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Hess Reports Estimated Results For The First Quarter Of 2016 First Quarter Highlights:

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

Net loss was $509 million or $1.72 per common share compared with a net loss of $389 million or $1.37 per common share in the prior-year quarter; lower realized selling prices reduced first quarter 2016 after-tax results by approximately $230 million

Oil and gas production was 350,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) compared to pro forma production, which excludes assets sold, of 355,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2015

E&P capital and exploratory expenditures were $544 million, down 56 percent from $1,244 million in the prior-year quarter

Issued 28,750,000 shares of Common Stock and 575,000 shares of 8% Series A Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock for total net proceeds of approximately $1.6 billion

Cash and cash equivalents were $3.6 billion at March 31, 2016; debt to capitalization ratio, excluding Bakken Midstream, was 23.1 percent

Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) today reported a net loss of $509 million, or $1.72 per common share, in the first quarter of 2016 compared with a net loss of $389 million, or $1.37 per common share, in the first quarter of 2015. On an adjusted basis, first quarter 2015 adjusted net loss was $279 million. Lower realized selling prices reduced first quarter 2016 after-tax results by approximately $230 million resulting from the weak commodity price environment. First quarter 2016 results also reflected lower operating costs, general and administrative expenses, and depreciation, depletion and amortization expense versus the prior-year quarter.

“With our balance sheet strength, oil-leveraged portfolio and attractive growth opportunities, we believe the company is well positioned to deliver strong cash flow growth and long term value as oil prices recover”, said Chief Executive Officer John Hess.

After-tax income (loss) by major operating activity was as follows:

Three Months Ended

(unaudited)

(In millions, except per share amounts)

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Hess Corporation

Exploration and Production

Corporate, Interest and Other

Net income (loss) from continuing operations

Discontinued operations

Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation

Net income (loss) per common share (diluted)

Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Hess Corporation (a)

Adjusted net income (loss) from continuing operations

Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation

Adjusted net income (loss) per common share (diluted)

Weighted average number of shares (diluted)

Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation excludes items affecting comparability summarized on page 4.

Exploration and Production:

The Exploration and Production net loss in the first quarter of 2016 was $451 million compared to a net loss of $314 million in the prior-year quarter. On an adjusted basis, first quarter 2015 net loss was $221 million, which excludes after-tax charges of $93 million primarily associated with dry-hole costs and lease impairment expense.

The Corporation’s average realized crude oil selling price was $28.50 per barrel in the first quarter of 2016, down from $45.08 per barrel in the year-ago quarter, including the effect of hedging. The average realized natural gas liquids selling price in the first quarter of 2016 was $7.44 per barrel compared to $14.91 per barrel in the prior-year quarter while the average realized natural gas selling price was $3.42 per mcf, down from $4.74 per mcf in the first quarter of 2015.

Net production in the

boepd compared to pro forma net production, which excludes assets sold, of

boepd in the

. Lower gas nominations and production entitlement from the Malaysia/Thailand Joint Development Area (

13,000

epd) and lower volumes from Equatorial Guinea (

10,000

boepd) were partially offset by production growth from the Utica shale play (

12,000

boepd), the Gulf of Mexico (

boepd) and the Bakken shale play (

boepd).

Operational Highlights for the First Quarter of 2016:

Bakken (Onshore U.S.):

Net production from the Bakken increased to 111,000 boepd from 108,000 boepd in the prior-year quarter due to higher natural gas liquids and natural gas production in 2016. The Corporation operated four rigs in the quarter and brought 31 gross operated wells on production. Drilling and completion costs averaged $5.1 million per operated well, down 25 percent from the year-ago quarter.

Utica (Onshore U.S.):

On the Corporation’s joint venture acreage, one rig operated in the quarter and nine wells were brought on production. Net production averaged 29,000 boepd compared with 17,000 boepd in the prior-year quarter. The rig has been released and no further drilling activity is planned in 2016.

Gulf of Mexico (Offshore U.S.):

Net production from the Gulf of Mexico was 69,000 boepd compared to 66,000 boepd in the prior-year quarter. Drilling at the Hess operated Stampede development project (Hess 25 percent) in the Green Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico commenced in the first quarter of 2016. Drilling operations have completed on the non-operated Sicily #2 (Hess 25 percent) exploration well where results are being evaluated, and at the non-operated Melmar (Hess 35 percent) exploration prospect, where noncommercial quantities of hydrocarbons were discovered and well costs were expensed in the quarter.

