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Approach Resources Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results


FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Approach Resources Inc.(NASDAQ:AREX) today reported results for second quarter 2014. Highlights for second quarter 2014 include:

Adjusted net income and EBITDAX are non-GAAP measures. See "Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial and Other Measures" below for our definitions and reconciliations of adjusted net income and EBITDAX to net income.

Management Comment

J. Ross Craft, Approach's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "In the second quarter of 2014, Approach reported record production, revenue and our sixth consecutive quarter of record EBITDAX. Notably, since the first quarter of 2014, our average daily oil volumes grew by 15%, in line with our expectations, while our average daily gas and NGL volumes grew by 20% and 24%, respectively, exceeding our expectations. As a result, we have increased our production guidance for 2014. In addition, our cash expense metrics declined on a quarter-over-quarter basis. With a strong focus on execution, we are achieving lower costs, improved margins and sharply higher production."

Second Quarter 2014 Results

Production for second quarter 2014 totaled 1,286 MBoe (14.1 MBoe/d), compared to production of 817 MBoe (9 MBoe/d) in second quarter 2013, a 58% increase. Second quarter 2014 production increased 19%, compared to first quarter 2014 production of 1,067 MBoe (11.9 MBoe/d). Oil production for second quarter 2014 totaled 525 MBbls (5.8 MBbls/d), up 52% from the prior-year period and 15% from first quarter 2014. Production for second quarter 2014 was 70% liquids and 30% natural gas.

Net income for second quarter 2014 was $3.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, on revenues of $73.4 million. This compares to a net income for second quarter 2013 of $7.8 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, on revenues of $42.3 million. Second quarter 2014 revenues increased $31.1 million due to an increase in production ($26 million) and an increase in average realized price ($5.1 million). Net income for second quarter 2014 included an unrealized loss on commodity derivatives of $7.7 million and a realized loss on commodity derivatives of $3.3 million.

Excluding the unrealized loss on commodity derivatives and related income taxes, adjusted net income (non-GAAP) for second quarter 2014 was $8.7 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared to $5 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for second quarter 2013. EBITDAX (non-GAAP) for second quarter 2014 was $50.6 million, or $1.29 per diluted share, compared to $30.7 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, for second quarter 2013. See "Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial and Other Measures" below for our definitions and reconciliations of adjusted net income and EBITDAX to net income.

Our average realized commodity price for second quarter 2014, before the effect of commodity derivatives, was $57.06 per Boe. Our average realized price, including the effect of commodity derivatives, was $54.48 per Boe for second quarter 2014.

Lease operating expense ("LOE") averaged $6.18 per Boe for second quarter 2014, down 16% from first quarter 2014. Production and ad valorem taxes averaged $3.83 per Boe, or 6.7% of oil, NGL and gas sales. Exploration costs were $1.53 per Boe. Cash general and administrative expense averaged $4.89 per Boe. Depletion, depreciation and amortization expense averaged $22.21 per Boe. Interest expense totaled $5.4 million.

Operations Update

During second quarter 2014, we drilled and completed 16 horizontal wells, including one well targeting the Wolfcamp A, seven wells targeting the Wolfcamp B and eight wells targeting the Wolfcamp C. The average initial 24-hour rate for wells completed since first quarter 2014 was 556 Boe/d (65% oil), excluding one short-lateral well and two wells in the early stages of flowback.

Capital expenditures incurred during second quarter 2014 totaled $92.3 million, and included $85.8 million for drilling and completion activities, $3.8 million for infrastructure projects and equipment and $2.7 million for acreage acquisitions and extensions.

2014 Outlook

We have increased our estimated 2014 production from 4,790 MBoe to 4,950 MBoe.  This updated estimate is 70% liquids and includes oil production of 2,050 MBbls to 2,200 MBbls. The guidance is forward-looking information that is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control.  

Liquidity Update

At June 30, 2014, we had a $1 billion revolving credit facility with a $450 million borrowing base and $46 million of outstanding borrowings. At June 30, 2014, our liquidity and long-term debt-to-capital ratio were approximately $404 million and 29.1%, respectively.

We enter into commodity derivatives positions to manage our exposure to commodity price fluctuations. Please refer to the "Unaudited Commodity Derivatives Information" table below for a detailed summary of our derivatives positions at June 30, 2014.

