Freeport-McMoRan Reports Second-Quarter and Six-Month 2015 Results

PHOENIX--()--Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX):

“and any similar expressions are intended to identify those assertions as forward-looking statements. The declaration of dividends is at the discretion of the Board and will depend on FCX's financial results, cash requirements, future prospects, and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.”

  • Net loss attributable to common stock totaled $1.85 billion, $1.78 per share, for second-quarter 2015. After adjusting for net charges totaling $2.0 billion, $1.92 per share, second-quarter 2015 adjusted net income attributable to common stock totaled $143 million, $0.14 per share.
  • Consolidated sales totaled 964 million pounds of copper, 352 thousand ounces of gold, 23 million pounds of molybdenum and 13.1 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMBOE) for second-quarter 2015, compared with 968 million pounds of copper, 159 thousand ounces of gold, 25 million pounds of molybdenum and 16.0 MMBOE for second-quarter 2014.
  • Consolidated sales for the year 2015 are expected to approximate 4.2 billion pounds of copper, 1.3 million ounces of gold, 93 million pounds of molybdenum and 52.3 MMBOE, including 1.0 billion pounds of copper, 315 thousand ounces of gold, 24 million pounds of molybdenum and 13.6 MMBOE for third-quarter 2015.
  • Average realized prices were $2.71 per pound for copper, $1,174 per ounce for gold and $67.61 per barrel for oil (including $11.79 per barrel for cash gains on derivative contracts) for second-quarter 2015.
  • Consolidated unit net cash costs for second-quarter 2015 averaged $1.50 per pound of copper for mining operations and $19.04 per barrel of oil equivalents (BOE) for oil and gas operations.
  • Operating cash flows totaled $1.1 billion (net of $104 million in working capital uses and changes in other tax payments) for second-quarter 2015. Based on current sales volume and cost estimates and assuming average prices of $2.50 per pound for copper, $1,150 per ounce for gold, $6 per pound for molybdenum and $56 per barrel for Brent crude oil for the second half of 2015, operating cash flows for the year 2015 are expected to approximate $3.6 billion.
  • Capital expenditures totaled $1.7 billion for second-quarter 2015, including $0.6 billion for major projects at mining operations and $0.8 billion for oil and gas operations. Capital expenditures are expected to approximate $6.3 billion for the year 2015, including $2.5 billion for major projects at mining operations and $2.8 billion for oil and gas operations.
  • FCX has made substantial progress toward the completion of its major mining development projects, which are expected to result in increased near-term production, lower unit costs, declining capital expenditures and growth in free cash flow over the next several quarters. In addition, positive oil and gas drilling and development activities are expected to result in a growing oil production profile. FCX remains focused on maintaining a strong balance sheet and on continuing to manage costs, capital spending plans and other actions as required to maintain financial strength.
  • On June 23, 2015, Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas Inc. filed a registration statement related to its potential initial public offering (IPO) of Class A common stock representing a minority interest in the entity.
  • At June 30, 2015, consolidated debt totaled $20.9 billion and consolidated cash totaled $466 million.

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) reported a net loss attributable to common stock of $1.85 billion, $1.78 per share, for second-quarter 2015 and $4.3 billion, $4.16 per share, for the first six months of 2015, compared with net income attributable to common stock of $482 million, $0.46 per share, for second-quarter 2014 and $992 million, $0.95 per share, for the first six months of 2014. FCX’s net loss attributable to common stock included net charges totaling $2.0 billion, $1.92 per share, for second-quarter 2015 and $4.4 billion, $4.24 per share, for the first six months of 2015, primarily for the reduction of the carrying value of oil and gas properties and other items described below. Net income attributable to common stock included charges for special items totaling $160 million, $0.15 per share, for second-quarter 2014 and $179 million, $0.17 per share, for the first six months of 2014, comprised of items described below.

James R. Moffett, Chairman of the Board; Richard C. Adkerson, Vice Chairman and FCX Chief Executive Officer; and James C. Flores, Vice Chairman and FM O&G Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our second-quarter results reflect strong operating performance in our global mining business, and solid production results and continued positive drilling and development results in our oil and gas operations. We are pleased to report achievement of several important milestones as we complete our major development projects and position FCX for improving free cash flow generation. We remain focused on managing our costs and capital expenditures under volatile market conditions as we seek to strengthen our balance sheet and build values from our strong portfolio of resources."

 

SUMMARY FINANCIAL DATA

 
      Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2015       2014   2015     2014
(in millions, except per share amounts)
Revenuesa,b,c $ 4,248 $ 5,522 $ 8,401 $ 10,507  
Operating (loss) incomea $ (2,374 ) d,e,f $ 1,153 g,h $ (5,337 ) d,e,f,i $ 2,264 g,h
Net (loss) income attributable to common stockb,c,j $ (1,851 ) d,e,f,k,l $ 482 g,h,m $ (4,325 ) d,e,f,i,k,l $ 992 g,h,m
Diluted net (loss) income per share of common stockb,c $ (1.78 ) d,e,f,k,l $ 0.46 g,h,m $ (4.16 ) d,e,f,i,k,l $ 0.95 g,h,m
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding 1,040 1,045 1,040 1,045
Operating cash flowsn $ 1,069 $ 1,386 $ 1,786 $ 2,587
Capital expenditures $ 1,661 $ 1,950 $ 3,528 $ 3,562
At June 30:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 466 $ 1,458 $ 466 $ 1,458
Total debt, including current portion $ 20,902 $ 20,190 $ 20,902 $ 20,190
 

a. For segment financial results, refer to the supplemental schedule, "Business Segments," beginning on page XI, which is available on FCX's website, "fcx.com."

b. Includes (unfavorable) favorable adjustments to provisionally priced concentrate and cathode copper sales recognized in prior periods totaling $(20) million ($(10) million to net loss attributable to common stock or $(0.01) per share) for second-quarter 2015, $35 million ($16 million to net income attributable to common stock or $0.01 per share) for second-quarter 2014, $(106) million ($(50) million to net loss attributable to common stock or $(0.05) per share) for the first six months of 2015 and $(118) million ($(65) million to net income attributable to common stock or $(0.06) per share) for the first six months of 2014. For further discussion, refer to the supplemental schedule, "Derivative Instruments," beginning on page X, which is available on FCX's website, "fcx.com."

c. Includes net noncash mark-to-market (losses) gains associated with crude oil and natural gas derivative contracts totaling $(95) million ($(59) million to net loss attributable to common stock or $(0.06) per share) for second-quarter 2015, $(7) million ($(4) million to net income attributable to common stock or less than $(0.01) per share) for second-quarter 2014, $(143) million ($(89) million to net loss attributable to common stock or $(0.09) per share) for the first six months of 2015 and $8 million ($5 million to net income attributable to common stock or less than $0.01 per share) for the first six months of 2014. For further discussion, refer to the supplemental schedule, "Derivative Instruments," beginning on page X, which is available on FCX's website, "fcx.com."

d. Includes charges of $2.7 billion ($1.7 billion to net loss attributable to common stock or $1.61 per share) for second-quarter 2015 and $5.8 billion ($3.6 billion to net loss attributable to common stock or $3.47 per share) for the first six months of 2015 to reduce the carrying value of oil and gas properties pursuant to full cost accounting rules. Refer to page 11 for further discussion.

e. Includes charges totaling $59 million ($38 million to net loss attributable to common stock or $0.04 per share) for second-quarter 2015 and $63 million ($41 million to net loss attributable to common stock or $0.04 per share) for the first six months of 2015 for lower of cost or market (LCM) adjustments primarily attributable to molybdenum inventories.

f. Includes net charges of $22 million ($14 million to net loss attributable to common stock or $0.01 per share) for second-quarter 2015 and $39 million ($24 million to net loss attributable to common stock or $0.02 per share) for the first six months of 2015 for idle/terminated rig costs and inventory write-downs at oil and gas operations.

g. Includes net charges for adjustments to environmental obligations and related litigation reserves of $69 million ($68 million to net income attributable to common stock or $0.06 per share) for the second quarter and first six months of 2014.

h. Includes charges of $56 million ($30 million to net income attributable to common stock or $0.03 per share) for second-quarter 2014 and $109 million ($58 million to net income attributable to common stock or $0.06 per share) for the first six months of 2014 for fixed costs charged directly to cost of sales as a result of the impact of export restrictions on PT Freeport Indonesia's (PT-FI) operating rates.

i. The first six months of 2015 includes a net gain of $39 million ($25 million to net loss attributable to common stock or $0.02 per share) associated with the sale of FCX's one-third interest in the Luna Energy power facility in New Mexico.

j. FCX defers recognizing profits on intercompany sales until final sales to third parties occur. For a summary of net impacts from changes in these deferrals, refer to the supplemental schedule, "Deferred Profits," on page XI, which is available on FCX's website, "fcx.com."

k. The second quarter and first six months of 2015 include a gain of $92 million ($0.09 per share) related to net proceeds received from insurance carriers and other third parties related to a shareholder derivative litigation settlement.

l. As a result of the impairment to oil and gas properties, FCX recorded tax charges of $305 million ($0.29 per share) for second-quarter 2015 and $763 million ($0.73 per share) for the first six months of 2015 to establish a valuation allowance primarily against United States (U.S.) federal alternative minimum tax credits.

m. The second quarter and first six months of 2014 included a tax charge of $58 million ($0.06 per share) associated with deferred taxes recorded in connection with the allocation of goodwill to the sale of Eagle Ford.

n. Includes net working capital uses and changes in other tax payments of $104 million for second-quarter 2015, $364 million for second-quarter 2014, $190 million for the first six months of 2015, and $777 million for the first six months of 2014.