North Malay Basin:

Net production from the Early Production System in the North Malay Basin (Hess 50 percent) averaged 5,000 boepd in the first quarter of 2016. Progress continues on Full Field Development with first gas projected in 2017. The Phase 1 development drilling campaign is on schedule with six out of eleven planned wells now drilled.

Guyana (Offshore):

On the Stabroek Block (Hess 30 percent),

the operator, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, completed a 3D seismic acquisition program covering approximately 17,000 square kilometers on the block and commenced drilling of the Liza #2 well.

Bakken Midstream:

The Corporation’s share of Bakken Midstream segment net income was $14 million in the first quarter of 2016, which reflects the sale of a 50 percent interest in the Bakken Midstream segment on July 1, 2015, compared to $27 million in the prior-year quarter.

Capital and Exploratory Expenditures:

Exploration and Production capital and exploratory expenditures were $544 million in the first quarter of 2016 down from $1,244 million in the prior-year quarter reflecting reduced activities in the United States, Norway, Equatorial Guinea and the Malaysia/Thailand Joint Development Area.

Bakken Midstream capital expenditures were $35 million compared to $40 million in the year-ago quarter.

Liquidity:

Net cash provided by operating activities before working capital changes was $148 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared to $470 million in the year-ago quarter. In February 2016, the Corporation received net proceeds of approximately $1.6 billion from the issuance of 28,750,000 shares of common stock and 575,000 shares of 8% Series A Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock, with a liquidation preference of $1,000 per share. At March 31, 2016, the Corporation had cash and cash equivalents of $3,557 million compared to $2,716 million at December 31, 2015. Total debt, excluding the Bakken Midstream, was $5,883 million at March 31, 2016 and $5,888 million at December 31, 2015. The Corporation’s debt to capitalization ratio, excluding Bakken Midstream, was 23.1 percent at March 31, 2016 and 24.3 percent at December 31, 2015.

Items Affecting Comparability of Earnings Between Periods:

The following table reflects the total after‑tax income (expense) of items affecting comparability of earnings between periods:

(In millions)

Total items affecting comparability of earnings between periods

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Non-GAAP measures:

The following table reconciles reported net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation and adjusted net income (loss):

Less: Total items affecting comparability of earnings between periods

The reconciliations of net cash provided by operating activities before working capital changes to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities are detailed under the subheading, Cash Flow Information, on page 6.

Hess Corporation will review first quarter financial and operating results and other matters on a webcast at 10 a.m. today. For details about the event, refer to the Investor Relations section of our website at

www.hess.com

is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. More information on Hess Corporation is available at

Forward-looking Statements

Certain statements in this release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including, without limitation, uncertainties inherent in the measurement and interpretation of geological, geophysical and other technical data. Estimates and projections contained in this release are based on the Company’s current understanding and assessment based on reasonable assumptions. Actual results may differ materially from these estimates and projections due to certain risk factors discussed in the Corporation’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other factors.

Non-GAAP financial measures

The Corporation has used non-GAAP financial measures in this earnings release. “Adjusted net income (loss)” presented in this release is defined as reported net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation excluding items identified as affecting comparability of earnings between periods. “Net cash provided by operating activities before working capital changes” is defined as Cash provided by operating activities excluding changes in working capital. Management uses adjusted net income (loss) to evaluate the Corporation’s operating performance and believes that investors’ understanding of our performance is enhanced by disclosing this measure, which excludes certain items that management believes are not directly related to ongoing operations and are not indicative of future business trends and operations. Management believes that net cash provided by operating activities before working capital changes demonstrates the company’s ability to internally fund capital expenditures, pay dividends and service debt. These measures are not, and should not be viewed as, a substitute for U.S. GAAP net income (loss) or net cash provided by operating activities. A reconciliation of reported net income (loss) attributable to Hess Corporation (U.S. GAAP) to adjusted net income (loss) as well as a reconciliation of net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (U.S. GAAP) to net cash provided by operating activities before working capital change are provided in the release.

