Delivered 27% Crude Oil Growth Year-over-Year
Raised Full-Year 2018 Production Growth Outlook
MIDLAND, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Concho Resources Inc. (NYSE: CXO) (the “Company” or “Concho”) today reported financial and operating results for first-quarter 2018.
First-Quarter 2018 Highlights
- Announced agreement to acquire RSP Permian, Inc.
- Increased crude oil production volumes by approximately 14 MBopd, or 11%, quarter-over-quarter to 144 MBopd.
- Delivered total production of 228 MBoepd, exceeding the high end of the Company’s guidance range.
- Raised full-year 2018 production growth outlook to a range of 18% – 20% and maintained capital expenditure guidance. Concho’s outlook excludes the RSP Permian transaction.
- Achieved record 30-day production rates in the Company’s Northern and Southern Delaware Basin assets and set a Company record average lateral length in the Northern Delaware Basin.
- Received $157 million cash distribution from Oryx Southern Delaware Holdings, LLC.
- Reduced total debt by approximately $320 million from year-end 2017.
- Reported net income of $835 million, or $5.58 per diluted share. Adjusted net income totaled $149 million, or $1.00 per diluted share (non-GAAP).
- Generated $570 million of EBITDAX (non-GAAP).
See “Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Measures” at the end of this press release for a description of non-GAAP measures adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and EBITDAX as well as a reconciliation of these measures to the associated GAAP measure.
Tim Leach, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our team achieved another outstanding quarter of operational and financial results, driving significant production growth while maintaining a disciplined capital program. Our results reflect our focus on large-scale project development, which enables us to maximize ultimate recovery, efficiencies and returns. Looking ahead, we intend to build on our strong momentum and capitalize on our execution strength, cost control and strong balance sheet to extend our track record of delivering growth and returns. We are excited about our pending transaction with RSP, which reinforces our scale advantage. We look forward to completing the acquisition and delivering the value creating benefits of the transaction to the shareholders of both companies.”
First-Quarter 2018 Operations Summary
Production for first-quarter 2018 was 21 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe), or an average of 228 thousand Boe per day (MBoepd), an increase of approximately 26% from first-quarter 2017 and 8% from fourth-quarter 2017. Average daily crude oil production for first-quarter 2018 totaled 144 thousand barrels per day (MBopd), an increase of approximately 27% from first-quarter 2017 and 11% from fourth-quarter 2017. Natural gas production for first-quarter 2018 totaled 505 million cubic feet per day (MMcfpd).
During first-quarter 2018, Concho averaged 20 rigs, compared to 16 rigs in fourth-quarter 2017. The table below summarizes the Company’s gross drilling and completion activity by core area for first-quarter 2018.
|Northern Delaware Basin||33||20||25||12|
|Southern Delaware Basin||16||15||12||10|
|New Mexico Shelf||1||1||1||1|
The Company is currently running 20 rigs, including nine rigs in the Northern Delaware Basin, six rigs in the Southern Delaware Basin and five rigs in the Midland Basin. Concho expects to add one rig to the Northern Delaware Basin and one rig to the New Mexico Shelf in May 2018. Additionally, the Company is currently utilizing six completion crews.
Northern Delaware Basin
In the Northern Delaware Basin, Concho added 12 wells with at least 60 days of production as of the end of first-quarter 2018. The average 30-day peak and average 60-day peak rates for these wells were 1,993 Boepd (74% oil) and 1,900 Boepd (73% oil), respectively. The wells delivered record 30-day performance. In addition, ten of the 12 wells added were long-lateral wells, driving a Company record average lateral length in the Northern Delaware Basin of 8,544 feet.
Delineating Lower Second Bone Spring in Eddy County, New Mexico
In the Northern Delaware Basin, Concho continues to optimize lateral placement, completion techniques and well spacing to maximize recovery from the prolific multi-zone resource. During first-quarter 2018, Concho delineated a new target within the 2nd Bone Spring formation in Eddy County, New Mexico, with two successful well results from the Craig Federal 12H and the Road Runner Federal 12H. These two wells, which were landed in the lower 2nd Bone Spring, are part of a stacked development pattern in the 2nd Bone Spring, with the landing zones between these two wells and existing wells separated vertically by 500 feet. Additionally, the average 30-day peak and average 60-day peak rates per well were 2,457 Boepd (74% oil) and 2,322 (72% oil), respectively, from an average lateral length of approximately 9,830 feet.
