TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Financial Highlights 1
Letter to Stockholders 2
Review of Operations 4
Board of Directors
and Corporate Officers 12
Cover: Joint Development Area, Malaysia/Thailand
FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS
Amerada Hess Corporation and Consolidated Subsidiaries
Dollar amounts in millions, except per share data 2004 2003
FINANCIAL — FOR THE YEAR
Sales and other operating revenues $ 16,733 $14,311
Income from continuing operations $ 970 $ 467
Net income $ 977 $ 643
Net income per share diluted $ 9.57 $ 7.11
Common stock dividends per share $ 1.20 $ 1.20
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 1,903 $ 1,581
Capital expenditures $ 1,521 $ 1,358
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding— in thousands 102,086 90,342
FINANCIAL — AT YEAR-END
Total assets $ 16,312 $13,983
Total debt $ 3,835 $ 3,941
Stockholders’ equity $ 5,597 $ 5,340
Debt to capitalization ratio(a) 40.7% 42.5%
OPERATING — FOR THE YEAR
Production — net
Crude oil and natural gas liquids —
thousands of barrels per day
United States 56 55
Foreign 190 204
Total 246 259
Natural gas — thousands of Mcf per day
United States 171 253
Foreign 404 430
Total 575 683
Barrels of oil equivalent —
thousands of barrels per day 342 373(b)
Refining and marketing — thousands of barrels per day
Refining crude runs — HOVENSA L.L.C.(c) 242 220
Refined products sold 428 419
(a) Total debt as a percentage of the sum of total debt and stockholders’ equity.
(b) Includes production related to discontinued operations of 13 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day.
(c) Reflects the Corporation’s 50% share of HOVENSA’s crude runs.
See Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations.
TO OUR STOCKHOLDERS:
JOHN B. HESS
Chairman of the Board
and Chief Executive Officer
In 2004, we had a strong year of operating and financial • Our development projects made significant progress
results. We are pleased with the performance of our during the year. These projects, combined with
assets and proud of the accomplishments of our an exciting high impact exploration and appraisal
organization. During the year, we made significant drilling program, will drive future reserve and
progress in advancing our development projects, pursuing production growth.
our exploration program, growing our reserves and
MAJOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
strengthening our financial position.
• In the deep water Gulf of Mexico, production from the
Our strategy is to build a portfolio of assets that will Llano Field commenced and is currently averaging
sustain financial performance and provide long-term approximately 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day
profitable growth for our shareholders. In executing this net to the Corporation.
strategy, we will continue to concentrate on growing
• In Equatorial Guinea, the development plan for the
exploration and production and maximizing financial
Okume Complex was approved by the government.
returns from refining and marketing. We have attractive
The major contracts for construction have been
investment opportunities that we will pursue while
awarded and the development is expected to
maintaining capital discipline and financial flexibility.
commence production in early 2007.
• In Algeria, the scope of our project to redevelop the
• Net income was $977 million, the second highest in the
Gassi El Agreb fields was expanded. Since 2000, we
Corporation’s history. Exploration and production
have more than doubled production from the fields,
earned $755 million, while refining and marketing
and we see additional opportunities to increase
contributed $451 million.
reserves and production.
• Worldwide oil and natural gas production averaged
• In Block A-18 in the Joint Development Area (JDA)
342,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day compared to
between Malaysia and Thailand, additional gas sales
our original forecast of 325,000 barrels of oil equivalent
were negotiated that will allow us to double our
per day. In 2005, we project worldwide crude oil and
proved reserves in the JDA over the next several years
natural gas production to average 350,000 barrels of
and contribute significant production growth.
oil equivalent per day.
First sales of natural gas from the JDA began in
• We replaced 110% of production, at a finding and February 2005.
development cost of approximately $11 per barrel.
• In Indonesia, the Ujung Pangkah development was
Proved reserves at year-end were 1.046 billion barrels
sanctioned. Gas sales from the Pangkah Field are
of oil equivalent and our reserve to production ratio
expected to commence by early 2007.
improved to 8.2 years from 7.5 years in 2003.
HIGH IMPACT EXPLORATION In May, after 14 years of distinguished service, John Y.
