Apache Corporation announced a first-quarter 2015 net loss of $4.7 billion or $12.34 per diluted common share, which includes an after-tax ceiling-test write down of $4.7 billion, as a result of substantially lower commodity prices. When adjusted for certain items that impact the comparability of results, Apache’s first-quarter loss totaled $139 million or $0.37 per share. Net cash provided by operating activities was approximately $650 million in the first quarter of 2015 and cash from operations, before changes in working capital, totaled $900 million.
During the quarter, Apache’s capital expenditures before LNG, capitalized interest and Egypt’s minority interest was $1.3 billion, which was in-line with expectations. Spending on LNG facilities during the quarter was $239 million, all of which was reimbursed with the closing of the LNG asset sales. As noted last quarter, management expected the 2015 capital program to be front-end loaded as the drilling program continued to ramp down through the first quarter.
Gross production was flat quarter-over-quarter as the region averaged 21 rigs and reported seven new discoveries in the Khalda area. Delineation-drilling results at the recent Ptah and Berenice oil discoveries have exceeded expectations thus far with current production of approximately 20,000 barrels of oil per day. Subsequent to quarter-end, Apache made several new field discoveries across multiple concessions that increase its confidence in Egypt’s production outlook for the remainder of 2015.
John J. Christmann, IV, Apache’s Chief Executive Officer and President, commented: “Apache’s portfolio now consists of an onshore North American position with a robust inventory of drilling opportunities, complemented by free-cash-flow-generating assets in the North Sea and Egypt. Our international assets benefit from attractive Brent-linked oil prices and also offer a significant inventory of exploration and development opportunities. We are very excited to move forward with a strengthened balance sheet and three key operating areas that offer excellent potential for sustainable long-term growth and capital-allocation flexibility.”
“Our operational teams are doing an excellent job in this challenging price environment, and I am pleased that first-quarter production results exceeded our expectations both domestically and internationally. We will monitor oil prices for the remainder of the quarter, and at mid-year, revisit our planned activity levels for the balance of 2015. Apache remains committed to maintaining operational flexibility and will respond quickly to changes in our cash flow. With more than $5 billion in net proceeds coming from recent asset sales, our balance sheet is now in excellent shape. Accordingly, we will look to be opportunistic but highly disciplined in evaluating new opportunities to grow or enhance our existing portfolio and create shareholder value,” remarked Christmann.
(Apache Corporation Press Release)