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Callon Petroleum Company Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results and Provides Integrated 2020 Plan

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HOUSTON, Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE: CPE) ("Callon" or the "Company") today reported results of operations for the three months and full-year ended December 31, 2019. All financial and operating results presented include Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. results from December 21 to December 31, 2019 unless otherwise noted.

Presentation slides accompanying this earnings release are available on the Company's website at www.callon.com located on the "Presentations" page within the Investors section of the site.

2019 Highlights

  • Full-year 2019 production of 41.3 Mboe/d (77% oil), an increase of 26% over 2018 volumes
  • Year-end proved reserves of 540.0 MMboe (64% oil), a year-over-year increase of 126%
  • Realized income available to common stockholders of $55.6 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, and adjusted net income(i) of $176.3 million or $0.76 per diluted share
  • Generated an operating margin(i) of $35.60 per Boe reflecting our high level of oil volumes and lease operating expense reductions
  • Generated Adjusted EBITDA(i) of $502.1 million
  • Completed the acquisition of Carrizo Oil & Gas, creating an oil-weighted growth company with premier positions in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale
  • Divested approximately $300 million in non-core assets as part of ongoing initiatives to enhance returns on capital employed and strengthen our financial position through absolute debt reduction
  • Redeemed approximately $270 million in preferred securities, eliminating $25 million in annual future dividend payments

Fourth Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Fourth quarter 2019 production of 46.6 Mboe/d (75% oil), an increase of 14% over fourth quarter 2018 volumes and a sequential increase of 23%
  • Realized loss available to common stockholders of $23.5 million, or ($0.09) per diluted share, and adjusted net income(i) of $56.8 million or $0.23 per diluted share
  • Generated $137.6 million of cash from operating activities, exceeding cash used in investing activities for operational capital additions of $105.8 million
  • Sustained strong operating margins of $37.74 per Boe
  • Built an inventory of drilled, uncompleted wells to support larger scale development in the Delaware Basin

Joe Gatto, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "2019 was a transformational year and a significant step forward for Callon. We executed multiple strategic initiatives while delivering on our capital development plan with improved efficiency and lower costs. The acquisition of Carrizo has transformed Callon into a more robust entity with the capacity to execute a model of scaled development to drive lower free cash flow break-even costs and sustain growth in a low oil price environment. We generated free cash flow on both a stand-alone and pro forma basis in the fourth quarter, setting the stage for us to deliver free cash flow generation at $50/Bbl in 2020. Our transition to larger projects featuring multi-zone co-development across the the Permian asset base is reflected in our 2020 capital program. Given the capital synergies and overall efficiency we will capture from this development model, our 2020 capital program is more than $100 million below our pro forma 2019 capital spending levels."

He continued, "I am very pleased by the progress that the organization has made in both integrating the combined activity plans ahead of schedule and driving our operational capital synergy targets higher than initially estimated. We now anticipate total year-one synergies from corporate cost and operational capital items to be over $80 million, excluding the impact of improved uptime from a program with less offsetting completion downtime. We remain steadfast in our long-term value focus in our life of field development philosophy, employing resource development concepts and a pace of activity that will keep us on a path to sustainable free cash flow growth from repeatable investments in our high quality asset base."

Environmental, Social, and Governance ("ESG") Updates

Callon today also announced the Company's achievement of its best safety performance on record during 2019, reflecting the Company's dedication to a culture of responsibility. Furthermore, the Company's environmental sustainability initiatives resulted in a 40% year-over-year reduction in flaring intensity, as defined by the Texas Railroad Commission, and a two-fold increase in company-wide recycled water volumes during the fiscal year.

Callon continues to evolve its executive compensation program to align with shareholder priorities. The Company has included an absolute total shareholder return ("TSR") modifier to the performance share program that links executive pay to the absolute returns realized by the Company's shareholders. Under the plan, payouts for the performance period will be reduced if annualized TSR is below the threshold of 5%, reflect a multiplier of 100% upon achieving an annualized TSR of 5% - 10%, and will include higher multipliers upon achieving an annualized TSR of greater than 10%. Additional detail will be available in the Company's upcoming proxy.

Operations Update and Outlook

At December 31, 2019, Callon had 1,409 gross (1,242.3 net) horizontal wells producing from established flow units in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale. Net daily production for the three months ended December 31, 2019 grew 14% to 46.6 Mboe/d (75% oil) as compared to the same period of 2018. Full year production for 2019 averaged 41.3 Mboe/d (77% oil) reflecting growth of 26% over 2018 volumes.

For the three months ended December 31, 2019, Callon drilled 11 gross (10.2 net) horizontal wells and placed a combined 14 gross (9.0 net) horizontal wells on production. Wells placed on production during the quarter were completed in the Lower Spraberry and Wolfcamp A in the Midland Basin and the Wolfcamp A and Wolfcamp B in the Delaware Basin.

