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Occidental Petroleum Announces Third Quarter of 2012 Income

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Q3 2012 income from continuing operations of $1.4 billion ($1.70 per diluted share) </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Q3 2012 domestic daily oil and gas production of 469,000 barrels of oil equivalent, a record for the eighth consecutive quarter </li> </ul>

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Occidental Petroleum Announces Third Quarter of 2012 Income07:30 EDT Thursday, October 25, 2012 LOS ANGELES (Business Wire) -- Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) announced income from continuing operations of $1.4 billion ($1.70 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2012, compared with the third quarter of 2011 income from continuing operations of $1.8 billion ($2.18 per diluted share). In announcing the results, Stephen I. Chazen, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our third quarter 2012 total company production of 766,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day was 27,000 per day, or 4 percent higher than the third quarter of 2011 production. Our domestic production of 469,000 barrels of oil equivalent was 8 percent higher than the third quarter of 2011 and was a record for the eighth consecutive quarter. Our domestic liquids production of 334,000 barrels per day, which was also a record, was 10 percent higher than last year's third quarter. "Income from continuing operations diluted earnings per share of $1.70 was $0.06 higher than the second quarter of 2012 as a result of higher oil and gas volumes and improved results in the marketing and trading businesses, partially offset by lower oil prices. We generated cash flow from operations before working capital changes of $9.2 billion for the first nine months of 2012 and invested $7.7 billion in capital expenditures." Oil and Gas Oil and gas segment earnings were $2.0 billion for the third quarter of 2012, compared with $2.6 billion for the third quarter of 2011. Lower product prices and higher costs in the third quarter of 2012 were partially offset by higher oil volumes. For the third quarter of 2012, daily oil and gas production volumes averaged 766,000 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), compared with 739,000 BOE in the third quarter of 2011. The third quarter 2012 production increase resulted from higher volumes of 33,000 BOE per day from domestic operations, partially offset by a decrease in international production. The international decrease included lower volumes from Dolphin, resulting from the full cost recovery of pre-startup capital, and in Yemen due to the Masila field contract expiration, partially offset by higher volumes from other international operations. Daily sales volumes increased from 743,000 BOE in the third quarter of 2011 to 765,000 BOE in the third quarter of 2012. Oxy's realized price for worldwide crude oil was $96.62 per barrel for the third quarter of 2012, compared with $97.24 per barrel for the third quarter of 2011. The third quarter of 2012 realized oil price represents 105 percent of the average WTI and 88 percent of the average Brent price for the quarter. Worldwide NGL prices were $40.65 per barrel in the third quarter of 2012, compared with $56.06 per barrel in the third quarter of 2011. Domestic gas prices decreased 41 percent from $4.23 per MCF in the third quarter of 2011 to $2.48 per MCF for the third quarter of 2012. Third quarter 2012 realized prices were lower than second quarter 2012 prices for worldwide oil and NGLs and were higher for domestic natural gas. On a sequential quarterly basis, prices decreased 3 percent for worldwide crude oil and NGLs and increased 19 percent for domestic natural gas. Chemicals Chemical segment earnings for the third quarter of 2012 were $162 million, compared with $245 million in the third quarter of 2011. The decrease was the result of lower prices across most product lines, particularly in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), partially offset by lower natural gas and ethylene costs. Midstream, Marketing and Other Midstream segment earnings were $156 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared with $77 million for the third quarter of 2011. The results reflect higher margins in the marketing and trading businesses, partially offset by lower income in the gas processing and pipeline businesses. NINE-MONTH RESULTS Core income for the first nine months of 2012 was $4.3 billion ($5.26 per diluted share), compared with $5.2 billion ($6.37 per diluted share) for the same period in 2011. Cash flow from operations after working capital changes was $8.5 billion. Oil and Gas Oil and gas segment earnings were $6.6 billion for the first nine months of 2012, compared with $7.7 billion for the same period of 2011. The decrease in 2012 reflected lower NGL and natural gas prices, higher operating costs, exploration expense and DD&A rates, partially offset by higher oil prices and domestic volumes. Oil and gas production volumes for the nine months were 762,000 BOE per day for 2012, compared with 728,000 BOE per day for the same period in 2011. Year-over-year, our domestic production increased by nearly 10 percent, while total company production increased by nearly 5 percent. Dolphin's full cost recovery of pre-startup capital, which reduced our production, was the only operation where production