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Montage Resources Corporation Announces First Quarter 2020 Operational and Financial Results and Updates Full Year 2020 Guidance Including Additional 10% Reduction to Expected Capital Expenditures

05/07/2020

IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Montage Resources Corporation (NYSE:MR) (the “Company” or “Montage Resources”) today announced its first quarter 2020 operational and financial results and updated full year 2020 guidance. In addition, the Company will be posting an updated investor presentation to its corporate website.

First Quarter 2020 Highlights:

  • Average net daily production was 610.7 MMcfe per day, 3% above the midpoint of the Company’s previously issued guidance range and above analyst consensus expectations
  • Average natural gas equivalent realized price was $2.56 per Mcfe, including cash settled derivatives and excluding firm transportation expenses
  • Per unit cash production costs (including lease operating, transportation, gathering and compression, and production and ad valorem taxes)were $1.28 per Mcfe, outperforming the midpoint of the Company’s previously issued guidance range and better than analyst consensus expectations
  • Net income was $2.8 million; Income from continuing operations before income taxes was $10.6 million; Adjusted net income1 was $1.2 million; and Adjusted EBITDAX1 was $62.7 million, above of analyst consensus expectations

Updated Guidance:

  • The Company has lowered its full year 2020 capital spending guidance to $130 - $150 million, a reduction of approximately 10% reflecting the further optimization of its development activity and additional savings primarily due to service cost reductions, as well as operational efficiencies that have continued to reduce cycle times
  • Due to the downward movement in oil prices movement and demand destruction from the COVID-19 pandemic, in April the Company shut-in low margin production in its liquids-rich producing areas. These shut-ins primarily impacted the Company’s Utica condensate production. In early May, the Company increased its condensate production with the improvement of oil prices and cash-margins, and the Company expects some level of marginal shut-ins to continue until industry conditions and cash-margins dictate resuming production from the remaining affected wells. Based upon current oil prices, the Company expects the curtailed production to have a negligible, if any, negative impact on its second quarter 2020 cash flows.
  • The Company is adjusting its full year 2020 production guidance to 555 – 575 MMcfe per day (which is 3% above the reported 2019 production of approximately 548 MMcfe per day) from 570 – 590 MMcfe per day, approximately 3% lower based upon the midpoint of the Company’s previously issued guidance ranges, to account for the prudent second quarter production deferments which will retain flush volumes from these shut-in wells for better pricing
  1. Non-GAAP measure. See reconciliation for details

John Reinhart, President and CEO, commented on the Company’s operational and financial results, “In much the same fashion as our actions in the first quarter of 2020 as an early mover in reducing capital expenditures and refocusing on natural gas given the lower commodity price environment and improving gas macro-economic outlook, the Company continues to dynamically optimize the development of our high quality asset base in order to maximize the fundamental value of our company while preserving our balance sheet health and maximizing full-year 2020 cash flow generation. We currently anticipate the limited production deferments announced today will result in a reduction of our sequential quarter over quarter production and will have a minor impact of approximately 3% on our full year 2020 production guidance. Furthermore, we believe the actions taken will have negligible impacts on second quarter 2020 cash flows and will ensure that we are in a strong position, both financially and structurally, to take advantage of the oil market’s recovery. As oil demand returns and economic conditions improve, we expect to return the remaining production that is currently shut-in and deliver value in excess of what would be realized in the current price environment. In addition to the prudent steps to preserve 2020 cash flows from our production base, the company is very pleased to announce a further 10% reduction to our 2020 capital spending plans that are associated with per-unit development cost reductions which we believe demonstrates our execution prowess and reinforces our ability to quickly adjust and deliver economic returns under a wide-range of market conditions.

In the first quarter of 2020, Montage Resources continued to extend its impressive track record with our Company again achieving strong execution that delivered performance ahead of the midpoint of our guidance ranges and better than analyst consensus estimates. In just over one year, we have made significant progress on our strategic plan that has resulted in an approximate 50% increase in production since the end of 2018 while providing many meaningful operational, commercial, and financial achievements. We will continue to leverage our experience while executing upon a plan that targets our goals of free cash flow generation and debt reduction.”