         

SUMMARY OPERATING DATA

 
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2015     2014a 2015     2014a
Copper (millions of recoverable pounds)
Production 977 931 1,892 1,879
Sales, excluding purchases 964 968 1,924 1,839
Average realized price per pound $ 2.71 $ 3.16 $ 2.70 $ 3.17
Site production and delivery costs per poundb $ 1.85 $ 1.99 $ 1.89 $ 1.94
Unit net cash costs per poundb $ 1.50 $ 1.72 $ 1.57 $ 1.64
Gold (thousands of recoverable ounces)
Production 367 166 626 397
Sales, excluding purchases 352 159 615 346
Average realized price per ounce $ 1,174 $ 1,296 $ 1,183 $ 1,299
Molybdenum (millions of recoverable pounds)
Production 25 25 49 49
Sales, excluding purchases 23 25 46 52
Average realized price per pound $ 9.51 $ 13.43 $ 9.84 $ 12.27
Oil Equivalents
Sales volumes
MMBOE 13.1 16.0 25.6 32.2
Thousand BOE (MBOE) per day 144 176 142 178
Cash operating margin per BOEc
Realized revenues $ 50.04 $ 77.53 $ 46.95 $ 77.37
Cash production costs 19.04   19.57   19.62   19.03
Cash operating margin $ 31.00   $ 57.96   $ 27.33   $ 58.34
 

a. The 2014 periods include the results of the Candelaria and Ojos del Salado mines (Candelaria/Ojos) that were sold in November 2014, and the Eagle Ford properties that were sold in June 2014. Sales volumes from Candelaria/Ojos totaled 80 million pounds of copper and 20 thousand ounces of gold for second-quarter 2014 and 174 million pounds of copper and 43 thousand ounces of gold for the first six months of 2014; sales volumes from Eagle Ford totaled 4.0 MMBOE (44 MBOE per day) for second-quarter 2014 and 8.7 MMBOE (48 MBOE per day) for the first six months of 2014.

b. Reflects per pound weighted-average production and delivery costs and unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) for all copper mines. For reconciliations of per pound unit costs by operating division to production and delivery costs applicable to sales reported in FCX's consolidated financial statements, refer to the supplemental schedules, "Product Revenues and Production Costs," beginning on page XIV, which is available on FCX's website, "fcx.com."

c. Cash operating margin for oil and gas operations reflects realized revenues less cash production costs. Realized revenues exclude noncash mark-to-market adjustments on derivative contracts. For reconciliations of realized revenues and cash production costs per BOE to revenues and production and delivery costs reported in FCX's consolidated financial statements, refer to the supplemental schedules, “Product Revenues and Production Costs,” beginning on page XIV, which is available on FCX's website, “fcx.com.”

Consolidated Sales Volumes

Second-quarter 2015 consolidated copper sales of 964 million pounds approximated the April 2015 estimate of 960 million pounds and second-quarter 2014 sales of 968 million pounds. Second-quarter 2015 reflects higher copper sales volumes from North America and Indonesia, offset by lower sales volumes from South America, resulting from the sale of Candelaria/Ojos in fourth-quarter 2014 and lower production from Cerro Verde and El Abra.

Second-quarter 2015 consolidated gold sales of 352 thousand ounces were higher than the April 2015 estimate of 300 thousand ounces and second-quarter 2014 sales of 159 thousand ounces, primarily reflecting higher ore grades and operating rates at PT-FI.

Second-quarter 2015 consolidated molybdenum sales of 23 million pounds were slightly lower than the April 2015 estimate and second-quarter 2014 sales of 25 million pounds, reflecting slowing demand in the metallurgic market for molybdenum.

Second-quarter 2015 sales from oil and gas operations of 13.1 MMBOE, including 8.6 million barrels (MMBbls) of crude oil, 23.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas and 0.6 MMBbls of natural gas liquids (NGLs), were higher than the April 2015 estimate of 12.9 MMBOE, but were lower than second-quarter 2014 sales of 16.0 MMBOE, primarily reflecting the sale of the Eagle Ford properties in June 2014.

Consolidated sales for the year 2015 are expected to approximate 4.2 billion pounds of copper, 1.3 million ounces of gold, 93 million pounds of molybdenum and 52.3 MMBOE, including 1.0 billion pounds of copper, 315 thousand ounces of gold, 24 million pounds of molybdenum and 13.6 MMBOE for third-quarter 2015.

Consolidated Unit Costs

Mining Unit Net Cash Costs. Consolidated average unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) for FCX's copper mines of $1.50 per pound of copper in second-quarter 2015 were lower than unit net cash costs of $1.72 per pound in second-quarter 2014, primarily reflecting lower site production and delivery costs as a result of higher sales volumes in Indonesia and North America, and higher by-product credits.

Assuming average prices of $1,150 per ounce of gold and $6 per pound of molybdenum for the second half of 2015 and achievement of current sales volume and cost estimates, consolidated unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) for copper mines are expected to average $1.53 per pound of copper for the year 2015. Quarterly unit net cash costs vary with fluctuations in sales volumes and average realized prices (primarily gold and molybdenum prices). The impact of price changes for the second half of 2015 on consolidated unit net cash costs would approximate $0.01 per pound for each $50 per ounce change in the average price of gold and $0.01 per pound for each $2 per pound change in the average price of molybdenum.

Oil and Gas Cash Production Costs per BOE. Cash production costs for oil and gas operations of $19.04 per BOE in second-quarter 2015 were lower than cash production costs of $19.57 per BOE in second-quarter 2014, primarily reflecting lower cash production costs in California related to reductions in repair and maintenance costs and well workover expense.

Based on current sales volume and cost estimates for the second half of 2015, cash production costs are expected to approximate $19 per BOE for the year 2015.

MINING OPERATIONS

North America Copper Mines. FCX operates seven open-pit copper mines in North America - Morenci, Bagdad, Safford, Sierrita and Miami in Arizona, and Chino and Tyrone in New Mexico. All of the North America mining operations are wholly owned, except for Morenci. FCX records its 85 percent joint venture interest in Morenci using the proportionate consolidation method. In addition to copper, molybdenum concentrate and silver are also produced by certain of FCX's North America copper mines.

Operating and Development Activities. FCX has increased production from its North America copper mines in recent years and continues to evaluate a number of opportunities to add production capacity following positive exploration results. Future investments will be undertaken based on the results of economic and technical feasibility studies and market conditions.

The Morenci mill expansion project commenced operations in May 2014 and successfully achieved full rates in second-quarter 2015. The project expanded mill capacity from 50,000 metric tons of ore per day to approximately 115,000 metric tons of ore per day, which results in incremental annual production of approximately 225 million pounds of copper. Morenci's copper production is expected to average over 900 million pounds per year over the next five years. Additionally, the molybdenum circuit began production in first-quarter 2015. Remaining items associated with the project include construction of the expanded tailings storage facility, which is expected to be completed in the second half of 2015.

Operating Data. Following is summary consolidated operating data for the North America copper mines for the second quarters and first six months of 2015 and 2014:

         
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
  2015     2014 2015     2014
Copper (millions of recoverable pounds)
Production 469 395 921 780
Sales 486 423 958 794
Average realized price per pound $ 2.77 $ 3.16 $ 2.73 $ 3.21
 
Molybdenum (millions of recoverable pounds)
Productiona 10 9 19 17
 
Unit net cash costs per pound of copperb
Site production and delivery, excluding adjustments $ 1.78 $ 1.87 $ 1.79 $ 1.87
By-product credits (0.16 ) (0.28 ) (0.17 ) (0.25 )
Treatment charges 0.12   0.11   0.13   0.12  
Unit net cash costs $ 1.74   $ 1.70   $ 1.75   $ 1.74  
 

a. Refer to summary operating data on page 4 for FCX's consolidated molybdenum sales, which includes sales of molybdenum produced at the North America copper mines.

b. For a reconciliation of unit net cash costs per pound to production and delivery costs applicable to sales reported in FCX's consolidated financial statements, refer to the supplemental schedules, "Product Revenues and Production Costs," beginning on page XIV, which is available on FCX's website, "fcx.com."

North America's consolidated copper sales volumes of 486 million pounds in second-quarter 2015 were higher than second-quarter 2014 sales of 423 million pounds, primarily reflecting higher milling rates at Morenci and Chino. North America sales are estimated to approximate 1.96 billion pounds for the year 2015, compared with 1.66 billion pounds of copper in 2014.

Average unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) for the North America copper mines of $1.74 per pound of copper in second-quarter 2015 were higher than unit net cash costs of $1.70 per pound in second-quarter 2014, primarily reflecting lower by-product credits, partly offset by higher copper sales volumes. Average unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) for the North America copper mines are expected to approximate $1.72 per pound of copper for the year 2015, based on current sales volume and cost estimates and assuming an average molybdenum price of $6 per pound for the second half of 2015. North America's average unit net cash costs would change by approximately $0.02 per pound for each $2 per pound change in the average price of molybdenum for the second half of 2015.

South America Mining. FCX operates two copper mines in South America - Cerro Verde in Peru (in which FCX owns a 53.56 percent interest) and El Abra in Chile (in which FCX owns a 51 percent interest). These operations are consolidated in FCX's financial statements. In addition to copper, the Cerro Verde mine produces molybdenum concentrate and silver.

In November 2014, FCX completed the sale of its ownership interests in Candelaria/Ojos in Chile.

Development Activities. Construction activities associated with a large-scale expansion at Cerro Verde are advancing on schedule toward completion in late 2015. Detailed engineering and major procurement activities are complete and construction is more than 87 percent complete. The project will expand the concentrator facilities from 120,000 metric tons of ore per day to 360,000 metric tons of ore per day and provide incremental annual production of approximately 600 million pounds of copper and 15 million pounds of molybdenum beginning in 2016. As of June 30, 2015, $3.9 billion had been incurred for this project, with approximately $0.7 billion remaining to be incurred.

FCX continues to evaluate a potential large-scale milling operation at El Abra to process additional sulfide material and to achieve higher recoveries. Exploration results in recent years at El Abra indicate a significant sulfide resource, which could potentially support a major mill project. Future investments will depend on technical studies, economic factors and global copper market conditions.

