Chevron Reports Third Quarter Net Income of $3.6 Billion
Chevron reported net income of $3.6 billion ($1.64 per share - diluted) for the third quarter 2005, compared with $3.2 billion ($1.51 per share - diluted) in the year-ago period. Earnings in 2005 included results for two months from the former Unocal operations. Net income in 2004 included a special-item gain of $0.5 billion ($0.23 per share) related to asset sales.
For the first nine months of 2005, net income was $10.0 billion ($4.68 per share - diluted), vs. $9.9 billion ($4.65 per share - diluted) in the 2004 nine-month period, which included net special-item gains of $1.0 billion ($0.48 per share).
Sales and other operating revenues in the third quarter and nine months of 2005 were $53 billion and $141 billion, respectively. Corresponding amounts in the 2004 periods were $40 billion and $109 billion. The increase between years for both comparative periods was due mainly to higher prices for crude oil, natural gas and refined products, as well as to the inclusion of revenues related to the former Unocal operations for two months in 2005.
Earnings Summary Three Months Nine Months Ended Sept. 30 Ended Sept. 30 Millions of Dollars 2005 2004 2005 2004 Income From Continuing Operations - By Business Segment (1,2) Upstream - Exploration and Production $3,323 $2,325 $8,474 $7,263 Downstream - Refining, Marketing and Transportation 573 490 1,958 2,174 Chemicals 6 106 227 239 All Other (308) 16 (704) (82) Total 3,594 2,937 9,955 9,594 Income From Discontinued Operations - Upstream (2) -- 264 -- 294 Net Income (1,2) $3,594 $3,201 $9,955 $9,888 (1) Includes foreign currency effects $ (52) $ (29) $ (19) $ (27) (2) Includes income from special items: Continuing Operations $ -- $ 229 $ -- $ 759 Discontinued Operations -- 257 -- 257 Total $ -- $ 486 $ -- $1,016 Quarterly Results
"Earnings contributions from the former Unocal operations in the third quarter were more than offset by the adverse effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms in the Gulf of Mexico," said Chairman and CEO Dave O'Reilly. "These storms reduced our crude oil and natural gas production in the third quarter by about 90,000 barrels of oil-equivalent per day. And our refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi, had to be shut down on two separate occasions for a total of about 40 days."
O'Reilly said the company estimated that storms reduced third quarter earnings by more than $600 million, and the carryover effects on fourth quarter results are expected to be even more significant. The major influences on earnings in both periods are from a reduction in crude oil and natural gas production and reduced output at the Pascagoula Refinery. Other detrimental effects include repair and maintenance costs for both offshore and onshore facilities, asset write-offs and expenses for other uninsured storm-related items.
"Although the hurricanes and other storms had a major impact on our employees and their families in the Gulf region, I am thankful we were able to safely shut down our downstream and chemical operations in the area, as well as safely evacuate personnel multiple times from our offshore production facilities," O'Reilly added. "And I am very proud of the tireless efforts by thousands of employees and contract personnel to safely restore our producing, refining, pipeline, chemical and marketing operations under extremely challenging circumstances."
In other comments on the quarterly results, O'Reilly said earnings for the company's upstream operations benefited from crude oil and natural gas prices that were much higher than in last year's third quarter. Downstream earnings also improved on higher average margins for refined products. In the United States, upstream and downstream profits in both periods were affected by hurricanes, however much more so in 2005. Chemical results for the 2005 quarter were essentially breakeven, reflecting narrow margins due to higher feedstock costs and the effects of the Gulf of Mexico storms. For the 12 months ended September 30, 2005, the company's return on capital employed was 23 percent.
Balances of cash and marketable securities at the end of the third quarter totaled $11 billion, about the same as the beginning of the year. Cash outlays during the quarter included $7.5 billion as partial consideration for the Unocal acquisition and $2.9 billion for capital and exploratory expenditures, including those of affiliated companies. For the first nine months of 2005, the company purchased $2.2 billion of its common shares in the open market, including $700 million in the third quarter. Purchases to date under a $5 billion program initiated in early 2004 total $4.5 billion.
The company's debt ratio at September 30, 2005, was 18.7 percent, down from 20 percent at the beginning of the year. Total debt at the end of the period stood at $13.9 billion, up $2.6 billion from the beginning of the year, due to debt assumed with the Unocal acquisition.
