Callon Petroleum Company Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results and Provides 2021 Plan Focused on Free Cash Flow and Debt Reduction Initiatives
February 24, 2021 at 16:10 PM EST
HOUSTON, Feb. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE: CPE) ("Callon" or the "Company") today reported results of operations for the three months and full-year ended December 31, 2020.
Presentation slides accompanying this earnings release are available on the Company's website at www.callon.com located on the "Presentations" page within the Investors section of the site.
Fourth Quarter 2020 Highlights
2021 Capital Plan Highlights
Joe Gatto, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "In a year marked by extraordinary volatility in commodity prices and workplace challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, our newly integrated team executed flawlessly on a revamped set of operational and financial initiatives that ultimately delivered over $120 million of adjusted free cash flow since the beginning of the second quarter, dramatically improving our liquidity and absolute debt position. Importantly, these accomplishments were complemented by significant achievements related to employee safety and environmental emissions."
He continued, "Our medium-term development plans are squarely focused on free cash flow generation and absolute debt reduction. Given our leading operating margins and low-cost resource base, the magnitude and pace of improvements in financial strength from organic cash flows are highly differentiated in the sector. Our 2021 capital budget, inclusive of capitalized expenses, implies a reinvestment rate3 of approximately 75% of discretionary cash flow at $50 per barrel WTI price and a free cash flow breakeven price of approximately $40 per barrel. We will continue to manage our future capital reinvestment rate3 within a targeted range of 65% to 75% under a range of pricing environments, which is expected to generate adjusted free cash flow in a range of $500 to $800 million over the next three years assuming WTI oil prices of $50 to $60 per barrel. In addition, we are targeting asset monetizations of approximately $125 to $225 million in 2021 to further our debt reduction goals, meeting our original 2020 total divestiture targets after including transactions completed last year. As divestiture market conditions continue to improve, we are evaluating opportunities for incremental, credit enhancing monetizations above our targeted levels."
Environmental, Social, and Governance ("ESG") Updates
Callon advanced its sustainability initiatives during 2020 with the Company achieving numerous milestones as detailed below:
Callon continues to advance various sustainability efforts and expects to disclose new long-term targets for GHG emissions reductions and a revamped executive compensation program aligned with investor and corporate priorities in the near future.
Operations Update and Outlook
At December 31, 2020, Callon had 1,496 gross (1,320.6 net) horizontal wells producing from established flow units in the Permian and Eagle Ford. Net daily production for the three months ended December 31, 2020 grew 103% to 94.9 MBoe/d (62% oil) as compared to the same period of 2019. Full year production for 2020 averaged 101.6 MBoe/d (63% oil) reflecting growth of 146% over 2019 volumes.
For the three months ended December 31, 2020, Callon drilled 22 gross (20.0 net) horizontal wells and placed a combined 16 gross (14.3 net) horizontal wells on production. Wells placed on production during the quarter were completed in the Lower Spraberry and Wolfcamp A in the Midland Basin and the Wolfcamp A and Wolfcamp C in the Delaware Basin.
Recently, severe winter storms affected field operations in both the Permian and Eagle Ford resulting in the shut-in of nearly 100% of our operated production. Currently, we have returned nearly all of our Eagle Ford and Midland Basin wells to production and expect to have all of our Delaware well production returned by the end of February. The estimated annualized impact of these deferrals is approximately 2,000 Boe/d. This has been reflected in our updated production guidance for 2021. The impact to our drilling and completion operations were not significant enough to alter our expectations for the full year development schedule and any additional operational costs are currently reflected in our lease operating expense guidance.
Currently, the Company has three active rigs with one each in the Midland, Delaware, and Eagle Ford. The Company recently deployed a second completion crew and has operations taking place in the Delaware and Eagle Ford.
2021 Capital Expenditures Budget
Callon has established an operational capital expenditure budget of $430.0 million for 2021 with approximately 80% of spending directed towards drilling, completion and equipment expenditures. The reduction of approximately $60 million from 2020 levels reflects a decrease in the number of drilled wells as well as a full year of achieved capital synergies. Roughly 70% of this development capital will be spent on Permian activity with the remaining balance allocated to the Eagle Ford. Permian development activity will predominantly feature co-development of the Wolfcamp A and B in the Delaware and the Lower Spraberry and Wolfcamp A in the Midland. The Eagle Ford program remains focused solely on the primary target zone, the Lower Eagle Ford Shale, as technical evaluation continues on Austin Chalk potential for future delineation. In total, the Company expects to drill 55 to 65 gross wells and complete 90 to 100 gross wells.
Our scaled development plan for 2021 will continue to employ our life of field development philosophy and benefit from our balanced capital deployment strategy. We entered the year with a robust backlog of drilled uncompleted wells ("DUCs"), after drilling over 90 wells in 2020, which will allow us to complete approximately 55 wells in the first half of the year. Although at a reduced number from year end 2020, we now plan to maintain a meaningful DUC inventory heading into 2022 to provide operational flexibility to execute across a range of development planning scenarios. The capital expenditures associated with this higher DUC inventory contributed to the majority of the approximate $30 million increase relative to our previous 2021 capital estimates, in addition to selective project size increases to improve capital efficiency and resource recovery. These schedule refinements will position Callon for an improved production trajectory in the medium term, adhering to our reinvestment rate parameters, to increase free cash flow generation potential.