Operating Data. Following is summary consolidated operating data for the South America mining operations for the second quarters and first six months of 2015 and 2014:

         
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
  2015     2014a 2015     2014a
Copper (millions of recoverable pounds)
Production 188 300 381 614
Sales 178 310 378 617
Average realized price per pound $ 2.69 $ 3.17 $ 2.68 $ 3.16
 
Gold (thousands of recoverable ounces)
Production 21 42
Sales 20 43
Average realized price per ounce $ $ 1,302 $ $ 1,302
 
Molybdenum (millions of recoverable pounds)
Productionb 2 2 4 5
 
Unit net cash costs per pound of copperc
Site production and delivery, excluding adjustments $ 1.77 $ 1.64 $ 1.76 $ 1.57
By-product credits (0.04 ) (0.23 ) (0.06 ) (0.24 )
Treatment charges 0.17 0.18 0.17 0.18
Royalty on metals   0.01      
Unit net cash costs $ 1.90   $ 1.60   $ 1.87   $ 1.51  
 

a. The 2014 periods include the results of Candelaria/Ojos that were sold in November 2014. Candelaria/Ojos had sales volumes totaling 80 million pounds of copper and 20 thousand ounces of gold for second-quarter 2014 and 174 million pounds of copper and 43 thousand ounces of gold for the first six months of 2014. Excluding Candelaria/Ojos, South America mining's unit net cash costs averaged $1.55 per pound of copper for second-quarter 2014 and $1.51 per pound of copper for the first six months of 2014.

b. Refer to summary operating data on page 4 for FCX's consolidated molybdenum sales, which includes sales of molybdenum produced at Cerro Verde.

c. For a reconciliation of unit net cash costs per pound to production and delivery costs applicable to sales reported in FCX's consolidated financial statements, refer to the supplemental schedules, "Product Revenues and Production Costs," beginning on page XIV, which is available on FCX's website, "fcx.com."

South America's consolidated copper sales volumes of 178 million pounds in second-quarter 2015 were lower than second-quarter 2014 sales of 310 million pounds, reflecting the sale of Candelaria/Ojos and lower production from Cerro Verde and El Abra primarily associated with lower ore grades and recovery rates. Sales from South America mining are expected to approximate 900 million pounds of copper for the year 2015, compared with 1.14 billion pounds of copper in 2014 (which included 268 million pounds from Candelaria/Ojos).

Average unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) for South America mining of $1.90 per pound of copper in second-quarter 2015 were higher than unit net cash costs of $1.60 per pound in second-quarter 2014, primarily reflecting lower sales volumes and lower by-product credits. Lower by-product credits were mostly because of the sale of Candelaria/Ojos in fourth-quarter 2014. Average unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) for South America mining are expected to approximate $1.75 per pound of copper for the year 2015, based on current sales volume and cost estimates and assuming average prices of $6 per pound of molybdenum for the second half of 2015.

Indonesia Mining. Through its 90.64 percent owned and consolidated subsidiary PT-FI, FCX's assets include one of the world's largest copper and gold deposits at the Grasberg minerals district in Papua, Indonesia. PT-FI operates a proportionately consolidated joint venture, which produces copper concentrates that contain significant quantities of gold and silver.

Regulatory Matters. PT-FI is engaged in active discussions with the Indonesian government regarding its Contract of Work (COW) and long-term operating rights. Negotiations are taking into consideration PT-FI's requirement for assurance of legal and fiscal terms post-2021 for PT-FI to continue with its large-scale investment program in Papua, Indonesia.

PT-FI is advancing plans for the construction of new smelter capacity in parallel with completing negotiations on its COW and long-term operating rights. PT-FI has identified potential sites for the construction of additional smelter capacity and is in discussions with potential partners for the project.

Under the July 2014 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between PT-FI and the Indonesia government, no terms of the COW other than those relating to export duties, a smelter bond and increased royalties will be changed until the completion of an amended COW.

PT-FI is required to apply for renewal of export permits at six-month intervals and the next renewal date is July 25, 2015. PT-FI has submitted the requirements for renewal of its license and government approvals are pending.

Development Activities. PT-FI has several projects in progress in the Grasberg minerals district related to the development of large-scale, long-lived, high-grade underground ore bodies. In aggregate, these underground ore bodies are expected to ramp up over several years to process approximately 240,000 metric tons of ore per day following the transition from the Grasberg open pit, currently anticipated to occur in late 2017. Development of the Grasberg Block Cave and Deep Mill Level Zone (DMLZ) underground mines is advancing to enable DMLZ to commence production in late 2015 and the Grasberg Block Cave mine to commence production in 2018. Over the next five years, estimated aggregate capital spending on these projects is currently expected to average $0.8 billion per year ($0.7 billion per year net to PT-FI). Additionally, over the next five years, estimated aggregate capital spending for processing and power facilities to optimize the handling of underground ore is expected to average $0.3 billion per year. Considering the long-term nature and size of these projects, actual costs could vary from these estimates. PT-FI may reduce or defer these activities pending resolution of negotiations for an amended COW.

Operating Data. Following is summary consolidated operating data for the Indonesia mining operations for the second quarters and first six months of 2015 and 2014:

         
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
  2015     2014 2015     2014
Copper (millions of recoverable pounds)
Production 205 122 359 262
Sales 196 117 351 226
Average realized price per pound $ 2.61 $ 3.19 $ 2.66 $ 3.15
 
Gold (thousands of recoverable ounces)
Production 360 142 615 350
Sales 346 135 606 297
Average realized price per ounce $ 1,173 $ 1,294 $ 1,183 $ 1,299
 
Unit net cash costs per pound of coppera
Site production and delivery, excluding adjustments $ 2.26 $ 3.86 b $ 2.51 $ 3.60 b
Gold and silver credits (2.13 ) (1.57 ) (2.11 ) (1.85 )
Treatment charges 0.32 0.26 0.31 0.25
Export duties 0.18 0.16
Royalty on metals 0.18   c 0.11   0.17   c 0.12  
Unit net cash costs $ 0.81   $ 2.66   $ 1.04   $ 2.12  
 

a. For a reconciliation of unit net cash costs per pound to production and delivery costs applicable to sales reported in FCX's consolidated financial statements, refer to the supplemental schedule, "Product Revenues and Production Costs," beginning on page XIV, which is available on FCX's website, "fcx.com."

b. The second quarter and first six months of 2014 excludes fixed costs totaling $0.48 per pound of copper charged directly to cost of sales as a result of the impact of export restrictions on PT-FI's operating rates.

c. Includes $0.07 per pound of copper for the second quarter and first six months of 2015 associated with PT-FI's increased royalty rates pursuant to the MOU.

Indonesia's second-quarter 2015 sales of 196 million pounds of copper and 346 thousand ounces of gold were higher than second-quarter 2014 sales of 117 million pounds of copper and 135 thousand ounces of gold, primarily reflecting higher operating and recovery rates, and higher ore grades for gold. PT-FI expects ore grades to increase beginning in fourth-quarter 2015 through 2017 as high-grade sections of the Grasberg open pit are mined.

At the Grasberg mine, the sequencing of mining areas with varying ore grades causes fluctuations in quarterly and annual production of copper and gold. Sales from Indonesia mining are expected to approximate 860 million pounds of copper and 1.3 million ounces of gold for the year 2015, compared with 664 million pounds of copper and 1.2 million ounces of gold for the year 2014.

A significant portion of PT-FI's costs are fixed and unit costs vary depending on production volumes. Indonesia's unit net cash costs (including gold and silver credits) of $0.81 per pound of copper in second-quarter 2015 were lower than unit net cash costs of $2.66 per pound in second-quarter 2014, primarily reflecting higher gold and silver credits and higher copper sales volumes, partly offset by the impact of export duties and increased royalty rates.

Unit net cash costs (net of gold and silver credits) for Indonesia mining are expected to approximate $1.08 per pound of copper for the year 2015, based on current sales volume and cost estimates, and assuming an average gold price of $1,150 per ounce for the second half of 2015. Indonesia mining's projected unit net cash costs would change by approximately $0.05 per pound for each $50 per ounce change in the average price of gold for the second half of 2015. Because of the fixed nature of a large portion of Indonesia's costs, unit costs vary from quarter to quarter depending on copper and gold volumes.

Africa Mining. Through its 56 percent owned and consolidated subsidiary Tenke Fungurume Mining S.A. (TFM), FCX operates in the Tenke Fungurume (Tenke) minerals district in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In addition to copper, the Tenke mine produces cobalt hydroxide.

Operating and Development Activities. TFM completed its second phase expansion project in early 2013, which included increasing mine, mill and processing capacity. Construction of a second sulphuric acid plant is under way, with completion expected in the first half of 2016. FCX continues to engage in exploration activities and metallurgical testing to evaluate the potential of the highly prospective minerals district at Tenke. These analyses are being incorporated in future plans for potential expansions of production capacity. Future expansions are subject to a number of factors, including power availability, economic and market conditions, and the business and investment climate in the DRC.

Operating Data. Following is summary consolidated operating data for the Africa mining operations for the second quarters and first six months of 2015 and 2014:

         
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
  2015     2014 2015     2014
Copper (millions of recoverable pounds)
Production 115 114 231 223
Sales 104 118 237 202
Average realized price per pounda $ 2.63 $ 3.08 $ 2.66 $ 3.08
 
Cobalt (millions of contained pounds)
Production 9 7 16 14
Sales 8 7 16 15
Average realized price per pound $ 9.27 $ 9.58 $ 9.23 $ 9.29
 
Unit net cash costs per pound of copperb
Site production and delivery, excluding adjustments $ 1.54 $ 1.46 $ 1.56 $ 1.47
Cobalt creditsc (0.53 ) (0.34 ) (0.44 ) (0.48 )
Royalty on metals 0.06   0.06   0.06   0.07  
Unit net cash costs $ 1.07   $ 1.18   $ 1.18   $ 1.06  
 

a. Includes point-of-sale transportation costs as negotiated in customer contracts.

b. For a reconciliation of unit net cash costs per pound to production and delivery costs applicable to sales reported in FCX's consolidated financial statements, refer to the supplemental schedules, "Product Revenues and Production Costs," beginning on page XIV, which is available on FCX's website, "fcx.com."

c. Net of cobalt downstream processing and freight costs.

TFM's copper sales of 104 million pounds in second-quarter 2015 were lower than second-quarter 2014 copper sales of 118 million pounds primarily because of timing of shipments. TFM's sales are expected to approximate 460 million pounds of copper and 36 million pounds of cobalt for the year 2015, compared with 425 million pounds of copper and 30 million pounds of cobalt for the year 2014.

Africa mining's unit net cash costs (net of cobalt credits) of $1.07 per pound of copper in second-quarter 2015 were lower than unit net cash costs of $1.18 per pound of copper in second-quarter 2014, primarily reflecting higher cobalt credits, partly offset by lower copper sales volumes. Unit net cash costs (net of cobalt credits) for Africa mining are expected to approximate $1.12 per pound of copper for the year 2015, based on current sales volume and cost estimates and assuming an average cobalt price of $13 per pound for the second half of 2015. Africa mining's projected unit net cash costs would change by approximately $0.05 per pound for each $2 per pound change in the average price of cobalt for the second half of 2015.

