None of Williams’ three main subsidiaries matched 1997 earningslevels, the company said Thursday, as it announced a total 1998 netincome of $140.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, down from$368.3 million, or $0.85 per diluted share in 1997. For the fourthquarter, Williams posted a net loss of $20.2 million or $0.05 perdiluted share versus a net income of $57.5 million or $0.13 perdiluted share in 1997. Company officials blamed poor marketconditions, large accrual and impairment amounts, and disappointingresults in the communications business as reasons for the poorperformance.
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Los Angeles-based ARCO said after-tax special charges in thefourth quarter are expected to total $890 million. Net chargeincludes asset write-downs, restructuring costs, and a tax refund.Asset write-downs are a result of investment impairments totaling$790 million after tax and mainly related to expectations of lowercrude prices. Properties involved include some assets acquired aspart of the Union Texas Petroleum (UTP) purchase and other assetsin the UK North Sea, Middle East and North Africa. Essentially allof the oil and gas properties impacted are overseas.
Samson Investment Co. of Tulsa, OK, completed its acquisitionfrom Nuevo Energy Co. of gas properties in East Texas. The totalpurchase price was $192 million. In addition to existingproduction, the properties contain more than 135 drillinglocations. The closing follows Samson Resources’ December closings,which included the acquisition of properties in six states fromDuer Wagner & Co. for $41 million and the acquisition ofcertain properties in the Homeglen-Rimbey and Westerose areas ofAlberta, Canada from Chevron Canada Resources for $9 million bySamson Canada Ltd.
Equitable Resources Inc. is recording a total of $120 million inrestructuring-related charges, the company said Tuesday, in acontinuing effort started by company CEO Murry Gerber to focus oncore capabilities. Half of the charges will be accumulated becauseof severance, staff reductions and extinguishment of debt.Equitable expects a 20% employee reduction compared to mid-1998staff levels. The other half of the charge is a result of thedevaluation and consequent write-down of selected Gulf region gasand oil properties due to low commodity prices. Overall, Equitableexpects the measures to reduce annual expenses by $20 million in1999.
Unocal Corp. said last week it expects 1999 capital spending tototal between $1 billion and $1.1 billion, down from the estimated$1.7 billion in capital expenditures this year. The lower spendingreflects Unocal’s narrowed focus on core oil and gas explorationand production in response to lower commodity prices.
Unocal Corp. said Monday it expects 1999 capital spending tototal between $1 billion and $1.1 billion, down from the estimated$1.7 billion in capital expenditures this year. The lower spendingreflects Unocal’s narrowed focus on core oil and gas explorationand production in response to lower commodity prices.
Coral Energy became the principal gas supplier to LDCMountaineer Gas Co. through an agreement giving Coral management ofvirtually all of Mountaineer’s total firm transportation andstorage entitlements. Effective Nov. 1, Coral will begin supplyingMountaineer, West Virginia’s largest LDC, about 25 Bcf/year forthree years. Gas will be supplied at a fixed price. Local gassupplies are not part of the deal and will continue to be managedby Mountaineer.
Enron Capital & Trade Resources Corp. (ECT), SyntroleumCorp., and SLH Corp. contributed a total of $3 million to funddetailed engineering, land purchase and other development costs foran 8,000 barrel/d gas-to-liquids specialty product plant inSweetwater County, WY, to be developed by Syntroleum. Subject toconditions, ECT committed an additional $14.5 million for aminority interest in the plant.