SOURCE: El Paso Corporation

August 06, 2008 07:30 ET

El Paso Corporation Reports 34 Percent Increase in Adjusted Second Quarter Earnings

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - August 6, 2008) - El Paso Corporation (NYSE: EP) is reporting today second quarter 2008 financial and operational results for the company.

Highlights:

--  $0.25 earnings per diluted share from continuing operations versus
    $0.22 in 2007
--  $0.39 earnings per share after adjusting for production-related
    derivatives and other items impacting second quarter 2008 results versus
    $0.29 in 2007
--  Pipeline earnings before interest expense and taxes (EBIT) of $295
    million
--  Exploration & Production (E&P) EBIT of $304 million -- up 29 percent
    versus second quarter 2007
--  Production, including unconsolidated affiliate volumes, totaled 833
    million cubic feet equivalent per day (MMcfe/d)
--  Second quarter 2008 production rose 4 percent from first quarter 2008,
    pro forma for divested properties
--  Hedge positions expanded for 2009
    

"This quarter we continued our solid financial and operational performance, while making tangible progress that enhances our multi-year growth outlook," said Doug Foshee, president and chief executive officer of El Paso Corporation. "Our Pipeline Group secured two major new projects -- the Ruby pipeline and the TGP Line 300 expansion, which increase our committed backlog to $8 billion -- a level that is more than two times larger than any time in our 80-year history. In E&P, our Peoples acquisition is delivering promising new drilling opportunities in the Texas Gulf Coast and the Arklatex, including the Haynesville Shale. In Brazil, our Bia/Camarupim project is accelerating with first production now expected in the first quarter of 2009. And our Pinauna project remains on schedule with first production expected in late 2009. In short, the outlook for our businesses has never been better."

A summary of financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2008, and 2007 is as follows:

Financial Results                                    Three Months Ended
                                                           June 30,
($ in millions, except per share amounts)             2008         2007
                                                  ------------ -----------
Income from continuing operations                 $        191 $       169
Discontinued operations, net of income taxes                 -          (3)
                                                  ------------ -----------
Net income                                                 191         166
Preferred stock dividends(1)                                 -          10
                                                  ------------ -----------
Net income available to common stockholders       $        191 $       156
                                                  ============ ===========

Basic per common share amounts
   Income from continuing operations              $       0.27 $      0.23
   Discontinued operations                                   -           -
                                                  ------------ -----------
   Net income per common share                    $       0.27 $      0.23
                                                  ============ ===========

Diluted per common share amounts
   Income from continuing operations              $       0.25 $      0.22
   Discontinued operations                                   -           -
                                                  ------------ -----------
   Net income per common share                    $       0.25 $      0.22
                                                  ============ ===========

(1) Due to timing of declaration, second quarter 2008 preferred stock
    dividends were reflected in the first quarter.

Items Impacting Quarterly Results

Second quarter 2008 and 2007 net income includes the following items:

Second Quarter 2008                                Before  After   Diluted
($ millions, except per share amounts)               Tax    Tax      EPS
                                                   ------  ------  -------
Net income available to common stockholders                $  191  $  0.25
Adjustments(1)
   Change in fair value of power contracts         $  105  $   67  $  0.09
   Change in fair value of legacy indemnification      (9)     (6)   (0.01)
   Other legacy litigation adjustments                (27)    (29)   (0.04)

   Change in fair value of production-related
    derivatives in Marketing                           52      33     0.04
   Impact of mark-to-market (MTM) E&P derivatives(2)   61      39     0.06
                                                                   -------
      Adjusted EPS -- continuing operations(3)                     $  0.39
                                                                   =======

(1) Assumes a 36 percent tax rate, except other legacy litigation
    adjustments, and 761 million diluted shares
(2) Includes $75 million of MTM losses on derivatives, adjusted for $14
    million of realized losses from cash settlements
(3) Based upon 769 million fully diluted shares and includes income impact
    from dilutive securities



Second Quarter 2007                                Before  After   Diluted
($ millions, except per share amounts)               Tax    Tax      EPS
                                                   ------  ------  -------
Net income available to common stockholders                $  156  $  0.22
Adjustments(1)
   Debt repurchase costs                           $   86  $   55  $  0.08
   Change in fair value of production-related
    derivatives in Marketing                           (9)     (6)   (0.01)
   Discontinued operations                              5       3        -
                                                                   -------
      Adjusted EPS -- continuing operations(2)                     $  0.29
                                                                   =======

(1) Assumes a 36 percent tax rate, except for discontinued operations, and
    757 million diluted shares
(2) Based upon 757 million diluted shares and includes the income impact
    from dilutive securities

Financial Results -- Six Months Ended June 30, 2008

For the six months ended June 30, 2008, El Paso reported net income available to common stockholders of $391 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, compared with $776 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, for the first six months of 2007, which includes a $674 million, or $0.96 per share, gain on the sale of ANR and related assets. Earnings for the six-month periods of 2008 and 2007, after adjusting for the impacts of production-related derivatives and other items, are $0.74 and $0.47 per diluted share, respectively. A schedule of items affecting year-to-date results is listed as an appendix to the release.

