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Antero Resources Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial and Operational Results

February 28, 2017

DENVER, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Antero Resources Corporation (NYSE: AR) ("Antero" or the "Company") today released its fourth quarter and full-year 2016 financial and operating results.  The relevant financial statements are included in Antero's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

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Fourth Quarter Highlights Include:

  • Net daily gas equivalent production averaged a record 1,990 MMcfe/d (26% liquids), a 33% increase over the prior year quarter
  • This includes a record 86,857 Bbl/d of liquids production, a 59% increase over the prior year quarter
  • Liquids production contributed 30% of total product revenues, before hedging
  • Realized $0.07 per Mcf premium to Nymex natural gas price before hedging, or $3.05 per Mcf
  • Realized C3+ NGL price of $25.22 per barrel, 51% of Nymex WTI price before hedging
  • Realized natural gas equivalent price of $4.26 per Mcfe including NGLs, oil and hedges
  • GAAP net loss of $486 million, or $(1.55) per share including $829 million of unrealized hedge losses, compared to net income of $158 million, or $0.57 per share, in the prior year quarter
  • Adjusted net income of $68 million, or $0.22 per share, a 26% increase compared to the prior year quarter
  • Adjusted EBITDAX of $476 million, a 55% increase compared to the prior year quarter
  • Increased 2017 guidance for NGL price realizations, before hedging, to 50% to 55% of WTI oil prices

Full Year 2016 Highlights Include:

  • Net daily gas equivalent production averaged 1,847 MMcfe/d (25% liquids), a 24% increase over the prior year
  • GAAP net loss of $849 million, or $(2.88) per share including $1.5 billion of unrealized hedge losses, compared to net income of $941 million in the prior year
  • Adjusted net income of $209 million, or $0.71 per share, a 37% increase compared to the prior year
  • Adjusted EBITDAX of $1.54 billion, a 26% increase compared to the prior year
  • Net debt to trailing twelve months adjusted EBITDAX of 3.0x

Recent Developments

Increased 2017 NGL Pricing Guidance and NGL Infrastructure Update

Driven by the recent strength in Mont Belvieu prices and regional demand in the Northeast, Antero has increased its 2017 C3+ natural gas liquids ("NGL") price realization guidance before hedging to 50% to 55% of WTI oil prices, up from previous guidance of 45% to 50% of WTI.  Importantly, the updated 2017 NGL price realization guidance does not include the anticipated positive effect of the Mariner East 2 pipeline project described below.

On February 13, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued permits for Sunoco Logistics Partners LP's ("Sunoco") Mariner East 2 pipeline project, which enables Sunoco to begin construction on the 350-mile NGL pipeline.  The pipeline will transport NGLs from Southwestern Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio to the Marcus Hook terminal and export facility near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is also owned by Sunoco.  As previously announced, Antero is an anchor shipper on Mariner East 2 with a 61,500 barrels per day commitment (35,000 barrels of propane / 15,000 barrels of butane / 11,500 barrels of ethane).  The pipeline is expected to be placed into service by the end of the third quarter of 2017.

On February 6, 2017, Antero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM) ("Antero Midstream" or the "Partnership") announced the formation of a joint venture (the "Joint Venture") to develop processing and fractionation assets in Appalachia with MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P., a wholly owned subsidiary of MPLX, LP. The Joint Venture will develop cryogenic processing assets at the Sherwood Processing Facility in Doddridge County, West Virginia, and also at an additional site still to be designated, also located in West Virginia, to support Antero's continued liquids-rich production growth in the southwestern core of the Marcellus Shale. The Joint Venture participation will begin with the next three 200 MMcf/d plants at the Sherwood Processing Facility (Plants 7, 8 and 9), which are under development and scheduled to be placed into service during the first quarter of 2017, third quarter of 2017, and first quarter of 2018.  In addition, Antero Resources recently committed to Plant 10 at the Sherwood facility, which is expected to be placed into service in the third quarter of 2018. The Joint Venture will also own C3+ fractionation capacity at the Hopedale complex in Harrison County, Ohio supported by Antero and other third party producers and will have the option to participate in incremental fractionation capacity to be built in the future as needed.  

Natural Gas Firm Transportation Update

In early February 2017, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. ("Energy Transfer") received FERC approval to proceed with the construction of the Rover Pipeline.  Antero is an anchor shipper on the Rover Pipeline with an 800,000 MMBtu/d firm commitment. The pipeline will connect Antero's Marcellus and Utica Shale assets to the Midwest and Gulf Coast via additional downstream firm transportation that Antero already holds.  The project will also enable Antero to transport natural gas both from the Sherwood and Seneca processing facilities, allowing for maximum optionality on its firm transportation portfolio.  Energy Transfer plans to place the Rover Pipeline into service in the third quarter of 2017.

Year-End 2016 Proved and 3P Reserves

On February 1, 2017, Antero announced that estimated proved reserves at year-end 2016 were 15.4 Tcfe, a 16% increase compared to estimated proved reserves at December 31, 2015. All-in finding and development cost for proved reserve additions was $0.52 per Mcfe. This finding and development cost includes drilling and completion capital as well as costs incurred for well pads, roads, certain production facilities, acquisitions, land additions and gives effect to performance and price revisions.  Drill bit only finding and development cost for proved reserve additions was $0.39 per Mcfe.  Proved developed reserves increased by 18% from year-end 2015 to 6.9 Tcfe at December 31, 2016. Additionally, the percentage of proved reserves classified as proved developed increased to 45% at December 31, 2016.

The Company's proved, probable and possible ("3P") reserves at year-end 2016 totaled 46.4 Tcfe, which represents a 25% increase compared to the previous year.  Antero's Marcellus and Utica 3P drilling inventory totaled 3,630 locations at year-end 2016 with an average lateral length of 8,250', of which approximately 81% were in the Marcellus.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial and Operating Results

As of December 31, 2016, pro forma for Antero Midstream's common unit offering in February 2017, Antero owned a 59% limited partner interest in Antero Midstream Partners.  Antero Midstream's results are consolidated with Antero's results.  

For the three months ended December 31, 2016, the Company reported a net loss of $486 million, or $(1.55) per basic share and diluted share, compared to net income of $158 million, or $0.57 per basic and diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015. Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 included the following items:

  • Non-cash loss on unsettled hedges of $829 million due to increasing commodity prices during the quarter
  • Non-cash equity-based compensation expense of $27 million
  • Impairment of unproved properties of $116 million
  • Loss on early extinguishment of debt of $17 million
  • Gain on sale of assets of $98 million
  • Income tax effect of these reconciling items of $(337) million

Excluding the items detailed above, the Company's results for the fourth quarter of 2016 were as follows:

  • Adjusted net income of $68 million, or $0.22 per basic and diluted share, a 26% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2015
  • Adjusted EBITDAX of $476 million, a 55% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2015

For a description of adjusted net income and adjusted EBITDAX and reconciliations to their nearest comparable GAAP measures, please read "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Antero's net daily production for the fourth quarter of 2016 averaged 1,990 MMcfe/d, including 86,857 Bbl/d of liquids (26% liquids).  Fourth quarter 2016 production represents an organic production growth rate of 33% from the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 6% increase compared to the third quarter of 2016.  Fourth quarter 2016 C3+ NGL and oil production averaged 60,405 Bbl/d and 5,439 Bbl/d, respectively.  Recovered ethane (C2) production averaged 21,013 Bbl/d, while leaving approximately 66,000 Bbl/d of ethane in the natural gas stream. Total liquids production for the fourth quarter of 2016 represents an organic production growth rate of 59% and 7% from the fourth quarter of 2015 and third quarter of 2016, respectively.

