Disciplined Execution Drives Approach Resources Third Quarter 2018 Results

Source Press Release
Company Approach Resources Inc 
Tags Capital Spending, Guidance, Financial & Operating Data, Strategy - Corporate
Date November 08, 2018

FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2018-- Approach Resources Inc(NASDAQ: AREX)today reported third quarter 2018 financial and operational results.

Financial and operational highlights for third quarter 2018

  • Drilled six wells and completed two horizontal Wolfcamp wells
  • Production of 1,043 MBoe or 11.3 MBoe/day
  • Revenues of $32.6 million, a 27% increase over prior year quarter
  • Generated $4.5 million of operating income
  • Net loss was $4.3 million or $0.05 per diluted share, and adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) was $4.2 million or $0.04 per diluted share
  • Generated $16.5 million of EBITDAX (non-GAAP), a 19% increase over prior year quarter
  • Improved unhedged cash margin per Boe (non-GAAP) to $18.88 per Boe, 40% over the prior year quarter

Adjusted net loss, EBITDAX and unhedged cash margin are non-GAAP measures. See “Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial and Other Measures” below for our definitions and reconciliations of adjusted net loss, EBITDAX to net loss and unhedged cash margin.

Management Comment

Ross Craft, Approach’s Chairman and CEO, commented, “I am pleased with our execution during the first nine months of the year relative to commodity prices and basin dynamics. This quarter we delivered revenue, earnings and EBITDAX growth. The strengthened price in oil and NGLs and expiration of legacy hedges, combined with a disciplined focus on controlling costs, drove $4.5 million of operating income. We drilled six horizontal wells, fulfilling our 2018 drilling program ahead of schedule. In addition, we completed two wells in the second half of the quarter and maintained our industry leading drilling and completion cost average of $4.6 million per well.

“Despite improved oil and NGL prices, the extreme WAHA natural gas price discount in the Permian Basin has persisted. In light of this, we elected to defer several third quarter completions and reschedule planned fourth quarter completions. We understand that the market often demands production growth under any circumstances, but we believe growth for the sake of growth is shortsighted. We have a healthy inventory of drilled but uncompleted wells, positioning us to accelerate activity in 2019, when we expect the basin gas differentials to improve. In the meantime, we will stay focused on delivering a strengthened balance sheet and on disciplined and profitable execution.”

Third Quarter 2018 Results

Production for third quarter 2018 totaled 1,043 Mboe, or 11.3 MBoe/d, made up of 26% oil, 36% NGLs and 38% natural gas. Average realized commodity prices for third quarter 2018, before the effect of commodity derivatives, were $67.28 per Bbl of oil, $28.38 per Bbl of NGLs and $1.59 per Mcf of natural gas. Our average realized price, including the effect of commodity derivatives, was $28.17 per Boe for third quarter 2018.

Net loss for third quarter 2018 was $4.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, on revenues of $32.6 million. Excluding the decrease in the fair value of our commodity derivatives of $0.1 million, adjusted net loss (non-GAAP) for third quarter 2018 was $4.2 million, or $0.04 per diluted share. EBITDAX (non-GAAP) for third quarter 2018 was $16.5 million. See “Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial and Other Measures” below for our reconciliation of adjusted net loss and EBITDAX to net loss.

Lease operating expense ("LOE") averaged $5.57 per Boe. LOE in the third quarter included strategic spending on certain workovers and maintenance and we expect LOE to decrease in the fourth quarter. Production and ad valorem taxes averaged $2.03 per Boe, or 6.5% of oil, NGL and gas sales. Total general and administrative (“G&A”) costs averaged $5.35 per Boe, including cash G&A costs of $4.73 per Boe. Depletion, depreciation and amortization expense averaged $13.90 per Boe. Interest expense totaled $6.5 million.

Operations Update

In the third quarter we drilled six horizontal Wolfcamp wells: four in the A bench, one in the B bench and one in the C bench. During the second half of the third quarter we completed two horizontal Wolfcamp wells, both in Project Pangea. Of the completed wells, one well was in the B bench and one well was in the C bench. At September 30, 2018, we had seven horizontal wells waiting on completion.

