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PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX):

  •  Net income attributable to common stock totaled $9 million, less than $0.01 per share, in fourth-quarter 2019. After adjusting for net charges of $22 million, $0.02 per share, fourth-quarter 2019 adjusted net income attributable to common stock totaled $31 million, or $0.02 per share.
  •  Consolidated sales totaled 906 million pounds of copper, 317 thousand ounces of gold and 22 million pounds of molybdenum in fourth-quarter 2019, and 3.3 billion pounds of copper, 991 thousand ounces of gold and 90 million pounds of molybdenum for the year 2019.
  •  Consolidated sales for the year 2020 are expected to approximate 3.5 billion pounds of copper, 0.8 million ounces of gold and 88 million pounds of molybdenum, including 725 million pounds of copper, 105 thousand ounces of gold and 22 million pounds of molybdenum in first-quarter 2020. Sales are expected to increase to 4.3 billion pounds of copper and 1.4 million ounces of gold in 2021.
  •  Average realized prices in fourth-quarter 2019 were $2.74 per pound for copper, $1,491 per ounce for gold and $11.65 per pound for molybdenum.
  •  Average unit net cash costs in fourth-quarter 2019 were $1.67 per pound of copper and $1.74 per pound of copper for the year 2019. Unit net cash costs are expected to average $1.75 per pound of copper for the year 2020.
  •  Operating cash flows totaled $170 million in fourth-quarter 2019 and $1.5 billion (including $349 million of working capital and other sources) for the year 2019. Based on current sales volume and cost estimates, and assuming average prices of $2.85 per pound for copper, $1,500 per ounce for gold and $10.00 per pound for molybdenum, operating cash flows are expected to approximate $2.4 billion (including $0.2 billion of working capital and other sources) for the year 2020.
  •  Capital expenditures totaled $0.7 billion (including approximately $0.4 billion for major projects) in fourth-quarter 2019 and $2.65 billion (including approximately $1.5 billion for major projects) for the year 2019. Capital expenditures for the year 2020 are expected to approximate $2.8 billion, including $1.8 billion for major projects primarily associated with underground development activities in the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia and completion of the Lone Star copper leach project in Arizona, and exclude estimates associated with the new smelter in Indonesia. FCX expects capital expenditures for the development of the new smelter in Indonesia to approximate $0.5 billion in 2020, of which approximately 49 percent will be attributable to FCX’s equity interest.
  •  During fourth-quarter 2019, FCX generated $452 million in proceeds from asset sales associated with the previously announced sales of a portion of its Freeport Cobalt business and its interest in the lower zone of the Timok exploration project.
  •  At December 31, 2019, consolidated debt totaled $9.8 billion and consolidated cash totaled $2.0 billion. FCX had no borrowings and $3.5 billion available under its revolving credit facility at December 31, 2019.
  •  On December 18, 2019, FCX declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share on its common stock, which will be paid on February 3, 2020.

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX) reported net income (loss) attributable to common stock of $9 million (less than $0.01 per share) in fourth-quarter 2019 and $(239) million ($(0.17) per share) for the year 2019. After adjusting for net charges of $22 million ($0.02 per share), primarily reflecting net charges at PT-FI (mostly for historical contested tax audits) and metals inventory adjustments, partly offset by gains on sales of assets, adjusted net income attributable to common stock totaled $31 million ($0.02 per share) in fourth-quarter 2019. For additional information, refer to the supplemental schedule, “Adjusted Net Income,” on page VII, which is available on FCX’s website, “fcx.com.”

Richard C. Adkerson, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “During 2019, we progressed three major initiatives to enhance future cash flows and value for our shareholders. We are on schedule to establish large-scale production from our high-grade, low-cost and long-lived underground ore bodies at Grasberg; the Lone Star project in Arizona is nearing completion; and early results from our innovation initiatives to enhance productivity at our operations in the Americas are positive. Combined, these initiatives are expected to strengthen our cost position, future cash flows and long-term value for our shareholders, further advancing Freeport as foremost in the global copper industry. We are laser focused on execution of these plans designed to increase copper and gold sales by more than 30 percent, reduce unit net cash costs by approximately 25 percent and more than double operating cash flows in 2021 from 2019 levels.”

SUMMARY FINANCIAL DATA

 
 Three Months Ended
December 31,
 Years Ended
December 31,
 
 2019 2018 2019 2018 
 (in millions, except per share amounts) 
Revenuesa,b$3,911  $3,684  $14,402  $18,628  
Operating incomea$775  $316  $1,091  $4,754  
Net income (loss) from continuing operations$42  $374  $(192) $2,909  
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockc,d$9  $485  $(239) $2,602  
Diluted net income (loss) per share of common stock:        
Continuing operations$  $0.33  $(0.17) $1.79  
Discontinued operations      (0.01) 
 $  $0.33  $(0.17) $1.78  
         
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding1,457  1,457  1,451  1,458  
Operating cash flowse$170  $(62) $1,482  $3,863  
Capital expenditures$735  $580  $2,652  $1,971  
At December 31:        
Cash and cash equivalents$2,020  $4,217  $2,020  $4,217  
Total debt, including current portion$9,826  $11,141  $9,826  $11,141  
         
a.For segment financial results, refer to the supplemental schedules, “Business Segments,” beginning on page X, which are available on FCX’s website, “fcx.com.”
b .Includes favorable (unfavorable) adjustments to prior period provisionally priced concentrate and cathode copper sales totaling $33 million ($14 million to net income attributable to common stock or $0.01 per share) in fourth-quarter 2019 $(32) million ($(15) million to net income attributable to common stock or $(0.01) per share) in fourth-quarter 2018, $58 million ($24 million to net loss attributable to common stock or $0.02 per share) for the year 2019 and $(70) million ($(31) million to net income attributable to common stock or $(0.02) per share) for the year 2018. For further discussion, refer to the supplemental schedule, “Derivative Instruments,” beginning on page IX, which is available on FCX’s website, “fcx.com.”
c.Includes net (charges) gains of $(22) million ($(0.02) per share) in fourth-quarter 2019, $324 million ($0.22 per share) in fourth-quarter 2018, $(275) million ($(0.19) per share) for the year 2019 and $379 million ($0.24 per share) for the year 2018 that are described in the supplemental schedule, “Adjusted Net Income,” on page VII, which is available on FCX’s website, “fcx.com.”
d.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 X, which is available on FCX’s website, “fcx.com.”
e.Working capital and other sources (uses) totaled $75 million in fourth-quarter 2019, $(556) million in fourth-quarter 2018, $349 million for the year 2019 and $(656) million for the year 2018.

