|Bid||114.77 x 2200|
|Ask||114.99 x 900|
|Day's Range||114.74 - 115.58|
|52 Week Range||100.22 - 127.34|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.84|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||14.86|
|Earnings Date||Nov. 1, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||4.76 (4.14%)|
|1y Target Est||137.67|
(Bloomberg) -- The Trump administration is considering an extension of Chevron Corp.’s waiver to operate in Venezuela, albeit with even greater limitations, according to people familiar with the matter.The 90-day sanctions reprieve would allow Chevron to continue its role as the last major U.S. oil producer in the nation beyond the Oct. 25 expiration date. Still, the Treasury Department wants to advance its “maximum pressure strategy” to further limit Venezuela’s crude production, the people said.One of the people, all of whom were granted anonymity to discuss the deliberations, said on Friday evening that the decision making process was in its final stages. Another person said that no final decision has been made and it was unclear whether other companies might receive a similar break.The concern is that Chevron’s joint-venture projects in Venezuela are providing financing to help Nicolas Maduro’s regime pay back its debt to Russia’s state oil giant Rosneft PJSC, which could encourage more loans in the future. Still, there’s also a desire to maintain some American presence in the nation’s oil industry in the event of a political transition. The U.S. and nearly 60 countries recognize National Assembly President Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s rightful leader.“We are a positive presence in Venezuela, and we are hopeful that General License 8C is renewed so that we can continue operations in the country for the long-term,” Ray Fohr, a Chevron spokesman, said Friday night in a statement. “We have dedicated investments and a large work force who are dependent on our presence.”The Treasury Department did not respond to a request for comment.Chevron has operated in the South American nation for almost a century, since the discovery of the Boscan field in the 1920s. It has outlasted many other oil companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp., which left after a series of industry nationalizations during Hugo Chavez’s time as president.Venezuela’s oil output has fallen from a high of 3.7 million barrels a day in 1970 to less than 700,000 today, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.\--With assistance from Nick Wadhams and David Wethe.To contact the reporters on this story: Ben Bartenstein in Washington at email@example.com;Saleha Mohsin in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Carolina Wilson at email@example.com, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
LA CAÑADA DE URDANETA, Venezuela (Reuters) - With the $2 he earns in wages each week working as a cargo driver for Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, 56-year-old Freddy Brito cannot even afford to buy one kilogram (2.2 lb) of cheese. To feed himself and his wife as the once-prosperous OPEC nation suffers a hyperinflationary economic collapse, Brito depends on a monthly basket of rice, canned tuna, beans and other products valued at $200 given to him by California-based Chevron Corp, PDVSA's minority partner at the Petroboscan field in western Zulia state where he works.
The federal government's EIA report revealed that crude inventories rose by 9.3 million barrels, compared to the 4 million barrels increase that energy analysts had expected.
(Bloomberg) -- Crude oil gave back some of its gains after a report showed inventories rising more than 10 million barrels, dimming the market’s optimism after signs that the trade war between the U.S. and China may be nearing an end.Futures eased back to $53 a barrel after settling 1% higher. The industry-funded American Petroleum Institute reported a 10.5 million-barrel build in crude stocks, according to people familiar with the data. It would be the largest jump since February 2017 if government data confirms it Thursday. U.S. President Donald Trump said China already has started buying American agricultural products but that a formal deal probably won’t be signed until a meeting next month with Chinese President Xi Jinping.“The 10.5 million-barrel build caused the price dip,” said Gene McGillian, manager of market research at Tradition Energy. “It brought some sellers into the market. Now we need to wait to see if the EIA confirms it.”European and British negotiators appeared be nearing an accord that would pave the way for the world’s fifth-largest economy to exit the EU. In addition, a weaker U.S. dollar spurred demand for riskier assets including commodities such as oil.“The encouraging headlines surrounding the U.S.-China trade war and Brexit seem more optimistic,” said Pavel Molchanov, a Houston-based analyst at Raymond James & Associates Inc. “In that sense, it’s perfectly reasonable for oil prices to show a bit of a bounce.”West Texas Intermediate for November delivery was 16 cents higher at $52.97 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 4:49 p.m. local time, after settling at $53.36.Brent crude for December settlement was 36 cents higher at $59.10 on the London-based ICE Futures Europe Exchange. The global benchmark settled at a premium of $5.97 to WTI for the same month.