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Newfield Exploration Reports Third Quarter 2006 Results

HOUSTON, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE: NFX) today announced financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2006. A conference call to discuss the results is planned for 8:30 a.m. (CDT), Thursday, October 26. To participate in the call, dial 719-457- 2657. A listen-only broadcast also will be provided over the Internet. Simply go to the Investor Relations section at http://www.newfield.com .

For the third quarter of 2006, Newfield reported net income of $266 million, or $2.06 per diluted share (all per share amounts are on a diluted basis). Earnings for the quarter reflect the following items:

     *  commodity derivative income of $209 million ($135 million after-tax),
        or $1.05 per share, associated with unrealized changes in the fair
        market value of open derivative contracts that are not designated for
        hedge accounting;
     *  a $34 million credit to lease operating expense ($22 million after-
        tax), or $0.17 per share, resulting from the difference between the
        proceeds received in the third quarter of 2006 from the settlement of
        all of our insurance claims related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
        and our actual hurricane related expenses incurred to date; and
     *  a $6 million ceiling test writedown, or $0.05 per share, associated
        with ceasing our exploration efforts in Brazil.

Without the effects of the above items, net income for the quarter would have been $115 million, or $0.89 per share.

Revenues in the third quarter of 2006 were $425 million. Net cash provided by operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities was $367 million. See "Explanation and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

By comparison, Newfield reported a net loss of $0.2 million in the third quarter of 2005. The loss for this period reflected the following items:

     *  a $205 million charge ($133 million after tax), or $1.04 per share,
        associated with unrealized changes in the fair market value of open
        derivative contracts that are not designated for hedge accounting; and
     *  a $7 million gain ($5 million after-tax), or $0.04 per share on the
        sale of the Enserch Garden Banks floating production facility (EGB).

Without the effects of these items, net income for the third quarter of 2005 would have been $128 million, or $1.00 per share. Revenues for the third quarter of 2005 were $460 million. Net cash provided by operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities was $296 million. See Explanation and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

Newfield's production in the third quarter of 2006 was 62.6 Bcfe, an increase of 6% compared to the third quarter of 2005. The following tables detail production and average realized prices for the third quarters of 2006 and 2005.



    Quarterly Production (A)             3Q06            3Q05      % Change

    United States
      Natural gas (Bcf)                  51.2            46.8            9%
      Oil and condensate (MMBbls)         1.7             1.8           (5%)

    International
      Natural gas (Bcf)                   ---             ---           ---
      Oil and condensate (MMBbls)         0.2             0.3          (24%)
    Total
      Natural gas (Bcf)                  51.2            46.8            9%
      Oil and condensate (MMBbls)         1.9             2.1           (8%)
    Total (Bcfe)                         62.6            59.2            6%



    Average Realized Prices (B)          3Q06            3Q05      % Change
    United States
      Natural gas (per Mcf)             $6.21           $7.60          (18%)
      Oil and condensate (per Bbl)     $54.21          $47.73           14%
    International
      Natural gas (per Mcf)               ---             ---           ---
      Oil and condensate (per Bbl)     $66.75          $62.27            7%
    Total
      Natural gas (per Mcf)             $6.21           $7.60          (18%)
      Oil and condensate (per Bbl)     $55.70          $49.83           12%
    Total (per Mcfe)                    $6.77           $7.75          (13%)

     (A) Represents volumes sold regardless of when produced.
     (B) Average realized prices include the effects of hedging other than
         contracts that are not designated for hedge accounting. Had we
         included the effects of these contracts, our average realized price
         for total gas would have been $7.06 per Mcf and $6.97 per Mcf for the
         third quarter of 2006 and 2005, respectively. Our total oil and
         condensate average realized price would have been $52.95 per Bbl and
         $47.83 per Bbl for the third quarter of 2006 and 2005, respectively.
         Without the effects of hedging, our average realized prices for the
         third quarter of 2006 would have been $6.19 per Mcf and $64.18 per
         barrel.

