Is Chevron’s $10B Impairment Write-Down Important…or Not?

In a bombshell announcement last week Chevron said it is writing down (reducing the paper value) of all its shale assets by $10-$11 billion in the fourth quarter. “More than half” of the write-down is for its Marcellus/Utica assets (see Chevron Writes Down $5B+ in Marc/Utica Assets, Looks to Sell All). In addition, the company has put all of it’s M-U assets on the market for sale (see Chevron Confirms M-U Assets for Sale, Asks Vendors to Avoid Media). What does a write-down of asset value actually mean? Is it important?

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