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Newfield Reports Third Quarter 2010 Results

HOUSTON, Oct 20, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE: NFX) today reported its unaudited third quarter 2010 financial results. Newfield will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. CDT on Thursday, October 21. To participate in the call, dial 719-457-1527 or listen through the investor relations section of the website at http://www.newfield.com.

For the third quarter of 2010, Newfield recorded net income of $161 million, or $1.20 per diluted share (all per share amounts are on a diluted basis). Net income includes the effect of a net unrealized gain on commodity derivatives of $20 million ($13 million after-tax).

Without the effect of this item, net income for the third quarter of 2010 would have been $148 million, or $1.10 per share.

Revenues in the third quarter of 2010 were $449 million. Net cash provided by operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities was $394 million. See "Explanation and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" found after the financial statements in this release.

Newfield's production in the third quarter of 2010 was 71 Bcfe. Production results for the third quarter of 2010 include the impact of approximately 0.3 MMBbls of deferred production in Malaysia related to a damaged export pipeline. The pipeline was repaired during the third quarter and is now operational. Natural gas production in the third quarter of 2010 was 50 Bcf, an average of 548 MMcf/d. Newfield's oil liftings in the third quarter of 2010 were 3.5 MMBbls, an average of approximately 38,000 BOPD. Capital expenditures in the third quarter of 2010 were approximately $386 million.

"In 2010, we have focused on growing our oil production while improving our operating margins," said Newfield Chairman, President and CEO Lee K. Boothby. "Our portfolio has attractive oil projects capable of growth and we allocated additional capital and people to these areas. Our 2010 domestic oil production is expected to rise nearly 25% over 2009 levels and we have great momentum entering 2011. Our gas assets are substantially held-by-production and we have the option to slow our investments in these regions while continuing to re-direct our focus to oil projects."

Newfield Exploration Company is an independent crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company relies on a proven growth strategy of growing reserves through an active drilling program and select acquisitions. Newfield's domestic areas of operation include the Mid-Continent, the Rocky Mountains, onshore Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. The Company has international operations in Malaysia and China.

**This release contains forward-looking information. All information other than historical facts included in this release, such as information regarding estimated or anticipated fourth quarter and full year 2010 results, estimated capital expenditures, cash flow, production and cost reductions, drilling and development plans and the timing of activities and liftings, is forward-looking information. Although Newfield believes that these expectations are reasonable, this information is based upon assumptions and anticipated results that are subject to numerous uncertainties and risks. Actual results may vary significantly from those anticipated due to many factors, including 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 refining capacity for the crude oil Newfield produces from its Monument Butte field in Utah, the availability and cost of capital resources, labor conditions and severe weather conditions (such as hurricanes). In addition, the drilling of oil and gas wells and the production of hydrocarbons are subject to governmental regulations and operating risks.

For information, contact:

Investor Relations: Steve Campbell (281) 847-6081

Media Relations: Keith Schmidt (281) 674-2650

Email: info@newfield.com

3Q10 Actual Results


3Q10 Actual


Domestic

Int'l

Total

Production/Liftings




Natural gas - Bcf

50.4

-

50.4

Oil and condensate - MMBbls Note 1

2.2

1.3

3.5

Total Bcfe

63.7

7.7

71.4





Average Realized Prices Note 2




Natural gas - $/Mcf

$

5.66

$

-

$

5.66

Oil and condensate - $/Bbl

$

84.63

$

72.04

$

80.02

Mcf equivalent - $/Mcfe

$

7.48

$

12.01

$

7.98








Operating Expenses:







Lease operating







Recurring ($MM)

$

38.9

$

15.7

$

54.6

per/Mcfe

$

0.62

$

2.05

$

0.78

Transportation ($MM)

$

19.0

$

-

$

19.0

per/Mcfe

$

0.31

$

-

$

0.27

Recurring w/ trans ($MM)

$

57.9

$

15.7

$

73.6

per/Mcfe

$

0.93

$

2.05

$

1.05

Major (workovers, etc.) ($MM)

$

10.3

$

1.8

$

12.1

per/Mcfe

$

0.16

$

0.23

$

0.17








Production and other taxes ($MM)

$

2.2

$

19.0

$

21.2

per/Mcfe

$

0.04

$

2.48

$

0.30








General and administrative (G&A), net ($MM)

$

38.5

$

1.1

$

39.6

per/Mcfe

$

0.62

$

0.14

$

0.56








Capitalized internal costs ($MM)





$

(17.3)

per/Mcfe





$

(0.25)








Interest expense ($MM)





$

39.2

per/Mcfe





$

0.56








Capitalized interest ($MM)





$

(15.3)

per/Mcfe





$

(0.22)








Note 1: International oil production excludes approximately 0.3 MMBbls of deferred Malaysian oil production related to a damaged export pipeline.

