3Q Big Oil Financial Report Essay Research

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3Q Big Oil Financial Report Essay, Research Paper Three Big Oil Firms Post Record Profits WSJ 10.25.00/revised Commentary by Mark Geraci 3Q Financial Report and its US Economic Impact The three largest U.S. oil companies, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, and Texaco posted record third quarter profits earlier this week, crushing Wall Street s estimates and sending many analysts scrambling to adjust their fourth quarter outlooks. Making headline news just last week, Chevron announced that it would acquire Texaco in an acquisition that would form a combined entity to be named Chevron Texaco, keeping the strong brand names we ll assume. Under the deal, Chevron will exchange 0.77 shares for each Texaco share, valuing the deal at $35 billion. Management projects the combination will generate

$1.2 billion in cost savings in the nine months following the deal’s completion. Texaco Chairman and Chief Executive Peter Bijur Tuesday called the two companies “natural partners” and said the merger “will create a U.S.-based global enterprise that is highly competitive across all energy sectors.” (Wire Services CNBC.com) Texaco s earnings for the current 3Q were stellar; total net income of $798 million, or $1.46 a diluted share, double that of last year s income of $387 million or .71 a share, an upside surprise of .12 cents according to the analysts consensus firm First Call/Thompson Financial; or in layman s terms, profits jumped 80 percent! And they aren t exactly selling high bandwidth fiber-optic infrastructure components, just good old- fashioned black gold.

Chevron, the aggressor, reported 3Q earnings rose to $1.53 billion or a profit of $2.35 a diluted share, nearly tripling from $582 million or .88 cents last year, shattering estimates by .54 cents according to First Call. The company attributes its remarkable growth this last year to increased U.S. refining and marketing and increases in exploration and total production. Earnings from its U.S. exploration and production business rose to $572 million, up from $264 million a year ago, as a result. Its international exploration and production business earned $713 million, up from $322 million last year (Reuters CNBC.com). Exxon Mobil, the 800-pound gorilla in the sector, reported that it reaped the largest profit in a single quarter ever this week. Net income of $4.29 billion or a

$1.28 a diluted share, twice last year s net of $2.19B or .62 cents smashing estimates by .12 cents. Profits increased due to a 20% increase in revenue to a shocking $58.85 billion over 3Q revenue of $48.99B. As crude oil prices and natural gas prices hover around 10-year highs these giant corporations are unquestionably reaping record profits despite a paltry increase in total production and tight supply market conditions. Exxon for example, reported only a 2% increase in oil and natural gas liquids production, while Chevron only stepped up production a mere 2.5% despite the strong numbers. Texaco even reported a slight decrease in production. However, higher prices and tight supply historically should lead to an increase in production, as Gene Nowak, an analyst with ABN Amro

contends, Eventually we ll have Economics 101 (WSJ-10.25.00). Oil prices, in fact, hit 10-year highs during the quarter and averaged $31.63 a barrel, about $10 a barrel higher than the same period a year ago, and everyone has felt the effects from the average commuter, to small business owners, to retail giants like Target and Wal-Mart, whose stocks are suffering from fears of a slowdown in consumer spending as we approach the holiday season. U.S. natural gas prices were just as hot, averaging $4.48 per million British thermal units compared to $2.55 a year ago (Comtex, CNBC.com). As the demand for heating oil increases during the next few months, supply will be very tight, edging prices even higher, so keep your doors and windows closed. It has been said that heating oil