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Valero Energy Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

SAN ANTONIO, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO, "Valero") today reported net income from continuing operations attributable to Valero stockholders of $651 million, or $1.22 per share, for the second quarter of 2014 compared to $463 million, or $0.84 per share, for the second quarter of 2013.  For all periods shown in the accompanying tables, the results of operations reflect the Aruba refinery as discontinued operations. Valero recognized $63 million in charges in the second quarter of 2014 associated with recording asset retirement and other obligations related to our Aruba refinery.

Operating income in the second quarter of 2014 was approximately $1.1 billion versus $805 million in the second quarter of 2013.  The $280 million increase in operating income was due primarily to higher refining throughput volumes and wider discounts relative to Brent crude oil for sour and certain North American light crude oils.  These positive drivers were partially offset by weaker gasoline and distillate margins relative to Brent crude oil in most regions and higher natural gas costs in the second quarter of 2014 versus the second quarter of 2013.

Second quarter 2014 refining throughput volumes averaged 2.7 million barrels per day, an increase of 115,000 barrels per day from the second quarter of 2013.  The increase in volumes was due primarily to less turnaround activity and higher utilization rates spurred by the availability of discounted North American light crude oil on the U.S. Gulf Coast. 

"Valero delivered solid financial results for the quarter despite generally weaker product margins relative to Brent crude oil," said Valero CEO and President Joe Gorder. "We continued to execute our strategy to reduce feedstock costs by processing additional volumes of cost-advantaged North American crude oil and investing in logistics assets to deliver those feedstocks to our refineries." 

Gorder continued, "We increased North American crude oil consumption at our Quebec City refinery to 83 percent in the second quarter of 2014 from 8 percent in the second quarter of 2013, so we are progressing well toward our previously stated goal of reaching 100 percent by year-end. We also began processing Canadian bitumen through our new crude-by-rail unloading facility at our St. Charles refinery."

Ethanol operating income in the second quarter of 2014 was $187 million compared to $95 million in the second quarter of 2013.  The $92 million increase in operating income was mainly due to higher gross margin per gallon driven by lower corn costs as a result of an abundant corn crop and lower industry ethanol inventories at the start of the quarter.  Partially offsetting the increase in operating income was lower production volume resulting from rail congestion in the U.S. Mid-Continent.

"Our ethanol investments have continued to be strong performers, delivering a total of $430 million in operating income for the first half of 2014," Gorder said. "We expect our eleventh ethanol plant, the Mount Vernon facility acquired in March of this year, to begin operating and contributing to the segment's earnings in the third quarter."

Regarding cash flows in the second quarter of 2014, capital expenditures were $806 million, of which $240 million was for turnarounds and catalyst.  Valero paid $133 million in dividends on its common stock and $228 million to purchase 4.0 million shares of its common stock.  The company repaid $200 million of debt that matured in April and ended the quarter with $6.4 billion in total debt and $3.5 billion of cash and temporary cash investments, of which $382 million was held by Valero Energy Partners LP, Valero's majority-owned midstream master limited partnership.  Subsequent to the second quarter of 2014, Valero continued to return cash to stockholders by purchasing 2.0 million shares of its common stock for $104 million and by increasing the regular quarterly cash dividend from $0.25 per share to $0.275 per share for the third quarter of 2014.

Also in the second quarter of 2014, Valero announced the sale of certain logistics assets to Valero Energy Partners LP for $154 million. This transaction closed on July 1 and represents the execution of Valero's strategy to create stockholder value via Valero Energy Partners LP.

Valero expects 2014 capital expenditures, including turnarounds and catalyst, to be $3 billion, including approximately $870 million allocated to logistics investments – most of which are expected to be eligible for drop-down into Valero Energy Partners LP in the future.

"Given the strong North American crude oil production growth, we continue to focus the majority of our strategic capital on light crude oil processing capability and logistics," Gorder said. "We expect our refineries to benefit from access to lower cost crude oil and higher netback product export markets.  Also, our commitment to stockholders is clearly shown by our continued stock purchases and yesterday's dividend increase announcement."

Valero's senior management will hold a conference call at 10 a.m. ET today to discuss this earnings release and provide an update on company operations.  A live broadcast of the conference call will be available on the company's web site at www.valero.com.

