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Southwestern Energy Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results; Provides 2022 Guidance

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Record reserves value underscores resilient and growing free cash flow from responsible natural gas development

SPRING, Texas, February 24, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) (the "Company" or "Southwestern") today announced financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2021 and provided first quarter and full-year 2022 guidance.

"In 2021, Southwestern Energy delivered results above expectations. We materially increased our scale and enhanced our free cash flow generation capability. Our new Haynesville assets complement our premium Appalachia position by deepening the Company’s inventory, expanding market optionality and reach, including globally through the LNG Corridor, while lowering the risk profile of the enterprise," said Bill Way, Southwestern Energy President and Chief Executive Officer.

"We are also reporting Company-record reserves and value that reflect the quality and depth of our inventory. Notably, the reported PV-10 value of these reserves using SEC prices is more than double our current enterprise value, further emphasizing the compelling economic opportunity that SWN offers its shareholders. Our 2022 plan is designed to deliver that value," continued Way.

2021 Highlights

  • Generated $1.4 billion net cash provided by operating activities, $1.7 billion net cash flow (non-GAAP) and $547 million in free cash flow (non-GAAP);

  • Delivered Company-record reserves of 21.1 Tcfe, PV-10 of $18.7 billion, and pre-tax PV-10 (non-GAAP) of $22.4 billion using SEC prices;

  • Closed acquisitions of Indigo Natural Resources on September 1st and GEP Haynesville on December 31st; becomes largest Haynesville and second-largest natural gas-focused producer in United States;

  • Strengthened financial position and lowered leverage ratio to 2.0 times, expanded liquidity, reduced cost of debt and extended weighted-average debt maturity profile; upgraded to BB+ by S&P in January 2022; and

  • Announced and implementing Company-wide responsibly sourced gas certification and continuous monitoring.

2022 Guidance

The 2022 plan is designed to optimize free cash flow through the execution of our strategy of disciplined investment at maintenance capital levels. Highlights are presented below; full guidance is available in the attachments to this press release and on the Company’s website.

  • Capital investment of $1.9 to $2.0 billion inclusive of $215 to $230 million in capitalized interest and expense; anticipate $15 to 20 million of investment in ESG initiatives, prioritizing emissions reduction and fresh water neutral efforts

  • Maintaining production of approximately 4.7 Bcfe per day, including approximately 4.1 Bcf per day of natural gas and 90 MBbls per day of liquids
    -
    Increase of approximately 1.7 Bcfe per day from year-end 2020, further demonstrating step change in scale through disciplined strategic acquisitions

  • Expect to utilize free cash flow to pay down debt towards target range of $3.5 billion to $3.0 billion; expect to achieve target leverage range of 1.5 times to 1.0 times based on strip prices

  • Estimate 130 to 140 gross operated wells to sales including 70 to 75 in the Haynesville with an average lateral length of over 8,000 feet and 60 to 65 in Appalachia with an average lateral length of over 14,000 feet

  • Mitigating basis risk for 92% of expected natural gas production
    -
    Haynesville protected through geographic location, firm sales and transportation to Gulf Coast and LNG corridor
    -
    84% of Appalachia natural gas basis protected from in-basin basis exposure through transportation portfolio, firm sales agreements and financial basis hedges

2021 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

FINANCIAL STATISTICS

For the three months ended

For the years ended

December 31,

December 31,

(in millions)

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net income (loss)

$

2,361

$

(92

)

$

(25

)

$

(3,112

)

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)

$

318

$

119

$

831

$

221

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

2.31

$

(0.14

)

$

(0.03

)

$

(5.42

)

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP)

$

0.31

$

0.18

$

1.05

$

0.38

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)

$

671

$

276

$

1,779

$

742

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

533

$

121

$

1,363

$

528

Net cash flow (non-GAAP)

$

633

$

249

$

1,655

$

662

Total capital investments (1)

$

292

$

194

$

1,108

$

899

(1)

