Falcon Minerals Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Declares Quarterly Dividend

Source Quarterly Report
Company Falcon Minerals Corporation 
Tags Asset Deals, Deals, Shale Oil, Shale Gas, Eagle Ford, Unconventional Resources, Guidance, Financial & Operating Data, Upstream Activities
Date August 05, 2019

Falcon Minerals Corporation (“Falcon,” or the “Company,” “we,” “our,”) (NASDAQ: FLMN, FLMNW), a leading oil and gas minerals company, today announced financial and operating results as well as the dividend for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.


  • Approximately 179 line of sight wells (2.44 net wells) currently in the process of active development with an average 1.36% net revenue interest (“NRI”)
  • Averaged 9 rigs running on Falcon’s Eagle Ford position during the second quarter 2019, an increase from an average of 5 rigs during first quarter 2019 (currently 11 active rigs on Eagle Ford position)
  • 107 wells currently waiting on completion with an average NRI of 1.83% (1.96 net wells)
  • Four recently permitted Hooks Ranch wells, in which Falcon has a 22.5% net revenue interest, were spud by Conoco Phillips in late July 2019 (1)
  • Closed 15 acquisitions in the core of the Eagle Ford Shale for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $10.2 million in the second quarter 2019. During the first six months of 2019, closed 17 acquisitions totaling approximately $20 million
  • Second quarter 2019 Net Income of $8.9 million (2), or $0.08 per ClassA share
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $14.5 million for the second quarter 2019 (3)
  • Second quarter 2019 dividend of $0.15 per share, to be paid on September 6, 2019 to all shareholders of record on August 26, 2019
  • Net production for the second quarter 2019 of 4,825 boe/d; net production for the first half 2019 of 5,302 boe/d
  • Establishing average production guidance for second half 2019 of 5,000 – 5,500 boe/d; guidance excludes recently spud Hooks Ranch wells
  • Second quarter 2019 net debt-to-LTM EBITDA ratio of 0.46x

    (1)    The four recently spud Hooks Ranch wells will extend the laterals from the Hooks Ranch positions into an adjacent leasehold property where Falcon has a 3.65% NRI. The net NRI contribution from the four wells will be approximately 14.2% 
    (2)    Net Income shown includes amounts attributable to non-controlling interests 
    (3)    Please refer to the disclosure on page 8-9 for the Reconciliation of Net Income to Non-GAAP Measures 

Daniel Herz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Falcon commented “We have positioned Falcon Minerals to benefit from significant growth in the short, medium, and long-term. The strength of our top tier operators and their commitment to developing the resources across our position is the foundation of Falcon Minerals. The short-term growth will be driven by the 11 current active rigs running on our properties, and approximately 179 gross (2.44 net) line of sight wells across our position. These net line of sight wells are over three times the first half 2019 net wells turned in line and provide visible near-term growth within Falcon’s asset base. Based on these factors, we see production growth of greater than 20% over the next 12 months.” Mr. Herz continued, “I am pleased that in less than one year we have already established ourselves as the top consolidator of Eagle Ford Shale minerals. The 17 acquisitions that we have made this year should drive cash flow and overall value and we view this to be only the beginning.”

Financial Update

Falcon’s net realized price for crude oil was $63.84 per barrel (“bbl”) in the second quarter 2019 compared to $59.78 in first quarter 2019. The Company receives revenue based primarily on Louisiana Light Sweet crude (“LLS”) pricing on production generated from the Eagle Ford Shale, which has traded at a premium to West Texas Intermediate (“WTI”) pricing. Falcon’s net oil realization was approximately $4.00/bbl above the average WTI price for the second quarter 2019 compared to $2.70/bbl in the first quarter 2019. The Company’s realized price for natural gas during the quarter was approximately $2.52 per thousand cubic feet (“mcf”) and $17.45/bbl for natural gas liquids.

On a GAAP basis, Falcon reported Net Income of $8.9 million, or $0.08 per Class A common share, for the second quarter 2019. Falcon generated revenue of $18.2 million for the second quarter 2019. The Company reported Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure as defined and reconciled on pages 8-9) of $14.5 million for the second quarter 2019.

