HOUSTON (AP) -- Marathon Oil said Tuesday that higher U.S. gas production helped lift its third-quarter net income 11 percent.
The Houston company earned $450 million, or 63 cents per share, compared with $405 million, or 57 cents per share, a year earlier. Without one-time items, including a pension settlement, profit came to 64 cents per share, a penny shy of the expectation of analysts polled by FactSet.
Revenue rose 10 percent to $4.16 billion, topping Wall Street's projection of $3.32 billion.
Exploration and production income rose 47 percent as liquid hydrocarbon and natural gas sales volumes rose.
Marathon Oil spun off its refining and pipelines business last year into a separate public company, Marathon Petroleum Corp.
The company said it's still confident in its ability to grow production by 5 to 7 percent per year through 2017.
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