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Imperial Oil announces estimated third quarter financial and operating results

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Imperial Oil announces estimated third quarter financial and operating results09:00 EDT Thursday, November 01, 2012CALGARY, Nov. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Third quarter Nine months(millions of dollars, unless noted)20122011% 20122011%        Net income (U.S. GAAP)1,04085921 2,6902,36614Net income per common share        -assuming dilution (dollars)1.221.0121 3.162.7714        Capital and exploration expenditures1,4091,10428 3,8902,88835        Bruce March, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Imperial Oil, commented:Imperial Oil reached several significant milestones in our growth strategy this quarter; advancing Kearl initial development towards the planned start of production around year-end, commencing drilling on two production pads at Nabiye, and initiating production at our Horn River pilot project. We also announced plans to consolidate our Calgary offices into a campus-style complex in Quarry Park, a suburban development within Calgary city limits, to support our workforce strategy.Our company growth projects continue to be underpinned by strong third quarter earnings of $1,040 million, an increase of 21 percent compared with the corresponding 2011 period. Third-quarter Downstream earnings were $536 million, the strongest single quarter earnings on record. These results were primarily driven by solid refining operations that captured strong mid-continent refining margins.Third quarter production averaged 285,000 gross oil-equivalent barrels per day compared to 296,000 barrels in the third quarter of 2011.  Lower production was due primarily to producing property divestments and planned maintenance along with the cyclic nature of production at Cold Lake.Our workforce continues to deliver industry leading safety results during a period of prolific growth. We are pleased with our workforce's ability to sustain base business performance while executing a complex portfolio of capital projects. I am excited by the advances we are making with in-situ and oil sands mining technology, which will significantly improve our environmental performance in the future.Imperial Oil is one of Canada's largest corporations and a leading member of the country's petroleum industry. The company is a major producer of crude oil and natural gas, Canada's largest petroleum refiner, a key petrochemical producer and a leading marketer with coast-to-coast supply and retail service station networks.Third quarter highlights Net income was $1,040 million, compared with $859 million for the third quarter of 2011, an increase of 21 percent.Net income per common share on a diluted basis was $1.22, up 21 percent from the third quarter of 2011.Cash generated from operating activities was $669 million, a decrease from $1,658 million in the third quarter of 2011, primarily due to the timing of scheduled income tax payments and inventory builds, partially offset by higher net income.Gross oil-equivalent barrels of production averaged 285,000 barrels a day versus 296,000 barrels in the same period last year. Lower production was due primarily to producing property divestments and planned maintenance along with the cyclic nature of production at Cold Lake.Kearl expansion and Cold Lake expansion project updates - At the end of the third quarter of 2012, the Kearl expansion project was 20 percent complete. The Nabiye project continued to progress facility construction and commenced drilling on two production pads in the quarter. The projects are progressing on schedule.Horn River pilot project update - Production began on schedule from an eight-horizontal-well pad in August 2012 to assess productivity and improve development costs. Imperial continues to evaluate information from the pilot phase to determine long-term plans for the development.ExxonMobil Canada acquisition of Celtic Exploration - Imperial Oil is currently evaluating the opportunity to participate up to 50% in the $3.1 billion purchase of Celtic Exploration Limited announced by ExxonMobil Canada on October 17, 2012.Calgary office project - Imperial will be consolidating its Calgary offices into a campus-style complex in Quarry Park, starting in 2014 with completion expected by mid-2016. The campus will include five low-rise office buildings with about 800,000 square feet of office space designed to promote collaboration and interaction among employees. The site will have the capacity to accommodate about 3,000 people.Kearl initial development project updateAt the end of the third quarter of 2012, Kearl initial development was 98 percent complete, with construction 96 percent complete.Phased