Conference Call Information and Summary Presentation

The Company will host a conference call on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. Central Time (10:00 a.m. Eastern Time) to discuss financial and operational results for second quarter 2014. The conference call may be accessed via the Company's website at www.approachresources.com or by phone:

Dial in:   (877) 201-0168
Intl. dial in: (647) 788-4901
Passcode: Approach / 71190396
 

A replay of the call will be available on the Company's website or by dialing (855) 859-2056 (passcode: 71190396).

In addition, a second quarter 2014 summary presentation is available on the Company's website.

Participation in Upcoming Conference

The Company will participate in EnerCom's The Oil & Gas Conference® 19. The Company is scheduled to present on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at 10:55 AM MT. The live presentation will be webcast and will be accessible through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.approachresources.com. The slide presentation for this event will also be available through the website.

About Approach Resources

Approach Resources Inc. is an independent energy company focused on the exploration, development, production and acquisition of unconventional oil and gas reserves in the Midland Basin of the greater Permian Basin in West Texas. For more information about the Company, please visit www.approachresources.com. Please note that the Company routinely posts important information about the Company under the Investor Relations section of its website.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, forward-looking statements contained in this press release specifically include expectations of anticipated financial and operating results.These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Company based on management's experience, perception of historical trends and technical analyses, current conditions, anticipated future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate and reasonable by management. When used in this press release, the words "will," "potential," "believe," "estimate," "intend," "expect," "may," "should," "anticipate," "could," "plan," "predict," "project," "profile," "model" or their negatives, other similar expressions or the statements that include those words, are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. Further information on such assumptions, risks and uncertainties is available in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") filings.The Company's SEC filings are available on the Company's website at www.approachresources.com.Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made and the Company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

 

UNAUDITED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

         

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2014       2013 2014       2013
           
Revenues (in thousands):
Oil $ 51,570 $ 30,381 $ 93,315 $ 55,842
NGLs 11,560 6,214 21,858 12,451
Gas   10,278           5,677     20,162           10,248  
Total oil, NGL and gas sales 73,408 42,272 135,335 78,541
 
Realized loss on commodity derivatives   (3,320 )         (714 )   (4,659 )         (407 )
Total oil, NGL and gas sales including derivative impact $ 70,088         $ 41,558   $ 130,676         $ 78,134  
 
Production:
Oil (MBbls) 525 344 975 655
NGLs (MBbls) 370 227 665 440
Gas (MMcf)   2,348           1,477     4,282           2,855  
Total (MBoe) 1,286 817 2,353 1,571
Total (MBoe/d) 14.1 9.0 13.0 8.7
 
Average prices:
Oil (per Bbl) $ 98.28 $ 88.25 $ 95.73 $ 85.29
NGLs (per Bbl) 31.21 27.43 32.87 28.27
Gas (per Mcf)   4.38           3.84     4.71           3.59  
Total (per Boe) $ 57.06 $ 51.74 $ 57.51 $ 49.99
 
Realized loss on commodity derivatives (per Boe)   (2.58 )         (0.87 )   (1.99 )         (0.26 )
Total including derivative impact (per Boe) $ 54.48 $ 50.87 $ 55.52 $ 49.73

 

Costs and expenses (per Boe):
Lease operating $ 6.18 $ 4.89 $ 6.71 $ 5.97
Production and ad valorem taxes 3.83 3.76 3.86 3.58
Exploration 1.53 0.68 1.15 0.52
General and administrative(1) 5.75 6.40 6.77 7.41
Depletion, depreciation and amortization 22.21 22.62 22.17 22.62
 
 
(1) Below is a summary of general and administrative expense:
General and administrative - cash component $ 4.89 $ 4.52 $ 5.17 $ 5.00
General and administrative - noncash component 0.86 1.88 1.60 2.41
 
         
APPROACH RESOURCES INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except shares and per-share amounts)
 
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2014     2013 2014     2013
REVENUES:
Oil, NGL and gas sales $ 73,408 $ 42,272 $ 135,335 $ 78,541
 
EXPENSES:
Lease operating 7,946 3,993 15,797 9,376
Production and ad valorem taxes 4,925 3,068 9,094 5,624
Exploration 1,966 557 2,704 817
General and administrative 7,402 5,229 15,937 11,639
Depletion, depreciation and amortization   28,573     18,482     52,179     35,538  
Total expenses   50,812     31,329     95,711     62,994  
 
