Continental Resources Reports 55 Percent Production Growth And 46 Percent EBITDAX Growth In Third Quarter Of 2012 PR Newswire OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 7, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CLR) announced strong year-over-year growth in production and EBITDAX for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Among the Company's significant third quarter accomplishments were: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120327/DA76602LOGO) oRecord production of 102,964 barrels of oil equivalent per day (Boepd), 55 percent above third quarter 2011 production and nine percent above second quarter 2012 production. September 2012 production was 105,874 Boepd; o$492.3 million of EBITDAX, 46 percent higher than the third quarter of 2011 and 17 percent above EBITDAX for the second quarter of 2012; oA $9.45 per barrel oil differential for the third quarter of 2012, with September's differential improving to $5.19 per barrel; oCapital expenditures, excluding acquisitions, of $727 million in the third quarter of 2012, bringing total non-acquisition capital expenditures for the first nine months of 2012 to $2.3 billion. Third quarter production and EBITDAX growth was driven by continued production increases in the Bakken play and the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province (SCOOP), the oil- and condensate-rich resource play unveiled at Continental's 2012 Investors Day on October 9, 2012. Bakken production increased 81 percent compared with the third quarter of 2011, while SCOOP production was 327 percent higher than the third quarter last year. Seventy percent of the Company's third quarter 2012 production was oil, with the balance being natural gas and natural gas liquids. "We expect to achieve 2012 production growth guidance of 57 percent to 59 percent," said Harold Hamm, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Other positive trends we expect to continue are reduced drilling and completion cycle times and low production costs. "2013 is shaping up as another year of production growth with efficiency gains," Mr. Hamm said. "We expect 30-to-35 percent production growth next year, the first year in our new five-year plan aimed at tripling production and proved reserves." Financial Results Continental reported net income of $44.1 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2012. Adjusted earnings were $0.87 per diluted share for the quarter, excluding the combined effects of an unrealized loss on derivatives, property impairment charges and relocation expenses. After-tax adjustments that reduced net income included a net non-cash unrealized loss on derivatives of $97.1 million, property impairment charges of $16.9 million, and $1.4 million in costs related to the Company's headquarters relocation to Oklahoma City. For the third quarter of 2011, the Company reported net income of $439.1 million, or $2.44 per diluted share. Last year's third quarter net income, on an after-tax basis, was increased by a $332.5 million net non-cash unrealized gain on mark-to-market derivative instruments and reduced by a net charge of $16.3 million for property impairments. Adjusted earnings for the third quarter of 2011 were $0.69 per diluted share, excluding the unrealized gain on derivatives and the property impairments. Consequently, third quarter 2012 adjusted net income of $0.87 per share was 26 percent above adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2011 and a similar increase over adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2012. For the reconciliation to U.S. GAAP earnings per share, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures – Adjusted earnings per share" at the end of this press release. Oil and natural gas sales were $633.3 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared with $423.9 million for the third quarter of 2011, representing a 49 percent increase. Third quarter 2012 EBITDAX was $492.3 million, a 46 percent increase compared with the third quarter of 2011. For the Company's definition and reconciliation of EBITDAX to net income and operating cash flows, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures – EBITDAX" at the end of this press release. Continental reduced production expense per barrel of oil equivalent (Boe) by six percent to $5.62 for the third quarter of 2012, compared with $5.98 per Boe for