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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nov. 30, 1994--Texaco Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alfred Alfred, 849–99, king of Wessex (871–99), sometimes called Alfred the Great, b. Wantage, Berkshire. Early Life

The youngest son of King Æthelwulf, he was sent in 853 to Rome, where the pope gave him the title of Roman consul.
 C. DeCrane, Jr., today told more than 150 security analysts that Texaco is making solid progress in its drive to top quartile Quartile

A statistical term describing a division of observations into four defined intervals based upon the values of the data and how they compare to the entire set of observations.

Each quartile contains 25% of the total observations.
 performance in the petroleum industry by focusing on competitiveness and profitability.

According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 DeCrane, swift execution of the key action steps outlined in Texaco's business plan for worldwide growth, announced July 5, already is generating positive benefits for the company. The plan includes:
        -    Redirecting funds from the sale of non-core assets into
             growth opportunities;
        -    Challenging every dollar of overhead costs for a reduction
             of  more than $300 million by year end 1995;
        -    Cutting lifting and other operating costs, from their
             already competitive levels;
        -    Significantly improving Texaco's worldwide refinery on-
             stream time and safe operation;
        -    Growing profitable production and reserves of oil and
             natural gas; and
        -    Harvesting more value from the additional sales flowing
             from the introduction of its CleanSystem3 gasolines, both
             in the U.S. and abroad.

Joined by other members of Texaco's senior management team who also spoke during the annual analyst meeting at the company's Harrison, N.Y., executive offices, DeCrane stated, "Our worldwide plan for growth is realistic. It is based on solid expectations rather than projected increases in the price of crude or natural gas or assumed price-enhanced margins in our refining refining, any of various processes for separating impurities from crude or semifinished materials. It includes the finer processes of metallurgy, the fractional distillation of petroleum into its commercial products, and the purifying of cane, beet, and maple sugar  and marketing operations. This vigorous, refocused plan is tied to stretch targets, which are designed to thrust Texaco into the upper quartile in competitiveness and profitability -- a plan that calls for us to invest some $19 billion over the next five years to create additional growth opportunities around the globe."

Texaco's management team, noted DeCrane, already is well underway in seizing opportunities stemming directly from this plan. Building on the company's demonstrated success as a fully cost- competitive finder finder, in law. Ordinarily the finder of lost property is entitled to retain it against anyone except the owner. It is larceny, however, for the finder to keep the property if he knows or can easily determine who owns it.  of oil and natural gas reserves, Texaco is concentrating its efforts on asset redeployment Asset Redeployment

The strategic relocation of company assets in order to increase profitability.

By redeploying assets, a company is restructuring itself in order to become more efficient and profitable.
, overhead reduction and improving operating efficiencies through cost control and the strengthening of core businesses.

Citing specific examples of progress gained from Texaco's enhanced growth plan, DeCrane highlighted the following.
        -    Texaco has completed the sale of its major commodity
             chemical activities, assembling some $860 million for more
             attractive opportunities than a line of activity that returned,
             on average, about half the cost of capital.
        -    Sale of the company's lube oil additive business remains
             under active negotiation and is expected to close in the
             first quarter of 1995.
        -    Negotiations for the sale of major portions of 300
             scattered producing fields in the U.S. are progressing
             well and sales are expected to close in the first quarter
             in 1995.  Proceeds from the sale of these underperforming
             assets, as well as from the chemical company and the lube
             oil business, will be redirected largely to multiple
             growth opportunities in the core domestic and
             international areas.
        -    Texaco has continued to increase the marketshare of its
             CleanSystem3 gasolines, introduced last spring in the U.S.,
             Europe and Latin America.  Whereas demand for gasoline in
             the U.S. was up one percent over last year, sales of
             Texaco's branded gasoline rose twice as much -- by more
             than two percent.
        -    The company has reduced its total operating expenses by
             some $650 million, or 11 percent, since 1991.  It will
             continue to drive down expenses, eliminating unnecessary
             layers of supervision and non-essential work.
        -    The company has increased worldwide production in 1994 by
             more than 50,000 barrels of oil per day and 60 million
             cubic feet of natural gas per day.

