BOGOTA, Colombia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GeoPark Limited (“GeoPark” or the “Company”) (NYSE: GPRK), a leading independent Latin American oil and gas explorer, operator and consolidator with operations and growth platforms in Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Ecuador, today announced its operational update for the three-month period ended December 31, 2019 (“4Q2019”).
All figures are expressed in US Dollars and growth comparisons refer to the same period of the prior year, except when otherwise specified.
Fourth Quarter 2019 Highlights
Production: Hitting New Records and Reaching a 17-Year Consistent Growth Track Record
Consolidated oil and gas production up 8% to 41,786 boepd, or 10%
adjusting for divested blocks1
(5% higher compared to 3Q2019)
- Production in Colombia increased by 9% to 33,311 boepd (12% increase adjusting for divested blocks)
- Production in Chile increased by 17% to 3,292 boepd
- Full Year 2019 average production of 40,046 boepd, 11% higher than 2018 annual average levels, or 13% higher adjusting for divested blocks
Operations: Strong Execution with New Exploration, Appraisal and Development Drilling Successes
- New oil field extension in the Llanos 34 block (GeoPark operated, 45% WI), following successful drilling and testing of the Tigui 18 well, evaluating a zone to the southeast, outside the 2018 DeGolyer and MacNaughton (“D&M”) certified 3P reserve area. Tigui 12 appraisal well, delineating the northeastern part of the field is currently being tested
- New Azogue light oil field discovery (GeoPark non-operated, 25% WI) in the Llanos 32 block, located in the southern part of the block adjacent to the Llanos 34 block
- Six new wells were tested and put on production in the Llanos 34 block
- Jauke Oeste 1 exploration well was drilled in the Fell Block (GeoPark operated, 100% WI), with testing activities currently underway
Full Year 2019 Drill Bit Success:
- GeoPark’s 2019 work program included 36 gross wells drilled (33 operated with a success rate of over 85%), including development, appraisal and exploration wells
Portfolio Growth: Strategic Expansion in Colombia with New Company and Acreage Acquisitions
- Amerisur Resources Plc2 (“Amerisur”) acquisition, providing reserves, production and cash flow growth and enriching GeoPark’s inventory of short, medium and long-term exploration opportunities
- Acquired new low-cost, low-risk exploration blocks in the Llanos basin near core Llanos 34 block in partnership with Hocol (a 100% subsidiary of Ecopetrol)
1 La Cuerva and Yamu blocks sold on July 1, 2019.
2 On November 15, 2019, GeoPark announced that it will acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Amerisur with closing expected in January 2020, subject to customary regulatory approvals.
- Drilling nine new exploration and development wells and testing three wells across GeoPark’s portfolio
- Closing of Amerisur acquisition expected in January 2020
- New independent reserves certification expected to be released in early February 2020
Breakdown of Quarterly Production by Country
The following table shows production figures for 4Q2019, as compared to 4Q2018:
a) Includes royalties paid in kind in Colombia for approximately 1,587 bopd in 4Q2019. No royalties were paid in kind in Brazil, Chile or Argentina.
Quarterly Production Evolution
a) Colombian production includes approximately 640 bopd, 765 bopd and 888 bopd during 2Q2019, 1Q2019 and 4Q2018, respectively, from the La Cuerva and Yamu blocks that were sold on July 1, 2019.
Oil and Gas Production Update
Overall oil and gas production grew by 8% to 41,786 boepd in 4Q2019 from 38,741 boepd in 4Q2018, due to increased production in Colombia and Chile, partially offset by lower production in Brazil. Oil represented 85% of total reported production compared to 84% in 4Q2018.
On July 1, 2019, GeoPark completed the divestiture of the La Cuerva and Yamu blocks in Colombia. Adjusting for the sale of these blocks (888 bopd in 4Q2018), the Company’s consolidated oil and gas production increased by 10% in 4Q2019 and Colombian production increased by 12%.
Average net oil and gas production in Colombia grew 9% to 33,311 boepd in 4Q2019 compared to 30,641 boepd in 4Q2018, reflecting continued successful exploration, appraisal and development drilling in the Llanos 34 block. Adjusting for the sale of the La Cuerva and Yamu blocks, Colombian production increased by 12%.
The main operational highlights in Colombia during 4Q2019 were:
Exploration/Delineation drilling in the Llanos 34 block:
- The Tigui 18 appraisal well was successfully drilled and tested during 4Q2019 to evaluate a southeast area of the field, outside the 2018 D&M certified 3P reserve area, and thus extending the field’s size. Oil shows during drilling and petrophysical analysis indicated the potential for hydrocarbons in the Guadalupe and Gacheta formations. The well was drilled to a total depth of 11,514 feet. A production test conducted with an electric submersible pump in the Guadalupe formation resulted in a production rate of approximately 1,500 bopd, 15.6 degrees API with a 4% water cut.
