Anadarko Announces Third-Quarter 2014 Results
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) announced third-quarter 2014 net income attributable to common stockholders of $1.087 billion, or $2.12 per share (diluted). These results include certain items typically excluded by the investment community in published estimates. In total, these items increased net income by approximately $487 million, or $0.96 per share (diluted), on an after-tax basis.(1) Cash flow from operating activities in the third quarter of 2014 was approximately $2.323 billion.
Discretionary cash flow totaled $1.776 billion,(2) including the year-to-date impact of an adjustment to 2014 U.S. current taxes related to the deferral of the tax benefit and change in anticipated timing of the Tronox settlement payment to early 2015.
Third-Quarter 2014 Highlights
Increased year-over-year liquids sales volumes by more than 110,000 barrels per day on a divestiture-adjusted basis(3)
Closed approximately $1.2 billion of additional asset monetizations
Doubled year-over-year oil sales volumes in the Wattenberg field
Expanded the company’s “high-confidence” area in the Wolfcamp Shale oil opportunity
“Anadarko delivered another outstanding quarter with year-over-year liquids sales-volume growth of 35 percent on a divestiture-adjusted basis,(3) approximately $1.2 billion of new asset monetizations and enhanced cash margins per barrel,” said Al Walker, Anadarko Chairman, President and CEO. “The impressive results from our operating activities enable us to increase our 2014 full-year sales-volume expectations for the third time this year, to a new range of 304 to 306 million BOE. The significant liquids sales-volume growth was primarily driven by the excellent results of our Wattenberg horizontal program, where oil volumes doubled relative to the third quarter of last year. We believe the depth and flexibility of our portfolio, along with our efficient allocation of capital and commitment to value acceleration will enable us to continue delivering differentiating value to our shareholders.”
During the third quarter, Anadarko’s sales volumes of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) totaled a record 78 million BOE, or an average of 849,000 BOE per day, representing an increase of almost 105,000 BOE per day on a divestiture-adjusted basis(3) over the third quarter of 2013. The growth in higher-margin liquids sales volumes significantly improved the overall product mix to 51 percent liquids in the third quarter of 2014 versus 43 percent in the third quarter of 2013.
The strong growth was largely driven by performance in the Wattenberg field, which continued to benefit from the company’s significant commitment to midstream expansions and achieved year-over-year sales-volume growth of 88,000 BOE per day, averaging 189,000 BOE per day for the quarter. The company also demonstrated significant sales-volume growth in the Eagleford Shale, as well as the Wolfcamp Shale oil opportunity where Anadarko expanded its “high-confidence” area within its 600,000-gross-acre position.
Anadarko also continued to advance multiple mega projects during the quarter. In the Gulf of Mexico, the Lucius project is on schedule with first oil expected in the coming weeks. Construction on the Heidelberg spar hull was completed, and the project remains on schedule for first oil in 2016. In Mozambique, the Parliament passed enabling legislation during its last session of the year. This was an important first step toward the ratification of a Decree Law, which is a necessity in creating and facilitating the contractual and legal conditions to move this company-operated LNG project forward.
Anadarko ended the quarter with approximately $8.3 billion of cash on hand, with the increase driven by asset monetizations. In addition to closing the previously announced $1.075 billion sale of its China subsidiary, the company signed and closed several additional monetizations during the quarter totaling approximately $1.2 billion. Among the new monetizations, Anadarko closed a carried-interest agreement in the emerging Eaglebine play of Central Texas and divested its non-operated interest in the Vito discovery. The company also closed the sale of its interest in a portion of the Utica Shale play in central Ohio, as well as several other transactions.
“Closing more than $2.2 billion of monetizations in the quarter, including our China subsidiary, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to accelerating and enhancing value,” added Walker. “We will continue to actively manage our deep portfolio of assets and evaluate opportunities to bring the embedded value forward for our stakeholders.”