About Valero

Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels, other petrochemical products and power. Valero subsidiaries employ approximately 10,000 people, and assets include 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 2.9 million barrels per day, 11 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.3 billion gallons per year, a 50-megawatt wind farm, and renewable diesel production from a joint venture. Through subsidiaries, Valero owns the general partner of Valero Energy Partners LP (NYSE: VLP), a midstream master limited partnership.  Approximately 7,400 outlets carry the Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock and Beacon brands in the United States and the Caribbean; Ultramar in Canada; and Texaco in the United Kingdom and Ireland.  Valero is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio. Please visit www.valero.com for more information.

Valero Contacts
Investors:  
John Locke, Executive Director – Investor Relations, 210-345-3077
Karen Ngo, Manager – Investor Relations, 210-345-4574
Media:  
Bill Day, Vice President – Media and Community Relations, 210-345-2928

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Safe-Harbor Statement

Statements contained in this release that state the company's or management's expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  The words "believe," "expect," "should," "estimates," "intend," and other similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.  It is important to note that actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements.  For more information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed or forecasted, see Valero's annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and on Valero's website at www.valero.com.

 

VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

EARNINGS RELEASE

(Millions of Dollars, Except per Share, per Barrel, and per Gallon Amounts)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended



June 30,

June 30,



2014

2013

2014

2013

Statement of Income Data (a):






Operating revenues


$34,914

$34,034

$68,577

$67,508

Costs and expenses:






   Cost of sales


32,167

31,523

62,797

62,208

   Operating expenses:






   Refining


967

909

1,939

1,788

   Retail


57

226

   Ethanol


111

102

240

179

   General and administrative expenses (b)


170

233

330

409

   Depreciation and amortization expense


414

405

835

835

   Total costs and expenses


33,829

33,229

66,141

65,645

   Operating income


1,085

805

2,436

1,863

Other income, net


12

11

27

25

Interest and debt expense, net of capitalized interest


(98)

(78)

(198)

(161)

Income from continuing operations before income tax expense


999

738

2,265

1,727

Income tax expense


343

276

772

616

Income from continuing operations


656

462

1,493

1,111

Income (loss) from discontinued operations (a)


(63)

3

(64)

6

Net income


593

465

1,429

1,117

   Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests (c)


5

(1)

13

(3)

Net income attributable to Valero Energy Corporation stockholders


$588

$466

$1,416

$1,120

Net income attributable to Valero Energy Corporation stockholders:






Continuing operations


$651

$463

$1,480

$1,114

Discontinued operations


(63)

3

(64)

6

Total


$588

$466

$1,416

$1,120

Earnings per common share:







Continuing operations


$1.23

$0.85

$2.78

$2.03

Discontinued operations


(0.12)

0.01

(0.12)

0.01

Total


$1.11

$0.86

$2.66

$2.04

Weighted-average common shares outstanding (in millions)


529

543

530

546

Earnings per common share – assuming dilution:






Continuing operations


$1.22

$0.84

$2.77

$2.02

Discontinued operations


(0.12)

0.01

(0.12)

0.01

Total


$1.10

$0.85

$2.65

$2.03

Weighted-average common shares outstanding - 
    assuming dilution (in millions)


534

548

535

552







Dividends per common share


$0.25

$0.20

$0.50

$0.40

 

VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

EARNINGS RELEASE

(Millions of Dollars, Except per Share, per Barrel, and per Gallon Amounts)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended



June 30,

June 30,



2014

2013

2014

2013

Operating income by business segment:






Refining (a)


$1,079

$918

$2,359

$2,127

Retail


39

81

Ethanol


187

95

430

109

Corporate (b)


(181)

(247)

(353)

(454)

  Total


$1,085

$805

$2,436

$1,863

Depreciation and amortization expense by business segment:






Refining


$391

$369

$788

$727

Retail


11

41

Ethanol


12

11

24

22

Corporate


11

14

23

45

  Total


$414

$405

$835

$835

Operating highlights:






Refining (a):






Throughput margin per barrel


$9.84

$9.26

$10.36

$9.92

Operating costs per barrel:






