Earnings Conferences at Phillips 66

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Logo of Phillips 66. “We are standing on the shoulders of giants,” said Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland. “People like E. W. Marland, who started Marland Oil in 1911, and Frank and L. E. Phillips that started Phillips Petroleum in 1917. I could go on and on and list the giants that have come before us that have so well positioned this company for the success that we enjoy today.”[1] Photo: ConocoPhillips
The 587 foot tall Mammoet PTC 140 crane, seen here from North First Street, towers over the refinery in Ponca City, Oklahoma built by E. W. Marland. The crane was used to move two new coker reactor units within the refinery in September, 2013. The photograph was taken from almost two miles away from the crane. Photo: Hugh Pickens All Rights Reserved.
A photo of Marland Refinery in Ponca City in 1921. By 1921 EW Marland had consolidated all of his oil operations under the auspices of the Marland Oil Company. Headquartered in Ponca City the firm continued its phenomenal growth pattern by absorbing numerous small oil companies including the Comar Oil Company, Tom Jones Oil Company, Kenney-Cleary Oil Company, Francoma Oil Company, John S. Alcorn Oil Company, and many others whose highly competent executives Marland's company usually retained. Photo: Oklahoma Historical Society

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Earnings Conferences

2013 Year: January 29, 2014: Phillips 2013 Earnings Beat Expectations But Fall Short Of The Prior Year

The Houston Business Journal reported on January 29, 2014 that Phillips reported full-year 2013 earnings of $3.7 billion, or $6.02 per share, and adjusted earnings of $3.6 billion, or $5.89 per share. Analysts had expected full-year earnings of $5.64 per share. In 2012, Phillips 66 had earnings of $4.1 billion, or $6.48 per share, and adjusted earnings of $5.3 billion, or $8.38 per share.[2]

The Refining Business Segment TBD

The Chemical Business Segment TBD

The Midstream Business Segment TBD

2013 Q4: January 29, 2014: Phillips Q4 Earnings Beat Expectations But Fall Short Of The Prior Year

The Houston Business Journal reported on January 29, 2014 that Phillips fourth-quarter earnings beat analysts’ expectations with earnings of $826 million, or $1.37 per share, and adjusted earnings of $808 million, or $1.34 per share. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had estimated earnings of $1.10 per share. In the fourth quarter of 2012, Phillips 66 had earnings of $708 million, or $1.11 per share, and adjusted earnings of $1.3 billion, or $2.04 per share.[3]

The Refining Business Segment earnings were up 24 percent to $450 million, but that’s also down 53 percent from adjusted earnings of $960 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Phillips attributed the drop to lower margins in all regions except the Gulf Coast. "Margins were negatively impacted by weaker worldwide market crack spreads; however, this was partially offset by improved market capture compared with the same period last year," the company said. Marketing and specialties earnings were also down 35 percent to $73 million, due to the sale of its U.K. power generation business and lower marketing margins attributable to rising product prices in the U.S.[4]

The Chemicial Business Segment generated adjusted earnings of $261 million compared with $246 million in the comparable quarter last year. Higher polyethylene margins, equity earnings and ethylene volumes led to the increase. This was partially offset by higher costs and lower benzene margins.[5]

The Midstream Business Segment generated adjusted earnings of $450 million compared with earnings of $960 million in the year-ago quarter. The dismal results can be traced to lower realized refining margins, owing to decline in the average worldwide market crack spread. During the quarter, Phillips 66's refining utilization was at 92% and clean product yield was 84%.[6]

Segmental earnings for Marketing and Specialities were $73 million, down from $113 million from the comparable quarter last year. The decrease was primarily due to the sale of the U.K. power generation business in Jul 2013, and lower marketing margins. This was partially offset by reduced costs and higher volumes.[7]

In the reported quarter, Phillips 66 generated $865 million of cash from operations. It also returned $876 million of capital to shareholders. Of this, $232 million was disbursed as dividends while $644 million was used to repurchase 9.9 million shares of common stock.[8]

