Hess Reports Estimated Results for the First Quarter of 2016

April 27, 2016

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) today reported a net loss of $509 million, or $1.72 per common share, in the first quarter of 2016 compared with a net loss of $389 million, or $1.37 per common share, in the first quarter of 2015.  On an adjusted basis, first quarter 2015 adjusted net loss was $279 million.  Lower realized selling prices reduced first quarter 2016 after-tax results by approximately $230 million resulting from the weak commodity price environment.  First quarter 2016 results also reflected lower operating costs, general and administrative expenses, and depreciation, depletion and amortization expense versus the prior-year quarter.

    “With our balance sheet strength, oil-leveraged portfolio and attractive growth opportunities, we believe the company is well positioned to deliver strong cash flow growth and long term value as oil prices recover”, said Chief Executive Officer John Hess.

After-tax income (loss) by major operating activity was as follows:

                                      Three Months Ended
March 31,
(unaudited)

     2016     

 

     2015     

(In millions, except per share
amounts)

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Hess Corporation

Exploration and Production $ (451 ) $ (314 )
Bakken Midstream 14 27
Corporate, Interest and Other   (72 )   (89 )
Net income (loss) from continuing operations (509 ) (376 )
Discontinued operations     (13 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation $ (509 ) $ (389 )
 
Net income (loss) per common share (diluted) $ (1.72 ) $ (1.37 )
 

Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Hess Corporation (a)

Exploration and Production $ (451 ) $ (221 )
Bakken Midstream 14 27
Corporate, Interest and Other   (72 )   (85 )
Adjusted net income (loss) from continuing operations (509 ) (279 )
Discontinued operations    
Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation $ (509 ) $ (279 )
 
Adjusted net income (loss) per common share (diluted) $ (1.72 ) $ (0.98 )
 
Weighted average number of shares (diluted)   299.8   283.5

(a)

 

Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation excludes items affecting comparability summarized on page 4.

 

Exploration and Production:

    The Exploration and Production net loss in the first quarter of 2016 was $451 million compared to a net loss of $314 million in the prior-year quarter. On an adjusted basis, first quarter 2015 net loss was $221 million, which excludes after-tax charges of $93 million primarily associated with dry-hole costs and lease impairment expense.

    The Corporation’s average realized crude oil selling price was $28.50 per barrel in the first quarter of 2016, down from $45.08 per barrel in the year-ago quarter, including the effect of hedging. The average realized natural gas liquids selling price in the first quarter of 2016 was $7.44 per barrel compared to $14.91 per barrel in the prior-year quarter while the average realized natural gas selling price was $3.42 per mcf, down from $4.74 per mcf in the first quarter of 2015.

    Net production in the first quarter of 2016 was 350,000 boepd compared to pro forma net production, which excludes assets sold, of 355,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2015. Lower gas nominations and production entitlement from the Malaysia/Thailand Joint Development Area (13,000 boepd) and lower volumes from Equatorial Guinea (10,000 boepd) were partially offset by production growth from the Utica shale play (12,000 boepd), the Gulf of Mexico (3,000 boepd) and the Bakken shale play (3,000 boepd).

Operational Highlights for the First Quarter of 2016:

    Bakken (Onshore U.S.): Net production from the Bakken increased to 111,000 boepd from 108,000 boepd in the prior-year quarter due to higher natural gas liquids and natural gas production in 2016. The Corporation operated four rigs in the quarter and brought 31 gross operated wells on production. Drilling and completion costs averaged $5.1 million per operated well, down 25 percent from the year-ago quarter.

    Utica (Onshore U.S.): On the Corporation’s joint venture acreage, one rig operated in the quarter and nine wells were brought on production. Net production averaged 29,000 boepd compared with 17,000 boepd in the prior-year quarter. The rig has been released and no further drilling activity is planned in 2016.

    Gulf of Mexico (Offshore U.S.): Net production from the Gulf of Mexico was 69,000 boepd compared to 66,000 boepd in the prior-year quarter. Drilling at the Hess operated Stampede development project (Hess 25 percent) in the Green Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico commenced in the first quarter of 2016. Drilling operations have completed on the non-operated Sicily #2 (Hess 25 percent) exploration well where results are being evaluated, and at the non-operated Melmar (Hess 35 percent) exploration prospect, where noncommercial quantities of hydrocarbons were discovered and well costs were expensed in the quarter.

