Noble Energy Announces Strong Fourth Quarter Performance

Press Release

Feb 12, 2020
Noble Energy Announces Strong Fourth Quarter Performance

Onshore Capital Efficiency Gains and Major Project Delivery in 2019 Transform Noble Energy's Future

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 12, 2020-- Noble Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: NBL) (“Noble Energy” or the "Company”) today provided fourth quarter financial and operating results. Fourth quarter highlights include:

  • Organic capital expenditures funded by Noble Energy of $406 million were below the low end of guidance.
  • Sales volumes of 373 MBoe/d were near the top end of guidance.
    • Produced 285 MBoe/d from the U.S. onshore, led by record quarterly production in the DJ Basin.
    • Sold over 1 Bcfe/d of natural gas, gross, from the Company’s Israel fields.
  • Commenced production from the Leviathan field ahead of schedule and more than $200 million under budget.
  • Started production from the Aseng 6P oil well in Equatorial Guinea, which has ramped up to more than 15 MBbl/d, gross.
  • Proved reserves increased 6% to 2.05 BBoe, with significant additions in the DJ Basin and Israel. Reserves replacement totaled 233% (excluding price revisions).
  • Completed a simplification of the General Partner of Noble Midstream Partners LP and an asset sale at a total valuation of $1.6 billion, including $670 million of cash proceeds to Noble Energy.

     

David L. Stover, Noble Energy’s Chairman and CEO, commented, “Our performance in the fourth quarter completed a remarkable year for Noble Energy. We made important strides in our U.S. onshore business during 2019, significantly improving our capital efficiency and cost structure. Our row development execution in both the DJ and Delaware Basins contributed to improved drilling and completion cycle times and lower well costs, which allowed Noble Energy to accomplish our activity on substantially less capital than planned. In our offshore business, we commenced production at Leviathan, once again illustrating our world-class major project execution, and we sanctioned the development of the Alen Gas Monetization. These accomplishments solidified our ability to deliver sustainable organic free cash flow in 2020 and beyond.”

Full year 2019 Highlights

  • Finished the year with record-low Total Recordable Incident Rate in the U.S. onshore.
  • Enhanced ESG disclosures with publication of the Company’s eighth annual Sustainability Report and first Climate Resilience Report (using the TCFD Framework).
  • Increased return of capital to shareholders with a nine percent dividend raise.
  • Organic capital expenditures totaled $2.26 billion, down nearly $240 million from initial guidance as a result of well cost reductions in the U.S. onshore and Leviathan project execution.
  • Reduced cash costs (production expense, marketing costs, and G&A) approximately $120 million from original guidance.
  • Delivered sales volumes of 361 MBoe/d, up nearly two percent from the midpoint of original guidance.
    • Grew U.S. onshore total volumes and oil production 10 percent as compared to 2018.
  • Increased firm gas sales agreements into Egypt from 1.15 Tcf to 3 Tcf of natural gas, gross, from the Company’s operated Israel fields.
  • Completed the acquisition of interest in the EMG Pipeline.
  • Sanctioned the Alen Gas Monetization project in Equatorial Guinea.
  • Farmed into a significant exploration opportunity, offshore Colombia, with drilling planned in 2020.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Results

The Company reported fourth quarter net loss attributable to Noble Energy of $1.2 billion, or $2.52 per diluted share. Excluding items impacting comparability, the Company generated adjusted net loss(1) and adjusted net loss per share(1) attributable to Noble Energy for the quarter of $26 million, or $0.05 per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDAX(1) was $640 million, and cash provided by operating activities was $469 million. Prior to working capital changes, operating cash flow was $541 million for the quarter.

Fourth quarter capital expenditures were below the low end of guidance, primarily driven by delivery of the Leviathan project, along with incremental cost reductions in U.S. onshore drilling and completions. Organic capital investments attributable to Noble Energy included $262 million related to U.S. onshore activities. Noble Energy also invested $125 million in the Eastern Mediterranean, primarily for continued development of the Leviathan project, and $5 million in West Africa for the Alen Gas Monetization project.

Sales volumes for the quarter averaged 373 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBoe/d), an increase of more than six percent from the fourth quarter 2018. The Company’s U.S. onshore assets averaged 285 MBoe/d in the fourth quarter 2019, with oil volumes of 123 thousand barrels per day (MBbl/d). The international portfolio contributed 88 MBoe/d in the quarter with 21 MBbl/d of liquids volume.

Unit production expenses for the fourth quarter 2019 were $8.01 per barrel of oil equivalent (BOE), including lease operating expenses, production taxes, gathering and transportation and processing expenses, and other royalty costs. These costs were below the low end of guidance, benefitted by continuous cost management and prior year refunds on production taxes in the U.S. onshore.

