Maintains Commitment to Dividend
Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR) announced today that it has revised its capital spending plans for 2020 given current market conditions and recent commodity price volatility.
Murphy’s revised 2020 budget is approximately $950 million. The reduction of approximately $500 million equates to a nearly 35 percent revision from the midpoint of the previously announced corporate budget of $1.4 billion to $1.5 billion. Murphy will release further details of its revised plan on a later date.
"Under current conditions, we believe this capital reduction program allows for financial flexibility and preservation of our longstanding dividend. As always, we will not sacrifice safety in our efforts to reduce costs across all our assets, as it remains a core value within Murphy," stated Roger W. Jenkins, President and Chief Executive Officer.
The revised plan will be achieved through the following:
- Delaying certain US Gulf of Mexico projects and development wells
- Postponing spud timing of two operated exploration wells
- Releasing operated rigs and frac crews in the Eagle Ford Shale, with no operated activity planned for the second half of 2020
- Deferring well completions in the Tupper Montney
"We have persevered through multiple commodity price cycles in our 70 years of corporate history, and want to provide reassurance that we are focused on a strategy that protects the business, the balance sheet and our liquidity, while maintaining optionality for additional adjustments given the unstable environment. Murphy has an ample liquidity position as of year-end 2019 between its undrawn $1.6 billion senior unsecured credit facility due November 2023 plus cash on hand, along with other sources of liquidity arising in the normal course of business. Further, we have no debt maturities until June 2022," said Jenkins.
ABOUT MURPHY OIL CORPORATION
As an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company, Murphy Oil Corporation believes in providing energy that empowers people by doing right always, staying with it and thinking beyond possible. It challenges the norm, taps into its strong legacy and uses its foresight and financial discipline to deliver inspired energy solutions. Murphy sees a future where it is an industry leader who is positively impacting lives for the next 100 years and beyond. Additional information can be found on the company’s website at www.murphyoilcorp.com.
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