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National Fuel Reports 2015 Earnings

National Fuel Gas Company (“National Fuel” or the “Company”) (NYSE:NFG) today announced consolidated results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2015.

National Fuel had a consolidated loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, of $187.7 million, or $2.22 per share, compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter earnings of $57.4 million, or $0.68 per share, a decrease of $245.1 million, or $2.90 per share. The decrease is largely due to a $240.8 million non-cash charge to writedown the value of Seneca Resources Corporation’s (“Seneca”) oil and natural gas reserves. Consolidated earnings for the fourth quarter, exclusive of Seneca’s writedown and other items impacting comparability (“Operating Results”), were $34.9 million, or $0.41 per share, compared to $50.4 million, or $0.59 per share, in the prior year’s fourth quarter. (Note: All references to earnings per share are to diluted earnings per share, and all amounts used in the discussion of earnings are after tax unless otherwise noted.)

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, National Fuel had a consolidated loss of $379.4 million, or $4.50 per share, compared to earnings of $299.4 million, or $3.52 per share, from the prior year. The decrease is largely due to $650.2 million of non-cash charges to write down the value of Seneca’s oil and natural gas reserves. Excluding Seneca’s writedown and the other items impacting comparability, Operating Results for the fiscal year were $252.5 million, or $2.97 per share, compared to $291.8 million, or $3.43 per share, in the prior fiscal year.

 

OPERATING RESULTS

 
          Three Months Ended       Fiscal Year Ended
September 30, September 30,
2015       2014 2015       2014
(in thousands except per share amounts)
Reported GAAP earnings (loss) $ (187,703 ) $ 57,431 $ (379,427 ) $ 299,413
Items impacting comparability1:
Impairment of oil and gas properties 240,837 650,160
Deferred income tax adjustments (13,206 ) (7,000 ) (13,206 ) (4,000 )
Reversal of stock-based compensation (5,054 ) (5,054 )
Gain on life insurance policies (3,635 )
       
Operating Results $ 34,874   $ 50,431   $ 252,473   $ 291,778  
 
Reported GAAP earnings (loss) per share $ (2.22 ) $ 0.68 $ (4.50 ) $ 3.52
Items impacting comparability1:
Impairment of oil and gas properties 2.83 7.64
Deferred income tax adjustments (0.15 ) (0.08 ) (0.15 ) (0.05 )
Reversal of stock-based compensation (0.06 ) (0.06 )
Gain on life insurance policies (0.04 )
EPS impact of dilutive shares 0.01 0.04
Rounding (0.01 )
       
Operating Results $ 0.41   $ 0.59   $ 2.97   $ 3.43  
 

1 See discussion of the individual items impacting comparability in segment earnings below.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTS

Ronald J. Tanski, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Fuel Gas Company, stated: “The continuation of low oil and natural gas commodity prices required us to write down the balance sheet value of our 2.3 trillion cubic feet equivalent of oil and natural gas reserves. This large adjustment distracts from an otherwise solid quarter and fiscal year of operations across all our segments.

“We continued to grow our midstream business, where three more interstate pipeline projects are going into service in November, and we’ve expanded our gathering pipelines to reach new production locations being developed by Seneca.

“Seneca continues to drive down its drilling and completion costs in its development program and maintain a constant focus on seeking markets for its production.

“Customers of our downstream utility and energy marketing segments continue to benefit from the low prices we are experiencing during this low point in the commodity price cycle.

“Our integrated business model and balance among operations across the natural gas value chain allow us to maintain our operations with a longer term view. We have a strong base of assets, a large base of reserves, and the financial strength that will allow us to continue to achieve meaningful growth.”

OPERATIONS UPDATE

Seneca's total fourth quarter fiscal 2015 production was 37.6 billion cubic feet equivalent ("Bcfe"), a decrease of 8.3 Bcfe, or 18 percent, from the prior fiscal year's fourth quarter, and an increase of 1.4 Bcfe, or 4 percent, versus the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Natural gas and crude oil production for the quarter was 33.0 billion cubic feet (“Bcf”) and 778 thousand barrels ("Bbls"), respectively. As a result of persistently low local spot prices in the Appalachian basin, Seneca voluntarily curtailed approximately 13.0 Bcf of natural gas production during the quarter. Absent price-related curtailments, Seneca's fourth quarter fiscal 2015 natural gas production would have been approximately 46.0 Bcf, or nearly 500 million cubic feet ("MMcf") per day.

During fiscal year 2015, Seneca replaced 373 percent of production to reach a total of 2.344 trillion cubic feet equivalent (“Tcfe”) of proved crude oil and natural gas reserves as of September 30, 2015. Seneca’s continued success through the drill bit in the Marcellus and Utica shales led to a 459 Bcf, or 27 percent increase in natural gas reserves, which totaled 2.142 Tcf at fiscal year end. Crude oil reserves, which decreased by 12 percent largely due to production, totaled 33.7 million Bbls at September 30, 2015. Consolidated finding and development costs for the year were $0.96 per thousand cubic feet equivalent (“Mcfe”), down from fiscal 2014’s $1.15 per Mcfe. In the Marcellus Shale, Seneca's finding and development costs in fiscal 2015 were $0.79 per Mcf, down from $1.00 per Mcf in fiscal 2014.

Seneca's average realized natural gas price, after the impact of hedging, for the fourth quarter was $3.35 per Mcf, reflecting $1.11 per Mcf of uplift from financial hedges settled during the quarter. Seneca continued to strengthen and protect its future cash flows during the fourth quarter, adding approximately 6 Bcf of fixed-price physical natural gas sales and 156 thousand barrels ("MBbl") of NYMEX oil swaps to its hedge book for fiscal 2016. Seneca's fiscal 2016 natural gas production is now 67 percent hedged at the midpoint of production guidance, with 119.9 Bcf of gas production locked-in at an average net realized price of $3.45 per Mcf. In California, Seneca's fiscal 2016 oil production is now 48 percent hedged at an average hedge price of $88.24 per Bbl.

As of November 1, 2015, National Fuel's Pipeline and Storage segment had placed the Westside Expansion & Modernization and Tuscarora Lateral projects into service. The Westside Expansion & Modernization project along National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation's Line N corridor was built on budget at a total capital cost of $86 million and will transport 175,000 Dth per day of natural gas for producers, including Seneca. The Tuscarora Lateral, a project designed to sell storage services for the first time to utility customers along National Fuel's Empire Pipeline, also came in on budget at a capital cost of $58.5 million and added an incremental 49,000 Dth per day of transportation capacity. Combined, these two projects will generate approximately $20 million in incremental annual demand revenues.

National Fuel is also nearing completion of compression facilities for the Northern Access 2015 expansion project, a joint project with Tennessee Gas Pipeline's Niagara Expansion. The Northern Access 2015 project provides capacity to transport 140,000 Dth per day of Seneca's WDA production from a TGP interconnect with National Fuel's Clermont Gathering System to the Canadian border at Niagara. National Fuel began service on 40,000 Dth per day of capacity on November 1, 2015, and expects the remaining 100,000 Dth per day to go in-service by December 1, 2015. At an estimated capital cost of $67.5 million, Northern Access 2015 will generate approximately $13 million in annual demand revenues for National Fuel's Pipeline and Storage segment.

DISCUSSION OF RESULTS BY SEGMENT

The following discussion of the earnings of each segment is summarized in a tabular form at pages 11 through 14 of this report. It may be helpful to refer to those tables while reviewing this discussion.

Upstream Business

Exploration and Production Segment

The Exploration and Production segment operations are carried out by Seneca Resources Corporation (“Seneca”). Seneca explores for, develops and produces natural gas and oil reserves, primarily in Pennsylvania and California.

The Exploration and Production segment’s loss in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 of $207.0 million, or $2.45 per share, compares to earnings of $33.7 million, or $0.40 per share, in the prior year’s fourth quarter, a decrease of $240.7 million or $2.85 per share. The decrease was mainly due to a non-cash charge of $240.8 million to write down the value of Seneca’s oil and natural gas reserves.

Seneca uses the full cost method of accounting for determining the book value of its oil and natural gas properties. This accounting method requires that Seneca perform a quarterly “ceiling test” to compare the present value of future revenues from its oil and natural gas reserves based on an unweighted arithmetic average of the first day of the month oil and gas prices for each month within the 12-month period prior to the end of the reporting period (“the ceiling”) with the book value of those reserves at the balance sheet date. If the book value of the reserves exceeds the ceiling, a non-cash impairment charge must be recorded in order to reduce the book value of the reserves to the calculated ceiling. Unless oil and gas prices improve significantly, Seneca expects one or more additional impairment charges for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016.

In the fourth quarter of both fiscal 2015 and 2014, Seneca reduced its deferred income tax liability $13.2 million and $7.0 million, respectively. The adjustment was largely due to an anticipated increase in firm transportation of natural gas to Canadian delivery points, which decreased the effective tax rate used in the calculation of deferred tax expense. Also, as a result of the Company’s net loss in fiscal 2015, Seneca reversed $1.8 million of long-term, performance-based executive stock compensation in the current year’s fourth quarter.