Molybdenum Mines. FCX has two wholly owned molybdenum mines in North America - the Henderson underground mine and the Climax open-pit mine, both in Colorado. The Henderson and Climax mines produce high-purity, chemical-grade molybdenum concentrates, which are typically further processed into value-added molybdenum chemical products. The majority of molybdenum concentrates produced at the Henderson and Climax mines, as well as from FCX's North and South America copper mines, are processed at FCX's conversion facilities.

Production from the Molybdenum mines totaled 13 million pounds of molybdenum in second-quarter 2015, 14 million pounds in second-quarter 2014, 26 million pounds in the first six months of 2015 and 27 million pounds in the first six months of 2014. Refer to summary operating data on page 4 for FCX's consolidated molybdenum sales, which includes sales of molybdenum produced at the Molybdenum mines, and from FCX's North and South America copper mines.

Average unit net cash costs for the Molybdenum mines of $7.19 per pound of molybdenum in second-quarter 2015 were higher than average unit net cash costs of $6.47 per pound in second-quarter 2014, primarily reflecting lower production volumes from the Henderson mine. Based on current sales volume and cost estimates, unit net cash costs for the Molybdenum mines are expected to average approximately $7.50 per pound of molybdenum for the year 2015.

FCX continues to monitor market conditions and may adjust its molybdenum operating plans as market conditions warrant. For a reconciliation of unit net cash costs per pound to production and delivery costs applicable to sales reported in FCX's consolidated financial statements, refer to the supplemental schedules, "Product Revenues and Production Costs," beginning on page XIV, which is available on FCX's website, "fcx.com."

Mining Exploration Activities. FCX's mining exploration activities are generally near its existing mines with a focus on opportunities to expand reserves and resources to support development of additional future production capacity in the large minerals districts where it currently operates. Exploration results continue to indicate opportunities for significant future potential reserve additions in North and South America, and in the Tenke minerals district. The drilling data in North America also indicates the potential for significantly expanded sulfide production. Drilling results and exploration modeling in North America have identified large-scale potential sulfide resources in the Morenci and Safford/Lone Star districts, providing a long-term pipeline for future growth in reserves and production capacity in an established minerals district. Exploration spending associated with mining operations is expected to approximate $110 million for the year 2015, compared to $96 million in 2014.

OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS

Through its wholly owned oil and gas subsidiary, FCX Oil & Gas Inc. (FM O&G), FCX's portfolio of oil and gas assets includes significant oil production facilities and growth potential in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM), established oil production facilities onshore and offshore California, large onshore natural gas resources in the Haynesville shale play in Louisiana, natural gas production from the Madden area in Central Wyoming, and a position in the Inboard Lower Tertiary/Cretaceous natural gas trend onshore in South Louisiana. For the first six months of 2015, 88 percent of FCX's oil and gas revenues, excluding the impact of derivative contracts, were from oil and NGLs.

On June 23, 2015, Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas Inc. filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to its potential IPO of Class A common stock representing a minority interest in the entity. Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas Inc. intends to apply to list the common stock on the NYSE under the ticker “FMOG.” The registration statement has not yet become effective, and securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.

FM O&G follows the full cost method of accounting whereby all costs associated with oil and gas property acquisition, exploration and development activities are capitalized and amortized to expense under the unit-of-production method on a country-by-country basis using estimates of proved oil and natural gas reserves relating to each country where such activities are conducted. The costs of unproved oil and gas properties are excluded from amortization until the properties are evaluated.

Under the full cost accounting rules, a "ceiling test" is conducted each quarter to review the carrying value of the oil and gas properties for impairment. The SEC requires the twelve-month average of the first-day-of-the-month historical reference oil price be used in determining the ceiling amount. Using West Texas Intermediate (WTI) as the reference oil price, the average price was $71.68 per barrel at June 30, 2015, compared with $82.72 per barrel at March 31, 2015. At June 30, 2015, net capitalized costs with respect to FM O&G's proved U.S. oil and gas properties exceeded the ceiling amount specified by the SEC's full cost accounting rules, which resulted in the recognition of an impairment charge totaling $2.7 billion ($1.7 billion to net loss attributable to common stock) for second-quarter 2015.

Because the ceiling test limitation uses a twelve-month historical average price, if WTI oil prices remain below the June 30, 2015, twelve-month average of $71.68 per barrel, the ceiling limitation will decrease, resulting in potentially significant additional ceiling test impairments of FCX's oil and gas properties. The WTI spot oil price was $49.19 per barrel at July 22, 2015.

In addition to a decline in trailing average oil and gas prices, other factors that could result in impairment of FCX's oil and gas properties in future periods include costs transferred from unevaluated properties to the full cost pool without corresponding proved oil and natural gas reserve additions, negative reserve revisions and increased future development or production costs. As FM O&G completes activities to assess its $9.3 billion in unevaluated properties, related costs currently recorded as unevaluated properties not subject to amortization will be transferred to the full cost pool. If these activities do not result in additions to discounted future net cash flows from proved oil and natural gas reserves at least equal to the related costs transferred (net of related tax effects), additional ceiling test impairments may occur.

Financial and Operating Data. Following is summary financial and operating data for the U.S. oil and gas operations for the second quarters and first six months of 2015 and 2014:

         
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2015     2014a 2015     2014a
Financial Summary (in millions)
Realized revenuesb $ 656 $ 1,243 $ 1,203 $ 2,488
Less: cash production costsb 249   314   503   612
Cash operating margin $ 407 $ 929 $ 700 $ 1,876
Capital expenditures $ 777 $ 903 $ 1,795 $ 1,484
Sales Volumes
Oil (MMBbls) 8.6 11.7 17.0 23.5
Natural gas (Bcf) 23.5 20.3 45.3 39.8
NGLs (MMBbls) 0.6 1.0 1.1 2.1
MMBOE 13.1 16.0 25.6 32.2
Average Realized Pricesb
Oil (per barrel) $ 67.61 $ 95.50 $ 62.13 $ 94.63
Natural gas (per million British thermal units, or MMBtu) $ 2.66 $ 4.44 $ 2.75 $ 4.55
NGLs (per barrel) $ 20.50 $ 38.79 $ 21.71 $ 42.35
Cash Operating Margin per BOEb
Realized revenues $ 50.04 $ 77.53 $ 46.95 $ 77.37
Less: cash production costs 19.04   19.57   19.62   19.03
Cash operating margin $ 31.00   $ 57.96   $ 27.33   $ 58.34
 

a. The 2014 periods include results from the Eagle Ford field through June 19, 2014. Eagle Ford had sales volumes totaling 4.0 MMBOE for second-quarter 2014 and 8.7 MMBOE for the first six months of 2014; excluding Eagle Ford, oil and gas cash production costs were $21.66 per BOE for second-quarter 2014 and $21.29 per BOE for the first six months of 2014.

b. Cash operating margin for oil and gas operations reflects realized revenues less cash production costs. Realized revenues exclude noncash mark-to-market adjustments on derivative contracts. For reconciliations of realized revenues (including average realized prices for oil, natural gas and NGLs) and cash production costs to revenues and production and delivery costs reported in FCX's consolidated financial statements, refer to the supplemental schedules, “Product Revenues and Production Costs,” beginning on page XIV, which is available on FCX's website, “fcx.com.”

In second-quarter 2015, FM O&G's average realized price for crude oil was $67.61 per barrel, including $11.79 per barrel of realized cash gains on derivative contracts. Excluding the impact of derivative contracts, the second-quarter 2015 average realized price for crude oil was $55.82 per barrel (88 percent of the average Brent crude oil price of $63.57 per barrel).

FM O&G has derivative contracts that provide price protection averaging between approximately $70 and $90 per barrel of Brent crude oil for more than 80 percent of estimated 2015 oil production. Assuming an average price of $56 per barrel for Brent crude oil, FCX would receive a benefit of $20 per barrel on remaining 2015 derivative contract volumes of 15.46 million barrels, before taking into account weighted-average premiums of $6.89 per barrel.

In second-quarter 2015, FM O&G's average realized price for natural gas was $2.66 per MMBtu, compared to the New York Mercantile Exchange natural gas price average of $2.65 per MMBtu for the April through June 2015 contracts.

Realized revenues for oil and gas operations of $50.04 per BOE in second-quarter 2015 were lower than realized revenues of $77.53 per BOE in second-quarter 2014, primarily reflecting lower oil prices, partially offset by the impact of higher cash gains on derivative contracts (cash gains were $101 million or $7.73 per BOE in second-quarter 2015, compared with losses of $63 million or $3.94 per BOE in second-quarter 2014).

Cash production costs for oil and gas operations of $19.04 per BOE in second-quarter 2015 were lower than cash production costs of $19.57 per BOE in second-quarter 2014, primarily reflecting lower cash production costs in California related to reductions in repair and maintenance costs and well workover expense.

Following is a summary of average oil and gas sales volumes per day by region for the second quarters and first six months of 2015 and 2014:

         
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
Sales Volumes (MBOE per day) 2015     2014 2015     2014
GOMa 80 75 77 73
California 38 39 39 39
Haynesville/Madden/Other 26 18 26 18
Eagle Fordb   44     48
Total oil and gas operations 144   176   142   178
 

a. Includes sales from properties on the GOM Shelf and in the Deepwater GOM.

b. FM O&G completed the sale of Eagle Ford in June 2014.

Daily sales volumes averaged 144 MBOE for second-quarter 2015, including 95 thousand barrels (MBbls) of crude oil, 259 million cubic feet (MMcf) of natural gas and 5 MBbls of NGLs. Oil and gas sales volumes are expected to average 143 MBOE per day for the year 2015, comprised of 67 percent oil, 29 percent natural gas and 4 percent NGLs.

Based on current sales volume and cost estimates, cash production costs are expected to approximate $19 per BOE for the year 2015.

Oil and Gas Exploration, Operating and Development Activities. FCX's oil and gas business has significant proved, probable and possible reserves, a broad range of development opportunities and high-potential exploration prospects. The business is managed to reinvest its cash flows in projects with attractive rates of return and risk profiles. Following the sharp decline in oil prices in late 2014, FCX has taken steps to significantly reduce capital spending plans and is evaluating funding opportunities for capital expenditures for its oil and gas business, including the potential IPO for a minority interest in Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas Inc.

