Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. Provides Fourth Quarter 2018 Update and Initial Share Repurchase Activity
Northern has repurchased approximately 12.0 million shares of common
October 1, 2018, 4.6 million shares of which were repurchased in this calendar year through January 21, 2019.
- Production for the fourth quarter of 2018 is expected to be in the upper half of prior guidance of 35,000 - 36,000 Boe per day, despite negative impact from curtailments and shut-ins during a turbulent quarter for in-basin realized prices.
Northern increased hedged oil volumes to further protect cash flows
and liquidity, with 2019 hedges averaging over
$63per barrel (detailed hedge positon included below).
Northern experienced strong cash flows during the fourth quarter,
reducing the amount drawn on the company’s revolving credit facility
$140 millionat December 31, 2018, a $35 millionreduction from the previously announced balance on November 5, 2018.
Completion activity for the quarter was in line with expectations. The
company added 7.7 organic net wells to production during the fourth
quarter, bringing 2018 organic well additions to 30.8 net wells.
Differentials were extremely volatile during the quarter and, based on
October and November receipts, Northern now expects its fourth quarter
average differential will be between
CASH FLOW AND LIQUIDITY
Northern anticipates generating strong cash flow from operations in 2019
that exceeds the company’s capital expenditure budget. The focus
continues to be on executing the stated business plan of organic
production growth while generating free cash flow. The company will seek
to allocate a portion of that cash flow to acquisitions and debt
reduction, and monitor additional opportunities to return capital to
shareholders. A recent amendment from Northern’s bank syndicate,
allowing the company to repurchase up to
Northern’s goal is to leverage its strong financial position to allow
the company to counter-cyclically invest in acreage and drilling
opportunities in the
“Despite a very volatile market, Northern’s assets continued to deliver
in the fourth quarter, allowing the company to both reduce debt and
return capital to investors,” commented Northern’s Chief Executive
Northern hedges portions of its expected production volumes to increase
the predictability of its cash flow and to help maintain a strong
financial position. The following tables summarize Northern’s crude oil
derivative and basis swap contracts scheduled to settle after
|Crude Oil Derivative Swaps|
|Contract Period||Volume (Bbls)||Weighted Average Price (per Bbl)|
|Crude Oil Derivative Basis Swaps(1)|
|Contract Period||Total Volumes (Bbls)||Weighted Average Differential ($/Bbl)|
(1) Basis swaps are settled using the TMX UHC 1a index, as published by NGX.
PRELIMINARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION
The foregoing preliminary unaudited financial and operating information and estimates, including with respect to production, net well additions, differentials, lease operating expenses, liquidity and other matters, is based upon estimates and subject to completion of Northern’s financial closing procedures and external audit processes. Such information has been prepared by management solely on the basis of currently available information. The preliminary unaudited information does not represent and is not a substitute for a comprehensive statement of financial and operating results, and Northern’s actual results may differ materially from these estimates because of final adjustments, the completion of the company’s financial closing procedures, and other developments after the date of this release.
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Northern has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations and assumptions about future events. While management considers these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks, contingencies and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond Northern’s control. Northern does not undertake any duty to update or revise any forward-looking statements, except as may be required by the federal securities laws.
Chief Financial Officer