Murphy Oil Announces Preliminary Second Quarter Earnings

Wed Aug 1, 2012 5:01pm EDT

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Murphy Oil Announces Preliminary Second Quarter Earnings

Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR) announced today that income from continuing operations was $295.4 million ($1.52 per diluted share) in the 2012 second quarter, up from $280.0 million ($1.44 per diluted share) in the second quarter 2011. The increase in 2012 earnings from continuing operations was mostly attributable to improved downstream results compared to the prior year’s quarter. Net income in the second quarter of 2012 was also $295.4 million ($1.52 per diluted share) compared to net income of $311.6 million ($1.60 per diluted share) in the second quarter of 2011. Net income in the 2011 second quarter included income from discontinued operations of $31.6 million ($0.16 per diluted share), which related to operating results of two U.S. refineries that were sold in the second half of 2011.

For the first six months of 2012, income from continuing operations was $585.5 million ($3.01 per diluted share), an improvement from $518.5 million ($2.66 per diluted share) in 2011. For the six-month period of 2012, net income totaled the same $585.5 million ($3.01 per diluted share), but net income of $580.5 million ($2.98 per diluted share) for the first six months in 2011 included income from discontinued operations of $62.0 million ($0.32 per diluted share).

Net Income

 
    Three Mos. Ended     Six Mos. Ended
June 30 June 30
2012     2011 2012     2011
(Millions of Dollars)
Exploration and Production $ 230.1 243.3 551.7 503.7
Refining and Marketing 80.5 60.1 76.3 60.4
Corporate   (15.2 ) (23.4 ) (42.5 ) (45.6 )
Income from continuing operations 295.4 280.0 585.5 518.5
Income from discontinued operations     31.6     62.0  
Net income $ 295.4   311.6   585.5   580.5  
 
Income per Common share – Diluted:
Income from continuing operations $ 1.52 1.44 3.01 2.66
Net income $ 1.52 1.60 3.01 2.98
 

Second Quarter 2012 vs. Second Quarter 2011

Exploration and Production (E&P)

The Company’s income from E&P operations was $230.1 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $243.3 million in the same quarter of 2011. The 2011 quarter included an after-tax gain of $13.1 million associated with the sale of natural gas storage assets in Spain. Income in the 2012 quarter was unfavorably affected by lower average realized sales prices in the current period for the Company’s worldwide oil and North American natural gas production. The just completed quarter also had higher extraction costs, primarily due to the higher oil and gas sales volumes, but also due to higher facility and well maintenance costs and increased production in the Eagle Ford Shale area of South Texas, which has higher capital amortization unit costs compared to the Company’s average. The second quarter of 2012 had higher sales volumes for crude oil and natural gas compared to 2011. Exploration expenses were $96.6 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $122.5 million in the same period of 2011, with the reduction in 2012 mainly attributable to a prior year dry hole at the Lengkuas prospect in Indonesia. Dry hole expense was higher in the U.S. in the just completed quarter due to write-off of the unsuccessful Deep Blue prospect in the Gulf of Mexico.

Worldwide production averaged 188,575 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the second quarter 2012, compared to 170,457 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the same quarter in 2011. Total crude oil and gas liquids production was 104,012 barrels per day in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 94,242 barrels per day in the 2011 quarter. The increase in oil production in 2012 was primarily attributable to higher gross production at the Kikeh field, offshore Sabah, as wells have been brought on stream in association with the ongoing field development and well work program. In addition, 2012 crude oil production in the United States was higher than 2011 levels primarily due to an ongoing development program in the Eagle Ford Shale area. Increases in Eagle Ford production more than offset lower volumes produced at fields in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil production at Syncrude in Western Canada was adversely affected in the 2012 quarter by equipment maintenance. Crude oil production at Terra Nova, offshore Eastern Canada, was also lower in the 2012 quarter primarily due to the start of a 150 day shut-in for equipment maintenance in June 2012. The Azurite field, offshore Republic of the Congo, had lower crude oil production in 2012 due to well decline and one well being offline during the quarter pending a mechanical workover. Crude oil and gas liquids sales volumes averaged 104,768 barrels per day in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 90,004 barrels per day in the 2011 quarter. Natural gas sales volumes averaged 507 million cubic feet per day in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 457 million cubic feet per day in the 2011 quarter. The increase in natural gas sales volumes in 2012 was attributable to higher gas production at the Tupper West area in British Columbia, Canada. The Company’s worldwide crude oil and condensate sales prices averaged $94.33 per barrel for the second quarter of 2012 compared to $99.37 per barrel in the second quarter 2011. North American natural gas sales prices averaged $2.15 per thousand cubic feet (MCF) in the 2012 quarter compared to $4.26 per MCF in the same quarter of 2011. Natural gas produced offshore Sarawak, Malaysia was sold at an average price of $7.88 per MCF during the second quarter 2012 compared to an average price of $6.40 per MCF in the second quarter 2011.