In addition to highlighting the completion of the Unocal acquisition in the third quarter, O'Reilly remarked on other milestones and events in recent months that reflect the company's investment in areas of longer-term strategic importance:
-- Decision to proceed with the development of the Blind Faith Field in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. First production is expected in 2008, with initial daily output estimated at 30,000 barrels of crude oil and 30 million cubic feet of natural gas. Chevron is the operator and holds a 62.5 percent working interest in the project. -- Application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to own, construct and operate a natural gas import terminal at the Casotte Landing site adjacent to Chevron's refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The terminal will be designed to initially process 1.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from imported LNG. -- Acquisition of the remaining interest in Bridgeline Holdings, L.P. as part of the company's plan to grow its natural gas business. Bridgeline manages and operates more than 1,000 miles of pipeline and 12 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage capacity in southern Louisiana. -- Award of exploration rights under the 23rd United Kingdom Offshore Licensing Round. All of the awarded blocks will be company-operated. Certain of the blocks are located near the significant Rosebank/Lochnagar offshore discovery and are 40 percent-owned. -- Award of an exploration license for the Cardon III Block, offshore western Venezuela. The block is in a region with natural gas potential on trend to the north of the prolific Maracaibo producing area. -- Announcement of the signing of a Heads of Agreement by Chevron for first sale of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Chevron-led Gorgon Project in Australia into Japan, the world's largest LNG market. The agreement was signed by Chevron Australia Pty Ltd with Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd, a major Japanese utility company, for the purchase of 1.2 million metric tons per year of Gorgon LNG over 25 years. -- Commencement of the installation of a 350-mile main offshore segment of the West African Gas Pipeline that will provide natural gas to potential markets in Ghana, Togo, and Benin by connecting to an existing onshore pipeline in Nigeria. Aligned with the company's natural gas integration and commercialization strategy, the pipeline will have a capacity of approximately 475 million cubic feet per day and aid in the reduction of the flaring of natural gas in the company's areas of operation. -- Completion of the $1.7 billion sale of Northrock Resources Limited, a wholly owned Canadian subsidiary of Unocal. The disposition is consistent with Chevron's divestiture last year of its conventional crude oil and natural gas business in Western Canada, enabling the company's continued focus on the profitable growth of production of oil and gas in strategically important core areas of operation. Under the accounting rules for the Unocal acquisition, no gain or loss was recognized on the sale. Near-Term Outlook
"While the recovery of our operations in the Gulf of Mexico region will take several months, I am very optimistic about our company's many growth opportunities," O'Reilly said. "We have the financial strength to fund the excellent investments in the combined Chevron and Unocal asset portfolio. And our employees are dedicated to quickly integrating the two companies so we can successfully capture the benefits of the merged operations."
UPSTREAM - EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
Worldwide oil-equivalent production, including volumes produced from oil sands in Canada and production under an operating service agreement in Venezuela, increased 105,000 barrels per day from the third quarter 2004 to 2,548,000 barrels per day. Included was production from the former Unocal operations of 425,000 barrels per day for two months, or an average of 282,000 barrels per day for the quarterly period. Excluding the additional volumes from the former Unocal operations, production otherwise declined between periods primarily as a result of the storms in the Gulf of Mexico, asset sales since mid-2004 and the effect of higher prices on the cost-recovery and variable-royalty provisions of certain production sharing agreements.
Average U.S. prices for crude oil and natural gas liquids in the third quarter 2005 increased nearly $17 to $53 per barrel from the year-ago period. Internationally, prices were up over $16 per barrel to over $54. The average U.S. natural gas sales price increased 39 percent to $7.34 per thousand cubic feet, while internationally, the average natural gas price of $3.13 per thousand cubic feet was 21 percent higher than a year earlier.
U.S. Exploration and Production Three Months Nine Months Ended Sept. 30 Ended Sept. 30 Millions of Dollars 2005 2004 2005 2004 Income From Continuing Operations* $1,206 $1,107 $2,945 $2,909 Income From Discontinued Operations* -- 57 -- 70 Total* $1,206 $1,164 $2,945 $2,979 *Includes income from special items: Continuing Operations $ -- $ 229 $ -- $ 174 Discontinued Operations -- 50 -- 50 Total Special Items $ -- $ 279 $ -- $ 224
U.S. exploration and production income of $1.2 billion in the third quarter increased 4 percent from the 2004 period. The 2004 results included special-item gains of $279 million relating to property sales. Otherwise, the increase in earnings between periods was attributable to results for two months from the former Unocal operations, as well as to higher prices for crude oil and natural gas. Partially offsetting these benefits was the impact of lower production due to storms, property sales and normal field declines.
Net oil-equivalent production of 735,000 barrels per day declined 66,000 barrels per day, or about 8 percent, from the 2004 quarter. The former Unocal production averaged 76,000 barrels per day for the quarter. The additional Unocal volumes were more than offset by about a 90,000 barrel-per-day reduction due to the storms in the third quarter. Absent the Unocal volumes for two months, curtailed production due to storms and the effect of property sales since mid-2004, the underlying net oil-equivalent production in the third quarter 2005 declined about 6 percent from the year-ago period.