Stated on a unit of production basis, Newfield's lease operating expense in the third quarter of 2006 was $0.58 per Mcfe compared to $0.92 per Mcfe in the third quarter of 2005. Lease operating expenses for the third quarter of 2006 include a credit of $34 million, or $0.54 per Mcfe, resulting from the difference between the proceeds received in the third quarter of 2006 from the settlement of all of our insurance claims related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and our actual hurricane related expenses incurred to date. Production and other taxes in the third quarter of 2006 were $0.18 per Mcfe compared to $0.30 per Mcfe in the same period of 2005. DD&A expense in the third quarter of 2006 was $2.54 per Mcfe compared to $2.14 per Mcfe in the same period of 2005. G&A expense in the third quarter of 2006 was $0.55 per Mcfe compared to $0.43 per Mcfe in the same period of 2005. G&A expense in the third quarters of 2006 and 2005 is net of capitalized direct internal costs of $12 million.

Capital expenditures in the third quarter of 2006 were $496 million.

Explanation and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Earnings stated without the effects of certain items is a non-GAAP financial measure. Earnings without the effects of these items are presented because they affect the comparability of operating results from period to period. In addition, earnings without the effects of these items are more comparable to earnings estimates provided by securities analysts.

Newfield's consolidated statement of income for the third quarters of 2006 and 2005 includes the effects of these items:

     *  commodity derivative income for the third quarter of 2006 is comprised
        of $209 million of income associated with unrealized changes in the
        fair market value of open derivative contracts that are not designated
        for hedge accounting and $38 million of realized gains relating to the
        settlement of contracts that are not designated for hedge accounting.
        Commodity derivative expense for the third quarter of 2005 includes a
        $205 million loss associated with unrealized changes in the fair
        market value of open derivative contracts that were not designated for
        hedge accounting and $33 million of realized losses relating to the
        settlement of contracts that were not designated for hedge accounting.
     *  a $34 million credit to LOE in the third quarter of 2006 resulting
        from the difference between the insurance proceeds received and our
        actual hurricane related expenses incurred to date.
     *  a $6 million ceiling test writedown in the third quarter of 2006
        associated with ceasing our exploration efforts in Brazil.
     *  a $7 million gain on the sale of the EGB in the third quarter of 2005.

    A reconciliation of earnings stated without the effects of certain items
to net income is shown below:



                                                        3Q06            3Q05
                                                            (in millions)

    Net income                                          $266            $---
      Unrealized commodity derivative (income) expense  (209)            205
      Difference between insurance proceeds and actual

    hurricane related expenses                           (34)            ---
      Ceiling test writedown                               6             ---
      Gain on sale of EGB                                ---              (7)
      Income tax provision adjustment for above items     86             (70)
    Earnings stated without the effect of the
     above items                                        $115            $128

Net cash provided by operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities is presented because of its acceptance as an indicator of an oil and gas exploration and production company's ability to internally fund exploration and development activities and to service or incur additional debt. This measure should not be considered as an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities as defined by generally accepted accounting principles. A reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities to net cash provided by operating activities is shown below:



                                                         3Q06           3Q05
                                                            (in millions)
    Net cash provided by operating activities            $453           $270
      Net change in operating assets and liabilities      (86)            26
    Net cash provided by operating activities
     before changes in operating assets and liabilities  $367           $296


    Fourth Quarter 2006 Estimates

Natural Gas Production and Pricing The Company's natural gas production in the fourth quarter of 2006 is expected to be 53 - 55 Bcf (582 - 587 MMcf/d). Based on current prices, Newfield estimates that its realized price for natural gas production from the Gulf of Mexico and onshore Gulf Coast, after basis differentials, transportation and handling charges, will average $0.40 - $0.60 less per MMBtu than the Henry Hub Index. Realized gas prices for the Company's Mid-Continent production, after basis differentials, transportation and handling charges, typically average $0.70 - $0.80 less per MMBtu than the Henry Hub Index. Hedging gains or losses will affect price realizations.