E&P Metrics

 
    Three Mos. Ended     Six Mos. Ended
June 30 June 30
2012     2011 2012     2011
Oil Production Volume – Bbls. per day 104,012 94,242 105,751 103,725
Natural Gas Sales Volume – MCF per day 507,379 457,288 516,507 435,283
Total BOE Production Volume – BOE per day 188,575 170,457 191,836 176,272
 
Average Realized Oil Sales Price – Per Bbl. $ 94.33 99.37 97.21 93.04

Average Realized North American Gas Sales Price – Per MCF

$ 2.15 4.26 2.36 4.30

Average Realized Sarawak Gas Sales Price – Per MCF

$ 7.88 6.40 7.80 6.15
 

Refining and Marketing (R&M)

The Company previously announced its intent to sell its U.K. R&M assets. Ongoing sale activities related to these assets continue.

The Company’s refining and marketing operations generated income from continuing operations of $80.5 million in the second quarter 2012 compared to $60.1 million in the same quarter of 2011. The R&M earnings improvement in the 2012 second quarter occurred primarily in the United Kingdom, where the quarterly profit was $7.2 million in 2012 compared to a quarterly loss of $15.8 million in 2011.

U.S. income of $73.3 million in the 2012 quarter was slightly below the 2011 quarterly income of $75.9 million, primarily due to weaker results for ethanol production facilities in the current period. The ethanol production facilities incurred losses in the 2012 quarter resulting from lower margins as the average sales prices for ethanol fell more than the average decline in the price of corn compared to the second quarter of 2011. U.S. retail marketing margins averaged $0.197 per gallon in the 2012 quarter compared to $0.199 per gallon in 2011. Fuel sales volume per store in the 2012 quarter was 2.6% below 2011 levels, while merchandise sales per store were down 1.9% in the 2012 quarter compared to the prior year.

The favorable result in the U.K. in 2012 compared to 2011 was primarily due to improved refining margins at the Milford Haven, Wales refinery. In addition, marketing operations had better average product margins in the 2012 quarter. Total U.K. unit margins averaged a positive $1.26 per barrel in the 2012 quarter, compared to a negative margin of $1.76 per barrel a year ago. Milford Haven processed 130,059 barrels of crude oil per day in the 2012 quarter, down from a record quarterly crude oil throughput volume of 136,428 barrels per day during the 2011 quarter.

R&M Metrics

 
    Three Mos. Ended     Six Mos. Ended
June 30 June 30
2012    

2011

2012

   

2011

U.S. Retail Fuel Margin – Per gallon $ 0.197 0.199 0.137 0.146
U.S. Retail Merchandise Sales – Per store month $ 158,626 161,722 155,783 155,072
U.K. Refinery Inputs – Bbls. per day 133,158 139,886 131,954 132,468
U.K. R&M Unit Margin – Per Bbl. $ 1.26 (1.76 ) 1.03 (1.22 )
Total Petroleum Product Sales – Bbls. per day* 483,561 601,498 467,049 583,019
 

*Includes 166,249 bbls. per day in the 2011 three-month period and 160,032 bbls. per day in the 2011 six-month period related to discontinued operations.

