Black Stone Minerals, L.P. Reports Third Quarter Results
November 02, 2020 at 17:00 PM EST
Black Stone Minerals, L.P. (NYSE: BSM) ("Black Stone Minerals," "Black Stone," or "the Company") today announces its financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2020.
Thomas L. Carter, Jr., Black Stone Minerals’ Chief Executive Officer and Chairman commented, “We continued to focus on our core principles of balance sheet strength and active property management during the third quarter. In light of the challenging environment, we substantially reduced our debt levels during the quarter with proceeds from the recent asset sales and retained free cash flow. We are also taking advantage of the relative strength in natural gas prices to aggressively market our extensive acreage positions across the Haynesville Shale and Austin Chalk formations."
Quarterly Financial and Operating Results
Black Stone Minerals reported mineral and royalty volume was 31.1 MBoe/d (69% natural gas) for the third quarter of 2020, compared to 37.5 MBoe/d for the comparable period in 2019. Royalty production for the second quarter of 2020 was 34.0 MBoe/d.
Working interest production for the third quarter of 2020 was 6.9 MBoe/d, and represents decreases of 21% and 40%, respectively, from the levels generated in the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019. The continued decline in working interest volumes is consistent with the Company's decision in 2017 to farm out its working-interest participation to third-party capital providers.
Total reported production averaged 37.9 MBoe/d (82% mineral and royalty, 73% natural gas) for the third quarter of 2020. Total production was 49.0 MBoe/d and 42.6 MBoe/d for the quarters ended September 30, 2019 and June 30, 2020, respectively.
Realized Prices, Revenues, and Net Income
The Company’s average realized price per Boe, excluding the effect of derivative settlements, was $18.18 for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. This is an increase of 27% from $14.37 per Boe for the second quarter of 2020 and a 25% decrease compared to $24.30 for the third quarter of 2019. Realized natural gas prices in the third quarter of 2020 were 97% of the average Henry Hub benchmark price for the quarter, which was consistent with the second quarter of 2020. Realized oil prices for the third quarter of 2020 were 88% of the average West Texas Intermediate ("WTI") benchmark price, a decrease from 106% of WTI in the second quarter of 2020.
Black Stone reported oil and gas revenue of $63.4 million (54% oil and condensate) for the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 14% from $55.7 million in the second quarter of 2020. Oil and gas revenue in the third quarter of 2019 was $109.6 million.
The Company reported a loss on commodity derivative instruments of $21.1 million for the third quarter of 2020, composed of a $21.3 million gain from realized settlements and a non-cash $42.4 million unrealized loss due to the change in value of Black Stone’s derivative positions during the quarter. Black Stone reported a loss of $19.2 million and a gain of $24.3 million on commodity derivative instruments for the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019, respectively.
Lease bonus and other income was $1.4 million for the third quarter of 2020, primarily related to leasing activity in the Haynesville/Bossier play as well as certain surface leases in Polk County, Texas. Lease bonus and other income for the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019 was $2.0 million and $3.5 million, respectively.
There was no impairment for the quarters ended September 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019.
The Company reported net income of $23.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, compared to a loss of $8.4 million in the preceding quarter. For the quarter ended September 30, 2019, net income was $70.2 million.
Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow
Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2020 was $65.5 million, which compares to $72.4 million in the second quarter of 2020 and $96.2 million in the third quarter of 2019. The decrease relative to the prior quarter is primarily attributable to the wider oil differentials discussed above, which are not offset by Black Stone's commodity hedges to WTI prices. Distributable cash flow for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 was $58.8 million. For the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019, distributable cash flow was $64.4 million and $85.8 million, respectively.
Financial Position and Activities
As of September 30, 2020, Black Stone Minerals had $3.1 million in cash and $147.0 million outstanding under its credit facility. The ratio of total debt at September 30, 2020 to trailing twelve-month Adjusted EBITDA was 0.5x.
During the third quarter of 2020, the Company paid down $176.0 million of outstanding borrowings under its credit facility from the net proceeds of two asset sales and internally-generated cash flow. As of October 30, 2020, $124 million was outstanding under the credit facility and the Company had $2.0 million in cash.
Black Stone and its lenders are currently finalizing the regularly scheduled Fall borrowing base redetermination under the credit facility. The Company expects the borrowing base to be reduced to $400 million from its previous level of $430 million. As part of the redetermination process, Black Stone agreed to increase the interest rate on the credit facility by 25 basis points to LIBOR plus a margin of 2.0 to 3.0 percent. Black Stone is in compliance with all financial covenants associated with its credit facility.
