Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) today reported in its interim update that earnings for the first quarter 2012 are expected to be higher than fourth quarter 2011. Upstream results are projected to improve between sequential quarters, benefiting from higher crude oil prices and lower operating expenses, partly offset by lower liftings. Downstream earnings in the first quarter are also expected to be higher, reflecting improved refining and chemicals margins, lower operating expenses, and gains on asset sales. Foreign exchange losses in the first quarter are expected to be higher than fourth quarter losses, most notably in the upstream segment.
Basis for Comparison in Interim Update
The interim update contains certain industry and company operating data for the first quarter 2012. The production volumes, realizations, margins and certain other items in the report are based on a portion of the quarter and are not necessarily indicative of Chevron's full quarterly results to be reported on April 27, 2012. The reader should not place undue reliance on this data.
Readers are advised that portions of the commentary below compare results for the first two months of the first quarter 2012 to full fourth quarter 2011 results, as indicated.UPSTREAM The table that follows includes information on production and price indicators for crude oil and natural gas for specific markets. Actual realizations may vary from indicative pricing due to quality and location differentials and the effect of pricing lags. International earnings reflect actual liftings, which may differ from production due to the timing of cargoes and other factors.
|1Q||2Q||3Q||4Q||1Q thru Feb||1Q thru Mar|
|Avg. WTI Spot Price||$/Bbl||94.48||102.34||89.51||93.98||101.24||103.00|
|Avg. Midway Sunset Posted Price||$/Bbl||94.46||108.67||102.99||107.83||109.14||112.01|
|Nat. Gas-Henry Hub "Bid Week" Avg.||$/MCF||4.10||4.32||4.20||3.55||2.88||2.73|
|Nat. Gas-CA Border "Bid Week" Avg.||$/MCF||4.03||4.24||4.32||3.74||3.13||2.96|
|Nat. Gas-Rocky Mountain "Bid Week" Avg.||$/MCF||3.71||3.88||3.81||3.35||2.70||2.56|
|Total Oil Equivalent||MBOED||2,066||2,000||1,937||1,980||1,981||n/a|
|Avg. Brent Spot Price 1||$/Bbl||105.43||117.04||113.41||109.35||115.07||118.60|
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