Operational Discussion

The Company’s net production for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 is set forth in the following table:

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Production:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural gas (MMcf)

 

 

44,298.6

 

 

 

27,205.0

 

NGLs (Mbbls)

 

 

1,218.1

 

 

 

980.5

 

Oil (Mbbls)

 

 

661.7

 

 

 

598.0

 

Total (MMcfe)

 

 

55,577.4

 

 

 

36,676.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average daily production volume:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural gas (Mcf/d)

 

 

486,798

 

 

 

302,278

 

NGLs (Bbls/d)

 

 

13,386

 

 

 

10,894

 

Oil (Bbls/d)

 

 

7,271

 

 

 

6,644

 

Total (MMcfe/d)

 

 

610.7

 

 

 

407.5

 

Financial Discussion

Revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2020 totaled $133.4 million, compared to $141.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. Adjusted Revenue2, which includes the impact of cash settled derivatives and excludes brokered natural gas and marketing revenue and other revenue, totaled $142.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to $128.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. Net Income for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $2.8 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to Net Loss of ($14.1) million, or $(0.55) per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2019. Adjusted Net Income2 for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $1.2 million, or $0.03 per share, compared to $18.0 million, or $0.70 per share for the three months ended March 31, 2019. Adjusted EBITDAX2 was $62.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to $68.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

2 Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EBITDAX are non-GAAP financial measures. Tables reconciling Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EBITDAX to the most directly comparable GAAP measures can be found at the end of the financial statements included in this press release.

Average realized price calculations for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 are set forth in the table below:

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Average realized price (excluding cash settled

derivatives and firm transportation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural gas ($/Mcf)

 

$

1.79

 

 

$

3.01

 

NGLs ($/Bbl)

 

 

15.23

 

 

 

21.67

 

Oil ($/Bbl)

 

 

39.64

 

 

 

48.09

 

Total average prices ($/Mcfe)

 

 

2.23

 

 

 

3.59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average realized price (including cash settled

derivatives, excluding firm transportation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural gas ($/Mcf)

 

$

2.16

 

 

$

2.85

 

NGLs ($/Bbl)

 

 

15.56

 

 

 

21.89

 

Oil ($/Bbl)

 

 

41.26

 

 

 

49.66

 

Total average prices ($/Mcfe)

 

 

2.56

 

 

 

3.52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average realized price (including firm transportation,

excluding cash settled derivatives)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural gas ($/Mcf)

 

$

1.36

 

 

$

2.45

 

NGLs ($/Bbl)

 

 

15.23

 

 

 

21.67

 

Oil ($/Bbl)

 

 

39.64

 

 

 

48.09

 

Total average prices ($/Mcfe)

 

 

1.89

 

 

 

3.18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average realized price (including cash settled derivatives

and firm transportation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural gas ($/Mcf)

 

$

1.74

 

 

$

2.30

 

NGLs ($/Bbl)

 

 

15.56

 

 

 

21.89

 

Oil ($/Bbl)

 

 

41.26

 

 

 

49.66

 

Total average prices ($/Mcfe)

 

 

2.22

 

 

 

3.10

 

*rounded to the nearest penny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Company’s cash production costs (which include lease operating, transportation, gathering and compression, production and ad valorem taxes) are shown in the table below. Per unit cash production costs, which include $0.34 per Mcfe of firm transportation expense, were $1.28 per Mcfe for the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of approximately 9% compared to the first quarter of 2019.

General and administrative expense (including one-time merger-related expenses) was $9.9 million and $28.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively, and is shown in the table below. Cash general and administrative expense3 (excluding merger-related expenses, severance and stock-based compensation expense) was $8.6 million and $8.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. General and administrative expense per Mcfe (including one-time merger-related expenses) was $0.18 in the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to $0.79 in the three months ended March 31, 2019. Cash general and administrative expense3 per Mcfe (excluding merger-related expenses, severance and stock-based compensation expense) declined approximately 35% to $0.15 in the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to $0.23 in the three months ended March 31, 2019.

3 Cash general and administrative expense is a non-GAAP financial measure. A table reconciling cash general and administrative expense to the most directly comparable GAAP measure can be found under “Cash General and Administrative Expense” in this press release.