Marketing and other expenses, including sales and costs of purchased oil and gas, netted to $18 million in the quarter, primarily reflecting mitigation of firm transportation costs. Depreciation, depletion and amortization was $16.84 per BOE and general and administrative expenses (G&A) totaled $118 million for the quarter. G&A expenses for the quarter included 2019 incentive compensation awards, which reflected strong operating performance and major project execution. Full-year 2019 G&A expense was at the midpoint of original guidance.

Income from equity method investees for the fourth quarter totaled $3 million. Equity income generated in West Africa (Alba LPG Plant and Methanol Plant) was offset by losses incurred on Noble Midstream Partners LP’s (NASDAQ: NBLX) equity pipeline investments prior to full-service commencement.

The Company’s effective tax rate on adjusted earnings was 60%. On this basis, current tax expense was $27 million for the quarter, primarily resulting from income generated in Israel and West Africa. Deferred taxes were a benefit of $41 million on this same basis.

During the quarter, the Company concluded a drop down and simplification transaction with the General Partner of NBLX, selling its incentive distribution rights and remaining U.S. onshore midstream interests to NBLX. Noble Energy received approximately $670 million in cash and 38.5 million units of NBLX in the transaction for a total valuation of $1.6 billion. Cash proceeds were used to repay the Company's commercial paper borrowings, contributing to increased liquidity of $4.5 billion at year-end.

Included in the Company’s results for the quarter was a $1.16 billion asset impairment, which was associated with the Company’s Eagle Ford asset, primarily resulting from a decline in natural gas and natural gas liquids prices. Additionally, the Company expensed approximately $100 million in suspended exploration costs associated with the Leviathan deep oil prospect.

During the quarter, the Company operated 5 rigs (2 DJ and 3 Delaware) and drilled 42 wells (27 DJ and 15 Delaware) onshore. Noble Energy completed 25 wells (16 DJ and 9 Delaware) and commenced production on 38 new wells (25 DJ and 13 Delaware).

Denver-Julesburg Basin

The DJ Basin averaged a record 163 MBoe/d in the fourth quarter, up 18% from the similar quarter in 2018, while continuing to generate strong operating cash flow in excess of capital expenditures. Total liquids volumes of 108 thousand barrels per day (MBbl/d) were also a record. Production growth for the quarter stemmed from the Wells Ranch area which established a quarterly record of over 68 MBoe/d, with 10 wells turned-in-line. An additional 15 wells commenced production in East Pony, resulting in moderate growth for the development area.

Delaware Basin

Sales volumes from the Company's Delaware Basin assets totaled 70 MBoe/d, up 17% from the fourth quarter 2018. Oil volumes averaged 44 MBbl/d. During the quarter, the Company brought online 13 wells, 12 of which were Wolfcamp A wells with one 3rd Bone Spring well. Four of the wells were located in the Company’s Southern acreage position, were completed utilizing tighter stage spacing and increased fluid loading, and are delivering very strong results.

Eagle Ford

Sales volumes from the Eagle Ford totaled 52 MBoe/d for the fourth quarter 2019, down five percent from the fourth quarter 2018 resulting from base declines. The Company's Eagle Ford operations continue to focus on maximizing cash flows through optimizing base production.

Israel

Fourth quarter 2019 sales volumes from the Company’s Israel assets totaled 220 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day, essentially all from the Tamar asset. Production commenced from the Leviathan field ahead of schedule and under budget. Four subsea production wells are online with sales to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt underway.

Equatorial Guinea

Sales volumes for Equatorial Guinea averaged 51 MBoe/d, including 16 MBbl/d of crude oil. Production volumes for the quarter were higher than sales volumes by approximately 2 MBbl/d. During the quarter, production commenced from the Aseng 6P oil well, which is currently exceeding expectations at over 15,000 Bbl/d, gross.

2019 Reserves

Total proved reserves at the end of 2019 were 2.05 billion barrels of oil equivalent representing a six percent increase from the end of 2018. Reserves additions, comprised of extensions, discoveries and revisions (excluding price), totaled 308 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe). Price revisions were a reduction of 53 MMBoe, entirely in the U.S. onshore from lower 2019 oil, natural gas, and NGL prices. Total Company reserve replacement was 233% (excluding price impacts) at a cost of $7.29 per BOE. U.S. onshore proved developed reserves were added at a cost of $7.99 per BOE.

DJ Basin reserves were up more than 13% year over year resulting primarily from extensions in the Mustang and Wells Ranch areas and positive performance revisions in the Mustang development area. In West Africa, the Company booked 205 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (Bcfe) reserve additions resulting from the sanction of the Alen natural gas project. In addition, the Alen gas sales enable the extension of the Alba field economic life yielding positive revisions of nearly 18 MMBoe. Performance from the Tamar field, offshore Israel, resulted in positive revisions of 231 Bcfe, or over one trillion cubic feet equivalent (Tcfe) on a gross basis. Securing additional export transportation and marketing arrangements in Egypt facilitated reserve additions in the Leviathan field of 526 Bcfe. First production at the Leviathan project led to 3.3 Tcfe of transfers from proved undeveloped to proved developed.