FM O&G is focused on growing its strategic position in the Deepwater GOM with significant current oil production, strong cash margins and existing infrastructure and facilities with excess production and handling capacity. These assets, combined with FM O&G’s large leasehold interests in an established geologic basin, provide financially attractive investment opportunities for high-impact growth in oil production and cash margins. FM O&G’s capital allocation strategy is principally focused on development opportunities that can be tied back to existing facilities.

During second-quarter 2015, FM O&G achieved several important accomplishments, principally in its Deepwater GOM focus areas, that are expected to contribute to future growth. Production reached full capacity at the Lucius facility and development advanced at the Heidelberg field. Positive drilling results were achieved at the Holstein Deep, Quebec/Victory (QV), Kilo/Oscar (KO) and Horn Mountain Updip tieback prospects. Since commencing development activities in 2014 at its three 100-percent-owned production platforms in the Deepwater GOM, FM O&G has drilled 10 wells with positive results. Three of these wells have been brought on production, and FM O&G plans to complete and place in production four wells over the next 12 months and the remaining three wells in 2017. Longer term, FM O&G's production is expected to benefit from the success in the Atwater Valley focus area, where multiple discoveries have been drilled to date. During second-quarter 2015, FM O&G commenced drilling at the Deep Sleep exploration well in the Atwater Valley focus area and the MZ-1 exploration well offshore Morocco.

U.S. Oil and Gas Capital Expenditures. Capital expenditures for U.S. oil and gas operations totaled $0.8 billion (including $0.6 billion incurred for the Deepwater GOM and $0.1 billion for the Inboard Lower Tertiary/Cretaceous natural gas trend) for second-quarter 2015 and $1.8 billion (including $1.2 billion incurred for Deepwater GOM and $0.2 billion for the Inboard Lower Tertiary/Cretaceous natural gas trend) for the first six months of 2015.

Capital expenditures for oil and gas operations are estimated to total $2.8 billion for the year 2015, with approximately 85 percent of the 2015 capital budget expected to be directed to the highest potential return focus areas in the GOM.

Deepwater GOM. The drilling and evaluation of multiple development and exploration opportunities in the Deepwater GOM is in progress. These prospects benefit from tieback opportunities to significant available production capacity at the FM O&G operated large-scale Holstein, Marlin and Horn Mountain deepwater production platforms. In addition, FM O&G has interests in the Lucius and Heidelberg oil fields, and in the Atwater Valley focus area.

After successfully commencing first production in January 2015, the Lucius oil facility in Keathley Canyon reached capacity of 80 MBbls of oil per day in second-quarter 2015. FM O&G has a 25.1 percent working interest in Lucius, which consists of six subsea wells located in 7,200 feet of water tied back to a truss spar hull.

Field development continued at Heidelberg in the Green Canyon focus area during second-quarter 2015. Fabrication of the main topsides module is complete, the hull is on location, and mooring lines are completed. The Heidelberg truss spar was designed as a Lucius-look-alike facility with capacity of 80 MBbls of oil per day. Development drilling in the field is ongoing and first production is anticipated in mid-2016. FM O&G has a 12.5 percent working interest in Heidelberg, which is a large, high-quality oil development project located in 5,300 feet of water.

In July 2015, FM O&G logged its third successful subsalt Miocene delineation well at the 100-percent-owned Holstein Deep development project in the Green Canyon focus area since commencing drilling in the area in third-quarter 2014. The third delineation well, which is the most updip in the reservoir, was drilled to 29,440 feet and wireline logs indicated that the well encountered approximately 200 feet of net oil pay. Drilling results from this initial three-well development program successfully established sand continuity across the primary reservoir.

Completion activities for the initial three-well subsea tieback development program are expected to commence in third-quarter 2015 and production is expected to begin in 2016. Successful results from the initial three-well drilling program established opportunities for additional wells. When fully developed, this project will have the potential to produce up to 75 MBOE per day. The Holstein Deep development is located in Green Canyon Block 643, west of the Holstein platform in 3,890 feet of water with production facilities capable of processing 113 MBbls of oil per day.

FM O&G’s 100-percent-owned Marlin Hub is located in the Mississippi Canyon focus area and has production facilities capable of processing 60 MBbls of oil per day. Several tieback opportunities have been identified, including the 100-percent-owned Dorado and King development projects. Future wells can be brought on-line using existing infrastructure with the potential to utilize subsea enhancement technologies that could increase total recovery efficiencies. In second-quarter 2015, FM O&G completed maintenance activities, including the installation of new export flow line flex joints, which will extend the life of the Marlin platform.

The initial FM O&G drilled Dorado well was placed in production in March 2015 after a successful production test in excess of 8 MBOE per day and continues to produce at strong rates. Drilling operations for the second and third wells, which are targeting similar undrained fault blocks and updip resource potential south of the Marlin facility, are expected to begin in 2016. The Dorado development is located on Viosca Knoll Block 915 in 3,860 feet of water.

Initial production from the first development well at King is expected to commence in fourth-quarter 2015, and additional drilling is planned in the area starting in the second-half of 2015. King is located in Mississippi Canyon south of the Marlin facility in 5,200 feet of water.

FM O&G’s 100-percent-owned Horn Mountain field is also located in the Mississippi Canyon focus area and has production facilities capable of processing 75 MBbls of oil per day. To enhance recovery of remaining oil in place, future development plans will target subsea tieback from multiple stacked sands in the area. In second-quarter 2015, the QV well, the first location of this program, was drilled to 14,780 feet and successfully encountered 355 feet of oil and gas pay as indicated by wireline logs. FM O&G plans to complete this well and place it in production in 2017. In June 2015, drilling operations commenced at the KO and Horn Mountain Updip wells. In July 2015, interim results from KO indicated the well encountered 62 feet of oil pay and drilling continues to evaluate additional objectives. At Horn Mountain Updip, the well was drilled to a total depth of 14,780 feet in July 2015 and successfully logged 83 feet of oil pay. These infill wells are targeting undrained fault blocks and updip resource potential east and west of the Horn Mountain facility, which is located in approximately 5,400 feet of water.

FM O&G has an 18.67 percent working interest in the Vito oil discovery and a significant lease position in the Atwater Valley focus area. Vito is a large, deep subsalt Miocene oil discovery made in 2009, located in approximately 4,000 feet of water. Exploration and delineation drilling in recent years confirmed a significant resource in high-quality, subsalt Miocene sands. Development options are under evaluation, and FM O&G expects the operator to propose a sanctioning development plan in 2016.

As previously reported, success at the Power Nap exploration well and appraisal sidetracks, which are located in close proximity to Vito, produced positive results, and development options are being assessed. The neighboring Deep Sleep exploration well in the greater Mars/Ursa basin commenced drilling in June 2015. Deep Sleep is located in 4,200 feet of water approximately five miles south of Power Nap. FM O&G owns a 50 percent working interest in the Power Nap and Deep Sleep prospects.

Inboard Lower Tertiary/Cretaceous. FM O&G has a position in the Inboard Lower Tertiary/Cretaceous natural gas trend, located onshore in South Louisiana.

In second-quarter 2015, the Highlander well, which has been restricted because of limited processing facilities, averaged a gross rate of 22 MMcf per day (approximately 11 MMcf per day net to FM O&G). As previously reported, production testing in February 2015 indicated a flow rate of 75 MMcf per day (approximately 37 MMcf per day net to FM O&G). FM O&G is developing additional processing facilities to accommodate the higher flow rates with installation expected by year-end 2015. In July 2015, the Highlander well was shut in for remedial workover operations to address a mechanical issue encountered in the wellbore. A second well location has been identified, and future plans are being considered. FM O&G is the operator and has a 72 percent working interest and an approximate 49 percent net revenue interest in Highlander. FM O&G has identified multiple additional locations on the Highlander structure, which is located onshore in South Louisiana where FM O&G controls rights to more than 50,000 gross acres.

California. Sales volumes from California averaged 38 MBOE per day for second-quarter 2015, compared with 39 MBOE per day for second-quarter 2014. FM O&G’s position in California is located onshore in the San Joaquin Valley and Los Angeles Basin, and offshore in the Point Arguello and Point Pedernales fields. During second-quarter 2015, production from Point Arguello platforms, which produced approximately 2 MBOE per day in first-quarter 2015, was temporarily shut in following the shutdown of a third-party operated pipeline system that transports oil to various California refineries.

Haynesville. FM O&G has rights to a substantial natural gas resource, located in the Haynesville shale play in North Louisiana. Drilling activities remain constrained in response to low natural gas prices in order to maximize near-term cash flows and to preserve the resource for potentially higher future natural gas prices.

International Exploration (Morocco). In May 2015, FM O&G commenced drilling the MZ-1 well associated with the Ouanoukrim prospect in the Mazagan permit area offshore Morocco under a farm-in arrangement to earn interests in exploration blocks. The well is currently drilling below 15,260 feet towards a proposed total depth of approximately 18,500 feet. The exploration area covers 2.2 million gross acres in water depths of 4,500 to 9,900 feet. Capital expenditures for international oil and gas exploration activities in Morocco totaled $29 million for second-quarter 2015 and $44 million for the first six months of 2015.

CASH FLOWS, CASH and DEBT

Operating Cash Flows. FCX generated operating cash flows of $1.1 billion (net of $104 million in working capital uses and changes in other tax payments) for second-quarter 2015 and $1.8 billion (net of $190 million in working capital uses and changes in other tax payments) for the first six months of 2015.

Based on current sales volume and cost estimates and assuming average prices of $2.50 per pound of copper, $1,150 per ounce of gold, $6 per pound of molybdenum and $56 per barrel of Brent crude oil for the second half of 2015, FCX's consolidated operating cash flows are estimated to approximate $3.6 billion for the year 2015. The impact of price changes for the second half of 2015 on operating cash flows would approximate $190 million for each $0.10 per pound change in the average price of copper, $25 million for each $50 per ounce change in the average price of gold, $60 million for each $2 per pound change in the average price of molybdenum and $55 million for each $5 per barrel change in the average Brent crude oil price.

Capital Expenditures. Capital expenditures totaled $1.7 billion for second-quarter 2015 (including $0.6 billion for major projects at mining operations and $0.8 billion for oil and gas operations) and $3.5 billion for the first six months of 2015 (including $1.2 billion for major projects at mining operations and $1.8 billion for oil and gas operations).