start-up activities currently progressing towards the planned start of production around year-end 2012:All equipment modules have been set in place at the Kearl site. The issues associated with the transportation of modules, constructed in South Korea and moved through the United States, have been addressed through construction re-sequencing.The operating organization is fully staffed and trained.Mining operations have commenced and ore is being stockpiled adjacent to the ore processing plant, which is being commissioned.Commissioning of the utilities systems is well advanced.Bitumen processing facilities (which use a proprietary process that eliminates the need for an upgrader) are being readied for the introduction of solvent.Diluent and natural gas supply systems are operational.A new diluted bitumen pipeline connecting to markets is being commissioned.Start-up of an operation of this size and scope is a sequential process and good progress towards first oil continues.Third quarter 2012 vs. third quarter 2011The company's net income for the third quarter of 2012 was $1,040 million or $1.22 a share on a diluted basis, compared with $859 million or $1.01 a share for the same period last year.Higher third quarter earnings were primarily attributable to higher mid-continent industry refining margins of about $270 million partially offset by lower Syncrude and natural gas realizations of about $75million. Earnings in the third quarter of 2012 were also impacted by higher Kearl production readiness expenditures of about $30 million.Upstream net income in the third quarter was $498 million versus $534 million in the same period of 2011. Earnings decreased primarily due to lower Syncrude and natural gas realizations of about $75 million, lower Cold Lake production of about $40 million and higher Kearl production readiness expenditures of about $30 million. These factors were partially offset by lower royalty costs of about $60 million, higher Syncrude and conventional volumes of about $60 million, the latter primarily due to the absence of third-party pipeline downtime which significantly reduced conventional production in 2011.Prices for most of the company's liquids production are based on West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil, a common benchmark for mid-continent North American oil markets. Compared to the corresponding period last year, the average WTI crude price in U.S. dollars was higher by $2.66 a barrel or about three percent in the third quarter of 2012. The company's Syncrude realizations were impacted by market discounts caused by supply/demand imbalances in mid-continent North America. For the third quarter, Syncrude realizations in Canadian dollars decreased by about eight percent compared to the corresponding period last year. The company's average bitumen realizations in Canadian dollars increased in the third quarter of 2012 in line with WTI. The company's average realizations on natural gas sales were lower by about 39 percent in the third quarter in line with the decline in the average of 30-day spot prices for natural gas in Alberta.Gross production of Cold Lake bitumen averaged 152 thousand barrels a day during the third quarter, versus 162 thousand barrels in the same period last year. Lower volumes were primarily due to higher planned maintenance activities along with the cyclic nature of production at Cold Lake.The company's share of Syncrude's gross production in the third quarter was 78 thousand barrels a day, versus 75 thousand barrels in the third quarter of 2011. Higher volumes were primarily the result of lower planned maintenance activities partially offset by the negative impact of weather on the mine operations in mid-September.Gross production of conventional crude oil averaged 19 thousand barrels a day in the third quarter up from the 12 thousand barrels in the corresponding period in 2011 when third-party pipeline downtime significantly reduced production at the Norman Wells field.Gross production of natural gas during the third quarter of 2012 was 188 million cubic feet a day, down from 252 million cubic feet in the same period last year. The lower production volume was primarily a result of the producing properties divestments.Downstream net income was $536 million in the third quarter, $264 million higher than the third quarter of 2011. The third quarter earnings for 2012 were the best quarterly earnings on record and were primarily driven by solid refining operations that captured strong mid-continent refining margins.Mid-continent North America industry refining margins continued to be strong in the third quarter of 2012. The overall cost of crude oil processed at three of the company's four refineries followed the trend of WTI prices and Western Canadian crude oils. Canadian wholesale