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Hess Reports Estimated Results for the Third Quarter of 2021

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Key Developments:

  • Announced an increase to the gross discovered recoverable resource estimate on the Stabroek Block, offshore Guyana, to approximately 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe), up from the previous estimate of more than 9 billion boe

  • Announced the 19th, 20th and 21st significant discoveries on the Stabroek Block at Whiptail, Pinktail and Cataback

  • The Liza Unity floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) arrived at the Stabroek Block on October 25th; production from Phase 2 is on track to startup in early 2022

Third Quarter Financial and Operational Highlights:

  • Net income was $115 million, or $0.37 per common share, compared with a net loss of $243 million, or $0.80 per common share, in the third quarter of 2020

  • Adjusted net income1 was $86 million, or $0.28 per common share, compared with an adjusted net loss of $216 million, or $0.71 per common share, in the third quarter of 2020

  • Oil and gas net production, excluding Libya, was 265,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd); Bakken net production was 148,000 boepd

  • E&P capital and exploratory expenditures were $498 million compared with $331 million in the prior-year quarter

  • Cash and cash equivalents, excluding Midstream, were $2.41 billion at September 30, 2021

NEW YORK, October 27, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) today reported net income of $115 million, or $0.37 per common share, in the third quarter of 2021, compared with a net loss of $243 million, or $0.80 per common share, in the third quarter of 2020. On an adjusted basis, the Corporation reported net income of $86 million, or $0.28 per common share, in the third quarter of 2021, compared with an adjusted loss of $216 million, or $0.71 per common share, in the prior-year quarter. The improvement in adjusted after-tax results compared with the prior-year period was primarily due to higher realized selling prices in the third quarter of 2021, partially offset by the impact of lower net production, including curtailed production in the Bakken related to the Tioga Gas Plant maintenance turnaround and reduced Gulf of Mexico production due to Hurricane Ida.

1.

"Adjusted net income (loss)" is a non-GAAP financial measure. The definition of this non-GAAP measure and a reconciliation to its nearest GAAP equivalent measure appears on pages 7 and 8.

"Our company continues to successfully execute our strategy – to grow our resource base, have a low cost of supply and sustain cash flow growth – while delivering industry leading environmental, social and governance performance and disclosure," CEO John Hess said. "We are well positioned to deliver strong and durable cash flow growth that will allow us to significantly increase cash returns to shareholders in the coming years through dividend increases and opportunistic share repurchases."

After-tax income (loss) by major operating activity was as follows:

Three Months Ended
September 30,
(unaudited)

Nine Months Ended
September 30,
(unaudited)

2021

2020

2021

2020

(In millions, except per share amounts)

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Hess Corporation

Exploration and Production

$

178

$

(182)

$

461

$

(2,802)

Midstream

61

56

212

168

Corporate, Interest and Other

(124)

(117)

(379)

(362)

Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation

$

115

$

(243)

$

294

$

(2,996)

Net income (loss) per common share (diluted)

$

0.37

$

(0.80)

$

0.95

$

(9.83)

Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Hess Corporation

Exploration and Production

$

149

$

(156)

$

579

$

(525)

Midstream

61

56

212

168

Corporate, Interest and Other

(124)

(116)

(379)

(361)

Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation

$

86

$

(216)

$

412

$

(718)

Adjusted net income (loss) per common share (diluted)

$

0.28

$

(0.71)

$

1.33

$

(2.36)

Weighted average number of shares (diluted)

309.9

305.0

309.1

304.7

Exploration and Production:

E&P net income was $178 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared with a net loss of $182 million in the third quarter of 2020. On an adjusted basis, E&P's third quarter 2021 net income was $149 million compared with an adjusted net loss of $156 million in the prior-year quarter. The Corporation’s average realized crude oil selling price, including the effect of hedging, was $63.17 per barrel in the third quarter of 2021, compared with $45.60 per barrel in the prior-year quarter. The average realized natural gas liquids (NGL) selling price in the third quarter of 2021 was $32.88 per barrel, compared with $11.63 per barrel in the prior-year quarter, while the average realized natural gas selling price was $4.71 per mcf, compared with $2.94 per mcf in the third quarter of 2020.