the third quarter of 2011. For the first nine months of 2012, production expense per Boe declined 15 percent to $5.34 per Boe. General and administrative expense (G&A) was $3.31 per Boe for the third quarter of 2012, compared with G&A of $2.98 per Boe for the third quarter of 2011. G&A expense for the third quarter of 2012 included non-cash equity compensation of $0.78 per Boe and relocation expenses of $0.24 per Boe. For the same quarter last year, G&A included $0.70 per Boe for non-cash equity compensation and $0.17 per Boe for relocation expenses. Marketing and Commodity Prices Continental reported a blended sales price of $65.62 per Boe in the third quarter of 2012, comprised of average prices of $82.87 per barrel of crude oil and $4.00 per Mcf for natural gas. The Company's third quarter 2012 average price for crude oil does not include the effect of a $1.4 million pre-tax realized loss on derivatives for the quarter. In the third quarter of 2011, it reported a blended price of $69.57 per Boe. The Company's third quarter 2012 oil differential declined to $9.45 per barrel, a $3.18 per barrel sequential drop from the previous quarter. In the third quarter of 2011, Continental's oil differential was $5.62. The average natural gas differential to Henry Hub for the third quarter of 2012 was a premium of $1.19 per Mcf, reflecting the high liquids content of its natural gas production. This compared with a premium of $1.30 per Mcf for the third quarter of 2011. "We've recently seen a significant improvement in Bakken oil price differentials, reflecting higher volumes being shipped by rail to the coasts and the anticipation of increased pipeline capacity," said Rick Bott, President and Chief Operating Officer. "In mid-October, Continental was railing 21,000 barrels per day of operated production to the West Coast, a similar volume by rail to the Gulf coast, and 8,000 barrels per day to the East Coast. In November, we plan to ship 65 percent of our Bakken operated oil production by rail. "We now have excess transportation capacity in both pipe and rail, and, with additional infrastructure projects in the planning and construction stages, capacity should remain ahead of Bakken production growth," Mr. Bott said. "Our primary focus today is identifying the highest-value opportunities to market our oil to the refinery end-customer." Operating Highlights Three months ended Nine months ended September September 30, 30, 2012 2011 2012 2011 Average daily production: Crude oil (Bbl per day) 72,235 47,552 65,826 42,160 Natural gas (Mcf per day) 184,377 112,423 171,912 91,231 Crude oil equivalents (Boe 102,964 66,289 94,478 57,365 per day) Average sales prices: ^(1) Crude oil ($/Bbl) $ 82.87 $ 84.02 $ 84.44 $ 88.19 Natural gas ($/Mcf) 4.00 5.50 3.97 5.37 Crude oil equivalents 65.62 69.57 66.06 73.25 ($/Boe) Production expenses ($/Boe) 5.62 5.98 5.34 6.31 ^(1) General and administrative 3.31 2.98 3.35 3.32 expenses ($/Boe) ^(1)(2) Net income (in thousands) 44,096 439,143 518,874 541,136 Diluted net income per 0.24 2.44 2.86 3.05 share EBITDAX (in thousands)^(3) 492,279 337,754 1,368,671 892,040 (1) Average sales prices and per unit expenses have been calculated using sales volumes and exclude any effect of derivative transactions. General and administrative expenses ($/Boe) includes non-cash equity compensation expense of $0.78 per Boe and relocation expense of $0.24 per Boe for the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared to non-cash equity compensation expense of $0.70 per Boe and relocation expense of (2) $0.17 per Boe for the three months ended September 30, 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, general and administrative expenses includes non-cash equity compensation expense of $0.80 per Boe and relocation expense of $0.29 per Boe compared to non-cash equity compensation expense of $0.76 per Boe and relocation expense of $0.09 per Boe for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. EBITDAX represents earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion, property impairments, exploration expenses, non-cash gains and losses resulting from the requirements of accounting for derivatives, and non-cash equity compensation expense. EBITDAX is not a measure of net income or operating cash flows as determined by U.S. GAAP. Reconciliations of net income and (3) operating cash flows to EBITDAX are provided subsequently under the header Non-GAAP Financial Measures – EBITDAX. The following table presents the Company's average daily production by region for the periods presented. 