February 12, 2020 / 9:41 PM / 4 days ago

Marathon Oil profit misses estimates on lower oil, gas prices

(Reuters) - Marathon Oil Corp’s (MRO.N) quarterly profit missed analysts’ estimates on Wednesday, as tumbling oil and gas prices more than offset the benefits of robust U.S. shale production.

Marathon’s results mirrored weaker earnings across the sector, as prices of global crude fell in the quarter on oversupply and demand concerns, fueled by fears of slowing global economic growth.

The company said average realized prices for crude oil and condensate in the United States fell 2.1% to $54.83 per barrel.

The company, which expects its 2020 capital budget to be $2.4 billion, forecast U.S. oil production growth of 6% in 2020. For the first quarter, Marathon forecast U.S. oil production between 192,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) and 202,000 bpd.

The company added that its 2020 international gas production would be impacted by scheduled maintenance activity in Equatorial Guinea during the fourth quarter.

Total production rose marginally to 413,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) in the fourth quarter. U.S. production rose 7.2% to 328,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd).

The company’s adjusted income fell to $55 million, or 7 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $121 million, or 15 cents per share, a year earlier.

Analysts on average expected a profit of 10 cents per share, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

Reporting by Arundhati Sarkar and Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi

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