Legacy Carrizo activity in the fourth quarter was primarily focused on the building of an inventory of drilled uncompleted wells in the Eagle Ford Shale and Delaware Basin to provide the flexibility required for larger scale development in early 2020. During the quarter, legacy Carrizo drilled 28 gross (26.6 net) wells and placed 4 gross (3.2 net) wells on production near the beginning of the quarter.

Callon entered 2020 with an inventory of over 60 drilled uncompleted wells to support a new, integrated model of scaled development and deployed four completion crews to both the Delaware Basin and Eagle Ford Shale to turn several large projects to production in the first and second quarters. In mid-February, a 16-well project in the Eagle Ford and a five-well, co-development project in the Delaware were brought online as the new development model starts to progress for 2020. Additional large scale projects including two Eagle Ford projects totaling roughly 45 wells, multiple Delaware  projects in both Eastern Reeves County and Ward County, and select Midland Basin projects will be completed and placed on production throughout the remainder of the first and second quarter. The Company is currently operating nine drilling rigs and four dedicated completion crews with plans to operate eight to nine drilling rigs and an average of three completion crews during this year.

2020 Capital Expenditures Budget

Callon has established an operational capital expenditure budget of $975 million for 2020 with approximately 70% of drilling, completion and equipment expenditures ("DC&E") allocated to the Permian Basin. Development capital related to drilling, completion and equipping new wells is expected to compose approximately 85% to 90% of the spending with facilities and other items accounting for the remainder. The operational program in the Permian Basin will focus on co-development projects designed to optimize production and resource recovery from multiple zones. The Company also plans to continue large scale, multi-pad development in the Eagle Ford Shale, providing a balance of capital intensity and cycle times relative to the Delaware Basin program.

The 2020 plan implies a material improvement in capital efficiency relative to the 2019 pro forma spend of the combined companies and to the initial 2020 targeted operational capital spend of approximately $1.1 billion. Accelerated integration of the combined development programs, combined with the identification of additional sources of cost reductions and best practices as part of large scale development in the Delaware Basin, has resulted in a planned DC&E cost of under $1,000 per lateral foot in the Delaware Basin, surpassing initial synergy estimates.

Callon expects to drill approximately 165 gross operated wells and place 160 gross operated wells on production during 2020. Additional 2020 capital program highlights include:

  • Initial 2020 full year production guidance (on a three-stream basis) is 115.0 to 120.0 MBoe/d with an oil cut of approximately 66%
  • DC&E expenditures for the year are weighted approximately 60% to the first half of the year and 30% to the first quarter
  • Average lateral lengths for the year are projected between ~7,900 feet and ~9,000 feet across all three asset areas
  • Working interest will vary between 80% and 95% dependent upon project and asset area
  • First quarter and second quarter completions activity will primarily be composed of Eagle Ford and Delaware wells
  • First quarter production guidance is 95.0 to 100.0 MBoe/d with an oil cut of 65%
  • Second quarter production growth is expected to be in excess of 15%
  • Gross wells placed on production in the second quarter are expected to be the highest of any period during the year
  • Projected oil volumes are more than 60% hedged for the entire year and more than 70% hedged for the first quarter
  • The inventory of drilled uncompleted wells completed early in the year will be replenished throughout the year with an increased weighting to the Permian Basin providing ongoing flexibility within the larger development model in 2021 and is projected to be more than 60 wells by year-end 2020

The remainder of our full year 2020 outlook is provided later in this release under the section titled "2020 Guidance."

Capital Expenditures

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, Callon incurred $515.1 million in operational capital expenditures on an accrual basis as compared to $583.4 million in 2018. For the three months ended December 31, 2019, the Company incurred $110.0 million in operational capital expenditures on an accrual basis, which represented a $6.4 million decrease from the third quarter. Total capital expenditures, inclusive of capitalized expenses, are detailed below on an accrual and cash basis:



Three Months Ended December 31, 2019



Operational


Capitalized


Capitalized


Total Capital



Capital (a)


Interest


G&A


Expenditures



(In thousands)

Cash basis (b)


$105,846



$23,614



$7,655



$137,115


Timing adjustments (c)


4,175



(1,833)





2,342


Non-cash items






1,125



1,125


   Accrual (GAAP) basis (d)


$110,021



$21,781



$8,780



$140,582




(a)

Includes seismic, land, technology, and other items.

(b)

Cash basis is presented here to help users of financial information reconcile amounts from the cash flow statement to the balance sheet by accounting for timing related changes in working capital that align with our development pace and rig count.

(c)

Includes timing adjustments related to cash disbursements in the current period for capital expenditures incurred in the prior period.

(d)

Accrual basis capital as shown includes the impact of legacy Carrizo expenditures after December 20th close date.

Operating and Financial Results

The following table presents summary information for the periods indicated:



Three Months Ended,



December 31, 2019


September 30, 2019


December 31, 2018

Net production







Oil (MBbls)


3,234



2,725



3,076


Natural gas (MMcf)


5,530



4,538



4,225


NGLs (MBbls)


135






Total barrels of oil equivalent (MBoe)


4,291



3,481



3,780


Total daily production (Boe/d)


46,641



37,837



41,087


Oil as % of total daily production


75

%


78

%


81

%

Average realized sales price

(excluding impact of settled derivatives)










Oil (per Bbl)


$56.61



$54.39



$48.89


Natural gas (per Mcf)


$1.98



$1.58



$2.72


NGLs (per Bbl)


$15.37



$—



$—


Total (per Boe)


$45.70



$44.64



$42.83


Average realized sales price

(including impact of settled derivatives)










Oil (per Bbl)


$55.33



$54.01



$48.52


Natural gas (per Mcf)


$2.12



$2.03



$2.62


NGLs (per Bbl)


$15.37



$—



$—


Total (per Boe)


$44.92



$44.93



$42.41


Revenues (in thousands)







Oil


$183,071



$148,210



$150,398


Natural gas


10,949



7,168



11,497


NGLs


2,075






Total revenues


$196,095



$155,378



$161,895


Additional per Boe data







Sales price (a)


$45.70



$44.64



$42.83


Lease operating expense


5.90



5.65



6.47


Production taxes


2.06



3.41



2.51


Operating margin


$37.74



$35.58



$33.85









Depletion, depreciation and amortization


$14.30



$16.09



$15.74


Adjusted G&A (b)







Cash component (c)


$2.41



$2.52



$2.03


Non-cash component


$0.53



$0.44



$0.50




(a)

Excludes the impact of settled derivatives.

(b)

Excludes certain non-recurring expenses and non-cash valuation adjustments. Adjusted G&A is a non-GAAP financial measure; see the reconciliation provided within this press release for a reconciliation of G&A expense on a GAAP basis to Adjusted G&A expense.

(c)

Excludes the amortization of equity-settled share-based incentive awards and corporate depreciation and amortization.

Total Revenue. For the quarter ended December 31, 2019, Callon reported total revenue of $196.1 million and total revenue including the gain or loss from the settlement of derivative contracts ("Adjusted Total Revenue"(i)) of $192.7 million, reflecting the impact of a $3.4 million loss from the settlement of derivative contracts. Average daily production for the quarter was 46.6 Mboe/d compared to average daily production of 37.8 Mboe/d in the third quarter of 2019. Average realized prices, including and excluding the effects of hedging, are detailed above.

Hedging impacts. For the quarter ended December 31, 2019, Callon recognized the following hedging-related items:



Three Months Ended December 31, 2019



In Thousands


Per Unit

Oil derivatives





Net loss on settlements


($4,140)



($1.28)


Net loss on fair value adjustments


(34,375)




Total loss on oil derivatives


($38,515)




Natural gas derivatives





Net gain on settlements


$787



$0.14


Net gain on fair value adjustments


3,796




Total gain on natural gas derivatives


$4,583




Total oil & natural gas derivatives





Net loss on settlements


($3,353)



($0.78)


Net loss on fair value adjustments


(30,579)




Total loss on oil & natural gas derivatives


($33,932)




Lease Operating Expenses, including workover ("LOE"). LOE per Boe for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $5.90 per Boe, compared to LOE of $5.65 per Boe in the third quarter of 2019. The slight increase is primarily from an increase in costs associated with recently acquired assets that reflect a higher historical operating cost.

Production Taxes, including ad valorem taxes. Production taxes were $2.06 per Boe for the three months ended December 31, 2019, representing approximately 5% of total revenue before the impact of derivative settlements.

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization ("DD&A"). DD&A for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $14.30 per Boe compared to $16.09 per Boe in the third quarter of 2019. The decrease was primarily attributed to the inclusion of the reserves acquired from Carrizo which lowered our depletion rate for the quarter.

General and Administrative ("G&A"). G&A was $13.6 million, or $3.18 per Boe, and G&A, excluding certain non-cash incentive share-based compensation valuation adjustments, ("Adjusted G&A"(i)) was $12.6 million, or $2.94 per Boe, for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $10.3 million, or $2.96 per Boe, for the third quarter of 2019. The cash component of Adjusted G&A was $10.3 million, or $2.41 per Boe, for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $8.8 million, or $2.52 per Boe, for the third quarter of 2019.

