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Murphy Oil Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2017 Financial and Operating Results

Announces Low-Cost Strategic Acreage Position in Midland Basin

EL DORADO, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 1, 2017-- Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR) today announced its financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017, including a net loss from continuing operations of $66 million, or $0.38 per diluted share.

Operating and financial highlights for the third quarter 2017 include:

  • Achieved decade-low lease operating expense of $7.58 per boe, surpassing second quarter 2017 record
  • Disclosed low-cost onshore entry into Midland Basin, currently testing Lower Spraberry and Wolfcamp B zones
  • Entered four exploration blocks in the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin Offshore Brazil
  • Acquired Gulf of Mexico Clipper Field, producing into the company’s operated Front Runner facility
  • Maintained $1.0 billion of cash on balance sheet while investing approximately $287 million of capital
  • Issued $550 million of 5.75 percent senior notes due 2025 and repaid $550 million of notes that were to mature in December 2017

THIRD QUARTER 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Murphy recorded a net loss from continuing operations of $66 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, for the third quarter 2017. The company reported an adjusted loss, which excludes both the results of discontinued operations and certain other items that affect comparability of results between periods, of $6 million, or $0.03 per diluted share. The net loss includes the following items: an after-tax foreign exchange loss of $44 million, which is primarily related to inter-company loans, and a loss of $12 million from mark-to-market of open crude oil hedge contracts. Details for third quarter results can be found in the attached schedules.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from continuing operations totaled $229 million, or $15.38 per barrel of oil equivalent (boe) sold. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and exploration expenses (EBITDAX) totaled $257 million, or $17.29 per boe sold. Both EBITDA and EBITDAX for the third quarter included certain non-cash items that reduced those balances by $79.0 million. Details for third quarter EBITDA and EBITDAX reconciliation can be found in the attached schedules.

Production in the third quarter 2017 averaged 154 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (Mboepd). Production was negatively affected by approximately 5,100 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) by the following temporary factors:

  • Eagle Ford Shale partial field shut-in and delayed completions in conjunction with mid-stream and refining issues associated with Hurricane Harvey – 2,700 boepd
  • Canada Offshore (non-operated) extended turnaround time and unplanned downtime – 1,800 boepd
  • Tupper Montney natural gas downstream curtailments from TransCanada Pipeline – 600 boepd

“In the third quarter, we continued to successfully execute on our annual plan. We have quickly recovered from the impacts of Hurricane Harvey on our Eagle Ford Shale business, as well as issues in third-party midstream and offshore non-operated Canada assets. I am pleased with our continued cost focus that has helped to maintain our high cash balance through the year. I am excited by our two strategic low-cost entries, which add new assets to each of our onshore and offshore businesses. These opportunities provide us with future capital allocation flexibility, which should enhance the profitability of our business,” stated Roger W. Jenkins, President and Chief Executive Officer.

FINANCIAL POSITION

As of September 30, 2017, the company had $2.8 billion of outstanding fixed-rate notes and $1.0 billion in cash and cash equivalents. The fixed-rate notes have a weighted average maturity of 9.0 years and a weighted average coupon of 5.6 percent. During the quarter, Murphy issued $550 million of 5.75 percent senior notes due August 2025, the proceeds of which were used to redeem the company’s $550 million notes due December 2017. The next senior note maturity for the company is in 2022. There were no borrowings on the $1.1 billion senior credit facility at quarter end.

REGIONAL OPERATIONS SUMMARY

North American Onshore

The North American onshore business produced 86 Mboepd in the third quarter, with 51 percent liquids. Third quarter 2017 operating expenses were $6.25 per boe, a 28 percent decrease from third quarter 2016.

Eagle Ford Shale – Production in the quarter averaged 45 Mboepd, with 89 percent liquids. During the quarter, the company brought online 27 operated wells, of which 13 were in the Catarina area, which had an average IP30 rate of 1,050 boepd, and 14 were in the Karnes area, which had an average IP30 rate of 1,245 boepd. There was also one non-operated well brought online in the Catarina area. The company continued proving the play’s multi-stacked potential with 22 Lower Eagle Ford Shale wells, four Upper Eagle Ford Shale wells, and one Austin Chalk well. As a result of increased drilling and completion efficiencies, the company brought online three more wells than originally planned. However, due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, several wells were brought online later in the third quarter than scheduled.

For the fourth quarter of 2017, the company expects to bring 15 wells online, of which 12 are in Catarina and three are in Karnes. This will bring the number of operated online wells to 74 in 2017. As a result of the new wells, Eagle Ford Shale production will increase to over 52 Mboepd in the fourth quarter, with full year production averaging over 47 Mboepd.

Midland Basin– During the third quarter, Murphy was the high bidder in two tracts in the University Lands Lease Sale 128, at a 75 percent working interest with a private partner. These tracts are located in Andrews and Gaines Counties, Texas, in the Northern Midland Basin. Over the past several quarters, Murphy organically leased approximately 22,000 acres at 100 percent working interest in the adjacent Dawson County. Currently, the company has leased a total of approximately 30,800 net acres at an average cost of $1,700 per acre. The acreage position is prospective in the Spraberry and Wolfcamp benches, as demonstrated by recent offset peer company well tests.

In the third quarter, Murphy drilled, cored, and cased two wells in Dawson County and is in the process of completing these wells, which are expected to be online by year end 2017. One of the wells targets the Lower Spraberry and the other targets the Wolfcamp B.

“I am pleased to add another oil-weighted asset to our North American onshore unconventional portfolio. We are encouraged by the results from our preliminary core analysis, the execution of the initial wells, and the production from offset operators,” stated Jenkins.

