Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Why Investors Should Not Be Worried About Chevron's Massive CapEx

By Sarfaraz A. Khan and Gohar Yousuf

One of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, Chevron (CVX) has been spending enormous amounts of cash on some of its biggest projects to ramp up its production of oil and gas. As a result, the company has not returned as much cash to shareholders, through dividends and buybacks, as they would have liked. Following the global financial crisis, investors have favored companies with attractive dividends and buyback programs, as opposed to companies like Chevron, who invest in their long term future. This is one of the reasons why this oil giant’s shares have remained under pressure, despite having attractive long term growth prospects.

Going Over the Budget
In its most recent quarterly results, Chevron reported a 25.6% year-over-year increase in capital and exploration expenses to $10.59 billion. A significant portion of this increase was attributed to the company’s operations in the international markets, where its spending grew by 28% to $7.84 billion. In the U.S, Chevron spent around $2.7 billion, showing an increase of 18% from the same quarter last year. Overall, in the first nine months of the current year, Chevron has... read full article at GuruFocus