Southwestern Energy Announces Third Quarter 2019 Results

Transition plan back to free cash flow neutral by year end 2020 remains on track; resilience bolstered by leading operational efficiency, increasing condensate yield and extended financial strength and flexibility

SPRING, Texas--()--Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) today announced financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

  • Leading operational efficiency gains expected to result in full-year wells to sales at the high end of guidance while not exceeding $1.15 billion annual capital investment;
  • Beating 25% reduction target for full-year average well costs, averaging $784 per lateral foot and 10,466 feet lateral length in the quarter;
  • Condensate production of greater than 15 MBbls per day, up 50% from second quarter, contributing 19% of E&P revenues;
  • Total production of 202 Bcfe, including 22% liquids at approximately 80 MBbls per day;
  • Borrowing base reaffirmed, revolver maturity extended one year to 2024, no borrowings outstanding under $2 billion commitment as of September 30, 2019;
  • Realized $88 million of settled derivative gains, increasing weighted average realized price by $0.44 per Mcfe; and
  • Reported weighted average realized price of $2.55 per Mcfe, including derivatives and excluding transportation.

The SWN team continues to innovate and deliver value, embracing the challenges our industry faces today. Our people are driving improved operational efficiency and cost structure, maximizing cash flow, increasing well performance and optimizing base production,” said Southwestern Energy President and Chief Executive Officer, Bill Way.

In this volatile commodity environment, resiliency is key today and going forward. The intentional actions we have taken over time and continue to take to strengthen our balance sheet, coupled with operational execution, are all a part of our deliberate transition back to free cash flow, without compromising long-term value. We are in an enviable position with our debt maturity profile to take advantage of financial, operational and strategic opportunities,” Way continued.

Financial Results
The table below summarizes financial statistics. Year over year results are not comparable as prior year’s results include the contribution of Fayetteville assets, which were sold in December 2018.

FINANCIAL STATISTICS

 

For the three months ended

 

For the nine months ended

 

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

(in millions)

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Net income (loss) attributable to common stock

 

$

49

 

 

$

(29

)

 

$

781

 

 

$

229

 

Adjusted net income attributable to common stock (non-GAAP)

 

$

44

 

 

$

146

 

 

$

229

 

 

$

414

 

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

 

$

0.09

 

 

$

(0.05

)

 

$

1.44

 

 

$

0.39

 

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP)

 

$

0.08

 

 

$

0.25

 

 

$

0.42

 

 

$

0.71

 

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)

 

$

202

 

 

$

377

(1) 

 

$

707

 

 

$

1,090

(1)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$

196

 

 

$

307

 

 

$

739

 

 

$

971

 

Net cash flow (non-GAAP)

 

$

185

 

 

$

355

 

 

$

667

 

 

$

993

 

Total capital investments (2)

 

$

240

 

 

$

298

 

 

$

933

 

 

$

1,039

 

(1) Includes $99 million and $291 million of Adjusted EBITDA from the divested Fayetteville Shale assets for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively.
(2) Capital investments on the cash flow statement include decreases of $53 million and $31 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively, and increases of $52 million and $21 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively, relating to the change in accrued expenditures between periods.

Southwestern Energy reported net income attributable to common stock of $49 million, or $0.09 per share, and adjusted net income (non-GAAP) of $44 million, or $0.08 per share. The decrease in adjusted net income as compared to the third quarter of 2018 is primarily due to decreased commodity prices, partially offset by an $88 million increase in the gain from settled derivatives. Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) was $202 million, net cash provided by operating activities was $196 million and net cash flow (non-GAAP) was $185 million.

In the third quarter, the Company benefited $0.44 per Mcfe from the impact of settled commodity derivatives, reporting a weighted average realized price of $2.16 per Mcfe, essentially the same as in the second quarter, even with the lower commodity price environment. Excluding $0.39 per Mcfe in transportation costs, weighted average realized price for the third quarter was $2.55 per Mcfe. The Company benefited from its rolling three-year hedging program, continued focus on condensate production and optimizing its low-cost transportation portfolio.

By commodity, including the benefit of derivatives, SWN’s realized natural gas price was $1.87 per Mcf, oil realizations were $49.67 per Bbl and NGL realizations were $11.93 per Bbl. Excluding derivatives, the natural gas differential to NYMEX was $0.78 per Mcf, oil differential to WTI was $9.91 per Bbl and NGL realizations were 16% of WTI. All realized prices include the cost of transportation.

