Newfield Exploration Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results - Liquids comprise 55% of total Company production in the second quarter of 2013

- Second quarter domestic liquids production up 17% over first quarter of 2013

- 2013 production expectations increased to 46 - 47 MMBOE (previous range: 44 - 47 MMBOE)

- Company raises production expectations in Cana Woodford and Williston Basin for 2013

- 2013 capital investments expected to be at "upper end" of $1.7 - $1.9 billion range

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE: NFX) today reported its unaudited second quarter 2013 financial results and provided an update on its operations. The Company's year-to-date operational highlights are detailed in the @NFX publication, located on Newfield's website.

Newfield will host a conference call at 7:30 a.m. CDT on July 25, 2013. To listen to the call and view the slide deck, please visit Newfield's website at http://www.newfield.com. To participate in the call, dial 719-457-2643.

Second Quarter Financial Summary

With the process underway to divest Newfield's international businesses, the Company is now reporting its financial and operating results for international businesses as "discontinued operations."

For the second quarter of 2013, the Company posted income from continuing operations of $106 million, or $0.78 per diluted share. Income from discontinued operations was $5 million, or $0.04 per share. Combined net income for the second quarter of 2013 was $111 million, or $0.82 per share (all per share amounts are on a diluted basis). Net income from continuing operations for the second quarter includes the impact of the following items: 

  • a net unrealized gain on commodity derivatives of $109 million ($68 million after-tax), or $0.50 per share;
  • a charge of $8 million ($5 million after-tax), or $0.04 per share related to a voluntary severance program initiated early this year. The program was implemented to lower future cash operating costs and to change the structure of the organization to better align with the Company's future as a North American-focused resource company; and
  • a $3 million impairment ($2 million after-tax), or $0.01 per share, associated with the carrying value of a Company-owned drilling rig in the Rocky Mountains.

Excluding these items and including earnings from discontinued international operations, net income for the second quarter of 2013 would have been $50 million, or $0.37 per diluted share.

Revenues for the second quarter of 2013 were $435 million, excluding $188 million from discontinued operations. Net cash provided by operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities was $310 million. See "Explanation and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" found after the financial statements in this release.

Second Quarter 2013 Sales Summary

Newfield's net production in the second quarter of 2013 was 11.8 million BOE, of which 1.8 million BOE was from the Company's international businesses, which are classified as discontinued operations. Domestic liquids production in the second quarter was up 17% compared to the first quarter of 2013. The composition of second quarter production was 44% oil, 11% natural gas liquids and 45% natural gas. Production by product is detailed in this release for the second quarter of 2013.

"The year 2013 is shaping up to be a great one for Newfield," said Lee K. Boothby, Newfield Chairman, President and CEO. "We are executing extremely well in our domestic focus areas and our production is running ahead of our beginning of the year expectations.  In addition, many of our project returns are benefitting from more efficient drilling, improved service costs and advancements in our completion processes. Our operational successes in 2013 are helping to build momentum for 2014 and we are confident in our ability to deliver on our three-year plan."

2013 Production Guidance and Capital Investments

Newfield today raised its production guidance for 2013 to 46 – 47 million BOE (previous guidance was 44 – 47 million BOE). The guidance includes approximately 7.2 million BOE from discontinued international operations.

The Company increased its expectations for 2013 capital expenditures to approximately $1.9 billion, or the "upper end" of its original guidance range of $1.7$1.9 billion. The increase relates to:

  • increased investments in international operations related primarily to the ongoing development of the Pearl field in China and exploration drilling offshore Malaysia. The Pearl development is on schedule with first oil production expected in late 2013/early 2014;
  • a higher operated rig count in the Cana Woodford (seven rigs vs. expectation for four to six rigs); and
  • additional wells in the Cana Woodford, Williston Basin and the Eagle Ford, driven by efficiency gains in "days to depth."

Second Quarter 2013 Operational Highlights

For complete highlights, see the Company's @NFX publication, located on its website.