Net production, excluding Libya, was 265,000 boepd in the third quarter of 2021, compared with 321,000 boepd in the third quarter of 2020, due to lower production in the Bakken and Gulf of Mexico, partially offset by higher production in Guyana. Net production for Libya was 19,000 boepd in the third quarter of 2021 compared with zero in the third quarter of 2020 due to force majeure declared by the Libyan National Oil Corporation.

Cash operating costs, which include operating costs and expenses, production and severance taxes, and E&P general and administrative expenses, were $12.76 per boe (excluding Libya: $13.45 per boe) in the third quarter of 2021, compared with $9.86 per boe excluding items affecting comparability of earnings between periods (excluding Libya: $9.69 per boe) in the prior-year quarter. The change in per unit cost reflects the impact of lower production volumes, and higher workover activity and production and severance taxes in North Dakota in the third quarter of this year. Income tax expense increased in the third quarter of 2021 compared with the year-ago period primarily due to higher production in Libya.

Operational Highlights for the Third Quarter of 2021:

Bakken (Onshore U.S.): Net production from the Bakken was 148,000 boepd compared with 198,000 boepd in the prior-year quarter, primarily due to the impact of lower drilling activity caused by a reduction in rig count from six to one during the first half of last year, lower NGL and natural gas volumes received under percentage of proceeds contracts due to higher commodity prices, curtailed production related to the planned Tioga Gas Plant maintenance turnaround completed in the quarter and the second quarter 2021 sale of Little Knife and Murphy Creek nonstrategic acreage interests. Net oil production was 78,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) in the third quarter of 2021 and 108,000 bopd in the prior year quarter. NGL and natural gas volumes received under percentage of proceeds contracts were 9,000 boepd in the third quarter of 2021 compared with 22,000 boepd in the third quarter of 2020 due to higher realized NGL prices lowering volumes received as consideration for gas processing fees. In 2021, the Corporation added a second rig in February and a third rig in September. During the third quarter of 2021, we drilled 18 wells, completed 22 wells, and brought 19 new wells online.

Gulf of Mexico (Offshore U.S.): Net production from the Gulf of Mexico was 32,000 boepd, compared with 49,000 boepd in the prior-year quarter, primarily due to the sale of the Corporation's interest in the Shenzi Field in the fourth quarter of 2020, higher hurricane related downtime in the third quarter of 2021, and natural field decline. Net production from the Shenzi Field was 9,000 boepd in the third quarter of 2020.

Guyana (Offshore): At the Stabroek Block (Hess – 30%), the Corporation’s net production from the Liza Field was 32,000 bopd in the third quarter of 2021 compared with 19,000 bopd in the prior-year quarter. The Liza Unity FPSO, with an expected capacity of 220,000 gross bopd, arrived at the Stabroek Block on October 25 th, and startup of Phase 2 of the Liza Field development remains on track for early 2022. The third development, Payara, will utilize the Prosperity FPSO with an expected capacity of 220,000 gross bopd; first oil is expected in 2024. A fourth development, Yellowtail, has been identified on the Stabroek Block with anticipated startup in 2025, pending government approvals and project sanctioning. We expect to have at least six FPSOs on the Stabroek Block by 2027, with the potential for up to 10 FPSOs to develop the current discovered recoverable resource base.

Since July, the operator, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, has announced the 19th, 20th and 21st significant discoveries at Whiptail, Pinktail and Cataback, and earlier this month increased the gross discovered recoverable resource estimate for the block to approximately 10 billion boe, up from the previous estimate of more than 9 billion boe.

The Whiptail-1 well encountered 246 feet of net pay in high quality oil bearing sandstone reservoirs, and the Whiptail-2 well, which is located 3 miles northeast of Whiptail-1 encountered 167 feet of net pay in high quality oil bearing sandstone reservoirs. The Pinktail well encountered 220 feet of net pay in high quality oil bearing sandstone reservoirs. Pinktail is located approximately 21.7 miles southeast of the Liza Phase 1 development and approximately 3.7 miles southeast of Yellowtail-1. The Cataback well encountered 243 feet of net pay in high quality hydrocarbon bearing sandstone reservoirs of which 102 feet is oil bearing. Cataback is located approximately 3.7 miles east of the Turbot-1 well.

