The FINANCIAL — Anadarko Petroleum Corporation on October 27 announced its financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2015, including a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $2.235 billion, or $4.41 per share (diluted).
These results include certain items typically excluded by the investment community in published estimates, which in aggregate decreased net income by $1.877 billion or $3.69 per share (diluted), on an after-tax basis. Net cash flow from operating activities in the third quarter of 2015 was $1.127 billion, and discretionary cash flow from operations totaled $979 million, according to Anadarko.
Exceeded the midpoint of guidance by 6,000 barrels per day of higher-margin U.S. oil sales volumes
Achieved capital expenditures and lease operating expense (LOE) per barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) below the low end of guidance
Completed a successful appraisal test at the Shenandoah field in the Gulf of Mexico
Accomplished a project milestone at the Heidelberg spar with the setting of the topsides
Continued to actively manage the portfolio by monetizing nearly $2 billion of assets year to date
“We remain committed to building and preserving value in this challenging environment,” said Anadarko Chairman, President and CEO Al Walker. “During the third quarter, we continued our focus on maintaining long-term flexibility, while enhancing short-cycle returns by delivering higher-margin sales volumes for lower costs. Our employees have continued to do outstanding work optimizing our performance by moderating our base decline, safely improving efficiencies and rig productivity, and achieving greater cost savings. These efforts and achievements have us well positioned to create differentiating value today and to accelerate activity when the market begins to reward growth again.”
During the third quarter, Anadarko’s sales volumes of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) totaled 73 million BOE, or an average of 787,000 BOE per day. These results include an increase in oil sales volumes of 11,000 barrels of oil per day (BOPD) on a divestiture-adjusted basis(3) over the third quarter of 2014. Anadarko also updated its full-year 2015 sales-volume guidance to a range of 290 million to 292 million BOE, which excludes 2015 sales volumes associated with the divestitures of EOR, Bossier and Powder River Basin coalbed methane (CBM).
In the U.S. onshore, Anadarko increased oil sales volumes by 11 percent year over year on a divestiture-adjusted basis.(3) In the Wattenberg field, Anadarko increased oil sales volumes by 14 percent versus the third quarter of 2014. During the quarter, the Wattenberg team continued to achieve significant improvements in its drilling metrics. As a result, drilling cycle times were reduced by approximately 20 percent with a corresponding 15-percent reduction in drilling costs per foot versus the second quarter of 2015.
Anadarko continues to position its extensive Delaware Basin Wolfcamp Shale opportunity for future oil growth. As a result of improved well recoveries, now approaching 1 million BOE per well, and efficiency gains and cost reductions in the Wolfcamp Shale, this emerging oil play is beginning to contend with Wattenberg in terms of the most attractive economics in the company’s U.S. onshore portfolio. Anadarko has successfully reduced drilling costs in the Wolfcamp Shale to around $7.5 million per well with the expected ability to achieve further reductions of $1.5 million to $2 million per well with a future move to field-wide pad drilling. During the quarter, the company also successfully drilled its first test well in the Second Bone Spring, which demonstrated an initial production rate of more than 1,000 BOPD.
In the Gulf of Mexico, the company continued to successfully advance the Heidelberg project with the installation of the topsides. With the significant milestones achieved to date, first oil at Heidelberg has been accelerated and is now anticipated in the second quarter of 2016 from the first three subsea wells, with production from two additional wells coming on line at a later date. Also in the Gulf of Mexico, the company’s third appraisal test of the Shenandoah discovery encountered more than 620 net feet of oil pay, and an appraisal well at the Yeti discovery was spud during the third quarter.