SUMMARY OPERATING DATA

 
  Three Months Ended
December 31,
 Years Ended
December 31,
 
  2019 2018 2019 2018 
Copper (millions of recoverable pounds)         
Production 827  841  3,247  3,813  
Sales, excluding purchases 906  785  3,292  3,811  
Average realized price per pound $2.74  $2.75  $2.73  $2.91  
Site production and delivery costs per pounda $2.12  $1.98  $2.15  $1.76  
Unit net cash costs per pounda $1.67  $1.54  $1.74  $1.07  
Gold (thousands of recoverable ounces)         
Production 223  334  882  2,439  
Sales, excluding purchases 317  266  991  2,389  
Average realized price per ounce $1,491  $1,255  $1,415  $1,254  
Molybdenum (millions of recoverable pounds)         
Production 21  26  90  95  
Sales, excluding purchases 22  24  90  94  
Average realized price per pound $11.65  $12.75  $12.61  $12.50  
 
a .Reflects per pound weighted-average production and delivery costs and unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) for all copper mines, before net noncash and other costs. 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 XIII, which are available on FCX’s website, “fcx.com.”

Consolidated Sales Volumes

Fourth-quarter 2019 copper sales of 906 million pounds were 4 percent higher than the October 2019 estimate of 870 million pounds, and 15 percent higher than fourth-quarter 2018 sales of 785 million pounds, mostly reflecting higher sales from Indonesia, primarily associated with an extension of mining from the Grasberg open pit, which was completed in the fourth quarter, and the timing of shipments.

Fourth-quarter 2019 gold sales of 317 thousand ounces were 117 thousand ounces higher than the October 2019 estimate of 200 thousand ounces and approximately 20 percent higher than fourth-quarter 2018 sales of 266 thousand ounces, primarily reflecting an extension of mining from the Grasberg open pit and the timing of shipments.

Fourth-quarter 2019 molybdenum sales of 22 million pounds were slightly lower than both the October 2019 estimate and fourth-quarter 2018 sales of 24 million pounds.

Consolidated sales volumes for the year 2020 are expected to approximate 3.5 billion pounds of copper, 0.8 million ounces of gold and 88 million pounds of molybdenum, including 725 million pounds of copper, 105 thousand ounces of gold and 22 million pounds of molybdenum in first-quarter 2020. As PT-FI continues to ramp-up production from its significant underground ore bodies, metal production is expected to improve significantly by 2021.

Consolidated Unit Net Cash Costs

Consolidated average unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) for FCX’s copper mines of $1.67 per pound of copper in fourth-quarter 2019, were lower than the October 2019 estimate of $1.76 per pound, primarily reflecting higher copper and gold sales volumes. As anticipated, consolidated average unit net cash costs were higher than the fourth-quarter 2018 average of $1.54 per pound, primarily reflecting lower production volumes as PT-FI continues to ramp-up production from its significant underground ore bodies, and lower molybdenum by-product credits.

Assuming average prices of $1,500 per ounce of gold and $10.00 per pound of molybdenum for 2020 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 $1.75 per pound of copper for the year 2020. The impact of price changes on 2020 consolidated unit net cash costs would approximate $0.01 per pound for each $50 per ounce change in the average price of gold and $0.03 per pound for each $2 per pound change in the average price of molybdenum. Quarterly unit net cash costs vary with fluctuations in sales volumes and realized prices, primarily for gold and molybdenum. FCX expects consolidated unit net cash costs to decline by 2021, following a ramp-up period at PT-FI.

MINING OPERATIONS

Productivity and Innovation Initiatives. During 2019, FCX advanced initiatives in its North America and South America mining operations to enhance productivity, expand margins and reduce the capital intensity of the business through the utilization of new technology applications in combination with a more interactive operating structure. The pilot program initiated at the Bagdad mine in northwest Arizona in late 2018 was highly successful in utilizing data science, machine learning and integrated functional teams to address bottlenecks, provide cost benefits and drive improved overall performance. The program is now being implemented across the North America and South America operations.

A series of action items have been identified, prioritized and are being implemented. Based on the opportunities identified to date, FCX has incorporated higher mining and milling rates in its future plans, resulting in estimated incremental production of approximately 100 million pounds of copper in 2021 and approximately 200 million pounds in 2022.

Capital expenditures associated with these initiatives are expected to be attractive in relation to developing new copper supply. FCX currently estimates capital costs of these initiatives, principally for mining equipment and ongoing development of data science and machine learning programs, will approximate $200 million.

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. In addition to copper, certain of FCX’s North America copper mines produce molybdenum concentrate, gold and silver. All of the North America mining operations are wholly owned, except for Morenci. FCX records its 72 percent undivided joint venture interest in Morenci using the proportionate consolidation method.

Operating and Development Activities. FCX has significant undeveloped reserves and resources in North America and a portfolio of potential long-term development projects. Future investments are dependent upon market conditions, and will be undertaken based on the results of economic and technical feasibility studies, including the incorporation of innovation initiatives to reduce capital intensity.

Through exploration drilling, FCX has identified a significant resource at its wholly owned Lone Star copper leach project located near the Safford operation in eastern Arizona. An initial project to develop the Lone Star leachable ores commenced in 2018, with first production expected during 2020. Initial production from the Lone Star leachable ores following a ramp-up period is expected to average approximately 200 million pounds of copper per year, with the potential for future expansion options. Total capital costs for the initial project, including mine equipment and pre-production stripping, are expected to approximate $850 million and will benefit from the utilization of existing infrastructure at the adjacent Safford operation. As of December 31, 2019, approximately $655 million has been incurred for this project, which is on schedule and within budget. The project also advances exposure to a significant sulfide resource. FCX expects to incorporate positive drilling and ongoing results in its future development plans.

Operating Data. Following is summary consolidated operating data for the North America copper mines:

  Three Months Ended
December 31,
 Years Ended
December 31,
 
  2019 2018 2019 2018 
Copper (millions of recoverable pounds)         
Production 361  353  1,457  1,404  
Sales, excluding purchases 358  333  1,442  1,428  
Average realized price per pound $2.73  $2.77  $2.74  $2.96  
          
Molybdenum (millions of recoverable pounds)         
Productiona 8  9  32  32  
          
Unit net cash costs per pound of copperb         
Site production and delivery, excluding adjustments $2.07  $2.01  $2.05  $1.94  
By-product credits (0.22) (0.34) (0.24) (0.26) 
Treatment charges 0.11  0.12  0.11  0.11  
Unit net cash costs $1.96  $1.79  $1.92  $1.79  
 
a .Refer to summary operating data on page 3 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 XIII, which are available on FCX’s website, “fcx.com.”

North America’s consolidated copper sales volumes of 358 million pounds in fourth-quarter 2019 were higher than fourth-quarter 2018 copper sales volumes of 333 million pounds, primarily reflecting timing of shipments and higher production from Morenci. North America copper sales are estimated to approximate 1.6 billion pounds for the year 2020, compared with 1.4 billion pounds in 2019.