  • Domestic liquids production in the second quarter of 2013 increased 17% over the first quarter of 2013. Domestic liquids production growth in 2013 is now expected to exceed 40%, adjusted for prior year asset sales.
  • Average Cana Woodford net production in the second quarter of 2013 was 16,400 BOEPD, or 1,400 BOEPD above guidance and 14% above the first quarter 2013 average. Newfield expects that its net production in the Cana Woodford will exceed 27,000 BOEPD in late 2013, compared to its previous expectation of 26,000 BOEPD. Newfield is running seven operated rigs in the play today, above its beginning of the year estimate of four to six operated rigs. Year-to-date, drill and case costs per lateral foot in the South Cana region are about 20% lower than 2012 averages.
  • The Company's second quarter net production in the Williston Basin averaged 11,800 BOEPD, or approximately 1,300 BOEPD above second quarter guidance. Newfield has increased its full-year expectations for Williston Basin growth to 28% compared to the original estimate of 15%. The increase is related to better well performance.
  • Average net production in the Eagle Ford was 7,500 BOEPD, slightly above guidance for the quarter. Six new operated super extended lateral (SXL) wells were completed in the second quarter. Newfield's net Eagle Ford production is expected to increase 13% quarter-over-quarter in the third quarter of 2013 with 16 new SXL well completions planned. Drill and complete costs in the Eagle Ford are down 18% year-to-date compared to 2012 averages. Second quarter 2013 completed well costs averaged $7.5 million. The Company's full-year 2013 Eagle Ford production is expected to increase more than 75% over 2012.
  • Uinta Basin sales in the second quarter averaged 22,500 BOEPD, compared to guidance of 22,000 BOEPD. Newfield was able to transport by rail more than 250,000 barrels of oil during the quarter, allowing the Company to reduce oil in inventory and manage production during planned refinery turnarounds in the Salt Lake City area. Refining capacity expansions are underway in the Salt Lake City area and additional markets outside of Salt Lake City are being tested for marketing future oil. Uinta Basin production is expected to increase about 10% in 2013, consistent with original guidance.
  • The divestiture process for the Company's international businesses is underway and progressing as planned.

Full-Year 2013 Guidance

Newfield expects 2013 total company production will range from 46 – 47 million BOE, which includes an estimated 7.2 MMBbls from discontinued operations. The table below details the Company's growth forecast through 2015 and its planned capital investment ranges for 2013.


2012*


2013e


2014e


2015e

Domestic Production:








  Oil (MMBO)

11.1


13.5 - 14.5


16.8  - 19.0


20.6 - 25.3

  NGLs (MMBbls)

2.3


4.8 - 4.9


7.2 - 8.0


6.9 - 8.5

  Natural Gas (BCF)

140


122 - 125


114 - 132


112 - 136

Domestic Total (MMBOE)

36.8


38.6 - 40.2


43.0 - 49.0


46.0 - 57.0

  YoY Domestic Liquids Growth

27%


41%


38%


20%

  YoY Domestic Gas Growth

(7%)


(12%)


1%


--

  YoY Domestic Total Growth

3%


7%


18%


12%









International Production:








  Oil (MMBO)

9.9


7.2





  Natural Gas (BCF)

1.2


--





International Total (MMBOE):

10.1


7.2





Total Production (MMBOE):

46.9


45.8 – 47.4










* Excludes Production from Assets Sold










2013 Costs and Expense Guidance

The Company's cost and expense guidance is shown on a unit of production basis. The information is presented separately for Newfield's domestic business (continuing operations) and its international business (discontinued operations). Financial results from discontinued operations will be reported separately on the income statement.


Domestic


International


Operating Expenses:





  Recurring LOE (per BOE):

$5.20 - $5.80


$16.65 - $18.40


  Major Expense (per BOE):

$1.45 - $1.70


$2.00 - $2.20


  Transportation (per BOE):

$3.25 - $3.75


--


Total LOE (per BOE)

$9.90 - $11.25


$18.65 - $20.60


Production & Other Taxes (per BOE):

$2.35 - $2.60


$31.80 - $37.40


DD&A Expense (per BOE):

$16.50 - $17.25


$30.00 - $31.50


General & Administration (G&A), net (per BOE):

$5.00 - $5.50


$1.25 - $1.75


Capitalized Internal Costs (per BOE):

($2.40 - $2.70)


($5.75 - $6.25)


Interest Expense (per BOE):

$5.00 - $5.20


--


Capitalized Interest (per BOE):

($1.20 - $1.40)


--


Effective Tax Rate:

35% - 40%


60% - 80%


_______________________________________                                                                                                                                  

Newfield Exploration Company is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. We are focused on North American resource plays of scale. Our principal domestic areas of operation include the Mid-Continent, the Rocky Mountains and onshore Texas. Internationally, we have oil developments offshore Malaysia and China.

