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Murphy Oil Corporation Announces Second Quarter Financial and Operating Results


Closed Gulf of Mexico Acquisition for $1.2 Billion and, Subsequent to Quarter End, Closed Malaysia Asset Divestiture for $2.0 Billion

Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE:MUR) today reported financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, including net income attributable to Murphy of $92 million, or $0.54 per diluted share. Adjusted net income, which excludes discontinued operations and other one-off items, was $36 million, or $0.21 per diluted share.

The recently divested Malaysia assets were reported as "discontinued operations" and classified as "held for sale" for financial reporting purposes beginning with the first quarter 2019. Unless otherwise noted, the financial and operating highlights and metrics discussed in this commentary exclude discontinued operations and noncontrolling interest. 1

Operating highlights for the second quarter:

  • Produced 159 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day, exceeding production guidance
  • Increased Eagle Ford Shale production over 23 percent as compared to first quarter 2019
  • Closed accretive deep water Gulf of Mexico transaction, which included the addition of over 73 million barrels of oil equivalent of proved reserves 2
  • Sanctioned three Gulf of Mexico projects that drive oil-weighted production growth
  • Divested non-core North Midland Basin acreage in Dawson County for approximate $20 million, with acreage still remaining in Andrews County

Financial highlights for the second quarter:

  • Repurchased approximately seven percent of outstanding shares for $300 million, resulting in cumulative share repurchases of more than $1.6 billion since 2012
  • Realized high-value EBITDA per barrel of oil equivalent sold of $35 for the Eagle Ford Shale and $38 for North America Offshore at the field level
  • Reduced lease operating expenses to below $9 per barrel of oil equivalent

Highlights subsequent to quarter end:

  • Closed the divestiture of Malaysia portfolio for $2.0 billion in cash proceeds
  • Drilled successful Hoffe Park #2 well in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Entered into additional crude oil commodity hedge contracts with combined average prices above $60 per barrel WTI for 2019 and 2020, underpinning multi-year capital program
  • Repaid $1.9 billion of debt on the balance sheet at quarter end, resulting in liquidity of more than $2.0 billion as of July 31, 2019


The company recorded net income, attributable to Murphy, of $92 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, for the second quarter 2019. Adjusted net income, which excludes both the results of discontinued operations and certain other items that affect comparability of results between periods, was $36 million, or $0.21 per diluted share for the same period. The adjusted income from continuing operations excludes the following after-tax items: a $40 million mark-to-market non-cash gain on crude oil derivatives, a $13 million gain from the impact of foreign tax law changes and a $12 million mark-to-market non-cash loss on contingent consideration. Details for second quarter results can be found in the attached schedules.

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from continuing operations attributable to Murphy totaled $362 million, or $25 per barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) sold. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortization and exploration expenses (EBITDAX) from continuing operations attributable to Murphy equaled $393 million, or $28 per BOE sold. Details for second quarter EBITDA and EBITDAX reconciliations can be found in the attached schedules.

Second quarter production from continuing operations averaged 159 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBOEPD) with 67 percent liquids. Overall, production was above guidance due to reduced downtime and better performance from the company's newly acquired Gulf of Mexico assets, as well as increased drilling efficiencies and asset outperformance in the onshore portfolio. Details for second quarter production can be found in the attached schedules.

"2019 is proving to be an excellent year for Murphy. We closed our Gulf of Mexico and Malaysia transactions, leading to a completely transformed portfolio. Our now simplified and concentrated Gulf Coast asset base, in the Eagle Ford Shale and Gulf of Mexico, has an extensive runway that is able to generate oil-weighted, high-margin production. Additionally, our Eagle Ford Shale team executed beyond their well delivery plan, further supporting forecasted growth expectations," stated Roger W. Jenkins, President and Chief Executive Officer.


As of June 30, 2019, the company had total debt outstanding of $4.7 billion, consisting of $2.8 billion of outstanding long-term, fixed-rate notes, $1.4 billion of borrowings on the $1.6 billion unsecured senior credit facility and a $500 million unsecured senior term loan. The fixed-rate notes had a weighted average maturity of 7.3 years and a weighted average coupon of 5.5 percent. Subsequent to quarter end, the unsecured senior credit facility was repaid to a zero balance and the unsecured senior term loan was repaid and terminated.

As previously announced, Murphy completed $300 million in share repurchases in the second quarter 2019 at an average price of $26.34 per share. This share repurchase is part of the authorized $500 million program, which expires December 31, 2020. Overall, the company reduced its share count by 11.4 million shares, or approximately seven percent, to 162.3 million shares outstanding as of June 30, 2019.

As of July 31, 2019, liquidity totaled more than $2.0 billion, including approximately $450 million in cash and cash equivalents.

"I am very pleased with our financial position. We have completed the execution of a year-long business development plan that resulted in a transformed company with a strong liquidity position. Furthermore, I am most proud of setting up the company with an improved asset base capable of generating fourth quarter 2019 production of approximately 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day with more oil production and reserves, all while reducing share count and providing a leading dividend yield to our shareholders," stated Jenkins.


North American Onshore

The North American onshore business produced approximately 93 MBOEPD in the second quarter.