Antero's average natural gas price before hedging increased 43% from the prior year quarter to $3.05 per Mcf, a $0.07 per Mcf premium to the average Nymex price for the period.  Virtually all of Antero's fourth quarter 2016 natural gas revenue was realized at currently favorable price indices, including Columbia Gas Transmission (TCO), Chicago, MichCon, Gulf Coast and Nymex.  Antero's average realized natural gas price after hedging for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $4.43 per Mcf, a $1.45 premium to the Nymex average price for the period, which was consistent with the prior year quarter.  During the quarter, Antero realized a cash settled natural gas hedge gain of $187 million, or $1.38 per Mcf.

The Company's average realized C3+ NGL price before hedging for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $25.22 per barrel, or 51% of the average Nymex WTI oil price, which represents a 45% increase as compared to the prior year quarter.  Antero's average realized C3+ NGL price including hedges was $25.60 per barrel, a 17% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.  Antero's average realized ethane price for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $0.22 per gallon, or $9.36 per barrel.  The average realized oil price before hedging was $39.18 per barrel, a $9.96 differential to average Nymex WTI and a 37% increase as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. 

Antero's average natural gas-equivalent price including C2+ NGLs and oil, but excluding hedge settlements, increased from the prior year quarter by 39% to $3.22 per Mcfe.  The Company's average natural gas-equivalent price, including C2+ NGLs, oil and hedge settlements, was $4.26 per Mcfe which was in line with the prior year quarter.  For the fourth quarter of 2016, Antero realized a total cash settled hedge gain on all products of $190 million, or $1.04 per Mcfe.

Commenting on liquids pricing and exposure, Glen Warren, President and CFO, said, "During the fourth quarter, Antero was the largest producer of C3+ natural gas liquids in Appalachia and realized a C3+ natural gas liquids price before hedging of $25.22, which was 51% of the average Nymex WTI oil price and 45% higher than the prior year quarter.  This realization was also well above the top of our full year NGL pricing guidance range of 35% to 40% of WTI.  When this improvement in NGL pricing outlook is combined with our continued growth in liquids production and the buildout of the Mariner East 2 project, we believe we have the most powerful NGL story in the Northeast."

Total operating revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $156 million as compared to $905 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.  Operating revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 included an $829 million non-cash loss on unsettled hedges and a $98 million gain on the sale of assets, while the fourth quarter of 2015 included a $275 million non-cash gain on unsettled hedges.  Revenue excluding the unrealized hedge loss and gain on the sale of assets was $888 million, a 41% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.  Liquids production contributed 30% of total product revenues before hedges in the fourth quarter of 2016, as compared to a 28% contribution for the prior year quarter.  For a reconciliation of revenue excluding unrealized hedge gain (loss) and gain on sale of assets to operating revenue, the most comparable GAAP measure, please read "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Marketing revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $106 million.  Antero's marketing revenue was primarily associated with the sale of third party gas purchased to utilize the Company's excess firm transportation capacity on the Tennessee, Columbia Gas and Rockies Express Pipelines.  Marketing expense for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $121 million, including costs related to excess capacity and the cost of purchasing third party gas.  Net marketing expense was $15 million, or $0.08 per Mcfe, for the fourth quarter of 2016, representing a 79%, or $0.30 per Mcfe decrease from the fourth quarter of 2015.  The significant decrease in net marketing expense from the prior year quarter is primarily attributable to a third party contractual commitment that commenced on July 1, 2016, in which Antero released certain unutilized firm transportation capacity and the costs associated with the unutilized capacity. Additionally, Antero's marketed volumes increased year-over-year and the Company generated a higher spread on its marketed volumes due to wider local northeast indices relative to the end market indices reached through Antero's firm transportation capacity.

Per unit cash production expense (lease operating, gathering, compression, processing, transportation, and production and ad valorem tax) for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $1.42 per Mcfe, a 3% decrease compared to $1.46 per Mcfe in the prior year quarter.  The per unit cash production expense for the quarter included $0.07 per Mcfe for lease operating costs, $1.27 per Mcfe for gathering, compression, processing and transportation costs and $0.08 per Mcfe for production and ad valorem taxes.  Per unit general and administrative expense for the fourth quarter of 2016, excluding non-cash equity-based compensation expense, was $0.21 per Mcfe, a 22% decrease from the fourth quarter of 2015.  The significant per unit decrease in general and administrative expenses was primarily driven by the increase in production while overall general and administrative expense remained relatively flat.  Per unit depreciation, depletion and amortization expense increased 3% from the prior year quarter to $1.22 per Mcfe, primarily due to an increase in the total drilling and completion costs subject to depletion.

Adjusted EBITDAX of $476 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 represents a 55% increase compared to the prior year quarter.  Adjusted EBITDAX margin for the quarter was $2.60 per Mcfe, representing a 16% increase from the prior year quarter.  For the fourth quarter of 2016, cash flow from operations before changes in working capital was $404 million, a 69% increase from the prior year quarter and well in excess of drilling and completion capital expenditures of $318 million.

For a description of adjusted EBITDAX, adjusted EBITDAX margin, as well as cash flow from operations before changes in working capital and reconciliations to their nearest comparable GAAP measures, please read "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

The following table details the components of average net production and average realized prices for the three months ended December 31, 2016:

 


Three Months Ended
December 31, 2016


Gas (MMcf/d)


Oil
(Bbl/d)


C3+ NGLs
(Bbl/d)


 

Ethane (Bbl/d)


Combined
Gas
Equivalent
(MMcfe/d)

Average Net Production


1,469



5,439



60,405


 

21,013



1,990















Average Realized Prices

Gas

($/Mcf)


Oil

($/Bbl)


C3+ NGLs
($/Bbl)


 

Ethane ($/Bbl)


Combined
Gas
Equivalent
($/Mcfe)
















Average realized price before settled derivatives

$

3.05


$

39.18


$

25.22


$

9.36


$

3.22

Settled derivatives


1.38



¾    –



0.38



¾



1.04

 

Average realized price after settled derivatives

$

4.43


$

39.18


$

25.60


$

9.36


$

4.26
















Nymex average price

$

2.98


$

49.14








$

2.98

Premium / (Differential) to Nymex

$

1.45


$

(9.96)








$

1.28

 

Marcellus Shale — Antero completed and placed on line 33 horizontal Marcellus wells during the fourth quarter of 2016 with an average lateral length of 9,900 feet.  During the quarter, Antero drilled an average of 4,100 feet per day in its laterals while drilling and casing 29 wells.  The Company's contracted completion crews averaged four stages per day in the Marcellus.  All 33 wells completed in the fourth quarter of 2016 have been on line for more than 30 days and had an average 30-day rate of 18.8 MMcfe/d while rejecting ethane (26% liquids).  In 2016, Antero completed 88 wells that have an average EUR of 21.5 Bcfe assuming ethane rejection, an average Btu of 1245 and an average lateral length of 9,200 feet.  Approximately 80% of the 88 wells completed in 2016 in the Marcellus utilized advanced completion techniques. The Company is currently operating three drilling rigs and five completion crews in the Marcellus Shale play. 

Current average well costs are $0.84 million per 1,000 feet of lateral in the Marcellus, which represents a 29% reduction from 2015 and a 2% reduction from the third quarter of 2016.  The reduction in average well costs is primarily driven by continuing operational efficiencies.  In the Marcellus, average drilling days from spud to final rig release declined to 12 days in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 50% reduction from 2015 and a 14% reduction from the third quarter of 2016.

One notable Marcellus pad that was completed in the fourth quarter had ten wells with an average lateral length of 10,500 feet and was completed with 1,750 pounds of proppant per foot.  The average EUR for this pad is 2.1 Bcf/1,000 at the wellhead and 2.6 Bcfe/1,000' processed (ethane rejection), and the combined 30-day rate for the 10-well pad was 200 MMcfe/d, including 7,800 Bbl/d of C3+ NGLs and 2,300 Bbl/d of oil.  The average cost per well on the pad was $7.9 million, or $0.75 million per 1,000 feet of lateral.  This pad had an all-in development cost of $0.36 per Mcfe and is expected to deliver a cash on cash payout of 1.7 years.  Antero plans to average nine wells per pad in the Marcellus in 2017.

