BURLINGTON RESOURCES INC.
NYSE : BR

BURLINGTON RESOURCES INC.

July 28, 2005 13:35 ET

Burlington Resources Continues Record Quarterly Performance and Updates Capital Investment Plans

HOUSTON--(CCNMatthews - Jul 28, 2005) -

Burlington Resources Inc. (NYSE:BR) today reported a fourth consecutive quarterly earnings record, with estimated income of $537 million during the second quarter of 2005, compared to $379 million during the same quarter of 2004. Burlington earned $1.40 per diluted share, up 46 percent from the $0.96 per diluted share earned during the prior year's quarter. The increase was attributable to higher commodity prices, growth in production and accelerated share repurchases.

Records were achieved in a number of key financial performance measures. Net cash provided by operating activities increased to $974 million from $802 million, and discretionary cash flow(1) increased to $977 million from $825 million during the prior year's quarter. Burlington also achieved an annualized return on capital employed(1) of 26.4 percent during the current year's second quarter.

Total production increased 4 percent, or 8 percent on a per-share basis, to 2,879 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day (MMcfed), an all-time quarterly volume record, compared to 2,758 MMcfed during the second quarter of 2004. Higher production was achieved from Canada, while in the U.S. increases came from the Bossier, Cedar Creek Anticline, Bakken and South Louisiana programs. Volumes also increased from Algeria's MLN Field. Production decreased from the San Juan Basin due to unscheduled maintenance performed by pipeline companies serving the area and the lingering impact of unfavorable weather earlier in the year.

"Burlington continues delivering what we believe is consistent and peer-leading performance during this exciting but challenging era for our industry," said Bobby S. Shackouls, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Our asset base of large, sustainable drilling programs is enabling us to achieve production growth. At the same time we are working to contain rising service costs, increasing our capital program to fund new opportunities for growth and executing a share repurchase and dividend program that is returning substantial value to our stockholders."

In addition, Burlington announced the approval by its board of directors of a 20 percent increase in planned 2005 oil and natural gas capital investments to a total of $2.4 billion, excluding acquisitions. The incremental capital will fund additional exploration and development drilling throughout the company as well as increased lease purchases in North America. It will also help meet rising industry service costs.

The company further disclosed that it has recently completed or has pending contracts for three acquisitions totaling approximately $200 million. All are in existing core areas of operations. The transactions together with Burlington's lease purchases during the year's first half represent an addition of more than 300,000 net acres of land with estimated net risked drilling inventory of approximately 0.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (Tcfe). At year-end 2004, Burlington's total net risked drilling inventory stood at 7 Tcfe.

During the quarter, Burlington increased the rate of its stock repurchases by more than 25 percent to about five million shares for approximately $258 million, or $50.88 per share. The number of shares outstanding decreased during the quarter from approximately 385 million shares to 381 million. At the end of the quarter, approximately $508 million remained in the current share repurchase authorization.

Natural gas production during the second quarter was 1,909 million cubic feet per day (MMcfd), compared to 1,899 MMcfd during the prior year's quarter. Increases of 13 percent were achieved in both natural gas liquids (NGLs) production, which averaged 66.6 thousand barrels per day (Mbd), up from 59.0 Mbd, and crude oil production, which averaged 95.1 Mbd, up from 84.2 Mbd during the prior year's quarter.

Price realizations for natural gas increased to $6.28 per Mcf, from $5.40 per Mcf during the same quarter in 2004. Price realizations for NGLs increased to $29.62 per barrel, from $23.81 per barrel during the prior year's quarter. Crude oil price realizations increased to $46.71 per barrel, from $34.62 per barrel during the prior year's quarter.

2005 Outlook

Production -- Burlington has slightly narrowed its production guidance range for full-year 2005, with total production of 2,820 to 2,985 MMcfed expected. This guidance range assumes no volumes from the Rivers facility.



3rd-Quarter 2005 Full-Year 2005
Estimate Estimate
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Gas (MMcfd)
U.S. 965 - 1,015 945 - 985
Canada 790 - 815 800 - 825
International 130 - 160 150 - 175
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Total 1,885 - 1,990 1,895 - 1,985
Natural Gas Liquids (Mbd)
U.S. 41.5 - 44.5 41.5 - 44.5
Canada 22.5 - 24.0 23.0 - 24.5
International 0.0 - 0.0 0.0 - 0.0
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Total 64.0 - 68.5 64.5 - 69.0
Crude Oil (Mbd)
U.S. 48.0 - 52.5 47.0 - 51.0
Canada 6.0 - 6.5 5.5 - 6.5
International 35.0 - 40.5 37.0 - 40.0
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Total 89.0 - 99.5 89.5 - 97.5

Total Equiv. Prod.
(MMcfed) 2,800 - 3,000 2,820 - 2,985
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North American Natural Gas Hedges -- As of June 30, 2005, Burlington had hedged the following volumes of future North American natural gas production using costless price collars or fixed price contracts. All prices are weighted averages adjusted to a NYMEX equivalent price.



