Talisman Energy (TLM) 2011 Guidance Call January 11, 2011 1:00 p.m. ET Executives John Manzoni – CEO L. Scott Thomson – CFO and EVP - Finance Paul Smith – EVP, North American Operations Richard Herbert – EVP, Exploration Paul Blakeley – President, Operations Analysts Andrew Fairbanks - Merrill Lynch Juan Pineros - InterBolsa Greg Lynch - private investor Katherine Minyard - JP Morgan John Malone - Ticonderoga Securities Brad Marcotte - UBS Alex Shields - Le Devoir Jeff Lewis - Alberta Oil Magazine Pat Roche - Daily Oil Bulletin Jayman Patel - SG America Securities Mike Dunn – FirstEnergy Capital Marcus Ermisch - Calgary Sun Presentation Operator At this time I would like to welcome everyone to the Talisman Energy Inc. 2011 guidance conference call. [Operator Instructions.]
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I want to draw your attention to the fact that everything I say today will be in U.S. dollars, because from the first of this year we will be reporting in U.S. dollars. We've made that decision because our functional currency is predominantly U.S. dollars, and many of our peer companies report that way.We'll report fourth quarter 2010 results next month in Canadian dollars, and then for our 1Q results, we'll be in U.S. dollars. I hope it's not too confusing for you, because I will talk about the 2010 cap ex number, for instance, in U.S. dollars in this call, just to make the comparables easier as we discuss 2011. But given the fact that for 2010 anyway, the Canadian and U.S. dollar numbers are very similar, I hope you'll be able to follow. Before looking forward, I think it's helpful to recap the key achievements of 2010, because that sets the context for what we'll set out to do this year. Of course, the numbers aren't finalized yet, and won't be until we release our year-end results in mid-February, but we can certainly give you a sense. So to recap 2010, first and most importantly, we continued to improve our safety record. I think we'll have improved our injury rate by about 10-15% over 2009 on top of the 40% improvement we saw the previous year. So we're building a safer business, and we've set ourselves some ambitious targets again this year to continue that journey. We successfully sold $2.2 billion of assets through last year, all with very good metrics, and that allowed us to reposition the portfolio substantially through the year, with about $2 billion of acquisitions including some discoveries in Norway, the BP Colombia acquisition with our partner Ecopetrol, and our deepening in the Eagle Ford jointly with Statoil.
And of course, just before Christmas, we came to an agreement with Sasol, who will become our partner in the Farrell Creek Area of the Montney. In addition to jointly developing the area, we'll commence a joint feasibility study to investigate the possibility of a gas-to-liquids option for Farrell Creek gas, which I think is a very interesting option for the future.We've built from a small base to become the largest Marcellus producer, exiting the year at 315 million cubic feet a day, above the top end of the range we had previously outlined. And in 2010 we saw further progress in repositioning our expiration program. We added promising new licenses in Latin America and Southeast Asia in our core exploration areas, and entered Poland to explore its shale gas potential. And we had expiration success in Colombia in the exciting heavy oil trend in the southeast of the country, with an oil discovery in Block 9, and encouragement from stratigraphic drilling in Block 6. We successfully appraised the Situche Central discovery in Peru, and we encountered an oil lake below the previously tested [gas cap] in the Kurdamir 1 well in Kurdistan. We also participated in successful appraisal of the Beta discovery in Norway, which flowed and more than 10,000 barrels a day on test. We're currently drilling the TR1 well in the U.K., which will complete operations in the next few weeks, and early results are encouraging. In Indonesia, the Pasangkayu Bravo well was disappointing and failed to find hydrocarbons, but we're a little more excited about the prospects for South Makassar, which we'll drill this year. Our capital costs have been well managed through the last year, with projects largely being delivered on time and on budget, and we expect to end up having spent just under $4 billion cash capital on exploration and development activities in 2010.
F&D costs came down more than 45% from 2008-2009 and as we projected all through last year, I anticipate we'll be able to report a further reduction of between 25% and 30% in total F&D and around 45% to 50% in drill bit F&D when we announce our results in a month's time, and production has now started to grow.Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com