Cabot Posts Lower Earnings for 2009

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. on Sunday announced its 2009 financial results including net income of $148.3 million, or $1.43 per share, cash flow from operations of $614.1 million and discretionary cash flow of $604.6 million. Excluding the selected items, net income for the full year would have been $177.8 million, or $1.72 per share.

These results compare to 2008 net income of $211.3 million, or $2.10 per share, cash flow from operations of $634.4 million and discretionary cash flow of $608.7 million. Net income, excluding selected items, for 2008 was $232.8 million, or $2.31 per share.

"Although 2008 was a better overall financial year due to the higher level of natural gas pricing in that year, 2009 had its accomplishments and record setting performance," said Dan O. Dinges, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "What is most important is that we set a new production high for the year and posted an 8.2 percent growth level."

For 2009 equivalent production surpassed the 100 Bcfe mark for the first time, recording 103 Bcfe for the year. Production from both commodities grew, with natural gas up 8.4 percent and oil up 6.4 percent. The improvement in production was more than offset by lower commodity prices. The price comparison for natural gas realizations was $7.47 per Mcf in 2009 versus $8.39 per Mcf in 2008, while oil declined four percent year-over-year to $85.52 per barrel. Gains associated with the hedge portfolio added significantly to these 2009 realizations and improved overall revenues by $395.0 million. Total operating expenses declined year-over-year.

Fourth Quarter

The reported 2009 fourth quarter figures included net income of $36.4 million, or $0.35 per share, $196.9 million for cash flow from operations and $174.1 million for discretionary cash flow. These compare to net income of $43.7 million, or $0.42 per share, cash flow from operations of $209.7 million and discretionary cash flow of $162.2 million in the previous year. Removing the selected items, net income improved to $53.8 million or $0.52 per share for the 2009 fourth quarter versus $45.8 million, or $0.44 per share in the comparable 2008 period. Higher commodity prices, higher production and overall lower expenses drove the results. "While results for the first three quarters of 2009 were down in comparison to the prior year due to lower commodity prices, the 2009 fourth quarter comparison shows year-over-year improvement after removing selected items," stated Dinges.

Balance Sheet

During 2009 the Company reduced its overall debt level, driven primarily by the cash proceeds related to its Canadian asset sale, to $805.0 million. "Financially, we continue to have a solid balance sheet and we retain a significant level of flexibility as evident by our 30.8 percent debt to total capital ratio," added Dinges.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., headquartered in Houston, Texas is a leading independent natural gas producer, with its entire resource base located in the continental United States.


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