Apache Corporation Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2020 Financial and Operational Results

Fourth-Quarter Highlights

  • Reported production of 411,000 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day; adjusted production, which excludes Egypt noncontrolling interest and tax barrels, was 365,000 BOE per day; 
  • Delivered net cash from operating activities of $498 million and adjusted EBITDAX of $630 million;
  • Exceeded fourth quarter adjusted production guidance; delivered upstream capital investment and LOE below guidance; and
  • Continued exploration success with three oil discoveries in Suriname, Egypt and North Sea at Keskesi, Tayim-North and Losgann prospects, respectively.

Full-Year 2020 Highlights

  • Responded quickly and decisively to the COVID-19 pandemic, successfully protected employees, minimized operational disruptions and preserved the balance sheet;
  • Decreased upstream capital investment by 58% year over year; achieved annual run-rate cost savings associated with organizational redesign in excess of $400 million;
  • Achieved a 100% success rate on Block 58 exploration drilling campaign offshore Suriname;
  • Significantly improved short-term debt profile by reducing Apache bond maturities to only $337 million prior to November 2025; and
  • Increased ESG short-term incentive compensation weighting from 10% to 20% and refined our focus areas to air, water, communities and people.

2021 Outlook 

  • Planning 2021 upstream capital investment budget of $1.1 billion, representing a measured increase of 11% from 2020 actuals; program expected to deliver substantial free cash flow at current strip prices;
  • Projecting a modest 4Q 2020 to 4Q 2021 decline in adjusted oil production of approximately 1%; and
  • Established compensation-linked ESG goals tied to emissions and water-use targets, including a goal to eliminate routine U.S. onshore flaring by the end of 2021. 

HOUSTON, Feb. 24, 2021 – Apache Corporation (Nasdaq: APA) today announced its financial and operational results for the fourth-quarter and full-year 2020. 

Apache reported net income attributable to common stock of $10 million, or on a fully diluted basis, a loss of $16 million or $0.04 per share during the fourth-quarter 2020. When adjusted for certain items that impact the comparability of results, Apache’s fourth-quarter loss totaled $20 million or $0.05 on a diluted share basis. Net cash provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter was $498 million, and adjusted EBITDAX was $630 million. 

For the full-year 2020, Apache reported a loss of $4.9 billion, or $12.86 per diluted common share. On an adjusted basis, Apache’s 2020 loss totaled $407 million or $1.08 per diluted common share. Net cash provided by operating activities was $1.4 billion, and adjusted EBITDAX was $2.2 billion. 

“Apache’s fourth quarter was a positive conclusion to a challenging year. Commodity prices held firm, and we executed well on our production, capital spending and costs objectives while also delivering promising exploration results internationally,” said John J. Christmann IV, Apache’s chief executive officer and president. 

“Apache acted quickly and decisively in the face of the extreme market conditions early in 2020. Within three days of the March 9 oil price crash, we took aggressive and necessary measures to protect our financial position. As a result, we were able to absorb significant revenue losses relative to our original plan without further leveraging our balance sheet,” continued Christmann. “We exceeded our cost reduction goals while continuing to deliver excellent employee health, safety and environmental performance. I’m especially proud of our team’s swift response to the pandemic. To date, we have had no known cases of a COVID-19 transmission from one Apache employee or contractor to another. 

“It was also a banner year on the exploration front, as we announced three discoveries offshore Suriname, followed by a fourth discovery announced in January 2021, achieving a 100% success rate on Block 58 to date. We look forward to a continuation of the exploration program, as well as an appraisal program, which is now underway.” 

ESG Focus

During the year, Apache developed and implemented robust COVID-19 employee safety protocols, provided pandemic assistance to the communities in which it operates and advanced diversity and inclusion programs. The company also enhanced its greenhouse gas data collection processes, expanded disclosures to more closely align with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and increased ESG-related short-term incentive compensation weighting from 10% to 20%.