Capital investments on the cash flow statement include an increase of $7 million and a decrease of $5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, and an increase of $70 million and a decrease of $3 million for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, relating to the change in accrued expenditures between periods.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results

For the quarter ended December 31, 2021, Southwestern Energy recorded net income of $2.4 billion, or $2.31 per diluted share, including a positive $2.0 billion non-cash change in unsettled mark to market derivatives. This compares to a net loss of $92 million, or ($0.14) per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP), which excludes non-cash items noted above and other one-time charges, was $318 million or $0.31 per diluted share in 2021 and $119 million or $0.18 per share for the same period in 2020. The increase was primarily related to increased production volumes and increased commodity prices. For the fourth quarter of 2021, adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) was $671 million, net cash provided by operating activities was $533 million and net cash flow (non-GAAP) was $633 million, and free cash flow (non-GAAP) was $341 million.

As indicated in the table below, fourth quarter 2021 weighted average realized price, including $0.28 per Mcfe of transportation expenses, was $5.36 per Mcfe, excluding the impact of derivatives. Including derivatives, the weighted average realized price for the quarter was up 31% to $2.81 per Mcfe, as compared to prior year, primarily due to higher commodity prices, including a 119% increase in NYMEX and an 81% increase in WTI, partially offset by the impact of settled derivatives. Fourth quarter 2021 weighted average realized price before transportation expense and excluding derivatives was $5.64 per Mcfe.

Full Year 2021 Financial Results

The Company recorded a net loss of $25 million, or ($0.03) per share, for the year ended December 31, 2021 compared to a net loss of $3.1 billion, or ($5.42) per share in 2020. In 2021, the Company recorded a $944 million non-cash loss on unsettled derivatives. Excluding these non-cash and other one-time items, adjusted net income (non-GAAP) for 2021 was $831 million, or $1.05 per share, compared to $221 million, or $0.38 per share, in 2020. The increase in adjusted net income (non-GAAP) compared to prior year was primarily the result of increased commodity prices and increased production volumes associated with the Company’s acquisitions. In 2021, Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) was $1.8 billion, net cash provided by operating activities was $1.4 billion, net cash flow (non-GAAP) was $1.7 billion, and free cash flow (non-GAAP) was $547 million.

As indicated in the table below, for the full year 2021, weighted average realized price, including $0.34 per Mcfe of transportation expense, was $3.74 per Mcfe excluding the impact of derivatives. Including derivatives, weighted average realized price was up 30% from $1.94 per Mcfe in 2020 to $2.53 per Mcfe in 2021. The increase was primarily related to higher commodity prices, including an 85% increase in NYMEX Henry Hub and a 72% increase in WTI, partially offset by the impact of derivatives. In 2021, the weighted average realized price before transportation expenses and excluding the impact of derivatives was $4.08 per Mcfe.

As of December 31, 2021, Southwestern Energy had total debt of $5.4 billion and net debt to adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) of 2.0x. At the end of 2021, the Company had access to $1.4 billion of liquidity, with $460 million of borrowings under its revolving credit facility and $160 million in outstanding letters of credit. During the fourth quarter of 2021, the Company further extended its maturity profile and improved its weighted average cost of debt when securing financing for the consideration of its GEP Haynesville acquisition by issuing $1.15 billion of 4.75% senior notes due 2032 and a $550 million institutional term loan subject to variable rate interest at 3.0% at year-end.

In January 2022, the Company received an upgrade to its long-term debt issuer rating from S&P to BB+, placing the Company one notch below investment grade credit rating. The Company also retired during January the remaining $201 million of senior notes due March 2022.

