Delivers Strong 2018 Results from Large-Scale Development Efficiencies
Provides Updated 2019 Outlook Reinforcing Focus on Free Cash Flow Growth
MIDLAND, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Concho Resources Inc. (NYSE: CXO) (the “Company” or “Concho”) today reported results for fourth-quarter and full-year 2018.
- Delivered full-year production of 263 MBoepd (64% oil), in-line with the high-end of the Company’s guidance range.
- Generated $2.6 billion of cash from operating activities, exceeding $2.5 billion of cash used in investing activities for additions to oil and natural gas properties.
- Reported net income of $2.3 billion, or $13.25 per share. Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) totaled $792 million, or $4.59 per share.
- Generated $2.8 billion of adjusted EBITDAX (non-GAAP).
- Acquired and integrated RSP Permian, enhancing the Company’s scale advantage in the Permian Basin.
- Advanced manufacturing-style development across asset portfolio, driving strong well performance with the Company’s average 30-day peak rate up 21% year-over-year on an absolute and lateral-adjusted basis.
- Executed 15 asset trades, improving the Company’s development platform for large-scale, long-lateral manufacturing projects.
- Divested non-core assets for $361 million in proceeds, bringing the Company’s total divestiture proceeds to approximately $1.5 billion since 2016.
- Ended 2018 in a strong financial position with investment-grade credit ratings from Fitch, Moody’s and S&P.
- Issued $1.6 billion aggregate senior notes and redeemed $1.2 billion of RSP’s aggregate senior notes. These debt management transactions reduce annual interest expense by more than $15 million (pro forma for RSP).
- Received $157 million cash distribution from Oryx Southern Delaware Holdings, LLC.
2019 Outlook & Recent Events
- Reducing 2019 planned capital expenditures to approximately $2.9 billion; moderating activity enhances free cash flow outlook and capital efficiency.
- Expecting to generate 15% oil volume growth from fourth-quarter 2018 to fourth-quarter 2019.
- Diversifying a portion of the Company’s oil sales to waterborne market pricing with a firm sales agreement covering 50 MBopd.
See “Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for descriptions of non-GAAP measures including adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted EBITDAX as well as a reconciliation of these measures to the associated GAAP (as defined herein) measures.
Tim Leach, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Last year was an exceptional year for Concho. Throughout the year, we demonstrated our ability to execute consistently, control costs and capitalize on opportunities to strengthen our competitive position, highlighted by the acquisition of RSP Permian. Our updated plans for 2019 improve our trajectory for free cash flow growth while maintaining strong operational efficiencies. The fundamentals of our business are strong, and in an increasingly dynamic macroenvironment, we are confident that our scale and the quality of our portfolio, as well as our high-margin cash flow and financial flexibility, will enable us to build value for our shareholders.”
Full-Year 2018 Summary
Total production for 2018 increased 36% to 96 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe), or 263 thousand Boe per day (MBoepd), driven by a 41% increase in oil production to 168 thousand barrels per day (MBopd). Natural gas production for 2018 was 571 million cubic feet per day (MMcfpd).
For 2018, Concho’s average realized price for oil and natural gas, excluding the effect of commodity derivatives, was $56.22 per Bbl and $3.40 per Mcf, respectively, compared with $48.13 per Bbl and $3.07 per Mcf, respectively, for 2017.
Net income for 2018 was $2.3 billion, or $13.25 per share, compared with net income of $956 million, or $6.41 per share, in 2017. Excluding non-cash and special items, full-year 2018 adjusted net income was $792 million, or $4.59 per share, compared with adjusted net income of $311 million, or $2.09 per share, for full-year 2017.
Adjusted EBITDAX for 2018 totaled $2.8 billion, compared with $1.9 billion in 2017.
In 2018, cash flow from operating activities was approximately $2.6 billion, exceeding $2.5 billion in cash used for investing activities for additions to oil and natural gas properties.
Fourth-Quarter 2018 Summary
Production for fourth-quarter 2018 was 28 MMBoe, or an average of 307 MBoepd, an increase of 45% from fourth-quarter 2017 and 7% from third-quarter 2018. Average daily oil production for fourth-quarter 2018 totaled 199 MBopd, an increase of 53% from fourth-quarter 2017 and 8% from third-quarter 2018. Natural gas production for fourth-quarter 2018 totaled 649 MMcfpd.
Concho’s average realized price for oil and natural gas for fourth-quarter 2018, excluding the effect of commodity derivatives, was $49.10 per Bbl and $2.82 per Mcf, respectively, compared with $52.84 per Bbl and $3.33 per Mcf, respectively, for fourth-quarter 2017.
