U.S. shale producer Continental Resources Inc. on Aug. 3 posted a bigger-than-expected second-quarter loss as the coronavirus crisis and related lockdowns pummeled demand for fuel and hammered prices.
The largest producer in North Dakota’s Bakken basin—the second-biggest U.S. shale field—had cut as much as 55% of its planned oil output in the June quarter as the oil field was among the hardest hit by the price plunge.
Average production tumbled 38.8% to 202,815 boe/d, while prices crashed 78.1% to $7.88 per boe, the company said.
The company estimates that the second quarter production deferral would help it generate an additional $90 million in cash flow from operations if U.S. oil fetched around $40/bbl.
Continental said it now expects full-year oil production to range between 155,000 bbl/d and 165,000 bbl/d, about 20% lower than its original forecast at its midpoint.
The company also said it was on track to achieve its reduced 2020 capital expenditure guidance of $1.2 billion or lower.
Net loss attributable to the company was $239.3 million, or 66 cents per share, for the second quarter ended June 30, compared with a profit of $236.6 million, or 63 cents per share, a year earlier.
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