Chevron: Earnings Top Estimates, Revenues Miss

by Christopher Freeburn | July 27, 2012 10:57 am

Chevron: Earnings Top Estimates, Revenues Miss

Chevron (NYSE:CVX[1]) reported on Friday that it earned $7.21 billion du[2]ring the second quarter[3], down 7% from $7.73 billion in the same period last year.

The oil giant said it had revenue of $62.6 billion for the quarter, down 9% from 2011. That disappointed Wall Street, which was looking for revenue of $71.4 billion, the Associated Press noted. EPS came in at $3.66, down from $3.85 last year, but well above the $3.23 that analysts had forecast.

Shares of Chevron slipped fractionally in Friday morning trading.

Oil prices slid during the quarter, as did oil and natural gas production, which was down 2.6% worldwide, the company said. Still, Chevron increased spending on exploration and development.

U.S. natural gas prices dropped by half compared to 2011.

Refining operation profits jumped 80%. Chevron sold a total of $200 million in assets during the quarter, including its South Korean energy business

Earlier this week, Exxon Mobil reported second-quarter earnings that missed analysts’ expectation[4], but earnings topped Wall Street forecasts.

Endnotes:
  1. CVX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CVX
  2. du: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-chevron-earns-20120727,0,3791868.story
  3. ring the second quarter: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-chevron-earns-20120727,0,3791868.story
  4. second-quarter earnings that missed analysts’ expectation: http://investorplace.com/2012/07/exxon-mobil-tops-revenue-misses-profit-forecasts/

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