Approximately 48% of the Company’s reserves are in U.S. onshore assets, with 52% offshore in Israel and Equatorial Guinea. The commodity breakdown of total reserves at the end of 2019 was 50% international gas, 34% liquids, and 16% U.S. onshore natural gas. Proved developed reserves increased to approximately 73% of total proved reserves at the end of the year, driven by the Leviathan reserve transfers at commencement of production.

Additional details for the fourth quarter and year-end results can be found in the Company’s latest presentation on the Company’s website, www.nblenergy.com.

(1)

A Non-GAAP measure, please see the respective earnings release schedules included herein for reconciliations.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Noble Energy, Inc. will host a live audio webcast and conference call at 8 a.m. Central Standard Time on February 12, 2020. The webcast link is accessible on the 'Investors' page at www.nblenergy.com. A replay will be available on the website. Conference call numbers for participation during the question and answer session are:

Toll Free Dial in: 877-883-0383

International Dial in: 412-902-6506

Conference ID: 4164277

Noble Energy (NASDAQ: NBL) is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company committed to meeting the world’s growing energy needs and delivering leading returns to shareholders. The Company operates a high-quality portfolio of assets onshore in the United States and offshore in the Eastern Mediterranean and off the west coast of Africa. Founded more than 85 years ago, Noble Energy is guided by its values, its commitment to safety, and respect for stakeholders, communities and the environment. For more information on how the Company fulfills its purpose: Energizing the World, Bettering People’s Lives®, visit https://www.nblenergy.com.

This news release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws. Words such as "anticipates", “plans”, “estimates”, "believes", "expects", "intends", "will", "should", "may", and similar expressions may be used to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not statements of historical fact and reflect Noble Energy's current views about future events. Such forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, future financial and operating results, and other statements that are not historical facts, including estimates of oil and natural gas reserves and resources, estimates of future production, assumptions regarding future oil and natural gas pricing, planned drilling activity, future results of operations, projected cash flow and liquidity, business strategy and other plans and objectives for future operations. No assurances can be given that the forward-looking statements contained in this news release will occur as projected and actual results may differ materially from those projected. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and assumptions that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, 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 actions, the ability of management to execute its plans to meet its goals and other risks inherent in Noble Energy's businesses that are discussed in Noble Energy's most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly report on Form 10-Q, and in other Noble Energy reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These reports are also available from the sources described above. Forward-looking statements are based on the estimates and opinions of management at the time the statements are made. Noble Energy does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements should circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions change.

This news release also contains certain historical non-GAAP measures of financial performance that management believes are good tools for internal use and the investment community in evaluating Noble Energy’s overall financial performance. These non-GAAP measures are broadly used to value and compare companies in the crude oil and natural gas industry. Please see Noble Energy’s earnings release schedules included herein for reconciliations of the differences between any historical non-GAAP measures used in this news release and the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Schedule 1

Noble Energy, Inc.

Summary Statement of Operations

(in millions, except per share amounts, unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil, NGL and Gas Sales

$

1,010

 

 

$

1,052

 

 

$

3,904

 

 

$

4,461

 

Sales of Purchased Oil and Gas

125

 

 

84

 

 

389

 

 

275

 

Income from Equity Method Investments and Other

8

 

 

32

 

 

51

 

 

172

 

Midstream Services Revenue - Third Party

31

 

 

29

 

 

94

 

 

78

 

Total Revenues

1,174

 

 

1,197

 

 

4,438

 

 

4,986

 

Operating Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lease Operating Expense

127

 

 

165

 

 

532

 

 

576

 

Production and Ad Valorem Taxes

33

 

 

39

 

 

175

 

 

190

 

Gathering, Transportation and Processing Expense

111

 

 

101

 

 

417

 

 

393

 

Other Royalty Expense

4

 

 

6

 

 

13

 

 

38

 

Exploration Expense

120

 

 

40

 

 

202

 

 

129

 

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

578

 

 

516

 

 

2,197

 

 

1,934

 

General and Administrative

118

 

 

69

 

 

416

 

 

385

 

Cost of Purchased Oil and Gas

135

 

 

92

 

 

431

 

 

296

 

Loss (Gain) on Divestitures, Net

 

 

16

 

 

 

 

(843

)

Asset Impairments

1,160

 

 

38

 

 

1,160

 

 

206

 

Goodwill Impairment

 

 

1,281

 

 

 

 

1,281

 

Marketing Expense

8

 

 

19

 

 

34

 

 

40

 

Firm Transportation Exit Cost

(4

)

 

 

 

88

 

 

 

Other Operating Expense, Net

35

 

 

13

 

 

92

 

 

10

 

Total Operating Expenses

2,425

 

 

2,395

 

 

