Talisman Energy Reports Third Quarter Results

October 30, 2012

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct 30, 2012) - Talisman Energy Inc. (TLM.TO) (TLM) reported its operating and financial results for the third quarter of 2012. All values in this release are unaudited and in US$ unless otherwise stated.

"Our third quarter results reflect the strengths and challenges of our portfolio. Underlying production increased 6% as a result of strong performance in Southeast Asia, Colombia and the Eagle Ford, and we expect to achieve our full-year production target," said Hal Kvisle, President and Chief Executive Officer. "However, the financial benefit of these production gains is being offset by low natural gas prices in North America and lower production in the North Sea.

"We are working toward a disciplined capital plan for 2013 in the range of $3 billion, smaller and more focused than we''ve seen in recent years. Our objective is to fund our most promising and profitable investment opportunities, focusing on near-term cash generation while keeping our balance sheet in good shape. We will provide more details in January after we complete our annual planning process."

2012 Third Quarter Overview

  • Hal Kvisle appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on September 10, 2012.
  • Production from ongoing operations increased 6% over last year to 415,000 boe/d, driven by gas volumes in North America and liquids growth in Southeast Asia, Colombia and the Eagle Ford. Full-year production guidance remains unchanged.
  • Year-to-date cash flow(1) is $2.3 billion, down 10% from last year, as low North American natural gas prices and lower North Sea production were partially offset by higher production in Southeast Asia.
  • The net loss of $731 million in the quarter is largely the result of $443 million in after-tax impairment charges, reflecting the impact of the company''s planned exit from Peru, ongoing uncertainty with the Yme development in Norway, the prohibitions on shale operations in Quebec, and declining reservoir performance at Rev in Norway.
  • In Malaysia, Talisman is on track to assume operatorship of the new Kinabalu PSC in late December 2012. In Vietnam the HST/HSD development remains on schedule and on budget, with first oil projected for the second half of 2013.
  • The company continues to make progress toward closing the $1.5 billion UK joint venture agreement with Sinopec by year-end.
  • Talisman has decided to exit Peru in order to focus on near-term opportunities in its three core regions.
  • The company declared a quarterly dividend of US$0.0675 per common share.

(1) The term "cash flow" is a non-GAAP measure. Please see advisories and reconciliations elsewhere in this news release.

Corporate Update

With the appointment of Hal Kvisle as CEO in September, Talisman is focusing on total shareholder returns and near-term profitability, in particular, generating reliable cash flow per share growth.

To achieve this, Talisman has set four key priorities:

  • We will live within our means. We will set capital spending budgets that can be funded by operating cash flows. We will pay down debt, strengthen our balance sheet and build financial capacity to act opportunistically when attractive acquisition or development opportunities come our way.
  • We will focus our capital program on projects that come onstream more quickly and deliver sustainable cash flow over the longer term. We will reduce up front capital on high-risk exploration in multiple regions around the world. We will continue to explore, but in regions we know well and in a lower risk part of the exploration spectrum.
  • We intend to build and strengthen our three core regions - the Americas, Southeast Asia and the North Sea - and we will shed non-core assets and focus on our best properties in all three regions.
  • We will improve operational performance and reduce all aspects of our cost structure. We will do things better, faster and at lower cost, maintaining our focus on safe and responsible operating practices.

Financial Results

September 30 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  2012   2011 2012   2011
             
Cash flow(2) ($ million) 693   902 2,347   2,610
Cash flow per share2 0.68   0.88 2.29   2.55
             
Earnings (loss) from operations2 ($ million) (36 ) 165 202   490
Earnings (loss) from operations per share2 (0.04 ) 0.16 0.20   0.48
             
Net income (loss) ($ million) (731 ) 521 (244 ) 893
Net income (loss) per share (0.71 ) 0.51 (0.24 ) 0.87
             
Average shares outstanding - basic (million) 1,026   1,024 1,025   1,024

Cash flow2 is down 10% year to date as low North American gas prices and lower North Sea production were partially offset by higher volumes in Southeast Asia. Cash flow2 is also lower relative to the second quarter as a result of an increase in oil inventories, which fluctuate quarter on quarter, as well as foreign exchange movements.

Year-to-date earnings from operations2 were also down due to lower netbacks and higher DD&A charges. Earnings from operations2 were down from the second quarter primarily as a result of increased oil inventories and changes in foreign exchange rates.

Net income was down relative to the corresponding period in 2011 largely as a result of asset impairments. This included one-time costs associated with events during the quarter, including the company''s planned exit from Peru, ongoing uncertainty at Yme in Norway, the prohibitions on shale operations in Quebec, and declining reservoir performance at the Rev field in Norway. The after-tax impairment charge for the quarter was $443 million.

Exploration and development spending2 in the quarter was $893 million, down 13% from the previous quarter. Year-to-date exploration and development spending2 is $3 billion, and is expected to be approximately $4 billion in 2012. 

Net debt2 at the end of the third quarter was $4.5 billion. The company will use the proceeds from the UK Sinopec joint venture to maintain a strong balance sheet rather than repurchasing shares.