3rd-Q. 2005 4th-Q. 2005 1st-Q. 2006
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Costless collar volumes 437 MMcfd 438 MMcfd 325 MMcfd
Floor price $6.07/Mcf $6.30/Mcf $6.78/Mcf
Ceiling price $7.67/Mcf $8.06/Mcf $8.70/Mcf
Sell swap 21 MMcfd 9 MMcfd 3 MMcfd
Sales price $3.80/Mcf $3.73/Mcf $3.41/Mcf



Additional information on North American natural gas hedging subsequent to the first quarter of 2006, as well as on natural gas hedging in the U.K. and crude oil hedging, is available on Burlington's Web site at www.br-inc.com/docs/hedge.pdf.

Other 2005 Financial Parameters -- Estimated expenses for the third quarter and full year are:



3rd-Q. 2005 Full-Year 2005
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Operating costs $0.64 to $0.67/Mcfe $0.60 to $0.64/Mcfe
Administrative costs $0.17 to $0.20/Mcfe $0.17 to $0.20/Mcfe
Transportation expenses $0.48 to $0.52/Mcfe $0.46 to $0.50/Mcfe
Depreciation, depletion &
amortization $1.22 to $1.27/Mcfe $1.20 to $1.30/Mcfe
Interest expense $68 MM to $72 MM $270 MM to $290 MM
Exploration costs $80 MM to $100 MM $310 MM to $335 MM



In addition, Burlington anticipates an effective income tax rate of 33 to 37 percent for the full year of 2005. The breakdown between current and deferred taxes for the year could vary widely depending on commodity prices and other factors.

A financial statement, as well as statistics and non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) reconciliation tables, accompany this release.

Burlington will webcast a conference call to discuss its second quarter earnings and results, as well as future operations, on Friday, July 29 at 8 a.m. Central time. All materials and information related to the conference call, this press release and a package of financial and statistical information may be accessed from the Burlington Resources Web site home page (www.br-inc.com) by selecting the link entitled "2nd Qtr 2005 Conference Call Info" and then selecting the resource desired.

Burlington Resources ranks among the world's largest independent oil and gas companies, and holds one of the industry's leading positions in North American natural gas reserves and production. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the company conducts exploration, production and development operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa, China and South America. For additional information see the Burlington Resources Web site at www.br-inc.com.



(1) See the accompanying tables for a reconciliation of GAAP and
non-GAAP measures utilized in calculating discretionary cash flow
and return on capital employed, as well as statements of why
management believes these measures are useful information for
investors.



FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release may contain projections and other forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any such projections or statements reflect the company's current views with respect to future events and financial performance. No assurances can be given, however, that these events will occur or that such projections will be achieved and actual results could differ materially from those projected. A discussion of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected is included in the company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.




Burlington Resources Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measure (a)
Discretionary Cash Flow
($ in Millions)

Below is a reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities
to discretionary cash flow.

Second Quarter Six Months
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2005 2004 2005 2004
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Net cash provided by operating
activities $974 $802 $1,793 $1,544
Adjustments:
Working capital 14 64 139 127
Changes in other assets
and liabilities (11) (41) (9) (34)
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Discretionary cash flow $977 $825 $1,923 $1,637
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(a) GAAP - Generally Accepted Accounting Principles


Management believes that the Non-GAAP measure of discretionary cash
flow is useful information for investors because it is used internally
and accepted by the investment community as a means of measuring the
company's ability to fund its capital and dividend programs and to
service its debt. Discretionary cash flow is also useful because it is
widely used by professional research analysts in valuing, comparing
ratings and providing investment recommendations of companies in the
oil and gas exploration and production industry. Many investors use
this published research in making investment decisions.



Burlington Resources Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measure (a)
Net Debt to Total Capital Ratio
($ in Millions)


Below is a reconciliation of total debt to total capital ratio to net
debt to total capital ratio.


June 30, December 31,
2005 2004
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Total debt $3,888 $3,889
Stockholders' equity 7,397 7,011
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Total capital $11,285 $10,900
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Total debt $3,888 $3,889
Adjustment:
Less: Cash and cash equivalents 2,385 2,179
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Net debt $1,503 $1,710
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Net debt $1,503 $1,710
Stockholders' equity 7,397 7,011
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Total adjusted capital $8,900 $8,721
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Total debt to total capital ratio 34% 36%
Adjustment:
Less: Impact of cash and cash
equivalents 17% 16%
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Net debt to total capital ratio 17% 20%
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(a) GAAP - Generally Accepted Accounting Principles


Total debt to total capital ratio is calculated by dividing total debt
by total debt plus stockholders' equity. Management believes that
total debt to total capital ratio is useful to investors because it
is helpful in determining a company's leverage. Management also
believes that since it has the ability to and may elect to use a
portion of cash and cash equivalents to retire debt or incur
additional expenditures without increasing debt, it is appropriate to
apply cash and cash equivalents to debt in calculating net debt to
total capital (Non-GAAP).



