SDFI and Petoro annual report 2020
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Petoro AS - Notes

Note 1 - Government contribution and other revenue

NOK 288 million was appropriated for operation of Petoro AS, excluding VAT, in 2020. The amount is recorded as a contribution from the Norwegian government. 

Other revenue primarily relates to services in connection with negotiation management in the SDFI portfolio.

Note 2 - Deferred revenue

The change in deferred revenue recorded in the income statement comprises deferred revenue related to NOK 1.4 million in investments made during 2020, as well as NOK 2.3 million in depreciation of investments made during the year and in earlier years, cf. Note 4.

Note 3 - Payroll expenses, number of employees, benefits, etc.

Payroll expenses (All figures in NOK 1 000)20202019
Payroll 1)111,788107,300
Directors' fees1,8561,906
Liability insurance for the board (applies to the entire board of directors)105105
Payroll tax15,70615,769
Pensions (Note 11)32,56933,574
Other benefits3,443 3,621
1) Includes a provision of NOK 4.6 million for one year’s severance pay as well as salary and pension for the remaining notice period of 2 months in 2021 for Grethe K. Moen.

Employees at 31 December6465
Employees with a signed contract who had not started work at 31 Dec.11
Average number of full-time equivalents employed62.862.9
  1. Fixed salaries consist of basic salary and holiday pay.
  2. Cash allowance is performance-related pay. This disbursement is not included in pensionable income.
  3. Other taxable remuneration includes car allowance, as well as minor remuneration for news subscriptions and telephone. Not included in holiday pay or pensionable income.
  4. Expensed pension represents the current year’s premium in the defined contribution scheme and the estimated costs of the defined benefit scheme for managers covered by this. Only Grethe K. Moen was included in the defined benefit scheme in 2020.
  5. Grethe K. Moen left the position of CEO in August 2020. In addition to her disbursed annual salary in 2020 as shown in the table of remuneration of senior executives, a provision has been recognised in the accounts for 2020 for one year’s severance pay in line with her employment contract regarding severance pay beyond the notice period, as well as salary and pension expenses owed for the remaining notice period of 2 months in 2021, totalling NOK 4.6 million. 
  6. Acting CEO as of 7 September 2020. Fixed salaries include remuneration for temporary appointment as acting CEO and cash allowance as compensation for loss of the defined benefit pension scheme calculated based on actuarial assumptions and pensionable income.
  7. Remuneration through 30 September 2020.
  8. Remuneration from 10 August 2020.

Declaration on senior executive pay for Petoro AS

The declaration on remuneration for the CEO and other senior executives is in line with the provisions of the Norwegian Public Limited Liability Companies Act and the guidelines for state ownership, including the Guidelines on pay and other remuneration for senior executives in wholly or partly state-owned enterprises and companies, which came into force on 13 February 2015. 

Guidelines on remuneration
Petoro’s remuneration guidelines are entrenched in the company’s vision, goals and values. The relationship between the level of performance, demonstrated leadership/collegiality and reward shall be predictable, motivational, clear and easy to communicate. Petoro AS has a uniform pay policy and system for the whole company, and aims to pay a competitive rate without being a pacesetter on remuneration, with reference to moderation as regards total compensation in relation to the relevant market for the petroleum industry.  

Decision-making process
The board has appointed a compensation sub-committee comprising the deputy chair and another director. The human resources manager provides the secretariat function for this committee, which prepares proposals and recommendations for the board on compensation issues. The board determines compensation for the CEO, who in turn determines the compensation for other members of the company’s senior management within the approved framework.

Main principles for remuneration 
Petoro’s wage policy is to be competitive without being a pacesetter on overall remuneration, including the company’s pension schemes. At the same time, consideration for moderation shall be taken into account.

Total compensation for the CEO and the other senior executives shall reflect the responsibilities and complexity of the role in question, the company’s values and culture, the relevant executive’s behaviour and performance, and the need to attract and retain key personnel. The arrangements are transparent and in accordance with the principles for good corporate governance. 

Basic pay is the main component in Petoro’s compensation scheme. Senior executives are also entitled to benefits on an equal footing with others in the company, including car allowance as well as pension and insurance benefits, and  a system for communication allowance. 

Pay levels in a reference group comprising relevant companies in the upstream petroleum industry provide the basic guidelines for the company’s remuneration profile. Basic pay is primarily fixed on the basis of the responsibilities and complexity of the position. Basic pay is subject to an annual assessment.