Excluding these items, Operating Results in the Exploration and Production segment in the current year’s fourth quarter were $18.8 million, or $0.22 per share, compared to $26.7 million, or $0.31 per share, in the prior year’s fourth quarter, a decrease of $7.9 million or $0.09 per share. The decrease in Operating Results is mainly due to lower natural gas production and lower crude oil prices. The weighted average crude oil price received by Seneca (after hedging) for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, was $66.40 per barrel (“Bbl”), a decrease of $27.30 per Bbl compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter. Higher natural gas prices realized after hedging increased operating results. The weighted average natural gas price realized after hedging for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, was $3.35 per thousand cubic feet ("Mcf"), an increase of $0.16 per Mcf compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter. That increase was largely the result of the decrease in spot volumes quarter over quarter. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, Seneca had 9.1 Bcf of spot volumes that were sold at an average price of $2.39 per Mcf. Seneca did not have any spot volumes during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

Overall production of natural gas and crude oil for the current quarter of 37.6 Bcfe decreased approximately 8.3 Bcfe, compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter. The decrease in production was from Seneca’s Appalachia properties and was largely due to approximately 13.0 Bcfe of voluntary pricing related curtailments in the current year’s fourth quarter. California production of 5.4 Bcfe was consistent with the prior year’s fourth quarter.

On a per unit basis, quarterly depletion expense of $1.23 per Mcfe decreased $0.53 per Mcfe due to higher natural gas reserve balances at September 30, 2015, and the ceiling test impairment charges recorded in the current year’s second and third quarters. On a per unit basis, lease operating and transportation expenses (“LOE”) at $1.07 per Mcfe increased $0.05 per Mcfe compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter largely due to the pricing related curtailments discussed above (which increased the relative proportion of higher cost California oil production to the total), and higher transportation costs in Appalachia. Lower overall production, due to curtailments, also caused per unit general and administrative expenses (“G&A”) to increase by $0.07 to $0.41 per Mcfe.

The Exploration and Production segment’s loss for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, of $557.0 million, or $6.60 per share, compares to earnings of $121.6 million, or $1.43 per share, in the prior fiscal year, a decrease of $678.6 million or $8.03 per share. The decrease was mainly due to non-cash charges totaling $650.2 million recorded in the current fiscal year to write down the value of Seneca’s oil and natural gas reserves.

In addition to the ceiling test charges, other items impacted the comparability of fiscal 2015 and 2014 results. Seneca reduced its deferred tax liability by a total of $13.2 million in fiscal 2015, and adjusted G&A for the year by $1.8 million as described above. The net adjustment to reduce deferred taxes in 2014 was $4.0 million. Excluding these items from the respective fiscal years, Operating Results in the Exploration and Production segment were $78.2 million, or $0.92 per share, compared to $117.6 million, or $1.38 per share in the prior year, a decrease of $39.4 million or $0.46 per share. The decrease in Operating Results is mainly due to lower commodity prices realized after hedging. The weighted average natural gas price received by Seneca (after hedging) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, was $3.38 per Mcf, a decrease of $0.18 per Mcf compared to the prior year. The weighted average crude oil price realized after hedging for the current fiscal year was $70.36 per Bbl, a decrease of $25.19 per Bbl compared to the prior year.

Overall production of natural gas and crude oil for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, of 157.8 Bcfe decreased approximately 2.8 Bcfe compared to the prior year, due to pricing related curtailments in Appalachia in the current year.

On a per unit basis for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, depletion expense of $1.52 per Mcfe decreased $0.33 per Mcfe due to higher natural gas reserve balances at September 30, 2015, and the ceiling test impairment charges recorded in the current year’s second and third quarters. On a per unit basis, LOE at $1.06 per Mcfe increased $0.03 per Mcfe and G&A at $0.42 per Mcfe increased $0.02 per Mcfe. The per unit increases in LOE and G&A are due to the reasons noted above for the quarter.

Midstream Businesses

Pipeline and Storage Segment

The Pipeline and Storage segment’s operations are carried out by National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation (“Supply Corporation”) and Empire Pipeline, Inc. (“Empire”). The Pipeline and Storage segment provides natural gas transportation and storage services to affiliated and non-affiliated companies through an integrated system of pipelines and underground natural gas storage fields in western New York and Pennsylvania.

As a result of the ongoing pricing basis differentials in the Appalachian region, the Pipeline and Storage segment continues to see increased demand for transportation services from producers and marketers to move natural gas supplies to higher priced markets.

The Pipeline and Storage segment’s earnings of $18.5 million, or $0.22 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, decreased $0.6 million, or less than $0.01 per share when compared with the same period in the prior fiscal year. In the fourth quarter, Supply and Empire reversed a combined $1.2 million of long-term, performance-based executive stock compensation. Excluding this item, Operating Results in the Pipeline and Storage segment of $17.3 million, or $0.20 per share, decreased $1.9 million, or $0.02 per share. Higher transportation revenues from the Mercer Expansion project, which was placed in service in the current year’s first quarter were more than offset by higher operation and maintenance expense as well as increased interest expense related to an incremental long-term debt issuance in the quarter ended June 30, 2015.

The Pipeline and Storage segment’s earnings of $80.4 million, or $0.95 per share, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, increased $2.8 million, or $0.04 per share, when compared with the same period in the prior fiscal year. Excluding the $1.2 million reversal mentioned above, Operating Results in the Pipeline and Storage segment were $79.1 million, or $0.93 per share, an increase of $1.6 million or $0.02 per share for the fiscal year. The increase in earnings is due to higher non-affiliated revenues from the Mercer Expansion project and higher transportation revenues from additional new short-term firm transportation contracts on both the Supply Corporation and Empire systems. Earnings also benefited from a higher allowance for funds used during construction (AFUDC) associated with various pipeline expansion projects. Earnings were reduced by higher operation and maintenance expense, higher depreciation expense and higher property taxes due to the completion of various expansion projects, as well as increased interest expense related to an incremental long-term debt issuance in the quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Gathering Segment

The Gathering segment’s operations are carried out by National Fuel Gas Midstream Corporation’s (“Midstream”) subsidiary limited liability companies. The Gathering segment constructs, owns and operates natural gas pipeline gathering facilities in the Appalachian region and currently provides the gathering infrastructure for transporting Seneca’s Marcellus Shale production to the interstate pipeline system.

The Gathering segment’s earnings of $7.6 million, or $0.09 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, decreased $2.9 million, or $0.03 per share, when compared with the same period in the prior fiscal year. The decrease in earnings is primarily due to lower gathering revenues resulting from Seneca’s lower production volumes in Appalachia compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter.

The Gathering segment’s earnings of $31.8 million, or $0.38 per share, for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2015 compares to earnings of $32.7 million, or $0.39 per share, in the prior fiscal year. The decrease in earnings is mainly due to higher depreciation, operating expenses and income taxes. Higher gathering revenues, mostly due to a change in the mix of Seneca’s production among Midstream's three major gathering systems and a 0.9 Bcf increase in gathered volumes, largely offset the higher expenses in the current fiscal year.

Downstream Businesses

Utility Segment

The Utility segment operations are carried out by National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation (“Distribution”), which sells or transports natural gas to customers located in western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.

The Utility segment’s loss of $3.3 million, or $0.04 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, compared to a loss of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per share, in the prior year’s fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, Distribution reversed $1.1 million of long-term, performance-based executive stock compensation. Excluding this item, Operating Results in the Utility segment, a loss of $4.4 million, or $0.05 per share, compares to a loss of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per share. The increased loss is mainly due to higher pension and other operation and maintenance expense.

The Utility segment’s earnings of $63.3 million, or $0.75 per share, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, decreased $0.8 million, or less than $0.01 per share, when compared with the prior year. Excluding the $1.1 million reversal noted above, Operating Results in the Utility segment of $62.2 million, or $0.73 per share, decreased $1.9 million or $0.02 per share, The decrease in earnings was due to higher depreciation expense, higher pension expense and other operation and maintenance expense mainly associated with the replacement of Distribution’s customer billing system. The impact of regulatory true-up adjustments and higher capacity release revenues partially offset the higher expenses.

Energy Marketing Segment

National Fuel Resources, Inc. (“NFR”) comprises the Company’s Energy Marketing segment. NFR markets natural gas to industrial, wholesale, commercial, public authority and residential customers primarily in western and central New York and northwestern Pennsylvania, offering competitively priced natural gas to its customers.

The Energy Marketing segment’s earnings for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, of $0.03 million compared to earnings of $0.7 million in the prior year’s fourth quarter. The decrease in earnings was due to lower margins. Earnings for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, of $7.8 million, or $0.09 per share, increased $1.1 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to the prior year primarily due to higher per unit margins, which benefited from the weak pricing basis in the Northeast.

Corporate and All Other

The Corporate and All Other category primarily includes corporate operations. The category also includes the remaining operations of Seneca’s Northeast division that markets high quality hardwoods from Appalachian land holdings.