As noted above, in light of the extreme WAHA gas discount in the basin, we deferred third quarter completions and rescheduled fourth quarter completions to preserve capital until basin gas differentials show signs of improvement. We now expect full year capital expenses to be $47 million, or 21% below the mid-point of prior guidance, and full year production to be approximately 4,100 MBoe, or 6% below the mid-point of prior guidance.

Capital expenditures incurred during third quarter 2018 totaled $19.3 million, consisting of $17 million for drilling and completion activities, $2.2 million for infrastructure projects and equipment and $0.1 million for lease acquisitions and extensions. For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, our capital expenditures totaled $46.5 million, consisting of $40.6 million for drilling and completion activities, $5.5 million for infrastructure projects and equipment and $0.4 million for lease acquisitions.

Liquidity Update

At September 30, 2018, we had a $1 billion revolving credit facility in place, with a borrowing base and lender commitment amount of $325 million, and liquidity of $29.2 million. See “Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial and Other Measures” below for our definition and calculation of liquidity.

Commodity Derivatives Update

We enter into commodity derivatives positions to reduce the risk of commodity price fluctuations. The table below is a summary of our current derivatives positions.

      Contract             
Commodity and Period      Type      Volume Transacted      Contract Price 
Crude Oil                   
October 2018 – December 2018      Swap      300 Bbls/day      $50.00/Bbl 
October 2018 – December 2019      Collar      500 Bbls/day      $65.00/Bbl - $71.00/Bbl 
                   
CMA Roll                   
October 2018 – December 2018      Swap      2,000 Bbls/day      $0.66/Bbl 
                   
Natural Gas                   
October 2018 – December 2018      Swap      200,000 MMBtu/month      $3.085/MMBtu 
October 2018 – December 2018      Swap      250,000 MMBtu/month      $3.084/MMBtu 
                   
NGLs (C2 - Ethane)                   
October 2018 – December 2018      Swap      1,000 Bbls/day      $11.424/Bbl 
October 2018 – December 2018      Swap      400 Bbls/day      $14.70/Bbl 
January 2019 – March 2019      Swap      900 Bbls/day      $14.123/Bbl 
NGLs (C3 - Propane)                   
October 2018 – December 2018      Swap      600 Bbls/day      $32.991/Bbl 
October 2018 – December 2018      Swap      400 Bbls/day      $40.74/Bbl 
October 2018 – June 2019      Swap      75 Bbls/day      $42.00/Bbl 
January 2019 – March 2019      Swap      600 Bbls/day      $35.165/Bbl 
NGLs (IC4 - Isobutane)                   
October 2018 – December 2018      Swap      50 Bbls/day      $38.262/Bbl 
NGLs (NC4 - Butane)                   
October 2018 – December 2018      Swap      200 Bbls/day      $38.22/Bbl 
January 2019 – March 2019      Swap      200 Bbls/day      $38.63/Bbl 
NGLs (C5 - Pentane)                   
October 2018 – December 2018      Swap      200 Bbls/day      $56.364/Bbl 
January 2019 – December 2019      Swap      100 Bbls/day      $65.10/Bbl 
January 2019 – December 2019      Swap      100 Bbls/day      $65.31/Bbl 
                   

Conference Call Information and Summary Presentation

The Company will host a conference call on November 9, 2018, at 10:00 AM CT (11:00 AM ET) to discuss third quarter 2018 financial and operating results.

Those wishing to listen to the conference call, may do so by visiting the Events and Presentations page under the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website, http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.approachresources.com&esheet=51895870&newsitemid=20181108006032&lan=en-US&anchor=www.approachresources.com&index=1&md5=5859a5e4d4ff848a45aab9dcbc07712awww.approachresources.com, or by phone:

       
Conference ID      3063487 
Participant Toll-Free Dial-In Number:      (844) 884-9950 
Participant International Dial-In Number:      (661) 378-9660 
       
A replay of the call will be available on the Company’s website or by dialing: 
       
Replay Toll-Free:      (855) 859-2056 
Replay International:      (404) 537-3406 
Conference ID:      3063487 
       

In addition, a third quarter 2018 summary presentation, including updated guidance, will be available on the Company’s website.

