Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Announces Second Quarter 2013 Results, Equivalent Production Increases 52 Percent Year-Over-Year

HOUSTON, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG) today reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2013. Highlights for the quarter include:

  • Production of 95.2 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe), an increase of 52 percent over last year's comparable quarter.
  • Cash flow from operations of $277.3 million and discretionary cash flow of $297.1 million.
  • Net income of $89.1 million, or $0.42 per share.
  • Net income excluding selected items of $95.0 million, or $0.45 per share.
  • Total unit costs were $3.10 per thousand cubic feet equivalent (Mcfe), a 28 percent decline over last year's comparable quarter.

"During the second quarter, Cabot continued to deliver strong financial performance as evidenced by increases in net income and discretionary cash flow of 148 percent and 109 percent, respectively, over last year's comparable quarter," said Dan O. Dinges, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our success for the quarter was primarily attributable to the Company's Marcellus Shale drilling program, where operating efficiencies continue to reduce our already low cost structure.  Our ability to fund the Company's peer-leading production growth within cash flow, as we did in the second quarter, differentiates Cabot." 

Second Quarter 2013

Production in the second quarter of 2013 was 95.2 Bcfe, consisting of 90.7 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas and 763,000 barrels of liquids. These figures represent a 52 percent increase in equivalent production compared to the second quarter of 2012 and an increase of 7 percent sequentially over the first quarter of 2013. "Marcellus production during the second quarter outperformed our expectations, due in large part to strong well performance and the coordinated effort between our team and our infrastructure partner to manage line pressure across the field," stated Dinges.

Cash flow from operations in the second quarter of 2013 was $277.3 million, compared to $159.4 million in the second quarter of 2012. Discretionary cash flow in the second quarter of 2013 was $297.1 million, compared to $142.1 million in the second quarter of 2012. Higher equivalent production and realized natural gas prices drove the quarter's overall improvement, partially offset by lower realized oil prices and increased operating expenses associated with higher production.

Net income in the second quarter of 2013 was $89.1 million, or $0.42 per share, compared to $35.9 million, or $0.17 per share, in the second quarter of 2012. Excluding the effect of selected items (detailed in the table below), net income was $95.0 million, or $0.45 per share, in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $10.2 million, or $0.05 per share, in the second quarter of 2012.

Natural gas price realizations, including the effect of hedges, were $4.06 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in the second quarter of 2013, up 20 percent compared to the second quarter of 2012.  "Although certain basis locations in the Marcellus play experienced some pricing weakness during the second quarter, the net effect on Cabot's realized price was negligible," commented Dinges.  "Looking ahead, we believe gas price differentials will remain soft for the short term throughout the entire Marcellus area.  However, new takeaway projects slated for this fall should bring differentials closer to their historical averages.  We anticipate that this weakness will have a minimal effect on our realized prices in the third quarter."  Oil price realizations, including the effect of hedges, were $101.39 per barrel (Bbl), down 1 percent compared to the second quarter of 2012.

Total unit costs (including financing) decreased to $3.10 per Mcfe in the second quarter of 2013, down 28 percent from $4.29 per Mcfe in the second quarter of 2012. All operating expense categories decreased on a per unit basis relative to last year's comparable quarter except for transportation and gathering expense, which increased 4 percent from $0.53 per Mcfe in the second quarter of 2012 to $0.55 per Mcfe in the second quarter of 2013, primarily as a result of increased natural gas production volumes in the Marcellus Shale.

Year-to-Date 2013

Production during the six-month period ended June 30, 2013, was 184.5 Bcfe, consisting of 175.8 Bcf of natural gas and 1.5 million barrels of liquids. These figures represent increases of 51 percent, 52 percent, and 29 percent, respectively, compared to the six-month period ended June 30, 2012.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2013, cash flow from operations was $490.0 million, compared to $291.1 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012. Discretionary cash flow was $531.5 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2013, compared to $280.7 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012. Higher equivalent production and, to a lesser extent, higher realized natural gas and oil prices drove the period's overall improvement, partially offset by increased operating expenses associated with higher production.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2013, net income was $131.9 million, or $0.63 per share, compared to $54.3 million, or $0.26 per share, for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012.  Excluding the effect of selected items (detailed in the table below), net income was $149.1 million, or $0.71 per share, compared to $38.7 million, or $0.19 per share, for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012.   

Financial Position and Liquidity

At June 30, 2013, the Company's total debt was $1.1 billion, of which $380 million is outstanding under the Company's credit facility. Total lender commitments under the Company's credit facility remained at $900 million, resulting in $519 million of available credit under its facility at June 30, 2013.

As of June 30, 2013, the Company's net debt to adjusted capitalization ratio was 32.4 percent, compared to 33.2 percent at December 31, 2012 (detailed in the table below).

