This excerpt taken from the MRO 8-K filed Sep 7, 2007.
Consolidated Results of Operations
Revenues for the first quarters of 2007 and 2006 are summarized by segment in the following table:
E&P segment revenues decreased $452 million in the first quarter of 2007 from the comparable prior-year period. See Supplemental Statistics for information regarding net sales volumes and average realizations by geographic area. Decreased natural gas marketing activities account for the majority of the revenue decline. In addition, normal production rate declines, particularly for our Gulf of Mexico properties, caused domestic liquid hydrocarbon and natural gas sales volumes to decrease in the first quarter of 2007 compared to the first quarter of 2006. Our average realizations on domestic natural gas decreased 11 percent compared to the first quarter of 2006, while those on domestic liquid hydrocarbons were flat. Partially offsetting the decline in domestic revenue was an increase in revenues from our international operations. Liquid hydrocarbon sales volumes in Libya were higher in the first quarter of 2007 than in the comparable prior-year period due to the timing of liftings. The impact of increased liquid hydrocarbon sales volumes was partially offset by lower average realizations for both liquid hydrocarbons and natural gas and a 22 percent decline in natural gas sales volumes, primarily in Europe.
Excluded from E&P segment revenues were gains of $21 million and $78 million for the first quarters of 2007 and 2006 related to long-term natural gas sales contracts in the United Kingdom that are accounted for as derivative instruments. See Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
RM&T segment revenues decreased $3.128 billion in the first quarter of 2007 from the comparable prior-year period primarily as a result of the change in accounting for matching buy/sell transactions effective April 1, 2006, discussed above. Excluding matching buy/sell transactions, RM&T segment revenues did not change significantly but reflected increases in refined product and crude oil sales volumes, merchandise revenue and excise taxes, which were almost entirely offset by decreases in the prices realized for refined products.
For information on segment income, see Segment Results.
Cost of revenues for the first quarter of 2007 decreased $217 million from the comparable prior-year period, primarily as a result of the decreased natural gas marketing activities discussed above.
Purchases related to matching buy/sell transactions decreased $3.172 billion in the first quarter of 2007 from the comparable prior-year period as a result of the change in accounting for matching buy/sell transactions effective April 1, 2006, discussed above.
Net interest and other financing costs (income) reflected a net $19 million of income for the first quarter of 2007, a favorable change of $42 million from the net $23 million expense in the comparable prior-year period. The favorable changes included greater capitalized interest, increased interest income due to higher average cash balances and foreign currency exchange gains.
Provision for income taxes in the first quarter of 2007 decreased $67 million from the comparable prior-year period primarily due to the $121 million decrease in income from continuing operations before income taxes. The following is an analysis of the effective tax rates for the first quarters of 2007 and 2006:
Discontinued operations in the first quarter of 2006 reflects the operations of our former Russian oil exploration and production businesses which were sold in June 2006. See Note 3 to the consolidated financial statements, for additional information.