Ohio Utica Shale — Antero completed and placed on line ten horizontal Ohio Utica wells during the fourth quarter of 2016 with an average lateral length of 8,600 feet.  During the quarter, Antero drilled on average of 2,850 feet per day in its laterals while drilling and casing six wells during the quarter.  The Company's contracted completion crews averaged six stages per day in the Utica, a record for the Company.  All ten of the wells completed in the fourth quarter of 2016 have been on line for more than 30 days and had an average restricted 30-day rate of 17.5 MMcfe/d while rejecting ethane (26% liquids).  Antero is currently operating three drilling rigs and one completion crew in the Utica Shale play.   

Current average well costs are $0.99 million per 1,000 feet of lateral in the Utica, which represents a 27% reduction from 2015 and a 2% reduction from the third quarter of 2016.  The reduction in average well costs is primarily driven by lower service costs and continued operational efficiencies.  Drilling days from spud to final rig release declined to 13 days in the Utica in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 58% reduction from 2015.

The one Utica pad that was completed in the fourth quarter had ten wells with an average lateral length of 8,600 feet.  The combined 30-day rate for the 10-well pad, was 178 MMcfe/d, flowing at a constrained rate, including 5,800 Bbl/d of C3+ NGLs and 1,400 Bbl/d of oil.  The average cost per well on the pad was $8.4 million, or $0.97 million per 1,000 feet of lateral.  Antero plans to average six wells per pad in the Utica in 2017 and plans to utilize existing pads for a portion of the planned wells.

Commenting on Antero's 2016 results and future development plan, Paul Rady, Chairman of the Board and CEO said, "In 2016, through strategic acreage consolidation, we increased our extensive core drilling inventory to over 3,400 locations.  From 2017 through 2020, we are targeting the completion of just over 800 of these core locations, or less than 25% of our overall core inventory. This provides us with significant visibility around our long-term growth plans.  Looking ahead, we are well positioned to achieve our production guidance of 20% to 25% in 2017 and our production targets of 20% to 22%, on a compounded annual basis through 2020.  Importantly, the significant operational improvements resulting in increased EUR's and lower well costs now position us to achieve this production growth while driving down leverage and spending within operating cash flow."

Antero Midstream Financial Results

Antero Midstream results were released today and are available at www.anteromidstream.com.

Low pressure gathering volumes for the fourth quarter of 2016 averaged 1,522 MMcf/d, a 35% increase from the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 6% increase sequentially from the third quarter of 2016.  Compression volumes for the fourth quarter of 2016 averaged 920 MMcf/d, a 92% increase from the fourth quarter of 2015 and an 18% increase sequentially.  High pressure gathering volumes for the fourth quarter of 2016 averaged 1,437 MMcf/d, a 20% increase from the fourth quarter of 2015 and a 6% increase sequentially.    The increase in throughput volumes was driven by Antero's production growth in Antero Midstream's area of dedication. Fresh water delivery volumes averaged 149,682 Bbl/d during the quarter, a 25% increase compared to the prior year quarter and a 7% increase sequentially.  The increase in volumes was driven by an increase in wells serviced by the fresh water delivery system and higher water intensity advanced completions.

For the three months ended December 31, 2016, Antero Midstream reported revenues of $167 million, comprised of $88 million from the Gathering and Processing segment and $79 million from the Water Handling and Treatment segment.  Revenues increased 27% compared to the prior year quarter, primarily driven by growth in natural gas throughput volumes and fresh water delivery volumes.  Gathering and Processing revenues included a $4 million gain on asset sale related to the divestiture of certain gathering and compression assets in Pennsylvania during the quarter.  Water Handling and Treatment segment revenues include $28 million from fluid handling and high rate water transfer services provided to Antero Resources, which is billed at cost plus 3%. 

Direct operating expenses for the Gathering and Processing and Water Handling and Treatment segments were $8 million and $29 million, respectively, for a total of $37 million compared to $40 million in direct operating expenses in the prior year quarter.  Water Handling and Treatment direct operating expenses include $27 million from fluid handling and high rate water transfer services.  The decrease in direct operating expenses was driven primarily by a reduction in fluid handling and high rate transfer expenses.  General and administrative expenses including equity-based compensation were $14 million, a $1 million increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.  General and administrative expenses excluding equity-based compensation were $8 million during the fourth quarter of 2016, in line with the fourth quarter of 2015.  Total operating expenses were $83 million, including $26 million of depreciation, $7 million of equity-based compensation, and $6 million of accretion of contingent acquisition consideration.

The Board of Directors of Antero Resources Midstream Management LLC, the general partner of the Partnership, declared a cash distribution of $0.28 per unit ($1.12 per unit annualized) for the fourth quarter of 2016. The distribution represents a 27% increase compared to the prior year quarter and a 6% increase sequentially.  The distribution is the Partnership's eighth consecutive quarterly distribution increase since its initial public offering in November 2014 and was paid on February 8, 2017 to unitholders of record as of February 1, 2017.  Upon payment of this distribution, the 75,940,957 subordinated units owned by Antero Resources were converted into common units on a one-for-one basis under the terms of the Partnership agreement. 

Fourth Quarter 2016 Capital Spending

Antero's drilling and completion capital expenditures for the three months ended December 31, 2016 were $318 million.  In addition, the Company invested $47 million for land, excluding $74 million for leasehold and proved property acquisitions.  Antero Midstream invested $77 million for gathering and compression systems and $51 million for water infrastructure projects, including $36 million for the Antero Clearwater Treatment Facility.

2016 Financial Results

Antero's net daily production for 2016 averaged 1,847 MMcfe/d, which was 3% above the previously increased 2016 guidance and included 78,002 Bbl/d of liquids (25%).  Full year 2016 production represents an organic growth rate of 24% from the prior year. Full year 2016 C3+ NGL and oil production averaged 55,408 Bbl/d and 5,118 Bbl/d, which were 4% and 14% above 2016 guidance, respectively.  Ethane (C2) production averaged 17,476 Bbl/d.  Total liquids production for 2016 represents an organic growth rate of 62% over 2015 liquids production. 

Antero's average natural gas price before hedging increased 5% from the prior year to $2.50 per Mcf, a $0.04 per Mcf premium to the average Nymex price for the period and at the high end of 2016 guidance of a $0.00 per Mcf to $0.05 per Mcf premium to Nymex.  Approximately 99% of Antero's 2016 natural gas production was priced at favorable indices, including Columbia Gas Transmission (TCO), Chicago, MichCon, Gulf Coast and Nymex.  Antero's average realized natural gas price after hedging for 2016 was $4.39 per Mcf, a $1.93 premium to the Nymex average price for the period, which was a 6% increase as compared to 2015.  During the year, Antero realized a cash settled natural gas hedge gain of $957 million, or $1.90 per Mcf.

The Company's average realized C3+ NGL price before hedging for 2016 was $18.74 per barrel, or 43% of the average Nymex WTI oil price, which represents a 9% increase as compared to the prior year and exceeds the 2016 guidance of 35% to 40% of WTI.  Antero's realized C3+ NGL price including hedges was $21.03 per barrel, which was in line with 2015.  Antero's average realized ethane price in 2016 was $0.20 per gallon, or $8.28 per barrel, a 34% increase as compared to the prior year.  Antero's average realized oil price before hedging was $32.73 per barrel, a $10.42 differential to average Nymex WTI and a 4% decrease as compared to the prior year.

