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Noble Energy Announces Second Quarter 2010 Results and Updated 2010 Guidance

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Noble Energy Announces Second Quarter 2010 Results and Updated 2010 Guidance07:30 EDT Thursday, July 29, 2010HOUSTON, July 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) reported today second quarter 2010 net income of $204 million, or $1.10 per share diluted, on revenues of $751 million. Net income for the quarter included an unrealized commodity derivative gain, as well as a rig contract termination expense. Excluding these items, which would typically not be considered by analysts in published estimates, second quarter 2010 adjusted net income(1) was $198 million, or $1.07 per share diluted. For the second quarter of 2009, the Company reported a net loss of ($57) million, or ($0.33) per share diluted, on revenues of $491 million. Adjusted net income(1) for the second quarter of 2009 was $116 million, or $0.66 per share diluted.  Discretionary cash flow(1) for the second quarter 2010 was $480 million, compared to $374 million for the similar quarter in 2009. Net cash provided by operating activities was $256 million. Organic capital expenditures for the second quarter of 2010 were $519 million, which excluded a non-cash accrual for construction progress on the Aseng FPSO.Key highlights for the second quarter of 2010 include:Total sales volumes of 219 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBoe/d), up substantially from the first quarter of 2010 and second quarter of last yearIsrael sales volumes increased 27 percent from the second quarter of 2009 Announced agreement to sell certain non-core U.S. onshore assets, representing 5,700 Boe/d of production and 29 million barrels of oil equivalent reserves, for approximately $550 millionAdded a second rig to horizontal Niobrara drilling program in Central DJ BasinCompleted maintenance project at Alba, offshore Equatorial Guinea, bringing the field back to full productionCharles D. Davidson, Noble Energy's Chairman and CEO, commented, "The second quarter was very strong for Noble Energy, as we experienced robust volumes and good cost control across the business. We continued to move forward our major-project developments, with significant field development drilling at Aseng and expectations for a Tamar sanction in the near future. In the U.S., we recently received a completion permit for Santa Cruz in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, and we have increased our horizontal Niobrara drilling in the Central DJ Basin. We remain encouraged by the strength of our current production, the progress of our major projects, and the opportunities in our worldwide exploration programs." Noble Energy's sales volumes for the second quarter of 2010 averaged 219 MBoe/d. Production was 214 MBoe/d, with additional liftings in Equatorial Guinea and the North Sea accounting for the higher sales volume. Internationally, average daily sales were 99 MBoe/d, a five percent increase from the second quarter of 2009. Significantly higher natural gas sales in Israel resulted from increased demand for electricity and improved market share. At the Alba field in Equatorial Guinea, scheduled maintenance downtime, which was completed in mid April 2010, resulted in lower natural gas volumes versus the second quarter of 2009. Equipment modifications at the Dumbarton FPSO in the North Sea required the field to be shut in for the first half of the second quarter of 2010. Despite the downtime, total North Sea volumes were up versus the second quarter of 2009. Prior to field shut-in, a second well at Lochranza came online. The Company's U.S. volumes were 120 MBoe/d, up over seven percent from the second quarter of 2009. Onshore volumes totaled 102 MBoe/d for the quarter versus 90 MBoe/d in the same quarter last year. The increase is a result of ongoing development work primarily at Wattenberg, combined with the Central DJ Basin asset acquisition that closed in the first quarter of 2010. Offshore volumes were down 4 MBoe/d, primarily due to third-party processing downtime impacting the Swordfish field in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico during the second quarter of 2010.Commodity prices were substantially higher than during the second quarter of 2009, with the Company's average crude oil and natural gas realizations up 45 and 37 percent, respectively. Noble Energy's U.S. crude oil averaged $75 per barrel in the second quarter of 2010, which included a reduction of $1.35 per barrel as a result of previously deferred hedge losses. In Israel, natural gas realizations increased to $4.33 per thousand cubic feet for the second quarter of 2010 and continue to benefit from strong global liquid markets. The Company's natural gas liquid (NGL) pricing in the U.S. averaged $39.37 per barrel for the second quarter of 2010, approximately 50 percent of West Texas Intermediate.Lease operating expenses averaged $5.02 per barrel of oil equivalent (Boe), relatively