Lower, fully-funded capital program with leading operational execution and longer lateral lengths driving capital efficiency higher
SPRING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) today announced 2019 production, capital and cost guidance. This guidance is based on maximizing shareholder value assuming $2.85 per MMBtu NYMEX Henry Hub and $50 per barrel WTI commodity price environment in 2019.
In 2018, the Company invested approximately $1.25 billion, delivering on its commitment to invest within cash flow and remain within original capital guidance. Appalachia production was 702 Bcfe, 20 percent of which was liquids production.
|Summary Table||2019 Guidance|
|Capital Investment||$1,080 – $1,180 MM|
|Total Production (Net)||750 – 785 Bcfe|
|Natural gas||588 – 616 Bcf|
|Natural gas liquids and condensate||26,950 – 28,250 MBbl|
Key factors influencing 2019 guidance (assuming midpoints) against expected 2018 results include:
- Capital investment reduced $200 million compared to projected 2019 plan at the time of the Fayetteville sale announcement, and $120 million lower than 2018;
- 25 percent reduction in average well costs; expected to be approximately $875 per lateral foot;
- 35 percent increase in average lateral length to over 10,000 feet;
- Southwest Appalachia liquids production increasing to 75,600 barrels per day, a 20 percent increase;
- Northeast Appalachia will continue to generate free cash flow while maintaining flat production;
- Over 70 percent of projected gas production is hedged using swaps and collars at an average floor price of $2.90 per MMBtu; the Company retains pricing upside on 65 percent of total gas production;
- $155 million of savings from 2018 G&A and interest cost saving initiatives; and
- Drilling and completions activity weighted toward the first half of the year.
“Our operational execution and capital efficiency improvements are clearly evident in our lower well costs and our successful ultra-long lateral results. The Company expects to generate free cash flow by the end of 2020 and remains committed to a sustainable net debt/EBITDA ratio of 2X. We continue to demonstrate returns-focused capital discipline while leveraging our flexibility and adjusting our capital allocation decisions with market conditions,” said Bill Way, President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Our strong 2018 performance reflects our steadfast focus on creating long-term value for our shareholders, highlighted by closing the Fayetteville sale, reducing debt, and returning capital to shareholders,” Mr. Way said.
|1st Quarter||2nd Quarter||3rd Quarter||4th Quarter||Total Year|
|Natural Gas (Bcf)||140 – 146||141 – 148||151 – 158||156 – 164||588 – 616|
|NGLs (MBbls)||5,275 – 5,525||5,450 – 5,700||5,825 – 6,075||6,100 – 6,350||22,650 – 23,650|
|Oil (MBbls)||800 – 875||900 – 975||1,250 – 1,325||1,350 – 1,425||4,300 – 4,600|
|Total Production (Bcfe)||176 – 184||179 – 188||194 – 202||201 – 211||750 – 785|
|Total Production (MMcfe/d)||1,956 – 2,044||1,967 – 2,066||2,109 – 2,196||2,185 – 2,293||2,055 – 2,151|
|CAPITAL BY DIVISION|
|Northeast Appalachia||$280 – $310 MM|
|Southwest Appalachia||$570 – $600 MM|
|Southwest Appalachia water project||$30 – $35 MM|
|Other||$10 – $25 MM|
$110 – $120 MM
$80 – $90 MM
|Total Capital Investments||$1,080 – $1,180 MM|
|PRODUCTION BY DIVISION|
|Northeast Appalachia||455 – 472 Bcfe|
|Southwest Appalachia||295 – 313 Bcfe|
|Total Production||750 – 785 Bcfe|
|Natural gas discount to NYMEX including transportation||$0.70 – $0.80 per Mcf|
|Oil discount to West Texas Intermediate (WTI) including transportation||$9.00 – $11.00 per Bbl|
|Natural Gas Liquids realization as a % of WTI including transportation||24% – 29%|
|Lease operating expenses||$0.92 – $0.97 per Mcfe|
|General & administrative expense||$0.18 – $0.22 per Mcfe|
|Taxes, other than income taxes||$0.08 – $0.10 per Mcfe|
|Full cost pool amortization||$0.60 – $0.65 per Mcfe|
|Interest expense – net of capitalization||$52 – $62 MM|
|Income tax rate (~100% deferred)||24.5%|
|Drilled||Completed||Wells To Sales||
|Northeast Appalachia||35 – 45||35 – 45||35 – 45||10 – 15|
|Southwest Appalachia||60 – 70||65 – 75||55 – 65||25 – 30|
|Total Well Count||95 – 115||100 – 120||90 – 110||35 – 45|
About Southwestern Energy
Southwestern Energy Company is an independent energy company engaged in natural gas, natural gas liquids and oil exploration, development, production and marketing. Additional information is available at www.swn.com.
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