The Corporate and All Other category loss of $3.5 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2015, compares to a loss of $6.0 million in the prior year’s fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Corporate and All Other category reversed $0.9 million of long-term, performance-based executive stock compensation. Excluding this item, Operating Results in the Corporate and All category, a loss or $4.4 million compares to a loss of $6.0 million in the prior year’s fourth quarter. The decreased loss is due to lower income tax expense.

The Corporate and All Other category loss of $5.7 million in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, compares to a loss of $3.1 million in the prior year. The comparability of the fiscal year results is impacted by a $3.6 million gain recognized on corporate-owned executive life insurance policies recorded in the prior year’s second quarter and the $0.9 million reversal noted above. Excluding these items, Operating Results for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, a loss of $6.6 million is largely unchanged from a loss of $6.7 million in the prior year.

EARNINGS GUIDANCE

The Company is updating its earnings guidance for fiscal 2016 to a range of $2.85 to $3.15 per share (exclusive of any ceiling test impairment charges) at the midpoint a $0.15 per share decrease from the Company’s previous guidance of $3.00 to $3.30. That decrease is attributable to a reduction in Seneca’s commodity price assumptions. For fiscal 2016, NYMEX natural gas prices are now assumed to average $2.75 per MMBtu, down $0.50 from the previous forecast. NYMEX crude oil prices are now assumed to average $50.00 per Bbl, down $5.00 from the previous forecast.

Seneca’s forecast oil and gas production for fiscal 2016 is now a range of 161 to 232 Bcfe (previous range was 158 to 232 Bcfe).

While the Company currently expects one or more ceiling test impairment charges in fiscal 2016, the amount of these charges is not reasonably determinable at this time. The amount of any ceiling test charge is determined at the end of the applicable quarter and will depend on many factors, including additions to or subtractions from proved reserves, fluctuations in oil and gas prices, and income tax effects related to the differences between the book and tax basis of the Company’s oil and gas properties. Some or all of these factors are likely to be significant. Because the amount of the expected ceiling test impairment charges is not reasonably determinable at this time, the Company is unable to provide earnings guidance other than on a non-GAAP basis that excludes those charges.

EARNINGS TELECONFERENCE

The Company will host a conference call on Friday, November 6, 2015, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss this announcement. There are two ways to access this call. For those with Internet access, visit the investor relations page at National Fuel’s website at investor.nationalfuelgas.com. For those without Internet access, access is also provided by dialing (toll-free) 1-877-280-4960, using passcode “33941524.” For those unable to listen to the live conference call, a replay will be available at approximately 3 p.m. Eastern Time at the same website link and by phone at (toll-free) 1-888-286-8010, using passcode “17759908.” Both the webcast and telephonic replay will be available until the close of business on Friday, November 13, 2015.

National Fuel is an integrated energy company reporting financial results for five operating segments: Exploration and Production, Pipeline and Storage, Gathering, Utility, and Energy Marketing. Additional information about National Fuel is available at www.nationalfuelgas.com.

Certain statements contained herein, including statements identified by the use of the words “anticipates,” “estimates,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “intends,” “plans,” “predicts,” “projects,” “believes,” “seeks,” “will,” “may” and similar expressions, and statements which are other than statements of historical facts, are “forward-looking statements” as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. The Company’s expectations, beliefs and projections contained herein are expressed in good faith and are believed to have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that such expectations, beliefs or projections will result or be achieved or accomplished. In addition to other factors, the following are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements: factors affecting the Company’s ability to successfully identify, drill for and produce economically viable natural gas and oil reserves, including among others geology, lease availability, title disputes, weather conditions, shortages, delays or unavailability of equipment and services required in drilling operations, insufficient gathering, processing and transportation capacity, the need to obtain governmental approvals and permits, and compliance with environmental laws and regulations; impairments under the SEC’s full cost ceiling test for natural gas and oil reserves; changes in the price of natural gas or oil; changes in laws, regulations or judicial interpretations to which the Company is subject, including those involving derivatives, taxes, safety, employment, climate change, other environmental matters, real property, and exploration and production activities such as hydraulic fracturing; governmental/regulatory actions, initiatives and proceedings, including those involving rate cases (which address, among other things, target rates of return, rate design and retained natural gas), environmental/safety requirements, affiliate relationships, industry structure, and franchise renewal; changes in price differentials between similar quantities of natural gas or oil sold at different geographic locations, and the effect of such changes on commodity production, revenues and demand for pipeline transportation capacity to or from such locations; other changes in price differentials between similar quantities of natural gas or oil having different quality, heating value, hydrocarbon mix or delivery date; financial and economic conditions, including the availability of credit, and occurrences affecting the Company’s ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms for working capital, capital expenditures and other investments, including any downgrades in the Company’s credit ratings and changes in interest rates and other capital market conditions; the cost and effects of legal and administrative claims against the Company or activist shareholder campaigns to effect changes at the Company; uncertainty of oil and gas reserve estimates; significant differences between the Company’s projected and actual production levels for natural gas or oil; delays or changes in costs or plans with respect to Company projects or related projects of other companies, including difficulties or delays in obtaining necessary governmental approvals, permits or orders or in obtaining the cooperation of interconnecting facility operators; changes in demographic patterns and weather conditions; changes in the availability, price or accounting treatment of derivative financial instruments; changes in economic conditions, including global, national or regional recessions, and their effect on the demand for, and customers’ ability to pay for, the Company’s products and services; the creditworthiness or performance of the Company’s key suppliers, customers and counterparties; economic disruptions or uninsured losses resulting from major accidents, fires, severe weather, natural disasters, terrorist activities, acts of war, cyber attacks or pest infestation; significant differences between the Company’s projected and actual capital expenditures and operating expenses; changes in laws, actuarial assumptions, the interest rate environment and the return on plan/trust assets related to the Company’s pension and other post-retirement benefits, which can affect future funding obligations and costs and plan liabilities; increasing health care costs and the resulting effect on health insurance premiums and on the obligation to provide other post-retirement benefits; or increasing costs of insurance, changes in coverage and the ability to obtain insurance. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date thereof.

 
NATIONAL FUEL GAS COMPANY
RECONCILIATION OF CURRENT AND PRIOR YEAR GAAP EARNINGS
QUARTER ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
(Unaudited)
 
        Upstream      

Midstream

Businesses

     

Downstream

Businesses

           
           
Exploration & Pipeline & Energy Corporate /
(Thousands of Dollars) Production       Storage       Gathering       Utility       Marketing       All Other       Consolidated*
 
Fourth quarter 2014 GAAP earnings $ 33,661 $ 19,115 $ 10,521 $ (527 ) $ 661 $ (6,000 ) $ 57,431
Items impacting comparability:
Deferred state income tax adjustment (7,000 )                                               (7,000 )
Fourth quarter 2014 operating results 26,661 19,115 10,521 (527 ) 661 (6,000 ) 50,431
 
Drivers of operating results
Higher (lower) crude oil prices (13,808 ) (13,808 )
Higher (lower) natural gas prices 3,328 3,328
Higher (lower) natural gas production (17,218 ) (17,218 )
Higher (lower) crude oil production (230 ) (230 )
Derivative mark to market adjustments (1,929 ) (1,929 )
Lower (higher) lease operating and transportation expenses 4,223 4,223
Lower (higher) depreciation / depletion 22,589 (520 ) (348 ) 21,721
 
Higher (lower) transportation and storage service revenues 1,420 1,420
Higher (lower) gathering and processing revenues (1,944 ) (1,944 )
Lower (higher) operating expenses (1,323 ) (3,352 ) (4,624 ) (251 ) (9,550 )
 
Regulatory true-up adjustments 2,101 2,101
Warmer weather (1,006 ) (1,006 )
 
Higher (lower) margins (487 ) (487 )
 
Higher (lower) AFUDC** 1,012 1,012
 
Lower (higher) interest expense (2,335 ) (865 ) (590 ) (3,790 )
 
Lower (higher) income tax expense / effective tax rate (1,336 ) 2,167 831
 
All other / rounding 191         (80 )       127         21         (140 )       (350 )       (231 )
Fourth quarter 2015 operating results 18,813 17,250 7,594 (4,383 ) 34 (4,434 ) 34,874
Items impacting comparability:
Impairment of oil and gas producing properties (240,837 ) (240,837 )
Deferred income tax adjustments 13,206 13,206
Reversal of stock-based compensation 1,799         1,235                 1,095                 925         5,054  
Fourth quarter 2015 GAAP earnings $ (207,019 )       $ 18,485         $ 7,594         $ (3,288 )       $ 34         $ (3,509 )       $ (187,703 )
 
* Amounts do not reflect intercompany eliminations
** AFUDC = Allowance for Funds Used During Construction
 
 
NATIONAL FUEL GAS COMPANY
RECONCILIATION OF CURRENT AND PRIOR YEAR GAAP EARNINGS PER SHARE
QUARTER ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
(Unaudited)
                                             
Upstream

Midstream

Businesses

Downstream

Businesses

 
Exploration & Pipeline & Energy Corporate /
Production       Storage       Gathering       Utility       Marketing       All Other       Consolidated*
 
