Approach Resources Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

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FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Approach Resources Inc. (AREX) today reported results for second quarter 2013. Highlights for second quarter 2013, compared to second quarter 2012, include:

  • Production up 16% to 9 MBoe/d, and oil production up 50% to 344 MBbls
  • Revenues increased 41% to $42.3 million
  • Net income of $7.8 million, or $0.20 per diluted share
  • Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) of $5 million, or $0.13 per diluted share
  • EBITDAX (non-GAAP) increased 53% to $30.7 million, or $0.79 per diluted share

Production for second quarter 2013 totaled 817 MBoe (9 MBoe/d), compared to production of 702 MBoe (7.7 MBoe/d) in second quarter 2012, a 16% increase. Second quarter 2013 production increased 8%, compared to first quarter 2013 production of 754 MBoe (8.4 MBoe/d). Oil production for second quarter 2013 totaled 344 MBbls, up 50% from the prior year period and 11% from first quarter 2013. Production for second quarter 2013 was 42% oil, 28% NGLs and 30% natural gas, compared to 33% oil, 32% NGLs and 35% natural gas in second quarter 2012. As previously reported, production for second quarter 2013 was negatively impacted by downtime at a third-party NGL fractionation facility.

Management Comment

J. Ross Craft, the Company’s President and CEO, commented, “Our investment in infrastructure projects continues to have a positive impact on our bottom line. In the second quarter of 2013, our oil price differential relative to NYMEX WTI decreased 43%, compared to the prior year quarter, in large part due to our joint venture’s crude oil pipeline. In addition, we continue to see improvement in our per-unit lease operating expenses with a 19% decline, compared to the prior year quarter. In June 2013, we completed a successful offering of $250 million in senior notes to provide additional liquidity for the development of our 170,000 gross acre Wolfcamp shale position located in the southern Midland Basin. During second quarter, we also made several key additions to our management and technical team that further enhance our overall strengths. Finally, our horizontal well costs are continuing their downward trend, bringing us within approximately 5% of our target of $5.5 million per horizontal well. With growing oil production, improved price realizations, lower costs and a strong balance sheet, we are in a great position to capitalize on the full potential of the horizontal Wolfcamp shale oil play.”

Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Net income for second quarter 2013 was $7.8 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, on revenues of $42.3 million. This compares to net income for second quarter 2012 of $7.9 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, on revenues of $29.9 million. Second quarter 2013 revenues increased $12.4 million due to an increase in production ($10.1 million) and an increase in average realized price ($2.3 million). Net income for second quarter 2013 included an unrealized gain on commodity derivatives of $4.3 million and a realized loss on commodity derivatives of $714,000.

Excluding the unrealized gain on commodity derivatives and related income tax effect, adjusted net income (non-GAAP) for second quarter 2013 was $5 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to $1.6 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for second quarter 2012. See “Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial and Other Measures” below for our reconciliation of adjusted net income to net income.

EBITDAX (non-GAAP) for second quarter 2013 was $30.7 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, compared to $20.1 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, for second quarter 2012. See “Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial and Other Measures” below for our reconciliation of EBITDAX to net income.

Average realized commodity prices for second quarter 2013, before the effect of commodity derivatives, were $88.25/Bbl of oil, $27.43/Bbl of NGLs and $3.84/Mcf of natural gas, compared to $83.21/Bbl of oil, $33.75/Bbl of NGLs and $2.19/Mcf of natural gas for second quarter 2012. Our average realized price, including the effect of commodity derivatives, was $50.87/Boe for second quarter 2013, up 18% compared to $43.12/Boe for second quarter 2012.

Our average realized oil price is presented net of transportation costs and the basis, or regional, differential. As previously reported, in April 2013, we began using our joint venture pipeline to transport our oil production to market. Transporting our oil production by pipeline rather than by truck reduced our transportation costs during second quarter 2013. In addition, the regional (Midland/Cushing) differential improved during second quarter 2013. As a result of lower transportation costs and the improved regional differential, our total differential relative to NYMEX WTI of ($5.86)/Bbl of oil reflected a 43% and 53% decrease compared to second quarter 2012 and first quarter 2013, respectively.

