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Marathon Oil Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Marathon Oil Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results04:39 EST Tuesday, November 06, 2012HOUSTON, Nov. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) today reported third quarter 2012 net income of $450 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, compared to net income in the second quarter of 2012 of $393 million, or $0.56 per diluted share. For the third quarter of 2012, adjusted net income was $454 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $416 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2012. Three Months Ended September 30June 30(In millions, except per diluted share data)20122012Adjusted net income (a)$454$416Adjustments for special items (net of taxes):  Unrealized gain on crude oil derivative instruments                           29                            -  Pension settlement                          (22)                            -  Loss on dispositions                          (11)                         (23)Net income$450$393Adjusted net income - per diluted share (a)$0.64$0.59Net income - per diluted share$0.63$0.56Revenues and other income$4,161$3,784Weighted average shares - diluted                         709                        709Cash Flow  Cash flow from operations before changes in working capital (b)$992$1,268Changes in working capital                           78                       (499)Cash flow from operations$1,070$769(a)    Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be considered a substitute for net income as determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. See below for further discussion of adjusted net income.(b)    Cash flow from operations before changes in working capital is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be considered a substitute for cash flow from operations as determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. See below for further discussion of cash flow from operations before changes in working capital."Marathon Oil's producing assets exceeded expectations in the third quarter, driven by superior execution in our U.S. resource plays and continued strong reliability from our base assets," said Clarence P. Cazalot Jr., Marathon Oil chairman, president and CEO. "Our investment in the Eagle Ford shale a little more than a year ago, and our bolt-on acquisitions since then, continue to deliver value beyond original expectations. Not only have we improved the speed and efficiency of our drilling and completions there, we also continue to optimize well spacing which could significantly increase drillable locations and recoverable reserves. One recent Gonzales County well, the Burrow 2-H in which we hold a 100 percent working interest, achieved a 24-hour rate of 6,275 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), of which 4,646 barrels were oil and condensate."With a strong position in U.S. resource plays and the very good operational performance we've had this year, Marathon Oil is positioned to meet or exceed our full-year production targets. In the case of exploration and production (E&P), we are raising our 2012 available for sale estimates to between 375,000 and 385,000 net boed, excluding Libya, which further demonstrates our confidence in our ability to grow production at a 5 to 7 percent compound annual rate from 2010 through 2017."Additionally, over the past year, we have built a more balanced exploration program with significant resource potential and lower risk. In the next 15 months, Marathon Oil plans to drill a number of impact wells in emerging and proven oil plays across the Rift Trends in Kenya and Ethiopia, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and offshore in the Gabon presalt, Norway and the Gulf of Mexico," Cazalot said.Segment ResultsTotal segment income was $590 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to $481 million in the prior quarter. Three Months Ended September 30June 30(In millions)20122012Segment Income  Exploration and Production    United States$110$70  International                         376                         347    Total E&P                         486                         417Oil Sands Mining                           65                           51Integrated Gas                           39                           13  Segment Income (a)$590$481(a)    See Supplemental Statistics below for a reconciliation of segment income to net income as reported under United States GAAP. Three Months Ended September 30June 30 20122012Production Available for Sale (mboed)  E&P466406OSM4639   Total Upstream512445Libya74(a)44   Total Upstream Excluding Libya438401(a)    Includes 32 mboed related to the impact of a natural gas sales contract executed during the third quarter.Exploration and ProductionE&P segment income totaled $486 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to $417 million in the second quarter of 2012. The increase was primarily the result of higher liquid hydrocarbon and natural gas sales volumes, partially offset by higher operating costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization (DD&A) associated with the additional volumes.E&P sales volumes per day (excluding Libya) during the third quarter of 2012 averaged 399,000 net boed, up 10 percent compared to 363,000 net boed for the second quarter. The increase was primarily a result of increased sales from the Eagle Ford, Bakken and Anadarko Woodford plays. Timing of international liftings resulted in increased sales in Equatorial Guinea and Norway, partially offset by a decrease in the U.K.E&P production available for sale per day for the third quarter of 2012 averaged 392,000 net boed (excluding Libya), exceeding the Company's 365,000 to 380,000 net boed third quarter guidance and was 8 percent higher than the previous quarter. Both production available for sale and guidance included two months of production from the Paloma Partners II, LLC acquisition in the Eagle Ford that closed Aug. 1. Second quarter production available for sale was 362,000 net boed (excluding Libya). The increase was a result of the continued ramp up in the U.S. resource plays and the second quarter turnaround in Equatorial Guinea, partially offset by planned downtime in the U.K.Compared to the third quarter of 2011, production available for sale (excluding Libya) in the third quarter of 2012 increased 49,000 net boed, or 14 percent, driven by growth in the Company's U.S. resource plays.The difference between production volumes available for sale and recorded sales volumes was primarily due to the timing of international liftings.Production operations in Libya were suspended in the first quarter of 2011 and resumed with limited production in the fourth quarter of 2011. During the third quarter of 2012, net production available for sale averaged 74,000 boed, compared to 44,000 boed in the second quarter, and net sales averaged 53,000 boed compared to 44,000 boed in the second quarter. Production available for sale was higher than the second quarter and higher than third quarter net sales due to a natural gas sales agreement executed in the third quarter. This agreement resulted in the Company reflecting Jan. 1, 2006 through Sept. 4, 2012 production available for sale in the third quarter, and the Company anticipates recovering these volumes through increased natural gas sales over approximately the next 20 months. Marathon Oil has not included production from Libya in forecasts because of the uncertainty around sustained production levels.Marathon Oil estimates fourth quarter E&P production available for sale will be between 400,000 and 415,000 net boed (excluding Libya). Guidance for full-year E&P production available for sale has been increased to between 375,000 and 385,000 net boed. This guidance excludes any Libyan production but includes the production impacts of recent Eagle Ford acquisitions.United States E&P income was $110 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $70 million in the second quarter. The increase was primarily a result of higher liquid hydrocarbon and natural gas sales volumes, partially offset by higher operating costs and DD&A associated with the increased volumes.International E&P income was $376 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to $347 million in the second quarter. Higher liquid hydrocarbon and natural gas sales volumes, lower DD&A costs and increased equity earnings as a result of the second quarter turnaround in Equatorial Guinea, contributed to the overall increase in international E&P income.Total E&P exploration expenses were $176 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $173 million in the previous quarter. Third quarter exploration expenses included $51 million pre-tax related to unproved property impairments associated with approximately 100,000 net non-core acres in the Eagle Ford.Marathon Oil is currently drilling the Innsbruck exploration well (45 percent working interest) in the Gulf of Mexico and had incurred costs of a net $71 million as of the end of the third quarter. The well has drilled through multiple horizons with no commercial hydrocarbons found to date. The Company anticipates it will reach total depth within the next few days at a total net cost, including asset retirement obligations and leasehold costs, of approximately $100 million. Three Months Ended September 30June 30 20122012Key E&P Statistics  Net Sales    United States - Liquids (mbbld)                        111                          93     Bakken                           29                           25     Eagle Ford                           33                           18     Anadarko Woodford                              3                              2     Other U.S.                           46                           48  United States - Natural Gas (mmcfd)                        366                        319     Bakken                              7                              8     Eagle Ford                           46                           18     Anadarko Woodford                           38                           23     Alaska                           88                           82     Other U.S.                         