SUNCOR LOSS $500 MLN
''Suncor's ability to generate cash flow from operations, combined with the strength of our balance sheet, allowed us to maintain our dividend and continue investing in long-term profitable growth projects, even in the poor price environment we saw in the first quarter,'' said Steve Williams, president and chief executive officer. ''We continue to capitalize on opportunities, such as increasing our investment in the Syncrude asset, to generate long-term value for our shareholders.''
- Cash flow from operations of $682 million ($0.45 per common share).
- Operating losses were $500 million ($0.33 per common share), driven by low commodity prices, wider bitumen differentials to Western Canadian Select (WCS), weak benchmark refining margins and a Refining and Marketing first-in, first-out (FIFO) loss of $192 million. Net earnings were $257 million ($0.17 per common share).
- Acquired Canadian Oil Sands Limited (COS) on February 5, 2016, adding 128,500 barrels per day (bbls/d) of synthetic crude oil capacity.
- Record production from both Firebag and MacKay River, combined with strong upgrader reliability, resulted in record Oil Sands operations production of 453,000 bbls/d.
- Achieved cash operating costs per barrel in Oil Sands operations of $24.25, a 15% reduction versus the prior year quarter, due to lower costs, driven by the company's cost reduction initiatives, and increased production.
- Refinery utilization averaged 91% and Refining operating expenses decreased to $5.10 per barrel (bbl), helping to offset weakness in distillate demand and benchmark cracking margins.
- Subsequent to quarter end, Suncor entered into an agreement to acquire an additional 5% interest in Syncrude for $937 million. The acquisition will increase Suncor's working interest in Syncrude to 53.74%.
Suncor Energy Inc. recorded first quarter 2016 operating losses of $500 million ($0.33 per common share) and cash flow from operations of $682 million ($0.45 per common share), compared to operating earnings and cash flow from operations of $175 million ($0.12 per common share) and $1.475 billion ($1.02 per common share), respectively, in the prior year quarter. This reflected the 31% decline in the WTI benchmark price, a 43% decline in the WCS benchmark price, combined with a wider bitumen to WCS differential, as well as a decrease of approximately 40% in benchmark crack spreads, when compared to the first quarter of 2015. Highlights of the first quarter included record Oil Sands operations production, the lowest Oil Sands operations cash operating costs per barrel achieved since 2007 and overall refinery utilization in excess of 90%.
Net earnings were $257 million ($0.17 per common share) for the first quarter of 2016, compared with a net loss of $341 million ($0.24 per common share) for the prior year quarter. Net earnings for the first quarter of 2016 were impacted by the same factors that influenced operating losses described above and also included the impact of a non-cash after-tax foreign exchange gain on the revaluation of U.S. dollar denominated debt of $885 million, compared to an after-tax foreign exchange loss of $940 million in the prior year quarter. Net earnings in the first quarter of 2016 also included $38 million (after-tax) for the COS acquisition and integration costs and $90 million (after tax) of non-cash mark to market losses related to interest rate derivatives for future debt issuance. During the first quarter of 2015, the company recognized a tax recovery of $406 million following a decrease in the tax rate in the United Kingdom (U.K.) on oil and gas profits. The net loss in the prior year quarter also included after-tax restructuring costs of $57 million and after-tax insurance proceeds of $75 million.
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