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Pioneer Natural Resources Reports Second Quarter 2010 Results
DALLAS, Jul 28, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) ("Pioneer" or "the Company") today announced financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2010.
Pioneer reported second quarter net income attributable to common stockholders of $168 million, or $1.41 per diluted share (see attached schedule for description of per diluted share calculation). Net income included noncash unrealized gains on derivatives of $84 million after tax, or $.71 per diluted share. Without the effect of this item, adjusted income for the second quarter of 2010 would have been $84 million, or $.70 per diluted share.
Also included in Pioneer's second quarter results was a net gain of $33 million after tax, or $.27 per diluted share, related to unusual items. These unusual items included:
Second quarter and recent highlights included:
Scott Sheffield, Chairman and CEO, stated, "Based on our planned drilling ramp-up in the Spraberry field and Eagle Ford Shale, we expect production growth over the 2011 through 2013 period to be 15+% per year. Cash flow is forecasted to substantially increase from $1.2 billion in 2010 to $2.0 billion in 2013, assuming current NYMEX strip prices and taking into account the Company's attractive oil and gas derivatives position. We continue to be committed to spending within cash flow and maintaining our strong financial position."
In the Spraberry field in West Texas, Pioneer's drilling ramp-up continues to be on schedule, with 20 rigs currently operating. The Company plans to increase to 25 to 30 rigs by year end and expects to drill 440 wells during 2010.
As forecasted, this drilling program is generating quarter-to-quarter Spraberry production growth during 2010. Second quarter production was 32 MBOEPD, up 4% from the first quarter of 2010. First quarter production was 2% higher than the fourth quarter of 2009. By the fourth quarter of 2010, production is forecasted to increase to 34 MBOEPD, an increase of 10% from the fourth quarter of 2009.
The 2010 drilling program is adding incremental production and proved reserves from completions in the Lower Wolfcamp, shale/silt and the deeper Strawn intervals. Approximately 40% of Pioneer's remaining wells to be drilled in 2010 will penetrate the Strawn. Initial production rates from wells drilled to these intervals have been 20% to 30% higher than the average initial production rate of a traditional Spraberry/Dean/Upper Wolfcamp well of 60 barrels oil equivalent per day (BOEPD).
The Company plans to test two horizontal wells in the Wolfcamp, one later in the third quarter and the other during the fourth quarter. Wells and facilities have also been completed for the Company's 7,000-acre waterflood project, with commencement of water injection planned for the third quarter and first oil response expected during the first half of 2011.
Pioneer plans to continue to add drilling rigs beyond 2010 and expects to be running 40 rigs by 2012, which will drill approximately 1,000 wells per year. Based on this planned rig ramp-up schedule, Spraberry field production is expected to double from 2010 to 2013, reflecting a compounded annual production growth rate of 25%.
As Pioneer ramps up Spraberry field activity, the Company continues to focus on controlling drilling and production costs. The Company is expanding its integrated services in the Spraberry field and plans to internally provide 30% to 60% of its service requirements by 2012. One Company-owned fracture stimulation fleet is currently operating in the field. Three additional fleets are being built, with one being delivered each quarter over the next nine months. To support its fracture stimulation operations, Pioneer has contracts in place for sand supply through 2015. Frac tank ownership will more than double from 250 tanks currently to 550 tanks by year end. Tubular and pumping unit requirements have been contracted through 2011. In addition, the Company has six Company-owned drilling rigs currently operating, with plans to complete the purchase of an additional six rigs during the third quarter and to have them all operational by year end. Six pulling units are being added, which will bring the total fleet to 24 units by mid-2011. The Company also has hot oil units, water transport trucks, reverse units and fishing tools to support its growing operations.
In the highly prospective Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, Pioneer recently announced its joint venture agreement with Reliance, effective June 1, 2010, under which the Company sold a 45% interest in approximately 212,000 net acres leased by the Company for a total price of $1.15 billion. Reliance paid $266 million in cash to Pioneer at closing and will pay an additional $879 million to carry 75% of Pioneer's share of future drilling costs. Reliance is also participating with Pioneer in the development of midstream assets in the Eagle Ford Shale as a 49.9% partner.