2013 Q3: October 30, 2013:Phillips Profits are Down in Third Quarter Due to Refining Losses

Olivia Pulsinelli reported in the Houston Business Journal that Phillips' earnings for the third quarter were $535 million, or 87 cents per share, compared to $1.6 billion, or $2.51 per share, a year earlier. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had expected a profit of 94 cents per share. Although the company’s midstream, chemicals, and marketing and specialties businesses were up compared to last year, the refining business posted a $2 million loss. "We ran well during the quarter," said Garland. "Weaker refining margins had a significant impact on our earnings. Chemicals posted strong earnings as a result of solid utilization rates and good margins."[9]

2013 Q2: July 31, 2013: Phillips Earnings Disappoint with 19% Drop in Earnings for 2nd Quarter

FuelFix reported on July 131, 2013 that Phillips underperformed in the second quarter as its earnings dropped 19 percent because of higher costs for oil and outages that shut down key facilities. “We should have run better and our earnings results reflect this,” said Garland. Phillips 66′s adjusted earnings per share of about $1.50 was well below analyst expectations of about $1. 81 for that figure.[10]

Garland cited two reasons for the disappointing earnings. First, Phillips' extended downtime at its facilities, including a refinery and a chemical plant, contributed to $175 million in lost profit. One of the outages, an extended maintenance period at a chemical plant in Port Arthur, lasted for 91 days, the duration of an entire quarter of the year. Second, higher domestic oil prices pushed down profits as the gap between the price of West Texas Intermediate, a benchmark for domestic crude, and Brent, a measure of international oil prices, narrowed substantially during the second quarter. That trend is expected to continue through the remainder of the year, with Brent currently around $107 and WTI at about $105. U.S. refiners had previously enjoyed a huge advantage over their foreign competitors because WTI prices were as much as $20 lower than Brent prices , with some U.S. crudes priced far lower because there was limited access to foreign markets.[11]

2013 Q1: May 1, 2013: Phillips' Profit in 1st Quarter Doubles from Previous Year to $2.23 per Share

Bloomberg reported on May 1, 2013 that Phillips net income for the 1st quarter rose to $1.41 billion, or $2.23 a share, from $636 million, or $1, a year earlier as the margin between oil costs and fuel prices widened and its chemical business improved. Greg Garland has said he’s focused on chemicals, pipelines and natural gas processing to reduce the volatility that comes with refining earnings. “This company is a different animal because the growth opportunities are not on the refining side of the business,” said Fadel Gheit, an analyst at Oppenheimer & Co. Refining profits rose as the margin between the cost of West Texas Intermediate oil and the price at which refiners sell fuel rose 20 percent to an average of $32.689 a barrel in the January-to-March period, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.[12]

Phillips 66 has been working to increase its use of relatively cheap crude by building rail capacity at its plants and buying rail cars to help bring crude from shale formations not yet reached by pipelines and the company has been inching toward the goal of processing only discounted crudes extracted in North America, a target they expect the company to hit within the next few years. "Certainly its an aspiration, but it is concrete and achievable," said Tim Taylor, executive vice president for commercial, transportation, business development and marketing. Phillips 66 said it boosted the share of discounted crude produced in the U.S. and Canada that its refineries process to 68% of its feedstock, up from 60% last year and during the quarter, it processed 221,000 barrels per day of crude from the Eagle Ford, Bakken and Mississippi Lime formations, up 120,000 barrels per day over last year's first quarter.[13]

2012 Q4: January 31, 2013: Phillips 66 Adjusted Profit Beats 4th Quarter Estimates But Gross Profits Down 65% When Including Impairment Charge

Bloomberg reported on January 31, 2013 that Phillips beat fourth-quarter profit estimates by 37 cents more than the $1.69 average of 16 analysts' estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Adjusted earnings for the quarter were $1.31 billion or $2.06 per share, compared to adjusted earnings of $379 million or $0.60 per share in the same period last year. However these adjusted profit figures exclude a writedown of the value of the company's interest in a plant in Malaysia of $2.06 a share. If the writedown is included, then the company reported a 65 percent decline in profit for the fourth quarter from last year as an impairment charge more than offset higher refining and chemical margins.[14][15]