Tupper Montney – Natural gas production in the quarter averaged 208 million cubic feet per day (MMcfd), despite a longer than expected TransCanada Pipeline (TCPL) turnaround and associated restrictions. Murphy recently drilled a five well pad with lateral lengths averaging over 10,000 feet with the longest exceeding 11,000 feet, and expects to bring these wells online in the fourth quarter 2017. Full cycle break-even costs continue to be less than C$2.00 AECO per million cubic feet (Mcf). As a result of long-term forward sales contracts and other marketing agreements, Murphy achieved third quarter netbacks in the Montney of C$2.33 per Mcf. The company has significantly reduced its exposure to AECO prices through a combination of physical access to the Malin, Chicago, Emerson, and Dawn markets, as well as long-term forward sales contracts.

Kaybob Duvernay – Production in the quarter averaged over 3,700 boepd, an increase of 32 percent from first quarter 2017, with 65 percent liquids. During the third quarter, three wells were brought online at the 11-18 pad in the oil window with peak rates over 1,000 boepd and 75 percent liquids. The company will continue to optimize completion designs and test well placement, lateral length, frac design, and flow-back strategy.

Currently, Murphy has three drilling rigs and one frac crew executing the company’s appraisal plans in the Duvernay. For the remainder of 2017, the company expects to drill six wells and bring three wells online, consistent with the previously disclosed 2017 plan. The three online wells will test the oil window as part of the ongoing appraisal and de-risking of the play. This will bring the full year wells drilled to 16 with 11 wells online.

Global Offshore

The offshore business produced over 68 Mboepd for the third quarter, with 73 percent liquids. Third quarter 2017 operating expenses were $9.07 per boe.

Malaysia– Production in the quarter averaged over 49 Mboepd, with 66 percent liquids. Block K and Sarawak averaged over 32 thousand barrels of liquids per day, while Sarawak natural gas production averaged over 90 MMcfd. The planned 10-day turnaround impacting all the company’s Sarawak oil and natural gas facilities was completed safely and according to schedule.

North America Production in the quarter for the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast Canada averaged over 19 Mboepd, with 90 percent liquids. This includes the addition of two wells acquired during the third quarter at the Clipper Field (Block GC 300), which are flowing into Murphy’s Front Runner facility at a current rate of approximately 4,600 net boepd.

Gulf of Mexico Exploration – During the third quarter, Murphy was the high bidder in the recent Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale for Block MC 556, which contains the Leibniz prospect. Murphy will operate the block with a 50 percent working interest. The company continues to evaluate high-return tieback offshore opportunities that will enhance the current inventory.

Murphy is progressing through the permitting process for the first exploration well in Mexico Deepwater Block 5, while continuing to review the latest reprocessed wide azimuth seismic data across the acreage.

Vietnam Exploration – During the third quarter in the Nam Con Son Basin, Murphy drilled the CM-1X well in Block 11-2/11 and encountered 50 feet of net oil pay. The company will continue to perform a commercial assessment of this block, which includes the successful CT-1X well announced in the second quarter 2017.

In the Cuu Long Basin, Murphy is working with its partners on the Block 15-1/05 LDV discovery for a Declaration of Commerciality in 2018, in addition to planning a nearby exploration well. Murphy continues to progress the process for entering the adjacent 15-2/17 block.

Brazil Exploration – During the third quarter, Murphy entered into a farm-in agreement with Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção S.A. (QGEP) to acquire a 20 percent working interest in Blocks SEAL-M-351 and SEAL-M-428, located in the deepwater Sergipe-Alagoas Basin, offshore Brazil. QGEP will retain a 30 percent working interest in the blocks and, in a separate but related transaction, ExxonMobil Exploração Brasil Ltda. (an affiliate of ExxonMobil Corporation) has farmed into the remaining 50 percent working interest as the operator.

In addition, Murphy and its co-venturers were the high bidder in Brazil’s Round 14 lease sale for Blocks SEAL-M-501 and SEAL-M-503, which are adjacent to SEAL-M-351 and SEAL-M-428. ExxonMobil will operate and each company will maintain the same working interest in each of these blocks.

Murphy’s total acreage position in Brazil is 750,000 gross (150,000 net) acres over the four highly prospective blocks, offsetting several major Petrobras discoveries, with no well commitments. The company’s total commitment is approximately $18 million, including signature bonuses and seismic costs, which will be paid over 2017 and 2018.

PRODUCTION AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE GUIDANCE

Production for the fourth quarter 2017 is estimated in the range of 170 to 172 Mboepd. The ramp in fourth quarter production guidance is due to minimal scheduled downtime in offshore operations and additional online wells in North American Onshore. It also accounts for a seven day Gulf of Mexico shut-in due to Hurricane Nate. The company is tightening estimated full year 2017 production guidance to be in the range of 164 to 165 Mboepd. As a result of the Midland Basin and Brazil entries, along with the acquisition of the Clipper Field, full year capital expenditure guidance is being increased by approximately $50 million to $940 million. Details for production and guidance can be found in the attached schedules.

“I remain pleased with our execution across all our operations, especially in the wake of an active hurricane season, as we look to finish the year with strong fourth quarter production. Our high crude differentials are a benefit of having a diversified portfolio that earns exceptional margins. Since entering the play mid 2016, our Kaybob Duvernay team has been successful in appraising and delineating the oil to gas condensate window of the asset. In addition, our new Midland Basin entry will add more oil-weighted locations to our unconventional onshore portfolio,” stated Jenkins. “I am enthusiastic about the long-term opportunities presented with our entry into the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin following our earlier entry into offshore Mexico. I expect the plays will add full cycle, low break-even resources to our offshore portfolio,” continued Jenkins.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 2, 2017

Murphy will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2017 financial and operating results on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. EDT. The call can be accessed either via the Internet through the Investor Relations section of Murphy Oil’s website at http://ir.murphyoilcorp.com or via the telephone by dialing 1-833-832-5124. The telephone reservation number for the call is 93900185. Replays of the call will be available through the same address on the company’s website and a recording of the call will be available through November 16, 2017 by calling 1-855-859-2056 and referencing reservation number 93900185. A replay of the conference call will also be available on the Murphy website at http://ir.murphyoilcorp.com.