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Operating expenses (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lease operating

 

$

12,043

 

 

$

7,525

 

Transportation, gathering and compression

 

 

54,124

 

 

 

41,168

 

Production and ad valorem taxes

 

 

4,868

 

 

 

2,848

 

Total cash production costs

 

$

71,035

 

 

$

51,541

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion

 

 

44,135

 

 

 

29,897

 

General and administrative1

 

 

9,880

 

 

 

28,930

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses per Mcfe:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lease operating

 

$

0.22

 

 

$

0.21

 

Transportation, gathering and compression

 

 

0.97

 

 

 

1.12

 

Production and ad valorem taxes

 

 

0.09

 

 

 

0.08

 

Total cash production costs

 

$

1.28

 

 

$

1.41

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion

 

 

0.79

 

 

 

0.82

 

General and administrative2

 

 

0.18

 

 

 

0.79

 

  1. Includes stock-based compensation, merger-related expenses and severance of $ 1.3 million and $ 20.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively
  2. Includes stock-based compensation, merger-related expenses and severance of $ 0.03 per Mcfe and $ 0.56 per Mcfe for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively

Cash Margins

The Company’s cash margins are detailed in the table below:

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Three Months
Ended

 

 

 

March 31, 2020

 

 

March 31, 2019

 

 

December 31, 2019

 

(per Mcfe)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average realized price (including cash settled derivatives, excluding

firm transportation)

 

$

2.56

 

 

$

3.52

 

 

$

3.01

 

Total cash production costs1

 

 

1.28

 

 

 

1.41

 

 

 

1.33

 

Cash production margin

 

$

1.28

 

 

$

2.11

 

 

$

1.68

 

Cash production margin %

 

 

50

%

 

 

60

%

 

 

56

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash production margin

 

$

1.28

 

 

$

2.11

 

 

$

1.68

 

Cash general and administrative expenses2

 

 

0.15

 

 

 

0.23

 

 

 

0.16

 

Cash operating margin

 

$

1.13

 

 

$

1.88

 

 

$

1.52

 

Cash operating margin %

 

 

44

%

 

 

53

%

 

 

50

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash operating margin

 

$

1.13

 

 

$

1.88

 

 

$

1.52

 

Interest expense

 

 

0.27

 

 

 

0.38

 

 

 

0.26

 

Corporate cash operating margin3

 

$

0.86

 

 

$

1.50

 

 

$

1.26

 

Corporate cash operating margin %

 

 

34

%

 

 

43

%

 

 

42

%

  1. Includes lease operating, transportation, gathering and compression, and production and ad valorem taxes
  2. Cash general and administrative expense is a non-GAAP financial measure which excludes stock-based compensation expense, merger related expenses and severance. See reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure under “Cash General and Administrative Expense” in this press release
  3. Includes lease operating, transportation, gathering and compression, production and ad valorem taxes, cash general & administrative expense and interest expense. Cash general and administrative expense is a non-GAAP financial measure which excludes stock-based compensation expense, merger related expenses and severance See reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure under “Cash General and Administrative Expense” in this press release

Capital Expenditures

First quarter 2020 capital expenditures were $52.4 million, including $50.3 million for drilling and completions, $1.9 million for land-related expenditures and $0.2 million for other expenditures.

During the first quarter of 2020, the Company commenced drilling 4 gross (3.6 net) operated wells, commenced completions of 4 gross (3.1 net) operated wells and turned to sales 3 gross (2.8 net) operated wells.

Financial Position and Liquidity

As of March 31, 2020, the Company’s liquidity was $328.1 million, consisting of $7.3 million in cash and cash equivalents and $320.8 million in available borrowing capacity under the Company’s revolving credit facility (after giving effect to outstanding letters of credit issued by the Company of $29.2 million and $150.0 million in outstanding borrowings).

Subsequent to the end of the first quarter 2020, the Company completed the semi-annual redetermination of the borrowing base under its revolving credit facility, which resulted in a fully committed borrowing base of $475 million. The next redetermination of the borrowing base under the Company’s revolving credit facility is scheduled for the fall of 2020.

Michael Hodges, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, “We are very proud of the results in the first quarter of 2020 that have allowed the Company to solidify its financial strength despite a weakening commodity price environment. As the team continues to mitigate the effects of the lower oil price and demand destruction, we expect that the benefits of the flexibility of our portfolio, our continued improvement in operating costs and our ability to optimize our uncommitted volumes that allow the Company to achieve an uplift relative to in-basin Appalachian natural gas pricing will permit us to maintain a significant strategic advantage.

