Noble Energy Announces Second Quarter 2011 Results

Press Release

Jul 28, 2011
Noble Energy Announces Second Quarter 2011 Results

HOUSTON, July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) reported today second quarter 2011 net income of $294 million, or $1.61 per share diluted, on revenues of $954 million. The Company's second quarter 2010 net income was $204 million, or $1.10 per share diluted, on revenues of $751 million. Net income for the second quarter 2011 includes unrealized commodity derivative gains, a gain on asset divestiture, as well as certain asset impairments. Excluding these items, second quarter 2011 adjusted net income(1) was $263 million, or $1.44 per share diluted. Adjusted net income(1) for the second quarter of 2010 was $198 million, or $1.07 per share diluted.  

Discretionary cash flow(1) for the second quarter 2011 was $659 million, compared to $496 million for the similar quarter in 2010. Net cash provided by operating activities was $745 million, and capital expenditures(2) were $702 million.

Key highlights for the second quarter 2011 include:

  • Sold 174 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of natural gas in Israel, up 44 percent from the second quarter last year
  • Produced a record 59 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBoe/d) in the DJ basin
  • Drilled longest-ever horizontal Niobrara well in the DJ basin with a 9,100 foot lateral in the Wattenberg field
  • Announced a discovery at Santiago in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and increased Galapagos net production impact to over 10 thousand barrels of oil per day
  • Accelerated startup of Aseng, offshore Equatorial Guinea, with first oil production now expected by year-end 2011
  • Completed transfer of assets and exit from Ecuador
  • Increased liquidity to over $3.6 billion, with $1.5 billion in cash at the end of the period

Charles D. Davidson, Noble Energy's Chairman and CEO, commented, "The second quarter was another strong quarter for Noble Energy. With our performance to date, we now expect sales volumes for the year will fall in the top end of our original guidance range. The second half of the year will be very active for our Company with further expansion of the DJ basin horizontal Niobrara play and active rig programs in all of our key offshore regions. We continue to make excellent progress on our major development projects with Aseng in Equatorial Guinea now well ahead of schedule and our exploration success at Santiago being integrated into the Galapagos project plans. In addition, we anticipate testing multiple exploration opportunities in West Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the deepwater Gulf of Mexico before the end of the year."

The Company's total sales volumes for the second quarter 2011 averaged 215 MBoe/d. Production volumes were 216 MBoe/d, with the difference attributable to crude oil and condensate underliftings in Equatorial Guinea. Excluding the 2010 sale of certain onshore U.S. assets, as well as the impact of the Company's exit from Ecuador, sales volumes were up 3 percent from the second quarter 2010. Growth in the DJ basin and Israel more than offset timing differences in Equatorial Guinea liftings, as well as natural decline in the Company's various other onshore U.S. and deepwater Gulf of Mexico assets.

International sales volumes were 100 MBoe/d, up slightly from the second quarter last year despite lower liquid liftings in Equatorial Guinea and the termination of the Company's activities in Ecuador. Strong power generation demand and lower competing imports led Noble Energy's natural gas sales in Israel to be up substantially from the prior year. In the North Sea, field performance at Dumbarton and Lochranza accounted for increased oil volumes. The Company's 2010 volumes included 27 MMcf/d of natural gas in Ecuador, where its production sharing contract was terminated in late 2010.

Noble Energy's U.S. volumes were 115 MBoe/d for the second quarter of 2011, down versus the prior year period as a result of the 2010 sale of approximately 6 MBoe/d of Mid-continent and Illinois basin oil assets. In the DJ basin, second quarter 2011 volumes averaged over 59 MBoe/d, up 8 percent from the same period in 2010. The increase is attributed to the continued acceleration of the Company's vertical and horizontal drilling programs in Wattenberg. A third-party processing facility expansion came online in June 2011, which is allowing for further field production growth.

The Company's barrel of oil equivalent (Boe) realizations were up significantly for the second quarter 2011 versus 2010. International natural gas as a percentage of total Company volumes grew to 32 percent for the second quarter 2011, with global liquids representing 39 percent, and U.S. natural gas the remaining 29 percent.  

