- 4Q oil production sets quarterly record; up 15% vs. 3Q 2016
- WPX’s third Wolfcamp D well and second Wolfcamp X/Y well went online in 4Q
- First oil started flowing on Delaware gathering system in December
- Three rigs deployed on Wolfcamp A 9-well spacing test in 4Q
- 6-well West Lybrook pad surpassed 1 million Boe in first 180 days (70% oil)
- Worked aggressively to complete backlog of Williston DUCs in 4Q
- Reserves replacement rate in 2016 was 317%
TULSA, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX) reported record oil output during the last quarter of 2016, spurring its plan to grow oil production and EBITDAX at a compound annual growth rate of 30-40 percent from 2017-2020 on a pro forma basis that assumes the closing of a previously announced acquisition.
Fourth-quarter 2016 oil production averaged 44,700 barrels per day, which was 15 percent higher than the third quarter. First sales from accelerating the completion of the Williston DUC inventory drove the increase.
“Operationally, we hit the mark in the fourth quarter and achieved more than we set out to do by bringing some of our expected oil volume growth online ahead of schedule,” said Rick Muncrief, chairman, president and chief executive officer.
“We accomplished this even as we continue to do the necessary work to build an even deeper portfolio of projects that drive sustained, profitable growth. Our overriding objective is long-term value creation on a per share basis,” Muncrief added.
WPX reported an unaudited fourth-quarter 2016 net loss attributable to common shareholders of $175 million, or a loss of $0.51 per share on a diluted basis, primarily associated with non-cash net losses from the company’s hedge book that result when rising commodity prices are higher than underlying contractual prices.
The company’s adjusted net loss in fourth-quarter 2016 was $54 million, or a loss of $0.16 per share. A reconciliation accompanies this release, as well as additional financial results.
During the fourth quarter, WPX also initiated a process to evaluate strategic options for midstream infrastructure in the Delaware Basin specifically focused on crude oil gathering and natural gas processing. These options include the potential for a joint venture. WPX expects to complete this process by the end of second-quarter 2017.
Similar to its hedging strategy to protect revenues, WPX also has worked to control costs by implementing a supply chain management function over the past two years. The capability has allowed WPX to self-source completions in the Delaware and Williston basins. Approximately 70 percent of WPX’s 2017 D&C costs are currently under contract, which helps mitigate potential inflation as demand for oilfield services increases.
WPX completed its third Wolfcamp D and second Wolfcamp X/Y delineation wells in the fourth quarter. The three Wolfcamp D wells in Eddy and Loving counties validate the presence of Wolfcamp D throughout WPX’s Stateline acreage. The X/Y delineation work validates the presence of the X/Y in both the Stateline and Rustler Breaks areas.
The third D well – the Pecos State 46-5H – produced 1,628 Boe/d (22 percent oil) over 30 days of initial production at an average flowing tubing pressure of 3,069 PSI. The second X/Y well – the Pecos State 46-6H – produced 1,780 Boe/d (50 percent oil) over 30 days of initial production at an average flowing tubing pressure of 1,802 PSI.
During the fourth quarter, WPX dedicated three rigs in the Delaware to a nine-well spacing test in the upper and lower Wolfcamp A. The project is designed to validate 80-acre spacing in both the upper and lower Wolfcamp A, which would result in 16 wells per drilling spacing unit. Initial flowback on these wells is expected to start in late March, with anticipated first sales in April.
Initial oil flows on WPX’s new Delaware crude gathering system started on Dec. 28. WPX already has 13 wells tied into the system. Work on the 50-mile crude line will continue throughout the year. The system has a planned capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil per day.
In the Williston Basin, WPX completed a total of 19 Williston DUCs during full-year 2016, including 14 in the fourth quarter. Nine 3-mile laterals on the Peterson, North Segment and Olive Mae pads had a combined average peak rate of 1,900 Boe/d. Ten 2-mile laterals on the Wells, Helena Ruth Grant and Owl Comes Out pads had a combined average peak rate of nearly 2,600 Boe/d.
According to publicly reported information, WPX’s new Williston wells in 2016 ranked first in the basin for cumulative oil production over 90-day and 180-day periods. The 90-day data was derived from more than 400 locations, including nine WPX wells. The 180-day data was derived from nearly 250 locations, including six WPX wells. These results highlight the success of how WPX continues to evolve its completion designs.
In the San Juan Basin, WPX’s six-well pad in the West Lybrook unit now has cumulative 180-day production of more than 1 million Boe (70% oil), which represents an average of approximately 1,000 Boe/d per well. Also, two successful step-out delineation wells in the Kimbeto Wash and North Escavada areas have cumulative 160-day production of more than 250,000 boe (71% oil), which represents a combined average of approximately 875 Boe/d per well.
After the first of this year, WPX announced the acquisition of 18,100 net acres in Reeves, Loving, Ward and Winkler counties in Texas, which includes 920 gross undeveloped locations in the geologic sweet spot of the Delaware Basin and approximately 6,500 Boe/d (55% oil) of production. There is an existing two-rig program on the acreage, which WPX plans to continue following the expected close of the transaction before the end of first-quarter 2017.
