Imperial announces estimated second quarter financial and operating results

For the six months ended June 30, 2015

CALGARY, July 31, 2015 /CNW/ -






Second quarter


Six months

(millions of dollars, unless noted)

2015

2014

%


2015

2014

%









Net income (U.S. GAAP)

120

1,232

(90)


541

2,178

(75)

Net income per common share









- assuming dilution (dollars)

0.14

1.45

(90)


0.64

2.56

(75)









Capital and exploration expenditures

819

1,398

(41)


1,869

2,632

(29)

 

Rich Kruger, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented:

Imperial's second quarter results reflect continued strong operating performance across all business lines in a challenging business environment. Highlights for the quarter include the early start-up of the Kearl expansion project, continued ramp-up of Cold Lake Nabiye production, start-up of the Edmonton Rail Terminal, successful execution of major turnarounds at the Sarnia refinery and Syncrude, and best-ever quarterly earnings in the Chemical business.

Earnings in the second quarter were $120 million, or $0.14 per share, and reflected a net charge, largely non-cash, of $320 million ($0.38 per share) associated with the recently enacted Alberta corporate income tax rate increase. Earnings in the second quarter of 2014 included a gain of $478 million associated with the divestments of conventional upstream producing assets.

Gross production averaged 344,000 oil-equivalent barrels per day, up 57,000 barrels from 2014 due to increased Kearl and Cold Lake production. This result was the company's highest quarterly production level in nearly eight years. At Kearl, production averaged 130,000 barrels per day (92,000 barrels Imperial's share) in the quarter, driven by the expansion project start-up five months ahead of schedule and improved reliability in the initial development.  

Refinery throughput averaged 373,000 barrels per day, compared to 418,000 barrels per day in the same period of 2014, reflecting planned turnaround activity at the Sarnia refinery. Capacity utilization excluding the turnaround continued to remain high at 97 percent.

Second quarter capital and exploration expenditures totalled $819 million, down $579 million versus 2014, as the Cold Lake Nabiye and Kearl expansion projects progressed toward completion.

Imperial continues to deliver results in the current business environment by focusing on what we can control. Specifically, we are relentlessly pursuing cost efficiencies, critically evaluating our investment decisions and increasing productivity in all areas of our business. This results-oriented approach is strengthening our resiliency, ensuring the company remains well-positioned throughout the commodity price cycle. Above all, our focus remains on delivering superior, long-term shareholder value in whatever business environment we operate in.

 

Second quarter highlights

  • Net income totalled $120 million or $0.14 per share on a diluted basis, down from $1,232 million or $1.45 per share in the second quarter of 2014. The decrease was largely due to the significant decline in global crude oil prices, the absence of a gain of $478 million from the divestment of conventional upstream producing assets in 2014 and a net charge, largely non-cash, of $320 million associated with the recently enacted Alberta corporate income tax rate increase.

  • Production averaged 344,000 gross oil-equivalent barrels per day, up 20 percent versus 287,000 barrels in the second quarter of 2014 due to higher Kearl and Cold Lake volumes. Production was at its highest level since the third quarter of 2007.

  • Refinery throughput averaged 373,000 barrels per day, compared to 418,000 barrels in the same period of 2014. The decrease was mainly associated with major planned maintenance turnaround activity at the Sarnia refinery. Excluding the impact of the planned turnaround, capacity utilization averaged 97 percent.

  • Petroleum product sales averaged 478,000 barrels per day in the quarter compared to 481,000 barrels per day in the same period of 2014. The company continues to aggressively pursue growth in profitable Canadian markets.

  • Cash generated from operating activities was $377 million, a decrease of $622 million from the second quarter of 2014, mainly due to lower earnings and working capital effects.

  • Capital and exploration expenditures totalled $819 million, down $579 million versus 2014. Investments were primarily directed towards the completion of the major upstream growth projects. 

  • Kearl bitumen production averaged 130,000 barrels per day in the quarter (92,000 barrels Imperial's share), up from 73,000 barrels per day (52,000 barrels Imperial's share) in the second quarter of 2014 and 95,000 barrels (67,000 barrels Imperial's share) in the first quarter of 2015. The increase was the result of the start-up of the expansion project and improved reliability of the initial development. Kearl expansion started up five months ahead of schedule and averaged more than 100,000 barrels per day (71,000 barrels Imperial's share) during its first full month of operations. This reflects the significant benefits of our "design one, build multiple" approach and the rigorous application of the lessons learned from the initial development.

