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Resolute Energy Corporation Provides Preliminary Third Quarter Production Results and Operations Update

- 3Q 2018 production of 34,750 Boe per day, up 45% from 2Q -
- 3Q 2018 oil production of 15,740 Bbl per day, up 47% from 2Q -
- 3Q 2018 Adjusted EBITDA expected to nearly double from 2Q -

/EIN News/ -- DENVER, Oct. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Resolute Energy Corporation (“Resolute” or the “Company”) (NYSE: REN) today provided preliminary third quarter 2018 production results and an operations update.

Aggregate third quarter 2018 production averaged approximately 34,750 barrel of oil equivalent (“Boe”) per day, an increase of 45 percent from the second quarter.  Third quarter 2018 oil production averaged approximately 15,740 barrels of oil per day, an increase of approximately 47 percent over second quarter 2018.  Year over year, third quarter Boe production increased 54 percent and oil production increased approximately 40 percent, both pro forma for the divestiture of the Aneth Field assets.  Growth in production is being driven by the Company’s successful ongoing development program.  During the quarter, the Company spud six wells, reached total depth on thirteen wells and placed eighteen wells on production.

Third quarter 2018 net loss is expected to increase compared to the second quarter net loss of $3.7 million due in large part to the effect of non-cash mark-to-market derivative losses.  Third quarter 2018 Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be nearly double second quarter 2018 Adjusted EBITDA of $33.7 million (a non-GAAP measure as defined and reconciled below).  This significant increase in expected Adjusted EBIDTA is being driven by stronger production volumes, as well as lower unit operating and overhead costs.

Our third quarter 2018 cost structure is expected to have improved substantially from second quarter as a result of lower per unit lease operating expense and cash-based general and administrative expense, primarily due to significantly higher production volumes with only moderately higher absolute operating costs and modestly lower cash general and administrative expenses from quarter to quarter.

Based on the strong results from our drilling program, the borrowing base under the Company’s revolving credit facility was increased nearly 50% from $210 million to $310 million.  This $100 million increase ensures that we will continue to have sufficient liquidity to prosecute our business plan.  At September 30, 2018, the Company had approximately $200 million of availability under the revolving credit facility.

Rick Betz, Resolute’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “As expected, our 2018 development program has begun to pay dividends in the form of significantly increased production and cash flow.  Having now finished drilling four multi-well pads, we have advanced our understanding of how to execute these large capital programs and are collecting the technical data that will help us continue to improve the productivity of our assets.  As with other producers making the shift to multi-well pad drilling in the Basin, we learn more about the reservoir and subsurface interactions with every well we drill.  Additionally, through a period of intense infrastructure challenges, our midstream arrangements have served us well as we continue to move product to end markets with no significant curtailments and continue to dispose of significant quantities of produced water at advantageous rates.  As we close out the 2018 program and look forward to 2019, we remain committed to a pad-based development program that grows production while spending within cash flow.”

Resolute’s Board of Directors, in conjunction with its financial advisors, has continued to monitor the Company’s competitive positioning in the Permian Basin in light of the improving industry conditions, the strong macroeconomic backdrop and recent transactional activity.  As part of its ongoing effort to maximize stockholder value, the Board continues to evaluate all alternatives available to the Company, including potential strategic combinations, while the Company continues its Delaware Basin drilling program.

Operations Update

The Company has completed drilling operations on 32 of the 42 wells included in our 2018 development program.  These wells are in four individual well packs, two of which are in the Appaloosa area (the Ranger nine-well pack and the South Mitre eight-well pack) and two of which are in the Mustang area (both nine-well packs in the Sandlot unit).  The Company has finished completion operations on 28 wells so far this year including 21 of the 32 new drills, six DUCs carried over from 2017 (three wells in the Ranger nine pack and three Lower Wolfcamp wells), and one recompletion associated with the South Mitre well pack in Appaloosa.  Completion operations will begin in mid-October on the second Sandlot nine pack, bringing our completions in 2018 to 37 total wells.  We anticipate these Sandlot wells will be placed on production in November.