    North Malay Basin: Net production from the Early Production System in the North Malay Basin (Hess 50 percent) averaged 5,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2016.  Progress continues on Full Field Development with first gas projected in 2017. The Phase 1 development drilling campaign is on schedule with six out of eleven planned wells now drilled.

    Guyana (Offshore): On the Stabroek Block (Hess 30 percent), the operator, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, completed a 3D seismic acquisition program covering approximately 17,000 square kilometers on the block and commenced drilling of the Liza #2 well.

Bakken Midstream:

    The Corporation’s share of Bakken Midstream segment net income was $14 million in the first quarter of 2016, which reflects the sale of a 50 percent interest in the Bakken Midstream segment on July 1, 2015, compared to $27 million in the prior-year quarter.

Capital and Exploratory Expenditures:

    Exploration and Production capital and exploratory expenditures were $544 million in the first quarter of 2016 down from $1,244 million in the prior-year quarter reflecting reduced activities in the United States, Norway, Equatorial Guinea and the Malaysia/Thailand Joint Development Area.

    Bakken Midstream capital expenditures were $35 million compared to $40 million in the year-ago quarter.

Liquidity:

    Net cash provided by operating activities before working capital changes was $148 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared to $470 million in the year-ago quarter. In February 2016, the Corporation received net proceeds of approximately $1.6 billion from the issuance of 28,750,000 shares of common stock and 575,000 shares of 8% Series A Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock, with a liquidation preference of $1,000 per share. At March 31, 2016, the Corporation had cash and cash equivalents of $3,557 million compared to $2,716 million at December 31, 2015. Total debt, excluding the Bakken Midstream, was $5,883 million at March 31, 2016 and $5,888 million at December 31, 2015. The Corporation’s debt to capitalization ratio, excluding Bakken Midstream, was 23.1 percent at March 31, 2016 and 24.3 percent at December 31, 2015.

Items Affecting Comparability of Earnings Between Periods:

    The following table reflects the total after-tax income (expense) of items affecting comparability of earnings between periods:

                                    Three Months Ended
March 31,
(unaudited)

     2016     

   

     2015     

(In millions)
Exploration and Production $       $     (93 )
Bakken Midstream
Corporate, Interest and Other (4 )
Discontinued operations               (13 )
Total items affecting comparability of earnings between periods $       $     (110 )
 

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Non-GAAP measures:

The following table reconciles reported net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation and adjusted net income (loss):

                                Three Months Ended
March 31,
(unaudited)

     2016     

 

     2015     

(In millions)
Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation $     (509 ) $     (389 )
Less: Total items affecting comparability of earnings between periods             (110 )
Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation $     (509 ) $     (279 )
 

The reconciliations of net cash provided by operating activities before working capital changes to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities are detailed under the subheading, Cash Flow Information, on page 6.

Hess Corporation will review first quarter financial and operating results and other matters on a webcast at 10 a.m. today. For details about the event, refer to the Investor Relations section of our website at www.hess.com.

Hess Corporation is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. More information on Hess Corporation is available at www.hess.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Certain statements in this release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including, without limitation, uncertainties inherent in the measurement and interpretation of geological, geophysical and other technical data. Estimates and projections contained in this release are based on the Company’s current understanding and assessment based on reasonable assumptions. Actual results may differ materially from these estimates and projections due to certain risk factors discussed in the Corporation’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other factors.

Non-GAAP financial measures

The Corporation has used non-GAAP financial measures in this earnings release.  “Adjusted net income (loss)” presented in this release is defined as reported net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation excluding items identified as affecting comparability of earnings between periods.  “Net cash provided by operating activities before working capital changes” is defined as Cash provided by operating activities excluding changes in working capital. Management uses adjusted net income (loss) to evaluate the Corporation’s operating performance and believes that investors’ understanding of our performance is enhanced by disclosing this measure, which excludes certain items that management believes are not directly related to ongoing operations and are not indicative of future business trends and operations. Management believes that net cash provided by operating activities before working capital changes demonstrates the company’s ability to internally fund capital expenditures, pay dividends and service debt. These measures are not, and should not be viewed as, a substitute for U.S. GAAP net income (loss) or net cash provided by operating activities. A reconciliation of reported net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation (U.S. GAAP) to adjusted net income (loss) as well as a reconciliation of net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (U.S. GAAP) to net cash provided by operating activities before working capital change are provided in the release.