prices of refined products are largely determined by wholesale prices in adjacent U.S. regions, where wholesale prices are predominately tied to international product markets. Stronger industry refining margins are the result of the widened differential between product prices and cost of crude oil processed.Chemical net income was $37 million in the third quarter, unchanged from the same quarter last year.Net income effects from Corporate & Other were negative $31 million in the third quarter, compared with $16 million in the same period of 2011.Cash flow generated from operating activities was $669 million in the third quarter, a decrease of $989 million from the corresponding period in 2011. Lower cash flow was primarily due to the timing of scheduled income tax payments and inventory builds partially offset by higher net income.Investing activities used net cash of $1,318 million in the third quarter, compared with $1,061 million in the same period of 2011. Additions to property, plant and equipment were $1,388 million in the third quarter, compared with $1,087 million during the same quarter 2011. Expenditures during the quarter were primarily directed towards the advancement of Kearl initial development and expansion. At the end of the third quarter of 2012, the Kearl initial development and expansion were 98 percent and 20 percent complete, respectively. Other investments included advancing the Nabiye expansion project at Cold Lake and environmental and efficiency projects at Syncrude.The company's cash balance was $469 million at September 30, 2012, from $1,202 million at the end of 2011.Nine months highlightsNet income was $2,690 million, up from $2,366 million in the first nine months of 2011.Net income per common share increased to $3.16 compared to $2.77 in the same period of 2011.Cash generated from operations was $3,033million, versus $3,273 million in the first nine months of 2011.Gross oil-equivalent barrels of production averaged 281,000 barrels a day, compared to 299,000 barrels in the first nine months of 2011. Lower production was due primarily to higher planned maintenance activities at Syncrude and Cold Lake and the impact of divestment of natural gas assets completed in 2011.Per-share dividends declared in the first three quarters of 2012 totalled $0.36, up from $0.33 in the same period of 2011.Nine months 2012 vs. nine months 2011Net income for the first nine months of 2012 was $2,690 million or $3.16 a share on a diluted basis, versus $2,366 million or $2.77 a share for the first nine months of 2011.For the first nine months, earnings increased primarily due to stronger industry refining margins of about $700 million and lower royalty costs of about $160 million. These factors were partially offset by the impacts of lower Upstream realizations of about $325 million, lower Upstream volumes of about $85 million and higher refinery planned maintenance of about $80 million. Year-to-date earnings in 2012 were also impacted by higher Kearl production readiness expenditures of about $60 million. Upstream net income for the first nine months of 2012 was $1,400 million versus $1,686 million from 2011. Earnings were lower primarily due to the impacts of lower realizations of about $325 million, lower Syncrude and Cold Lake volumes of about $140 million largely as a result of increased planned maintenance and higher Kearl production readiness expenditures of about $60 million. These factors were partially offset by lower royalty costs of about $160 million, the impact of a weaker Canadian dollar of about $70 million and higher conventional volumes of about $50 million.Prices for most of the company's liquids production are based on West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil, a common benchmark for mid-continent North American oil markets. Compared to the corresponding period last year, the average WTI crude price in U.S. dollars was essentially unchanged. The company's Syncrude realizations were impacted by market discounts caused by supply/demand imbalances in mid-continent North America. For the first nine months of 2012, Syncrude realizations in Canadian dollars decreased by about seven percent compared to the corresponding period last year. The company's average bitumen realizations in Canadian dollars increased in the first nine months of 2012 in line with WTI. The company's average realizations on natural gas sales were lower by about 43 percent in the first nine months of 2012 in line with the decline in the average of 30-day spot prices for natural gas in Alberta.Gross production of Cold Lake bitumen was 154 thousand barrels a day, compared with 159 thousand barrels in the same period of 2011. Lower volumes were primarily due to higher planned maintenance activities in 2012 along with the cyclic nature of