Eagle Ford Shale – Production for the quarter averaged approximately 44 MBOEPD, a 23 percent increase over the previous quarter, and was comprised of 88 percent liquids, 74 percent oil. As planned, Murphy brought online 23 Karnes wells in the second quarter with six wells in the Austin Chalk, three wells in the Upper Eagle Ford Shale and 14 wells in the Lower Eagle Ford Shale. The Austin Chalk wells had gross 30-day (IP30 rate) rates averaging 925 barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOEPD), with the Upper Eagle Ford Shale wells averaging over 1,200 BOEPD IP30 and the Lower Eagle Ford Shale wells averaging 1,300 BOEPD IP30.

Additionally, the company advanced its 2019 drilling program ahead of schedule, bringing online an additional 12 Tilden wells in late June. The Tilden wells have achieved strong results, as eight Central Tilden wells exceeded expectations in the area with average IP30 rates over 1,350 BOEPD, and four East Tilden wells averaged 700 BOEPD IP30.

"Our Eagle Ford Shale well campaign is on track to achieve guided third quarter production of more than 50 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day, with forecasted fourth quarter volumes approaching 57 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day. The last time we experienced production at these high levels was in 2015," stated Jenkins. "The team continues to improve efficiencies and reduce downtime, leading to operating expenses of $8.26 per barrel of oil equivalent in the second quarter."

Tupper Montney – Natural gas production for the quarter averaged 219 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD). Murphy brought online five wells in Tupper Montney, with initial performance trending in line with an 18 Bcf type curve. No further drilling is planned for the remainder of the year.

Kaybob Duvernay – During the quarter, production averaged approximately 9 MBOEPD, comprised of 61 percent liquids. Murphy brought online two wells in Kaybob North and four wells in Two Creeks, with average facility-constrained IP30 rates of more than 1,050 BOEPD for Kaybob North and 750 BOEPD for Two Creeks. Drilling in this area will resume in the third quarter as part of ongoing re-risking along with satisfying lease maintenance requirements. These wells are expected to be brought online in 2020.

Global Offshore

The offshore business produced 65 MBOEPD for the second quarter, comprised of 91 percent liquids. This excludes production from discontinued operations. Gulf of Mexico production in the quarter averaged 58 MBOEPD, consisting of 90 percent liquids. Canada offshore production averaged 7 MBOEPD with 100 percent liquids.

Gulf of Mexico – As previously announced, on June 1, 2019 Murphy closed the Gulf of Mexico acquisition from LLOG Exploration Offshore, L.L.C. and LLOG Bluewater Holdings, L.L.C., (LLOG) for net cash consideration of $1.2 billion, after closing adjustments. The acquired assets are fully owned by Murphy and not part of MP Gulf of Mexico, LLC (MP GOM), the entity which owns all of Murphy's legacy producing Gulf of Mexico assets. The contribution from the LLOG assets in the above volume was limited to one month only and averaged approximately 8,800 BOEPD over the quarter, exceeding guidance by over 1,200 BOEPD.

In the second quarter, Murphy successfully drilled and completed the Dalmatian #2 well (Desoto Canyon 4) with first oil expected in the fourth quarter and additional wells were brought online at the non-operated Lucius field. Third quarter Gulf of Mexico activity includes the tie-in of the new Dalmatian well to existing infrastructure and completion of the previously drilled Nearly Headless Nick well (Mississippi Canyon 387), which will tie back to the Delta House facility, with first oil expected in the fourth quarter. Additionally, the company plans to initiate a workover at the Chinook #5 well (Walker Ridge 425) and expects to bring the well online in first quarter 2020.

In support of longer-term development, the company has sanctioned three additional Gulf of Mexico projects:

  • King's Quay floating production system (FPS) facility to receive and process up to 80 MBOPD of production anchored by the Khaleesi/Mormont and Samurai developments.
  • Khaleesi/Mormont Field Development, with seven subsea wells, of which four were previously drilled, and infrastructure tie-back to King's Quay.
  • Samurai Field Development, with four subsea wells and tie-back to King's Quay.

"Our planned execution on our new Gulf of Mexico revitalized asset base continues. These projects have outstanding returns offering high-margin production and a free cash flow runway going forward. We and a partner have sanctioned a new midstream FPS asset, King's Quay, to anchor our two developments. This new FPS asset could be easily monetized, and we are currently evaluating all our options. We forecast first production from the FPS along with our two new fields in mid-2022. Initial production from these assets is expected to exceed 30,000 BOEPD net at first oil," stated Jenkins.

Southeast Asia – Brunei production was approximately 448 BOEPD for the quarter. Beginning in the third quarter, these assets will be classified as "held for sale" for financial reporting purposes.


Mexico Exploration – During the second quarter, Murphy entered an agreement to acquire a proportionate share of Ophir's interest in Block 5 for approximately $15 million, resulting in 40 percent working interest, with Petronas and Wintershall DEA each increasing their ownership to 30 percent. This transaction remains subject to regulatory approval. Murphy has also initiated seismic reprocessing of both the Cholula Area and the western subsalt portion of the block.

