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Coterra Energy Reports Third-Quarter 2021 Results and Accelerates Variable Dividend

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HOUSTON, Nov. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Coterra Energy Inc. (NYSE: CTRA) ("Coterra" or the "Company") today reported third-quarter 2021 financial and operating results. On October 1, 2021, Coterra announced that the merger involving the Company, which previously was named Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation ("Cabot"), and Cimarex Energy Co. ("Cimarex") was completed. Results discussed within this release represent Coterra or legacy Cabot and exclude amounts related to legacy Cimarex, unless otherwise specified.

Net income for third-quarter 2021 totaled $62.7 million, or $0.16 per share. Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) for third-quarter 2021, excluding certain infrequent and non-cash items, was $207.0 million, or $0.52 per share.

Highlights

  • On November 3, 2021, Coterra's board approved the previously announced 14 percent increase to its annual base common stock dividend to $0.50 per share and an acceleration of its first variable dividend by one quarter. The approved base plus variable quarterly dividend equals $0.30 per share ($0.125 base, $0.175 variable), based on combined legacy Cabot and Cimarex free cash flow for third-quarter 2021, and will be paid on November 24, 2021 to holders of record on November 15, 2021.

  • On October 4, 2021, Coterra's board declared a special cash dividend of $0.50 per share; paid to shareholders on October 22, 2021.

  • Legacy Cabot generated net cash provided by operating activities of $245.2 million in third-quarter 2021.

  • Discretionary cash flow from legacy Cabot for third-quarter 2021 totaled $308.8 million (non-GAAP), inclusive of merger-related costs.

  • Combined Cabot and Cimarex free cash flow generation totaled $387.3 million (non-GAAP) in the period, inclusive of merger-related costs totaling $100.1 million.

See "Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for descriptions of the above non-GAAP measures as well as reconciliations of these measures to the associated GAAP measures.

Thomas E. Jorden, Chief Executive Officer and President, commented, "Today is just a first look at the power of Coterra's assets, financial strength, and commitment to peer-leading shareholder returns. Our strong operational performance in the third quarter can be attributed to our employees, who worked diligently to execute on both legacy company plans."

"Given the strong combined free cash flow generation in the third quarter, the improvement in commodity prices, and our disciplined capital allocation, we are confident in accelerating our first variable dividend by one quarter. We are proud to begin delivering competitive returns to our shareholders."

Third-Quarter 2021 Summary

Third-quarter 2021 daily natural gas production from legacy Cabot was 2,363 million cubic feet per day (MMcfpd), approximately two percent above the high-end of third-quarter guidance.

Legacy Cabot's average realized price for natural gas for third-quarter 2021, excluding the effect of commodity derivatives, was $2.95 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf), compared to $1.51 per Mcf for the corresponding period a year ago.

Legacy Cimarex third-quarter 2021 oil production totaled 81.5 thousand barrels per day (MBopd). Total production for the quarter averaged 251.2 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBoepd).

Legacy Cimarex's average realized prices for oil, natural gas and NGLs for third-quarter 2021, excluding the effect of commodity derivatives, was $68.49 per barrel (Bbl), $3.69 per Mcf, and $31.17 per Bbl, respectively.

Generated Strong Cash Flow

For third-quarter 2021, Legacy Cabot reported net cash provided by operating activities of $245.2 million. Discretionary cash flow (non-GAAP), inclusive of merger-related costs, was $308.8 million and free cash flow (non-GAAP) for third-quarter 2021 totaled $124.7 million, inclusive of merger-related costs.

Legacy Cabot incurred a total of $170.9 million of capital expenditures in third-quarter 2021, including $163.9 million of drilling and completion capital.

Legacy Cimarex's incurred capital expenditures in third-quarter 2021, excluding capitalized expenses, totaled $165.5 million and included $159.4 million in drilling and completion capital. Free cash flow generated by legacy Cimarex was $262.6 million (non-GAAP), inclusive of merger-related costs.

The combined free cash flow generated in third-quarter 2021 totaled $387.3 million (non-GAAP), and included $100.1 million of merger-related expenses.

Strong Financial Position

Legacy Cabot repaid its $100.0 million of 3.24% senior notes in September, reducing its principal long-term debt to $949.0 million, and exited the third-quarter with no debt outstanding under its revolving credit facility and a cash balance of $76.3 million.