Net income for fourth-quarter 2018 was $1.5 billion, or $7.55 per share, compared with net income of $267 million, or $1.79 per share, for fourth-quarter 2017. Excluding non-cash and special items, fourth-quarter 2018 adjusted net income was $189 million, or $0.94 per share, compared with adjusted net income of $98 million, or $0.66 per share, for fourth-quarter 2017.
Adjusted EBITDAX for fourth-quarter 2018 totaled $751 million, compared with $513 million for fourth-quarter 2017.
During fourth-quarter 2018, Concho averaged 34 rigs, compared to 31 rigs in third-quarter 2018. The Company is currently running 34 rigs, including 22 rigs in the Delaware Basin and 12 rigs in the Midland Basin. Additionally, the Company is currently utilizing 7 completion crews. See the table under “Operating Activity” below for detailed information about the Company’s drilling and completion activity by operating area for fourth-quarter and full-year 2018.
In the Delaware Basin, excluding the New Mexico Shelf, the Company added 50 wells with at least 60 days of production as of the end of fourth-quarter 2018. The average 30-day and 60-day peak rates for these wells were 1,594 Boepd (73% oil) and 1,454 Boepd (72% oil), respectively. These wells were drilled to an average lateral length of 7,807 feet.
Achieving Strong Results with Large-Scale Development Projects in the Delaware Basin
Concho’s Gettysburg project includes five wells targeting the 3rd Bone Spring in the Deep area in Lea County, New Mexico. The average 30-day and 60-day peak rates for this project were 2,018 Boepd (79% oil) and 1,857 Boepd (79% oil) per well, respectively. The project’s average lateral length was 6,989 feet.
Concho recently completed the Square Bill project, which includes four wells targeting the 3rd Bone Spring and Wolfcamp A in the Red Hills area in Lea County, New Mexico. The average 30-day and 60-day peak rates for this project were 2,015 Boepd (82% oil) and 1,874 Boepd (82% oil) per well, respectively. The project’s average lateral length was 7,088 feet.
In the Midland Basin, Concho added 23 wells with at least 60 days of production as of the end of fourth-quarter 2018. The average 30-day and 60-day peak rates for these wells were 1,202 Boepd (86% oil) and 1,070 Boepd (85% oil), respectively. These wells were drilled to an average lateral length of 7,869 feet.
Delivering Top-Tier Results in Midland Basin
Concho recently completed the Windham TXL project, which includes 11 wells targeting the Lower Spraberry and Wolfcamp B zones in Midland County, Texas. The average 30-day and 60-day peak rates for this project were 1,303 Boepd (83% oil) and 1,187 Boepd (82% oil) per well, respectively. The project’s average lateral length was 7,670 feet.
2018 Proved Reserves
At December 31, 2018, Concho’s estimated proved reserves totaled 1.2 billion Boe, compared to 840 million Boe at year-end 2017. The Company’s proved reserves are approximately 63% oil and 37% natural gas. Proved developed reserves totaled 824 MMBoe, or 69% of total proved reserves. For a summary of the Company’s estimated proved reserves, see “Estimated Year-End Proved Reserves” below.
Maintaining a Strong Financial Position
Concho maintains a strong financial position with investment-grade credit ratings, a low leverage ratio and substantial liquidity. At December 31, 2018, Concho had long-term debt of $4.2 billion, including $242 million of outstanding borrowings under its credit facility.
Concho’s updated outlook for 2019 reinforces the Company’s commitment to generating shareholder value at all points in the cycle. Capital spending for 2019 is expected to be between $2.8 billion and $3.0 billion, representing a 17% reduction at the midpoint compared with the Company’s prior capital guidance. Additionally, the Company’s base plans for 2020 entail maintaining a consistent level of investment compared with 2019. Prioritizing capital discipline and moderating activity enhances Concho’s free cash flow outlook, capital efficiency and financial flexibility.
Approximately 94% of the 2019 capital program will be allocated to drilling and completion operations. The Company’s activity will be primarily focused on large-scale manufacturing projects across Concho’s portfolio and will keep the Company on track to deliver the value creation benefits of the RSP Permian, Inc. (“RSP”) acquisition. Concho’s planned activity for 2019 is expected to deliver oil growth of 26% to 30%, and the base plan for 2020 is expected to drive a two-year oil compound annual growth rate of 23% (from 2018 to 2020).
For first-quarter 2019, Concho expects production to average between 300 MBoepd and 306 MBoepd, and lease operating expense per Boe to average between $6.30 and $6.50. Additionally, Concho expects capital expenditures to total between $825 million and $875 million.
Detailed guidance for 2019 is provided under “2019 Guidance” below. The Company’s outlook for 2019 and 2020 excludes acquisitions and is subject to change without notice depending upon a number of factors, including commodity prices, industry conditions and other risks described under “Forward-Looking Statements and Cautionary Statements.”