“But the main focus will still be on demand destruction despite the earlier drive higher. Even despite the drive higher. How the trade talks are going to end up and what economic data shows. Whether its going to be slowing the world economy,” McGillian said.To contact the reporters on this story: Jacquelyn Melinek in New York at firstname.lastname@example.org;Sheela Tobben in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Marino at firstname.lastname@example.org, Catherine TraywickFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- A unit of Delek Group Ltd. is seeking alternative means of financing to complete its $2 billion acquisition of some of Chevron Corp.’s North Sea oil and gas assets after initial funding arrangements hit stumbling blocks, according to people familiar with the matter.Ithaca Energy Ltd., the U.K. arm of Israeli explorer Delek, has asked commodity-trading houses to help it fund the deal, the people said, asking not to be named because the matter is private. It has already secured a $100 million investment from Trafigura Group Ltd., which also gives the trader the right to market some of its oil and gas, and is in talks for more funds, the people said.Ithaca is counting on the purchase, agreed on in May and expected to close this quarter, to boost its output before a possible initial public offering. The company is focused on the North Sea, where large producers such as Chevron are increasingly shedding mature assets so they can redeploy capital elsewhere.“Delek is scheduled to close the Chevron deal on time in accordance with the original timetables,” the company said in a statement. “The group and Ithaca are currently continuing to negotiate with several leading marketing and trading companies and Ithaca is expected to sign a binding trade and marketing agreement in the next coming days.”Chevron declined to comment.When the sale was announced, Ithaca said it was financing the purchase with a $1.65 billion bank loan, a separate $700 million bridge loan, an equity investment by Delek and cash. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and BNP Paribas SA underwrote Ithaca’s debt financing, according to a statement. Ithaca offered $700 million of bonds in July, but only sold $500 million, according to company statements.Last month, Ithaca secured the $100 million equity investment from Trafigura, but the oil company still doesn’t have the $2 billion to complete the Chevron purchase, the people said. It has previously received offers of funds from other traders, including Mercuria Energy Group Ltd., and may ask for more, according to the people. It could also get additional equity by turning to its parent Delek, which is awaiting a key asset sale next month to get more cash.The Chevron fields were highly sought after when they were up for sale, with bidders including Ineos Group and Chrysaor Holdings Ltd. At the time the sale was announced, Ithaca Chief Executive Officer Les Thomas said he couldn’t “wait to get our hands on the steering wheel” of the assets. Ithaca estimated the deal would boost 2019 production 300% and result in a 150% increase in proved and probable reserves.Additional barrels could help Ithaca attract investors to an initial public offering. Delek said in May that it planned to issue shares of Ithaca in London. Last month, Delek said Ithaca may be worth $2.5 billion.\--With assistance from Yaacov Benmeleh.To contact the reporters on this story: Kelly Gilblom in London at email@example.com;Dinesh Nair in London at firstname.lastname@example.org;Andy Hoffman in Geneva at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Herron at firstname.lastname@example.org, John DeaneFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Oil markets have fallen at the start of this week as bearish fundamentals alongside economic fears force geopolitical risk to take a back seat
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Occidental Peteroleum Corp. is offering you the chance of a lifetime: to be just like Warren Buffett.Oxy’s stock yields 7.7% and hit 7.9% at one point on Monday. That is roughly four times what the S&P 500 pays. More importantly, it is within a whisker of 8% — the yield Oxy now also pays to one Berkshire Hathaway Inc. These two things are not unrelated.Recall that Oxy won this year’s battle for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. by outbidding Chevron Corp., partly with the aid of $10 billion from Berkshire. This came with the usual payday-loan accoutrements of that high yield, a takeout premium and warrants. Buffett’s cash also helped Oxy avoid putting the deal to its own shareholders — although many appear to have voted it down anyway, in a manner of speaking:Oxy’s stint in the doghouse partly reflects fear, with oil dropping just as Oxy’s debt ballooned. For at least the next year or so, the equity story looks yoked to the twists and turns of the trade war, which is as unsettling as it sounds.More importantly, though, Oxy’s bet on Anadarko has put it at loggerheads with what investors want from oil companies these days.What do they want? Dividends. More