Chevron Q3 2016 results down from a year ago. Increased the dividend

Foreign currency effects increased Chevron earnings in the 2016 by $72 million, down from $394 million a year earlier. Increased the quarterly dividend.

chevronChevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) reported earnings of $1.3 billion ($0.68 per share – diluted) for third quarter 2016, compared with earnings of $2.0 billion ($1.09 per share – diluted) in the third quarter of 2015.

Foreign currency effects increased earnings in the 2016 third quarter by $72 million, compared with an increase of $394 million a year earlier. Sales and other operating revenues in third quarter 2016 were $29 billion, compared to $33 billion in the year-ago period.

Third quarter results, though down from a year ago, reflect an improvement from the first two quarters of this year. Our operational performance in the third quarter was strong. Our refineries continued to run well and Tengizchevroil completed the largest turnaround in its history ahead of schedule and under budget. We have had steady LNG production and cargo shipments from Gorgon Train 1, and we recently started LNG production from Gorgon Train 2. In light of these milestones, we expect December production between 2.65-2.70 million barrels per day in oil-equivalent” said Chairman and CEO John Watson.

The company’s Board of Directors approved a $0.01 per share increase in the quarterly dividend to $1.08 per share, payable in December 2016. With this increase, the company has raised the annual dividend payout on its common shares for the 29th consecutive year.