Petoro AS has a performance-related salary scheme to promote achievement of the company’s goals. The principle and framework for performance-related salary have been stipulated by the board and embedded in the “Guidelines on pay and other remuneration for senior executives in wholly or partly state-owned enterprises and companies”. This scheme covers all employees, including the CEO, with an equal percentage of basic salary.

The board will stipulate performance-related salary in accordance with the assessed goal attainment within the framework of 10 per cent of basic salary. The goals included in the assessment of performance-related salary consist of select quantitative goals associated with operational and financial activities, as well as goals associated with the company’s prioritised activities. The goals shall be based on objective, definable and measurable criteria that management can influence and are stipulated with a point of departure in the company’s strategy and risk scenario, as well as guidelines laid out in letters of assignment from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. 

In 2020, the following goals were included in the assessment of performance-related salary; Serious incidents (frequency), liquids production (kboed), project progress (milestones), as well as concrete goals and milestones associated with implementing the new organisation, improving drilling efficiency, digitalisation, monitoring the marketing and sale instruction issued to Equinor ASA and choosing a new accountancy provider for the SDFI. Performance-related salary for 2020 was addressed by the board following the approval of the annual accounts. The accounts for 2020 include provision of 2,5 per cent of performance-related salary for the year. 

Share programmes, options and other option-like arrangements are not used by the company.

Petoro AS has a defined contribution-based pension scheme pursuant to the Defined Contribution Pensions Act. The company has no collective pension scheme for employees whose pay exceeds 12 G. This scheme was introduced on 1 Jan. 2016. Petoro AS has a transitional scheme that is still defined-benefit for pay above 12 G. This is the same for executives as for other employees less than 15 years from retirement age (67) at 1 Jan. 2016. Senior executives with employment contracts entered into before 13 February 2015 are covered by the same transitional scheme as other employees.

The CEO’s retirement age was 67. The CEO’s employment contract included a mutual six-month period of notice. An agreement had been entered into on a contractual termination payment of 12 months in addition to the period of notice. The CEO resigned from her position effective September 2020. A provision has been made in the accounts for 2020 for costs associated with the contractual termination payment. 

Other senior executives are covered by the company’s defined contribution scheme, which applies for salary under 12 G. Consequently, after these new guidelines came into force, Petoro AS will no longer have senior executives with a defined benefit pension and no pension expenses over and above those which follow from the defined contribution plan will accrue (pursuant to the Defined Contribution Pension Act). Petoro’s internal retirement age is 70.

Remuneration principles and their implementation in the preceding year 
The annual evaluation of the basic pay of the CEO and other senior executives was conducted with effect from 1 July. In 2020, the evaluation of other executives was carried out in the fourth quarter.

Note 4 - Tangible fixed assets

Alle tall i tusen kronerFixtures and fittingsOperating equipmentICTTotal
Acquisition cost 1 Jan. 20204,9799,00440,33154,314
Additions fixed assets-1,369-1,369
Disposal fixed assets/obsolescence----
Acquisition cost 31 Dec. 20204,97910,37340,33155,683

Accumulated depreciation 1 Jan. 20204,5988,71037,32350,631
Reversed accumulated depreciation----
Depreciation for the year542441,9972,295
Accumulated depreciation 31 Dec. 20204,6528,95439,32052,926

Book value at 31 Dec. 20203271,4191,0112,757
Economic lifeLease term3/5 years3 years
Depreciation scheduleStraight lineStraight lineStraight line
Operational leasing contracts include office equipment and machines. The initial lease period is 3-5 years. 

Note 5 – Financial items

All figures in NOK 1,00020202019
Financial income
   Interest income2,3954,383
   Currency gain145159
Financial expenses
   Interest expenses--
   Currency loss1,361324
Operating loss1,1794,218

Note 6 - Investments in subsidiary

(All figures in NOK 1000)
Acquisition dateBusiness officeInterestVoting shareEquity at liquidation
Petoro Iceland AS11 Dec.2012Stavanger100 %100 %4,244
Petoro AS received a contribution of NOK 2 million in 2012 which was earmarked as share capital for Petoro Iceland AS. This contribution was offset against the acquisition price of the shares. For that reason, investment in Petoro Iceland has been recorded as NOK 0 in the balance sheet. The company was liquidated in 2020 and contributions for share capital were returned to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in 2020.

Note 7 - Other receivables

Other receivables consist in their entirety of pre-paid costs relating primarily to rent, insurance, licences, subscriptions for market information and VAT credits.

Note 8 - Bank deposits

Bank deposits total NOK 248 million, including NOK 8 million in withheld tax and funds to cover unsecured pension obligations in the amount of NOK 197 million. 