(2) The terms "cash flow," "cash flow per share" "earnings (loss) from operations," "earnings (loss) from operations per share," "exploration and development spending" and "net debt" are non-GAAP measures. Please see the advisories and reconciliations elsewhere in this news release.

Netbacks

September 30 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Realized Asian gas price ($/mcf) 8.88 9.40 9.41 9.31
Realized North American gas price ($/mcf) 2.67 4.08 2.43 4.12
Total company sales price ($/boe) 57.19 65.38 59.17 66.54
Total company netback ($/boe) 27.87 35.13 30.46 38.48
Oil and liquids netback ($/bbl) 48.05 56.43 55.32 61.26
Natural gas netback ($/mcf) 2.55 3.47 2.47 3.65
WTI benchmark ($/bbl) 92.22 89.76 96.23 95.48
Brent benchmark ($/bbl) 109.61 113.46 112.14 111.93
NYMEX benchmark ($/mmbtu) 2.81 4.19 2.62 4.23

The company''s realized net natural gas price in Southeast Asia has averaged approximately $9/mcf over the past two years in sharp contrast to North America. Talisman''s realized net price of $57.19/boe was 13% lower than the same period in 2011 due to lower oil and liquids prices, as well as lower natural gas prices in North America.The company''s average gross netback was $27.87/boe, 21% lower than 2011.

WTI oil prices averaged $92.22/bbl and Brent oil prices averaged $109.61/bbl during the quarter, essentially flat over the previous quarter. NYMEX natural gas prices increased 24% over the second quarter to $2.81 and continue to rise, having reached $3.60 in recent weeks.

Production

September 30 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Oil and liquids (mbbls/d)        
North America 26 23 27 22
Southeast Asia 39 34 42 33
North Sea 71 81 77 100
Other 23 23 23 22
  Total oil and liquids (mbbls/d) 159 161 169 177
Natural gas (mmcf/d)        
North America 953 865 1,005 875
Southeast Asia 509 522 529 505
North Sea 28 13 34 50
Other 43 35 41 33
  Total natural gas (mmcf/d) 1,533 1,435 1,609 1,463
  Total (mboe/d) 415 400 437 421
Less: Assets sold - North America (mboe/d) - 8 5 8
Production from ongoing operations (mboe/d) 415 392 432 413

Total production increased by 4% over the previous year, driven by increased gas volumes in North America (up 15,000 boe/d) and liquids growth in Southeast Asia and North America (up 8,000 boe/d). Production from ongoing operations increased by 6%. Volumes were lower relative to the second quarter due principally to planned maintenance activity in the North Sea and Southeast Asia.

Production guidance for the year remains unchanged.

North America

Production

September 30 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Shale (mmcfe/d)        
  Marcellus 507 407 527 388
  Montney/pilots 78 44 74 56
  Eagle Ford 90 32 83 23
Total shale (mmcfe/d) 675 483 684 467
         
Conventional total, excluding assets sold (mboe/d) 72 79 76 82
Assets sold (mboe/d) - 8 5 8
         
Total NAO gas production (mmcf/d) 953 865 1,005 875
Total NAO liquids production (mbbls/d) 26 23 27 22
Total NAO production (mboe/d) 185 167 195 168

Talisman''s North American business delivered a strong quarter, with production averaging 185,000 boe/d, up 11% from a year ago. Oil and liquids volumes increased by 13%, while natural gas production increased 10% from the same period last year. Production was down over the previous quarter due to asset sales, including 6,000 boe/d from West Whitecourt and Shaunavon, and natural declines in our conventional portfolio.

Capital expenditure totaled $258 million, of which 86% was related to shale activity. Operating costs were down 29% over the previous quarter due to dispositions, the completion of prior-period Pennsylvania impact fee assessments in the second quarter, and adjustments made in the third quarter to prior period cost estimates.

In the Eagle Ford, the company continues to set new production records, averaging 15,000 boe/d (90 mmcfe/d) for the quarter. Liquids production averaged 8,800 bbls/d, up 21% from the second quarter due to the higher liquids content from the wells that came onstream. The company remains on target to reach full-year production of between 14,000 - 17,000 boe/d. Transition toward shared operatorship with Statoil is progressing, as per Talisman''s contractual obligations. Talisman will start to transfer operatorship of the eastern part of the play in 2013. The existing joint venture agreement remains in force, with each company continuing to hold a 50% share of the entire play area.

In a depressed natural gas price environment, Talisman is maintaining its strategic, low-cost position in the Marcellus with limited capital spending. Reservoir performance continues to exceed expectations, with lower-than-predicted decline rates. At current minimal activity levels, production is expected to continue to decrease over the coming months.

The Montney and other pilots are delivering as planned, with production up slightly over the previous quarter, averaging 78 mmcfe/d.

In the liquids-rich Duvernay, the company has drilled and completed four wells and has test results from three.

Given the prohibitions on shale drilling in Quebec, the company has no current plans to develop its assets in the province. As a result, Talisman has fully impaired its investment, amounting to $82 million after tax.