We are extremely pleased with the continued commitment from our bank group and the strong results of our spring borrowing base redetermination, despite the significantly lower bank price decks utilized by the lenders this spring. While our Appalachian peers have experienced an approximately 12% average reduction in their borrowing base this spring, the outcome of Montage’s spring borrowing base redetermination reinforces the strength of our asset base and underlying value of the expected future cash flows. The Company’s pro forma liquidity (reflecting the $475 million borrowing base) remains in excess of $300 million as we execute on our 2020 development plan that targets free cash flow generation. Finally, we believe our strong hedge book remains a key element of our strategy, with approximately 66% of our natural gas hedged and approximately 61% of our oil hedged (based on our revised production profile) for 2020, providing us with a high level of cash flow certainty and confidence in the long-term health of our balance sheet.”

Commodity Derivatives

The Company engages in a number of different commodity trading program strategies as a risk management tool to attempt to mitigate the potential negative impact on cash flows caused by price fluctuations in natural gas, NGL and oil prices. Below is a table that illustrates the Company’s hedging activities as of March 31, 2020:

Natural Gas Derivatives:

Description

 

Volume
(MMBtu/d)

 

 

Production Period

 

Weighted Average
Price ($/MMBtu)

 

Natural Gas Swaps:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50,000

 

 

April 2020 – December 2020

 

$

2.67

 

 

 

 

100,000

 

 

April 2020 – June 2020

 

$

2.69

 

 

 

 

30,000

 

 

July 2020 – December 2020

 

$

2.60

 

 

 

 

25,000

 

 

April 2020 – March 2021

 

$

2.60

 

 

 

 

70,000

 

 

July 2020 – March 2021

 

$

2.52

 

 

 

 

50,000

 

 

October 2020 – March 2021

 

$

2.65

 

 

 

 

50,000

 

 

January 2021 – March 2022

 

$

2.51

 

Natural Gas Collars:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floor purchase price (put)

 

 

50,000

 

 

April 2020 – December 2020

 

$

2.49

 

Ceiling sold price (call)

 

 

50,000

 

 

April 2020 – December 2020

 

$

2.88

 

Floor purchase price (put)

 

 

15,000

 

 

April 2020 – June 2020

 

$

2.50

 

Ceiling sold price (call)

 

 

15,000

 

 

April 2020 – June 2020

 

$

2.80

 

Natural Gas Three-way Collars:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floor purchase price (put)

 

 

30,000

 

 

April 2020 – December 2020

 

$

2.70

 

Floor sold price (put)

 

 

30,000

 

 

April 2020 – December 2020

 

$

2.40

 

Ceiling sold price (call)

 

 

30,000

 

 

April 2020 – December 2020

 

$

3.05

 

Floor purchase price (put)

 

 

50,000

 

 

April 2020 – June 2020

 

$

2.82

 

Floor sold price (put)

 

 

50,000

 

 

April 2020 – June 2020

 

$

2.40

 

Ceiling sold price (call)

 

 

50,000

 

 

April 2020 – June 2020

 

$

3.11

 

Floor purchase price (put)

 

 

45,000

 

 

January 2021 – December 2021

 

$

2.55

 

Floor sold price (put)

 

 

45,000

 

 

January 2021 – December 2021

 

$

2.25

 

Ceiling sold price (call)

 

 

45,000

 

 

January 2021 – December 2021

 

$

2.81

 

Natural Gas Call/Put Options:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floor sold price (put)

 

 

50,000

 

 

April 2020 – December 2020

 

$

2.30

 

Floor sold price (put)

 

 

50,000

 

 

April 2020 – June 2020

 

$

2.25

 

Swaption sold price (call)

 

 

50,000

 

 

January 2021 – December 2021

 

$

2.75

 

Swaption sold price (call)

 

 

50,000

 

 

January 2022 – December 2022

 

$

3.00

 

Floor sold price (put)

 

 

50,000

 

 

January 2021 – March 2022

 

$

2.00

 

Ceiling sold price (call)

 

 

50,000

 

 

January 2022 – December 2022

 

$

3.00

 

Ceiling sold price (call)

 

 

50,000

 

 

January 2023 – December 2023

 

$

3.00

 

Basis Swaps:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appalachia - Dominion

 

 

12,500

 

 

April 2020 – October 2020

 

$

(0.52

)

Appalachia - Dominion

 

 

20,000

 

 

April 2020 – December 2020

 

$

(0.59

)

Oil Derivatives:

Description

 

Volume
(Bbls/d)

 

 

Production Period

 

