Chevron Corporation has reported second quarter earnings of $4.3 billion, compared with $3.4 billion in the second quarter of 2018.
Included in the current quarter were earnings of $740 million associated with the Anadarko merger termination fee and a non-cash tax benefit of $180 million related to a reduction in the Alberta, Canada corporate income tax rate.
Michael Wirth, Chevron’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer, said: “Net oil-equivalent production was the highest in the company’s history, driven by continued growth in the Permian Basin and at Wheatstone in Australia.”
“Our strong financial and operational results reflect consistent execution, allowing us to pay our dividend, fund our attractive capital program, further strengthen our balance sheet and return surplus cash to our shareholders. After suspending our share repurchases while in merger discussions with Anadarko, we resumed buybacks in May and expect to be at our planned repurchase rate of $5 billion per year in the third quarter,” Michael added.
U.S. downstream operations earned $465 million in second quarter 2019, compared with earnings of $657 million a year earlier. The decrease was primarily due to lower margins on refined product sales and lower equity earnings from the 50 percent-owned Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC.
Refinery crude oil input in second quarter 2019 increased 12 percent to 960,000 barrels per day from the year-ago period, primarily due to the absence of second quarter 2018 planned turnaround activity and the purchase of the Pasadena refinery in Texas. Refined product sales of 1.28 million barrels per day were up 3 percent from second quarter 2018.
International downstream operations earned $264 million in second quarter 2019, compared with $181 million a year earlier. The increase in earnings was largely due to higher margins on refined product sales and a post-close working capital true-up related to the 2018 sale of the Cape Town refinery in South Africa. Foreign currency effects had an unfavourable impact on earnings of $53 million between periods.
Refinery crude oil input of 599,000 barrels per day in second quarter 2019 decreased 140,000 barrels per day from the year-ago period, mainly due to the sale of the company’s interest in the Cape Town refinery in third quarter 2018 and maintenance at the GS Caltex refinery in Yeosu, South Korea in second quarter 2019.
Total refined product sales of 1.26 million barrels per day in second quarter 2019 were down 14 percent from the year-ago period, mainly due to the sale of the southern Africa refining and marketing business in third quarter 2018.
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