To date, Pioneer has successfully drilled and completed eight horizontal wells in the Eagle Ford Shale. Five of the wells are on production, with the remaining three expected to be brought online during the fourth quarter following the completion of central gathering facilities. Three additional wells are awaiting completion and will also be brought online during the fourth quarter after central gathering facilities are completed. Pioneer recently increased its drilling activity in the play from two rigs to five rigs and will further ramp up to seven rigs by year end. To support the joint venture's drilling ramp-up, Pioneer has also entered into a two-year contract for third-party fracture stimulation services beginning in the first quarter of 2011 and is purchasing a fracture stimulation fleet that is expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2011. Midstream operations are underway with central gathering facility locations and right of ways being acquired, transportation pipe being ordered, and pipeline and central processing facility construction underway.
Pioneer and Reliance have agreed to a joint venture development plan which forecasts the drilling of 26 horizontal Eagle Ford Shale wells during June through December 2010, increasing to 70 wells in 2011, 120 wells in 2012 and 140 wells in 2013. This plan will allow the joint venture to maintain its substantial acreage position.
Based on the joint venture development plan, Pioneer's net production in the Eagle Ford Shale is expected to increase from an average of 2 MBOEPD in 2010 to a range of 32 MBOEPD to 41 MBOEPD in 2013. This strong production growth, coupled with the upfront cash payment and drilling carry from Reliance, is expected to generate positive cash flow for Pioneer from its Eagle Ford Shale upstream and midstream activities in all years going forward (assuming current NYMEX strip prices for oil and gas).
Pioneer is aggressively acquiring acreage in the Barnett Shale Combo Play (liquids-rich), where the Company now has approximately 43,000 net acres under lease which represents more than 400 drilling locations. The Company will commence drilling its first well in the play in August and expects to drill eight wells by year end. Current plans call for ramping up to four rigs during 2011. The Company has acquired 70 square miles of 3-D seismic over its acreage and expects to increase this coverage to 150 square miles by year end. Assuming current NYMEX strip commodity prices, a drilling cost of $2.8 million and a gross estimated ultimate recovery (EUR) of 320 thousand barrels oil equivalent, Pioneer's internal rate of return in the Barnett Shale Combo Play is expected to be approximately 45% before tax. The Company is also participating in six non-operated wells in the Barnett Shale during 2010.
On the North Slope of Alaska, Pioneer's production was 7 thousand barrels oil per day (MBOPD) during the second quarter, an increase of 1 MBOPD from the first quarter due to Pioneer's successful drilling program. Second quarter production would have been 1 MBOPD greater had the Company not experienced unplanned shipping curtailments on the Trans Alaska Pipeline and third-party pipeline repairs at the Kuparuk River Unit. Pioneer drilled one Nuiqsut injector well during the second quarter and plans to drill two Nuiqsut wells, one Kuparuk well and one Moraine well over the remainder of 2010. All of these wells will be producers and one of the Nuiqsut wells will test the production capability of a dual lateral. Pioneer's 2010 production from Alaska is forecasted to grow by 50% to 60% compared to 2009.
In the Mid-Continent area (Panhandle of Texas and western Kansas), second quarter 2010 production averaged 21 MBOEPD. Production in the Mid-Continent area was negatively impacted by 500 BOEPD due to unscheduled plant maintenance.
In the Raton Basin (Colorado) and Edwards Trend (South Texas), where gas drilling has been curtailed since the beginning of 2009 due to low gas prices, second quarter 2010 production averaged 170 million cubic feet per day (MMCFPD) and 50 MMCFPD, respectively. These rates reflect respective decreases of 2% and 6% from the first quarter due to natural production declines in both fields and unscheduled field compression maintenance in the Edwards Trend.
In Tunisia, production for the second quarter was 6 MBOEPD, essentially the same as the first quarter. During the second quarter, Pioneer drilled two successful operated wells identified from new 3-D seismic reprocessing in its Cherouq and Anaguid concessions. A third well is currently being drilled in the Cherouq concession. After these wells are completed and tested, the results of the three wells will be evaluated and a forward plan for Tunisia will be developed. The Company is also participating in three non-operated wells in Tunisia during 2010.
In South Africa, second quarter production averaged 5 MBOEPD. Production is forecasted to be more than 200% greater in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the maintenance-impacted fourth quarter of 2009.
2010 Capital Expenditures
Pioneer's capital program for 2010 (including midstream investments) is forecasted to total approximately $1.2 billion. Drilling capital (excluding asset retirement obligations, capitalized interest and G&G G&A) continues to be forecasted at $960 million and is focused on oil drilling. This includes 440 Spraberry wells ($580 million), 32 wells in the Eagle Ford Shale ($100 million which includes the benefit of the drilling carry paid by Reliance to Pioneer commencing June 1 under the Company's joint venture agreement), one rig in Alaska ($120 million), six wells in Tunisia (three operated and three non-operated at a cost of $65 million), 14 wells in the liquids-rich areas of the Barnett Shale (eight operated and six non-operated at a cost of $50 million) and other drilling-related activities across Pioneer's other assets ($45 million). The Company also plans to spend $150 million to add acreage in the Spraberry field, the Eagle Ford Shale and the liquids-rich area of the Barnett Shale. Another $50 million will be spent for the commencement of midstream facility development in the Eagle Ford Shale. No significant dry gas drilling is planned. Gas prices would have to strengthen significantly to support the recommencement of drilling in Pioneer's dry gas assets.