The Company added derivatives for 2020 during the quarter, bringing the total financial derivative volumes for next year to 360 Bcf of natural gas, 2,837 MBbls of oil and 7,137 MBbls of NGLs. Of the natural gas volumes hedged in 2020, over half are protected by collars, which limits exposure to the downside risk while allowing for upside. The 2020 natural gas three-way collars have an average floor price of $2.67 per MMBtu, a ceiling price of $2.98 per MMBtu and a sub-floor price of $2.34 per MMBtu. Fixed price swaps comprise 42% of 2020 natural gas hedges with an average strike price of $2.58 per MMBtu and settlement dates primarily in the second and third quarters.

At September 30, 2019, the Company had cash of $29 million, an undrawn revolver of $2 billion, total debt of $2.3 billion and a trailing 12 month net debt/EBITDA ratio of 2.2 times, excluding the benefit of Adjusted EBITDA associated with the Fayetteville Shale. During the quarter, the Company repurchased $50 million of senior notes at a discount of 13%, which will reduce interest costs on senior notes by $21 million until maturity. These repurchases were funded principally by sales of non-core, non-producing assets.

In accordance with its planned activity reduction, Southwestern Energy invested capital totaling $240 million, including capitalized interest and expense of $45 million, bringing year to date capital investment to $933 million. As announced earlier this year, annual capital investment is not expected to exceed $1.15 billion.

REALIZED PRICES

 

For the three months ended

 

For the nine months ended

(includes transportation costs)

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Natural Gas Price:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYMEX Henry Hub price ($/MMBtu) (1)

 

$

2.23

 

 

$

2.90

 

 

$

2.67

 

 

$

2.90

 

Discount to NYMEX (2)

 

 

(0.78

)

 

 

(0.76

)

 

 

(0.63

)

 

 

(0.62

)

Realized gas price per Mcf, excluding derivatives

 

$

1.45

 

 

$

2.14

 

 

$

2.04

 

 

$

2.28

 

Loss on settled financial basis derivatives ($/Mcf)

 

 

(0.01

)

 

 

(0.03

)

 

 

(0.02

)

 

 

(0.04

)

Gain on settled commodity derivatives ($/Mcf)

 

 

0.43

 

 

 

0.05

 

 

 

0.18

 

 

 

0.07

 

Realized gas price per Mcf, including derivatives

 

$

1.87

 

 

$

2.16

 

 

$

2.20

 

 

$

2.31

 

Oil Price:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WTI oil price ($/Bbl)

 

$

56.45

 

 

$

69.50

 

 

$

57.06

 

 

$

66.75

 

Discount to WTI

 

 

(9.91

)

 

 

(8.30

)

 

 

(9.92

)

 

 

(7.24

)

Realized oil price per Bbl, excluding derivatives

 

$

46.54

 

 

$

61.20

 

 

$

47.14

 

 

$

59.51

 

Realized oil price per Bbl, including derivatives

 

$

49.67

 

 

$

59.96

 

 

$

49.74

 

 

$

58.69

 

NGL Price:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Realized NGL price per Bbl, excluding derivatives

 

$

8.89

 

 

$

21.60

 

 

$

11.24

 

 

$

17.65

 

Realized NGL price per Bbl, including derivatives

 

$

11.93

 

 

$

19.43

 

 

$

13.18

 

 

$

16.75

 

Percentage of WTI

 

 

16

%

 

 

31

%

 

 

20

%

 

 

26

%

Total Weighted Average Realized Price:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excluding derivatives ($/Mcfe)

 

$

1.72

 

 

$

2.51

 

 

$

2.21

 

 

$

2.51

 

Including derivatives ($/Mcfe)

 

$

2.16

 

 

$

2.48

 

 

$

2.41

 

 

$

2.51

 

(1) Based on last day monthly futures settlement prices.
(2) This discount includes a basis differential, a heating content adjustment, physical basis sales, third-party transportation charges and fuel charges, and excludes financial basis derivatives.