FINANCIAL DATA

Summary financial data, operating statistics and a summary balance sheet for the third quarter 2017, with comparisons to the same period from the previous year, are contained in the following schedules. Additionally, a schedule indicating the impacts of items affecting comparability of results between periods and schedules comparing EBITDA and EBITDAX between periods are included with these schedules as well as guidance for the fourth quarter.

ABOUT MURPHY OIL CORPORATION

Murphy Oil Corporation is a global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The company’s diverse resource base includes offshore production in Southeast Asia, Canada and Gulf of Mexico, as well as North America onshore plays in the Eagle Ford Shale, Kaybob Duvernay and Montney. Additional information can be found on the company’s website at http://www.murphyoilcorp.com

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally identified through the inclusion of words such as “aim”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “drive”, “estimate”, “expect”, “expressed confidence”, “forecast”, “future”, “goal”, “guidance”, “intend”, “may”, “objective”, “outlook”, “plan”, “position”, “potential”, “project”, “seek”, “should”, “strategy”, “target”, “will” or variations of such words and other similar expressions. These statements, which express management’s current views concerning future events or results, are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause one or more of these future events or results not to occur as implied by any forward-looking statement include, but are not limited to, increased volatility or deterioration in the level of crude oil and natural gas prices, deterioration in the success rate of our exploration programs or in our ability to maintain production rates and replace reserves, reduced customer demand for our products due to environmental, regulatory, technological or other reasons, adverse foreign exchange movements, political and regulatory instability in the markets where we do business, natural hazards impacting our operations, any other deterioration in our business, markets or prospects, any failure to obtain necessary regulatory approvals, any inability to service or refinance our outstanding debt or to access debt markets at acceptable prices, and adverse developments in the U.S. or global capital markets, credit markets or economies in general. For further discussion of factors that could cause one or more of these future events or results not to occur as implied by any forward-looking statement, see “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and any subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Current Report on Form 8-K that we file, available from the SEC’s website and from Murphy Oil Corporation’s website at http://ir.murphyoilcorp.com. Murphy Oil Corporation undertakes no duty to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

This news release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures that management believes are good tools for internal use and the investment community in evaluating Murphy Oil Corporation’s overall financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are broadly used to value and compare companies in the crude oil and natural gas industry, although not all companies define these measures in the same way. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures are not a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, and should therefore be considered only as supplemental to such GAAP financial measures. Please see the attached schedules for reconciliations of the differences between the non-GAAP financial measures used in this news release and the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

RESERVE REPORTING TO THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE COMMISSION

The SEC requires oil and natural gas companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose proved reserves that a company has demonstrated by actual production or conclusive formation tests to be economically and legally producible under existing economic and operating conditions. We may use certain terms in this news release, such as “resource”, “gross resource”, “recoverable resource”, “net risked PMEAN resource”, “recoverable oil”, “resource base”, “EUR” or “estimated ultimate recovery” and similar terms that the SEC’s rules prohibit us from including in filings with the SEC. The SEC permits the optional disclosure of probable and possible reserves; however, we have not disclosed the company’s probable and possible reserves in our filings with the SEC. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosures and risk factors in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and any subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Current Report on Form 8-K that we file, available from the SEC’s website and from Murphy Oil Corporation’s website at http://ir.murphyoilcorp.com.

 
MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
SUMMARIZED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)
 
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September 30,   September 30,
    2017  

2016*

  2017  

2016*

Revenues                  
Sales and other operating revenues   $ 498,202     486,276     1,552,473     1,326,587  
Gain (loss) on sale of assets     117     (730 )   130,765     3,101  
Total revenues     498,319     485,546     1,683,238     1,329,688  
                   
Costs and expenses                  
Lease operating expenses     112,751     119,663     346,072     435,296  
Severance and ad valorem taxes     10,816     9,592     32,771     35,668  
Exploration expenses     28,492     19,866     77,356     83,910  
Selling and general expenses     56,672     55,523     168,259     196,143  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization     243,636     255,900     714,782     797,288  
Accretion of asset retirement obligations     10,654     11,043     31,638     35,514  
Impairment of assets                 95,088  
Other expense (benefit)     2,454     6,486     10,988     (1,446 )
Total costs and expenses     465,475     478,073     1,381,866     1,677,461  
                   
Operating income (loss) from continuing operations     32,844     7,473     301,372     (347,773 )
                   
Other income (loss)                  
Interest and other income (loss)     (47,721 )   14,987     (93,524 )   38,602  
Interest expense, net     (48,681 )   (39,219 )   (138,423 )   (103,889 )
Total other loss     (96,402 )   (24,232 )   (231,947 )   (65,287 )
                   
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes     (63,558 )   (16,759 )   69,425     (413,060 )
Income tax expense (benefit)     2,760     (2,176 )   95,602     (201,897 )
Loss from continuing operations     (66,318 )   (14,583 )   (26,177 )   (211,163 )

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

    425     (1,593 )   1,177     (885 )
                   
NET LOSS   $ (65,893 )   (16,176 )   (25,000 )   (212,048 )
                   
INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE – BASIC                  
Continuing operations   $ (0.38 )   (0.08 )   (0.15 )   (1.23 )
Discontinued operations     -     (0.01 )   0.01     (0.01 )
Net loss   $ (0.38 )   (0.09 )   (0.14 )   (1.24 )
                   
INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE – DILUTED                  
Continuing operations   $ (0.38 )   (0.08 )   (0.15 )   (1.23 )
Discontinued operations     -     (0.01 )   0.01     (0.01 )
Net loss   $ (0.38 )   (0.09 )   (0.14 )   (1.24 )
                   
Cash dividends per Common share     0.25     0.25     0.75     0.95  
                   
Average Common shares outstanding (thousands)                  
Basic     172,573     172,199     172,509     172,165  
Diluted     172,573     172,199     172,509     172,165  
 

*Reclassified to conform to current presentation.

 
MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
(Thousands of dollars)
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
    September 30,   September 30,  
    2017   2016   2017   2016  
Operating Activities                    
Net loss   $ (65,893 )   (16,176 )   (25,000 )   (212,048 )  

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by continuing operations activities:

                   
(Income) loss from discontinued operations     (425 )   1,593     (1,177 )   885    
Depreciation, depletion and amortization     243,636     255,900     714,782     797,288    
Impairment of assets                 95,088    
Amortization of deferred major repair costs                 3,794    
Dry hole costs (credits)     (3,043 )   956     (1,139 )   15,226    
Amortization of undeveloped leases     20,553     10,409     40,859     35,828    
Accretion of asset retirement obligations     10,654     11,043     31,638     35,514    
Deferred income tax benefit     (36,697 )   (28,956 )   (3,567 )   (345,157 )  
Pretax (gains) losses from disposition of assets     (117 )   730     (130,765 )   (3,101 )  
Net (increase) decrease in noncash operating working capital     (41,511 )   (65,825 )   1,070     (152,618 )

1

Other operating activities, net     100,949     (2,702 )   192,867     9,651    
Net cash provided by continuing operations activities     228,106     166,972     819,568     280,350    
                     
Investing Activities                    
Property additions and dry hole costs     (274,763 )   (177,081 )   (706,417 )   (781,668 )

2

Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment     4,843     1,298     69,146     1,154,623    
Purchases of investment securities3             (212,661 )   (651,218 )  
Proceeds from maturity of investment securities3     36,635     11,485     320,828     712,863    
Other investing activities, net         411         (7,229 )  
Net cash (required) provided by investing activities     (233,285 )   (163,887 )   (529,104 )   427,371    
                     
Financing Activities                    
Borrowings of debt, net of issuance costs     541,772     541,444     541,772     541,444    
Repayments of debt     (550,000 )       (550,000 )   (600,000 )  
Capital lease obligation payments     (2,704 )   (2,636 )   (14,687 )   (7,808 )  
Withholding tax on stock-based incentive awards     (70 )       (7,151 )   (1,138 )  
Issue cost of debt facility         (13,971 )       (13,971 )  
Cash dividends paid     (43,143 )   (43,051 )   (129,421 )   (163,586 )  
Other financing activities, net         (20 )       (20 )  
Net cash (required) provided by financing activities     (54,145 )   481,766     (159,487 )   (245,079 )  
                     
Cash Flows from Discontinued Operations                    
Operating activities     3,210     (2,355 )   12,134     2,830    
Changes in cash included in current assets held for sale     (3,980 )   2,355     (12,904 )   (2,830 )  
Net change in cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations     (770 )       (770 )      
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     (1,186 )   759     (5,797 )   7,268    
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents     (61,280 )   485,610     124,410     469,910    
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     1,058,487     267,483     872,797     283,183    
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 997,207     753,093     997,207     753,093    
 

12016 nine-months includes payments for deepwater rig contract exit of $266.6 million.

2Includes costs of $206.7 million associated with an acquisition of Kaybob Duvernay and Placid Montney.

3Investments are Canadian government securities with maturities greater than 90 days at the date of acquisition.

 
 
MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
SCHEDULE OF ADJUSTED LOSS
(Unaudited)
(Millions of dollars, except per share amounts)
 
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September 30,   September 30,
    2017   2016   2017   2016
Net loss   $ (65.9 )   (16.2 )   (25.0 )   (212.0 )
Discontinued operations loss (income)     (0.4 )   1.6     (1.2 )   0.8  
Loss from continuing operations     (66.3 )   (14.6 )   (26.2 )   (211.2 )
Adjustments:                  
Mark-to-market (gain) loss on crude oil derivative contracts     11.8     0.8     (28.9 )   52.8  
Foreign exchange losses (gains)     43.9     (11.5 )   86.6     (32.9 )
Deferred tax on undistributed foreign earnings     4.7         65.2      
Tax benefits on investments in foreign areas         (6.4 )   (32.9 )   (15.8 )
Gain on sale of assets             (96.0 )    
Oil Insurance Limited dividends             (2.8 )   (2.2 )
Syncrude operations, including tax benefits of $68.0 million on sale in 2016                 (47.9 )
Income tax benefits associated with Montney midstream divestiture                 (20.9 )
Impairments of assets                 68.9  
Restructuring charges                 6.2  
Total adjustments after taxes     60.4     (17.1 )   (8.8 )   8.2  
Adjusted loss   $ (5.9 )   (31.7 )   (35.0 )   (203.0 )
                   
Adjusted loss per diluted share   $ (0.03 )   (0.18 )   (0.20 )   (1.18 )
 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Presented above is a reconciliation of Net loss to Adjusted loss. Adjusted loss excludes certain items that management believes affect the comparability of results between periods. Management believes this is important information to provide because it is used by management to evaluate the Company's operational performance and trends between periods and relative to its industry competitors. Management also believes this information may be useful to investors and analysts to gain a better understanding of the Company's financial results. Adjusted loss is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be considered a substitute for Net loss as determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Note: Amounts shown above as reconciling items between Net loss and Adjusted loss are presented net of applicable income taxes based on the estimated statutory rate in the applicable tax jurisdiction. The 2017 pretax and income tax impacts for adjustments shown above are as follows by area of operations.