5,757

 

 

4,635

 

Operating (Loss) Income

(1,251

)

 

(1,198

)

 

(1,319

)

 

351

 

Other Expense (Income)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss (Gain) on Commodity Derivative Instruments

120

 

 

(546

)

 

143

 

 

(63

)

Loss on Extinguishment of Debt or Facility

44

 

 

11

 

 

44

 

 

8

 

Interest, Net of Amount Capitalized

64

 

 

66

 

 

260

 

 

282

 

Other Non-Operating Expense (Income), Net

3

 

 

(9

)

 

10

 

 

(16

)

Total Other Expense (Income)

231

 

 

(478

)

 

457

 

 

211

 

(Loss) Income Before Income Taxes

(1,482

)

 

(720

)

 

(1,776

)

 

140

 

Income Tax (Benefit) Expense

(294

)

 

82

 

 

(343

)

 

126

 

Net (Loss) Income and Comprehensive (Loss) Income Including Noncontrolling Interests

(1,188

)

 

(802

)

 

(1,433

)

 

14

 

Less: Net Income and Comprehensive Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests(1)

18

 

 

22

 

 

79

 

 

80

 

Net Loss and Comprehensive Loss Attributable to Noble Energy

$

(1,206

)

 

$

(824

)

 

$

(1,512

)

 

$

(66

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Loss Attributable to Noble Energy Per Common Share

Basic and Diluted

$

(2.52

)

 

$

(1.72

)

 

$

(3.16

)

 

$

(0.14

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and Diluted

478

 

 

479

 

 

478

 

 

483

 

(1)

The Company consolidates Noble Midstream Partners LP (NBLX), a publicly traded subsidiary of Noble Energy, as a variable interest entity for financial reporting purposes. The public's ownership interest in NBLX is reflected as a noncontrolling interest in the financial statements.

These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and the accompanying notes and other information included in Noble Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 12, 2020.

Schedule 2

Noble Energy, Inc.

Condensed Statement of Cash Flows

(in millions, unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Cash Flows From Operating Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (Loss) Income Including Noncontrolling Interests(1)

$

(1,188

)

 

$

(802

)

 

$

(1,433

)

 

$

14

 

Adjustments to Reconcile Net (Loss) Income to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

578

 

 

516

 

 

2,197

 

 

1,934

 

Loss (Gain) on Divestitures, Net

 

 

16

 

 

 

 

(843

)

Asset Impairments

1,160

 

 

38

 

 

1,160

 

 

206

 

Goodwill Impairment

 

 

1,281

 

 

 

 

1,281

 

Deferred Income Tax (Benefit) Expense

(324

)

 

80

 

 

(434

)

 

(70

)

Loss (Gain) on Commodity Derivative Instruments

120

 

 

(546

)

 

143

 

 

(63

)

Firm Transportation Exit Cost

(4

)

 

 

 

88

 

 

 

Noncash Exploration Expense

100

 

 

1

 

 

100

 

 

2

 

Net Cash Received (Paid) in Settlement of Commodity Derivative Instruments

4

 

 

(1

)

 

32

 

 

(161

)

Other Adjustments for Noncash Items Included in (Loss) Income

95

 

 

39

 

 

210

 

 

83

 

Net Changes in Working Capital

(72

)

 

(62

)

 

(65

)

 

(47

)

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

469

 

 

560

 

 

1,998

 

 

2,336

 

Cash Flows From Investing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additions to Property, Plant and Equipment

(526

)

 

(690

)

 

(2,524

)

 

(3,279

)

Additions to Equity Method Investments(2)

(113

)

 

 

 

(799

)

 

 

Acquisitions, Net of Cash Received(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(653

)

Net Proceeds from Divestitures(4)

42

 

 

259

 

 

173

 

 

1,999

 

Other

(13

)

 

2

 

 

12

 

 

2

 

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

(610

)

 

(429

)

 

(3,138

)

 

(1,931

)

Cash Flows From Financing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revolving Credit Facility, Net

 

 

 

 

 

 

(230

)

Noble Midstream Services Revolving Credit Facility, Net

545

 

 

10

 

 

535

 

 

(25

)

Proceeds from Noble Midstream Services Term Loan Credit Facilities

 

 

 

 

400

 

 

500

 

Senior Notes, Net

(44

)

 

 

 

(53

)

 

(384

)

Dividends Paid, Common Stock

(59

)

 

(52

)

 

(227

)

 

(208

)

Purchase and Retirement of Common Stock

 

 

(72

)

 

 

 

(295

)

Proceeds from Issuance of Mezzanine Equity, Net of Offering Costs(5)

 

 

 

 

97

 

 

 

Issuance of Noble Midstream Partners Common Units, Net of Offering Costs(6)

243

 

 

 

 

243

 

 

 

Commercial Paper Borrowings, Net

(511

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributions from Noncontrolling Interest Owners

10

 

 

5

 

 

37

 

 

353

 

Other

(32

)

 

(24

)

 

(127

)

 

(110

)

Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities

152

 

 

(133

)

 

905

 

 

(399

)

Increase (Decrease) in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash

11

 

 

(2

)

 

(235

)

 

6

 

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash at Beginning of Period(7)

473

 

 

721

 

 

719

 

 

713

 

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash at End of Period(8)

$

484

 

 

$

719

 

 

$

484

 

 

$

719

 

(1)

The Company consolidates Noble Midstream Partners LP (NBLX), a publicly traded subsidiary of Noble Energy, as a variable interest entity for financial reporting purposes. For the periods presented, net loss includes net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in NBLX.