The company has rallied along with other U.S. refiners by boosting access to a growing supply of domestic crude that has become cheaper than overseas oil. U.S. refiners in some regions paid an average of $17.48 less for every barrel they processed compared to the global benchmark oil price, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. "They're taking advantage of the God-given gift of very wide crude discounts and cheap natural gas," Fadel Gheit, a New York-based analyst with Oppenheimer & Co., said in a telephone interview. "They are putting the money to good use, and it's reflected in the stock price."[16]

2012 Q3: October 31, 2012: Phillips 66 Beats Analyst Expectations with 3rd Quarter Profits of $1.6 billion or $2.51 per share

Reuters reported on October 31, 2012 that Phillips announced 3rd quarters profits of $1.6 billion or $2.51 per share, compared with $1 billion or $1.65 per share a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected a profit of $2.35 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.[17]

Increased access to cheaper crude oil from the United States and Canada boosted Phillips 66's quarterly profits above analyst expectations with more than half of the company's refining capacity in the central corridor of the U.S. with access to cheaper crudes in North Dakota, Texas, Kansas and other states, executives told analysts during Phillips 66's third-quarter earnings conference call. "Our U.S. advantaged crudes increased from 52 percent last year to 61 percent to date in 2012," Chief Financial Officer Greg Maxwell said.[18]

October 10, 2012: Phillips 66 to Announce Third-Quarter Financial Results on October 31

Phillips announced on October 10, 2012 that the company will release its third-quarter financial results on October 31, 2012 and host a conference call to discuss the company’s third-quarter performance and provide an update on strategic initiatives.[19]

2012 Q2: August 1, 2012: Phillips announces Profits up 14% in Second-Quarter Earnings Call

Reuters reported on August 2, 2012 that Phillips 66 posted a 14 percent jump in second-quarter profit with a net income of $1.18 billion, or $1.86 per share, up from $1.04 billion, or $1.64 per share, a year earlier. Chief Financial Officer Greg Maxwell told analysts the company's capital expenditures for 2012 would range between $1 billion and $1.5 billion. Phillips 66 said it would retain its 247,000 barrel-per-day Alliance plant in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, because it expects increased access to cut-price light sweet crude to run there. Garland said Phillips 66 "really likes" its Midwest and Gulf Coast refineries, which have easier access to cheaper Canadian and inland U.S. crudes. "The East and West Coast refineries are challenged refineries, and we think there are opportunities to improve them," Garland told Reuters in a post-call interview. Phillips 66 plans to buy 2,000 railcars to move cheap crude from North Dakota's Bakken shale play to the Bayway plant and its 100,000 bpd plant in Ferndale, Washington. Bayway already runs 10,000 to 20,000 bpd of Bakken crude. Garland said the Bayway Refinery and Ferndale Refinery were "absolutely" more likely to stay in the company's portfolio if Phillips 66 can increase the amount of Bakken crude they run, backing out other more expensive crudes. Bayway can run up to 100,000 bpd of light crude, while Ferndale can run 50,000 and Phillips plans to rail Bakken crude to both plants. Phillips is working to run more shale crude from the Mississippi Lime play in Oklahoma and Kansas at its 198,400 bpd refinery in Ponca City, Oklahoma by trucking crude from the company's existing gathering systems. Garland says that the company is not planning potential acquisitions -- refineries or other assets -- at this time. "There's nothing really interesting to us at this time," says Garland.[20]

Plan to Get Advantaged Crudes to Every Refinery

Garland said that Phillips wants to move the shale crudes from 120,000 to ultimately 450,000 to 460,000 barrels a day. "We are trying to get those crudes to every refinery we can. But clearly to Ferndale on the West Coast to Bayway on the East Coast, we think Ferndale can probably run 50,000 barrels a day of Bakken crude. Wood River, we can run up to 90,000 to 120,000 barrels a day of shale type crudes there. Ponca about 60,000 barrels a day. Bayway, 100,000 barrels a day of shale type crudes that we can advantage, that we can move into Bayway. Smaller Rodeo we can get at 30,000 barrels a day and Sweeny about 40,000 barrels a day. And then Alliance, we are running today Eagle Ford crude and some Bakken crude in Alliance, but ultimately 50,000 to 90,000 barrels a day. So we have a plan to get advantaged crude into most of our refineries."[21]