Capital expenditures are currently expected to approximate $6.3 billion for the year 2015, including $2.5 billion for major projects at mining operations (primarily for the Cerro Verde expansion and underground development activities at Grasberg) and $2.8 billion for oil and gas operations. FCX has made substantial progress toward the completion of its major mining development projects, which are expected to result in increased near-term production, lower unit costs, declining capital expenditures and growth in free cash flow over the next several quarters. In addition, positive oil and gas drilling and development activities are expected to result in a growing oil production profile. FCX remains focused on maintaining a strong balance sheet and on continuing to manage costs, capital spending plans and other actions as required to maintain financial strength. FCX has a broad set of natural resource assets that provide many alternatives for future actions to enhance its financial flexibility.

Cash. Following is a summary of cash available to the parent company, net of noncontrolling interests' share, taxes and other costs at June 30, 2015 (in millions):

     
Cash at domestic companies $ 29
Cash at international operations 437  
Total consolidated cash and cash equivalents 466
Less: noncontrolling interests' share (119 )
Cash, net of noncontrolling interests' share 347
Less: withholding taxes and other (19 )
Net cash available $ 328  
 

Debt. FCX remains committed to a strong balance sheet and will take prudent actions in response to market conditions. FCX has taken steps to sell assets, defer capital spending and reduce dividends on its common stock. FCX will continue to evaluate its portfolio for potential future actions. Following is a summary of total debt and related weighted-average interest rates at June 30, 2015 (in billions, except percentages):

            Weighted-
Average
Interest Rate
FCX Senior Notes $ 11.9 3.8 %
FCX Term Loan 3.0 1.9 %
FM O&G Senior Notes 2.6 6.6 %
Cerro Verde Credit Facility 1.3 a 2.1 %
Other FCX debt 2.1   b 2.7 %
$ 20.9   3.6 %
 

a. Cerro Verde had $1.3 billion of borrowings outstanding and no letters of credit issued under its $1.8 billion credit facility to fund a portion of its expansion project and for its general corporate purposes.

b. FCX had $985 million of borrowings outstanding and $42 million in letters of credit issued under its $4 billion revolving credit facility. FCX also has uncommitted and short-term lines of credit with certain financial institutions that are unsecured, which have terms and pricing that are generally more favorable than our revolving credit facility. At June 30, 2015, there was $410 million of borrowings drawn under these lines of credit.

FINANCIAL POLICY

FCX has a long-standing tradition of seeking to build shareholder value through investing in projects with attractive rates of return and returning cash to shareholders through common stock dividends and share purchases. FCX paid common stock dividends of $380 million in the first six months of 2015.

On June 24, 2015, FCX's Board of Directors (the Board) declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.05 per share and a one-time special dividend of $0.1105 per share in accordance with the approved settlement terms of shareholder derivative litigation. Both the regular quarterly dividend and the special dividend will be paid on August 3, 2015. The declaration of dividends is at the discretion of the Board and will depend upon FCX's financial results, cash requirements, future prospects and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.

FCX intends to continue to maintain a strong financial position, with a focus on reducing debt while continuing to invest in attractive growth projects and providing cash returns to shareholders. The Board will continue to review FCX's financial policy on an ongoing basis and anticipates increasing cash returns to shareholders as market and business conditions warrant.

WEBCAST INFORMATION

A conference call with securities analysts to discuss FCX's second-quarter 2015 results is scheduled for today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be broadcast on the Internet along with slides. Interested parties may listen to the conference call live and view the slides by accessing "fcx.com." A replay of the webcast will be available through Friday, August 21, 2015.

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FCX is a premier U.S.-based natural resources company with an industry-leading global portfolio of mineral assets, significant oil and gas resources and a growing production profile. FCX is the world's largest publicly traded copper producer.

FCX's portfolio of assets includes the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia, one of the world's largest copper and gold deposits; significant mining operations in the Americas, including the large-scale Morenci minerals district in North America and the Cerro Verde operation in South America; the Tenke Fungurume minerals district in the DRC; and significant U.S. oil and natural gas assets in the Deepwater GOM, onshore and offshore California and in the Haynesville natural gas shale, and a position in the Inboard Lower Tertiary/Cretaceous natural gas trend onshore in South Louisiana. Additional information about FCX is available on FCX's website at "fcx.com."

Cautionary Statement and Regulation G Disclosure: This press release contains forward-looking statements in which FCX discusses its potential future performance. Forward-looking statements are all statements other than statements of historical facts, such as projections or expectations relating to ore grades and milling rates, production and sales volumes, unit net cash costs, cash production costs per BOE, operating cash flows, capital expenditures, exploration efforts and results, development and production activities and costs, liquidity, tax rates, the impact of copper, gold, molybdenum, cobalt, crude oil and natural gas price changes, the impact of derivative positions, the impact of deferred intercompany profits on earnings, reserve estimates, future dividend payments, debt reduction and share purchases. The words “anticipates,” “may,” “can,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” "targets," “intends,” “likely,” “will,” “should,” “to be,” ”potential" and any similar expressions are intended to identify those assertions as forward-looking statements. The declaration of dividends is at the discretion of the Board and will depend on FCX's financial results, cash requirements, future prospects, and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.

FCX cautions readers that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may differ materially from those anticipated, projected or assumed in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that can cause FCX's actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements include supply of and demand for, and prices of, copper, gold, molybdenum, cobalt, crude oil and natural gas, mine sequencing, production rates, industry risks, regulatory changes, political risks, drilling results, potential additional oil and gas property impairment charges, the outcome of ongoing discussions with the Indonesian government regarding an amendment to PT-FI's COW, PT-FI's ability to obtain renewal of its export license after July 25, 2015, the potential effects of violence in Indonesia, the resolution of administrative disputes in the DRC, labor relations, weather- and climate-related risks, environmental risks, litigation results and other factors described in more detail under the heading “Risk Factors” in FCX's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as updated by FCX's subsequent filings with the SEC.

Investors are cautioned that many of the assumptions upon which FCX's forward-looking statements are based are likely to change after the forward-looking statements are made, including for example commodity prices, which FCX cannot control, and production volumes and costs, some aspects of which FCX may not be able to control. Further, FCX may make changes to its business plans that could affect its results. FCX cautions investors that it does not intend to update forward-looking statements more frequently than quarterly notwithstanding any changes in its assumptions, changes in business plans, actual experience or other changes, and FCX undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

This press release also contains certain financial measures such as unit net cash costs per pound of copper and molybdenum, oil and gas realized revenues, cash production costs and cash operating margin, which are not recognized under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. As required by SEC Regulation G, reconciliations of these measures to amounts reported in FCX's consolidated financial statements are in the supplemental schedules of this press release, which are also available on FCX's website, "fcx.com."

 
 
 
 
 
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SELECTED MINING OPERATING DATA
           
Three Months Ended June 30,
Production Sales
COPPER (millions of recoverable pounds) 2015 2014 2015 2014
(FCX's net interest in %)
North America
Morenci (85%)a 219 153 225 164
Bagdad (100%) 51 59 56 64
Safford (100%) 39 34 40 38
Sierrita (100%) 48 51 51 54
Miami (100%) 12 15 12 16
Chino (100%) 76 57 78 60
Tyrone (100%) 23 24 23 25
Other (100%) 1 2   1   2
Total North America 469 395   486   423
 
South America
Cerro Verde (53.56%) 104 125 97 138
El Abra (51%) 84 93 81 92
Candelaria/Ojos del Salado (80%)b 82     80
Total South America 188 300   178   310
 
Indonesia
Grasberg (90.64%)c 205 122   196   117
 
Africa
Tenke Fungurume (56%) 115 114   104   118
 
Consolidated 977 931   964   968
Less noncontrolling interests 160 182   149   188
Net 817 749   815   780
 
Consolidated sales from mines 964 968
Purchased copper   24   34
Total copper sales, including purchases   988   1,002
 
Average realized price per pound $ 2.71 $ 3.16
 
GOLD (thousands of recoverable ounces)
(FCX's net interest in %)
North America (100%) 7 3 6 4
South America (80%)b 21 20
Indonesia (90.64%)c 360 142   346   135
Consolidated 367 166   352   159
Less noncontrolling interests 34 17   33   16
Net 333 149   319   143
 
Average realized price per ounce $ 1,174 $ 1,296
 
MOLYBDENUM (millions of recoverable pounds)
(FCX's net interest in %)
Henderson (100%) 7 8 N/A N/A
Climax (100%) 6 6 N/A N/A
North America copper mines (100%)a 10 9 N/A N/A
Cerro Verde (53.56%) 2 2   N/A   N/A
Consolidated 25 25   23   25
Less noncontrolling interests 1 1   1   1
Net 24 24   22   24
 
Average realized price per pound $ 9.51 $ 13.43
 
COBALT (millions of contained pounds)
(FCX's net interest in %)
Consolidated - Tenke Fungurume (56%) 9 7   8   7
Less noncontrolling interests 4 3   4   3
Net 5 4   4   4
 
Average realized price per pound $ 9.27 $ 9.58
 

a. Amounts are net of Morenci's 15 percent joint venture partner's interest.

b. On November 3, 2014, FCX completed the sale of its 80 percent interests in the Candelaria and Ojos del Salado mines.

c. Amounts are net of Grasberg's joint venture partner's interest, which varies in accordance with the terms of the joint venture agreement.