Burlington Resources Inc.
Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) Annualized
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measure
($ in Millions)


Net income (For the second quarter ended 6/30/05) $2,149
Add: Interest expense after tax 187
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Earnings before interest expense (after tax) $2,336
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June 30, March 31,
2005 2005 Average
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Total debt (GAAP) $3,888 $3,888 $3,888
Less: Cash and cash equivalents 2,385 2,227 2,306
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Net debt (Non-GAAP) 1,503 1,661 1,582

Stockholders' equity 7,397 7,169 7,283
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Total capital net of cash and cash
equivalents 8,900 8,830 8,865
Plus: Cash and cash equivalents 2,385 2,227 2,306
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Total capital (GAAP) $11,285 $11,057 $11,171
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ROCE (GAAP)-6/30/05 20.9%
Impact of cash and cash equivalents 5.5%
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ROCE (Non-GAAP)-6/30/05 26.4%
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ROCE is defined as net income plus after-tax interest expense divided
by average capital (total debt plus stockholders' equity). Above is
a reconciliation of ROCE calculated using net debt (total debt less
cash and cash equivalents) in the average capital calculation
(considered Non-GAAP) compared to ROCE calculated using total debt in
average capital calculation.

Management believes that ROCE is a useful measure because it indicates
the return on all capital, which includes equity and debt, employed in
the business. Management believes that since it has the ability to and
may elect to use a portion of the cash and cash equivalents to retire
debt, the debt balance has been reduced for cash and cash equivalents.
Management also believes that ROCE is an additional measure of
efficiency when considered in conjunction with return on equity which
measures the return on only the shareholders' equity component of
total capital employed.

(Note: interest expense is taxed based on the company's effective tax
rate.)



BURLINGTON RESOURCES INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
(UNAUDITED)

Second Quarter Six Months
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2005 2004 2005 2004
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(In Millions, Except per Share Amounts)

Revenues $1,686 $1,333 $3,262 $2,641
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Costs and Other Expense -
Net
Taxes Other than Income
Taxes 82 62 156 121
Transportation Expense 120 107 237 217
Operating Costs 160 143 314 274
Depreciation, Depletion
and Amortization 322 270 650 547
Exploration Costs 67 62 118 122
Administrative 49 51 100 99
Interest Expense 70 69 140 140
Loss on Disposal of
Assets 1 2 - 10
Other Expense - Net 10 27 3 24
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Total Costs and Other
Expense - Net 881 793 1,718 1,554
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Income Before Income Taxes 805 540 1,544 1,087
Income Tax Expense 268 161 536 354
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Net Income $537 $379 $1,008 $733
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Basic Earnings per Common
Share $1.41 $0.96 $2.63 $1.86
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Diluted Earnings per Common
Share $1.40 $0.96 $2.61 $1.85
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This statement should be read in conjunction with the attached press
release.



BURLINGTON RESOURCES INC.
SALES VOLUMES AND PRICES

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Second Quarter Year Ended
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2005 2004 2004 2003 2002
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Sales Volumes
Gas (MMCF/Day)
U.S. 950 905 908 865 949
Canada 830 834 819 867 802
International 129 160 187 167 165
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Worldwide 1,909 1,899 1,914 1,899 1,916
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NGLs (MBBLS/Day)
U.S. 42.4 40.0 41.7 37.4 32.7
Canada 24.2 19.0 23.6 27.4 27.4
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Worldwide 66.6 59.0 65.3 64.8 60.1
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Oil (MBBLS/Day)
U.S. 48.6 35.9 37.2 29.3 35.4
Canada 5.4 5.3 5.5 5.1 7.8
International 41.1 43.0 42.5 12.1 5.9
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Worldwide 95.1 84.2 85.2 46.5 49.1
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Total Equivalent
(MMCFE/D) 2,879 2,758 2,817 2,567 2,571
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Average Realized Prices
Gas ($/MCF)
U.S. $6.47 $5.46 $5.54 $4.87 $3.39
Canada 6.47 5.76 5.85 5.12 3.17
International 4.45 3.12 3.64 3.07 2.27
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Combined including hedging 6.28 5.40 5.49 4.83 3.20
Hedging loss (gain) 0.03 0.04 0.01 0.09 (0.16)
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Combined before hedging $6.31 $5.44 $5.50 $4.92 $3.04
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NGLs ($/BBL)
U.S. $25.37 $21.01 $22.87 $18.42 $13.23
Canada 35.94 29.69 29.79 23.08 15.92
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Combined $29.62 $23.81 $25.38 $20.40 $14.46
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Oil ($/BBL)
U.S. $48.12 $33.10 $36.31 $28.08 $23.16
Canada 46.93 35.26 37.70 31.11 28.32
International 45.39 35.73 35.94 23.49 24.30
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Combined including hedging 46.71 34.62 36.25 27.22 24.11
Hedging loss (gain) 0.23 0.77 0.99 0.09 (0.18)
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Combined before hedging $46.94 $35.39 $37.24 $27.31 $23.93
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Contact Information

  • Burlington Resources, Houston
    Financial: John Carrara, 713-624-9548
    or
    Media: James Bartlett 713-624-9354
    Web site: www.br-inc.com