The 2021 capital plan leverages the structural savings and operational efficiencies achieved during 2020 from shared best practices following the integration of Callon and Carrizo. Callon's ability to reduce the average well cost by more than 35% on a lateral foot basis since 2019 has yielded significant improvements in capital efficiency. Lower capital costs paired with an improved operating cost structure and moderated development program are expected to provide a foundation of durable free cash flow generated by a program that optimizes recoverable value while avoiding over-capitalization of the resource base.
The remainder of our full year 2021 outlook is provided later in this release under the section titled "2021 Guidance."
For the year ended December 31, 2020, Callon incurred $488.6 million in operational capital expenditures on an accrual basis as compared to $515.1 million in 2019. For the three months ended December 31, 2020, the Company incurred $87.5 million in operational capital expenditures on an accrual basis, which represented a $49.1 million increase from the third quarter of 2020. Total capital expenditures, inclusive of capitalized expenses, are detailed below on an accrual and cash basis:
Operating and Financial Results
The following table presents summary information for the periods indicated:
Revenue. For the quarter ended December 31, 2020, Callon reported total revenue of $267.0 million, which excluded revenue from sales of commodities purchased from a third-party of $29.0 million. Revenues including the gain or loss from the settlement of derivative contracts ("Adjusted Total Revenue"1) were $259.0 million, reflecting the impact of an $8.0 million loss from the settlement of derivative contracts. Average daily production for the quarter was 94.9 MBoe/d compared to average daily production of 102.0 MBoe/d in the third quarter of 2020. Average realized prices, including and excluding the effects of hedging, are detailed above.
Commodity Derivatives. For the quarter ended December 31, 2020, the net (gain) loss on commodity derivative contracts includes the following (in thousands):
For the quarter ended December 31, 2020, the cash (paid) received for commodity derivative settlements includes the following (in thousands):
Lease Operating Expenses, including workover ("LOE"). LOE per Boe for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $5.15 per Boe, compared to $4.89 per Boe in the third quarter of 2020. The slight increase in LOE per Boe is primarily from the decrease in sequential production as fixed costs are spread over a lower production base.
Production and Ad Valorem Taxes. Production and ad valorem taxes were $1.89 per Boe for the three months ended December 31, 2020, representing approximately 6% of revenue excluding revenue from sales of commodities purchased from a third-party and before the impact of derivative settlements.
Gathering, Transportation and Processing. Gathering, transportation and processing for the three months ended December 31, 2020 were $20.7 million as compared to $22.2 million in the third quarter of 2020 In 2020, the Company began reporting gathering, transportation and processing separately due to the assumption of processing agreements in the Carrizo acquisition and certain contract modifications effective January 1, 2020. As such, the Company now records contractual fees associated with gathering, processing, treating and compression, as well as any transportation fees incurred to deliver the product to the purchaser, as gathering, transportation and processing. These fees were historically recorded as a reduction of revenue depending on when control transferred to the purchaser.
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization ("DD&A"). DD&A for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $11.00 per Boe compared to $12.17 per Boe in the third quarter of 2020. The decrease in DD&A was primarily driven by the impairment of evaluated oil and gas properties recognized in the third quarter of 2020.
Impairment of Evaluated Oil and Gas Properties. Callon recognized an impairment of evaluated oil and gas properties of $585.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 due primarily to the continued decline in the average realized prices for sales of oil and gas on the first calendar day of each month during the year. For the three months ended September 30, 2020, the Company recognized an impairment of evaluated oil and gas properties of $685.0 million.
General and Administrative Expense ("G&A"). G&A for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and September 30, 2020 was $10.6 million, or $1.22 per Boe, and $8.2 million, or $0.88 per Boe, respectively. G&A, excluding certain non-cash incentive share-based compensation valuation adjustments, ("Adjusted G&A1" ) was $8.1 million, or $0.93 per Boe, for the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared to $9.8 million, or $1.04 per Boe, for the third quarter of 2020. The cash component of Adjusted G&A was $7.5 million, or $0.86 per Boe, for the three months ended December 31, 2020 compared to $8.1 million, or $0.87 per Boe, for the third quarter of 2020 primarily as a result of reduced labor expense during the fourth quarter.
The following table reconciles total G&A to Adjusted G&A - cash component, and full cash G&A (in thousands):
Income Tax. Callon provides for income taxes at a federal statutory rate of 21% adjusted for permanent differences expected to be realized. The Company recorded income tax expense of $6.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020, compared to zero income tax expense for the three months ended September 30, 2020 as a result of an increase in the deferred tax assets acquired in the Carrizo Acquisition due to the filing of the final tax returns which provide the underlying tax basis of Carrizo's assets and liabilities and the subsequent valuation allowance against those deferred tax assets.
