BP Plc. (previously British Petroleum)

BP Plc. is the 3rd largest oil company in the world, and the 4th largest company. It was founded in 1909 as the Anglo-Persian Oil Company and from 1954 until 1999 was called the British Petroleum Company. BP employ around 80,000 people globally and 2010 revenue was US $308.9 billion.

It is one of the “Supermajor” oil companies, which also includes Chevron Corporation, ExxonMobil Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell plc and Total S.A.

BP’s Major Products and Services

  • BP petroleum and derived products
  • BP service stations
  • Air BP Aviation Fuels
  • Castrol motor oil
  • ARCO gas stations
  • am/pm convenience stores
  • Aral service stations solar panels

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • 1998 merger with Amoco (formerly Standard Oil of Indiana) – renamed BP Amoco
  • 2000 BP Amoco acquired Arco and Burmah Castrol
  • 2001 name-change to BP Plc. – new tagline “Beyond Petroleum”

BP still sod petroleum as “Amoco” in many American states to retain the successful branding until 2008 when it rebranded many stations to help promote BP Gasoline with Invigorate, a new high grade of petrol.

Company Information

  • BP p.l.c.
  • International Headquarters
  • 1 St James’s Square
  • London, SW1Y 4PD
  • Phone: +44 (0)20 7496 4000
  • Fax: +44 (0)20 7496 4630
  • Website: www.bp.com

BP’s Registrar

  • Equiniti Limited
  • Aspect House Spencer Road
  • Lancing
  • West Sussex BN99 6DA
  • Freephone 0800 701107 (inside the UK)
  • Tel: +44 (0) 121 415 7005 (outside the UK)
  • Fax: +44 (0) 871 384 2100
  • Text phone: +44 (0) 871 384 2255

UK shareholder dealing services

BP Dividend Payments

BP pays 4 dividends per year, one each quarter. They also offer a DRIP (dividend reinvestment plan) to allow you to automatically reinvest your cash dividend to purchase new shares.

BP historic dividend payments are listed on the BP shareholder’s webpage: www.bp.com/extendedgenericarticle.do?categoryId=9033038&contentId=7060565

  4 comments for “BP Plc. (previously British Petroleum)

  1. SHP
    October 30, 2012 at 8:55 am

    BP has raised its dividend as 3rd quarter profits have exceeded expectations.

  2. SHP
    May 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Morgan Stanley upgrades Antofagasta to equalweight.

  3. SHP
    May 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Buy BP: Bank of America Merrill Lynch has upgraded the UK oil group BP to a ‘buy’ with a target price of 580p. Societe Generale research analysts in agreement.

  4. SHP
    May 25, 2011 at 11:18 am

    BP 2011 first quarter dividend payment will pay on 28 Jun 2011.

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