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Woodside Petroleum shares on watch as profit slumps 74%

The Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL) share price will be one to watch in early trade after reporting a 73.96% slump in net profit after tax for FY19.

What did Woodside announce today?

The group’s shares could move early today as one of many ASX 20 companies reporting today.

In its full-year results for the period ended 31 December 2019, Woodside’s net profit after tax slumped to US$382 million compared to $1,467 million in FY 2018.

On Monday, the Woodside Petroleum share price fell after announcing a $720 million after-tax impairment in relation to its Kitimat assets in Western Canada.

Tropical Cyclone Veronica affected first-quarter operations while lower realised prices and changes in accounting standards also hit hard.

On an underlying basis, Woodside posted a US$1,063 million profit and free cash flow of $2.1 billion.

Woodside’s operating revenue fell 7% to US$4,873 million but there was the US$720 million charge that hit the bottom line. Operating cash flow came in at US$3,305 million with a final dividend of US 55 cents per share (cps).

The Woodside Petroleum share price will be worth watching today after reporting a total US 91 cps dividend.

Annual production totalled 89.6 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe) with operated LNG reliability of 97.8%. Woodside’s gas unit production cost came in at $3.9 per barrel of oil equivalent (boe) with a gross margin of $24.0 per boe.

How will the Woodside Petroleum share price react today?

It’s hard to say where the Woodside Petroleum share price is headed today, after the company braced the market on Monday for these results.

Woodside did report strong margins in FY 2019 and a 36% increase in free cash flow. The group’s balance sheet remains strong with 14.4% gearing and a 3.6% cost of debt.

The US 91 cps dividend represents an 80% payout ratio to shareholders with a 5.3% dividend yield, which makes the Woodside Petroleum share price worth watching.

Woodside is forecasting FY 2020 production of 97 to 103 mmboe. Investment expenditure guidance of $4,100 million to $4,400 million is expected next financial year.

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