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Cimarex Reports First Quarter 2017 Results

DENVER, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Total Production up 11% sequentially
Oil Production up 15% sequentially
Upper Wolfcamp well in Eddy County further delineates play

Cimarex Energy Co. (NYSE: XEC) today reported first quarter 2017 net income of $131.0 million, or $1.38 per share.  Adjusted first quarter net income (non-GAAP) was $99.7 million, or $1.05 per share, compared to first quarter 2016 adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) of $25.9 million, or $0.28 per share(1).  Net cash provided by operating activities was $249.5 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $85.4 million in the first quarter of 2016.  Adjusted cash flow from operations (non-GAAP) was $265.8 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $81.6 million in the first quarter a year ago(1)

Total company production came in above the high end of our guidance and averaged 1,063 million cubic feet equivalent (MMcfe) per day during the first quarter.  This was a nine percent increase over first quarter 2016 and a 11 percent increase sequentially. Oil production averaged 52,181 barrels per day, a 15 percent increase sequentially. 

Commodity prices improved significantly from a year ago and had a positive impact on Cimarex's financial results for the quarter. Realized oil prices averaged $47.71 per barrel versus $28.02 per barrel in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 70 percent.  Realized natural gas prices averaged $3.01 per Mcf, up 57 percent from the first quarter 2016 average of $1.92 per Mcf. NGL prices averaged $20.40 per barrel, up 107 percent from the $9.84 per barrel received in the same period one year ago.  (See table of Average Realized Price by Region below.)

Cimarex invested $306 million in exploration and development during the first quarter, of which $197 million is attributable to drilling and completion activities.  First quarter investments were funded with cash flow from operations and cash on hand.  Total debt at March 31, 2017, consisted of $1.5 billion of long-term notes.  Cimarex had no borrowings under its revolving credit facility and a cash balance of $579 million. Debt was 40 percent of total capitalization(2)

2017 Outlook

Cimarex is increasing its full-year production estimate for 2017 to 1.09 – 1.13 Bcfe per day, a midpoint increase of 15 percent over 2016 volumes.  Second quarter output is expected to average 1.08 – 1.13 Bcfe per day, with oil production expected to outpace total company volume growth and rise 6 - 10 percent sequentially.  Exploration and development capital for 2017 remains unchanged at $1.1 – 1.2 billion. 

Expenses per Mcfe of production for the remainder of 2017 are estimated to be:

Production expense

$0.60 -  0.70

Transportation, processing and other expense

  0.50  -  0.60

DD&A and ARO accretion*

  1.05  -  1.15

General and administrative expense

  0.20  -  0.25

Taxes other than income (% of oil and gas revenue)

   5.0  -  6.0%

*Adjusted for the impact of the previously announced corrections to the ceiling test impairment.


Operations Update

Cimarex invested $306 million in exploration and development during the first quarter, 69 percent in the Permian Basin and 30 percent in the Mid-Continent.  We completed 70 gross (26 net) wells during the quarter.  At March 31, 2017, 82 gross (26 net) wells were awaiting completion, of which 14 gross (11 net) were in the Permian and 68 gross (15 net) were in the Mid-Continent. Cimarex is currently operating 14 drilling rigs.

WELLS BROUGHT ON PRODUCTION BY REGION









For the Three Months Ended



March 31,



2017



2016

Gross wells






Permian Basin


25



7

Mid-Continent


45



15



70



22

Net wells






Permian Basin


16



3

Mid-Continent


10



2



26



5

Permian Region
Production from the Permian Basin averaged 577 MMcfe per day in the first quarter, a 21 percent increase from first quarter 2016 and 13 percent sequentially. Oil volumes represent 43 percent of the region's total production in the quarter. Oil volumes in the region were up 13 percent from the fourth quarter of 2016.  Natural gas production increased 12 percent and NGL production was up 13 percent sequentially. 

Cimarex brought 25 gross (16 net) wells on production in the Permian region during the first quarter. Of note, Cimarex completed an Upper Wolfcamp well in its White City area in Eddy County, New Mexico.  The Pintail 23-26 Fed Com 10H had average peak 30-day initial production of 1,557 BOE (9.3 MMcfe) per day of which 1,000 barrels per day (64 percent) was oil.  This well further delineates the Upper Wolfcamp to the north of Culberson County and represents our first test of the Upper Wolfcamp play in Eddy County.

In Reeves County, Texas, the Wood State project, a six-well infill project testing 12 wells per section in the Upper Wolfcamp, was recently brought on production.  Five of the six wells are producing at an average peak 30-day initial production of 1,973 BOE (11.8 MMcfe) per day of which 902 barrels per day (46 percent) is oil.  The sixth well is currently shut-in and waiting on remediation. 