**This release contains forward-looking information. All information other than historical facts included in this release, such as information regarding estimated or anticipated drilling plans, planned capital expenditures, and estimated production, is forward-looking information. Although Newfield believes that these expectations are reasonable, this information is based upon assumptions and anticipated results that are subject to numerous uncertainties and risks. Actual results may vary significantly from those anticipated due to many factors, including drilling results, oil and gas prices, industry conditions, the prices of goods and services, the availability of drilling rigs and other support services, the availability of refining capacity for the crude oil Newfield produces in the Uinta Basin, the availability and cost of capital resources, new regulations or changes in tax legislation, labor conditions and severe weather conditions. In addition, the drilling of oil and natural gas wells and the production of hydrocarbons are subject to numerous governmental regulations and operating risks. Other factors that could impact forward-looking statements are described in "Risk Factors" in Newfield's 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other subsequent public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which can be found at www.sec.gov. Unpredictable or unknown factors not discussed in this press release could also have material adverse effects on forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Unless legally required, Newfield undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

For additional information, please contact Newfield's Investor Relations department.
Phone: 281-210-5201
Email: info@newfield.com



2Q13 Actual

 2Q13 Actual Results


Domestic

(Continuing

Operations)



Int'l

(Discontinued

Operations)



Total












 Production/LiftingsNote 1











Crude oil and condensate - MMBbls


3.4



1.8



5.2



Natural gas - Bcf


31.9





31.9



NGLs - MMBbls


1.3





1.3



Total MMBOE


10.0



1.8



11.8












 Average Realized PricesNote 2











Crude oil and condensate - $/Bbl

$

84.52


$

104.28


$

91.36



Natural gas - $/Mcf

$

3.91


$


$

3.91



NGLs - $/Bbl

$

29.06


$


$

29.06



Bbl equivalent - $/BOE

$

45.78


$

104.28


$

55.02















 Operating Expenses:










Lease operating ($MM)










Recurring

$

55.9


$

30.9


$

86.8


Major (workovers, etc.)

$

15.3


$

3.0


$

18.3


Transportation

$

36.2


$


$

36.2












Lease operating (per BOE)










Recurring

$

5.89


$

17.10


$

7.65


Major (workovers, etc.)

$

1.59


$

1.68


$

1.60


Transportation

$

3.76


$


$

3.17












Production and other taxes ($MM)

$

21.2


$

65.3


$

86.5


per BOE

$

2.20


$

36.17


$

7.57












General and administrative (G&A), net ($MM)

$

53.9


$

5.0


$

58.9


per BOE

$

5.60


$

2.81


$

5.16












   Capitalized internal costs ($MM)







$

(36.7)


       per BOE







$

(3.21)











Interest expense ($MM)







$

50.6


per BOE







$

4.43











Capitalized interest ($MM)







$

(13.3)


per BOE







$

(1.17)











______

Note 1: Represents volumes lifted and sold regardless of when produced. Includes natural gas produced and consumed in our operations of 2.2 Bcf during the three months ended June 30, 2013.


Note 2: Average realized prices include the effects of hedging contracts. If the effects of these contracts were excluded, the average realized price for domestic and total natural gas would have been $3.74 and $3.74 per Mcf, respectively and the domestic and total crude oil and condensate average realized prices would have been $83.66 and $90.80 per barrel, respectively. We did not have any hedging contracts associated with NGL production as of June 30, 2013.


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited, in millions, except per share data)


For the 

Three Months Ended

June 30,


For the 

Six Months Ended

June 30,


2013


2012


2013


2012













Oil, gas and NGL revenues

$

435


$

350


$

805


$

753













Operating expenses:












   Lease operating


107



103



195



205

   Production and other taxes


21



15



33



36

   Depreciation, depletion and amortization


164



172



311



338

   General and administrative


54



59



99



104

      Total operating expenses


346



349



638



683













Income from operations


89



1



167



70













Other income (expenses):












   Interest expense


(50)



(49)



(101)



(100)

   Capitalized interest


13



18



27



36

   Commodity derivative income


117



135



33



159

   Other


2



(4)



4



(2)

      Total other income (expense)


82



100



(37)



93













Income from continuing operations before income taxes


171



101



130



163













Income tax provision


65



37



49



60

Income from continuing operations


106



64



81



103

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax


5



71



22



148

      Net income

$

111


$

135


$

103


$

251













Earnings per share:












