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February 14, 2014
07:01 EDTOXYOccidental Petroleum to separate California business
Occidental Petroleum Corporation announced the next phase of its strategic review. The Board of Directors has authorized the separation of Occidental’s California assets into an independent and separately traded company. The new California company will have 8,000 employees and contractors and will establish its headquarters in the state. It will be California’s largest natural gas producer and the state’s largest oil and gas producer on a gross-operated barrels of oil equivalent basis. This new company will be the largest oil and gas mineral acreage holder in the state with approximately 2.3 million net acres, and will have major operations in the state’s high-potential oil and gas basins, including Los Angeles, San Joaquin, Ventura and Sacramento. Last year the California business earned approximately $1.5 billion on a pre-tax basis. Earnings before income, taxes, depreciation and amortization were around $2.6 billion with capital expenditures of approximately $1.7 billion. Due to these strong results, capital expenditures planned for 2014 were increased to $2.1 billion. The company is expected to have a strong and competitive balance sheet with between $4 billion and $5 billion of funded debt. Occidental Petroleum Corporation will be headquartered in Houston, Texas. It will have exploration and production operations in the Permian Basin and other parts of Texas, the Middle East region and Colombia. It will also have a midstream and marketing segment and a chemical subsidiary, OxyChem. Each of these segments is a leader in its respective sector. The company believes that it will be better positioned to continue its strategy of generating growth with strong returns on capital and consistently increasing its dividend. Consistent with Occidental’s strategic review to focus in core businesses, it also plans to reduce its exposure to proprietary trading activities related to crude oil and other commodities.
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September 17, 2014
12:42 EDTOXYOccidental in discussions to sell Dolphin Energy stake to Mubadala, WSJ says
Occidental Petroleum is in discussions to sell at least 20% of its 24.5% stake in Dolphin Energy to Mubadala, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Occidental could complete the sale before the end of the year, and Mubadala is eager to do the deal and they may want to buy Occidental's entire stake, the people added. Occidental is also in discussions to sell up to 30% of its stake in the Shah natural gas project to Mubadala. Reference Link
September 16, 2014
09:59 EDTOXYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:36 EDTOXYOccidental Petroleum downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded Occidental Petroleum to Equal Weight saying the company's restructuring could disappoint. The firm believes Occidental's U.S. onshore assets are unlikely to attract a premium and it lowered its price target for shares to $109 from $117.
September 15, 2014
13:51 EDTOXYOccidental chemical unit to pay $190M in Passaic River cleanup, Bloomberg says
According to New Jersey state officials, Occidental Petroleum's chemical unit agreed to pay $190M to cover its liability in the cleanup of industrial contamination in the Passaic River in New Jersey, says Bloomberg Businessweek. Reference Link

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