As anticipated, the Company’s pad-focused drilling and completion activity has resulted in significant growth in both production and cash flow in the third quarter, with oil production increasing 47% from the second quarter of 2018 and Adjusted EBITDA anticipated to grow by nearly 100%.  We anticipate the Company will see significant growth in oil production and cash flow in the fourth quarter, although at a less robust rate than the third quarter as fewer new wells will be placed on production and those wells will come on later in the quarter.

While oil production increased 47% from the second quarter, we also saw strong growth in gas and natural gas liquids during the period, which resulted in an overall product mix that was similar to what we experienced in the second quarter.  Total production measured in barrels equivalent reflects a growth rate consistent with previously provided guidance, although the percentage of oil in our third quarter production is approximately five points below that guidance, primarily influenced by strong Mustang production.  We anticipate that over the longer term, our production will be approximately 50% oil as operational activity is more balanced among our various operating areas.

The expectation that oil would represent a higher proportion of third quarter production was partially based on anticipated performance from the Ranger nine pack that was placed on production late in the first quarter of 2018.  Located in Appaloosa, these wells generally have higher oil cuts, in the range of 58-60% for the Wolfcamp A, than other areas of the field, materially influencing both the aggregate level of oil production and the oil component of total production.  The three UWCA wells and the WCC well in this well pack have shown performance consistent with our expectations from a total production as well as an oil cut perspective.  However, while oil cut from the three LWCA and two UWCB wells is consistent with our expectations, total production from these wells has underperformed our expectations, leading to lower aggregate oil production for the quarter.  The table below presents production rates for this well pack.

                Average peak rate
 
Appaloosa Ranger nine-pack results   Wolfcamp zones1   Average length (feet)   First
Production
  24 hour
Boe per day 
  30 day
Boe per day
  60 day
Boe per day
  Average cumulative oil to date
Ranger   UWCA (3)   9,647   5/30 - 6/4   2,377    2,315    2,152   60%
Ranger   LWCA (3)   9,593   5/25 - 5/28   2,550    2,229    1,908   59%
Ranger   UWCB (2)   9,667   6/7 - 6/8   2,070    1,798    1,551   52%
Ranger C205SL   WCC (1)   9,721   5/24
  1,990    1,822    1,699   44%
 
   
1.  Zone abbreviation legend: UWCA – Upper Wolfcamp A; LWCA – Lower Wolfcamp A; UWCB – Upper Wolfcamp B; WCC – Wolfcamp C

Based on the extensive data gathering and analytics, including microseismic analysis of the completions, tracer analysis during flowback, real time rock property data gathered during drilling and downhole pressure measurement, we have identified modifications which we are implementing in our drilling elsewhere in the field and which we believe should improve future well performance, particularly in the LWCA and the UWCB zones.  The most significant change has been to widen the vertical spacing between the wells by adjusting landing zones for the lower wells to increase the stimulated rock volume within the well pack.  As noted below we are testing this modified spacing in both the South Mitre well pack in Appaloosa and the second Sandlot nine pack in Mustang. We will evaluate any impact these changes may have on our overall inventory as we gather more data. 

Third quarter production volumes and composition were also influenced by the Company’s second nine-well pack in the Sandlot unit in Mustang, which was brought on production in mid-July.  Along with strong oil production, Mustang wells typically produce at higher gas and NGL rates than wells drilled in Appaloosa.  The Sandlot nine-well group consists of three UWCA wells, three LWCA wells and three UWCB wells, with average completed lateral lengths of approximately 6,200 feet.  The table below presents initial production rates for this well pack.

                Average peak rate    
Mustang Sandlot nine-pack results   Wolfcamp
zones1
  Average length
(feet)
  First
Production
  24 hour
Boe per day
  30 day
Boe per day
  Average cumulative oil to date
Sandlot   UWCA (3)   6,280   7/7 - 7/11   2,112   1,880   49%
Sandlot   LWCA (3)   5,860   7/7 - 7/11   3,050   2,491   41%
Sandlot   UWCB (3)   6,373   7/7 - 7/12   2,844   2,336   33%
                         
1.  Zone abbreviation legend: UWCA – Upper Wolfcamp A; LWCA – Lower Wolfcamp A; UWCB – Upper Wolfcamp B  

The Sandlot well pack was drilled using the same vertical spacing as the Ranger well pack.  Overall these wells are performing close to expectations, and the well pack has exhibited a lesser degree of the relative performance differences between the UWCA and the LWCA and UWCB wells experienced in the Ranger wells.