187                         188  International - Liquids (mbbld)                        182                        177     Equatorial Guinea                           39                           35     Norway                           80                           77     U.K.                           14                           22     Libya                           49                           43  International - Natural Gas (mmcfd)                        585                        501     Equatorial Guinea                         459                         394     Norway                           54                           53     U.K.                           46                           49     Libya                           26                              5  Worldwide Net Sales  (mboed)                        452                        407EAGLE FORD: Marathon Oil's production in the Texas Eagle Ford shale nearly doubled in the third quarter compared to the second quarter, to approximately 40,000 net boed from 21,000 net boed, of which 75 percent was crude oil/condensate and 11 percent was natural gas liquids (NGLs). The increase in production was made up of 5,900 net boed from the Paloma acquisition, with the remainder coming from organic growth and subsequent development of the Paloma assets. Currently, the Company is producing over 60,000 net boed with 29 gross operated wells awaiting completion. In line with previously announced plans, Marathon Oil has reduced its rig count to 18 while maintaining four dedicated and two spot-market hydraulic fracturing crews. During the third quarter, Marathon Oil drilled 78 gross wells and brought 73 wells to sales, for 180 gross wells drilled in 2012. The Company now expects to drill 250 - 260 Eagle Ford gross wells by year-end 2012, an increase of approximately 20 wells from previous estimates. The Company's average time to drill a well in the Eagle Ford is now approximately 24 days, a top-quartile performance in the areas in which Marathon Oil operates.On Nov. 1, the Company closed a previously announced acquisition in the Eagle Ford of approximately 4,300 net acres for an estimated $232 million, excluding purchase price adjustments. This increased the Company's average working interest by 4.6 to 7.3 percent in four core areas of mutual interest (AMI), included 2,900 net boed of production at the time of closing, and added at least 40 net drilling locations to Marathon Oil's inventory in the Eagle Ford.BAKKEN: Marathon Oil averaged production of approximately 30,000 net boed during the third quarter compared to almost 27,000 net boed in the previous quarter. At the end of October, the Company was producing in excess of 32,000 net boed. The Company drilled 25 gross wells during the third quarter with seven rigs, and brought 30 wells to sales. In the third quarter Marathon Oil's average time to drill a well was 25 days spud-to-spud, down from approximately 30 days in the first quarter. By the end of October, the Company had reduced its operations to five rigs. Marathon Oil's Bakken production averages approximately 90 percent crude oil, 5 percent NGLs and 5 percent natural gas.ANADARKO WOODFORD: The Company averaged production of 9,600 net boed during the third quarter compared to 5,700 net boed in the previous quarter, a 68 percent increase. During the third quarter, eight new wells were brought to sales. For the month of September, the Company's net production averaged approximately 12,000 boed.  NORWAY: The Alvheim floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel in Norway achieved another quarter with strong operational performance and reliability. Production available for sale was essentially flat from the second quarter averaging over 89,000 net boed during the third quarter. Marathon has a 65 percent operated interest in Alvheim and in Volund, and a 47 percent operated interest in Vilje.KURDISTAN: In July Marathon Oil spud its first operated exploration well on the Harir block in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and anticipates reaching the target depth of approximately 12,000 feet in December. The Company plans to spud an exploration well on its other operated block, Safen, in the first quarter of 2013. In each of the Harir and Safen blocks, Marathon Oil holds a 45 percent working interest and carries the Government for an additional 11.25 percent.On the Atrush block, the Company participated in a non-operated appraisal well that was flow tested at more than 42,000 gross boed. On the Sarsang block, the non-operated Mangesh exploration well was spud in September. The Company holds a 20 percent working interest in the Atrush block, and holds a 25 percent working interest in the Sarsang block.ETHIOPIA: Marathon Oil announced in October an agreement to acquire a 20 percent working interest in the South Omo concession onshore Ethiopia with an effective date of Aug. 17, 2012. An exploration well is anticipated to spud in South Omo in the fourth quarter. The transaction is expected to close before year end, subject to completion of the necessary Ethiopian government approvals.KENYA: In October Marathon Oil closed on a