Coterra, on a combined basis, exited the third-quarter 2021 with a cash balance of $1.1 billion and principal long-term debt of $2.9 billion, before adjustments for purchase accounting. The Company has no substantial debt maturities until 2024.

Following the merger close, Coterra received investment grade credit ratings from Fitch (BBB), Moody's (Baa3) and S&P (BBB).

Accelerating Returns to Shareholders

Coterra's Board of Directors today declared a base plus variable dividend of $0.30 per share, reflecting a $0.125 per share base component and a variable component of $0.175 per share, on the Company's common stock. The combined base plus variable dividend represents 63 percent of combined third-quarter 2021 free cash flow. The combined base and variable dividend is payable on November 24, 2021, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 15, 2021. This variable dividend announcement is an acceleration of the Company's previous first payment target of first-quarter 2022. The recent improvement in commodity prices, strong third-quarter 2021 performance, and the Company's balance sheet strength provides the Company with capacity and confidence to accelerate cash returns to shareholders.

Outlook

The Company is providing fourth-quarter 2021 guidance which fully incorporates legacy Cimarex operations. Coterra expects fourth-quarter 2021 total equivalent production to average 665 to 690 MBoepd. Gas production for the total company is expected to average between 3,060 and 3,150 MMcfpd. Oil production is expected to average 86 to 90 MBopd, the midpoint representing 30 percent year-over-year growth from legacy Cimarex's fourth-quarter 2020 oil production of 67.8 MBopd.

Coterra is currently running five rigs and two completion crews in the Permian Basin and two rigs and two completion crews in the Marcellus Shale. Coterra plans to average four completion crews during the fourth quarter of 2021, and expects to incur between $245 and $275 million of capital expenditures.

Additional guidance can be found in the 3Q21 Earnings presentation posted this morning on the "Events & Presentations" page under the "Investors" section of the Company's website at www.coterra.com. Coterra intends to provide a detailed 2022 outlook in early 2022.

Committed to Sustainability and ESG Leadership

Coterra is committed to environmental stewardship, sustainable practices, and strong corporate governance. The Company has established board-level oversight of ESG performance and programs. The Company also has formed a management-led sustainability group, tasked with continued environmental performance improvement.

Coterra has committed to publishing a sustainability report aligned with SASB and TCFD reporting standards. The Company's ESG disclosures and performance data from legacy companies Cabot and Cimarex are available under the "A Sustainable Future" section of its website at www.coterra.com.

Third-Quarter 2021 Conference Call

Coterra will host a conference call today, Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 8:30 AM CT (9:30 AM ET), to discuss third-quarter 2021 financial and operational results.

Conference Call Information
Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Time: 9:30 AM ET / 8:30 AM CT
Dial-in (for callers in the U.S.): (866) 367-3053
Dial-in (for callers in Canada): (855) 669-9657
International dial-in: (412) 902-4216

The live audio webcast and related earnings presentation can be accessed on the "Events & Presentations" page under the "Investors" section of the Company's website at www.coterra.com. The webcast will be archived and available at the same location after the conclusion of the live event.

About Coterra Energy

Coterra, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a premier, diversified energy company with focused operations in the Permian Basin, Marcellus Shale and Anadarko Basin. We strive to be a leading producer, delivering returns with a commitment to sustainability leadership. Learn more about us at www.coterra.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. Words such as anticipates, believes, expects, intends, plans, outlook, will, should, may and similar expressions may be used to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not statements of historical fact and reflect Coterra's current views about future events. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about returns to shareholders, enhanced shareholder value, future financial and operating performance and goals and commitment to sustainability and ESG leadership. No assurances can be given that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will occur as projected and actual results may differ materially from those projected. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and assumptions that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the risk that the recently combined businesses will not integrate successfully; the risk that the cost savings and any other synergies may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the effect of future regulatory or legislative actions, including the risk of new restrictions with respect to well spacing, hydraulic fracturing, natural gas flaring, seismicity, produced water disposal, or other oil and natural gas development activities; disruption from the transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; the diversion of management time on integration-related issues; the volatility in commodity prices for crude oil and natural gas; the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact thereof on Coterra's business, financial condition and results of operations; actions by, or disputes among or between, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producer countries; the presence or recoverability of estimated reserves; the ability to replace reserves; environmental risks; drilling and operating risks; exploration and development risks; competition; the ability of management to execute its plans to meet its goals; and other risks inherent in Coterra's businesses. In addition, the declaration and payment of any future dividends, whether regular base quarterly dividends, variable dividends or special dividends, will depend on Coterra's financial results, cash requirements, future prospects and other factors deemed relevant by Coterra's board of directors. While the list of factors presented here is considered representative, no such list should be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those indicated. For additional information about other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, please refer to: Coterra's and Cimarex's annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and other filings with the SEC, which are available on Coterra's website at www.coterra.com and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