Total production costs per Boe, including lease operating expenses, production and ad valorem taxes, and transportation were $7.92 per Boe, up approximately 5 percent from the second quarter 2010. The increase was largely attributable to higher production and ad valorem taxes caused by stronger commodity pricing. Lease operating expense was $5.06 per Boe and depreciation, depletion, and amortization was $12.01 per Boe for the second quarter 2011. Exploration expense for the quarter included recognition of dry hole cost on the Kora well, offshore Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. General and administrative expenses were up primarily related to increased staffing for the development of the Company's major development projects. Noble Energy's adjusted effective tax rate was 33 percent, with 52 percent deferred. Deferred taxes for the second quarter 2011 were impacted by the resolution of prior year tax reviews.

The Company recorded asset impairments totaling $131 million in the second quarter 2011, resulting from field performance at Oliver Creek in East Texas and Iron Horse in Wyoming, combined with a low natural gas price environment. Other operating income/expense includes a $26 million gain on the divestiture of assets, primarily a result of the Company's transfer of assets and exit from Ecuador. The gain and asset impairments are excluded from net income in determining adjusted net income. Also included in other income/expense is a $7 million deferred compensation income item relating to the quarterly value change of Noble Energy stock held in a benefit program.

UPDATED GUIDANCE

Noble Energy has raised its full year 2011 sales volume guidance to range from 215 to 218 MBoe/d, with the primary driver being higher natural gas volumes in Israel. For the third quarter 2011, the Company expects volumes to average 215 to 220 MBoe/d. Onshore U.S. volumes should be up versus the second quarter, with crude oil and natural gas growth from the DJ basin offsetting natural declines in other onshore natural gas areas. The deepwater Gulf of Mexico is expected to have lower sales volumes as result of natural decline and the impact of a Swordfish gas well that recently watered out. Higher volumes in Equatorial Guinea and strong demand for natural gas in Israel should contribute to increased international volumes.  

The Company also adjusted its 2011 total capital program to approximately $3.0 billion. Over a third of the $300 million increase is related to new high-impact international exploration opportunities, with the remainder supporting the expansion of the Wattenberg horizontal Niobrara program, the acceleration of major projects in Equatorial Guinea, and the addition of a new near-term gas development project in Israel.

The addition of the offshore Senegal and Guinea-Bissau opportunity, as well as the updated timing of a Cyprus exploration well (now planned to spud in the fourth quarter) comprises the majority of the higher exploration capital for 2011.

The Company continues to expand its Niobrara drilling program at Wattenberg, with plans to bring a fifth horizontal rig into the field in the middle part of the third quarter. As a result of the additional rig and continued efficiencies, the Company anticipates drilling around 85 horizontal Niobrara wells in the DJ basin in 2011, up approximately 20 percent from original estimates. Offshore Israel, the Company is proceeding with development of the Noa field in the third quarter of 2011 (first production is expected in the second half of 2012).

In Equatorial Guinea, the Company is continuing to progress its liquid developments at Aseng and Alen. First production at Aseng is now expected by year-end 2011.

Noble Energy has modified its full year exploration expense guidance to range from $380 to $440 million as a result of the new exploration opportunities in West Africa (Senegal and Guinea-Bissau) and Cyprus. In addition, income from equity method investees has been increased to between $165 to $185 million, up from original guidance as a result of strong global liquid prices.

(1)

A Non-GAAP measure, see attached Reconciliation Schedules

 

(2)

Capital expenditures exclude a non-cash accrual related to construction progress to-date on the Aseng FPSO

 
   


WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

Noble Energy, Inc. will host a webcast and conference call at 9:00 a.m. Central time today. The webcast is accessible on the 'Investors' page at www.nobleenergyinc.com. Conference call numbers for participation are 888-297-0360 and 719-325-2122, passcode 8518755.  A replay will be available on the website.  

Noble Energy is a leading independent energy company engaged in worldwide oil and gas exploration and production. The Company has core operations onshore in the U.S., primarily in the DJ basin, in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, offshore Eastern Mediterranean, and offshore West Africa. Noble Energy is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is traded under the ticker symbol NBL. Further information is available at www.nobleenergyinc.com.

