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TotalEnergies: Renewables Are A Focus For The Company In 2022 (NYSE:TTE)

Exterior view of the headquarters of the oil company TotalEnergies, formerly known as Total

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Introduction

France-based TotalEnergies SE (NYSE: NYSE:TTE) released its first-quarter 2022 results on April 28, 2022.

Note: I have followed TTE quarterly since 2017 with 21 articles and counting. This new article is a quarterly update of my article published on March 21, 2022.

CEO Patrick Pouyanné said in the conference call:

The consequences of Russia’s actions are going beyond the Russian related businesses and will have a significant impact on the global economy, potentially more serious than the COVID pandemic and related shutdowns. The immediate impact, of course, has been the significant disruptions to energy markets that pushed oil prices above $100 per barrel and gas prices in Europe and Asia to more than $30 per million BTU.

1 – 1Q22 results snapshot

TotalEnergies reported first-quarter 2022 adjusted net income of $8.977 billion or $3.40 (€3.03) per share, beating analysts’ expectations. It was well above the year-ago $1.10 (€0.91) per share.

The total revenues came in at $68.61 billion, up 56.9% from $43.73 billion in the year-ago quarter. Substantial revenues were generated from record-high liquids and gas prices.

First-quarter upstream equivalent production averaged 2,843k Boepd, down 0.7% year-over-year. The decrease was due to the price effect, the natural decline of fields, the end of Qatargas 1 operating license, and the Utica asset sale.

The production of the iGRP segment (Integrated Gas, Renewables, and Power) was 492K Boep/d compared to 518K Boep/d in 1Q21.

Finally, on the Russian business front, TotalEnergies announced on March 22, 2022, that:

given the uncertainty created by the technological and financial sanctions on the ability to carry out the Arctic LNG 2 project currently under construction and their probable tightening with the worsening conflict, TotalEnergies SE had decided to no longer book proved reserves for the Arctic LNG 2 project.

As a result, TotalEnergies has decided to record in its accounts, as of March 31, 2022, an impairment of 4.1 B$, concerning notably Arctic LNG 2.

2 – Investment Thesis

TotalEnergies SE is one of my long-term preferred oil investments primarily adapted to savvy investors interested in a steady income through sizeable dividends. TotalEnergies SE is one rare European oil major that has paid a stable dividend even during the last oil crash and increased it to €0.69 per quarter in 1Q22.

One substantial advantage of TotalEnergies is that the company’s strategy is shifting to renewables more smoothly than most competitors. While focusing on its traditional oil and gas business, it is also growing its presence slowly in “green electricity generation,” which is gaining momentum and will take a significant position less than a decade from now.

Per Reuters, TotalEnergies says that by 2030 its sales of oil products will drop to 30% of revenues, against 50% for gas and 15% for electricity. For instance, on May 25, TotalEnergies took a 50% stake in wind and solar farm developer Clearway Energy Group in a deal worth $2.4 billion.

Total has been building up its US renewable assets in the past year, with a portfolio that includes 8 gigawatts of large-scale solar projects bought from SunChase, the recent acquisition of Core Solar and the development of 4GW of wind projects off the coasts of New York and North Carolina.

However, even if the oil prices outlook looks solid, we do not know how long it will last this time and it may have reached a plateau. So, it is not wise to recommend adding to your position at the moment. Instead, it is perhaps time to take some partial profits.

Thus, it is essential to trade short-term LIFO about 30%-40% of your TTE holding and keep a long-term core position for a higher target. This dual strategy entitles you to take full advantage of the oil and gas sector’s high volatility and inherent cyclicity. It is what I recommend in my marketplace, “The Gold and Oil Corner.”

3 – Stock performance

TotalEnergies has underperformed the group, which includes Shell (SHEL), Equinor (EQNR), U.K.-based BP (BP), as well as US majors Chevron (CVX), Exxon Mobil (XOM), and the large E&P ConocoPhillips (COP).

TotalEnergies SE is up 19% on a one-year basis despite a massive rally in oil prices. This performance pales in comparison to ConocoPhillips, up now 97%.

TTE, SHEL, BP, EQNR, CVX, XOM, COP price
Data by YCharts

4 – Dividend comparison with its peers – TTE now pays a quarterly dividend of €0.69 per share.

