Marathon reports $793 million loss for the quarter
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Countries that are net importers of crude oil and industries with high fuel costs are likely to see huge benefits as crude oil remains low.
China is second to the U.S. in crude oil consumption per day, so it will benefit from a lower import bill. And China began stockpiling oil at the end of 2014 as it looks to take advantage of future oil shocks, according to Time
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The second most populous country in the world consumes the fourth most barrels of oil per day. Cheaper fuel will help the country grow 7.8 percent, according to Time
, likely passing China.
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Oxford Economics says amongst countries that import more crude than they produce, the Philippines stands to read the biggest rewards. The research firm expects the island nation to see nearly 2 percent GDP growth if oil prices stay low.
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Oil and natural gas tankers are in high demand as the market gets flooded with cheap product. At the same time, low fuel prices are helping tankers keep costs low.
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Thanksgiving 2014 saw the highest travel volume since 2007. Lodging companies expect that trend to continue as more Americans take advantage of cheaper gasoline prices to take vacations.
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Cruise lines stand to benefit not only from consumers having more money in their pocketbooks to spend on vactions, but also from cheaper fuel prices. Carnival said it expects to spend $475 million less in 2015 as crude oil prices come down.
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Similarly to cruise companies, airlines will benefit both from more Americans travelling and lower fuel costs.
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Giants like Nestlé and Kraft spend 10 to 15 percent of their cost of goods on frieght and fuel, according to a Moody's report.
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Logging and paper product companies
The costs for hauling logs, wood pulp and recycled waste paper are expected to fall with lower oil prices. And with heavily forrested countries like Canada and Norway seeing their currencies take a hit as oil prices crater, logging companies operating there will get stronger cost advantages.
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Amusement parks like Six Flags and Cedar Fair stand to have a booming summer this year if gasoline prices remain low and encourage Americans to travel, according to Moody's.
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Meahwile, countries that rely on oil production and industries that provide stand to lose the most amid a price crash.
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Russia is the second biggest oil producer in the world, and crude oil makes up 70 percent of the country's exports. According to the BBC
, Russia loses about $2 billion in revenue for ever $1 drop in the price of oil.
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The South American country, which relies on its oil and gas industry for revenue, has seen its economy falter and may default on its debt.
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The Western African country needs oil prices to rise to more than $120 to balance its budget.
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Island countries hoping for an offshore oil boom
Small island countries like Greenland and Cyprus were banking on offshore drilling for oil and gas to boost their economies. With crude prices low and the cost of deepwater drilling still high, those prospects seem more unlikely
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The steel industry
Companies like US Steel and Evraz North America that provide pipeline products to the oil and gas industry will likely suffer as oil field spending falls.
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The aerospace industry
Low oil prices will not benefit companies like Boeing and Airbus Group even as their airline customers get a boost -- cheap fuel will deincentivize airliners from buying next-generation, fuel-efficient equipment.
HOUSTON — Marathon Oil Corp. said Wednesday that plummeting crude oil prices lead to a $793 million in the fourth quarter as the Houston independent took $580 million in writedowns.
For the full-year, Marathon had a $2.2 billion loss, including $1.2 billion in property and goodwill impairments, as the falling value of oil eroded the value of Marathon’s business.
Despite the tough economic environment, Marathon executives said they were able to increase production by 8 percent over the year, after adjusting for asset sales. The company said it produced 432,000 net barrels of oil equivalent each day in the fourth quarter, with about half of the bounty flowing from U.S. wells.
The cost of that production fell sharply. The company estimated that its North American exploration and production costs for each barrel of oil equivalent fell by 28 percent in the fourth quarter when compared to the same period in 2014.
General and administrative costs fell by 40 percent in the final quarter, compared to the year prior. The company said it laid off about 20 percent of its workers during 2015, saving it about $160 million over the year.
In all, Marathon said its full year 2015 capital budget was $3 billion. The final result was about $500 million below the outlay the company originally planned, the company said.
“Our actions early in the cycle on production expenses and G&A reset our cost structure and positioned us to realize full year benefits in 2016,” said Marathon Oil President and CEO Lee Tillman, in a written statement. “Even with reduced activity levels and a $3 billion capital program that was 50 percent less than the prior year, we surpassed our total Company and resource play production targets.
Marathon will host a conference call detailing the results Thursday morning.