This news release includes projections and other "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Such projections and statements reflect Noble Energy's current views about future events and financial performance. No assurances can be given that such events or performance will occur as projected, and actual results may differ materially from those projected. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected include, without limitation, the volatility in commodity prices for crude oil and natural gas, the presence or recoverability of estimated reserves, the ability to replace reserves, environmental risks, drilling and operating risks, exploration and development risks, competition, government regulation or other action, the ability of management to execute its plans to meet its goals and other risks inherent in Noble Energy's business that are detailed in its Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Words such as "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "intends," "will," "should," "may," and similar expressions may be used to identify forward-looking statements. Noble Energy assumes no obligation and expressly disclaims any duty to update the information contained herein except as required by law. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosures and risk factors in our Forms 10-K and 10-Q, File No. 1-07964, available from Noble Energy's offices or website, http://www.nobleenergyinc.com. These forms can also be obtained from the SEC by calling 1-800-SEC-0330.  

This news release also contains certain non-GAAP measures of financial performance that management believes are good tools for internal use and the investment community in evaluating the Company's overall financial performance. These non-GAAP measures are broadly used to value and compare companies in the crude oil and natural gas industry.

Schedule 1

 

Noble Energy, Inc.

 

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Earnings

 

(in millions, except per share amounts, unaudited)

 









 









 


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

 


June 30,


June 30,

 


2011


2010


2011


2010

 









 

Net Income


$        294


$        204


$        308


$        441

 

Unrealized (gains) losses on commodity









 

   derivative instruments


(142)


(63)


160


(210)

 

Asset impairments (1)


131


-


139


-

 

Gain on divestitures (2)


(26)


-


(26)


-

 

Drilling rig expense (3)


1


26


19


26

 

Other adjustments


4


-


5


-

 

Total Adjustments before tax


(32)


(37)


297


(184)

 









 

Income Tax Effect of Adjustments  (4)


1


31


(102)


79

 









 

Adjusted Earnings (5)


$        263


$        198


$        503


$        336

 









 

Adjusted Earnings Per Share









 

Basic


$       1.48


$       1.13


$       2.85


$       1.92

 

Diluted (6)


1.44


1.07


2.81


1.85

 









 

Weighted average number of shares outstanding








 

   Basic


176


175


176


175

 

   Diluted


179


178


178


178

 









 
                 


(1) Due to field performance combined with a low natural gas price environment, we determined that the carrying amounts of certain of our onshore US developments, primarily in East Texas, were not recoverable from future cash flows and, therefore, were impaired.

 

(2)  During second quarter of 2011, we completed the transfer of assets and exit from Ecuador.

 

(3) Amount for 2011 represents stand-by rig expense incurred prior to receiving permit to resume drilling activities in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Amount for 2010 represents costs to terminate a deepwater Gulf of Mexico drilling rig contract due to the Federal Deepwater Moratorium.

 

(4) The net tax effects are determined by calculating the tax provision for GAAP Net Income, which includes the adjusting items, and comparing the results to the tax provision for Adjusted Earnings, which excludes the adjusting items.  The difference in the tax provision calculations represents the tax impact of the adjusting items listed here. The calculation is performed at the end of each quarter and, as a result, the tax rates for each discrete period may be different.

 

(5) Adjusted earnings should not be considered a substitute for net income as reported in accordance with GAAP.  Adjusted earnings is provided for comparison to earnings forecasts prepared by analysts and other third parties. Our management believes, and certain investors may find, that adjusted earnings is beneficial in evaluating our financial performance as it excludes the impact of significant non-cash items. We believe such measures can facilitate comparisons of operating performance between periods and with our peers.

 

(6) The diluted earnings per share calculations for the three months ended June 30, 2011 include a decrease to net income of $4 million, net of tax, and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 include decreases to net income of $9 million and $7 million, net of tax, related to deferred compensation gains from NBL shares held in a rabbi trust. Consistent with GAAP, when dilutive, the deferred compensation gain or loss, net of tax, is excluded from net income while the NBL shares held in the rabbi trust are included in the diluted sharecount.

 
 


Schedule 2

 

Noble Energy, Inc.