production at Cold Lake.During the nine months of the year, the company's share of gross production from Syncrude averaged 70 thousand barrels a day, down from 75 thousand barrels in 2011. Higher planned maintenance activities were the main contributor to the lower production.Gross production of conventional crude oil averaged 20 thousand barrels a day the first nine months of the year, up from 17 thousand barrels in the corresponding period in 2011 when third-party pipeline downtime significantly reduced production at the Norman Wells field.Gross production of natural gas was 194 million cubic feet a day, down from 259 million cubic feet in the first nine months of 2011. The lower production volume was primarily a result of the producing properties divestments.Downstream net income was $1,223 million, an increase of $611 million over 2011. The first nine month earnings for 2012 were the best year-to-date earnings on record and were primarily due to stronger industry refining margins and partially offset by the unfavourable impact of a higher level of refinery planned maintenance activities compared with 2011.Chemical net income was $121 million, up $10 million from 2011. Strong operating performance along with higher polyethylene sales volumes and margins were the main contributors to the increase on a year-to-date basis.For the nine months of 2012, net income effects from Corporate & Other were negative $54 million, versus negative $43 million last year.Key financial and operating data follow.Forward-Looking StatementsStatements in this report relating to future plans, projections, events or conditions are forward-looking statements. Actual future results, including project plans, costs, timing and capacities; financing sources; the resolution of contingencies and uncertain tax positions; the effect of changes in prices and other market conditions; and environmental and capital expenditures could differ materially depending on a number of factors, such as the outcome of commercial negotiations; changes in the supply of and demand for crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum and petrochemical products; political or regulatory events; and other factors discussed in Item 1A of the company's 2011 Form 10K. IMPERIAL OIL LIMITEDTHIRD QUARTER 2012                 Third Quarter  Nine Monthsmillions of Canadian dollars, unless noted  2012 2011 2012 2011          Net Income (U.S. GAAP)          Total revenues and other income  8,336  7,945 23,384  22,590 Total expenses  6,949  6,813 19,805  19,448 Income before income taxes  1,387  1,132 3,579  3,142 Income taxes  347  273 889  776 Net income  1,040  859 2,690  2,366           Net income per common share (dollars)  1.22  1.01 3.17  2.79 Net income per common share - assuming dilution (dollars)  1.22  1.01 3.16  2.77            Other Financial Data          Federal excise tax included in operating revenues   355  345 1,011  985             Gain/(loss) on asset sales, after tax  1  15 67  19             Total assets at September 30      28,471  24,194             Total debt at September 30      1,429  1,208 Interest coverage ratio - earnings basis           (times covered)      255.9  280.7             Other long-term obligations at September 30      3,748  2,737             Shareholders' equity at September 30        15,652  13,163 Capital employed at September 30        17,106  14,399 Return on average capital employed (a)               (percent)      23.5  24.1             Dividends declared on common stock           Total  102  93 306  280  Per common share (dollars)  0.12  0.11 0.36  0.33             Millions of common shares outstanding           At September 30        847.6  847.6  Average - assuming dilution  851.4  853.8 851.4  854.0                       (a)Return on capital employed is net income excluding after-tax cost of financing divided by the averagerolling four quarters' capital employed.IMPERIAL OIL LIMITEDTHIRD QUARTER 2012             Third Quarter Nine Monthsmillions of Canadian dollars 2012 2011 2012 2011          Total cash and cash equivalents at period end 469  920 469  920          Net income 1,040  859 2,690  2,366Adjustment for non-cash items:         Depreciation and depletion 183  192 551  570 (Gain)/loss on asset sales (2) (17) (86) (23) Deferred income taxes and other 72  59 289  (27)Changes in operating assets and liabilities (624) 565 (411) 387Cash flows from (used in) operating activities (a) 669  1,658 3,033  3,273          Cash flows from (used in) investing activities (1,318) (1,061) (3,606) (2,760) Proceeds from asset sales 70  24 209  44          Cash flows from (used in) financing activities 122  (96) (160) 140                    (a)Cash flows from operating activities was lower in the third quarter of 2012 when compared to thesame period in 