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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Earnings season continues.....Royal Dutch Shell [RDS.A], Statoil [STO] and Plains Exploration [PXP]

Royal Dutch Shell [RDS.A] Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser commented: “Our industry continues to see significant energy price volatility as a result of economic and political developments. Oil prices have fallen recently but Shell is implementing a long term, competitive and innovative strategy against this volatile backdrop.”

“Shell's underlying CCS earnings were $7.5 billion for the quarter, a 2% increase in CCS earnings per share from the first quarter of 2012. These results were underpinned by Shell's growth projects, an improvement in downstream profitability, and were delivered despite a difficult security environment in Nigeria.”

“Our profits pay for Shell's dividends and investment in new projects to ensure affordable and reliable energy supplies for our customers, and to add value for our shareholders.”

“Shell is investing for profitable growth, whilst maintaining strong capital discipline. We are developing some 30 new projects and maturing a series of further opportunities for investment. So far this year, we’ve seen the growth impact of recent start ups and we took four final investment decisions in petrochemicals, deepwater, and LNG”......Read the entire Shell earnings report.

Statoil [STO] president and CEO Helge Lundfirst announced 1st quarter 2013 net operating income was NOK 38.0 billion. Adjusted earnings were NOK 42.4 billion. "We deliver financial results impacted by lower production and reduced prices. We continue to deliver good industrial progress according to plan. As previously announced, production in 2013 will be lower than in 2012. We are on track to deliver 2 to 3% average annual production growth from 2012 to 2016 and production above 2.5 million barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2020," says Helge Lund, Statoil's president and CEO.

In addition to the expected lower production in the quarter, production was impacted by operational disruptions at Snøhvit, Troll and Peregrino. Statoil's net operating income was also impacted by a provision related to the Cove Point terminal in the US. Adjusted earnings [5] were down 28% compared to the first quarter 2012. The underlying cost development in the period is stable.

Statoil's cash flows provided by operating activities decreased by 19% compared to the first quarter of 2012, explained by the lower production and reduced prices......Read the entire Statoil earnings report.

Plains Exploration & Production Company (PXP) announces 2013 first-quarter financial and operating results. PXP reported first-quarter revenues of $1.2 billion and net income attributable to common stockholders of $22.6 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to revenues of $524.3 million and a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $82.3 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, for the first-quarter of 2012.

The first quarter 2013 net income attributable to common stockholders includes certain items affecting the comparability of operating results. Those items consist of realized and unrealized gains and losses on our mark to market derivative contracts resulting in a net loss of $202.0 million due in large part to higher crude oil forward prices, a $15.5 million unrealized gain on investment in McMoRan Exploration Co. common stock, debt extinguishment costs of $18.1 million, and other items. When considering these items, PXP reports adjusted net income attributable to common stockholders of $139.6 million, or $1.05 per diluted share (a non-GAAP measure), compared to $77.0 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, for the same period in 2012.

A reconciliation of non GAAP financial measures used in this release to comparable GAAP financial measures is included with the financial tables. PXP's 2013 first-quarter daily sales volumes averaged 170.4 thousand BOE per day compared to 87.9 thousand BOE in the first quarter of 2012......Read the entire Plains Exploration earnings report.

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