During the third quarter of 2020, the Company made no repurchases of units under the Board-approved $75 million unit repurchase program and issued no units under its at-the-market offering program.
Third Quarter 2020 Distributions
As previously announced, the Board approved a cash distribution of $0.15 for each common unit attributable to the third quarter of 2020. The quarterly distribution coverage ratio attributable to the third quarter of 2020 was approximately 1.9. Distributions will be payable on November 20, 2020 to unitholders of record as of the close of business on November 13, 2020.
As of September 30, 2020, Black Stone had 29 rigs operating across its acreage position. This is consistent with rig activity on the Company's acreage as of June 30, 2020 and is below the 97 rigs operating on the Company's acreage as of September 30, 2019.
Shelby Trough Update
On May 5, 2020, Black Stone entered into a development agreement with affiliates of Aethon Energy (“Aethon”) with respect to the Company’s undeveloped Shelby Trough Haynesville and Bossier shale acreage in Angelina County, Texas. The agreement provides for minimum well commitments by Aethon in exchange for reduced royalty rates and exclusive access to Black Stone’s mineral and leasehold acreage in the contract area. The agreement calls for a minimum of four wells to be drilled in the initial program year, which begins in the third quarter of 2020, increasing to a minimum of 15 wells per year beginning with the third program year. Aethon plans to drill the first wells under the development agreement in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Black Stone continues to evaluate alternatives to encourage further development activity in the Shelby Trough in San Augustine county through a combination of working with XTO and utilizing the Company’s available acreage position and contractual rights to bring in a second operating partner.
Update to Hedge Position
Black Stone has commodity derivative contracts in place covering portions of its anticipated production for 2020 and 2021. The Company's hedge position as of October 30, 2020 is summarized in the following tables:
More detailed information about the Company's existing hedging program can be found in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2020, which is expected to be filed on or around November 3, 2020.
Black Stone Minerals will host a conference call and webcast for investors and analysts to discuss its results for the third quarter of 2020 on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. Black Stone recommends participants who do not anticipate asking questions to listen to the call via the live broadcast available at http://investor.blackstoneminerals.com. Analysts and investors who wish to ask questions should dial (877) 447-4732 and use conference code 4129508. A recording of the conference call will be available on Black Stone's website through December 4, 2020.
About Black Stone Minerals, L.P.
Black Stone Minerals is one of the largest owners of oil and natural gas mineral interests in the United States. The Company owns mineral interests and royalty interests in 41 states in the continental United States. Black Stone believes its large, diversified asset base and long-lived, non-cost-bearing mineral and royalty interests provide for stable to growing production and reserves over time, allowing the majority of generated cash flow to be distributed to unitholders.
This news release includes forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this news 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. Terminology such as “will,” “may,” “should,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “project,” “intend,” “estimate,” “believe,” “target,” “continue,” “potential,” the negative of such terms, or other comparable terminology often identify forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, Black Stone Minerals undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after this news release. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Black Stone Minerals, which may cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those summarized below:
The following table shows the Company’s production, revenues, pricing, and expenses for the periods presented:
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable cash flow are supplemental non-GAAP financial measures used by Black Stone's management and external users of the Company's financial statements such as investors, research analysts, and others, to assess the financial performance of its assets and its ability to sustain distributions over the long term without regard to financing methods, capital structure, or historical cost basis.
The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, income taxes, and depreciation, depletion, and amortization adjusted for impairment of oil and natural gas properties, accretion of asset retirement obligations, unrealized gains and losses on commodity derivative instruments, non-cash equity-based compensation, and gains and losses on sales of assets. Black Stone defines Distributable cash flow as Adjusted EBITDA plus or minus amounts for certain non-cash operating activities, estimated replacement capital expenditures during the subordination period, cash interest expense, distributions to preferred unitholders, and restructuring changes. Gains and losses on sales of assets were previously included in Adjusted EBITDA and excluded from Distributable cash flows. Black Stone believes this change to remove gains and losses on sales of assets from the definition of Adjusted EBITDA more closely conforms with peer company practice.
Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable cash flow should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income (loss), income (loss) from operations, cash flows from operating activities, or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) in the United States as measures of the Company's financial performance.
Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable cash flow have important limitations as analytical tools because they exclude some but not all items that affect net income (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. The Company's computation of Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable cash flow may differ from computations of similarly titled measures of other companies.