Ultra Petroleum Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial And Operating Results And Provides Updated Business Outlook

HOUSTON, Oct. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ultra Petroleum Corp. (OTC: UPLMQ) continued to deliver strong financial and operating performance for the third quarter of 2016. Highlights include:

  • Reduced lease operating expense to $0.29 per Mcfe, a 24% reduction from 2015,
  • Increased cash balance to $343.5 million at September 30, 2016,
  • Produced volumes of 69.3 Bcfe of natural gas and oil, and
  • Generated operating cash flow(1) of $129.0 million.

 

ULTRA PETROLEUM CORP. LOGO.

Third Quarter Results

Ultra Petroleum reported adjusted net income(2) of $102.4 million, or $0.66 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. Operating cash flow(1) was $129.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

For the third quarter of 2016, production of natural gas and oil was 69.3 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe). The company's production for the third quarter was comprised of 65.2 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas and 680.1 thousand barrels (Mbls) of oil and condensate. 

During the third quarter of the year, Ultra Petroleum's average realized natural gas price was $2.62 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf). The company's average realized oil and condensate price was $41.55 per barrel (Bbl).

Year-to-Date Results

Ultra Petroleum reported adjusted net income(2) of $126.0 million, or $0.82 per diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. Operating cash flow(1) was $201.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, production of natural gas and oil was 213.5 Bcfe. The company's production for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was comprised of 200.3 Bcf of natural gas and 2,205.1 Mbls of oil and condensate. 

During the nine months ended September 30, 2016, Ultra Petroleum's average realized natural gas price was $2.13 per Mcf. The company's average realized oil and condensate price was $35.98 per Bbl.

Wyoming - Operational Highlights

During the third quarter, Ultra Petroleum and its partners drilled 21 gross (14 net) Pinedale development wells and placed on production 50 gross (25 net) wells. The third quarter average initial production (IP) rate for new operated wells brought online was 8.1 million cubic feet equivalent (MMcfe) per day.  The company produced a total of 64.1 Bcfe in Wyoming, averaging 697 MMcfe per day.  

The company averaged 8.9 days to drill an operated well in the third quarter, as measured by spud to total depth (TD). Total days per well, measured by rig-release to rig-release, averaged 10.7 days in the third quarter, which compares to 10.9 days in the same quarter of 2015, a decrease of 2%.

Since the end of the third quarter, we have added a third rig and plan for a fourth rig to move into the field in the next few weeks. The average cost of $2.6 million to drill and complete a well in Pinedale was maintained during the third quarter, which represents a 9% decrease when compared to $2.85 million per well in the third quarter of 2015. Assuming well costs of $2.6 million, estimated ultimate recovery of 4.5 Bcfe and wellhead prices of $3.00 per Mcf and $50.00 per barrel, the expected return for a Pinedale well is 54%.

Utah - Operational Highlights

During the quarter, net production in Utah averaged 2,992 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Pennsylvania – Operational Highlights

The company averaged 39 MMcf per day during the third quarter of 2016.

2016 Guidance

Capital Expenditures: Our capital budget for 2016 is $295.0 million.

Production:  Production for 2016 is expected to range between 281 – 284 Bcfe.

Price Realizations and Differentials:  The company's realized natural gas price is expected to average 4 to 6 percent below the NYMEX price due to differentials and oil and condensate realizations are expected to be approximately 6 to 10 percent below the average NYMEX price.

Annual Income Tax:  Ultra currently projects a zero book tax rate for 2016 and anticipates additional tax refunds during the year.

Reorganization Update

The company continued to make progress during the quarter in its in-court financial restructuring process. As previously reported, the company stabilized its business operations through various operational, first-day motions and orders, and has continued production operations and its development program with no interruptions.

Recent key developments in the restructuring process are as follows:

  • In August, the Court extended the company's exclusive period to file a reorganization plan by six months until March 1, 2017.
  • The deadline to file claims for the majority of entities expired on September 1, 2016 and the company is now evaluating claims to determine which of those that it will challenge in court.
  • The company is actively negotiating with counterparties to revise the terms of contracts as part of our effort to improve the value of the business enterprise.
  • The company and its advisors continue working with the company's creditors and other stakeholders to develop a plan of reorganization.
  • In October, the company updated its long-term asset development plan and five- year business outlook.

The high-level summary output of the updated long-term asset development plan and business outlook are provided in the following section below.