In late September, the Company brought online the South Mitre well pack.  This well pack includes three UWCA wells, two LWCA wells and three UWCB wells.  The ninth well in this pack is a LWCA well originally completed in July 2016.  In order to gauge the potential benefits of wider vertical spacing in Appaloosa, for now the Company has left the two LWCA wells uncompleted while watching the interactions among the remaining wells during completion using microseismic data and evaluating the production response of the UWCA and UWCB wells.  The six wells that have been completed have an average completed lateral length of approximately 9,684 feet.  Two weeks into their flowback, the wells are producing more than 4,700 Boe per day (58% cumulative oil) in aggregate as of the date of this release, and have not yet reached peak rates.  The Company will gather production data from these wells and the Ranger nine-pack over the next few months to assist in our ongoing process of determining the optimal vertical spacing in Appaloosa.  Deferring completion of the two LWCA wells in South Mitre unit will impact the Company’s fourth quarter production somewhat.  That impact is reflected in the updated 2018 guidance provided below.

The Company recently finished drilling operations on the fourth nine-pack, located in the Sandlot unit in Mustang.  The second Sandlot well pack was drilled using wider vertical spacing.  In particular, the UWCB wells were drilled lower in the section than previous UWCB landing zones.  We anticipate that this approach will result in improved well performance for both the LWCA and UWCB wells.  The Company will gather and evaluate production data from these wells and the first Sandlot nine-pack to assist in determining the optimal vertical spacing in Mustang. 

Consistent with our previously announced schedule, we released one of our three drilling rigs at the conclusion of drilling operations on the second Sandlot nine-pack.  In order to provide time to analyze recently acquired 3D seismic covering the Appaloosa area as well as the impact on well performance of adjusted vertical well spacing, we have elected to defer the drilling of the next Appaloosa well pack and will employ the two remaining drilling rigs to first drill four Mustang wells targeting Lower Wolfcamp zones that will be completed in early 2019.  These four wells include one LWCB well and three WCC wells.

After finishing drilling operations on these four Lower Wolfcamp wells in Mustang, we currently anticipate the rigs will move to the third well pack in the Sandlot unit in late November, with all of the wells to be completed in 2019.

Through the first four well packs in the 2018 program, we anticipate that drilling and completions capital expense will be substantially in line with our original budget.  Facilities capital for these well packs has run somewhat higher than plan due to the need to handle higher than anticipated gas and water volumes.  Overall for the year, after adjustments to the development plan noted above, we expect total capital to be below the midpoint of our original guidance range.

Updated Guidance Summary

Based on results through the third quarter and expectations for the remainder of the year, we are providing updated full year 2018 guidance as follows.

Guidance summary Prior   Updated
Projected 2018 production        
Annual production (MBoe) 10,950 - 12,045   10,950 - 11,680
Annual average Boe per day 30,000 - 33,000   30,000 - 32,000
Annual oil percent 49% - 50%   45%
Annual oil and NGL percent 75%   72%
         
Projected full year 2018 costs ($ million)        
Cash lease operating expense $60 - $68   $64 - $67
Cash general and administrative expense1 $30 - $34   $31 - $33
         
Projected full year 2018 capital expenditures ($ million)2 $365 - $395   $370 - $380
         
1.  Net of COPAS reimbursements and capitalization, before one-time costs associated with the Aneth Field sale and stockholder activism expenses. 
2.  Net of earnout payments of approximately $23 million expected to be received from Caprock Midstream and not including $10 million of contingent purchase price payable from the purchaser of Aneth Field. 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

In this press release, the term “Adjusted EBITDA” is used.  Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure defined as consolidated net income (loss) adjusted to exclude interest expense, net, income taxes, depletion, depreciation and amortization expenses, one-time costs of the Aneth Field sale, costs related to stockholder activism, non-cash stock-based compensation expense, nonrecurring cash-settled incentive award payments, change in fair value of derivative instruments, gains and losses on the sale of assets and ceiling write-down of oil and gas properties.  Resolute’s management believes Adjusted EBITDA is an important financial measurement tool that facilitates comparison of our operating performance and provides information about the Company’s ability to service or incur indebtedness and pay for its capital expenditures.  This information differs from measures of performance determined in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.  This measure is not necessarily indicative of operating profit or cash flow from operating activities as determined under GAAP and may not be equivalent to similarly titled measures of other companies.  The table below reconciles Resolute’s net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA.