 
 

HESS CORPORATION AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)

(IN MILLIONS)

 
    First   First   Fourth
Quarter Quarter Quarter
2016 2015 2015

Income Statement

           
 

Revenues and non-operating income

Sales and other operating revenues $ 973 $ 1,538 $ 1,474
Other, net       20       12       (87 )
Total revenues and non-operating income       993       1,550       1,387
 
Costs and expenses
Cost of products sold (excluding items shown separately below) 189 278 304
Operating costs and expenses 436 506 512
Production and severance taxes 19 36 36
Exploration expenses, including dry holes and lease impairment 132 269 378
General and administrative expenses 98 147 140
Interest expense 85 85 86
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 868 956 983
Impairments                   1,231
Total costs and expenses       1,827       2,277       3,670
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes (834 ) (727 ) (2,283 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes       (346 )       (351 )       (492 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations (488 ) (376 ) (1,791 )
 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes             (13 )       (8 )
 

Net income (loss)

(488 ) (389 ) (1,799 )
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests       21             22

Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation

(509 ) (389 ) (1,821 )
 
Less: Preferred stock dividends       6            

Net income (loss) applicable to Hess Corporation common stockholders

$     (515 ) $     (389 ) $     (1,821 )
 

Cash Flow Information

 
Net cash provided by operating activities before working capital changes $ 148 $ 470 $ 222
Changes in working capital       (208 )       (34 )       401
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (60 ) 436 623
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (613 ) (1,226 ) (909 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities       1,514       (148 )       (11 )
Net increase (decrease) in Cash and cash equivalents $     841 $     (938 ) $     (297 )
 
 

Additions to Property, plant and equipment included within Investing activities:

Capital expenditures incurred $ (540 ) $ (1,237 ) $ (941 )
Increase (decrease) in related liabilities       (80 )       (74 )       6
Additions to Property, plant and equipment $     (620 ) $     (1,311 ) $     (935 )
 
 

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SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)

(IN MILLIONS)

 
                                                  March 31,       December 31,
2016 2015

Balance Sheet Information

               
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,557 $ 2,716
Other current assets 1,388 1,688
Property, plant and equipment – net 26,241 26,352
Other long-term assets               3,622       3,401
Total assets $             34,808 $     34,157
 
Current maturities of long-term debt $ 94 $ 86
Other current liabilities 2,099 2,542
Long-term debt 6,498 6,506
Other long-term liabilities 4,483 4,622
Total equity excluding other comprehensive income (loss) 22,082 21,050
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (1,484 ) (1,664 )
Noncontrolling interests               1,036       1,015
Total liabilities and equity $             34,808 $     34,157
 
 
March 31, December 31,
2016 2015

Total Debt

 
Hess $ 5,883 $ 5,888
Bakken Midstream (a)               709       704
Hess Consolidated $             6,592 $     6,592

(a)

 

Bakken Midstream debt is non-recourse to Hess Corporation.

 
                  First       First       Fourth

   Quarter   

   Quarter   

   Quarter   

2016 2015 2015

Capital and Exploratory Expenditures

                     
 
E&P Capital and exploratory expenditures
United States
Bakken $ 116 $ 434 $ 248
Other Onshore             22         80         72
Total Onshore 138 514 320
Offshore             205         279         257
Total United States             343         793         577
 
Europe 48 115 43
Africa 3 88 2
Asia and other             150         248         321

E&P Capital and exploratory expenditures

$           544 $       1,244 $       943
 
Total exploration expenses charged to income included above $           39 $       47 $       105
 

Bakken Midstream Capital expenditures

$           35 $       40 $       103
 
 
 

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EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION EARNINGS DATA (UNAUDITED)

(IN MILLIONS)

 
          First Quarter 2016

 United States 

 

  International  

Total

Income Statement

     
 
Total revenues and non-operating income
Sales and other operating revenues $ 599 $ 374 $ 973
Other, net   6   4         10
Total revenues and non-operating income   605   378         983
 