TTE, SHEL, BP, EQNR, CVX, XOM, COP market cap

TTE: Dividend comparison (Fun Trading)

TotalEnergies: Balance Sheet and Production in 1Q22: The Raw Numbers

Note: TTE is an American Deposit Receipt or ADR. The Foreign withholding taxes reduce the dividend paid to American investors (25% or 12.8% depending on your account type. In general, 25%). However, the foreign tax paid can be deducted partly from your income tax. Ask your Financial Adviser about your case.

TotalEnergies SE 1Q21 2Q21 3Q21 4Q21 1Q22
Total Revenues in $ Billion 43.73 47.05 54.73 60.35 68.61
Total Revenues (minus excise tax) in $ Billion 38.63 41.63 49.07 55.30 63.95
Net income in $ Billion 3.34 2.21 4.65 5.84 4.94
EBITDA $ Billion 8.99 7.70 11.26 14.26 14.90
EPS diluted in $/share 1.23 0.80 1.71 2.17 1.85
Cash from operating activities in $ Billion 5.60 7.55 5.64 11.62 7.62
Capital Expenditures in $ Billion 2.41 2.68 2.72 4.54 3.46
Free Cash Flow in $ Billion 3.19 4.89 2.92 7.08 4.16
Total Cash $ Billion 34.89 33.05 32.88 33.66 38.69
Long-term Debt in $ Billion 73.01 69.31 67.28 64.55 64.80
Dividend per share in €/sh (including tax 12.8%)

0.66€

0.66€

0.66€

0.66€

0.69€

Shares outstanding (diluted) in Billion 2.697 2.758 2.701 2.690 2.644
Oil Production 1Q21 2Q21 3Q21 4Q21 1Q22
Oil Equivalent Production in K Boepd 2,863 2,747 2,814 2,852 2,843
Americas Production in K Boepd 376 378 372 363 386
Average price liquids $/Boe 56.4 62.9 67.1 79.8 90.1
Average gas price $/Mbtu 4.06 4.43 6.33 11.38 12.27

Source: Company filings and Fun Trading

Note: More data (2015) are available for subscribers only.

Analysis: Balance sheet and production discussion

1 – Total revenues were $68.61 billion (including excise tax) in 1Q22

TotalEnergies Revenue Trend

TTE: Quarterly Revenues history (Fun Trading)

TotalEnergies’ revenues came in at $68.61 billion (including the excise taxes) or $63.95 billion net, significantly up from the $43.73 billion generated in the year-ago quarter.

Net earnings were $4,944 million, up from $3,344 million in 1Q21. The company indicated a profit of $1.85 per diluted share.

TotalEnergies acquired $1,400 million worth of assets and sold assets for $478 million in 1Q22.

Below is a history of the cash flow from operations since 2015.

TotalEnergies cash flow from operations

TTE: Quarterly Cash flow from Operations history (Fun Trading)

2 – Trailing 12-month free cash flow (“ttm”) was $19.03 billion with $4.16 billion in 1Q22

TotalEnergies Free Cash Flow

TTE: Quarterly Free cash flow history (Fun Trading)

Note: Generic free cash flow is cash from operations minus CapEx.

TotalEnergies trailing 12-month Free cash flow is now $19.03 billion, with $4.16 billion realized for 1Q22.

The company pays about ~$7 billion in dividends annually, primarily covered by free cash flow.

TotalEnergies announced an increase of 5% of its quarterly dividend to €0.69 ($~0.7263). However, for US investors, you will receive only 75% of this amount due to the French withholding tax. In some cases, you can receive 0.872%. The dividend yield NET is still between 3.8% and 4.4%. Ask your broker.

TotalEnergies cash dividend

TTE: Quarterly dividend in € history (Fun Trading)

Finally, TotalEnergies decided to implement an up to $3 billion share buyback program in 2022.

3 – Net debt was $26.1 billion as of the end of March 2022

Totalenergies debt vs cash

TTE Quarterly Cash versus Debt history (Fun Trading)

Cash and cash equivalents+ as of March 31, 2022, were $38.691 billion compared with $34.89 billion in 2021.

The debt-to-equity ratio is now 0.56, according to YCharts, and the net debt to capital was 12.5% at quarter-end.

TTE indicates a net debt of $17.053 billion using another method. I have done a more general calculation from the LT Debt, including current minus total cash, which is a more comparable value with other oil majors.