2011 primarily due to the timing of scheduled income tax payments and inventorybuilds partially offset by higher net income.Cash flows from operating activites was lower in the first nine months of 2012 when compared tothe same period in 2011 primarily due to working capital effects partially offset by higher net income.IMPERIAL OIL LIMITEDTHIRD QUARTER 2012             Third Quarter Nine Monthsmillions of Canadian dollars 2012 2011 2012 2011          Net income (U.S. GAAP)         Upstream 498 534 1,400 1,686 Downstream 536 272 1,223 612 Chemical 37 37 121 111 Corporate and other (31) 16 (54) (43) Net income 1,040 859 2,690 2,366          Revenues and other income         Upstream 2,069 2,258 6,620 7,140 Downstream 7,535 6,956 20,765 19,781 Chemical 369 416 1,211 1,281 Eliminations/Other (1,637) (1,685) (5,212) (5,612) Total 8,336 7,945 23,384 22,590          Purchases of crude oil and products          Upstream 593 781 2,354 2,605 Downstream 5,818 5,596 16,073 16,012 Chemical 254 304 850 940 Eliminations (1,639) (1,688) (5,220) (5,618) Purchases of crude oil and products 5,026 4,993 14,057 13,939          Production and manufacturing expenses         Upstream 671 627 1,963 1,822 Downstream 357 347 1,197 1,099 Chemical 46 43 138 133 Production and manufacturing expenses 1,074 1,017 3,298 3,054          Capital and exploration expenditures         Upstream 1,376 1,051 3,793 2,753 Downstream 27 48 80 120 Chemical 1 - 3 3 Corporate and other 5 5 14 12 Capital and exploration expenditures 1,409 1,104 3,890 2,888           Exploration expenses charged to income included above 21 17 67 76          IMPERIAL OIL LIMITEDTHIRD QUARTER 2012                   Operating statistics Third Quarter Nine Months    2012 2011 2012 2011           Gross crude oil and Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) production        (thousands of barrels a day)         Cold Lake 152 162 154 159 Syncrude 78 75 70 75 Conventional 19 12 20 17 Total crude oil production 249 249 244 251 NGLs available for sale 4 5 5 5 Total crude oil and NGL production 253 254 249 256           Gross natural gas production (millions of cubic feet a day) 188 252 194 259         Gross oil-equivalent production (a)        (thousands of oil-equivalent barrels a day) 285 296 281 299         Net crude oil and NGL production (thousands of barrels a day)         Cold Lake 126 124 120 119 Syncrude 75 70 67 70 Conventional 15 9 15 12 Total crude oil production 216 203 202 201 NGLs available for sale 3 4 3 4 Total crude oil and NGL production 219 207 205 205         Net natural gas production (millions of cubic feet a day) 182 211 197 229         Net oil-equivalent production (a)        (thousands of oil-equivalent barrels a day) 249 242 238 243         Cold Lake blend sales (thousands of barrels a day) 191 205 200 208NGL sales (thousands of barrels a day) 5 9 8 9Natural gas sales (millions of cubic feet a day) 185 230 183 241         Average realizations (Canadian dollars)         Conventional crude oil realizations (a barrel) 77.25 74.31 77.43 83.64 NGL realizations (a barrel) 38.43 54.31 43.76 58.67 Natural gas realizations (a thousand cubic feet) 2.18 3.56 2.12 3.70 Synthetic oil realizations (a barrel) 90.25 97.89 93.04 100.48 Bitumen realizations (a barrel) 59.86 58.23 61.07 60.90           Refinery throughput (thousands of barrels a day) 449  436 424 429Refinery capacity utilization (percent) 89  86 84 85           Petroleum product sales (thousands of barrels a day)         Gasolines (Mogas) 240 230 220 218 Heating, diesel and jet fuels (Distillates) 161 160 148 158 Heavy fuel oils (HFO) 34 26 30 27 Lube oils and other products (Other) 58 48 42 43 Net petroleum products sales 493 464 440 446           Petrochemical sales (thousands of tonnes) 252 257 780 778(a) Gas converted to oil-equivalent at 6 million cubic feet = 1 thousand barrels      IMPERIAL OIL LIMITEDTHIRD QUARTER 2012                           Net income   Net income (U.S. GAAP)   per common share   (millions of Canadian dollars)   (dollars)          2008        First Quarter 681     0.76Second Quarter 1,148     1.29Third Quarter 1,389     1.57Fourth Quarter 660     0.77Year 3,878     4.39                    2009        First Quarter 289     0.34Second Quarter 209     0.25Third Quarter 547     0.64Fourth Quarter 534     0.63Year 1,579     1.86                    2010        First Quarter 476     0.56Second Quarter 517     0.61Third Quarter 418     0.49Fourth Quarter 799     0.95Year 2,210     2.61                    2011        First Quarter 781     0.92Second Quarter 726     0.86Third Quarter 859     1.01Fourth Quarter 1,005     1.19Year 3,371     3.98          2012        First Quarter 1,015     1.20Second Quarter 635     0.75Third Quarter 1,040     1.22   SOURCE: Imperial Oil LimitedFor further information: 403-237-2710