Operating expenses


3.90

3.83

3.95

3.83

Depreciation and amortization expense


1.58

1.56

1.60

1.55

  Total operating costs per barrel


5.48

5.39

5.55

5.38

Operating income per barrel


$4.36

$3.87

$4.81

$4.54

Throughput volumes (thousand barrels per day):






Feedstocks:






Heavy sour crude oil


428

488

453

491

Medium/light sour crude oil


472

463

491

441

Sweet crude oil


1,084

896

1,074

992

Residuals


235

315

219

270

Other feedstocks


152

120

140

101

  Total feedstocks


2,371

2,282

2,377

2,295

Blendstocks and other


350

324

334

291

  Total throughput volumes


2,721

2,606

2,711

2,586

Yields (thousand barrels per day):






Gasolines and blendstocks


1,318

1,281

1,307

1,239

Distillates


1,034

910

1,029

910

Other products (d)


405

441

410

461

  Total yields


2,757

2,632

2,746

2,610

 

VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

EARNINGS RELEASE

(Millions of Dollars, Except per Share, per Barrel, and per Gallon Amounts)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended



June 30,

June 30,



2014

2013

2014

2013

Refining operating highlights by region (e):






U.S. Gulf Coast (a):






   Operating income


$660

$411

$1,543

$999

   Throughput volumes (thousand barrels per day)


1,567

1,530

1,576

1,476

   Throughput margin per barrel


$10.03

$8.12

$10.75

$9.02

   Operating costs per barrel:






   Operating expenses


3.82

3.66

3.72

3.72

   Depreciation and amortization expense


1.58

1.51

1.62

1.56

    Total operating costs per barrel


5.40

5.17

5.34

5.28

   Operating income per barrel


$4.63

$2.95

$5.41

$3.74

U.S. Mid-Continent:






   Operating income


$250

$343

$480

$820

   Throughput volumes (thousand barrels per day)


426

422

412

423

   Throughput margin per barrel


$12.07

$14.20

$12.33

$15.80

   Operating costs per barrel:






   Operating expenses


3.91

3.69

4.17

3.53

   Depreciation and amortization expense


1.70

1.59

1.72

1.57

     Total operating costs per barrel


5.61

5.28

5.89

5.10

   Operating income per barrel


$6.46

$8.92

$6.44

$10.70

North Atlantic:






   Operating income


$145

$70

$343

$256

   Throughput volumes (thousand barrels per day)


462

370

466

427

   Throughput margin per barrel


$7.78

$7.18

$8.63

$7.89

   Operating costs per barrel:






   Operating expenses


3.20

3.90

3.45

3.57

   Depreciation and amortization expense


1.13

1.20

1.11

1.01

     Total operating costs per barrel


4.33

5.10

4.56

4.58

   Operating income per barrel


$3.45

$2.08

$4.07

$3.31

U.S. West Coast:






   Operating income (loss)


$24

$94

$(7)

$52

   Throughput volumes (thousand barrels per day)


266

284

257

260

   Throughput margin per barrel


$8.66

$10.81

$7.98

$8.76

   Operating costs per barrel:






   Operating expenses


5.59

4.93

5.95

5.27

   Depreciation and amortization expense


2.08

2.22

2.18

2.38

     Total operating costs per barrel


7.67

7.15

8.13

7.65

   Operating income (loss) per barrel


$0.99

$3.66

$(0.15)

$1.11

 

VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

EARNINGS RELEASE

(Millions of Dollars, Except per Share, per Barrel, and per Gallon Amounts)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended



June 30,

June 30,



2014

2013

2014

2013

Average market reference prices and differentials:






Feedstocks (dollars per barrel):






   Brent crude oil


$109.74

$103.36

$108.82

$108.00

   Brent less West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil


6.68

9.17

7.93

13.75

   Brent less Alaska North Slope (ANS) crude oil


0.51

(0.91)

1.28

0.70

   Brent less Louisiana Light Sweet (LLS) crude oil


3.41

(1.78)

3.15

(2.13)

   Brent less Mars crude oil


8.22

3.53

7.32

2.93

   Brent less Maya crude oil


13.95

5.46

16.20

7.57

   LLS crude oil


106.33

105.14

105.67

110.13

   LLS less Mars crude oil


4.81

5.31

4.17

5.06

   LLS less Maya crude oil


10.54

7.24

13.05

9.70

   WTI crude oil


103.06

94.19

100.89

94.25







Natural gas (dollars per million British Thermal Units)