Loss Available to Common Stockholders. We recorded a loss available to common stockholders for the three months ended December 31, 2020 of $505.1 million, or $12.71 per diluted share, as compared to a loss available to common stockholders of $680.4 million, or $17.12 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020. The losses were primarily due to the impairments of evaluated oil and gas properties of $585.8 million and $685.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and September 30, 2020, respectively.
Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $167.8 million as compared to $170.9 million for the third quarter of 2020. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA from the third quarter of 2020 was primarily due to a decrease in production partially offset by an increase in realized prices.
DeGolyer and MacNaughton prepared the estimates of Callon's proved reserves as of December 31, 2020. As of December 31, 2020, Callon's estimated net proved reserves were 475.9 MMBoe and included 289.5 MMBbls of oil, 541.6 Bcf of natural gas, and 96.1 MMBbls of NGLs with a standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows of $2.3 billion using average realized prices for sales of oil, natural gas, and NGLs on the first calendar day of each month during the year of $37.44/Bbl for oil, $1.02/Mcf for natural gas, and $11.10/Bbl for NGLs. Utilizing the same reserve database and development schedule, management's internal estimate of PV-10 value4 at flat forward price realizations of $49.00/Bbl for oil, $2.40/Mcf for natural gas, and $17.65/Bbl for NGLs is just over $4.6 billion. Both of these valuations assume a more moderated pace of development than previously contemplated and have been adjusted as such for less PUD bookings within the normal five-year window.
Oil constituted approximately 61% of the Company's estimated equivalent proved developed reserves as well as the Company's estimated equivalent total proved reserves. The Company added 41.4 MMBoe of new reserves in extensions and discoveries through development efforts in 2020, with a total of 91 gross (86.0 net) wells drilled and 90 gross (81.4 net) wells completed.
The changes in Callon's estimated net proved reserves are as follows:
2020 Full Year Actuals
Hedge Portfolio Summary
As of February 19, 2021, Callon had the following outstanding oil, natural gas and NGL derivative contracts:
Adjusted Income and Adjusted EBITDA. The Company reported loss available to common stockholders of $505.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020, or $12.71 per diluted share, and adjusted income of $42.8 million, or $1.00 per diluted share. The following tables reconcile the Company's loss available to common stockholders to adjusted income, and the Company's net loss to adjusted EBITDA:
Adjusted Free Cash Flow. Adjusted free cash flow for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $24.4 million. The following table reconciles the Company's net cash provided by operating activities to adjusted EBITDA and adjusted free cash flow:
Adjusted Discretionary Cash Flow. Adjusted discretionary cash flow for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $141.3 million and is reconciled to net cash provided by operating activities in the following table:
Adjusted Total Revenue. Adjusted total revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2020 was $259.0 million and is reconciled to total operating revenues, which excludes revenue from sales of commodities purchased from a third-party, in the following table:
PV-10. PV-10 as of December 31, 2020 is reconciled below to the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows:
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This news release refers to non-GAAP financial measures such as "adjusted free cash flow," "adjusted discretionary cash flow," "adjusted G&A," "full cash G&A," "adjusted income," "adjusted income per diluted share," "adjusted EBITDA", "adjusted total revenue", and "PV-10." These measures, detailed below, 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 filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and posted on our website.
Earnings Call Information
The Company will host a conference call on Thursday, February 25, 2021, to discuss fourth quarter 2020 financial and operating results, 2021 outlook, and the durability of our business under various commodity price scenarios.
Please join Callon Petroleum Company via the Internet for a webcast of the conference call:
An archive of the conference call webcast will also be available at www.callon.com under the "Investors" section of the website.
About Callon Petroleum
Callon Petroleum Company is an independent oil and natural gas company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of high-quality assets in the leading oil plays of South and West Texas.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This news 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. Forward-looking statements include all statements regarding wells anticipated to be drilled and placed on production; future levels of development activity and associated production, capital expenditures and cash flow expectations; the Company's 2021 production expense guidance and capital expenditure guidance; estimated reserve quantities and the present value thereof; and the implementation of the Company's business plans and strategy, as well as statements including the words "believe," "expect," "plans", "may", "will", "should", "could" and words of similar meaning. These statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and financial performance based on management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, anticipated future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate. No assurances can be given, however, that these events will occur or that these projections will be achieved, and actual results could differ materially from those projected as a result of certain factors. 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. Some of the factors which could affect our future results and could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in our forward-looking statements include the volatility of oil and natural gas prices; changes in the supply of and demand for oil and natural gas, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and various governmental actions taken to mitigate its impact or actions by, or disputes among, members of OPEC and other oil and natural gas producing countries, such as Russia, with respect to production levels or other matters related to the price of oil; our ability to drill and complete wells, operational, regulatory and environment risks; the cost and availability of equipment and labor; our ability to finance our activities; and other risks more fully discussed in our filings with the SEC, including our most recent Annual Reports on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, available on our website or the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.
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