Operational Results
Total production was 202 Bcfe, an 8% increase compared to the prior year third quarter excluding Fayetteville, including 158 Bcf of gas production, 1.4 MMBbls of oil production and 5.9 MMBbls of NGL production. Oil production was up 42% compared to the third quarter of 2018 and liquids increased to 22% of total production for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Capital invested was on plan at $240 million, 35% lower than the second quarter. During the third quarter, SWN drilled 24 wells, completed 30 wells and placed 34 wells to sales. The average well cost for wells to sales in the third quarter of 2019 was $784 per lateral foot, with an average lateral length of 10,466 feet. In the first nine months of 2019, the Company drilled 95 wells, completed 101 wells and placed 89 wells to sales, with well costs for wells to sales averaging $849 per lateral foot.

Three Months Ended September 30, 2019 E&P Division Results

 

Appalachia

 

 

Northeast

 

Southwest

Gas production (Bcf)

 

118

 

40

Liquids production

 

 

 

 

Oil (MBbls)

 

 

1,413

NGL (MBbls)

 

 

5,908

Production (Bcfe)

 

118

 

84

Gross operated production as of September 2019 (MMcfe/d)

 

1,553

 

1,707

Net operated production as of September 2019 (MMcfe/d)

 

1,258

 

1,059

 

 

 

 

 

Capital investments ($ in millions)

 

 

 

 

Exploratory and development drilling, including workovers

 

$

65

 

$

109

Acquisition and leasehold

 

 

9

Seismic and other

 

1

 

Capitalized interest and expense

 

8

 

36

Total capital investments

 

$

74

 

$

154

 

 

 

 

 

Gross operated well activity summary

 

 

 

 

Drilled

 

10

 

14

Completed

 

14

 

16

Wells to sales

 

13

 

21

 

 

 

 

 

Average well cost on wells to sales (in millions)

 

$

6.5

 

$

9.2

Average lateral length (in ft)

 

8,739

 

11,534

 

 

 

 

 

Total weighted average realized price per Mcfe, excluding derivatives

 

$

1.49

 

$

2.04

Southwest Appalachia’s total production averaged 913 MMcfe per day, which represents a 27% growth over the prior year quarter. Natural gas production was 440 MMcf per day, oil production was 15.4 MBbls per day and natural gas liquids production was 64.2 MBbls per day. Similar to the previous quarter, natural gas liquids volumes were reduced to capture greater value through ethane rejection into the gas stream.

The Company drilled 14 wells, completed 16 wells and placed 21 wells to sales in the quarter. Of the 21 wells to sales, 20 were Marcellus wells, 16 located in the Company’s super rich acreage and four located in the rich acreage. The Company also brought online its fourth Upper Devonian well, its first located in the super rich acreage, with initial standalone performance in line with offset Marcellus wells in the area.

Nine of the super rich wells were online for at least 30 days and had an average 30-day rate of 13 MMcfe per day, while the four rich wells were all online for at least 30 days and had an average 30-day rate of 27 MMcfe per day, representing a 60% and 100% increase year over year, respectively, primarily driven by lateral length and well performance.

Northeast Appalachia’s total production averaged 1.3 Bcf per day, essentially flat with prior year quarter.

During the third quarter, the Company drilled 10 wells, completed 14 wells and placed 13 wells to sales. Of the nine wells online for at least 30 days, six were Lower Marcellus with an average 30-day rate of 15 MMcf per day, 14% higher than the prior year quarter. Three of the nine were new generation Upper Marcellus tests with an average 30-day rate of 10 MMcf per day, in line with expectations.

As a part of its ongoing base optimization efforts, the Company began to see the benefit of recently installed pad compression, resulting in an initial gross production uplift of 55 MMcf per day. These continued efforts are reducing the base decline and can be applied across a broader area.