Lease operating expenses (“LOE”) and LOE per Boe decreased in second quarter 2013 compared to the prior year quarter primarily due to lower per-unit expenses in each of our primary cost categories: water hauling and insurance, compressor rental and repair, well repairs, workovers and maintenance and pumpers and supervision expenses. Production and ad valorem taxes increased from the prior year quarter due to our increase in oil, NGL and gas sales. Exploration expense increased from the prior year quarter primarily due to 3-D seismic data processing. General and administrative expenses (“G&A”) increased from the prior year quarter primarily due to higher salaries and benefits, a result of increased staffing. G&A per Boe, however, decreased from the prior year quarter due to an increase in production in second quarter 2013. Depletion, depreciation and amortization expense (“DD&A”) increased from the prior year quarter primarily due to higher production and oil and gas property carrying costs, relative to estimated proved developed reserves. Higher oil and gas property carrying costs primarily reflect our development of our oil-focused Wolfcamp shale play.

Total costs and expenses per Boe decreased approximately 9% in second quarter 2013, compared to first quarter 2013. The following table is a summary of our per-unit expenses for second quarter 2013, compared to first quarter 2013 and the prior year period.

    2Q13     1Q13     Q/Q Percent Change     2Q12     Y/Y

Percent Change

Costs and expenses (per Boe):
LOE $ 4.89 $ 7.14 (31.5 )% $ 6.03 (19.0 )%
Production and ad valorem taxes 3.76 3.39 10.9 3.20 17.5
Exploration 0.68 0.34 100.0 (0.06 )
G&A 6.40 8.50 (24.7 ) 7.19 (11.0 )
DD&A   22.62   22.62     20.78   8.9  
Total costs $ 38.35

$

41.99

(8.7 )% $ 37.14   3.3 %
 

Operations Update

During second quarter 2013, we drilled 13 wells and completed seven wells, including six wells that were waiting on completion at March 31, 2013. At June 30, 2013, 15 wells were in progress or waiting on completion. We currently have three horizontal rigs drilling with most of our activity focused on areas with existing infrastructure. By focusing our drilling around existing infrastructure, we expect to reduce offset shut-in production during stimulations and minimize surface disturbance and fresh water use, resulting in lower costs and improved economics. We expect to complete 40 to 42 horizontal wells during 2013, compared to our initial forecast of 35 to 40 horizontal wells, with our current three-rig program. Due to previously disclosed curtailments resulting from downtime at a third-party fractionation facility, production growth for 2013 is targeted to the lower end of our 25% to 35% year-over-year production guidance. Production for third quarter 2013 is expected to range between 8.7 MBoe/d to 9 MBoe/d due to pad drilling and timing of completions.

We recently completed a horizontal well in Pangea West targeting the Wolfcamp A bench. This well flowed at an initial production rate of approximately 600 Boe/d, made up of 86% oil. As previously reported, we targeted the Wolfcamp A and B benches with stacked wellbores in Pangea West and Project Pangea earlier this year. With over 90 days of production history, four out of the six wells are performing in-line with our 450 MBoe EUR type curve, and two wells are performing slightly below expectations at this time. We remain excited about our Wolfcamp shale oil play and continue to be very encouraged by our overall well performance as we see more production history. For our latest report on well performance compared to our type curve, please go to our second quarter 2013 presentation under the Investor Relations section of www.approachresources.com.

In July, we entered into a Drilling and Development Agreement (“D&D Agreement”) with the Board for Lease of University Lands (“UT Lands”). The D&D Agreement consolidates over 60 of our oil and gas leases with UT Lands into one consolidated unit covering approximately 42,000 net acres. The D&D Agreement provides for a minimum, continuous drilling obligation of two wells per year. Meeting the drilling obligation will allow us to hold undrilled UT Lands acreage and depths until September 2017, which is beyond the expiration of our prior drilling and development units and current oil and gas leases. Beginning in September 2017, we will continue drilling UT Lands acreage under a mutually-agreed development plan. As a result of the cost of the D&D Agreement, we expect exploration expense for third quarter 2013 to be $6/Boe to $7/Boe.

Second Quarter 2013 Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures during second quarter 2013 totaled $50.1 million, consisting of $40 million for drilling and completion activities, $7.4 million for pipeline, infrastructure projects and other equipment and $2.7 million for property and acreage acquisitions, lease extensions and 3-D seismic data processing.

