Why invest in Total?

We operate in more than 130 countries and produce almost 2.5m boe/d of hydrocarbons, making us one of the world's largest international oil and gas companies. Our ambition is to provide affordable and environmentally friendly energy to a growing world population.

8.3 B$
adjusted net income
+4.5 %
hydrocarbon production, compared to 2015*
* Hydrocarbon production rose to 2, 452 thousand barrels of oil equivalent by day in 2016, versus 2, 347
Gross dividend yield in 2016*
* Based on a 2016 dividend of €2.45 and the average share price in 2016

In 2016, the Group was the most profitable of all the oil majors. We now have all the strengths we need to take advantage of market opportunities

Patrick de La Chevardière
Chief Financial Officer

The strength of our integrated business model

We operate in all parts of the oil and gas value chain, as well as in low-carbon energies. Our success is based on:

  • the very fast growth we are achieving in oil and natural gas production: we started 14 major projects in 2015-2016, which should result in average annual growth of 5% between 2014 and 2020
  • our Downstream businesses (Refining & Chemicals and Marketing & Services), which generate around $7 billion of cash flow per year and show little sensitivity to movements in oil prices
  • our unique position in the promising markets of gas, electricity and renewable energies.

This business model enables us to:

  • offer you an attractive dividend that has either remained stable or increased each year since 1982,
  • maintain a solid financial position,
  • continue investing in our future growth.
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Solid fundamentals underpinning sustainable growth

In all of our business areas, we have shown operational excellence and an ability to cut costs and acquire the best assets. We are confident in our ability to maintain our growth:

  • In Exploration & Production, we have numerous projects delivering returns appropriate to the economic environment: we will start 12 major projects in 2017-2018, and we have decided to go ahead with a further 10 projects.
  • In the Downstream business, we can rely on the high quality and strong potential of our major Refining & Chemicals platforms, along with service-station and lubricant sales growth of 4% per year.
  • We are maintaining our discipline regarding costs and capital expenditure, thus ensuring that our earnings remain robust. 

This is how we intend to deliver on our commitment to being the most profitable European major and creating value for you, the shareholders and investors in our Group.

Map of recent and future projects (February 2017)

Carte des projets récents et à venir (Février 2017)

Yearly shareholder return

As of December 31, 2016, for every €1,000 invested in Total shares by an individual residing in France, assuming that the net dividends are reinvested in Total shares, and excluding tax and social withholding.

Investisment length
Annual total return
Value, as of December 31, 2016
of €1,000 invested
1 year24.85%1,249
5 years10.35%1,636
10 years4.38%1,535
15 years6.44%2,550
*Total's share prices, used for the calculation of the total return (including dividends and appreciation), take into account the adjustment made by Euronext Paris in 2006 ex Arkema's share allocation rights.