  • Cold Lake bitumen production averaged 161,000 barrels per day in the quarter, up from 138,000 barrels in the same quarter of 2014, with Nabiye production continuing to ramp-up following its first quarter 2015 start-up.

  • Cold Lake Midzaghe project description was filed with the Alberta Energy Regulator. Midzaghe is a planned solvent-assisted, steam-assisted gravity drainage (SA-SAGD) project in the Cold Lake area to access more than 500 million barrels of recoverable reserves. The filing is the first step in the environmental assessment process and a precursor to public consultations with local stakeholders, including First Nations. Midzaghe is one of a suite of potential SA-SAGD projects in Imperial's portfolio. No final investment decision has been made at this time.

  • The company's share of Syncrude production averaged 52,000 barrels per day in the second quarter. Subsequent to the safe completion of major planned maintenance activities, the plant resumed normal operations in June.

  • Edmonton Rail Terminal project was successfully completed. The terminal, a joint venture operated by Kinder Morgan, provides access for equity crude production to the highest-value markets. The facility is capable of loading unit trains, comprising 100 to 120 rail cars per train. The terminal has an initial capacity of 210,000 barrels per day with the potential to expand to 250,000 barrels.

  • WCC LNG project proceeding through the B.C. environmental assessment process. After filing a project description in December 2014, the project is proceeding through the pre-application phase of the environmental assessment process, which includes public and Aboriginal engagement, Environmental Assessment Office working group participation and ongoing studies. A final investment decision, not anticipated in the near term, will ultimately be based on a number of factors, including satisfactory government and regulatory approvals, economic competitiveness, future market conditions and LNG sales agreements.

  • Esso was the proud Fuel and Convenience Store Supplier of the 2015 Pan Am Games held in Toronto this summer. The Games featured more than 10,000 athletes, coaches and officials representing 41 countries. The sponsorship also extends to the Parapan Am Games in August, which act as the qualifier for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. We extend our congratulations to the Canadian athletes for their outstanding performance.

Second quarter 2015 vs. second quarter 2014

The company's net income for the second quarter of 2015 was $120 million or $0.14 per share on a diluted basis and reflected a net charge, largely non-cash, of $320 million ($0.38 per share) associated with the recently enacted Alberta corporate income tax rate increase, compared with $1,232 million or $1.45 per share for the same period last year.

Upstream recorded a net loss in the second quarter of $174 million, $1,031 million lower than the same period of 2014. Earnings in the second quarter of 2015 reflected lower crude oil and gas realizations of about $650 million along with the impact associated with increased Alberta corporate income taxes of about $327 million. Earnings in the second quarter of 2014 included a gain of $478 million from the divestment of conventional upstream producing assets. These factors were partially offset by higher Kearl and Cold Lake volumes of about $190 million, the impact of a weaker Canadian dollar of about $160 million and lower royalties of about $120 million.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the main U.S. dollar benchmark crude for North America, decreased by 44 percent compared to the same quarter in 2014. The company's average Canadian dollar realizations for synthetic crude oil and bitumen decreased about 33 and 35 percent in the second quarter of 2015 to $75.20 and $49.16 per barrel respectively, as the decline in the benchmark crude was partly offset by the weaker Canadian dollar, along with decreased light-heavy differentials. The company's average realizations on sales of natural gas of $1.83 per thousand cubic feet in the second quarter of 2015, were lower by $2.25 per thousand cubic feet, versus the same period in 2014.

Gross production of Cold Lake bitumen averaged 161,000 barrels per day in the second quarter, up from 138,000 barrels in the same period last year, primarily due to the continued ramp-up of Nabiye production. Nabiye production is expected to reach approximately 40,000 barrels per day, before royalties, by the end of 2015.

Gross production of Kearl bitumen averaged 130,000 barrels per day in the second quarter (92,000 barrels Imperial's share) up from 73,000 barrels per day (52,000 barrels Imperial's share) during the second quarter of 2014, reflecting early start-up of the Kearl expansion project and continued improvement in reliability of the initial development.

During the second quarter of 2015, the company's share of gross production from Syncrude averaged 52,000 barrels per day, up from 51,000 barrels in the second quarter of 2014.

Gross production of conventional crude oil averaged 15,000 barrels per day in the second quarter, versus 18,000 barrels in the corresponding period in 2014. The lower production volume was primarily due to the impact of properties divested during the first half of 2014.

Gross production of natural gas during the second quarter of 2015 was 134 million cubic feet per day, down from 158 million cubic feet in the same period last year, reflecting the impact of properties divested during the first half of 2014.