Note 9 - Share capital and shareholder information

The company’s share capital at 31 December 2020 comprised 10,000 shares with a nominal value of NOK 1,000 each. All shares are owned by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on behalf of the Norwegian state, and all have the same rights.

Note 10 - Equity

Petoro AS (All figures in NOK 1 000)Share capitalOther equityTotal
Equity at 1 Jan. 202010,00013,97323,973
Net profit3,9763,976
Equity at 31 Dec. 202010,00017,94927,949

Note 11 - Pension costs, assets and liabilities

The company is obliged to offer an occupational pension scheme under the Norwegian Act on Mandatory Occupational Pension Schemes. The company’s pension plans comply with the requirements of this Act. 

The company implemented a new pension plan with effect from 1 January 2016. This is a defined contribution plan pursuant to the Defined Contribution Pensions Act. The company has a transitional arrangement for employees who were less than 15 years from retirement age on 1 January 2016. Premiums for the defined contribution plan are expensed on a continuous basis.

Net pension cost (Figures in NOK 1 000)20202019
Present value of benefits earned during the year14,21614,859
Interest expense on pension obligation7,844 8,539
Return on pension plan assets(4,488)(4,568)
Recorded change in estimates5,9096,340
Payroll tax1,8191,910
Pension cost, defined benefit scheme25,30027,080
Pension cost, defined contribution plan incl. payroll tax7,2696,494
Net pension cost32,56933,574
Capitalised pension obligation20202019
Estimated pension obligation at 31 Dec.364,999347,514
Pension plan assets (market value)(128,106)(114,751)
Net pension obligations before payroll tax236,893232,763
Unrecorded change in estimates(51,507)(57,110)
Capitalised pension obligation185,386175,653
Calculation of the year’s net pension cost is based on the assumptions of previous years. The net pension liability is calculated on the basis of assumptions in the present year. Petoro AS has allocated dedicated funds to cover unsecured pension liabilities, cf. Note 8. 

The actuarial assumptions are based on common assumptions made in the insurance business for demographic factors.
Discount rate1.70%2.30%
Expected return on plan assets2.70%3.80%
Expected increase in pay2.25%2.25%
Expected increase in pensions0.00%0.50%
Expected adjustment of the National Insurance Scheme's Basic Amount (G)2.00%2.00%

Note 12 - Other current liabilities

Other current liabilities relate almost entirely to provisions for costs incurred, pay outstanding and holiday pay. 

Note 13 - Auditor’s fees

The company’s chosen auditor is KPMG AS. Fees charged for external auditing of the consolidated financial statements in 2020 totalled NOK 0.3 million. Consultancy services from KPMG totalling NOK 0.7 million have also been expensed in connection with training in a new digital collaboration solution. 

In accordance with the Act relating to the Office of the Auditor General of 7 May 2004, the OAG is the external auditor for the SDFI. PricewaterhouseCoopers AS (PwC) has been engaged as the company’s financial accountant in order to prepare a financial audit of the SDFI accounts as part of the company’s internal auditing. PwC invoiced NOK 0.8 million for financial auditing and NOK 0.8 million for internal auditing in 2020. Costs have also been expensed for invoiced services from PwC within joint venture auditing totalling NOK 2.4 million.

Note 14 - Leases

Petoro AS entered into a lease with Smedvig Eiendom AS for office premises in the autumn of 2003. Petoro AS chose to exercise the last option in the lease from 2021. The remaining lease term is now 5 years. Rent for the year totalled NOK 10.7 million, which included all operating and shared expenses.

Note 15 - Significant contracts

Petoro AS has an agreement with Azets Insights AS (Azets) concerning the delivery of accounting services and associated ICT services linked to SDFI accounting. This agreement entered into force on 1 March 2020 and runs for five years with an option for Petoro AS to extend it for two years. Accounting fee carried to expense for Azets in 2020 for accountancy for the SDFI amounted to NOK 10.7 million. 

Petoro AS has an agreement with TietoEVRY ASA for providing IT operations services for office support, administrative and technical petroleum solutions, as well as consultant assistance. This agreement entered into force on 1 January 2017 and runs for five years with an option for Petoro AS to extend it for 1+1 years. Costs under the IT operations agreement for 2020 amounted to NOK 9.5 million.


Note 16 - Related parties

Equinor ASA and Petoro AS have the same owner, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, and are thus related parties. There were no significant transactions in 2020 between Equinor ASA and Petoro AS. Petoro AS acted as negotiation manager for certain fields associated with the SDFI portfolio where Equinor ASA is operator, cf. Note 1.