sharing and similar contracts had an appreciable effect. The nine-month 2012 production increase resulted from 41,000 BOE per day in higher domestic volumes, partially offset by lower volumes in the Middle East/North Africa and Latin America. Daily sales volumes were 757,000 BOE in the first nine months of 2012, compared with 726,000 BOE for the same period in 2011. Oxy's realized prices improved for crude oil but declined for natural gas and NGLs on a year-over-year basis. Worldwide crude oil prices were $101.20 per barrel for the nine months of 2012, compared with $97.33 per barrel for the nine months of 2011. Worldwide NGL prices were $45.21 per barrel for the nine months of 2012, compared with $55.63 per barrel in the nine months of 2011. Domestic gas prices declined 42 percent, from $4.24 per MCF in the nine months of 2011 to $2.47 per MCF in the nine months of 2012. Chemicals Chemical segment earnings were $540 million for the nine months of 2012, compared with $717 million for the same period in 2011. The reduction was primarily a result of lower export volumes and prices due to the economic conditions in Europe and Asia, partially offset by lower energy and feedstock costs. Midstream, Marketing and Other Midstream segment earnings were $364 million for the nine months of 2012, compared with $378 million for the same period in 2011. Forward-Looking Statements Portions of this press release contain forward-looking statements and involve risks and uncertainties that could materially affect expected results of operations, liquidity, cash flows and business prospects. Factors that could cause results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: global commodity pricing fluctuations; supply and demand considerations for Occidental's products; general domestic political and regulatory approval conditions; higher-than-expected costs; international political conditions; not successfully completing, or any material delay of, any development of new fields, expansion projects, capital expenditures, efficiency-improvement projects, acquisitions or dispositions; potential failure to achieve expected production from existing and future oil and gas development projects or acquisitions; exploration risks such as drilling unsuccessful wells; any changes in general economic conditions domestically or internationally; the ability to attract trained engineers; potential liability for remedial actions under existing or future environmental regulations and litigation; potential liability resulting from pending or future litigation; potential disruption or interruption of Occidental's production or manufacturing or damage to facilities due to accidents, chemical releases, labor unrest, weather, natural disasters, political events or insurgent activity; failure of risk management; changes in law or regulations; or changes in tax rates. Words such as "estimate", "project", "predict", "will", "would", "should", "could", "may", "might", "anticipate", "plan", "intend", "believe", "expect", "aim", "goal", "target", "objective", "likely" or similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes generally indicate forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this report. Unless legally required, Occidental does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Material risks that may affect Occidental's results of operations and financial position appear in Part 1, Item 1A "Risk Factors" of the 2011 Form 10-K. For further analysis of Occidental's quarterly performance, please visit the website: www.oxy.com                         Attachment 1   SUMMARY OF SEGMENT NET SALES AND EARNINGS   Third Quarter Nine Months ($ millions, except per-share amounts) 2012 2011 2012 2011 SEGMENT NET SALES Oil and Gas $4,635 $ 4,677 $14,032 $ 13,635 Chemical 1,119 1,231 3,439 3,721 Midstream, Marketing and Other 389 256 1,044 1,109 Eliminations   (178)   (158 )   (514)   (560 )   Net Sales $5,965   $ 6,006   $18,001   $ 17,905     SEGMENT EARNINGS Oil and Gas (a) $2,026 $ 2,612 $6,573 $ 7,704 Chemical 162 245 540 717 Midstream, Marketing and Other   156     77     364     378   2,344 2,934 7,477 8,799   Unallocated Corporate Items Interest expense, net (b) (34) (23 ) (87) (259 ) Income taxes (c) (855) (1,087 ) (2,869) (3,252 ) Other   (76)   (49 )   (250)   (289 )   Income from Continuing Operations1,379 1,775 4,271 4,999 Discontinued operations, net (d)   (4)   (4 )   (9)   138     NET INCOME$1,375   $ 1,771   $4,262   $ 5,137     BASIC EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE Income from continuing operations $1.70 $ 2.18 $5.26 $ 6.14 Discontinued operations, net   (0.01)   (0.01 )   (0.01)   0.17   $1.69   $ 2.17   $5.25   $ 6.31     DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE Income from continuing operations $1.70 $ 2.18 $5.26 $ 6.14 Discontinued operations, net   (0.01)   (0.01 )   (0.01)   0.17   $1.69   $ 2.17   $5.25   $ 6.31   AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING BASIC 809.7 812.5 810.1 812.6 DILUTED   810.4     813.2     810.8     813.3     (a) Oil and Gas - The nine months of 2011 include pre-tax charges of $35 million related to exploration write-offs in Libya and $29 million related to Colombia net worth tax. Also, included in the nine months of 2011 results is a pre-tax gain for sale of an interest in a Colombia pipeline of $22 million. (b) Unallocated Corporate Items - Interest Expense, net - The nine months of 2011 include a pre-tax charge of $163 million related to the premium on debt extinguishment. (c) Unallocated Corporate Items - Taxes - The nine months of 2011 include a net $21 million charge for out-of-period state income taxes. (d) Discontinued Operations, net - The nine months of 2011 include a $144 million after-tax gain from the sale of the Argentine operations.       