Average unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) for the North America copper mines of $1.96 per pound of copper in fourth-quarter 2019 were higher than fourth-quarter 2018 unit net cash costs of $1.79 per pound, primarily reflecting lower by-product/molybdenum credits.

Average unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) for the North America copper mines are expected to approximate $1.93 per pound of copper for the year 2020, based on achievement of current sales volume and cost estimates and assuming an average molybdenum price of $10.00 per pound. The impact of price changes during 2020 on North America’s average unit net cash costs would approximate $0.04 per pound for each $2 per pound change in the average price of molybdenum.

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.

Operating and Development Activities.Cerro Verde’s expanded operations benefit from its large-scale, long-lived reserves and cost efficiencies and have continued to perform well. Debottlenecking projects and additional initiatives to enhance operating rates continue to be advanced. Cerro Verde concentrating operations averaged 396,800 metric tons of ore per day in fourth-quarter 2019, approximately 10 percent above design capacity. Ongoing productivity and innovation initiatives are targeting the opportunity to increase production to 420,000 metric tons of ore per day in 2021.

FCX continues to evaluate a large-scale expansion at El Abra to process additional sulfide material and to achieve higher recoveries. El Abra’s large sulfide resource could potentially support a major mill project similar to facilities constructed at Cerro Verde. Technical and economic studies continue to be evaluated to determine the optimal scope and timing for the project in parallel with extending the life of the current leaching operation.

Operating Data.Following is summary consolidated operating data for South America mining:

  Three Months Ended
December 31,
 Years Ended
December 31,
 
  2019 2018 2019 2018 
Copper (millions of recoverable pounds)         
Production 320  318  1,183  1,249  
Sales 345  325  1,183  1,253  
Average realized price per pound $2.76  $2.74  $2.71  $2.87  
          
Molybdenum (millions of recoverable pounds)         
Productiona 8  8  29  28  
          
Unit net cash costs per pound of copperb         
Site production and delivery, excluding adjustments $1.85 c$1.77  $1.85  $1.79 d
By-product credits (0.18) (0.26) (0.27) (0.24) 
Treatment charges 0.17  0.19  0.18  0.19  
Royalty on metals 0.01  0.01  0.01  0.01  
Unit net cash costs $1.85  $1.71  $1.77  $1.75  
          
a.Refer to summary operating data on page 3 for FCX’s consolidated molybdenum sales, which includes sales of molybdenum produced at Cerro Verde.
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 XIII, which are available on FCX’s website, “fcx.com.”
c.Includes a charge of $0.04 per pound of copper for adjustments to deferred profit sharing for prior years.
d.Includes charges totaling $0.06 per pound of copper associated with Cerro Verde’s three-year collective labor agreement.

South America’s consolidated copper sales volumes of 345 million pounds in fourth-quarter 2019 were higher than fourth-quarter 2018 copper sales volumes of 325 million pounds, primarily reflecting timing of shipments. Sales from South America mining are expected to approximate 1.15 billion pounds of copper for the year 2020, similar to the year 2019.

Average unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) for South America mining of $1.85 per pound of copper in fourth-quarter 2019 were higher than unit net cash costs of $1.71 per pound in fourth-quarter 2018, primarily reflecting lower by-product credits and adjustments to deferred profit sharing for prior years.

Average unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) for South America mining are expected to approximate $1.95 per pound of copper for the year 2020, based on current sales volume and cost estimates and assuming an average price of $10.00 per pound of molybdenum.

Indonesia Mining. PT-FI’s assets include one of the world’s largest copper and gold deposits at the Grasberg minerals district in Papua, Indonesia. PT-FI produces copper concentrate that contains significant quantities of gold and silver. FCX has a 48.76 percent ownership interest in PT-FI and manages its mining operations. Under the terms of the shareholders agreement, FCX’s economic interest in PT-FI approximates 81 percent through 2022. PT-FI’s results are consolidated in FCX’s financial statements.

Operating and Development Activities.During fourth-quarter 2019, PT-FI completed mining in the Grasberg open pit and continues to achieve important milestones in ramping-up production of large-scale quantities of copper and gold from its significant underground ore bodies. In aggregate, the Grasberg open pit produced over 27 billion pounds of copper and 46 million ounces of gold in the 30-year period from 1990 through 2019.

Grasberg Block Cave. PT-FI has commenced extraction of ore from the Grasberg Block Cave underground mine, which is the same ore body historically mined from the surface in the Grasberg open pit. Reserves from the Grasberg Block Cave totaled 17.2 billion pounds of copper and 14.2 million ounces of gold at December 31, 2019, representing approximately half of PT-FI’s total copper and gold reserves. Undercutting, drawbell construction and ore extraction activities in the Grasberg Block Cave underground mine continue to track expectations. Ore extraction from the Grasberg Block Cave underground mine averaged 11,200 metric tons of ore per day in fourth-quarter 2019, including a planned three week outage for the installation of ore-flow infrastructure. Following completion of the maintenance program in mid-December, ore extraction from the Grasberg Block Cave averaged 17,000 metric tons of ore per day. Monitoring data on cave propagation in the Grasberg Block Cave underground mine is providing confidence in growing production rates over time. As existing drawpoints mature and additional drawpoints are added, cave development is expected to increase production rates to an average of 30,000 metric tons of ore per day in 2020, over 60,000 metric tons of ore per day in 2021 and 130,000 metric tons of ore per day in 2023 from five production blocks spanning 335,000 square meters.

Deep Mill Level Zone (DMLZ). The DMLZ underground mine, located east of the Grasberg ore body and below the Deep Ore Zone (DOZ) underground mine, has continued its ramp up of production. Hydraulic fracturing operations have been effective in managing rock stresses and pre-conditioning the cave following mining-induced seismic activity experienced in 2017 and 2018. Ore extraction continues to exceed expectations, averaging 14,900 metric tons of ore per day in fourth-quarter 2019 and reached approximately 16,000 metric tons of ore per day at year-end 2019. Ongoing hydraulic fracturing operations combined with continued undercutting and drawbell openings in the two currently active production blocks are expected to expand the cave, supporting higher production rates that are expected to average 29,000 metric tons of ore per day in 2020, approach 60,000 metric tons of ore per day in 2021 and 80,000 metric tons of ore per day in 2022 from three production blocks.

Results to date from the Grasberg Block Cave and DMLZ underground mines are positive and in line with long-term plans to reach full production rates. Because of the nature of block caving, estimates of timing of future production from PT-FI’s underground ore bodies will continue to be reviewed and may be modified as additional information becomes available.