OPERATING STATISTICS

 

For the three months ended

 

For the nine months ended

 

 

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gas production (Bcf)

 

158

 

 

215

 

 

449

 

 

613

 

 

Oil production (MBbls)

 

1,419

 

 

998

 

 

3,210

 

 

2,334

 

 

NGL production (MBbls)

 

5,911

 

 

5,181

 

 

17,011

 

 

14,272

 

 

Total production (Bcfe)

 

202

 

 

252

 

 

570

 

 

712

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Division Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northeast Appalachia (Bcf)

 

118

 

 

121

 

 

343

 

 

341

 

 

Southwest Appalachia (Bcfe)

 

84

 

 

66

 

 

227

 

 

172

 

 

Fayetteville Shale (Bcf) (1)

 

 

 

65

 

 

 

 

199

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average unit costs per Mcfe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lease operating expenses (2)

 

$

0.94

 

 

$

0.92

 

 

$

0.92

 

 

$

0.93

 

 

General & administrative expenses (3)

 

$

0.15

 

(4)

$

0.18

 

 

$

0.17

 

(4)

$

0.19

 

(5)

Taxes, other than income taxes

 

$

0.08

 

 

$

0.09

 

 

$

0.09

 

 

$

0.08

 

(6)

Full cost pool amortization

 

$

0.58

 

 

$

0.52

 

 

$

0.57

 

 

$

0.50

 

 

(1) The Fayetteville Shale assets were sold on December 3, 2018.
(2) LOE includes post-production costs such as: gathering, processing, fractionation and compression charges.
(3) Excludes restructuring charges.
(4) Excludes a $6 million residual value guarantee short-fall payment to the previous lessor of our headquarters building and $3 million of legal settlement charges for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019.
(5) Excludes $8 million of legal settlement charges for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.
(6) Excludes $1 million on restructuring charges for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

Conference Call
Southwestern Energy will host a conference call and webcast on October 25, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. Central Time to discuss third quarter 2019 financial and operating results. To participate, dial US toll-free 877-883-0383, or international 412-902-6506 and enter access code 2888599. The conference call will be webcast live at www.swn.com/investors/.

A replay of the call will be available until November 15, 2019 at 877-344-7529, International 412-317-0088, or Canada Toll Free 855-669-9658, access code 10135186.

About Southwestern Energy
Southwestern Energy Company is an independent energy company engaged in natural gas, natural gas liquids and oil exploration, development, production and marketing. For additional information, visit our website www.swn.com.

Forward Looking Statement
This news release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements relate to future events and anticipated results of operations, business strategies, and other aspects of our operations or operating results. In many cases you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “estimate,” “continue,” “potential,” “should,” “could,” “may,” “will,” “objective,” “guidance,” “outlook,” “effort,” “expect,” “believe,” “predict,” “budget,” “projection,” “goal,” “forecast,” “target” or similar words. Statements may be forward looking even in the absence of these particular words. Where, in any forward-looking statement, the Company expresses an expectation or belief as to future results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. However, there can be no assurance that such expectation or belief will result or be achieved. The actual results of operations can and will be affected by a variety of risks and other matters including, but not limited to, changes in commodity prices (including geographic basis differentials); changes in expected levels of natural gas and oil reserves or production; operating hazards, drilling risks, unsuccessful exploratory activities; natural disasters; limited access to capital or significantly higher cost of capital related to illiquidity or uncertainty in the domestic or international financial markets; international monetary conditions; the risks related to the discontinuation of LIBOR and/or other reference rates that may be introduced following the transition, including increased expenses and litigation and the effectiveness of interest rate hedge strategies; unexpected cost increases; potential liability for remedial actions under existing or future environmental regulations; failure or delay in obtaining necessary regulatory approvals; potential liability resulting from pending or future litigation; general domestic and international economic and political conditions; the impact of a prolonged federal, state or local government shutdown and threats not to increase the federal government’s debt limit; as well as changes in tax, environmental and other laws, including court rulings, applicable to our business. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements include other economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting our business generally as set forth in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Unless legally required, Southwestern Energy Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOUTHWESTERN ENERGY COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

 

 

For the three months ended

 

For the nine months ended

 

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

(in millions, except share/per share amounts)

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Operating Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gas sales

 

$

238

 

 

$

465

 

 

$

943

 

 

$

1,412

 

Oil sales

 

 

67

 

 

 

62

 

 

 

153

 

 

 

141

 

NGL sales

 

 

52

 

 

 

112

 

 

 

191

 

 

 

252

 

Marketing

 

 

279

 

 

 

287

 

 

 

1,004

 

 

 

805

 

Gas gathering

 

 

 

 

25

 

 

 

 

 

73

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

636

 

 

 

951

 

 

 

2,293

 

 

 

2,687

 

Operating Costs and Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing purchases

 

 

288

 

 

 

288

 

 

 

1,022

 