About Approach Resources

Approach Resources Inc. is an independent energy company focused on the exploration, development, production and acquisition of unconventional oil and natural gas reserves in the Midland Basin of the greater Permian Basin in West Texas. For more information about the Company, please visit  http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.approachresources.com&esheet=51895870&newsitemid=20181108006032&lan=en-US&anchor=www.approachresources.com&index=2&md5=6c89fde1a423f9471a1138b38d286a6dwww.approachresources.com. Please note that the Company routinely posts important information about the Company under the Investor Relations section of its website.

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UNAUDITED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS 
 
      Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended 
      September 30,      September 30, 
        2018          2017          2018          2017   
Revenues (in thousands):                         
Oil      18,075        12,464        52,524        38,666   
NGLs        10,690          7,093          26,874          19,172   
Gas        3,797          6,051          12,262          19,094   
Total oil, NGLs and gas sales        32,562          25,608          91,660          76,932   
                         
Net cash (payment) receipt on derivative settlements        (3,172        (523        (6,685        (1,481 
Total oil, NGLs and gas sales including derivative impact      29,390        25,085        84,975        75,451   
                         
Production:                         
Oil (MBbls)        269          278          819          837   
NGLs (MBbls)        377          374          1,105          1,109   
Gas (MMcf)        2,388          2,455          7,168          7,331   
Total (MBoe)        1,043          1,061          3,119          3,168   
Total (MBoe/d)        11.3          11.5          11.4          11.6   
                         
Average prices:                         
Oil (per Bbl)      67.28        44.91        64.13        46.19   
NGLs (per Bbl)        28.38          18.96          24.31          17.28   
Gas (per Mcf)        1.59          2.46          1.71          2.60   
Total (per Boe)        31.21          24.14          29.39          24.28   
                         
Net cash (payment) receipt on derivative settlements (per Boe)        (3.04        (0.49        (2.14        (0.47 
Total including derivative impact (per Boe)      28.17        23.65        27.25        23.81   
                         
Costs and expenses (per Boe):                         
Lease operating      5.57        4.16        5.17        4.05   
Production and ad valorem taxes        2.03          1.71          2.30          2.03   
Exploration        —          0.09          —          1.03   
General and administrative (1)        5.35          6.00          5.84          5.95   
Depletion, depreciation and amortization        13.90          15.88          15.08          17.15   
                         
(1) Below is a summary of general and administrative expense:                         
General and administrative - cash component      4.73        4.75        5.16        4.84   
General and administrative - noncash component (share-based compensation)        0.62          1.25          0.68        1.11   
 
 
APPROACH RESOURCES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 
(In thousands, except shares and per-share amounts) 
 
      Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended 
      September 30,      September 30, 
        2018          2017          2018          2017   
REVENUES:                         
Oil, NGLs and gas sales      32,562        25,608        91,660        76,932   
                         
EXPENSES:                         
Lease operating        5,816          4,418          16,116          12,826   
Production and ad valorem taxes        2,120          1,816          7,189          6,425   
Exploration                100                  3,251   
General and administrative (1)        5,576          6,366          18,229          18,842   
Depletion, depreciation and amortization        14,500          16,843          47,029          54,348   
Total expenses        28,018          29,543          88,572          95,692   
                         
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)        4,544          (3,935        3,088          (18,760 
                         
OTHER:                         
Interest expense, net        (6,452        (5,304        (18,522        (15,683 
Gain on debt extinguishment        —          —          —          5,053   
Commodity derivative (loss) gain        (3,256        (3,560        (10,068        1,115   
Other (expense) income        (18        29          (30        32   
                         
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAX (BENEFIT) PROVISION        (5,182        (12,770        (25,532        (28,243 
INCOME TAX (BENEFIT) PROVISION        (921        (4,258        (4,753        129,933   
                         