 

Summary Statement of Operations

 

(in millions, except per share amounts, unaudited)

 









 









 


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

 


June 30,


June 30,

 


2011


2010


2011


2010

 

Revenues









 

Crude oil and condensate


$  596


$  460


$ 1,165


$  867

 

Natural gas


231


202


435


432

 

NGLs


68


48


125


99

 

Income from equity method investees


48


24


96


50

 

Other revenues


11


17


33


36

 

Total revenues


954


751


1,854


1,484

 

Operating Expenses









 

Lease operating expense


99


100


191


188

 

Production and ad valorem taxes


38


34


70


67

 

Transportation expense


18


16


35


34

 

Exploration expense


68


52


138


132

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization


235


215


456


431

 

General and administrative


82


63


165


129

 

Asset impairments


131


-


139


-

 

Other operating (income) expense, net


(11)


41


18


55

 

Total operating expenses


660


521


1,212


1,036

 

Operating Income


294


230


642


448

 

Other (Income) Expense









 

(Gain) loss on commodity derivative instruments


(143)


(96)


143


(242)

 

Interest, net of amount capitalized


21


19


37


39

 

Other (income) expense, net


(9)


(13)


-


(13)

 

Total other (income) expense


(131)


(90)


180


(216)

 

Income Before Taxes


425


320


462


664

 

Income Tax Provision


131


116


154


223

 

Net Income


$  294


$  204


$    308


$  441

 









 

Earnings Per Share









 

Basic


$ 1.66


$ 1.17


$   1.75


$ 2.53

 

Diluted (1)


1.61


1.10


1.73


2.44

 









 

Weighted average number of shares outstanding









 

   Basic


176


175


176


175

 

   Diluted


179


178


178


178

 









 
                 


(1) The diluted earnings per share calculations for the three months ended June 30, 2011 include a decrease to net income of $4 million, net of tax, and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 include decreases to net income of $9 million and $7 million, net of tax, related to deferred compensation gains from NBL shares held in a rabbi trust. Consistent with GAAP, when dilutive, the deferred compensation gain or loss, net of tax, is excluded from net income while the NBL shares held in the rabbi trust are included in the diluted sharecount.

 
 


Schedule 3

 

Noble Energy, Inc.

 

Volume and Price Statistics

 

(unaudited)

 









 









 


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

 


June 30,


June 30,

 


2011


2010


2011


2010

 

Crude Oil and Condensate Sales Volumes (MBbl/d)









 

United States


37


38


37


39

 

Equatorial Guinea


11


16


12


12

 

North Sea


10


9


10


9

 

China


3


4


4


4

 

Total consolidated operations


61


67


63


64

 

Equity method investee


2


2


2


2

 

Total sales volumes


63


69


65


66

 

Crude Oil and Condensate Realized Prices ($/Bbl)









 

United States


$ 101.99


$ 75.00


$   97.15


$ 74.39

 

Equatorial Guinea


114.80


76.10


108.57


75.16

 

North Sea


119.61


75.22


112.47


76.15

 

China


109.96


76.05


102.61


74.24

 

Consolidated average realized prices


$ 107.53


$ 75.36


$ 102.20


$ 74.77

 









 

Natural Gas Sales Volumes (MMcf/d)









 

United States


378


414


380


399

 

Equatorial Guinea


233


224


240


209

 

Israel


174


121


157


104

 

North Sea


6


7


7


7

 

Ecuador


-


27


-


28

 

Total sales volumes


791


793


784


747

 

Natural Gas Realized Prices ($/Mcf)









 

United States


$     4.21


$   3.89


$     4.14


$   4.64

 

Equatorial Guinea


0.27


0.27


0.27


0.27

 

Israel


4.81


4.33


4.54


4.28

 

North Sea


8.28


4.53


7.74


4.97

 

Consolidated average realized prices


$     3.22


$   2.91


$     3.06


$   3.32

 









 

Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) Sales Volumes (MBbl/d)









 

United States


15


13


14


13

 

Equity method investee


5


5


5


5

 

Total sales volumes


20


18


19


18

 

Natural Gas Liquids Realized Prices ($/Bbl)









 