 

 

808

 

Operating expenses

 

 

189

 

 

 

206

 

 

 

523

 

 

 

588

 

General and administrative expenses

 

 

42

 

 

 

51

 

 

 

119

 

 

 

165

 

Loss on sale of operating assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

Restructuring charges

 

 

4

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

20

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 

125

 

 

 

151

 

 

 

352

 

 

 

426

 

Impairments

 

 

2

 

 

 

161

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

171

 

Taxes, other than income taxes

 

 

15

 

 

 

26

 

 

 

51

 

 

 

64

 

 

 

 

665

 

 

 

885

 

 

 

2,087

 

 

 

2,242

 

Operating Income (Loss)

 

 

(29

)

 

 

66

 

 

 

206

 

 

 

445

 

Interest Expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest on debt

 

 

42

 

 

 

56

 

 

 

125

 

 

 

180

 

Other interest charges

 

 

2

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

6

 

Interest capitalized

 

 

(27

)

 

 

(29

)

 

 

(84

)

 

 

(86

)

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

29

 

 

 

46

 

 

 

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gain (Loss) on Derivatives

 

 

100

 

 

 

(65

)

 

 

220

 

 

 

(108

)

Gain (Loss) on Early Extinguishment of Debt

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

(8

)

Other Income (Loss), Net

 

 

(2

)

 

 

(1

)

 

 

(7

)

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes

 

 

59

 

 

 

(29

)

 

 

380

 

 

 

230

 

Provision (Benefit) for Income Taxes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current

 

 

(1

)

 

 

 

 

(1

)

 

 

Deferred

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

(400

)

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

(401

)

 

 

Net Income (Loss)

 

$

49

 

 

$

(29

)

 

$

781

 

 

$

230

 

Participating securities — mandatory convertible preferred stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Common Stock

 

$

49

 

 

$

(29

)

 

$

781

 

 

$

229

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.09

 

 

$

(0.05

)

 

$

1.45

 

 

$

0.40

 

Diluted

 

$

0.09

 

 

$

(0.05

)

 

$

1.44

 

 

$

0.39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

539,221,101

 

 

 

581,171,753

 

 

 

539,315,170

 

 

 

577,912,421

 

Diluted

 

 

540,038,187

 

 

 

581,171,753

 

 

 

540,442,649

 

 

 

579,828,858

 

SOUTHWESTERN ENERGY COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

 

 

September 30,
2019

 

December 31,
2018

ASSETS

 

(in millions)

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

29

 

 

$

201

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

323

 

 

581

 

Derivative assets

 

239

 

 

130

 

Other current assets

 

42

 

 

44

 

Total current assets

 

633

 

 

956

 

Natural gas and oil properties, using the full cost method, including $1,518 million as of September 30, 2019 and $1,755 million as of December 31, 2018 excluded from amortization

 

25,060

 

 

24,180

 

Other

 

522

 

 

525

 

Less: Accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

(20,383

)

 

(20,049

)

Total property and equipment, net

 

5,199

 

 

4,656

 

Deferred tax assets

 

398

 

 

 

Other long-term assets

 

368

 

 

185

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$

6,598

 

 

$

5,797

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

$

52

 

 

$

 

Accounts payable

 

539

 

 

609

 

Taxes payable

 

55

 

 

58

 

Interest payable

 

57

 

 

52

 

Derivative liabilities

 

85

 

 

79

 

Other current liabilities

 

92

 

 

48

 

Total current liabilities

 

880

 

 

846

 

Long-term debt

 

2,219

 

 

2,318

 

Pension and other postretirement liabilities

 

39

 

 

46

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

325

 

 

225

 

Total long-term liabilities

 

2,583

 

 

2,589

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

Equity:

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value; 1,250,000,000 shares authorized; issued 585,637,420 shares as of September 30, 2019 and 585,407,107 shares as of December 31, 2018

 

6

 

 

6

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

4,723

 

 

4,715

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(1,361

)

 

(2,142

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(31

)

 

(36

)

Common stock in treasury, 44,353,224 shares as of September 30, 2019 and 39,092,537 shares as of December 31, 2018

 

(202

)

 

(181

)

Total equity

 

3,135

 

 

2,362

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

$

6,598

 

 

$

5,797

 

 

