Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) on Feb. 12 reported a quarterly profit that beat analysts' estimates, helped by a surge in Permian basin production and higher realized prices for its crude.
Production from its Permian resources unit rose 57% to 250,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) in the fourth quarter, boosted by its investments in the basin.
A recovery in global oil prices since the end of 2016 led to a resurgence in U.S. shale activity centered around the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico. The U.S. recently edged past Saudi Arabia and Russia, to become the world's top oil producer.
Occidental's average production was up about 13% at 700,000 boe/d. Revenue from its midstream and marketing unit also rose to about $1.3 billion from $410 million a year earlier.
U.S. crude oil prices were 7% higher on average in the fourth quarter, compared with a year earlier.
The company's adjusted profit rose to $922 million, or $1.22 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from $313 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier.
Analysts on average had estimated the company to post a profit of $1.14 per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
Occidental recorded impairment charges on its Qatar assets of $220 million.
“After exploring all strategic and financial options available to Rosehill,” CEO David French said the company agreed to a restructuring plan with its major creditors, which includes filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, .
Exxon Mobil last quarter cut oil production by up to 400,000 bbl/d and capex by 30%, much of it in its shale business.
Court rulings over disputes with midstream operators are no longer easy to predict.