financial investment at fair value with changes in fair value presented in the line item net gains (losses) from available for sale financial assets in the Consolidated statement of comprehensive income up until the transaction in June 2016.
In June 2016 Statoil closed an agreement with Lundin to divest its entire 15% interest in the Edvard Grieg field, a 9% interest in the Edvard Grieg Oil pipeline and a 6% interest in the Utsira High Gas pipeline for an increased ownership share in Lundin. In addition to the divested interests, a cash consideration of SEK 544 million (USD 64 million) was paid to Lundin. Following the completion of the transaction Statoil owns 68.4 million shares of Lundin, corresponding to 20.1% of the outstanding shares and votes. Statoil recognised a total net gain of USD 120 million related to the divestment presented in the line item other income in the Consolidated statement of income. In the segment reporting, the gain was recognised in the Development and Production Norway (DPN) segment (USD 114 million) and in the Marketing, Midstream and Processing (MMP) segment (USD 5 million). The transaction was tax exempt under the Norwegian petroleum tax legislation.
Following the increase in ownership interest on 30 June 2016, Statoil obtained significant influence over Lundin, and accounted for the investment as an associate under the equity method. Statoil performed a purchase price allocation to determine the net identifiable assets and liabilities of Lundin. Excess values were allocated mainly to Lundin`s exploration and production licences on the Norwegian continental shelf. The investment in Lundin was included in the Consolidated balance sheet within line item equity accounted investments with a book value of USD 1,199 million as per 30 June 2016. The Lundin investment is reported as part of the DPN segment. For summarized financial information relating investment in Lundin Petroleum AB, see note 12 Associated Companies.
Following the change in accounting classification, Statoil recognised a gain of USD 127 million representing the cumulative gain on its initial 11.93% shareholding being reclassified from the line item net gains (losses) from available for sale financial assets in the Consolidated statement of comprehensive income, to the net financial items line item in the Consolidated statement of income.