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Occidental Announces 1st Quarter 2020 Results

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:15 pm EST 
  • Enhanced short-term resilience through extensive capital spending and cost reductions
  • Continued to reduce 2020 capital program; greater than 50 percent from initial program to between $2.4 billion - $2.6 billion
  • Identified $1.2 billion in operating and overhead cost reductions to be realized in 2020 in addition to achieving $1.1 billion overhead and operating expense synergy target one year ahead of schedule
  • First quarter combined production of 1,416 Mboed from continuing operations, exceeding prior guidance midpoint by 31 Mboed
  • Permian Resources exceeded guidance, producing 474 Mboed
  • Continued operational excellence through record drilling and completion times
  • Exceeded pre-tax income guidance for both OxyChem and Midstream and Marketing segments
  • In light of the market disruption caused by COVID-19, full-year 2020 guidance has been withdrawn


HOUSTON – May 5, 2020 – Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) today announced a net loss attributable to common stockholders for the first quarter of 2020 of $2.2 billion, or $2.49 per diluted share, and an adjusted loss attributable to common stockholders of $467 million, or $0.52 per diluted share. First quarter pre-tax items affecting comparability included approximately $1.4 billion of goodwill impairment charges and equity investment losses mainly related to an equity investment in Western Midstream Partners, LP (WES), $670 million mark-to-market loss on interest rate swaps, $580 million of impairment and related charges on domestic and international oil and gas properties and $150 million of Anadarko acquisition-related transaction costs, partially offset by $1.0 billion of mark-to-market gains on crude oil hedges.

“As the world battles this pandemic, we are focused on preserving the health and safety of our employees and contractors while taking aggressive action to ensure our long-term financial stability. We have identified an additional $1.2 billion in operating and corporate cost savings and reduced our full-year capital budget to between $2.4 billion to $2.6 billion, while protecting the integrity of our assets,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Vicki Hollub. “Our leadership as a low-cost operator, track record of operational excellence and portfolio of world-class assets are competitive advantages that position us for success when market conditions eventually improve.”


Oil and Gas

Oil and gas pre-tax income for the first quarter was $179 million, compared to $921 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. First quarter results were impacted by the steep decline in oil prices in March triggered by a significant drop in oil demand as governments around the world implemented measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. The first quarter results included approximately $1.0 billion of mark-to-market gains on crude oil hedges, partially offset by $580 million of impairment and related charges mainly related to proved and unproved properties in the U.S. and in Oman. Excluding the mark-to-market gain and impairment charges, the decrease in first quarter results reflected lower commodity prices and higher depreciation, depletion and amortization rates.

Total average daily production volume of 1,416 thousands of barrels of oil equivalent per day (Mboed) for the first quarter exceeded the midpoint of guidance by 31 Mboed, with Permian Resources production of 474 Mboed due to continued improvement in time-to-market and well performance. International average daily production volumes of 241 Mboed came in at the high end of guidance. For the first quarter of 2020, average WTI and Brent marker prices were $46.17 per barrel and $50.95 per barrel, respectively. Average worldwide realized crude oil prices decreased by 16 percent from the prior quarter to $47.08 per barrel. Average worldwide realized NGL prices decreased by 28 percent from the prior quarter to $12.82 per BOE. Average domestic realized gas prices decreased by 27 percent from the prior quarter to $1.18 per Mcf.


Chemical pre-tax income for the first quarter of $186 million exceeded guidance by $36 million. Compared to prior quarter income of $119 million, the increase in first quarter income was primarily due to stronger chlor-alkali sales volumes and favorable feedstock costs, primarily ethylene and natural gas, partially offset by lower realized caustic soda pricing.

Midstream and Marketing

Midstream and marketing pre-tax loss for the first quarter was $1.3 billion, compared to a loss of $769 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. First quarter pre-tax loss included $1.4 billion of impairment charges on the goodwill related to Occidental's equity investment in WES and equity losses from WES's impairments of its goodwill. The goodwill impairments were the result of the significant drop in the market value of WES's unit price during the first quarter. Excluding these charges, the decrease reflected lower income from WES, losses on imbalance provisions due to the decline in crude oil prices and lower Dolphin Pipeline income due to planned maintenance, partially offset by mark-to-market gains in the marketing business.

Supplemental Non-GAAP Measure

This press release refers to adjusted income (loss), a supplemental measure not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). A definition of adjusted income (loss) and a reconciliation to net income (loss), the comparable GAAP financial measure, is included in the financial schedules of this press release. Occidental’s definition of adjusted income (loss) may differ from similarly titled measures provided by other companies in our industry and as a result may not be comparable.

About Occidental

Occidental is an international energy company with operations in the United States, Middle East and Latin America. We are the largest onshore oil producer in the U.S., including in the Permian Basin, and a leading offshore producer in the Gulf of Mexico. Our midstream and marketing segment provides flow assurance and maximizes the value of our oil and gas. Our chemical subsidiary OxyChem manufactures the building blocks for life-enhancing products. Our Oxy Low Carbon Ventures subsidiary is advancing leading-edge technologies and business solutions that economically grow our business while reducing emissions. We are committed to using our global leadership in carbon dioxide management to advance a lower-carbon world. Visit for more information.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Although Occidental believes that the expectations reflected in any of our forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results may differ from anticipated results, sometimes materially. Factors that could cause results to differ from those projected or assumed in any forward-looking statement include, but are not limited to: the extent to which Occidental is able to successfully integrate Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko), manage expanded operations and realize the anticipated benefits of combining Occidental and Anadarko; the scope and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and actions taken by governmental authorities and other third parties in response to the pandemic; Occidental’s indebtedness and other payment obligations, including the need to generate sufficient cash flows to fund operations; Occidental’s ability to successfully monetize select assets, repay or refinance debt and the impact of changes to Occidental’s credit ratings; assumptions about energy markets and fluctuations in global and local commodity and commodity-futures prices; supply and demand considerations for, and the prices of, Occidental’s products and services; actions by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC oil producing countries; results from operations and competitive conditions; unexpected changes in costs; availability of capital resources, levels of capital expenditures and contractual obligations; the regulatory approval environment; not successfully completing, or any material delay of, field developments, expansion projects, capital expenditures, efficiency projects, acquisitions or dispositions; uncertainties and liabilities associated with acquired and divested properties and businesses; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures, such as difficulties integrating businesses, uncertainty associated with financial projections, projected synergies, restructuring, increased costs and adverse tax consequences; uncertainties about the estimated quantities of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids reserves; lower-than-expected production from development projects or acquisitions; Occidental’s ability to realize the anticipated benefits from prior or future streamlining actions to reduce fixed costs, simplify or improve processes and improve Occidental’s competitiveness; exploration, drilling or other operational risks; disruptions to, capacity constraints in, or other limitations on the pipeline systems that deliver Occidental’s oil and natural gas and other processing and transportation considerations; general economic conditions, including slowdowns, domestically or internationally, and volatility in the securities, capital or credit markets; uncertainty from the expected discontinuance of LIBOR and transition to any other interest rate benchmark; adverse tax consequences; governmental actions and political conditions and events; legislative or regulatory changes; environmental risks and liability under international, provincial, federal, regional, state, tribal, local and foreign environmental laws and regulations (including remedial actions); asset and goodwill impairments; litigation; disruption or interruption of production or manufacturing or facility damage due to accidents, chemical releases, labor unrest, weather, natural disasters, cyber-attacks or insurgent activity; the creditworthiness and performance of our counterparties; failure of risk management; Occidental’s ability to retain and hire key personnel; reorganization or restructuring of Occidental’s operations; changes in tax rates; and actions by third parties that are beyond Occidental’s control. The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent market decline may make it more difficult to identify potential risks, give rise to risks that are currently unknown or amplify the impact of known risks.

Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in Occidental’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including Occidental’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.