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SM Energy Second Quarter 2020 Results

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   |    Monday,August 03,2020

SM Energy Co. reported its Q2 2020 results.

Q2 Focus:

  • Capital discipline. Capital expenditures were 26% below guidance primarily reflecting lower costs as well as timing of certain activity. Capital expenditures of $170.9 million adjusted for decreased capital accruals of $45.7 million totaled $125.2 million.
  • Significant cash flows. Second quarter net cash provided by operating activities of $114.3 million before net change in working capital of $38.7 million totaled $153.1 million. The Company generated free cash flow of $27.9 million (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below). Free cash flow for the first half of 2020 was $108.4 million and on a trailing 12-month basis was $124.7 million, or a 29% yield to market capitalization as of June 30, 2020.
  • Absolute debt reduction. The outstanding principal amount of long-term debt was reduced by $219 million as a result of the debt exchange transactions completed in the second quarter. The debt exchange successfully reduced total debt and significantly reduced maturities through 2022 by approximately $250 million. Net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDAX was 2.45 times at quarter-end (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below).
  • Capital expenditures for 2020 further reduced. 2020 capital expenditure guidance is further reduced to $610-630 million to reflect aggressive cost controls for drilling and completion expenditures as well as certain delayed activity. The updated plan continues to prioritize cash flow and leverage metrics through 2020 and beyond.

Chief Executive Officer Jay Ottoson comments: "The second quarter presented our industry with steep challenges and the SM Energy team responded. We aggressively reduced costs, maintained capital discipline, reduced outstanding debt, deferred production volumes and delivered approximately $28 million in free cash flow. We have further modified our operating plan to meet our priorities of generating free cash flow and keeping leverage metrics in-line as we move into the second half of 2020 and through 2021.

"These accomplishments are particularly impressive as our field teams adapt to new COVID-19 related protocols and the rest of us work from home. To date, we have seamlessly managed through the challenges presented by the pandemic, and we continue to make the safety of our employees and contractors our top priority.

"I am also pleased to report that we have further evidenced our commitment to environmental and social stewardship, as our Board of Directors recently delegated to its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee the responsibility to oversee the development and implementation of the Company's environmental and social policies, programs and initiatives, and renamed the committee the Environmental, Social and Governance Committee. In addition, we are initiating participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project and intend to publish the Company's SASB metrics for oil and gas exploration and production."

Q2 Results & Highlights

PRODUCTION:

     
   
 

Midland Basin

South Texas

Total

Oil (MBbl / MBbl/d)

5,003 / 55.0

368 / 4.0

5,371 / 59.0

Natural Gas (MMcf / MMcf/d)

11,760 / 129.2

14,248 / 156.6

26,008 / 285.8

NGLs (MBbl / MBbl/d)

4 / -

1,474 / 16.2

1,478 / 16.2

Total (MBoe / MBoe/d)

6,966 / 76.6

4,217 / 46.3

11,184 / 122.9

 

Note: Totals may not calculate due to rounding.

       

REALIZED PRICES:

     
   
 

Midland Basin

South Texas

Total

(Pre/Post-hedge)

Oil ($/Bbl)

$22.86

$14.01

$22.25 / $48.06

Natural Gas ($/Mcf)

$1.01

$1.61

$1.34 / $1.38

NGLs ($/Bbl)

nm

$10.42

$10.43/ $12.37

Per Boe

$18.13

$10.31

$15.18 / $27.93

 

Note: Totals may not sum due to rounding

 