 
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September 30, 2017   September 30, 2017
    Pretax   Tax   Net   Pretax   Tax   Net
Exploration & Production:                          
United States   $ 18.1   (6.3 )   11.8   (44.5 )   15.6     (28.9 )
Canada             (132.4 )   36.4     (96.0 )
Other International                 (32.9 )   (32.9 )
Total E&P     18.1   (6.3 )   11.8   (176.9 )   19.1     (157.8 )
Corporate:     50.2   (1.6 )   48.6   94.6     54.4     149.0  
Total adjustments   $ 68.3   (7.9 )   60.4   (82.3 )   73.5     (8.8 )
 
 
MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
SCHEDULE OF EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST, TAXES, DEPRECIATION
AND AMORTIZATION (EBITDA) AND EXPLORATION EXPENSES (EBITDAX)
(Unaudited)
(Millions of dollars, except per barrel of oil equivalents sold)
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September 30,   September 30,
    2017   2016   2017   2016
Net loss (GAAP)   $ (65.9 )   (16.2 )   (25.0 )   (212.0 )
Discontinued operations loss (income)     (0.4 )   1.6     (1.2 )   0.8  
Income tax expense (benefit)     2.8     (2.2 )   95.6     (201.9 )
Interest expense     49.8     40.1     141.8     107.2  
Interest capitalized     (1.1 )   (0.9 )   (3.4 )   (3.3 )
Depreciation, depletion and amortization expense     243.6     255.9     714.8     797.3  
Impairments of long-lived assets                 95.1  
EBITDA (Non-GAAP)1   $ 228.8     278.3     922.6     583.2  
                   
Exploration expenses     28.5     19.9     77.4     83.9  
EBITDAX (Non-GAAP)1   $ 257.3     298.2     1,000.0     667.1  
                   
Total barrels of oil equivalents sold (thousands of barrels)     14,879.2     15,637.9     44,215.1     48,382.6  
                   
EBITDA per barrel of oil equivalents sold   $ 15.38     17.80     20.87     12.05  
                   
EBITDAX per barrel of oil equivalents sold   $ 17.29     19.07     22.62     13.79  
 

1Certain pretax items that increase (decrease) EBITDA and EBITDAX above include:

 
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September 30,   September 30,
    2017   2016   2017   2016
Gain (loss) on foreign exchange2   $ (50.3 )   14.0     (99.1 )   36.4  
Mark-to-market gain (loss) on crude oil derivative contracts     (18.1 )   (1.3 )   44.5     (81.2 )
Gain (loss) on sale of assets3     0.1     (0.7 )   130.8     3.1  
Accretion of asset retirement obligations     (10.7 )   (11.0 )   (31.6 )   (35.5 )
    $ (79.0 )   1.0     44.6     (77.2 )
 
2Gain (loss) on foreign exchange principally relates to the revaluation of intercompany loans denominated in US dollars and recorded in functional currency Canadian dollar business.
3Gain (loss) on sale of assets in the nine months ended September 30, 2017 primarily consists of a pretax gain of $132.4 million related to the sale of Seal assets in Canada.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Presented above is a reconciliation of Net loss to Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and exploration expenses (EBITDAX). Management believes EBITDA and EBITDAX are important information to provide because they are used by management to evaluate the Company's operational performance and trends between periods and relative to its industry competitors. Management also believes this information may be useful to investors and analysts to gain a better understanding of the Company's financial results. EBITDA and EBITDAX are non-GAAP financial measures and should not be considered a substitute for Net loss or Cash provided by operating activities as determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Presented above is EBITDA per barrel of oil equivalents sold and EBITDAX per barrel of oil equivalents sold. Management believes EBITDA per barrel of oil equivalents sold and EBITDAX per barrel of oil equivalents sold are important information because they are used by management to evaluate the Company’s profitability of one barrel of oil equivalent sold in that period. EBITDA per barrel of oil equivalents sold and EBITDAX per barrel of oil equivalents sold are non-GAAP financial metrics.

 
MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
FUNCTIONAL RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Millions of dollars)
 
    Three Months Ended     Three Months Ended
    September 30, 2017     September 30, 2016
    Revenues   Income
(Loss)
    Revenues   Income
(Loss)
Exploration and production                    
United States   $ 195.9   (19.9 )     201.8     (27.1 )
Canada     81.9   (3.2 )     80.9     (4.8 )
Malaysia     220.5   67.7       202.7     65.0  
Other       (11.0 )     0.2     (8.1 )
Total exploration and production     498.3   33.6       485.6     25.0  
Corporate       (99.9 ) *   (0.1 )   (39.6 )
Revenue/income from continuing operations     498.3   (66.3 )     485.5     (14.6 )
Discontinued operations, net of tax       0.4           (1.6 )
Total revenues/net loss   $ 498.3   (65.9 )     485.5     (16.2 )
                     
                     
                     
    Nine Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
    September 30, 2017     September 30, 2016
    Revenues   Income
(Loss)
    Revenues   Income
(Loss)
Exploration and production                    
United States   $ 696.7   11.0       520.2     (158.5 )
Canada     388.1   102.6       264.4     (36.9 )
Malaysia     594.4   173.9       541.4     135.1  
Other       (10.9 )     0.2     (39.2 )
Total exploration and production     1,679.2   276.6       1,326.2     (99.5 )
Corporate     4.0   (302.8 ) *   3.5     (111.7 )
Revenue/income from continuing operations     1,683.2   (26.2 )     1,329.7     (211.2 )
Discontinued operations, net of tax       1.2           (0.8 )
Total revenues/net loss   $ 1,683.2   (25.0 )     1,329.7     (212.0 )
 

*Corporate segment net loss for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2017 included foreign exchange losses, principally on intercompany loans, of $50.3 million and $99.1 million, respectively.

