(Adds details, estimates)
Feb 9 Oil and gas producer Occidental Petroleum
Corp reported a larger-than-expected quarterly loss as a
rise in oil prices failed to offset higher costs, and the
company said it expected to spend less this year than it had
The company said it expects to spend $3.0 billion to $3.6
billion this year, lower than a preliminary estimate of $3.3
billion to $3.8 billion it gave in November.
Occidental spent under $3 billion last year.
Global oil prices have rallied, thanks in part to OPEC's
decision to cut supply, prompting oil and gas producers to ramp
Occidental's total cash operating costs rose nearly 19
percent per barrel of oil equivalent (boe) in the fourth quarter
ended Dec. 31.
However, operating costs per boe in Texas' Permian Basin -
the focus of Occidental's oil and gas operations - fell 25
General, administrative and other expenses shot up 38
percent per boe, while exploration expenses rose 31 percent.
Total production fell to 607,000 boe per day, on average,
from 680,000, a year earlier.
Net loss attributable to shareholders narrowed to $272
million or 36 cents per share, from $5.18 billion or $6.78 per
share a year earlier. (bit.ly/2lrI7sS)
The year-ago quarter included impairment and related charges
of $4.9 billion.
Core loss was 13 cents per share, much steeper than the
analysts' average estimate of 2 cents, according to Thomson
(Reporting by Swetha Gopinath in Bengaluru; Edited by Martina
D'Couto and Sayantani Ghosh)