Costs and expenses
Cost of products sold (excluding items shown separately below)(b) 184 12 196
Operating costs and expenses 221 170 391
Production and severance taxes 17 2 19
Bakken Midstream tariffs 112 112
Exploration expenses, including dry holes and lease impairment 108 24 132
General and administrative expenses 51 5 56
Depreciation, depletion and amortization   537   305         842
Total costs and expenses   1,230   518         1,748
 
Results of operations before income taxes (625 ) (140 ) (765 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (241 )   (73 )         (314 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation $ (384 ) $ (67 ) $       (451 )
 
 
First Quarter 2015
United States International Total

Income Statement

 
Total revenues and non-operating income
Sales and other operating revenues $ 937 $ 601 $ 1,538
Other, net   (7 )   18         11
  930   619         1,549
 
Costs and expenses
Cost of products sold (excluding items shown separately below)(b) 344 (38 ) 306
Operating costs and expenses 213 230 443
Production and severance taxes 34 2 36
Bakken Midstream tariffs 102 102
Exploration expenses, including dry holes and lease impairment 36 233 269
General and administrative expenses 76 10 86
Depreciation, depletion and amortization   528   404         932
Total costs and expenses   1,333   841         2,174
 
Results of operations before income taxes (403 ) (222 ) (625 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (142 )   (169 )         (311 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation $ (261 ) $ (53 ) (a) $       (314 )
 

(a)

After-tax realized net gains from crude oil hedging activities amounted to $1 million in the first quarter of 2015. Unrealized changes in crude oil hedging activities, which are included in Other operating revenues, amounted to gains of $10 million after-tax in the first quarter of 2015.

(b)

Includes amounts charged from the Bakken Midstream.

 
 

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EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION EARNINGS DATA (UNAUDITED)

(IN MILLIONS)

 
    Fourth Quarter 2015

 United States 

  International  

Total

Income Statement

     
 
Total revenues and non-operating income
Sales and other operating revenues $ 932 $ 542 $ 1,474
Other, net   (15 )   (36 )         (51 )
Total revenues and non-operating income   917   506         1,423
 
Costs and expenses
Cost of products sold (excluding items shown separately below)(c) 342 (11 ) 331
Operating costs and expenses 199 244 443
Production and severance taxes 32 4 36
Bakken Midstream tariffs 114 114
Exploration expenses, including dry holes and lease impairment 84 294 378
General and administrative expenses 60 14 74
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 602 351 953
Impairments   601   630         1,231
Total costs and expenses   2,034   1,526         3,560
 
Results of operations before income taxes (1,117 ) (1,020 ) (2,137 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (234 )   (190 )         (424 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation $ (883 ) (a) $ (830 ) (b) $       (1,713 )
 

(a)

After-tax realized net gains from crude oil hedging activities were $18 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

(b)

After-tax realized net gains from crude oil hedging activities were $37 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

(c)

Includes amounts charged from the Bakken Midstream.

 
 

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EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING DATA (UNAUDITED)

 
                                                         

     First     

     

     First     

     

     Fourth     

     Quarter     

      Quarter     

     Quarter     

     2016     

     2015     

     2015     

Net Production Per Day (in thousands)

                 
Crude oil – barrels
United States
Bakken 73 79 78
Other Onshore       10       11       11
Total Onshore 83 90 89
Offshore       51       50       52
Total United States       134       140       141
 
Europe 35 36 38
Africa (a) 37 52 52
Asia       2       2       2
Total       208       230       233
 
Natural gas liquids – barrels
United States
Bakken 27 19 21
Other Onshore       13       9       12
Total Onshore 40 28 33
Offshore       6       6       6
Total United States       46       34       39
 
Europe       1       1       1
Total       47       35       40
 
Natural gas – mcf
United States
Bakken 67 58 60
Other Onshore       135       79       138
Total Onshore 202 137 198
Offshore       74       65       90
Total United States       276       202       288
 
Europe 45 36 48
Asia       250       336       235
Total       571       574       571
 
Barrels of oil equivalent       350       361       368
 

(a)

The Corporation sold its Algerian operations on December 31, 2015. Included above is production from Algeria of 6,000 bopd in the first quarter of 2015 and 10,000 bopd in the fourth quarter of 2015.