Business Unit Financial Update

                                                       Three Months Ended
Segment EBIT Results                                        June 30,
($ in millions)                                         2008       2007
                                                      ---------  ---------
Pipeline Group                                        $     295  $     318
Exploration and Production                                  304        235
Marketing                                                  (153)         5
Power                                                        12         16
Corporate and Other                                          41       (104)
                                                      ---------  ---------
                                                      $     499  $     470
                                                      =========  =========

Pipeline Group

The Pipeline Group's EBIT for the three months ended June 30, 2008, was $295 million, compared with $318 million for the same period in 2007. EBIT before minority interest associated with El Paso Pipeline Partners, L. P. (NYSE: EPB), which completed its initial public offering in November 2007, was $303 million, a 5 percent decrease from 2007 levels. Higher reservation revenues, primarily from several expansion projects placed in-service during 2007 and 2008, were offset by higher operating costs. Higher operating costs primarily reflect increased labor costs and additional maintenance associated with required work on both the Tennessee Gas and SNG systems. While higher, these costs are on track with El Paso's 2008 plan, and the Pipeline Group is on track to achieve its 2008 financial targets. In addition, second quarter 2007 results were favorably impacted by a $10-million contract settlement received from a bankruptcy claim.

                                                       Three Months Ended
Pipeline Group Results                                      June 30,
($ in millions)                                         2008       2007
                                                      ---------  ----------
EBIT before minority interest                         $     303  $      318
Minority interest                                            (8)          -
                                                      ---------  ----------
EBIT                                                  $     295  $      318
DD&A                                                  $      99  $       91

Total throughput (BBtu/d)(1)                             17,981      17,161

(1) Includes proportionate share of jointly owned pipelines

Exploration and Production

The Exploration and Production segment's EBIT for the three months ended June 30, 2008, was $304 million, compared with $235 million for the same period in 2007. The increase is primarily due to higher realized commodity prices, partially offset by losses of $75 million in 2008 and $5 million in 2007 related to changes in fair value of derivative contracts not designated as accounting hedges, higher production taxes, and higher depreciation, depletion and amortization expense.

Second quarter 2008 production volumes averaged 833 MMcfe/d, including 71 MMcfe/d of unconsolidated affiliate production volumes. Second quarter 2007 production volumes averaged 857 MMcfe/d, including 71 MMcfe/d of unconsolidated affiliate production volumes and 121 MMcfe/d related to properties that were divested in the first quarter of 2008. On a pro forma basis, adjusting 2007 production to include People's Energy and eliminating properties that were divested in the first half of 2008, second quarter 2008 production grew 4 percent from the first quarter of 2008.

Total per-unit cash operating costs increased to an average of $2.01 per thousand cubic feet equivalent (Mcfe) in second quarter 2008 from $1.92 per Mcfe for the same 2007 period. The increase is primarily a result of higher production taxes, which rise with commodity prices, and was partially offset by a decrease in controllable costs -- direct lifting costs and G&A expenses, which were down 7 percent year-over-year.

                                                       Three Months Ended
Exploration and Production Results                          June 30,
($ in millions, except prices and unit cost amounts)    2008       2007
                                                      ---------  ---------
Natural gas, oil, condensate and NGL revenue          $     711  $     570
Changes in fair value of derivative contracts(1)            (75)        (5)
Other revenues                                               19         10
                                                      ---------  ---------
   Total Operating Revenues                           $     655  $     575
Operating Expenses                                         (374)      (346)
Other income                                                 23          6
                                                      ---------  ---------
EBIT                                                  $     304  $     235
DD&A                                                  $     197  $     189
Consolidated volumes:
   Natural gas sales volumes (MMcf/d)                       662        657
   Oil, condensate, and NGL sales volumes (MBbls/d)          17         21
Total consolidated equivalent sales volumes (MMcfe/d)       762        786
Four Star total equivalent sales volumes (MMcfe/d)(2)        71         71