- The Tigui 12 appraisal well was drilled during 4Q2019 to continue delineating the northeastern part of the field. Oil shows during drilling and petrophysical analysis indicated the potential for hydrocarbons in the Guadalupe and Gacheta formations. Testing activities are currently underway.
Development drilling in the Llanos 34 block:
- Five new wells were tested and put on production in the Llanos 34 block, currently adding above 7,500 bopd gross, including wells Tigana Norte 13, Tigana Norte 18, Tigui 21, Jacana 32 and Jacana 35.
Exploration drilling in the Llanos 32 block:
- The Azogue 1 exploration well was drilled to a total depth of 12,125 feet. Logging results indicated the potential for hydrocarbons in the Une, Guadalupe and Mirador formations. A production test conducted with an electric submersible pump in the Guadalupe formation resulted in a production rate of approximately 1,500 bopd, 28 degrees API and a 1% water cut. The well is currently producing 2,250 bopd.
- The Azogue oil field is located to the southern part of the Llanos 32 block, adjacent to and approximately 1,200 meters from the Chiricoca oil field in the Llanos 34 block.
- On November 15, 2019, GeoPark announced that it will acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Amerisur with closing expected in January 2020, subject to customary regulatory approvals.
- The acquisition of Amerisur is in line with GeoPark’s strategy, providing growth in reserves, production and cash flow and enriching GeoPark’s inventory of short, medium and long-term exploration opportunities.
- GeoPark will incorporate 13 production, development and exploration blocks in Colombia, including 12 operated blocks in the Putumayo basin and the CPO-5 non-operated block in the Llanos basin, a successful operating team, and the Oleoducto Binacional Amerisur, an export oil pipeline from Colombia to Ecuador.
- GeoPark expects to generate significant synergies in operations, transport and crude oil blending in the Llanos 34 block and in the Putumayo blocks.
- The transaction brings the opportunity to enhance valuable partnerships with Oxy, partner in five of the Putumayo blocks and with ONGC, operator of the CPO-5 block and with which GeoPark has a long-term strategic alliance to acquire a portfolio of projects across Latin America.
- Key metrics of Amerisur include net light oil production of 6,865 bopd (September 2019), net proven reserves and net proven and probable reserves of 15.0 million and 21.8 million barrels, respectively (certified by McDaniel & Associates as of end July 2019) and net unrisked exploration resources of 289 million to 566 million barrels (mean to high-end, estimated by McDaniel & Associates).
- Amerisur is a cashflow positive, growing business with low operating costs. Amerisur’s balance sheet is strong, with no financial debt and a cash position of $46 million as of June 30, 2019
- For further details, please refer to the release published on November 15, 2019.
Strategic exploration acreage expansion in Colombia:
- As part of the recent ANH's Permanent Process for the Assignment of Areas, GeoPark was awarded the Llanos 123 and Llanos 124 blocks in partnership with Hocol (a 100% subsidiary of Ecopetrol) and Amerisur was awarded the PUT-36 block.
- GeoPark and Parex Resources executed an agreement in which GeoPark will assume, subject to ANH approval, a 50% WI in the Llanos 94 block in exchange for funding its 50% pro-rata share of existing commitments, with no carry.
- With the addition of these new blocks during 2019 and upon the closure of the recently announced acquisition of Amerisur, GeoPark will significantly expand its acreage position around its core Llanos 34 block by adding approximately 1.4 million gross acres – 17 times the size of the Llanos 34 block.
- For further details, please refer to the release published on December 17, 2019.
Average net production in Brazil decreased slightly by 3% to 2,799 boepd in 4Q2019 compared to 2,894 boepd in 4Q2018 (96% gas in 4Q2019 and 98% gas in 4Q2018). However, compared to 3Q2019, Brazilian production increased by 22% mainly due to higher demand in the Manati gas field, and to a lesser extent, due to long-term testing activities in the Praia dos Castelhanos oil field in the REC-T-128 block (GeoPark operated, 70% WI).
Exploration drilling in the Reconcavo and Potiguar basins:
- Praia dos Castelhanos 1 well in the REC-T-128 block initiated long-term testing activities in late 3Q2019, averaging 157 bopd gross of light oil during 4Q2019.
- Mandacaru exploration prospect in the POT-T-747 block (GeoPark operated, 70% WI) was drilled to a total depth of 670 meters. Petrophysical logging interpretation indicated non-commercial oil accumulations, and following these results, a decision was made to plug and abandon the well.
Average net production in Chile increased by 17% to 3,292 boepd. Higher production in 4Q2019 resulted from the successful development of the Jauke gas field. The production mix during 4Q2019 was 81% gas and 19% light oil (compared to 74% gas and 26% light oil in 4Q2018).
Exploration drilling in the Fell block (GeoPark operated, 100% WI):
- Jauke Oeste 1 exploration well was drilled to a total depth of 9,596 feet. Preliminary logging information indicated potential for hydrocarbons in the Tobifera formation. Testing activities are currently underway.
