Clayton Williams Energy Provides Financial Guidance for 2016

March 9, 2016

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MIDLAND, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CWEI) today filed a Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission to provide financial guidance disclosures for the year ending December 31, 2016.

A copy of these disclosures accompanies this release or may be obtained electronically by accessing the Company’s website at www.claytonwilliams.com.

Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. is an independent energy company located in Midland, Texas.

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical or current facts, that address activities, events, outcomes and other matters that we plan, expect, intend, assume, believe, budget, predict, forecast, project, estimate or anticipate (and other similar expressions) will, should or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current belief, based on currently available information, as to the outcome and timing of future events. The Company cautions that its future oil and natural gas production, revenues, cash flows, liquidity, plans for future operations, expenses, outlook for oil and natural gas prices, timing of capital expenditures and other forward-looking statements are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, incident to the exploration for and development, production and marketing of oil and gas.

These risks include, but are not limited to, the possibility of unsuccessful exploration and development drilling activities, our ability to replace and sustain production, commodity price volatility, domestic and worldwide economic conditions, the availability of capital on economic terms to fund our capital expenditures and acquisitions, our level of indebtedness, the impact of the current economic environment on our business operations, financial condition and ability to raise capital, declines in the value of our oil and gas properties resulting in a decrease in our borrowing base under our credit facility and impairments, the ability of financial counterparties to perform or fulfill their obligations under existing agreements, the uncertainty inherent in estimating proved oil and gas reserves and in projecting future rates of production and timing of development expenditures, drilling and other operating risks, lack of availability of goods and services, regulatory and environmental risks associated with drilling and production activities, the adverse effects of changes in applicable tax, environmental and other regulatory legislation, and other risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

CLAYTON WILLIAMS ENERGY, INC.

FINANCIAL GUIDANCE DISCLOSURES FOR 2016

Overview

Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. and its subsidiaries have prepared this document to provide public disclosure of certain financial and operating estimates in order to permit the preparation of models to forecast our operating results for the year ending December 31, 2016. These estimates are based on information available to us as of the date of this filing, and actual results may vary materially from these estimates. We do not undertake any obligation to update these estimates as conditions change or as additional information becomes available.

The estimates provided in this document are based on assumptions that we believe are reasonable. Until our actual results of operations for this period have been compiled and released, all of the estimates and assumptions set forth herein constitute “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 facts, included in this document that address activities, events, outcomes and other matters that we plan, expect, intend, assume, believe, budget, predict, forecast, project, estimate or anticipate (and other similar expressions) will, should, could or may occur in the future, including such matters as production of oil and gas, product prices, oil and gas reserves, drilling and completion results, capital expenditures, operating costs and other such matters, are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the following: the volatility of oil and gas prices; the unpredictable nature of our exploratory drilling results; the reliance upon estimates of proved reserves; operating hazards and uninsured risks; competition; government regulation; and other factors referenced in filings made by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

As a matter of policy, we generally do not attempt to provide guidance on:

(a)     production which may be obtained through future exploratory drilling;
(b) dry hole and abandonment costs that may result from future exploratory drilling;
(c) the effects of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 133, “Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities” superseded by topic 815-10 of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification;
(d) gains or losses from sales of property and equipment unless the sale has been consummated prior to the filing of financial guidance;
(e) capital expenditures related to completion activities on exploratory wells or acquisitions of proved properties until the expenditures are estimable and likely to occur; and
(f) revenues and operating expenses related to Drilling Rig or Midstream Services.
 

The accompanying guidance does not include any divestitures, joint venture arrangements or similar structures that have not been consummated.

Summary of Estimates

The following table sets forth certain estimates being used to model our anticipated results of operations for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016. Each range of values provided represents the expected low and high estimates for such financial or operating factor.

     
Estimated Ranges
Fiscal Year Ending
December 31, 2016
(Dollars in thousands, except per unit data)
Average Daily Production:
Oil (Bbls) 8,200 to 8,600
Gas (Mcf) 12,000 to 13,000
Natural gas liquids (Bbls) 1,100 to 1,300
Total oil equivalents (BOE) 11,300 to 12,067
 
Price Differentials to NYMEX:
Oil 80% to 90%
Gas 90% to 100%
Natural gas liquids (based on oil) 20% to 30%
 
Other Costs and Expenses:
Production expenses:
Direct costs ($/BOE)

$

14.50 to 15.50

Production taxes (% of sales) 5% to 6%
 
General and Administrative:
Excluding non-cash compensation

$

19,000 to 23,000

Non-cash compensation

$

1,000 to 3,000

 
DD&A:
Oil and gas ($/BOE)

$

28.00 to 30.00

Other

$

10,000 to 14,000

 
Exploration costs:
Abandonments and impairments

$

1,000 to 3,000

Seismic and other

$

500 to 1,500

 
Interest expense (cash rates):
$600 million Senior Notes due 2019 7.75%
Bank credit facility (1) LIBOR plus

(250 to 350 bps)

Second Lien Term Loan – Principal amount of $350 million (2)

12.5% / 15%

 

Effective Federal and State Income Tax Rate:

Current 0%
Deferred 33% to 37%
 
(1) We currently do not expect to have any amount drawn on the Bank Credit Facility at December 31, 2016.
(2) Interest on the loans under the Credit Agreement shall be payable quarterly in cash at 12.5% per annum or we may elect to pay interest each quarter in kind at 15% per annum.
 

Capital Expenditures

The following table sets forth, by area, our planned capital expenditures for the year ending December 31, 2016.

    Planned    
Expenditures 2016
Year Ending Percentage
December 31, 2016 of Total
(In thousands)
Drilling and Completion:
Delaware Basin $ 40,800

62%

Other  

2,000

3%

42,800

65%

Leasing

  22,900 35%
Exploration and development $

65,700

100%
 

We currently plan to spend approximately $65.7 million on exploration and development activities in 2016 primarily to drill five wells and participate in two non-operated wells in the Delaware Basin. Our actual expenditures during 2016 may vary significantly from these estimates since our plans for exploration and development activities may change during the year. Changes in operating margins could increase our actual expenditures during fiscal 2016.

Accounting for Derivatives

The following summarizes information concerning our net positions in open commodity derivatives, all of which were entered into in January 2016, applicable to periods subsequent to December 31, 2015. In connection with the swap agreement, we granted the counterparty the option to extend the agreement to cover an additional 739 MBbls of oil production during the second half of 2016 at the same price of $40.25 per barrel. The option to extend expires on June 30, 2016. The settlement prices of commodity derivatives are based on NYMEX futures prices.

Current Swaps:

    Oil
MBbls   Price
Production Period:
1st Quarter 2016 421 $ 40.25
2nd Quarter 2016 394 $ 40.25
815
 

Swaps Subject to Optional Extension:

    Oil
MBbls   Price
Production Period:
3rd Quarter 2016 378 $ 40.25
4th Quarter 2016 361 $ 40.25
739
 

We did not designate any of our commodity derivatives as cash flow hedges; therefore, all changes in the fair value of these contracts prior to maturity, plus any realized gains or losses at maturity, will be recorded as other income (expense) in our consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income (loss).

Category: Oil & Gas