Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter 2018 earnings of $1.22 per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.12 by 8.9%. In the year-ago quarter, the company’s bottom line came in at 41 cents per share.
Occidental's total revenues were $4,802 million, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4,512 million by 6.4%. Also, the top line improved 33.8% year over year from $3,588 million.
This year-over-year improvement in total revenues resulted from an increased production from Permian Resources, coupled with revenue growth from the Midstream & Marketing segment.
Production & Sales
Occidental’s average daily net oil, liquids and gas production volume expanded to 700,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) from 621,000 boe/d in the prior-year quarter. This improvement in production volume was backed by higher drilling activity and solid output in the Permian Resources region. Permian Resources production improved 57% year over year.
In the quarter under review, total sales volume was 702,000 boe/d compared with 624,000 boe/d recorded in the year-ago period.
Realized prices for crude oil in the fourth quarter rose 4.5% year over year to $56.11 per barrel on a worldwide basis.
Worldwide realized NGL prices decreased 8.8% from the prior-year quarter to $22.88 per barrel.
However, worldwide natural gas prices were down 13.2% from the year-ago quarter to $1.51 per thousand cubic feet.
Highlights of the Release
Selling, general and administrative and other operating expenses in the fourth quarter were $473 million, up 5.6% year over year from $448 million.
Interest expenses in the reported quarter were $99 million compared with $87 million in the year-ago period.
As of Dec 31, 2018, Occidental had cash and cash equivalents of $3,033 million compared with $1,672 million recorded in the corresponding period of 2017.
As of Dec 31, 2018, the company had a long-term debt (net of current portion) of $10,201 million compared with $9,328 million on Dec 31, 2017.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, cash from operations was $2,500 million, up from $1,421 million in the prior-year period.
In fourth-quarter 2018, Occidental’s total capital expenditure was $1,337 million, higher than $1,160 million invested in the year-ago period.
Currently, Occidental carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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