Cash operating costs for the second quarter 2019 were $8.61 per barrel of oil equivalent (“boe”), consistent with the prior quarter. General and administrative expense for the second quarter 2019, excluding non-cash stock-based compensation expense, was $2.3 million, which was lower compared to the first quarter 2019. The second quarter 2019 general and administrative expense includes approximately $0.3 million of non-recurring startup related expenses. The decrease from the prior quarter was dueprimarily to costs incurred during the first quarter 2019 related to year-end audit, legal, and associated expenses.

As of June 30, 2019, the Company had $36.5 million of borrowings on its revolving credit facility, and $2.9 million of cash on hand, resulting in a net liquidity position of approximately $71 million. Falcon’s net debt-to-LTM EBITDA ratio was 0.46x (4) at June 30, 2019.

    (4)    Calculated by dividing the sum of total debt outstanding less cash on hand as of June 30, 2019 by Adjusted EBITDA for the trailing 12-month period, as per Falcon’s credit agreement dated August 23, 2018 

Second Quarter 2019 Dividend

Falcon’s Board of Directors has declared Falcon’s dividend of $0.15 per Class A share for the second quarter 2019. During the second quarter 2019, the Company generated Pro-forma Free Cash Flow per share of $0.16 (as described and reconciled on page 8-9). The pro-forma adjustments assume that the non-controlling interests are converted to Class A common shares, such that approximately 86.2 million (5) Class A shares would be outstanding. The dividend for the second quarter 2019 will be paid on September 6, 2019 to all Class A shareholders of record on August 26, 2019. As a result of this dividend, the exercise price of the Falcon warrants will be adjusted downward to $11.38 per warrant, in accordance with the terms of the warrants.

    (5)    Reflects the dilution from 349k unvested restricted stock awards (RSAs) which receive dividend equivalent rights (“DER”) on a quarterly basis 

Production Results and Acquisition Activity

Falcon’s net production averaged 4,825 boe/d for the second quarter 2019, and net production for the first half 2019 was 5,302 boe/d. During the second quarter 2019, a higher than average NRI well was taken offline for a portion of the period and has since been reconnected. This also caused a decrease in Falcon’s oil production as a percentage of total production. The Company expects future proportionate oil volumes to be within its guidance range (51 - 55% oil).

During the second quarter 2019, Falcon had 36 gross wells turned in line, or 0.41 net wells, with an average NRI for the wells turned in line of approximately 1.14%. Falcon has 1,816 producing Eagle Ford wells, and the Company’s average NRI for all producing wells is approximately 1.34%.

There are currently 11 active rigs operating on Falcon’s Eagle Ford position, which is an increase from an average of 9 active rigs in the second quarter of 2019 and 5 active rigs in the first quarter 2019. There are 179 line-of-sight wells (2.44 net wells) with an average NRI of 1.36% in various stages of development on its Eagle Ford minerals position.

The line of sight wells include 4 wells on Falcon’s Hooks Ranch location that were spud in July by ConocoPhillips, where the Company has a 22.5% NRI. The 4 recently spud Hooks Ranch wells are expected to each have lateral lengths of approximately 10,000 feet, which will extend the laterals from the Hooks Ranch positions into an adjacent leasehold property where Falcon has a 3.65% NRI. As a result, Falcon expects that the net NRI contribution from the 4 wells will be approximately 14.2%.

During the second quarter 2019, Falcon acquired approximately 73 net royalty acres through 15 transactions in the core of the Eagle Ford Shale for approximately $10.2 million. The transactions were funded using cash on hand and availability on the Company’s revolving credit facility. The acquired assets are located primarily in Karnes and Gonzales counties, on which there are currently 38 producing horizontal wells. Falcon has closed approximately $20 million of organic acquisitions during the first half of 2019.

Guidance Summary

The Company has provided forward six-month guidance based upon expectations for producer activity on Falcon’s net royalty positions. The forecasted six-month net production range does not include any contribution from Hooks Ranch wells not currently connected.

