Apache Reports $5.6B Loss, Hurt By Oil-Price Slump
Aug 6 (Reuters) - Apache Corp on Thursday reported a nearly $6 billion quarterly loss as a slump in oil prices led the U.S. energy company to write down the value of some assets.
Growing inventories and worries about demand from China and other countries have prompted a more than 50 percent slide in crude prices from a year earlier, a decline that has affected the book value of Apache's oil and gas properties and cut into cash flows.
The Houston company posted a second-quarter loss of $5.6 billion, or $14.83 a share, compared with a year-earlier profit of $505 million, or $1.31 per share.
Excluding a $3.7 billion writedown of assets and other one-time items, Apache had a per-share profit of 22 cents.
Analysts on average had expected a loss of 26 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Apache, which previously announced a 60 percent decrease in 2015 capital expenditures, said it was raising the low end of its spending forecast to $3.6 billion from $3.4 billion. It kept the high end at $3.9 billion.
Total oil and gas output averaged 564,000 barrels oil equivalent per day, down 4 percent from a year earlier.
(Reporting by Anna Driver; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Lisa Von Ahn)
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