McMoRan Exploration Posts 4Q Loss
NEW ORLEANS (AP) â¿¿ Oil and natural gas driller McMoRan Exploration Co. posted a fourth-quarter loss Friday on impairment and write-down costs along with a sharp drop in revenue.
Revenue fell 31 percent compared to a year ago, as sales and prices of oil and natural gas dropped compared to a year ago. Natural gas prices were down sharply. The company's results included a $93.5 million write-off charge and $34.5 million in impairment costs related to lower valuations for oil and natural gas fields.
McMoRan lost $1.2 million, or a penny per share. A year ago it made a profit of $28.4 million, or 16 cents per share. Revenue fell to $84.2 million from $121.9 million.
Analysts expected a loss of 11 cents per share on $88.3 million in revenue, according to FactSet.McMoRan Exploration agreed to sell itself to Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. in December for about $2.1 billion. Freeport-McMoRan also agreed to buy Plains Exploration & Production Co. for $6.9 billion. The purchases are expected to create a natural resources conglomerate with assets ranging from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to a huge copper mine in Indonesia. In 2012 McMoRan Exploration lost $145.6 million, or 90 cents per share, after losing $58.8 million, or 37 cents per share, in 2011. Revenue fell 32 percent, to $376.9 million from $555.4 million. The company's shares lost 3 cents to $15.96 in afternoon trading.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
- Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV