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Tuesday, August 3, 2021 16:15 ET

Occidental Announces 2nd Quarter 2021 Results

  • Cash flow from continuing operations of $3.3 billion and cash flow from continuing operations before working capital of $2.7 billion
  • Maintained capital discipline with spending of $698 million, resulting in free cash flow excluding working capital of $2.0 billion
  • Executed debt tender offer and repaid over $3.0 billion of long-term debt in July
  • Advanced divestiture progress with Permian Basin non-strategic acreage sale
  • Exceeded production guidance midpoint by 48 Mboed, with production of 1,203 Mboed from continuing operations
  • Exceeded pre-tax income guidance for both OxyChem and midstream and marketing segments
  • OxyChem on track for record earnings with total year pre-tax guidance of $1.25 billion


HOUSTON — August 3, 2021 — Occidental (NYSE:OXY) today announced a net loss attributable to common stockholders for the second quarter of 2021 of $97 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, and adjusted income attributable to common stockholders of $311 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to a net loss attributable to common stockholders for the prior quarter of $346 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, and an adjusted loss attributable to common stockholders of $136 million, or $0.15 per diluted share. Second quarter after-tax items affecting comparability of $389 million included $426 million of net derivative mark-to-market losses, partially offset by a state tax rate revaluation of $55 million.

“Our strong second quarter operational performance continued to drive robust financial performance, resulting in our highest level of free cash flow in over a decade for the second consecutive quarter," said President and Chief Executive Officer Vicki Hollub. "The successful execution of the tender offer is part of our ongoing commitment to reduce debt and improve our balance sheet. The excess cash we have available to apply to early debt retirement is a direct result of the progress we continue to make with our divestiture program and the substantial free cash flow we are positioned to generate in the current oil price environment.”


Oil and Gas

Oil and gas pre-tax income on continuing operations for the second quarter of 2021 was $631 million, compared to a pre-tax loss of $62 million in the prior quarter. The second quarter results included pre-tax charges of $161 million, primarily related to derivative mark-to-market losses. Excluding items affecting comparability, second quarter of 2021 oil and gas results improved over the prior quarter due to higher crude oil prices, higher sales volumes across all products and lower operating expenses, partially offset by higher exploration expense and transportation costs. For the second quarter of 2021, average WTI and Brent marker prices were $66.07 per barrel and $69.02 per barrel, respectively. Average worldwide realized crude oil prices increased by approximately 15 percent from the prior quarter to $64.18 per barrel. Average worldwide realized natural gas liquids prices increased by approximately 7 percent from the prior quarter to $25.06 per barrel of oil equivalent. Average domestic realized gas prices increased slightly by roughly 1 percent from the prior quarter to $2.59 per Mcf.

Total average global production from continuing operations of 1,203 thousand of barrels of oil equivalent per day (Mboed) for the second quarter exceeded the midpoint of guidance by 48 Mboed, with Permian, Rockies and Gulf of Mexico production of 504 Mboed, 308 Mboed and 149 Mboed, respectively. International average daily production volumes were 242 Mboed.


Chemical pre-tax income of $312 million for the second quarter of 2021 exceeded guidance by $12 million. Compared to prior quarter pre-tax income of $251 million, the increase in second quarter of 2021 income was driven primarily by improved pricing and sales volumes across most product lines, along with favorable ethylene and energy costs.

Midstream and Marketing

Midstream and marketing's second quarter pre-tax income, excluding WES equity income, exceeded guidance. WES equity income for the second quarter of 2021 was $115 million. Midstream and marketing pre-tax loss for the second quarter of 2021 was $30 million, compared to pre-tax income of $282 million in the prior quarter. Second quarter loss included net derivative mark-to-market losses of $180 million along with a $22 million settlement gain. Excluding items affecting comparability, second quarter of 2021 midstream and marketing income decreased compared to the prior quarter, primarily due to the timing impact of crude export sales in the marketing business and lower margins on waterborne sales as well as the marketing business's ability to optimize long-haul gas transportation in the Rockies in the first quarter of 2021, partially offset by higher Dolphin Pipeline income as planned maintenance was completed in the first quarter and higher sulfur prices at Al Hosn Gas.

Supplemental Non-GAAP Measure

This press release refers to adjusted income (loss), cash flow from continuing operations before working capital and free cash flow, supplemental measures not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to the comparable GAAP financial measures. Definitions of adjusted income (loss) and a reconciliation to net income (loss), along with cash flow from continuing operations before working capital and free cash flow and a reconciliation to the comparable GAAP financial measures, are included in the financial schedules of this press release. Occidental’s definition of adjusted income (loss), cash flow from continuing operations before working capital and free cash flow 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 assets in the United States, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. We are one of the largest oil producers in the U.S., including a leading producer in the Permian and DJ basins, and offshore 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 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 its 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 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 in Occidental’s credit ratings; assumptions about energy markets; global and local commodity and commodity-futures pricing fluctuations; 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; future impairments of our proved and unproved oil and gas properties or equity investments, or write-downs of productive assets, causing charges to earnings; unexpected changes in costs; availability of capital resources, levels of capital expenditures and contractual obligations; the regulatory approval environment, including Occidental's ability to timely obtain or maintain permits or other governmental approvals, including those necessary for drilling and/or development projects; Occidental's ability to successfully complete, or any material delay of, field developments, expansion projects, capital expenditures, efficiency projects, acquisitions or dispositions; 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 and liabilities associated with acquired and divested properties and businesses; uncertainties about the estimated quantities of oil, NGL and natural gas 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 and 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; inflation; uncertainty from the expected discontinuance of LIBOR and transition to any other interest rate benchmark; governmental actions and political conditions and events; legislative or regulatory changes, including changes relating to hydraulic fracturing or other oil and natural gas operations, retroactive royalty or production tax regimes, deepwater and onshore drilling and permitting regulations, and environmental regulation (including regulations related to climate change); environmental risks and liability under federal, regional, state, provincial, tribal, local and international environmental laws and regulations (including remedial actions); Occidental's ability to recognize intended benefits from its business strategies and initiatives, such as Oxy Low Carbon Ventures or announced greenhouse gas reduction targets; potential liability resulting from pending or future litigation; disruption or interruption of production or manufacturing or facility damage due to accidents, chemical releases, labor unrest, weather, power outages, natural disasters, cyber-attacks or insurgent activity; the creditworthiness and performance of Occidental's counterparties, including financial institutions, operating partners and other parties; failure of risk management; Occidental’s ability to retain and hire key personnel; reorganization or restructuring of Occidental’s operations; changes in state, federal or international tax rates; and actions by third parties that are beyond Occidental’s control.

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, 2020, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.