Weighted Average
Price ($/Bbl)

 

Oil Swaps:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,500

 

 

April 2020 – December 2020

 

$

57.07

 

 

 

 

1,000

 

 

July 2020 – December 2020

 

$

56.53

 

 

 

 

250

 

 

July 2020 – March 2021

 

$

53.20

 

 

 

 

250

 

 

January 2021 – March 2021

 

$

53.00

 

Oil Collars:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floor purchase price (put)

 

 

500

 

 

April 2020 – December 2020

 

$

50.00

 

Ceiling sold price (call)

 

 

500

 

 

April 2020 – December 2020

 

$

64.00

 

Floor purchase price (put)

 

 

500

 

 

July 2020 – December 2020

 

$

52.00

 

Ceiling sold price (call)

 

 

500

 

 

July 2020 – December 2020

 

$

60.00

 

Oil Three-way Collars:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floor purchase price (put)

 

 

2,000

 

 

April 2020 – June 2020

 

$

62.50

 

Floor sold price (put)

 

 

2,000

 

 

April 2020 – June 2020

 

$

55.00

 

Ceiling sold price (call)

 

 

2,000

 

 

April 2020 – June 2020

 

$

74.00

 

Oil Call/Put Options:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swaption sold price (call)

 

 

500

 

 

January 2021 – December 2021

 

$

56.80

 

Floor sold price (put)

 

 

500

 

 

July 2020 – December 2020

 

$

45.00

 

NGL Derivatives:

Description

 

Volume
(Bbls/d)

 

 

Production Period

 

Weighted Average
Price ($/Bbl)

 

Propane Swaps:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

750

 

 

April 2020 – December 2020

 

$

21.46

 

Subsequent to the End of the First Quarter:

The below table illustrates the Company’s hedging activities subsequent to the end of the first quarter 2020:

Natural Gas Derivatives:

Description

 

Volume
(MMBtu/d)

 

 

Production Period

 

Weighted Average
Price ($/MMBtu)

 

Natural Gas Swaps:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30,000

 

 

July 2020 – September 2020

 

$

2.12

 

 

 

 

25,000

 

 

April 2021 – March 2022

 

$

2.47

 

Natural Gas Collars:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floor purchase price (put)

 

 

25,000

 

 

January 2021 – December 2021

 

$

2.15

 

Ceiling sold price (call)

 

 

25,000

 

 

January 2021 – December 2021

 

$

3.03

 

Natural Gas Call/Put Options:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floor sold price (put)

 

 

15,000

 

 

July 2020 – September 2020

 

$

1.60

 

Guidance

The Company is providing updated full year 2020 guidance as set forth in the table below (updated guidance in italics). The Company currently believes that its second quarter 2020 production will average between 480 - 500 MMcfe per day.

 

 

FY 2020

Production MMcfe/d

 

555 - 575

% Gas

 

81% - 83%

% NGL

 

10% - 12%

% Oil

 

6% - 8%

Gas Price Differential ($/Mcf)1,2

 

$(0.20) - $(0.30)

Oil Differential ($/Bbl)1,3

 

$(5.00) - $(6.00)

NGL Prices (% of WTI)1

 

35% - 45%

Cash Production Costs ($/Mcfe)4

 

$1.25 - $1.35

Cash G&A ($mm)5

 

$31 - $35

CAPEX ($mm)

 

$130 - $150

1 Excludes impact of hedges
2 Excludes the cost of firm transportation
3 Includes the impact of declining WTI price on reported oil differential in first quarter of 2020; expected oil differential for remaining nine months of 2020 is approximately $7.50 - $8.50 ($/Bbl)
4 Includes lease operating, transportation, gathering and compression, production and ad valorem taxes
5 Non-GAAP financial measure which excludes stock-based compensation expense, merger related expenses and severance. See reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure under “Cash General and Administrative Expense” in this press release

Conference Call

A conference call to review the Company’s first quarter 2020 financial and operational results is scheduled for Friday, May 8, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the call, please dial 877-709-8150 or 201-689-8354 for international callers and reference Montage Resources First Quarter 2020 Earnings Call. A replay of the call will be available through July 8, 2020. To access the phone replay, dial 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415 for international callers. The conference ID is 13702797. A live webcast of the call may be accessed through the Investor Center on the Company’s website at www.montageresources.com. The webcast will be archived for replay on the Company’s website for six months.