(2)

Additions relate primarily to investments in Eastern Mediterranean Pipeline B.V. by Noble Energy and in EPIC Y-Grade, LP, EPIC Crude Holdings, LP, and Delaware Crossing LLC by NBLX.

(3)

Amount relates to the acquisition of Saddle Butte Rockies Midstream, LLC by NBLX.

(4)

For the year ended December 31, 2019, proceeds relate to the divestiture of SW Reeves County, Texas assets. For the year ended December 31, 2018, proceeds include $484 million from the sale of our 7.5% interest in Tamar field, $696 million from the sale of CONE Gathering LLC and CNX Midstream Partners common units and $384 million from the sale of our Gulf of Mexico assets.

(5)

Proceeds relate to the issuance of preferred equity by NBLX. As the preferred equity is redeemable, it is presented within the mezzanine section of our consolidated balance sheet. In addition, as the preferred equity is held by a third party, it is considered a redeemable noncontrolling interest.

(6)

Amounts relate Noble Energy's midstream asset sale to NBLX.

(7)

As of the beginning of the periods presented, amounts include $0 million, $1 million, $3 million and $38 million of restricted cash, respectively.

(8)

As of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, amounts include $0 million and $3 million of restricted cash, respectively.

These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and the accompanying notes and other information included in Noble Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 12, 2020.

Schedule 3

Noble Energy, Inc.

Condensed Balance Sheets

(in millions, unaudited)

 

 

December 31,
2019

 

December 31,
2018

Assets

 

 

 

Current Assets

 

 

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

484

 

 

$

716

 

Accounts Receivable, Net

730

 

 

616

 

Other Current Assets

148

 

 

418

 

Total Current Assets

1,362

 

 

1,750

 

Property, Plant and Equipment, Net

17,451

 

 

18,419

 

Other Noncurrent Assets

1,834

 

 

841

 

Total Assets

$

20,647

 

 

$

21,010

 

Liabilities, Mezzanine Equity and Shareholders' Equity

 

 

 

Current Liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts Payable - Trade

$

1,250

 

 

$

1,207

 

Other Current Liabilities

719

 

 

519

 

Total Current Liabilities

1,969

 

 

1,726

 

Long-Term Debt

7,477

 

 

6,574

 

Deferred Income Taxes

662

 

 

1,061

 

Other Noncurrent Liabilities

1,378

 

 

1,165

 

Total Liabilities

11,486

 

 

10,526

 

Total Mezzanine Equity (1)

106

 

 

 

Total Shareholders' Equity

8,410

 

 

9,426

 

Noncontrolling Interests (2)

645

 

 

1,058

 

Total Equity

9,055

 

 

10,484

 

Total Liabilities, Mezzanine Equity and Shareholders' Equity

$

20,647

 

 

$

21,010

 

(1)

Amount relates to preferred equity issued by Noble Midstream Partners LP (NBLX).As the preferred equity is redeemable, it is presented within the mezzanine section of our consolidated balance sheet. In addition, as the preferred equity is held by a third party, it is considered a redeemable noncontrolling interest.

(2)

The Company consolidates NBLX, a publicly traded subsidiary of Noble Energy, as a variable interest entity for financial reporting purposes. The public's ownership interest in NBLX is reflected as a noncontrolling interest in the financial statements.

These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and the accompanying notes and other information included in Noble Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 12, 2020.

Schedule 4

Noble Energy, Inc.

Volume and Price Statistics

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

Sales Volumes

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Crude Oil and Condensate (MBbl/d)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States Onshore

123

 

 

118

 

 

120

 

 

109

 

United States Gulf of Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

Equatorial Guinea

15

 

 

18

 

 

13

 

 

16

 

Equity Method Investment - Equatorial Guinea

1

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

Total

139

 

 

138

 

 

135

 

 

132

 

Natural Gas Liquids (MBbl/d)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States Onshore

72

 

 

60

 

 

68

 

 

62

 

United States Gulf of Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity Method Investment - Equatorial Guinea

5

 

 

7

 

 

4

 

 

5

 

Total

77

 

 

67

 

 

72

 

 

67

 

Natural Gas (MMcf/d)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States Onshore