  • Total production volumes were down 10% compared with the prior year period and down 10% sequentially. Lower volumes during the quarter resulted from:
    • voluntary curtailment of approximately 3,000 Boe/d, primarily in the Midland Basin, due to low oil prices;
    • delayed start-up of all Midland Basin completions during the quarter due to the low commodity price environment (completed wells were turned to production in June); and
    • the election to process ethane for one month during the second quarter 2020 versus three months during the prior year period.
  • In the Midland Basin, natural gas volumes increased sequentially due to reduced flaring and fewer new wells turned to production during the quarter, as newer wells come on-line with higher oil content. The increased oil component in South Texas production is due to new Austin Chalk wells that have a higher oil content than Eagle Ford wells.
  • Total production volumes for the first half of 2020 were 23.6 MMBoe, up 2% from the prior year period.
  • Benchmark pricing for the quarter included NYMEX WTI oil at $27.85/Bbl, NYMEX Henry Hub natural gas at $1.72/MMBtu and Hart Composite NGLs at $14.02/Bbl.
  • In the Permian Basin, the Midland-Cushing oil differential was approximately ($0.27)/Bbl on average for the three months ended June 30, 2020, while the WAHA-NYMEX natural gas differential was approximately ($0.78)/MMBtu.
  • The average realized price per Boe of $15.18 was down 54% compared with the prior year period and down 47% sequentially. Including the effect of realized hedges, the average realized price per Boe was $27.93, resulting in approximately $142.5 million of realized net hedge gains for the quarter.
  • Lease operating expenses of $3.30 per Boe were down 21% compared with the prior year period and down 31% sequentially. Lower costs are the result of aggressive cost management and fewer workovers completed during the quarter. Transportation costs of $3.12 per Boe were down 22% from the prior year period, due to a lower proportion of production from South Texas where transportation costs are higher, and nearly flat sequentially.
  • Largely as a result of cost management and hedge gains, the operating margin per Boe for the first half of 2020 was up 8% compared with the first half of 2019, despite the collapse in commodity prices.

Financial Results

Second quarter 2020 net loss was ($89.3) million, or ($0.79) per diluted common share. This compared with net income of $50.4 million, or $0.45 per diluted common share, in the comparable prior year period. The current period included a gain on extinguishment of debt of $227.3 million that was more than offset by a loss on fair value change in derivatives (net of realized gains) and lower production revenue. For the first half of 2020, net loss was ($501.1) million, or ($4.43) per diluted common share, down ($3.30) per diluted common share compared with the prior year period.

Second quarter 2020 GAAP net cash provided by operating activities of $114.3 million before net change in working capital of $38.7 million totaled $153.1 million, which was down ($65.2) million, or 30%, from $218.3 million in the comparable prior year period. The decline in cash flow before the net change in working capital was primarily due to the 16% decline in price per Boe after the effect of realized hedge gains and the 10% decline in production, partially offset by lower costs per unit. For the first half of 2020, net cash provided by operating activities of $332.5 million before net change in working capital of $57.3 million totaled $389.7 million, up 9% from the first half of 2019.

EBITDAX

The following paragraphs discuss non-GAAP measures including Adjusted EBITDAX, adjusted net income (loss), adjusted net income (loss) per diluted common share and net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDAX. Please reference the definitions and reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures at the end of this release.

Second quarter 2020 Adjusted EBITDAX was $201.5 million, down $61.5 million, or 23%, from $263.0 million in the comparable prior year period. The decrease in Adjusted EBITDAX was due to lower realized prices and production, partially offset by lower costs per unit. For the first half of 2020, Adjusted EBITDAX was $487.5 million, up 8% from $449.5 million in the first half of 2019.

Second quarter 2020 adjusted net loss was ($17.3) million, or ($0.15) per diluted common share, which compares with adjusted net income of $1.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted common share, in the comparable prior year period. For the first half of 2020, adjusted net loss was ($23.0) million, or ($0.20) per diluted common share, compared with a net loss of ($36.4) million, or ($0.32) per diluted common share, in the first half of 2019.

At June 30, 2020, net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDAX was 2.45 times.

