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Pioneer Natural Resources Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial and Operating Results
Chief Executive Officer
"Pioneer's willingness to aggressively repurchase shares during market dislocations resulted in
"Pioneer's strong balance sheet provides the financial flexibility to return significant free cash flow to investors, while still growing annual oil volumes. This durable program, underpinned by our high-quality Permian drilling inventory, coupled with our peer-leading ESG strategy outlined in our recently published 2022 Sustainability Report, demonstrates why Pioneer is well positioned to create value for our shareholders for decades to come."
Pioneer maintains a strong balance sheet, with cash on hand at the end of the second quarter of
Cash flow from operating activities during the second quarter was
During the second quarter, the Company’s drilling, completion and facilities capital expenditures totaled
For the third quarter of 2022, the Company’s Board of Directors (Board) has declared a quarterly base-plus-variable dividend of
In addition to a strong dividend program, the Company continues to execute opportunistic share repurchases. During the second quarter of 2022, the Company repurchased
For the second quarter of 2022, the average realized price for oil was
Production costs, including taxes, averaged
Pioneer continues to deliver strong operational performance in the
Drilling longer laterals, reducing drilling days per well and completing more feet per day, among other operational efficiency improvements, continue to benefit capital efficiency and dampen inflationary pressures.
These strong operational efficiencies enabled Pioneer to place 133 horizontal wells on production during the second quarter.
Based on the inflationary pressures seen in steel, diesel and chemical costs, among other items, the Company now expects its 2022 total capital budget2 to range between
During 2022, the Company plans to operate an average of 22 to 24 horizontal drilling rigs in the
Third Quarter 2022 Guidance
Third quarter 2022 oil production is forecasted to average between 345 to 360 MBOPD and total production is expected to average between 635 to 660 MBOEPD. Production costs are expected to average
Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)
Pioneer views sustainability as a multidisciplinary effort 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 recently published its 2022 Sustainability Report highlighting the Company's focus and significant progress on ESG initiatives. The comprehensive report details the Company's leadership position on ESG metrics and targets during 2021, including enhanced disclosures on air emissions; water management practices; diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); board of director governance and community engagement.
The Company has multiple initiatives underway that are expected to result in tangible progress towards Pioneer's net zero emissions ambition. Pioneer has made significant progress towards the Company's 2030 emissions intensity targets by achieving a 22% reduction in greenhouse gas emission intensity and a 50% reduction in methane emission intensity, when compared to a 2019 baseline. Additionally, Pioneer achieved a flaring intensity of 0.41% in 2021, well below the Company's goal to limit flaring to 1% of natural gas produced. Pioneer continues to prioritize environmental stewardship and accelerated the Company's target to end routine flaring by 2025, five years earlier than the Company's previous 2030 target.
Additionally, Pioneer has joined the
Pioneer has also strengthened the Company's target to reduce the freshwater used in completions to 20% or less by 2026. The enhanced target reflects Pioneer's dedication to expanding the use of alternative water sources, including recycled water and reclaimed water from the cities of
Within the past year, Pioneer has appointed three new directors to the Company’s Board, with combined expertise in DEI, ESG and alternative energy, in addition to outstanding business experience. The appointments of
For more details, see Pioneer’s 2022 Sustainability Report and 2021 Climate Risk Report at pxd.com/sustainability.
Earnings Conference 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 the Company are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company'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 financial measure. As used by the Company, free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities, adjusted for changes in operating assets and liabilities, less capital expenditures. See the supplemental schedules for a reconciliation of second quarter free cash flow to the comparable GAAP number. Forecasted free cash flow numbers are non-GAAP financial measures. Due to their forward-looking nature, management cannot reliably predict certain of the necessary components of the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP measures, such as working capital changes. Accordingly, Pioneer is unable to present a quantitative reconciliation of such forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measures. Amounts excluded from this non-GAAP measure in future periods could be significant.
Footnote 2: Excludes acquisitions, asset retirement obligations, capitalized interest, geological and geophysical G&A, information technology and corporate facilities.
Footnote 3: Calculated by dividing the Company’s annualized third quarter total dividend per share by the Company's closing stock price on
Footnote 4: Future dividends, whether base or variable, are authorized and determined by the Company's Board in its sole discretion. Decisions regarding the payment of dividends are subject to a number of considerations at the time, including without limitation the Company's liquidity and capital resources, the Company's results of operations and anticipated future results of operations, the level of cash reserves the Company maintains to fund future capital expenditures or other needs, and other factors that the Board deems relevant. The Company can provide no assurance that dividends will be authorized or declared in the future or the amount of any future dividends. Any future variable dividends, if declared and paid, will by their nature fluctuate based on the Company’s free cash flow, which will depend on a number of factors beyond the Company’s control, including commodities prices.
Footnote 5: Calculated by dividing the Company’s annualized third quarter total dividend per share plus annualized second quarter share repurchases per share by the Company's closing stock price on
Footnote 6: Forecasted operating cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure. The 2022 estimated operating cash flow number represents January through
Note: Estimates of future results, including cash flow and free cash flow, are based on the Company’s internal financial model prepared by management and used to assist in the management of its business. Pioneer’s financial models are not prepared with a view to public disclosure or compliance with GAAP, any guidelines of the
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 stockholders, the Company's basic net income per share attributable to common stockholders is computed as (i) net income attributable to common stockholders, (ii) less participating share-based 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) plus the after-tax interest expense associated with the Company's convertible senior notes that are assumed to be converted into shares (iv) 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 attributable to common stockholders is reconciled to basic and diluted net income 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 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 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 equity investment in ProPetro Holding Corp. ("ProPetro") and (ii) the Company's derivative positions, 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.
Additionally, as of
Marketing derivatives. The Company's marketing derivatives reflect long-term marketing contracts whereby the Company agreed to purchase and simultaneously sell barrels of oil at an oil terminal in
The price the Company pays to purchase the oil volumes under the purchase contract is based on a Midland WTI price and the price the Company receives for the oil volumes sold is a WASP that a non-affiliated counterparty receives for selling oil through a
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