Fourth quarter 2014 GAAP earnings $ 0.40 $ 0.22 $ 0.12 $ (0.01 ) $ 0.01 $ (0.06 ) $ 0.68
Items impacting comparability:
Deferred state income tax adjustment (0.08 ) (0.08 )
Rounding (0.01 )                                               (0.01 )
Fourth quarter 2014 operating results 0.31 0.22 0.12 (0.01 ) 0.01 (0.06 ) 0.59
 
Drivers of operating results
Higher (lower) crude oil prices (0.16 ) (0.16 )
Higher (lower) natural gas prices 0.04 0.04
Higher (lower) natural gas production (0.20 ) (0.20 )
Higher (lower) crude oil production
Derivative mark to market adjustments (0.02 ) (0.02 )
Lower (higher) lease operating and transportation expenses 0.05 0.05
Lower (higher) depreciation / depletion 0.27 (0.01 ) 0.26
 
Higher (lower) transportation and storage service revenues 0.02 0.02
Higher (lower) gathering and processing revenues (0.02 ) (0.02 )
Lower (higher) operating expenses (0.02 ) (0.04 ) (0.05 ) (0.11 )
 
Regulatory true-up adjustments 0.02 0.02
Warmer weather (0.01 ) (0.01 )
 
Higher (lower) margins (0.01 ) (0.01 )
 
Higher (lower) AFUDC** 0.01 0.01
 
Lower (higher) interest expense (0.03 ) (0.01 ) (0.01 ) (0.05 )
 
Lower (higher) income tax expense / effective tax rate (0.02 ) 0.03 0.01
 
All other / rounding                 0.01                         (0.02 )       (0.01 )
Fourth quarter 2015 operating results 0.22 0.20 0.09 (0.05 ) (0.05 ) 0.41
Items impacting comparability:
Impairment of oil and gas producing properties (2.83 ) (2.83 )
Deferred income tax adjustments 0.15 0.15
Reversal of stock-based compensation 0.02 0.02 0.01 0.01 0.06
Earnings per share impact of diluted shares (0.01 )                                               $ (0.01 )
Fourth quarter 2015 GAAP earnings $ (2.45 )       $ 0.22         $ 0.09         $ (0.04 )       $         $ (0.04 )       $ (2.22 )
 
* Amounts do not reflect intercompany eliminations
** AFUDC = Allowance for Funds Used During Construction
 
 
NATIONAL FUEL GAS COMPANY
RECONCILIATION OF CURRENT AND PRIOR YEAR GAAP EARNINGS
TWELVE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
(Unaudited)
 
        Upstream      

Midstream

Businesses

     

Downstream

Businesses

           
           
Exploration & Pipeline & Energy Corporate /
(Thousands of Dollars) Production       Storage       Gathering       Utility       Marketing       All Other       Consolidated*
 
Fiscal 2014 GAAP earnings $ 121,569 $ 77,559 $ 32,709 $ 64,059 $ 6,631 $ (3,114 ) $ 299,413
Items impacting comparability:
Gain on life insurance proceeds (3,635 ) (3,635 )
Deferred state income tax adjustment (4,000 )                                               (4,000 )
Fiscal 2014 operating results 117,569 77,559 32,709 64,059 6,631 (6,749 ) 291,778
 
Drivers of operating results
Higher (lower) crude oil prices (49,674 ) (49,674 )
Higher (lower) natural gas prices (16,295 ) (16,295 )
Higher (lower) natural gas production (6,347 ) (6,347 )
Higher (lower) crude oil production (78 ) (78 )
Derivative mark to market adjustments 2,404 2,404
Insurance settlement proceeds adjustment (1,261 ) (1,261 )
Lower (higher) lease operating and transportation expenses (1,473 ) (1,473 )
Lower (higher) depreciation / depletion 36,655 (998 ) (3,063 ) (1,316 ) 31,278
 
Higher (lower) transportation and storage service revenues 5,114 5,114
Higher (lower) gathering and processing revenues 4,288 4,288
Lower (higher) operating expenses (3,159 ) (3,261 ) (1,147 ) (6,938 ) 145 (14,360 )
Lower (higher) property, franchise and other taxes (852 ) (852 )
 
Regulatory true-up adjustments 6,228 6,228
Higher (lower) capacity release revenues 941 941
Warmer weather (571 ) (571 )
 
Higher (lower) margins 1,372 (767 ) 605
 
Higher (lower) AFUDC** 2,473 2,473
 
Lower (higher) interest expense (2,922 ) (800 ) (3,722 )
 
Lower (higher) income tax expense / effective tax rate 2,628 (1,006 ) 1,197 2,819
 
All other / rounding 134         (116 )       68         (227 )       (237 )       (444 )       (822 )
Fiscal 2015 operating results 78,181 79,119 31,849 62,176 7,766 (6,618 ) 252,473
Items impacting comparability:
Impairment of oil and gas producing properties (650,160 ) (650,160 )
Deferred income tax adjustments 13,206 13,206
Reversal of stock-based compensation 1,799         1,235                 1,095                 925         5,054  
Fiscal 2015 GAAP earnings $ (556,974 )       $ 80,354         $ 31,849         $ 63,271         $ 7,766         $ (5,693 )       $ (379,427 )
 
* Amounts do not reflect intercompany eliminations
** AFUDC = Allowance for Funds Used During Construction
 
 
NATIONAL FUEL GAS COMPANY
RECONCILIATION OF CURRENT AND PRIOR YEAR GAAP EARNINGS PER SHARE
TWELVE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
(Unaudited)
 
          Upstream      

Midstream

Businesses

     

Downstream

Businesses

           
           
Exploration & Pipeline & Energy Corporate /
Production       Storage       Gathering       Utility       Marketing       All Other       Consolidated*
 
Fiscal 2014 GAAP earnings $ 1.43 $ 0.91 $ 0.39 $ 0.75 $ 0.08 $ (0.04 ) $ 3.52
Items impacting comparability:
Gain on life insurance proceeds (0.04 ) (0.04 )
Deferred state income tax adjustment (0.05 )                                               (0.05 )
Fiscal 2014 operating results 1.38 0.91 0.39 0.75 0.08 (0.08 ) 3.43
 
Drivers of operating results
Higher (lower) crude oil prices (0.58 ) (0.58 )
Higher (lower) natural gas prices (0.19 ) (0.19 )
Higher (lower) natural gas production (0.07 ) (0.07 )
Higher (lower) crude oil production
Derivative mark to market adjustments 0.03 0.03
Insurance settlement proceeds adjustment (0.01 ) (0.01 )
 
Lower (higher) lease operating and transportation expenses (0.02 ) (0.02 )
Lower (higher) depreciation / depletion 0.43 (0.01 ) (0.04 ) (0.02 ) 0.36
 
Higher (lower) transportation and storage service revenues 0.06 0.06
Higher (lower) gathering and processing revenues 0.05 0.05
Lower (higher) operating expenses (0.04 ) (0.04 ) (0.01 ) (0.08 ) (0.17 )
Lower (higher) property, franchise and other taxes (0.01 ) (0.01 )
 
Regulatory true-up adjustments 0.07 0.07
Higher (lower) capacity release revenues 0.01 0.01
Warmer weather (0.01 ) (0.01 )
 
Higher (lower) margins 0.01 (0.01 )
 
Higher (lower) AFUDC** 0.03 0.03
 
Lower (higher) interest expense (0.03 ) (0.01 ) (0.04 )
 
Lower (higher) income tax expense / effective tax rate 0.03 (0.01 ) 0.01 0.03
 
All other / rounding (0.01 )                       0.01                          
Fiscal 2015 operating results 0.92 0.93 0.38 0.73 0.09 (0.08 ) 2.97
Items impacting comparability:
Impairment of oil and gas producing properties (7.64 ) (7.64 )
Deferred income tax adjustments 0.15 0.15
Reversal of stock-based compensation 0.02 0.02 0.01 0.01 0.06
Earnings per share impact of diluted shares (0.04 ) (0.04 )
Rounding (0.01 )                       0.01                          
Fiscal 2015 GAAP earnings $ (6.60 )       $ 0.95         $ 0.38         $ 0.75         $ 0.09         $ (0.07 )       $ (4.50 )
 
* Amounts do not reflect intercompany eliminations
** AFUDC = Allowance for Funds Used During Construction
 
 
NATIONAL FUEL GAS COMPANY
AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
(Thousands of Dollars, except per share amounts)        
Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)

SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS

2015       2014 2015       2014
Operating Revenues $ 301,062         $ 366,623   $ 1,760,913         $ 2,113,081  
 
Operating Expenses:
Purchased Gas 5,256 28,833 349,984 605,838
Operation and Maintenance 113,478 110,284 470,003 463,078
Property, Franchise and Other Taxes 21,002 21,597 89,564 90,711
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization 70,860 103,905 336,158 383,781
Impairment of Oil and Gas Producing Properties 417,197     1,126,257    
627,793 264,619 2,371,966 1,543,408
 
Operating Income (Loss) (326,731 ) 102,004 (611,053 ) 569,673
 
Other Income (Expense):
Interest Income 2,291 2,849 3,922 4,170
Other Income 3,401 2,615 8,039 9,461
Interest Expense on Long-Term Debt (29,016 ) (22,427 ) (95,916 ) (90,194 )
Other Interest Expense (173 ) (623 ) (3,555 ) (4,083 )
 