 

MONTAGE RESOURCES CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

 

 

 

March 31,
2020

 

 

December 31,
2019

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

7,308

 

 

$

12,056

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

60,621

 

 

 

77,402

 

Assets held for sale

 

 

843

 

 

 

1,047

 

Other current assets

 

 

60,739

 

 

 

35,509

 

Total current assets

 

 

129,511

 

 

 

126,014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil and natural gas properties, successful efforts method:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unproved properties

 

 

496,817

 

 

 

508,576

 

Proved oil and gas properties, net

 

 

1,259,704

 

 

 

1,251,105

 

Other property and equipment, net

 

 

11,007

 

 

 

11,226

 

Total property and equipment, net

 

 

1,767,528

 

 

 

1,770,907

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER NONCURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other assets

 

 

6,305

 

 

 

7,616

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

34,500

 

 

 

36,975

 

Assets held for sale

 

 

2,907

 

 

 

9,665

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$

1,940,751

 

 

$

1,951,177

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

136,491

 

 

$

119,907

 

Accrued capital expenditures

 

 

26,534

 

 

 

43,500

 

Accrued liabilities

 

 

26,455

 

 

 

53,866

 

Accrued interest payable

 

 

11,347

 

 

 

21,308

 

Liabilities associated with assets held for sale

 

 

2,505

 

 

 

2,815

 

Operating lease liability

 

 

12,969

 

 

 

12,666

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

216,301

 

 

 

254,062

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NONCURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debt, net of unamortized discount and debt issuance costs

 

 

501,234

 

 

 

500,541

 

Revolving credit facility

 

 

150,000

 

 

 

130,000

 

Asset retirement obligations

 

 

30,381

 

 

 

29,877

 

Other liabilities

 

 

13,114

 

 

 

8,029

 

Operating lease liability

 

 

21,873

 

 

 

24,569

 

Liabilities associated with assets held for sale

 

 

7,169

 

 

 

7,013

 

Total liabilities

 

 

940,072

 

 

 

954,091

 

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, 50,000,000 authorized, no shares issued and outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 1,000,000,000 authorized, 35,804,544

and 35,770,934 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

 

 

383

 

 

 

383

 

Additional paid in capital

 

 

2,353,169

 

 

 

2,352,309

 

Treasury stock, shares at cost; 2,528,440 and 2,508,485 shares, respectively

 

 

(10,144

)

 

 

(10,049

)

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(1,342,729

)

 

 

(1,345,557

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

1,000,679

 

 

 

997,086

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

$

1,940,751

 

 

$

1,951,177

 

 

MONTAGE RESOURCES CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 

 

For the Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

REVENUES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids sales

 

$

123,871

 

 

$

131,828

 

Brokered natural gas and marketing revenue

 

 

9,488

 

 

 

9,530

 

Other revenue

 

 

66

 

 

 

139

 

Total revenues

 

 

133,425

 

 

 

141,497

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING EXPENSES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lease operating

 

 

12,043

 

 

 

7,525

 

Transportation, gathering and compression

 

 

54,124

 

 

 

41,168

 

Production and ad valorem taxes

 

 

4,868

 

 

 

2,848

 

Brokered natural gas and marketing expense

 

 

9,258

 

 

 

9,459

 

Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion

 

 

44,135

 

 

 

29,897

 

Exploration

 

 

13,271

 

 

 

16,789

 

General and administrative

 

 

9,880

 

 

 

28,930

 

Loss on sale of assets

 

 

554

 

 

 

2

 

Other expense

 

 

16

 

 

 

24

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

148,149

 

 

 

136,642

 

OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

 

 

(14,724

)

 

 

4,855

 

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gain (loss) on derivative instruments

 

 

40,131

 

 

 

(4,931

)

Interest expense, net

 

 

(14,834

)

 

 

(13,840

)

Other income

 

 

12

 

 

 

 

Total other income (expense), net

 

 

25,309

 

 

 

(18,771

)

INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

BEFORE INCOME TAXES

 

 

10,585

 

 

 

(13,916

)

Income tax benefit (expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

 

 

10,585

 

 

 

(13,916

)

Loss from discontinued operations, net of income tax

 

 

(7,757

)

 

 

(182

)

NET INCOME (LOSS)

 

$

2,828

 

 

$

(14,098

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE OF COMMON STOCK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common stock outstanding

