Chevron Reports First Quarter Net Income of $4.5 Billion
Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) today reported earnings of $4.5 billion ($2.36 per share – diluted) for the first quarter 2014, compared with $6.2 billion ($3.18 per share – diluted) in the 2013 first quarter.
Sales and other operating revenues in the first quarter 2014 were $51 billion, compared to $54 billion in the year-ago period.
“Our first quarter earnings were down from a year ago,” said Chairman and CEO John Watson, “primarily due to lower prices and volumes for crude oil. Crude prices were tempered by global economic factors, while our current year production volumes were affected by weather-related, unplanned downtime, particularly in Kazakhstan.”
“We continue to advance our key development projects,” Watson added, “and we are anticipating production growth in 2015 and beyond as a result of these investments. Significant progress has been made on the construction of our Gorgon and Wheatstone projects in Australia. Our Jack/St. Malo and Big Foot projects in the Gulf of Mexico are also progressing, with first production planned for late 2014 and mid-2015, respectively. Our financial strength continues to allow us to fund these important growth projects which are expected to support a 20 percent increase in production by 2017, and to grow shareholder distributions.”
Recent upstream milestones include:
Argentina – Signed additional agreements to continue the development of the Loma Campana Project in the Vaca Muerta Shale and to begin exploration in the Narambuena area of the Neuquén Basin.
Australia – Received and installed the final two Gorgon gas turbine generators. All five of the generators have now been installed in preparation for LNG plant start-up in mid-2015.
Australia – Commenced the development well drilling campaign for the Wheatstone Project.
Azerbaijan – Achieved first production from the Chirag Oil Project in the Caspian Sea.
Myanmar – Announced the acquisition of offshore shallow water acreage.
“In the downstream, mechanical completion of the premium lubricants base-oil facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi, was achieved in April and ramp-up to full production is planned for mid-year. In addition, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, the company’s 50 percent-owned affiliate, announced the start of construction of its U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project.
The company’s Board of Directors approved a 7 percent increase in the quarterly dividend to $1.07 per share, payable in June 2014. The company purchased $1.25 billion of its common stock in first quarter 2014 under its share repurchase program.
Worldwide net oil-equivalent production was 2.59 million barrels per day in the first quarter 2014, down from 2.65 million barrels per day in the 2013 first quarter. Production increases from project ramp-ups in Nigeria, Angola and the United States were more than offset by normal field declines and weather-related, unplanned downtime, particularly in Kazakhstan.
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