Murphy Oil

Murphy Oil Corporation has announced its financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, including a net loss attributable to Murphy of $317 million, or $2.06 net loss per diluted share.

Murphy Oil, formerly headquartered in El Dorado, has moved most of its operations to a new headquarters in Houston.

Adjusted net loss, which excludes discontinued operations and other one-off items, was $110 million, or 71 cents net loss per diluted share. Significant items include:

-- Produced 168 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day, including 58 percent or 98 thousand barrels of oil per day Improved average lease operating expenses by 22 percent from the first quarter 2020 to less than $9 per barrel of oil equivalent in the second quarter, or approximately $7 per barrel of oil equivalent excluding workover expenses.

-- Received $109 million of cash crude oil hedge settlements for the quarter.

-- Lowered expected full year G&A by approximately 40 percent to a range of $130 million to $140 million compared to full year 2019 including the impact of the previously announced office closures, restructuring and a 30 percent headcount reduction.

-- Reduced the full year 2020 capital expenditure budget an additional $40 million, to a range of $680 million to $720 million, or a more than 50 percent reduction from the original 2020 guidance.

-- Initiated crude oil hedge positions for 2021, resulting in a total of 15 thousand barrels of oil per day hedged at an average price of $42.93 per barrel.

The company recorded a net loss, attributable to Murphy, of $317 million, or $2.06 net loss per diluted share, for the second quarter 2020. Adjusted net loss, which excludes both the results of discontinued operations and certain other items that affect comparability of results between periods, was $110 million, or 71 cents net loss per diluted share for the same period.

The adjusted loss from continuing operations excludes the following after-tax items: a $146 million noncash mark-to-market loss on crude oil derivative contracts, a $32 million charge for restructuring expenses, a $16 million non-cash asset impairment charge, and a $12 million non-cash mark-to-market loss on liabilities associated with future contingent consideration.

Second quarter production averaged 168 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBOEPD) with 58 percent oil and 65 percent liquids. Volumes were negatively impacted by a total of 17.5 MBOEPD for the second quarter, of which approximately 16 MBOEPD were the result of shut-ins due to market prices as previously disclosed, in addition to nearly 1.6 MBOEPD as the result of Tropical Storm Cristobal in the Gulf of Mexico. Production volumes from the shut-in wells came back online in June.

“The second quarter was difficult not only for our industry, but also our company. As we endured the economic fallout from the global pandemic and the unprecedented oil price collapse, we made the decision to shut in wells, primarily at a single offshore facility. Absent these shut-ins, our assets performed very well and production volumes would have been essentially at with first quarter 2020. I am proud of our team’s ability to manage uptime and performance despite the unique challenges presented by recent events. Our field employees continue to follow strict safety protocols, and have kept COVID-19 absent from our operations,” said Roger W. Jenkins, president and CEO.

As of June 30, 2020, Murphy had approximately $1.6 billion of liquidity, comprised of $1.4 billion undrawn under the $1.6 billion senior unsecured credit facility and approximately $146 million of cash and cash equivalents. At the end of second quarter 2020, Murphy had outstanding debt of $2.8 billion in long-term, fixed-rate notes and $170 million drawn under its senior unsecured credit facility. The fixed-rate notes had a weighted average maturity of 7.3 years and a weighted average coupon of 5.9 percent. Overall, approximately 80 percent of total fixed-rate notes are due in 2024 or later.

Murphy has continued to rework its remaining 2020 capital plans given ongoing macroeconomic conditions and low commodity prices. As a result, the company’s full year budget has been reduced a further $40 million at the midpoint, to a range of $680 million to $720 million, or more than a 50 percent reduction from original guidance.

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