Occidental Petroleum 8-K 2006
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) April 25, 2006
OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION
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Section 2 Financial Information
Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition
On April 25, 2006, Occidental Petroleum Corporation released information regarding its results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2006. The exhibits to this Form 8-K and the information set forth in this Item 2.02 are being furnished pursuant to Item 2.02, Results of Operations and Financial Condition. The full text of the press release is attached to this report as Exhibit 99.1. The full text of the speech given by Stephen I. Chazen is attached to this report as Exhibit 99.2. Investor Relations Supplemental Schedules are attached to this report as Exhibit 99.3.
Section 8 Other Events
Item 8.01. Other Events
On April 25, 2006, Occidental Petroleum Corporation announced net income for the first quarter 2006 of $1.23 billion ($2.90 basic per share), compared with $846 million ($2.11 basic per share) for the first quarter 2005. Diluted earnings were $2.86 per share for the first quarter 2006, compared with $2.08 per share for the first quarter 2005.
Oil and Gas
Oil and gas segment earnings were a record $2.0 billion for the first quarter 2006, which was a 48 percent increase from the $1.35 billion in earnings for the first quarter 2005. The first quarter 2006 earnings reflected a $700 million improvement from the impact of higher energy prices and $198 million increase from higher production, partially offset by higher operating expenses and increased DD&A rates.
For the quarter, oil and gas daily production averaged a record high 636,000 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), which was a 13 percent increase over the 565,000 equivalent barrels per day produced in the first quarter 2005. The increase included two months of Vintage production at 57,000 BOE per day which added 38,000 BOE per day to Occidental's quarterly production, Libya production of 22,000 BOE per day that came on line in the third quarter of 2005, and 25,000 BOE per day from Permian acquisitions that were acquired in the second quarter of 2005. Compared to a year ago, production under the Company's production sharing contracts in Oman, Qatar, Yemen and Long Beach was negatively impacted by higher prices. The average price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil in the first quarter 2006 was $63.48 per barrel compared to $49.84 per barrel in the first quarter 2005. If prices had remained at first quarter 2005 levels, production in the first quarter 2006 would have been 8,000 equivalent barrels per day higher.
Chemical segment earnings were $248 million for the first quarter 2006, compared with $214 million for the first quarter 2005. The improvement was due to increased volumes in chlor-alkali and higher margins in chlor-alkali and polyvinyl chloride, resulting from higher sales prices, partially offset by higher energy and feedstock costs.
Core earnings for the first quarter 2006 were $1.22 billion ($2.87 basic per share), compared with $866 million ($2.16 basic per share) for the same period in 2005. See the attached schedule for a reconciliation of net income to core earnings for the first quarter.
Statements in this release that contain words such as "will," "expect" or "estimate," or otherwise relate to the future, are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expected results. Factors that could cause results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: exploration risks such as drilling of unsuccessful wells, global commodity pricing fluctuations, changes in tax rates, and supply/demand considerations for oil, gas and chemicals; higher-than-expected costs; and not successfully completing (or any material delay in) any expansion, capital expenditure, acquisition, or disposition. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date of this presentation. Unless legally required, Occidental does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. U.S. investors are urged to consider carefully the disclosure in our Form 10-K, available through the following toll-free telephone number, 1-888-OXYPETE (1-888-699-7383) or on the Internet at http://www.oxy.com. You also can obtain a copy from the SEC by calling 1-800-SEC-0330.
SUMMARY OF SEGMENT NET SALES AND EARNINGS
See footnotes on following page.
SUMMARY OF CAPITAL EXPENDITURES AND DD&A EXPENSE
SUMMARY OF OPERATING STATISTICS
SIGNIFICANT TRANSACTIONS AND EVENTS AFFECTING EARNINGS (continued)
Occidental's results of operation often include the effects of significant transactions and events affecting earnings that vary widely and unpredictably in nature, timing and amount. Therefore, management uses a measure called "core earnings," which excludes those items. This non-GAAP measure is not meant to disassociate those items from management's performance, but rather is meant to provide useful information to investors interested in comparing Occidental's earnings performance between periods. Reported earnings are considered representative of management's performance over the long term. Core earnings is not considered to be an alternative to operating income in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
ITEMS AFFECTING COMPARABILITY OF CORE EARNINGS BETWEEN PERIODS
The item(s) below are included in core earnings but are shown in this table because they affect the comparability of core earnings between periods.
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