Hess today reported a net loss of $2,677 million, or $8.57 per common share, in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with a net loss of $4,892 million, or $15.65 per common share, in the fourth quarter of 2016. Fourth quarter 2017 results reflect net after-tax charges totaling $2,373 million, including a non-cash accounting charge of $1,700 million to reduce the carrying value of Hess’ interests in the Stampede and Tubular Bells Fields in the Gulf of Mexico, as a result of a lower long-term crude oil price outlook.
On an adjusted basis, the Corporation reported an after-tax net loss of $304 million, or $1.01 per common share, in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with an adjusted net loss of $305 million, or $1.01 per common share, in the prior-year quarter. On an adjusted pre-tax basis, the Corporation reported a loss of $104 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, down from $499 million in the year-ago quarter. The improved pre-tax adjusted results reflect higher realized crude oil selling prices and lower operating costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization. Fourth quarter 2017 adjusted results were adversely impacted by lower deferred tax benefits, primarily in the United States, compared to the prior-year quarter following a required change in deferred tax accounting.
"In the past year, our company successfully completed an ambitious asset sales program, replaced 351 percent of production at an attractive F&D cost of just over $5 per barrel, continued our extraordinary exploration success on the Stabroek Block in Guyana and sanctioned the Liza Phase 1 development with plans underway for the next two phases," Chief Executive Officer John Hess said. "We enter 2018 well positioned to deliver a decade plus of capital efficient growth with increasing cash generation and returns to shareholders."