Antero's average natural gas-equivalent price including C2+ NGLs and oil, but excluding hedge settlements, increased 3% from the prior year to $2.60 per Mcfe, despite an 8% and 11% decrease in average Nymex Henry Hub natural gas and average Nymex WTI oil prices, respectively.  The increase in natural gas equivalent price was driven by improved realized natural gas and NGL prices as a result of Antero selling at more favorably priced indices and contracting for a portion of its NGL production at tighter differentials to Mont Belvieu.  Antero's average natural gas-equivalent price including NGLs, oil and hedge settlements was in line with the prior year at $4.08 per Mcfe.  For 2016, Antero realized a total cash settled hedge gain on all products of $1.0 billion, or $1.48 per Mcfe.

Total operating revenue for 2016 was $1.7 billion as compared to $4.0 billion for the prior year.  Operating revenue for 2016 included a $1.5 billion non-cash loss on unsettled hedges and a $98 million gain on the sale of assets, while 2015 included a $1.5 billion non-cash gain on unsettled hedges.  For 2016, revenue excluding the unrealized hedge gain (loss) and gain on the sale of assets was $3.2 billion, a 30% increase compared to 2015.  Liquids production contributed 28% of total product revenues before hedges in 2016, compared to 24% during 2015.  For a reconciliation of revenue excluding the unrealized hedge loss and gain on sale of assets to operating revenue, the most comparable GAAP measure, please read "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Marketing revenue for 2016 was $393 million.  Antero's marketing revenue was primarily associated with the sale of third-party gas purchased to utilize the Company's excess firm transportation capacity on the Rockies Express Pipeline, Columbia Gas Pipeline and Tennessee Gas Pipeline.  Marketing expense for 2016 was $499 million.  The largest components of marketing expense include firm transportation costs related to current excess capacity as well as the cost of third-party purchased gas and NGLs.  Net marketing expense for 2016 was $106 million, or $0.16 per Mcfe, which was at the low end of the Company's 2016 guidance of $0.15 to $0.20 per Mcfe.   

Per unit cash production expense (lease operating, gathering, compression, processing and transportation, and ad valorem tax) for 2016 was $1.48 per Mcfe which is a 4% increase compared to $1.42 per Mcfe in the prior year and at the high end of 2016 guidance of $1.40 to $1.50 per Mcfe.  The per unit cash production expense for 2016 included $0.07 per Mcfe for lease operating costs, $1.31 per Mcfe for gathering, compression and transportation costs and $0.10 per Mcfe for production and ad valorem taxes.  The increase from the prior year was primarily due to higher transportation costs associated with Antero's increasing firm transportation, which in turn enabled the Company to sell its gas at more favorably priced indices.  Per unit general and administrative expense for 2016, excluding non-cash equity based compensation expense, was $0.20 per Mcfe, a 20% decrease from 2015 and at the low end of Antero's 2016 guidance of $0.20 to $0.22 per Mcfe.  The decrease was primarily driven by the significant increase in net production.  Per unit depreciation, depletion and amortization expense decreased by 8% to $1.20 per Mcfe compared to 2015.

The Company reported a net loss from continuing operations attributable to common stockholders of $849 million (($2.88) per basic and diluted share) for 2016, including:

  • $1.5 billion of non-cash losses on unsettled hedges
  • $102 million of non-cash equity-based compensation expense
  • $163 million of impairments of unproved properties
  • $17 million loss on early extinguishment of debt
  • $98 million gain on sale of assets
  • Income tax effect of these reconciling items of $(644) million

Excluding these items, the Company's results for 2016 were as follows:

  • Adjusted net income was $209 million ($0.71 per basic and diluted share) for 2016, representing a 37% increase over the prior year
  • Adjusted EBITDAX of $1.54 billion, a 26% increase compared to the prior year

Adjusted EBITDAX margin for 2016 was $2.27 per Mcfe, which was 1% higher than the prior year. For 2016, cash flow from operations before changes in working capital was $1.3 billion, 31% higher than the prior year, in line with drilling and completion capital expenditures of $1.3 billion.

For a description of Adjusted EBITDAX and EBITDAX margin, cash flow from operations before changes in working capital and adjusted net income from continuing operations attributable to common stockholders and reconciliations to their nearest comparable GAAP measures, please read "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

2016 Capital Spending

Antero's drilling and completion capital expenditures for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $1.3 billion, in line with guidance and a 21% decrease compared to the prior year.  In addition, the Company invested $153 million for land, excluding $593 million for leasehold and proved property acquisitions.  Antero Midstream invested $231 million for gathering and compression systems and $188 million for water infrastructure projects, including $149 million for the Antero Clearwater Treatment Facility.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of December 31, 2016, Antero's consolidated net debt was $4.7 billion, of which $650 million were borrowings outstanding under the Company's and Antero Midstream's revolving credit facilities.  Total borrowing capacity under these two facilities is currently $5.4 billion(1).  After deducting $710 million in letters of credit outstanding to support pipeline commitments, the Company had $4.0 billion in available consolidated liquidity as of December 31, 2016.  At year-end, the Company's net debt to trailing twelve months adjusted EBITDAX ratio was 3.0-times. For a reconciliation of consolidated net debt to consolidated total debt, the most comparable GAAP measure, please read "Non-GAAP Financial Measures." For a description of adjusted EBITDAX to its nearest comparable GAAP measure, please read "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

1.

Liquidity calculation assumes Antero Midstream's borrowings under its credit facility limited to EBITDA covenant of 5.0x LTM EBITDA, less Senior Note Issuances as of December 31, 2016.

 

 

 

Hedge Position

The Company's estimated natural gas production for 2017 is fully hedged at an average index price of $3.63 per MMBtu.  Antero's target natural gas production for 2018 is also fully hedged at an average index price of $3.91 per MMBtu. Antero has hedged 3.4 Tcfe of future natural gas equivalent production using fixed price swaps covering the period from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2022 at an average index price of $3.63 per MMBtu.  At December 31, 2016, the Company's estimated fair value of commodity derivative instruments was $1.6 billion.

The following table summarizes Antero's hedge position as of December 31, 2016:

Period


 

Natural Gas

MMBtu/d


Average

Index price

($/MMBtu)

Liquids

Bbl/d

Average

Index price

1Q 2017:







Nymex Henry Hub


1,370,000


$3.52

CGTLA


420,000


$4.39

Chicago


70,000


$4.76

Propane MB ($/Gal)



27,500

$0.40

Ethane MB ($/Gal)



20,000

$0.25

Nymex WTI ($/Bbl)



3,000

$54.75








2Q 2017:







Nymex Henry Hub


1,370,000


$3.26

CGTLA


420,000


$4.13

Chicago


70,000


$4.38

Propane MB ($/Gal)



27,500

$0.38

Ethane MB ($/Gal)



20,000

$0.25

Nymex WTI ($/Bbl)



3,000

$54.75








3Q 2017:







Nymex Henry Hub


1,370,000


$3.33

CGTLA


420,000


$4.20

Chicago


70,000


$4.45

Propane MB ($/Gal)



27,500

$0.39

Ethane MB ($/Gal)



20,000

$0.25

Nymex WTI ($/Bbl)



3,000

$54.75








4Q 2017:







Nymex Henry Hub


1,370,000


$3.46

CGTLA


420,000


$4.37

Chicago


70,000


$4.68

Propane MB ($/Gal)



27,500

$0.40

Ethane MB ($/Gal)



20,000

$0.25

Nymex WTI ($/Bbl)



3,000

$54.75

                       2017 Total


1,860,000


$3.63

50,500

N/A (1)

2018:







Nymex Henry Hub


2,002,500


$3.91

Propane MB ($/Gal)



2,000

$0.65

2019:







Nymex Henry Hub


2,330,000


$3.70

2020:







Nymex Henry Hub


1,367,500


$3.66

2021:







Nymex Henry Hub


660,000


$3.35

2022:







Nymex Henry Hub


760,000


$3.20









(1)

Average index price is not applicable as 2017 liquids hedges include propane, ethane and oil hedges.

