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Pioneer Natural Resources Reports Year-End 2015 Proved Reserves and Finding Costs

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 10, 2016-- Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) (“Pioneer” or “the Company”) today announced that the Company added proved reserves totaling 210 million barrels oil equivalent (MMBOE) during 2015 from discoveries, extensions and technical revisions of previous estimates (excludes negative price revisions of 269 MMBOE and proved reserves added from acquisitions of 1 MMBOE). These drillbit proved reserve additions equate to a drillbit reserve replacement of 273% of Pioneer’s full-year 2015 production of 77 MMBOE, which includes production used for field fuel of 3 MMBOE. The Company’s substantial reserve additions in 2015 are primarily due to (i) the continued successful execution of Pioneer’s horizontal drilling program in the Spraberry/Wolfcamp and (ii) improved performance and reduced costs in the Spraberry/Wolfcamp, Raton and West Panhandle areas. The Company’s drillbit finding and development (F&D) cost was $10.18 per barrel oil equivalent (BOE).

The NYMEX prices used for 2015 proved reserves reporting purposes were $50.11 per barrel for oil and $2.59 per million British thermal units (MMBTU) for gas. The oil price for 2015 was 47% below the oil price used to calculate proved reserves for 2014 of $94.98 per barrel. The gas price for 2015 was 40%, below the gas price used to calculate proved reserves for 2014 of $4.35 per MMBTU. The substantial decrease in the 2015 oil and gas prices, as compared to 2014, led to the negative price revisions of 269 MMBOE across all of Pioneer’s assets. The Company would expect to recover approximately 50% of the negative price revisions if oil and gas prices used to calculate proved reserves improved to $60 per barrel and $3.50 per MMBTU, respectively.

As of December 31, 2015, all of Pioneer’s proved reserves were in the United States, and 89% were proved developed (PD) reserves. Approximately 47% of the Company’s proved reserves are oil, 19% are NGLs and 34% are gas. Pioneer’s proved reserves are long-lived with a total reserves-to-production ratio of nine years and a PD reserves-to-production ratio of eight years.

The table below shows Pioneer’s year-end 2015 proved reserves by asset in MMBOE:

Spraberry/Wolfcamp     462
Raton 93
Eagle Ford Shale 69
Other 40
Total 664
 

Total costs incurred during 2015 were $2.2 billion, which included $2.0 billion for exploration and development spending; $36 million for small bolt-on property acquisitions in the Spraberry/Wolfcamp area; and $163 million for asset retirement obligations, capitalized interest and geological and geophysical G&A. The cost for asset retirement obligations of $102 million was higher than in recent years primarily due to the decline in the 2015 NYMEX pricing used for proved reserves reporting purposes, having the effect of shortening the economic lives of the Company’s wells. This accelerated the timing of when those wells are assumed to be plugged and abandoned, resulting in an increase to the present value of the Company’s future plugging and abandonment obligation.

In 2015, Pioneer added 136 million barrels of proved developed reserves from (i) discoveries and extensions and (ii) transfers from proved undeveloped reserves at year-end 2014, including any revisions associated with those transfers, at a cost of $2.0 billion. This equates to a proved developed F&D cost of $14.96 per BOE.

The commodity prices used to determine proved reserves for 2015 resulted in a pre-tax present value of future net cash flows discounted at 10% (PV-10) of $3.2 billion.

Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc., an independent reserve engineering firm, audited the proved reserves of significant fields. The audit covered properties representing 82% of Pioneer’s total proved reserves at year-end 2015.

Year-end proved reserves, costs incurred and a reconciliation of PV-10 to Standardized Measure are detailed in the attached supplemental schedules.

On Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. Central Time, Pioneer will discuss its financial and operating results for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, and its 2016 capital program, with an accompanying presentation. Instructions for listening to the call and viewing the accompanying presentation are shown below.

Internet: www.pxd.com
Select “Investors,” then “Earnings & Webcasts” to listen to the discussion, view the presentation and see other related material.