Weighted average realized prices including hedges(3)
   Natural gas ($/Mcf)                                $    9.53  $    7.67
   Oil, condensate, and NGL ($/Bbl)                   $   90.64  $   56.87

Transportation costs(3)
   Natural gas ($/Mcf)                                $    0.32  $    0.24
   Oil, condensate, and NGL ($/Bbl)                   $    1.07  $    0.68

Per-unit costs ($/Mcfe)(3)
   Depreciation, depletion and amortization           $    2.84  $    2.64
   Cash operating costs(4)                            $    2.01  $    1.92

(1) Represents the income effect of contracts not designated as accounting
    hedges
(2) Four Star is an equity investment.  Amounts disclosed represent the
    company's proportionate share.
(3) Does not include proportionate share of Four Star
(4) Includes direct lifting costs, production taxes, G&A expenses, and
    taxes other than production and income

Updated Hedge Positions

As of July 15, 2008, natural gas hedges for the last six months of 2008 have an average floor price of $7.94 per million British thermal unit (MMBtu) and an average ceiling price of $10.23 per MMBtu on 98 trillion British thermal units (TBtu). They are weighted toward July through October production, with November and December production hedged at approximately 50 percent of anticipated production. In addition, El Paso has 1.7 million barrels of 2008 crude oil production with an average floor price of $79.17 per barrel and an average ceiling price of $79.54 per barrel. El Paso's 2009 natural gas hedge position has been expanded with the addition of collars and swaps. The 2009 natural gas hedges have an average floor price of $9.02 per MMBtu on 176 TBtu and an average ceiling price of $14.97 per MMBtu on 151 TBtu. El Paso has oil hedges for 2009 on 3.4 million barrels of crude oil at an average fixed price of $109.93 per barrel. Further information on the company's hedging activities will be available in El Paso's Form 10-Q.

Other Operations

Marketing

The Marketing segment reported an EBIT loss of $153 million for the three months ended June 30, 2008, compared with an EBIT gain of $5 million for the same period in 2007. The decline was due to a $105-million MTM loss on the company's power obligations that extend through 2016 in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) power market and a $52-million loss in the fair value of derivatives intended to manage the price risk of the company's natural gas and oil production. The PJM loss was driven by higher natural gas prices, which resulted in an 80-percent increase in locational power price differences within the region. The actual cash paid in the quarter relating to the basis positions was approximately $9 million. In the second quarter of 2007, the company realized a gain of $9 million on its production-related derivatives and a $36 million loss on its PJM power contracts. Additionally, 2007 included gains totaling $44 million relating to the California power price disputes and the sale of the company's NYMEX investment.

Power

The Power segment reported an EBIT of $12 million for the three months ended June 30, 2008, compared with EBIT of $16 million for the same period in 2007. Lower second quarter 2008 earnings were primarily due to gains recognized on the sale of investments in Asia and Central America, while 2007 earnings resulted primarily from the Porto Velho power plant in Brazil, which is expected to be sold later this year.

Corporate and Other

During the second quarter of 2008, Corporate and Other reported EBIT of $41 million compared with an EBIT loss of $104 million for the same period in 2007. Second quarter 2008 results were positively impacted by a MTM gain related to changes in fair value of a legacy indemnification from the sale of an ammonia facility and an adjustment to liabilities for legacy litigation. Second quarter 2007 results were impacted by the $86-million charge related to debt repurchase costs.

Detailed operating statistics for each of El Paso's businesses will be posted at www.elpaso.com in the Investors section.

Webcast Information

El Paso Corporation has scheduled a live webcast of its second quarter 2008 results on August 6, 2008, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time, 8:30 a.m. Central Time, which may be accessed online through El Paso's Web site at www.elpaso.com in the Investors section. During the webcast, management will refer to slides that will be posted on the Web site. The slides will be available one hour before the webcast and can be accessed in the Investors section. A limited number of telephone lines will also be available to participants by dialing (888) 710-3574 (conference ID # 54966501) ten minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

A replay of the webcast will be available online through the company's Web site in the Investors section. A telephone audio replay will be also available through August 13, 2008 by dialing (800) 642-1687 (conference ID # 54966501). If you have any questions regarding the dial-in procedures, please contact Margie Fox at (713) 420-2903.

