From the Field
Anadarko upbeat moving into 2017
HOUSTON, February 1, 2017 – Anadarko Petroleum released its fourth-quarter results late on Tuesday, announcing a boost in sales and reduction in losses compared with the same period a year ago.
The Texas-based independent revealed a net loss of USD 515 million on sales of USD 2.39 billion for the final period of 2016. In the fourth quarter of 2015, the company had incurred a loss of USD 1.25 billion on revenue that was 16.3% less than in this past quarter.
According to the numbers released on Tuesday, revenue slid to USD 7.87 billion in 2016 from USD 8.7 billion in 2015. However, the asset sales and push to reduce costs, which it did by 29% in the past quarter, reduced annual losses for 2016 to USD 3.07 billion. Net losses suffered in 2015 were USD 6.69 billion.
Overall, 2016 represented a time of consolidation for Anadarko. It sold USD 4 billion in assets in 2016 as it shifted its domestic drilling focus to Colorado, Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. It also expects close on another USD 3.5 billion of divestitures in the Eagle Ford and Marcellus Shale plays in the first quarter of 2017.
While quarterly production fell slightly to 774,000 boepd from 779,000 a year earlier, Anadarko is feeling optimistic moving into 2017.
According to the report, it achieved production records in 2016 at several sites in the Gulf of Mexico, West Texas’ Delaware Basin and Colorado’s DJ Basin. The company also highlighted striking first oil in two spots in the Gulf of Mexico and its December acquisition of already-producing Gulf of Mexico properties from Freeport-McMoRan for USD 1.8 billion.
Anadarko has reported 1.72 billion boe of proven reserves as of the end of 2016.
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