Downstream net income was $215 million in the second quarter, $151 million lower than the second quarter of 2014. Earnings decreased mainly due to lower margins of about $170 million, higher refinery planned maintenance expense of about $90 million, partly offset by the impact of a weaker Canadian dollar of about $130 million.

Chemical net income was $69 million in the second quarter, the highest quarterly earnings on record, up from $57 million in the same quarter in 2014.

Net income effects from Corporate and Other were $10 million in the second quarter, versus negative $48 million in the same period of 2014, primarily due to changes in share-based compensation charges and the impact of the Alberta corporate income tax rate increase.

The company's cash balance was $28 million as at June 30, 2015 versus $171 million at the end of the second quarter of 2014.

Cash flow generated from operating activities was $377 million in the second quarter, versus $999 million in the corresponding period in 2014. Lower cash flow was mainly due to lower earnings and working capital effects.

Investing activities used net cash of $724 million in the second quarter, compared with $595 million in the same period of 2014. Additions to property, plant and equipment were $773 million in the second quarter, compared with $1,295 million during the same quarter in 2014. Expenditures during the quarter were primarily directed towards the completion of the upstream growth projects.

Cash from financing activities was $315 million in the second quarter, compared with cash used in financing activities of $335 million in the second quarter of 2014. Dividends paid in the second quarter of 2015 were $110 million, unchanged from the corresponding period in 2014. Per-share dividends paid in the second quarter were $0.13, unchanged from the same period of 2014.

Six months highlights

  • Net income totalled $541 million, down from $2,178 million in the prior year.

  • Net income per common share on a diluted basis was $0.64 compared to $2.56 in 2014.

  • Cash generated from operations was $658 million, versus $2,084 million in 2014.

  • Gross oil-equivalent barrels of production averaged 339,000 barrels per day, up from 308,000 barrels from the same period in 2014.

  • Refinery throughput averaged 383,000 barrels per day, compared to 398,000 barrels in the same period last year.

  • Per-share dividends declared during the year totalled $0.26, unchanged from 2014.

Six months 2015 vs. six months 2014

Net income in the first six months of 2015 was $541 million, or $0.64 per share on a diluted basis and reflected a net charge, largely non-cash, of $320 million ($0.38 per share) associated with the recently enacted Alberta corporate income tax rate increase, versus $2,178 million or $2.56 per share for the first half of 2014, which included a $478 million gain on the sale of conventional upstream producing assets.

Upstream recorded a net loss of $363 million for the first six months of 2015, $1,672 million lower than the same period of 2014. Earnings in 2015 reflected the impact of lower crude oil and gas realizations of about $1,740 million and the impact associated with increased Alberta corporate income taxes of about $327 million. Earnings in the second quarter of 2014 included a gain of $478 million from the divestment of conventional upstream producing assets. These factors were partially offset by lower royalties of about $330 million, the impact of a weaker Canadian dollar of about $320 million, and higher Kearl and Cold Lake volumes of about $260 million.

WTI, the main U.S. dollar benchmark crude for North America, decreased by 47 percent compared to the same period in 2014. The company's average Canadian dollar realizations for synthetic crude oil and bitumen decreased about 41 and 45 percent in the first half of 2015 to $63.89 and $39.15 per barrel respectively, as the decline in benchmark crude and increased light-heavy differentials were partly offset by the weaker Canadian dollar. The company's average realizations on sales of natural gas of $2.71 per thousand cubic feet in 2015, were lower by $2.78 per thousand cubic feet, versus the same period in 2014.

Gross production of Cold Lake bitumen averaged 156,000 barrels per day in the first six months, up from 142,000 barrels from the same period last year, primarily due to Nabiye production.

Gross production of Kearl bitumen averaged 113,000 barrels per day in the first six months of 2015 (80,000 barrels Imperial's share) up from 72,000 barrels per day (51,000 barrels Imperial's share), reflecting early start-up of the Kearl expansion project and improved reliability of the initial development.

During the first six months of 2015, the company's share of gross production from Syncrude averaged 63,000 barrels per day, up from 62,000 barrels from the same period of 2014.

Gross production of conventional crude oil averaged 15,000 barrels per day in the first half of 2015, compared to 20,000 barrels during the same period of 2014.The lower production volume was primarily due to the impact of properties divested during the first half of 2014.

Gross production of natural gas during the first six months of 2015 was 140 million cubic feet per day, down from 181 million cubic feet in the same period last year, reflecting the impact of properties divested during the first half of 2014.