Oil Marketing and Commodity Derivatives Update
Consistent with the Company’s strategy of diversifying its oil pricing, Concho entered into a firm sales agreement with a third-party purchaser. The purchaser provides an integrated transportation and marketing strategy, including ample dock capacity. The agreement covers 50 MBopd. Additionally, the barrels transported under this agreement will receive waterborne market pricing following the startup of Plains All American Pipeline LP’s Cactus II pipeline system.
The Company’s commodity derivatives strategy is intended to manage its exposure to commodity price fluctuations. Please see the table under “Derivatives Information” below for detailed information about Concho’s current derivatives positions.
Concho will host a conference call tomorrow, February 20, 2019, at 8:00 AM CT (9:00 AM ET) to discuss fourth-quarter and full-year 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: 5077474
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 participate in the following upcoming conferences:
|Conference Date||Conference||Presentation Time|
|February 27, 2019||Simmons Energy Conference||5:30 PM CT|
|March 4, 2019||Raymond James Institutional Investors Conference||8:50 AM CT|
|March 25, 2019||Scotia Howard Weil Energy Conference||8:50 AM CT|
The Company’s presentation at the Raymond James Institutional Investors Conference will be webcast and accessible on the Events & Presentations page under the Investors section of the Company’s website, www.concho.com.
About Concho Resources
Concho Resources (NYSE: CXO) is one of the largest unconventional shale producers in the Permian Basin, with operations focused on acquiring, exploring, developing and producing oil and natural gas resources. Concho is at the forefront of applying advanced technology and large-scale development to safely and efficiently maximize resource recovery while delivering attractive, long-term economic returns. We are working today to deliver a better tomorrow for our shareholders, people and communities. For more information about Concho, visit www.concho.com.
Forward-Looking Statements and Cautionary Statements
The foregoing contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. 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. The words “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “potential,” “could,” “may,” “enable,” “foresee,” “plan,” “will,” “guidance,” “outlook,” “goal” or other similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature. However, the absence of these words does not mean that the statements are not forward-looking. These statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by the Company based on management’s experience, expectations and perception of historical trends, current conditions, current plans, anticipated future developments, expected financings and other factors believed to be appropriate. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance. 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. 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 and other information discussed or referenced in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the SEC. 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. Information on Concho’s website is not part of this press release.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement the presentation of the Company’s financial results prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this press release contains certain financial measures that are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, including adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted EBITDAX.
See “Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for a description and reconciliation of each non-GAAP measure presented in this press release to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP.
The release also contains the non-GAAP term free cash flow. Free cash flow is cash flow provided by operating activities in excess of cash flow used in investing activities for additions to oil and gas properties. The Company believes that free cash flow is useful to investors as it provides measures to compare cash provided by operating activities and exploration and development costs across periods on a consistent basis.
Concho Resources Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
|(in millions, except share and per share amounts)||2018||2017|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||–||$||–|
|Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts:|
|Oil and natural gas||466||331|
|Joint operations and other||365||212|
|Prepaid costs and other||59||35|
|Total current assets||1,409||592|
|Property and equipment:|
|Oil and natural gas properties, successful efforts method||31,706||21,267|
|Accumulated depletion and depreciation||(9,701||)||(8,460||)|
|Total oil and natural gas properties, net||22,005||12,807|
|Other property and equipment, net||308||234|
|Total property and equipment, net||22,313||13,041|
|Deferred loan costs, net||10||13|
|Intangible assets, net||19||26|
|Noncurrent derivative instruments||211||–|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity|
|Accounts payable – trade||$||50||$||43|
|Accrued drilling costs||574||330|
|Other current liabilities||320||216|
Total current liabilities
|Deferred income taxes||1,808||687|
|Noncurrent derivative instruments||–||102|
|Asset retirement obligations and other long-term liabilities||168||172|
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 300,000,000 authorized; 201,288,884 and 149,324,849 shares issued at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively
|Additional paid-in capital||14,773||7,142|
Treasury stock, at cost; 1,031,655 and 598,049 shares at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively
Total stockholders’ equity
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||26,294||$||13,732|
Concho Resources Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
|Three Months Ended||Years Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|(in millions, except per share amounts)||2018||2017||2018||2017|
|Natural gas sales||169||149||708||494|
|Total operating revenues||1,067||780||4,151||2,586|
|Operating costs and expenses:|
|Oil and natural gas production||174||115||590||408|
|Production and ad valorem taxes||76||59||305||199|
|Gathering, processing and transportation||19||–||55||–|
|Exploration and abandonments||29||17||65||59|
|Depreciation, depletion and amortization||445||298||1,478||1,146|
|Accretion of discount on asset retirement obligations||3||2||10||8|
General and administrative (including non-cash stock-based compensation of $24 and $17 for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively, and $82 and $60 for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively)
|(Gain) loss on derivatives||(1,625||)||415||(832||)||126|
|Gain on disposition of assets, net||(81||)||(11||)||(800||)||(678||)|
|Total operating costs and expenses||(870||)||960||1,221||1,515|
|Income (loss) from operations||1,937||(180||)||2,930||1,071|
|Other income (expense):|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||–||–||–||(66||)|
|Total other expense||(46||)||(26||)||(41||)||(190||)|
|Income (loss) before income taxes||1,891||(206||)||2,889||881|
|Income tax (expense) benefit||(378||)||473||(603||)||75|
|Earnings per share:|
|Basic net income||$||7.56||$||1.80||$||13.28||$||6.44|
|Diluted net income||$||7.55||$||1.79||$||13.25||$||6.41|
|Concho Resources Inc.|
|Earnings per Share|
The Company uses the two-class method of calculating earnings per share because certain of the Company’s unvested share-based awards qualify as participating securities.