SOUTHWESTERN ENERGY COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

 

 

For the nine months ended

 

 

September 30,

(in millions)

 

2019

 

2018

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

781

 

 

$

230

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

352

 

 

426

 

Amortization of debt issuance costs

 

5

 

 

6

 

Impairments

 

8

 

 

171

 

Deferred income taxes

 

(400

)

 

 

(Gain) loss on derivatives, unsettled

 

(108

)

 

113

 

Stock-based compensation

 

6

 

 

12

 

(Gain) Loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

(7

)

 

8

 

Loss on sale of assets, net

 

3

 

 

 

Other

 

11

 

 

7

 

Change in assets and liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

257

 

 

(7

)

Accounts payable

 

(124

)

 

60

 

Taxes payable

 

(3

)

 

 

Interest payable

 

2

 

 

(5

)

Inventories

 

(2

)

 

(9

)

Other assets and liabilities

 

(42

)

 

(41

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

739

 

 

971

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash Flows From Investing Activities:

 

 

 

 

Capital investments

 

(877

)

 

(1,008

)

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

 

42

 

 

9

 

Other

 

 

 

4

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(835

)

 

(995

)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash Flows From Financing Activities:

 

 

 

 

Payments on long-term debt

 

(43

)

 

(1,191

)

Payments on revolving credit facility

 

 

 

(1,122

)

Borrowings under revolving credit facility

 

 

 

1,482

 

Change in bank drafts outstanding

 

(11

)

 

10

 

Debt issuance costs

 

 

 

(9

)

Purchase of treasury stock

 

(21

)

 

(25

)

Preferred stock dividend

 

 

 

(27

)

Cash paid for tax withholding

 

(1

)

 

(1

)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(76

)

 

(883

)

 

 

 

 

 

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

(172

)

 

(907

)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

 

201

 

 

916

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

29

 

 

$

9

 

Hedging Summary
A detailed breakdown of Southwestern Energy’s derivative financial instruments and financial basis positions as of September 30, 2019 is shown below. Please refer to the quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for complete information on the Company’s commodity, basis and interest rate protection.

 

 

Weighted Average Price per MMBtu

 

Volume

 

 

 

Sold

 

Purchased

 

Sold

 

Basis

 

(Bcf)

 

Swaps

 

Puts

 

Puts

 

Calls

 

Differential

Natural Gas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed price swaps

61

 

 

$

2.89

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

Two-way costless collars

6

 

 

 

 

2.78

 

2.92

 

 

Three-way costless collars

44

 

 

 

2.43

 

2.82

 

3.15

 

 

Total

111

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed price swaps

151

 

 

$

2.58

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

Three-way costless collars

209

 

 

 

2.34

 

2.67

 

2.98

 

 

Total

360

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three-way costless collars

134

 

 

$

 

$

2.27

 

$

2.55

 

$

2.85

 

$

 

2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three-way costless collars

23

 

 

$

 

$

2.30

 

$

2.70

 

$

3.14

 

$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basis Swaps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019

35

 

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

(0.40

)

2020

141

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.31

)

2021

65

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.48

)

2022

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.50

)

Total

286

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted Average Price per Bbl

 

Volume

 

 

 

Sold

 

Purchased

 

Sold

 

(MBbls)

 

Swaps

 

Puts

 

Puts

 

Calls

Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed price swaps (1)

632

 

$

60.65

 

$

 

$

 

$

Two-way costless collars

382

 

 

 

 

61.45

 

 

67.16

Three-way costless collars

138

 

 

 

45.00

 

 

55.00

 

 

63.67

Total

1,152

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed price swaps

1,556

 

$

60.18

 

$

 

$

 

$

Two-way costless collars

366

 

 

 

 

60.00

 

 

69.80

Three-way costless collars

915

 

 

 

45.00

 

 

55.00

 

 

61.75

Total

2,837

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three-way costless collars

730

 

$

 

$

45.00

 

$

53.00

 

$

59.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Propane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed price swaps

978

 

$

30.18

 

$

 

$

 

$

Two-way costless collars

138

 

 

 

 

25.62

 

 

28.77

Total

1,116

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed price swaps

2,928

 

$

25.58

 

$

 

$

 

$

Two-way costless collars

366

 

 

 

 

25.20

 

 

29.40

Total

3,294

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed price swaps

456

 

$

22.24

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed price swaps

2,194

 

$

10.53

 

$

 

$

 

$

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed price swaps

3,843

 

$

9.80

 

$

 

$

 

$

(1) Includes 69 MBbls of purchased fixed price oil swaps hedged at $69.10 per barrel and 701 MBbls of sold fixed price oil swaps hedged at $61.48 per barrel.