Disclosure of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The SEC's Regulation G applies to any public disclosure or release of material information that includes a non-GAAP financial measure. In the event of such a disclosure or release, Regulation G requires (i) the presentation of the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP and (ii) a reconciliation of the differences between the non-GAAP financial measure presented and the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The required presentations and reconciliations are attached. Additional detail regarding non-GAAP financial measures can be reviewed in El Paso's full operating statistics, which will be posted at www.elpaso.com in the Investors section.

El Paso uses the non-GAAP financial measure "earnings before interest expense and income taxes" or "EBIT" to assess the operating results and effectiveness of the company and its business segments. The company defines EBIT as net income (loss) adjusted for (i) items that do not impact its income (loss) from continuing operations, such as extraordinary items, discontinued operations; (ii) income taxes; and (iii) interest and debt expense. The company excludes interest and debt expense so that investors may evaluate the company's operating results without regard to its financing methods or capital structure. El Paso's business operations consist of both consolidated businesses as well as investments in unconsolidated affiliates. As a result, the company believes that EBIT, which includes the results of both these consolidated and unconsolidated operations, is useful to its investors because it allows them to evaluate more effectively the performance of all of El Paso's businesses and investments. Exploration and Production per-unit total cash costs or cash operating costs equal total operating expenses less DD&A, transportation cost, ceiling test charges, and cost of products and services divided by total production. It is a valuable measure of operating efficiency. For 2008, Adjusted EPS is earnings per share from continuing operations excluding the gain or loss related to the change in fair value of an indemnification from the sale of an ammonia plant in 2005, the gain related to an adjustment of the liability for indemnification of medical benefits for retirees of the Case Corporation, gain related to the disposition of a portion of the company's investment in its telecommunications business, changes in fair value of power contracts, changes in fair value of the production-related derivatives in Marketing, impact of mark-to-market E&P derivatives and other legacy litigation adjustments. For 2007, Adjusted EPS is earnings per share from continuing operations excluding changes in fair value of production-related derivatives in Marketing, and debt repurchase costs. Adjusted EPS is useful in analyzing the company's on-going earnings potential.

El Paso believes that the non-GAAP financial measures described above are also useful to investors because these measurements are used by many companies in the industry as a measurement of operating and financial performance and are commonly employed by financial analysts and others to evaluate the operating and financial performance of the company and its business segments and to compare the operating and financial performance of the company and its business segments with the performance of other companies within the industry.

These non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measurements used by other companies and should not be used as a substitute for net income, earnings per share or other GAAP operating measurements.

El Paso Corporation provides natural gas and related energy products in a safe, efficient, and dependable manner. El Paso owns North America's largest interstate natural gas pipeline system and one of North America's largest independent natural gas producers. For more information, visit www.elpaso.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This release includes certain forward-looking statements and projections. The company has made every reasonable effort to ensure that the information and assumptions on which these statements and projections are based are current, reasonable, and complete. However, a variety of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections, anticipated results or other expectations expressed in this release, including, without limitation, changes in unaudited and/or unreviewed financial information; our ability to implement and achieve our objectives in our 2008 plan, including achieving our earnings and cash flow targets; changes in reserve estimates based upon internal and third-party reserve analyses; the effects of any changes in accounting rules and guidance; our ability to meet production volume targets in our Exploration and Production segment; uncertainties and potential consequences associated with the outcome of governmental investigations; outcome of litigation; our ability to comply with the covenants in our various financing documents; our ability to obtain necessary governmental approvals for proposed pipeline projects and our ability to successfully construct and operate such projects; the risks associated with recontracting of transportation commitments by our pipelines; regulatory uncertainties associated with pipeline rate cases; actions by the credit rating agencies; the successful close of our financing transactions; our ability to close our announced asset sales on a timely basis; changes in commodity prices and basis differentials for oil, natural gas, and power; inability to realize anticipated synergies and cost savings associated with restructurings and divestitures on a timely basis or at all; general economic and weather conditions in geographic regions or markets served by the company and its affiliates, or where operations of the company and its affiliates are located; the uncertainties associated with governmental regulation; political and currency risks associated with international operations of the company and its affiliates; competition; and other factors described in the company's (and its affiliates') Securities and Exchange Commission filings. While the company makes these statements and projections in good faith, neither the company nor its management can guarantee that anticipated future results will be achieved. Reference must be made to those filings for additional important factors that may affect actual results. The company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or any other forward-looking statements made by the company, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Certain of the production information in this press release include the production attributable to El Paso's 49 percent interest in Four Star Oil & Gas Company ("Four Star"). El Paso's Supplemental Oil and Gas disclosures, which are included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K, reflect its proportionate share of the proved reserves of Four Star separate from its consolidated proved reserves. In addition, the proved reserves attributable to its proportionate share of Four Star represent estimates prepared by El Paso and not those of Four Star.

