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Chevron Reports Net Income of $4.1 Billion in Fourth Quarter and $14.1 Billion for Year

  • Quarterly upstream earnings of $3.3 billion up 46% on higher oil and gas prices and benefits of Unocal acquisition
  • Downstream profits of $0.8 billion decline 25% on lower margins in Europe and Asia and effects of U.S. hurricanes
  • Several strategic and operational milestones reached during the period; progress also made on integration of Unocal

SAN RAMON, Calif., Jan. 27, 2006 -- Chevron Corporation today reported quarterly net income of $4.1 billion ($1.86 per share – diluted) in the fourth quarter 2005, compared with $3.4 billion ($1.63 per share – diluted) in the year-ago period. Earnings in the 2004 period included a special-item gain of $146 million ($0.06 per share) related to asset sales.

For the full year 2005, net income was $14.1 billion ($6.54 per share – diluted). Earnings in 2004 were $13.3 billion ($6.28 per share – diluted), which included net special-item gains of $1.2 billion ($0.54 per share) relating primarily to the disposition of nonstrategic upstream properties.

Sales and other operating revenues in the fourth quarter were $53 billion, up from $42 billion a year earlier. For the full year 2005, revenues were $194 billion, compared with $151 billion in 2004. The increase in both comparative periods was due mainly to higher prices for crude oil, natural gas and refined products, as well as the inclusion of revenues related to former-Unocal operations for the last five months of 2005.

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Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are unknown or unexpected problems in the resumption of operations affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other severe weather in the Gulf of Mexico; 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 ability to successfully integrate the operations of Chevron and Unocal; inability or failure of the company's joint-venture partners to fund their share of operations and development activities; potential failure to achieve expected net production from existing and future oil and gas development projects; potential delays in the development, construction or start-up of planned projects; potential disruption or interruption of the company's net production or manufacturing facilities due to war, accidents, political events or severe weather; potential liability for remedial actions under existing or future environmental regulations and litigation; significant investment or product changes under existing or future environmental regulations (including, particularly, regulations and litigation dealing with gasoline composition and characteristics); potential liability resulting from pending or future litigation; the company's ability to sell or dispose of assets or operations as expected; and the effects of changed accounting rules under generally accepted accounting principles promulgated by rule-setting bodies. In addition, such statements could be affected by general domestic and international economic and political conditions. Unpredictable or unknown factors not discussed herein also could have material adverse effects on forward-looking statements.

Published: January 2006