Crude Oil Production and Pricing The Company's oil production, including international liftings, in the fourth quarter of 2006 is expected to be 2.3 - 2.5 million barrels (26,100 - 26,300 BOPD). Newfield expects to produce approximately 5,400 BOPD from its international operations offshore Malaysia and China. The timing of international liftings and the availability of refining capacity for our Monument Butte oil production may affect total reported production. The price the Company receives for Gulf Coast production typically averages about $2 per barrel below the NYMEX West Texas Intermediate (WTI) price. The price the Company receives for its production in the Rocky Mountains is now averaging $11 - $13 per barrel below WTI. Oil production from the Mid-Continent typically sells at a $1.00 - $1.50 per barrel discount to WTI. Oil production from our operations in Malaysia typically sells at a $3.75 - $4.25 discount to Tapis Blend. Initial oil production from our operations in China is expected to sell for a $15 - $18 per barrel discount to WTI. Hedging gains or losses will affect price realizations.

Lease Operating Expense and Production Taxes LOE in the fourth quarter is expected to be $106 - $118 million, which includes approximately $40 million of continuing hurricane related expenses resulting from the 2005 storms. A substantial portion of this amount ($34 million) was received and recorded as a reduction to LOE in the third quarter of 2006. Excluding these charges, LOE is expected to be $1.01 - $1.11 per Mcfe in the fourth quarter of 2006. Production and other taxes in the fourth quarter of 2006 are expected to be $21 - $23 million ($0.31 - $0.35 per Mcfe). These expenses vary and are subject to impact from, among other things, production volumes and commodity prices, tax rates, service costs, the costs of goods and materials and workover activities.

General and Administrative Expense G&A expense for the fourth quarter of 2006 is expected to be $33 - $37 million ($0.49 - $0.54 per Mcfe), net of capitalized direct internal costs. Capitalized direct internal costs are expected to be $16 - $17 million. G&A expense includes stock and incentive compensation expense. Incentive compensation expense depends largely on adjusted net income (as defined in the Company's incentive compensation plan), which excludes unrealized gains and losses on commodity derivatives.

Interest Expense The non-capitalized portion of the Company's interest expense for the fourth quarter of 2006 is expected to be $21 - $23 million ($0.31 - $0.35 per Mcfe). As of October 24, 2006, Newfield had no outstanding borrowings under its credit arrangements. Long-term debt consists of four separate issuances of notes that in the aggregate total $1.2 billion in principal amount. Capitalized interest for the fourth quarter of 2006 is expected to be about $11 - $12 million.

Income Taxes Including both current and deferred taxes, the Company expects its consolidated income tax rate in the fourth quarter of 2006 to be about 35 - 39%. About 65-70% of the tax provision is expected to be deferred.

The Company provides information regarding its outstanding hedging positions in its annual and quarterly reports filed with the SEC and in its electronic publication -- @NFX. This publication can be found on Newfield's web page at http://www.newfield.com . Through the web page, you may elect to receive @NFX through e-mail distribution.

Newfield Exploration Company is an independent crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company relies on a proven growth strategy growing reserves through the drilling of a balanced risk/reward portfolio and select acquisitions. Newfield's domestic areas of operation include the U.S. onshore Gulf Coast, the Anadarko and Arkoma Basins of the Mid-Continent, the Uinta Basin of the Rocky Mountains and the Gulf of Mexico. The Company has international exploration and development projects underway in Malaysia, the U.K. North Sea and China.

**The statements set forth in this release regarding estimated or anticipated fourth quarter results and production volumes are forward looking and are based upon assumptions and anticipated results that are subject to numerous uncertainties. Actual results may vary significantly from those anticipated due to many factors. Newfield's ability to produce oil and gas from the Gulf of Mexico is dependent on infrastructure (such as host platforms, pipelines and onshore processing facilities) owned by third parties. Much of this infrastructure was damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. As a result, it is difficult to predict when production will return to pre-storm levels. Other factors include drilling results, oil and gas prices, industry conditions, the prices of goods and services, the availability of drilling rigs and other support services, the availability of capital resources, the availability of refining capacity for the crude oil Newfield produces from its Monument Butte Field in Utah and labor conditions. In addition, the drilling of oil and gas wells and the production of hydrocarbons are subject to governmental regulations and operating risks.



     CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
     (Unaudited, in millions, except per share data)

                                             For the             For the
                                        Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended
                                          September 30,       September 30,
                                          2006     2005      2006       2005

    Oil and gas revenues                  $425     $460     $1,246    $1,319

    Operating expenses:
      Lease operating                       36       55        155       150
      Production and other taxes            12       18         43        41
      Depreciation, depletion and
       amortization                        159      127        434       403
      Ceiling test writedown                 6      ---          6       ---
      General and administrative            34       25         92        76
      Other                                 (6)      (7)       (11)       (7)
        Total operating expenses           241      218        719       663

    Income from operations                 184      242        527       656

    Other income (expenses):
      Interest expense                     (23)     (17)       (65)      (54)
      Capitalized interest                  11       11         33        34
      Commodity derivative income
       (expense)                           247     (238)       299      (393)
      Other                                  2        2          7         3
                                           237     (242)       274      (410)

    Income before income taxes             421      ---        801       246

    Income tax provision                   155      ---        292        82

    Net income                            $266     $---       $509      $164

    Earnings per share:
      Basic                              $2.10     $---      $4.02     $1.31

      Diluted                            $2.06     $---      $3.95     $1.29

    Weighted average number of shares
     outstanding for basic earnings
     per share                             126      126        127       125
    Weighted average number of shares
     outstanding for diluted earnings
     per share                             129      126        129       128



     CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
     (Unaudited, in millions)

                                                   September 30,  December 31,
                                                       2006           2005

    ASSETS
    Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                         $265            $39
      Other current assets                               739            501
        Total current assets                           1,004            540

    Oil and gas properties, net (full cost method)     5,272          4,410
    Other assets                                          69             69
    Goodwill                                              62             62
        Total assets                                  $6,407         $5,081

    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Current liabilities                                 $937           $670

    Other liabilities                                    215            230
    Long-term debt                                     1,171            870
    Asset retirement obligation                          223            213
    Deferred taxes                                       915            720
        Total long-term liabilities                    2,524          2,033

    Commitments and contingencies                        ---            ---

    STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Common stock                                           1              1
    Additional paid-in capital                         1,182          1,186
    Treasury stock                                       (31)           (27)
    Unearned compensation                                ---            (34)
    Accumulated other comprehensive loss                 (11)           (44)
    Retained earnings                                  1,805          1,296
      Total stockholders' equity                       2,946          2,378
      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $6,407         $5,081



     CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
     (Unaudited, in millions)

                                                              For the
                                                         Nine Months Ended
                                                           September 30,
                                                        2006           2005
    Cash flows from operating activities:
      Net income                                        $509           $164
    Adjustments to reconcile net income to net
     cash provided by operating activities:
      Depreciation, depletion and amortization           434            403
      Deferred taxes                                     262             14
      Stock-based compensation                            23              5
      Early redemption on senior subordinated notes        8            ---
      Ceiling test writedown                               6            ---
      Gain on sale of floating production system         ---             (7)
      Unrealized commodity derivative
       (income) expense                                 (226)           357
                                                       1,016            936
      Changes in operating assets and liabilities        129            (49)
        Net cash provided by operating activities      1,145            887

    Cash flows from investing activities:
      Net additions to oil and gas properties
       and other                                      (1,248)          (766)
      Purchases of short-term investments               (541)           ---
      Redemption of short-term investments               511            ---
      Insurance recoveries                                45            ---
      Proceeds from sale of oil and gas properties       ---             11
      Proceeds from sale of floating production
       system                                            ---              7
        Net cash used in investing activities         (1,233)          (748)

    Cash flows from financing activities:
      Net proceeds (repayments) under
       credit arrangements                               ---           (120)
      Proceeds from issuance of senior
       subordinated notes                                550            ---
      Repayment of senior subordinated notes            (250)           ---
      Proceeds from issuances of common stock, net         9             28
      Stock-based compensation excess tax benefit          3            ---
      Purchases of treasury stock                         (3)           ---
        Net cash provided by (used in) financing
         activities                                      309            (92)

    Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
     and cash equivalents                                  5             (3)

    Increase in cash and cash equivalents                226             44
    Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period        39             58

    Cash and cash equivalents, end of period            $265           $102

For information, contact:
Investor Relations: Steve Campbell (281) 847-6081
Media Relations: Keith Schmidt (281) 674-2650
Email: info@newfield.com

SOURCE Newfield Exploration Company

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