Liquidity and Commodity Derivatives Update

At June 30, 2013, we had a $500 million revolving credit facility with a $315 million borrowing base and no outstanding borrowings. At June 30, 2013, our liquidity and long-term debt-to-capital ratio were approximately $370 million and 28%, respectively. See “Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial and Other Measures” below for our calculation of “liquidity” and “long-term debt-to-capital ratio.”

In June 2013, we completed our public offering of $250 million principal amount of 7% senior notes (the “Senior Notes”) due 2021. Interest on the Senior Notes is payable semi-annually on June 15 and December 15, beginning December 15, 2013. We received net proceeds from the issuance of the Senior Notes of approximately $243 million, after deducting fees and expenses. We used a portion of the net proceeds from the offering to repay all outstanding borrowings under our revolving credit facility. We will use the remaining net proceeds to fund our capital expenditures and for general working capital needs.

From time to time, we enter into commodity derivatives positions to manage our exposure to commodity price fluctuations. Please refer to the “Unaudited Commodity Derivatives Information” table below for a detailed summary of the Company’s current derivatives positions.

Second Quarter 2013 Conference Call

Approach will host a conference call on Friday, August 2, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time (11:00 a.m. Eastern Time) to discuss second quarter 2013 financial and operating results. To participate in the conference call, domestic participants should dial (866) 318-8613 and international participants should dial (617) 399-5132 approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled conference time. To access the simultaneous webcast of the conference call, please visit the Calendar of Events page under the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website, www.approachresources.com, 15 minutes before the scheduled conference time to register for the webcast and install any necessary software. The webcast will be archived for replay on the Company’s website until October 31, 2013.

In addition, the Company will host a telephone replay of the call, which will be available for one week. U.S. callers may access the telephone replay by dialing (888) 286-8010 and international callers may dial (617) 801-6888. The passcode is 39097721.

Participation in Upcoming Conferences

The Company will participate in the upcoming conferences as detailed below. The slide presentations for each event will be available under the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.approachresources.com.

  • Tuesday, August 6, 2013 – Tuohy Brothers 2013 4th Annual Energy Conference (no webcast)
  • Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 8:25 AM MT – EnerCom’s The Oil & Gas Conference® 18 (live presentation will be webcast and accessible through the Company’s website)

Approach Resources Inc. is an independent oil and gas company with core operations, production and reserves located in the Permian Basin in West Texas. The Company targets multiple oil and liquids-rich formations in the Permian Basin, where the Company operates approximately 152,000 net acres. For more information about the Company, please visit www.approachresources.com. Please note that the Company routinely posts important information about the Company under the Investor Relations section of its website.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, 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. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, forward-looking statements contained in this press release specifically include our 2013 development program, production guidance and exploration expense guidance. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Company based on management’s experience, perception of historical trends and technical analyses, current conditions, anticipated future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate and reasonable by management. When used in this press release, the words “will,” “potential,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “expect,” “may,” “should,” “anticipate,” “could,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “profile,” “model” or their negatives, other similar expressions or the statements that include those words, are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. 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. Further information on such assumptions, risks and uncertainties is available in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings. The Company’s SEC filings are available on the Company’s website at www.approachresources.com. 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.

For a glossary of oil and gas terms and abbreviations used in this release, please see our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 28, 2013.

 
 

UNAUDITED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 
    Three Months Ended

June 30,

    Six Months Ended

June 30,

  2013       2012     2013       2012  
   
Revenues (in thousands):
Oil $ 30,381 $ 19,108 $ 55,842 $ 37,114
NGLs 6,214 7,547 12,451 16,654
Gas   5,677       3,272     10,248       6,777  
Total oil, NGL and gas sales 42,272 29,927 78,541 60,545
 
Realized (loss) gain on commodity derivatives   (714 )     361     (407 )     (123 )
Total oil, NGL and gas sales including derivative impact $ 41,558     $ 30,288   $ 78,134     $ 60,422  
 
Production:
Oil (MBbls) 344 230 655 420
NGLs (MBbls) 227 224 440 438
Gas (MMcf)   1,477       1,495     2,855       2,987  
Total (MBoe) 817 702 1,571 1,356
Total (MBoe/d) 9.0 7.7 8.7 7.5
 