Operating cash flow to fund this capital spending is forecasted to be approximately $1.2 billion, assuming current NYMEX strip commodity prices and including the receipt of a refund of past royalty overpayments plus interest totaling $155 million from the MMS. The operating cash flow of $1.2 billion excludes the upfront cash payment of $266 million received from Reliance related to the Eagle Ford Shale joint venture transaction.
Second Quarter 2010 Financial Review
Second quarter sales from continuing operations averaged 113.5 MBOEPD, consisting of oil sales averaging 33 MBOPD, natural gas liquids (NGL) sales averaging 19 thousand barrels per day and gas sales averaging 365 MMCFPD.
The reported second quarter average price for oil was $87.71 per barrel and included $7.46 per barrel related to deferred revenue from volumetric production payments (VPPs) for which production was not recorded. The reported price for NGLs was $34.40 per barrel. The reported price for gas was $4.10 per thousand cubic feet.
Second quarter production costs averaged $11.88 per barrel oil equivalent (BOE).
Depreciation, depletion and amortization (DD&A) expense averaged $14.56 per BOE for the second quarter. Exploration and abandonment costs were $27 million for the quarter and included $5 million of acreage abandonment and unsuccessful drilling costs and $22 million of geologic and geophysical expenses and personnel costs.
Cash flow from operating activities for the second quarter was $394 million.
Third Quarter 2010 Financial Outlook
The following paragraphs provide the Company's third quarter of 2010 outlook for certain operating and financial items.
Production is forecasted to average 113 MBOEPD to 116 MBOEPD, reflecting planned drilling activity and the oil lifting schedule for Tunisia.
Production costs are expected to average $11.75 to $13.75 per BOE, based on current NYMEX strip commodity prices. DD&A expense is expected to average $14.25 to $15.50 per BOE.
Total exploration and abandonment expense is forecasted to be $35 million to $45 million, primarily related to exploration wells, including related acreage costs, and seismic and personnel costs.
General and administrative expense is expected to be $41 million to $44 million, interest expense is expected to be $44 million to $47 million, and other expense is expected to be $12 million to $17 million. Accretion of discount on asset retirement obligations is expected to be $2 million to $4 million.
Noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiaries' income, excluding noncash mark-to-market adjustments, is expected to be $9 million to $12 million, primarily reflecting the public ownership in Pioneer Southwest Energy Partners L.P.
The Company's effective income tax rate is expected to range from 40% to 50% based on current capital spending plans, higher tax rates in Tunisia and the assumption of no significant mark-to-market changes in the Company's derivative position. Cash taxes are expected to be $15 million to $25 million and are primarily attributable to Tunisia and South Africa.
The Company's financial and mark-to-market results, derivatives for oil, NGL and gas, amortization of net deferred gains on discontinued/terminated commodity hedges and future VPP amortization are outlined on the attached schedules.
Earnings Conference Call
On Thursday, July 29, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time, Pioneer will discuss its financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, with an accompanying presentation. Instructions for listening to the call and viewing the accompanying presentation are shown below.
Telephone: Dial (888) 298-3457 confirmation code: 2458806 five minutes before the call. View the presentation via Pioneer's internet address above.
A replay of the webcast will be archived on Pioneer's website. A telephone replay will be available through August 20 by dialing (888) 203-1112, confirmation code: 2458806.
Pioneer is a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with operations primarily in the United States. For more information, visit Pioneer's website at www.pxd.com.