Following the completion of the Cataback well, the Noble Tom Madden commenced Phase 2 drilling and completion activities. The Stena Carron completed drill stem tests on Uaru-1 and Mako-2 and is currently performing a drill stem test on Longtail-2. Following the completion of the Pinktail well, the Noble Don Taylor commenced development drilling at Payara. The Noble Sam Croft and Noble Bob Douglas are currently drilling and completing Phase 2 development wells, and the Stena Drillmax left the Stabroek Block following the completion of the Whiptail-1 well and will return in the fourth quarter to drill the Fangtooth prospect.

South East Asia (Offshore): Net production at North Malay Basin and JDA was 50,000 boepd in both the current quarter and prior-year quarter.

Denmark (Offshore): In August, the Corporation completed the sale of its interests in Denmark for adjusted proceeds of approximately $130 million. Net production from Denmark was 3,000 boepd in the third quarter of 2021 compared with 5,000 boepd in the prior-year quarter.

Midstream:

The Midstream segment had net income of $61 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared with net income of $56 million in the prior-year quarter, primarily due to higher revenue from minimum volume commitments and tariff rates partially offset by costs associated with the planned Tioga Gas Plant maintenance turnaround, which was safely and successfully completed.

In August 2021, Hess Midstream Operations LP (HESM Opco), a consolidated subsidiary of Hess Midstream LP, completed the purchase of approximately 31 million of HESM Opco Class B units from Hess Corporation and Global Infrastructure Partners for $750 million. The Corporation received net proceeds of $375 million. The purchase was financed by the issuance of $750 million of 4.250% senior unsecured notes due 2030 by HESM Opco. In October 2021, Hess Midstream LP completed a public offering of approximately 8.6 million Class A shares held by Hess Corporation and Global Infrastructure Partners. The Corporation received net proceeds of approximately $108 million. After giving effect to these transactions, the Corporation owns an approximate 44% interest in Hess Midstream LP, on a consolidated basis.

Corporate, Interest and Other:

After-tax expense for Corporate, Interest and Other was $124 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared with $117 million in the third quarter of 2020.

Capital and Exploratory Expenditures:

E&P capital and exploratory expenditures were $498 million in the third quarter of 2021 compared with $331 million in the prior-year quarter, primarily due to higher drilling activity in the Bakken, Guyana and JDA, partially offset by lower drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico. Midstream capital expenditures were $59 million in the third quarter of 2021, down from $66 million in the prior-year quarter.

Liquidity:

Excluding the Midstream segment, Hess Corporation had cash and cash equivalents of $2.41 billion and debt and finance lease obligations totaling $6.12 billion at September 30, 2021. The Midstream segment had cash and cash equivalents of $5 million and total debt of $2.6 billion at September 30, 2021. The Corporation’s debt to capitalization ratio as defined in its debt covenants was 44.5% at September 30, 2021 and 47.5% at December 31, 2020.

During the quarter, the Corporation received net proceeds of approximately $130 million from the sale of its interests in Denmark and $375 million from the repurchase by HESM Opco of approximately 15.6 million Hess-owned Class B units. The Corporation also prepaid $500 million of its $1.0 billion term loan. In October, the Corporation received net proceeds of approximately $108 million from the public offering of approximately 4.3 million Hess-owned Class A shares of Hess Midstream LP.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $615 million in the third quarter of 2021, up from $136 million in the third quarter of 2020. Net cash provided by operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities2 was $631 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared with $468 million in the prior-year quarter primarily due to higher realized selling prices, partially offset by the impact of lower net production. Changes in operating assets and liabilities decreased cash flow from operating activities by $16 million during the third quarter of 2021 and by $332 million during the prior-year quarter.

2.

"Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities" is a non-GAAP financial measure. The definition of this non-GAAP measure and a reconciliation to its nearest GAAP equivalent measure appears on pages 7 and 8.

