Chevron Reports Second Quarter Net Income of $7.2 Billion

Chevron Reports Second Quarter Net Income of $7.2 Billion

Compared to $7.7 Billion in Second Quarter 2011
• Upstream advances key development projects in support of long-term growth
• Downstream continues portfolio optimization
Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) today reported earnings of $7.2 billion ($3.66 per share – diluted) for the second quarter 2012, compared with $7.7 billion ($3.85 per share – diluted) in the 2011 second quarter.
Sales and other operating revenues in the second quarter 2012 were $60 billion, compared to $67 billion in the year-ago period.
“Our second quarter earnings and cash flow were among our strongest ever, even with softer oil markets,” said Chairman and CEO John Watson. “Despite current weakness in the global economy, we continue to invest in our long-term growth projects to help deliver affordable energy to meet future demand. We took several important steps to advance our major upstream capital projects, in particular achieving milestones in our natural gas development projects in the Asia-Pacific region. We also expanded our global exploration resource acreage, including new leases in the Gulf of Mexico where we already hold a significant position.”
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Important recent upstream milestones include:
• Australia – Signed nonbinding Heads of Agreement with Tohoku Electric for LNG offtake, and additional binding agreements with Tokyo Electric for LNG offtake and an equity interest, for the Wheatstone Project. To date, more than 80 percent of Chevron’s equity LNG from Wheatstone is covered under long-term agreements with customers in Asia.
• Australia – Announced a natural gas discovery, Pontus-1, in the Carnarvon Basin in 47.3 percent-owned Block WA-37-L.
• United Kingdom – Initiated front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the deepwater Rosebank Project west of the Shetland Islands.
• Kurdistan Region of Iraq – Acquired an 80 percent interest and operatorship in the Rovi and Sarta blocks.
• Suriname – Acquired a 50 percent interest in two offshore exploration blocks.
• Ukraine – Bid successfully for a 50 percent interest and operatorship in a shale gas block.
• United States – Bid successfully for additional shelf and deepwater exploration acreage in the Gulf of Mexico.
“In the downstream business, we continued divesting non-core assets, while also furthering work on new growth investments,” Watson added. The company completed the sale of several of its fuels-marketing and aviation businesses in the Caribbean, and the company’s 50 percent-owned GS Caltex affiliate in South Korea completed the sale of its power operations. On July 26, 2012, Caltex Australia Ltd., the company’s 50 percent-owned affiliate, announced that it plans to convert its Kurnell Refinery to an import terminal in 2014. In addition, the company’s 50 percent-owned Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC announced the execution of FEED contracts for an ethylene cracker at its Cedar Bayou facility in Baytown, Texas and two polyethylene facilities near its Sweeny facility in Old Ocean, Texas.
The company purchased $1.25 billion of its common stock in the second quarter 2012 under its share repurchase program.
UPSTREAM
Worldwide net oil-equivalent production was 2.62 million barrels per day in the second quarter 2012, down from 2.69 million barrels per day in the 2011 second quarter. Production increases from project ramp-ups in Thailand, the United States and Nigeria were more than offset by normal field declines, the shut-in of the Frade Field in Brazil, maintenance-related downtime and dispositions.
U.S. upstream earnings of $1.32 billion in the second quarter 2012 were down $632 million from a year earlier, primarily due to lower crude oil and natural gas realizations, lower production and the absence of gains on asset sales.
The company’s average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids was $97 in the second quarter 2012, down from $104 a year ago. The average sales price of natural gas was $2.17 per thousand cubic feet, compared with $4.35 in last year’s second quarter.
Net oil-equivalent production of 659,000 barrels per day in the second quarter 2012 was down 35,000 barrels per day, or 5 percent, from a year earlier. The decrease in production was associated with normal field declines and an absence of volumes associated with Cook Inlet, Alaska, assets sold in 2011. Partially offsetting this decrease was ramp-up at the Perdido and Caesar/Tonga projects in the Gulf of Mexico. The net liquids component of oil-equivalent production decreased 4 percent in the 2012 second quarter to 461,000 barrels per day, while net natural gas production decreased 9 percent to 1.19 billion cubic feet per day.
International Upstream
International upstream earnings of $4.30 billion decreased $619 million from the second quarter 2011. The decline between quarters was primarily due to lower realizations and volumes for crude oil, as well as higher exploration expense, partially offset by higher realizations for natural gas. Foreign currency effects increased earnings by $219 million in the 2012 quarter, compared with an increase of $26 million a year earlier.
The average sales price for crude oil and natural gas liquids in the 2012 second quarter was $99 per barrel, down from $107 a year earlier. The average price of natural gas was $6.10 per thousand cubic feet, compared with $5.49 in last year’s second quarter.
Net oil-equivalent production of 1.97 million barrels per day in the second quarter 2012 was down 35,000 barrels per day from a year ago. Production increases from project ramp-ups in Thailand and Nigeria were more than offset by normal field declines, the shut-in of the Frade Field in Brazil and maintenance-related downtime. The net liquids component of oil-equivalent production decreased 5
percent to 1.32 million barrels per day, while net natural gas production increased 6 percent to 3.89 billion cubic feet per day.
DOWNSTREAM
U.S. downstream operations earned $802 million in the second quarter 2012, compared with earnings of $564 million a year earlier. Earnings mainly benefited from improved margins on refined product sales.
Refinery crude oil input of 928,000 barrels per day in second quarter 2012 increased 53,000 barrels per day from the year-ago period. Refined product sales of 1.27 million barrels per day were essentially flat with a year ago. Branded gasoline sales increased 2 percent to 521,000 barrels per day.
International Downstream
International downstream operations earned $1.08 billion in the second quarter 2012, compared with $480 million a year earlier. Current quarter earnings benefited from gains on asset sales of approximately $200 million, primarily reflecting the sale of GS Caltex’s power operations in South Korea. Improved refined product margins and a favorable change in effects on derivative instruments also contributed to higher earnings in the 2012 quarter. Foreign currency effects decreased earnings by $22 million in the 2012 quarter, compared with a decrease of $94 million a year earlier.
Refinery crude oil input of 870,000 barrels per day decreased 147,000 barrels per day from second quarter 2011, primarily due to the third quarter 2011 sale of the Pembroke Refinery in the United Kingdom. Total refined product sales of 1.57 million barrels per day in the 2012 second quarter were 14 percent lower than a year earlier, primarily related to the sale of the company’s refining and marketing assets in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Excluding the impact of 2011 asset sales, sales volumes were 2 percent lower between periods.
All Other consists of mining operations, power generation businesses, worldwide cash management and debt financing activities, corporate administrative functions, insurance operations, real estate activities, energy services, alternative fuels, and technology companies.
Net charges in the second quarter 2012 were $291 million, compared with $183 million in the year-ago period. The change between periods was mainly due to higher corporate tax items and other corporate charges, partially offset by a gain on the sale of a mining investment.
CAPITAL AND EXPLORATORY EXPENDITURES
Capital and exploratory expenditures in the first six months of 2012 were $14.2 billion, compared with $13.4 billion in the corresponding 2011 period. The amounts included approximately $827 million in 2012 and $584 million in 2011 for the company’s share of expenditures by affiliates, which did not require cash outlays by the company. Expenditures for upstream represented 91 percent of the companywide total in the first six months of 2012.
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