4.56

4.00

4.90

3.72







Products (dollars per barrel, unless otherwise noted):






   U.S. Gulf Coast:






   CBOB gasoline less Brent


7.33

7.51

4.56

6.11

   Ultra-low-sulfur diesel less Brent


12.81

16.79

13.99

16.88

   Propylene less Brent


(5.00)

(6.76)

(1.19)

(0.14)

   CBOB gasoline less LLS


10.74

5.73

7.71

3.98

   Ultra-low-sulfur diesel less LLS


16.22

15.01

17.14

14.75

   Propylene less LLS


(1.59)

(8.54)

1.96

(2.27)

   U.S. Mid-Continent:






   CBOB gasoline less WTI (f)


16.00

26.11

14.55

24.97

   Ultra-low-sulfur diesel less WTI


20.99

29.30

23.43

32.39

   North Atlantic:






   CBOB gasoline less Brent


11.69

10.89

8.54

10.12

   Ultra-low-sulfur diesel less Brent


14.19

18.17

18.40

18.44

   U.S. West Coast:






   CARBOB 87 gasoline less ANS


19.72

21.18

14.96

17.64

   CARB diesel less ANS


17.16

17.09

17.30

19.23

   CARBOB 87 gasoline less WTI


25.89

31.26

21.61

30.69

   CARB diesel less WTI


23.33

27.17

23.95

32.28

   New York Harbor corn crush (dollars per gallon)


0.68

0.28

0.94

0.10

 


VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

EARNINGS RELEASE

(Millions of Dollars, Except per Share, per Barrel, and per Gallon Amounts)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended



June 30,

June 30,



2014

2013

2014

2013

Ethanol:






   Operating income


$187

$95

$430

$109

   Production (thousand gallons per day)


3,276

3,508

3,186

3,112







   Gross margin per gallon of production


$1.04

$0.65

$1.20

$0.55

   Operating costs per gallon of production:






     Operating expenses


0.37

0.32

0.41

0.32

     Depreciation and amortization expense


0.04

0.03

0.04

0.04

       Total operating costs per gallon of production


0.41

0.35

0.45

0.36

   Operating income per gallon of production


$0.63

$0.30

$0.75

$0.19

















June 30,

December 31,





2014

2013

Balance Sheet Data:






   Current assets


$18,450

$19,277

   Cash and temporary cash investments, including $382 and $375, respectively, held by Valero Energy Partners LP, reflected in current assets


3,480

4,292

   Inventories included in current assets


6,526

5,758

   Replacement cost (market value) of inventories in excess of LIFO carrying amounts


7,222

6,851

   Current liabilities


12,523

13,123

   Current portion of debt and capital lease obligations included in current liabilities


601

303

   Debt and capital lease obligations, less current portion


5,784

6,261

   Total debt and capital lease obligations


6,385

6,564

   Valero Energy Corporation stockholders' equity


20,211

19,460








 

VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO EARNINGS RELEASE


(a)

In May 2014, we decided to abandon our Aruba Refinery, except for the associated crude oil and refined products terminal assets that we continue to operate. As a result of our decision, the results attributable to the Aruba Refinery operations have been presented as discontinued operations and the operating highlights for the refining segment and the U.S. Gulf Coast region exclude the Aruba Refinery for all periods presented.  Even though we suspended refining operations in 2012, we continued to maintain the refining assets to allow them to be restarted and did not abandon them until our recent decision to no longer pursue options to restart refining operations. 




Because of our decision to abandon the refining assets, we believe the Government of Aruba (GOA) will enforce certain land lease provisions requiring us to dismantle the refinery assets. As a result, "Income (loss) from discontinued operations" for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 include a charge of $59 million for an asset retirement obligation and a charge of $4 million for other contractual obligations. We had not recognized an asset retirement obligation previously due to our belief that the GOA would not enforce the lease provision as long as we intended to operate the refining assets.



(b)

The decrease in general and administrative expenses for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 is due primarily to administrative expenses in 2013 associated with our former retail business that did not recur due to the separation of that business in May 2013, costs incurred in the second quarter 2013 to effect that separation, and costs related to various environmental and legal matters in the second quarter 2013.



