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Pioneer Natural Resources Company Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial and Operating Results
President and CEO
Pioneer is also initiating a long-term investment framework that is underpinned by a cash flow reinvestment rate between 70% to 80%, prioritizing free cash flow generation and return of capital, while maintaining a strong balance sheet. Based on current strip pricing, this framework targets a total return to shareholders of 10% or greater, consisting of a competitive and growing base dividend, a variable dividend and oil growth of five percent plus. I am confident this framework will allow us to return a significant amount of capital to shareholders, while providing the flexibility to manage through commodity price cycles, strengthening Pioneer's investment proposition."
Pioneer maintains a strong balance sheet, with unrestricted cash on hand at the end of the second quarter of
During the second quarter, the Company’s drilling, completion and facilities capital expenditures totaled
Cash flow from operating activities during the second quarter was
For the second quarter, the average realized price for oil was
Production costs, including taxes, averaged
Pioneer continued to see strong efficiency gains during the second quarter, enabling the Company to place 75 horizontal wells on production. During the first half of 2020, drilling operations averaged approximately 1,125 drilled feet per day and completion operations averaged approximately 1,775 completed feet per day, continuing to surpass original full-year 2020 expectations.
Pioneer's well costs continue to benefit from these efficiency gains and service cost deflation, leading to cost reductions of approximately
The Company's production costs also remain a focus and continue to trend lower. Horizontal LOE was
The Company continues to proactively curtail lower-margin, higher-cost vertical well production in the current commodity price environment, benefiting operating costs. Pioneer curtailed approximately 7 MBOPD of net production during the second quarter and expects approximately 6 MBOPD to remain curtailed in the current commodity price environment. Decisions to bring curtailed production back online are economically driven and evaluated on a well-by-well basis.
Full-Year 2020 Update
The Company is maintaining its 2020 drilling, completions and facilities capital budget range of
Pioneer is increasing its guidance for 2020 oil production to a range of 203 to 213 MBOPD and total production range of 356 to 371 MBOEPD. The revised production guidance reflects the current voluntary curtailments that are expected to average approximately 6 MBOPD in the current commodity price environment. The Company continues to monitor the fluid macroeconomic environment and will remain flexible and responsive to changing market conditions to preserve its strong balance sheet.
The Company's previous activity guidance remains unchanged. From April through
Pioneer is redefining its investment proposition to prioritize free cash flow generation and return of capital. This capital allocation framework is intended to create long-term value for shareholders by optimizing the reinvestment of cash flow to a rate of 70% to 80%, which accelerates the Company's free cash flow profile, while continuing to generate strong corporate returns. The Company is targeting a 10% or greater total annual return to shareholders, inclusive of a strong and growing base dividend4, a variable dividend4 and high-return oil growth. The Company believes this differentiated strategy will position Pioneer to be competitive across sectors.
Pioneer continues to maintain substantial oil derivative coverage in order to protect the balance sheet, providing the Company with operational and financial flexibility throughout this period. The Company’s financial and derivative mark-to-market results and open derivatives positions are outlined in the attached schedules.
Third Quarter 2020 Guidance
Third quarter 2020 oil production is forecasted to average between 191 to 201 MBOPD and total production is expected to average between 341 to 356 MBOEPD. Production costs are expected to average
Environmental, Social & Governance
Pioneer views sustainability as a multidisciplinary focus that balances economic growth, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. The Company emphasizes developing natural resources in a manner that protects surrounding communities and preserves the environment.
Pioneer is focused on reducing emissions and emission intensities. Between 2016 and 2018, the Company's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been reduced by 24%, total GHG emission intensity has decreased by 38% and methane intensity has declined by 41%. Additionally, between
Socially, Pioneer maintains a proactive safety culture, supports a diverse workforce and inspires teamwork to drive innovation. The Board of Directors has a
For more details, see Pioneer’s 2019 Sustainability Report at pxd.com/sustainability.
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Pioneer is a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in
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, the impact of a widespread outbreak of an illness, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, on global and
Footnote 1: Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure. See reconciliation to comparable GAAP number in supplemental schedules.
Footnote 2: Excludes acquisitions, asset retirement obligations, capitalized interest, geological and geophysical G&A and corporate facilities.
Footnote 3: Unusual items include the following: (i) COVID-19 operational plan changes of (a)
Footnote 4: The declaration and payment of future dividends is at the discretion of the Company’s board of directors and will depend on, among other things, the Company's earnings, financial condition, capital requirements, level of indebtedness, statutory and contractual restrictions applying to the payment of dividends and other considerations that the board of directors deems relevant.
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, generally acceptable accounting principles ("GAAP") provide that share-based awards with guaranteed dividend or distribution participation rights qualify as "participating securities" during their vesting periods. During periods in which the Company realizes net income attributable to common shareholders, the Company's basic net income per share attributable to common shareholders is computed as (i) net income attributable to common stockholders, (ii) less participating share-based basic earnings (iii) divided by weighted average basic shares outstanding. The Company's diluted net income per share attributable to common stockholders is computed as (i) basic net income attributable to common stockholders, (ii) plus the reallocation of participating earnings, if any, (iii) divided by weighted average diluted shares outstanding. During periods in which the Company realizes a net loss attributable to common stockholders, securities or other contracts to issue common stock would be dilutive to loss per share; therefore, conversion into common stock is assumed not to occur.
The Company's net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders is reconciled to basic and diluted net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders as follows:
EBITDAX, discretionary cash flow ("DCF") (as defined below) and net debt to trailing twelve months EBITDAX are presented herein, and reconciled to the GAAP measures of net income 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, DCF and net debt to trailing twelve months EBITDAX 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 or net cash provided by operating activities, as defined by GAAP.
The Company's net debt to trailing twelve months EBITDAX is calculated as follows:
Adjusted loss attributable to common stockholders excluding noncash mark-to-market ("MTM") adjustments and loss attributable to common stockholders excluding noncash MTM adjustments and unusual items are presented in this earnings release and reconciled to the Company's net loss attributable to common stockholders (determined in accordance with GAAP), as the Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company's business that, when viewed together with its GAAP financial results, 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 financial measures may enhance investors' ability to assess the Company's historical and future financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be a substitute for the comparable GAAP financial measure and should be read only in conjunction with the Company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Noncash MTM adjustments and unusual items may recur in future periods; however, the amount and frequency can vary significantly from period to period.
The Company's net loss attributable to common stockholders as determined in accordance with GAAP is reconciled to loss adjusted for noncash MTM adjustments including (i) the Company's derivative positions, (ii) contingent consideration attributable to the 2019
Free cash flow ("FCF") is a non-GAAP financial measure. As used by the Company, FCF is defined as net cash provided by operating activities, adjusted for changes in operating assets and liabilities, less capital expenditures. The Company believes this non-GAAP measure is a financial indicator of the Company’s ability to internally fund acquisitions, debt maturities, dividends and share repurchases after capital expenditures.
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