June 28, 2012: Phillips 66 to Hold First Earnings Call on August 1

Phillips 66 issued a press release on June 28, 2012 announcing that Phillips will issue its second-quarter earnings report on August 1 and Greg Garland and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Greg G. Maxwell will host a webcast to discuss the company’s second-quarter performance and provide an update on how the company is delivering on its strategy.[22]

Master Index for Phillips 66 Articles

References

  1. Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise. "Phillips 66 CEO praises city" by Kelcey King. August 28, 2008.
  2. Houston Business Journals. "Phillips Q4 Earnings Beat Expectations But Fall Short Of The Prior Year" by Olivia Pulsinelli. January 29, 2014
  3. Houston Business Journals. "Phillips Q4 Earnings Beat Expectations But Fall Short Of The Prior Year" by Olivia Pulsinelli. January 29, 2014
  4. Houston Business Journals. "Phillips Q4 Earnings Beat Expectations But Fall Short Of The Prior Year" by Olivia Pulsinelli. January 29, 2014
  5. Nasdaq. "Phillips 66 Beats Earnings Ests, Lags Y/Y - Analyst Blog" January 29, 2014.
  6. Nasdaq. "Phillips 66 Beats Earnings Ests, Lags Y/Y - Analyst Blog" January 29, 2014.
  7. Nasdaq. "Phillips 66 Beats Earnings Ests, Lags Y/Y - Analyst Blog" January 29, 2014.
  8. Nasdaq. "Phillips 66 Beats Earnings Ests, Lags Y/Y - Analyst Blog" January 29, 2014.
  9. Houston Business Journal. "Phillips 66's Q3 profit hit by refining loss" by Olivia Pulsinelli. October 30, 2013.
  10. FuelFix. "Phillips 66 earnings fall with disappointments" by Zain Shauk. July 31, 2013.
  11. FuelFix. "Phillips 66 earnings fall with disappointments" by Zain Shauk. July 31, 2013.
  12. Bloomberg. "Phillips 66 Quarter Profit Doubles on Refining, Chemicals" by Bradley Olsen. May 1, 2013.
  13. Fox Business. "Phillips 66 Profit Surges; Aims to Use All Cheap, Domestic Crude" May 1, 2013.
  14. Tulsa World. "Phillips 66 profit beats estimates" by Bradley Olsen. January 31, 2013.
  15. Nasdaq. "Phillips 66 Q4 Profit Down 65% On Impairment Charge" January 30, 2013.
  16. Tulsa World. "Phillips 66 profit beats estimates" by Bradley Olsen. January 31, 2013.
  17. Reuters. "UPDATE 3-Phillips 66 quarterly profit up on good margins" October 31, 2012.
  18. Reuters. "UPDATE 3-Phillips 66 quarterly profit up on good margins" October 31, 2012.
  19. Phillips 66. "Phillips 66 to Announce Third-Quarter Financial Results" October 10, 2012.
  20. Reuters. "Phillips 66 profit jumps 14 pct, shares up" by Kristin Hays. August 2, 2012
  21. Phillips 66. "Transcript for Phillips 66 second-quarter earnings call" August 1, 2012
  22. BusinessWire. "Phillips 66 to Hold First Earnings Call" June 28, 2012.

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Hugh Pickens

Hugh Pickens (Po-Hi '67) is a physicist who has explored for oil in the Amazon jungle, crossed the empty quarter of Saudi Arabia, and built satellite control stations for Goddard Space Flight Center all over the world. Retired in 1999, Pickens and his wife moved from Baltimore back to his hometown of Ponca City, Oklahoma in 2005 where he cultivates his square foot garden, mows nine acres of lawn, writes about local history and photographs events at the Poncan Theatre and Ponca Playhouse.

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