Southern Delaware Basin
In the Southern Delaware Basin, Concho added 21 wells with at least 60 days of production as of the end of first-quarter 2018. The average 30-day peak and average 60-day peak rates for these wells were 2,070 Boepd (73% oil) and 1,787 Boepd (73% oil), respectively. Notably, the average 30-day peak rate marked a Company record in the Southern Delaware Basin. The average lateral length for these wells was 9,204 feet.
In the Midland Basin, Concho added 20 wells with at least 60 days of production as of the end of first-quarter 2018. The average 30-day peak and average 60-day peak rates for these wells were 1,156 Boepd (85% oil) and 1,114 Boepd (84% oil), respectively, with an average lateral length of 10,156 feet.
Delivering Outstanding Results from Large-Scale Project Development in the Midland Basin
During fourth-quarter 2017, Concho completed the 13-well, two-mile Mabee Ranch project located in Andrews County, Texas. The project achieved average 30-day peak and average 60-day peak rates of approximately 15 MBoepd (83% oil) and 14 MBoepd (83% oil), respectively. Additionally, through fiber optic monitoring, Concho continues to gather valuable proprietary data with long-term implications for full-field development optimization. The Company has transferred several of these completion techniques to other projects across the portfolio.
First-Quarter 2018 Financial Summary
Concho’s average realized price for crude oil and natural gas for first-quarter 2018, excluding the effect of commodity derivatives, was $61.29 per Bbl and $3.39 per Mcf, respectively, compared to $49.08 per Bbl and $3.00 per Mcf, respectively, for first-quarter 2017.
Net income for first-quarter 2018 was $835 million, or $5.58 per diluted share, compared to net income of $650 million, or $4.37 per diluted share, for first-quarter 2017. Adjusted net income (non-GAAP), which excludes non-cash and unusual items, for first-quarter 2018 was $149 million, or $1.00 per diluted share. Non-cash and unusual items for first-quarter 2018 included (i) a preliminary non-cash gain of approximately $575 million attributable to the Company’s strategic trade with a large integrated oil company, (ii) a gain of approximately $134 million due to the sale of non-core leasehold in Ward and Reeves Counties, Texas, and (iii) a gain of approximately $103 million related to the cash distribution from the Company’s equity method investment. Adjusted net income for first-quarter 2017 was $72 million, or $0.49 per diluted share.
EBITDAX (non-GAAP) for first-quarter 2018 totaled $570 million, compared to $461 million for first-quarter 2017.
Concho’s effective income tax rate for first quarter 2018 was 23%, compared to 36% for first quarter 2017, primarily due to the reduction of the U.S. federal statutory corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%.
Agreement to Acquire RSP Permian Enhances Scale Advantage
On March 28, 2018, Concho announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of RSP Permian, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, shareholders of RSP will receive 0.320 shares of Concho common stock for each share of RSP common stock. The transaction is expected to be completed in third-quarter 2018, subject to approval of both Concho and RSP shareholders, the satisfaction of certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Strengthening Financial Position
During first-quarter 2018, Concho further strengthened its financial position through several accretive transactions.
As previously reported, Concho completed the sale of non-core leasehold in Ward and Reeves Counties, Texas, for proceeds of approximately $280 million during first-quarter 2018. Additionally, the Company completed a strategic trade with a large integrated oil company. For Concho, the trade enhances its core development area in the Northern Midland Basin and adds working interests to certain operated properties in Upton County, Texas, and in the New Mexico Shelf. In the trade, Concho conveyed its 32,000 acre checker-board leasehold position in Culberson County, Texas.
