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Concho Resources Inc. Reports Second-Quarter 2019 Results

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Concho Resources Inc. (NYSE:CXO) (the "Company" or "Concho") today reported financial and operating results for second-quarter 2019.

Second-Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Exceeded second-quarter guidance with production of 329 MBoepd.
  • Delivered strong execution towards full-year 2019 capital program.
  • Reported a net loss of $97 million, or $0.48 per share. Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) totaled $139 million, or $0.69 per share.
  • Generated $717 million of adjusted EBITDAX (non-GAAP).

See "Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for descriptions of the above non-GAAP measures as well as a reconciliation of these measures to the associated GAAP (as defined herein) measure.

Tim Leach, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The second quarter continued our track record of strong execution as we delivered production, capital investment and operating costs in-line with or better than our targets, highlighting the fundamental strength of our assets and development approach."

Second-Quarter 2019 Summary

Production for second-quarter 2019 was approximately 30 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe), or an average of 329 thousand Boe per day (MBoepd). Average daily oil production for second-quarter 2019 totaled 206 thousand barrels per day (MBopd). Natural gas production for second-quarter 2019 totaled 737 million cubic feet per day (MMcfpd).

Concho's average realized price for oil and natural gas for second-quarter 2019, excluding the effect of commodity derivatives, was $56.02 per Bbl and $1.16 per Mcf, respectively, compared with $60.98 per Bbl and $3.19 per Mcf, respectively, for second-quarter 2018.

Net loss for second-quarter 2019 was $97 million, or $0.48 per share, compared with net income of $137 million, or $0.92 per share, for second-quarter 2018. Excluding certain non-cash and special items, second-quarter 2019 adjusted net income was $139 million, or $0.69 per share, compared with adjusted net income of $185 million, or $1.24 per share, for second-quarter 2018. Special items for the quarter included a non-cash asset impairment charge of $868 million to the carrying value of the Company's New Mexico Shelf assets.

During the quarter, Concho generated adjusted EBITDAX of $717 million, compared with $592 million for second-quarter 2018.

Cash flow from operating activities was $779 million for the quarter, including $111 million in working capital changes. Operating cash flow before working capital changes (non-GAAP) was $668 million.

During second-quarter 2019, Concho received $289 million of cash proceeds from the completion of the previously announced sale by Oryx Southern Delaware Holdings, LLC of its interests in the Oryx I oil gathering and transportation system. The Company used a portion of the proceeds to repay borrowings under its credit facility. At June 30, 2019, Concho had long-term debt of approximately $4.4 billion, including $397 million of outstanding borrowings under its credit facility.

Costs incurred for exploration and development activities for second-quarter 2019 totaled $785 million. During the quarter, Concho averaged 26 rigs, compared with 33 rigs in first-quarter 2019. The Company is currently running 18 rigs, including 11 rigs in the Delaware Basin and seven rigs in the Midland Basin. Additionally, the Company is currently utilizing seven completion crews. See the table under "Operational Activity" below for detailed information about the Company's drilling and completion activity by operating area for second-quarter 2019.

Large-Scale Projects Accelerating Development Optimization

In the Delaware Basin, Concho completed the 23-well Dominator project, a well-spacing test targeting multiple landings within the Upper Wolfcamp. The average lateral length for the project was approximately 4,400 feet, and all 23 wells were drilled, completed and put on production safely and ahead of schedule. While the Dominator project accelerated the Company's understanding across the project lifecycle (logistics, lateral placement, well spacing and facilities design), performance from the project indicates the well spacing was too tight. The Company has already incorporated learnings from this project into its second half of 2019 program and future Delaware Basin projects.

In the Midland Basin, Concho put on production the Marion Benge project, consisting of 18 wells targeting the Spraberry and Wolfcamp zones with an average lateral length of 9,900 feet. The Marion Benge project has demonstrated strong initial performance. Additional information on the Company's operational results is included in the Company's 2Q 2019 Quarterly Update at www.concho.com.

Outlook

"We have made near-term adjustments to our operational plans that reinforce our commitment to capital discipline and maximizing free cash flow. Moderating activity and building an inventory of drilled but uncompleted wells keeps us on track with our full year capital plan, preserves our balance sheet and positions the company for an inflection in free cash flow and momentum heading into 2020. This momentum combined with our high-quality asset base provide us confidence in our strategy to drive differentiated growth, expand free cash flow and strengthen returns over the long term," commented Tim Leach.

The Company expects to produce between 316 MBoepd to 322 MBoepd in third-quarter 2019. The Company's oil mix is expected to be approximately 63% in the second half of 2019 as fewer new wells are planned to come online. Additionally, due to weak natural gas and natural gas liquids pricing, the Company reduced its full-year 2019 natural gas price realization guidance to a range of 60% to 80% of NYMEX Henry Hub and expects to trend towards the low end of the range in the third quarter of 2019.

Commodity Derivatives Update

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.

Conference Call

Concho will host a conference call tomorrow, August 1, 2019, at 8:00 AM CT (9:00 AM ET) to discuss second-quarter 2019 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: 7577052

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.

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," "strategy," "intend," "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 Securities and Exchange Commission. 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, adjusted EBITDAX and operating cash flow before working capital changes.

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.

This 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

Unaudited

 
(in millions, except share and per share amounts)

June 30,

2019

 

December 31,

2018

Assets

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

 

 

$

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts:

 

 

 

Oil and natural gas

460

 

 

466

 

Joint operations and other

301

 

 

365

 

Inventory

33

 

 

35

 

Derivative instruments

12

 

 

484

 

Prepaid costs and other

54

 

 

59

 

Total current assets

860

 

 

1,409

 

Property and equipment:

 

 

 

Oil and natural gas properties, successful efforts method

33,321

 

 

31,706

 

Accumulated depletion and depreciation

(11,479

)

 

(9,701

)

Total oil and natural gas properties, net

21,842

 

 

22,005

 

Other property and equipment, net

374

 

 

308

 

Total property and equipment, net

22,216

 

 

22,313

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