Whiting Q3 profit more than doubles on surge in production

Reuters

By Ernest Scheyder

Oct 23 (Reuters) - Whiting Petroleum Corp, whichdrills for oil and natural gas in North Dakota, Texas and othershale-rich states, said its quarterly profit more than doubledas production jumped 12 percent.

The company posted third-quarter net income of $204.1million, or $1.71 per share, compared with $82.9 million, or 70cents per share, in the year-ago period.

Excluding a non-cash $15.7 million loss on crude oil andnatural gas derivatives and other one-time items, Whiting postedprofit of $1.28 per share.

By that measure, analysts had forecast earnings of $1.09 pershare, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Revenue rose 57 percent in the quarter to $830.99 million,above analysts' expectations of $684.4 million in revenue.

Average quarterly production rose 12 percent over the sameperiod last year to 92,750 barrels of oil equivalent per day(boe/d).

Whiting sold its stake in two Oklahoma oilfields, along withsome pipelines, to BreitBurn Energy Partners LP in Junefor $859.8 million. Whiting sold the land to focus more on itsTexas and Colorado projects and to cull debt. The company's debtload sat at $2.65 billion as of Sept. 30, a 47 percent increaseover the year-ago period.

Denver-based Whiting bought a stake in 39,310 gross NorthDakota and Montana acres in August for $260 million, boostingaverage daily production by roughly 2,420 boe/d.

Shares of Whiting rose 0.6 percent to $63.63 in after-hourstrading. The stock has gained 46 percent so far this year.

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