3Q 2Q 3Q Boe per day 2012 2012 2011 North Region: North Dakota Bakken 55,918 47,166 28,987 Montana Bakken 6,535 6,305 5,518 Red River Units 14,916 15,482 14,954 Other 1,343 1,445 1,052 South Region: NW Cana Woodford 11,320 13,516 5,949 SCOOP Woodford 5,183 3,156 1,215 Arkoma Woodford 4,061 3,806 4,099 Other 2,590 2,912 3,387 East Region 1,098 1,064 1,128 Total 102,964 94,852 66,289 North Dakota and Montana Bakken Production Continues to Grow Continental's Bakken production was 62,453 Boepd for the third quarter of 2012, an 81 percent increase over the third quarter of 2011 and 17 percent higher than the second quarter of 2012. The Company participated in 137 gross (46 net) wells in the Bakken during the third quarter of 2012. In terms of operated wells, Continental completed 46 gross (34 net) wells in the Bakken in the third quarter of 2012, with 41 gross (29 net) wells in North Dakota and 5 gross (5 net) wells in Montana. Company-operated wells completed during the third quarter averaged 1,076 Boepd for North Dakota Bakken wells and 886 Boepd for Montana wells in their initial one-day test-periods. Twenty-two of Continental's 41 gross operated wells in North Dakota had initial production test rates of more than 1,000 Boepd, while two of its five operated Montana wells surpassed that level in the third quarter of 2012. Bakken well performance continues to meet the Company's expectations. A notable project completed during the third quarter of 2012 was the Antelope-Bohmbach ECO-Pad® in McKenzie County, consisting of the Antelope 3-23H and 4-23H and the Bohmbach 3-35H and 4-35H wells. The four wells tested at an aggregate initial rate of 6,240 Boepd in total, for an average of 1,560 Boepd per well, with average flowing tubing pressure of 3,800 psi. Continental has an 85 percent working interest in the wells. Continental is the leading leaseholder in the Bakken, with 984,040 net acres at September 30, 2012. The Company currently has 19 operated drilling rigs in the Bakken, including 15 operated rigs in North Dakota and four in Montana. SCOOP/Northwest Cana Woodford Results (Oklahoma) Continental's SCOOP production was 5,183 Boepd in the third quarter of 2012, a 327 percent increase over third quarter production last year and 64 percent above second quarter 2012 production. Third quarter 2012 production volumes were temporarily impacted in SCOOP as infrastructure was added to handle increasing volumes. This oil- and condensate-rich play primarily involves 197,340 net acres leased as of September 30, 2012 in Grady, McClain, Garvin, Stephens, Murray, Carter and Love counties. In the Northwest Cana, which is comprised primarily of acreage in Blaine and Dewey counties, third quarter 2012 production was 11,320 Boepd, a 90 percent increase over production for the same period last year. Production declined from the second quarter of 2012 due to reduced drilling activity and third-party infrastructure downtime. Continental differentiates the SCOOP area from other Oklahoma Woodford plays (NW Cana and Arkoma) because of its significant oil volumes and associated economics. The Company participated in 12 gross (5 net) wells in SCOOP and Northwest Cana during the quarter. In terms of Continental-operated wells, it completed five gross (four net) SCOOP wells in the third quarter of 2012. The five operated wells tested at an average rate of 754 Boepd in one-day test periods, with oil production averaging 28 percent. Continental is currently operating six drilling rigs in SCOOP and none in Northwest Cana. Financial Position and Derivatives At September 30, 2012, the Company's balance sheet included $259.4 million in cash and cash equivalents and $2.9 billion in total long-term debt, which included no borrowings under Continental's revolving credit facility. Continental's revolving credit facility includes $1.5 billion in bank commitments and a borrowing base of $2.75 billion. On August 16, 2012, the Company completed the placement of $1.2 billion of new 5% senior unsecured notes due 2022 at 102.375% of par, yielding 4.624%. Continental used part of the net proceeds to pay down outstanding amounts on borrowings under its revolving credit facility. Aside from $2.3 billion of non-acquisition capital