 
MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
OIL AND GAS OPERATING RESULTS (Unaudited)
THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 AND 2016

 

                       
                       
      United                
(Millions of dollars)     States   Canada   Malaysia   Other   Total
Three Months Ended September 30, 2017                      
Oil and gas sales and other revenues   $ 195.9     81.9     220.5         498.3  
Lease operating expenses     43.5     28.7     40.6         112.8  
Severance and ad valorem taxes     10.5     0.3             10.8  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization     128.4     45.9     63.7     1.0     239.0  
Accretion of asset retirement obligations     4.3     2.0     4.4         10.7  
Exploration expenses                      
Dry holes     (0.6 )       (2.5 )       (3.1 )
Geological and geophysical     0.1             1.5     1.6  
Other     1.5     0.2         7.7     9.4  
      1.0     0.2     (2.5 )   9.2     7.9  
Undeveloped lease amortization     20.4     0.2             20.6  
Total exploration expenses     21.4     0.4     (2.5 )   9.2     28.5  
Selling and general expenses     16.6     6.9     4.8     5.1     33.4  
Other expenses     0.8     0.5     1.2         2.5  
Results of operations before taxes     (29.6 )   (2.8 )   108.3     (15.3 )   60.6  
Income tax provisions (benefits)     (9.7 )   0.4     40.6     (4.3 )   27.0  

Results of operations (excluding corporate overhead and interest)

  $ (19.9 )   (3.2 )   67.7     (11.0 )   33.6  
                       
Three Months Ended September 30, 2016                      
Oil and gas sales and other revenues   $ 201.8     80.9     202.7     0.2     485.6  
Lease operating expenses     59.6     30.7     29.4         119.7  
Severance and ad valorem taxes     8.5     1.1             9.6  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization     141.1     46.5     62.0     1.5     251.1  
Accretion of asset retirement obligations     4.2     2.8     4.0         11.0  
Exploration expenses                      
Dry holes     0.8         0.4     (0.2 )   1.0  
Geological and geophysical     (0.1 )       0.1     0.5     0.5  
Other     2.5             5.5     8.0  
      3.2         0.5     5.8     9.5  
Undeveloped lease amortization     9.3     1.1             10.4  
Total exploration expenses     12.5     1.1     0.5     5.8     19.9  
Selling and general expenses     14.7     5.2     0.2     7.4     27.5  
Other expenses     1.0         5.4     0.1     6.5  
Results of operations before taxes     (39.8 )   (6.5 )   101.2     (14.6 )   40.3  
Income tax provisions (benefits)     (12.7 )   (1.7 )   36.2     (6.5 )   15.3  

Results of operations (excluding corporate overhead and interest)

  $ (27.1 )   (4.8 )   65.0     (8.1 )   25.0  
 
 
MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
OIL AND GAS OPERATING RESULTS (Unaudited)
NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 AND 2016
 
          Canada            
      United   Conven-   Syn-            
(Millions of dollars)     States   tional   thetic*   Malaysia   Other   Total
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017                          
Oil and gas sales and other revenues   $ 696.7   388.1     594.4     1,679.2
Lease operating expenses     135.7   76.8     133.6     346.1
Severance and ad valorem taxes     31.6   1.2         32.8
Depreciation, depletion and amortization     402.3   136.6     160.0   2.9   701.8
Accretion of asset retirement obligations     12.8   5.9     12.9     31.6
Exploration expenses                          
Dry holes     (1.9)       0.8     (1.1)
Geological and geophysical     1.0   0.1       6.0   7.1
Other     5.5   0.3       24.8   30.6
      4.6   0.4     0.8   30.8   36.6
Undeveloped lease amortization     39.4   1.4         40.8
Total exploration expenses     44.0   1.8     0.8   30.8   77.4
Selling and general expenses     48.7   21.2     10.5   15.0   95.4
Other expenses     1.5   0.4     9.1     11.0
Results of operations before taxes     20.1   144.2     267.5   (48.7)   383.1
Income tax provisions (benefits)     9.1   41.6     93.6   (37.8)   106.5

Results of operations (excluding corporate overhead and interest)

  $ 11.0   102.6     173.9   (10.9)   276.6
                           
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016                          
Oil and gas sales and other revenues   $ 520.2   200.2   64.2   541.4   0.2   1,326.2
Lease operating expenses     169.6   73.3   69.9   122.5     435.3
Severance and ad valorem taxes     30.0   3.2   2.5       35.7
Depreciation, depletion and amortization     456.5   137.5   16.5   170.0   4.6   785.1
Accretion of asset retirement obligations     12.8   8.2   2.4   12.1     35.5
Impairment of assets       95.1         95.1
Exploration expenses                          
Dry holes     0.4       4.5   10.4   15.3
Geological and geophysical     0.6   2.9     0.6   4.8   8.9
Other     4.5   0.5       18.9   23.9
      5.5   3.4     5.1   34.1   48.1
Undeveloped lease amortization     31.9   3.4       0.5   35.8
Total exploration expenses     37.4   6.8     5.1   34.6   83.9
Selling and general expenses     49.9   20.9   0.5   8.6   26.6   106.5
Other expenses (benefits)     1.1       6.3   (8.8)   (1.4)
Results of operations before taxes     (237.1)   (144.8)   (27.6)   216.8   (56.8)   (249.5)
Income tax provisions (benefits)     (78.6)   (60.2)   (75.3)   81.7   (17.6)   (150.0)

Results of operations (excluding corporate overhead and interest)

  $ (158.5)   (84.6)   47.7   135.1   (39.2)   (99.5)
 

*The Company sold its 5% non-operated interest in Syncrude Canada Ltd. on June 23, 2016.

