Debt load normalized to quarterly production
For 3Q16, Marathon Oil (MRO) reported total debt of ~$197 per boe (barrel of oil equivalent) of production, which was ~4% lower than in with 3Q15.
Marathon Oil’s total debt normalized to quarterly production has been at higher levels since 2Q15, mainly due to declining productions. Sequentially, Marathon Oil’s total debt normalized to quarterly production in 3Q16 was ~3% lower than in 2Q16. In 2Q15, Marathon Oil reported its highest total debt normalized to quarterly production of ~$223.42.
Other upstream players
By comparison, upstream companies Denbury Resources (DNR), Devon Energy (DVN), and Diamondback Energy (FANG) have total debt normalized to quarterly productions of ~$525, ~$217, and ~$139 per boe, respectively.
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