July 25 (Reuters) – Lower oil prices hurt quarterly profits
at ConocoPhillips and Hess Corp, but both
companies beat Wall Street forecasts.
Conoco, reporting earnings for the first time since shedding
its refining and chemicals businesses, saw its oil and gas
output slip below its full-year production goal as asset sales,
maintenance and curtailed gas production weighed. But the
company said its new projects were coming on line as planned.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Southeastern Asset Management Inc, Chesapeake Energy Corp’s (CHK.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) largest shareholder, cast doubt on the leadership issues that have dogged the natural gas company and said its new board is fully committed to shareholders.
Chesapeake’s chief executive, Aubrey McClendon, has been under fire following Reuters reports that he personally borrowed more than $1 billion from a big lender to the company and may have colluded with a competitor to keep land prices low, among other things.
(Reuters) – Chesapeake Energy Corp often boasts that it’s one of America’s best workplaces, offering its 13,500 employees such benefits as Botox injections, NBA tickets and a fitness center with an Olympic-sized pool and a rock-climbing wall.
What the company hasn’t disclosed is perhaps the most extraordinary perk of all: A group of about 1,600 employees is guaranteed a unique type of payment if the company changes hands, internal Chesapeake documents reviewed by Reuters show.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – U.S. oil and gas companies that have depended on natural gas liquids to lift profits may now have to rein in spending or sell some assets after the industry drilled its way into a glut of natural gas liquids.
Prolonged low natural gas prices sent most of the exploration and production industry in search of gas that contains butane, propane and ethane – natural gas liquids (NGLs) that can be stripped out and sold for higher prices linked to a barrel of crude oil.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is contemplating participation in an oil and gas tender of six blocks in northern Afghanistan, a company spokesman said on Monday.
Access to the world’s oil reserves for companies like Exxon has gotten tougher in recent years as governments assert tighter control of their resources. Opportunity exists, however, in countries like Afghanistan or Iraq where foreign oil companies’ budgets and expertise are needed.
(Reuters) – Shares of Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Encana Corp (ECA.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) tumbled Monday after a Reuters investigation showed that top executives of the two rivals plotted in 2010 to avoid bidding against each other in a state auction and in at least nine prospective deals with private land owners.
Following the report, the state of Michigan pledged to determine whether the two energy giants acted two years ago to suppress land prices there.
June 21 (Reuters) – Chesapeake Energy Corp named
former Conoco head Archie Dunham its new chairman, replacing
Aubrey McClendon as it seeks to quell a shareholder revolt over
a governance crisis.
McClendon, who co-founded the company 23 years ago and built
it into the second-largest natural gas producer in the country
after Exxon Mobil Corp, continues as chief executive,
but will report to a more independent board and an influential
chairman who will likely rein in his free-spending ways.
June 19 (Reuters) – Laura Pendergest-Holt, a former
executive in convicted swindler Allen Stanford’s investment
firm, has agreed to plead guilty and will receive a three-year
prison sentence for her role in a $7 billion fraud, a source
familiar with the case said on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, Stanford was sentenced to 110 years in
prison for running a Ponzi scheme in which he stole money from
investors around the world that helped to finance an extravagant
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Allen Stanford, the former Texas billionaire convicted of an $7 billion Ponzi scheme, was sentenced to 110 years in prison by a U.S. federal judge on Thursday.
Stanford, who was convicted of 13 felony counts of fraud and conspiracy and obstruction by a Houston jury in March, used fraudulent certificates of deposit issued by his offshore bank in Antigua to bilk thousands of investors out of their savings.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Chesapeake Energy Corp’s (CHK.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) board of directors, despite being taken to task by investors for lax oversight of Chief Executive Aubrey McClendon, has changed the company’s bylaws to allow the executive to keep powers he had as chairman.
McClendon, who co-founded Chesapeake, will lose his title as chairman by June 22 after the board and the company’s biggest shareholders approve an independent chairman to replace him. That action was taken after Reuters reported that McClendon arranged for more than $1 billion in financing using his stake in thousands of company wells as collateral.