 

Conference Call

A conference call is scheduled on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 9:00 am MT to discuss the results.  A brief Q&A session for security analysts will immediately follow the discussion of the results for the quarter.  To participate in the call, dial in at 888-347-8204 (U.S.), 855-669-9657 (Canada), or 412-902-4229 (International) and reference "Antero Resources". A telephone replay of the call will be available until Friday, March 10, 2017 at 9:00 am MT at 877-870-5176 (U.S.) or 858-384-5517 (International) using the passcode 10098004.

A simultaneous webcast of the call may be accessed over the internet at www.anteroresources.com.  The webcast will be archived for replay on the Company's website until Friday, March 10, 2017 at 9:00 am MT.

Presentation

An updated presentation will be posted to the Company's website before the March 1, 2017 conference call.  The presentation can be found at www.anteroresources.com on the homepage.  Information on the Company's website does not constitute a portion of this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Revenue excluding unrealized hedge gains (losses) and gain on sale of assets as set forth in this release represents total operating revenue adjusted for non-cash gains (losses) on unsettled hedges and gain on sale of assets.  Antero believes that revenue excluding unrealized hedge gains (losses) and gain on sale of assets is useful to investors in evaluating operational trends of the Company and its performance relative to other oil and gas producing companies.  Revenue excluding unrealized hedge gains (losses) and gain on sale of assets is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for total operating revenue as an indicator of financial performance.  The following table reconciles total operating revenue to revenue excluding unrealized hedge gains (losses) and gain on sale of assets (in thousands):



Three months ended
December 31,


Years ended

December 31,



2015


2016


2015


2016










Total operating revenue


$

905,122


$

156,216


$

3,954,858


$

1,744,525

Commodity derivative fair value (gains) losses


(545,103)


639,805


(2,381,501)


514,181

Cash receipts for settled hedges


269,933


189,524


856,572


1,003,083

Gain on sale of assets



(97,635)



(97,635)

Revenue excluding unrealized hedge gains (losses) and gain on sale of assets


$

629,952


$

887,910


$

2,429,929


$

3,164,154

 

Adjusted net income as set forth in this release represents net income (loss), adjusted for certain items.  Antero believes that adjusted net income is useful to investors in evaluating operational trends of the Company and its performance relative to other oil and gas producing companies.  Adjusted net income is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss) as an indicator of financial performance.  The following table reconciles net income (loss) to adjusted net income (in thousands):

 



Three months ended


Years ended

December 31,


December 31,



2015


2016


2015


2016











Net income (loss)


$

158,464


$

(485,772)


$

941,364


$

(848,816)

Non-cash commodity derivative (gains) losses on unsettled derivatives



(275,170)



829,329



(1,524,929)



1,517,264

Impairment of unproved properties



60,651



115,712



104,321



162,935

Equity-based compensation



18,597



26,754



97,877



102,421

Loss on early extinguishment of debt





16,956





16,956

Gain on sale of assets





(97,635)





(97,635)

Contract termination and rig stacking



27,629





38,531



Income tax effect of reconciling items



63,938



(337,179)



495,215



(643,977)

Adjusted net income


$

54,109


$

68,165


$

152,379


$

209,148

 

Cash flow from operations before changes in working capital as presented in this release represents net cash provided by operating activities before changes in working capital items.  Cash flow from operations before changes in working capital is widely accepted by the investment community as a financial indicator of an oil and gas company's ability to generate cash to internally fund exploration and development activities and to service debt.  Cash flow from operations before changes in working capital is also useful because it is widely used by professional research analysts in valuing, comparing, rating and providing investment recommendations of companies in the oil and gas exploration and production industry.  In turn, many investors use this published research in making investment decisions.  Cash flow from operations before changes in working capital is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for cash flows from operating, investing, or financing activities, as an indicator of cash flows, or as a measure of liquidity.

The following table reconciles net cash provided by operating activities to cash flow from operations before changes in working capital as used in this release (in thousands):

 




Three months ended
December 31,


Years ended

December 31,



2015


2016


2015


2016










Net cash provided by operating activities


$

174,658


$

335,559


$

1,015,812


$

1,241,256

Net change in working capital


63,965


68,859


(39,498)


32,920

Cash flow from operations before changes in working capital


238,623


404,418


976,314


1,274,176

 

The following table reconciles consolidated total debt to consolidated net debt as used in this release (in thousands):



December 31,


December 31,



2015


2016








Bank credit facilities


$

1,327,000


$

650,000

6.00% AR senior notes due 2020



525,000



5.375% AR senior notes due 2021



1,000,000



1,000,000

5.125% AR senior notes due 2022



1,100,000



1,100,000

5.625% AR senior notes due 2023



750,000



750,000

5.375% AM senior notes due 2024





650,000

5.000% AR senior notes due 2025





600,000

Net unamortized premium



6,513



1,749

Net unamortized debt issuance costs



(39,731)



(47,776)

Consolidated total debt


$

4,668,782


$

4,703,973

Less: Cash and cash equivalents



23,473



31,610

Consolidated net debt


$

4,645,309


$

4,672,363

 

Adjusted EBITDAX is a non-GAAP financial measure that the Company defines as net income (loss) from continuing operations including noncontrolling interest after adjusting for those items shown in the table below.  Adjusted EBITDAX, as used and defined by the Company, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies and is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP.  Adjusted EBITDAX should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income, net income, cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities, or other income or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP.  Adjusted EBITDAX provides no information regarding a company's capital structure, borrowings, interest costs, capital expenditures, and working capital movement or tax position.  Adjusted EBITDAX does not represent funds available for discretionary use because those funds may be required for debt service, capital expenditures, working capital, income taxes, franchise taxes, exploration expenses, and other commitments and obligations.  However, Antero's management team believes adjusted EBITDAX is useful to an investor in evaluating the Company's financial performance because this measure:

  • is widely used by investors in the oil and gas industry to measure a company's operating performance without regard to items excluded from the calculation of such term, which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon accounting methods and book value of assets, capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired, among other factors;
  • helps investors to more meaningfully evaluate and compare the results of Antero's operations from period to period by removing the effect of its capital structure from its operating structure; and
  • is used by the Company's management team for various purposes, including as a measure of operating performance, in presentations to its board of directors, as a basis for strategic planning and forecasting. Adjusted EBITDAX is also used by our Board of Directors as a performance measure in determining executive compensation. Adjusted EBITDAX, as defined by our Credit Facility, is used by our lenders pursuant to covenants under our revolving credit facility and by its lenders pursuant to covenants under its credit facility and the indentures governing the Company's senior notes.

There are significant limitations to using adjusted EBITDAX as a measure of performance, including the inability to analyze the effect of certain recurring and non-recurring items that materially affect Antero's net income, the lack of comparability of results of operations of different companies and the different methods of calculating adjusted EBITDAX reported by different companies.  The following tables represent a reconciliation of the Company's net income (loss) from continuing operations including noncontrolling interest to adjusted EBITDAX, a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDAX to net cash provided by operating activities and a reconciliation of realized price before cash receipts for settled hedges to adjusted EBITDAX margin (in thousands except adjusted EBITDAX margin).

 


Three months ended


Years ended

December 31,


December 31,


2015


2016


2015


2016











Net income (loss) from continuing operations including noncontrolling interest

 

$

175,574


 

$

(452,804)


 

$

979,996


 

$

(749,448)

Commodity derivative fair value (gains)


(545,103)



639,805



(2,381,501)



514,181

Gains on settled derivative instruments


269,933



189,524



856,572



1,003,083

Gain on sale of assets




(97,635)





(97,635)

Interest expense


60,471



67,918



234,400



253,552

Loss on early extinguishment of debt




16,956





16,956

Income tax expense (benefit)


77,181



(265,621)



575,890



(496,376)

Depreciation, depletion, amortization, and accretion


162,178



222,443



711,418



812,346

Impairment of unproved properties


60,651



115,712



104,321



162,935

Exploration expense


760



3,573



3,846



6,862

Equity-based compensation expense


18,597



26,754



97,877



102,421

Equity in loss (earnings) of unconsolidated affiliate




1,542





(485)

Distributions from unconsolidated affiliate




7,702





7,702

State franchise taxes


(59)



11



72



50

Contract termination and rig stacking


27,629





38,531



Total Adjusted EBITDAX


307,812



475,880



1,221,422



1,536,144

Interest expense


(60,471)



(67,918)



(234,400)



(253,552)

Exploration expense


(760)



(3,573)



(3,846)



(6,862)

Changes in current assets and liabilities


(63,965)



(68,859)



39,498



(32,920)

State franchise taxes


59



(11)



(72)



(50)

Other non-cash items


(8,017)



40



(6,790)



(1,504)

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

174,658


$

335,559


$

1,015,812


$

1,241,256






Three months ended


Years ended


December 31,


December 31,

Adjusted EBITDAX margin ($ per Mcfe):


2015



2016


2015


2016

Realized price before cash receipts for settled hedges

$

2.32


$

3.22


$

2.52


$

2.60

Gathering, compression, and water handling and treatment revenues


0.05



0.01



0.04



0.02

Distributions from unconsolidated affiliate




0.04





0.01

Lease operating expense


(0.08)



(0.07)



(0.07)



(0.07)

Gathering, compression, processing and transportation costs


(1.23)



(1.27)



(1.21)



(1.31)

Marketing, net


(0.38)



(0.08)



(0.23)



(0.16)

Production and ad valorem taxes


(0.15)



(0.08)



(0.14)



(0.10)

General and administrative(1)


(0.26)



(0.21)



(0.24)



(0.20)

Adjusted EBITDAX margin before settled hedges


0.27



1.56



0.67



0.79

Cash receipts for settled hedges


1.96



1.04



1.57



1.48

Adjusted EBITDAX margin ($ per Mcfe):

$

2.23


$

2.60


$

2.24


$

2.27



(1)

Excludes equity-based stock compensation that is included in G&A

 

Non-GAAP Disclosure

Certain selected financial information in this release is unaudited.  Audited financial results are provided in Antero's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, which the Company filed with the SEC on February 28, 2017.  In this release, Antero has provided a number of unaudited metrics, which include all-in finding and development cost per unit and drill bit only finding and development cost per unit.  These non-GAAP metrics are commonly used in the exploration and production industry by companies, investors and analysts in order to measure a company's ability of adding and developing reserves at a reasonable cost.  The finding and development costs per unit are statistical indicators that have limitations, including their predictive and comparative value. In addition, because the finding and development costs per unit do not consider the cost or timing of future production of new reserves, such measures may not be adequate measures of value creation. These reserve metrics may not be comparable to similarly titled measurements used by other companies. The calculations for both all-in and drill bit only finding and development cost per unit do not include future development costs required for the development of proved undeveloped reserves.

Antero Resources is an independent natural gas and oil company engaged in the acquisition, development and production of unconventional liquids-rich natural gas properties located in the Appalachian Basin in West Virginia and Ohio. The Company's website is located at www.anteroresources.com.

This release includes "forward-looking statements".  Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Antero's control. All statements, except for statements of historical fact, made in this release regarding activities, events or developments the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future, such as those regarding future production targets, completion of natural gas or natural gas liquids transportation projects, future earnings, future capital spending plans, improved and/or increasing capital efficiency, continued utilization of existing infrastructure, gas marketability, estimated realized natural gas and natural gas liquids prices, acreage quality, access to multiple gas markets, expected drilling and development plans, future financial position, future technical improvements and future marketing opportunities, are 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 forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. Although Antero believes that the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements are reasonable, there is no assurance that these plans, intentions or expectations will be achieved. Therefore, actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied or forecast in such statements.

Antero cautions you that these forward-looking statements are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control, incident to the exploration for and development, production, gathering and sale of natural gas, NGLs and oil. These risks include, but are not limited to, commodity price volatility, inflation, lack of availability of drilling and production equipment and services, environmental risks, drilling and other operating risks, regulatory changes, the uncertainty inherent in estimating natural gas and oil reserves and in projecting future rates of production, cash flow and access to capital, the timing of development expenditures, and the other risks described under the heading "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in Antero's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.

In this press release, Antero uses terms such as "resource potential" to describe potentially recoverable hydrocarbon quantities that are not permitted to be used in filings with the SEC.  Antero includes these estimates to demonstrate what management believes to be the potential for future drilling and production on our properties.  These estimates are by their nature much more speculative than estimates of proved reserves and would require substantial additional capital spending over significant number of years to implement recovery.  Actual quantities that may be ultimately recovered from Antero's interests may differ substantially from the estimates in this press release.  Factors affecting ultimate recovery include the scope of Antero's ongoing drilling program, which will be directly affected by commodity prices, the availability of capital, drilling and production costs, availability of drilling services and equipment, drilling results, lease expirations, transportation constraints, regulatory approvals and other factors, and actual drilling results, including geological and mechanical factors affecting recovery rates.

The SEC permits oil and gas companies to disclose probable and possible reserves in their filings with the SEC. Antero does not plan to include probable and possible reserve estimates in its filings with the SEC.  Antero has provided internally generated estimates that have been audited by its third party reserve engineer in this release.  Antero's estimate of proved, probable and possible reserves is provided in this release because management believes it is useful information that is widely used by the investment community in the valuation, comparison and analysis of companies.  However, the Company notes that the SEC prohibits companies from aggregating proved, probable and possible reserves in filings with the SEC due to the different levels of certainty associated with each reserve category.

This release provides a summary of Antero's reserves as of December 31, 2016, assuming partial ethane "rejection" where sales demand for ethane is not available.  Ethane rejection occurs when ethane is left in the wellhead natural gas stream when the natural gas is processed, rather than being separated out and sold as a liquid after fractionation.  When ethane is left in the gas stream, the Btu content of the residue natural gas at the outlet of the processing plant is higher.  Producers will generally elect to "reject" ethane at the processing plant when the price received for the ethane in the natural gas stream is greater than the price received for the ethane being sold as a liquid after fractionation, net of fractionation costs.  When ethane is recovered in the processing plant, the Btu content of the residue natural gas is lower, but a producer is then able to recover the value of the ethane sold as a separate natural gas liquid product.  In addition, natural gas processing plants can produce the other NGL products (propane, normal butane, isobutene and natural gasoline) while rejecting ethane.

 

ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2016

(In thousands, except per share amounts)











2015


2016


Assets


Current assets:








Cash and cash equivalents


$

23,473



31,610


Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,195 in 2015 and 2016



79,404



29,682


Accrued revenue



128,242



261,960


Derivative instruments



1,009,030



73,022


Other current assets



8,087



6,313


Total current assets



1,248,236



402,587


Property and equipment:








Natural gas properties, at cost (successful efforts method):








Unproved properties



1,996,081



2,331,173


Proved properties



8,211,106



9,549,671


Water handling and treatment systems



565,616



744,682


Gathering systems and facilities



1,502,396



1,723,768


Other property and equipment



46,415



41,231





12,321,614



14,390,525


Less accumulated depletion, depreciation, and amortization



(1,589,372)



(2,363,778)


Property and equipment, net



10,732,242



12,026,747


Derivative instruments



2,108,450



1,731,063


Other assets



26,565



95,153


Total assets


$

14,115,493



14,255,550










Liabilities and Equity


Current liabilities:








Accounts payable


$

69,911



38,627


Accrued liabilities



488,325



393,803


Revenue distributions payable



129,949



163,989


Derivative instruments





203,635


Other current liabilities



19,085



17,334


Total current liabilities



707,270



817,388


Long-term liabilities:








Long-term debt



4,668,782



4,703,973


Deferred income tax liability



1,370,686



950,217


Derivative instruments





234


Other liabilities



82,077



55,160


Total liabilities



6,828,815



6,526,972


Commitments and contingencies








Equity:








Stockholders' equity:








Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; authorized - 50,000 shares; none issued






Common stock, $0.01 par value; authorized - 1,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 277,036 shares and 314,877 shares, respectively



2,770



3,149


Additional paid-in capital



4,122,811



5,299,481


Accumulated earnings



1,808,811



959,995


Total stockholders' equity



5,934,392



6,262,625


Noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiary



1,352,286



1,465,953


Total equity



7,286,678



7,728,578


Total liabilities and equity


$

14,115,493



14,255,550


 

ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income

Years Ended December 31, 2014, 2015 and 2016

(In thousands, except per share amounts)



2014


2015


2016


Revenue and other:











Natural gas sales


$

1,301,349



1,039,892



1,260,750


Natural gas liquids sales



328,323



264,483



432,992


Oil sales



107,080



70,753



61,319


Gathering, compression, and water handling and treatment



22,075



22,000



12,961


Marketing



53,604



176,229



393,049


Commodity derivative fair value gains (losses)



868,201



2,381,501



(514,181)


Gain on sale of assets



40,000





97,635


Total revenue and other



2,720,632



3,954,858



1,744,525


Operating expenses:











Lease operating



29,341



36,011



50,090


Gathering, compression, processing, and transportation



461,413



659,361



882,838


Production and ad valorem taxes



87,918



78,325



66,588


Marketing



103,435



299,062



499,343


Exploration



27,893



3,846



6,862


Impairment of unproved properties



15,198



104,321



162,935


Depletion, depreciation, and amortization



477,896



709,763



809,873


Accretion of asset retirement obligations



1,271



1,655



2,473


General and administrative (including equity-based compensation expense of $112,252, $97,877, and $102,421 in 2014, 2015, and 2016, respectively)



216,533



233,697



239,324


Contract termination and rig stacking





38,531




Total operating expenses



1,420,898



2,164,572



2,720,326


Operating income (loss)



1,299,734



1,790,286



(975,801)


Other income (expenses):











Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate







485


Interest



(160,051)



(234,400)



(253,552)


Loss on early extinguishment of debt



(20,386)





(16,956)


Total other expenses



(180,437)



(234,400)



(270,023)


Income (loss) before income taxes



1,119,297



1,555,886



(1,245,824)


Provision for income tax (expense) benefit



(445,672)



(575,890)



496,376


Income (loss) from continuing operations



673,625



979,996



(749,448)


Discontinued operations:











Income from sale of discontinued operations, net of income tax expense of $1,354 in 2014



2,210






Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) including noncontrolling interest



675,835



979,996



(749,448)


Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest



2,248



38,632



99,368


Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Antero Resources Corporation


$

673,587



941,364



(848,816)













Earnings (loss) per common share—basic:











Continuing operations


$

2.56



3.43



(2.88)


Discontinued operations



0.01






Total


$

2.57



3.43



(2.88)













Earnings (loss) per common share—assuming dilution:











Continuing operations


$

2.56



3.43



(2.88)


Discontinued operations



0.01






Total


$

2.57



3.43



(2.88)













Weighted average number of shares outstanding:











Basic



262,054



274,123



294,945


Diluted



262,068



274,143



294,945


 

ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Years Ended December 31, 2014, 2015 and 2016

 (In thousands)














Year Ended December 31,




2014


2015


2016


Cash flows from operating activities:











Net income (loss) including noncontrolling interest


$

675,835



979,996



(749,448)


Adjustment to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:











Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and accretion



479,167



711,418



812,346


Impairment of unproved properties



15,198



104,321



162,935


Derivative fair value (gains) losses



(868,201)



(2,381,501)



514,181


Gains on settled derivatives



135,784



856,572



1,003,083


Deferred income tax expense (benefit)



445,672



575,890



(485,392)


Gain on sale of assets



(40,000)





(97,635)


Equity-based compensation expense



112,252



97,877



102,421


Loss on early extinguishment of debt



20,386





16,956


Gain on sale of discontinued operations



(3,564)






Deferred income tax expense—discontinued operations



1,354






Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate







(485)


Distributions of earnings from unconsolidated affiliates







7,702


Other



6,433



31,741



(12,488)


Changes in current assets and liabilities:











Accounts receivable



(45,593)



(3,201)



39,857


Accrued revenue



(94,733)



63,316



(133,718)


Other current assets



(2,891)



(2,221)



1,774


Accounts payable



(20,681)



(8,536)



7,365


Accrued liabilities



95,066



36,377



18,853


Revenue distributions payable



85,763



(52,403)



34,040


Other current liabilities



1,016



6,166



(1,091)


Net cash provided by operating activities



998,263



1,015,812



1,241,256


Cash flows used in investing activities:











Additions to proved properties



(64,066)





(134,113)


Additions to unproved properties



(777,422)



(198,694)



(611,631)


Drilling and completion costs



(2,477,150)



(1,651,282)



(1,327,759)


Additions to water handling and treatment systems



(196,675)



(131,051)



(188,188)


Additions to gathering systems and facilities



(558,037)



(360,287)



(231,044)


Additions to other property and equipment



(13,218)



(6,595)



(2,694)


Investment in unconsolidated affiliate







(75,516)


Change in other assets



(3,082)



9,750



3,977


Proceeds from asset sales





40,000



171,830


Net cash used in investing activities



(4,089,650)



(2,298,159)



(2,395,138)


Cash flows from financing activities:











Issuance of common stock





537,832



1,012,431


Issuance of common units by Antero Midstream Partners LP



1,087,224



240,703



65,395


Proceeds from sale of common units of Antero Midstream Partners LP held by Antero Resources Corporation







178,000


Issuance of senior notes



1,102,500



750,000



1,250,000


Repayment of senior notes



(260,000)





(525,000)


Repayments on bank credit facilities, net



1,442,000



(403,000)



(677,000)


Make-whole premium on debt extinguished



(17,383)





(15,750)


Payments of deferred financing costs



(31,543)



(17,293)



(18,759)


Distributions to noncontrolling interest in consolidated subsidiary





(34,129)



(75,082)


Employee tax withholding for settlement of equity compensation awards



(142)



(9,431)



(26,895)


Other



(2,777)



(4,841)



(5,321)


Net cash provided by financing activities



3,319,879



1,059,841



1,162,019


Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents



228,492



(222,506)



8,137


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period



17,487



245,979



23,473


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

245,979



23,473



31,610













Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:











Cash paid during the period for interest


$

163,055



219,945



239,369


Supplemental disclosure of noncash investing activities:











Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued liabilities for additions to property and equipment


$

181,591



(169,783)



(152,093)


 

ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

The following tables set forth selected operating data for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2016:



Three Months Ended December 31,


Amount of
Increase


Percent


(in thousands)


2015


2016


(Decrease)


Change


Operating revenues and other:













Natural gas sales


$

228,910


$

411,814


$

182,904


80

%

NGLs sales



76,080



158,256



82,176


108

%

Oil sales



15,126



19,607



4,481


30

%

Gathering, compression, and water handling and treatment



6,916



2,854



(4,062)


(59)

%

Marketing



32,987



105,855



72,868


221

%

Commodity derivative fair value gains (losses)



545,103



(639,805)



(1,184,908)


*


 Gain on sales of assets  
  97,635  97,635 

*

 

Total operating revenues and other



905,122



156,216



(748,906)


(83)

%

Operating expenses:













Lease operating



10,450



12,900



2,450


23

%

Gathering, compression, processing, and transportation



168,728



233,125



64,397


38

%

Production and ad valorem taxes



20,867



14,292



(6,575)


(32)