Southeast Asia

Production

September 30 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Malaysia liquids (mbbls/d) 14 18 16 18
Malaysia gas (mmcf/d) 108 121 119 118
Malaysia total (mboe/d) 32 38 36 37
Indonesia liquids (mbbls/d) 11 12 11 11
Indonesia gas (mmcf/d) 401 401 410 387
Indonesia total (mboe/d) 78 79 79 76
Vietnam (mboe/d) 2 2 2 2
Australia (mboe/d) 12 2 13 2
Total (mboe/d) 124 121 130 117

In Southeast Asia, third quarter production was in line with expectations at 124,000 boe/d, up 2% over the same quarter last year and down 5% from the previous quarter due to a planned turnaround at PM-3 CAA. Liquids production increased 15% over the same quarter in 2011, averaging 39,000 bbls/d. This was primarily due to the ramp up at Jambi Merang and a full quarter of production from Kitan compared to last year. Natural gas production for the quarter averaged more than 500 mmcf/d, with prices averaging $8.88/mcf.

In Malaysia, production averaged 32,000 boe/d, down 14% over last quarter due to planned maintenance activities. The Kinabalu transition plan is progressing well, and Talisman is on target to assume operatorship in December of this year.

In Indonesia, underlying production increased by 5% over the same period last year due to the ramp up at Jambi Merang and increased volumes from Corridor, offset by the Suban unitization that occurred in December 2011.

In Vietnam, production has remained steady at an average of 2,000 bbls/d. The HST/HSD development is progressing on schedule and on budget, with two jackets now installed and the drilling rig on location. Pipeline tie-ins and development drilling are in progress. First production is planned for the second half of 2013. 

The Kitan field in Australia/Timor Leste continues to exceed expectations, producing an average of 9,200 boe/d in the third quarter.

North Sea

Production (mboe/d)

September 30 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  2012 2011 2012 2011
UK 55 57 56 74
Norway 21 26 26 34
Total (mboe/d) 76 83 82 108

Production in the North Sea decreased by 8% relative to the same period last year. UK production was relatively flat while Norway was impacted by natural declines in Brage and Varg.

Talisman is working toward closing its joint venture agreement with Sinopec by year-end. Sinopec has agreed to acquire a 49% equity interest in Talisman''s UK North Sea business for $1.5 billion. The joint venture will lead to further investment in the UK North Sea, which will improve operating performance, fund infill drilling and major projects, thereby extending field life and deferring decommissioning.

During the quarter, the UK government announced a brownfield allowance for the Montrose Area Redevelopment project. Talisman received necessary approvals to commence development in October. The project involves integration of established fields and infrastructure with two undeveloped fields, Cayley and Shaw. The project will develop tie-backs to extend field life and provide additional infill drilling opportunities. Project costs will be approximately $750 million net to Talisman (post-Sinopec closing) and production is expected to start in 2016.

Infill wells at Rev and Clyde were drilled and completed. The rig has moved to Varg to drill two wells on the field.

Recent reservoir performance issues at Rev have led to an adjustment of reserves. The company has taken an after-tax impairment of $55 million.

During the third quarter, the decision was made to de-man the Yme platform for safety related reasons and it has not been re-manned. Management has conducted further analysis of the platform which indicated additional project uncertainty and resulted in an additional impairment of $497 million pre-tax ($125 million after-tax). This represents an impairment of the remaining book value of the property, plant and equipment of Yme, leaving a deferred tax asset of $521 million relating to the investment in the project. Management continues to work with all stakeholders to evaluate project options.

Colombia

In the foothills region, Equión brought two new Piedemonte wells onstream, with combined production of nearly 9,000 bbls/d gross condensate. Talisman anticipates that the development project to add additional gas compression and pipeline facilities at Piedemonte will move ahead following agreement with local labour groups.

Also in the foothills region, the Huron-2 appraisal well in the Niscota block has now drilled through the first reservoir target, and log data is encouraging. The company expects to drill to a planned total depth of 18,500 feet to evaluate a second potential reservoir zone before testing the well.

Talisman, like the rest of the industry, continues to experience delays in acquiring the necessary regulatory requirements to bring its CPO-9 and CPE-6 discoveries online. With permits in place, the company plans to resume drilling on Block CPO-9 by the end of the year.

Exploration

In the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq, the company will focus on further testing of the Oligocene reservoir in the Kurdamir-2 exploration well, where light oil flowed in March 2012. Talisman completed testing of the Cretaceous and Eocene reservoirs and found oil. While the company was encouraged to find hydrocarbons within these zones, commercial flow rates were not achieved. Talisman has accelerated plans to drill a follow-up exploration well, Kurdamir-3, in early 2013 to evaluate the downdip extent of the oil pay in the Oligocene reservoir. The company also expects to commence a 3D-seismic program across the Kurdamir and Topkhana structures in late 2012.

In Sierra Leone, Talisman spudded its first deepwater exploration well on the West African Transform Margin, where the company has a 30% working interest.

Following disappointing exploration results, Talisman has decided to exit Peru in order to focus on near-term opportunities in its core areas.