Financial basis positions

 

Volume

 

Basis Differential

(excludes physical positions)

 

(Bcf)

 

($/MMBtu)

 

 

 

 

 

Q4 2019

 

 

 

 

TCO

 

1

 

 

$

(0.38

)

Dominion South

 

21

 

 

$

(0.54

)

TETCO M3

 

13

 

 

$

(0.17

)

Total

 

35

 

 

$

(0.40

)

2020

 

 

 

 

TCO

 

17

 

 

$

(0.51

)

Dominion South

 

80

 

 

$

(0.52

)

TETCO M3

 

42

 

 

$

0.07

 

Transco Z6 NonNY

 

2

 

 

$

2.02

 

Total

 

141

 

 

$

(0.31

)

2021

 

 

 

 

Dominion South

 

61

 

 

$

(0.48

)

TETCO M3

 

4

 

 

$

(0.40

)

Total

 

65

 

 

$

(0.48

)

2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dominion South

 

36

 

 

$

(0.52

)

TETCO M3

 

9

 

 

$

(0.45

)

Total

 

45

 

 

$

(0.50

)

Explanation and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company reports its financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). However, management believes certain non-GAAP performance measures may provide financial statement users with additional meaningful comparisons between current results, the results of its peers and of prior periods.

One such non-GAAP financial measure is net cash flow. Management presents this measure because (i) it is accepted as an indicator of an oil and gas exploration and production company’s ability to internally fund exploration and development activities and to service or incur additional debt, (ii) changes in operating assets and liabilities relate to the timing of cash receipts and disbursements which the Company may not control and (iii) changes in operating assets and liabilities may not relate to the period in which the operating activities occurred.

Additional non-GAAP financial measures the Company may present from time to time are net debt, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share and adjusted EBITDA, all which exclude certain charges or amounts. Management presents these measures because (i) they are consistent with the manner in which the Company’s position and performance are measured relative to the position and performance of its peers, (ii) these measures are more comparable to earnings estimates provided by securities analysts, and (iii) charges or amounts excluded cannot be reasonably estimated and guidance provided by the Company excludes information regarding these types of items. These adjusted amounts are not a measure of financial performance under GAAP.

 

3 Months Ended
September 30,

 

9 Months Ended
September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

(in millions)

Adjusted net income attributable to common stock:

 

Net income (loss) attributable to common stock

$

49

 

 

$

(29

)

 

$

781

 

 

$

229

 

Add back:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restructuring charges

 

4

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

20

 

Impairments

 

2

 

 

 

161

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

171

 

(Gain) loss on sale of assets, net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

(1

)

(Gain) loss on certain derivatives

 

(12

)

 

 

59

 

 

 

(108

)

 

 

113

 

(Gain) loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

(7

)

 

 

 

 

 

(7

)

 

 

8

 

Legal settlement charges

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

8

 

Non-cash pension settlement loss

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

Other one-time loss (1)

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

1

 

Adjustments due to discrete tax items (2)

 

1

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

(494

)

 

 

(56

)

Tax impact on adjustments

 

(4

)

 

 

(55

)

 

 

19

 

 

 

(79

)

Adjusted net income attributable to common stock

$

44

 

 

$

146

 

 

$

229

 

 

$

414

 

(1) Includes a $6 million residual value guarantee short-fall payment to the previous lessor of our headquarters building for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019.
(2) 2019 primarily relates to the release of the valuation allowance. 2018 primarily relates to the exclusion of certain discrete tax adjustments associated with the valuation allowance against deferred tax assets. The Company expects its 2019 income tax rate to be 24.5%.