Indonesian Smelter. In connection with the extension of PT-FI’s mining rights from 2031 to 2041, PT-FI committed to construct a new smelter in Indonesia by December 21, 2023. A site for the new smelter has been selected, and ground preparation is advancing. Engineering and front-end engineering and design for the selected process technology are advancing and expected to be completed in 2020. The preliminary capital cost estimate for the project approximates $3 billion, pending completion of final engineering. Estimated capital expenditures for 2020 approximate $0.5 billion. PT-FI has advanced financing discussions with a syndicate of banks and expects the project will be funded by a bank loan to PT-FI. The debt service for the new smelter will be shared by PT-FI’s shareholders according to their respective equity ownership percentages. As a result, FCX’s future distributions from PT-FI will incorporate approximately 49 percent of the smelter debt service.

Operating Data.Following is summary consolidated operating data for Indonesia mining:

  Three Months Ended
December 31,
 Years Ended
December 31,
 
  2019 2018 2019 2018 
Copper (millions of recoverable pounds)         
Production 146  170  607  1,160  
Sales 203  127  667  1,130  
Average realized price per pound $2.75  $2.72  $2.72  $2.89  
          
Gold (thousands of recoverable ounces)         
Production 218  327  863  2,416  
Sales 314  261  973  2,366  
Average realized price per ounce $1,491  $1,254  $1,416  $1,254  
          
Unit net cash costs (credits) per pound of coppera         
Site production and delivery, excluding adjustments $2.69  $2.44  $2.91  $1.48  
Gold and silver credits (2.38) (2.70) (2.13) (2.69) 
Treatment charges 0.23  0.29  0.26  0.26  
Export duties 0.11  0.21  0.08  0.16  
Royalty on metals 0.19  0.21  0.16  0.21  
Unit net cash costs (credits) $0.84  $0.45  $1.28  $(0.58) 
          
a.For a reconciliation of unit net cash costs (credits) 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 XIII, which are available on FCX’s website, “fcx.com.”

PT-FI’s consolidated sales of 203 million pounds of copper and 314 thousand ounces of gold in fourth-quarter 2019 were higher than fourth-quarter 2018 consolidated sales of 127 million pounds of copper and 261 thousand ounces of gold, reflecting the extension of mining in the Grasberg open pit, which was completed in December 2019, and timing of shipments.

Consolidated sales volumes from PT-FI are expected to approximate 750 million pounds of copper and 0.8 million ounces of gold in 2020, compared with 667 million pounds of copper and 1.0 million ounces of gold in 2019. As PT-FI continues to ramp-up production from its underground ore bodies, metal production is expected to improve significantly by 2021.

Because of the fixed nature of a large portion of PT-FI’s costs, unit net cash costs can vary significantly from quarter to quarter depending on copper and gold volumes. PT-FI’s unit net cash costs (including gold and silver credits) of $0.84 per pound of copper in fourth-quarter 2019, were higher than unit net cash costs of $0.45 per pound in fourth-quarter 2018, primarily reflecting lower copper production and gold credits.

Assuming an average gold price of $1,500 per ounce for 2020 and achievement of current sales volume and cost estimates, unit net cash costs (including gold and silver credits) for PT-FI are expected to approximate $1.04 per pound of copper for the year 2020. The impact of price changes during 2020 on PT-FI’s average unit net cash costs would approximate $0.05 per pound for each $50 per ounce change in the average price of gold.

PT-FI’s projected sales volumes and unit net cash costs for the year 2020 are dependent on a number of factors, including operational performance, timing of shipments and the Indonesian government’s extension of PT-FI’s export license beyond March 8, 2020.

PT-FI’s estimated annual capital spending on underground mine development projects is expected to average $0.8 billion per year for the three-year period 2020 through 2022, net of scheduled contributions from PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero) (PT Inalum). In accordance with applicable accounting guidance, aggregate costs (before scheduled contributions from PT Inalum), which are expected to average $1.0 billion per year for the three-year period 2020 through 2022, will be reflected as an investing activity in FCX’s cash flow statement, and contributions from PT Inalum will be reflected as a financing activity.

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

Operating and Development Activities.Production from the Molybdenum mines totaled 5 million pounds of molybdenum in fourth-quarter 2019 and 29 million pounds for the year 2019, compared with 9 million pounds in fourth-quarter 2018 and 35 million pounds for the year 2018. The decrease in the 2019 periods primarily reflects the impacts of market conditions. Refer to summary operating data on page 3 for FCX’s consolidated molybdenum sales and average realized prices, which includes sales of molybdenum produced at the Molybdenum mines and from FCX’s North America and South America copper mines.

Unit net cash costs for the Molybdenum mines of $14.20 per pound of molybdenum in fourth-quarter 2019 and $10.80 per pound for the year 2019 were higher than unit net cash costs of $9.16 per pound in fourth-quarter 2018 and $8.77 per pound for the year 2018, primarily reflecting lower volumes. Based on current sales volume and cost estimates, average unit net cash costs for the Molybdenum mines are expected to approximate $10.50 per pound of molybdenum for the year 2020.

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 XIII, which are available on FCX’s website, “fcx.com.”

Mining Exploration Activities. FCX’s mining exploration activities are generally associated with its existing mines, focusing on opportunities to expand reserves and resources to support development of additional future production capacity. A drilling program to further delineate the Lone Star resource continues to indicate significant additional mineralization in this district, with higher ore grades than FCX’s other North America copper mines. Exploration results continue to indicate opportunities for significant future potential reserve additions in North America and South America. Exploration spending is expected to approximate $70 million for the year 2020, compared with $77 million in 2019.

Preliminary Estimated Recoverable Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves. FCX has significant reserves, resources and future development opportunities within its portfolio of mining assets. FCX’s preliminary estimated consolidated recoverable proven and probable reserves from its mines at December 31, 2019, include 116.0 billion pounds of copper, 29.6 million ounces of gold and 3.58 billion pounds of molybdenum, which were determined using $2.50 per pound for copper, $1,200 per ounce for gold and $10.00 per pound for molybdenum. The preliminary estimated recoverable proven and probable mining reserves presented in the table below represent the estimated metal quantities from which FCX expects to be paid after application of estimated metallurgical recovery rates and smelter recovery rates, where applicable. Recoverable reserve volumes are those which FCX estimates can be economically and legally extracted or produced at the time of the reserve determination.

 Preliminary Estimated Recoverable Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves 
 at December 31, 2019 
 Copper Gold Molybdenum 
 (billion pounds) (million ounces) (billion pounds) 
North America47.2  0.5  2.87  
South America33.2    0.71  
Indonesia35.6  29.1    
Consolidated basisa116.0  29.6  3.58  
       
Net equity interestb83.4  16.1  3.25  
       
a.Consolidated reserves represent estimated metal quantities after reduction for FCX’s joint venture partner interest at the Morenci mine in North America. Excluded from the table above are FCX’s estimated recoverable proven and probable reserves of 375 million ounces of silver, which were determined using $15 per ounce.
b.Net equity interest reserves represent estimated consolidated metal quantities further reduced for noncontrolling interest ownership. FCX’s net equity interest for estimated metal quantities in Indonesia reflects 81.27 percent through 2022 and 48.76 percent from 2023 through 2041. Excluded from the table above are FCX’s estimated net recoverable proven and probable reserves of 251 million ounces of silver.