Attachment 2   SUMMARY OF CAPITAL EXPENDITURES AND DD&A EXPENSE   Third Quarter Nine Months ($ millions) 2012 2011 2012 2011 CAPITAL EXPENDITURES$2,591   $ 2,011   $7,716   $ 4,969     DEPRECIATION, DEPLETION ANDAMORTIZATION OF ASSETS$1,149   $ 924   $3,320   $ 2,653         Attachment 3   SUMMARY OF OPERATING STATISTICS - PRODUCTION   Third Quarter Nine Months   2012 2011 2012 2011 NET OIL, GAS AND LIQUIDS PRODUCTION PER DAYUnited States Crude Oil (MBBL) California 88 80 87 78 Permian 144 133 140 132 Midcontinent and Other   28     17     24     16   Total 260 230 251 226   NGL (MBBL) California 18 16 16 15 Permian 40 37 39 38 Midcontinent and Other   16     20     18     14   Total 74 73 73 67   Natural Gas (MMCF) California 247 269 261 254 Permian 151 151 153 153 Midcontinent and Other   414     379     414     357   Total 812 799 828 764   Latin America Crude Oil (MBBL) - Colombia 30 27 28 29   Natural Gas (MMCF) - Bolivia 12 15 13 16   Middle East / North Africa Crude Oil (MBBL) Bahrain 4 4 5 4 Dolphin 7 10 8 10 Oman 69 69 65 68 Qatar 69 73 71 72 Other   34     32     36     39   Total 183 188 185 193   NGL (MBBL) Dolphin 7 11 9 11 Other   1     -     -     -   Total 8 11 9 11   Natural Gas (MMCF) Bahrain 237 169 229 171 Dolphin 147 215 171 205 Oman   57     59     57     53   Total 441 443 457 429     Barrels of Oil Equivalent (MBOE)   766     739     762     728         Attachment 4   SUMMARY OF OPERATING STATISTICS - SALES   Third Quarter Nine Months   2012 2011 2012 2011 NET OIL, GAS AND LIQUIDS SALES PER DAY   United States Crude Oil (MBBL) 259 230 251 226 NGL (MBBL) 74 73 73 67 Natural Gas (MMCF) 807 799 825 764   Latin America Crude Oil (MBBL) - Colombia 30 24 28 29   Natural Gas (MMCF) - Bolivia 12 15 13 16   Middle East / North Africa Crude Oil (MBBL) Bahrain 4 4 4 4 Dolphin 7 9 8 9 Oman 67 71 64 70 Qatar 68 76 70 73 Other   38     35     34     35   Total 184 195 180 191   NGL (MBBL) Dolphin 8 11 9 11   Natural Gas (MMCF) 441 443 457 429     Barrels of Oil Equivalent (MBOE)   765     743     757     726         Attachment 5   SIGNIFICANT TRANSACTIONS AND EVENTS AFFECTING EARNINGS   Occidental's results of operations often include the effects of significant transactions and events affecting earnings that vary widely and unpredictably in nature, timing and amount. Therefore, management uses a measure called "core results," which excludes those items. This non-GAAP measure is not meant to disassociate those items from management's performance, but rather is meant to provide useful information to investors interested in comparing Occidental's earnings performance between periods. Reported earnings are considered representative of management's performance over the long term. Core results is not considered to be an alternative to operating income in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.                           Third Quarter   Diluted Diluted ($ millions, except per-share amounts) 2012EPS 2011 EPS TOTAL REPORTED EARNINGS$1,375   $1.69   $ 1,771   $ 2.17     Oil and Gas Segment Earnings $2,026 $ 2,612 Add: No significant items affecting earnings   -     -     Segment Core Results   2,026     2,612     Chemicals Segment Earnings 162 245 Add: No significant items affecting earnings   -     -     Segment Core Results   162     245     Midstream, Marketing and Other Segment Earnings 156 77 Add: No significant items affecting earnings   -     -     Segment Core Results   156     77     Total Segment Core Results   2,344     2,934     Corporate Corporate Results -- Non Segment * (969) (1,163 ) Add: Discontinued operations, net **   4     4     Corporate Core Results - Non Segment   (965)   (1,159 )   TOTAL CORE RESULTS$1,379   $1.70   $ 1,775   $ 2.18     * Interest expense, income taxes, G&A expense and other. ** Amounts shown after tax.       Attachment 6   SIGNIFICANT TRANSACTIONS AND EVENTS AFFECTING EARNINGS (continued)                           Nine Months   Diluted Diluted ($ millions, except per-share amounts) 2012EPS 2011 EPS TOTAL REPORTED EARNINGS$4,262   $5.25   $ 5,137   $ 6.31     Oil and Gas Segment Earnings $6,573 $ 7,704 Add: Libya exploration write-off - 35 Gain on sale of Colombia pipeline interest - (22 ) Foreign tax   -     29     Segment Core Results   6,573     7,746     Chemicals Segment Earnings 540 717 Add: No significant items affecting earnings   -     -     Segment Core Results   540     717     Midstream, Marketing and Other Segment Earnings 364 378 Add: No significant items affecting earnings   -     -     Segment Core Results   364     378     Total Segment Core Results   7,477     8,841     Corporate Corporate Results -- Non Segment * (3,215) (3,662 ) Add: Premium on debt extinguishments - 163 State income tax charge - 33 Tax effect of pre-tax adjustments - (50 ) Discontinued operations, net **   9     (138 )   Corporate Core Results - Non Segment   (3,206)   (3,654 )   TOTAL CORE RESULTS$4,271   $5.26   $ 5,187   $ 6.37     * Interest expense, income taxes, G&A expense and other ** Amounts shown after tax. Occidental Petroleum CorporationMelissa E. Schoeb (media)melissa_schoeb@oxy.com310-443-6504orChris Stavros (investors)chris_stavros@oxy.com212-603-8184