 
 
 
 
 
 
FREEPORT-McMoRan INC.
SELECTED MINING OPERATING DATA (continued)
           
Six Months Ended June 30,
Production Sales
COPPER (millions of recoverable pounds) 2015 2014 2015 2014
(FCX's net interest in %)
North America
Morenci (85%)a 424 301 436 308
Bagdad (100%) 104 117 114 120
Safford (100%) 79 71 81 74
Sierrita (100%) 95 101 100 100
Miami (100%) 23 29 25 31
Chino (100%) 149 110 153 109
Tyrone (100%) 45 47 47 48
Other (100%) 2 4   2   4
Total North America 921 780   958   794
 
South America
Cerro Verde (53.56%) 211 260 207 261
El Abra (51%) 170 185 171 182
Candelaria/Ojos del Salado (80%)b 169     174
Total South America 381 614   378   617
 
Indonesia
Grasberg (90.64%)c 359 262   351   226
 
Africa
Tenke Fungurume (56%) 231 223   237   202
 
Consolidated 1,892 1,879   1,924   1,839
Less noncontrolling interests 317 368   317   355
Net 1,575 1,511   1,607   1,484
 
Consolidated sales from mines 1,924 1,839
Purchased copper   64   66
Total copper sales, including purchases   1,988   1,905
 
Average realized price per pound $ 2.70 $ 3.17
 
GOLD (thousands of recoverable ounces)
(FCX's net interest in %)
North America (100%) 11 5 9 6
South America (80%)b 42 43
Indonesia (90.64%)c 615 350   606   297
Consolidated 626 397   615   346
Less noncontrolling interests 58 41   57   36
Net 568 356   558   310
 
Average realized price per ounce $ 1,183 $ 1,299
 
MOLYBDENUM (millions of recoverable pounds)
(FCX's net interest in %)
Henderson (100%) 14 16 N/A N/A
Climax (100%) 12 11 N/A N/A
North America copper mines (100%)a 19 17 N/A N/A
Cerro Verde (53.56%) 4 5   N/A   N/A
Consolidated 49 49   46   52
Less noncontrolling interests 2 3   2   3
Net 47 46   44   49
 
Average realized price per pound $ 9.84 $ 12.27
 
COBALT (millions of contained pounds)
(FCX's net interest in %)
Consolidated - Tenke Fungurume (56%) 16 14   16   15
Less noncontrolling interests 7 6   7   7
Net 9 8   9   8
 
Average realized price per pound $ 9.23 $ 9.29
 

a. Amounts are net of Morenci's 15 percent joint venture partner's interest.

b. On November 3, 2014, FCX completed the sale of its 80 percent interests in the Candelaria and Ojos del Salado mines.

c. Amounts are net of Grasberg's joint venture partner's interest, which varies in accordance with the terms of the joint venture agreement.

 
 
 
 
 
 
FREEPORT-McMoRan INC.
SELECTED MINING OPERATING DATA (continued)
           
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
100% North America Copper Mines
Solution Extraction/Electrowinning (SX/EW) Operations
Leach ore placed in stockpiles (metric tons per day) 890,000 1,044,500 902,500 1,014,000
Average copper ore grade (percent) 0.26 0.25 0.25 0.25
Copper production (millions of recoverable pounds) 261 234 508 463
 
Mill Operations
Ore milled (metric tons per day) 316,000 260,100 308,800 257,700
Average ore grades (percent):
Copper 0.47 0.44 0.48 0.43
Molybdenum 0.03 0.03 0.03 0.03
Copper recovery rate (percent) 85.8 82.8 85.6 84.4
Production (millions of recoverable pounds):
Copper 247 188 488 370
Molybdenum 10 9 19 17
 
100% South America Mininga
SX/EW Operations
Leach ore placed in stockpiles (metric tons per day) 237,000 281,700 235,300 284,200
Average copper ore grade (percent) 0.41 0.52 0.41 0.51
Copper production (millions of recoverable pounds) 109 125 223 248
 
Mill Operations
Ore milled (metric tons per day) 116,500 182,200 117,900 185,500
Average ore grades:
Copper (percent) 0.46 0.56 0.45 0.58
Molybdenum (percent) 0.01 0.02 0.02 0.02
Gold (grams per metric ton) 0.11 0.11
Copper recovery rate (percent) 78.2 88.7 78.9 89.4
Production (recoverable):
Copper (millions of pounds) 79 175 158 366
Molybdenum (millions of pounds) 2 2 4 5
Gold (thousands of ounces) 21 42
 
100% Indonesia Mining
Ore milled (metric tons per day)b
Grasberg open pit 134,200 50,700 121,200 58,200
DOZ underground mine 42,700 50,500 45,800 50,400
Big Gossan underground mine 1,700 1,800
Total 176,900 102,900 167,000 110,400
Average ore grades:
Copper (percent) 0.67 0.73 0.63 0.72
Gold (grams per metric ton) 0.86 0.65 0.78 0.72
Recovery rates (percent):
Copper 90.6 89.0 90.6 88.7
Gold 83.5 76.3 83.9 78.1
Production (recoverable):
Copper (millions of pounds) 205 125 359 269
Gold (thousands of ounces) 360 142 615 351
 
100% Africa Mining
Ore milled (metric tons per day) 15,300 15,200 14,900 14,800
Average ore grades (percent):
Copper 4.02 4.08 4.18 4.07
Cobalt 0.44 0.34 0.40 0.33
Copper recovery rate (percent) 93.9 92.7 93.9 93.7
Production (millions of pounds):
Copper (recoverable) 115 114 231 223
Cobalt (contained) 9 7 16 14
 
100% Molybdenum Mines
Ore milled (metric tons per day) 35,900 44,800 38,200 42,200
Average molybdenum ore grade (percent) 0.20 0.18 0.19 0.18
Molybdenum production (millions of recoverable pounds) 13 14 26 27
 

a. On November 3, 2014, FCX completed the sale of its 80 percent interests in the Candelaria and Ojos del Salado mines.

b. Amounts represent the approximate average daily throughput processed at PT-FI's mill facilities from each producing mine.

 
 
 
 
 
 
FREEPORT-McMoRan INC.
SELECTED U.S. OIL AND GAS OPERATING DATA
               
Three Months Ended June 30,
Sales Volumes Sales per Day
2015 2014 2015     2014
Gulf of Mexico (GOM)a
Oil (thousand barrels or MBbls) 5,234 5,262 58 58
Natural gas (million cubic feet or MMcf) 9,279 6,669 102 73
Natural gas liquids (NGLs, in MBbls) 529 489 5 5
Thousand barrels of oil equivalents (MBOE) 7,309 6,862 80 75
Average realized price per BOEb $ 47.82 $ 87.49
Cash production costs per BOEb $ 16.98 $ 14.80
Capital expenditures (in millions) $ 676 c $ 728 c
 
CALIFORNIA
Oil (MBbls) 3,326 3,436 37 37
Natural gas (MMcf) 562 597 6 7
NGLs (MBbls) 42 42 d 1
MBOE 3,462 3,578 38 39
Average realized price per BOEb $ 48.30 $ 94.37
Cash production costs per BOEb $ 27.13 $ 37.70
Capital expenditures (in millions) $ 24 $ 68
 
HAYNESVILLE/MADDEN/OTHER
Oil (MBbls) 39 26 d d
Natural gas (MMcf) 13,693 9,585 151 105
NGLs (MBbls) 15 5 d d
MBOE 2,336 1,629 26 18
Average realized price per BOEb $ 16.15 $ 27.59
Cash production costs per BOEb $ 13.55 $ 15.35
Capital expenditures (in millions) $ 6 $ 40
 
EAGLE FORDe
Oil (MBbls) 2,950 33
Natural gas (MMcf) 3,452 38
NGLs (MBbls) 433 5
MBOE 3,959 44
Average realized price per BOEb $ $ 81.52
Cash production costs per BOEb $ $ 13.23
Capital expenditures (in millions) $ $ 105
 
TOTAL U.S. OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS
Oil (MBbls) 8,599 11,674 95 128
Natural gas (MMcf) 23,534 20,303 259 223
NGLs (MBbls) 586 969 5 11
MBOE 13,107 16,028 144 176
Cash operating margin per BOE:b
Realized revenues $ 50.04 $ 77.53
Cash production costs   19.04   19.57
Cash operating margin $ 31.00 $ 57.96
Depreciation, depletion and amortization per BOE $ 36.99 $ 38.39
Capital expenditures (in millions) $ 777 f $ 903 f
 

a. Reflects properties in the Deepwater GOM and on the Shelf, including the Inboard Lower Tertiary/Cretaceous natural gas trend.

b. Cash operating margin for oil and gas operations reflects realized revenues less cash production costs. Realized revenues exclude noncash mark-to-market adjustments on derivative contracts which are managed on a consolidated basis; accordingly, the average realized price per BOE by region does not reflect adjustments for derivative contracts. For reconciliations of average realized price and cash production costs per BOE to revenues and production and delivery costs reported in FCX's consolidated financial statements, refer to the supplemental schedules, “Product Revenues and Production Costs,” beginning on page XIV, which is available on FCX's website, fcx.com.

c. Includes $58 million in second-quarter 2015 and $174 million in second-quarter 2014 for the Inboard Lower Tertiary/Cretaceous natural gas trend.

d. Rounds to less than 1 MBbl per day.

e. FCX completed the sale of its Eagle Ford shale assets on June 20, 2014.

f. Consolidated capital expenditures for United States (U.S.) oil and gas operations reflect total spending, which include accrual and other adjustments totaling $71 million for second-quarter 2015 and $(38) million for second-quarter 2014 that are not specifically allocated to the above regions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
FREEPORT-McMoRan INC.
SELECTED OIL AND GAS OPERATING DATA (continued)
               
Six Months Ended June 30,
Sales Volumes Sales per Day
2015 2014 2015     2014
GOMa
Oil (MBbls) 10,197 10,063 56 56
Natural gas (MMcf) 16,634 12,576 92 70
NGLs (MBbls) 1,001 1,004 6 6
MBOE 13,970 13,163 77 73
Average realized price per BOEb $44.40 $87.42
Cash production costs per BOEb $17.17 $14.62
Capital expenditures (in millions) $1,381 c $1,131 c
 
CALIFORNIA
Oil (MBbls) 6,700 6,855 37 38
Natural gas (MMcf) 1,146 1,145 6 6
NGLs (MBbls) 84 83 d d
MBOE 6,975 7,129 39 39
Average realized price per BOEb $43.49 $93.07
Cash production costs per BOEb $29.43 $37.12
Capital expenditures (in millions) $53 $121
 
HAYNESVILLE/MADDEN/OTHER
Oil (MBbls) 74 54 1 d
Natural gas (MMcf) 27,521 18,651 152 103
NGLs (MBbls) 25 11 d d
MBOE 4,686 3,174 26 18
Average realized price per BOEb $16.66 $28.93
Cash production costs per BOEb $12.42 $13.40
Capital expenditures (in millions) $27 $67
 
EAGLE FORDe
Oil (MBbls) 6,481 36
Natural gas (MMcf) 7,410 41
NGLs (MBbls) 978 5
MBOE 8,694 48
Average realized price per BOEb $— $81.66
Cash production costs per BOEb $— $12.97
Capital expenditures (in millions) $— $232
 