flat with the second quarter of 2009. Production and ad valorem expenses for the second quarter of 2010 were 4.8 percent of oil, gas, and NGL revenues, and transportation expenses were $0.80 per Boe. Depreciation, depletion, and amortization per Boe increased slightly from the second quarter of last year to $10.79, primarily related to higher unit rates in the Rocky Mountains. Exploration expense includes $15 million of dry hole costs in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico which was incurred early in the second quarter of 2010. General and administrative expenses were up modestly due to increased staffing for the development of the Company's major projects. Included in other operating expense for the second quarter of 2010 is a $26 million pre-tax charge for the termination of a rig contract resulting from the Federal Deepwater Moratorium. Non-operating other expense for the second quarter 2010 includes a $13 million pre-tax deferred compensation gain relating to the quarterly value change of Noble Energy stock held in a benefit program.(1)  A Non-GAAP measure, see attached Reconciliation SchedulesUPDATED 2010 GUIDANCEOrganic capital expenditures are currently estimated at $2.2 billion for the year, down from the original capital budget of $2.5 billion. Two-thirds of the reduction is related to lower activity in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico as a result of the Federal Deepwater Moratorium. The remaining $100 million is due to cost reductions and timing changes on various major projects. The Company has lowered its 2010 exploration expense guidance to a range of $265 to $325 million. Noble Energy's full-year volume guidance is now 211 to 217 MBoe/d, updated to include the impact of the U.S. onshore asset sale. Expected to close in early August, the sale will reduce full year volumes by over 2 MBoe/d and lower per barrel lease operating expenses by approximately ten percent. The Company's 2010 lease operating expense guidance has been lowered to range from $4.80 to $5.10 per Boe.  For the third quarter of 2010, the Company estimates average daily sales volumes to be between 212 and 220 MBoe/d. Noble Energy anticipates slightly lower crude oil and natural gas production in the U.S. versus the second quarter of 2010, primarily as a result of the onshore asset sale. In Equatorial Guinea, crude oil and condensate volumes should be down sequentially due to the expected timing of liftings. In Israel, natural gas sales should be up significantly due to the strengthening market and seasonal period demands.WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATIONNoble Energy, Inc. will host its second quarter 2010 webcast and conference call at 9:00 a.m. Central time.  The webcast is accessible on the 'Investors' page at www.nobleenergyinc.com.  Conference-call numbers for participation are 888-293-6950 and 719-325-2143.  A replay of the conference call will be available on the website.  Noble Energy is a leading independent energy company engaged in worldwide oil and gas exploration and production.  The Company operates primarily in the Rocky Mountains, Mid-Continent, and deepwater Gulf of Mexico areas in the United States, with significant international operations offshore Israel and West Africa.  Noble Energy is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is traded under the ticker symbol NBL.  Visit Noble Energy online at www.nobleenergyinc.com.This news release includes projections and other "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Such projections and statements reflect Noble Energy's current views about future events and financial performance. No assurances can be given that such events or performance will occur as projected, and actual results may differ materially from those projected. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected include, without limitation, the volatility in commodity prices for crude oil and natural gas, the presence or recoverability of estimated reserves, the ability to replace reserves, environmental risks, drilling and operating risks, exploration and development risks, competition, government regulation or other action, the ability of management to execute its plans to meet its goals and other risks inherent in Noble Energy's business that are detailed in its Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Words such as "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "intends," "will," "should," "may," and similar expressions may be used to identify forward-looking statements. Noble Energy assumes no obligation and expressly disclaims any duty to update the information contained herein except as required by law.This news release may also contain certain forward-looking non-GAAP measures of financial performance that management believes are good tools for internal use and the investment community in evaluating the Company's overall financial performance. These non-GAAP measures are broadly used to value and compare companies in the crude oil and natural gas industry. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosures and risk factors in our Forms 10-K and 10-Q, File No. 1-07964, available from Noble Energy's offices or website, http://www.nobleenergyinc.com. These forms can also be obtained from the SEC by calling 1-800-SEC-0330.  For additional information ? website www.nobleenergyinc.com Schedule 1Noble Energy, Inc.Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted Earnings(in millions, except per share amounts, unaudited)Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,2010200920102009Net Income (Loss)$  204$  (57)$  441$ (245)Unrealized (gains) losses on commodity derivative instruments(63)277(210)358Rig contract termination expense (1)26-26-Gain on sale of Argentina assets-(24)-(24)Asset impairments (2)---437Other adjustments---(1)Total Adjustments before tax(37)253(184)770Income Tax Effect of Adjustments  (3)31(80)79(306)Adjusted Earnings (4)$  198$  116$  336$  219Adjusted Earnings Per ShareBasic$ 1.13$ 0.67$ 1.92$ 1.27Diluted (5)1.070.661.851.25Weighted average number of shares outstanding    Basic 175173175173    Diluted 178175178175(1) Amount represents costs to terminate a deepwater Gulf of Mexico drilling rig contract due to Federal Deepwater Moratorium.(2) Impairments for 2009 related to Granite Wash, an onshore US area, and our Main Pass asset located in the Gulf of Mexico shelf.(3) The net tax effects are determined by calculating the tax provision for GAAP Net Income (Loss), which includes the adjusting items, and comparing the results to the tax provision for Adjusted Earnings, which excludes the adjusting items.  The difference in the tax provision calculations represents the tax impact of the adjusting items listed here. The calculation is performed at the end of each quarter and, as a result, the tax rates for each discrete period may be different.(4) Adjusted earnings should not be considered a substitute for net income as reported in accordance with GAAP.  Adjusted earnings is provided for comparison to earnings forecasts prepared by analysts and other third parties. Our management believes, and certain investors may find, that adjusted earnings is beneficial in evaluating our financial performance as it excludes the impact of significant non-cash items. We believe such measures can facilitate comparisons of operating performance between periods and with our peers.(5) The diluted earnings per share calculations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 include decreases to net income of $9 million and $7 million, net of tax, related to deferred compensation gains from NBL shares held in a rabbi trust. Consistent with GAAP, when dilutive, the deferred compensation gain or loss, net of tax, is excluded from net income while the NBL shares held in the rabbi trust are included in the diluted sharecount. Schedule 2Noble Energy, Inc.Summary Statement of Operations(in millions, except per share amounts, unaudited)Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,2010200920102009RevenuesCrude oil and condensate $  460$   296$  867$   497Natural gas202143432326NGLs48219943Income from equity method investees24165027Other revenues17153639Total revenues 7514911,484932Operating ExpensesLease operating expense10093188193Production and ad valorem taxes 34236742Transportation expense16133425Exploration expense523313275Depreciation, depletion and amortization 215196431396General and administrative 6360129119Asset impairments---437Other operating (income) expense, net 41(3)55(11)Total operating expenses5214151,0361,276Operating Income (Loss)23076448(344)Other (Income) Expense(Gain) loss on commodity derivative instruments(96)139(242)66Interest, net of amount capitalized19233941Other (income) expense, net (13)4(13)12Total other (income) expense(90)166(216)119Income (Loss) Before Taxes 320(90)664(463)Income Tax Provision (Benefit)116(33)223(218)Net Income (Loss)$  204$    (57)$  441$  (245)Earnings (Loss) Per ShareBasic$ 1.17$ (0.33)$ 2.53$ (1.42)Diluted (1)1.10(0.33)2.44(1.42)Weighted average number of shares outstanding    Basic 175173175173    Diluted178173178173(1) The diluted earnings per share calculations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 include decreases to net income of $9 million and $7 million, net of tax, related to deferred compensation gains from NBL shares held in a rabbi trust. Consistent with GAAP, when dilutive, the deferred compensation gain or loss, net of tax, is excluded from net income while the NBL shares held in the rabbi trust are included in the diluted sharecount. Schedule 3Noble Energy, Inc.Volume and Price Statistics(unaudited)Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,2010200920102009Crude Oil and Condensate Sales Volumes (MBpd)United States38373936Equatorial Guinea16151214North Sea9697Other International4544Total consolidated operations67636461Equity method investee2222Total sales volumes69656663Crude Oil and Condensate Realized Prices ($/Bbl)United States$ 75.00$ 51.85$ 74.39$ 43.92Equatorial Guinea76.1051.6375.1646.19North Sea75.2256.5776.1550.81Other