Hess Reports Estimated Results for the First Quarter of 2021
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Hess Reports Estimated Results for the First Quarter of 2021

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04.28.2021

Key Developments:

  • Announced an oil discovery at Uaru-2 on the Stabroek Block, offshore Guyana; adds to the previously announced gross discovered recoverable resource estimate for the block of approximately 9 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe)
  • Expect to have at least six floating production, storage and offloading vessels (FPSOs) on the Stabroek Block by 2027
  • See potential for up to 10 FPSOs on the Stabroek Block to develop the current discovered recoverable resource base
  • Agreed to sell nonstrategic interests in Bakken acreage for total consideration of $312 million, with an effective date of March 1, 2021; the sale is expected to close within the next few weeks
  • Agreed to sell the Corporation's interests in Denmark for total consideration of $150 million, with an effective date of January 1, 2021; the sale is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021
  • Received net proceeds of $70 million from the public offering of 3,450,000 Hess-owned Class A shares in Hess Midstream LP; following the offering, Hess’ ownership in Hess Midstream LP is approximately 46%

 

First Quarter Financial and Operational Highlights:

  • Net income was $252 million, or $0.82 per common share, compared with a net loss of $2,433 million, or $8.00 per common share in the first quarter of 2020. Adjusted net loss1 in the first quarter of 2020 was $182 million, or $0.60 per common share
  • Higher natural gas liquids (NGL) prices increased net income by approximately $75 million as compared to the prior-year quarter and lowered first quarter 2021 Bakken NGL volumes received as consideration for gas processing fees under percentage of proceeds (POP) contracts by 8,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd)
  • Oil and gas net production, excluding Libya, was 315,000 boepd and Bakken net production was 158,000 boepd
  • Cash and cash equivalents, excluding Midstream, were $1.86 billion at March 31, 2021

 

Updated 2021 Production Guidance:

  • Net production, excluding Libya, is now forecast to be 290,000 boepd to 295,000 boepd from previous guidance of approximately 310,000 boepd, reflecting a 7,000 boepd reduction in expected NGL volumes received as consideration from POP contracts for gas processing fees due to higher NGL prices which improve financial results, a reduction of 6,000 boepd from asset sales, and the balance primarily from adverse winter weather in North Dakota
  1. “Adjusted net income (loss)” is a non-GAAP financial measure. The definition of this non-GAAP measure and a reconciliation to its nearest GAAP equivalent measure appears on pages 6 to 8.

 

Hess today reported net income of $252 million, or $0.82 per common share, in the first quarter of 2021, compared with a net loss of $2,433 million, or $8.00 per common share, in the first quarter of 2020 that included impairment and other after-tax charges of $2,251 million. On an adjusted basis, the net loss in the first quarter of 2020 was $182 million, or $0.60 per common share. The improvement in adjusted after-tax results compared with the prior-year period primarily reflects higher realized selling prices, contribution from the sale of two VLCC cargos and lower depletion, depreciation and amortization expenses.

   “Our company continues to successfully execute our strategy to grow our resource base, have a low cost of supply and sustain cash flow growth,” CEO John Hess said. “As our portfolio generates increasing free cash flow, we will first prioritize debt reduction and then the return of capital to our shareholders through dividend increases and opportunistic share repurchases.”

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

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,
(unaudited)

 

2021

 

2020

 

(In millions, except per share amounts)

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Hess Corporation

Exploration and Production

$

308

 

 

$

(2,371)

 

Midstream

75

 

 

61

 

Corporate, Interest and Other

(131)

 

 

(123)

 

Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation

$

252

 

 

$

(2,433)

 

Net income (loss) per common share (diluted)

$

0.82

 

 

$

(8.00)

 

Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Hess Corporation

Exploration and Production

$

308

 

 

$

(120)

 

Midstream

75

 

 

61

 

Corporate, Interest and Other

(131)

 

 

(123)

 

Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation

$

252

 

 

$

(182)

 

Adjusted net income (loss) per common share (diluted)

$

0.82

 

 

$

(0.60)

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares (diluted)

307.8

 

 

304.0

 

 

 

 

 

Exploration and Production:

   E&P net income was $308 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared with a net loss of $2,371 million in the first quarter of 2020. On an adjusted basis, E&P's first quarter 2020 net loss was $120 million. The Corporation’s average realized crude oil selling price, including the effect of hedging, was $50.02 per barrel in the first quarter 2021, compared with $45.94 per barrel in the year-ago quarter. The average realized NGL selling price in the first quarter of 2021 was $29.49 per barrel, compared with $9.32 per barrel in the prior-year quarter, while the average realized natural gas selling price was $4.90 per mcf, compared with $3.16 per mcf in the first quarter of 2020.

   Net production, excluding Libya, was 315,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2021, compared with 344,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2020 or 332,000 boepd pro forma for the sale of the Corporation's interest in the Shenzi Field. Net production for Libya was 18,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2021 compared with 5,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2020.

