Anadarko Announces Second-Quarter 2015 Results
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) today announced its financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2015, including net income attributable to common stockholders of $61 million, or $0.12 per share (diluted).
These results include certain items typically excluded by the investment community in published estimates, which in the aggregate increased net income by $57 million or $0.11 per share (diluted).(1) Net cash flow from operating activities in the second quarter of 2015 was $1.243 billion, and discretionary cash flow from operations totaled $1.373 billion.
Increased year-over-year oil sales volumes by 42,000 barrels per day, adjusted for divestitures(3)
Achieved large-scale project milestones in the Gulf of Mexico and Mozambique
Announced deepwater exploration success in a frontier basin offshore Colombia
Announced more than $1.7 billion of monetizations year to date
“During the second quarter, we delivered more than 18,000 barrels per day of higher-margin oil sales volumes above our guidance, driven by continued improvements in productivity and ongoing operating efficiencies,” said Anadarko Chairman, President and CEO Al Walker.
“The operating improvements achieved to date are contributing to an expected full-year increase over 2014 of 13 percent, or about 35,000 barrels of oil per day, enhancing our relative cash margins and enabling us to drill more than 100 additional wells this year – all while staying within our capital guidance. In addition, we’ve created significant option value through our exploration success offshore Colombia and in the Gulf of Mexico, and accelerated value through active portfolio management. We believe these actions and differentiating achievements, the depth and strength of our portfolio, and the commitment of our employees, position us well for continued success.”
During the second quarter, Anadarko’s sales volumes of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) totaled 77 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), or an average of 846,000 BOE per day. The company also updated its full-year 2015 sales-volume guidance to a range of 298 million to 302 million BOE, which excludes 2015 sales volumes associated with the divestitures of EOR and Bossier.
In the U.S. onshore, Anadarko increased oil sales volumes by approximately 30 percent year over year on a divestiture-adjusted basis,(3) driven by the Wattenberg field, Eagleford Shale and Delaware Basin, while natural-gas sales volumes were lower, reflecting third-party infrastructure downtime and curtailments, as well as the company’s storage program.
During the quarter, Anadarko achieved a significant production milestone, averaging 101,000 barrels of oil per day (BOPD) in the Wattenberg field in Colorado, while also achieving exceptional efficiency improvements. The company has realized a significant reduction in drilling cost per foot over a two-year period and is currently drilling new Wattenberg horizontal wells for approximately $1 million per well. During the second quarter, Anadarko also achieved startup at its 300-million-cubic-feet-per-day (MMcf/d) Lancaster II cryogenic expansion, providing additional growth capacity for the Wattenberg field.
Anadarko expects to achieve its objective of drilling more than 200 wells in the Eagleford Shale this year with fewer rigs than initially anticipated. Efficiency gains are enabling Anadarko to re-allocate rigs from the Eagleford Shale to the Wolfcamp Shale oil play in the Delaware Basin of West Texas. During the quarter, the Delaware Basin increased year-over-year oil sales volumes by almost 30 percent and achieved startup at the 200-MMcf/d Mi Vida cryogenic gas plant.
In the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Anadarko’s Lucius facility achieved name-plate capacity of 80,000 BOPD with production stabilizing during the quarter. The company also continued to advance the 80,000-BOPD Heidelberg spar on schedule with the successful installation of the hull and completion of the topsides.
The Mozambique liquefied natural gas (LNG) project also continues to advance with the selection of a consortium consisting of CB&I, Chiyoda Corporation and Saipem (CCS JV) for the initial development of the onshore LNG park. The scope of the work includes two 6-million-tonnes-per-annum (MMTPA) LNG trains, which is a 20-percent increase in the original capacity expectations with no change to estimated costs.
Anadarko continues an active deepwater exploration program. The company’s first well, Kronos, in the frontier basin offshore Colombia, encountered 130 to 230 net feet of natural gas pay in the upper objective, proving the presence of a working petroleum system and validating the company’s geologic and seismic interpretations. Drilling is ongoing toward the deeper objective before mobilizing the rig to drill the Calasu prospect, which is also located in the 4.5-million-acre Grand Fuerte Block, approximately 100 miles northeast of the Kronos well. In the Gulf of Mexico, Anadarko spud its third appraisal well in the Shenandoah field and plans to commence drilling on an appraisal well to the previously announced Yeti discovery, which encountered more than 270 net feet of oil pay.
Anadarko ended the second quarter with approximately $2.2 billion of cash on hand. Year to date, Anadarko has reached agreements to divest more than $1.1 billion in assets, including the recently announced $440 million divestiture of its Bossier natural gas field and associated midstream infrastructure. In addition, Anadarko accelerated more than $575 million of value from the secondary sale of Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (NYSE: WGP) units and a WGP-linked tangible equity unit offering.
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