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Valero Energy Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Valero Energy Reports First Quarter 2011 Results07:45 EDT Tuesday, April 26, 2011 SAN ANTONIO (Business Wire) -- Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) today reported income from continuing operations of $104 million, or $0.18 per share, for the first quarter of 2011, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $80 million, or $0.14 per share, for the first quarter of 2010. Included in the first quarter 2011 results was an after-tax loss of $352 million, or $0.61 per share, on derivative contracts related to the forward sales of refined products. These derivatives contracts were closed and realized in the first quarter of 2011. First quarter 2011 operating income was $244 million versus first quarter 2010 operating income of $4 million. Excluding the pre-tax loss of $542 million on the forward sales of refined products, first quarter 2011 operating income was $786 million and refining throughput margin was $9.91 per barrel. The $782 million improvement in operating income versus first quarter 2010 was mainly due to a $3.93-per-barrel increase in refining throughput margins. The increase in throughput margins was primarily due to higher margins for diesel and jet fuel plus wider discounts for heavy-sour feedstocks on the Gulf Coast and light-sweet crude oils in the Mid-Continent. In addition, the company estimates its March 2011 results were impacted by $116 million of lost income after taxes, or $0.20 per share, mainly due to turnaround-maintenance delays at the refineries. The impact from these issues was not captured in the earnings guidance issued by the company on March 2. “Clearly, the first quarter was a much better start to the year than last year,” said Valero Chairman and CEO Bill Klesse. “Our refining system experienced strong margins and turned in solid results despite a heavy maintenance schedule and associated restart delays. We also announced the acquisition of Chevron's Pembroke refinery, marketing, and logistics assets in the United Kingdom and Ireland. These attractively priced assets will improve the competitiveness of our asset portfolio and should be immediately accretive to earnings upon closing in the third quarter.” Klesse continued, “Refining industry margins and feedstock discounts in our markets were very strong in the first quarter because of global demand strength and production issues in foreign refineries. In particular, our inland refineries benefited from processing WTI-type crude oils, which have been pricing at a significant discount to waterborne light-sweet crude oils such as LLS and Brent. Combined with our heavy and sour crude oil processing capabilities, more than 80 percent of Valero's refining capacity can process feedstocks that price below waterborne light-sweet crude oils.” Valero's retail operating income was $66 million in the first quarter of 2011 versus $71 million in the first quarter of 2010. The slight decline in operating income was mainly due to the narrowing of U.S. retail fuel margins as pump prices failed to keep pace with rising crude oil prices, while Canadian retail fuel margins increased on local demand strength. Valero's ethanol operating income was $44 million in the first quarter of 2011 versus $57 million in the first quarter of 2010. The decrease in operating income was mainly due to corn costs rising faster than ethanol prices, squeezing gross margins from 63 cents per gallon in the first quarter of 2010 to 50 cents per gallon in the first quarter of 2011. Regarding cash flows in the first quarter of 2011, capital spending was $737 million, of which $299 million was for turnaround and catalyst expenditures. Also in the first quarter, the company paid $28 million in dividends on its common stock and repaid $510 million in debt. Valero ended the first quarter with $4.1 billion in cash and temporary cash investments. Commenting on the industry outlook, Klesse said, “Although crude oil prices have been over $100 per barrel, demand outside the U.S. and Western