Huffpost Canada Alberta ca

Cenovus Layoffs To Affect 15 Per Cent Of Staff, Suspend Salary Increases

Posted: Updated:
CENOVUS
A Cenovus Energy Inc. logo is displayed on an employee's uniform at Christina Lake, a situ oil production facility half owned by Cenovus Energy Inc. and ConocoPhillips, in Conklin, Alberta, Canada, on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Cenovus Energy Inc. is Canada's fourth-largest oil producer. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Bloomberg via Getty Images
Print

CALGARY - Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) says it expects to cut its staff by about 15 per cent, the bulk of which it says will come from its contract workforce.

The company also suspended employee salary increases for this year as it looks to cut its discretionary spending on travel, conferences, offsite meetings and information technology upgrades.

Cenovus announced the moves as announced a loss of $472 million or 62 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with a loss of $58 million or eight cents per share a year ago.

Sales for the quarter totalled $4.34 billion, down from $4.83 billion.

The loss for the quarter included a $497-million charge related to its Pelican Lake project due to the drop in oil prices and a slowing of the development plan for the project.

Cenovus said with low oil prices expected to persist through 2015 it will focus on expansion projects at its Foster Creek and Christina Lake operations that are already well advanced.

"We ended 2014 in a solid financial position with approximately $900 million in cash and cash equivalents on our balance sheet and debt ratios well within our target ranges," Cenovus chief executive Brian Ferguson said in a statement.

"In the current challenging oil price environment, we're reducing capital spending in order to help preserve our financial resilience. As well, we have additional flexibility to further reduce capital spending if oil prices continue to fall or remain low for an extended period."

Last month, Cenovus cut its 2015 capital budget by $700 million to $1.8 billion and $2 billion as it braced for a prolonged stretch of low oil prices.

Also on HuffPost:

Close
Oil Patch Jobs: How Much They Pay
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Cenovus reducing contract workforce, cuts $700 million from budget

Time to panic? Layoffs loom large in Canada's oil patch: survey

Job losses from oil's collapse not showing up in the data — yet

Dividend cuts, budget reductions and layoffs predicted as oilpatch begins Q4 ...

How bad will Alberta's job market get? Depends who you ask

As prices fall, oil patch expects lower costs to save the day

Layoffs loom in oilpatch