may accelerate dividend growth over the next two years thanks to megaprojects that are already in the budget, according to one of the top-rated analysts following the oil explorer.
With earnings from massive Australian
liquefied natural gas investments poised to swell cash flow, Chevron
probably will have the bandwidth to lift payouts for 2018 and 2019 by more than a five-year annual growth rate of about 5 per cent, Cowen & Co’s Sam Margolin wrote in a note to clients.
Fresh off a breakfast meeting with Chevron
executives that included CEO-In-Waiting Mike Wirth and longtime CFO Pat Yarrington, Margolin noted that Chevron’s existing capital budget guidance is sufficient to fund the company’s portfolio of crude and gas projects. In addition to the Australian
LNG developments, Chevron
is in store for a flood of new output and cash flow from the $37 billion expansion of its Tengiz field in Kazakhstan.
“Management did note that the business requires investments in new resources periodically,” Margolin wrote. “But there is no current pressure to allocate capital within or above the current guidance budget to support steady production or higher levels of growth before Tengiz comes on.”
Chevron, the world’s third-biggest oil explorer by market value, spends the equivalent of almost $1 million an hour on dividends. Margolin has the equivalent of a “buy” rating on Chevron.