 

 

35,772

 

 

 

25,564

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations

 

$

0.30

 

 

$

(0.54

)

Loss from discontinued operations

 

 

(0.22

)

 

 

(0.01

)

Net income (loss)

 

$

0.08

 

 

$

(0.55

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common stock outstanding

 

 

35,858

 

 

 

25,564

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations

 

$

0.30

 

 

$

(0.54

)

Loss from discontinued operations

 

 

(0.22

)

 

 

(0.01

)

Net income (loss)

 

$

0.08

 

 

$

(0.55

)

Adjusted Revenue

Adjusted revenue is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company defines adjusted revenue as follows: total revenues plus or minus net cash receipts or payments on settled derivative instruments less brokered natural gas and marketing revenue and other revenue. The Company believes adjusted revenue provides investors with helpful information with respect to the performance of the Company’s operations and management uses adjusted revenue to evaluate its ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. See the table below, which reconciles adjusted revenue and total revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019.

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

$ thousands

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Total revenues

 

$

133,425

 

 

$

141,497

 

Net cash receipts (payments) on derivative instruments

 

 

18,236

 

 

 

(3,186

)

Brokered natural gas and marketing revenue

 

 

(9,488

)

 

 

(9,530

)

Other revenue

 

 

(66

)

 

 

(139

)

Adjusted revenue

 

$

142,107

 

 

$

128,642

 

Adjusted Net Income (Loss)

Adjusted net income (loss) represents income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes adjusted for certain non-cash items as set forth in the table below. We believe adjusted net income (loss) is used by many investors and published research in making investment decisions and evaluating operational trends of the Company and its performance relative to other oil and gas producing companies. Adjusted net income (loss) is not a measure of net income (loss) from continuing operations as determined by GAAP. See the table below for a reconciliation of adjusted net income (loss) and net income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019.

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

$ thousands

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes, as reported

 

$

10,585

 

 

$

(13,916

)

(Gain) loss on derivative instruments

 

 

(40,131

)

 

 

4,931

 

Net cash receipts (payments) on settled derivatives

 

 

18,236

 

 

 

(3,186

)

Stock-based compensation

 

 

860

 

 

 

6,001

 

Impairment of unproved properties

 

 

10,720

 

 

 

9,600

 

Loss on sale of assets

 

 

554

 

 

 

2

 

Merger-related expenses

 

 

190

 

 

 

14,583

 

Severance

 

 

224

 

 

 

 

Income before income taxes, as adjusted

 

 

1,238

 

 

 

18,015

 

Adjusted net income

 

$

1,238

 

 

$

18,015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per common share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.08

 

 

$

(0.55

)

Diluted

 

$

0.08

 

 

$

(0.55

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted net income per common share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.03

 

 

$

0.70

 

Diluted

 

$

0.03

 

 

$

0.70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

35,772

 

 

 

25,564

 

Diluted

 

 

35,858

 

 

 

25,711

 

Adjusted EBITDAX

Adjusted EBITDAX is a supplemental non-GAAP measure that is used by the Company to evaluate its financial results. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDAX as net income or loss before interest expense or interest income; income taxes; write down of abandoned leases; impairments; depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion; gain or loss on derivative instruments; net cash receipts or payments on settled derivative instruments, and premiums paid or received on options that settled during the period; non-cash compensation expense; gain or loss from sale of interest in gas properties; exploration expenses; and other unusual or infrequent items set forth in the table below. Adjusted EBITDAX is not a measure of net income or loss as determined by GAAP. See the table below for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDAX to net income or net loss.

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

$ thousands

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

2,828

 

 

$

(14,098

)

Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion

 

 

44,135

 

 

 

29,897

 

Exploration expense

 

 

13,271

 

 

 

16,789

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

860

 

 

 

6,001

 

Loss on sale of assets

 

 

554

 

 

 

2

 

(Gain) loss on derivative instruments

 

 

(40,131

)

 

 

4,931

 

Net cash receipts (payments) on settled derivatives

 

 

18,236

 

 

 

(3,186

)

Interest expense, net

 

 

14,834

 

 

 

13,840

 

Other income

 

 

(12

)

 

 

 

Merger-related expenses

 

 

190

 

 

 

14,583

 

Loss from discontinued operations1

 

 

7,757

 

 

 

182

 

Severance

 

 

224

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDAX

 

$

62,746

 

 

$

68,941

 

1 Includes a $6.8 million non-cash impairment of proved properties held for sale

Cash General and Administrative Expenses

Cash general and administrative expenses is a non-GAAP financial measure used by the Company to provide a measure of administrative expenses used by many investors and in published research in making investment decisions and evaluating operational trends of the Company. See the table below for a reconciliation of Cash General and Administrative Expenses and General and Administrative Expenses.