Average prices:
Oil (per Bbl) $ 88.25 $ 83.21 $ 85.29 $ 88.28
NGLs (per Bbl) 27.43 33.75 28.27 38.03
Gas (per Mcf)   3.84       2.19     3.59       2.27  
Total (per Boe) $ 51.74 $ 42.61 $ 49.99 $ 44.64
 
Realized (loss) gain on commodity derivatives (per Boe)   (0.87 )     0.51     (0.26 )     (0.09 )
Total including derivative impact (per Boe) $ 50.87 $ 43.12 $ 49.73 $ 44.55

 

Costs and expenses (per Boe):
Lease operating $ 4.89 $ 6.03 $ 5.97 $ 5.77
Production and ad valorem taxes 3.76 3.20 3.58 3.29
Exploration 0.68 (0.06 ) 0.52 0.92
General and administrative 6.40 7.19 7.41 7.97
Depletion, depreciation and amortization 22.62 20.78 22.62 18.90
 
 
APPROACH RESOURCES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except shares and per-share amounts)
 
    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
  2013       2012     2013       2012  
REVENUES:
Oil, NGL and gas sales $ 42,272 $ 29,927 $ 78,541 $ 60,545
 
EXPENSES:
Lease operating 3,993 4,238 9,376 7,819
Production and ad valorem taxes 3,068 2,248 5,624 4,465
Exploration 557 (38 ) 817 1,249
General and administrative 5,229 5,051 11,639 10,815
Depletion, depreciation and amortization   18,482     14,596     35,538     25,626  
Total expenses   31,329     26,095     62,994     49,974  
 
OPERATING INCOME 10,943 3,832 15,547 10,571
 
OTHER:
Interest expense, net (2,451 ) (1,380 ) (3,680 ) (2,267 )
Equity in losses of investee (64 ) (180 )
Realized (loss) gain on commodity derivatives (714 ) 361 (407 ) (123 )
Unrealized gain on commodity derivatives   4,290     9,439     190     6,767  
 
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAX PROVISION 12,004 12,252 11,470 14,948
INCOME TAX PROVISION   4,217     4,390     4,030     5,372  
 
NET INCOME $ 7,787   $ 7,862   $ 7,440   $ 9,576  
 
EARNINGS PER SHARE:
Basic $ 0.20   $ 0.23   $ 0.19   $ 0.29  
Diluted $ 0.20   $ 0.23   $ 0.19   $ 0.29  
 
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:
Basic 39,007,361 33,524,361 38,965,811 33,387,065
Diluted 39,029,203 33,550,068 38,976,732 33,493,875
 
 

UNAUDITED SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheet Data     June 30,     December 31,
(in thousands)   2013     2012  
Cash and cash equivalents $ 55,278 $ 767
Other current assets 16,220 14,889
Property and equipment, net, successful efforts method 912,479 828,467
Equity method investment 15,992 9,892
Other assets   9,964     1,724  
Total assets $ 1,009,933   $ 855,739  
 
Current liabilities $ 55,048 $ 60,247
Long-term debt (1) 250,000 106,000
Other long-term liabilities 60,618 56,024
Stockholders’ equity   644,267     633,468  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,009,933   $ 855,739  
 

(1) Long-term debt at June 30, 2013, is comprised of $250 million in 7% Senior Notes. Long-term debt at December 31, 2012, is comprised of borrowings under our Credit Facility.

 
 
Unaudited Consolidated Cash Flow Data Six Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands)   2013     2012  
Net cash provided (used) by:
Operating activities $ 44,839 $ 46,124
Investing activities $ (126,183 ) $ (148,300 )
Financing activities $ 135,855 $ 102,277
 
 

UNAUDITED COMMODITY DERIVATIVES INFORMATION

 
Commodity and Period   Contract Type   Volume Transacted   Contract Price
Crude Oil
2013 Collar 650 Bbls/d $90.00/Bbl – $105.80/Bbl
2013 Collar 450 Bbls/d $90.00/Bbl – $101.45/Bbl
2013 (1) Collar 1,200 Bbls/d $90.35/Bbl – $100.35/Bbl
2014 Collar 550 Bbls/d $90.00/Bbl – $105.50/Bbl
2014 Collar 650 Bbls/d $85.05/Bbl – $95.05/Bbl
2015 Collar 2,600 Bbls/d $84.00/Bbl – $91.00/Bbl
 