OPERATING INCOME 22,596 10,943 39,624 15,547
 
OTHER:
Interest expense, net (5,357 ) (2,451 ) (10,494 ) (3,680 )
Equity in losses of investee (186 ) (64 ) (186 ) (180 )
Realized loss on commodity derivatives (3,320 ) (714 ) (4,659 ) (407 )
Unrealized (loss) gain on commodity derivatives (7,678 ) 4,290 (13,604 ) 190
Other expense   (109 )       (109 )    
 
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAX PROVISION 5,946 12,004 10,572 11,470
INCOME TAX PROVISION   2,153     4,217     3,834     4,030  
 
NET INCOME $ 3,793   $ 7,787   $ 6,738   $ 7,440  
 
EARNINGS PER SHARE:
Basic $ 0.10   $ 0.20   $ 0.17   $ 0.19  
Diluted $ 0.10   $ 0.20   $ 0.17   $ 0.19  
 
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:
Basic 39,368,606 39,007,361 39,306,296 38,965,811
Diluted 39,384,613 39,029,203 39,322,392 38,976,732
 
         

UNAUDITED SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheet Data June 30, December 31,
(in thousands) 2014 2013
Cash and cash equivalents $ 444 $ 58,761
Restricted cash 7,350
Other current assets 30,283 24,302
Property and equipment, net, successful efforts method 1,187,529 1,047,030
Other assets   9,579   8,041
Total assets $ 1,227,835 $ 1,145,484
 
Current liabilities $ 99,683 $ 84,441
Long-term debt(1) 296,000 250,000
Other long-term liabilities 111,401 100,548
Stockholders' equity   720,751   710,495
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,227,835 $ 1,145,484
 

(1)

  Long-term debt at June 30, 2014, and December 31, 2013, includes $250 million in 7% senior notes. In addition, we had $46 million in outstanding borrowings under our revolving credit facility as of June 30, 2014.
 
     
Unaudited Consolidated Cash Flow Data Six Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands) 2014     2013
Net cash provided (used) by:
Operating activities $ 85,688 $ 44,839
Investing activities $ (187,778 ) $ (126,183 )
Financing activities $ 43,773 $ 135,855
 
           
UNAUDITED COMMODITY DERIVATIVES INFORMATION
AS OF JUNE 30, 2014
 
Commodity and Period

Contract

Type

Volume Transacted Contract Price
Crude Oil
July 2014 - December 2014 Collar 550 Bbls/d $90.00/Bbl - $105.50/Bbl
July 2014 - December 2014 Collar 950 Bbls/d $85.05/Bbl - $95.05/Bbl
July 2014 - December 2014 Collar 2,000 Bbls/d $89.00/Bbl - $98.85/Bbl
July 2014 - March 2015 Collar 1,500 Bbls/d $85.00/Bbl - $95.30/Bbl
January 2015 - December 2015 Collar 2,600 Bbls/d $84.00/Bbl - $91.00/Bbl
 
Natural Gas Liquids
Propane
July 2014 - December 2014 Swap 500 Bbls/d $41.16/Bbl
Natural Gasoline
July 2014 - December 2014 Swap 175 Bbls/d $83.37/Bbl
 
Natural Gas
July 2014 - December 2014 Swap 360,000 MMBtu/month $4.18/MMBtu
July 2014 - December 2014 Swap 35,000 MMBtu/month $4.29/MMBtu
July 2014 - December 2014 Swap 160,000 MMBtu/month $4.40/MMBtu
September 2014 - June 2015 Collar 80,000 MMBtu/month $4.00/MMBtu - $4.74/MMBtu
January 2015 - December 2015 Swap 200,000 MMBtu/month $4.10/MMBtu

January 2015 - December 2015

Collar 130,000 MMBtu/month $4.00/MMBtu - $4.25/MMBtu
 

Subsequent to June 30, 2014, we entered into two oil collars covering a total of 1,000 Bbls per day for 2015 at a floor price of $90.00/Bbl and a ceiling price of $102.50/Bbl.

Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial and Other Measures

This release contains certain financial measures that are non-GAAP measures. We have provided reconciliations below of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and on the Non-GAAP Financials page in the Investor Relations section of our website at www.approachresources.com.

Adjusted Net Income

This release contains the non-GAAP financial measures adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share, which excludes an unrealized loss (gain) on commodity derivatives and related income tax effect. The amounts included in the calculation of adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share below were computed in accordance with GAAP. We believe adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share are useful to investors because they provide readers with a more meaningful measure of our profitability before recording certain items whose timing or amount cannot be reasonably determined. However, these measures are provided in addition to, and not as an alternative for, and should be read in conjunction with, the information contained in our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP (including the notes), included in our SEC filings and posted on our website.

