By Giulia Petroni


Eni SpA has simplified and boosted its shareholder remuneration policy and said it aims to increase the share of gas in its production mix as part of its strategic plan for 2023-26.

At its capital markets day on Thursday, the Italian oil-and-gas major said it plans to distribute between 25%-30% of annual cash flow from operations through a combination of dividend and share buyback. Eni's policy was previously linked to oil-and-gas prices rather than to CFFO.

The company has set its annual dividend at EUR0.94 per share for 2023, which represents a 7% increase on year, and said it will launch a 2.2 billion euros ($2.33 billion) share buyback following shareholder approval in May.

Eni expects production to grow at an average of 3%-4% over 2023-26 and plateau to 2030, and said it will progressively increase the share of gas in the portfolio to 60% by the end of the decade. The upstream segment's capex will be between EUR6 billion-EUR6.5 billion on average per year during the plan period.

Chief Executive Claudio Descalzi said that oil will decline in the company's mix while gas will continue to rise. Eni expects to grow contracted liquefied natural gas to over 18 million tons per year by 2026 from 9 mtpa in 2022 and confirmed it will replace Russian gas volumes by 2025.

"We have been focusing our exploration and production strategy mainly on gas, leveraging our own production and diversifying our investments across different countries," Mr. Descalzi said. "This has enabled us to put in place our plan aimed at replacing 20 billion cubic meters of Russian gas by 2025."

Eni has also outlined its financial objectives, saying it targets earnings before interest and taxes of EUR13 billion in 2023. CFFO before working capital is seen at over EUR17 billion in 2023 and over EUR69 billion over the plan period. The company said this will allow it to organically fund investment and enhance shareholder distributions while maintaining leverage in a 10%-20% range.

Capital expenditure is seen at around EUR9.5 billion in 2023 and EUR37 billion over 2023-26, with around 25% of the total being allocated toward low-and-zero carbon spending.

The company said it has also raised its biorefining capacity target to over 3 mtpa by 2025 and over 5 mtpa by 2030, and sees its renewables capacity growing to over 7 gigawatts by 2026 and over 15 GW by 2030.

Eni confirmed it expects to reduce its Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 35% by 2030 and 80% by 2040 compared to 2018 levels, and to reach net zero by 2050.


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February 23, 2023 08:55 ET (13:55 GMT)

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