542

 

 

451

 

 

516

 

 

466

 

United States Gulf of Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

Israel

218

 

 

222

 

 

223

 

 

237

 

Equatorial Guinea

184

 

 

203

 

 

186

 

 

213

 

Total

944

 

 

876

 

 

925

 

 

922

 

Total Sales Volumes (MBoe/d)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States Onshore

285

 

 

253

 

 

274

 

 

248

 

United States Gulf of Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

Israel

37

 

 

37

 

 

37

 

 

40

 

Equatorial Guinea

45

 

 

51

 

 

44

 

 

51

 

Equity Method Investment - Equatorial Guinea

6

 

 

9

 

 

6

 

 

7

 

Total Sales Volumes (MBoe/d)

373

 

 

350

 

 

361

 

 

353

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Sales Volumes (MBoe)

34,312

 

 

32,219

 

 

131,801

 

 

128,714

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price Statistics - Realized Prices(1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crude Oil and Condensate ($/Bbl)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States Onshore

$

55.90

 

 

$

52.98

 

 

$

55.68

 

 

$

60.93

 

United States Gulf of Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

64.84

 

Equatorial Guinea

59.18

 

 

61.23

 

 

61.03

 

 

68.53

 

Natural Gas Liquids ($/Bbl)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States Onshore

$

14.61

 

 

$

24.84

 

 

$

14.32

 

 

$

25.86

 

United States Gulf of Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.00

 

Natural Gas ($/Mcf)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States Onshore

$

1.72

 

 

$

2.87

 

 

$

1.83

 

 

$

2.51

 

United States Gulf of Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.48

 

Israel

5.55

 

 

5.44

 

 

5.55

 

 

5.47

 

Equatorial Guinea

0.27

 

 

0.27

 

 

0.27

 

 

0.27

 

(1)

Average realized prices do not include gains or losses on commodity derivative instruments. For fourth quarter 2019 and 2018, including the impact of hedges settled in the period, the Company's U.S. onshore oil price was $56.34 and $54.09 per Bbl, Equatorial Guinea oil price was $56.95 and $65.83 per Bbl, and U.S. onshore gas price was $1.76 and $2.80 per Mcf, respectively. For the year ended 2019 and 2018, including the impact of hedges settled in the period, the Company's U.S. onshore oil price was $56.25 and $58.03 per Bbl, Equatorial Guinea oil price was $57.84 and $59.10 per Bbl, and U.S. onshore gas price was $1.97 and $2.54 per Mcf, respectively.

Schedule 5

Noble Energy, Inc.

Reconciliation of Net Loss Attributable to Noble Energy and Per Share (GAAP) to

Adjusted Net (Loss) Income Attributable to Noble Energy and Per Share (Non-GAAP)

(in millions, except per share amounts, unaudited)

 

Adjusted net (loss) income attributable to Noble Energy and per share (Non-GAAP) should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net loss attributable to Noble Energy and per share (GAAP) or any other measure as reported in accordance with GAAP. Our management believes, and certain investors may find, that adjusted net (loss) income attributable to Noble Energy and per share (Non-GAAP) is beneficial in evaluating our operating and financial performance because it eliminates the impact of certain items affecting comparability (typically non-cash and/or nonrecurring items) that management does not consider to be indicative of our performance from period to period. We believe this Non-GAAP measure is used by analysts and investors to evaluate and compare our operating and financial performance across periods. As a performance measure, adjusted net (loss) income attributable to Noble Energy and per share (Non-GAAP) may be useful for comparison of earnings and per share to forecasts prepared by analysts and other third parties. However, our presentation of adjusted net (loss) income attributable to Noble Energy and per share (Non-GAAP), may not be comparable to similar measures of other companies in our industry.

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Net Loss Attributable to Noble Energy (GAAP)

$

(1,206

)

 

$

(824

)

 

$

(1,512

)

 

$

(66

)

Adjustments to Net Loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firm Transportation Exit Costs

(4

)

 

 

 

88

 

 

 

Loss (Gain) on Divestitures, Net

 

 

16

 

 

 

 

(843

)

Asset Impairments

1,160

 

 

38

 

 

1,160

 

 

206

 

Goodwill Impairment

 

 

1,281

 

 

 

 

1,281

 

Loss (Gain) on Commodity Derivative Instruments, Net of Cash Settlements

124

 

 

(547

)

 

175

 

 

(224

)

Exploration Write-off(1)

100

 

 

 

 

100

 

 

 

Legal Settlement

22

 

 

5

 

 

31

 

 

5

 

Loss on Extinguishment of Debt or Facility

44

 

 

11

 

 

44

 

 

8

 

Other Adjustments(2)

14

 

 

27

 

 

51

 

 

76

 

Total Adjustments Before Tax

1,460

 

 

831

 

 

1,649

 

 

509

 

Current Income Tax Effect of Adjustments(3)

