2008 Annual Meeting Remarks by Peter J. Robertson
Peter J. Robertson, Vice Chairman
Opening Remarks and Corporate Overview
San Ramon, California, May 28, 2009
Good morning and welcome.
We're pleased you could join us today to hear about our performance in 2007 — how we are responding to today's energy challenges while 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.
- General James Jones, president and CEO of the Institute for 21st Century Energy.
- Senator Sam Nunn, co-chairman and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and former Senator from Georgia.
- Don Rice, former chairman, president and CEO of Agensys, Inc., now a subsidiary of Astellas Pharma Inc.
- Kevin Sharer, chairman, CEO and president of Amgen Inc.
- Dick Shoemate, retired chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Bestfoods.
- Ron Sugar, chairman of the board and chief executive officer 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.
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 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.
2007 was a very successful year for Chevron. Let's take a look at a short video highlighting some of our major accomplishments.
I think you will agree, as this video illustrates, 2007 was another strong year for Chevron.
Let's take a closer look.
We achieved a fourth consecutive year of record earnings with reported net income of $18.7 billion, posting the largest year-over-year percentage improvement of our peer group.
We achieved a strong return on capital employed of about 23 percent.
We ended 2007 with a debt to total debt-plus-equity ratio of 8.6 percent and reduced debt to $7 billion.
And I am very proud to say that in 2007, we continued improving on our safety performance. With an unrelenting focus on safety, we are closing in on our goal to be the industry leader.
Our strong earnings and cash flows are enabling us to fund a robust capital program and, at the same time, return cash to our stockholders.
In 2007, we repurchased $7 billion of our common shares and increased our quarterly dividend by 11.5 percent.
And last month, we announced a 12.1 percent quarterly dividend increase, making 2008 the 21st consecutive year Chevron will have increased its annual dividend.
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 over $22 per share, which, combined with dividends, resulted in a Total Stockholder Return of over 30 percent - an excellent one-year performance that outperformed the broad market indicator of the S&P 500 by 25 percent.
Five-year TSR performance through last April was 29 percent, outperforming the S&P 500 by nearly 19 percent.
And year-to-date for 2008, we ranked No. 1 versus our peers and outperformed the S&P 500 by 12 percent.
Now let's look at our capital and exploratory expenditures.
In 2008, we expect to invest approximately $23 billion, roughly 15 percent or nearly $3 billion higher than 2007.
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.
Our strategies are unchanged because they are the right strategies to deliver value to our stockholders, and they are the right strategies for addressing the energy challenges of today.
Our overarching aim is to develop leading integrated positions in growth areas. To accomplish this, we have the following four strategies:
- First: Grow upstream profitably in core areas and build new legacy positions.
- Second: Commercialize our equity natural gas resource base.
- Third: Improve downstream returns and selectively grow with a focus on integrated value creation.
- And fourth: Invest in renewable energy technologies and capture profitable positions.
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: May 2008