Downstream net income was $780 million, down $74 million from the same period of 2014. Earnings decreased due to the impacts of lower refining margins of about $200 million and higher refinery planned maintenance expense of about $130 million, partially offset by the impact of a weaker Canadian dollar of about $170 million, lower energy costs of $80 million and a 2015 gain of $17 million from the sale of assets.

Chemical net income was $135 million, up from $100 million in the same period in 2014, mainly as a result of strong polyethylene operations and margins.

For the first six months of 2015, net income effects from Corporate & Other were negative $11 million, versus negative $85 million in 2014, primarily due to changes in share-based compensation charges and the impact of the Alberta corporate income tax rate increase.

Key financial and operating data follow.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements of future events or conditions in this report, including projections, targets, expectations, estimates, and business plans are forward-looking statements. Actual future results, including demand growth and energy source mix; production growth and mix; project plans, dates, costs and capacities; production rates and resource recoveries; cost savings; product sales; financing sources; and capital and environmental expenditures could differ materially depending on a number of factors, such as changes in the price, supply of and demand for crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum and petrochemical products; political or regulatory events; project schedules; commercial negotiations; the receipt, in a timely manner, of regulatory and third-party approvals; unanticipated operational disruptions; unexpected technological developments; and other factors discussed in this report and Item 1A of Imperial's most recent Form 10-K. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some that are similar to other oil and gas companies and some that are unique to Imperial. Imperial's actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by its forward-looking statements and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on them.

The term "project" as used in this release can refer to a variety of different activities and does not necessarily have the same meaning as in any government payment transparency reports.


Attachment I



IMPERIAL OIL LIMITED


SECOND QUARTER 2015
























Second Quarter


 Six Months


millions of Canadian dollars, unless noted


2015


2014


2015


2014











Net Income (U.S. GAAP)










Total revenues and other income


7,301


10,049


13,504


19,275


Total expenses


6,705


8,403


12,347


16,369


Income before income taxes


596


1,646


1,157


2,906


Income taxes


476


414


616


728


Net income


120


1,232


541


2,178












Net income per common share (dollars)


0.14


1.45


0.64


2.57


Net income per common share - assuming dilution (dollars)


0.14


1.45


0.64


2.56











Other Financial Data










Federal excise tax included in operating revenues 


387


383


764


753












Gain/(loss) on asset sales, after tax


17


480


40


496












Total assets at June 30






42,834


39,398












Total debt at June 30






7,984


6,069


Interest coverage ratio - earnings basis











(times covered)






39.5


61.7












Other long-term obligations at June 30






3,973


2,917












Shareholders' equity at June 30






22,759


21,519


Capital employed at June 30






30,761


27,610


Return on average capital employed (a)











(percent)






7.2


14.9












Dividends declared on common stock











Total


110


110


220


220



Per common share (dollars)


0.13


0.13


0.26


0.26












Millions of common shares outstanding











At June 30






847.6


847.6



Average - assuming dilution


850.7


850.7


850.6


850.6











(a)

Return on capital employed is net income excluding after-tax cost of financing divided by the average rolling
four quarters' capital employed

 










Attachment II











IMPERIAL OIL LIMITED

SECOND QUARTER 2015
























Second Quarter


Six Months

millions of Canadian dollars


2015


2014


2015


2014











Total cash and cash equivalents at period end


28


171


28


171











Net income


120


1,232


541


2,178

Adjustments for non-cash items:










Depreciation and depletion


335


280


652


560


(Gain)/loss on asset sales


(25)


(640)


(51)


(660)


Deferred income taxes and other


254


221


272


226

Changes in operating assets and liabilities


(307)


(94)


(756)


(220)

Cash flows from (used in) operating activities 


377


999


658


2,084











Cash flows from (used in) investing activities


(724)


(595)


(1,726)


(1,738)


Proceeds associated with asset sales


65


732


90


807











Cash flows from (used in) financing activities


315


(335)


881


(447)






















Attachment III


IMPERIAL OIL LIMITED

SECOND QUARTER 2015




Second Quarter


Six Months

millions of Canadian dollars

2015


2014


2015


2014









Net income (U.S. GAAP)









Upstream

(174)


857


(363)


1,309


Downstream

215


366


780


854


Chemical

69


57


135


100


Corporate and other

10


(48)


(11)


(85)


Net income

120


1,232


541


2,178









Revenues and other income









Upstream

2,517


3,795


4,329


7,073


Downstream

5,459


7,278


10,414


14,366


Chemical

373


503


722


961


Eliminations/Other

(1,048)


(1,527)


(1,961)


(3,125)


