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Magnolia Oil & Gas Second Quarter 2022 Results

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   |    Wednesday,August 03,2022

Magnolia Oil & Gas Corp. announced its financial and operational results for the second quarter of 2022.


  • Magnolia reported second quarter 2022 net income attributable to Class A Common Stock of $250.6 million, or $1.32 per diluted share. Second quarter 2022 total adjusted net income increased 117% to $293.6 million and diluted weighted average total shares outstanding decreased by 8% to 222.4 million(2) compared to second quarter 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDAX was $393.4 million during the second quarter of 2022, driven by strong production growth and significantly higher product prices as compared to prior year results. Total drilling and completions (“D&C”) capital during the second quarter was $122.0 million, representing just 31% of adjusted EBITDAX.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $379.1 million during the second quarter and the Company generated free cash flow(1) of $250.8 million. Magnolia generated operating income as a percentage of revenue of 68%.
  • Total production in the second quarter of 2022 grew 14% to 74.2 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (“Mboe/d”) compared to the prior-year quarter and exceeding the high end of our earlier production guidance. As a result, we currently expect full year 2022 production growth in the range of 12% to 14% compared to 2021 levels.
  • During the second quarter, Magnolia repurchased a total of 4.1 million shares of Class A and Class B Common Stock, for $102.4 million, and bringing the total shares repurchased during 2022 to 10.1 million shares. At the end of the second quarter 2022, Magnolia had 12.3 million Class A Common shares remaining under its current repurchase authorization.
  • As previously announced, the Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.10 per share of Class A common stock, and a cash distribution of $0.10 per Class B unit payable on September 1, 2022 to shareholders of record as of August 12, 2022. Beginning with this distribution, Magnolia will move to a quarterly dividend payment from a semi-annual distribution schedule. This represents a $0.40 per share annualized base payout rate or a 43% increase to Magnolia’s dividend compared to the $0.28 per share distribution for full year 2021. We expect our dividend to grow at least 10 percent annually and will reassess the dividend rate in early 2023.
  • Magnolia ended the quarter with $501.9 million of cash on the balance sheet and remains undrawn on its $450.0 million revolving credit facility, with no debt maturities until 2026 and has no plans to increase its debt levels

Chairman, President, and CEO Steve Chazen commented: “Magnolia has just completed its fourth year as a public company, and our business model remains the same. We have consistently executed our strategy, which prioritizes disciplined capital spending, moderate and steady production growth, generating high pre-tax margins and significant free cash flow, while maintaining low levels of debt. We remain efficient in allocating our cash flows and limit our spending on drilling and completing wells to 55 percent of our EBITDAX, though we will run well below that level this year. These principles in addition to improved operating efficiencies have led to continued profitable growth while generating attractive returns for our shareholders.

“Our strong second quarter financial results benefited from record quarterly production and high product price realizations which boosted our pretax operating margins to 68 percent. While we spent just 31 percent of our adjusted EBITDAX drilling and completing wells during the second quarter, our capital was somewhat higher than expected partly due to increased non-operated activity. Continued drilling efficiencies at Giddings and the higher non-op activity added more net wells and more production, resulting in 3 percent sequential volume growth. Compared to year-ago levels, we increased our total production 14 percent, and reduced the fully diluted share count by 8 percent. We returned more than 40 percent of the $251 million of free cash flow generated during the second quarter through share repurchases, while ending the period with more than half a billion dollars of cash.

“We plan to continue operating two drilling rigs during the remainder of the year. Continued strong well performance and ongoing drilling efficiencies at Giddings, combined with higher non-op activity, is expected to provide full-year 2022 production growth of 12 to 14 percent. Additionally, we plan to repurchase at least 1 percent of our outstanding shares each quarter. Magnolia’s board has declared a cash dividend of 10 cents per share payable next month. This payment will transition Magnolia to a quarterly from a semi-annual dividend distribution schedule. Next month’s payment represents a 40 cent per share annualized base rate or a 43 percent increase to Magnolia’s dividend for 2021. Consistent and moderate production growth combined with ongoing share reductions supports our long-term investment proposition of double-digit annual dividend growth.”

Operational Update

Second quarter 2022 total company production averaged 74.2 Mboe/d, representing more than a 3 percent sequential increase and 14 percent higher than the prior year’s second quarter. Overall production grew during the quarter despite spending only 31 percent of adjusted EBITDAX on drilling and completing wells. Production was above the high end of our guidance mainly due to better well performance from both of our operating areas as well as higher non-op activity.

Magnolia continues to operate two drilling rigs and expects to maintain this level of activity for the balance of the year. One rig will continue to drill multi-well development pads in our Giddings asset. The second rig will drill a mix of wells in both the Karnes and Giddings areas, including some appraisal wells in Giddings. We continue to drive improved operating efficiencies to help mitigate some of the oil field service cost inflation. Prices for most goods and services have only recently exceeded levels seen prior to the pandemic when commodity prices were substantially lower resulting in continued high returns on capital and operating income margins.

Additional Guidance

Magnolia has shown consistent and steady production growth due to strong well performance and faster cycle times. Additional non-operated activity has increased in the Eagle Ford which has contributed to both higher production and capital. As a result, we now expect our full-year 2022 production to grow by 12 to 14 percent compared to 2021. Third quarter production is expected to be 74 to 76 Mboe/d and D&C capital is expected to be in the range of $105 to $115 million. Oil price differentials are anticipated to be approximately a $2 to $3 per barrel discount to Magellan East Houston and Magnolia remains completely unhedged for all its oil and natural gas production. The fully diluted total share count for the third quarter of 2022 is expected to be approximately 219 million shares which is 7 percent lower than third quarter 2021 levels.

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