Europe is resilient and growing. The rapid economic growth in developing economies has been fueling the strength in refining margins the past year, and we continue to see attractive opportunities to export products from our Gulf Coast refineries. Benchmark margins and feedstock discounts in the second quarter have increased from first quarter levels, and prices in the forward markets over the past couple of months have consistently implied very strong refining margins throughout 2011.” “We expect a strong second quarter for Valero,” Klesse continued. “With our refineries coming back online from maintenance and operating at higher rates, we expect to capture more of these outstanding margins and wide discounts. In addition, we successfully completed key projects that should enhance profitability, including replacement of the coke drums at our Port Arthur refinery, and we are nearly complete with the revamp of our cat-cracking unit at the St. Charles refinery.” Klesse concluded, “We are very excited about Valero's growth prospects. In addition to favorable industry conditions, we expect to add significant earnings power via the Pembroke acquisition later this year and our major growth projects that are on track for completion in 2012. Those projects, particularly the hydrocrackers and hydrogen plants, are ideal for this environment of high crude oil and low natural gas prices, as well as growing global demand for diesel and gasoline. Besides the successful execution of our growth plans, we remain focused on cost savings, and, of course, safe, reliable, and regulatory-compliant operations.” Valero's senior management will hold a conference call at 11:00 a.m. ET (10 a.m. CT) today to discuss this earnings release and provide an update on company operations. A live broadcast of the conference call will be available on the company's web site at www.valero.com. About Valero Valero Energy Corporation is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels, other petrochemical products and power. Its assets include 14 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 2.6 million barrels per day, 10 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.1 billion gallons per year, and a 50-megawatt wind farm. Valero is also one of the largest retail operators with approximately 5,800 retail and branded wholesale outlets in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean under the Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock, Ultramar and Beacon brands. Based in San Antonio, Valero is a Fortune 500 company with approximately 20,000 employees. Please visit www.valero.com for more information. Safe Harbor Statement Statements contained in this release that state the Company's or management's expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The words “believe,” “expect,” “should,” “estimates,” and other similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. It is important to note that actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. For more information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed or forecasted, see Valero's annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and available on Valero's website at www.valero.com.     VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIESEARNINGS RELEASE(Millions of Dollars, Except per Share, per Barrel, and per Gallon Amounts)(Unaudited)       Three Months EndedMarch 31,2011   2010STATEMENT OF INCOME DATA (a) (b) (c) : Operating Revenues (1) $ 26,308   $ 18,493   Costs and Expenses: Cost of Sales (d) (e) 24,568 17,056 Operating Expenses: Refining 744 764 Retail (d) 162 152 Ethanol 95 80 General and Administrative Expenses (f) 130 97 Depreciation and Amortization Expense 365   340   Total Costs and Expenses 26,064   18,489   Operating Income (e) 244 4 Other Income, Net 17 11 Interest and Debt Expense: Incurred (144 ) (147 ) Capitalized 27   20   Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations Before Income Tax Expense (Benefit) 144 (112 ) Income Tax Expense (Benefit) 40   (32 ) Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations 104 (80 ) Loss from