(c)

We consolidate the financial statements of the entities described below due to our controlling interests. The earnings (losses) incurred by these entities that are attributable to the owners of the noncontrolling interests are subtracted from (added back to) net income to arrive at net income attributable to Valero stockholders.

 

  • Valero Energy Partners LP (VLP) - On December 16, 2013, VLP, a master limited partnership formed by us, completed its initial public offering of 17,250,000 common units representing a 29.4 percent limited partner interest in VLP. We own a 2 percent general partner interest and a 68.6 percent limited partner interest.  For the periods presented, VLP's assets include crude oil and refined petroleum products pipeline and terminal systems in the U.S Gulf Coast and U.S. Mid-Continent regions that are integral to the operations of our Port Arthur, McKee, and Memphis Refineries.
  • Diamond Green Diesel Holdings LLC (DGD) - We own a 50 percent interest in DGD and have lent DGD $221 million to finance approximately 60 percent of the construction costs of a plant built by DGD that processes animal fats, used cooking oils, and other vegetable oils into renewable green diesel. The plant began operations at the end of June 2013 and is located next to our St. Charles Refinery in Norco, Louisiana.
  • PI Dock Facilities LLC (PI Dock) - We own a 50 percent interest in PI Dock and have agreed to lend PI Dock up to $90 million to finance construction costs of a crude dock and certain shared facilities.  PI Dock has agreed to construct and operate the crude dock and related facilities to be located on Pleasure Island, Texas, which is near our Port Arthur Refinery.


(d)

Primarily includes petrochemicals, gas oils, No. 6 fuel oil, petroleum coke, sulfur, and asphalt.



(e)

The regions reflected herein contain the following refineries: U.S. Gulf Coast- Corpus Christi East, Corpus Christi West, Houston, Meraux, Port Arthur, St. Charles, Texas City, and Three Rivers Refineries; U.S. Mid-Continent- Ardmore, McKee,  and Memphis Refineries; North Atlantic- Pembroke and Quebec City Refineries; and U.S. West Coast- Benicia and Wilmington Refineries.



(f)

U.S. Mid-Continent product specifications for gasoline changed on September 16, 2013 from Conventional 87 gasoline to CBOB, or "conventional blendstock for oxygenate blending," gasoline.  As a result, we revised our U.S. Mid-Continent reference gasoline to CBOB.

 

 

SOURCE Valero Energy Corporation

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The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Bagnulo, Solution Architect / Software Engineer at SOA Software, focused on desi...
"At our booth we are showing how to provide trust in the Internet of Things. Trust is where everything starts to become secure and trustworthy. Now with the scaling of the Internet of Things it becomes an interesting question – I've heard numbers from 200 billion devices next year up to a trillion in the next 10 to 15 years," explained Johannes Lintzen, Vice President of Sales at Utimaco, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"For over 25 years we have been working with a lot of enterprise customers and we have seen how companies create applications. And now that we have moved to cloud computing, mobile, social and the Internet of Things, we see that the market needs a new way of creating applications," stated Jesse Shiah, CEO, President and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built to optimize Microsoft workloads, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Gridstore™ is the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft workloads and designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Gridstore’s hyper-converged infrastructure is the industry’s first all flash version of HyperConverged Appliances that include both compute and storag...
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops using a visual drag-and-drop application – and eForms-buildi...
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
Code Halos - aka "digital fingerprints" - are the key organizing principle to understand a) how dumb things become smart and b) how to monetize this dynamic. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Brown, AVP, Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant Technology Solutions, outlined research, analysis and recommendations from his recently published book on this phenomena on the way leading edge organizations like GE and Disney are unlocking the Internet of Things opportunity and what steps your organization should be taking to position itself for the next platform of digital competition.
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
As the Internet of Things unfolds, mobile and wearable devices are blurring the line between physical and digital, integrating ever more closely with our interests, our routines, our daily lives. Contextual computing and smart, sensor-equipped spaces bring the potential to walk through a world that recognizes us and responds accordingly. We become continuous transmitters and receivers of data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Andrew Bolwell, Director of Innovation for HP's Printing and Personal Systems Group, discussed how key attributes of mobile technology – touch input, sensors, social, and ...