                    Three Months Ended
June 30,

 
                    2018
 
                    ($ in thousands)
 
Net loss                   $ (3,732 )
Adjustments:                        
Interest expense, net                     8,515  
Depletion, depreciation, and amortization                     23,494  
Stockholder activism                     3,085  
Stock-based compensation                     4,497  
Cash-settled incentive awards                     (47 )
Cash-settled incentive awards paid                     (1,219 )
Mark-to-market loss                     2,777  
Contingent consideration gain                     (3,703 )
Total adjustments                     37,399  
Adjusted EBITDA                   $ 33,667  
                         

Cautionary Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “budget,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “poised,” “believes,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements; however the absence of these words does not mean the statements are not forward-looking. Such forward looking statements include statements regarding: future drilling and completion plans and activity; expected future operating and production results; future liquidity and availability of capital; our plans and expectations regarding our future development activities including drilling and completing wells; future adjustments to our drilling and completion designs and expectations resulting from those adjustments; future infrastructure and other capital projects; the number of such potential projects, locations and productive intervals, and years of additional drilling; anticipated updated 2018 production, 2018 and future oil percentage, lease operating expense, general and administrative expense and capital expenditures guidance; expectations regarding third quarter 2018 Adjusted EBITDA, lease operating expense and general and administrative expense and fourth quarter 2018 Adjusted EBITDA and oil production; funding of our 2018 and 2019 capital programs; and drilling inventory expectations. Resolute will evaluate its capital expenditures in relation to its liquidity and cash flow and may adjust its activity and capital spending levels based on acquisitions, changes in commodity prices, the cost of goods and services, production results and other considerations. Forward-looking statements in this press release include matters that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from results expressed or implied by this press release. Such risk factors include, among others: the Company’s ability to successfully implement its strategy to create long-term stockholder value; depressed commodity prices; the volatility of oil and gas prices and basis differentials, including the price realized by Resolute; inaccuracy in reserve estimates and expected production rates; disruptions to, capacity constraints in or other limitations on the pipeline systems that deliver our oil, NGL and gas and other processing and transportation considerations; potential write downs of the carrying value and volumes of reserves as a result of low commodity prices; the discovery, estimation, development and replacement by Resolute of oil and gas reserves; our ability to find and develop our estimated proved undeveloped reserves and resources; changes in our production mix of oil and gas; the future cash flow, liquidity and financial position of Resolute; Resolute’s level of indebtedness and our ability to fulfill our obligations under the senior notes, our credit facility and any additional indebtedness that we may incur; potential borrowing base reductions under our revolving credit facility; constraints imposed on our business and operations by our revolving credit facility and senior notes which may limit our ability to execute our business strategy; the risk of a transaction that could trigger a change of control under our debt agreements; the success of the business and financial strategy, hedging strategies and development and production plans of Resolute; the amount, nature and timing of capital expenditures of Resolute, including future development costs; potential operational disruption caused by the actions of stockholder activists; the availability of additional capital and financing, including the capital needed to pursue our drilling and development plans for our properties, on terms acceptable to us or at all; uncertainty surrounding timing of identifying drilling locations and necessary capital to drill such locations; the potential for downspacing, infill or multi-lateral drilling in the Permian Basin or obstacles thereto; the timing of issuance of permits and rights of way; the timing and amount of future production of oil and gas; availability of drilling, completion and production personnel, supplies and equipment; the completion and success of exploratory drilling on our properties; potential delays in the completion, commissioning and optimization schedule of Resolute’s facilities construction projects or any potential breakdown of such facilities; operating costs and other expenses of Resolute; the success of prospect development and property acquisition of Resolute; risks associated with unanticipated liabilities assumed, or title, environmental or other problems resulting from, our acquisitions; the ability to sell or otherwise monetize assets at values and on terms that are