The following table summarizes changes in FCX’s preliminary estimated consolidated recoverable proven and probable copper, gold and molybdenum reserves during 2019:

  Copper Gold Molybdenum 
  (billion pounds) (million ounces) (billion pounds) 
Reserves at December 31, 2018 119.6  30.8  3.78  
Net revisions (0.4) (0.3) (0.11) 
Production (3.2) (0.9) (0.09) 
Reserves at December 31, 2019 116.0  29.6  3.58  

In addition to the preliminary estimated consolidated recoverable proven and probable reserves, FCX’s preliminary estimated mineralized material at December 31, 2019, which was assessed using $3.00 per pound for copper, totaled 133 billion pounds of incremental contained copper. FCX continues to pursue opportunities to convert this material into reserves, future production volumes and cash flow.

CASH FLOWS, ASSET SALES, CASH and DEBT

Operating Cash Flows.FCX generated operating cash flows of $170 million in fourth-quarter 2019 and $1.5 billion (including $349 million of working capital and other sources) for the year 2019. Fourth-quarter and year 2019 operating cash flows included a $250 million payment to Indonesia tax authorities for historical contested tax audits.

Based on current sales volume and cost estimates, and assuming average prices of $2.85 per pound of copper, $1,500 per ounce of gold and $10.00 per pound of molybdenum, FCX’s consolidated operating cash flows are estimated to approximate $2.4 billion (including $0.2 billion of working capital and other sources) for the year 2020. The impact of price changes during 2020 on operating cash flows would approximate $350 million for each $0.10 per pound change in the average price of copper, $35 million for each $50 per ounce change in the average price of gold and $125 million for each $2 per pound change in the average price of molybdenum.

Capital Expenditures.Capital expenditures totaled $0.7 billion in fourth-quarter 2019 (including approximately $0.4 billion for major projects) and $2.65 billion for the year 2019 (including approximately $1.5 billion for major projects).

Capital expenditures are expected to approximate $2.8 billion for the year 2020, including $1.8 billion for major projects primarily associated with underground development activities in the Grasberg minerals district and completion of the Lone Star copper leach project, and exclude estimates associated with the new smelter in Indonesia. A large portion of the capital expenditures relate to projects that are expected to add significant production and cash flow in future periods, enabling FCX to generate operating cash flows exceeding capital expenditures in future years.

FCX expects capital expenditures for the development of the new smelter in Indonesia to approximate $0.5 billion in 2020, of which approximately 49 percent will be attributable to FCX’s equity interest. PT-FI expects these amounts to be funded by a new bank loan.

Asset Sales.In November 2019, FCX completed the sale of its cobalt refinery in Kokkola, Finland, and related cobalt cathode precursor business for total cash consideration of approximately $200 million, including approximately $50 million of working capital. FCX recorded a gain of $59 million on the transaction.

In December 2019, FCX completed the sale of its interest in the lower zone of the Timok exploration project in Serbia for cash consideration of $240 million at closing, plus the right to future contingent payments of up to $150 million. In addition, the purchaser agreed to pay $107 million of previously agreed contingent consideration related to FCX’s 2016 sale of its interest in the upper zone of the Timok exploration project in three installment payments between 2020 and 2022. FCX recorded a gain of $343 million on the transaction.

Cash.Following is a summary of the U.S. and international components of consolidated cash and cash equivalents available to the parent company, net of noncontrolling interests’ share, taxes and other costs at December 31, 2019 (in billions):

Cash at domestic companies $1.3  
Cash at international operations 0.7  
Total consolidated cash and cash equivalents 2.0  
Noncontrolling interests’ share (0.3) 
Cash, net of noncontrolling interests’ share $1.7  
Withholding taxes  a
Net cash available $1.7  
    
a.Rounds to less than $0.1 billion.

Debt.At December 31, 2019, FCX’s consolidated debt totaled $9.8 billion, with a related weighted-average interest rate of 4.5 percent. FCX had no borrowings, $13 million in letters of credit issued and $3.5 billion available under its revolving credit facility at December 31, 2019.

FINANCIAL POLICY

On December 18, 2019, FCX declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share on its common stock, which will be paid on February 3, 2020, to shareholders of record as of January 15, 2020. The declaration of dividends is at the discretion of the Board of Directors (Board) and will depend upon FCX’s financial results, cash requirements, future prospects and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.

WEBCAST INFORMATION

A conference call with securities analysts to discuss FCX’s fourth-quarter 2019 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, February 21, 2020.

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FCX is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. FCX operates large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum. FCX is one of the world’s largest publicly traded copper producers.

FCX’s portfolio of assets includes the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia, one of the world’s largest copper and gold deposits; and significant mining operations in North America and South America, including the large-scale Morenci minerals district in Arizona and the Cerro Verde operation in Peru. 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 plans, projections or expectations relating to ore grades and milling rates; production and sales volumes; unit net cash costs; operating cash flows; capital expenditures; FCX’s expectations regarding its share of PT-FI’s net (loss) income and future cash flows through 2022; PT-FI’s development, financing, construction and completion of a new smelter in Indonesia; FCX’s expectations regarding results associated with productivity and innovation initiatives; exploration efforts and results; development and production activities, rates and costs; liquidity; tax rates; export quotas and duties; the impact of copper, gold and molybdenum price changes; the impact of deferred intercompany profits on earnings; reserve estimates; execution of the settlement agreement associated with the Louisiana coastal erosion cases; and future dividend payments, share purchases and sales. 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, expected, 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, but are not limited to, supply of and demand for, and prices of, copper, gold and molybdenum; mine sequencing; changes in mine plans; production rates; timing of shipments; results of feasibility studies; potential inventory adjustments; potential impairment of long-lived mining assets; the potential effects of violence in Indonesia generally and in the province of Papua; the Indonesian government’s extension of PT-FI’s export license after March 8, 2020; risks associated with underground mining; satisfaction of requirements in accordance with PT-FI’s special mining license (IUPK) to extend mining rights from 2031 through 2041; FCX’s ability to achieve the expected results of its productivity and innovation initiatives; industry risks; regulatory changes; political and social risks; labor relations; weather- and climate-related risks; environmental risks; litigation results; cybersecurity incidents; 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, 2018, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (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 adjusted net income and unit net cash costs (credits) per pound of copper and molybdenum, 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.”

 Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
 SELECTED OPERATING DATA
          
  Three Months Ended December 31, 
  2019 2018 2019 2018 
 MINING OPERATIONS:Production Sales 
 COPPER (millions of recoverable pounds)    
 (FCX’s net interest in %)    
 North America        
 Morenci (72%)a182  163  181  156  
 Bagdad (100%)48  57  50  51  
 Safford (100%)26  29  26  28  
 Sierrita (100%)43  39  41  36  
 Miami (100%)4  4  4  4  
 Chino (100%)46  47  44  43  
 Tyrone (100%)11  14  11  14  
 Other (100%)1    1  1  
 Total North America361  353  358  333  
          
 South America        
 Cerro Verde (53.56%)269  269  289  271  
 El Abra (51%)51  49  56  54  
 Total South America320  318  345  325  
          
 Indonesia        
 Grasberg (48.76%)b146  170  203  127  
 Total827  841  906 c785 c
 Less noncontrolling interests178  166  199  166  
 Net649  675  707  619  
          
 Average realized price per pound    $2.74  $2.75  
          
 GOLD (thousands of recoverable ounces)        
 (FCX’s net interest in %)        
 North America (100%)5  7  3  5  
 Indonesia (48.76%)b218  327  314  261  
 Consolidated223  334  317  266  
 Less noncontrolling interests41  33  58  26  
 Net182  301  259  240  
          
 Average realized price per ounce    $1,491  $1,255  
          
 MOLYBDENUM (millions of recoverable pounds)        
 (FCX’s net interest in %)        
 Henderson (100%)2  4   N/A    N/A   
 Climax (100%)3  5   N/A    N/A   
 North America copper mines (100%)a8 9  N/A    N/A   
 Cerro Verde (53.56%)8  8   N/A    N/A   
 Consolidated21  26  22  24  
 Less noncontrolling interests3  4  3  4  
 Net18  22  19  20  
          
 Average realized price per pound    $11.65  $12.75  
          
          
a .Amounts are net of Morenci’s undivided joint venture partners’ interests.
b.Effective December 21, 2018, FCX’s share ownership in PT Freeport Indonesia (PT-FI) is 48.76 percent. FCX’s economic interest in PT-FI is expected to approximate 81 percent through 2022 and 48.76 percent thereafter.
c.Consolidated sales volumes exclude purchased copper of 69 million pounds in fourth-quarter 2019 and 99 million pounds in fourth-quarter 2018.
          
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SELECTED OPERATING DATA (continued)
         
 Years Ended December 31, 
 2019 2018 2019 2018 
MINING OPERATIONS:Production Sales 
Copper (millions of recoverable pounds)    
(FCX’s net interest in %)        
North America        
Morenci (72%)a730  684  717  700  
Bagdad (100%)218  199  218  197  
Safford (100%)110  123  111  127  
Sierrita (100%)160  152  157  154  
Miami (100%)15  16  15  16  
Chino (100%)175  173  174  176  
Tyrone (100%)48  55  49  56  
Other (100%)1  2  1  2  
Total North America1,457  1,404  1,442  1,428  
         
South America        
Cerro Verde (53.56%)1,003  1,049  1,002  1,051  
El Abra (51%)180  200  181  202  
Total South America1,183  1,249  1,183  1,253  
         
Indonesia        
Grasberg (48.76%)b607  1,160  667  1,130  
Total3,247  3,813  3,292 c3,811 c
Less noncontrolling interests668  695  679  694  
Net2,579  3,118  2,613  3,117  
         
Average realized price per pound    $2.73  $2.91  
         
Gold (thousands of recoverable ounces)        
(FCX’s net interest in %)        
North America (100%)19  23  18  23  
Indonesia (48.76%)b863  2,416  973  2,366  
Consolidated882  2,439  991  2,389  
Less noncontrolling interests162  228  182  223  
Net720  2,211  809  2,166  
         
Average realized price per ounce    $1,415  $1,254  
         
Molybdenum (millions of recoverable pounds)        
(FCX’s net interest in %)        
Henderson (100%)12  14   N/A    N/A   
Climax (100%)17  21   N/A    N/A   
North America (100%)a32  32   N/A    N/A   
Cerro Verde (53.56%)29  28   N/A    N/A   
Consolidated90  95  90  94  
Less noncontrolling interests13  13  13  13  
Net77  82  77  81  
         
Average realized price per pound    $12.61  $12.50  
         
         
a .Amounts are net of Morenci’s undivided joint venture partners’ interests.
b .Effective December 21, 2018, FCX’s share ownership in PT-FI is 48.76 percent. FCX’s economic interest in PT-FI is expected to approximate 81 percent through 2022 and 48.76 percent thereafter.
c .Consolidated sales volumes exclude purchased copper of 379 million pounds for the year 2019 and 356 million pounds for the year 2018.
         
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 SELECTED OPERATING DATA (continued)
         
  Three Months Ended December 31, Years Ended December 31,
  2019 2018 2019 2018
 100% North America Copper Mines       
 Leach Operations       
 Leach ore placed in stockpiles (metric tons per day)743,700  704,000  750,900  681,400 
 Average copper ore grade (percent)0.24  0.23  0.23  0.24 
 Copper production (millions of recoverable pounds)252  228  993  951 
         
 Mill Operations       
 Ore milled (metric tons per day)330,700  310,500  326,100  301,000 
 Average ore grades (percent):       
 Copper0.33  0.35  0.34  0.35 
 Molybdenum0.02  0.03  0.02  0.02 
 Copper recovery rate (percent)84.2  87.0  87.0  87.8 
 Production (millions of recoverable pounds):       
 Copper179  188  748  719 
 Molybdenum9  11  34  35 
         
 100% South America Mining       
 Leach Operations       
 Leach ore placed in stockpiles (metric tons per day)208,000  171,600  205,900  195,200 
 Average copper ore grade (percent)0.38  0.34  0.37  0.33 
 Copper production (millions of recoverable pounds)76  73  268  287 
         
 Mill Operations       
 Ore milled (metric tons per day)396,800  395,800  393,100  387,600 
 Average ore grades (percent):       
 Copper0.38  0.36  0.36  0.38 
 Molybdenum0.02  0.01  0.02  0.01 
 Copper recovery rate (percent)83.6  87.7  83.5  84.3 
 Production (millions of recoverable pounds):       
 Copper245  245  916  962 
 Molybdenum8  8  29  28 
         
 100% Indonesia Mining       
 Ore extracted and milled (metric tons per day):       
 Grasberg open pita14,500  110,800  60,100  133,300 
 Deep Ore Zone underground mineb26,100  35,600  25,500  33,800 
 Deep Mill Level Zone underground mineb14,900  4,700  9,800  3,200 
 Grasberg Block Cave underground mineb11,200  4,300  8,600  4,000 
 Big Gossan underground mineb6,500  5,100  6,100  3,800 
 Total73,200  160,500  110,100  178,100 
 Average ore grades:       
 Copper (percent)1.16  0.73  0.84  0.98 
 Gold (grams per metric ton)1.31  1.08  0.93  1.58 
 Recovery rates (percent):       
 Copper91.0  88.7  88.4  91.8 
 Gold79.5  80.0  75.0  84.7 
 Production (recoverable):       
 Copper (millions of pounds)146  197  607  1,227 
 Gold (thousands of ounces)218  391  863  2,697 
         
 100% Molybdenum Mines       
 Ore milled (metric tons per day)21,500  30,300  30,100  27,900 
 Average molybdenum ore grade (percent)0.13  0.16  0.14  0.18 
 Molybdenum production (millions of recoverable pounds)5  9  29  35 
         
         
a.Includes ore from related stockpiles.
 b.Reflects ore extracted, including ore from development activities that result in metal production.
  