For the three months ended December 31, 2019, G&A and Adjusted G&A, which excludes the amortization of equity-settled, share-based incentive awards and corporate depreciation and amortization, are calculated as follows (in thousands):



Three Months Ended
December 31, 2019

Total G&A expense


$13,626


Change in the fair value of liability share-based awards (non-cash)


(1,010)


Adjusted G&A – total


12,616


Restricted stock share-based compensation (non-cash)


(1,855)


Corporate depreciation & amortization (non-cash)


(439)


Adjusted G&A – cash component


$10,322


Income tax expense. Callon provides for income taxes at a statutory rate of 21% adjusted for permanent differences expected to be realized. The Company recorded income tax expense of $5.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to income tax expense of $17.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019. The change in income tax expense is based upon activity during the respective periods.

Proved Reserves

DeGolyer and MacNaughton and Ryder Scott Company, L.P. prepared estimates of Callon and legacy Carrizo reserves, respectively, as of December 31, 2019.

As of December 31, 2019, Callon's estimated net proved reserves grew 126% from prior year-end, totaling 540.0 MMboe and included 346.4 MMBbls of oil, 757.1 Bcf of natural gas and 67.5 MMBbls of NGLs with a standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows of $5.0 billion. Oil constituted approximately 64% of the Company's total estimated equivalent net proved reserves and approximately 66% of total estimated equivalent proved developed reserves. The Company added 59.4 MMboe of new reserves in extensions and discoveries through development efforts in each operating area, where a total of 63 gross (55.7 net) wells were drilled. The Company purchased reserves in place of 326.8 MMboe and reduced estimated net proved reserves through net revisions of previous estimates of 37.2 MMboe.

Callon's net revisions of previous estimates were primarily related to technical revisions due to the observed impact of well spacing tests on producing wells and the resulting impact on reserve estimates as the Company advanced larger scale development concepts across multi-zone inventory.  Other impacts to reserves included pricing effects and reclassifications of PUDs which were mainly driven by changes in future development plans resulting from the completion of the Carrizo acquisition which allowed the Company to reallocate capital across the combined companies' portfolio in an effort to increase capital efficiency and resulting cash flow generation.

The changes in Callon's proved reserves are as follows:



Total

(MBoe)

Reserves at December 31, 2018


238,508


Extensions and discoveries


59,424


Purchase of reserves in place


326,838


Revisions to previous estimates


(37,216)


Production


(15,086)


Sales of reserves in place


(32,456)


Reserves at December 31, 2019


540,012


Callon replaced 212% of 2019 production as calculated by the sum of reserve extensions and discoveries, divided by annual production ("Organic reserve replacement ratio,"(i)). The Company's finding and development costs from extensions and discoveries ("Drill-bit F&D costs per Boe"(i)) were $15.55 per Boe calculated as accrual costs incurred for exploration, $309.0 million, and development, $189.3 million, divided by the reserves (in barrels of oil equivalent) added from extensions and discoveries, net of revisions excluding reclassifications.

2019 Full Year Actuals


Full Year


2019 Actual

Total production (Mboe/d) (a)

41.3

% oil

77%

Income statement expenses (per Boe)


LOE, including workovers

$6.09

Production taxes, including ad valorem (% unhedged revenue)

6%

Adjusted G&A: cash component (b)

$2.41

Adjusted G&A: non-cash component (c)

$0.52

Cash interest expense (d)

$0.00

Effective income tax rate

34.2%

Capital expenditures (in millions, accrual basis)


Total operational (e)

$515

Capitalized interest and G&A expenses

$115

Net operated horizontal wells placed on production

52



(a)

Full year 2019 production reflects the 11-day impact of Carrizo volumes included after closing and represents Callon volumes on a 2-stream basis and Carrizo volumes on a 3-stream basis.

(b)

Excludes the amortization of equity-settled, share-based incentive awards, corporate depreciation and amortization, and pending merger-related expenses. Adjusted G&A is a non-GAAP financial measure; see the reconciliation provided within this press release for a reconciliation of G&A expense on a GAAP basis to Adjusted G&A expense.

(c)

Excludes certain non-recurring expenses and non-cash valuation adjustments. Adjusted G&A is a non-GAAP financial measure; see the reconciliation provided within this press release for a reconciliation of G&A expense on a GAAP basis to Adjusted G&A expense.

(d)

All cash interest expense was capitalized.

(e)

Includes facilities, equipment, seismic, land and other items. Excludes capitalized expenses.

2020 Guidance (three-stream basis)

...

Full Year


2020 Guidance

Total production (Mboe/d) (a)

115.0 - 120.0

Oil production

66%

NGL production

17%

Gas production

17%

Income statement expenses


LOE, including workovers (in millions)

$195.0 - $235.0

Gathering, processing, and transportation ($/Boe)

$1.55 - $1.95

Production taxes, including ad valorem (% of unhedged revenue)

6.5%

Adjusted G&A: cash component (b) (in millions)

$55.0 - $65.0

Adjusted G&A: non-cash component (c) (in millions)

$10.0 - $15.0

Cash interest expense (in millions)

$55.0 - $65.0

Effective income tax rate