There were 14 gross (11 net) wells waiting on completion on March 31.  Cimarex is currently operating eight rigs in the Permian region.

Mid-Continent
Production from the Mid-Continent averaged 484 MMcfe per day for the first quarter, down two percent versus first quarter 2016. Sequentially, crude oil volumes were up 20 percent, natural gas production grew three percent and NGL volumes increased 16 percent.

During the first quarter Cimarex completed and brought on production 45 gross (10 net) wells in the Mid-Continent.  At the end of the quarter, 68 gross (15 net) wells were waiting on completion.  We currently operate six rigs in the region.

Production by Region
Cimarex's average daily production and commodity price by region are summarized below:

DAILY PRODUCTION BY REGION








For the Three Months Ended



March 31,



2017


2016

Permian Basin





Gas (MMcf)

200.9


173.6


Oil (Bbls)

41,039


36,549


NGL (Bbls)

21,624


14,059


Total Equivalent (MMcfe)

576.8


477.3






Mid-Continent





Gas (MMcf)

285.0


298.4


Oil (Bbls)

11,053


9,253


NGL (Bbls)

22,151


23,148


Total Equivalent (MMcfe)

484.2


492.8






Total Company





Gas (MMcf)

487.2


472.9


Oil (Bbls)

52,181


46,110


NGL (Bbls)

43,804


37,263


Total Equivalent (MMcfe)

1,063.1


973.1

 

AVERAGE REALIZED PRICE BY REGION








For the Three Months Ended



March 31,



2017


2016

Permian Basin





Gas ($ per Mcf)

2.89


1.96


Oil ($ per Bbl)

47.95


28.22


NGL ($ per Bbl)

18.22


7.93






Mid-Continent





Gas ($ per Mcf)

3.09


1.91


Oil ($ per Bbl)

46.81


27.07


NGL ($ per Bbl)

22.53


10.99






Total Company





Gas ($ per Mcf)

3.01


1.92


Oil ($ per Bbl)

47.71


28.02


NGL ($ per Bbl)

20.40


9.84

Other

The following table summarizes the company's current open hedge positions:



2Q17

3Q17

4Q17

1Q18

2Q18

Average

Gas:

PEPL(3)








Volume (MMBtu/d)

140,000

120,000

90,000

60,000

30,000

88,100


Wtd Avg Floor

$      2.53

$      2.60

$   2.72

$   2.73

$   2.57

$     2.62


Wtd Avg Ceiling

$      3.06

$      3.12

$   3.20

$   3.23

$   3.14

$     3.13










El Paso Perm(3)








Volume (MMBtu/d)

103,000

80,000

60,000

40,000

20,000

60,800


Wtd Avg Floor

$      2.58

$      2.63

$   2.74

$   2.75

$   2.50

$     2.64


Wtd Avg Ceiling

$      3.09

$      3.13

$   3.20

$   3.22

$   3.04

$     3.13









Oil:

WTI(4)








Volume (Bbl/d)

24,000

20,000

15,000

10,000

4,000

14,600


Wtd Avg Floor

$   44.23

$   46.08

$ 47.27

$ 48.40

$ 50.00

$   46.25


Wtd Avg Ceiling

$   53.91

$   56.19

$ 57.51

$ 59.05

$ 58.96

$   56.26

Conference call and webcast
Cimarex will host a conference call today at 11:00 a.m. EDT (9:00 a.m. MDT). The call will be webcast and accessible on the Cimarex website at www.cimarex.com. To join the live, interactive call, please dial 866-367-3053 ten minutes before the scheduled start time (callers in Canada dial 855-669-9657 and international callers dial 412-902-4216). 

A replay will be available on the company's website and via the Cimarex App. 

Investor Presentation
For more details on Cimarex's first quarter 2017 results, please refer to the company's investor presentation available at www.cimarex.com.

About Cimarex Energy
Denver-based Cimarex Energy Co. is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with principal operations in the Mid-Continent and Permian Basin areas of the U.S.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding projected results and future events. In particular, the company is providing revised "2017 Outlook", which contains projections for certain 2017 operational and financial metrics.  These forward-looking statements are based on management's judgment as of the date of this press release and include certain risks and uncertainties.  Please refer to the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the SEC, and other filings including our Current Reports on Form 8-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, for a list of certain risk factors that may affect these forward-looking statements.