(3

)

 

(29

)

 

(3

)

 

64

 

Deferred Income Tax Effect of Adjustments(3)

(277

)

 

73

 

 

(300

)

 

71

 

Tax Reform Impact(4)

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

(140

)

Adjusted Net (Loss) Income Attributable to Noble Energy (Non-GAAP)

$

(26

)

 

$

56

 

 

$

(166

)

 

$

438

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Loss Attributable to Noble Energy Per Share, Basic and Diluted (GAAP)

$

(2.52

)

 

$

(1.72

)

 

$

(3.16

)

 

$

(0.14

)

Firm Transportation Exit Costs

(0.01

)

 

 

 

0.18

 

 

 

Loss (Gain) on Divestitures, Net

 

 

0.04

 

 

 

 

(1.74

)

Asset Impairments

2.43

 

 

0.08

 

 

2.43

 

 

0.42

 

Goodwill Impairment

 

 

2.66

 

 

 

 

2.64

 

Loss (Gain) on Commodity Derivative Instruments, Net of Cash Settlements

0.26

 

 

(1.14

)

 

0.37

 

 

(0.46

)

Exploration Write-off(1)

0.21

 

 

 

 

0.21

 

 

 

Legal Settlement

0.05

 

 

0.01

 

 

0.06

 

 

0.01

 

Loss on Extinguishment of Debt or Facility

0.09

 

 

0.02

 

 

0.09

 

 

0.02

 

Other Adjustments(2)

0.03

 

 

0.06

 

 

0.11

 

 

0.16

 

Current Income Tax Effect of Adjustments(3)

(0.01

)

 

(0.06

)

 

(0.01

)

 

0.13

 

Deferred Income Tax Effect of Adjustments(3)

(0.58

)

 

0.16

 

 

(0.63

)

 

0.15

 

Tax Reform Impact(4)

 

 

0.01

 

 

 

 

(0.29

)

Adjusted Net (Loss) Income Attributable to Noble Energy Per Share, Diluted (Non-GAAP)

(0.05

)

 

0.12

 

 

(0.35

)

 

0.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Basic

478

 

 

479

 

 

478

 

 

483

 

Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Diluted

478

 

 

481

 

 

478

 

 

485

 

(1)

Amount relates to the write-off of suspended costs associated with the Leviathan deep oil prospect.

(2)

For the year ended December 31, 2019, amount includes loss on sale of a corporate aircraft and a non-cash charge associated with acceleration of retirement obligations for the Mari-B field, offshore Israel. For the year ended December 31, 2018, amount includes a loss on investment in shares of Tamar Petroleum Ltd.

(3)

Amount represents the income tax effect of adjustments, determined for each major tax jurisdiction for each adjusting item, including the impact of timing and magnitude of divestiture activities.

(4)

In 2018, we recorded a $145 million tax benefit as a result of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service intent to issue additional regulatory guidance associated with Tax Reform Legislation and the transition tax (toll tax).

Schedule 6

Noble Energy, Inc.

Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income Including Noncontrolling Interests (GAAP)

to Adjusted EBITDAX (Non-GAAP)

(in millions, unaudited)

 

Adjusted Earnings Before Interest Expense, Income Taxes, Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization, and Exploration Expenses (Adjusted EBITDAX) (Non-GAAP) should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net (loss) income including noncontrolling interests (GAAP) or any other measure as reported in accordance with GAAP. Our management believes, and certain investors may find, that Adjusted EBITDAX (Non-GAAP) is beneficial in evaluating our operating and financial performance because it eliminates the impact of certain items affecting comparability (typically non-cash and/or nonrecurring items) that management does not consider to be indicative of our performance from period to period. We believe these Non-GAAP measures are used by analysts and investors to evaluate and compare our operating and financial performance across periods. As a performance measure, Adjusted EBITDAX (Non-GAAP) may be useful for comparison to forecasts prepared by analysts and other third parties. However, our presentation of Adjusted EBITDAX (Non-GAAP) may not be comparable to similar measures of other companies in our industry.

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Net (Loss) Income Including Noncontrolling Interests (GAAP)

 

(1,188

)

 

$

(802

)

 

$

(1,433

)

 

$

14

 

Adjustments to Net (Loss) Income, After Tax(1)

1,180

 

 

880

 

 

1,346

 

 

504

 

Depreciation, Depletion, and Amortization

578

 

 

516

 

 

2,197

 

 

1,934

 

Exploration Expense(2)

20

 

 

40

 

 

102

 

 

129

 

Interest, Net of Amount Capitalized

64

 

 

66

 

 

260

 

 

282

 

Current Income Tax Expense(3)

27

 

 

31

 

 

88

 

 

121

 

Deferred Income Tax (Benefit) Expense(3)

(41

)

 

2

 

 

(128

)

 

10

 

Adjusted EBITDAX (Non-GAAP)

 

640

 

 

$

733

 

 

$

2,432

 

 

$

2,994

 

(1)

See Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income Attributable to Noble Energy (GAAP) to Adjusted Income (Loss) Attributable to Noble Energy (Non-GAAP).