   Cash operating costs, which include operating costs and expenses, production and severance taxes, and E&P general and administrative expenses, were $9.81 per boe in the first quarter of 2021, compared with $9.70 per boe in the prior-year quarter. The increase in the effective tax rate in the first quarter of 2021 compared with the year-ago period was primarily due to higher production volumes in Libya.

Operational Highlights for the First Quarter of 2021:

   Bakken (Onshore U.S.): Net production from the Bakken was 158,000 boepd compared with 190,000 boepd in the prior-year quarter, primarily due to reduced drilling activity, lower NGL and natural gas volumes received under percentage of proceeds contracts due to higher commodity prices, and the impact of adverse winter weather. NGL and natural gas volumes received under percentage of proceeds contracts were 19,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2020 and 20,000 boepd in the fourth quarter of 2020, but were reduced to 11,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2021 due to higher realized NGL prices lowering volumes received as consideration for gas processing fees. Higher NGL prices increased net income by approximately $75 million as compared to the prior-year quarter. During the first quarter of 2021, 11 wells were drilled, 10 wells were completed, and 4 new wells were brought online. In February, the Corporation increased the number of operated rigs from one to two.

   During the first quarter of 2021, the Corporation completed the sale of 4.2 million barrels of Bakken crude oil transported and stored on two very large crude carriers (VLCCs) during 2020, which contributed net income of approximately $70 million in the first quarter.

   In April, the Corporation entered into an agreement to sell its Little Knife and Murphy Creek nonstrategic acreage interests in the Bakken for total consideration of $312 million, subject to customary closing adjustments, with an effective date of March 1, 2021. The sale consists of approximately 78,700 net acres, which are located in the southernmost portion of the Corporation's Bakken position and are not connected to Hess Midstream LP infrastructure. Net production from this acreage during the first quarter of 2021 was approximately 4,500 boepd.

   Net production from the Bakken is forecast to be 155,000 to 160,000 boepd for full year 2021, reflecting the impact of lower NGL volumes received as consideration for gas processing fees under POP contracts due to higher NGL prices, the sale of the Corporation’s nonstrategic acreage interests, and adverse winter weather.

   Gulf of Mexico (Offshore U.S.): Net production from the Gulf of Mexico was 56,000 boepd, compared with 74,000 boepd in the prior-year quarter, reflecting the sale of the Corporation's interest in the Shenzi Field in the fourth quarter of 2020 and natural field decline. Net production from the Shenzi Field was 12,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2020.

   Guyana (Offshore): At the Stabroek Block (Hess – 30%), the Corporation’s net production from the Liza Field was 31,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) compared with 15,000 bopd in the prior-year quarter. The Liza Destiny FPSO reached its nameplate capacity of 120,000 gross bopd in December 2020 and remained at this level during the first quarter of 2021. In mid-April, production from the Liza Destiny FPSO was curtailed for several days after a leak was detected in the flash gas compressor discharge silencer. Production has since ramped back up and is expected to remain in the range of 100,000 to 110,000 gross bopd until repairs to the discharge silencer are completed in approximately three months. Following this repair, production is expected to return to, or above, nameplate capacity.

   Startup of Phase 2 of the Liza Field development, which will utilize the Liza Unity FPSO with an expected capacity of 220,000 gross bopd, remains on track for early 2022. The third development, Payara, will utilize the Prosperity FPSO with an expected capacity of 220,000 gross bopd; first oil is expected in 2024. A fourth development, Yellowtail, has been identified on the Stabroek Block with anticipated startup in 2025, pending government approvals and project sanctioning. We expect to have at least six FPSOs on the Stabroek Block by 2027 with the potential for up to 10 FPSOs to develop the current discovered recoverable resource base.

   The Uaru-2 well encountered approximately 120 feet of high quality oil bearing sandstone reservoir, including newly identified intervals below the original Uaru-1 discovery. The well was drilled in 5,659 feet of water and is located approximately 6.8 miles south of the Uaru-1 well. The Uaru-2 discovery will add to the discovered recoverable resource estimate of approximately 9 billion boe.

   The Stena DrillMax is currently appraising the Longtail discovery, which will include a planned sidetrack. The Noble Don Taylor will drill the Mako-2 well after Uaru-2, and the Stena Carron is currently drilling the Koebi-1 exploration well. The Noble Tom Madden, the Noble Bob Douglas and the Noble Sam Croft, which recently arrived at the Stabroek Block, are primarily focused on development drilling.

   South East Asia (Offshore): Net production at North Malay Basin and JDA was 64,000 boepd, compared with 58,000 boepd in the prior-year quarter, reflecting higher natural gas nominations due to a recovery in economic activity.