International76.0548.8774.2443.28Consolidated average realized prices$ 75.36$ 52.05$ 74.77$ 45.17Natural Gas Sales Volumes (MMcfpd)United States414394399403Equatorial Guinea224244209243Israel12195104103North Sea7575Other International27162823Total sales volumes793754747777Natural Gas Realized Prices ($/Mcf)United States$   3.89$   3.09$   4.64$   3.52Equatorial Guinea0.270.270.270.27Israel4.332.764.282.78North Sea4.535.204.976.72Consolidated average realized prices$   2.91$   2.13$   3.32$   2.39Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) Sales Volumes (MBpd) United States13101310Equity method investee5656Total sales volumes18161816Natural Gas Liquids Realized Prices ($/Bbl)United States$ 39.37$ 23.94$ 42.12$ 24.33Barrels of Oil Equivalent Volumes (MBoepd)United States120112118113Equatorial Guinea54564755Israel20161717North Sea107108Other International8898Total consolidated operations212199201201Equity method investee7777Total barrels of oil equivalent (MBoepd)219206208208Barrels of oil equivalent volumes (MMBoe)20193838Schedule 4Noble Energy, Inc.Condensed Balance Sheets(in millions)(unaudited)June 30,December 31,20102009AssetsCurrent AssetsCash and cash equivalents $      1,017$          1,014Accounts receivable, net 538465Assets held for sale375-Other current assets257199    Total current assets 2,1871,678Net property, plant and equipment9,5668,916Goodwill757758Other noncurrent assets503455    Total Assets $    13,013$        11,807Liabilities and Shareholders' EquityCurrent LiabilitiesAccounts payable - trade $         751$             548Other current liabilities464442    Total current liabilities1,215990Long-term debt 2,5842,037Deferred income taxes 2,1622,076Other noncurrent liabilities511547    Total Liabilities 6,4725,650Total Shareholders? Equity 6,5416,157    Total Liabilities and Shareholders? Equity $    13,013$        11,807Schedule 5Noble Energy, Inc.Discretionary Cash Flow and Reconciliation to Operating Cash Flow(in millions, unaudited)Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,2010200920102009Adjusted Earnings (1)$ 198$ 116$    336$ 219Adjustments to reconcile adjusted earnings to discretionary cash flow:Depreciation, depletion and amortization215196431396Exploration expense523313275Capitalized interest(16)(12)(31)(18)(Income)/distributions from equity method investments, net11(11)(2)(22)Deferred compensation adjustment(13)5(11)10Deferred income taxes17212545Stock-based compensation expense13122724Other3145(16)Discretionary Cash Flow (2)$ 480$ 374$    912$ 713Reconciliation to Operating Cash FlowsNet changes in working capital(187)(35)21(51)Cash exploration costs(37)(26)(78)(66)Capitalized interest16123118Current tax expense of earnings adjustments(19)22(47)(76)Gain on disposal of assets-(24)-(24)Other adjustments3(10)5(16)Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities$ 256$ 313$    844$ 498Capital expenditures (accrual based)$ 519$ 323$    928$ 709DJ Basin asset acquisition--509-Increase in obligation under FPSO lease68-108-Total Capital Expenditures (Accrual Based)$ 587$ 323$ 1,545$ 709(1) See Schedule 1, Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted Earnings.(2) The table above reconciles discretionary cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities. While discretionary cash flow is not a GAAP measure of financial performance, our management believes it is a useful tool for evaluating our overall financial performance.  Among our management, research analysts, portfolio managers and investors, discretionary cash flow is broadly used as an indicator of a company's ability to fund exploration and production activities and meet financial obligations. Discretionary cash flow is also commonly used as a basis to value and compare companies in the oil and gas industry.Schedule 6Noble Energy, Inc.Effect of Commodity Derivative Instruments(in millions, unaudited)Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,2010200920102009Reclassification from Accumulated Other   Comprehensive Loss (AOCL) to Revenue (1)Crude Oil$   (4)$   (15)$   (9)$   (32)Natural Gas--(1)-Total Revenue Decrease$   (4)$   (15)$ (10)$   (32)Gain (Loss) on Derivative Instruments Crude oilRealized $   (3)$    66$   (5)$  162Unrealized107(189)110(271)Total crude oil$ 104$ (123)$ 105$ (109)Natural gasRealized367237130Unrealized (44)(88)100(87)Total natural gas(8)(16)13743Total Gain (Loss) on Derivative Instruments$   96$ (139)$ 242$   (66)Summary of Cash SettlementsRealized gain on derivative instruments$   33$  138$   32$  292Amounts reclassified from AOCL(4)(15)(10)(32)Cash settlements received $   29$  123$   22$  260(1) The amounts in accumulated other comprehensive loss represent deferred unrealized hedge gains and losses.  These deferred gains and losses are recognized as an adjustment to revenue when the associated derivative instruments are cash settled.SOURCE Noble Energy, Inc.For further information: David Larson, +1-281-872-3125, dlarson@nobleenergyinc.com, or Brad Whitmarsh, +1-281-872-3187, bwhitmarsh@nobleenergyinc.com, both of Noble Energy, Inc.