   Appendix to El Paso Corporation August 6, 2008 Earnings Press Release

Items Impacting year-to-date results


Six Months Ended 2008                              Before  After   Diluted
($ millions, except per share amounts)              Tax     Tax      EPS
                                                   ------  ------  -------
Net income available to common stockholders                $  391  $  0.54
Adjustments(1)
   Change in fair value of power contracts         $  146  $   93  $  0.12
   Change in fair value of legacy indemnification      34      22     0.03
   Case Corporation indemnification                   (65)    (27)   (0.04)
   Gain on sale of portion of telecommunications
    business                                          (18)    (12)   (0.01)
   Other legacy litigation adjustments                (27)    (29)   (0.04)

   Change in fair value of production-related
    derivatives in Marketing                           73      47     0.06
   Impact of MTM E&P derivatives(2)                    92      59     0.08
                                                                   -------
      Adjusted EPS -- continuing operations(3)                     $  0.74
                                                                   =======

(1) Assumes a 36 percent tax rate, except for Case Corporation
    indemnification and other legacy litigation adjustments, and 760
    million diluted shares
(2) Includes $110 million of MTM losses on derivatives, adjusted for $18
    million of realized losses from cash settlements
(3) Based upon 768 million fully diluted shares and includes the income
    impact from dilutive securities






Six Months Ended 2007 ($ millions, except per      Before  After   Diluted
 share amounts)                                      Tax     Tax     EPS
                                                   ------  ------  -------
Net income available to common stockholders                $  776  $  1.11
Adjustments(1)
   Debt repurchase costs                           $  287  $  184  $  0.26
   Change in fair value of production-related
    derivatives in Marketing                           78      50     0.07

   Sale of ANR and related assets                  (1,043)   (674)   (0.96)
   Effect of change in number of diluted shares(2)                   (0.01)
                                                                   -------
      Adjusted EPS -- continuing operations(2)                     $  0.47
                                                                   =======

(1) Assumes a 36 percent tax rate, except for discontinued operations, and
    699 million diluted shares
(2) Based upon 757 million diluted shares and includes income impact from
    dilutive securities





Reconciliation of Pro Forma Production Volumes

Production Volumes                               Three Months Ended
                                            June 30,   March 31,  June 30,
(Equivalents, Mmcfe/d)                        2007       2008       2008
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
Total consolidated volumes                        786        811        762
Proportionate share of Four Star                   71         75         71
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
  Total volumes including Four Star               857        886        833
Less volumes from divested properties             121         88          3
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
Pro forma production volumes                      736        798        830
                                           ========== ========== ==========






                            EL PASO CORPORATION
                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
              (In millions, except per common share amounts)
                                (UNAUDITED)


                                       Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended
                                            June 30,          June 30,
                                        ----------------  ----------------
                                          2008     2007     2008     2007
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------

Operating revenues                      $ 1,153  $ 1,198  $ 2,422  $ 2,220

Operating expenses
   Cost of products and services             71       60      127      115
   Operation and maintenance                282      329      553      630
   Depreciation, depletion and
    amortization                            298      286      611      557
   Taxes, other than income taxes            81       72      160      132
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------
                                            732      747    1,451    1,434
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------
Operating income                            421      451      971      786

Earnings from unconsolidated affiliates      52       44       89       81
Loss on debt extinguishment                   -      (86)       -     (287)
Other income, net                            33       60       55      106
Minority Interest                            (7)       1      (16)       -
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------
                                             78       19      128     (100)
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------

Earnings before interest expense,
 income taxes, and other charges            499      470    1,099      686

Interest and debt expense                  (221)    (231)    (454)    (514)
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------

Preferred interests of consolidated
 subsidiaries                                 -        -        -        -
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------

Income before income taxes                  278      239      645      172
Income taxes                                 87       70      235       51
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------

Income from continuing operations           191      169      410      121

Discontinued operations, net of income
 taxes                                        -       (3)       -      674
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------

Net income                                  191      166      410      795

Preferred stock dividends (1)                 -       10       19       19
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------
Net income available to common
 stockholders                           $   191  $   156  $   391  $   776
                                        =======  =======  =======  =======

Earnings per common share
   Basic
      Income from continuing operations $  0.27  $  0.23  $  0.56  $  0.15
      Discontinued operations, net of
       income taxes                           -        -        -     0.97
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------
      Net income per common share       $  0.27  $  0.23  $  0.56  $  1.12
                                        =======  =======  =======  =======