Realized Prices

For the three months ended

For the years ended

(includes transportation costs)

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Natural Gas Price:

NYMEX Henry Hub price ($/MMBtu) (1)

$

5.83

$

2.66

$

3.84

$

2.08

Discount to NYMEX (2)

(0.73

)

(0.99

)

(0.53

)

(0.74

)

Realized gas price per Mcf, excluding derivatives

$

5.10

$

1.67

$

3.31

$

1.34

Gain on settled financial basis derivatives ($/Mcf)

0.05

0.23

0.09

0.11

Gain (loss) on settled commodity derivatives ($/Mcf)

(2.55

)

(0.09

)

(1.12

)

0.25

Realized gas price per Mcf, including derivatives

$

2.60

$

1.81

$

2.28

$

1.70

Oil Price:

WTI oil price ($/Bbl) (3)

$

77.19

$

42.66

$

67.92

$

39.40

Discount to WTI

(8.27

)

(10.69

)

(9.12

)

(10.20

)

Realized oil price, excluding derivatives ($/Bbl)

$

68.92

$

31.97

$

58.80

$

29.20

Realized oil price, including derivatives ($/Bbl)

$

42.03

$

52.27

$

40.48

$

46.91

NGL Price, per Bbl:

Realized NGL price, excluding derivatives ($/Bbl)

$

36.79

$

15.28

$

28.72

$

10.24

Realized NGL price, including derivatives ($/Bbl)

$

21.44

$

14.65

$

18.20

$

11.15

Percentage of WTI, excluding derivatives

48

%

36

%

42

%

26

%

Total Weighted Average Realized Price:

Excluding derivatives ($/Mcfe)

$

5.36

$

1.93

$

3.74

$

1.53

Including derivatives ($/Mcfe)

$

2.81

$

2.14

$

2.53

$

1.94

(1)

Based on last day monthly futures settlement prices.

(2)

This discount includes a basis differential, a heating content adjustment, physical basis sales, third-party transportation charges and fuel charges, and excludes financial basis derivatives.

(3)

Based on the average daily settlement price of the nearby month futures contract over the period.

Operational Results

Total production for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 was 385 Bcfe, comprised of 86% natural gas, 12% NGLs and 2% oil. Production totaled 1.24 Tcfe for the year ended December 31, 2021.

Capital investments in the fourth quarter of 2021 were $292 million, bringing full year capital investment to $1,108 million. The Company brought 93 wells to sales, drilled 87 wells and completed 93 wells during the year.

For the three months ended

For the years ended

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Production

Gas production (Bcf)

331

207

1,015

694

Oil production (MBbls)

1,388

1,365

6,610

5,141

NGL production (MBbls)

7,685

7,001

30,940

25,927

Total production (Bcfe)

385

257

1,240

880

Total production (Bcfe/day)

4.2

2.8

3.4

2.4

Average unit costs per Mcfe

Lease operating expenses (1)

$

0.96

$

0.92

$

0.95

$

0.93

General & administrative expenses (2)(3)

$

0.08

$

0.11

$

0.10

$

0.12

Taxes, other than income taxes

$

0.12

$

0.06

$

0.11

$

0.06

Full cost pool amortization

$

0.53

$

0.33

$

0.42

$

0.38

(1)

Includes post-production costs such as gathering, processing, fractionation and compression.

(2)

Excludes $37 million and $76 million in merger-related expenses for the three months and year ended December 31, 2021, respectively. Excludes $7 million in restructuring charges for the year ended December 31, 2021.

(3)

Excludes $38 million and $41 million in merger-related expenses for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020, respectively. Excludes $4 million and $16 million in restructuring charges for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020, respectively.

Appalachia – In the fourth quarter, total production was 283 Bcfe, with NGL production of 84 MBbls per day and oil production of 15 MBbls per day. The Company drilled 13 wells, completed 11 wells and placed 11 wells to sales with an average lateral length of 17,129 feet. During the fourth quarter, Appalachia well costs averaged $650 per lateral foot for wells placed to sales, including approximately $518 per lateral foot in dry gas Marcellus.

In 2021, Appalachia’s total production was 1.1 Tcfe, including 103 MBbls per day of liquids. During 2021, the Company drilled 74 wells, completed 78 wells and placed 78 wells to sales, with an average lateral length of 14,332 feet. At year-end, the Company had 20 drilled but uncompleted wells in Appalachia.