Common Share and Preferred Share Dividend Declaration

The company has declared a quarterly dividend on the company''s common shares of US$0.0675 per share. The dividend will be paid on December 31, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 19, 2012.

The company has also declared a quarterly dividend of C$0.2625 on its Cumulative Redeemable Rate Reset First Preferred Shares, Series 1. The dividend will be paid on December 31, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 19, 2012.

Talisman Energy Inc. is a global, diversified, upstream oil and gas company, headquartered in Canada. Talisman''s three main operating areas are North America, the North Sea and Southeast Asia. The company also has a portfolio of international exploration opportunities. Talisman is committed to conducting business safely, in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, and is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability (North America) Index. Talisman is listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges under the symbol TLM. Please visit our website at www.talisman-energy.com.

Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains information that constitutes "forward-looking information" or "forward-looking statements" (collectively "forward-looking information") within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. This forward-looking information includes, among others, statements regarding: business strategy, priorities and plans; expected 2012 and 2013 capital spending; expected 2012 production, company-wide and regionally; planned company priorities, including setting capital spending budgets to be funded by operating cash flows, paying down debt, focussing the capital program on near-term projects with sustainable cash flow, reducing spending on high-risk exploration, strengthening core areas, disposing of non-core assets, improving operational performance and reducing the company''s cost structure; expected timing of transferring of operatorship of the eastern Eagle Ford to Statoil; expected transfer of operatorship to Talisman at Kinabalu; expected drilling and first production at HST/HSD; planned closing of the Sinopec joint venture; and expected investment in the UK North Sea for improved performance, infill drilling and major projects, and related expected extension in field life and deferred decommissioning; planned cost, tie-backs, drilling, production and timing of the Montrose Area redevelopment; expected advancement of the development project at Piedemonte following agreement with local labour groups; planned drilling depth at the Huron-2 appraisal well; planned drilling and 3D-seismic program in Kurdistan; and other business strategy, plans and priorities.

The factors or assumptions on which the forward-looking information is based include: assumptions inherent in current guidance; projected capital investment levels; the flexibility of capital spending plans and the associated sources of funding; the successful and timely implementation of capital projects; the continuation of tax, royalty and regulatory regimes; ability to obtain regulatory and partner approval; commodity price and cost assumptions; and other risks and uncertainties described in the filings made by the company with securities regulatory authorities. The company believes the material factors, expectations and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these factors, expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct. Forward-looking information for periods past 2012 assumes escalating commodity prices.

Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is based on current expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks which could cause actual results to vary and in some instances to differ materially from those anticipated by Talisman and described in the forward-looking information contained in this news release. The material risk factors include, but are not limited to: the risks of the oil and gas industry, such as operational risks in exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas, market demand and unpredictable facilities outages; risks and uncertainties involving geology of oil and gas deposits; uncertainty related to securing sufficient egress and markets to meet shale gas production; the uncertainty of reserves and resources estimates, reserves life and underlying reservoir risk; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to production, costs and expenses; the impact of the economy on the ability of the counterparties to the company''s commodity price derivative contracts to meet their obligations under the contracts; potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; fluctuations in oil and gas prices, foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates; the outcome and effects of any future acquisitions and dispositions; health, safety and environmental risks; uncertainties as to the availability and cost of financing and changes in capital markets; risks in conducting foreign operations (for example, political and fiscal instability or the possibility of civil unrest or military action); changes in general economic and business conditions; the possibility that government policies or laws may change or governmental approvals may be delayed or withheld; and results of the company''s risk mitigation strategies, including insurance and any hedging activities.

The foregoing list of risk factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors, which could affect the company''s operations or financial results, are included in the company''s most recent Annual Information Form. In addition, information is available in the company''s other reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Forward-looking information is based on the estimates and opinions of the company''s management at the time the information is presented. The company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking information should circumstances or management''s estimates or opinions change, except as required by law.

Unless the context indicates otherwise, references in this news release to "Talisman" or the "company" include, for reporting purposes only, the direct or indirect subsidiaries of Talisman Energy Inc. and the partnership interests held by Talisman Energy Inc. and its subsidiaries. Such use of "Talisman" or the "company" to refer to these other legal entities and partnership interests does not constitute waiver by Talisman Energy Inc. or such entities or partnerships of their separate legal status, for any purpose.

The completion of any contemplated disposition or acquisition is contingent on various factors, including favourable market conditions, the ability of the company to negotiate acceptable terms of sale and receipt of any required approvals for such disposition. Completion of the Sinopec joint venture transaction is subject to specified conditions precedent, including regulatory approvals and government approvals from the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the People''s Republic of China.

Oil and Gas Information

Throughout this news release, Talisman makes reference to production volumes. Unless otherwise stated, such production volumes are stated on a gross basis, which means they are stated prior to the deduction of royalties and similar payments. In the US, net production volumes are reported after the deduction of these amounts.

