Report to Stockholders - Peter Robertson 2007
Peter J. Robertson, Vice Chairman
Opening Remarks and Corporate Overview
San Ramon, California, April 25, 2007
Good morning and welcome to this meeting of Chevron stockholders.
We're pleased you could join us today to hear about our performance in 2006, how our company is building for the future and how we are committed to creating value for you, our stockholders.
First, let me introduce our nominees for the Board of Directors. Would you please stand as I call your name and remain standing until all have been introduced.
- Sam Armacost, chairman of SRI International.
- Linnet Deily, former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and retired vice chairman of Charles Schwab Corporation.
- Bob Denham, partner in the law firm of Munger, Tolles and Olson.
- Bob Eaton, retired chairman of the board of management of DaimlerChrysler.
- Sam Ginn, retired chairman of Vodafone AirTouch.
- Frank Jenifer, president emeritus of The University of Texas at Dallas.
- Don Rice, chairman and CEO of Agensys, Inc.
- Kevin Sharer, a director nominee. Kevin is CEO and president of Amgen Inc.
- Ron Sugar, chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman Corporation.
- Carl Ware, retired executive vice president of The Coca-Cola Company.
- And finally, Dave O'Reilly, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Chevron Corporation.
I would like to acknowledge Sam Nunn, former senator from Georgia, and Dick Shoemate, retired chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Bestfoods, who are unable to be here today.
Thanks to all of you for your willingness to serve as directors of our great company.
Chairman O'Reilly will be joining me in today's presentation, along with George Kirkland, executive vice president of Upstream and Natural Gas, and Mike Wirth, executive vice president of Downstream.
We have several corporate officers here today. Would you please stand and be recognized.
Now I'd like to introduce:
- Alan Page and Chuck Chang, partners from PricewaterhouseCoopers.
- And Douglas Czarnecki, the Inspector of Election.
Thanks to all of you.
Let's take a look at a short video highlighting some of our milestones and accomplishments in 2006.
I think you will agree, as this video illustrates, 2006 was another strong year for Chevron. Let's take a closer look.
We achieved a third consecutive year of record earnings with reported net income of $17.1 billion.
We achieved a strong return on capital employed of about 23 percent.
We ended 2006 with a debt-to-total-debt-plus-equity ratio of 12.5 percent, down from 17 percent from year-end 2005.
And I am very proud to say that in 2006 we set another new record for safety performance. With an unrelenting focus on safety, we are closing in on our goal to be the industry leader in safety performance.
Our strong earnings and cash flows are enabling us to return cash to our stockholders and, at the same time, fund a robust capital program.
In 2006, we increased our quarterly dividend by 15.6 percent. It was the 19th consecutive increase in as many years.
We also completed a $5 billion stock buyback in one year, bringing our buybacks to a total of $10 billion in the last three years.
Total stockholder return is the ultimate measure of our performance, and our goal is to continue to be a top performer over the long term.
Last year our stock was up nearly $17 per share, which combined with dividends, resulted in a total stockholder return of nearly 34 percent — an excellent one-year performance that outperformed the broad market indicator of the S&P 500 by 18 percent.
And year-to-date for 2007, we are No. 1 in total stockholder return among our peer group.
Now a quick look at our capital and exploratory expenditures.
In 2007, we expect to invest approximately $19.6 billion, roughly 18 percent or $3 billion higher than our 2006 spending level.
Roughly 75 percent is planned for oil and gas exploration and production projects worldwide. Another 20 percent is dedicated to the company's global refining, marketing and transportation businesses.
For several years now, our strategies have remained largely unchanged. They are the right strategies for Chevron, ones that leverage the strength of our assets, our competencies and our access to growth markets.
Our overarching aim is to develop leading integrated positions in growth areas. To accomplish this, we maintain a sharp focus on our major business strategies:
- In the upstream, our strategy is to grow profitably in our core areas and build new legacy positions.
- Our natural gas strategy is to commercialize our large equity resource base while growing a high-impact global business.
- Our downstream strategy is to improve base business returns and selectively grow with a focus on integrated value creation.
- And we have a renewable energy strategy — to invest in renewable technologies and capture profitable positions in renewable sources of energy.
Now we'll hear about how we are advancing our key strategies across our major business units. At this time, I would like to introduce George Kirkland who will highlight our upstream and natural gas activities.
Cautionary Statement Relevant to Forward-Looking Information for the Purpose of "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
This presentation of Chevron Corporation contains forward-looking statements relating to Chevron's operations that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections about the petroleum, chemicals and other energy-related industries. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "targets," "projects," "believes," "seeks," "schedules," "estimates," "budgets" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond our control and are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. The reader should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this presentation. Unless legally required, Chevron undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are crude oil and natural gas prices; refining margins and marketing margins; chemicals prices and competitive conditions affecting supply and demand for aromatics, olefins and additives products; actions of competitors; the competitiveness of alternate energy sources or product substitutes; technological developments; the results of operations and financial condition of equity affiliates; the inability or failure of the company's joint-venture partners to fund their share of operations and development activities; the potential failure to achieve expected net production from existing and future crude oil and natural gas development projects; potential delays in the development, construction or start-up of planned projects; the potential disruption or interruption of the company's net production or manufacturing facilities or delivery/transportation networks due to war, accidents, political events, civil unrest, severe weather or crude-oil production quotas that might be imposed by OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries); the potential liability for remedial actions under existing or future environmental regulations and litigation; significant investment or product changes under existing or future environmental statutes, regulations and litigation; the potential liability resulting from pending or future litigation; the company's acquisition or disposition of assets; government-mandated sales, divestitures, recapitalizations, changes in fiscal terms or restrictions on scope of company operations; the effects of changed accounting rules under generally accepted accounting principles promulgated by rule-setting bodies; and the factors set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" beginning on page 31 of the company's 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K. In addition, such statements could be affected by general domestic and international economic and political conditions. Unpredictable or unknown factors not discussed in this presentation could also have material adverse effects on forward-looking statements.
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Updated: April 2007