|HighPoint Resources Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial and Operating Results|
Chief Executive Officer and President
"We are off to a fast start with our legacy NE Wattenberg program, delivering another solid quarter with respect to our guidance and highlighted by strong operational execution. The team has done an excellent job of maintaining well costs at levels consistent with internal expectations and managing through minor constraints associated with third party natural gas processing facilities allowing us to meet our first quarter objectives. We are on track to achieve our objectives with three drilling rigs and two completion crews currently operating and are reiterating our 2018 and 2019 guidance.
"We are well positioned for long-term shareholder value creation with a dominant acreage position in the oil-weighted and rural core of the
For the first quarter of 2018, the Company reported a net loss of
OPERATING AND FINANCIAL RESULTS
The following table summarizes certain operating and financial results for the first quarter of 2018 and 2017:
The Company reported oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids ("NGL") production of 1.91 MMBoe in the first quarter of 2018, which was at the mid-point of the guidance range of 1.8-2.0 MMBoe. Pro forma production sales volumes for the
For the first quarter of 2018, WTI oil prices averaged
For the first quarter of 2018, the Company had derivative commodity swaps in place for 9,829 barrels of oil per day tied to WTI pricing at
Production tax expense averaged
Depreciation, depletion and amortization ("DD&A") averaged
Debt and Liquidity
The Company currently has
Capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2018 totaled
Capital expenditures included
The Company is currently operating three drilling rigs in the
The Company produced an average of 20,845 Boe/d (59% oil) in the first quarter of 2018 in NE Wattenberg, representing 47% growth over the first quarter of 2017. The NE Wattenberg oil price differential averaged
The Company reported positive results from its NE Wattenberg optimized completions targeting the Niobrara B and Niobrara C formations that included increased sand concentrations, tighter frac stage spacing, and enhanced flowback methods. The average twelve month cumulative oil production of wells in the 2017 program was 47% greater than the average for wells completed in 2015 and recent wells on average continue to meet or exceed the NE Wattenberg base XRL type-curve.
Recent completion activity was highlighted by DSU 5-61-20, which is located in the central area of NE Wattenberg and is the eastern-most DSU completed to date. Initial flowback began in the fourth quarter of 2017 and early production data is encouraging as the wells continue to perform consistent with the base type-curve through the initial 90 days of production, validating the consistency and attractiveness of the asset base. DSUs 4-62-29, 4-62-32 and 3-62-4 were placed on initial flowback during the first quarter and are trending towards peak production.
The Company continues to achieve drilling and completion efficiencies in the current operating environment as recent XRL well drilling days to rig release averaged under 7 days per well, representing a further improvement over the 2017 average. Drilling and completion cycle times improved by 7% to approximately 16 days, driven by a 14% improvement in completion times (frac and drill out days). The Company set a record during the quarter by averaging 4.2 days per well to frac a recent five-well DSU that included over 400 frac stages being completed.
Pro forma production sales volumes for the first quarter of 2018 averaged approximately 3,820 Boe/d (76% oil) and the oil price differential averaged
2018 OPERATING GUIDANCE
The Company is reiterating its 2018 and 2019 operating guidance outlook and providing second quarter of 2018 guidance for capital expenditures and production as discussed below. See "Forward-Looking Statements" below.
COMMODITY HEDGES UPDATE
The following table summarizes our current hedge position as of
Realized sales prices will reflect basis differentials from the index prices to the sales location.
First Quarter Conference Call and Webcast
The Company plans to host a conference call on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, to discuss first quarter of 2018 results. The call is scheduled at
Members of the Company's management are currently scheduled to participate in the following investor events:
All statements in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Words such as expects, forecast, guidance, anticipates, intends, plans, believes, seeks, estimates and similar expressions or variations of such words are intended to identify forward-looking statements herein; however, these are not the exclusive means of identifying forward-looking statements. In particular, the Company is providing "2018 Operating Guidance," which contains projections for certain 2018 operational and financial metrics. Additional forward-looking statements in this release relate to, among other things, future capital expenditures, costs, projects and opportunities; and the availability of adequate natural gas processing capacity.
These and other forward-looking statements in this press release are based on management's judgment as of the date of this release and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary significantly from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Please refer to the
ABOUT HIGHPOINT RESOURCES CORPORATION
Discretionary cash flow, adjusted net income (loss) and EBITDAX are non-GAAP measures. These measures are presented because management believes that they provide useful additional information to investors for analysis of the Company's performance. If used as a liquidity measure, they should be reconciled to cash flow from operations as well as adjusting net income (loss) for certain items to allow for a more consistent comparison from period to period. In addition, the Company believes that these measures are widely used by professional research analysts and others in the valuation, comparison and investment recommendations of companies in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, and that many investors use the published research of industry research analysts in making investment decisions.
These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, income from operations, net cash provided by operating activities or other income, profitability, cash flow or liquidity measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. The definition of these measures may vary among companies, and, therefore, the amounts presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.
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Larry C. Busnardo, Vice President, Investor Relations, 303-312-8514
Vice President, Investor Relations