2016 PROVED RESERVES
WPX’s proved reserves at Dec. 31, 2016, were 346.4 MMBoe. For the first time, at least 50 percent of proved reserves were oil. Excluding Piceance, the company replaced its overall 2016 production at a rate of 317 percent.
Approximately 65 percent of WPX’s reserves are oil and natural gas liquids, up significantly from 37 percent at year-end 2015 prior to the divestiture of the company’s Piceance Basin subsidiary.
Permian proved reserves increased 56 percent from a year ago to 143.5 MMBoe at year-end 2016. Williston proved reserves grew 13 percent to 104.9 MMBoe. San Juan proved reserves went up 5 percent to 91 MMBoe.
2016 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Oil sales of $173 million accounted for 75 percent of WPX’s fourth-quarter total product revenues of $231 million. Quarterly oil revenue grew by 40 percent vs. the same period in 2015 driven by higher average prices and production volumes.
WPX’s fourth-quarter 2016 net loss of $175 million was primarily driven by $148 million of unrealized non-cash net losses from its hedge book that resulted from forward commodity price increases. The company decreased lease operating expense by 15 percent per Boe vs. the same period a year ago, but the improvement was offset by increased production taxes and GP&T expenses.
Fourth-quarter G&A included $11 million of costs for both severance expense and an additional expense related to the employee annual incentive program for performance that significantly exceeded 2016 targets.
The adjusted net loss from continuing operations (a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes certain items typically excluded from published analyst estimates) in the fourth quarter was $54 million, or a loss of $0.16 per share. Adjusted EBITDAX (a non-GAAP financial measure) for the fourth quarter was $135 million. Reconciliations for non-GAAP financial measures accompany this press release.
For full-year 2016, WPX reported a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $641 million, or a loss of $2.05 per share; an adjusted net loss from continuing operations of $255 million, or a loss of $0.82 per share; and adjusted EBITDAX of $475 million. The reported full-year loss also was driven by hedge book losses, as well as higher DD&A expenses from the company’s shift to oil. Reconciliations for non-GAAP financial measures accompany this press release.
For full-year 2016, the weighted average gross sales price – prior to revenue deductions – for oil decreased 8 percent to $37.26 per barrel vs. a year ago. Natural gas prices decreased 12 percent to $2.14 per Mcf. NGL prices increased 5 percent to $15.68 per barrel. Prices for all three commodities showed improvement in the fourth quarter of the year, led by oil at an average of $42.93 per barrel.
Fourth-quarter 2016 oil output of 44,700 was up 16 percent vs. a year ago and 8 percent higher than WPX’s previous quarterly high of 41,500 bbl/d in first-quarter 2016. The increase was driven by activity in the Williston Basin as WPX brought its inventory of drilled-but-uncompleted wells onto first sales.
Total company production volumes of 88.7 Mboe/d in fourth-quarter 2016 were up 9 percent vs. a year ago and 5 percent higher than third-quarter 2016.
Liquids volumes accounted for 62 percent of production in fourth-quarter 2016, up considerably from 36 percent a year ago prior to the company’s disposition of its Piceance subsidiary.
Year-over-year total production increased 19 percent to 84.6 Mboe/d in 2016, driven by the benefit of a full year of Delaware Basin volumes. WPX has now posted double-digit oil volume growth in each of the past five years.
Results for 2015 include a partial year of Delaware volumes following WPX’s acquisition of RKI Exploration & Production, LLC in August 2015.
|Average Daily Production||4Q||Full Year|
|San Juan Basin||8.7||8.6||1%||7.6||8.9||-15%|
|San Juan Basin||3.7||4.1||-10%||3.8||3.4||12%|
|Natural gas (MMcf/d)|
|San Juan Basin||117||141||-17%||125||129||-3%|
|Total Production (Mboe/d)||88.7||81.1||9%||84.6||71.0||19%|
*Notes: 2015 results exclude Piceance Basin volumes that were divested and only reflect a partial year of Delaware Basin activity following the purchase of RKI E&P in third-quarter 2015. NM denotes a percentage change that is immaterial or not meaningful.
Total capital spending for full-year 2016 was $584 million, including $84 million in land purchases and $27 million in Piceance activity that was reimbursed in conjunction with the divestiture of that business.
Overall, WPX participated in the completion of 131 gross (71.29 net) wells in 2016, including 36 gross (21.99 net) in the fourth quarter.
|2016 WELL COMPLETIONS||OPERATED||NON-OPERATED|
|San Juan Basin||16||15.49||0||0|
|Other (Green River)||0||0||45||0.24|
DELAWARE BASIN SUMMARY
WPX operates in the core of the Permian’s world-class Delaware Basin, where the company is nearing completion of a bolt-on acquisition that will increase its acreage position in the basin by more than 15 percent.