to the point, investors have reset the parameters of what’s acceptable in terms of how oil companies apportion cash flow. Poor returns on prior investment by the industry plus concerns about a looming peak in oil demand add up to investors wanting more of that cash directed into their own pockets rather than into drilling budgets. Oil majors have adjusted accordingly:Broadly, there are three claimants on cash flow: the company (capex), creditors (interest and principal) and shareholders (dividends). The sector zeitgeist is to minimize the first two to make more room for the latter.Oxy was an exemplar of this, but the Anadarko deal has changed the equation. Even allowing for disposals announced so far and a joint-venture payment from Ecopetrol SA, pro forma net debt has virtually tripled from Oxy’s standalone level. The extra leverage will haunt Oxy if 2020 turns out to be bad for oil prices – and based on the market’s remarkably sanguine reaction to the recent attack on Saudi Arabia, it might well be.To counter this, Oxy says a round of oil-price hedging means it can cover its dividend if West Texas Intermediate crude oil averages in the low $40s per barrel next year (it’s averaged about $57 so far in 2019). By 2021, Oxy says, it could break even at $40 a barrel without hedging as various efficiencies kick in. Consensus forecasts compiled by Bloomberg show Oxy generating just over $3 billion of free cash flow in 2020 versus a pro forma dividend payment (assuming it stays flat) of just over $2.8 billion.The caveat to this resilience case is that it would mean Oxy cutting back on capex to “maintenance” levels, implying little or no growth. Oxy raised its guidance for third-quarter production by 3% on Tuesday morning, which is positive. But if weak oil prices portend a flat line for the next year or so, then investors’ demand for that high dividend yield wouldn’t be going anywhere.The added fixed costs of higher interest payments and the Berkshire dividend have made Oxy more of a levered play on oil prices at a time when the latter look lifeless. Oxy’s most recent earnings presentation emphasized billions of excess cash (and growth) in 2021 if oil averages $60 or $70 a barrel. In the meantime, though, a big chunk of any value from the Anadarko deal accrues to Buffett. Of the $2 billion of annual pre-tax cost savings (“synergies”) from the deal, $800 million goes post-tax to servicing those preferreds. Indeed, factor in the warrants and take-out premium, plus the $1 billion break-up fee paid to Chevron — along with some other assumptions (1) — and while Oxy’s legacy shareholders get 50% of the net present value of the synergies, Berkshire takes 40%.(2)Oxy expects another $1.5 billion of capex synergies from the Anadarko deal, although this figure came with lower growth guidance so the actual gain in value is less clear, especially if the budget gets slashed toward maintenance levels in the near term.An earnings call is due in three weeks, and Oxy will need to double down on the reassurance it gave in early August. Progress on disposals to cut debt would help. An obvious choice is the stake in Western Gas Partners LP inherited from Anadarko. But this hasn’t materialized yet, and the value of the common units held in Western Gas has dropped by $1.9 billion since the bidding for Anadarko got underway in April. Absent that, details on alternative candidates are needed.Perhaps more importantly, Oxy must make a robust case for synergies coming through sooner rather than later. The current narrative of resilience and leverage to higher oil prices offers some defense against worries about the dividend’s sustainability. However, the oil-price option gets little traction in the current environment where investors are focused on cash today rather than theoretical windfalls tomorrow. Having tilted the cash flow math toward interest and those Buffett payments, Oxy is in a race to show something tangible for its own shareholders coming through from this deal. Looking at that dividend yield, they require some convincing.(1) Assumespreferreds are redeemed for 105% of face value on the 10th anniversary of the deal and all dividends have been paid in full with no accruals. Warrants valued at $542 million using the Bloomberg options calculator as of August 9, 2019 (day of Anadarko acquisition's completion) and assumed to convert to a pro forma stake in Oxy of 8.1%. Tax rate of 21% and cash flows discounted at 10%.(2) Anadarko's legacy shareholders get just under 10%.To contact the author of this story: Liam Denning at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Gongloff at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Liam Denning is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering energy, mining and commodities. He previously was editor of the Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Street column and wrote for the Financial Times' Lex column. He was also an investment banker.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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The federal government's EIA report revealed that crude inventories rose by 2.9 million barrels, compared to the 2.4 million barrels increase that energy analysts had expected.