Liquidity & Capital Expenditures

On June 30, 2020, the outstanding principal amount of the Company's long-term debt was $2.53 billion comprised of $1.82 billion in unsecured senior notes, $446.7 million in secured senior notes, $65.5 million in secured senior convertible notes, plus $193.0 million drawn on the Company's senior secured revolving credit facility, which is down from $2.68 billion at March 31, 2020. As previously announced, during the second quarter 2020, the Company executed exchange offers that resulted in the exchange of $611.9 million of unsecured senior notes and $107.0 million of convertible notes for $446.7 million in secured senior notes, $53.5 million in cash to certain holders and warrants to acquire up to 5% of outstanding common stock of the Company under certain conditions. This transaction resulted in reducing the principal amount of long-term debt by $219 million and significantly reducing maturities due before 2023. As of the end of the quarter, the Company had significant second lien debt capacity that is available until the next scheduled redetermination date of October 1, 2020.

At June 30, 2020, the Company's borrowing base under its senior secured revolving credit facility was $1.1 billion, less $193 million drawn and a $42 million letter of credit, provided liquidity of $865 million. The cash balance was approximately zero.

Capital expenditures before capital accruals for the second quarter of 2020 were $125.2 million. During the second quarter 2020, the Company drilled 27 net wells and added 11 net flowing completions. For the first half of 2020 the Company drilled 52 net wells and added 31 net flowing completions.

Hedges

Commodity hedge positions as of July 30, 2020:

  • Approximately 90% of expected 2H20 oil production is hedged to WTI. The average floor price on collars is $55/Bbl and the average price on swaps is $57/Bbl. Roughly, more than one-half of expected 2021 oil production is hedged at approximately $40/Bbl.
  • Approximately 75-80% of expected 2H20 Midland Basin oil production basis is hedged to the local price point at $(0.50)/Bbl.
  • Approximately 50% of expected 2H20 natural gas production is hedged at an average price of $2.40/MMBtu to HSC, and approximately 55-60% of expected 2H20 Midland natural gas production is hedged at an average price of $1.15/MMBtu to WAHA.
  • NGL hedges are by individual product.

A detailed schedule of these and other hedge positions are provided in the 2Q20 accompanying slide deck.

2020 Plan - Mid-Year Forecast

The Company has updated its 2020 operating plan to incorporate changes since the first quarter that include:

  • Aggressive cost management that has further reduced capital expenditures and certain lease operating expenses.
  • Additional cost reductions in drill and complete costs. Well costs are expected to average $560 per lateral foot in Midland and $600 per lateral foot in South Texas, down from $600 and $620, respectively, in April.
  • Deferral of four net wells drilled and five net well completions in South Texas.
  • Changes to the capital structure as a result of the debt exchange.
  • Strip pricing as of July 8, 2020.
The updated forecast for full year 2020 results in the following projections:
  • Midland: approximately 77 net wells drilled and 68 net wells completed for the year, or 32 and 39 remaining, respectively, in the second half of the year.
  • South Texas: 12 net wells drilled and 4 net wells completed for the year, or 5 and 2 remaining, respectively, in the second half of the year.
  • Lower full year production with oil comprising 49-50%.
  • Positive free cash flow generation.
  • Net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDAX (a non-GAAP measure defined below) year-end < 3.0 times.
  • Looking ahead to 2021: the longer term plan assumes strip pricing and an approximate 10% increase in capital activity, and it results in meaningful oil production growth, neutral-positive free cash flow and net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDAX (a non-GAAP measure defined below) of approximately 3.0 times at year-end.

2020 Full Year Guidance

  • Capital expenditures: $610-630 million, down approximately 25% from the February 2020 Plan. Capital expenditures for the second half of 2020 will be more heavily weighted to the fourth quarter.
  • Production: 44-46 MMBoe, or 120.2-125.7 Boe/d, at 49%-50% oil. Third quarter 2020 is expected to range between 10.5-11.0 MMBoe, or 114.1-119.6 Boe/d, at 48% oil.
  • G&A: ~$110 million including approximately $20 million non-cash compensation.
  • Exploration/Capitalized overhead: ~$40 million.
  • LOE: $4.75-$5.00 reflecting cost reductions and fewer workovers.
  • Transportation: $3.10-$3.30, reduced to correspond with declining production from South Texas.
  • Production and ad valorem taxes: ~4.5% of pre-hedge revenue + ~ $0.40 or ~$1.40.
  • DD&A: $17-$18/Boe.

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