(2)

Represents remaining Exploration Expense after reversal of Adjustments to Net Income (Loss), After Tax, above.

(3)

Represents remaining Income Tax (Benefit) Expense after reversal of Adjustments to Net Income (Loss), After Tax, above.

Schedule 7

Noble Energy, Inc.

Capital Expenditures

(in millions, unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended
December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Organic Capital Expenditures Attributable to Noble Energy (Accrual Based)(1)

$

406

 

 

$

643

 

 

$

2,263

 

 

$

2,988

 

Acquisition Capital Attributable to Noble Energy

2

 

 

20

 

 

41

 

 

41

 

Noble Midstream Partners Capital Expenditures(2)

48

 

 

37

 

 

145

 

 

482

 

Additions to Equity Method Investments(3)

113

 

 

 

 

799

 

 

 

Increase in Finance Lease Obligations

3

 

 

5

 

 

7

 

 

14

 

Total Reported Capital Expenditures (Accrual Based)

$

572

 

 

$

705

 

 

$

3,255

 

 

$

3,525

 

(1)

Organic capital expenditures include $8 million, $24 million, $85 million and $245 million for midstream capital not funded by Noble Midstream Partners LP (NBLX) for the periods presented.

(2)

For the year ended December 31, 2018, amount includes $206 million related to the acquisition of Saddle Butte Rockies Midstream, LLC.

(3)

For the year ended December 31, 2019, amount includes primarily Noble Energy's investment of $189 million in Eastern Mediterranean Pipeline B.V. and NBLX investments of $532 million in EPIC Y-Grade, LP and EPIC Crude Holdings, LP and $72 million in Delaware Crossing LLC.

Schedule 8

Noble Energy, Inc.

Supplemental Data

(unaudited)

 

2019 Costs Incurred in Oil and Gas Activities (millions)

United
States

 

Int’l(1)

 

Total

Proved Property Acquisition Costs

$

4

 

 

$

 

 

$

4

 

Unproved Property Acquisition Costs

37

 

 

 

 

37

 

Exploration Costs(2)

67

 

 

73

 

 

140

 

Development Costs(3)

1,483

 

 

582

 

 

2,065

 

Total Costs Incurred

$

1,591

 

 

$

655

 

 

$

2,246

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation to Capital Spending (Accrual Basis)

 

 

 

 

 

Total Costs Incurred

 

 

 

 

$

2,246

 

Exploration Overhead and Other(2)

 

 

 

 

(102

)

Asset Retirement Obligations

 

 

 

 

9

 

Total Oil and Gas Spending

 

 

 

 

2,153

 

Midstream Capital Spending(4)

 

 

 

 

230

 

Additions to Equity Method Investments(5)

 

 

 

 

799

 

Corporate and Other Capital

 

 

 

 

73

 

Total Capital Spending (Accrual Basis)

 

 

 

 

$

3,255

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proved Reserves (MMBoe)(6)

United
States

 

Int’l(1)

 

Total

Total Reserves, Beginning of Year

1,002

 

 

927

 

 

1,929

 

Revisions of Previous Estimates

(107

)

 

57

 

 

(50

)

Extensions, Discoveries and Other Additions

183

 

 

122

 

 

305

 

Sale of Minerals in Place

(2

)

 

 

 

(2

)

Production

(100

)

 

(32

)

 

(132

)

Total Reserves, End of Year

976

 

 

1,074

 

 

2,050

 

Proved Developed Reserves

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2018

442

 

 

312

 

 

754

 

December 31, 2019

490

 

 

1,014

 

 

1,504

 

(1)

International includes Israel, Equatorial Guinea and other international locations, including foreign new ventures.

(2)

Amounts exclude $100 million related to the write-off of suspended costs associated with the Leviathan deep oil prospect.

(3)

Includes a decrease in asset retirement obligations (ARO) of $57 million for U.S. onshore primarily related to revisions and an increase in ARO of $48 million for International primarily related to additions.

(4)

Midstream spending includes $85 million of Noble Energy funded capital and $145 million of Noble Midstream Partners LP (NBLX) funded capital.

(5)

Amount includes primarily Noble Energy's investment of $189 million in Eastern Mediterranean Pipeline B.V. and NBLX investments of $532 million in EPIC Y-Grade, LP and EPIC Crude Holdings, LP and $72 million in Delaware Crossing LLC.

(6)

Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc. performed a reserves audit for 2019 and concluded that the Company's estimates of proved reserves were, in the aggregate, reasonable and have been prepared in accordance with Standards Pertaining to the Estimating and Auditing of Oil and Gas Reserves Information promulgated by the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

 

Source: Noble Energy, Inc.

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