For Hess Corporation

Investor Contact:

Jay Wilson

(212) 536-8940

Media Contact:

Michael Henson/Patrick Scanlan

Sard Verbinnen & Co

(212) 687-8080

HESS CORPORATION AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)

(IN MILLIONS)

Fourth

Income Statement

Revenues and non-operating income

Sales and other operating revenues

Other, net

Total revenues and non-operating income

Costs and expenses

Cost of products sold (excluding items shown separately below)

Operating costs and expenses

Production and severance taxes

Exploration expenses, including dry holes and lease impairment

General and administrative expenses

Interest expense

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

Impairments

Total costs and expenses

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

(2,283

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

(1,791

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

(1,799

Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

(1,821

Less: Preferred stock dividends

Net income (loss) applicable to Hess Corporation common stockholders

Changes in working capital

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

(1,226

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

Net increase (decrease) in Cash and cash equivalents

Additions to Property, plant and equipment included within Investing activities:

Capital expenditures incurred

(1,237

Increase (decrease) in related liabilities

(1,311

Balance Sheet Information

Other current assets

Property, plant and equipment – net

26,241

26,352

Other long-term assets

Total assets

34,808

34,157

Current maturities of long-term debt

Other current liabilities

Long-term debt

Other long-term liabilities

Total equity excluding other comprehensive income (loss)

22,082

21,050

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(1,484

(1,664

Noncontrolling interests

Total liabilities and equity

Total Debt

Bakken Midstream (a)

Hess Consolidated

Bakken Midstream debt is non-recourse to Hess Corporation.

E&P Capital and exploratory expenditures

Other Onshore

Total Onshore

Total United States

Europe

Africa

Asia and other

E&P Capital and exploratory expenditures

Total exploration expenses charged to income included above

Bakken Midstream Capital expenditures

EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION EARNINGS DATA (UNAUDITED)

First Quarter 2016

International

Cost of products sold (excluding items shown separately below)(b)

Bakken Midstream tariffs

Results of operations before income taxes

First Quarter 2015

After-tax realized net gains from crude oil hedging activities amounted to $1 million in the first quarter of 2015. Unrealized changes in crude oil hedging activities, which are included in Other operating revenues, amounted to gains of $10 million after-tax in the first quarter of 2015.

Includes amounts charged from the Bakken Midstream.

Fourth Quarter 2015

Cost of products sold (excluding items shown separately below)(c)

(1,117

(1,020

(2,137

(1,713

After-tax realized net gains from crude oil hedging activities were $18 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

After-tax realized net gains from crude oil hedging activities were $37 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING DATA (UNAUDITED)

Net Production Per Day (in thousands)

Crude oil - barrels

Africa (a)

Natural gas liquids - barrels

Natural gas - mcf

Barrels of oil equivalent

The Corporation sold its Algerian operations on December 31, 2015. Included above is production from Algeria of 6,000 bopd in the first quarter of 2015 and 10,000 bopd in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Sales Volumes Per Day (in thousands)

Sales Volumes (in thousands)

19,449

19,708

20,316

51,970

51,641

52,591

32,365

31,434

32,813

Average Selling Prices

Crude oil - per barrel (including hedging)

Worldwide

Crude oil - per barrel (excluding hedging)

Natural gas liquids - per barrel

Natural gas - per mcf

BAKKEN MIDSTREAM EARNINGS (UNAUDITED) AND OPERATING DATA

($ IN MILLIONS)

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (a)

(a) On July 1, 2015, the Corporation completed the sale of a 50 percent interest in its Bakken Midstream segment. Our partner’s 50 percent share of net income is presented as a noncontrolling interest charge in the Bakken Midstream income statements effective from the third quarter of 2015.

Bakken Midstream - Operating Volumes (in thousands)

Processing

Tioga gas plant – mcf of natural gas per day

Export

Terminal throughput – bopd (a)

Tioga rail terminal crude loading – bopd (b)

Rail services – bopd (c)

Pipelines

Oil gathering – bopd

Gas gathering – mcf of natural gas per day

(a) Volume of crude oil received at the Ramburg truck facility for transportation to the Tioga rail terminal or third party pipelines.

(b) Volume of crude oil loaded to Hess Midstream and third party rail cars at the Tioga rail terminal.

(c) Volume of crude oil transported by Hess Midstream rail cars from the Tioga rail terminal and third party terminals

The above information was disclosed in a filing to the SEC. To see the filing, click here.

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