Anadarko CEO says 'we delivered a very strong quarter'
"We delivered a very strong quarter with improving and attractive per-barrel margins, which helped drive cash flow from operations to more than $1.6 billion," said Al Walker, Anadarko Chairman, President and CEO. "Our cash flows were bolstered by the startup of an additional oil gathering and treating system in the Delaware Basin, where this year we have added 120,000 barrels per day of operated oil processing capacity with the Reeves and Loving ROTFs. This integrated upstream and midstream development approach provides a competitive advantage as we realize improved netback pricing for our product while also driving significant oil growth in the basin. As we look ahead to 2019, our focus will continue to be on delivering healthy oil growth within a capital-efficient framework," added Walker. "We have built a portfolio focused on properties with higher-margin oil and liquids that aligns well with our durable strategy of delivering attractive per-debt-adjusted-share growth metrics and returns to shareholders. We continue to have a high degree of confidence in our ability to deliver double-digit oil growth in a $50 oil-price environment, and look forward to communicating the details of the 2019 program later this quarter. Our disciplined growth approach, to be achieved while investing within a conservative cash-flow estimate and using cash and incremental free cash flow to fund share buybacks, debt reduction and potential dividend increases over time, is a differentiating strategy."