Occidental Petroleum Announces Q3 2013 core income of $1.6 billion

Occidental Petroleum Announces Q3 2013 core income of $1.6 billion

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) announced core income for the third quarter of 2013 of $1.6 billion ($1.97 per diluted share), compared with $1.4 billion ($1.70 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2012. Net income was $1.6 billion ($1.96 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2013, compared with $1.4 billion ($1.69 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2012.

In announcing the results, Stephen I. Chazen, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Domestic production was 476,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOE), an increase of 7,000 BOE from the third quarter of 2012 and 6,000 BOE higher than the second quarter of 2013. Our domestic liquids production increased by 8,000 barrels per day on a sequential quarter over quarter basis. On a year-to-date basis, our domestic liquids production increased by 18,000 barrels per day, or nearly 6 percent.

“We continue to see positive results from our focused drilling program and improved domestic operational efficiencies. Year-to-date, we have achieved a 22-percent reduction in our drilling costs relative to 2012. Domestic oil and gas operating expenses were $14.33 per BOE for the nine months of 2013, an 18-percent improvement from total year 2012 rates. Our focus on capital and operating efficiencies has helped us generate $9.8 billion of cash flow from operations during the first nine months of 2013, resulting in a current cash balance of $3.8 billion compared to the year-end level of $1.6 billion.”

QUARTERLY RESULTS

Oil and Gas
Oil and gas segment earnings were $2.4 billion for the third quarter of 2013, compared with $2.0 billion for the third quarter of 2012. The current quarter results reflect higher domestic oil and gas realized prices, lower operating costs and higher domestic liquid volumes, partially offset by higher DD&A rates and lower Middle East/North Africa crude oil volumes.

Operating costs continued to drop significantly in 2013, compared with 2012. Domestic operating costs for the nine months of 2013 were $14.33 per barrel, compared to $17.43 for the full year of 2012. For the entire company, operating costs for the nine months were $13.64 per barrel, compared to $14.99 for the full year of 2012.

For the third quarter of 2013, daily oil and gas production volumes averaged 767,000 BOE, compared with 766,000 BOE in the third quarter of 2012. Increased domestic production of 7,000 BOE per day was offset by lower Middle East/North Africa production resulting from lower cost recovery barrels. Daily sales volumes were 765,000 BOE for both the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2012. Sales volumes differed from production volumes due to the timing of liftings in Oxy’s international operations.

Oxy’s realized price for worldwide crude oil increased almost 8 percent to $103.95 per barrel for the third quarter of 2013, compared with $96.62 per barrel for the third quarter of 2012. Domestic crude oil prices increased by over 13 percent in the third quarter of 2013 to $104.30 per barrel, compared to $91.97 per barrel in the third quarter of 2012. Middle East/North Africa crude oil prices and worldwide NGL prices were virtually flat on a year-over-year basis for the third quarter of 2013. Domestic gas prices increased by 32 percent in the third quarter of 2013 to $3.27 per MCF, compared with $2.48 in the third quarter of 2012.

On a sequential quarterly basis, worldwide realized crude oil prices increased 6 percent and worldwide realized NGL prices increased approximately 5 percent. Also on a sequential quarterly basis, domestic crude oil prices increased by about 10 percent, domestic gas prices decreased by over 14 percent and Middle East/North Africa oil prices increased slightly.

Chemical

Chemical earnings for the third quarter of 2013 were $181 million, compared with $162 million in the third quarter of 2012. The improvement in the third quarter 2013 results was primarily due to higher margins in polyvinyl chloride and vinyl chloride monomer.

Midstream, Marketing and Other
Midstream segment earnings were $212 million for the third quarter of 2013, compared with $156 million for the third quarter of 2012. The increase in earnings reflected improved marketing and trading performance and better results in the pipeline, gas processing and power generation businesses.

NINE-MONTH RESULTS
Net income for the nine months of 2013 was $4.3 billion ($5.28 per diluted share), compared with $4.3 billion ($5.25 per diluted share) for the same period in 2012. Year-to-date 2013 core income was $4.2 billion ($5.23 per diluted share), compared with $4.3 billion ($5.26 per diluted share) for the same period in 2012.

Oil and Gas
Oil and gas segment earnings were $6.4 billion for the nine months of 2013, compared with $6.6 billion for the same period of 2012. Higher domestic oil and gas prices, domestic liquids volumes and lower operating costs were more than offset by lower Middle East/North Africa oil prices and volumes, lower domestic NGL prices and higher total company DD&A rates.

Oil and gas production volumes for the nine months were 767,000 BOE per day for 2013, compared with 762,000 BOE per day for the 2012 period. Year-over-year, Oxy’s domestic production increased by 13,000 BOE per day. International production was 8,000 BOE per day lower, mainly due to lower cost recovery barrels in the Dolphin and Oman operations. Daily sales volumes were 758,000 BOE in the nine months of 2013, compared with 757,000 BOE for 2012. Sales volumes were lower than production volumes mainly due to the timing of liftings in the Middle East/North Africa.

Oxy’s worldwide realized prices declined for crude oil and NGLs but increased for both domestic crude oil and natural gas on a year-over-year basis. Worldwide realized crude oil prices were $100.04 per barrel for the nine months of 2013, compared with $101.20 per barrel for the nine months of 2012. Worldwide NGL prices were $39.87 per barrel for the nine months of 2013, a reduction of about 12 percent from the $45.21 per barrel for the nine months of 2012. Domestic crude oil prices increased from $95.83 per barrel in the nine months of 2012 to $97.07 per barrel in the nine months of 2013. Domestic gas prices increased over37 percent from $2.47 per MCF in the nine months of 2012 to $3.39 per MCF in the nine months of 2013.

Chemical

Chemical core earnings were $484 million for the nine months of 2013, compared with $540 million for the same period in 2012. The lower 2013 earnings primarily resulted from higher energy and ethylene costs more than offsetting higher volumes and prices in chlor-alkali and vinyls.

Midstream, Marketing and Other

Midstream segment earnings were $475 million for the nine months of 2013, compared with $364 million for the same period in 2012. The 2013 results reflected improved marketing and trading performance and better results in the power generation and gas processing businesses.

Source: www.OXY.com

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