Cabot Oil & Gas net income $279.8 millionStaff writer ▼ | February 24, 2014
Discretionary cash flow was $1.098 billion in 2013, compared to $680.1 million in 2012. Higher equivalent production drove the year's overall improvement, partially offset by lower realized natural gas and oil prices and increased absolute operating expenses associated with higher production.
Net income was $279.8 million in 2013, or $0.67 per share, compared to $131.7 million, or $0.31 per share, in 2012. Excluding the effect of selected items (detailed in the table below), net income was $298.1 million, or $0.71 per share, in 2013, compared to $138.9 million, or $0.33 per share, in 2012.
Natural gas price realizations, including the effect of hedges, were $3.56 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in 2013, down 3 percent compared to 2012. Oil price realizations, including the effect of hedges, were $101.13 per barrel (Bbl), down 1 percent compared to 2012. Total per unit costs (including financing) decreased to $3.03 per Mcfe in 2013, down 18 percent from $3.69 per Mcfe in the 2012.
All operating expense categories decreased on a per unit basis relative to last year except for transportation and gathering expense, which increased from $0.54 per Mcfe in 2012 to $0.55 per Mcfe in 2013, primarily as a result of increased Marcellus production volumes, slightly higher transportation rates and new transportation agreements in the Marcellus.
Cash unit costs (including financing) decreased to $1.28 per Mcfe in 2013, down 26 percent from $1.74 per Mcfe in the 2012. During 2013, the Company received approximately $324 million of gross proceeds from previously announced non-core asset sales in the Mid-Continent and West Texas. These proceeds were used, in conjunction with cash flow from operations, to fund the Company's $1.195 billion of capital expenditures and the Company's $165 million of share repurchases.
Equivalent production was 413.6 Bcfe in 2013, consisting of 394.2 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas and 3.2 million barrels of liquids production. These figures represent increases of 55 percent, 56 percent, and 34 percent, respectively, compared to 2012. ■