Barrel of oil equivalent (boe) throughout this news release is calculated at a conversion rate of six thousand cubic feet (mcf) of natural gas for one barrel of oil (bbl). This news release also includes reference to mcf equivalents (mcfes) which are calculated at a conversion rate of one barrel of oil to 6,000 cubic feet of gas. Boes and mcfes may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation. A boe conversion ratio of 6 mcf:1 bbl and an mcfe conversion ratio of 1 bbl: 6 mcf are based on an energy equivalence conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead.

Talisman also discloses its company netbacks in this news release. Netbacks per boe are calculated by deducting from sales price associated royalties, operating and transportation costs.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Included in this news release are references to financial measures commonly used in the oil and gas industry such as cash flow, earnings from operations, exploration and development spending and net debt. These terms are not defined by International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Consequently, these are referred to as non-GAAP measures. Talisman''s reported results of such measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Cash Flow

US$ million, except per share amounts

  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
  Sept 30, 2012   Sept 30, 2011   Sept 30, 2012   Sept 30, 2011  
                 
Cash provided by operating activities 381   522   2,170   2,301  
Changes in non-cash working capital 282   346   70   125  
Add: Exploration expenditure 81   87   228   335  
Add: Pennsylvania impact fee1 -   -   25   -  
Less: Finance costs (cash) (51 ) (53 ) (146 ) (151 )
Cash flow 693   902   2,347   2,610  
Cash flow per share 0.68   0.88   2.29   2.55  
Diluted cash flow per share 0.68   0.87   2.27   2.51  
                 
(1) Pennsylvania impact fee amount represents the one-time impact of the retrospective application of the legislation to wells drilled pre-2012.

Cash flow, as commonly used in the oil and gas industry, represents net income before exploration costs, DD&A, deferred taxes and other non-cash expenses. Cash flow is used by the company to assess operating results between years and between peer companies using different accounting policies. Cash flow should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, cash provided by operating, investing and financing activities or net income as determined in accordance with IFRS as an indicator of the company''s performance or liquidity. Cash flow per share is cash flow divided by the average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted cash flow per share is cash flow divided by the diluted number of common shares outstanding during the period, as reported in the interim condensed consolidated financial statements filed on October 30, 2012. A reconciliation of cash provided by operating activities to cash flow is provided above.

Earnings (Loss) from Operations

US$ million, except per share amounts

  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
  Sept 30, 2012   Sept 30, 2011   Sept 30, 2012   Sept 30, 2011  
                 
Net income (loss) (731 ) 521   (244 ) 893  
(Gain) loss on disposals (tax adjusted) -   5   (565 ) (152 )
Unrealized (gain) loss on financial instruments(tax adjusted)1 95   (184 ) 95   (102 )
Share-based payments (tax adjusted)2 52   (267 ) (24 ) (338 )
Foreign exchange on debt (tax adjusted) 10   (8 ) 22   -  
Impairment (tax adjusted) 443   -   818   39  
Pennsylvania impact fee (tax adjusted)3 -   -   16   -  
Deferred tax adjustments4 95   98   84   150  
Earnings (loss) from operations (36 ) 165   202   490  
Earnings (loss) from operations per share (0.04 ) 0.16   0.20   0.48  
Diluted earnings (loss) from operations per share (0.04 ) 0.16   0.20   0.47  
                 
(1) Unrealized (gain) loss on financial instruments relates to the change in the period of the mark-to-market value of the company''s held-for-trading financial instruments.
(2) Share-based payments relate principally to the mark-to-market value of the company''s outstanding stock options and cash units at September 30. The company uses the Black-Scholes option pricing model to estimate the fair value of its share-based payment plans.
(3) Pennsylvania impact fee amount represents the one-time impact of the retrospective application of the legislation to wells drilled pre-2012.
(4) Deferred tax adjustments largely comprise tax on foreign exchange on tax pools. Year-to-date 2011 also includes a deferred tax expense of $225 million in respect of a UK tax rate change occurring in that period. Third quarter 2012 includes a deferred tax expense of $137 million in respect of a UK tax change related to decommissioning.

Earnings (loss) from operations are calculated by adjusting the company''s net income (loss) per the financial statements for certain items of a non-operational nature, on an after tax basis. The company uses this information to evaluate performance of core operational activities on a comparable basis between periods. Earnings (loss) from operations per share are earnings (loss) from operations divided by the average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted earnings (loss) from operations per share are earnings (loss) from operations divided by the diluted number of common shares outstanding during the period, as reported in the interim condensed consolidated financial statements filed on October 30, 2012. A reconciliation of net income (loss) to earnings (loss) from operations is provided above.

Exploration and Development Spending

US$ million

  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  Sept 30, 2012 June 30, 2012 Sept 30, 2012 Sept 30, 2011
         
Exploration, development and other 812 936 2,759 3,016
Exploration expensed 81 91 228 335
Exploration and development spending 893 1,027 2,987 3,351

Exploration and development spending is calculated by adjusting the capital expenditure per the financial statements for exploration costs that were expensed as incurred.

Net Debt

US$ million

  As at
  Sept 30, 2012
   
Long-term debt 5,012
Bank indebtedness -
Cash and cash equivalents (496)
Net debt 4,516

Net debt is calculated by adjusting the company''s long-term debt per the financial statements for bank indebtedness, cash and cash equivalents. The company uses this information to assess its true debt position and eliminate the impact of timing differences.