%

Marketing



84,861



120,822



35,961


42

%

Exploration



760



3,573



2,813


370

%

Impairment of unproved properties



60,651



115,712



55,061


91

%

Depletion, depreciation, and amortization



161,750



221,816



60,066


37

%

Accretion of asset retirement obligations



428



627



199


46

%

General and administrative (before equity-based compensation)



37,175



38,604



1,429


4

%

Equity-based compensation



18,597



26,754



8,157


44

%

Contract termination and rig stacking



27,629





(27,629)


*


Total operating expenses



591,896



788,225



196,329


33

%

Operating income (loss)



313,226



(632,009)



(945,235)


*















Other earnings (expenses):













Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate





(1,542)



(1,542)


*


Interest expense



(60,471)



(67,918)



(7,447)


12

%

Loss on early extinguishment of debt





(16,956)



(16,956)


*


Total other expenses



(60,471)



(86,416)



(25,945)


43

%

Income before income taxes



252,755



(718,425)



(971,180)


*


Income tax (expense) benefit



(77,181)



265,621



342,802


*


Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) including noncontrolling interest



175,574



(452,804)



(628,378)


*


Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest



17,110



32,968



15,858


93

%

Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Antero Resources Corporation


$

158,464


$

(485,772)


$

(644,236)


*















Adjusted EBITDAX (1)


$

307,812


$

475,880


$

168,068


55

%



























Production data:













Natural gas (Bcf)



107



135



28


26

%

C2 Ethane (MBbl)



201



1,933



1,732


864

%

C3+ NGLs (MBbl)



4,308



5,557



1,249


29

%

Oil (MBbl)



529



500



(29)


(5)

%

Combined (Bcfe)



138



183



45


33

%

Daily combined production (MMcfe/d)



1,497



1,990



493


33

%

Average prices before effects of derivative settlements:













Natural gas (per Mcf)


$

2.13


$

3.05


$

0.92


43

%

C2 Ethane (per Bbl)


$

6.17


$

9.36


$

3.19


52

%

C3+ NGLs (per Bbl)


$

17.37


$

25.22


$

7.85


45

%

Oil (per Bbl)


$

28.59


$

39.18


$

10.59


37

%

Combined (per Mcfe)


$

2.32


$

3.22


$

0.90


39

%

Average realized prices after effects of derivative settlements:













Natural gas (per Mcf)


$

4.40


$

4.43


$

0.03


1

%

C2 Ethane (per Bbl)


$

6.17


$

9.36


$

3.19


52

%

C3+ NGLs (per Bbl)


$

21.85


$

25.60


$

3.75


17

%

Oil (per Bbl)


$

40.85


$

39.18


$

(1.67)


(4)

%

Combined (per Mcfe)


$

4.28


$

4.26


$

(0.02)


%

Average Costs (per Mcfe):













Lease operating


$

0.08


$

0.07


$

(0.01)


(13)

%

Gathering, compression, processing, and transportation


$

1.23


$

1.27


$

0.04


3

%

Production and ad valorem taxes


$

0.15


$

0.08


$

(0.07)


(47)

%

Marketing, net


$

0.38


$

0.08


$

(0.30)


(79)

%

Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and accretion


$

1.18


$

1.22


$

0.04


3

%

General and administrative (before equity-based compensation)


$

0.27


$

0.21


$

(0.06)


(22)

%



(1)

Please see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a description of Adjusted EBITDAX

*Not meaningful or applicable

 

ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

The following tables set forth selected operating data for the Year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the Year ended December 31, 2016:



Twelve Months Ended December 31,


Amount of
Increase


Percent


(in thousands)


2015


2016


(Decrease)


Change


Operating revenues and other:













Natural gas sales


$

1,039,892


$

1,260,750


$

220,858


21

%

NGLs sales



264,483



432,992



168,509


64

%

Oil sales



70,753



61,319



(9,434)


(13)

%

Gathering, compression, and water handling and treatment



22,000



12,961



(9,039)


(41)

%

Marketing



176,229



393,049



216,820


123

%

Commodity derivative fair value gains (losses)



2,381,501



(514,181)



(2,895,682)


*


Gain on sale of assets





97,635



97,635


*


Total operating revenues and other



3,954,858



1,744,525



(2,210,333)


(56)

%

Operating expenses:













Lease operating



36,011



50,090



14,079


39

%

Gathering, compression, processing, and transportation



659,361



882,838



223,477


34

%

Production and ad valorem taxes



78,325



66,588



(11,737)


(15)

%

Marketing



299,062



499,343



200,281


67

%

Exploration



3,846



6,862



3,016


78

%

Impairment of unproved properties



104,321



162,935



58,614


56

%

Depletion, depreciation, and amortization



709,763



809,873



100,110


14

%

Accretion of asset retirement obligations



1,655



2,473



818


49

%

General and administrative (before equity-based compensation)



135,820



136,903



1,083


1

%

Equity-based compensation



97,877



102,421



4,544


5

%

Contract termination and rig stacking



38,531





(38,531)


*


Total operating expenses



2,164,572



2,720,326



555,754


26

%

Operating income (loss)



1,790,286



(975,801)



(2,766,087)


*















Other earnings (expenses):













Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate





485



485


*


Interest expense



(234,400)



(253,552)



(19,152)


8

%

Loss on early extinguishment of debt





(16,956)



(16,956)


*


Total other expenses



(234,400)



(270,023)



(35,623)


15

%

Income (loss) before income taxes



1,555,886



(1,245,824)



(2,801,710)


*


Income tax (expense) benefit



(575,890)



496,376



1,072,266


*


Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) including noncontrolling interest



979,996



(749,448)



(1,729,444)


*


Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest



38,632



99,368



60,736


157

%

Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Antero Resources Corporation


$

941,364


$

(848,816)


$

(1,790,180)


*















Adjusted EBITDAX (1)


$

1,221,422


$

1,536,144


$

314,722


26

%



























Production data:













Natural gas (Bcf)



439



505



66


15

%

C2 Ethane (MBbl)



201



6,396



6,195


3,090

%

C3+ NGLs (MBbl)



15,350



20,279



4,929


32

%

Oil (MBbl)



2,078



1,873



(205)


(10)

%

Combined (Bcfe)



545



676



131


24

%

Daily combined production (MMcfe/d)



1,493



1,847



354


24

%

Average prices before effects of derivative settlements:













Natural gas (per Mcf)


$

2.37


$

2.50


$

0.13


5

%

C2 Ethane (per Bbl)


$

6.17


$

8.28


$

2.11


34

%

C3+ NGLs (per Bbl)


$

17.15


$

18.74


$

1.59


9

%

Oil (per Bbl)


$

34.05


$

32.73


$

(1.32)


(4)

%

Combined (per Mcfe)


$

2.52


$

2.60


$

0.08


3

%

Average realized prices after effects of derivative settlements:













Natural gas (per Mcf)


$

4.15


$

4.39


$

0.24


6

%

C2 Ethane (per Bbl)


$

6.17


$

8.28


$

2.11


34

%

C3+ NGLs (per Bbl)


$

20.76


$

21.03


$

0.27


1

%

Oil (per Bbl)


$

42.38


$

32.73


$

(9.65)


(23)

%

Combined (per Mcfe)


$

4.10


$

4.08


$

(0.02)


*


Average Costs (per Mcfe):













Lease operating


$

0.07


$

0.07


$


*


Gathering, compression, processing, and transportation


$

1.21


$

1.31


$

0.10


8

%

Production and ad valorem taxes


$

0.14


$

0.10


$

(0.04)


(29)

%

Marketing, net


$

0.23


$

0.16


$

(0.07)


(30)

%

Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and accretion


$

1.31


$

1.20


$

(0.11)


(8)

%

General and administrative (before equity-based compensation)


$

0.25


$

0.20


$

(0.05)


(20)

%



(1)

Please see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a description of Adjusted EBITDAX

* Not meaningful or applicable.

 

 

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