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes (350,228 ) 84,418 (698,563 ) 489,027
 
Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

(162,525

) 26,987   (319,136 ) 189,614  
 
Net Income (Loss) Available for Common Stock $ (187,703 ) $ 57,431   $ (379,427 ) $ 299,413  
 
Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share:
Basic $ (2.22 ) $ 0.68   $ (4.50 ) $ 3.57  
Diluted $ (2.22 ) $ 0.68   $ (4.50 ) $ 3.52  
 
Weighted Average Common Shares:
Used in Basic Calculation 84,570,432 84,126,542 84,387,755 83,929,989
Used in Diluted Calculation 84,570,432 85,062,410 84,387,755 84,952,347
 
 
NATIONAL FUEL GAS COMPANY
AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
 
        September 30,       September 30,
(Thousands of Dollars)         2015       2014
 
ASSETS
Property, Plant and Equipment $ 9,261,323 $ 8,245,791
Less - Accumulated Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization           3,929,428           2,502,700  
Net Property, Plant and Equipment           5,331,895           5,743,091  
 
Current Assets:
Cash and Temporary Cash Investments 113,596 36,886
Hedging Collateral Deposits 11,124 2,734
Receivables - Net 105,004 149,735
Unbilled Revenue 20,746 25,663
Gas Stored Underground 34,252 39,422
Materials and Supplies - at average cost 30,414 27,817
Other Current Assets 60,665 54,752
Deferred Income Taxes           137,200           40,323  
Total Current Assets           513,001           377,332  
 
Other Assets:
Recoverable Future Taxes 168,214 163,485
Unamortized Debt Expense 17,208 14,304
Other Regulatory Assets 278,227 224,436
Deferred Charges 15,129 14,212
Other Investments 92,990 86,788
Goodwill 5,476 5,476
Prepaid Post-Retirement Benefit Costs 24,459 36,512
Fair Value of Derivative Financial Instruments 270,363 72,606
Other           168           1,355  
Total Other Assets           872,234           619,174  
Total Assets         $ 6,717,130         $ 6,739,597  
 
CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
Capitalization:
Comprehensive Shareholders' Equity
Common Stock, $1 Par Value Authorized - 200,000,000
Shares; Issued and Outstanding - 84,594,383 Shares
and 84,157,220 Shares, Respectively $ 84,594 $ 84,157
Paid in Capital 744,274 716,144
Earnings Reinvested in the Business 1,103,200 1,614,361
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)           93,372           (3,979 )
Total Comprehensive Shareholders' Equity 2,025,440 2,410,683
Long-Term Debt, Net of Current Portion           2,099,000           1,649,000  
Total Capitalization           4,124,440           4,059,683  
 
Current and Accrued Liabilities:
Notes Payable to Banks and Commercial Paper 85,600
Current Portion of Long-Term Debt
Accounts Payable 180,388 136,674
Amounts Payable to Customers 56,778 33,745
Dividends Payable 33,415 32,400
Interest Payable on Long-Term Debt 36,200 29,960
Customer Advances 16,236 19,005
Customer Security Deposits 16,490 15,761
Other Accruals and Current Liabilities 96,557 136,672
Fair Value of Derivative Financial Instruments           10,076           759  
Total Current and Accrued Liabilities           446,140           490,576  
 
Deferred Credits:
Deferred Income Taxes 1,275,162 1,456,283
Taxes Refundable to Customers 89,448 91,736
Unamortized Investment Tax Credit 731 1,145
Cost of Removal Regulatory Liability 184,907 173,199
Other Regulatory Liabilities 108,617 81,152
Pension and Other Post-Retirement Liabilities 202,807 134,202
Asset Retirement Obligations 156,805 117,713
Other Deferred Credits           128,073           133,908  
Total Deferred Credits           2,146,550           2,189,338  
Commitments and Contingencies                      
Total Capitalization and Liabilities         $ 6,717,130         $ 6,739,597  
 
 
NATIONAL FUEL GAS COMPANY
AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
          Twelve Months Ended
September 30,
(Thousands of Dollars)           2015       2014
     
Operating Activities:
Net Income (Loss) Available for Common Stock $ (379,427 ) $ 299,413
Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income (Loss) to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:
Impairment of Oil and Gas Producing Properties 1,126,257
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization 336,158 383,781
Deferred Income Taxes (357,587 ) 142,415
Excess Tax Benefits Associated with Stock-Based Compensation Awards (9,064 ) (4,641 )
Stock-Based Compensation 3,208 11,763
Other 9,823 14,063
Change in:
Hedging Collateral Deposits (8,390 ) (1,640 )
Receivables and Unbilled Revenue 51,638 (22,781 )
Gas Stored Underground and Materials and Supplies 3,438 13,285
Unrecovered Purchased Gas Costs 12,408
Other Current Assets 3,150 (3,630 )
Accounts Payable 34,687 15,149
Amounts Payable to Customers 23,033 20,917
Customer Advances (2,769 ) (2,954 )
Customer Security Deposits 729 (422 )
Other Accruals and Current Liabilities (7,173 ) 6,872
Other Assets 1,669 18,513
Other Liabilities           23,173         6,879  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities           $ 852,553         $ 909,390  
 
Investing Activities:
Capital Expenditures $ (1,018,179 ) $ (914,417 )
Other           (6,611 )       5,982  
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities           $ (1,024,790 )       $ (908,435 )
 
Financing Activities:
Changes in Notes Payable to Banks and Commercial Paper $ (85,600 ) $ 85,600
Excess Tax Benefits Associated with Stock-Based Compensation Awards 9,064 4,641
Net Proceeds From Issuance of Long-Term Debt 445,662
Dividends Paid on Common Stock (130,719 ) (126,642 )
Net Proceeds From Issuance of Common Stock           10,540         7,474  
Net Cash Provided by (Used) in Financing Activities           $ 248,947         $ (28,927 )
 
Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Temporary Cash Investments 76,710 (27,972 )
Cash and Temporary Cash Investments at Beginning of Period           36,886         64,858  
Cash and Temporary Cash Investments at September 30           $ 113,596         $ 36,886  
 
 
NATIONAL FUEL GAS COMPANY
AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
SEGMENT OPERATING RESULTS AND STATISTICS
(UNAUDITED)
 
UPSTREAM BUSINESS
 
        Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended
(Thousands of Dollars, except per share amounts) September 30, September 30,

EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION SEGMENT

2015     2014     Variance 2015     2014     Variance
Total Operating Revenues $ 163,851       $ 209,967       $ (46,116 ) $ 693,441       $ 804,096       $ (110,655 )
               
Operating Expenses:
Operation and Maintenance:
General and Administrative Expense 15,321 15,783 (462 ) 66,114 63,804 2,310
Lease Operating and Transportation Expense 40,186 46,684 (6,498 ) 167,800 165,534 2,266
All Other Operation and Maintenance Expense 3,189 3,459 (270 ) 14,304 14,521 (217 )
Property, Franchise and Other Taxes 4,806 5,223 (417 ) 20,167 20,765 (598 )
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization 46,277 81,031 (34,754 ) 239,818 296,210 (56,392 )
Impairment of Oil and Gas Producing Properties 417,197             417,197   1,126,257             1,126,257  
526,976       152,180       374,796   1,634,460       560,834       1,073,626  
 
Operating Income (Loss) (363,125 ) 57,787 (420,912 ) (941,019 ) 243,262 (1,184,281 )
 
Other Income (Expense):
Interest Income 661 604 57 2,554 1,909 645
Other Interest Expense (14,176 )     (10,584 )     (3,592) (46,726 )     (42,232 )     (4,494 )
 
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes (376,640 ) 47,807 (424,447 ) (985,191 ) 202,939 (1,188,130 )
Income Tax Expense (Benefit) (169,621 )     14,146       (183,767 ) (428,217 )     81,370       (509,587 )
Net Income (Loss) $ (207,019 )     $ 33,661       $ (240,680 ) $ (556,974 )     $ 121,569       $ (678,543 )
 
Net Income (Loss) Per Share (Diluted) $ (2.45 )     $ 0.40       $ (2.85 ) $ (6.60 )     $ 1.43       $ (8.03 )
 
 
NATIONAL FUEL GAS COMPANY
AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
SEGMENT OPERATING RESULTS AND STATISTICS
(UNAUDITED)
 
MIDSTREAM BUSINESSES
 
        Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended
(Thousands of Dollars, except per share amounts) September 30, September 30,

PIPELINE AND STORAGE SEGMENT

2015     2014     Variance 2015     2014     Variance
Revenues from External Customers $ 48,573     $ 47,835     $ 738 $ 203,089     $ 200,664     $ 2,425
Intersegment Revenues 21,903       20,280       1,623   88,251       83,744       4,507  
Total Operating Revenues 70,476       68,115       2,361   291,340       284,408       6,932  
 