Updated Business Outlook(5)

Development Plan

Base Case

Sensitivity

Strip Pricing





Henry Hub Gas Price ($/Mmbtu)



10-12-2016

2017

$3.00

$3.00

$3.32

2018

$3.25

$3.25

$3.03

2019+

$3.50 flat

$4.00 flat

$2.92 to $4.32





Reserves (Bcfe)




Developed

2,629

2,630

2,626

Undeveloped

11,587

11,588

11,565

Total

14,216

14,218

14,191





Capital ($ millions)




Developed

$360

$360

$360

Undeveloped

$11,951

$11,951

$11,894

Total

$12,310

$12,310

$12,253





PV10 ($ millions)




Developed

$3,105

$3,491

$2,931

Undeveloped

$4,846

$6,283

$5,066

Total

$7,951

$9,774

$7,997

 

Financial Outlook

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021







Production (Bcfe)

304

382

456

486

517

Capital investments ($ millions)

$515

$832

$807

$829

$793

Henry Hub gas price ($/Mmbtu)

$3.00

$3.25

$3.50

$3.50

$3.50

Revenue ($ millions)

$1,016

$1,408

$1,822

$1,950

$2,056

EBITDA ($ millions)

$685

$996

$1,312

$1,397

$1,461

 

Conference Call Webcast Scheduled for October 27, 2016

Ultra Petroleum's third quarter 2016 results conference call will be available via live audio webcast at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time) Thursday, October 27, 2016.  To listen to this webcast, log on to www.ultrapetroleum.com and follow the link to the webcast.  The webcast replay will be archived on Ultra Petroleum's website.

Financial tables to follow.

Ultra Petroleum Corp.

Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)

All amounts expressed in US$000's,

Except per unit data



For the Nine Months Ended


For the Quarter Ended



September 30,


September 30,



2016


2015


2016


2015

Volumes









     Natural gas (Mcf)


200,286,232


200,039,168


65,244,794


70,194,364

     Oil and condensate (Bbls)


2,205,145


2,714,485


680,064


863,361

     Mcfe - Total


213,517,102


216,326,078


69,325,178


75,374,530










Revenues









     Natural gas sales

$

425,878

$

536,477

$

170,996

$

188,457

     Oil sales


79,352


113,332


28,257


34,046

Total operating revenues


505,230


649,809


199,253


222,503










Expenses









     Lease operating expenses


67,164


82,464


19,934


28,567

     LGS operating lease expense


15,514


15,485


5,171


5,162

     Production taxes


49,394


56,892


20,688


19,813

     Gathering fees


65,112


65,359


21,159


23,114

Total lease operating costs


197,184


220,200


66,952


76,656










     Transportation charges


23,750


62,577


49


21,310

     Depletion and depreciation


93,274


279,762


31,192


92,806

     General and administrative


3,229


5,120


331


1,887

     Stock compensation


3,967


5,509


1,264


2,680

Total operating expenses


321,404


573,168


99,788


195,339










Other (expense) income, net


(2,436)


(323)


(514)


(284)

Litigation expense


-


(4,401)


-


-

Restructuring expenses


(7,176)


-


(28)


-

Interest expense (excludes contractual interest expense of








   $46.8 million and $78.8 million for the three and nine









   months ended September 30, 2016, respectively)


(66,565)


(128,426)


-


(43,137)

Deferred gain on sale of liquids gathering system


7,915


7,915


2,638


2,638

Realized gain on commodity derivatives


-


127,283


-


45,300

Unrealized (loss) on commodity derivatives


-


(84,675)


-


(35,910)

Total other (expense) income, net


(68,262)


(82,627)


2,096


(31,393)










Reorganization items, net


(25,292)


-


(3,109)


-










Income (loss) before income taxes


90,272


(5,986)


98,452


(4,229)










Income tax (benefit) provision - current


(306)


(2,661)


45


(916)

Income tax (benefit) provision - deferred


1


(744)


-


(217)










Net income (loss)

$

90,577

$

(2,581)

$

98,407

$

(3,096)



















Deferred taxes

1


(744)


-


(217)

Litigation expense


-


4,401


-


-

Restructuring expenses


7,176


-


28


-

Reorganization items, net


25,292


-


3,109


-

Unrealized loss on commodity derivatives


-


84,675


-


35,910

Other


2,923


-


811


-

Adjusted net income (2)

$

125,969

$

85,751

$

102,355

$

32,597










Operating cash flow (1)

$

201,569

$

358,706

$

129,035

$

125,442

(see non-GAAP reconciliation)


















Weighted average shares (000's)









Basic


153,368


153,171


153,392


153,250

Diluted


154,077


153,171


154,121


153,250










Earnings per share









Net income (loss) - basic


$0.59


($0.02)


$0.64


($0.02)

Net income (loss) - diluted


$0.59


($0.02)


$0.64


($0.02)










Adjusted earnings per share(2)









Adjusted net income - basic


$0.82


$0.56


$0.67


$0.21

Adjusted net income - diluted


$0.82


$0.56


$0.66


$0.21










Cash flow per share(1)









Cash flow per share - basic


$1.31


$2.34


$0.84


$0.82

Cash flow per share - diluted


$1.31


$2.34


$0.84


$0.82










Realized Prices









     Natural gas ($/Mcf), including realized gain









        on commodity derivatives


$2.13


$3.32


$2.62


$3.33

     Natural gas ($/Mcf), excluding realized gain








        on commodity derivatives


$2.13


$2.68


$2.62


$2.68

     Oil liquids ($/Bbl)


$35.98


$41.75


$41.55


$39.43



















Costs Per Mcfe









     Lease operating expenses


$0.31


$0.38


$0.29


$0.38

     Operating lease expense


$0.07


$0.07


$0.07


$0.07

     Production taxes


$0.23


$0.26


$0.30


$0.26

     Gathering fees


$0.30


$0.30


$0.31


$0.31

     Transportation charges


$0.11


$0.29


$0.00


$0.28

     Depletion and depreciation


$0.44


$1.29


$0.45


$1.23

     General and administrative - total


$0.03


$0.05


$0.02


$0.06

     Interest expense


$0.31


$0.59


$0.00


$0.57



$1.80


$3.23


$1.44


$3.16










Note: Amounts on a per Mcfe basis may not total due to rounding.
