Telephone: Dial (877) 675-4750 and confirmation code 6797143 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 March 6, 2016, by dialing (888) 203-1112 and confirmation code 6797143.

Pioneer is a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with operations in the United States. For more information, visit Pioneer’s website at www.pxd.com.

Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this news release 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, litigation, the costs and results of drilling and operations, including the ability to realize future reductions in costs, availability of equipment, services, resources and personnel required to perform the Company’s drilling and operating activities, access to and availability of transportation, processing, fractionation 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, 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. These and other risks are described in Pioneer's 10-K and 10-Q Reports and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 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.

An audit of proved reserves follows the general principles set forth in the standards pertaining to the estimating and auditing of oil and gas reserve information promulgated by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (“SPE”). A reserve audit as defined by the SPE is not the same as a financial audit. Please see the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for a general description of the concepts included in the SPE's definition of a reserve audit.

“Drillbit finding and development cost per BOE,” or “drillbit F&D cost per BOE,” means the summation of exploration and development costs incurred divided by the summation of annual proved reserves, on a BOE basis, attributable to discoveries and extensions (excludes purchases of minerals-in-place) and revisions of previous estimates. Revisions of previous estimates exclude price revisions. Consistent with industry practice, future capital costs to develop proved undeveloped reserves are not included in costs incurred.

“Proved developed finding and development cost per BOE,” or “proved developed F&D cost per BOE,” means the summation of exploration and development costs incurred (excluding asset retirements obligations) divided by the summation of annual proved reserves, on a BOE basis, attributable to proved developed reserve additions (includes both discoveries and extensions during 2015 and transfers from proved undeveloped reserves at year-end 2014, plus any revisions associated with such transfers).

“Drillbit reserve replacement” is the summation of annual proved reserves, on a BOE basis, attributable to discoveries and extensions (excludes purchases of minerals-in-place) and revisions of previous estimates divided by annual production of oil, NGLs and gas, on a BOE basis. Revisions of previous estimates exclude price revisions.

     
 

PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES COMPANY

UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Year Ended December 31, 2015

 
Proved reserves:
  Oil (MBbls):
  Balance, January 1, 2015 352,084
Revisions of previous estimates (82,816 )
Purchases of minerals-in-place 444
Discoveries and extensions 80,726
Production (38,452 )
Sales of minerals-in-place   (16 )
Balance, December 31, 2015 311,970
Natural Gas Liquids (MBbls):
Balance, January 1, 2015 169,244
Revisions of previous estimates (54,439 )
Purchases of minerals-in-place 132
Discoveries and extensions 25,496
Production (14,086 )
Sales of minerals-in-place   (3 )
Balance, December 31, 2015 126,344
Natural Gas (MMcf):
Balance, January 1, 2015 1,668,872
Revisions of previous estimates (309,947 )
Purchases of minerals-in-place 759
Discoveries and extensions 143,991
Production (147,173 )
Sales of minerals-in-place   (15 )
Balance, December 31, 2015 1,356,487
Equivalent Barrels (MBOE):
Balance, January 1, 2015 799,473
Revisions of previous estimates (a) (188,913 )
Purchases of minerals-in-place 702
Discoveries and extensions 130,221
Production (b) (77,067 )
Sales of minerals-in-place   (21 )
Balance, December 31, 2015   664,395  
 
Costs incurred for oil and gas producing activities ($000):
Property acquisition costs:
Proved $ 8,965
Unproved   26,947  
35,912
Exploration costs 1,244,284
Development costs   894,324  
Total costs incurred (c) $ 2,174,520  
 
 
Reserve replacement percentage (d)   NM  
 
Reserve replacement percentage (excludes price revisions) (e)   274 %
 
Drillbit reserve replacement percentage (excludes pricing revisions and purchases of minerals-in-place) (f)   273 %
 
F&D costs per BOE of proved reserves added (g)   NM  
 
F&D costs per BOE of proved reserves added (excludes price revisions) (h) $ 10.31  
 
