- Aggressively applying enhanced drilling and completion techniques throughout capital program
- Completed first pad of DUC wells, early data out-pacing expectations
- Commenced drilling program at the end of July; first pad expected to complete in fourth quarter
- Continuing cost reduction program; reduced annualized cash G&A
- Second quarter production volumes averaged 15.9 MBoe per day
DENVER, Aug. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. (NYSE:BCEI) (the “Company”) today announces its second quarter 2017 financial results and operating outlook and has posted an updated investor presentation to its corporate website.
Jack Vaughn, Chairman of the Board of Directors commented, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are very pleased with our team’s swift progress in commencing the Company’s 2017 drilling and completion program. Three key objectives of this program are to maximize well performance through completion design enhancements, reduce the cost structure at the field and corporate level, commence operations in the French Lake area, and allocate capital at a pace that preserves the Company’s balance sheet. As the team executes the 2017 capital program, the Board of Directors has engaged an executive search firm to identify and review CEO candidates and is simultaneously assessing strategic opportunities. With strong leadership, we believe that Bonanza Creek can become a premier DJ Basin producer.”
Second Quarter 2017 Results
For the second quarter of 2017, the Company reported average daily production of 15.9 MBoe per day, in line with the Company’s guidance of 15.8 – 16.2 Mboe per day, and a 32% decrease from the second quarter of 2016. The reduction in production volumes from the prior year is a result of having no drilling and completion activity during the previous five quarters. Product mix for the second quarter of 2017 was 51% oil, 22% NGLs, and 27% natural gas.
Net revenue for the second quarter of 2017 was $44.1 million, compared to $54.5 million for the second quarter of 2016. Crude oil accounted for approximately 74% of total revenue. Differentials for the Company’s Rocky Mountain oil production during the quarter averaged approximately $4.45 per Bbl, a 50% decrease from the second quarter of 2016. The significant reduction in the Company’s oil differentials is a result of its recently restructured oil purchasing contracts in the Wattenberg. Corporate average realized prices for the second quarter of 2017 are presented below.
|Average Realized Prices|
|Three Months Ended
June 30, 2017
|Oil (per Bbl)||44.89|
|Gas (per Mcf)||2.52|
|NGL (per Bbl)||16.71|
|Boe (Per Boe)||30.51|
Lease operating expense (“LOE”) for the second quarter of 2017 was $9.4 million, or $6.47 per Boe, a 13% reduction in total LOE compared to $10.7 million or $5.08 per Boe in the second quarter of 2016. Per unit metrics have increased from year to year as a result of declining volumes. These metrics are expected to improve as activity is restarted and production volumes stabilize and increase.
Below is a breakout of the Company’s regional LOE and gas plant and midstream operating expense for the second quarter of 2017.
|Three Months Ended June 30, 2017|
|Rocky Mountain||Mid-Continent||Total Company|
|Lease operating expense||$||6,808||$||5.94||$||2,548||$||8.46||$||9,356||$||6.47|
|Gas plant and midstream operating expense||$||1,535||$||1.34||$||1,063||$||3.53||2,598||$||1.80|
The Company’s general and administrative (“G&A”) expense was $19.1 million for the second quarter of 2017, a 45% increase from the second quarter of 2016. The increase is primarily due to approximately $7.1 million in non-cash stock compensation, which was accelerated in connection with the departure of the Company’s former CEO on June 11, 2017, and $1.1 million of post-petition restructuring fees. The Company’s recurring cash G&A expense for the second quarter of 2017 was $9.2 million and is exclusive of the aforementioned post-petition restructuring fees. This compares to prior year recurring cash G&A expense of $10.9 million. The benefits of the Company’s ongoing G&A cost reduction program are discussed below. Recurring cash G&A is a non-GAAP measure. Please refer to the reconciliation to GAAP general and administrative expense in the financial exhibits to this press release.
Testing and Assessing Enhanced Completions
During the second quarter of 2017, the Company completed its first pad of 4 drilled uncompleted (“DUC”) wells. These 4,100-foot standard reach lateral (“SRL”) wells were completed using approximately 2,000 pounds of sand per lateral foot and utilized approximately 100-foot stage spacing. This enhanced completion design compares to the Company’s previous standard design of approximately 1,000 pounds per lateral foot of sand and stage spacing of approximately 160 feet. Flow-back of these wells has utilized the Company’s enhanced recovery flow-back protocol, which provides choke management to increase oil cuts and overall recoveries by maintaining down-hole pressures higher for longer and decreasing medium-term decline rates. The DUCs started flowing back on July 2, 2017 and while early, the initial results are encouraging.
The Company commenced its 2017 drilling program at the end of July by spudding a three-well pad, consisting of one, 9,600 foot extended reach lateral (“XRL”) well and two SRL wells. The Company expects the first pad to be turned into sales during the fourth quarter.