Talisman Energy Inc.
Highlights
(unaudited)
 
  Three months
 ended
 September 30
Nine months
 ended
 September 30
  2012   2011 2012   2011
Financial            
(millions of US$ unless otherwise stated)            
Cash flow (1) 693   902 2,347   2,610
Net income (loss) (731 ) 521 (244 ) 893
Exploration and development spending (1) 893   1,196 2,987   3,351
Per common share (US$)            
  Cash flow (1) 0.68   0.88 2.29   2.55
  Net income (loss) (0.71 ) 0.51 (0.24 ) 0.87
Production            
(Daily Average - Gross)            
Oil and liquids (bbls/d)            
  North America 25,836   23,107 27,117   22,314
  North Sea 71,440   81,114 76,598   99,735
  Southeast Asia 38,759   33,574 41,678   33,091
  Other 23,013   22,785 23,471   21,984
Total oil and liquids 159,048   160,580 168,864   177,124
Natural gas (mmcf/d)            
  North America 953   865 1,005   875
  North Sea 28   13 34   50
  Southeast Asia 509   522 529   505
  Other 43   35 41   33
Total natural gas 1,533   1,435 1,609   1,463
Total mboe/d (2) 415   400 437   421
Prices            
Oil and liquids (US$/bbl)            
  North America 65.38   72.93 70.16   73.81
  North Sea 110.53   114.15 112.42   111.35
  Southeast Asia 109.58   117.82 113.36   117.95
  Other 103.08   112.06 114.68   112.97
Total oil and liquids 101.89   108.69 106.18   108.05
Natural gas (US$/mcf)            
  North America 2.67   4.08 2.43   4.12
  North Sea 8.99   7.36 9.68   8.55
  Southeast Asia 8.88   9.40 9.41   9.31
  Other 4.23   4.54 4.43   4.22
Total natural gas 4.89   6.05 4.93   6.06
Total (US$/boe) (2) 57.19   65.38 59.17   66.54
(1) Cash flow, exloration and development spending and cash flow per share are non-GAAP measures.
(2) Barrels of oil equivalent (boe) is calculated at a conversion rate of six thousand cubic feet (mcf) of natural gas for one barrel of oil.
 
 
Talisman Energy Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited)
     
  September 30, December 31,
(millions of US$) 2012 2011
     
Assets    
Current    
  Cash and cash equivalents 496 474
  Accounts receivable 1,528 1,550
  Risk management 15 42
  Inventories 174 164
  Prepaid expenses 34 24
  2,247 2,254
     
Other assets 111 101
Investments 375 395
Risk management 26 24
Goodwill 1,310 1,317
Property, plant and equipment 15,050 15,909
Exploration and evaluation assets 3,493 3,954
Deferred tax assets 1,415 272
  21,780 21,972
Total assets 24,027 24,226
     
Liabilities    
Current    
  Bank indebtedness - 60
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 2,672 2,622
  Risk management 80 -
  Income and other taxes payable 287 371
  Current portion of long-term debt 579 410
  3,618 3,463
     
Decommissioning liabilities 3,173 2,982
Other long-term obligations 386 346
Risk management 15 -
Long-term debt 4,433 4,485
Deferred tax liabilities 2,836 2,932
  10,843 10,745
     
Shareholders'' equity    
Common shares 1,638 1,561
Preferred shares 191 191
Contributed surplus 123 186
Retained earnings 6,826 7,292
Accumulated other comprehensive income 788 788
  9,566 10,018
Total liabilities and shareholders'' equity 24,027 24,226
     
Talisman Energy Inc.   
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)   
(unaudited)   
                 
  Three months ended   Nine months ended  
  September 30   September 30  
(millions of US$) 2012   2011   2012   2011  
                 
Revenue                
  Sales 1,708   1,944   5,647   6,132  
  Other income 14   12   59   58  
Total revenue and other income 1,722   1,956   5,706   6,190  
                 
Expenses                
  Operating 604   553   1,823   1,560  
  Transportation 61   51   178   159  
  General and administrative 130   97   382   303  
  Depreciation, depletion and amortization 570   455   1,745   1,403  
  Impairment 1,037   -   2,163   102  
  Dry hole 66   33   191   173  
  Exploration 81   87   228   335  
  Finance costs 74   73   213   209  
  Share-based payments expense (recovery) 61   (285 ) (11 ) (345 )
  (Gain) loss on held-for-trading financial instruments 116   (120 ) 128   131  
  (Gain) loss on asset disposals -   8   (759 ) (206 )
  Other, net 62   (38 ) 96   43  
Total expenses 2,862   914   6,377   3,867  
Income (loss) before taxes (1,140 ) 1,042   (671 ) 2,323  
Taxes                
  Current income tax 152   272   803   1,151  
  Deferred income tax (recovery) (561 ) 249   (1,230 ) 279  
  (409 ) 521   (427 ) 1,430  
Net income (loss) (731 ) 521   (244 ) 893  
                 