   Denmark (Offshore): In March, the Corporation entered into an agreement to sell its interests in Denmark for total consideration of $150 million, subject to customary closing adjustments, with an effective date of January 1, 2021. Net production from Denmark during the first quarter of 2021 was 6,000 boepd. The sale is expected to close during the third quarter of 2021.

Midstream:

   The Midstream segment had net income of $75 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared with net income of $61 million in the prior-year quarter, primarily due to higher minimum volume commitments and tariff rates.

Corporate, Interest and Other:

   After-tax expense for Corporate, Interest and Other was $131 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared with $123 million in the first quarter of 2020. Interest expense increased $6 million compared with the prior-year quarter primarily due to interest on the Corporation's $1 billion three year term loan entered into in March 2020.

Capital and Exploratory Expenditures:

   E&P capital and exploratory expenditures were $309 million in the first quarter of 2021, down from $631 million in the prior-year quarter. The decrease is primarily driven by a lower rig count in the Bakken and lower development drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and Malaysia. Midstream capital expenditures were $23 million in the first quarter of 2021, down from $57 million in the prior-year quarter.

Liquidity:

   Excluding the Midstream segment, Hess Corporation had cash and cash equivalents of $1.86 billion and debt and finance lease obligations totaling $6.6 billion at March 31, 2021. The Corporation’s debt to capitalization ratio, as defined in its debt covenants, was 46.6% at March 31, 2021 and 47.5% at December 31, 2020. The Midstream segment had cash and cash equivalents of $4 million and total debt of $1.9 billion at March 31, 2021. Net cash provided by operating activities was $591 million in the first quarter of 2021, up from $445 million in the first quarter of 2020, primarily due to higher realized selling prices and the sale of 4.2 million barrels of Bakken crude oil stored on two VLCCs in the first quarter of 2021. Net cash provided by operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities2 was $815 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared with $502 million in the prior-year quarter. Changes in operating assets and liabilities decreased cash flow from operating activities by $224 million during the first quarter of 2021 and by $57 million during the prior-year quarter.

2. “Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities” is a non-GAAP financial measure. The definition of this non-GAAP measure and a reconciliation to its nearest GAAP equivalent measure appears on pages 7 and 8.

 

 In March 2021, the Corporation received net proceeds of $70 million from the public offering of 3,450,000 Class A shares of Hess Midstream LP. After giving effect to this transaction, the Corporation owns an approximate 46% interest in Hess Midstream LP, on a consolidated basis.

   In April 2021, the Corporation amended its fully undrawn $3.5 billion revolving credit facility to extend the maturity by one year from May 2023 to May 2024.

   The Corporation expects to receive proceeds from the sale of its Little Knife and Murphy Creek acreage interests in the Bakken in the next few weeks and expects to receive proceeds from the sale of its interests in Denmark in the third quarter of 2021.

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)

 

2021

 

2020

 

(In millions)

Exploration and Production

$

 

 

$

(2,251)

 

Midstream

 

 

 

Corporate, Interest and Other

 

 

 

Total items affecting comparability of earnings between periods

$

 

 

$

(2,251)

 

   First Quarter 2020: Exploration and Production results included noncash asset impairment charges on certain oil and gas properties totaling $2.1 billion ($2.0 billion after income taxes), due to a lower long-term crude oil price outlook, and other noncash charges totaling $226 million ($222 million after income taxes) related to the impact of the significant drop in crude oil prices in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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)

 

2021

 

2020

 

(In millions)

Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation

$

252

 

 

$

(2,433)

 

Less: Total items affecting comparability of earnings between periods

 

 

(2,251)

 

Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation

$

252

 

 

$

(182)

 

   The following table reconciles reported net cash provided by (used in) operating activities from net cash provided by (used in) operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,
(unaudited)

 

2021

 

2020

 

(In millions)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities

$

815

 

 

$

502

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(224)

 

 

(57)

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

$

591

 

 

$

445

 

Hess Corporation will review first quarter financial and operating results and other matters on a webcast at 10 a.m. today (EDT). 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

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “could,” “may,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “intend,” “project,” “plan,” “predict,” “will,” “target” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which are not historical in nature. Our forward-looking statements may include, without limitation: our future financial and operational results; our business strategy; estimates of our crude oil and natural gas reserves and levels of production; benchmark prices of crude oil, NGL and natural gas and our associated realized price differentials; our projected budget and capital and exploratory expenditures; expected timing and completion of our development projects and proposed asset sales; and future economic and market conditions in the oil and gas industry.