All of the Company’s 2017 drilling and completion activity will utilize various forms of enhanced completion design to maximize well productivity, recovery, and project economics.
In addition to its operated program, the Company plans to participate in approximately 18 gross non-operated wells. These 18 wells will also test enhanced completions and provide informative and useful well data over a broader areal extent of the Company’s acreage with lower capital commitments. The operated and non-operated programs will together provide a significant data set of 43 well results. These results will provide key information regarding the potential uplift from various leading-edge completion designs, which will inform the Company’s development plans.
French Lake Opportunity
During 2017 and into the beginning of 2018, the Company plans to drill and complete eight XRL wells in its French Lake area. The Company acquired this acreage in the fall of 2014 and, with its financial restructuring and recapitalization complete, the Company is eager to confirm the geology and reservoir performance of the area. Bonanza Creek is pursuing its plans under an agreement with an offset operator, and upon completion of these eight wells, will essentially eliminate all of the Company’s near-term lease expiry risk in its Wattenberg acreage. The Company plans to pursue a comprehensive agreement to develop this acreage with the offset operator.
Production, Capital, and Expense Outlook
The Company is reiterating its production and capital guidance for the remainder of the year and providing initial cost guidance for 2017. As a part of its ongoing cost structure review, the Company executed a reduction in force subsequent to the second quarter, which resulted in a reduction of 25% of its employee base. Based on these changes, the Company now expects its annualized recurring cash G&A expense to be within the range of $30 – $32 million, which compares to $45.6 million of recurring cash G&A in 2016. Recurring G&A expense excludes non-recurring items associated with advisor fees and severance charges. These announced G&A savings, along with continued efforts to reduce LOE and further reduce non-payroll G&A, will help drive Bonanza Creek towards its goal of increasing full-cycle returns.
Below is a table summarizing the Company’s production, capital, and expense guidance for the remainder of 2017.
|Three Months Ended
September 30, 2017
|Twelve Months Ended
December 31, 2017
|Production (MBoe/d)||15.8 – 16.2||16.3 – 16.7|
|LOE ($/Boe)||$6.50 – $7.00|
|Midstream expense ($/Boe)||$1.90 – $2.10|
|Cash G&A* ($MM)||$38 – $40|
|Production taxes (% of pre-derivative realization)||7% – 8%|
|Total CAPEX ($MM)||$120 – $130|
|* Cash G&A guidance assumes expected severance costs of $2.0 million in the third quarter of 2017 and nonrecurring expenses of $3.2 million. Cash G&A is a non-GAAP measure that excludes the Company’s stock based compensation. The Company does not guide to GAAP G&A expense as it has less certainty to the stock based compensation portion of GAAP G&A.|
As of the end of the second quarter, the Company had liquidity of $246 million, which included cash on hand of $54 million and $192 million of borrowing capacity under its credit facility. The Company has no outstanding term debt and its credit facility is undrawn. Based on the terms of the credit facility, the Company’s next borrowing base redetermination will occur in April of 2018. The Company’s balance sheet strength allows it to be flexible, patient and selective in its investment decisions, and the opportunity to participate in acquisition opportunities and the flexibility to objectively evaluate divestiture candidates.
Commodity Derivative Position
Subsequent to the second quarter, the Company began to implement hedges for oil and gas for the remainder of 2017 through the first half of 2019. As the new wells are turned into sales, the Company plans to add incremental hedges to lock in cash flows and project returns. The Company’s current hedge position is summarized in the table below.
(NYMEX Henry Hub)
Price per Bbl
Price per MMBTU
Fresh Start Accounting
The Company adopted fresh-start accounting as of April 28, 2017, the effective date of its emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, resulting in a new corporate entity for financial reporting purposes. Upon the adoption of fresh-start accounting, the Company’s assets and liabilities were recorded at their fair values as of the fresh-start reporting date. As a result, the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements subsequent to April 28, 2017 are not comparable to its financial statements prior to April 28, 2017. References to “Predecessor” refer to the Company prior to the adoption of fresh-start accounting while references to “Successor” refer to the Company subsequent to the adoptions of fresh-start accounting. Please review the Company’s second quarter 2017 Form 10-Q for further details regarding fresh-start accounting and the financial information presented at the end of this release.
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call to discuss these financial and operating results on August 9, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. Mountain Time (10:00 a.m. Eastern Time). A webcast of the live event, as well as a replay, will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.bonanzacrk.com. Dial-in information for the conference call is included below.
About Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc.
Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of onshore oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas in the United States. The Company’s assets and operations are concentrated primarily in the Rocky Mountain region in the Wattenberg Field, focused on the Niobrara and Codell formations, and in southern Arkansas, focused on oily Cotton Valley sands. The Company’s common shares are listed for trading on the NYSE under the symbol: “BCEI.” For more information about the Company, please visit www.bonanzacrk.com. Please note that the Company routinely posts important information about the Company under the Investor Relations section of its website.