NET LOSS      (4,261      (8,512      (20,779      (158,176 
                         
LOSS PER SHARE:                         
Basic      (0.05      (0.10      (0.22      (1.95 
Diluted      (0.05      (0.10      (0.22      (1.95 
                         
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:                         
Basic        94,486,395          86,501,242          94,527,831          81,142,672   
Diluted        94,486,395          86,501,242          94,527,831          81,142,672   
(1) Includes non-cash share-based compensation expense as follows:        640          1,330          2,124          3,518   
             
             
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheet Data             
(in thousands)      September 30, 2018      December 31, 2017 
Cash and cash equivalents      22      21 
Other current assets        14,474        16,679 
Property and equipment, net, successful efforts method        1,082,845        1,082,876 
Total assets      1,097,341      1,099,576 
             
Current liabilities      41,252      25,067 
Long-term debt (1)        378,732        373,460 
Deferred income taxes        77,361        82,102 
Other long-term liabilities        12,201        11,531 
Stockholders' equity        587,795        607,416 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      1,097,341      1,099,576 

(1) Long-term debt at September 30, 2018, is comprised of $85.2 million in 7% senior notes due 2021 and $295.5 million in outstanding borrowings under our revolving credit facility, net of issuance costs of $0.8 million and $1.2 million, respectively. Long-term debt at December 31, 2017, is comprised of $85.2 million in 7% senior notes due 2021 and $291 million in outstanding borrowings under our revolving credit facility, net of issuance costs of $1.1 million and $1.7 million, respectively.

Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial and Other Measures

This release contains certain financial measures that are non-GAAP measures. We have provided reconciliations below of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and on the Non-GAAP Financial Information page in the Investor Relations section of our website at http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.approachresources.com&esheet=51895870&newsitemid=20181108006032&lan=en-US&anchor=www.approachresources.com&index=4&md5=49dd3cbbabc9d39f15a695577cd7373bwww.approachresources.com.

Adjusted Net Loss

This release contains the non-GAAP financial measures adjusted net loss and adjusted net loss per diluted share, which exclude (1) non-cash fair value loss (gain) on derivatives, (2) gain on debt extinguishment, (3) write-off of deferred tax assets, (4) tax effect and other discrete tax items. The amounts included in the calculation of adjusted net loss and adjusted net loss per diluted share below were computed in accordance with GAAP. We believe adjusted net loss and adjusted net loss per diluted share are useful to investors because they provide readers with a meaningful measure of our profitability before recording certain items whose timing or amount cannot be reasonably determined. However, these measures are provided in addition to, and not as an alternative for, and should be read in conjunction with, the information contained in our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP (including the notes), included in our SEC filings and posted on our website.

The table below provides a reconciliation of adjusted net loss to net loss for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 (in thousands, except per-share amounts).

      Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended 
      September 30,      September 30, 
        2018          2017          2018          2017   
Net Loss      (4,261      (8,512      (20,779      (158,176 
Adjustments for certain items:                         
Non-cash fair value loss (gain) on derivatives        84          3,037          3,383          (2,596 
Gain on debt extinguishment        —          —          —          (5,053 
Write-off of deferred tax assets        —          —          —          139,090   
Tax effect and other discrete tax items (1)        (17        (1,055        (640        2,997   
Adjusted net loss      (4,194      (6,530      (18,036      (23,738 
Adjusted net loss per diluted share      (0.04      (0.08      (0.19      (0.29 

(1) The estimated income tax impacts on adjustments to net loss are computed based upon a statutory rate of 21% and 35%, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, and three and nine months endedSeptember 30, 2017, respectively. Additionally, this includes the tax impact of a tax shortfall related to share-based compensation of $8,000, $0.3 million, and $70,000, for the three months ended September 30, 2017, nine months ended September 30, 2017, and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively.