        Q3 2019 – Q4 2019  Guidance Range 
        Net production per barrel of oil equivalent per day (boe/d)  5,000 – 5,500 
        % Oil of net production  51% - 55% 
        Operating costs:   
        Production and ad valorem taxes (% of revenue)  4.0% – 5.0% 
        Marketing and transportation ($/boe)  $1.00 – $1.50 
        Cash general and administrative (6) ($/boe)  $4.00 – $4.50 
        Depletion expense (7) ($/boe)  $6.50 – $7.50 

    (6)    General and administrative expense above excludes non-cash stock-based compensation expense 
    (7)    The depletion expense forecast range above is shown on a book basis; the equivalent range on a tax basis would be in a range of $27.00 – $31.00 per boe 

Upcoming Investor Conferences

The Company will be participating in several upcoming investor conferences. Falcon will be hosting investor meetings at each of the following events:

  • Thursday, August 8: Tuohy Brothers Energy Conference – The Lombardy Hotel, New York, NY;
  • Monday & Tuesday, August 12/13: EnerCom Oil & Gas Conference – The Westin Denver Downtown, Denver, CO; Bryan Gunderson, Chief Financial Officer at Falcon, will be presenting on behalf of the Company on Tuesday, August 12 at 4:30 pm MT/6:30 pm ET;
  • Wednesday & Thursday, August 14/15: Citi 1:1 Midstream/Energy Infrastructure Conference – Encore at Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.

Conference Call Details

Falcon management invites investors and interested parties to listen to the conference call to discuss second quarter 2019 results on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 9:00 am ET. Participants for the conference call should dial (866) 342-8591 (International: (203) 518-9713) and use the confirmation code FLMNQ219. The Falcon earnings call is also accessible via webcast on the company’s website on  in the Events page of the Investor Relations section. A replay of the call will be available starting at 12:00 pm ET on August 5, 2019. To access the replay, investors and interested parties can listen to the replay on   in the Events page of the Investor Relations section, or call (800) 839-1247 (International: (402) 220-0470).

  Three Months Ended 
  June 30, 
    2019        2018   
Oil and gas sales  18,246      28,136   
Loss on hedging activities          (1,823 
Total revenues    18,246        26,313   
Production and ad valorem taxes    920        1,510   
Marketing and transportation    565        463   
Amortization of royalty interests in oil & gas properties    2,930        4,618   
General, administrative and other    3,055        3,423   
Total expenses    7,470        10,014   
Operating income    10,776        16,299   
Other income (expense):       
Gain on the sale of assets          108   
Other income    44         
Interest expense    (535      (420 
Total other income (expense)    (491      (312 
Income before income taxes    10,285        15,987   
Provision for income taxes    1,383         
Income from continuing operations    8,902        15,987   
Income from discontinued operations          1,016   
Net income    8,902        17,003   
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests    (5,146      (47 
Net income attributable to shareholders/unitholders  3,756      16,956   
Class A common shares (basic and diluted)  0.08       

    June 30,    December 31, 
ASSETS    2019    2018 
Current assets:         
Cash and cash equivalents    2,867    7,317 
Accounts receivable      8,568      11,271 
Prepaid expenses      1,548      1,524 
Total current assets      12,983      20,112 
Royalty interests in oil & gas properties, net of accumulated amortization      222,728      209,168 
Property and equipment, net      520     
Deferred tax asset, net      56,821      58,773 
Other assets      2,851      3,182 
Total assets    295,903    291,235 
Current liabilities:         
Accounts payable and accrued expenses    1,403    521 
Credit facility      36,500      21,000 
Other non-current liabilities      444     
Total liabilities      38,347      21,521 
Shareholder’s equity:         
Class A common stock         
Class C common stock         
Additional paid in capital      121,459      137,866 
Non-controlling interests      122,140      127,029 
Retained earnings      13,948      4,810 
Total shareholder’s equity      257,556      269,714 
Total liabilities and shareholder’s equity    295,903    291,235 