                 
Per common share (US$):                
  Net income (loss) (0.71 ) 0.51   (0.24 ) 0.87  
  Diluted net income (loss) (0.71 ) 0.24   (0.30 ) 0.49  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding (millions)                
  Basic 1,026   1,024   1,025   1,024  
  Diluted 1,026   1,033   1,034   1,040  
                 
Talisman Energy Inc. 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 
(unaudited) 
                 
  Three months ended   Nine months ended  
  September 30   September 30  
(millions of US$) 2012   2011   2012   2011  
                 
Operating activities                
Net income (loss) (731 ) 521   (244 ) 893  
Add: Finance costs (cash and non-cash) 74   73   213   209  
Dividends from equity investments -   9   -   9  
Items not involving cash 1,320   265   2,271   1,315  
  663   868   2,240   2,426  
Changes in non-cash working capital (282 ) (346 ) (70 ) (125 )
Cash provided by operating activities 381   522   2,170   2,301  
                 
Investing activities                
Capital expenditures                
  Exploration, development and other (812 ) (1,109 ) (2,759 ) (3,016 )
  Corporate acquisitions, net of cash acquired -   -   -   (156 )
  Property acquisitions (57 ) (158 ) (59 ) (731 )
Proceeds of resource property dispositions 1   (5 ) 940   534  
Repayment of note receivable -   40   -   40  
Acquisition deposit -   -   -   18  
Investments (7 ) -   (11 ) 54  
Changes in non-cash working capital 160   80   18   (7 )
Cash used in investing activities (715 ) (1,152 ) (1,871 ) (3,264 )
                 
Financing activities                
Long-term debt repaid -   -   (991 ) (310 )
Long-term debt issued 255   232   1,096   232  
Common shares issued 6   (5 ) 9   109  
Common shares purchased (11 ) (48 ) (24 ) (90 )
Finance costs (cash) (51 ) (53 ) (146 ) (151 )
Deferred credits and other 6   12   15   (8 )
Common share dividends (69 ) -   (207 ) (138 )
Preferred share dividends (2 ) -   (7 ) -  
Changes in non-cash working capital 19   33   28   32  
Cash provided by (used in) financing activities 153   171   (227 ) (324 )
Effect of translation on foreign currency cash and cash equivalents 8   (7 ) 10   26  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (173 ) (466 ) 82   (1,261 )
Cash and cash equivalents net of bank indebtedness, beginning of period  
669
 
 
 
858
 
 
 
414
 
 
 
1,653
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents net of bank indebtedness, end of period 496   392   496   392  
                 
Cash and cash equivalents 496   421   496   421  
Bank indebtedness -   (29 ) -   (29 )
Cash and cash equivalents net of bank indebtedness, end of period 496   392   496   392  
Talisman Energy Inc.
Segmented Information
(unaudited)
                           
                           
  North America (1) North Sea (2)
  Three months ended
September 30
Nine months ended
September 30
Three months ended
September 30
  Nine months ended
September 30
(millions of US$) 2012   2011 2012   2011 2012   2011   2012   2011
Revenue                          
Sales 343   424 1,036   1,276 714   853   2,429   3,108
Other income 12   9 51   45 1   2   5   12
Total revenue and other income 355   433 1,087   1,321 715   855   2,434   3,120
Segmented expenses                          
Operating 116   123 429   334 365   299   1,026   916
Transportation 28   19 76   49 17   16   55   62
DD&A 279   205 828   609 153   135   483   502
Impairment 109   - 184   - 747   -   1,725   102
Dry hole 1   1 22   4 4   (2 ) 21   75
Exploration 1   9 24   53 10   10   32   28
Other 9   1 43   7 19   8   40   22
Total segmented expenses 543   358 1,606   1,056 1,315   466   3,382   1,707
Segmented income (loss) before taxes (188 ) 75 (519 ) 265 (600 ) 389   (948 ) 1,413
Non-segmented expenses                          
General and administrative                          
Finance costs                          
Share-based payments expense (recovery)                          
Currency translation                          
(Gain) loss on held-for-trading financial instruments  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Gain) loss on asset disposals                          
Total non-segmented expenses                          
Income (loss) before taxes                          
Capital expenditure                          
Exploration 42   30 104   168 7   -   64   105
Development 216   595 1,147   1,324 294   288   786   840
Exploration and development 258   625 1,251   1,492 301   288   850   945
Acquisitions                          
Proceeds on dispositions                          
Other non-segmented                          
Net capital expenditures                          
Property, plant and equipment       7,128   6,740         4,668   5,809
Exploration and evaluation assets       2,103   2,370         416   538
Goodwill       133   140         866   866
Other       1,100   987         1,621   645
Segmented assets       10,464   10,237         7,571   7,858
Non-segmented assets                          
Total assets (5)                          
Decommissioning liabilities (5)       355   394         2,579   2,390
           