(Bloomberg) -- Chevron Corp. may be based in California, but Chief Executive Officer Mike Wirth had little praise for the state as he lauded the Texas business environment during an event in Houston on Wednesday.The Chevron boss hailed Texas’s resource base, its skilled workforce and overall business environment while criticizing policies back in the Golden State in a wide-ranging fireside chat at a gathering organized by the Greater Houston Partnership. He also committed Chevron to reducing flaring and methane emissions in the Permian Basin and vowed to increase diversity among the company’s senior leaders.“The policies in California have become pretty restrictive on a lot of business fronts, not just the environment,” Wirth said. “I don’t know there’s a better place in the world for us to do business than” Texas and the Gulf Coast.Chevron’s headquarters are in San Ramon, less than an hour’s drive from San Francisco, where its earliest predecessor, Pacific Coast Oil Co., was founded 140 years ago. Yet the company’s largest office is in Houston and a growing portion of its business is either located in, or controlled by, Texas. Almost 20% of Chevron’s year’s capital spending is allocated to the Permian Basin, the country’s largest oil patch.“The challenge for Texas is to continue to be a leader in energy development and set the standards high for the environment,” Wirth said.The state’s oil boom has attracted criticism from environmentalists for releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere at an alarming rate. Flaring and venting, or releasing methane into the atmosphere, has surged in the Permian Basin over the past decade as excess gas is produced as a waste product of oil. As much as 650 million cubic feet of gas is currently emitted in this way, triple the level of two years ago, due in part to a lack of pipelines, according to research firm Rystad Energy.Chevron has committed to zero routine flaring in the Permian, a goal that’s only achievable because of the slow, methodical way the oil giant entered the basin, Wirth said. “As we were going slow we were laying in place the foundation for gathering in the field, for transportation of all the commodities,” he said.Another key goal of his tenure is to improve diversity, especially increase the number of women in senior leadership positions, Wirth said. “We don’t get the best of the workforce if we only have a portion of the population to draw upon,” he said. Improving the environment for women and minorities is the “easiest business case to make,” he added.Chevron has begun hosting a series of workshops called Lean In Circles to discuss how the corporation can become more inclusive. The goal is for employees “to talk about things they don’t normally talk about at work,” Wirth said.Back in California, it’s not just the state’s energy policies that are bugging Wirth. About half a million homes and businesses in the north of the state lost power Wednesday as utility giant PG&E Corp. carried out a planned blackout. Wirth’s house was affected.“My home in California is without power today because the utility company hasn’t focused on the fundamentals,” he said, emphasizing the importance of a strong safety culture.The CEO’s comments prompted a suggestion from his interviewer at the event, Bobby Tudor, the founder of Houston-based investment bank Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. “If California ever decides they don’t want one of the world’s great oil companies, we will take you in Houston,” Tudor quipped.To contact the reporter on this story: Kevin Crowley in Houston at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Simon Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org, Carlos Caminada, Mike JeffersFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Oil climbed after simmering tensions between Turkey and Syria erupted into a shooting war, heightening geopolitical concerns on the edge of one of the world’s most important crude-producing regions. Futures rose as much as 2% in New York, halting two sessions of losses. A 2.93 million-barrel increase in U.S. crude inventories that exceeded the forecasts of more than 70% of analysts in a Bloomberg survey wasn’t enough to defuse the bullish momentum.Turkey formally announced the commencement of military intervention in Syria on Wednesday, just days after U.S. President Donald Trump said he wouldn’t stand in the way. That was followed within hours by a report that rockets fired from Syria struck a Turkish town.Oil prices had been on a downward trend after spiking in mid-September in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabia’s energy industry. Signals that China might accept a limited deal with the U.S., as well as signs of a weakening dollar, were supportive to prices.West Texas Intermediate for November delivery rose 97 cents to $53.60 a barrel at 11:39 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Brent for December settlement gained 95 cents to $59.19 on the London-based ICE Futures Europe Exchange. The global benchmark crude traded at a $5.63 premium to WTI for the same month.The Energy Information Administration on Wednesday reported that U.S. inventories of gasoline and diesel last week declined more than analysts in a Bloomberg survey expected. Crude stockpiles at the key storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, rose by 941,000 barrels.Meanwhile, the long-running U.S.-China trade deadlock appeared to thaw after Beijing indicated it’s open to reaching a partial trade deal with the U.S. The dispute has weighed on energy markets for months because it undermines global economic growth that dictates fuel demand.Two days of U.S.-China talks start Thursday in Washington. While negotiators aren’t optimistic about securing a broad agreement that would end the trade war, China would accept a partial deal as long as the Trump administration doesn’t impose any more tariffs, according to an official who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.\--With assistance from Elizabeth Low and Alex Longley.To contact the reporters on this story: Joe Carroll in Houston at email@example.com;Sheela Tobben in New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Marino at email@example.com, Joe Carroll, Mike JeffersFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
TOTAL (TOT) announces that it is going to start the construction of 52 MW Miyagi Osato Solar Park. This is likely to further expand its renewable operations in Japan.
Trade talks between China and the U.S. are about to recommence, and a combination of a weakening economy and an impeachment inquiry are likely to make Beijing’s stance aggressive
Easier access to debt is expected to fuel the renewables boom, and big oil’s shareholders are already looking forward to earnings from major bets on renewables