EBITDAX

We define EBITDAX as net loss, plus (1) exploration expense, (2) depletion, depreciation and amortization expense, (3) share-based compensation expense, (4) non-cash fair value loss (gain) on derivatives, (5) gain on debt extinguishment, (6) interest expense, net, and (7) income tax (benefit) provision. EBITDAX is not a measure of net income or cash flow as determined by GAAP. The amounts included in the calculation of EBITDAX were computed in accordance with GAAP. EBITDAX is presented herein and reconciled to the GAAP measure of net loss because of its wide acceptance by the investment community as a financial indicator of a company's ability to internally fund development and exploration activities. This measure is provided in addition to, and not as an alternative for, and should be read in conjunction with, the information contained in our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP (including the notes), included in our SEC filings and posted on our website.

The table below provides a reconciliation of EBITDAX to net loss for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 (in thousands).

      Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended 
      September 30,      September 30, 
        2018          2017          2018          2017   
Net Loss      (4,261      (8,512      (20,779      (158,176 
Exploration                100                  3,251   
Depletion, depreciation and amortization        14,500          16,843          47,029          54,348   
Share-based compensation        640          1,330          2,124          3,518   
Non-cash fair value loss (gain) on derivatives        84          3,037          3,383          (2,596 
Gain on debt extinguishment        —          —          —          (5,053 
Interest expense, net        6,452          5,304          18,522          15,683   
Income tax (benefit) provision        (921        (4,258        (4,753        129,933   
EBITDAX      16,500        13,844        45,535        40,908   
                                         
                                         

Unhedged Cash Margin and Cash Operating Expenses

We define unhedged cash margin as revenue, less cash operating expenses. We define cash operating expenses as operating expenses, excluding (1) exploration expense, (2) depletion, depreciation and amortization expense, and (3) share-based compensation expense. Unhedged cash margin and cash operating expenses are not measures of operating income or cash flows as determined by GAAP. The amounts included in the calculations of unhedged cash margin and cash operating expenses were computed in accordance with GAAP. Unhedged cash margin and cash operating expenses are presented herein and reconciled to the GAAP measures of revenue and operating expenses. We use unhedged cash margin and cash operating expenses as an indicator of the Company’s profitability and ability to manage its operating income and cash flows. This measure is provided in addition to, and not as an alternative for, and should be read in conjunction with, the information contained in our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP (including the notes), included in our SEC filings and posted on our website.

The table below provides a reconciliation of unhedged cash margin and cash operating expenses to revenues and operating expenses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 (in thousands, except per-Boe amounts).

      Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended 
      September 30,      September 30, 
        2018          2017          2018          2017   
Revenues      32,562        25,608        91,660        76,932   
Production (Mboe)        1,043          1,061          3,119          3,168   
Average realize price per Boe      31.21        24.14        29.39        24.28   
                         
Operating expenses      28,018        29,543        88,572        95,692   
Exploration        (6        (100        (9        (3,251 
Depletion, depreciation and amortization        (14,500        (16,843        (47,029        (54,348 
Share-based compensation        (640        (1,330        (2,124        (3,518 
Cash operating expenses      12,872        11,270        39,410        34,575   
Cash operating expenses per Boe      12.33        10.62        12.63        10.92   
                         
Unhedged cash margin      19,690        14,338        52,250        42,357   
Unhedged cash margin per Boe      18.88        13.52        16.76        13.36   
                                         
                                         

Liquidity

Liquidity is calculated by adding the net funds available under our revolving credit facility and cash and cash equivalents. We use liquidity as an indicator of the Company’s ability to fund development and exploration activities. However, this measurement has limitations. This measurement can vary from year-to-year for the Company and can vary among companies based on what is or is not included in the measurement on a company’s financial statements and may further be subject to covenants in a company’s loan agreements. This measurement is provided in addition to, and not as an alternative for, and should be read in conjunction with, the information contained in our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP (including the notes), included in our SEC filings and posted on our website.

The table below summarizes our liquidity at September 30, 2018 (in thousands).

      Liquidity at 
      September 30, 
        2018   
Borrowing base      325,000   
Cash and cash equivalents        22   
Long-term debt – Credit Facility        (295,500 
Undrawn letters of credit        (325 
Liquidity      29,197   
           

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Source: Approach Resources Inc.

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