    Basic












     Income from continuing operations

$

0.78


$

0.47


$

0.60


$

0.76

     Income from discontinued operations


0.04



0.53



0.16



1.10

       Basic earnings per share

$

0.82


$

1.00


$

0.76


$

1.86

    Diluted












     Income from continuing operations

$

0.78


$

0.47


$

0.60


$

0.76

     Income from discontinued operations


0.04



0.53



0.16



1.09

       Diluted earnings per share

$

0.82


$

1.00


$

0.76


$

1.85













Weighted-average number of shares outstanding for basic income (loss) per share


135



134



135



134













Weighted-average number of shares outstanding for diluted income (loss) per share


136



135



136



135































CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

 (Unaudited, in millions)


June 30,


December 31,


2013


2012

ASSETS






Current assets:






     Cash and cash equivalents

$

51


$

88

     Derivative assets


65



125

     Other current assets


643



653

         Total current assets


759



866








     Property and equipment, net (full cost method)


7,419



6,902

     Derivative assets


60



17

     Other assets


143



127

         Total assets

$

8,381


$

7,912








LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current liabilities:






     Derivative liabilities


6



6

     Other current liabilities


970



953

         Total current liabilities


976



959








     Other liabilities


42



47

     Derivative liabilities




15

     Long-term debt


3,276



3,045

     Asset retirement obligations


140



132

     Deferred taxes


1,040



934

         Total long-term liabilities


4,498



4,173





















STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY






Common stock and additional paid-in capital


1,508



1,487

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(4)



(7)

Retained earnings


1,403



1,300

      Total stockholders' equity


2,907



2,780

      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

8,381


$

7,912











CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited, in millions)



For the

Six Months Ended

June 30,



2013


2012

Cash flows from operating activities:







  Net income


$

103


$

251

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash







  provided by operating activities:







  Depreciation, depletion and amortization



439



465

  Deferred tax provision



68



54

  Stock-based compensation



17



17

  Commodity derivative income



(33)



(159)

  Cash receipts on derivative settlements, net



35



86

  Other non-cash charges



4



3




633



717

Changes in operating assets and liabilities



(23)



(142)

      Net cash provided by operating activities



610



575








Cash flows from investing activities:







   Additions to oil and gas properties and other



(890)



(888)

   Acquisitions of oil and gas properties



(3)



(9)

   Proceeds from sales of oil and gas properties



19



329

   Redemptions of investments



1



      Net cash used in investing activities



(873)



(568)








Cash flows from financing activities:







   Net proceeds (repayments) under credit arrangements



231



(86)

   Proceeds from issuance of senior notes





1,000

   Repayment of senior subordinated notes





(325)

   Other



(5)



(16)

      Net cash provided by financing activities



226



573








Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents



(37)



580

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period



88



76








Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

51


$

656








Explanation and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures


Earnings Stated Without the Effect of Certain Items

     Earnings stated without the effect of certain items is a non-GAAP financial measure. Earnings without the effect of these items are presented because they affect the comparability of operating results from period to period. In addition, earnings without the effect of these items are more comparable to earnings estimates provided by securities analysts.


     A reconciliation of earnings for the second quarter of 2013 stated without the effect of certain items to net income is shown below:




2Q13




(in millions)

Net income

$

111


Net unrealized gain on commodity derivatives(1)


(109)


Income tax adjustment for above items


41

Earnings stated without the effect of the above items

$

43









(1)  The determination of "Net unrealized gain on commodity derivatives" for the second quarter 2013 is as follows:




2Q13




(in millions)

Commodity derivative income

$

117

Cash receipts on derivative settlements, net


(8)


Net unrealized gain on commodity derivatives

$

109






Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities Before Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities


     Net cash provided by operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities is presented because of its acceptance as an indicator of an oil and gas exploration and production company's ability to internally fund exploration and development activities and to service or incur additional debt. This measure should not be considered as an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities as defined by generally accepted accounting principles.


     A reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities to net cash provided by operating activities is shown below:




2Q13




(in millions)

Net cash provided by operating activities


$

251


   Net change in operating assets and liabilities



59

Net cash provided by operating activities before changes





in operating assets and liabilities


$

310









 

 

SOURCE Newfield Exploration Company



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