   Diluted
      Income from continuing operations $  0.25  $  0.22  $  0.54  $  0.15
      Discontinued operations, net of
       income taxes                           -        -        -     0.96
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------
      Net income per common share       $  0.25  $  0.22  $  0.54  $  1.11
                                        =======  =======  =======  =======

Weighted average common shares outstanding
   Basic                                    698      696      698      695
                                        =======  =======  =======  =======
   Diluted                                  761      757      760      699
                                        =======  =======  =======  =======

Dividends declared per common share (1) $     -  $  0.04  $  0.08  $  0.08
                                        =======  =======  =======  =======

(1) Due to timing, first quarter 2008 includes two quarters of dividends






                            EL PASO CORPORATION
                            SEGMENT INFORMATION
                                (UNAUDITED)


                       2008                  2007            Year-to-Date
                   ------------- --------------------------- -------------
(In millions)      First  Second First  Second Third  Fourth  2008   2007
                   ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Operating revenues
  Pipelines        $  720 $  646 $  644 $  614 $  586 $  650 $1,366 $1,258
  Exploration and
   Production         603    655    505    575    575    645  1,258  1,080
  Marketing           (57)  (146)  (135)   (16)    (9)   (59)  (203)  (151)
  Power                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
  Corporate and
   other, including
   eliminations (1)     3     (2)     8     25     14     26      1     33
                   ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
    Consolidated
     total         $1,269 $1,153 $1,022 $1,198 $1,166 $1,262 $2,422 $2,220
                   ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Depreciation,
 depletion and
 amortization
  Pipelines        $   99 $   99 $   94 $   91 $   94 $   94 $  198 $  185
  Exploration and
   Production         212    197    170    189    194    227    409    359
  Marketing             -      -      1      1      -      1      -      2
  Power                 -      -      -      -      1      -      -      -
  Corporate and
   other (1)            2      2      6      5      4      4      4     11
                   ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
    Consolidated
     total         $  313 $  298 $  271 $  286 $  293 $  326 $  611 $  557
                   ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Operating income (loss)
  Pipelines        $  357 $  263 $  324 $  276 $  234 $  277 $  620 $  600
  Exploration and
   Production         226    281    177    229    228    252    507    406
  Marketing           (60)  (154)  (136)   (20)   (13)   (65)  (214)  (156)
  Power                (8)    (5)    (5)    (9)    (9)    (3)   (13)   (14)
  Corporate and
   other (1)           35     36    (25)   (25)   (23)   (19)    71    (50)
                   ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
    Consolidated
     total         $  550 $  421 $  335 $  451 $  417 $  442 $  971 $  786
                   ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Earnings (losses)
 before interest
 expense and income
 taxes (EBIT)
  Pipelines        $  381 $  295 $  364 $  318 $  275 $  308 $  676 $  682
  Exploration and
   Production         242    304    179    235    232    263    546    414
  Marketing           (60)  (153)  (135)     5     (8)   (64)  (213)  (130)
  Power                (2)    12     18     16    (67)    (4)    10     34
  Corporate and
   other (1)           39     41   (210)  (104)    51    (20)    80   (314)
                   ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
    Consolidated
     total         $  600 $  499 $  216 $  470 $  483 $  483 $1,099 $  686
                   ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------


E&P Cash Costs         Second        Second
                    Quarter 2008   Quarter 2007
                   Total Per Unit Total Per Unit
                   ($MM) ($/Mcfe) ($MM) ($/Mcfe)
                   ------ ------ ------ ------
  Total operating
   expense         $  374 $ 5.40 $  346 $ 4.84
  Depreciation,
   depletion and
   amortization      (197) (2.84)  (189) (2.64)
  Transportation
   Costs              (21) (0.31)   (15) (0.22)
  Cost of products
   & services         (10) (0.15)    (4) (0.06)
  Other                (7) (0.09)     -      -
                   ------ ------ ------ ------
  Per unit cash
   costs(2)               $ 2.01        $ 1.92
                   ------ ------ ------ ------
Total equivalent
 volumes (Mmcfe)(2)       69,366        71,493
                   ------------- -------------

(1) Includes our corporate businesses, telecommunications business and
    residual assets and liabilities of previously sold or discontinued
    businesses.
(2) Excludes volumes and costs associated with equity investment in Four
    Star.

Contact Information

  • Contacts
    Investor and Public Relations
    Bruce L. Connery
    Vice President
    Office: (713) 420-5855

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