Freeport-McMoran (FCX) Posts Q4 Adj-Loss of $0.02/Share

January 26, 2016 8:03 AM EST

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Freeport-McMoran (NYSE: FCX) reported Q4 EPS of ($0.02), $0.11 better than the analyst estimate of ($0.13). Revenue for the quarter came in at $3.8 billion versus the consensus estimate of $3.89 billion.

  • Net loss attributable to common stock totaled $4.1 billion, $3.47 per share, for fourth-quarter 2015 and $12.2 billion, $11.31 per share, for the year 2015. After adjusting for net charges totaling $4.1 billion, $3.45 per share, for fourth-quarter 2015 and $12.1 billion, $11.23 per share, for the year 2015, adjusted net loss totaled $21 million, $0.02 per share, for fourth-quarter 2015 and $89 million, $0.08 per share, for the year 2015.
  • Consolidated sales totaled 1.15 billion pounds of copper, 338 thousand ounces of gold, 20 million pounds of molybdenum and 13.2 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMBOE) for fourth-quarter 2015 and 4.07 billion pounds of copper, 1.25 million ounces of gold, 89 million pounds of molybdenum and 52.6 MMBOE for the year 2015.
  • Consolidated sales for the year 2016 are expected to approximate 5.1 billion pounds of copper, 1.8 million ounces of gold, 73 million pounds of molybdenum and 57.6 MMBOE, including 1.1 billion pounds of copper, 200 thousand ounces of gold, 19 million pounds of molybdenum and 12.4 MMBOE for first-quarter 2016.
  • Average realized prices were $2.18 per pound for copper, $1,067 per ounce for gold and $48.88 per barrel for oil (including $11.39 per barrel for cash gains on derivative contracts) for fourth-quarter 2015.
  • Consolidated unit net cash costs averaged $1.45 per pound of copper for mining operations and $16.17 per barrel of oil equivalents (BOE) for oil and gas operations for fourth-quarter 2015. Consolidated unit net cash costs are expected to average $1.10 per pound of copper for mining operations and $15 per BOE for oil and gas operations for the year 2016.
  • Operating cash flows totaled $612 million for fourth-quarter 2015 and $3.2 billion (including $0.4 billion in working capital sources and changes in other tax payments) for the year 2015. Based on current sales volume and cost estimates and assuming average prices of $2.00 per pound for copper, $1,100 per ounce for gold, $4.50 per pound for molybdenum and $34 per barrel for Brent crude oil, operating cash flows for the year 2016 are expected to approximate $3.4 billion (net of $0.6 billion in idle rig costs).
  • Capital expenditures totaled $1.3 billion for fourth-quarter 2015 (including $0.6 billion for major projects at mining operations and $0.5 billion for oil and gas operations) and $6.35 billion for the year 2015 (including $2.4 billion for major projects at mining operations and $3.0 billion for oil and gas operations). Capital expenditures for the year 2016 are expected to approximate $3.4 billion, including $1.4 billion for major projects at mining operations and $1.5 billion for oil and gas operations, and excluding $0.6 billion in idle rig costs.
  • In response to further weakening in market conditions in fourth-quarter 2015 and early 2016, FCX todayannounced additional initiatives to accelerate its debt reduction plans and is actively engaged in discussions with third parties regarding potential transactions. These initiatives follow a series of actions taken during 2015 to reduce costs and capital spending to strengthen FCX's financial position.
  • Since August 2015, FCX has sold 210 million shares of its common stock and generated gross proceeds of approximately $2 billion under its at-the-market equity programs.
  • At December 31, 2015, consolidated debt totaled $20.4 billion and consolidated cash totaled $224 million. At December 31, 2015, FCX had no amounts drawn under its $4.0 billion credit facility.

Richard C. Adkerson, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "As we enter 2016, our clear and immediate objective is to restore FCX’s balance sheet and position the Company appropriately to enhance shareholder value in the current market environment. We are responding swiftly and decisively to achieve this objective. Our high-quality asset base provides opportunities for significant debt reduction while retaining a substantial business with attractive low-cost, long-lived reserves and resources that will enable our shareholders to benefit from improved conditions in the future. We achieved several important operational milestones during the fourth quarter while taking aggressive actions to adjust our plans in response to the decline in prices for our primary products.”

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