Operating Expenses:
Purchased Gas (32 ) 596 (628 ) 462 1,878 (1,416 )
Operation and Maintenance 21,971 18,714 3,257 75,741 72,624 3,117
Property, Franchise and Other Taxes 6,340 6,232 108 25,195 23,884 1,311
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization 9,726       9,469       257   38,178       36,642       1,536  
38,005       35,011       2,994   139,576       135,028       4,548  
 
Operating Income 32,471 33,104 (633 ) 151,764 149,380 2,384
 
Other Income (Expense):
Interest Income 124 96 28 474 284 190
Other Income 1,999 988 1,011 3,887 1,423 2,464
Other Interest Expense (7,745 )     (6,414 )     (1,331 ) (27,658 )     (26,428 )     (1,230 )
 
Income Before Income Taxes 26,849 27,774 (925 ) 128,467 124,659 3,808
Income Tax Expense 8,364       8,659       (295 ) 48,113       47,100       1,013  
Net Income $ 18,485       $ 19,115       $ (630 ) $ 80,354       $ 77,559       $ 2,795  
 
Net Income Per Share (Diluted) $ 0.22       $ 0.22       $   $ 0.95       $ 0.91       $ 0.04  
 
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,

GATHERING SEGMENT

2015     2014     Variance 2015     2014     Variance
Revenues from External Customers $ 136 $ (100 ) $ 236 $ 497 $ 673 $ (176 )
Intersegment Revenues 18,169       21,396       (3,227 ) 76,709       69,937       6,772  
Total Operating Revenues 18,305       21,296       (2,991 ) 77,206       70,610       6,596  
 
Operating Expenses:
Operation and Maintenance 1,831 1,784 47 8,147 6,383 1,764
Property, Franchise and Other Taxes 48 43 5 178 167 11
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization 2,804       2,004       800   10,829       6,116       4,713  
4,683       3,831       852   19,154       12,666       6,488  
 
Operating Income 13,622 17,465 (3,843 ) 58,052 57,944 108
 
Other Income (Expense):
Interest Income 46 34 12 140 120 20
Other Income 1 2 (1 ) 5 7 (2 )
Other Interest Expense (1,413 )     (506 )     (907 ) (1,627 )     (1,726 )     99  
 
Income Before Income Taxes 12,256 16,995 (4,739 ) 56,570 56,345 225
Income Tax Expense 4,662       6,474       (1,812 ) 24,721       23,636       1,085  
Net Income $ 7,594       $ 10,521       $ (2,927 ) $ 31,849       $ 32,709       $ (860 )
 
Net Income Per Share (Diluted) $ 0.09       $ 0.12       $ (0.03 ) $ 0.38       $ 0.39       $ (0.01 )
 
 
NATIONAL FUEL GAS COMPANY
AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
SEGMENT OPERATING RESULTS AND STATISTICS
(UNAUDITED)
 
DOWNSTREAM BUSINESSES
 
        Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended
(Thousands of Dollars, except per share amounts) September 30, September 30,

UTILITY SEGMENT

2015     2014     Variance 2015     2014     Variance
Revenues from External Customers $ 70,712     $ 79,295     $ (8,583 ) $ 700,761     $ 831,156     $ (130,395 )
Intersegment Revenues 1,836       1,897       (61 ) 15,506       18,462       (2,956 )
Total Operating Revenues 72,548       81,192       (8,644 ) 716,267       849,618       (133,351 )
 
Operating Expenses:
Purchased Gas 12,164 22,893 (10,729 ) 307,653 446,883 (139,230 )
Operation and Maintenance 45,899 40,628 5,271 200,023 193,354 6,669
Property, Franchise and Other Taxes 9,490 9,795 (305 ) 42,870 44,738 (1,868 )
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization 11,635       11,099       536   45,616       43,594       2,022  
79,188       84,415       (5,227 ) 596,162       728,569       (132,407 )
 
Operating Income (Loss) (6,640 ) (3,223 ) (3,417 ) 120,105 121,049 (944 )
 
Other Income (Expense):
Interest Income 2,178 2,805 (627 ) 2,220 3,010 (790 )
Other Income 662 510 152 2,265 1,611 654
Other Interest Expense (7,030 )     (6,710 )     (320 ) (28,176 )     (27,693 )     (483 )
 
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes (10,830 ) (6,618 ) (4,212 ) 96,414 97,977 (1,563 )
Income Tax Expense (Benefit) (7,542 )     (6,091 )     (1,451 ) 33,143       33,918       (775 )
Net Income (Loss) $ (3,288 )     $ (527 )     $ (2,761 ) $ 63,271       $ 64,059       $ (788 )
 
Net Income (Loss) Per Share (Diluted) $ (0.04 )     $ (0.01 )     $ (0.03 ) $ 0.75       $ 0.75       $  
 
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,

ENERGY MARKETING SEGMENT

2015     2014     Variance 2015     2014     Variance
Revenues from External Customers $ 17,104 $ 28,658 $ (11,554 ) $ 159,857 $ 271,993 $ (112,136 )
Intersegment Revenues 53       221       (168 ) 849       1,159       (310 )
Total Operating Revenues 17,157       28,879       (11,722 ) 160,706       273,152       (112,446 )
 
Operating Expenses:
Purchased Gas 15,743 26,717 (10,974 ) 142,068 256,625 (114,557 )
Operation and Maintenance 1,583 1,526 57 6,386 6,176 210
Property, Franchise and Other Taxes 7 5 2 15 16 (1 )
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization 57       51       6   209       197       12  
17,390       28,299       (10,909 ) 148,678       263,014       (114,336 )
 
Operating Income (Loss) (233 ) 580 (813 ) 12,028 10,138 1,890
 
Other Income (Expense):
Interest Income 54 59 (5 ) 195 173 22
Other Income 21 26 (5 ) 117 112 5
Other Interest Expense (7 )     (8 )     1   (27 )     (31 )     4  
 
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes (165 ) 657 (822 ) 12,313 10,392 1,921
Income Tax Expense (Benefit) (199 )     (4 )     (195 ) 4,547       3,761       786  
Net Income $ 34       $ 661       $ (627 ) $ 7,766       $ 6,631       $ 1,135  
 
Net Income Per Share (Diluted) $       $ 0.01       $ (0.01 ) $ 0.09       $ 0.08       $ 0.01  
 
 
NATIONAL FUEL GAS COMPANY
AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
SEGMENT OPERATING RESULTS AND STATISTICS
(UNAUDITED)
 
        Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended
(Thousands of Dollars, except per share amounts) September 30, September 30,

ALL OTHER

2015     2014     Variance 2015     2014     Variance
Total Operating Revenues $ 446       $ 738       $ (292 ) $ 2,352       $ 3,532       $ (1,180 )
Operating Expenses:                
Operation and Maintenance 226 223 3 936 1,098 (162 )
Property, Franchise and Other Taxes 182 175 7 644 656 (12 )
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization 187       84       103   832       344       488  
595       482       113   2,412       2,098       314  
 
Operating Income (Loss) (149 ) 256 (405 ) (60 ) 1,434 (1,494 )
 
Other Income (Expense):
Interest Income 18 26 (8 ) 66 106 (40 )
Other Income 1 42 (41 ) 5 448 (443 )
Other Interest Expense       (4 )     4         (6 )     6  
 
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes (130 ) 320 (450 ) 11 1,982 (1,971 )
Income Tax Expense (Benefit) (63 )     137       (200 ) 13       822       (809 )
Net Income (Loss) $ (67 )     $ 183       $ (250 ) $ (2 )     $ 1,160       $ (1,162 )
Net Income (Loss) Per Share (Diluted) $       $ 0.01       $ (0.01 ) $       $ 0.01       $ (0.01 )
 
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,

CORPORATE

2015     2014     Variance 2015     2014     Variance
Revenues from External Customers $ 240 $ 230 $ 10 $ 916 $ 967 $ (51 )
Intersegment Revenues 1,195       946       249   3,987       3,799       188  
Total Operating Revenues 1,435       1,176       259   4,903       4,766       137  
Operating Expenses:
Operation and Maintenance 3,809 4,850 (1,041 ) 15,655 17,137 (1,482 )
Property, Franchise and Other Taxes 129 124 5 495 485 10
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization 174       167       7   676       678       (2 )
4,112       5,141       (1,029 ) 16,826       18,300       (1,474 )
 
Operating Loss (2,677 ) (3,965 ) 1,288 (11,923 ) (13,534 ) 1,611
 
Other Income (Expense):
Interest Income 29,999 24,074 5,925 104,477 96,838 7,639
Other Income 717 1,047 (330 ) 1,760 5,860 (4,100 )
Interest Expense on Long-Term Debt (29,016 ) (22,427 ) (6,589 ) (95,916 ) (90,194 ) (5,722 )
Other Interest Expense (591 )     (1,246 )     655   (5,545 )     (4,237 )     (1,308 )
 