United States


$   50.03


$ 39.37


$   48.98


$ 42.12

 









 

Barrels of Oil Equivalent Volumes (MBoe/d)









 

United States


115


120


114


118

 

Equatorial Guinea


50


54


52


47

 

Israel


29


20


26


17

 

North Sea


11


10


12


10

 

Other International


3


8


4


9

 

Total consolidated operations


208


212


208


201

 

Equity method investee


7


7


7


7

 

Total barrels of oil equivalent (MBoe/d)


215


219


215


208

 

Barrels of oil equivalent volumes (MMBoe)


20


20


39


38

 
                 


Schedule 4

 

Noble Energy, Inc.

 

Condensed Balance Sheets

 

(in millions, unaudited)

 

 

 





 


June 30,


December 31,

 


2011


2010

 

Assets





 

Current Assets





 

Cash and cash equivalents


$   1,527


$          1,081

 

Accounts receivable, net


571


556

 

Other current assets


215


201

 

   Total current assets


2,313


1,838

 

Net property, plant and equipment


10,868


10,264

 

Goodwill


696


696

 

Other noncurrent assets


462


484

 

Total Assets


$ 14,339


$        13,282

 





 

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity





 

Current Liabilities





 

Accounts payable - trade


$   1,072


$             927

 

Other current liabilities


430


495

 

   Total current liabilities


1,502


1,422

 

Long-term debt


2,797


2,272

 

Deferred income taxes


2,188


2,110

 

Other noncurrent liabilities


694


630

 

Total Liabilities


7,181


6,434

 





 

Total Shareholders' Equity


7,158


6,848

 

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity


$ 14,339


$        13,282

 
         


Schedule 5

 

Noble Energy, Inc.

 

Discretionary Cash Flow and Reconciliation to Operating Cash Flow

 

(in millions, unaudited)

 









 









 


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

 


June 30,


June 30,

 


2011


2010


2011


2010

 









 

Adjusted Earnings (1)


$ 263


$ 198


$    503


$    336

 

Adjustments to reconcile adjusted earnings to discretionary cash flow:









 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization


235


215


456


431

 

Exploration expense


68


52


138


132

 

(Income)/distributions from equity method investments, net


18


11


(5)


(2)

 

Deferred compensation (income) expense


(7)


(13)


3


(11)

 

Deferred income taxes


67


17


110


25

 

Stock-based compensation expense


14


13


29


27

 

Other


1


3


1


5

 

Discretionary Cash Flow (2)


$ 659


$ 496


$ 1,235


$    943

 









 

Reconciliation to Operating Cash Flows









 

Net changes in working capital


163


(187)


63


21

 

Cash exploration costs


(46)


(37)


(94)


(78)

 

Current tax expense of earnings adjustments


(34)


(19)


36


(47)

 

Standy-by rig expense (3)


(1)


-


(19)


-

 

Other adjustments


4


3


8


5

 

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities


$ 745


$ 256


$ 1,229


$    844

 









 

Capital expenditures (accrual based)


$ 702


$ 519


$ 1,247


$    928

 

Increase in FPSO lease obligation


17


68


51


108

 

DJ Basin asset acquisition


-


-


-


509

 

Total Capital Expenditures (Accrual Based)


$ 719


$ 587


$ 1,298


$ 1,545

 









 
                 


(1) See Schedule 1, Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Earnings.

 

(2) The table above reconciles discretionary cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities. Adjustments for capitalized interest were retrospectively removed from our discretionary cash flow calculation as of March 31, 2011. While discretionary cash flow is not a GAAP measure of financial performance, our management believes it is a useful tool for evaluating our overall financial performance. Among our management, research analysts, portfolio managers and investors, discretionary cash flow is broadly used as an indicator of a company's ability to fund exploration and production activities and meet financial obligations. Discretionary cash flow is also commonly used as a basis to value and compare companies in the oil and gas industry.

 

(3) Amount for 2011 represents stand-by rig expense incurred prior to receiving permit to resume drilling activities in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Amount for 2010 represents costs to terminate a deepwater Gulf of Mexico drilling rig contract due to the Federal Deepwater Moratorium.

 
 


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