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Occidental Petroleum First Quarter 2020 Results

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   |    Thursday,May 07,2020

Occidental Petroleum reported its Q1 2020 results.

Oxy announced a net loss attributable to common stockholders for the first quarter of 2020 of $2.2 billion, or $2.49 per diluted share, and an adjusted loss attributable to common stockholders of $467 million, or $0.52 per diluted share. First quarter pre-tax items affecting comparability included approximately $1.4 billion of goodwill impairment charges and equity investment losses mainly related to an equity investment in Western Midstream Partners, LP (WES), $670 million mark-to-market loss on interest rate swaps, $580 million of impairment and related charges on domestic and international oil and gas properties and $150 million of Anadarko acquisition-related transaction costs, partially offset by $1.0 billion of mark-to-market gains on crude oil hedges.

President & CEO Vicki Hollub said: “As the world battles this pandemic, we are focused on preserving the health and safety of our employees and contractors while taking aggressive action to ensure our long-term financial stability. We have identified an additional $1.2 billion in operating and corporate cost savings and reduced our full-year capital budget to between $2.4 billion to $2.6 billion, while protecting the integrity of our assets. Our leadership as a low-cost operator, track record of operational excellence and portfolio of world-class assets are competitive advantages that position us for success when market conditions eventually improve.”

Highlights:

  • Enhanced short-term resilience through extensive capital spending and cost reductions
  • Continued to reduce 2020 capital program; greater than 50 percent from initial program to between $2.4 billion - $2.6 billion
  • Identified $1.2 billion in operating and overhead cost reductions to be realized in 2020 in addition to achieving $1.1 billion overhead and operating expense synergy target one year ahead of schedule
  • First quarter combined production of 1,416 Mboed from continuing operations, exceeding prior guidance midpoint by 31 Mboed
  • Permian Resources exceeded guidance, producing 474 Mboed
  • Continued operational excellence through record drilling and completion times
  • Exceeded pre-tax income guidance for both OxyChem and Midstream and Marketing segments
  • In light of the market disruption caused by COVID-19, full-year 2020 guidance has been withdrawn

Oil and Gas

Oil and gas pre-tax income for the first quarter was $179 million, compared to $921 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. First quarter results were impacted by the steep decline in oil prices in March triggered by a significant drop in oil demand as governments around the world implemented measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. The first quarter results included approximately $1.0 billion of mark-to-market gains on crude oil hedges, partially offset by $580 million of impairment and related charges mainly related to proved and unproved properties in the U.S. and in Oman. Excluding the mark-to-market gain and impairment charges, the decrease in first quarter results reflected lower commodity prices and higher depreciation, depletion and amortization rates.

Total average daily production volume of 1,416 thousands of barrels of oil equivalent per day (Mboed) for the first quarter exceeded the midpoint of guidance by 31 Mboed, with Permian Resources production of 474 Mboed due to continued improvement in time-to-market and well performance. International average daily production volumes of 241 Mboed came in at the high end of guidance. For the first quarter of 2020, average WTI and Brent marker prices were $46.17 per barrel and $50.95 per barrel, respectively. Average worldwide realized crude oil prices decreased by 16 percent from the prior quarter to $47.08 per barrel. Average worldwide realized NGL prices decreased by 28 percent from the prior quarter to $12.82 per BOE. Average domestic realized gas prices decreased by 27 percent from the prior quarter to $1.18 per Mcf.

OxyChem

Chemical pre-tax income for the first quarter of $186 million exceeded guidance by $36 million. Compared to prior quarter income of $119 million, the increase in first quarter income was primarily due to stronger chlor-alkali sales volumes and favorable feedstock costs, primarily ethylene and natural gas, partially offset by lower realized caustic soda pricing.

Midstream and Marketing

Midstream and marketing pre-tax loss for the first quarter was $1.3 billion, compared to a loss of $769 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. First quarter pre-tax loss included $1.4 billion of impairment charges on the goodwill related to Occidental's equity investment in WES and equity losses from WES's impairments of its goodwill. The goodwill impairments were the result of the significant drop in the market value of WES's unit price during the first quarter. Excluding these charges, the decrease reflected lower income from WES, losses on imbalance provisions due to the decline in crude oil prices and lower Dolphin Pipeline income due to planned maintenance, partially offset by mark-to-market gains in the marketing business.


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