Repsol (REPYY) Updates Strategies & Goals, Hikes Dividend

Repsol, S.A.REPYY recently announced its intention to increase its dividend by 8% annually. This will result in pushing the dividend per share to €0.95 ($1.12) in 2019 and €1 ($1.18) in 2020, from the current level of €0.90. The company also intends to carry out share repurchase programs to avoid dilution. This came as part of its updated targets for its 2016-2020 strategic plans.

Investment Plans

The company also has plans to invest around €15 billion ($17.6 billion) in its operations, in the 2018-2020 time frame. The company sets its new targets based on the expectation that Brent benchmark will be above $50 per barrel during this period.

Upstream activities: The company intends to increase its exploration and production activities through 2020, while achieving a 8% production growth rate. Repsol will employ €8 billion in upstream businesses, which is expected to help the company reach its production goal of 750 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day by 2020.

Downstream activities: Repsol will invest €4.2 billion in its downstream projects, which also includes international expansion. The company's service station business in the Mexican market and its huge presence in Peru are incorporated in this plan.

Energy transition: Repsol intends to invest €2.5 billion in several energy projects, which will focus on low-emission. It will give the company an opportunity to develop projects with long-term activities. It also follows the company's plan announced earlier on focusing more on renewable resources. Repsol has set a new goal of reaching 2.5 million retail gas and electricity clients in Spain by 2025. The company also intends to reach a low-carbon generation capacity of around 4,500 megawatt.

Price Performance

Madrid-based integrated energy company, Repsol, has gained 18.9% in the past year compared with 13% growth of its industry .

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Currently, Repsol carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Investors interested in the Energy sector can opt for some better-ranked stocks in the same space like Anadarko Petroleum Corporation APC , Delek US Holdings, Inc. DK and HollyFrontier Corporation HFC , each sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

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