Our exploration strategy continues to be successful. Schreyer retired as a Director and Chief Financial
Encouraging drilling results in 2004 at our Shenzi Officer. We thank John for his financial leadership and
discovery in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, and the commitment throughout his long association with the
Phu Horm and Belud discoveries in Southeast Asia will Corporation. We will miss his sound advice and
provide opportunities for future reserve and production invaluable contributions.
growth. In addition, our prospect inventory is strong,
In June, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey was elected a new
and we plan to drill approximately 15 high impact
member of our Board of Directors. She is President and
exploration and appraisal wells in 2005.
Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Wood Johnson
REFINING AND MARKETING Foundation and brings important experience in business
The HOVENSA and Port Reading refineries operated near and social responsibility to our Board.
maximum capacity for most of the year, enabling them
Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by
to take advantage of the strong margins experienced in
the devastating tsunami in Asia and we are deeply
2004. Furthermore, profitability was enhanced by a
appreciative of the extraordinary efforts being made by
significant price differential between light and heavy
the relief organizations. To assist in their work, the
crude oil and HOVENSA’s capability to process lower
Corporation made a $2 million donation to two relief
cost, heavy crude oil.
agencies working in Indonesia and Thailand and has
Our HESS EXPRESS retail sites are industry leaders in also matched employee contributions.
terms of gasoline volumes and convenience store sales
Our success in 2004 could not have been achieved
per site. In 2004, the HESS retail network continued to
without the hard work and dedication of our employees.
expand, growing to 1,254 sites, further solidifying our
We are proud and deeply appreciative of their many
position as the leading independent gasoline convenience
contributions during the past year. We also thank our
store marketer on the East Coast. Our energy marketing
Directors for their guidance and leadership and our
business performed well despite warmer than normal
stockholders for their support.
weather. We continue to look for opportunities to grow
our retail and energy marketing businesses.
IMPROVED FINANCIAL POSITION
In 2004, our debt to capitalization ratio improved to
40.7% at the end of the year. With our improved
balance sheet, strong cash flow and a new $2.5
JOHN B. HESS
billion revolving credit facility, we have the financial
Chairman of the Board
flexibility to fund our attractive investment opportunities.
and Chief Executive Officer
March 2, 2005
EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION
In Equatorial Guinea, the Ceiba Field
(AHC 85%) is currently producing
In the deepwater Gulf of Mexico,
28,000 net barrels of oil per day and
the Llano Field (AHC 50%) on
is expected to sustain that level over
Garden Banks Blocks 385 and 386,
the next several years.
commenced production in April 2004.
The field is currently averaging
approximately 20,000 net barrels of oil
In Block A-18 (AHC 50%) of the
equivalent per day. Net production
Joint Development Area between
from the Corporation’s deepwater
Malaysia and Thailand (JDA), first
Gulf of Mexico fields, which include
production was achieved in early
Llano, Baldpate (AHC 50%), Conger
2005. Net production is expected to
(AHC 37.5%), Northwestern (AHC Production facility in North Dakota.
average approximately 23,000 barrels
50%) and Hack Wilson (AHC 33.3%),
of oil equivalent per day in 2006.
averaged approximately 38,000 barrels
Additional gas sales were negotiated
of oil equivalent per day in 2004. program of infill and horizontal drilling
in December 2004, which will allow
within several large company-operated
Onshore, Amerada Hess operates
us to double our proved reserves in
units, including Beaver Lodge and
the Seminole San Andres Unit (AHC
the JDA over the next several years
34%) in West Texas, a carbon dioxide
and contribute significant future
recovery project that commenced in In the United Kingdom, the Clair production growth.
1983 and is recognized as one of the Field (AHC 9.3%) came onstream in
In Equatorial Guinea, the development
most successful tertiary recovery February 2005 and is expected to
plan for our Northern Block G Fields
projects in the Permian Basin. In 2004, average 5,500 net barrels of oil per day
(AHC 85%), now called the Okume
the Corporation continued development when it reaches plateau production.