Forward-looking statements are based on our current understanding, assessments, estimates and projections of relevant factors and reasonable assumptions about the future. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our current projections or expectations of future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The following important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in our forward-looking statements: fluctuations in market prices of crude oil, NGL and natural gas and competition in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, including as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic; reduced demand for our products, including due to the global COVID-19 pandemic or the outbreak of any other public health threat, or due to the impact of competing or alternative energy products and political conditions and events; potential failures or delays in increasing oil and gas reserves, including as a result of unsuccessful exploration activity, drilling risks and unforeseen reservoir conditions, and in achieving expected production levels; changes in tax, property, contract and other laws, regulations and governmental actions applicable to our business, including legislative and regulatory initiatives regarding environmental concerns, such as measures to limit greenhouse gas emissions and flaring as well as fracking bans; disruption or interruption of our operations due to catastrophic events, such as accidents, severe weather, geological events, shortages of skilled labor, cyber-attacks or health measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic; the ability of our contractual counterparties to satisfy their obligations to us, including the operation of joint ventures under which we may not control; the ability to satisfy the closing conditions of the proposed asset sales; unexpected changes in technical requirements for constructing, modifying or operating exploration and production facilities and/or the inability to timely obtain or maintain necessary permits; availability and costs of employees and other personnel, drilling rigs, equipment, supplies and other required services; any limitations on our access to capital or increase in our cost of capital, including as a result of weakness in the oil and gas industry or negative outcomes within commodity and financial markets; liability resulting from litigation, including heightened risks associated with being a general partner of Hess Midstream LP; and other factors described in Item 1A—Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and any additional risks described in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

As and when made, we believe that our forward-looking statements are reasonable. However, given these risks and uncertainties, caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements since such statements speak only as of the date when made and there can be no assurance that such forward-looking statements will occur and actual results may differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement we make. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise.

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 (used in) operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities” presented in this release is defined as Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities excluding changes in operating assets and liabilities. 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 (used in) operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities demonstrates the Corporation’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 (used in) operating activities. A reconciliation of reported net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation (U.S. GAAP) to adjusted net income (loss), and a reconciliation of net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (U.S. GAAP) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities are provided in the release.

Cautionary Note to Investors

We use certain terms in this release relating to resources other than proved reserves, such as unproved reserves or resources. Investors are urged to consider closely the oil and gas disclosures in Hess Corporation’s Form 10-K, File No. 1-1204, available from Hess Corporation, 1185 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036 c/o Corporate Secretary and on our website at www.hess.com. You can also obtain this form from the SEC on the EDGAR system.

HESS CORPORATION AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)

(IN MILLIONS)

 

First
Quarter
2021

 

First
Quarter
2020

 

Fourth
Quarter
2020

Income Statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues and non-operating income

 

 

 

 

 

Sales and other operating revenues

$

1,898

 

 

$

1,354

 

 

$

1,321

 

Gains (losses) on asset sales, net

 

 

 

 

79

 

Other, net

21

 

 

15

 

 

17

 

Total revenues and non-operating income

1,919

 

 

1,369

 

 

1,417

 

Costs and expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing, including purchased oil and gas

518

 

 

378

 

 

281

 

Operating costs and expenses

265

 

 

303

 

 

313

 

Production and severance taxes

37

 

 

42

 

 

32

 

Exploration expenses, including dry holes and lease impairment

33

 

 

189

 

 

60

 

General and administrative expenses

94

 

 

102

 

 

82

 

Interest expense

117

 

 

113

 

 

118

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

396

 

 

561

 

 

486

 

Impairment

 

 

2,126

 

 

 

Total costs and expenses

1,460

 

 

3,814

 

 

1,372

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

459

 

 

(2,445)

 

 

45

 

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

123

 

 

(79)

 

 

72

 

Net income (loss)

336

 

 

(2,366)

 

 

(27)

 

Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

84

 

 

67

 

 

70

 

Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation

$

252

 

 

$

(2,433)

 

 

$

(97)

 

HESS CORPORATION AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)

(IN MILLIONS)

 

March 31,
2021

 

December 31,
2020

Balance Sheet Information

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,866

 

 

$

1,739

 

Other current assets

1,656

 

 

1,342

 

Property, plant and equipment – net

13,863

 

 

14,115

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets – net

386

 

 

426

 

Finance lease right-of-use assets – net

161

 

 

168

 

Other long-term assets

1,019

 

 

1,031

 

Total assets

$

18,951

 

 

$

18,821

 

Liabilities and equity

 

 

 

Current maturities of long-term debt

$

13

 

 

$

10

 

Current portion of operating and finance lease obligations

83

 

 

81

 

Other current liabilities

1,594

 

 

1,532

 

Long-term debt

8,273

 

 

8,286

 

Long-term operating lease obligations

437

 

 

478

 

Long-term finance lease obligations

215

 

 

220

 

Other long-term liabilities

1,693

 

 

1,879

 

Total equity excluding other comprehensive income (loss)

6,392

 

 

6,121

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(776)

 

 

(755)

 

Noncontrolling interests

1,027

 

 

969

 

Total liabilities and equity

$

18,951

 

 

$

18,821

 



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