The Company’s basic earnings per share attributable to common stockholders is computed as (i) net income as reported, (ii) less participating basic earnings (iii) divided by weighted average basic common shares outstanding. The Company’s diluted earnings per share attributable to common stockholders is computed as (i) basic earnings attributable to common stockholders, (ii) plus reallocation of participating earnings (iii) divided by weighted average diluted common shares outstanding.
The following table reconciles the Company’s earnings from operations and earnings attributable to common stockholders to the basic and diluted earnings used to determine the Company’s earnings per share amounts for the periods indicated under the two-class method:
|Three Months Ended||Years Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Net income as reported||$||1,513||$||267||$||2,286||$||956|
|Participating basic earnings (a)||(10)||(2)||(17)||(7)|
|Basic earnings attributable to common stockholders||1,503||265||2,269||949|
|Reallocation of participating earnings||–||–||–||–|
|Diluted earnings attributable to common stockholders||$||1,503||$||265||$||2,269||$||949|
|(a)||Unvested restricted stock awards represent participating securities because they participate in nonforfeitable dividends or distributions with the common equity holders of the Company. Participating earnings represent the distributed earnings of the Company attributable to the participating securities. Unvested restricted stock awards do not participate in undistributed net losses as they are not contractually obligated to do so.|
The following table is a reconciliation of the basic weighted average common shares outstanding to diluted weighted average common shares outstanding for the periods indicated:
|Three Months Ended||Years Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding:|
|Dilutive common stock options||–||–||–||3|
|Dilutive performance units||269||886||324||633|
Concho Resources Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
|Years Ended December 31,|
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Depreciation, depletion and amortization||1,478||1,146|
|Accretion of discount on asset retirement obligations||10||8|
|Exploration and abandonments||35||27|
|Non-cash stock-based compensation expense||82||60|
|Deferred income taxes||605||(71||)|
|Gain on disposition of assets, net||(800||)||(678||)|
|(Gain) loss on derivatives||(832||)||126|
|Net settlements received from (paid on) derivatives||(218||)||79|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||–||66|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions and dispositions:|
|Prepaid costs and other||(10||)||(9||)|
|Other current liabilities||8||46|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||2,558||1,695|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:|
|Additions to oil and natural gas properties||(2,496||)||(1,581||)|
|Acquisitions of oil and natural gas properties||(136||)||(908||)|
|Additions to property, equipment and other assets||(90||)||(44||)|
|Proceeds from the disposition of assets||361||803|
|Deposits on dispositions of oil and natural gas properties||–||29|
|Direct transaction costs for disposition of assets||(3||)||(18||)|
|Distribution from equity method investment||148||–|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(2,216||)||(1,719||)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:|
|Borrowings under credit facility||3,316||1,001|
|Payments on credit facility||(3,396||)||(679||)|
|Issuance of senior notes, net||1,595||1,794|
|Repayments of senior notes||–||(2,150||)|
|Repayments of RSP debt||(1,690||)||–|
|Debt extinguishment costs||(83||)||(63||)|
|Payments for loan costs||(16||)||(25||)|
|Purchase of treasury stock||(64||)||(23||)|
|Increase (decrease) in bank overdrafts||(4||)||116|
|Net cash used in financing activities||(342||)||(29||)|
|Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents||–||(53||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period||–||53|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of period||$||–||$||–|
|SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOWS:|
|Cash paid for interest||$||118||$||139|
|Cash paid for income taxes||$||2||$||13|
|NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:|
|Issuance of common stock for business combinations||$||7,549||$||291|
Megan P. Hays
Vice President of Investor Relations and Public Affairs
Mary T. Starnes
Investor Relations Manager