Complex, was approved by the
of the residual oil zone, which is one of
government in August 2004. The major
several opportunities that will be In the Norwegian sector of the North
contracts for construction have been
pursued in the area over the next Sea, enhanced recovery continued
authorized and development drilling will
several years. in the Valhall Field (AHC 28.09%),
begin in 2006. First production from the
with water injection and development
In North Dakota, Amerada Hess is
Okume Complex is expected in early
of the north flank area adding
the leading oil producer. Production
2007 with net peak production estimated
approximately 4,000 barrels of oil
levels have been maintained over
at 40,000 barrels of oil per day.
per day of net production.
the last five years through a successful
these two fields is expected to exceed The Tubular Bells discovery well
20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per (AHC 20%) in Mississippi Canyon
day in 2006. Block 725 is expected to be appraised
in the second half of 2005.
In Indonesia, following a successful
drilling program, the gas sales In Northeastern Thailand, Phu Horm
agreement for the Ujung Pangkah Block E5N (AHC 35%) has been
development (AHC 66%) was signed successfully appraised and is now
in the fourth quarter of 2004. Gas in the permitting process. We expect
sales from the Pangkah Field are this project to be sanctioned in 2005.
expected to commence in early 2007.
In Malaysia, the Belud South-1
Phase three of the development of the exploration well discovered
Technical team in the United Kingdom.
giant Azeri, Chirag and Guneshli fields hydrocarbons, encountering 352
In Algeria, the Corporation’s investment
(AHC 2.72%) in Azerbaijan to access feet of net pay; predominately gas.
in the Gassi El Agreb redevelopment
reserves in the deepwater Guneshli A down dip sidetrack was drilled
project, operated by SonaHess, a
area was sanctioned in the third which established oil in several sands.
joint operating company of Amerada
quarter. Net production is expected Further exploratory and appraisal
Hess and Sonatrach, has resulted
to increase from 2,000 barrels per drilling is planned during 2005.
in production from the fields being
day currently to 25,000 barrels per
increased by over 100% since 2000.
day in 2008.
Net production averaged approxi-
mately 25,000 barrels of oil per day
in the fourth quarter of 2004. In August
In the deepwater Gulf of Mexico,
2004 the scope of the project to
successful appraisal drilling was
redevelop these fields was expanded,
conducted on the Shenzi prospect
reflecting our success in this area.
(AHC 28%) on Green Canyon Block
653. The Shenzi-2 well encountered
In the United Kingdom, commercial
500 feet of net pay and the Shenzi-3
agreements associated with the
well found 330 feet of net pay.
Atlantic (AHC 25%) and Cromarty
(AHC 90%) gas fields were completed.
Two additional appraisal wells will be
First production is expected in early Appraisal drilling in Thailand.
drilled in 2005, after which the project
2006. Combined net production from
is expected to be sanctioned.
Drilling operations, Llano Field, Gulf of Mexico
REFINING & MARKETING
REFINING The Corporation has entered into a
long-term partnership agreement with
The HOVENSA refinery in the United
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
States Virgin Islands is one of the
HESS has been designated “Official
largest refineries in the world. It is
Fuel Supplier” of Walt Disney World
jointly owned by the Corporation and
and has taken over operatorship of
Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). The
three gasoline retail sites adjacent to
facility is competitively positioned and
major Disney attractions. Conversion
enjoys significant economies of scale.
of these sites to the HESS brand was
Its strategic location in the Caribbean
completed in the first quarter of 2004
allows for short crude supply lines
and initial sales performance from
from Venezuela as well as easy access
these outlets is encouraging.
to U.S. product markets.
Delayed Coking Unit, St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
The refinery, with 500,000 barrels per Both the HOVENSA and Port Reading
The Corporation is a major supplier of
day of crude distillation capacity and facilities are making the necessary
natural gas, fuel oil and electricity to
a 150,000 barrel per day fluid catalytic investments to meet U.S. low sulfur
commercial and industrial customers
cracking unit, is able to make a fuel requirements.
located primarily on the East Coast.
significant volume of high quality
In addition, Hess is a supplier of
gasolines and distillates. In addition,
The HESS retail network continues to
natural gas to several local distribution
the refinery has a 58,000 barrel per
expand, further solidifying our position
companies in this region. We will
day delayed coking unit, which allows
as the leading independent gasoline
continue to look for growth
the refinery to process lower cost
convenience store marketer on the
opportunities in our marketing areas.
heavy crude oils. Gross crude runs at
East Coast. In 2004, five new retail
the refinery averaged 484,000 barrels
locations were built and 12 existing
SUPPLY & TERMINALS
per day in 2004. This high level of
retail sites were upgraded with
Amerada Hess operates twenty-two
capacity utilization allowed HOVENSA
the addition of HESS EXPRESS
strategically located petroleum
to take advantage of the strong refining
convenience stores. In October, we
terminals on the East Coast of the
margin environment, resulting in a
acquired an additional 20 facilities in
United States that provide economical
solid year of financial performance.