2021 Capital Budget and Outlook

In 2021, Apache plans to invest $1.1 billion in upstream oil and gas capital, approximately $200 million for exploration and $900 million for production and development activities. This capital program will be more than fully funded by internally generated cash flow under an assumed price deck of $45 WTI oil and $3.00 Henry Hub natural gas. 

“Our strategic approach remains centered around capital discipline and flexibility. We have established a 2021 capital plan that prioritizes generating free cash flow for debt reduction,” Christmann said. “We will continue to aggressively manage our cost structure, focus on long-term returns over short-term growth, continuously progress our ESG efforts, and advance our global exploration activities, most notably offshore Suriname.”

Year-End 2020 Proved Reserves 

Worldwide estimated proved reserves totaled 874 million BOE at year-end 2020. More than 91% of Apache’s estimated proved reserves at year-end 2020 were classified as proved developed. During the year, Apache added approximately 78 million BOE in field extensions and discoveries. Production and divestitures reduced proved reserves by 161 million and 9.6 million BOE, respectively. Negative price revisions, partially offset by positive performance revisions, further reduced proved reserves by 45 million BOE. 

Conference Call

Apache will host a conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 results at 10 a.m. Central time, Thursday, Feb. 25. The conference call will be webcast from Apache's website at and, and the webcast replay will be archived there as well. The conference call will also be available for playback by telephone for one week beginning at approximately 4 p.m. Central time Feb. 25. The number for the replay is 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406 for international calls. The conference access code is 7773126. Sign up for email alerts to be reminded of the webcast at

About Apache

Apache Corporation is an oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Egypt and the United Kingdom and exploration activities offshore Suriname. Apache posts announcements, operational updates, investor information and all press releases on its website, Specific information concerning Suriname, ESG performance and other investor-related topics are posted at

Additional Information

Additional information follows, including reconciliations of adjusted earnings, adjusted EBITDAX, upstream capital investment and net debt (non-GAAP financial measures) to GAAP measures and information regarding adjusted production. Apache’s quarterly supplement is available at

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Apache’s financial information includes information prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) as well as non-GAAP financial information. It is management’s intent to provide non-GAAP financial information to enhance understanding of our consolidated financial information as prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted earnings, adjusted EBITDAX, upstream capital investment and net debt are non-GAAP measures. This non-GAAP information should be considered by the reader in addition to, but not instead of, the financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Each non-GAAP financial measure is presented along with the corresponding GAAP measure so as not to imply that more emphasis should be placed on the non-GAAP measure.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “seeks,” “believes,” “continues,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “guidance,” “may,” “might,” “outlook,” “possibly,” “potential,” “projects,” “prospects,” “should,” “will,” “would,” and similar references to future periods, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future plans, expectations and objectives for Apache’s operations, including statements about our capital plans, drilling plans, production expectations, asset sales, and monetizations. While forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and analyses made by us that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances, whether actual results and developments will meet our expectations and predictions depend on a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause our actual results, performance, and financial condition to differ materially from our expectations. See "Risk Factors" in our 2019 Form 10-K and in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed, and 2020 Form 10-K when filed, with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") for a discussion of risk factors that affect our business. Any forward-looking statement made by Apache in this news release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. Apache undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future development or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Cautionary Note to Investors

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission permits oil and gas companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only proved, probable, and possible reserves that meet the SEC's definitions for such terms. Apache may use certain terms in this news release, such as "resources," "potential resources," "resource potential," "estimated net reserves," "recoverable reserves," and other similar terms that the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit Apache from including in filings with the SEC. Such terms do not take into account the certainty of resource recovery, which is contingent on exploration success, technical improvements in drilling access, commerciality and other factors, and are therefore not indicative of expected future resource recovery and should not be relied upon. Investors are urged to consider carefully the disclosure in Apache's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2019 (and Apache’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2020, when filed) available from Apache at or by writing Apache at: 2000 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 100, Houston, TX 77056 (Attn: Corporate Secretary). You can also obtain this report from the SEC by calling 1-800-SEC-0330 or from the SEC's website at


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