and exploiting its proprietary technologies. A key project will be the conversion of the Venice refinery into a bio-refinery to recover profitability.
The EST (Eni Slurry Technology), plant in Sannazzaro refinery, exploiting our proprietary technology for the full conversion of the barrel, will be on stream in the second half of 2013, improving the competitiveness of our refining system.
In Marketing, results will increase thanks to the completion of the re-branding of the distribution network, the automation of petrol stations and the expansion of non-oil activities as well as sales abroad.
Eni is targeting an EBIT enhancement of more than €500 million to 2016.
The scenario for basic chemicals in Europe is characterized by increasing pressure on prices. Eni’s strategy will be focused on greater exposure on high value segments and growing markets.
Even excluding any improvement in the scenario, Eni expects to reach break-even by the end of the plan period thanks to further rationalisation and integration and the refocusing of the portfolio on valuable segments and growing markets.
Segments of interest include elastomers, with targeted production growth of over 60% to 2016, and green chemicals. In 2013 there will be thestart-up of the first two lines in the Matrica plant, a joint venture with Novamont in Porto Torres, one of the biggest biochemical projects in the world.
Eni is committed to the expansion of its emerging markets activities through strategic partnerships and will continue to promote initiatives to improve the efficiency of its plants and processes.
The new plan increases Eni’s target from >€400 by 2015 to over €500 million by 2016.
Eni’s strategic growth prospects are supported by a transformed balance sheet, with net debt at the end of 2012 almost halved compared with 2011. This stronger financial position is coherent with our new business profile, more exposed to the E&P business. Eni expects to maintain leverage within a target range of 10-30%, using this flexibility to absorb temporary fluctuations in oil prices, in market environments and in our business results.
Eni plans to make approximately €56.8 billion of investments over the 2013-2016 period, an increase, at the exchange rate euro/dollar of approximately €1.6 bln over the last plan period. The increase is largely related to the new growth opportunities in E&P, including Mozambique.
The capex plan will be funded by strong cash generation in the region of €20 bln per year over the period, driven by increasing E&P production, the gradual recovery in our mid and downstream businesses, and over €10bn of disposal opportunities including Galp and Snam, and some rebalancing in our E&P portfolio.
New shareholder distribution policy
Given its modified business profile and the strengthened balance sheet, Eni plans to adopt a new shareholder distribution policy. This consists of a progressive dividend, and a new buyback program.
The sustainability of a progressive dividend is compatible with the prices scenario expected in the plan, a gradual recovery of the European gas demand and it leverages on the underlying earnings and cashflow growth