Loss Before Income Taxes (1,568 ) (2,517 ) 949 (7,147 ) (5,267 ) (1,880 )
Income Tax Expense (Benefit) 1,874       3,666       (1,792 ) (1,456 )     (993 )     (463 )
Net Loss $ (3,442 )     $ (6,183 )     $ 2,741   $ (5,691 )     $ (4,274 )     $ (1,417 )
Net Loss Per Share (Diluted) $ (0.04 )     $ (0.07 )     $ 0.03   $ (0.07 )     $ (0.05 )     $ (0.02 )
 
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,

INTERSEGMENT ELIMINATIONS

2015     2014     Variance 2015     2014     Variance
Intersegment Revenues $ (43,156 )     $ (44,740 )     $ 1,584   $ (185,302 )     $ (177,101 )     $ (8,201 )
Operating Expenses:
Purchased Gas (22,619 ) (21,373 ) (1,246 ) (100,199 ) (99,548 ) (651 )
Operation and Maintenance (20,537 )     (23,367 )     2,830   (85,103 )     (77,553 )     (7,550 )
(43,156 )     (44,740 )     1,584   (185,302 )     (177,101 )     (8,201 )
 
Operating Income
 
Other Income (Expense):
Interest Income (30,789 ) (24,849 ) (5,940 ) (106,204 ) (98,270 ) (7,934 )
Other Interest Expense 30,789       24,849       5,940   106,204       98,270       7,934  
Net Income $       $       $   $       $       $  
Net Income Per Share (Diluted) $       $       $   $       $       $  
 
 
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SEGMENT INFORMATION (Continued)
(Thousands of Dollars)
 
        Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
        Increase         Increase
2015 2014 (Decrease) 2015 2014 (Decrease)
 

Capital Expenditures:

Exploration and Production $ 119,863 (1) $ 158,340 (2) $ (38,477 ) $ 557,313 (1)(2) $ 602,705 (2)(3) $ (45,392 )
Pipeline and Storage 115,528 (1) 74,884 (2) 40,644 230,192 (1)(2) 139,821 (2)(3) 90,371
Gathering 30,952 (1) 44,561 (2) (13,609 ) 118,166 (1)(2) 137,799 (2)(3) (19,633 )
Utility 29,034 (1) 27,895 (2) 1,139 94,371 (1)(2) 88,810 (2)(3) 5,561
Energy Marketing 4   71   (67 ) 128   264   (136 )
Total Reportable Segments 295,381 305,751 (10,370 ) 1,000,170 969,399 30,771
All Other 101 (101 ) 274 (274 )
Corporate 205   19   186   339   234   105  
Total Capital Expenditures $ 295,586   $ 305,871   $ (10,285 ) $ 1,000,509   $ 969,907   $ 30,602  
 
(1)   Capital expenditures for the quarter and year ended September 30, 2015, include accounts payable and accrued liabilities related to capital expenditures of $46.2 million, $33.9 million, $22.4 million, and $16.5 million in the Exploration and Production segment, Pipeline and Storage segment, Gathering segment and Utility segment, respectively. These amounts have been excluded from the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows at September 30, 2015, since they represent non-cash investing activities at that date.
 
(2) Capital expenditures for the year ended September 30, 2015, exclude capital expenditures of $80.1 million, $28.1 million, $20.1 million and $8.3 million in the Exploration and Production segment, Pipeline and Storage segment, Gathering segment and Utility segment, respectively. These amounts were in accounts payable and accrued liabilities at September 30, 2014 and paid during the year ended September 30, 2015. These amounts were excluded from the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows at September 30, 2014, since they represented non-cash investing activities at that date. These amounts have been included in the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows at September 30, 2015.
 
(3) Capital expenditures for the year ended September 30, 2014, exclude capital expenditures of $58.5 million, $5.6 million, $6.7 million and $10.3 million in the Exploration and Production segment, Pipeline and Storage segment, Gathering segment and Utility segment, respectively. These amounts were in accounts payable and accrued liabilities at September 30, 2013 and paid during the year ended September 30, 2014. These amounts were excluded from the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows at September 30, 2013, since they represented non-cash investing activities at that date. These amounts have been included in the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows at September 30, 2014.
 
 

DEGREE DAYS

       
 
            Percent Colder
(Warmer) Than:

Three Months Ended September 30

  Normal  

      2015      

      2014      

Normal (1)     Last Year (1)
 
Buffalo, NY 162 70 130 (56.8) (46.2)
Erie, PA 124 51 117 (58.9) (56.4)
 

Twelve Months Ended September 30

 
Buffalo, NY 6,617 6,968 7,087 5.3 (1.7)
Erie, PA 6,147 6,586 6,742 7.1 (2.3)
 

(1) Percents compare actual 2015 degree days to normal degree days and actual 2015 degree days to actual 2014 degree days.

 
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EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION INFORMATION

         
Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
            Increase             Increase
2015 2014 (Decrease) 2015 2014 (Decrease)
 

Gas Production/Prices:

Production (MMcf)
Appalachia 32,183 40,456 (8,273 ) 136,404 139,097 (2,693 )
West Coast 785   808   (23 ) 3,159   3,210   (51 )
Total Production 32,968   41,264   (8,296 ) 139,563   142,307   (2,744 )
 
Average Prices (Per Mcf)
Appalachia $ 2.21 $ 2.84 $ (0.63 ) $ 2.48 $ 3.55 $ (1.07 )
West Coast 3.54 6.42 (2.88 ) 4.11 6.75 (2.64 )
Weighted Average 2.24 2.91 (0.67 ) 2.51 3.62 (1.11 )
Weighted Average after Hedging 3.35 3.19 0.16 3.38 3.56 (0.18 )
 

Oil Production/Prices:

Production (Thousands of Barrels)
Appalachia 8 8 30 31 (1)
West Coast 770 774 (4) 3,004 3,005 (1)
Total Production 778 782 (4) 3,034 3,036 (2)
 
Average Prices (Per Barrel)
Appalachia $ 44.93 $ 95.06 $ (50.13 ) $ 57.44 $ 96.34 $ (38.90 )
West Coast 42.33 93.72 (51.39 ) 51.37 98.25 (46.88 )
Weighted Average 42.36 93.73 (51.37 ) 51.43 98.23 (46.80 )
Weighted Average after Hedging 66.40 93.70 (27.30 ) 70.36 95.55 (25.19 )
 
Total Production (Mmcfe) 37,636 45,956 (8,320) 157,767 160,523 (2,756)
 

Selected Operating Performance Statistics:

General & Administrative Expense per Mcfe (1) $ 0.41 $ 0.34 $ 0.07 $ 0.42 $ 0.40 $ 0.02
Lease Operating and Transportation Expense per Mcfe (1)(2) $ 1.07 $ 1.02 $ 0.05 $ 1.06 $ 1.03 $ 0.03
Depreciation, Depletion & Amortization per Mcfe (1) $ 1.23 $ 1.76 $ (0.53 ) $ 1.52 $ 1.85 $ (0.33 )
 
(1)   Refer to page 18 for the General and Administrative Expense, Lease Operating Expense and Depreciation, Depletion, and Amortization Expense for the Exploration and Production segment.
 
(2) Amounts include transportation expense of $0.52 and $0.49 per Mcfe for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and September 30, 2014, respectively. Amounts include transportation expense of $0.52 and $0.46 per Mcfe for the twelve months ended September 30, 2015 and September 30, 2014, respectively.
 
 
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EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION INFORMATION

 
Hedging Summary for Fiscal 2016
 
         

Volume

       

Average Hedge Price

Oil Swaps  
Midway Sunset (MWSS) 36,000   BBL $ 92.10 / BBL
Brent 933,000 BBL $ 95.18 / BBL
NYMEX 456,000 BBL $ 73.74 / BBL
Total 1,425,000 BBL $ 88.24 / BBL
 
Gas Swaps
NYMEX 44,350,000 MMBTU $ 3.94 / MMBTU
Dominion Transmission Appalachian (DOM) 18,840,000 MMBTU $ 3.78 / MMBTU
Michigan Consolidated City Gate (Mich Con) 9,000,000 MMBTU $ 4.10 / MMBTU
Dawn Ontario (DAWN) 9,990,000 MMBTU $ 3.92 / MMBTU
Fixed Price Physical Sales 42,680,000 MMBTU $ 3.17 / MMBTU
Total 124,860,000 MMBTU $ 3.66 / MMBTU
 
Hedging Summary for Fiscal 2017
 

Volume

Average Hedge Price

Oil Swaps
Brent 384,000 BBL $ 92.30 / BBL
NYMEX 312,000 BBL $ 54.20 / BBL
Total 696,000 BBL $ 75.22 / BBL
 
Gas Swaps
NYMEX 29,530,000 MMBTU $ 4.20 / MMBTU
DOM 12,720,000 MMBTU $ 3.87 / MMBTU
Mich Con 3,000,000 MMBTU $ 4.10 / MMBTU
DAWN 19,100,000 MMBTU $ 3.70 / MMBTU
Fixed Price Physical Sales 31,010,000 MMBTU $ 3.48 / MMBTU
Total 95,360,000 MMBTU $ 3.82 / MMBTU
 