TOTAL U.S. OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS
Oil (MBbls) 16,971 23,453 94 130
Natural gas (MMcf) 45,301 39,782 250 220
NGLs (MBbls) 1,110 2,076 6 11
MBOE 25,631 32,160 142 178
Cash operating margin per BOE:b
Realized revenue $46.95 $77.37
Cash production costs 19.62 19.03
Cash operating margin $27.33 $58.34
Depreciation, depletion and amortization per BOE $39.59 $38.30
Capital expenditures (in millions) $1,795 f $1,484 f
 

a. Reflects properties in the Deepwater GOM and on the Shelf, including the Inboard Lower Tertiary/Cretaceous natural gas trend.

b. Cash operating margin for oil and gas operations reflects realized revenues less cash production costs. Realized revenues exclude noncash mark-to-market adjustments on derivative contracts which are managed on a consolidated basis; accordingly, the average realized price per BOE by region does not reflect adjustments for derivative contracts. For reconciliations of average realized price and cash production costs per BOE to revenues and production and delivery costs reported in FCX's consolidated financial statements, refer to the supplemental schedules, “Product Revenues and Production Costs,” beginning on page XIV, which is available on FCX's website, fcx.com.

c. Includes $142 million for the first six months of 2015 and $300 million for the first six months of 2014 for the Inboard Lower Tertiary/Cretaceous natural gas trend.

d. Rounds to less than 1 MBbl per day.

e. FCX completed the sale of its Eagle Ford shale assets on June 20, 2014.

f. Consolidated capital expenditures for U.S. oil and gas operations reflect total spending, which include accrual and other adjustments totaling $334 million for the first six months of 2015 and $(67) million for the first six months of 2014 that are not specifically allocated to the above regions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
FREEPORT-McMoRan INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
           
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
(In millions, except per share amounts)
Revenues $ 4,248 a,b $ 5,522 a,b $ 8,401 a,b $ 10,507 a,b
Cost of sales:
Production and delivery 2,848 c,d 3,082 e 5,760 c,d 5,819 e
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 890 1,013 1,829 1,979
Impairment of oil and gas properties   2,686         5,790      
Total cost of sales 6,424 4,095 13,379 7,798
Selling, general and administrative expenses 151 164 305 299
Mining exploration and research expenses 36 34 69 64
Environmental obligations and shutdown costs 11 76 24 82
Net gain on sale of assets           (39 )    
Total costs and expenses   6,622     4,369     13,738     8,243  
Operating (loss) income (2,374 ) 1,153 (5,337 ) 2,264
Interest expense, net (149 ) f (164 ) f (295 ) f (325 ) f
Insurance and other third-party recoveries 92 92
Net gain on early extinguishment of debt 5 5
Other (expense) income, net   (55 )   (8 )   (48 )   25  
(Loss) income before income taxes and equity in affiliated companies' net earnings (2,486 ) 986 (5,588 ) 1,969
Benefit from (provision for) income taxes 687 g (328 ) g 1,382 g (685 ) g
Equity in affiliated companies' net earnings       2     1     2  
Net (loss) income (1,799 ) 660 (4,205 ) 1,286
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (42 ) (168 ) (100 ) (274 )
Preferred dividends attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest   (10 )   (10 )   (20 )   (20 )
Net (loss) income attributable to common stockholders $ (1,851 ) h $ 482   h $ (4,325 ) h $ 992   h
 
Net (loss) income per share attributable to common stockholders:
Basic $ (1.78 ) $ 0.46   $ (4.16 ) $ 0.95  
Diluted $ (1.78 ) $ 0.46   $ (4.16 ) $ 0.95  
 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:
Basic   1,040     1,039     1,040     1,039  
Diluted   1,040     1,045     1,040     1,045  
 
Dividends declared per share of common stock $ 0.1605   $ 0.3125   $ 0.2105   $ 0.6250  
 

a. Includes (unfavorable) favorable adjustments to provisionally priced concentrate and cathode copper sales recognized in prior periods totaling $(20) million ($(10) million to net loss attributable to common stock) for second-quarter 2015, $35 million ($16 million to net income attributable to common stock) for second-quarter 2014, $(106) million ($(50) million to net loss attributable to common stock) for the first six months of 2015 and $(118) million ($(65) million to net income attributable to common stock) for the first six months of 2014. For further discussion, refer to the supplemental schedule, "Derivative Instruments," beginning on page X.

b. Includes net noncash mark-to-market (losses) gains associated with crude oil and natural gas derivative contracts totaling $(95) million ($(59) million to net loss attributable to common stock) for second-quarter 2015, $(7) million ($(4) million to net income attributable to common stock) for second-quarter 2014, $(143) million ($(89) million to net loss attributable to common stock) for the first six months of 2015 and $8 million ($5 million to net income attributable to common stock) for the first six months of 2014. For further discussion, refer to the supplemental schedule, "Derivative Instruments," beginning on page X.

c. Includes charges totaling $59 million ($38 million to net loss attributable to common stock) for second-quarter 2015 and $63 million ($41 million to net loss attributable to common stock) for the first six months of 2015 for lower of cost or market (LCM) adjustments primarily attributable to molybdenum inventories.

d. Includes net charges of $22 million ($14 million to net loss attributable to common stock) for second-quarter 2015 and $39 million ($24 million to net loss attributable to common stock) for the first six months of 2015 for idle/terminated rig costs and inventory write-downs at oil and gas operations.

e. Includes $56 million ($30 million to net income attributable to common stock) for second-quarter 2014 and $109 million ($58 million to net income attributable to common stock) for the first six months of 2014 for fixed costs charged directly to cost of sales as a result of the impact of export restrictions on PT Freeport Indonesia's (PT-FI) operating rates.

f. Consolidated interest expense, excluding capitalized interest, totaled $215 million in second-quarter 2015, $225 million in second-quarter 2014, $425 million for the first six months of 2015 and $449 million for the first six months of 2014.

g. As a result of the impairment to oil and gas properties, FCX recorded tax charges of $305 million for second-quarter 2015 and $763 million for the first six months of 2015 to establish a valuation allowance primarily against U.S. federal alternative minimum tax credits. The second-quarter and first six months of 2014 include a charge of $58 million related to deferred taxes recorded in connection with the allocation of goodwill to the sale of Eagle Ford. For a summary of the benefit from (provision for) income taxes, refer to the supplementary schedule, "Income Taxes," on page IX.

h. FCX defers recognizing profits on intercompany sales until final sales to third parties occur. Changes in these deferrals attributable to variability in intercompany volumes resulted in net additions to net income attributable to common stock of $13 million in second-quarter 2015, $41 million in second-quarter 2014, $37 million for the first six months of 2015 and $56 million for the first six months of 2014. For further discussion, refer to the supplemental schedule, "Deferred Profits," on page XI.

 
 
 
 
 
 
FREEPORT-McMoRan INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
         
June 30, December 31,
2015 2014
(In millions)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 466 $ 464
Trade accounts receivable 949 953
Other accounts receivables 1,323 1,610
Inventories:
Materials and supplies, net 2,014 1,886
Mill and leach stockpiles 1,933 1,914
Product 1,484 1,561
Other current assets   528     657  
Total current assets 8,697 9,045
Property, plant, equipment and mining development costs, net 27,095 26,220
Oil and gas properties, net - full cost method:
Subject to amortization, less accumulated amortization 4,649 9,187
Not subject to amortization 9,312 10,087
Long-term mill and leach stockpiles 2,277 2,179
Other assets   1,978     1,956  
Total assets $ 54,008   $ 58,674  
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 3,376 $ 3,653
Current portion of debt 791 478
Current portion of environmental and asset retirement obligations 330 296
Dividends payable 175 335
Accrued income taxes   67     410  
Total current liabilities 4,739 5,172
Long-term debt, less current portion 20,111 18,371
Deferred income taxes 4,870 6,398
Environmental and asset retirement obligations, less current portion 3,716 3,647
Other liabilities   1,760     1,861  
Total liabilities 35,196 35,449
 
Redeemable noncontrolling interest 757 751
 
Equity:
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 117 117
Capital in excess of par value 22,330 22,281
(Accumulated deficit) retained earnings (4,417 ) 128
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (523 ) (544 )
Common stock held in treasury   (3,702 )   (3,695 )
Total stockholders' equity 13,805 18,287
Noncontrolling interests   4,250     4,187  
Total equity   18,055     22,474  
Total liabilities and equity $ 54,008   $ 58,674  
 
 
 
 
 
 
FREEPORT-McMoRan INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
     
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2015     2014
(In millions)
Cash flow from operating activities:
Net (loss) income $ (4,205 ) $ 1,286
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 1,829 1,979
Impairment of oil and gas properties 5,790
LCM inventory adjustments 63
Net gain on sale of assets (39 )
Net (gains) losses on crude oil and natural gas derivative contracts (58 ) 120
Net charges for environmental and asset retirement obligations, including accretion 109 97
Payments for environmental and asset retirement obligations (81 ) (96 )
Net gain on early extinguishment of debt (5 )
Deferred income taxes (1,432 ) 37
Increase in long-term mill and leach stockpiles (104 ) (131 )
Other, net 104 77
Changes in working capital and other tax payments, excluding amounts from acquisitions and dispositions:
Accounts receivable 493 (243 )
Inventories 8 (230 )
Other current assets (1 ) 35
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (205 ) (186 )
Accrued income taxes and changes in other tax payments   (485 )   (153 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   1,786     2,587  
 
Cash flow from investing activities:
Capital expenditures:
North America copper mines (214 ) (627 )
South America (902 ) (839 )
Indonesia (438 ) (479 )
Africa (97 ) (60 )
Molybdenum mines (7 ) (33 )
U.S. oil and gas operations (1,795 ) (1,484 )
Other (75 ) (40 )
Acquisition of Deepwater Gulf of Mexico interests (925 )
Net proceeds from sale of Eagle Ford shale assets 3,009
Other, net   136     (363 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (3,392 )   (1,841 )
 
Cash flow from financing activities:
Proceeds from debt 4,422 1,248
Repayments of debt (2,360 ) (1,611 )
Cash dividends and distributions paid:
Common stock (380 ) (653 )
Noncontrolling interests (60 ) (250 )
Stock-based awards net (payments) proceeds, including excess tax benefit (7 ) 3
Debt financing costs and other, net   (7 )   (10 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   1,608     (1,273 )
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 2 (527 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   464     1,985  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 466   $ 1,458  
 
 
 

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