expenditures in the first nine months of 2012, Continental reported an additional $594 million in capital expenditures acquiring producing and non-producing properties. "Our debt-to-EBITDAX metrics remain strong, and we have ample liquidity to fund our robust production growth," said John Hart, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Continental has systematically established derivative positions to stabilize cash flow as it continues to grow production. Derivative positions as of October 26, 2012 are listed in the following table. Crude Oil Derivative Swaps Collars Wtd. Avg. Price Positions Period and Type of Bbls Wtd. Avg. Floor Ceiling Contract Price October 2012 - December 2012 Swaps - WTI 1,840,000 $88.69 Swaps - Brent 1,058,000 $111.17 Collars - WTI 1,340,440 $80.00 $94.71 January 2013 - December 2013 Swaps - WTI 11,862,500 $92.66 Swaps - Brent 2,372,500 $109.19 Collars - WTI 8,760,000 $86.92 $99.46 January 2014 - December 2014 Swaps - WTI 10,311,250 $96.20 Swaps - Brent 4,745,000 $100.43 Collars - Brent 1,460,000 $90.00 $107.50 January 2015 - December 2015 Swaps - Brent 1,277,500 $98.48 Natural Gas Derivative Swaps Positions Period and Type of MMBtus Wtd. Avg. Contract Price January 2013 - December 2013 Swaps - Henry Hub 18,250,000 $3.76 For additional information on crude oil and natural gas derivative positions, please see the Company's most recent SEC filings. 2013 Guidance Continental announced the following operating and financial guidance for 2013: 2013 Production growth range 30% to 35% Capital expenditures* $3.4B Price differentials: WTI crude oil (per barrel of oil) $8 to $11 Henry Hub natural gas (per Mcf) +$1.00 to $1.50 Operating expenses: Production expense per Boe $5.50 to $5.90 Production tax as a percent of oil and gas revenues** 8% to 9% DD&A per Boe $19 to $21 G&A expense per Boe*** $2.40 to $2.90 Non-cash equity compensation per Boe $0.70 to $0.90 Income tax rate 38% Deferred taxes 90% to 95% * Excludes acquisition capital expenditures **Does not include other expenses, such as natural gas transportation fees, which could represent another 1%. ***Excludes non-cash equity compensation Conference Call Information Continental Resources plans to host its third quarter 2012 earnings conference call on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT). Those wishing to listen to the conference call may do so via the Company's web site at www.clr.com or by phone: Time and date: 10 a.m. ET Thursday, November 8, 2012 Dial in: 888 680 0878 Intl. dial in: 617 213 4855 Pass code: 32316165 A replay of the call will be available for 30 days on the Company's web site or by dialing: Replay number: 888 286 8010 Intl. replay 617 801 6888 Pass code: 72440131 Conference Presentations Continental management is currently scheduled to present at the following research conferences. Presentation materials will be available on the Company's web site. Nov. 13 2012 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Energy Conference, Miami Nov. 14 IHS Pacesetters Energy Conference 2012, Washington, D.C. Nov. 28-29 Jefferies Global Energy Conference, Houston Dec. 3-4 Dahlman Rose Ultimate Oil Services and E&P Conference, New York Dec. 3-5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Leveraged Finance Conference 2012, Boca Raton, FL Dec. 5 Capital One SouthCoast Equity Conference, New Orleans About Continental Resources Continental Resources is a Top 10 petroleum liquids producer in the United States. In October 2012, the Company announced a new five-year plan to triple production and proved reserves by year-end 2017. The Company's growth plan is based on developing its industry-leading leasehold in the nation's premier oil play, the Bakken of North Dakota and Montana, as well as its position in the SCOOP and Northwest Cana plays of Oklahoma. The company reported total revenues of $1.6 billion for 2011. Visit www.clr.com for more information. 