 
 

HESS CORPORATION AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING DATA (UNAUDITED)

 
                                                                First       First       Fourth

     Quarter     

    Quarter    

    Quarter    

2016 2015 2015

Sales Volumes Per Day (in thousands)

           
 

Crude oil – barrels

214 219 221
Natural gas liquids – barrels 47 35 41
Natural gas – mcf     571     574     572
Barrels of oil equivalent     356     349     357
 

Sales Volumes (in thousands)

 
Crude oil – barrels 19,449 19,708 20,316
Natural gas liquids – barrels 4,254 3,119 3,732
Natural gas – mcf     51,970     51,641     52,591
Barrels of oil equivalent    

32,365

    31,434     32,813
 
 

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EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING DATA (UNAUDITED)

 
                                                  First       First       Fourth

     Quarter     

     Quarter     

    Quarter    

2016 2015 2015

Average Selling Prices

                 
 
Crude oil – per barrel (including hedging)
United States
Onshore $ 26.90 $ 39.01 $ 40.48
Offshore 27.02 43.55 37.88
Total United States 26.94 40.62 39.52
Europe 32.52 53.31 52.81
Africa 28.87 52.93 49.99
Asia 39.13 48.44 40.89
Worldwide 28.50 45.08 43.73
 
Crude oil – per barrel (excluding hedging)
United States
Onshore $ 26.90 $ 39.01 $ 36.93
Offshore 27.02 43.55 37.88
Total United States 26.94 40.62 37.28
Europe 32.52 53.17 44.49
Africa 28.87 52.82 41.98
Asia 39.13 48.44 40.89
Worldwide 28.50 45.04 39.40
 
Natural gas liquids – per barrel
United States
Onshore $ 6.87 $ 14.22 $ 8.34
Offshore 9.66 15.71 13.74
Total United States 7.20 14.47 9.13
Europe 16.24 27.58 22.19
Worldwide 7.44 14.91 9.61
 
Natural gas – per mcf
United States
Onshore $ 1.20 $ 2.07 $ 1.31
Offshore 1.47 2.31 1.37
Total United States 1.27 2.15 1.33
Europe 4.59 7.95 5.55
Asia and other 5.58 5.95 5.60
Worldwide 3.42 4.74 3.44
 
 

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BAKKEN MIDSTREAM EARNINGS (UNAUDITED) AND OPERATING DATA

($ IN MILLIONS)

 
                                First     First     Fourth

    Quarter    

    Quarter    

    Quarter    

2016 2015 2015

Income Statement

                 
 

Revenues and non-operating income

Total revenues and non-operating income $       119 $       130 $       141
 
Costs and expenses
Operating costs and expenses 45 63 69
General and administrative expenses 4 2 5
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 23 21 23
Interest expense         4         1         4
Total costs and expenses         76         87         101
 
Results of operations before income taxes 43 43 40
Provision (benefit) for income taxes         8         16         7
Net income (loss) 35 27 33
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (a)         21                 22
Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation $       14 $       27 $       11
 

(a)

On July 1, 2015, the Corporation completed the sale of a 50 percent interest in its Bakken Midstream segment. Our partner’s 50 percent share of net income is presented as a noncontrolling interest charge in the Bakken Midstream income statements effective from the third quarter of 2015.

 
                                                 
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2016   2015   2015

Bakken Midstream – Operating Volumes (in thousands)      

                       
 
Processing
Tioga gas plant – mcf of natural gas per day 193 179 186
 
Export
Terminal throughput – bopd (a) 63 79 62
Tioga rail terminal crude loading – bopd (b) 33 50 42
Rail services – bopd (c) 29 40 43
 
Pipelines
Oil gathering – bopd 57 28 50
Gas gathering – mcf of natural gas per day 205 204 198
 

(a)

Volume of crude oil received at the Ramburg truck facility for transportation to the Tioga rail terminal or third party pipelines.

(b)

Volume of crude oil loaded to Hess Midstream and third party rail cars at the Tioga rail terminal.

(c)

Volume of crude oil transported by Hess Midstream rail cars from the Tioga rail terminal and third party terminals.

 
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