Occidental Petroleum Announces 2nd Quarter 2015 Results

Occidental Petroleum Announces 2nd Quarter 2015 Results

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) announced core income for the second quarter of 2015 of $165 million ($0.21 per diluted share), compared with $31 million ($0.04 per diluted share) for the first quarter of 2015 and $1.1 billion ($1.38 per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2014. The second quarter of 2015 had reported income of $176 million ($0.23 per diluted share), compared with a reported loss of $218 million ($0.28 per diluted share) for the first quarter of 2015 and reported income of $1.4 billion ($1.82 per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2014.

“We continue to focus on managing our business to be profitable in this current environment by improving margins and increasing production through improved well performance,” said Stephen I. Chazen, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Our second quarter production increased to 658,000 BOE per day from last year’s 580,000 BOE per day, an increase of 13 percent with 78 percent of the increase from oil. The increase was led by Permian Resources, which delivered a 51 percent increase to 109,000 BOE per day, of which oil production grew by 31,000 barrels a day. Operating costs in the U.S. were down to $13 per BOE from $14.50 in 2014. Our second quarter capital was about $250 million lower than the first quarter and over 25 percent lower than the same period last year. Higher production volumes, improved well performance in the Permian, and higher product prices resulted in an increase of about $400 million in operating cash flow before working capital compared to the first quarter. Capital investments continue to be profitable and provide operating cash flow in the current price environment.”

Operating cash flow before working capital changes for the first six months of 2015 was $2.6 billion. The six months working capital changes were $950 million. At December 31, 2014, accounts payable was $5.2 billion, and as of June 30, 2015, it decreased by $1.1 billion to $4.1 billion. This decrease was due to payments related to higher capital and operating spending accrued in the fourth quarter of 2014 but not paid until 2015. Total company capital expenditures for the first six months of 2015 were $3.2 billion. The Oil and Gas segment spent $2.7 billion, with Permian Resources representing 47 percent of the total expenditures, and the remaining $500 million was split between the Chemical and Midstream segments.

Source: Occidental Petroleum Corporation

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