Discontinued Operations, Net of Income Taxes (6 ) (33 ) Net Income (Loss) $ 98   $ (113 ) Earnings (Loss) per Common Share: Continuing Operations $ 0.18 $ (0.14 ) Discontinued Operations (0.01 ) (0.06 ) Total $ 0.17   $ (0.20 ) Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding (in millions) 566 562 Earnings (Loss) per Common Share – Assuming Dilution: Continuing Operations $ 0.18 $ (0.14 ) Discontinued Operations (0.01 ) (0.06 ) Total $ 0.17   $ (0.20 ) Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding – Assuming Dilution (in millions) (g) 573 562 Supplemental Information: (1) Includes excise taxes on sales by our U.S. retail system $ 214 $ 208   March 31,December 31,20112010BALANCE SHEET DATA: Cash and Temporary Cash Investments $ 4,133 $ 3,334 Total Debt 7,829 8,337     VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIESEARNINGS RELEASE(Millions of Dollars, Except per Share, per Barrel, and per Gallon Amounts)(Unaudited)       Three Months EndedMarch 31,2011   2010Operating Income (Loss) by Business Segment: Refining (e) $ 276 $ (15 ) Retail 66 71 Ethanol 44   57   Total Before Corporate 386 113 Corporate (142 ) (109 ) Total $ 244   $ 4   Depreciation and Amortization by Business Segment: Refining $ 316 $ 294 Retail 28 26 Ethanol 9   8   Total Before Corporate 353 328 Corporate 12   12   Total $ 365   $ 340   Operating Highlights:Refining (a) (b) (e): Throughput Margin per Barrel $ 7.05 $ 5.98 Operating Costs per Barrel: Operating Expenses 3.93 4.38 Depreciation and Amortization Expense 1.66   1.68   Total Operating Costs per Barrel 5.59   6.06   Operating Income (Loss) per Barrel $ 1.46   $ (0.08 ) Throughput Volumes (Mbbls per Day): Feedstocks: Heavy Sour Crude 372 440 Medium/Light Sour Crude 372 385 Acidic Sweet Crude 72 42 Sweet Crude 666 588 Residuals 249 137 Other Feedstocks 137   118   Total Feedstocks 1,868 1,710 Blendstocks and Other 238   230   Total Throughput Volumes 2,106   1,940   Yields (Mbbls per Day): Gasolines and Blendstocks 956 967 Distillates 695 597 Other Products (h) 465   398   Total Yields 2,116   1,962       VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIESEARNINGS RELEASE(Millions of Dollars, Except per Share, per Barrel, and per Gallon Amounts)(Unaudited)       Three Months EndedMarch 31,2011   2010Refining Operating Highlights by Region (e) (i):Gulf Coast: Operating Income (Loss) $ 111 $ (11 ) Throughput Volumes (Mbbls per Day) 1,299 1,137 Throughput Margin per Barrel $ 6.45 $ 6.08 Operating Costs per Barrel: Operating Expenses 3.86 4.44 Depreciation and Amortization Expense 1.64   1.74   Total Operating Costs per Barrel 5.50   6.18   Operating Income (Loss) per Barrel $ 0.95   $ (0.10 ) Mid-Continent: Operating Income (Loss) $ 167 $ (11 ) Throughput Volumes (Mbbls per Day) 403 363 Throughput Margin per Barrel $ 9.68 $ 5.34 Operating Costs per Barrel: Operating Expenses 3.65 4.07 Depreciation and Amortization Expense 1.44   1.60   Total Operating Costs per Barrel 5.09   5.67   Operating Income (Loss) per Barrel $ 4.59   $ (0.33 ) Northeast: Operating Income $ 56 $ 38 Throughput Volumes (Mbbls per Day) 209 178 Throughput Margin per Barrel $ 7.02 $ 7.77 Operating Costs per Barrel: Operating Expenses 2.81 3.73 Depreciation and Amortization Expense 1.20   1.66   Total Operating Costs per Barrel 4.01   5.39   Operating Income (Loss) per Barrel $ 3.01   $ 2.38   West Coast: Operating Loss $ (58 ) $ (31 ) Throughput Volumes (Mbbls per Day) 195 262 Throughput Margin per Barrel $ 5.62 $ 5.20 Operating Costs per Barrel: Operating Expenses 6.15 4.97 Depreciation and Amortization Expense 2.81   1.54   Total Operating Costs per Barrel 8.96   6.51   Operating Loss per Barrel $ (3.34 ) $ (1.31 )     VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIESEARNINGS RELEASE(Millions of Dollars, Except per Share, per Barrel, and per Gallon Amounts)(Unaudited)       Three Months EndedMarch 31,2011   2010Retail - U.S. (d): Operating Income $ 19 $ 33 Company-Operated Fuel Sites (Average) 993 989 Fuel Volumes (Gallons per Day per Site) 4,895 4,942 Fuel Margin per Gallon $ 0.076 $ 0.108 Merchandise Sales $ 283 $ 272 Merchandise