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Investors Media Warren Henry, VP Investor Relations Kristin Miskovsky, VP Public Relations 405-234-9127 405-234-9480 Warren.Henry@CLR.com Kristin.Miskovsky@CLR.com Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income Three months ended September Nine months ended September 30, 30, 2012 2011 2012 2011 Revenues: In thousands, except per share data Crude oil and $ 633,344 $ 423,859 $ 1,708,995 $ 1,139,110 natural gas sales Gain (loss) on derivative (158,294) 537,340 144,377 372,490 instruments, net Crude oil and natural gas service 8,679 7,790 30,176 24,071 operations Total revenues 483,729 968,989 1,883,548 1,535,671 Operating costs and expenses: Production expenses 54,210 36,459 138,041 98,090 Production taxes and 62,913 39,262 162,880 100,315 other expenses Exploration expenses 4,899 9,814 17,752 21,660 Crude oil and natural gas service 7,626 6,198 24,723 19,713 operations Depreciation, depletion, amortization 189,374 105,085 499,847 264,236 and accretion Property impairments 27,375 26,225 93,153 66,315 General and administrative 31,925 18,140 86,704 51,696 expenses ^(1) (Gain) loss on sale (115) 188 (67,139) (15,387) of assets, net Total operating 378,207 241,371 955,961 606,638 costs and expenses Income from 105,522 727,618 927,587 929,033 operations Other income (expense): Interest expense (39,205) (18,981) (95,174) (56,737) Other 710 994 2,280 2,525 (38,495) (17,987) (92,894) (54,212) Income before income 67,027 709,631 834,693 874,821 taxes Provision for income 22,931 270,488 315,819 333,685 taxes Net income $ 44,096 $ 439,143 $ 518,874 $ 541,136 Basic net income per $ 0.24 $ 2.45 $ 2.88 $ 3.06 share Diluted net income $ 0.24 $ 2.44 $ 2.86 $ 3.05 per share General and administrative expenses ($/Boe) includes non-cash equity compensation expense of $0.78 per Boe and relocation expense of $0.24 per Boe for the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared to non-cash equity compensation expense of $0.70 per Boe and relocation (1) expense of $0.17 per Boe for the three months ended September 30, 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, general and administrative expenses includes non-cash equity compensation expense of $0.80 per Boe and relocation expense of $0.29 per Boe compared to non-cash equity compensation expense of $0.76 per Boe and relocation expense of $0.09 per Boe for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets September 30, December 31, 2012 2011 Assets In thousands Current assets $ 1,194,282 $ 936,373 Net property and equipment 6,922,283 4,681,733 Other noncurrent assets 109,785 27,980 Total assets $ 8,226,350 $ 5,646,086 Liabilities and shareholders' equity Current liabilities $ 1,097,484 $ 1,111,801 Long-term debt 2,943,741 1,254,301 Other noncurrent liabilities 1,259,754 971,858 Total shareholders' equity 2,925,371 2,308,126 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 8,226,350 $ 5,646,086 Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows Nine months ended September 30, 2012 2011 In thousands Net income $ 518,874 $ 541,136 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Non-cash expenses 681,891 256,392 Changes in assets and liabilities (52,868) (127,714) Net cash provided by operating activities 1,147,897 669,814 Net cash used in investing activities (2,591,127) (1,263,139) Net cash provided by financing activities 1,649,131 627,684 Net change in cash and cash equivalents 205,901 34,359 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of 53,544 7,916 period Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 259,445 $ 42,275 Non-GAAP Financial Measures EBITDAX EBITDAX represents earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion, property impairments, exploration expenses, non-cash gains and losses resulting from the requirements of accounting for derivatives, and non-cash equity compensation expense. EBITDAX is not a measure of net income or operating cash flows as determined by U.S. GAAP. Management believes EBITDAX is useful because it allows us to more effectively evaluate our operating performance and compare the results of our operations from period to period without regard to our financing methods or capital structure. We exclude the items listed above from net income and operating cash flows in arriving at EBITDAX because these amounts can vary substantially from company to company within our industry depending upon accounting methods and book values of assets, capital structures and the method by which the assets were acquired. EBITDAX should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income or operating cash flows as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP or as an indicator of a company's operating performance or liquidity. Certain items excluded from EBITDAX are significant components in understanding and assessing a company's financial