Haynesville – In the fourth quarter, total production was 102 Bcf. There were 11 wells drilled, 11 wells completed and 10 wells placed to sales in the quarter with an average lateral length of 6,875 feet.

Production for the year was 132 Bcf in Haynesville. The Company drilled 13 wells, completed 15 wells and brought 15 wells to sales following the close of the Indigo acquisition, with 29 drilled but uncompleted wells at year-end, including those acquired from GEP Haynesville.

The Haynesville results in 2021 include activity from the properties acquired from Indigo Natural Resources starting on September 1, 2021. The Company closed its acquisition of GEP Haynesville on December 31, 2021, and, as such, there was no impact to reported 2021 production or capital investments.

E&P Division Results

For the three months
ended December 31, 2021

For the year ended
December 31, 2021

Appalachia

Haynesville

Appalachia

Haynesville

Gas production (Bcf)

229

102

883

132

Liquids production

Oil (MBbls)

1,361

6

6,567

8

NGL (MBbls)

7,683

30,936

Production (Bcfe)

283

102

1,108

132

Capital investments ($ in millions)

Drilling and completions, including workovers

$

104

$

126

$

694

$

178

Land acquisition and other

6

48

1

Capitalized interest and expense

31

15

140

21

Total capital investments

$

141

$

141

$

882

$

200

Gross operated well activity summary(1)

Drilled

13

11

74

13

Completed

11

11

78

15

Wells to sales

11

10

78

15

Total weighted average realized price per Mcfe, excluding derivatives

$

5.34

$

5.43

$

3.57

$

5.18

(1)

For Haynesville, represents wells drilled, completed and placed to sales by Southwestern Energy after the close of the Indigo Natural Resources acquisition on September 1, 2021.

Wells to sales summary

For the three months ended December 31, 2021

Gross wells to sales

Average lateral length

Appalachia

Super Rich Marcellus

5

16,867

Dry Gas Utica

3

14,063

Dry Gas Marcellus

3

20,631

Haynesville(1)

10

6,875

Total

21

(1)

Includes wells drilled and completed by Indigo.

2021 Proved Reserves

The Company increased its total proved reserves to 21.1 Tcfe at year-end 2021, up 76% from 12.0 Tcfe at year-end 2020. The increase was primarily related to reserves acquired from Indigo Natural Resources and GEP Haynesville, reserve additions in Appalachia, as well as an increase in commodity prices.

The after-tax PV-10 (standardized measure) of the Company’s reserves was $18.7 billion. The PV-10 value before the impact of taxes (non-GAAP) was $22.4 billion, including $15.5 billion from Appalachia and $6.9 billion from Haynesville. SEC prices used for the Company’s reported 2021 reserves were $3.60 per Mcf NYMEX Henry Hub, $66.56 per Bbl WTI, and $28.65 per Bbl NGLs.

Proved Reserves Summary

For the years ended December 31,

2021

2020

Proved reserves (in Bcfe)

21,148

11,990

PV-10: (in millions)

Pre-tax

$

22,420

$

1,847

PV of taxes

(3,689

)

After-Tax (in millions)

$

18,731

$

1,847

Percent of estimated proved reserves that are:

Natural gas

82

%

76

%

NGLs and oil

18

%

24

%

Proved developed

54

%

68

%

2021 Proved Reserves by Commodity

Natural Gas

Oil

NGL

Total

(Bcf)

(MBbls)

(MBbls)

(Bcfe)

Proved reserves, beginning of year

9,181

58,024

410,151

11,990

Revisions of previous estimates due to price

501

1,414

(15,525

)

415

Revisions of previous estimates other than price

248

1,900

1,500

269

Extensions, discoveries and other additions

2,543

24,865

211,598

3,962

Production

(1,015

)

(6,610

)

(30,940

)

(1,240

)

Acquisition of reserves in place(1)

5,750

247

180

5,753

Disposition of reserves in place

(1

)

...