Margin (Percentage of Sales) 28.3 % 28.2 % Margin on Miscellaneous Sales $ 22 $ 22 Operating Expenses $ 98 $ 94 Depreciation and Amortization Expense $ 19 $ 18   Retail - Canada (d): Operating Income $ 47 $ 38 Fuel Volumes (Thousand Gallons per Day) 3,234 3,078 Fuel Margin per Gallon $ 0.317 $ 0.284 Merchandise Sales $ 57 $ 52 Merchandise Margin (Percentage of Sales) 29.7 % 30.8 % Margin on Miscellaneous Sales $ 11 $ 10 Operating Expenses $ 64 $ 58 Depreciation and Amortization Expense $ 9 $ 8   Ethanol (c): Operating Income $ 44 $ 57 Production (Thousand Gallons per Day) 3,282 2,534 Gross Margin per Gallon of Production $ 0.50 $ 0.63 Operating Costs per Gallon of Production: Operating Expenses 0.32 0.35 Depreciation and Amortization Expense 0.03   0.03   Total Operating Costs per Gallon of Production 0.35   0.38   Operating Income per Gallon of Production $ 0.15   $ 0.25       VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIESEARNINGS RELEASE(Millions of Dollars, Except per Share, per Barrel, and per Gallon Amounts)(Unaudited)       Three Months EndedMarch 31,2011   2010Average Market Reference Prices and Differentials (j):Feedstocks (Dollars per Barrel): Louisiana Light Sweet (LLS) Crude Oil $ 105.02 $ 79.34 LLS Less West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Crude Oil 11.08 0.67 LLS Less Alaska North Slope (ANS) Crude Oil 3.78 0.79 LLS Less Brent Crude Oil (0.39 ) 3.06 LLS Less Mars Crude Oil 3.59 3.61 LLS Less Maya Crude Oil 15.68 9.57 WTI Crude Oil $ 93.94 $ 78.67 WTI Less Mars Crude Oil (7.49 ) 2.94 WTI Less Maya Crude Oil 4.60 8.90 Products (Dollars per Barrel): U.S. Gulf Coast: Conventional 87 Gasoline Less LLS $ 3.82 $ 6.46 Ultra-Low-Sulfur Diesel Less LLS 13.59 6.83 Propylene Less LLS 19.50 16.94 Conventional 87 Gasoline Less WTI 14.90 7.13 Ultra-Low-Sulfur Diesel Less WTI 24.67 7.49 Propylene Less WTI 30.58 17.61 U.S. Mid-Continent: Conventional 87 Gasoline Less WTI $ 15.89 $ 6.71 Ultra-Low-Sulfur Diesel Less WTI 25.10 6.70 U.S. Northeast: Conventional 87 Gasoline Less Brent $ 3.94 $ 10.28 Ultra-Low-Sulfur Diesel Less Brent 15.04 11.35 Conventional 87 Gasoline Less WTI 15.42 7.88 Ultra-Low-Sulfur Diesel Less WTI 26.52 8.95 U.S. West Coast: CARBOB 87 Gasoline Less ANS $ 15.36 $ 10.70 CARB Diesel Less ANS 20.70 8.55 CARBOB 87 Gasoline Less WTI 22.66 10.58 CARB Diesel Less WTI 28.00 8.43 New York Harbor Corn Crush (Dollars per Gallon) $ 0.08 $ 0.45     VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIESEARNINGS RELEASE(Millions of Dollars, Except per Share, per Barrel, and per Gallon Amounts)(Unaudited) (a) On December 17, 2010, Valero sold its refinery in Paulsboro, New Jersey, and associated inventory to PBF Holding Company LLC for $707 million in proceeds, of which $160 million consisted of a short-term note, resulting in a loss on the sale of $980 million ($610 million after taxes). The results of operations of the refinery for the three months ended March 31, 2010 are reflected in discontinued operations. In addition, the refining segment and Northeast Region operating highlights for the three months ended March 31, 2010 exclude the Paulsboro Refinery. (b) During the fourth quarter of 2009, Valero permanently shut down its refinery in Delaware City, Delaware, and wrote down the book value of the refinery assets to net realizable value, resulting in a loss on the shutdown of $1.9 billion ($1.2 billion after taxes). On June 1, 2010, Valero sold the shutdown refinery assets and associated terminal and pipeline assets to PBF Energy Partners LP (an entity related to the buyer of the Paulsboro Refinery) for $220 million in cash proceeds, resulting in a gain on the sale of the refinery assets of $92 million ($58 million after taxes) and an insignificant gain on the sale of the terminal and pipeline assets. The results of operations of the shutdown refinery for the three months ended March 31, 2010 are reflected in discontinued operations. In addition, the refining segment and Northeast Region operating highlights for the three months ended March 31, 2010 exclude the Delaware City Refinery. The terminal and pipeline assets