Cenovus Energy generates over $830 million in second-quarter free funds flow

Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX: CVE) (NYSE: CVE) reduced net debt to $7.1 billion in the second quarter after generating over $830 million in free funds flow. The company’s excellent financial performance was driven by higher realized oil prices, which contributed to oil sands operating margin of more than $1.0 billion.

“Through focused operations and disciplined capital allocation, we have materially improved our balance sheet and achieved a very important milestone,” said Alex Pourbaix, Cenovus President & Chief Executive Officer. “As we relentlessly pursue getting our net debt even lower, to $5.0 billion, our balance sheet strength positions us to also consider opportunities for increasing shareholder returns and disciplined investments in our business.”

Cenovus remains on track to increase its crude-by-rail capacity to approximately 100,000 barrels per day (bbls/d) by the end of 2019. In June, the company transported nearly 36,000 bbls/d of its oil by rail to the U.S. Gulf Coast. In the first quarter, Cenovus transported approximately 16,000 bbls/d of its oil by rail to the U.S. Gulf Coast, where the company can achieve higher pricing than by selling it in Alberta.

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