Hedging Summary for Fiscal 2018
 

Volume

Average Hedge Price

Oil Swaps
Brent 75,000 BBL $ 91.00 / BBL
 
Gas Swaps
NYMEX 20,350,000 MMBTU $ 3.62 / MMBTU
DAWN 1,800,000 MMBTU $ 3.40 / MMBTU
Fixed Price Physical Sales 8,850,000 MMBTU $ 3.34 / MMBTU
Total 31,000,000 MMBTU $ 3.53 / MMBTU
 
Hedging Summary for Fiscal 2019
 

Volume

Average Hedge Price

Gas Swaps
NYMEX 11,400,000 MMBTU $ 3.39 / MMBTU
Fixed Price Physical Sales 7,300,000 MMBTU $ 3.25 / MMBTU
Total 18,700,000 MMBTU $ 3.33 / MMBTU
 
Hedging Summary for Fiscal 2020
 

Volume

Average Hedge Price

Gas Swaps
NYMEX 2,000,000 MMBTU $ 3.49 / MMBTU
Fixed Price Physical Sales 3,660,000 MMBTU $ 3.25 / MMBTU
Total 5,660,000 MMBTU $ 3.33 / MMBTU
 
 
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EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION INFORMATION

                 

Gross Wells in Process of Drilling

Twelve Months Ended September 30, 2015

Total

East

West

Company

Wells in Process - Beginning of Period
Exploratory 3.000 (1) 0.000 3.000
Developmental 77.000 (1) 2.000 79.000
Wells Commenced
Exploratory 0.000 0.000 0.000
Developmental 74.000 44.000 118.000
Wells Completed
Exploratory 3.000 0.000 3.000
Developmental 49.000 45.000 94.000
Wells Plugged & Abandoned
Exploratory 0.000 0.000 0.000
Developmental 2.000 1.000 3.000
Wells in Process - End of Period
Exploratory 0.000 0.000 0.000
Developmental 100.000 0.000 100.000
 

(1) Gross exploratory wells were increased by 2 and developmental wells were decreased by 2.

 

Net Wells in Process of Drilling

                 

Twelve Months Ended September 30, 2015

Total

East

West

Company

Wells in Process - Beginning of Period
Exploratory 3.000 (1) 0.000 3.000
Developmental 62.500 (1) 2.000 64.500
Wells Commenced
Exploratory 0.000 0.000 0.000
Developmental 74.000 44.000 118.000
Wells Completed
Exploratory 3.000 0.000 3.000
Developmental 49.000 45.000 94.000
Wells Plugged & Abandoned
Exploratory 0.000 0.000 0.000
Developmental 2.000 1.000 3.000
Wells in Process - End of Period
Exploratory 0.000 0.000 0.000
Developmental 85.500 0.000 85.500
 

(1) Net exploratory wells were increased by 2 and developmental wells were decreased by 2.

 
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EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION INFORMATION

 
Reserve Quantity Information
(Unaudited)
 
          Gas MMcf
U.S.
Appalachian     West Coast     Total
Region     Region     Company
Proved Developed and Undeveloped Reserves:
September 30, 2014 1,624,062 58,822 1,682,884
Extensions and Discoveries 633,360 633,360
Revisions of Previous Estimates (28,124 ) (6,317 ) (34,441 )
Production (136,404 ) (3,159 ) (139,563 )
Sales of Minerals in Place (112 )           (112 )
September 30, 2015 2,092,782       49,346       2,142,128  
 
Proved Developed Reserves:
 
September 30, 2014 1,119,901 57,907 1,177,808
September 30, 2015 1,267,498 49,346 1,316,844
 
 
Oil Mbbl
U.S.
Appalachian West Coast Total
Region     Region     Company
Proved Developed and Undeveloped Reserves:
September 30, 2014 253 38,224 38,477
Extensions and Discoveries 533 533
Revisions of Previous Estimates (3 ) (2,251 ) (2,254 )
Production (30 )     (3,004 )     (3,034 )
September 30, 2015 220       33,502       33,722  
 
Proved Developed Reserves:
 
September 30, 2014 253 37,002 37,255
September 30, 2015 220 33,150 33,370
 
 
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Pipeline & Storage Throughput - (millions of cubic feet - MMcf)
 
          Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
            Increase             Increase
2015 2014 (Decrease) 2015 2014 (Decrease)
Firm Transportation - Affiliated 15,128 14,362 766 110,431 110,327 104
Firm Transportation - Non-Affiliated 149,626 141,656 7,970 626,775 620,944 5,831
Interruptible Transportation 4,040   946   3,094   12,874   4,724   8,150  
168,794   156,964   11,830   750,080   735,995   14,085  
 
Gathering Volume - (MMcf)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
Increase Increase
2015 2014 (Decrease) 2015 2014 (Decrease)
Gathered Volume - Affiliated 32,934   41,485   (8,551 ) 139,629   138,726   903  
 
Utility Throughput - (MMcf)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
Increase Increase
2015 2014 (Decrease) 2015 2014 (Decrease)
Retail Sales:
Residential Sales 3,285 3,628 (343 ) 59,600 60,101 (501 )
Commercial Sales 471 476 (5 ) 8,710 8,834 (124 )
Industrial Sales 21   16   5   337   393   (56 )
3,777 4,120 (343 ) 68,647 69,328 (681 )
Off-System Sales 230 (230 ) 3,787 4,564 (777 )
Transportation 10,240   10,761   (521 ) 78,749   80,949   (2,200 )
14,017   15,111   (1,094 ) 151,183   154,841   (3,658 )
 
Energy Marketing Volume
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
Increase Increase
2015 2014 (Decrease) 2015 2014 (Decrease)
Natural Gas (MMcf) 6,537   6,846   (309 ) 46,752   52,694   (5,942 )
 

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NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

In addition to financial measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this press release contains information regarding Operating Results and Adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they provide an alternative method for assessing the Company's ongoing operating results, for measuring the Company’s cash flow and liquidity, and for comparing the Company’s financial performance to other companies. The Company's management uses these non-GAAP financial measures for the same purpose, and for planning and forecasting purposes. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is not meant to be a substitute for financial measures in accordance with GAAP.

Management defines Operating Results as reported GAAP earnings before items impacting comparability. The table at page 2 of this report reconciles National Fuel's reported GAAP earnings to Operating Results for the three and twelve months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014.

Management defines Adjusted EBITDA as reported GAAP earnings before the following items: interest expense, depreciation, depletion and amortization, interest and other income, impairments, items impacting comparability and income taxes.

The following tables reconcile National Fuel's reported GAAP earnings to Adjusted EBITDA for the three and twelve months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014:

 
          Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2015       2014 2015       2014
(in thousands)
Reported GAAP Earnings $ (187,703 ) $ 57,431 $ (379,427 ) $ 299,413
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization 70,860 103,905 336,158 383,781
Interest and Other Income (5,692 ) (5,464 ) (11,961 ) (13,631 )
Interest Expense 29,189 23,050 99,471 94,277
Income Taxes (162,525 ) 26,987 (319,136 ) 189,614

Impairment of Oil and Gas Producing

   Properties

417,197 1,126,257
Reversal of Stock-Based Compensation (7,961 )   (7,961 )  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 153,365   $ 205,909   $ 843,401   $ 953,454  
 
Adjusted EBITDA by Segment
Pipeline and Storage Adjusted EBITDA $ 40,297 $ 42,573 $ 188,042 $ 186,022
Gathering Adjusted EBITDA 16,328   19,469   68,783   64,060  
Total Midstream Businesses Adjusted EBITDA 56,625 62,042 256,825 250,082
Exploration and Production Adjusted EBITDA 97,582 138,818 422,289 539,472
Utility Adjusted EBITDA 3,311 7,876 164,037 164,643
Energy Marketing Adjusted EBITDA (263 ) 631 12,150 10,335
Corporate and All Other Adjusted EBITDA (3,890 ) (3,458 ) (11,900 ) (11,078 )
Total Adjusted EBITDA $ 153,365   $ 205,909   $ 843,401   $ 953,454  
 
 
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Quarter Ended September 30 (unaudited)

        2015       2014
 
Operating Revenues $ 301,062,000   $ 366,623,000
 
Net Income (Loss) Available for Common Stock $ (187,703,000 ) $ 57,431,000
 
Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share:
Basic $ (2.22 ) $ 0.68
Diluted $ (2.22 ) $ 0.68
 
Weighted Average Common Shares:
Used in Basic Calculation 84,570,432   84,126,542
Used in Diluted Calculation 84,570,432   85,062,410
 

Twelve Months Ended September 30 (unaudited)

 
Operating Revenues $ 1,760,913,000   $ 2,113,081,000
 
Net Income (Loss) Available for Common Stock $ (379,427,000 ) $ 299,413,000
 
Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share:
Basic $ (4.50 ) $ 3.57
Diluted $ (4.50 ) $ 3.52
 
Weighted Average Common Shares:
Used in Basic Calculation 84,387,755   83,929,989
Used in Diluted Calculation 84,387,755   84,952,347
 

For National Fuel Gas Company
Analyst:
Brian M. Welsch, 716-857-7875
or
Media:
Karen L. Merkel, 716-857-7654


Source: Business Wire (November 5, 2015 - 5:23 PM EST)

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