Conference Call

Listen in live to Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation's second quarter financial and operating results discussion with financial analysts on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. EDT (8:30 a.m. CDT) at www.cabotog.com. To aid in the discussion on the conference call, the Company has posted a presentation entitled "Marcellus Marketing Supplementary Materials", which provides an overview of the Company's marketing strategy in the Marcellus Shale as well as commentary on infrastructure and pricing.  This can be found in the Presentations section of the website under the Investor Info tab. Additionally, the latest financial guidance, including the Company's hedge positions, along with a replay of the webcast, which will be archived for one year, are available in the Investor Info section of the Company's website at www.cabotog.com.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, headquartered in Houston, Texas is a leading independent natural gas producer, with its entire resource base located in the continental United States. For additional information, visit the Company's homepage at www.cabotog.com.

The statements regarding future financial performance and results and the other statements which are not historical facts contained in this release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, market factors, the market price (including regional basis differentials) of natural gas and oil, results of future drilling and marketing activity, future production and costs, and other factors detailed in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Matt Kerin (281) 589-4642

            OPERATING DATA               

















Quarter Ended



Six Months Ended





June 30,



June 30,





2013


2012



2013


2012

PRODUCED NATURAL GAS (Bcf) & LIQUIDS (MBbl)










Natural Gas











Appalachia


85.4


52.4



165.2


102.0

Other


5.3


6.8



10.6


13.7

  Total


90.7


59.2



175.8


115.7













Crude/Condensate/NGL


763


593



1,454


1,131













Equivalent Production (Bcfe)


95.2


62.8



184.5


122.4













PRICES(1)











Average Produced Gas Sales Price ($/Mcf)











Appalachia

$

4.09

$

3.52


$

3.81

$

3.64

Other

$

3.63

$

2.34


$

3.05

$

2.58

  Total 


$

4.06

$

3.39


$

3.77

$

3.52













Average Crude/Condensate Price ($/Bbl)

$

101.39

$

102.61


$

102.65

$

99.76













WELLS DRILLED 











  Gross


51


35



83


66

  Net


43.8


28



69.7


51

  Gross success rate


96%


97%



96%


99%













(1)  These realized prices include the realized impact of derivative instrument settlements.  












Quarter Ended



Six Months Ended





June 30,



June 30,





2013


2012



2013


2012

Realized Impacts to Gas Pricing



$     -


$  1.18



$  0.07


$ 1.10

Realized Impacts to Oil Pricing



$  3.02


$  5.55



$  3.12


$ 1.66

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)



























Quarter Ended


Six Months Ended





June 30,


June 30,





2013


2012


2013


2012

Operating Revenues










  Natural gas


$ 368,391


$ 201,051


$ 662,184


$ 407,833

  Crude oil and condensate


70,226


57,466


135,881


107,447

  Brokered natural gas


8,244


5,149


19,137


18,593

  Other


2,819


1,991


5,763


3,920





449,680


265,657


822,965


537,793

Operating Expenses










  Direct operations


36,978


29,306


68,475


56,626

  Transportation and gathering


52,648


33,139


98,869


63,397

  Brokered natural gas


6,704


4,250


15,093


16,122

  Taxes other than income


11,364


10,854


23,051


29,437

  Exploration


4,529


16,244


8,553


20,245

  Depreciation, depletion and amortization


151,389


114,616


300,042


224,973

  General and administrative (excluding stock-based compensation) 


11,565


35,475


28,600


56,369

  Stock-based compensation(1)


10,043


11,397


28,712


13,052





285,220


255,281


571,395


480,221

Gain (loss) on sale of assets


276


67,703


180


67,168

Income from Operations


164,736


78,079


251,750


124,740

Interest expense and other 


16,701


18,495


32,956


35,412

Income before income taxes


148,035


59,584


218,794


89,328

Income tax expense


58,921


23,647


86,856


35,073

Net Income


$   89,114


$   35,937


$ 131,938


$   54,255

Earnings per share - Basic


$       0.42


$       0.17


$       0.63


$       0.26

Weighted average common shares outstanding


210,349


209,512


210,250


209,320










(1)

Includes the impact of the Company's performance share awards, restricted stock, stock appreciation rights and expense associated with the Supplemental Employee Incentive Plan. The increase in expense for the first six months of 2013 compared to the first six months of 2012 is due to the Company's higher stock price and the resulting mark-to-market for liability awards.




CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (Unaudited)

  (In thousands)

























June 30,


December 31,












2013


2012


Assets














Current assets

$          403,193


$           270,310


Properties and equipment, net

4,558,207


4,310,977


Other assets

56,536


35,026


   Total assets

$       5,017,936


$        4,616,313
















Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity








Current liabilities

$          494,391


$           444,139


Long-term debt, excluding current maturities

1,067,000


1,012,000


Deferred income taxes

1,015,493


882,672


Other liabilities

154,811


146,055


Stockholders' equity

2,286,241


2,131,447


   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$       5,017,936


$        4,616,313


 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)

  (In thousands)













































Quarter Ended


Six Months Ended











June 30,


June 30,











2013


2012


2013


2012

Cash Flows From Operating Activities











Net income

$            89,114


$             35,937


$      131,938


$       54,255

Deferred income tax expense

46,088


17,349


69,662


27,073

(Gain) / loss on sale of assets

(276)