Drillbit F&D costs per BOE of proved reserves added (excludes pricing revisions and purchases of minerals-in-place) (i) $ 10.18  
 
Drillbit F&D costs per BOE for proved developed reserves added (excludes purchases of minerals-in-place) (j) $ 14.96  

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  (a)   Revisions of previous estimates includes 268.8 MMBOEs of negative price revisions and 79.9 MMBOEs of positive technical revisions.
(b) Production includes 2.6 MMBOE related to field fuel.
(c) Costs incurred includes $0.9 million of capitalized interest, $102.3 million of asset retirement obligation increases and $59.6 million of G&G/G&A.
(d) The summation of annual proved reserves, on a BOE basis, attributable to revisions of previous estimates, purchases of minerals-in-place and discoveries and extensions, if any, divided by annual production of oil, NGLs and gas, on a BOE basis.
(e) The summation of annual proved reserves, on a BOE basis, attributable to revisions of previous estimates, purchases of minerals-in-place and discoveries and extensions, if any, divided by annual production of oil, NGLs and gas, on a BOE basis. Revisions of previous estimates excludes price revisions.
(f) The summation of annual proved reserves, on a BOE basis, attributable to revisions of previous estimates and discoveries and extensions, if any, (excludes purchases of minerals-in-place) divided by annual production of oil, NGLs and gas, on a BOE basis. Revisions of previous estimates excludes price revisions.
(g) Total costs incurred divided by the summation of annual proved reserves, on a BOE basis, attributable to revisions of previous estimates, purchases of minerals-in-place and discoveries and extensions, if any. Consistent with industry practice, future capital costs to develop proved undeveloped reserves are not included in costs incurred.
(h) Total costs incurred divided by the summation of annual proved reserves, on a BOE basis, attributable to revisions of previous estimates, purchases of minerals-in-place and discoveries and extensions, if any. Revisions of previous estimates excludes price revisions. Consistent with industry practice, future capital costs to develop proved undeveloped reserves are not included in costs incurred.
(i) The summation of exploration and development costs incurred divided by the summation of annual proved reserves, on a BOE basis, attributable to revisions of previous estimates and discoveries and extensions, if any (excludes purchases of minerals-in-place). Revisions of previous estimates excludes price revisions. Consistent with industry practice, future capital costs to develop proved undeveloped reserves are not included in costs incurred.
(j) The summation of exploration and development costs incurred (excluding asset retirements obligations) divided by the summation of annual proved reserves, on a BOE basis, attributable to proved developed reserve additions (136.1 MMBOE), includes discoveries and extensions added during 2015 and transfers from proved undeveloped reserves at year-end 2014, plus any revisions associated with such transfers.
 
 

PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES COMPANY

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF PV-10 TO STANDARDIZED MEASURE

December 31, 2015

 

PV-10 is the estimated future net cash flows from proved reserves discounted at an annual rate of 10 percent before giving effect to income taxes. Standardized Measure is the after-tax estimated future cash flows from proved reserves discounted at an annual rate of 10 percent, determined in accordance with GAAP. Pioneer uses PV-10 as one measure of the value of the Company's proved reserves and to compare relative values of proved reserves among exploration and production companies without regard to income taxes. Pioneer believes that securities analysts and rating agencies use PV-10 in similar ways. Pioneer’s management believes PV-10 is a useful measure for comparison of proved reserve values among companies because, unlike Standardized Measure, it excludes future income taxes that often depend principally on the characteristics of the owner of the reserves rather than on the nature, location and quality of the reserves themselves. Below is a reconciliation of PV-10 to Standardized Measure using SEC oil and gas NYMEX pricing (in billions):

    $50.11/$2.59
SEC Pricing
PV-10 at December 31, 2015 $ 3.2
 
Discounted Effect of Income Taxes -
 
Standardized Measure at December 31, 2015 $ 3.2

Source: Pioneer Natural Resources Company

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