transaction to acquire positions in onshore exploration Block 9 and Block 12A in northwest Kenya. The Company now holds a 50 percent working interest in Block 9, where an exploration well is currently planned in mid-2013, and a 15 percent working interest in Block 12A.GABON: In October Marathon Oil closed on a transaction to acquire a 21.25 percent working interest in the Diaba License G4-223, offshore Gabon in the presalt. Exploration drilling is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013.Oil Sands MiningThe OSM segment reported income of $65 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $51 million in the second quarter. The increase in segment income was the result of higher synthetic crude oil sales and prices, partially offset by higher operating costs. Three Months Ended September 30June 30 20122012Key Oil Sands Mining Statistics  Net Synthetic Crude Oil Sales (mbbld)5344Synthetic Crude Oil Average Realizations (per bbl)$81.13$79.31Marathon Oil's third quarter 2012 net synthetic crude oil production (upgraded bitumen excluding blendstocks) from its non-operated position in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) mining operation was 46,000 barrels per day (bbld), which was above previous guidance. Marathon Oil anticipates producing an average of 35,000 to 40,000 net bbld of synthetic crude oil (upgraded bitumen excluding blendstocks) in the fourth quarter, and as a result of decreased reliability expects to average 38,000 to 42,000 net bbld for the full year 2012. Marathon Oil holds a 20 percent working interest in the AOSP.Integrated GasIntegrated Gas segment income was $39 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to $13 million in the second quarter. The increase was due primarily to higher sales volumes and lower costs in the third quarter due to a planned turnaround in the second quarter. Three Months Ended September 30June 30 20122012   Key Integrated Gas Statistics  Net Sales (metric tonnes per day)       LNG7,0655,467     Methanol1,1461,268Corporate and Special Items As previously announced, Marathon Oil anticipates divestitures of $1.5 billion to $3 billion over the period of 2011 through 2013 in an ongoing effort to optimize the Company's portfolio for profitable growth. To date, the Company has entered into agreements for approximately $1.1 billion in divestitures, of which more than $700 million have been completed. Also in October Marathon Oil issued $2 billion of debt. It issued $1 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes bearing interest at 0.9 percent with a maturity date of Nov. 1, 2015, and $1 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes bearing interest at 2.8 percent with a maturity date of Nov. 1, 2022.In August Marathon Oil entered into crude oil derivative instruments related to a portion of its forecast U.S. E&P crude oil sales. For the third quarter of 2012, an after-tax unrealized gain of $29 million ($45 million pre-tax) was recorded related to these crude oil derivative instruments. The table below summarizes these commodity derivatives.   Weighted  TermBbls per day Average Price BenchmarkSwapsOct 2012 -  Dec 2013                  20,000  $96.29 WTIOct 2012 -  Dec 2013                  25,000  $109.19 Brent         Weighted  TermBbls per day Average Price BenchmarkOption CollarsOct 2012 -  Dec 2013                  15,000  $90 floor/$101.17 ceiling WTIOct 2012 -  Dec 2013                  15,000  $100 floor/$116.30 ceiling BrentMarathon Oil recorded an after-tax settlement charge of $22 million ($34 million pre-tax) in connection with the Company's U.S. pension plans during the third quarter of 2012.Marathon Oil recorded an after-tax loss of $11 million ($18 million pre-tax) on the sale of undeveloped acreage outside the core of the Eagle Ford shale.The Company will conduct a conference call and webcast today, Nov. 6, at 2:00 p.m. EST, during which it will discuss third quarter 2012 results and will include forward-looking information. The Company anticipates providing an expanded update on current operations across its resource plays and exploration prospects. The webcast is expected to last approximately 90 minutes including questions and answers. To listen to the webcast of the conference call and view the slides, visit the Marathon Oil website at http://www.marathonoil.com. Replays of the webcast will be available through Nov. 20, 2012. Quarterly financial and operational information will also be provided via the Quarterly Investor Packet available on Marathon Oil's website at http://ir.marathonoil.com and on its mobile app available for Apple and Android devices. The webcast slides and Quarterly Investor Packet will be posted to the Company's website and to its mobile app later this morning.