performance, such as a company's cost of capital and tax structure, as well as the historic costs of depreciable assets, none of which are components of EBITDAX. Our computations of EBITDAX may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. We believe EBITDAX is a widely followed measure of operating performance and may also be used by investors to measure our ability to meet future debt service requirements, if any. Our credit facility requires that we maintain a total funded debt to EBITDAX ratio of no greater than 4.0 to 1.0 on a rolling four-quarter basis. This ratio represents the sum of outstanding borrowings and the letters of credit under our credit facility plus our note payable and senior note obligations, divided by total EBITDAX for the most recent four quarters. Our credit facility defines EBITDAX consistently with the definition of EBITDAX utilized and presented by us. The following table is a reconciliation of our net income to EBITDAX for the periods presented. Three months ended September Nine months ended September 30, 30, 2012 2011 2012 2011 in thousands Net income $ 44,096 $ 439,143 $ 518,874 $ 541,136 Interest expense 39,205 18,981 95,174 56,737 Provision for income 22,931 270,488 315,819 333,685 taxes Depreciation, depletion, 189,374 105,085 499,847 264,236 amortization and accretion Property impairments 27,375 26,225 93,153 66,315 Exploration expenses 4,899 9,814 17,752 21,660 Impact from derivative instruments: Total (gain) loss on 158,294 (537,340) (144,377) (372,490) derivatives, net Total realized gain (loss) (cash flow) (1,394) 1,113 (48,375) (30,981) on derivatives, net Non-cash (gain) loss 156,900 (536,227) (192,752) (403,471) on derivatives, net Non-cash equity 7,499 4,245 20,804 11,742 compensation EBITDAX $ 492,279 $ 337,754 $ 1,368,671 $ 892,040 The following table provides a reconciliation of our net cash provided by operating activities to EBITDAX for the periods presented. Nine months ended September 30, 2012 2011 in thousands Net cash provided by $ 1,147,897 $ 669,814 operating activities Current income tax (7,724) 9,331 provision (benefit) Interest expense 95,174 56,737 Exploration expenses, excluding 17,433 17,902 dry hole costs Gain on sale of 67,139 15,387 assets, net Other, net (4,116) (4,845) Changes in assets 52,868 127,714 and liabilities EBITDAX $ 1,368,671 $ 892,040 Adjusted earnings per share Our presentation of adjusted earnings per share that excludes the effect of certain items is a non-GAAP financial measure.Adjusted earnings per share represents diluted earnings per share determined under U.S. GAAP without regard to non-cash gains and losses on derivative instruments, property impairments, gains and losses on asset sales, and corporate relocation expenses. Management believes this measure provides useful information to analysts and investors for analysis of our operating results on a recurring, comparable basis from period to period.In addition, management believes this measure is used by analysts and others in valuation, comparison and investment recommendations of companies in the oil and gas industry to allow for analysis without regard to an entity's specific derivative portfolio, impairment methodologies, and nonrecurring transactions. Adjusted earnings per share should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for earnings per share as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. The following table reconciles earnings and diluted earnings per share as determined under U.S. GAAP to adjusted earnings and adjusted diluted earnings per share. Three months ended September 30, 2012 2011 In thousands, except per After-Tax $ Diluted After-Tax $ Diluted share data EPS EPS Net income (GAAP) $ 44,096 $ $ 439,143 $ 0.24 2.44 Adjustments, net of tax: Non-cash (gain) loss on 97,121 0.53 (332,461) (1.84) derivatives, net Property impairments 16,945 0.09 16,259 0.09 (Gain) loss on sale of (71) - 117 - assets, net Corporate relocation 1,420 0.01 649 - expenses Adjusted net income $ 159,511 $ $ 123,707 $ (Non-GAAP) 0.87 0.69 Weighted average diluted 182,537 180,245 shares outstanding Adjusted diluted net $ $ income per share 0.87 0.69 (Non-GAAP) SOURCE Continental Resources, Inc. Website: http://www.clr.com
Continental Resources Reports 55 Percent Production Growth And 46 Percent EBITDAX Growth In Third Quarter Of 2012
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