Except for historical information contained herein, the statements, charts and graphs in this presentation are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements and the business prospects of Pioneer are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause Pioneer's actual results in future periods to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, volatility of commodity prices, product supply and demand, competition, the ability to obtain environmental and other permits and the timing thereof, other government regulation or action, the ability to obtain approvals from third parties and negotiate agreements with third parties on mutually acceptable terms, international operations and associated international political and economic instability, litigation, the costs and results of drilling and operations, availability of equipment, services and personnel required to complete the Company's operating activities, access to and availability of transportation, processing and refining facilities, Pioneer's ability to replace reserves, implement its business plans or complete its development activities as scheduled, access to and cost of capital, the financial strength of counterparties to Pioneer's credit facility and derivative contracts and the purchasers of Pioneer's oil, NGL and gas production, uncertainties about estimates of reserves and resource potential and the ability to add proved reserves in the future, the assumptions underlying production forecasts, quality of technical data, environmental and weather risks, including the possible impacts of climate change, and acts of war or terrorism. Sensitivity price cases for proved reserves mentioned in this presentation may not be attained or sustained. These and other risks are described in Pioneer's 10-K and 10-Q Reports and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, Pioneer may be subject to currently unforeseen risks that may have a materially adverse impact on it. Pioneer undertakes no duty to publicly update these statements except as required by law.
Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors --The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") prohibits oil and gas companies, in their filings with the SEC, from disclosing estimates of oil or gas resources other than "reserves," as that term is defined by the SEC. In this presentation, Pioneer includes estimates of quantities of oil and gas using certain terms, such as "resource potential," "EUR" or other descriptions of volumes of reserves, which terms include quantities of oil and gas that may not meet the SEC's definitions of proved, probable and possible reserves, and which the SEC's guidelines strictly prohibit Pioneer from including in filings with the SEC. These estimates are by their nature more speculative than estimates of proved reserves and accordingly are subject to substantially greater risk of being recovered by Pioneer. U.S. investors are urged to consider closely the disclosures in the Company's periodic filings with the SEC.Such filings are available from the Company at 5205 N. O'Connor Blvd., Suite 200, Irving, Texas 75039, Attention: Investor Relations, and the Company's website at www.pxd.com. These filings also can be obtained from the SEC by calling 1-800-SEC-0330.
PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES COMPANY
UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTARY EARNINGS PER SHARE INFORMATION
The Company uses the two-class method of calculating basic and diluted earnings per share. Under the two-class method of calculating earnings per share, GAAP provides that share- and unit-based awards with guaranteed dividend or distribution participation rights qualify as "participating securities" during their vesting periods. The Company's basic net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders is computed as (i) net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders, (ii) less participating share- and unit-based basic earnings (iii) divided by weighted average basic shares outstanding. The Company's diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders is computed as (i) basic net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders, (ii) plus adjustments to participating undistributed earnings (iii) divided by weighted average diluted shares outstanding. During periods in which the Company realizes a loss from continuing operations attributable to common stockholders, securities or other contracts to issue common stock would not be dilutive to loss per share and conversion into common stock is assumed not to occur.
The following table is a reconciliation of the Company's net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders to basic net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders and to diluted net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009:
The following table is a reconciliation of basic weighted average common shares outstanding to diluted weighted average common shares outstanding for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009:
PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES COMPANY
UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTAL NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
EBITDAX and discretionary cash flow ("DCF") (as defined below) are presented herein, and reconciled to the generally accepted accounting principle ("GAAP") measures of net income (loss) and net cash provided by operating activities because of their wide acceptance by the investment community as financial indicators of a company's ability to internally fund exploration and development activities and to service or incur debt. The Company also views the non-GAAP measures of EBITDAX and DCF as useful tools for comparisons of the Company's financial indicators with those of peer companies that follow the full cost method of accounting. EBITDAX and DCF should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss) or net cash provided by operating activities, as defined by GAAP.
PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES COMPANY
UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTARY NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (continued)
Income adjusted for noncash derivative gains, and income adjusted for noncash derivative gains and unusual items, as presented in this press release, are presented and reconciled to Pioneer's net income attributable to common stockholders that is determined in accordance with GAAP because Pioneer believes that these non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of Pioneer's business that, when viewed together with its financial results computed in accordance with GAAP, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting its historical financial performance and future operating results, greater transparency of underlying trends and greater comparability of results across periods. In addition, management believes that these non-GAAP measures may enhance investors' ability to assess Pioneer's historical and future financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be substitutes for the comparable GAAP measures and should be read only in conjunction with Pioneer's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Noncash derivative gains, net, discontinued operations, gains on dispositions of assets, Alaskan Petroleum Production Tax credits and hurricane related expenses, net will recur in future periods; however, the amount and frequency of each item can vary significantly from period to period. The table below reconciles Pioneer's net income attributable to common stockholders for the three months ended June 30, 2010, as determined in accordance with GAAP, to income adjusted for noncash derivative gains, and income adjusted for noncash derivative gains and unusual items, for that quarter.
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