Crude Oil Basis Differential (Midland/Cushing)
2013 (2) Swap 2,300 Bbls/d $1.10/Bbl
 
Natural Gas
2013 Swap 200,000 MMBtu/month $3.54/MMBtu
2013 Swap 190,000 MMBtu/month $3.80/MMBtu
2013 (3) Collar 100,000 MMBtu/month $4.00/MMBtu – $4.36/MMBtu
2014 Swap 360,000 MMBtu/month $4.18/MMBtu
 
(1) February 2013 – December 2013
(2) March 2013 – December 2013
(3) May 2013 – December 2013
 
 

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 www.approachresources.com.

Adjusted Net Income

This release contains the non-GAAP financial measures adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share, which excludes an unrealized gain on commodity derivatives and the related income tax effect. The amounts included in the calculation of adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share below were computed in accordance with GAAP. We believe adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share are useful to investors because they provide readers with a more 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 income to net income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 (in thousands, except per-share amounts).

    Three Months Ended

June 30,

    Six Months Ended

June 30,

  2013       2012     2013       2012  
 
 
Net income $ 7,787 $ 7,862 $ 7,440 $ 9,576
Adjustments for certain items:
Unrealized gain on commodity derivatives (4,290 ) (9,439 ) (190 ) (6,767 )
Related income tax effect   1,459     3,209     65     2,301  
 
Adjusted net income $ 4,956   $ 1,632   $ 7,315   $ 5,110  
Adjusted net income per diluted share $ 0.13   $ 0.05   $ 0.19   $ 0.15  
 
 

EBITDAX

We define EBITDAX as net income, plus (1) exploration expense, (2) depletion, depreciation and amortization expense, (3) share-based compensation expense, (4) unrealized gain on commodity derivatives, (5) interest expense, and (6) income taxes. 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 income 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 income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively (in thousands, except per-share amounts).

    Three Months Ended

June 30,

    Six Months Ended

June 30,

  2013       2012     2013       2012  
 
 
Net income $ 7,787 $ 7,862 $ 7,440 $ 9,576
Exploration 557 (38 ) 817 1,249
Depletion, depreciation and amortization 18,482 14,596 35,538 25,626
Share-based compensation 1,533 1,311 3,790 3,543
Unrealized gain on commodity derivatives (4,290 ) (9,439 ) (190 ) (6,767 )
Interest expense, net 2,451 1,380 3,680 2,267
Income tax provision   4,217     4,390     4,030     5,372  
 
EBITDAX $ 30,737   $ 20,062   $ 55,105   $ 40,866  
EBITDAX per diluted share $ 0.79   $ 0.60   $ 1.41   $ 1.22  
 
 

Liquidity

Liquidity is calculated by adding the net funds available under our revolving credit facility (“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. 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 June 30, 2013, and December 31, 2012 (in thousands).

    June 30,     December 31,
  2013     2012  
Borrowing base $ 315,000 $ 280,000
Cash and cash equivalents 55,278 767
Long-term debt under Credit Facility (106,000 )
Undrawn letters of credit   (325 )   (325 )
Liquidity $ 369,953   $ 174,442  
 
 

Long-Term Debt-to-Capital

Long-term debt-to-capital ratio is calculated by dividing long-term debt (GAAP) by the sum of total stockholders’ equity (GAAP) and long-term debt (GAAP). We use the long-term debt-to-capital ratio as a measurement of our overall financial leverage. However, this ratio has limitations. This ratio can vary from year-to-year for the Company and can vary among companies based on what is or is not included in the ratio on a company’s financial statements. This ratio 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 long-term debt-to-capital ratio at June 30, 2013, and December 31, 2012 (in thousands).

    June 30, 2013     December 31, 2012
Long-term debt(1) $ 250,000 $ 106,000
Total stockholders’ equity   644,267     633,468  
$ 894,267 $ 739,468
 
Long-term debt-to-capital   28.0 %   14.3 %

(1) Long-term debt at June 30, 2013, is comprised of $250 million in 7% Senior Notes. Long-term debt at December 31, 2012, is comprised of borrowings under our Credit Facility.

Contact:
Approach Resources Inc.
Megan P. Hays, 817.989.9000
Manager, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

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