# # #In addition to net income determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Marathon Oil has provided supplementally "adjusted net income," a non-GAAP financial measure which facilitates comparisons to earnings forecasts prepared by stock analysts and other third parties. Such forecasts generally exclude the effects of items that are considered non-recurring, are difficult to predict or to measure in advance or that are not directly related to Marathon Oil's ongoing operations. A reconciliation between GAAP net income and "adjusted net income" is provided in a table on page 1 of this release. "Adjusted net income" should not be considered a substitute for net income as reported in accordance with GAAP. Management, as well as certain investors, uses "adjusted net income" to evaluate Marathon Oil's financial performance between periods. Management also uses "adjusted net income" to compare Marathon Oil's performance to certain competitors.In addition to cash flow from operations determined in accordance with GAAP, Marathon Oil has provided supplementally "cash flow from operations before changes in working capital," a non-GAAP financial measure, which management believes demonstrates the Company's ability to internally fund capital expenditures, pay dividends and service debt. A reconciliation between GAAP cash flow from operations and "cash flow from operations before changes in working capital" is provided in a table on page 1 of this release. "Cash flow from operations before changes in working capital" should not be considered a substitute for cash flow from operations as reported in accordance with GAAP. Management, as well as certain investors, uses "cash flow from operations before changes in working capital" to evaluate Marathon Oil's financial performance between periods. Management also uses "cash flow from operations before changes in working capital" to compare Marathon Oil's performance to certain competitors.This release contains forward-looking statements with respect to the timing and levels of the Company's worldwide liquid hydrocarbon and natural gas production, synthetic crude oil production, the expected number of wells to be drilled in the Eagle Ford play, timing of the expected realization of Libya gas volumes,  anticipated exploration drilling activity in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Ethiopia, Kenya, Gabon, Norway and the Gulf of Mexico, the expected closing of an agreement in Ethiopia, the anticipated timing of reaching total depth of the Innsbruck well, and projected asset dispositions through 2013. The 24-hour production rate referenced in the release may not be indicative of future production rates. The average times to drill a well referenced in the release may not be indicative of future drilling times.  Factors that could potentially affect the timing and levels of the Company's worldwide liquid hydrocarbon and natural gas production, synthetic crude oil production, the expected number of wells to be drilled in the Eagle Ford play, timing of the expected realization of Libya gas volumes, and anticipated exploration drilling activity in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Ethiopia, Kenya, Gabon, Norway and the Gulf of Mexico include pricing, supply and demand for liquid hydrocarbons and natural gas, the amount of capital available for exploration and development, regulatory constraints, timing of commencing production from new wells, drilling rig availability, unforeseen hazards such as weather conditions, acts of war or terrorist acts and the governmental or military response thereto, and other geological, operating and economic considerations. The closing of the agreement in Ethiopia is subject to completion of the necessary Ethiopian government approvals. The anticipated timing of reaching total depth of the Innsbruck well and projected asset dispositions are based on current expectations, estimates and projections are not guarantees of future performance.  Actual results may differ materially from these expectations, estimates and projections and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company's control and difficult to predict. The foregoing factors (among others) could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. In accordance with the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Marathon Oil Corporation has included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and subsequent Forms 10-Q and 8-K, cautionary language identifying other important factors, though not necessarily all such factors, that could cause future outcomes to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)  Three Months Ended September 30June 30September 30(In millions, except per share data)201220122011Revenues and other income:      Sales and other operating revenues$4,018$3,718$3,633   Sales to related parties161316   Income from equity method investments12260123   Net gain (loss) on disposal of assets(12)(28)13   Other income172114              Total revenues and other income4,1613,7843,799Costs and expenses:      Cost of revenues (excludes items below)1,2961,3021,600   Purchases from related parties725657   Depreciation, depletion and amortization625580517   Impairments81                           -   General and administrative expenses139130104   Other taxes636759   Exploration expenses176173129             Total costs and expenses2,3792,3092,466Income from operations1,7821,4751,333   Net interest and other(53)(57)(30)Income from operations before income taxes1,7291,4181,303   Provision for income taxes1,2791,025898Net