Note 2: Average realized prices include the effects of hedging contracts. If the effects of these contracts were excluded, the average realized price for total gas would have been $4.25 per Mcf and the domestic and total oil and condensate average realized prices would have been $65.92 and $68.16 per barrel, respectively.



4Q10 & FY10 Estimates


4Q10 & FY10 Estimates


Domestic

Int'l

Total

Production/Liftings

4QE

FY10

4QE

FY10

4QE

FY10

Natural gas - Bcf

49 - 51

198 - 200

-

-

49 - 51

198 - 200

Oil and condensate - MMBbls

2.5 - 2.7

8.6 - 8.8

1.8 - 1.9

6.0 - 6.1

4.3 - 4.6

14.6 - 14.9

Total Bcfe

64 - 67

250 - 251

11 - 12

36 - 37

75 - 79

286 - 288








Average Realized Prices







Natural gas - $/Mcf

Note 1

Note 1





Oil and condensate - $/Bbl

Note 2

Note 2

Note 3

Note 3



Mcf equivalent - $/Mcfe














Operating Expenses (per Mcfe):







Lease Operating







Recurring

$0.61 - $0.63

$0.58 - $0.60

$1.44 - $1.47

$1.48 - $1.51

$0.73 - $0.75

$0.69 - $0.71

Transportation

$0.28 - $0.30

$0.28 - $0.30

-

-

$0.24 - $0.26

$0.24 - $0.26

Recurring with transportation

$0.89 - $0.93

$0.86 - $0.90

$1.44 - $1.47

$1.48 - $1.51

$0.97 - $1.01

$0.93 - $0.97

Major (workovers, etc.)

$0.13 - $0.15

$0.15 - $0.17

$0.52 - $0.54

$0.27 - $0.29

$0.19 - $0.21

$0.17 - $0.19








Production/Taxes Note 4

$0.29 - $0.31

$0.20 - $0.22

$1.94 - $1.98

$1.81- $1.85

$0.52 - $0.55

$0.36 - $0.43








G&A, net

$0.55 - $0.57

$0.58 - $0.60

$0.11 - $0.12

$0.15 - $0.16

$0.48 - $0.50

$0.53 - $0.55








Capitalized internal costs





($0.23 - $0.24)

($0.24 - $0.25)








Interest Expense





$0.47 - $0.51

$0.52 - $0.55








Capitalized Interest





($0.19 - $0.20)

($0.20 - $0.21)








Tax rate (%)Note 5





36% - 38%

36% - 38%








Income taxes (%)







Current





14% - 16%

14% - 16%

Deferred





84% - 86%

84% - 86%








Note 1:

The price that we receive for natural gas production from the Gulf of Mexico and onshore Gulf Coast, after basis differentials, transportation and handling charges, typically averages $0.25 - $0.50 per MMBtu less than the Henry Hub Index. Realized natural gas prices for our Mid-Continent properties, after basis differentials, transportation and handling charges, typically average 85-90% of the Henry Hub Index.

Note 2:

The price we receive for our Gulf Coast oil production typically averages about 90-95% of the NYMEX West Texas Intermediate (WTI) price. The price we receive for our oil production in the Rocky Mountains is currently averaging about $12-$14 per barrel below the WTI price. Oil production from our Mid-Continent properties typically averages 88-92% of the WTI price.

Note 3:

Oil sales from our operations in Malaysia typically sell at a slight discount to Tapis, or about 90-95% of WTI. Oil sales from our operations in China typically sell at $4-$6 per barrel less than the WTI price.

Note 4:

Guidance for production taxes determined using $78/Bbl oil and $4/MMBtu gas.

Note 5:

Tax rate applied to earnings excluding unrealized gains or losses on commodity derivatives.



CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME

(Unaudited, in millions, except per share data)

For the

Three Months Ended

September 30,


For the

Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2010


2009


2010


2009









Oil and gas revenues

$ 449


$ 375


$ 1,355


$ 924









Operating expenses:








Lease operating

86


64


237


192

Production and other taxes

21


14


77


38

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

156


144


463


440

General and administrative

40


40


117


106

Ceiling test writedown

--


--


--


1,344

Other

--


1


10


8

Total operating expenses

303


263


904


2,128









Income (loss) from operations

146


112


451


(1,204)









Other income (expenses):








Interest expense

(39)


(31)


(116)


(95)

Capitalized interest

15


13


43


39

Commodity derivative income (expense)

131


(8)


414


189

Other

1


(1)


2


4

Total other income (expenses)

108


(27)


343


137









Income (loss) before income taxes

254


85


794


(1,067)









Income tax provision (benefit)

93


7


293


(412)









Net income (loss)

$ 161


$ 78


$ 501


$ (655)









Income (loss) per share:








Basic --

$ 1.22


$ 0.59


$ 3.80


$ (5.06)









Diluted --

$ 1.20


$ 0.58


$ 3.75


$ (5.06)









Weighted average number of shares outstanding

for basic income (loss) per share

132


130


132


129

Weighted average number of shares outstanding

for diluted income (loss) per share *

134


132



134


129


* Had we recognized net income for the nine month period ended September 30, 2009, the weighted average number of shares outstanding for the computation of diluted earnings per share would have increased by 2 million shares.



CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(Unaudited, in millions)

September 30,

2010


December 31,

2009





ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$ 128


$ 78

Derivative assets

296


269

Other current assets

436


546

Total current assets

860


893





Property and equipment, net (full cost method)

6,184


5,247

Derivative assets

73


19

Other assets

109


95

Total assets

$ 7,226


$ 6,254





LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities

$ 876


$ 873





Other liabilities

201


142

Long-term debt

2,169


2,037

Deferred taxes

680


434

Total long-term liabilities

3,050


2,613





Commitments and contingencies

--


--





STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Common stock

1


1

Additional paid-in capital

1,430


1,389

Treasury stock

(41)


(33)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(13)


(11)

Retained earnings

1,923


1,422

Total stockholders' equity

3,300


2,768

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$ 7,226


$ 6,254



CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited, in millions)

For the

Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2010


2009

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income (loss)

$ 501


$ (655)

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by
operating activities:




Depreciation, depletion and amortization

463


440

Deferred tax provision (benefit)

259


(448)

Stock-based compensation

16


22

Ceiling test writedown

--


1,344

Commodity derivative income

(414)


(189)

Cash receipts on derivative settlements

345


701


1,170


1,215

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

137


2

Net cash provided by operating activities

1,307


1,217





Cash flows from investing activities:




Additions to oil and gas properties and other, net

(1,202)


(1,052)

Acquisitions of oil and gas properties

(209)


(9)

Proceeds from sales of oil and gas properties

14


--

Redemptions of investments

5


18

Net cash used in investing activities

(1,392)


(1,043)





Cash flows from financing activities:




Net repayments under credit arrangements

(384)


(107)

Net proceeds from issuance of senior subordinated notes

686


--

Repayment of senior notes

(175)


--

Other

8


5

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

135


(102)









Increase in cash and cash equivalents

50


72

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

78


24





Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$ 128


$ 96


Explanation and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Earnings Stated Without the Effect of Certain Items

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

A reconciliation of earnings for the third quarter of 2010 stated without the effect of certain items to net income is shown below:




3Q10


(in millions)

Net income

$ 161

Net unrealized gain on commodity derivatives (1)

(20)

Income tax adjustment for above item

7

Earnings stated without the effect of the above item

$ 148

(1) The determination of "Net unrealized gain on commodity derivatives" for the third quarter of 2010 is as follows:



3Q10


(in millions)

Commodity derivative income

$ 131

Cash receipts on derivative settlements

(118)

Option premiums associated with derivatives settled

during the period

7

Net unrealized gain on commodity derivatives

$ 20


Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities Before Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities

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:



3Q10


(in millions)

Net cash provided by operating activities

$ 419

Net change in operating assets and liabilities

(25)

Net cash provided by operating activities before changes

in operating assets and liabilities

$ 394


SOURCE Newfield Exploration Company

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