Items Affecting Comparability of Earnings Between Periods:

The following table reflects the total after-tax income (expense) of items affecting comparability of earnings between periods:

Three Months Ended
September 30,
(unaudited)

Nine Months Ended
September 30,
(unaudited)

2021

2020

2021

2020

(In millions)

Exploration and Production

$

29

$

(26)

$

(118)

$

(2,277)

Midstream

Corporate, Interest and Other

(1)

(1)

Total items affecting comparability of earnings between periods

$

29

$

(27)

$

(118)

$

(2,278)

Third Quarter 2021: E&P results include a pre-tax gain of $29 million ($29 million after income taxes) associated with the sale of the Corporation's interests in Denmark.

Third Quarter 2020: Third quarter results included a pre-tax charge for severance of $27 million ($27 million after income taxes) related to cost reduction initiatives. The pre-tax amounts are reported in Operating costs and expenses ($20 million), General and administrative expenses ($6 million), and Exploration expenses ($1 million).

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures:

The following table reconciles reported net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation and adjusted net income (loss):

Three Months Ended
September 30,
(unaudited)

Nine Months Ended
September 30,
(unaudited)

2021

2020

2021

2020

(In millions)

Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation

$

115

$

(243)

$

294

$

(2,996)

Less: Total items affecting comparability of earnings between periods

29

(27)

(118)

(2,278)

Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation

$

86

$

(216)

$

412

$

(718)

The following table reconciles reported net cash provided by (used in) operating activities from net cash provided by (used in) operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Three Months Ended
September 30,
(unaudited)

Nine Months Ended
September 30,
(unaudited)

2021

2020

2021

2020

(In millions)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities

$

631

$

468

$

2,105

$

1,271

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(16)

(332)

(114)

(424)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

$

615

$

136

$

1,991

$

847

Hess Corporation will review third quarter financial and operating results and other matters on a webcast at 10 a.m. today (EDT). For details about the event, refer to the Investor Relations section of our website at www.hess.com.

Hess Corporation is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. More information on Hess Corporation is available at www.hess.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "guidance," "could," "may," "should," "would," "believe," "intend," "project," "plan," "predict," "will," "target" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which are not historical in nature. Our forward-looking statements may include, without limitation: our future financial and operational results; our business strategy; estimates of our crude oil and natural gas reserves and levels of production; benchmark prices of crude oil, NGL and natural gas and our associated realized price differentials; our projected budget and capital and exploratory expenditures; expected timing and completion of our development projects, and future economic and market conditions in the oil and gas industry.

Forward-looking statements are based on our current understanding, assessments, estimates and projections of relevant factors and reasonable assumptions about the future. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our current projections or expectations of future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The following important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in our forward-looking statements: fluctuations in market prices of crude oil, NGL and natural gas and competition in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, including as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic; reduced demand for our products, including due to the global COVID-19 pandemic or the outbreak of any other public health threat, or due to the impact of competing or alternative energy products and political conditions and events; potential failures or delays in increasing oil and gas reserves, including as a result of unsuccessful exploration activity, drilling risks and unforeseen reservoir conditions, and in achieving expected production levels; changes in tax, property, contract and other laws, regulations and governmental actions applicable to our business, including legislative and regulatory initiatives regarding environmental concerns, such as measures to limit greenhouse gas emissions and flaring as well as fracking bans; disruption or interruption of our operations due to catastrophic events, such as accidents, severe weather, geological events, shortages of skilled labor, cyber-attacks or health measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic; the ability of our contractual counterparties to satisfy their obligations to us, including the operation of joint ventures under which we may not control; unexpected changes in technical requirements for constructing, modifying or operating exploration and production facilities and/or the inability to timely obtain or maintain necessary permits; availability and costs of employees and other personnel, drilling rigs, equipment, supplies and other required services; any limitations on our access to capital or increase in our cost of capital, including as a result of weakness in the oil and gas industry or negative outcomes within commodity and financial markets; liability resulting from litigation, including exposure to decommissioning liabilities for divested assets in the event the current or future owners are unable to perform and heightened risks associated with being a general partner of Hess Midstream LP; and other factors described in Item 1A—Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and any additional risks described in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