  1. North America 2012 2011 2012 2011
  Canada 194 269 629 859
  US 161 164 458 462
  Total revenue and other income 355 433 1,087 1,321
  Canada     3,675 3,937
  US     3,453 2,803
  Property, plant and equipment (5)     7,128 6,740
  Canada     1,084 1,207
  US     1,019 1,163
  Exploration and evaluation assets (5)     2,103 2,370
           
  2. North Sea 2012 2011 2012 2011
  UK 515 577 1,694 2,179
  Norway 200 278 740 941
  Total revenue and other income 715 855 2,434 3,120
  UK     4,321 3,927
  Norway     347 1,882
  Property, plant and equipment (5)     4,668 5,809
  UK     34 210
  Norway     382 328
  Exploration and evaluation assets (5)     416 538
           
  5. Current year represents balances at September 30.   
  Prior year represents balances at December 31.    
   
Talisman Energy Inc.  
Segmented Information  
(unaudited)  
   
   
  Southeast Asia (3) Other (4) Total  
  Three months
ended
September 30
Nine months ended
September 30
Three months
ended
September 30
  Nine months
ended
September 30
Three months
ended
September 30
  Nine months
ended
September 30
 
(millions of US$) 2012 2011 2012   2011 2012   2011   2012   2011 2012   2011   2012   2011  
Revenue                                        
Sales 501 526 1,696   1,354 150   141   486   394 1,708   1,944   5,647   6,132  
Other income - 1 -   1 1   -   3   - 14   12   59   58  
Total revenue and other income 501 527 1,696   1,355 151   141   489   394 1,722   1,956   5,706   6,190  
Segmented expenses                                        
Operating 99 113 306   260 24   18   62   50 604   553   1,823   1,560  
Transportation 15 14 42   42 1   2   5   6 61   51   178   159  
DD&A 103 87 326   212 35   28   108   80 570   455   1,745   1,403  
Impairment - - -   - 181   -   254   - 1,037   -   2,163   102  
Dry hole 32 35 66   92 29   (1 ) 82   2 66   33   191   173  
Exploration 32 37 70   172 38   31   102   82 81   87   228   335  
Other 3 1 (10 ) 5 4   8   2   20 35   18   75   54  
Total segmented expenses 284 287 800   783 312   86   615   240 2,454   1,197   6,403   3,786  
Segmented income (loss) before taxes 217 240 896   572 (161 ) 55   (126 ) 154 (732 ) 759   (697 ) 2,404  
Non-segmented expenses                                        
General and administrative                         130   97   382   303  
Finance costs                         74   73   213   209  
Share-based payments expense (recovery)                         61   (285 ) (11 ) (345 )
Currency translation                         27   (56 ) 21   (11 )
(Gain) loss on held-for-trading financial instruments  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
116
 
 
 
(120
 
)
 
128
 
 
 
131
 
 
 
(Gain) loss on asset disposals                         -   8   (759 ) (206 )
Total non-segmented expenses                         408   (283 ) (26 ) 81  
Income (loss) before taxes                         (1,140 ) 1,042   (671 ) 2,323  
Capital expenditure                                        
Exploration 24 61 64   189 74   41   198   82 147   132   430   544  
Development 105 24 243   117 27   42   67   115 642   949   2,243   2,396  
Exploration and development 129 85 307   306 101   83   265   197 789   1,081   2,673   2,940  
Acquisitions                         57   159   59   1,516  
Proceeds on dispositions                         (1 ) (35 ) (940 ) (574 )
Other non-segmented                         21   33   89   77  
Net capital expenditures                         866   1,238   1,881   3,959  
Property, plant and equipment     2,429   2,501         825   859         15,050   15,909  
Exploration and evaluation assets     485   498         489   548         3,493   3,954  
Goodwill     149   149         162   162         1,310   1,317  
Other     597   560         815   788         4,133   2,980  
Segmented assets     3,660   3,708         2,291   2,357         23,986   24,160  
Non-segmented assets                                 41   66  
Total assets (5)                                 24,027   24,226  
Decommissioning liabilities (5)     213   208         74   43         3,221   3,035  
           
  3. Southeast Asia 2012 2011 2012 2011
  Indonesia 283 300 891 834
  Malaysia 99 158 422 386
  Vietnam 21 14 59 50
  Australia 98 55 324 85
  Total revenue and other income 501 527 1,696 1,355
  Indonesia     1,026 1,023
  Malaysia     813 883
  Vietnam     388 297
  Papua New Guinea     44 47
  Australia     158 251
  Property, plant and equipment (5)     2,429 2,501
  Indonesia     12 12
  Malaysia     35 41
  Vietnam     9 5
  Papua New Guinea     429 440
  Exploration and evaluation assets (5)     485 498
           
           
  4. Other 2012 2011 2012 2011
  Algeria 65 61 177 195
  Colombia 86 80 312 199
  Total revenue and other income 151 141 489 394
  Algeria     272 284
  Colombia     553 575
  Property, plant and equipment (5)     825 859
  Colombia     110 75
  Kurdistan     307 303
  Peru     4 133
  Other     68 37
  Exploration and evaluation assets (5)     489 548
           
  5. Current year represents balances at September 30.   
  Prior year represents balances at December 31.