Concho owns a 23.75% membership interest in Oryx Southern Delaware Holdings, LLC, which operates a crude oil gathering and transportation system in the Southern Delaware Basin. During first-quarter 2018, Oryx obtained a term loan of $800 million, the proceeds from which were used in part to fund a cash distribution to its equity holders. Concho received a distribution of approximately $157 million, which represents an approximate 3.5 times multiple on Concho’s invested capital, and the Company retains its ownership stake in Oryx.
As a result of these transactions and a disciplined capital investment program, Concho reduced its total debt by approximately $320 million in first-quarter 2018 as compared to year-end 2017. At March 31, 2018, Concho had total long-term debt of $2.4 billion, with no borrowings outstanding under its credit facility.
Concho’s outlook excludes the pending RSP Permian transaction. Concho expects second-quarter 2018 production to be 226 MBoepd to 230 MBoepd. For full-year 2018, the Company raised its production growth outlook to a range of 18% to 20%, as compared to the prior range of 16% to 20%. Also, the Company updated its guidance for crude oil price realizations for full-year 2018. The updated guidance range of ($1.50) to ($2.00) per barrel reflects pricing deductions and excludes the regional Midland-Cushing price differential. As highlighted below under “Commodity Derivatives Update,” Concho enters into basis hedges to protect against the Midland-Cushing differential.
Commodity Derivatives Update
The Company enters into commodity derivatives to manage its exposure to commodity price fluctuations, including regional price dislocations such as the Midland/Cushing crude oil price differential. For the remainder of 2018, Concho has crude oil swap contracts covering approximately 112 MBopd at a weighted average price of $54.20 per Bbl, and it has Midland/Cushing basis swaps covering approximately 94 MBopd at a weighted average price of ($0.85) per Bbl. Please see the table under “Derivatives Information” below for detailed information about the Company’s current derivatives positions.
Concho will host a conference call tomorrow, May 2, 2018, at 8:00 AM CT (9:00 AM ET) to discuss first-quarter 2018 results. The telephone number and passcode to access the conference call are provided below:
|Dial-in: (844) 263-8298|
|Intl. dial-in: (478) 219-0007|
|Participant Passcode: 7175736|
To access the live webcast and view the related earnings presentation, visit Concho’s website at www.concho.com. The replay will also be available on the Company’s website under the “Investors” section.
The Company will present at the Citi Global Energy & Utilities Conference on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:45 AM CT (8:45 AM ET). The presentation will be webcast and accessible on the Events & Presentations page under the Investors section of the Company’s website, www.concho.com.
Additionally, Concho will participate in the following upcoming conferences:
|May 16, 2018||Stephens 2nd Annual Energy Executive Summit|
|May 23, 2018||UBS Global Oil & Gas Conference|
The Company’s presentation will be available on the Company’s website on or prior to the Company’s appearance at each conference.
Concho Resources Inc.
Concho Resources Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the acquisition, development, exploration and production of oil and natural gas properties. The Company’s operations are focused in the Permian Basin of Southeast New Mexico and West Texas. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.concho.com.
No Offer or Solicitation
This press release relates to a proposed business combination transaction (the “Transaction”) between RSP Permian, Inc. (“RSP”) and Concho Resources Inc. (“Concho”). This communication is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval, in any jurisdiction, pursuant to the Transaction or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance, exchange or transfer of the securities referred to in this document in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
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The foregoing contains “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. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release specifically include statements, estimates, guidance and projections regarding the Company’s future financial position, operations, performance, business strategy, oil and natural gas reserves, drilling program, production, capital expenditure budget, liquidity and capital resources, the timing and success of specific projects, outcomes and effects of litigation, claims and disputes, derivative activities and sources of financing. 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Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are reasonable and are based on reasonable assumptions, no assurance can be given that these assumptions are accurate or that any of these expectations will be achieved (in full or at all) or will prove to have been correct. The guidance capital program and outlook presented herein are subject to change by the Company without notice and the Company has no obligation to affirm or update such information, except as required by law. Moreover, such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. These include the risk factors discussed or referenced in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K; Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Forms 8-K; risks associated with the Company’s proposed merger with RSP, including increased expenses, management distraction from the Company’s business, declines in the market price of the Company’s common stock and failure to realize the expected benefits of the transaction; failure, difficulties and delays in meeting conditions required for closing set forth in the RSP merger agreement; risks associated with acquisitions, including liabilities associated with acquired properties or businesses and the ability to realize expected benefits; disruptions to, capacity constraints in or other limitations