associated with the refinery were not shut down in 2009 and continued to be operated until the date of their sale, and the results of operations of those assets for the three months ended March 31, 2010 are reflected in continuing operations. (c) Valero acquired three ethanol plants in the first quarter of 2010. The Statement of Income Data includes the results of operations of those plants commencing on their respective acquisition dates. Two plants were acquired from ASA Ethanol Holdings, LLC and the third plant was acquired from Renew Energy LLC. Ethanol production volumes reflected herein are based on total production during each period divided by actual calendar days per period. (d) Credit card transaction processing fees incurred by Valero's Retail business segment of $21 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010 were reclassified from Retail operating expenses to cost of sales. In addition, the Retail-U.S. and Retail-Canada operating highlights for the three months ended March 31, 2010 have been restated to reflect this reclassification. (e) Cost of sales for the three months ended March 31, 2011 includes a loss of $542 million ($352 million after tax) on derivative contracts related to the forward sales of refined product. These contracts were closed and realized during the first quarter of 2011. The $542 million loss is reflected in refining segment operating income, resulting in a $2.86 reduction in refining throughput margin per barrel for the three months ended March 31, 2011, and is allocated to refining operating income (loss) by region, excluding Northeast, based on relative throughput volumes for each region as follows: Gulf Coast- $372 million, or $3.18 per barrel; Mid-Continent- $122 million, or $3.36 per barrel; and West Coast- $48 million, or $2.71 per barrel. (f) General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2010 includes the recognition of a favorable settlement with one of Valero's third-party insurers for $40 million. The settlement relates to Valero's claim of insurance coverage in connection with losses incurred in prior periods. (g) Common equivalent shares have been excluded from the computation of diluted loss per common share for the three months ended March 31, 2010 as the effect of including such shares would be antidilutive. (h) Primarily includes petrochemicals, gas oils, No. 6 fuel oil, petroleum coke, and asphalt. (i) The regions reflected herein contain the following refineries: Gulf Coast- Corpus Christi East, Corpus Christi West, Texas City, Houston, Three Rivers, St. Charles, Aruba, and Port Arthur Refineries; Mid-Continent- McKee, Ardmore, and Memphis Refineries; Northeast- Quebec City; and West Coast- Benicia and Wilmington Refineries. (j) Average market reference prices for Louisiana Light Sweet (LLS) crude oil, along with price differentials between the price of LLS crude oil and other types of crude oil, have been included in the table of Average Market Reference Prices and Differentials. The table also includes price differentials by region between the prices of certain products and the benchmark crude oil that provides the best indicator of product margins for each region. Prior to the first quarter of 2011, feedstock and product differentials presented herein were based on the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil. However, the price of WTI crude oil no longer provides a reasonable benchmark price of crude oil for all regions. Beginning in late 2010, WTI light-sweet crude oil began to price at a discount to waterborne light-sweet crude oils, such as LLS and Brent, because of increased WTI supplies resulting from greater domestic production and increased deliveries of crude oil from Canada into the Mid-Continent region. Therefore, the use of the price of WTI crude oil as a benchmark price for regions that do not process WTI crude oil is no longer reasonable. Valero Energy Corporation, San AntonioInvestors, Ashley Smith, Vice President,Investor Relations: 210-345-2744orMedia, Bill Day, Executive Director, Corporate Communications:210-345-2928Website: http://www.valero.com/