As and when made, we believe that our forward-looking statements are reasonable. However, given these risks and uncertainties, caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements since such statements speak only as of the date when made and there can be no assurance that such forward-looking statements will occur and actual results may differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement we make. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP financial measures

The Corporation has used non-GAAP financial measures in this earnings release. "Adjusted net income (loss)" presented in this release is defined as reported net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation excluding items identified as affecting comparability of earnings between periods. "Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities" presented in this release is defined as Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities excluding changes in operating assets and liabilities. Management uses adjusted net income (loss) to evaluate the Corporation’s operating performance and believes that investors’ understanding of our performance is enhanced by disclosing this measure, which excludes certain items that management believes are not directly related to ongoing operations and are not indicative of future business trends and operations. Management believes that net cash provided by (used in) operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities demonstrates the Corporation’s ability to internally fund capital expenditures, pay dividends and service debt. These measures are not, and should not be viewed as, a substitute for U.S. GAAP net income (loss) or net cash provided by (used in) operating activities. A reconciliation of reported net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation (U.S. GAAP) to adjusted net income (loss), and a reconciliation of net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (U.S. GAAP) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities are provided in the release.

Cautionary Note to Investors

We use certain terms in this release relating to resources other than proved reserves, such as unproved reserves or resources. Investors are urged to consider closely the oil and gas disclosures in Hess Corporation’s Form 10-K, File No. 1-1204, available from Hess Corporation, 1185 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036 c/o Corporate Secretary and on our website at www.hess.com. You can also obtain this form from the SEC on the EDGAR system.

HESS CORPORATION AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)

(IN MILLIONS)

Third
Quarter
2021

Third
Quarter
2020

Second
Quarter
2021

Income Statement

Revenues and non-operating income

Sales and other operating revenues

$

1,759

$

1,159

$

1,579

Gains (losses) on asset sales, net

29

Other, net

23

17

19

Total revenues and non-operating income

1,811

1,176

1,598

Costs and expenses

Marketing, including purchased oil and gas

522

221

322

Operating costs and expenses

333

308

315

Production and severance taxes

42

34

44

Exploration expenses, including dry holes and lease impairment

36

71

48

General and administrative expenses

76

84

84

Interest expense

125

118

118

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

349

518

385

Impairment and other

147

Total costs and expenses

1,483

1,354

1,463

Income (loss) before income taxes

328

(178)

135

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

143

5

122

Net income (loss)

185

(183)

13

Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

70

60

86

Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation

$

115

$

(243)

$

(73)

HESS CORPORATION AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)

(IN MILLIONS)

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

Income Statement

Revenues and non-operating income

Sales and other operating revenues

$

5,236

$

3,346

Gains (losses) on asset sales, net

29

8

Other, net

63

33

Total revenues and non-operating income

5,328

3,387

Costs and expenses

Marketing, including purchased oil and gas

1,362

655

Operating costs and expenses

913

905

Production and severance taxes

123

92

Exploration expenses, including dry holes and lease impairment

117

291

General and administrative expenses

254

275

Interest expense

360

350

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

1,130

1,588

Impairment and other

147

2,126

Total costs and expenses

4,406

6,282

Income (loss) before income taxes

922

(2,895)

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

388

(83)

Net income (loss)

534

(2,812)

Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

240

184

Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation

$

294

$

(2,996)

HESS CORPORATION AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)

(IN MILLIONS)

September 30,
2021

December 31,
2020

Balance Sheet Information

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

2,419

$

1,739

Other current assets

1,473

1,342

Property, plant and equipment – net

13,954

14,115

Operating lease right-of-use assets – net

364

426

Finance lease right-of-use assets – net

150

168

Other long-term assets

1,130

1,031

Total assets

$

19,490

$

18,821

Liabilities and equity

Current maturities of long-term debt

$

514

$

10

Current portion of operating and finance lease obligations

88

81

Other current liabilities

2,147

1,532

Long-term debt

7,993

8,286

Long-term operating lease obligations

410

478

Long-term finance lease obligations

...

220

Other long-term liabilities

1,877

1,879

Total equity excluding other comprehensive income (loss)

6,405

6,121

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(796)

(755)

Noncontrolling interests

647

...