Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

BP sees multi-billion-dollar profit drop in final quarter of 2013

See also

BP released its 4th quarter 2013 earnings yesterday from London. The news was mixed for the beleaguered oil giant, still shelling out millions to deal with its legal woes in New Orleans.

The company reported that compared to the 4th quarter of 2012, profits were down:

Underlying replacement cost profit for the fourth quarter was $2.8 billion, compared with $3.9 billion for the fourth quarter of 2012. Full-year underlying replacement cost profit was $13.4 billion for 2013, compared with $17.1 billion for 2012.

BP attributed the dramatic weakening to factors outside their legal troubles, citing:

the significant impact of BP’s major divestment programme; weaker refining margins; and higher depreciation and exploration write-offs as the group brought new projects online and increased its investment in exploration.

And despite its 2010 Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, BP remains a presence in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as in the North Sea and Angola in Africa, where the company says it sees "strong growth in underlying oil and gas production."

On Mar. 4, BP will present to investors what it simply says are "future plans".

The company also pointed out that the District Court in NOLA has yet to rule on the first two phases of the civil trial, called MDL 2179, which completed in 2013, "and the Court could issue its decision at any time."

BP added that the Court has not yet scheduled the penalty phase, "in which it will hear evidence regarding the factors to be applied in assessing a penalty under the Clean Water Act."

To read the press release in its entirety, please click here.

Readers can contact me by commenting below or by clicking here.



  • Israel, Hamas clash in Gaza
    At least 550 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza in the third week of the war
  • Pro-Russia guards
    President Obama criticizes pro-Russian rebels for blocking off the MH17 crash site
    World News
  • National Guard at Texas border
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry sending National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border
    US News
  • Unlikely Putin defender
    The unlikeliest US politician comes to the defense of Russia's president, Vladimir Putin
  • iPhone 6 coming soon
    Apple is gearing up for the iPhone 6, orders tens of millions of units
  • Gynecologist settlement
    Johns Hopkins agrees to $190M settlement for patients recorded by gynecologist
    Strange News