Chevron has reported earnings of US$415 million for Q4 2016, compared with a loss of US$588 million in the Q4 2015. Foreign currency effects increased earnings in the 2016 quarter by US$26 million, compared with an increase of US$46 million a year earlier.
Full-year 2016 results were a loss of US$497 million compared with earnings of US$4.6 billion in 2015. Sales and other operating revenues in fourth quarter 2016 were US$30 billion, compared to US$28 billion in the year-ago period.
“Our 2016 earnings reflect the low oil and gas prices we saw during the year,” said Chairman and CEO John Watson. “We responded aggressively to those conditions, cutting capital and operating expenses by $14 billion. We are well positioned to improve earnings and be cash flow balanced in 2017 through continued tight spending and cost control and additional revenue from expected production growth. That confidence enabled us to increase the 2016 annual dividend payout for the 29th consecutive year.”
“We were able to reach noteworthy milestones in 2016 on major capital projects,” Watson added. “We achieved first gas and cargo shipments at our Gorgon Project in Australia, first gas at our Chuandongbei Project in China, and increased production from our Permian Basin shale and tight oil properties. In addition, we announced the final investment decision on the Future Growth and Wellhead Pressure Management Project at the company's 50% owned affiliate, Tengizchevroil, in Kazakhstan.”
Watson commented that the company added approximately 900 million bbls of net oil equivalent proved reserves in 2016. These additions, which are subject to final reviews, equate to approximately 95 percent of net oil-equivalent production for the year. The largest additions were from the Future Growth Project at Tengizchevroil, the Permian Basin in the United States and the Wheatstone Project in Australia. The company will provide additional details relating to 2016 reserve additions in its Annual Report on Form 10-K scheduled for filing with the SEC on February 23, 2017.
At year-end, balances of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled US$7.0 billion, a decrease of US$4.3 billion from the end of 2015. Total debt at December 31, 2016 stood at US$46.1 billion, an increase of US$7.5 billion from a year earlier.
Worldwide net oil-equivalent production was 2.67 million bpd in fourth quarter 2016, essentially unchanged from the 2015 fourth quarter. Production increases from major capital projects and base business were offset by normal field declines, the impact of asset sales, production entitlement effects in several locations and the effects of civil unrest in Nigeria. Net oil-equivalent production for the full year 2016 was 2.59 million bpd, a decrease of 1% from the prior year. Production increases from major capital projects, shale and tight properties, and base business were more than offset by normal field declines, the impact of asset sales, the Partitioned Zone shut-in, the effects of civil unrest in Nigeria and planned turnaround activity.
US upstream operations earned US$121 million in fourth quarter 2016 compared with a loss of US$1.95 billion from a year earlier. The increase was primarily due to lower depreciation, exploration and operating expenses, and higher crude oil and natural gas realisations.
The company’s average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids was US$40 in fourth quarter 2016, up from US$35 a year ago. The average sales price of natural gas was US$1.98 per thousand ft3, compared with US$1.54 in last year’s fourth quarter.
Net oil-equivalent production of 682 000 bpd in fourth quarter 2016 was down 37 000 bpd, or 5%, from a year earlier. Production increases from base business in the Gulf of Mexico and shale and tight properties in the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico were more than offset by the impact of asset sales of 58 000 bpd and normal field declines. The net liquids component of oil-equivalent production increased 2% in the 2016 fourth quarter to 508 000 bpd, while net natural gas production decreased 21% to 1.04 billion ft3/d.
International upstream operations earned US$809 million in fourth quarter 2016 compared with US$593 million a year earlier. The increase was due to higher crude oil realisations, higher natural gas sales volumes, primarily from the Gorgon Project, and lower operating expenses. Partially offsetting these effects were higher tax items, lower crude oil sales volumes, higher depreciation expenses and lower gains on asset sales. Foreign currency effects increased earnings by US$6 million in the 2016 quarter, compared with an increase of US$91 million a year earlier.
The average sales price for crude oil and natural gas liquids in fourth quarter 2016 was US$44/bb, up from US$39 a year earlier. The average sales price of natural gas was US$4.07 per thousand ft3, compared with US$3.99 in last year’s fourth quarter.
Net oil-equivalent production of 1.99 million bpd in fourth quarter 2016 increased 33 000 bpd, or 2%, from a year ago. Production increases from major capital projects were partially offset by normal field declines, production entitlement effects in several locations and the effects of civil unrest in Nigeria. The net liquids component of oil-equivalent production decreased 3% to 1.24 million bpd in the 2016 fourth quarter, while net natural gas production increased 11% to 4.50 billion ft3/d.
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