Corporate

Corporate functions incurred net costs of $15.2 million in the 2012 second quarter compared to net costs of $23.4 million in the 2011 second quarter, with the improved result in 2012 attributable to both lower net interest expense and favorable impacts on transactions denominated in foreign currencies. Net interest expense was favorable in 2012 primarily due to a higher proportion of financing costs being capitalized to ongoing oil development projects offshore Malaysia. Foreign currency effects were an after-tax gain of $10.7 million in the 2012 quarter compared to an after-tax gain of $4.9 million in the 2011 quarter.

First Six Months 2012 vs. First Six Months 2011

Exploration and Production (E&P)

The Company’s E&P business earned $551.7 million in the first six months of 2012 compared to earnings of $503.7 million in the same period of 2011. Earnings in 2012 were favorably affected by higher average sales prices for crude oil and Sarawak natural gas compared to a year ago. The Company also benefited from higher crude oil and natural gas sales volumes in 2012 compared to 2011. North American natural gas prices were much weaker in 2012 than the previous year, but sales prices were higher for natural gas production in Malaysia in the current period. Exploration expenses were $149.6 million in 2012, down from $218.8 million in 2011, with the lower costs in the 2012 period primarily related to unsuccessful 2011 wildcat drilling offshore Indonesia and Suriname. The 2011 period included a $13.1 million after-tax gain on sale of gas storage assets in Spain.

Worldwide production averaged 191,836 barrels of oil equivalents per day during the first six months of 2012 compared to 176,272 barrel equivalents per day in the same period a year ago. Crude oil and gas liquids production for the first six months of 2012 averaged 105,751 barrels per day compared to 103,725 barrels per day in 2011. The oil production increase in 2012 was mostly caused by higher crude oil volumes produced in the Eagle Ford Shale. Additionally, crude oil production in 2012 was higher in all areas of Malaysia. However, production in the Gulf of Mexico was lower in the current year due to continued field decline for mature properties. Also, crude oil production at the Azurite field in Republic of the Congo was lower in the current year due to decline and one well being offline since March 2012 pending a mechanical workover. Natural gas sales volumes were 516 million cubic feet per day in 2012 compared to 435 million cubic feet per day in 2011, with the increase primarily resulting from additional gas volumes produced at Tupper West in British Columbia. Tupper West came on production in February 2011. Crude oil and condensate sales prices averaged $97.21 per barrel in the 2012 period compared to $93.04 per barrel in 2011. North American natural gas was sold at an average price of $2.36 per MCF in 2012, significantly lower than the $4.30 per MCF in 2011. Sales prices for Sarawak natural gas production averaged $7.80 per MCF during the first six months of 2012 compared to $6.15 per MCF during 2011.

Refining and Marketing (R&M)

The Company’s refining and marketing earnings from continuing operations were $76.3 million in the first six months of 2012, compared to earnings of $60.4 million in the same 2011 period. R&M profit in the U.S. was $66.1 million in the first six months of 2012, down from $84.9 million in the 2011 period. The 2012 earnings reduction was primarily attributable to weaker U.S. retail marketing margins, which averaged $0.137 per gallon in the 2012 six-month period compared to $0.146 per gallon in the 2011 six months. Fuel sales per store month in 2012 were 4.5% lower than in 2011, while merchandise sales per store and merchandise margin as a percent of sales were about flat in 2012 compared to 2011. Ethanol margins were lower in 2012 than in 2011 as average ethanol prices declined more than corn prices in the current year.

R&M operations in the U.K. in the six-month 2012 period generated a profit of $10.2 million compared to a loss of $24.5 million in the prior year, as the business experienced improved margins for both the Milford Haven, Wales, refinery and marketing operations in the current period. U.K. unit margins averaged a positive $1.03 per barrel in the first six months of 2012 compared to a negative margin of $1.22 per barrel in the 2011 period.