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and Pro-forma Free Cash Flow from Net Income (in thousands, except per share amounts): 
  Three Months Ended June 30, 2019    Fully Converted Per Share Basis Three Months Ended June 30, 2019 (1) 
Net Income  8,902      0.10   
Interest expense (2)    535        0.00   
Depletion and depreciation    2,953        0.04   
Share-based compensation    762        0.01   
Income taxes    1,383        0.02   
Adjusted EBITDA  14,535      0.17   
Interest expense (2)    (535      (0.00 
Pro-forma cash income taxes (3)    (577      (0.01 
Pro-forma Free Cash Flow  13,423      0.16   

    (1)    Per share information is presented on a fully converted basis and includes both the 46.2 million Class A common shares (inclusive of 349k unvested restricted stock awards which receive DERs) and the 40.0 million Class C common shares that are outstanding as of June 30, 2019. As such, Net Income per fully converted share in this schedule is not comparable to earnings per share (EPS) of $0.08 for the period ended June 30, 2019 as shown on the Statement of Operations. 
    (2)    Interest expense includes amortization of deferred financing costs 
    (3)    Pro-forma cash income taxes are estimated on a fully converted basis and therefore based upon net income before non-controlling interest considerations 

Calculation of cash available for dividends for the second quarter 2019 (in thousands): 
  Three Months Ended 
  June 30, 
Adjusted EBITDA   
Interest expense    (535 
Net cash available for distribution    14,000   
Cash to be distributed to non-controlling interests  6,377   
Cash to be distributed to Falcon Minerals Corp. (4)  7,276   
Dividends to be paid to Class A shareholders  6,879   

    (4)    Includes approximately $397,000 of cash for current income taxes at Falcon Minerals Corporation 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA and Pro-forma Free Cash Flow are supplemental non-GAAP financial measures used by management and external users of our financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies. We believe Adjusted EBITDA and Pro-forma Free Cash Flow are useful because they allow us to evaluate our performance and compare the results of our operations period to period without regard to our financing methods or capital structure. In addition, management uses Adjusted EBITDA and Pro-forma Free Cash Flow to evaluate cash flow available to pay dividends to our common shareholders.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as Net Income plus interest expense, net, depletion expense, provision for income taxes and share-based compensation. We define Pro forma Free Cash Flow as Net Income plus depletion expense, provision for income taxes and share-based compensation less cash income taxes. Adjusted EBITDA and Pro-forma Free Cash Flow are not measures of Net Income as determined by GAAP. We exclude the items listed above from Net Income in calculating Adjusted EBITDA and Pro-forma Free Cash Flow 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. Certain items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA and Pro-forma Free Cash Flow 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 historic costs of depreciable assets, none of which are components of Adjusted EBITDA and Pro-forma Free Cash Flow.

Adjusted EBITDA and Pro-forma Free Cash Flow should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, Net Income, royalty income, cash flow from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. Our computations of Adjusted EBITDA and Pro-forma Free Cash Flow may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

  Three Months Ended 
  June 30, 
  2019    2018 (1) 
Production Data:       
Oil (bbls)    199,938      384,876   
Natural gas (boe)    161,687      187,913   
Natural gas liquids (bbls)    77,473      70,018   
Combined volumes (boe)    439,098      642,807   
Average daily combined volume (boe/d)    4,825      7,064   
Average sales prices:       
Oil (bbls)  63.84    66.34   
Natural gas (mcf)  2.52    2.80   
Natural gas liquids (bbls)  17.45    21.42   
Combined per boe  37.72    46.96   
Average costs ($/boe):       
Production and ad valorem taxes  2.10    2.35   
Marketing and transportation expense  1.29    0.72   
Cash general and administrative expense  5.22    5.32   
Interest expense, net  1.22    0.65   
Depletion  6.67    7.18   

    (1)    The production data for Q2 2018 shown contains certain production that was not contributed to Falcon in the Royal Resources transaction in August 2018, including a portion of this non-acquired production that was sold in February 2018. 

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