Forward-looking statements are based on the estimates and opinions of management at the time the statements are made. Except to the extent required by applicable law, Coterra does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.

Operational Data – Legacy Cabot


The tables below provide a summary of legacy Cabot production volumes, price realizations, unit costs and operational activity for the periods indicated:



Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

PRODUCTION VOLUMES








Natural gas (Bcf)

217.4



221.4



623.9



639.2


Equivalent production (Bcfe)

217.4



221.4



623.9



639.2


Daily equivalent production (MMcfepd)

2,363



2,406



2,285



2,333










AVERAGE SALES PRICE








Natural gas, including hedges ($/Mcf)

$

2.65



$

1.57



$

2.35



$

1.60


Natural gas, excluding hedges ($/Mcf)

$

2.95



$

1.51



$

2.45



$

1.55










AVERAGE UNIT COSTS ($/Mcfe)(1)








Direct operations

$

0.10



$

0.09



$

0.09



$

0.09


Transportation and gathering

0.68



0.66



0.67



0.67


Taxes other than income

0.04



0.02



0.03



0.02


Exploration

0.02



0.02



0.01



0.02


Depreciation, depletion and amortization

0.45



0.45



0.45



0.46


General and administrative (excluding stock-based compensation and merger-related costs)

0.07



0.06



0.07



0.07


Stock-based compensation

0.05



0.05



0.04



0.06


Merger-related costs

0.18





0.07




Interest expense

0.06



0.06



0.06



0.07



$

1.64



$

1.41



$

1.50



$

1.44


















WELLS DRILLED (2)








Gross

17



14



73



55


Net

17.0



13.0



70.1



49.2










WELLS COMPLETED (2)








Gross

30



22



71



71


Net

30.0



18.1



67.1



62.3




1.

Total unit cost may differ from the sum of the individual costs due to rounding.



2.

Wells drilled represents wells drilled to total depth during the period. Wells completed includes wells completed during the period, regardless of when they were drilled.

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations (Unaudited) – Legacy Cabot



Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

2021


2020


2021


2020

OPERATING REVENUES








Natural gas

$

641,625



$

333,256



$

1,526,202



$

991,882


(Loss) gain on derivative instruments

(201,282)



(42,253)



(301,641)



17,783


Other

53



38



182



181



440,396



291,041



1,224,743



1,009,846


OPERATING EXPENSES








Direct operations

21,354



20,197



54,384



54,864


Transportation and gathering

148,794



146,982



418,984



425,563


Taxes other than income

8,207



3,615



17,195



10,705


Exploration

3,998



3,900



8,993



10,669


Depreciation, depletion and amortization

97,289



99,649



282,986



294,406


General and administrative (excluding stock-based compensation and merger-related costs)(1)

14,724



12,890



44,744



44,901


Stock-based compensation(2)

10,276



11,372



26,273



35,956


Merger-related costs

40,098





46,273





344,740



298,605



899,832



877,064


Loss on equity method investments







(59)


Gain (loss) on sale of assets

184



31



275



(139)


INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS

95,840



(7,533)



325,186



132,584


Interest expense, net

12,577



14,389



37,512



43,143


Other expense

47



57



139



171


Income (loss) before income taxes

83,216



(21,979)



287,535



89,270


Income tax expense (benefit)

20,502



(7,018)



68,003



19,947


NET INCOME (LOSS)

$

62,714



$

(14,961)



$

219,532



$

69,323


Earnings (loss) per share - Basic

$

0.16



$

(0.04)



$

0.55



$

0.17


Weighted-average common shares outstanding

399,664



398,580



399,459



398,500




1.

Includes severance expense of $2.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 related to early retirements under legacy Cabot's 2021 Early Retirement Program.



2.