4 – Details: TTE operates four different segments

Total operating income was $9,458 million this quarter, up from $3,487 million last year.

TotalEnergies quarterly operating income

TTE Quarterly Operating income per segment 1Q21 versus 1Q22 (Fun Trading)

4. 1 – Exploration & Production (Upstream)

The operating gain was $5,015 million, up significantly from $1,975 million last year.

4.2 – Integrated Gas, Renewable, and Power

Operating income was $3,051 million, from $985 million last year.

4.3 – Refining and Chemicals

Operating income was $1,120 million from $243 million in the year-ago quarter.

4.4 – Marketing and Services

Operating income was $272 million, down from $284 million in 1Q21.

5 – 1Q22 Oil Equivalent Production up to 2,843K Boepd from 2,841K Boepd last year.

5.1 – Oil equivalent production history

TTE oil equivalent production

TTE: Quarterly oil and gas history (Fun Trading)

Total hydrocarbon production during the first quarter of 2022 averaged 2,843K Boep/d, down slightly from 2,863K Boepd in the same quarter the previous year.
Note: The total production, including iGRP (Integrated Gas, Renewables, and Power), was 3,335K Boep/d. However, most other oil majors do not indicate Renewables and Power in their production.
For instance, Shell PLC shows Integrated gas, but it doesn’t include production from Renewables and Power. This disparity between the oil majors is creating some confusion. I believe TotalEnergies should be commended for its effort of clarity.
This quarter’s average realized liquids prices were $90.1, up 77.1% from the year-ago price.
TotalEnergies Liquids price history

TTE Liquids price history (Fun Trading)

The realized gas prices increased from a year-ago quarter of $4.06 to $12.27 per thousand British thermal units in Q1. Realized LNG prices improved from the prior-year quarter to $13.60 per thousand Btu from $6.60.

Upstream output comes primarily from Europe and the Middle East. Total SE has a small production from the Americas.

TTE production per region

TTE Quarterly Oil equivalent Production per Region (Fun Trading)

For the first quarter, liquids production averaged 1,305K Boep/d. Quarterly gas production was 1,538 Boep/d, down 1% year over year. Two notable discoveries in this segment are Suriname discoveries (Krabdagu 1 well in Block 58) and the significant discovery of light oil and gas in Block 2913B in Namibia (Venus well).

5.2 – 2Q22 Guidance

TotalEnergies expects second-quarter production to increase from the output in Brazil, with the startup of Mero 1 and its entry into Atapu and Sepia.

The company forecasts average LNG prices to remain at a high level of $14 per thousand Btu in the second quarter of 2022.

TotalEnergies set a total CapEx of $15 billion in 2022, with 25% allocated to strengthen renewables operation and electricity generation further.

TotalEnergies indicated that the ongoing War in Ukraine resulted in a loss of 2k-3k barrels of oil per day from Russia and lower output from Russian refineries.

5.3 Renewable by 2025: The goal is to deliver 35 GW

The company expects to be a significant player by 2025.

TotalEnergies renewable by 2025

TTE Renewable Presentation 2025 (TotalEnergies)

Technical Analysis and Commentary

TTE technical chart

TTE: TA Chart short-term (Fun Trading)

Note: The chart is adjusted for the dividend.

TTE forms an ascending channel pattern (short-term) with resistance at $61.2 and support at $56.7. The trading strategy is to sell about 30%-40% of your position LIFO between $61.15 and $62.25 and wait for a retracement between $57 and $56.

However, oil prices have reached an unsustainable level, creating elevated inflation that could derail the world economy and trigger a recession. The recent CPI numbers are pretty obvious.

The direct effect of this simple equation is that we are now heading for a recession which will affect the oil and gas demand. Either way, oil will have to come down from this overheated situation, and oil stocks will drop in correlation.

In this case, TTE will likely drop to its 50MA at $53.3 or even below $51.

Note: The LIFO method is prohibited under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), though it is permitted in the United States by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Therefore, only US traders can apply this method. Those who cannot trade LIFO can use an alternative by setting two different accounts for the same stock, one for the long term and one for short-term trading.

Warning: The TA chart must be updated frequently to be relevant. It is what I am doing in my stock tracker. The chart above has a possible validity of about a week. Remember, the TA chart is a tool only to help you adopt the right strategy. It is not a way to foresee the future. No one and nothing can.

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