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
         
 Three Months Ended Years Ended 
 December 31, December 31, 
 2019 2018 2019 2018 
 (In Millions, Except Per Share Amounts) 
Revenuesa$3,911  $3,684  $14,402 b$18,628  
Cost of sales:        
Production and deliveryb,c2,930  2,897  11,514  11,687  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization391  403 b1,412  1,754 b
Metals inventory adjustments79  2  179  4  
Total cost of sales3,400  3,302  13,105  13,445  
Selling, general and administrative expensesb99  102  414  443  
Mining exploration and research expenses21  33  104  105  
Environmental obligations and shutdown costs20  13  105  89  
Net gain on sales of assets(404)d(82) (417)d(208) 
Total costs and expenses3,136  3,368  13,311  13,874  
Operating income775  316  1,091  4,754  
Interest expense, netb,c,e(219) (509) (620) (945) 
Net (loss) gain on early extinguishment of debt  (1) (27) 7  
Other (expenses) income, netb(190) 13 c(138) 76 c,f
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes and equity in affiliated companies’ net earnings366  (181) 306  3,892  
(Provision for) benefit from income taxesg(329) 552  (510) (991) 
Equity in affiliated companies’ net earnings5  3  12  8  
Net income (loss) from continuing operations42  374  (192) 2,909  
Net income (loss) from discontinued operations1  4  3  (15) 
Net income (loss)43  378  (189) 2,894  
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests(34) 107  (50)h(292) 
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholdersi$9  $485  $(239) $2,602  
         
         
Diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to common stock:        
Continuing operations$  $0.33  $(0.17) $1.79  
Discontinued operations      (0.01) 
 $  $0.33  $(0.17) $1.78  
         
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:        
Basic1,452  1,450  1,451  1,449  
Diluted1,457  1,457  1,451  1,458  
         
Dividends declared per share of common stock$0.05  $0.05  $0.20  $0.20  
 a.Includes adjustments to provisionally priced concentrate and cathode sales. For a summary of adjustments to provisionally priced copper sales, refer to the supplemental schedule, “Derivative Instruments,” beginning on page IX.
 b.Includes PT-FI and other net charges, which are summarized in the supplemental schedule, “Adjusted Net Income,” beginning on page VII.
 c.Includes net charges associated with disputed Cerro Verde royalties for prior years, which are summarized in the supplemental schedule, “Adjusted Net Income,” beginning on page VII.
 d.Primarily includes $343 million associated with the sale of FCX’s interest in the lower zone of the Timok exploration project in Serbia and $59 million associated with the sale of FCX’s cobalt refinery in Kokkola, Finland, and related cobalt cathode precursor business.
 e.Consolidated interest costs (before capitalization and excluding interest expense associated with disputed Cerro Verde royalties and PT-FI’s historical contested tax disputes) totaled $159 million in fourth-quarter 2019, $170 million in fourth-quarter 2018, $623 million for the year 2019 and $671 million for the year 2018. Interest expense associated with disputed Cerro Verde royalties totaled $24 million in fourth-quarter 2019, $363 million in fourth-quarter 2018, $68 million for the year 2019 and $370 million for the year 2018. Interest expense associated with PT-FI’s historical contested tax disputes totaled $78 million in the 2019 periods.
 f.Includes $30 million of interest received with the refund of PT-FI’s prior years’ tax receivables.
 g.For a summary of FCX’s provision for income taxes, refer to the supplemental schedule, “Income Taxes,” beginning on page VIII.
 h.Includes noncontrolling interest impacts associated with tax charges to record deferred taxes for historical balances in accordance with tax accounting guidance. Refer to the supplemental schedule, “Income Taxes,” beginning on page VIII.
 i.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 X.
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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
     
 December 31, 
 2019 2018 
 (In Millions) 
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents$2,020  $4,217  
Trade accounts receivable741  829  
Income and other tax receivables426  493  
Inventories:    
Materials and supplies, net1,649  1,528  
Mill and leach stockpiles1,028  1,088  
Product1,281  1,778  
Other current assets655  422  
Total current assets7,800  10,355  
Property, plant, equipment and mine development costs, net29,584  28,010  
Long-term mill and leach stockpiles1,540  1,679  
Other assets1,885  2,172  
Total assets$40,809  $42,216  
     
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$2,576  $2,625  
Current portion of environmental and asset retirement obligations436  449  
Accrued income taxes119  165  
Dividends payable73  73  
Current portion of debt5  17  
Total current liabilities3,209  3,329  
Long-term debt, less current portion9,821  11,124  
Deferred income taxes4,210  4,032  
Environmental and asset retirement obligations, less current portion3,630  3,609  
Other liabilities2,491  2,230  
Total liabilities23,361  24,324  
     
Equity:    
Stockholders’ equity:    
Common stock158  158  
Capital in excess of par value25,830  26,013  
Accumulated deficit(12,280) (12,041) 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(676) (605) 
Common stock held in treasury(3,734) (3,727) 
Total stockholders’ equity9,298  9,798  
Noncontrolling interestsa8,150  8,094  
Total equity17,448  17,892  
Total liabilities and equity$40,809  $42,216  
     
a .Includes $4.6 billion associated with the December 2018 PT-FI transaction, including $4.1 billion associated with the PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero) acquisition of Rio Tinto’s joint venture interest.
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
    
  Years Ended 
  December 31, 
  2019 2018 
  (In Millions) 
Cash flow from operating activities:     
Net (loss) income $(189) $2,894  
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:     
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 1,412  1,754  
Metals inventory adjustments 179  4  
Net gain on sales of assets (417) (208) 
Stock-based compensation 63  76  
Net charges for environmental and asset retirement obligations, including accretion 221  262  
Payments for environmental and asset retirement obligations (244) (239) 
Net charges for defined pension and postretirement plans 108  81  
Pension plan contributions (75) (75) 
Net loss (gain) on early extinguishment of debt 27  (7) 
Deferred income taxes 29  (404) 
(Income) loss on discontinued operations (3) 15  
Dividends received from PT Smelting 40    
Charges for PT-FI surface water tax, withholding tax and environmental matters 30  162  
Payments for PT-FI surface water and withholding tax matters (67)   
Charges for Cerro Verde royalty dispute 65  371  
Payments for Cerro Verde royalty dispute (187) (56) 
U.S. tax reform benefit   (123) 
Other, net 141  12  
Changes in working capital and other, excluding disposition amounts:     
Accounts receivable 119  649  
Inventories 259  (537) 
Other current assets 60  (28) 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (60) (106) 
Accrued income taxes and timing of other tax payments (29) (634) 
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,482  3,863  
      