Includes the impact of performance share awards and restricted stock.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited) – Legacy Cabot


(In thousands)

September 30,

2021


December 31,

2020

ASSETS




Current assets

$

442,723



$

415,715


Properties and equipment, net (successful efforts method)

4,225,914



4,044,606


Other assets

62,060



63,211



$

4,730,697



$

4,523,532


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities

$

466,010



$

202,226


Current portion of long-term debt



188,000


Long-term debt, net (excluding current maturities)

946,509



945,924


Deferred income taxes

790,604



774,195


Other liabilities

201,462



197,480


Stockholders' equity

2,326,112



2,215,707



$

4,730,697



$

4,523,532


Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (Unaudited) – Legacy Cabot



Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,

(In thousands)

2021


2020


2021


2020

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES








Net income (loss)

$

62,714



$

(14,961)



$

219,532



$

69,323


Depreciation, depletion and amortization

97,289



99,649



282,986



294,406


Deferred income tax expense (benefit)

1,834



(5,576)



16,529



46,513


(Gain) loss on sale of assets

(184)



(31)



(275)



139


Exploratory dry hole cost







2,011


Loss (gain) on derivative instruments

201,282



42,253



301,641



(17,783)


Net cash (paid) received in settlement of derivative instruments

(64,351)



14,106



(61,302)



33,529


Stock-based compensation and other

9,557



10,741



24,259



34,204


Income charges not requiring cash

708



733



2,132



2,293


Changes in assets and liabilities

(63,655)



(17,854)



(70,839)



5,758


Net cash provided by operating activities

245,194



129,060



714,663



470,393










CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES








Capital expenditures

(184,101)



(147,239)



(459,040)



(478,422)


Proceeds from sale of assets

207



60



319



335


Investment in equity method investments







(35)


Proceeds from sale of equity method investments







(9,424)


Net cash used in investing activities

(183,894)



(147,179)



(458,721)



(487,546)










CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES








Net borrowings (repayments) of debt

(100,000)



(59,000)



(188,000)



(59,000)


Dividends paid

(43,963)



(39,857)



(127,813)



(119,532)


Tax withholdings on vesting of stock awards



(18)



(5,569)



(6,350)


Net cash used in financing activities

(143,963)



(98,875)



(321,382)



(184,882)


Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

$

(82,663)



$

(116,994)



$

(65,440)



$

(202,035)


Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited)

We report our financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). However, we believe certain non-GAAP performance measures may provide financial statement users with additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results of prior periods. In addition, we believe these measures are used by analysts and others in the valuation, rating and investment recommendations of companies within the oil and natural gas exploration and production industry. See the reconciliations below that compare GAAP financial measures to non-GAAP financial measures for the periods indicated.

We have also included herein certain forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures. Due to the forward-looking nature of these non-GAAP financial measures, we cannot reliably predict certain of the necessary components of the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP measures, such as future impairments and future changes in capital. Accordingly, we are unable to present a quantitative reconciliation of such forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measures. Reconciling items in future periods could be significant.

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings per Share – Legacy Cabot


Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings per Share are presented based on our management's belief that these non-GAAP measures enable a user of financial information to understand the impact of identified adjustments on reported results. Adjusted Net Income is defined as net income plus gain and loss on sale of assets, non-cash gain and loss on derivative instruments, stock-based compensation expense, severance expense, merger-related costs and tax effect on selected items. Adjusted Earnings per Share is defined as Adjusted Net Income divided by weighted-average common shares outstanding. Additionally, our management believes these measures provide beneficial comparisons to similarly adjusted measurements of prior periods and uses these measures for that purpose. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings per Share are not measures of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income and earnings per share, as defined by GAAP.



Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

2021


2020


2021


2020

As reported - net income (loss)

$

62,714



$

(14,961)



$

219,532



$

69,323


Reversal of selected items:








(Gain) loss on sale of assets

(184)



(31)



(275)



139


Loss on derivative instruments(1)

136,931



56,359



240,339



15,746


Stock-based compensation expense

10,276



11,372



26,273



35,956


Severance expense





2,376




Merger-related costs

40,098





46,273




Tax effect on selected items

(42,874)



(15,442)



(72,171)



(11,825)


Adjusted net income

$

206,961



$

37,297



$

462,347



$

109,339


As reported - earnings (loss) per share

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