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Pioneer Natural Resources Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial and Operating Results; Provides 2021 Outlook
Pioneer's 2021 plan builds on this success, with a program that is capital efficient and is underpinned by our premier acreage position and scale in the
Our compelling investment proposition, coupled with our strong focus on environmental, social and governance initiatives, ensures Pioneer will continue to provide low-cost, environmentally friendly energy to the world, while enhancing value for shareholders."
Pioneer continues to maintain a strong balance sheet, with unrestricted cash on hand at the end of the fourth quarter of
During the fourth quarter, the Company’s drilling, completion and facilities capital expenditures totaled
Cash flow from operating activities during the fourth quarter and full year 2020 was
The Company's Board of Directors approved an increase to the Company's quarterly cash dividend to
In addition to Pioneer's increase in its quarterly cash dividend to
Pioneer continues to capture synergies from the acquisition of Parsley Energy, Inc. (Parsley) and is increasing the Company's synergy target by
For the fourth quarter of 2020, the average realized price for oil was
Production costs, including taxes, averaged
The Company recently identified two marketing contracts that should have been accounted for as derivatives in the Company’s historical consolidated financial statements. The contracts provided for the transportation and sale of purchased oil at lower transport and storage costs as compared to similar costs in the Company’s other contracts. The contracts were executed during the fourth quarter of 2019, but transactions under the contract did not begin until
Pioneer continued to deliver strong operational efficiency gains that enabled the Company to place 58 horizontal wells on production during the fourth quarter and 255 wells on production for the full year. During 2020, drilling operations averaged approximately 1,150 drilled feet per day and completion operations averaged approximately 1,850 completed feet per day, an increase 15% and 16%, respectively, when compared to 2019. Pioneer's fully burdened facilities costs per well also continued to decrease as the Company makes further progress on its facilities optimization program that began in 2019. When compared to 2018, Pioneer's facilities cost per well has decreased approximately 40%, from over
The Company's controllable cash costs, inclusive of lease operating expense, G&A and interest expense, continue to trend lower and represent a combined 23% reduction per BOE in 2020 when compared to 2019. As the Company realizes the expected synergies associated with the acquisition of Parsley, controllable cash costs are forecasted to decrease an additional 8% in 2021.
During 2021, the Company plans to operate an average of 18 to 20 horizontal drilling rigs in the
The Company expects its 2021 drilling, completions and facilities capital budget to range between
Pioneer expects 2021 oil production of 307 to 322 MBOPD and total production of 528 to 554 MBOEPD, which excludes Parsley production prior to the Parsley acquisition close date of
Pioneer has redefined its investment framework to prioritize free cash flow generation and return of capital to shareholders. This capital allocation strategy is intended to create long-term value by optimizing the reinvestment of cash flow to accelerate the Company's free cash flow profile. At current strip pricing, the Company expects its reinvestment rate to be between 50% to 60%, generating increased free cash flow. Pioneer is targeting a 10% total annual return, inclusive of a strong and growing base dividend, a variable dividend and high-return oil growth. The Company believes this differentiated strategy positions Pioneer to be competitive across industries.
Pioneer continues to maintain substantial oil and gas derivative coverage in order to protect the balance sheet, providing the Company with operational and financial flexibility. The Company’s financial and derivative mark-to-market results and open derivatives positions are outlined in the attached schedules.
First Quarter 2021 Guidance
First quarter 2021 oil production is forecasted to average between 259 to 274 MBOPD and total production is expected to average between 444 to 470 MBOEPD, which excludes Parsley production prior to the Parsley acquisition close date of
The Company added proved reserves totaling 357 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE) during 2020, excluding acquisitions and price revisions. These proved reserve additions equate to a drillbit reserve replacement ratio of 263% when compared to Pioneer's full-year 2020 production of 136 MMBOE, including field fuel. The drillbit finding and development (F&D) cost was
Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)
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.
Consistent with Pioneer's sustainable practices, the Company has incorporated greenhouse gas (GHG) and methane emission intensity reduction goals into its ESG strategy, with goals to reduce the Company's GHG emissions intensity by 25% and methane emissions intensity by 40% by 2030, inclusive of the assets Pioneer acquired from Parsley. These emission intensity reduction targets are aligned with the
In addition, the Company is building on its leadership position related to minimizing flaring and has formally adopted a goal to maintain the Company's flaring intensity to less than 1% of natural gas produced. Pioneer also plans to end routine flaring, as defined by the
Socially, Pioneer maintains a proactive safety culture, supports a diverse workforce and inspires teamwork to drive innovation. The Board of Directors has a
In addition to the increased weighting towards HSE and ESG metrics, Pioneer's executive incentive compensation continues to be aligned with shareholder interests. Beginning in 2021, return on capital employed (ROCE) has been included along with cash return on capital invested (CROCI), which was added in 2020, with a combined weighting of 20%, while production and reserves goals previously included as incentive compensation metrics have been removed.
Pioneer has amended executive equity compensation as well, with the S&P 500 index being added into the total stockholder return (TSR) peer group for performance awards beginning in 2021, and for the second consecutive year the long-term equity compensation for the Company’s Chief Executive Officer will be 100% in performance awards, with 100% of such awards at risk based on performance relative to the TSR peer group. These updates to Pioneer’s executive incentive and equity compensation programs demonstrate the Company’s continuing commitment to aligning total executive compensation with the interests of our shareholders.
For more details, see Pioneer’s 2020 Sustainability Report at pxd.com/sustainability.
Earnings Conference Call
Telephone: Dial (800) 458-4121 and enter confirmation code 7134307 five minutes before the call.
A replay of the webcast will be archived on Pioneer’s website. This replay will be available through
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
“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, extensions 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.
“Drillbit reserve replacement” is the summation of annual proved reserves, on a BOE basis, attributable to discoveries, extensions 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.
“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 retirement obligations) divided by the summation of annual proved reserves, on a BOE basis, attributable to proved developed reserve additions, including (i) discoveries and extensions placed on production during 2020, (ii) transfers from proved undeveloped reserves at year-end 2019 and (iii) technical revisions of previous estimates for proved developed reserves during 2020. Revisions of previous estimates exclude price revisions.
Footnote 1: Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure. See reconciliation to comparable GAAP number in supplemental schedules.
Footnote 2: 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 and outlook, 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.
Footnote 3: Excludes acquisitions, asset retirement obligations, capitalized interest, geological and geophysical G&A, information technology and corporate facilities.
Footnote 4: Unusual items include the following: (i) a noncash
Footnote 5: The 2021 estimated cash flow number is a non-GAAP financial measure, representing forecasted cash flow (before working capital changes) assuming a WTI oil price of
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 and discretionary cash flow ("DCF") (as defined below) are presented herein, and reconciled to the 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.
Adjusted income attributable to common stockholders excluding noncash mark-to-market ("MTM") adjustments and unusual items are presented in this earnings release and reconciled to the Company's net income 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 income attributable to common stockholders as determined in accordance with GAAP is reconciled to income adjusted for noncash MTM adjustments including (i) the Company's derivative positions and (ii) the Company's equity investment in ProPetro Holding Corp. ("ProPetro"), and unusual items is as follows:
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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Marketing derivatives. The Company's marketing derivatives reflect two long-term marketing contracts that were entered in
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