The previously announced acquisition encompasses 18,100 net acres, 920 gross undeveloped locations and 6,500 Boe/d (55 percent oil) of existing production.
Delaware production averaged 25.1 Mboe/d in the fourth quarter. WPX’s quarterly oil volumes in the basin increased 32 percent vs. the same period a year ago.
WPX plans to invest $480-$510 million in the Delaware this year on a pro forma basis (assuming the close of the pending acquisition) to complete an estimated 85-100 wells. The company has five rigs deployed in the basin. WPX also plans to continue the existing two-rig program associated with its acquisition of bolt-on acreage.
Three of the rigs on WPX’s existing acreage are currently drilling extended-length (1.5 to 2 mile) laterals. Roughly forty percent of the company’s Delaware wells in its 2017 drilling plan are extended-length laterals.
WILLISTON BASIN SUMMARY
WPX’s Williston Basin production comes from the Bakken and Three Forks formations. Approximately 85 percent of the production stream is oil.
Williston Basin production averaged 28.8 Mboe/d in the fourth quarter as oil volumes rose 39 percent vs. the third-quarter of 2016. Full-year production in the basin averaged 25.0 Mboe/d.
WPX completed 14 wells from its Williston DUC inventory in the fourth quarter, comprised of six Bakken wells and eight Three Forks wells. Ten of the wells were two-mile laterals. Four of the wells were three-mile laterals.
WPX had 12 spuds in the basin during the fourth quarter, all of which were 2-mile laterals. Spud-to-rig-release times averaged less than 15 days per well, including the company’s two fastest wells in the basin.
WPX plans to invest $240-$260 million in the basin this year to complete an estimated 38-42 wells. The company has two rigs deployed in the basin.
SAN JUAN BASIN SUMMARY
WPX produces oil in the southern end of the San Juan Basin from the Gallup Sandstone and has a legacy natural gas position in the northern end of the basin, including considerable dry Mancos upside.
San Juan Basin production averaged 31.9 Mboe/d in the fourth quarter as oil volumes rose 21 percent vs. the third-quarter of 2016. Full-year production in the basin was slightly higher at 32.2 Mboe/d.
Subsequent to the close of the quarter, WPX drilled its fastest well in the basin to date. The company recently drilled a 1.5-mile lateral in just 5.8 days.
WPX plans to invest $150-$170 million in the basin this year to complete an estimated 40-46 wells. The company has one rig deployed in the basin.
Most of the 2017 drilling plan is focused on the West Lybrook unit where WPX has eight pads built and rig-ready.
2017 PRO FORMA GUIDANCE
WPX’s 2017 pro forma projections are based on the assumed closing of a previously announced bolt-on acquisition in the Delaware Basin. The parties expect to close the transaction by the end of the first quarter.
WPX’s 2017 budget for drilling and completions is $870-$940 million to support a 10-rig program. More than half of the capital is targeted for development in the Delaware Basin. The company plans to spend an additional $35-$45 million to continue the build out of its oil gathering system in the basin.
WPX expects total production in 2017 of 103-113 Mboe/d, including 52-56 Mbbl/d of oil. Projected 2017 oil volumes represent 30 percent growth vs. 2016.
Oil growth is expected to accelerate in the second half of the year based on the timing of anticipated first sales, which is driven by pad drilling and the batching of completions to facilitate operational efficiencies.
Cash operating expense (not including DD&A) is estimated at $9-$10.50 per Boe this year. Additional information about WPX’s 2017 pro forma guidance is available in a slide presentation at www.wpxenergy.com.
WPX’s total liquidity at the close of business on Dec. 31, 2016, was approximately $1.45 billion, including $959 million of available revolver capacity and $496 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents.
For 2017, WPX has 39,554 barrels per day of oil hedged at a weighted average price of $50.93 per barrel. WPX also has 170,000 MMBtu per day of natural gas hedged at a weighted average price of $3.02 per MMBtu.
For 2018, WPX has 30,000 barrels per day of oil hedged at a weighted average price of $54.61 per barrel. WPX also has 155,000 MMBtu per day of natural gas hedged at a weighted average price of $2.98 per MMBtu.
The company’s next debt maturity does not occur until 2020. In the fourth quarter of 2016, WPX redeemed the remaining balance ($125 million) of its 2017 notes.
JOIN THURSDAY’S WEBCAST
The company’s next webcast takes place on Feb. 23 beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern. Investors are encouraged to access the event and the corresponding slides at www.wpxenergy.com.
A limited number of phone lines also will be available at (844) 215-3288. International callers should dial (615) 247-5915. The conference identification code is 48875328.
WPX plans to file its 2016 Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week. Once filed, the document will be available on the SEC and WPX websites.
ABOUT WPX ENERGY, INC.
WPX is an oil-focused energy company with operations in the Permian, Williston and San Juan basins. The company is one of the 20 largest U.S. producers based on total assets and market capitalization. WPX has eight rigs deployed and has engaged in more than $6 billion of transactions since mid-2014 to vastly increase its long-term oil drilling inventory.