Exploration drilling in the Isla Norte block (GeoPark operated, 50% WI):
- Civil works and other preliminary activities were carried out during 4Q2019 in the Leun exploration prospect in the Isla Norte block, expected to spud in 1Q2020.
Average net production in Argentina remained flat, reaching 2,384 boepd in 4Q2019 (66% oil, 34% gas) compared to 2,383 boepd in 4Q2018 (65% oil, 35% gas). Stable production levels during 2019 resulted from a successful and ongoing optimization project initiated in 2018 focused on enhancing base production levels.
1Q2020 Drilling Schedule
The following is a summary of expected drilling and testing activities scheduled for 1Q2020:
|1||Jacana 43||Colombia||Llanos 34||45%||Development|
|2||Jacana 47||Colombia||Llanos 34||45%||Development|
|3||Tigana Norte 19||Colombia||Llanos 34||45%||Development|
|4||Tigana Norte 51||Colombia||Llanos 34||45%||Development|
|5||Tigana Norte 52||Colombia||Llanos 34||45%||Development|
|6||Tigui 3b||Colombia||Llanos 34||45%||Development|
|7||Tigui 17||Colombia||Llanos 34||45%||Development|
|8||Tigui 12b||Colombia||Llanos 34||45%||Appraisal|
|9||Jauke Oeste 1b||Chile||Fell||100%||Exploration|
|10||Leun 1||Chile||Isla Norte||60%||Exploration|
|11||Huillin 1||Chile||Isla Norte||60%||Exploration|
a) Information included in the table above is subject to change and may also be subject to partner or regulatory approval.
b) Drilling initiated or completed with testing activities expected in 1Q2020.
|Adjusted EBITDA||Adjusted EBITDA is defined as profit for the period before net finance costs, income tax, depreciation, amortization, certain non-cash items such as impairments and write-offs of unsuccessful efforts, accrual of share-based payments, unrealized results on commodity risk management contracts and other non-recurring events|
|Adjusted EBITDA per boe||Adjusted EBITDA divided by total boe deliveries|
|ANP||Brazil’s National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels|
|Operating netback per boe||Revenue, less production and operating costs (net of depreciation charges and accrual of stock options and stock awards) and selling expenses, divided by total boe deliveries. Operating netback is equivalent to Adjusted EBITDA net of cash expenses included in Administrative, Geological and Geophysical and Other operating costs|
|Boe||Barrels of oil equivalent|
|Boepd||Barrels of oil equivalent per day|
|Bopd||Barrels of oil per day|
|CEOP||Contrato Especial de Operación Petrolera (Special Petroleum Operations Contract)|
|D&M||DeGolyer and MacNaughton|
|F&D costs||Finding and development costs, calculated as capital expenditures divided by the applicable net reserves additions before changes in Future Development Capital|
|Mboe||Thousand barrels of oil equivalent|
|Mmbo||Million barrels of oil|
|Mmboe||Million barrels of oil equivalent|
|Mcfpd||Thousand cubic feet per day|
|Mmcfpd||Million cubic feet per day|
|Mm3/day||Thousand cubic meters per day|
|NPV10||Present value of estimated future oil and gas revenues, net of estimated direct expenses, discounted at an annual rate of 10%|
|PRMS||Petroleum Resources Management System|
|Sq km||Square Kilometer|
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Rounding amounts and percentages: Certain amounts and percentages included in this press release have been rounded for ease of presentation. Percentage figures included in this press release have not in all cases been calculated on the basis of such rounded figures, but on the basis of such amounts prior to rounding. For this reason, certain percentage amounts in this press release may vary from those obtained by performing the same calculations using the figures in the financial statements. In addition, certain other amounts that appear in this press release may not sum due to rounding.
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Forward-looking statements that appear in a number of places in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations, regarding various matters, including the Amerisur acquisition, expected production growth, expected schedule, economic recovery, payback timing, IRR, drilling activities, demand for oil and gas, capital expenditures plan, regulatory approvals, reserves and exploration resources. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s beliefs and assumptions, and on information currently available to the management. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements due to various factors. Oil and gas production figures included in this release are stated before the effect of royalties paid in kind, consumption and losses, except when specified.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update them in light of new information or future developments or to release publicly any revisions to these statements in order to reflect later events or circumstances, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. For a discussion of the risks facing the Company which could affect whether these forward-looking statements are realized, see filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Readers are cautioned that the exploration resources disclosed in this press release are not necessarily indicative of long-term performance or of ultimate recovery. Unrisked prospective resources are not risked for change of development or chance of discovery. If a discovery is made, there is no certainty that it will be developed or, if it is developed, there is no certainty as to the timing of such development. There is no certainty that any portion of the Prospective Resources will be discovered. If discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the resources. Prospective Resource volumes are presented as unrisked.