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Permian Resources Q4, Full Year 2022 Results; Plans $1.35B 2023 Budget

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   |    Thursday,February 23,2023

Permian Resources Corp. announced its fourth quarter and full year 2022 financial and operational results and 2023 operational plans.

Recent Financial and Operational Highlights:

  • Delivered fourth quarter oil production of 81.4 MBbls/d, exceeding the mid-point of prior outlook by 9%
  • Reported net cash provided by operating activities of $528 million and adjusted free cash flow1 of $256 million
  • Executed a series of portfolio optimization transactions, adding high-return inventory and generating ~$100 million of net cash proceeds
  • Enhanced capital efficiency driven by strong well performance and cost control
  • Delivered controllable cash costs of $7.89 per Boe
  • Announced quarterly base dividend of $0.05 per share

2023 Financial and Operational Plan:

  • Increased 2023 oil and total production guidance by 4% and 3%, respectively, compared to previous outlook
    • Continue to target oil production growth of ~10% in the fourth quarter 2023 compared to the prior year period, despite exceeding fourth quarter 2022 production outlook
  • Currently operating seven rigs, with plans to reduce to six rigs during second quarter 2023 as a result of operational synergies
  • Reduced controllable cash costs by ~5% to $7.60 per Boe compared to previous outlook
  • Announced 2023 total capital budget of $1.25 to $1.45 billion
    • Increase to prior outlook driven primarily by higher working interest (85% from 80% previously) and longer lateral lengths (9,300' from 9,000' previously)
  • Variable return to be initiated based upon first quarter 2023 results

Will Hickey, Co-CEO of Permian Resources, said: "Permian Resources' outstanding fourth quarter results reflect a continuation of our strong operational track record. In our first full quarter post-merger, our team delivered strong financial and operational results driven by well outperformance and continued cost discipline."

"Our team has worked diligently to build an optimized 2023 plan that maximizes capital efficiency and leads to higher oil production and lower cash costs, accomplishing our ultimate goal of driving more free cash flow and higher returns for our investors," said James Walter, Co-CEO of the Company. "We believe Permian Resources represents a unique value proposition for investors, with the benefits of scaled operations in the Delaware Basin combined with a nimble and creative approach to value creation, as exemplified by our recent portfolio optimization efforts."

Financial Results

For the quarter, Permian Resources generated net cash provided by operating activities of $528 million and adjusted free cash flow of $256 million. The Company also reported net income attributable to Class A Common Stock during the fourth quarter of $83 million, or $0.26 per diluted share.

Average daily crude oil production for the fourth quarter was 81,378 barrels of oil per day ("Bbls/d"), and total production during the quarter averaged 158,208 barrels of oil equivalent per day ("Boe/d").

Permian Resources maintains a strong financial position and low leverage profile. At December 31, 2022, the Company had approximately $60 million in cash on hand and $385 million of borrowings outstanding under its revolving credit facility. Net debt-to-LQA EBITDAX1 at December 31, 2022 was approximately 0.9x, and the Company has no debt maturities until 2026.

Operational Results

Permian Resources continues to optimize its Delaware Basin acreage position through large-scale, co-development well packages. The Company significantly exceeded its fourth quarter production targets, while maintaining cost discipline. Permian Resources' robust production results during the quarter were primarily attributable to better than expected well performance, in addition to higher production runtime and reduced cycle times. Total capital expenditures incurred for the quarter were $325 million.

2023 Operational Plans and Targets

Based on recent operational results, Permian Resources increased its 2023 oil production target by 4% to approximately 85 MBbls/d and raised its total production target by 3% to approximately 162 MBoe/d, based on the mid-point of guidance. Permian Resources also lowered its full year 2023 guidance range for controllable cash costs (LOE, Cash G&A and GP&T) on a per unit basis by approximately 5%, compared to its preliminary full year outlook.

The estimated fiscal year 2023 total capital budget is approximately $1.25 billion to $1.45 billion. Permian Resources expects to turn-in-line ("TIL") approximately 150 gross wells, with an average working interest of approximately 85% and 8/8ths net revenue interest of approximately 78%. This represents an increase from its previously expected full year working interest of 80%. The Company also expects its average completed lateral length during 2023 to increase to approximately 9,300 feet, compared to 9,000 feet previously.

Due to recent efficiency gains, Permian Resources expects to further reduce its operated rig program from seven currently to six during the second quarter. Assuming planned activity levels, the Company is maintaining crude oil production growth of approximately 10% in the fourth quarter 2023 compared to the fourth quarter 2022.

"Through the implementation of combined best practices, our operations team has accelerated the realization of higher operational efficiencies and reduced cycle times," said Will Hickey, Co-CEO. "This will allow us to reduce our operated rig count sooner than anticipated, while drilling and completing the same amount of wells for the full year."

(For a detailed table summarizing Permian Resources' 2023 operational and financial guidance, please see the Appendix of this press release.)

Shareholder Returns

Permian Resources announced today that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share of Class A common stock, or $0.20 per share on an annualized basis. The dividend is payable on March 15, 2023 to shareholders of record as of March 7, 2023. The Company's base dividend represents an annualized yield of 2.1%, as of February 21, 2023.

Beginning in the first quarter of 2023, Permian Resources expects to initiate its variable return of capital program, which is structured to distribute at least 50% of free cash flow after the base dividend through a variable dividend, share repurchases or a combination of both. The Company's inaugural variable dividend will be paid during the second quarter of 2023.

Year-End 2022 Proved Reserves

Permian Resources reported year-end 2022 total proved reserves of 582 MMBoe compared to 305 MMBoe at prior year-end. At year-end 2022, proved reserves consisted of 49% oil, 30% natural gas and 21% natural gas liquids. Proved developed reserves were 341 MMBoe (59% of total proved reserves) at December 31, 2022. Permian Resources had a standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows of $9.4 billion at December 31, 2022. The pre-tax present value at 10% ("Pre-tax PV 10%", a non-GAAP financial measure reconciled within the Appendix) of Permian Resources' total proved reserves was $11.7 billion at year-end.

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