Actual results may differ materially from company projections and other forward-looking statements and can be affected by a variety of factors outside the control of the company including among other things: oil, NGL and natural gas price levels and volatility; higher than expected costs and expenses, including the availability and cost of services and materials; compliance with environmental and other regulations; risks associated with operating in one major geographic area; environmental liabilities; the ability to receive drilling and other permits and rights-of-way in a timely manner; development drilling and testing results; declines in the values of our oil and gas properties resulting in impairments; the potential for production decline rates to be greater than expected; performance of acquired properties and newly drilled wells; costs and availability of third party facilities for gathering, processing, refining and transportation; regulatory approvals, including regulatory restrictions on federal lands; legislative or regulatory changes, including initiatives related to hydraulic fracturing, emissions and disposal of produced water; unexpected future capital expenditures; economic and competitive conditions; the ability to obtain industry partners to jointly explore certain prospects, and the willingness and ability of those partners to meet capital obligations when requested; changes in estimates of proved reserves; derivative and hedging activities; the success of the company's risk management activities; title to properties; litigation; the ability to complete property sales or other transactions; the effectiveness of controls over financial reporting; and other factors discussed in the company's reports filed with the SEC. Cimarex Energy Co. encourages readers to consider the risks and uncertainties associated with projections and other forward-looking statements. In addition, the company assumes no obligation to publicly revise or update any forward-looking statements based on future events or circumstances.

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(1)

Adjusted net income and adjusted cash flow from operations are non-GAAP financial measures.  See below for reconciliations of the related GAAP amounts.



(2)

Debt to total capitalization is calculated by dividing long-term debt ($1.5 billion) by long-term debt ($1.5 billion) plus stockholders' equity ($2.2 billion). 



(3)

PEPL refers to Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Tex/OK Mid-Continent index and El Paso Perm is El Paso Permian Basin index both as quoted in Platt's Inside FERC.



(4)

WTI refers to West Texas Intermediate oil price as quoted on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

 

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET INCOME (LOSS) AND ADJUSTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE


The following table provides a reconciliation from generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) measures of net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share to adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted earnings (loss) per share (non-GAAP) for the periods indicated.





For the Three Months Ended




March 31,




2017



2016




(in thousands, except per share data)








Net income (loss)

$

130,972


$

(231,459)


Impairment of oil and gas properties


-



318,786


Mark-to-market (gain) loss on open derivative positions


(49,921)



4,640


Tax impact


18,671



(117,913)

Adjusted net income (loss)

$

99,722


$

(25,946)

Diluted earnings (loss) per share*

$

1.38


$

(2.49)

Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share*

$

1.05


$

(0.28)








Diluted shares attributable to common stockholders and participating securities


95,166



93,000


Adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share excludes the noted items because management believes these items affect the comparability of operating results. The company discloses these non-GAAP financial measures as a useful adjunct to GAAP earnings because:




a) Management uses adjusted net income (loss) to evaluate the company's operating performance between periods and to compare the company's performance to other oil and gas exploration and production companies.



b) Adjusted net income (loss) is more comparable to earnings estimates provided by research analysts.


*

Earnings (loss) per share are based on actual figures rather than the rounded figures presented.

 

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS


The following table provides a reconciliation from generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) measures of net cash provided by operating activities to adjusted cash flows from operations (non-GAAP) for the periods indicated.





For the Three Months Ended




March 31,




2017



2016




(in thousands)

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

249,514


$

85,405


Change in operating assets and liabilities


16,320



(3,814)

Adjusted cash flow from operations

$

265,834


$

81,591


Management uses the non-GAAP financial measure of adjusted cash flow from operations as a means of measuring our ability to fund our capital program and dividends, without fluctuations caused by changes in current assets and liabilities, which are included in the GAAP measure of net cash provided by operating activities.  Management believes this non-GAAP financial measure provides useful information to investors for the same reason, and that it is also used by professional research analysts in providing investment recommendations pertaining to companies in the oil and gas exploration and production industry.

 

OIL AND GAS CAPITALIZED EXPENDITURES











For the Three Months Ended




March 31,




2017



2016




(in thousands)

Acquisitions:







Proved


$


$

3,324

Unproved



3,033



10,568

Net purchase price adjustments



5



(2,962)




3,038



10,930








Exploration and development:







Land and seismic



77,185



11,162

Exploration and development



228,467



147,022




305,652



158,184








Sale proceeds:







Proved





(12,500)

Unproved



(4,966)



Net purchase price adjustments



65



(471)




(4,901)



(12,971)










$

303,789


$

156,143

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) (unaudited)













For the Three Months Ended





March 31,





2017



2016




(in thousands, except per share data)









Revenues:







Oil sales

$

224,066


$

117,573


Gas sales


131,945



82,608


NGL sales


80,426



33,352


Gas gathering and other, net


10,739



7,067





447,176



240,600

Costs and expenses:







Impairment of oil and gas properties




318,786


Depreciation, depletion, amortization, and accretion


97,436



112,934


Production


62,421



70,702


Transportation, processing, and other operating


55,023



46,443


Gas gathering and other


8,427



8,080


Taxes other than income


21,313



13,839


General and administrative


18,034



13,897


Stock compensation


6,288



5,528


Gain on derivative instruments, net


(43,861)



