Chevron Unveils $20B Capital Expenditure Budget for 2019

Chevron CorporationCVX recently announced its capital and exploratory spending program for 2019. The budget for capital projects is reserved at $20 billion, higher than 2018's projected investment of $18.3 billion. Notably, this marks the first budget increase in four years and reflects a 9.3% annual increase.

Chevron's upstream spending in 2019 is expected to increase 9.5% from 2018, which can enable the company to deliver steady growth in production. Downstream expenditure of the company will likely increase 13.6% in 2019. Moreover, the company expects 66.7% of its 2019 capital spending to realize cash flow by two years.

Upstream: Chevron allocated 86.5% of its total budget toward upstream operations. The company has plans to spend $7.6 billion in the upstream projects located in the United States and $9.7 billion in the international upstream projects. The company will use around $10.4 billion to develop and grow its present producing assets, of which $3.6 billion will allocated to the Permian Basin and $1.6 billion for other shale related developments.

Moreover, for the major capital projects underway, the company plans to allocate $5.1 billion, of which 84.3% will likely be spent on Kazakhstan's Future Growth Project, located in the Tengiz field. Chevron plans to fund nearly $1.3 billion for its global exploration.

Downstream: Capital spending in the downstream segment is expected to be $2.5 billion in 2019, higher than last three year's flat budget of $2.2 billion. Of this total amount, 60% will be used for the projects in the United States and the rest will be allocated for international downstream operations. The company's downstream businesses include refining, marketing and transporting fuels. It also manufactures as well as distributes additives, lubricants, and petrochemicals.

Other: The company is expected to spend approximately $200 million, which is 33.3% higher than 2018's budget, for other activities in 2019.

Price Performance

San Ramon-based Chevron is one of the largest publicly traded oil and gas companies in the world. It has lost 3.1% in the past year compared with 1.7% collective fall of the industry it belongs to.

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