New England and upstate New York.
and secure supply to our marketing
Rebranding of these sites to the HESS
operations. During a series of
The Corporation also operates a
brand will be completed by the second
devastating hurricanes in the fall of
fluid catalytic cracking unit in Port
quarter of 2005. The Corporation
2004, the Corporation maintained
Reading, New Jersey, which produces
plans to continue this opportunistic
supply to our branded outlets and
clean-burning gasoline and heating
growth through selective acquisitions
to emergency relief agencies.
oil for markets in the northeast. The
and new site developments in key
facility averaged feedstock runs of
East Coast markets. HESS EXPRESS
approximately 52,000 barrels per
stores continue to outpace industry
day and benefited from strong
averages in gasoline volumes and
product margins in 2004.
convenience store sales.
Hess supported community center and school in Thailand
CORPORATE AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
We are committed to meeting the
highest standards of corporate
citizenship and social responsibility.
Our goal is to provide affordable
energy while protecting the health and
safety of our employees, safe guarding
the environment and creating a
sustainable positive impact in the
communities where we operate.
In 2004, we continued to demonstrate
our commitment through ongoing
programs centered on education,
health and disaster relief. We provided
educational assistance by helping to
rehabilitate schools and delivering
necessary supplies in Asia and Africa.
Working with local and international
non-governmental organizations, we
are also improving health care,
from supporting local clinics to
funding major hospital and Hess supported school in Equatorial Guinea.
coping with the devastating tsunami In 2004, we also affirmed our support
The Corporation’s long standing history
in Asia, as well as assistance in of international voluntary programs
of providing emergency relief in the
dealing with the consequences addressing the critical issues of human
aftermath of natural disasters continued
of destructive hurricanes that rights, environmental protection and
in 2004. We provided critical support
impacted Florida. respect for the rule of law.
to international relief organizations
AMERADA HESS CORPORATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Edith E. Holiday (2) (4) Craig G. Matthews (2) F. Borden Walker
John B. Hess (1)
Corporate Director Former Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President;
Chairman of the Board
and Trustee; Chief Operating Officer, President, Refining and
and Chief Executive Ofﬁcer
Former Assistant to KeySpan Corporation; Marketing
Nicholas F. Brady the President and Former Chief Executive Officer
(1) (3) (4)
Robert N. Wilson (1) (2) (3)
Chairman, Choptank Secretary of the Cabinet; and President, NUI, Inc.
Partners, Inc.; Former General Counsel Chairman, Caxton Health
Former Secretary of the United States Department Holdings LLC;
John J. O’Connor
United States Department of the Treasury Former Senior Vice Chairman
Executive Vice President;
of the Treasury; of the Board of Directors,
Thomas H. Kean
Former Chairman, (1) (3) (4) Johnson & Johnson
Exploration & Production
President, Drew University;
Dillon, Read & Co., Inc.
Former Governor Frank A. Olson (2) (3)
J. Barclay Collins II State of New Jersey (1) Member of Executive Committee
Former Chairman of the Board
Executive Vice President (2) Member of Audit Committee
and Chief Executive Officer,
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey (2) (3) Member of Compensation
and General Counsel The Hertz Corporation
President and Chief and Management
Executive Officer, The Robert Ernst H. von Metzsch (3)
(4) Member of Corporate
Wood Johnson Foundation Former Senior Vice President Governance and
and Partner, Nominating Committee
John B. Hess SENIOR VICE VICE PRESIDENTS
Chairman of the Board G.C.Barry
and Chief Executive Ofﬁcer B.J. Bohling
J. Barclay Collins, II
Executive Vice President
and General Counsel
J. J. O’Connor J.J. Lynett
Executive Vice President; H.I. Small
President, Worldwide E.S. Smith
Exploration and Production J.C. Stein
G.F. Sandison R.J. Vogel
F. B. Walker
J.J. Scelfo Treasurer
Executive Vice President;
R.P. Strode K.B. Wilcox
President, Refining and