WPX Energy Posts Loss of $148 Million for 3Q 2020

Tulsa-based WPX Energy reported a loss of $148 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, according to a press release issued by the company on Monday. The loss primarily was driven by a $110 million net loss on derivatives resulting from non-cash forward mark-to-market changes in the company’s hedge book, and a loss on the extinguishment of debt.

Highlights include:

  • Current oil rate of approximately 140,000 bbl/d already at the year-end target
  • Increasing 4Q oil target to 137,000-143,000 bbl/d
  • Reducing 2020 full-year CAPEX by another $50 million
  • Raising 2020 free cash flow projection by 50% to more than $300 million
  • Reducing LOE to $5.10-$5.40 per BOE for full-year 2020, a 14% improvement
  • Attractive Bone Spring results in the Delaware Basin
  • Transformational merger with Devon Energy to create a leading U.S. energy company

In late September, WPX and Devon agreed to merge in an all-stock equal acquisition, creating a combined entity that will become the fifth largest independent oil producer in the country. The transaction, expected to close in the first quarter of 2021, will send WPX to Devon’s headquarters in Oklahoma City.

WPX reported 3Q oil volumes of 122,300 barrels per day, in line with 2Q results as expected stemming from the effects of prior curtailments and reduced development activity.

WPX released all four of its completion crews during the second quarter in response to the COVID-19 impact on oil demand and commodity prices. WPX now has two crews deployed in the Delaware Basin and one in the Williston Basin after starting to resume completions in July.

Current oil volumes are approximately 140,000 bbl/d due to strong well results in both of WPX’s basins. WPX now plans to average 137,000-143,000 bbl/d in the fourth quarter while reducing capital spending by another $50 million to a new estimate of $1.0-$1.1 billion for full-year 2020.

Excluding the forward mark-to-market changes in derivatives and other items, WPX posted adjusted net income from continuing operations (a non-GAAP financial measure) in third quarter 2020 of $60 million, or income of $0.11 per share. A reconciliation accompanies this press release.

Adjusted EBITDAX (a non-GAAP financial measure) hit $389 million in the quarter, up 8 percent from $361 million a year ago. Free cash flow from operations (a non-GAAP financial measure) was $79 million in third-quarter 2020 and $241 million for the first three quarters of the year.

WPX now expects to generate more than $300 million of free cash flow in 2020, up 50 percent from its most recent estimate of $200 million.

“Our proposed merger is on track and is proving to be a transformational event not only for our two companies, but for our industry as a whole based on events that have unfolded since our announcement,” said Rick Muncrief, chairman and chief executive officer of WPX Energy. “Consolidation is a strategic step that reduces costs, improves margins and accelerates the return of capital to shareholders in very meaningful ways.”

“WPX has been a leader in our peer group, and the combined company will provide us with even more strength and capacity to deliver value through disciplined management and an unwavering focus on profitable, per-share growth,” said Muncrief.

The merger offers unique benefits to WPX shareholders, including enhanced free cash flow growth potential, the opportunity for multiple expansion given pro forma metrics, large synergies as a percentage of market cap, significant ownership in the pro forma company and the acceleration of WPX’s five-year vision targets.

Integration plans are underway, led by a transition team comprised of senior leaders from each company. Additionally, the team is tasked with capitalizing on the synergies and operational efficiencies that contribute to the significant upside of the combined company.

The combination of WPX and Devon will benefit from a premier multi-basin portfolio, headlined by a premium acreage position in the economic core of the Delaware Basin.

Under the terms of the agreement, WPX shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.5165 shares of Devon common stock for each share of WPX common stock owned. Devon shareholders will own approximately 57 percent of the combined company and WPX shareholders will own approximately 43 percent of the combined company on a fully diluted basis.

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021 and has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approvals by Devon and WPX shareholders.

DELAWARE BASIN

WPX’s Delaware production in the Permian averaged 139.1 Mboe/d in the third quarter compared with 143.7 Mboe/d in the most recent quarter and 96.7 Mboe/d a year ago. The year-over-year increase is driven by WPX’s acquisition of Felix Energy.

WPX completed 13 Delaware wells during the third quarter, including promising results from delineation work in various Bone Spring benches.

Four wells in the 3rd Bone Spring Lime hit respective 24-hour highs of 4,255 Boe/d, 3,804 Boe/d, 3,697 Boe/d and 3,602 Boe/d ranging from 53 to 65 percent oil. After 30 days of production, the four wells had a combined average of 3,004 Boe/d per well.