Total

7,301


10,049


13,504


19,275









Purchases of crude oil and products 









Upstream

1,070


1,430


1,908


2,835


Downstream

4,071


5,781


7,266


11,197


Chemical

205


351


387


670


Eliminations

(1,051)


(1,527)


(1,961)


(3,125)


Purchases of crude oil and products

4,295


6,035


7,600


11,577









Production and manufacturing expenses









Upstream

953


987


1,903


2,016


Downstream

392


350


748


736


Chemical

50


53


103


114


Eliminations

-


-


-


-


Production and manufacturing expenses

1,395


1,390


2,754


2,866









Capital and exploration expenditures









Upstream

704


1,237


1,594


2,400


Downstream

96


135


221


183


Chemical

4


6


16


8


Corporate and other

15


20


38


41


Capital and exploration expenditures

819


1,398


1,869


2,632










Exploration expenses charged to income included above

16


17


33


38











 










Attachment IV











IMPERIAL OIL LIMITED

SECOND QUARTER 2015





















Operating statistics

Second Quarter


Six Months



2015


2014


2015


2014










Gross crude oil and Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) production








(thousands of barrels per day)









Cold Lake

161


138


156


142


Kearl

92


52


80


51


Syncrude

52


51


63


62


Conventional

15


18


15


20


Total crude oil production

320


259


314


275


NGLs available for sale

2


2


2


3


Total crude oil and NGL production

322


261


316


278










Gross natural gas production (millions of cubic feet per day)

134


158


140


181









Gross oil-equivalent production (a)








(thousands of oil-equivalent barrels per day)

344


287


339


308









Net crude oil and NGL production (thousands of barrels per day)









Cold Lake

142


108


140


111


Kearl

90


47


78


47


Syncrude

45


47


57


58


Conventional

13


14


14


16


Total crude oil production

290


216


289


232


NGLs available for sale

1


2


1


2


Total crude oil and NGL production

291


218


290


234









Net natural gas production (millions of cubic feet per day)

119


155


131


168









Net oil-equivalent production (a)








(thousands of oil-equivalent barrels per day)

311


244


312


262









Cold Lake blend sales (thousands of barrels per day)

218


185


212


191

Kearl blend sales (thousands of barrels per day)

107


69


95


65

NGL sales (thousands of barrels per day)

6


7


6


9









Average realizations (Canadian dollars)









Conventional crude oil realizations (per barrel)

48.43


62.85


37.67


67.61


NGL realizations (per barrel)

8.57


40.87


17.17


55.44


Natural gas realizations (per thousand cubic feet)

1.83


4.08


2.71


5.49


Synthetic oil realizations (per barrel)

75.20


111.95


63.89


108.76


Bitumen realizations (per barrel)

49.16


75.92


39.15


70.79









Refinery throughput (thousands of barrels per day)

373


418


383


398

Refinery capacity utilization (percent)

89


99


91


94









Petroleum product sales (thousands of barrels per day)









Gasolines (Mogas)

248


246


241


240


Heating, diesel and jet fuels (Distillates)

163


174


175


182


Heavy fuel oils (HFO)

15


17


17


18


Lube oils and other products (Other)

52


44


43


39


Net petroleum products sales

478


481


476


479









Petrochemical sales (thousands of tonnes)

242


266


467


496











(a)

Gas converted to oil-equivalent at 6 million cubic feet = 1 thousand barrels

 









Attachment V










IMPERIAL OIL LIMITED

SECOND QUARTER 2015
























Net income per



Net income (U.S. GAAP)




common share - diluted



(millions of Canadian dollars)




(dollars)










2011









First Quarter


781






0.91

Second Quarter


726






0.85

Third Quarter


859






1.01

Fourth Quarter


1,005






1.18

Year


3,371






3.95



















2012









First Quarter


1,015






1.19

Second Quarter


635






0.75

Third Quarter


1,040






1.22

Fourth Quarter


1,076






1.26

Year


3,766






4.42



















2013









First Quarter


798






0.94

Second Quarter


327






0.38

Third Quarter


647






0.76

Fourth Quarter


1,056






1.24

Year


2,828






3.32



















2014









First Quarter


946






1.11

Second Quarter


1,232






1.45

Third Quarter


936






1.10

Fourth Quarter


671






0.79

Year


3,785






4.45



















2015









First Quarter


421






0.50

Second Quarter


120






0.14

After more than a century, Imperial continues to be an industry leader in applying technology and innovation to responsibly develop Canada's energy resources. As Canada's largest petroleum refiner, a major producer of crude oil and natural gas, a key petrochemical producer and a leading fuels marketer from coast to coast, our company remains committed to high standards across all areas of our business.

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