Cash flow from investing activities:     
Capital expenditures:     
North America copper mines (877) (601) 
South America (256) (237) 
Indonesia (1,369) (1,001) 
Molybdenum mines (19) (9) 
Other (131) (123) 
Acquisition of PT Rio Tinto Indonesia   (3,500) 
Proceeds from sales of:     
Timok exploration project and Freeport Cobalt 452    
PT Indonesia Papua Metal Dan Mineral   457  
Other assets 109  93  
Other, net (12) (97) 
Net cash used in investing activities (2,103) (5,018) 
      
Cash flow from financing activities:     
Proceeds from debt 1,879  632  
Repayments of debt (3,197) (2,717) 
Proceeds from sale of PT-FI shares   3,500  
Cash dividends and distributions paid:     
Common stock (291) (218) 
Noncontrolling interests (82) (278) 
Contributions from noncontrolling interests 165    
Other, net (30) (19) 
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (1,556) 900  
      
Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and restricted cash equivalents (2,177) (255) 
Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and restricted cash equivalents at beginning of year 4,455  4,710  
Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and restricted cash equivalents at end of yeara $2,278  $4,455  
      
a.Includes restricted cash and restricted cash equivalents of $258 million at December 31, 2019, and $238 million at December 31, 2018.
Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
ADJUSTED NET INCOME
Adjusted net income is intended to provide investors and others with information about FCX’s recurring operating performance. This information differs from net income (loss) attributable to common stock determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. FCX’s adjusted net income follows, which may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies (in millions, except per share amounts).
 Three Months Ended December 31, 
 2019 2018 
 Pre-tax After-taxa Per Share Pre-tax After-taxa Per Share 
Net income attributable to common stock N/A   $9  $   N/A   $485  $0.33  
             
PT-FI net charges$(266)b$(283) $(0.20) $(192)c$(94) $(0.07) 
Metals inventory adjustments(79) (77) (0.05) (2) (2)   
Cerro Verde royalty dispute(16)d(7)   (399)d(195) (0.13) 
Other net charges(17)e(5)   (63)f(34) (0.02) 
Net adjustments to environmental obligations and related litigation reserves(5) (5)   (5) (5)   
Net gain on sales of assets404  326  0.22  82  82  0.05  
Net loss on early extinguishment of debt      (1) (1)   
Net tax creditsg N/A   29  0.02   N/A   569  0.39  
Gain on discontinued operations1  1    4  4    
 $21 h$(22)h$(0.02)h$(576) $324  $0.22  
             
Adjusted net income attributable to common stockN/A  $31  $0.02   N/A  $161 $0.11  
 Years Ended December 31, 
 2019 2018 
 Pre-tax After-taxa Per Share Pre-tax After-taxa Per Share 
Net (loss) income attributable to common stock N/A   $(239) $(0.17)  N/A   $2,602  $1.78  
             
             
PT-FI net charges$(460)b$(379) $(0.26) $(223)c$(110) $(0.08) 
Metals inventory adjustments(179) (144) (0.10) (4) (4)   
Cerro Verde royalty dispute(16)d(7)   (406)d(195) (0.13) 
Cerro Verde labor agreement      (69) (22) (0.02) 
Other net charges(59)e(26) (0.02) (46)f(26) (0.02) 
Net adjustments to environmental obligations and related litigation reserves(68)i(68) (0.05) (57) (57) (0.04) 
Net gain on sales of assets417  339  0.23  208  208  0.14  
Net (loss) gain on early extinguishment of debt(27) (26) (0.02) 7  7    
Interest on tax refunds      30  19  0.01  
Net tax creditsg N/A   34  0.02   N/A   574  0.39  
Gain (loss) on discontinued operations3  3    (15) (15) (0.01) 
 $(390)h$(275)h$(0.19)h$(575) $379  $0.24  
             
Adjusted net income attributable to common stock N/A   $36  $0.02   N/A   $2,223  $1.54  
a.Reflects impact to FCX net income (loss) attributable to common stock (i.e., net of any taxes and noncontrolling interests).
b.Reflects charges of $234 million associated with PT-FI’s historical contested tax audits ($156 million in other (expenses) income, net and $78 million in interest expense, net) and $32 million for a currency exchange adjustment to value added tax receivables at PT-FI in other expenses (income), net. The year 2019 also includes charges of $28 million in production and delivery costs for an adjustment to the settlement of the historical surface water tax matters with the local regional tax authority in Papua, Indonesia, and $166 million in revenues, primarily associated with an unfavorable Indonesia Supreme Court ruling related to PT-FI export duties.
c.Reflects charges in production and delivery of $69 million for surface water tax settlements with the local regional tax authority in Papua, Indonesia, $32 million for assessments for prior period permit fees with Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry, $72 million for disputed payroll withholding taxes for prior years and other tax settlements, and $62 million to write-off certain previously capitalized project costs for the new Indonesian smelter. These charges were partly offset by inventory adjustments ($43 million in fourth-quarter 2018 and $12 million for the year 2018).
d.Reflects net charges for penalties and interest associated with disputed royalties at Cerro Verde for prior years. The 2019 periods consist of charges in production and delivery costs ($6 million) and interest expense ($10 million). The 2018 periods consist of net charges in production and delivery costs ($14 million), interest expense ($363 million in fourth-quarter 2018 and $370 million for the year 2018) and in other expenses (income), net ($22 million).
e.Fourth-quarter 2019 includes charges primarily associated with adjustments to deferred profit sharing in production and delivery costs ($18 million) and in interest expense ($6 million), partly offset by a refund related to prior year fees mostly in selling, general and administrative expenses ($7 million). The year 2019 also includes net charges of $42 million in production and delivery costs, primarily associated with weather-related issues at El Abra, asset impairments, and oil and gas inventory adjustments, partly offset by a net credit for asset retirement obligation adjustments.
f.Includes depreciation expense at Freeport Cobalt from November 2016 to September 2018 that was suspended while it was classified as held for sale ($48 million in fourth-quarter 2018 and $31 million for the year 2018), and other net charges to production and delivery ($4 million), selling, general, and administrative expenses ($4 million), interest expense ($4 million) and other expenses (income), net ($3 million).
g.Refer to “Income Taxes” below for further discussion of net tax credits.
h.Does not foot because of rounding.
i.Includes a charge to production and delivery costs totaling $15 million related to Louisiana coastal erosion litigation.

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