It is Statoil's ambition to grow the annual cash dividend, measured in NOK per share, in line with long term underlying earnings. Statoil announces dividends on a quarterly basis.

The board approves 1Q -3Q interim dividends based on an authorisation from the general meeting, while the annual general meeting approves the 4Q (and total annual) dividend based on a proposal from the board.

When deciding the interim dividends and recommending the total annual dividend level, the board will take into consideration expected cash flow, capital expenditure plans, financing requirements and appropriate financial flexibility.
 
In addition to cash dividend, Statoil might buy back shares as part of total distribution of capital to the shareholders.