Adjusted Margins









     Adjusted Net Income Margin(3)


25%


11%


51%


12%

     Adjusted Operating Cash Flow Margin(4)


40%


46%


65%


47%




























Ultra Petroleum Corp.









Supplemental Balance Sheet Data





All amounts expressed in US$000's







As of







September 30,

December 31,







2016


2015







(Unaudited)







Cash and cash equivalents

$

343,520

$

4,143





Outstanding debt:









   6.125% Senior Notes due 2024


850,000


850,000





   5.75% Senior Notes due 2018


450,000


450,000





   Senior Notes issued by Ultra Resources, Inc.


1,460,000


1,460,000





   Credit Agreement


999,000


630,000





Total current portion of long-term debt


3,759,000


3,390,000





Less: Deferred financing costs


-


(19,447)





Less: Liabilities subject to compromise


(3,759,000)


-





Total current portion of long-term debt not









   subject to compromise

$

-

$

3,370,553
















Reconciliation of Operating Cash Flow and Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities (unaudited)

All amounts expressed in US$000's

The following table reconciles net cash provided by operating activities with operating cash flow as derived from the company's financial information.












For the Nine Months Ended


For the Quarter Ended



September 30,


September 30,



2016


2015


2016


2015










Net cash provided by operating activities

$

170,798

$

411,205

$

139,060

$

167,882

    Net changes in operating assets and liabilities









        and other non-cash items


30,771


(52,499)


(10,025)


(42,440)

Net cash provided by operating activities before









changes in operating assets and liabilities

$

201,569

$

358,706

$

129,035

$

125,442

 

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 users of this financial information with additional meaningful comparisons between current results and the results of the company's peers and of prior periods.

(1) Operating Cash Flow is defined as Net cash provided by operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities and other non-cash items. Management believes that the non-GAAP measure of operating cash flow is useful 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.  The company has also included this information because changes in operating assets and liabilities relate to the timing of cash receipts and disbursements which the company may not control and may not relate to the period in which the operating activities occurred. Operating cash flow should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net cash provided by operating activities prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Management presents the following measures because (i) they are consistent with the manner in which the company's performance is measured relative to the 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.

(2) Adjusted Net Income is defined as Net income (loss) adjusted to exclude certain charges or amounts in order to exclude the volatility associated with the effects of non-recurring charges, non-cash mark-to-market gains or losses on commodity derivatives, non-cash ceiling test impairments and other similar items.

(3) Adjusted Net Income Margin is defined as Adjusted Net Income divided by the sum of Oil and natural gas sales plus Realized gain (loss) on commodity derivatives.

(4) Adjusted Operating Cash Flow Margin is defined as Operating Cash Flow divided by the sum of Oil and natural gas sales plus Realized gain (loss) on commodity derivatives.

(5) The prices, reserves volumes, capital and PV10 information in the Development Plan table above are based on the forecasts of future business and economic conditions set forth in the table, and are effective as of January 1, 2017 (except as specified above). The information is not limited to the requirements of the reserve reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission which requires historical, backward-looking commodity prices and impose a five-year limit on undeveloped locations. More details about the Business Outlook and the assumptions reflected therein are available in the company's presentation dated October 2016 posted on the company's website.

About Ultra Petroleum

Ultra Petroleum Corp. is an independent energy company engaged in domestic natural gas and oil exploration, development and production. The company trades over-the-counter under the ticker symbol "UPLMQ". Additional information on the company is available at www.ultrapetroleum.com.

This news release includes "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. The opinions, forecasts, projections or other statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Although the company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, the company can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Certain risks and uncertainties inherent in the company's chapter 11 proceedings as well as its operating businesses are set forth in its filings with the SEC, particularly in the section entitled "Risk Factors" included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016, and from time to time in other filings made by the company with the SEC. Risks and uncertainties related to the company's bankruptcy filing include the inability to predict or quantify the impact our chapter 11 cases may have on our business, cash flows, liquidity, financial condition, results of operations or corporate or capital structure as well as the potential for losses to investors holding the shares of our common stock. In addition to the risks and uncertainties of operating the company's business during its chapter 11 cases, other risks and uncertainties to the company's operating businesses include, but are not limited to, increased competition, the timing and extent of changes in prices for oil and gas, particularly in Wyoming and Pennsylvania, the timing and extent of the company's success in discovering, developing, producing and estimating reserves, the effects of weather and government regulation, availability of oil field personnel, services, drilling rigs and other equipment, as well as other factors listed in the reports filed by the company with the SEC. Full details regarding the selected financial information provided above will be available in the company's report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

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