The table below provides a reconciliation of adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share to net income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 (in thousands, except per-share amounts).

         

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2014     2013 2014     2013
Net income $ 3,793     $ 7,787 $ 6,738     $ 7,440
Adjustments for certain items:
Unrealized loss (gain) on commodity derivatives 7,678 (4,290 ) 13,604 (190 )
Related income tax effect   (2,780 )       1,459     (4,934 )       65  
 
Adjusted net income $ 8,691       $ 4,956     15,408         7,315  
Adjusted net income per diluted share $ 0.22       $ 0.13   $ 0.39       $ 0.19  
 

EBITDAX

We define EBITDAX as net income, plus (1) exploration expense, (2) depletion, depreciation and amortization expense, (3) share-based compensation expense, (4) unrealized loss (gain) on commodity derivatives, (5) interest expense, net, and (6) income tax provision. EBITDAX is not a measure of net income or cash flow as determined by GAAP. The amounts included in the calculation of EBITDAX were computed in accordance with GAAP. EBITDAX is presented herein and reconciled to the GAAP measure of net income because of its wide acceptance by the investment community as a financial indicator of a company's ability to internally fund development and exploration activities. This measure is provided in addition to, and not as an alternative for, and should be read in conjunction with, the information contained in our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP (including the notes), included in our SEC filings and posted on our website.

The table below provides a reconciliation of EBITDAX and EBITDAX per diluted share to net income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 (in thousands, except per-share amounts).

         

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2014     2013 2014     2013
Net income $ 3,793     $ 7,787 $ 6,738     $ 7,440
Exploration 1,966 557 2,704 817
Depletion, depreciation and amortization 28,573 18,482 52,179 35,538
Share-based compensation 1,107 1,533 3,761 3,790
Unrealized loss (gain) on commodity derivatives 7,678 (4,290 ) 13,604 (190 )
Interest expense, net 5,357 2,451 10,494 3,680
Income tax provision   2,153       4,217     3,834       4,030  
 
EBITDAX $ 50,627     $ 30,737     93,314       55,105  
EBITDAX per diluted share $ 1.29     $ 0.79   $ 2.37     $ 1.41  
 

Liquidity

Liquidity is calculated by adding the net funds available under our revolving credit facility and cash and cash equivalents. We use liquidity as an indicator of the Company's ability to fund development and exploration activities. However, this measurement has limitations. This measurement can vary from year-to-year for the Company and can vary among companies based on what is or is not included in the measurement on a company's financial statements. This measurement is provided in addition to, and not as an alternative for, and should be read in conjunction with, the information contained in our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP (including the notes), included in our SEC filings and posted on our website.

The table below summarizes our liquidity at June 30, 2014 (in thousands).

     

Liquidity at

June 30, 2014

Borrowing base $ 450,000
Cash and cash equivalents 444
Credit facility - outstanding borrowings (46,000 )
Outstanding letters of credit   (325 )
 
Liquidity $ 404,119  
 

Long-Term Debt-to-Capital

Long-term debt-to-capital ratio is calculated by dividing long-term debt (GAAP) by the sum of total stockholders' equity (GAAP) and long-term debt (GAAP). We use the long-term debt-to-capital ratio as a measurement of our overall financial leverage. However, this ratio has limitations. This ratio can vary from year-to-year for the Company and can vary among companies based on what is or is not included in the ratio on a company's financial statements. This ratio is provided in addition to, and not as an alternative for, and should be read in conjunction with, the information contained in our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP (including the notes), included in our SEC filings and posted on our website.

The table below summarizes our long-term debt-to-capital ratio at June 30, 2014, and December 31, 2013 (in thousands).

         
June 30, 2014 December 31, 2013
Long-term debt(1) $ 296,000 $ 250,000
Total stockholders' equity   720,751     710,495  
$ 1,016,751 $ 960,495
 
Long-term debt-to-capital   29.1 %   26.0 %
 
(1)   Long-term debt at June 30, 2014, and December 31, 2013, includes $250 million in 7% senior notes. In addition, we had $46 million in outstanding borrowings under our revolving credit facility as of June 30, 2014.

Source: Approach Resources Inc.