advantageous to us; Resolute’s dependence on third parties for installation of gas gathering and processing infrastructure, oil gathering facilities and water disposal facilities and potential delays and breakdowns relating thereto; risks relating to our joint interest partners’ and other counterparties’ inability to fulfill their contractual commitments; the concentration of our credit risk as the result of depending on one primary oil purchaser and one primary gas purchaser in the Delaware Basin; the concentration of our producing properties in a single geographic area; loss of senior management or key technical personnel; the impact of long-term incentive programs, including performance-based awards and stock appreciation rights;  the success of Resolute in marketing oil and gas; competition in the oil and gas industry; the impact of weather and the occurrence of disasters, such as fires, floods and other events and natural disasters; environmental liabilities; potential power supply limitations or delays; operational problems or uninsured or underinsured losses affecting Resolute’s operations or financial results; adverse changes in government regulation and taxation of the oil and gas industry, including the potential for increased regulation of underground injection, fracing operations and venting/flaring; potential regulation of waste water injection intended to address seismic activity; potential climate related change regulations; risks and uncertainties associated with horizontal drilling and completion techniques; the availability of water and our ability to adequately treat and dispose of water during and after drilling and completing wells; our relationship with the local communities in which we operate; changes in derivatives regulation; risks associated with rising interest rates; the impact of any U.S. or global economic recession; losses possible from pending or future regulation; developments in oil-producing and gas-producing countries; risks of terrorist activities directed at oil and gas production; cyber security risks; and risks related to our common stock, potential declines in stock prices and potential future dilution to stockholders.  Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements in this press release. Resolute undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. You are encouraged to review “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements” and “Item 1A - Risk Factors” and all other disclosures appearing in the Company’s Form 10-K and Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2017, subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) for further information on risks and uncertainties that could affect the Company’s businesses, financial condition and results of operations. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Production rates, including “early time” rates, 24-hour peak IP rates, 30, 60, 90, 120 and 150 day peak IP rates, and exit rates for both our wells and for those wells that are located near to our properties are limited data points in each well’s productive history and represent three stream gross production. These rates are sometimes actual rates and sometimes extrapolated or normalized rates. As such, the rates for a particular well may change as additional data becomes available. Peak production and exit rates are not necessarily indicative or predictive of future production rates, EUR or economic rates of return from such wells and should not be relied upon for such purpose. Equally, the way we calculate and report peak IP rates and exit rates and the methodologies employed by others may not be consistent, and thus the values reported may not be directly and meaningfully comparable. Lateral lengths described are indicative only. Actual completed lateral lengths depend on various considerations such as leaseline offsets. Standard length laterals, sometimes referred to as 5,000 foot laterals, are laterals with completed length generally between 4,000 feet and 5,500 feet. Mid-length laterals, sometimes referred to as 7,500 foot laterals, are laterals with completed length generally between 6,000 feet and 8,000 feet. Long laterals, sometimes referred to as 10,000 foot laterals, are laterals with completed length generally longer than 8,000 feet. “UWCA” refers to Upper Wolfcamp A wells.  “LWCA” refers to Lower Wolfcamp A wells.  “UWCB” refers to Upper Wolfcamp B wells.  “WCC” refers to Wolfcamp C wells.  “LWC” refers to the Lower Wolfcamp zones including the Lower Wolfcamp B and the Wolfcamp C.  This press release may include certain non-GAAP financial measures. When applicable, a reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is presented. 

About Resolute Energy Corporation

Resolute is an independent oil and gas company focused on the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and gas properties in the Delaware Basin portion of the Permian Basin of west Texas. For more information, visit www.resoluteenergy.com. The Company routinely posts important information about the Company under the Investor Relations section of its website. The Company's common stock is traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol "REN."

Contact: 
HB Juengling
Vice President - Investor Relations
Resolute Energy Corporation
303-534-4600
hbjuengling@resoluteenergy.com      

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