 

3 Months Ended
September 30,

 

9 Months Ended
September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Adjusted diluted earnings per share:

 

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.09

 

 

$

(0.05

)

 

$

1.44

 

 

$

0.39

 

Add back:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restructuring charges

 

0.01

 

 

 

0.00

 

 

 

0.02

 

 

 

0.04

 

Impairments

 

0.00

 

 

 

0.28

 

 

 

0.01

 

 

 

0.30

 

(Gain) loss on sale of assets, net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.00

 

 

 

(0.00

)

(Gain) loss on certain derivatives

 

(0.02

)

 

 

0.10

 

 

 

(0.20

)

 

 

0.19

 

(Gain) loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

(0.01

)

 

 

 

 

 

(0.01

)

 

 

0.01

 

Legal settlement charges

 

0.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.01

 

 

 

0.01

 

Non-cash pension settlement loss

 

0.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.01

 

 

 

 

Other one-time loss (1)

 

0.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.01

 

 

 

0.00

 

Adjustments due to discrete tax items (2)

 

0.00

 

 

 

0.01

 

 

 

(0.91

)

 

 

(0.10

)

Tax impact on adjustments

 

(0.01

)

 

 

(0.09

)

 

 

0.04

 

 

 

(0.13

)

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.08

 

 

$

0.25

 

 

$

0.42

 

 

$

0.71

 

(1) Includes a $6 million residual value guarantee short-fall payment to the previous lessor of our headquarters building for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019.
(2) 2019 primarily relates to the release of the valuation allowance. 2018 primarily relates to the exclusion of certain discrete tax adjustments associated with the valuation allowance against deferred tax assets. The Company expects its 2019 income tax rate to be 24.5%.

 

3 Months Ended
September 30,

 

9 Months Ended
September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

(in millions)

Net cash flow:

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

196

 

 

$

307

 

 

$

739

 

 

$

971

 

Add back:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

 

(22

)

 

 

46

 

 

 

(88

)

 

 

2

 

Restructuring charges

 

4

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

20

 

Other one-time loss (1)

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

Net cash flow

$

185

 

 

$

355

 

 

$

667

 

 

$

993

 

(1) Includes a $6 million residual value guarantee short-fall payment to the previous lessor of our headquarters building for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019.

 

3 Months Ended
September 30,

 

9 Months Ended
September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

(in millions)

Adjusted EBITDA:

 

Net income (loss)

$

49

 

 

$

(29

)

 

$

781

 

 

$

230

 

Add back:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

17

 

 

 

29

 

 

 

46

 

 

 

100

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

(401

)

 

 

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

125

 

 

 

151

 

 

 

352

 

 

 

426

 

Restructuring charges

 

4

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

20

 

Impairments

 

2

 

 

 

161

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

171

 

(Gain) loss on sale of assets, net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

(1

)

(Gain) loss on certain derivatives

 

(12

)

 

 

59

 

 

 

(108

)

 

 

113

 

(Gain) loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

(7

)

 

 

 

 

 

(7

)

 

 

8

 

Legal settlement charges

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

8

 

Non-cash pension settlement loss

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

Other one-time loss (1)

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

2

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

2

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

13

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

202

 

 

$

377

 

 

$

707

 

 

$

1,090

 

(1) Includes a $6 million residual value guarantee short-fall payment to the previous lessor of our headquarters building for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019.

 

 

September 30, 2019

Net debt:

 

(in millions)

Total debt

 

$

2,271

 

Subtract:

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(29

)

Net debt

 

$

2,242

 

 

 

 

September 30, 2019

Net debt to EBITDA:

 

(in millions)

Net debt

 

$

2,242

 

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

 

$

1,015

 

Net debt to EBITDA

 

2.2x

(1) Includes Adjusted EBITDA of $1,102 million for the twelve months ended September 30, 2019, less $87 million of EBITDA generated by Fayetteville E&P and Midstream prior to the December 2018 divestiture.

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Contacts

Investor Contact
Paige Penchas
Vice President, Investor Relations
(832) 796-4068
paige_penchas@swn.com

Media Contact
Jim Schwartz
Director, Corporate Communications
(832) 796-2716
jim_schwartz@swn.com

Release Summary

Southwestern Energy Announces Third Quarter Earnings

Contacts

Investor Contact
Paige Penchas
Vice President, Investor Relations
(832) 796-4068
paige_penchas@swn.com

Media Contact
Jim Schwartz
Director, Corporate Communications
(832) 796-2716
jim_schwartz@swn.com