income$450$393$405Adjusted net income (a)$454$416$421Adjustments for special items (net of taxes):   Unrealized gain on crude oil derivative instruments                           29                           -                           -Pension settlement                          (22)                           -                           -Loss on dispositions                          (11)(23)(1)Deferred income tax items                           -                           -(15)Net income$450$393$405Per Share Data   Basic:   Net income$0.64$0.56$0.57Diluted:   Adjusted net income (a)$0.64$0.59$0.59Net income$0.63$0.56$0.57Weighted Average Shares:     Basic706706711  Diluted709709714(a)    Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be considered a substitute for net income as determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. See above for further discussion of adjusted net income.Supplemental Statistics (Unaudited)    Three Months Ended September 30June 30September 30(In millions)201220122011Segment Income        Exploration and Production              United States$110$70$81           International376347249                E&P segment486417330     Oil Sands Mining655192     Integrated Gas391355Segment income590481477Items not allocated to segments, net of income taxes:        Corporate and other unallocated items(136)(65)(56)     Unrealized gain on crude oil derivative instruments29                             -                               -       Pension settlement(22)                             -                              -       Loss on dispositions(11)(23)(1)     Deferred income tax items                             -                               -  (15)                Net income$450$393$405Capital Expenditures (b)        Exploration and Production              United States$1,046$983$502           International228201182                E&P segment1,2741,184684     Oil Sands Mining414336     Integrated Gas111     Corporate23177                Total$1,339$1,245$728Exploration Expenses        United States$132$144$75     International442954                Total$176$173$129(b)    Capital expenditures include changes in accruals.Supplemental Statistics (Unaudited)    Three Months Ended September 30June 30September 30 201220122011E&P Operating Statistics        Net Crude Oil Sales (mbbld)              United States988565           Europe9398107           Africa776823                Total International170166130                          Worldwide268251195     Net Natural Gas Liquids Sales (mbbld)              United States1384           Europe111           Africa111011                Total International121112                          Worldwide251916     Total Net Liquid Hydrocarbon Sales (mbbld)              United States1119369           Europe9499108           Africa887834                Total International182177142                          Worldwide293270211     Net Natural Gas Sales (mmcfd)              United States366319296           Europe (c)10010279           Africa485399453                Total International585501532                          Worldwide951820828     Total Worldwide Sales (mboed)452407349     Average Realizations  (d)             Liquid Hydrocarbons (per bbl)                 United States$83.80$84.40$88.89              Europe112.34111.12117.05              Africa98.6596.8463.51                 Total International105.71104.82104.24                         Worldwide97.4097.8199.24          Natural Gas (per mcf)                 United States3.613.424.85              Europe10.1010.059.81              Africa (e)0.630.250.24                 Total International2.252.251.67                         Worldwide$2.77$2.70$2.81OSM Operating Statistics       Net Synthetic Crude Oil Sales (mbbld)  (f)534450    Synthetic Crude Oil Average Realizations (per bbl) (d)$81.13$79.31$87.29IG Operating Statistics        Net Sales (mtd)  (g)             LNG7,0655,4676,935          Methanol1,1461,2681,366(c)  Includes natural gas acquired for injection and subsequent resale of 18 mmcfd and 17 mmcfd for the third and second quarters of 2012 and 16 mmcfd for the third quarter of 2011.(d)   Excludes gains and losses on derivative instruments.(e)  Primarily represents a fixed price under long-term contracts with Alba Plant LLC, Atlantic Methanol Production Company LLC ("AMPCO") and Equatorial Guinea LNG Holdings Limited ("EGHoldings"), equity method investees.  The Company includes its share of Alba Plant LLC's income in its E&P segment and includes its share of AMPCO's and EGHoldings' income in its Integrated Gas segment.(f)   Includes blendstocks.(g)  Includes both consolidated sales volumes and our share of the sales volumes of equity method investees in the third quarter of 2011.  LNG sales from Alaska, conducted through a consolidated subsidiary, ceased when these operations were sold in the third quarter of 2011.  LNG and methanol sales from Equatorial Guinea are conducted through equity method investees.CONTACT: Media Relations Contacts: Lee Warren: 713-296-4103 John Porretto: 713-296-4102 Investor Relations Contacts: Howard Thill: 713-296-4140 Chris Phillips: 713-296-3213