(428)


Other operating expense, net


616



90





225,697



589,871









Operating income (loss)


221,479



(349,271)









Other (income) and expense:







Interest expense 


21,052



20,805


Capitalized interest


(6,641)



(4,904)


Other, net


(2,210)



(1,650)









Income (loss) before income tax


209,278



(363,522)

Income tax expense (benefit)


78,306



(132,063)









Net income (loss)

$

130,972


$

(231,459)









Earnings (loss) per share to common stockholders:















Basic 

$

1.38


$

(2.49)


Diluted

$

1.38


$

(2.49)









Dividends declared per share

$

0.08


$

0.08









Shares attributable to common stockholders:







Unrestricted common shares outstanding


93,389



93,000


Diluted common shares


93,428



93,000









Shares attributable to common stockholders and participating securities:







Basic shares outstanding


95,128



N/A*


Fully diluted shares 


95,166



N/A*









Comprehensive income (loss):







Net income (loss)

$

130,972


$

(231,459)


Other comprehensive income:








Change in fair value of investments, net of tax 


402



85


Total comprehensive income (loss)

$

131,374


$

(231,374)



*

Due to the net loss in the period ended March 31, 2016, shares of 94,824, which include participating securities, are not considered in the loss per share calculations.

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENTS (unaudited)


















For the Three Months Ended







March 31,







2017


2016







(in thousands)












Cash flows from operating activities:







Net income (loss)

$

130,972


$

(231,459)


Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:









Impairment of oil and gas properties




318,786




Depreciation, depletion, amortization, and accretion


97,436



112,934




Deferred income taxes


78,312



(132,063)




Stock compensation


6,288



5,528




Gain on derivative instruments, net


(43,861)



(428)




Settlements on derivative instruments


(6,060)



5,068




Changes in non-current assets and liabilities


1,019



1,863




Other, net


1,728



1,362


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:









Receivables


(44,662)



33,147




Other current assets


(2,965)



11,982




Accounts payable and other current liabilities


31,307



(41,315)






Net cash provided by operating activities


249,514



85,405

Cash flows from investing activities:







Oil and gas expenditures


(311,841)



(176,395)


Sales of oil and gas assets


4,901



12,971


Sales of other assets


45



88


Other capital expenditures


(8,082)



(9,477)






Net cash used by investing activities


(314,977)



(172,813)

Cash flows from financing activities:







Dividends paid


(7,577)



(15,104)


Employee withholding taxes paid upon the net settlement of equity-classified stock awards


(938)



(345)


Proceeds from exercise of stock options and other


10



114






Net cash used by financing activities


(8,505)



(15,335)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents


(73,968)



(102,743)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


652,876



779,382

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

578,908


$

676,639

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)




March 31,


December 31,


2017


2016

Assets


(in thousands, except share data)

Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents

$

578,908


$

652,876


Receivables, net of allowance


319,142



274,597


Oil and gas well equipment and supplies


37,487



33,342


Derivative instruments


6,381




Other current assets


7,309



8,489



Total current assets


949,227



969,304

Oil and gas properties at cost, using the full cost method of accounting:







Proved properties


16,519,581



16,225,495


Unproved properties and properties under development, not being amortized


489,888



478,277





17,009,469



16,703,772


Less – accumulated depreciation, depletion, amortization, and impairment


(14,434,516)



(14,349,505)



Net oil and gas properties


2,574,953



2,354,267

Fixed assets, net of accumulated depreciation


203,917



205,465

Goodwill


620,232



620,232

Derivative instruments


2,438



Deferred income taxes


10,424



55,835

Other assets


32,808



32,621




$

4,393,999


$

4,237,724

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity






Current liabilities:







Accounts payable

$

86,182


$

74,486


Accrued liabilities


268,926



278,781


Derivative instruments


10,838



49,370


Revenue payable


141,376



119,715



Total current liabilities


507,322



522,352

Long-term debt:







Principal


1,500,000



1,500,000


Less – unamortized debt issuance costs


(11,500)



(12,061)



Long-term debt, net


1,488,500



1,487,939

Other liabilities 


187,228



184,444



Total liabilities


2,183,050



2,194,735

Commitments and contingencies






Stockholders' equity:







Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 15,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued





Common stock, $0.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 95,116,764 and 95,123,525 shares issued, respectively


951



951


Additional paid-in capital


2,771,296



2,763,452


Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)


(562,645)



(722,359)


Accumulated other comprehensive income


1,347



945



Total stockholders' equity


2,210,949



2,042,989




$

4,393,999


$

4,237,724

 

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SOURCE Cimarex Energy Co.

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