on the pipeline systems that deliver the Company’s oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas and other processing and transportation considerations; declines in, or the sustained depression of, the prices we receive for the Company’s oil and natural gas; risks related to the concentration of the Company’s operations in the Permian Basin of southeast New Mexico and west Texas; evolving cybersecurity risks, such as those involving unauthorized access, denial-of-service attacks, malicious software, data privacy breaches by employees, insiders or others with authorized access, cyber or phishing-attacks, ransomware, malware, social engineering, physical breaches or other actions; the costs and availability of equipment, resources, services and qualified personnel required to perform the Company’s drilling, completion and operating activities; drilling, completion and operating risks; environmental hazards, such as uncontrollable flows of oil, natural gas, brine, well fluids, toxic gas or other pollution into the environment, including groundwater contamination; the effects of government regulation, permitting and other legal requirements, including new legislation or regulation related to hydraulic fracturing, climate change, derivatives reform or the export of oil and natural gas; the impact of current and potential changes to federal or state tax rules and regulations, including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; potential financial losses or earnings reductions from the Company’s commodity price risk-management program; difficult and adverse conditions in the domestic and global capital and credit markets; the adequacy of the Company’s capital resources and liquidity including, but not limited to, access to additional borrowing capacity under the Company’s credit facility; the impact of potential changes in the Company’s credit ratings; uncertainties about the Company’s ability to successfully execute the Company’s business and financial plans and strategies; uncertainties about the estimated quantities of oil and natural gas reserves; uncertainties about the Company’s ability to replace reserves and economically develop the Company’s current reserves; general economic and business conditions, either internationally or domestically; competition in the oil and natural gas industry; and uncertainty concerning the Company’s assumed or possible future results of operations; and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected.
Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the Transaction, Concho filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a registration statement on Form S-4 on April 20, 2018, that includes a preliminary joint proxy statement of RSP and Concho that also constitutes a preliminary prospectus of Concho. RSP and Concho will also file other documents with the SEC regarding the Transaction, including the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus. The information in the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus is not complete and may be changed. The definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus will be sent to the stockholders of Concho and RSP. This document is not a substitute for the registration statement and preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus filed with the SEC, including any amendments thereto, or any other documents that Concho or RSP may file with the SEC or send to stockholders of Concho or RSP in connection with the Transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF RSP AND CONCHO ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, THE PRELIMINARY JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE, AND ALL OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT ARE FILED OR WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS.
Investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus and all other documents filed or that will be filed with the SEC by Concho or RSP, including the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus when it becomes available, through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by RSP will be made available free of charge on RSP’s website at www.rsppermian.com, under the heading “SEC Filings,” or by contacting RSP’s Investor Relations Department by phone at 214-252-2700. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by Concho will be made available free of charge on Concho’s website at www.concho.com, under the heading “Investors,” or by contacting Concho’s Investor Relations Department by phone at 432-221-0477.
Participants in Solicitation
Concho, RSP and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the holders of Concho’s common stock and RSP’s common stock in respect to the Transaction.
Information regarding RSP’s directors and executive officers is contained in the Form 10-K/A filed with the SEC on April 30, 2018 and in the other documents filed after the date thereof by RSP with the SEC. You can obtain a free copy of this document at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by accessing RSP’s website at www.rsppermian.com. Information regarding Concho’s executive officers and directors is contained in the proxy statement for Concho’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders filed with the SEC on April 5, 2018 and in the other documents filed after the date thereof by Concho with the SEC. You can obtain a free copy of this document at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by accessing Concho’s website at www.concho.com under the heading “Investors.”
Investors may obtain additional information regarding the interests of those persons and other persons who may be deemed participants in the Transaction by reading the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus, including any amendments thereto, as well as the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus when it becomes available.
Concho Resources Inc.
Megan P. Hays, 432-685-2533
Vice President of Investor Relations and Public Affairs
Mary T. Starnes, 432-221-0477
Investor Relations Manager