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El Paso Displays Post-Merger Form, Cuts 607 Jobs

El Paso Energy Corp. announced the completion of its post-mergercorporate structure last week. Through normal attrition, earlyretirement and 607 layoffs, the work force has been pared down from5,500 to 4,575. The action is part of a company-wide plan toimplement the optimal corporate organization for the future, ElPaso said, and the company expects to save in excess of $100million in the first full year after the merger due to thesemeasures.

November 1, 1999

The Merge Surge Continues: UtiliCorp Buys St. Joseph L&P

UtiliCorp joined the merger-mania Friday as it announced plans to acquire St. Joseph Light &Power in Missouri for $190.6 million. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors for both companies but still needs approval from Light &Power shareholders and state and regulatory officials. Both companies expect the deal to close in 2000.

March 8, 1999

BP Amoco Cutting 3,000 More Jobs

BP Amoco added another 3,000 to the heap of 7,000 job cutsalready announced in the wake of the merger of British Petroleumand Amoco and in the midst of depressed oil and gas prices. Thenewest job cuts will be worldwide, and it is not yet known how manywill be in the United States. Last week the company also announcedreplacement cost operating profit for 1998 of $6,437 million, off39% from $10,583 in 1997.

February 22, 1999

Halliburton Cuts 2,750 Jobs

Halliburton Co. said it plans to take a $35 million pretaxcharge this quarter to lay off an additional 2,750 employees fromits Energy Services Group. Job cuts are a response to low oilprices and oil company customers’ plans to sharply reduce spendingin 1999.

December 30, 1998

ARCO Earnings, Excluding Items, Drop 81%

ARCO’s announcement last week that it will cut $500 million inexpenses and 900 jobs over the next two years was put inperspective yesterday when the company said third quarter earningsexcluding special items plummeted 81% to $61 million, or$0.19/share, compared to $313 million, or $0.96/share, in the thirdquarter of last year. Net income, including special items anddiscontinued operations, was $872 million, or $2.67 per dilutedshare, compared to $516 million, or $1.57/share in 3Q97.

October 23, 1998
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