HOUSTON, Oct. 31, 2018 – Apache Corporation (NYSE, Nasdaq: APA) today announced its financial and operational results for the third quarter of 2018.
Apache reported earnings of $81 million or $0.21 per diluted common share for the third quarter of 2018. These results include a number of items outside of core earnings that are typically excluded by the investment community in their published earnings estimates, the most significant of which was a $75 million after tax loss incurred as a result of the bond tender exercise. When adjusted for this and other smaller items that impact the comparability of results, Apache’s third-quarter earnings were $244 million or $0.63 per share. Net cash provided by operating activities in the quarter was $1 billion. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and exploration expenses (adjusted EBITDAX) was $1.4 billion.
“Apache continued our strong performance in the third quarter of 2018, delivering 31 percent growth in U.S. production year over year. The Permian Basin continues to be the key driver, with oil production up 16 percent and total production up 38 percent year over year. Our significant Brent and LLS oil price leverage and robust NGL realizations, combined with this production performance, resulted in impressive earnings and cash flow growth. Our positive production trends will continue in the fourth quarter, prompting us to again raise our full-year 2018 U.S. production guidance,” said John J. Christmann IV, Apache's chief executive officer and president.
“During the third quarter, we also achieved a very important objective with the announcement of our Altus Midstream transaction. This will establish an entity capable of funding future midstream investment needs at Alpine High. Importantly, the deal will allow Apache to maintain control of the midstream buildout as we ramp up production at Alpine High,” continued Christmann.
Third-quarter operational summary
Highlights from the company’s three principal areas include:
United States – U.S. production averaged 272,000 BOE per day. The company averaged 18 rigs and drilled and completed 47 gross-operated wells.
Egypt – Apache averaged 12 rigs during the quarter and drilled and completed 24 gross-operated wells with an 83-percent success rate. Adjusted production in Egypt, which excludes minority interest and the impact of tax barrels, averaged 78,000 BOE per day. The company has acquired approximately 1 million acres to date of a planned 2.6 million-acre seismic shoot. During the quarter, Apache initiated the next phase of the program in our new Northwest Razzak concession.
North Sea – Apache averaged three rigs during the quarter and produced 51,000 BOE per day, which was down slightly from the second quarter due to scheduled turnaround maintenance. Production is expected to increase in the fourth quarter, as the company brought its fourth development well online in the Callater field in September and plans to accelerate initial production at Garten from first-quarter 2019 to fourth-quarter 2018, only seven months after its discovery.
Financial liquidity update
During the quarter, the company restructured its debt portfolio with a tender offer and a new $1 billion 10-year, senior-debt offering. Proceeds from the new note offering were used to refinance existing debt and resulted in an extension of the debt maturity profile and a reduction in the average cost of debt.
The company also reinitiated share repurchase activity under an existing authorization which had 7.8 million shares remaining as of June 30, 2018. 924,000 shares were repurchased under this authorization in the third quarter and repurchases continue in the fourth quarter. Apache’s board of directors recently authorized an additional 40 million share-repurchase program.
Capital and production outlook
Upstream oil and gas investment was $844 million in the third quarter, which included $48 million for incremental leasehold acquisition and retention. Apache also invested $122 million for Alpine High midstream activity. Effective Oct. 1, 2018, Alpine High midstream infrastructure will be funded by Altus Midstream Company following the closing of the transaction which is expected in November 2018.
Apache anticipates upstream capital investment of approximately $800 million in the fourth quarter, which includes $65 million for leasehold acquisition and retention, bringing the expected 2018 upstream total budget to approximately $3.1 billion. Strong execution and well performance in the third quarter are prompting the company to raise its 2018 U.S. production guidance to 262,000 BOE per day. Adjusted international production guidance for 2018 is now 133,000 BOE per day.
In 2019, Apache is planning a $3 billion annual capital program, which will enable the company to maintain its current activity levels. The company expects 2019 production levels at the high-end of previously announced 2019 guidance of 410,000 to 440,000 BOE per day.
Details on additional financial and operational guidance can be found in the Third-Quarter 2018 Financial and Operational Supplement at www.apachecorp.com/financialdata.
“During the third quarter, we increased activity to optimize drilling and completions and improve efficiencies through longer laterals, larger fracs and facility expansions. Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, we expect our upstream capital spending to be in line with levels we have maintained for more than a year.
“As we head into 2019, we are well positioned to generate sustainable liquids production growth and positive free cash flow, while maintaining flexibility to respond quickly to changing industry conditions,” concluded Christmann.
Apache will host a conference call to discuss its third-quarter 2018 results at 10 a.m. Central time, Thursday, Nov. 1. The conference call will be webcast from Apache's website at www.apachecorp.com and investor.apachecorp.com, and the webcast replay will be archived there as well. A replay of the conference call will be available for seven days following the call. The number for the replay is (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 for international calls. The conference access code is 4354928. Sign up for email alerts to be reminded of the webcast at http://investor.apachecorp.com/alerts/email-alerts-subscription.
Additional information follows, including reconciliations of adjusted earnings, cash flow from operations before changes in operating assets and liabilities, adjusted EBITDAX, oil and gas capital investment and net debt (non-GAAP financial measures) to GAAP measures and information regarding adjusted production. Apache’s quarterly supplement is available at www.apachecorp.com/financialdata.
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Non-GAAP financial measures
Apache’s financial information includes information prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) as well as non-GAAP information. It is management’s intent to provide non-GAAP financial information to enhance understanding of our consolidated financial information as prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted earnings, cash flow from operations before changes in operating assets and liabilities, oil and gas capital investment, adjusted EBITDAX and net debt are non-GAAP measures. This non-GAAP information should be considered by the reader in addition to, but not instead of, the financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Each non-GAAP financial measure is presented along with the corresponding GAAP measure so as not to imply that more emphasis should be placed on the non-GAAP measure.
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Cautionary note to investors
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") permits oil and gas companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only proved, probable, and possible reserves that meet the SEC's definitions for such terms. Apache may use certain terms in this earnings release, such as "resources," "potential resources," "resource potential," "estimated net reserves," "recoverable reserves," and other similar terms that the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit Apache from including in filings with the SEC. Such terms do not take into account the certainty of resource recovery, which is contingent on exploration success, technical improvements in drilling access, commerciality and other factors, and are therefore not indicative of expected future resource recovery and should not be relied upon. Investors are urged to consider carefully the disclosure in Apache's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2017, available from Apache at www.apachecorp.com or by writing Apache at: 2000 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 100, Houston, TX 77056 (Attn: Corporate Secretary). You can also obtain this report from the SEC by calling 1-800-SEC-0330 or from the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.
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