 
MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
PRODUCTION-RELATED EXPENSES
(Dollars per barrel of oil equivalents sold)

 

    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September 30,   September 30,
    2017   2016   2017   2016
                   
United States – Eagle Ford Shale                  
Lease operating expense   $ 6.93   10.98   7.60   9.32
Severance and ad valorem taxes     2.56   1.99   2.54   2.19
Depreciation, depletion and amortization (DD&A) expense     25.42   25.68   25.74   25.28
                   
United States – Gulf of Mexico                  
Lease operating expense   $ 12.48   8.84   10.61   8.90
DD&A expense     20.07   21.90   21.13   23.40
                   
Canada – Conventional operations                  
Lease operating expense   $ 6.57   7.03   5.88   5.74
Severance and ad valorem taxes     0.07   0.24   0.09   0.25
DD&A expense     10.53   10.67   10.46   10.75
                   
Canada – Synthetic oil operations*                  
Lease operating expense   $       41.15
Severance and ad valorem taxes           1.46
DD&A expense           9.72
                   
Malaysia – Sarawak  

 

             
Lease operating expense  

$

5.28   4.54   5.49   5.64
DD&A expense     8.53   8.25   8.09   9.12
                   
Malaysia – Block K                  
Lease operating expense   $ 10.50   6.13   14.07   10.48
DD&A expense     16.20   14.38   14.65   13.08
                   
Total oil and gas operations                  
Lease operating expense   $ 7.58   7.65   7.83   9.00
Severance and ad valorem taxes     0.73   0.61   0.74   0.74
DD&A expense     16.07   16.06   15.87   16.23
                   
Total oil and gas operations – excluding synthetic oil operations                  
Lease operating expense   $ 7.58   7.65   7.83   7.83
Severance and ad valorem taxes     0.73   0.61   0.74   0.71
DD&A expense     16.07   16.06   15.87   16.46
 

*The Company sold its 5% non-operated interest in Syncrude Canada Ltd. on June 23, 2016.

 
MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
OTHER FINANCIAL DATA
(Unaudited)
(Millions of dollars)

 

    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
    September 30,   September 30,  
    2017   2016   2017   2016  
Capital expenditures                    
Exploration and production                    
United States   $ 204.7   83.1   427.5   183.8  
Canada     68.7   44.6   204.6   318.1 1
Malaysia     (3.4)   38.0   7.7   80.0  
Other     13.6   6.0   54.9   32.7  
Total     283.6   171.7   694.7   614.6  
                     
Corporate     3.1     6.9   20.7  
Total capital expenditures     286.7   171.7   701.6   635.3  
                     
Charged to exploration expenses2                    
United States     1.0   3.2   4.6   5.5  
Canada     0.2     0.4   3.4  
Malaysia     (2.5)   0.5   0.8   5.1  
Other     9.2   5.8   30.8   34.1  
Total charged to exploration expenses     7.9   9.5   36.6   48.1  
                     
Total capitalized   $ 278.8   162.2   665.0   587.2  
 
1Includes costs of $206.7 million in 2016 associated with acquisition of Kaybob Duvernay and liquids rich Montney.

2Excludes amortization of undeveloped leases of $20.6 million and $10.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively, and $40.8 million and $35.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

 
MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEET (Unaudited)
(Millions of dollars)
 
    September 30,   December 31,
    2017   2016
           

Assets

         
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 997.2   872.8
Canadian government securities       111.5
Other current assets     450.0   574.8
Property, plant and equipment – net     8,283.7   8,316.2
Other long-term assets     461.9   420.6
Total assets   $ 10,192.8   10,295.9
           

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

         
Current maturities of long-term debt   $ 9.8   569.8
Other current liabilities     821.8   932.6
Long-term debt*     2,908.3   2,422.8
Other long-term liabilities     1,472.8   1,454.0
Total stockholders' equity     4,980.1   4,916.7
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 10,192.8   10,295.9
 

*Includes a capital lease on production equipment of $136.5 million at September 30, 2017 and $195.8 million at December 31, 2016.

 
MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
STATISTICAL SUMMARY
 
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September 30,   September 30,
    2017   2016   2017   2016
Net crude oil and condensate produced – barrels per day   84,230   96,476   89,580   106,279
United States – Eagle Ford Shale   33,070   33,307   33,281   36,790
– Gulf of Mexico   10,240   11,722   11,309   12,791
Canada – onshore   3,240   1,288   2,729   791
– offshore   6,225   9,400   8,100   8,483
– heavy1     2,678   201   2,732
– synthetic1         6,194
Malaysia – Sarawak   11,508   12,889   12,727   13,288
– Block K   19,947   25,192   21,233   25,210
                 
