About Noble Energy, Inc.

Noble Energy prizes petroleum and has the reserves to prove it. The company prospects for and produces oil and natural gas in the US and internationally. Its US operations are focused on the Denver-Julesberg Basin and the Marcellus Formation, and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. The company's international operations include onshore and offshore activities in the Asia/Pacific region, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, West Africa, and the North Sea. In Noble reports proved reserves of about 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The company markets natural gas, NGLs, and oil. In 2017 Noble Energy bought Clayton Williams Energy for $2.7 billion.

Operations

Noble derives almost all its revenue from oil and gas sales. Its proved reserves mix is 40% liquids (crude oil and NGLs (natural gas liquids)), and 60% natural gas, split roughly evenly between the US and Noble's international holdings.

The company also owns midstream assets used in the processing and transportation of its onshore US production.

Geographic Reach

Noble's five core areas are the Denver-Julesberg (DJ) Basin (onshore US); the Marcellus Shale (onshore US); the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (offshore US); offshore West Africa; and offshore Eastern Mediterranean. Outside of the US it has offices in Cameroon, China, Cyprus, Equatorial Guinea, Israel, Nicaragua, and the UK. It has new ventures in Newfoundland, Canada; Suriname, the Falkland Islands; and Gabon.

The US accounted for 64% of the company's 2015 revenues; West Africa, 20%; and Eastern Mediterranean, 16%.

Sales and Marketing

Crude oil, natural gas, condensate and NGLs produced in the US are sold under short-term and long-term contracts at market-based prices adjusted for location and quality. Crude oil and condensate are distributed through pipelines and by trucks and rail cars to gatherers, transportation companies and refineries.

Deepwater Gulf of Mexico production is sold under short-term and long-term contracts at market-based prices. Onshore production of crude oil and condensate are distributed through pipelines and by trucks and rail cars to gatherers, transportation companies and refineries. Gulf of Mexico production is distributed through pipelines.

In Israel, Noble sells natural gas from the Mari-B, Noa and Pinnacles fields, and have contracted to sell natural gas from the Tamar field, under long-term contracts.

The company's UK North Sea crude oil production is transported by tanker and sold on the spot market. In China, it sells crude oil into the local market through pipelines under a long-term contract at market-based prices.

Sales to Glencore Energy account more than 10% of total oil, gas, and NGL sales. Shell Trading (US) Company and Shell International Trading and Shipping Limited account for nearly 15% of total oil, gas, and NGL sales, and nearly 20% of crude oil sales.

Financial Performance

After a heavy fall caused by the collapse in the oil price in 2014, Noble's revenue returned to growth in fiscal 2016.

Revenue increased 10% to $3.5 billion due mostly to a 19% jump in sales volumes. While revenue from crude oil was flat after higher volumes were canceled out by lower prices, Noble achieved natural gas sales growth of $183 million thanks to significantly higher natural gas output on flat realized prices, while NGLs (natural gas liquids) sales grew $99 million due to both higher output and realized prices.

The company lost $1.0 billion in 2016, an improvement on the $2.4 billion loss the previous year. The improvement related to lower asset impairment costs and cost reduction efforts such as operational enhancements and new pricing arrangements with suppliers. However, despite the improvement, the oil price remained below Noble's break-even price.

Cash from operations fell 35% to $1.4 billion due to lower average realized commodity prices and losses on derivatives. Changes in working capital had a negative effect of $460 million due to decreases in capital accruals.

Strategy

Noble relies on capital expenditure, particularly new drilling projects, for growth. After the low oil price squeezed cash flow and triggered a 45% reduction in capital spending in 2016, the increase in prices going into 2017 gave Noble scope to ramp up its cap ex once more. The company will spend $2.3-$2.6 billion in 2017, roughly a $1.0 billion increase on new drilling. Its development priorities remain its higher value liquids rich opportunities in the DJ Basin, Delaware Basin, and Eagle Ford.

To raise cash further, Noble sells off non-core assets. It sold Appalachian gas assets for $1.2 billion in 2017, and oil and natural gas assets in Greeley Crescent in Colorado for $505 million. It also floated its Midstream business in 2016, raising $281 million.

As the Delaware Basin in Texas becomes ever more developed, its supporting road network becomes increasingly snarled up with trucks from Noble and its competitors. To deal with the issue Nobel is setting up four central gathering facilities; the first of which went on line in August 2017 and can hold daily production of 10,000 barrels of oil, 20 million cu. ft. of natural gas, and 15,000 barrels of water. The gathering facilities will reduce congestion on the roads while lowering transport costs. Responsible for the project is Noble Midstream Partners, which Noble span off in 2016 to manage its midstream activities initially in the DJ Basin in Colorado, now expanding to Texas.

Mergers and Acquisitions

In 2017 Noble acquired Clayton Williams for $2.7 billion to expand Noble's operations in the Delaware Basin further. To the same end, it bought 7,200 net acres in the Southern Delaware Basin for $300 million.

Boosting its shale oil and gas assets, in 2015 Noble acquired Rosetta Resources in an all-stock transaction valued at $2.1 billion, plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8 billion. Rosetta's liquids-rich asset base includes 50,000 net acres in the Eagle Ford Shale and 56,000 net acres in the Permian (46,000 acres in the Delaware Basin and 10,000 acres in the Midland Basin).

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Noble Energy, Inc.

1001 Noble Energy Way
Houston, TX 77070-1435
Phone: 1 (281) 872-3100
Fax: 1 (281) 872-3111

Stats

  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: NBL
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • Chairman, President, and CEO: David L. Stover
  • Chairman, President, and CEO: David L. Stover
  • EVP Operations: Gary W. Willingham
  • 2016 Employees: 2,274

Major Office Locations

  • Houston, TX

Other Locations

  • Rio Vista, CA
  • Briggsdale, CO
  • Denver, CO
  • Yuma, CO
  • Malta, MT
  • Hobbs, NM
  • Canonsburg, PA
  • Floresville, TX
  • Fort Stockton, TX
  • Ira, TX
  • Kingwood, TX
  • Laredo, TX
  • Midland, TX
  • Monahans, TX
  • Post, TX
  • Gillette, WY
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