(67,703)


(180)


(67,168)

Exploration expense

140


10,876


806


10,925

Unrealized (gain) / loss on derivatives

-


342


-


300

Income charges not requiring cash

162,034


145,343


329,239


255,294

Changes in assets and liabilities

(19,818)


17,218


(41,498)


10,463

Net cash provided by operations

277,282


159,362


489,967


291,142


















Cash Flows From Investing Activities











Capital expenditures

(263,887)


(222,780)


(524,056)


(411,327)

Proceeds from sale of assets

420


131,435


906


132,715

Investment in equity method investment

(3,000)


(2,088)


(4,250)


(2,088)

Net cash used in investing

(266,467)


(93,433)


(527,400)


(280,700)


















Cash Flows From Financing Activities











Net increase (decrease) in debt

15,000


(40,000)


55,000


22,000

Stock-based compensation tax benefit

5,210


-


7,348


-

Dividends paid

(4,206)


(4,191)


(8,407)


(8,368)

Capitalized debt issuance cost

-


(5,005)


-


(5,005)

Other

1


(420)


33


(339)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing

16,005


(49,616)


53,974


8,288


















Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

$            26,820


$             16,313


$        16,541


$       18,730

 


Selected Item Review and Reconciliation of Net Income and Earnings Per Share

(In thousands, except per share amounts)




























Quarter Ended


Six Months Ended











June 30,


June 30,











2013


2012


2013


2012

   As reported - net income

$         89,114


$         35,937


$ 131,938


$   54,255

   Reversal of selected items, net of tax:














(Gain) / loss on sale of assets

(166)


(41,434)


(109)


(41,107)


Stock-based compensation expense

6,046


6,975


17,314


7,988


Pension expense (1)

-


8,470


-


12,294


Unrealized (gain) / loss on derivatives 


-


210


-


184


Pennsylvania impact fee (2)

-


-


-


5,067

Net income excluding selected items

$         94,994


$         10,158


$ 149,143


$   38,681

As reported - earnings per share 


$             0.42


$             0.17


$       0.63


$       0.26

Per share impact of reversing selected items 


0.03


(0.12)


0.08


(0.07)

Earnings per share including reversal














of selected items

$             0.45


$             0.05


$       0.71


$       0.19

Weighted average common shares outstanding

210,349


209,512


210,250


209,320









(1)

On July 28, 2010, the Company notified its employees of its plan to terminate its qualified pension plan, effective September 30, 2010. These amounts represent pension expenses related to the plan termination, including settlement costs and expenses related to the acceleration of amortization of prior service costs and actuarial losses over the period. Final distribution of the qualified pension plan occurred as of the end of the second quarter 2012. Pension expense is included in General and administrative expense in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations.

(2)

In February 2012, the Pennsylvania state legislature authorized the assessment of an impact fee on Marcellus Shale production. This amount represents the initial year accrual related to our 2011 and prior wells. Expenses associated with the impact fee are included in Taxes other than income in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations.


 


Discretionary Cash Flow Calculation and Reconciliation

(In thousands)











Quarter Ended


Six Months Ended











June 30,


June 30,











2013


2012


2013


2012

   Discretionary Cash Flow















   As reported - net income

$         89,114


$         35,937


$ 131,938


$   54,255

   Plus / (less): 















   Deferred income tax expense

46,088


17,349


69,662


27,073

   (Gain) / loss on sale of assets

(276)


(67,703)


(180)


(67,168)

   Exploration expense

140


10,876


806


10,925

   Unrealized (gain) / loss on derivatives

-


342


-


300

   Income charges not requiring cash

162,034


145,343


329,239


255,294

   Discretionary Cash Flow

297,100


142,144


531,465


280,679

   Changes in assets and liabilities

(19,818)


17,218


(41,498)


10,463

   Net cash provided by operations

$       277,282


$       159,362


$ 489,967


$ 291,142

 

Net Debt Reconciliation

(In thousands)
























June 30,


December 31,











2013


2012














   Current portion of long-term debt

$         75,000


$         75,000

   Long-term debt

$    1,067,000


$    1,012,000

   Total debt

$    1,142,000


$    1,087,000

   Stockholders' equity

2,286,241


2,131,447

        Total Capitalization

$ 3,428,241


$ 3,218,447














   Total debt

$    1,142,000


$    1,087,000

   Less:  Cash and cash equivalents

(47,277)


(30,736)

        Net Debt

$ 1,094,723


$ 1,056,264














   Net debt

$    1,094,723


$    1,056,264

   Stockholders' equity

2,286,241


2,131,447

        Total Adjusted Capitalization

$ 3,380,964


$ 3,187,711














  Total debt to total capitalization ratio

33.3%


33.8%

   Less:  Impact of cash and cash equivalents

0.9%


0.6%

        Net Debt to Adjusted Capitalization Ratio

32.4%


33.2%

SOURCE Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation



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