International Exploration and Production Three Months Nine Months Ended Sept. 30 Ended Sept. 30 Millions of Dollars 2005 2004 2005 2004 Income From Continuing Operations (1,2) $2,117 $1,218 $5,529 $4,354 Income from Discontinued Operations (2) -- 207 -- 224 Total (1,2) $2,117 $1,425 $5,529 $4,578 (1) Includes foreign currency effects $ (30) $ (57) $ 9 $ (55) (2) Includes income from special items: Continuing Operations $ -- $ -- $ -- $ 585 Discontinued Operations -- 207 -- 207 Total Special Items $ -- $ 207 $ -- $ 792
International exploration and production income of $2.1 billion increased from $1.4 billion in the third quarter 2004, primarily the result of higher prices for crude oil and natural gas and earnings for two months from the former Unocal operations.
Net oil-equivalent production, including volumes produced from oil sands and production under an operating service agreement, increased 171,000 barrels per day from the year-ago period to 1,813,000 barrels per day. Production from the former Unocal operations contributed 206,000 barrels per day for the quarter. Absent the Unocal volumes in the third quarter and the lower volumes associated with the effect of higher prices on cost-recovery and variable-royalty provisions of certain production-sharing contracts, net oil-equivalent production was essentially flat between periods.
DOWNSTREAM - REFINING, MARKETING AND TRANSPORTATION U.S. Refining, Marketing and Transportation Three Months Nine Months Ended Sept. 30 Ended Sept. 30 Millions of Dollars 2005 2004 2005 2004 Income $139 $96 $595 $889
U.S. refining, marketing and transportation earnings of $139 million increased $43 million from the 2004 quarter. Average margins for refined products improved from the year-ago period, but the effects were partially offset by increased refinery downtime and operating costs relating to the hurricanes.
Crude-oil input to the company's refineries was down more than 20 percent from last year's third quarter, due primarily to downtime at the company's refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The downtime was the result of Hurricane Dennis in July and Hurricane Katrina in late August, when the facilities suffered extensive damage. Normal operations at Pascagoula resumed in mid-October.
Sales volumes for refined products decreased 5 percent to 1,478,000 barrels per day, as certain sales were affected by hurricane-related supply constraints. Branded gasoline sales volumes of 608,000 barrels per day increased 3 percent between quarters, reflecting the growth in the Texaco brand following its reintroduction in 2004.
International Refining, Marketing and Transportation Three Months Nine Months Ended Sept. 30 Ended Sept. 30 Millions of Dollars 2005 2004 2005 2004 Income* $434 $394 $1,363 $1,285 *Includes foreign currency effects $(22) $ 10 $ 2 $ 12
International refining, marketing and transportation earned $434 million in the 2005 quarter, an increase of $40 million from the third quarter 2004. The increase resulted mainly from improved margins in most of the company's operating areas. Refinery input system-wide increased about 6 percent from the 2004 third quarter.
Total refined-product sales volumes of 2,203,000 barrels per day were 8 percent lower than in last year's quarter. The decline was primarily the result of lower gasoline and fuel oil trading activity.
CHEMICALS Three Months Nine Months Ended Sept. 30 Ended Sept. 30 Millions of Dollars 2005 2004 2005 2004 Segment Income* $6 $106 $227 $239 *Includes foreign currency effects $2 $ 2 $ -- $ (2)
Chemical operations earned $6 million, down $100 million from the 2004 quarter. Results for the company's Oronite subsidiary were adversely affected by high feedstock costs and shutdowns from storms at the Oak Point Plant at Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Earnings for the 50 percent-owned Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC were also lower due to the effects of hurricane-related shutdowns of facilities along the Gulf Coast.
ALL OTHER Three Months Nine Months Ended Sept. 30 Ended Sept. 30 Millions of Dollars 2005 2004 2005 2004 Net (Charges) Income* $(308) $16 $(704) $ (82) *Includes foreign currency effects $ (2) $16 $ (30) $18
All Other consists of the company's interest in Dynegy, coal mining operations, power generation business, worldwide cash management and debt financing activities, corporate administrative functions, insurance operations, real estate activities and technology companies.
Net charges were $308 million in the third quarter 2005, compared with net income of $16 million in the corresponding 2004 period. The third quarter 2004 included significant benefits related to corporate consolidated tax effects. The increase in net charges was otherwise associated with environmental remediation expenses for sold or closed facilities and various corporate items.
CAPITAL AND EXPLORATORY EXPENDITURES
Excluding the cost of the Unocal acquisition, capital and exploratory
expenditures in the first nine months of 2005 were $7.1 billion, compared with
$5.7 billion in the corresponding 2004 period. The company's share of equity
affiliates' expenditures was about $1.1 billion and $1.0 billion in the nine
months of 2005 and 2004, respectively. Upstream expenditures represented
77 percent of the companywide total in 2005.
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