Net crude oil and condensate sold – barrels per day   92,033   97,542   89,597   104,525
United States – Eagle Ford Shale   33,070   33,307   33,281   36,790
– Gulf of Mexico   10,240   11,722   11,309   12,791
Canada – onshore   3,240   1,288   2,729   791
– offshore   6,533   9,027   7,812   8,576
– heavy1     2,678   201   2,732
– synthetic1         6,194
Malaysia – Sarawak   13,083   12,641   13,350   12,024
– Block K   25,867   26,879   20,915   24,627
                 
Net natural gas liquids produced – barrels per day   9,128   9,703   9,140   9,275
United States – Eagle Ford Shale   6,669   6,940   6,812   6,972
– Gulf of Mexico   910   1,502   967   1,399
Canada   510   307   410   162
Malaysia – Sarawak   1,039   954   951   742
   

 

           
Net natural gas liquids sold – barrels per day   9,213   8,770   9,165   9,289
United States – Eagle Ford Shale   6,669   6,940   6,812   6,972
– Gulf of Mexico   910   1,502   967   1,399
Canada   510   307   410   162
Malaysia – Sarawak   1,124   21   976   756
   

 

           
Net natural gas sold – thousands of cubic feet per day   362,901   381,988   379,182   376,592
United States – Eagle Ford Shale   29,476   34,900   32,862   36,430
– Gulf of Mexico   11,232   16,873   11,654   19,012
Canada   223,032   204,816   220,121   206,458
Malaysia – Sarawak   90,181   115,535   106,481   103,327
– Block K   8,980   9,864   8,064   11,365
                 
Total net hydrocarbons produced – equivalent barrels per day2   153,842   169,844   161,917   178,319
Total net hydrocarbons sold – equivalent barrels per day2   161,730   169,977   161,959   176,579
 
1The Company sold the Seal area heavy oil field in January 2017 and its 5% non-operated interest in Syncrude Canada Ltd. in June 2016.
2Natural gas converted on an energy equivalent basis of 6:1.
 
MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
STATISTICAL SUMMARY (Continued)

 

    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    September 30,   September 30,
    2017   2016   2017   2016
Weighted average sales prices                    
Crude oil and condensate – dollars per barrel                    
United States – Eagle Ford Shale   $ 48.49   44.59   $ 48.42   40.65
– Gulf of Mexico     47.82   43.93     47.48   40.53
Canada1 – onshore     43.15   36.36     43.64   41.04
– offshore     51.26   45.87     50.35   40.15
– heavy2       19.50     25.12   14.20
– synthetic2             35.59
Malaysia – Sarawak3     52.62   47.05     52.07   43.62
– Block K3     51.36   46.24     50.95   43.70
                     
Natural gas liquids – dollars per barrel                    
United States – Eagle Ford Shale   $ 17.89   10.89   $ 16.12   10.06
– Gulf of Mexico     19.00   13.65     17.84   11.60
Canada1     22.77   39.23     22.48   41.04
Malaysia – Sarawak3     49.66   45.12     49.94   37.50
                     
Natural gas – dollars per thousand cubic feet                    
United States – Eagle Ford Shale   $ 2.44   2.24   $ 2.53   1.69
– Gulf of Mexico     2.49   2.35     2.56   1.81
Canada1     1.84   1.88     1.99   1.58
Malaysia – Sarawak3     3.60   3.01     3.50   3.25
– Block K3     0.25   0.23     0.24   0.24
 
1U.S. dollar equivalent.
2The Company sold the Seal area heavy oil field in January 2017 and its 5% non-operated interest in Syncrude Canada Ltd. in June 2016.
3Prices are net of payments under the terms of the respective production sharing contracts.
 
MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
COMMODITY HEDGE POSITIONS
AS OF OCTOBER 31, 2017
 
            Volumes   Price     Remaining Period
Area   Commodity   Type   (Bbl/d)   (USD/Bbl)     Start Date   End Date
United States   WTI   Fixed price derivative swap   22,000   $50.41     10/1/2017   12/31/2017
United States   WTI   Fixed price derivative swap   7,000   $51.92     1/1/2018   12/31/2018
                           
            Volumes   Price     Remaining Period
Area   Commodity   Type   (MMcf/d)   (Mcf)     Start Date   End Date
Montney   Natural Gas   Fixed price forward sales   124   C$2.97     10/1/2017   12/31/2017
Montney   Natural Gas   Fixed price forward sales   59   C$2.81     1/1/2018   12/31/2020
Duvernay   Natural Gas   Fixed price forward sales   20   US $3.51 *   11/1/2017   3/31/2018
                           
                           
*Title transfer at Alberta Alliance pipeline. Sale price fixed and transported to Chicago Gate.
 
 
MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
FOURTH QUARTER 2017 GUIDANCE
 
        Liquids   Gas
        BOPD   MCFD
Production – net            
U.S. – Eagle Ford Shale       46,750   33,500
– Gulf of Mexico       13,500   12,500
             
Canada – Tupper Montney         223,000
– Kaybob Duvernay and Placid Montney       4,600   19,500
– Offshore       8,250  
Malaysia – Sarawak       13,000   104,000
– Block K       18,000   8,900
             
             
Total net production (BOEPD)         170,000 - 172,000
             
Total net sales (BOEPD)         160,000 - 164,000
             
Realized oil prices (dollars per barrel):            
Malaysia – Sarawak         $55.10  
– Block K         $53.95  
             

Realized natural gas price (dollars per thousand cubic feet):

           
Malaysia – Sarawak         $3.50  
             
Exploration expense ($ millions)         $45.0  
             
             
             
FULL YEAR 2017 GUIDANCE
             
Total production (BOEPD)         164,000 to 165,000
             
Capital expenditures ($ millions)         $940.0  
 

 

Source: Murphy Oil Corporation

Murphy Oil Corporation
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Emily McElroy, 870-864-6324
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