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

 

Guidance

 

$ thousands

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

For the Year Ending
December 31, 2020

 

General and administrative expenses,

estimated to be reported

 

$

9,880

 

 

$

28,930

 

 

$36,000-$43,000

 

Stock-based compensation expenses

 

 

(860

)

 

 

(6,001

)

 

(5,000 - 7,000)

 

Cash general and administrative expenses

 

$

9,020

 

 

$

22,929

 

 

$31,000-$36,000

 

Merger-related expenses

 

 

(190

)

 

 

(14,583

)

 

(0 - 1,000)

 

Severance

 

 

(224

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash general and administrative expenses,

excluding merger-related expenses and severance

 

$

8,606

 

 

$

8,346

 

 

$31,000-$35,000

 

 

About Montage Resources

Montage Resources is an exploration and production company with approximately 195,000 net effective core undeveloped acres currently focused on the Utica and Marcellus Shales of Southeast Ohio, West Virginia and North Central Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.montageresources.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release, including statements regarding Montage Resources’ strategy, future operations, financial position, estimated revenues and income/losses, projected costs and capital expenditures, prospects, and plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, the words “plan,” “endeavor,” “goal,” “will,” “would,” ”should,” “could,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “expect,” ”efforts,” “continue,” “position,” “potential,” “committed,” “target, ”project” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. These forward-looking statements are based on Montage Resources’ current expectations and assumptions about future events and are based on currently available information as to the outcome and timing of future events. When considering forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements described under the heading “Risk Factors” in Montage Resources’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 10, 2020 (the “2019 Annual Report”) and in Montage Resources’ other filings and reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about business strategy; reserves; general economic conditions; financial strategy, liquidity and capital required for developing properties and timing related thereto; realized natural gas, NGLs and oil prices and the volatility of those prices; write-downs of natural gas and oil asset values due to declines in commodity prices; timing and amount of future production of natural gas, NGLs and oil; hedging strategy and results; future drilling plans; competition and government regulations, including those related to hydraulic fracturing; the anticipated benefits under commercial agreements; marketing of natural gas, NGLs and oil; leasehold and business acquisitions leasehold and business acquisitions and joint ventures; leasehold terms expiring before production can be established and costs to extend such terms the costs, terms and availability of gathering, processing, fractionation and other midstream services; the costs, terms and availability of downstream transportation services; credit markets; uncertainty regarding future operating results, including initial production rates and liquid yields in type curve areas; and plans, objectives, expectations and intentions contained in this press release that are not historical, including, without limitation, the guidance set forth herein.

Montage Resources cautions you that all these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company’s control, incident to the exploration for and development, production, gathering and sale of natural gas, NGLs and oil. These risks include, but are not limited to, the severity and continued duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, related economic effects and the resulting negative impact on the demand for natural gas, NGLs and oil; operational challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including logistical challenges, protecting the health and well-being of the Company’s employees, remote work arrangements, performance of counterparty contracts and supply chain disruptions; legal and environmental risks; drilling and other operating risks; regulatory changes, including U.S. federal, state and local tax regulatory changes; commodity price volatility and declines in the price of natural gas, NGLs, and oil; inflation; lack of availability of drilling, production and processing equipment and services; counterparty credit risk; the uncertainty inherent in estimating natural gas, NGLs and oil reserves and in projecting future rates of production, cash flow and access to capital; risks associated with the Company’s level of indebtedness; the timing of development expenditures, and the other risks described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the 2019 Annual Report and in Montage Resources’ other filings and reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

All forward-looking statements, expressed or implied, included in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and are based on assumptions that Montage Resources believes to be reasonable but that may not prove to be accurate. This cautionary statement should also be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that Montage Resources or persons acting on its behalf may issue. Except as otherwise required by applicable law, Montage Resources disclaims any duty to update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events or circumstances after the date of this press release. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

Montage Resources Corporation
Douglas Kris, Investor Relations
469-444-1736
dkris@mresources.com

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