DeCrane, speaking about Texaco's goals for the next five years, said, "We have the skills and experience for success. We are concentrating on those programs that grow value and enhance our margins, not as a passenger on a wild ride of price increases, but instead, by controlling our costs and seizing growth opportunities that provide competitive returns at today's prices."

The company is planning and investing to increase U.S. production from 1995 through 1999 by 80,000 barrels of oil equivalent daily with its opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico Noun 1. Gulf of Mexico - an arm of the Atlantic to the south of the United States and to the east of Mexico
Golfo de Mexico

Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean - the 2nd largest ocean; separates North and South America on the west from Europe and Africa on the east
, the Permian Basin The Permian Basin is a sedimentary basin largely contained in the western part of the U.S. state of Texas. It reaches from just south of Lubbock, Texas, to just south of Midland & Odessa, extending westward into the southeastern part of the adjacent state of New Mexico.  in Texas and South Louisiana Louisiana (ləwē'zēăn`ə, lē'–), state in the S central United States. It is bounded by Mississippi, with the Mississippi R. .

Internationally, Texaco is scheduling an increase of more than 145,000 barrels of oil equivalent daily by 1999, or an improvement of 34 percent over its 1994 levels. This increase will come from sources such as the Strathspey strath·spey  
1. A Scottish dance, slower than a reel, for two dancers.

2. The music for this dance.

[After Strath Spey, valley of the river Spey in Scotland.
, Captain and Erskine fields in the North Sea and the Dolphin dolphin, fish
dolphin, large, swift game fish, Coryphaena hipparus, also called dorado. It is of nearly worldwide distribution in warm waters.
 field in Trinidad. The company also plans to nearly double its current production from the Partitioned par·ti·tion  
a. The act or process of dividing something into parts.

b. The state of being so divided.

 Neutral Zone between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (sä`dē ərā`bēə, sou`–, sô–), officially Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, kingdom (2005 est. pop. .

Commenting on the company's growth beyond the turn of the century, DeCrane outlined Texaco's aggressive and refocused exploration strategy. "We are concentrating our efforts where high- impact, profitable reserves are likely, and where Texaco has a core competency A core competency is something that a firm can do well and that meets the following three conditions specified by Hamel and Prahalad (1990):
  1. It provides customer benefits
  2. It is hard for competitors to imitate
  3. It can be leveraged widely to many products and markets.
 or a business presence that we can leverage," he said. Those prospects include the deep waters "Deep Waters" is a short story by P. G. Wodehouse, which first appeared in the United States in the March 25 1910 issue of Collier's Weekly, and in the United Kingdom in the June 1910 issue of the Strand.  in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Nigeria, as well as new plays on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf, the North Sea, Southeast Asia Southeast Asia, region of Asia (1990 est. pop. 442,500,000), c.1,740,000 sq mi (4,506,600 sq km), bounded roughly by the Indian subcontinent on the west, China on the north, and the Pacific Ocean on the east. , Russia and China. DeCrane noted that the Yetagun field offshore Myanmar is showing encouraging results; a five-well drilling program in the East China Sea has begun on recently acquired acreage; and the company has excellent lease positions in deep waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Texaco people around the world understand the challenge," concluded DeCrane. "They know we have to retain and strengthen the top quartile positions we've already achieved, while stretching ourselves to attain top positions in other areas of activity. Our targets are high, but they are what it takes to achieve our vision for Texaco."

CONTACT: Texaco Inc., White Plains
            Dave Dickson, 914-253-4128
            J. Michael Trevino,  914-253-4175
            Jim Reisler, 914-253-4389
            Cynthia Michener, 914-253-4743
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