Third-quarter Delaware completions also include a 2nd Bone Spring Sand well – the CBR 9-4H-56-1-321H well – that hit a 24-hour high of 4,159 Boe/d (62 percent oil) during initial production and averaged 3,742 Boe/d over its first 30 days.

A third-quarter Wolfcamp A well – the CBR 9-4I-56-1-428H well – hit a 24-hour high of 3,877 Boe/d (45 percent oil) during initial production and averaged 3,043 Boe/d over its first 30 days.

Delaware D&C costs continue to improve. The average cost for recent 2-mile laterals on the CBR 9-4 and 10-3 pads in the Stateline area that included the Bone Spring wells was $5.9 million per well.

WILLISTON BASIN

Williston Basin production averaged 68.7 Mboe/d in third-quarter 2020 compared with 63.3 Mboe/d in the most recent quarter and 76.8 Mboe/d a year ago.

WPX completed 16 Williston wells during the third quarter, including nine wells in the Three Forks formation and seven wells in the Bakken formation.

The highest 24-hour rate for the third-quarter Williston completions was 8,686 Boe/d (84 percent oil) on the Omaha Woman 24-13-12 HD well, which is a three-mile lateral.

All four wells on the Omaha Woman drilling pad are three-mile laterals, which had a combined average of nearly 5,700 Boe/d per well during initial production.

WPX’s third-quarter Williston completions also include the four-well Wolverine pad, which had a combined average exceeding 3,800 Boe/d per well during initial production. The top well on the pad – the Wolverine 21-22HD well – hit a 24-hour high of 4,922 Boe/d (84 percent oil). All four wells are two-mile laterals.

3Q PRODUCTION

Total production volumes of 207.7 Mboe/d in third-quarter 2020 were comparable with second-quarter 2020 and were 20 percent higher than the same period a year ago. Liquids volumes accounted for 78 percent of third-quarter 2020 production.

Oil volumes of 122,300 bbl/d in third-quarter 2020 were comparable with second-quarter 2020 despite service outages affecting rates for portions of the quarter in both of its basins. Third-quarter 2020 volumes were up 13 percent vs. the same period a year ago.

For the remainder of 2020, WPX has 91,800 bbl/d of oil hedged with fixed price swaps at a weighted average price of $53.06 per barrel and 20,000 bbl/d with fixed price collars at a weighted average floor price of $53.33.

For 2021, WPX has 64,878 bbl/d of oil hedged with fixed price swaps at a weighted average price of $41.35 per barrel and 240,000 MMBtu/d of natural gas hedged with fixed price swaps at a weighted average price of $2.62 per MMBtu.

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

Total product revenues of $491 million in third-quarter 2020 were 15 percent lower than the same period a year ago stemming from lower commodity prices.

Total product revenues of $1,267 million during the first three quarters of 2020 were 23 percent lower than the same period a year ago stemming from lower commodity prices.

For the first three quarters of the year, WPX posted a net loss from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders of $770 million, or a loss of $1.46 per share on a diluted basis.

Adjusted net income from continuing operations for the first three quarters of 2020 was $159 million, or income of $0.30 per share. A reconciliation accompanies this press release.

During the third quarter, DD&A, lease operating expenses, taxes and G&A expense all declined on a per-Boe basis vs. a year ago. Notably, LOE declined 20 percent, from $6.02 per Boe a year ago to $4.81. WPX is now projecting LOE of $5.10-$5.40 per BOE for full-year 2020, an improvement of 14 percent vs. the company’s original midpoint estimate for the year.

For the first three quarters of 2020, adjusted EBITDAX (a non-GAAP financial measure) was $1,168 million, or 14 percent higher than $1,028 million for the same period in 2019. Reconciliations for non-GAAP financial measures are available in the tables that accompany this press release.

The weighted average gross sales price during third-quarter 2020 – prior to revenue deductions – was $38.97 per barrel for oil (down 28 percent vs. a year ago), $1.66 per Mcf for natural gas (down 8 percent) and $12.43 per barrel for NGL (up 4 percent).

WPX’s total liquidity at the close of business on Sept. 30, 2020, was approximately $1.7 billion, including cash, cash equivalents and all of its $1.5 billion available revolver capacity.

 

Source: WPX Energy Press Release

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