Gulf of Mexico Exploration – Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, Murphy drilled a successful well at Hoffe Park #2 (Mississippi Canyon 122) with a 60 percent working interest for a total net cost of approximately $20 million. Murphy encountered oil in multiple zones and is completing the evaluation of the well.


The company employs derivative commodity instruments to manage certain risks associated with commodity prices and to underpin capital spending associated with certain assets. Subsequent to quarter end, Murphy entered into additional 2019 and 2020 WTI based fixed price derivative swaps. Details for the current hedge positions can be found in the attached schedules.


Following the closing of significant Gulf of Mexico and Malaysia transactions, Murphy's planned 2019 capital program is now estimated to be in the range of $1.35 to $1.45 billion. The range includes $140 million of additional capital that is expected to be allocated toward the recently acquired Gulf of Mexico assets.

"It is important to note that the mid-point of our modified capex range is within our original guidance for 2019, even after all the significant portfolio changes we have completed. We plan to spend approximately $140 million on our newly acquired Gulf of Mexico assets, offsetting the previously allocated capital of $105 million in 2019 for our discontinued operations in Malaysia," stated Jenkins.

Full year production is expected to be in the range of 174 to 178 MBOEPD, excluding noncontrolling interest. For the third quarter, Murphy estimates total production of 192 to 196 MBOEPD, comprised of 66 percent liquids.

"Murphy is positioned to achieve free cash flow growth over the long-term as we focus on investing in meaningful, high-returning, multi-year projects in the Gulf of Mexico. This coincides with our Eagle Ford Shale growth plans, as our team strategically and prudently allocates capital," stated Jenkins.

The operated onshore well cadence for the year is updated to include the advanced drilling schedule, which moved Eagle Ford and Kabob Duvernay wells into the second quarter from the third quarter, as well as three wells in Simonette coming back online in the third quarter after the third-party midstream specification constraint prevented the wells from flowing to sales in the first half of the year.

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Details for third quarter and full year guidance can be found in the attached schedules.


Murphy will host a conference call to discuss second quarter 2019 financial and operating results on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. ET. The call can be accessed either via the Internet through the Investor Relations section of Murphy Oil's website at or via the telephone by dialing toll free 1-888-886-7786, reservation number 89637238.


Summary financial data and operating statistics for second quarter 2019, with comparisons to the same period from the previous year, are contained in the following schedules. Additionally, a schedule indicating the impacts of items affecting comparability of results between periods, as well as a reconciliation of adjusted net income, EBITDA and EBITDAX between periods and guidance for the third quarter 2019, are also included.

1With the close of the previously announced Gulf of Mexico transaction in the fourth quarter 2018, and in accordance with GAAP, Murphy reports the 100 percent interest, including a 20 percent noncontrolling interest (NCI), in its subsidiary, MP Gulf of Mexico, LLC (MP GOM). The GAAP financials will include the NCI portion of revenue, costs, assets and liabilities and cash flows. Unless otherwise noted, the financial and operating highlights and metrics discussed in this news release, but not the accompanying schedules, will exclude the NCI, thereby representing only the amounts attributable to Murphy.

2Transaction reserves are based on external third party engineering estimates by Ryder Scott Petroleum Consultants as of January 1, 2019, using strip prices in effect on April 12, 2019.


Murphy Oil Corporation is a global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The company's diverse resource base includes production from North America onshore plays in the Eagle Ford Shale, Kaybob Duvernay, Tupper Montney and Placid Montney, as well as offshore Gulf of Mexico and Canada. Additional information is available on the Company's website


This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally identified through the inclusion of words such as "aim", "anticipate", "believe", "drive", "estimate", "expect", "expressed confidence", "forecast", "future", "goal", "guidance", "intend", "may", "objective", "outlook", "plan", "position", "potential", "project", "seek", "should", "strategy", "target", "will" or variations of such words and other similar expressions. These statements, which express management's current views concerning future events or results, are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause one or more of these future events or results not to occur as implied by any forward-looking statement include, but are not limited to: increased volatility or deterioration in the success rate of our exploration programs or in our ability to maintain production rates and replace reserves; reduced customer demand for our products due to environmental, regulatory, technological or other reasons; adverse foreign exchange movements; political and regulatory instability in the markets where we do business; natural hazards impacting our operations; any other deterioration in our business, markets or prospects; any failure to obtain necessary regulatory approvals; any inability to service or refinance our outstanding debt or to access debt markets at acceptable prices; and adverse developments in the U.S. or global capital markets, credit markets or economies in general. For further discussion of factors that could cause one or more of these future events or results not to occur as implied by any forward-looking statement, see "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and any subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Current Report on Form 8-K that we file, available from the SEC's website and from Murphy Oil Corporation's website at Murphy Oil Corporation undertakes no duty to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.


This news release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures that management believes are good tools for internal use and the investment community in evaluating Murphy Oil Corporation's overall financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are broadly used to value and compare companies in the crude oil and natural gas industry, although not all companies define these measures in the same way. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures are not a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP and should therefore be considered only as supplemental to such GAAP financial measures. Please see the attached schedules for reconciliations of the differences between the non-GAAP financial measures used in this news release and the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.


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