Corporate

Corporate after-tax costs were $42.5 million in the first six months of 2012 compared to after-tax costs of $45.6 million in the 2011 period. The reduction in net costs was primarily attributable to lower net interest expense in 2012 compared to 2011 caused by a higher proportion of financing costs being capitalized to ongoing oil and natural gas development projects in the current period. The 2012 results included a $9.1 million after-tax gain on transactions denominated in foreign currencies compared to an after-tax gain of $3.9 million in 2011. Administrative expenses associated with corporate activities were higher in the 2012 period compared to the prior year due to additional costs for employee compensation and professional fees.

Steven A. Cossé, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The second quarter of 2012 saw meaningful contributions from both the upstream and downstream business segments. Our Eagle Ford oil development activities have continued the growth momentum, with daily production volumes exceeding 14,000 net barrels of oil equivalent in recent days. Field development work at our important Kikeh oil field continues to go well. In the Gulf of Mexico, we were successful in acquiring 14 new exploration blocks in the recent lease sale and our Board recently sanctioned the development of the Dalmatian property in the DeSoto Canyon area. We continue to be encouraged about the Company's exploration program, where in the Central Dohuk block in the Kurdistan region of Iraq our first well has reached target depth and is now being tested and our remaining 2012 drilling program calls for offshore wells in Malaysia, Congo, the Gulf of Mexico and Australia. Downstream operations remain steady in both the U.S. and U.K. as we continue to offer value priced fuel products to the driving public in both markets.

“We anticipate total worldwide production volumes of about 183,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the third quarter of 2012. Sales volumes of oil and natural gas are projected to average 179,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day during this period. We anticipate full year 2012 production volumes of 193,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. At the current time, we expect net income in the third quarter to range between $0.90 and $1.15 per diluted share. Exploration expense should total between $50 million and $120 million during the quarter. The third quarter estimate includes projected earnings from our downstream businesses of approximately $45 million. Results could vary based on commodity prices, drilling results, timing of crude oil and natural gas sales, retail marketing and U.K. refining margins, and foreign exchange movements.”

The public is invited to access the Company’s conference call to discuss second quarter 2012 results on Thursday, August 2, at 12:00 p.m. CDT either via the Internet through the Investor Relations section of Murphy Oil’s Web site at http://www.murphyoilcorp.com/ir or via telephone by dialing 1-800-946-0706. The telephone reservation number for the call is 2949778. Replays of the call will be available through the same address on Murphy Oil’s Web site, and a recording of the call will be available through August 6 by calling 1-888-203-1112 and using the same reservation number shown above. Audio downloads of the conference will be available on Murphy’s Web site through September 4 and via Thomson StreetEvents for their service subscribers.

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, which express management’s current views concerning future events or results, are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the volatility and level of crude oil and natural gas prices, the level and success rate of our exploration programs, our ability to maintain production rates and replace reserves, customer demand for our products, political and regulatory instability, and uncontrollable natural hazards. For further discussion of risk factors, see Murphy’s 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Murphy undertakes no duty to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

MURPHY OIL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA SUMMARY

(Unaudited)
 
 

SECOND QUARTER

   

2012

   

2011

 
Revenues $ 7,190,339,000 $ 7,415,925,000
 
Income from continuing operations $ 295,437,000 $ 280,016,000
 
Net income $ 295,437,000 $ 311,613,000
 

Income from continuing operations per Common Share

Basic $1.52 $1.45
Diluted $1.52 $1.44
 
Net income per Common share
Basic $1.52 $1.61
Diluted $1.52 $1.60
 
Average shares outstanding
Basic 194,208,795 193,481,601
Diluted 194,846,202 194,916,194
 
 

FIRST SIX MONTHS

 
Revenues $ 14,184,858,000 $ 13,687,598,000
 
Income from continuing operations $ 585,508,000 $ 518,458,000
 
Net income $ 585,508,000 $ 580,516,000
 

Income from continuing operations per Common share

Basic $3.02 $2.68
Diluted $3.01 $2.66
 
Net income per Common share
Basic $3.02 $3.00
Diluted $3.01 $2.98
 
Average shares outstanding
Basic 194,050,950 193,267,154
Diluted 194,820,285 194,642,191

Murphy Oil Corporation
Barry Jeffery, 870-864-6501

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