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Antero Resources Reports Third Quarter 2017 Financial and Operational Results

November 01, 2017

DENVER, Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Antero Resources Corporation (NYSE: AR) ("Antero" or the "Company") today released its third quarter 2017 financial and operational results. The relevant condensed consolidated financial statements are included in Antero's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").

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Highlights Include:

  • Net daily gas equivalent production averaged a record 2,317 MMcfe/d, a 24% increase over the prior year quarter
  • Includes record liquids production of 112,393 Bbl/d, a 38% increase over the prior year quarter
  • Realized natural gas price of $2.71 per Mcf, a $0.29 differential to the average Nymex natural gas price before hedging. This includes a net $0.26 per Mcf negative impact from two contractual disputes on natural gas sales contracts where Antero expects to recover damages as detailed further below.
  • Realized C3+ NGL price of $28.92 per barrel before hedging, or 60% of the average WTI oil price
  • Realized natural gas equivalent price of $3.39 per Mcfe including NGLs, oil and hedges
  • Liquids revenue of $251 million, comprising 38% of total product revenues, a Company record
  • GAAP net loss of $135 million, or $(0.43) per share, compared to net income of $238 million, or $0.78 per share, in the prior year quarter
  • Adjusted EBITDAX of $336 million, a 10% decrease compared to the prior year quarter and a 5% increase sequentially. This Adjusted EBITDAX does not include the $47 million impact from the contractual disputes detailed below.
  • Successfully monetized over $1 billion of non-E&P assets through combination of the sale of Antero Midstream common units and the restructuring of the hedge portfolio
  • Entered into a new upstream credit facility with a borrowing base of $4.5 billion and lender commitments of $2.5 billion

Commenting on the quarter and long-term outlook, Paul Rady, Chairman and CEO, said, "We took a number of steps during the quarter to delever the balance sheet, and have positioned Antero to generate attractive growth and returns while spending within cash flow in 2018 and beyond. This is a testament to the capital efficiencies and EUR improvements that we have achieved to date.  Through increased EURs and lower well costs, we have been able to reduce our drilling and completion capital spending plans over the 2018 through 2020 period by approximately $1.5 billion while delivering the same production growth.  Importantly, this production growth includes rapid NGL production growth, providing us with substantial upside exposure to a continuing rise in liquids pricing.  The combination of the sizeable reduction in capital needs with the increased liquids cash flow provides Antero with declining leverage and an improving balance sheet.  This trend positions Antero to be able to return capital to shareholders in the coming years, subject to Board review and approval."

Recent Developments

Antero Three Year Outlook

Based on the Company's internal development plan, Antero is targeting a compound annual production growth rate of 20% over the four year period of 2017 to 2020, with a drilling and completion capital program that is self-funded with E&P stand-alone cash flow.  The current development plan assumes flat $3.00/MMBtu NYMEX gas and $54/Bbl WTI oil, in line with 2018 strip pricing, and a targeted drilling and completion capital program of approximately $1.3 billion in 2018, $1.5 billion in 2019 and $1.5 billion in 2020.  These capital budget targets have not been approved by Antero's Board. The $1.3 billion targeted drilling and completion capital program in 2018 reflects the third consecutive year of maintaining a flat capital program while still delivering top tier production growth.  Additionally, as a result of increased EURs, lower well costs, and land consolidation efforts supporting long lateral drilling, this development plan represents a reduction of 200 wells and approximately $1.5 billion in capital through 2020 when compared to the prior development plan targeting the same production growth. This capital plan focuses on liquids-rich, high margin locations designed to deliver significant per share cash flow and production growth over the next three years.

Updated NGL Pricing Realizations Forecast

Based on public company disclosure, Antero is now the largest NGL producer in the U.S. with 105,609 Bbl/d produced in the third quarter of 2017, representing 37% growth compared to the prior year quarter.  This includes 75,290 Bbl/d of C3+ NGLs and 30,319 Bbl/d of recovered ethane. Antero's average realized C3+ NGL price before hedging for the third quarter of 2017 was $28.92 per barrel, or 60% of the average Nymex WTI oil price, which represents a 65% increase as compared to the prior year quarter.  Due to continued strength in domestic C3+ NGL markets and export demand, Antero is forecasting realizations of 70% to 75% of WTI on its C3+ NGL production for the fourth quarter of 2017. In addition, based on strip pricing, Antero is forecasting realizations of approximately $35/Bbl, or 65% of WTI for 2018. Based on current strip prices and production targets, Antero estimates that cash flow from liquids production is forecast to be approximately $390 million higher in 2018 as compared to 2017.

Completion of $1 Billion Delevering Program

Antero previously announced that it monetized over $1 billion of non-exploration and production ("E&P") assets in September 2017. This includes the sale of 10 million common units representing limited partner interests in Antero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:AM) ("Antero Midstream") and the restructuring of a portion of its commodity hedge portfolio.  Proceeds from the monetization program were used to repay credit facility borrowings.  The monetization program was tax-efficient due to the utilization of a portion of Antero's $1.6 billion of net operating losses.  Antero Resources' stand-alone E&P net debt to last twelve months stand-alone adjusted EBITDAX ratio was 2.6x and its consolidated net debt to last twelve months consolidated adjusted EBITDAX ratio was 3.0x as of September 30, 2017, a reduction of 0.4x and 0.6x, respectively, as compared to June 30, 2017.  For a description of stand-alone E&P net debt and Adjusted EBITDAX and reconciliations to their nearest comparable GAAP measures, please read "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

New Credit Facility Agreement

Antero has entered into a new upstream credit facility with a borrowing base of $4.5 billion and lender commitments of $2.5 billion.  The $4.5 billion borrowing base under the credit facility represents a $250 million reduction from the Company's previous borrowing base of $4.75 billion net of the $750 million hedge monetization executed in September 2017.  Lender commitments were reduced by $1.5 billion from the previous commitments of $4.0 billion.  The decision to materially reduce lender commitments reflects Antero's current essentially undrawn balance on its facility and its plan to primarily fund its drilling program with cash flow from operations.  The new credit facility matures in October 2022, subject to certain exceptions, and includes fall away covenants that are triggered if and when Antero is assigned an investment grade credit rating by the rating agencies.  The credit facility is supported by a bank syndicate, which is co-led by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.  The bank syndicate is comprised of 24 banks, 23 of which were lenders in the prior credit facility.

Commenting on liquids exposure, the recent delevering program and the new credit facility, Glen Warren, President and CFO, said, "As the largest NGL producer in the U.S. during the third quarter, Antero continues to benefit from the significant increase in NGL pricing that has occurred over the last several months.  NGL production has been a key pillar of our business strategy for a number of years and we believe that it will be a key differentiator for Antero for many years to come. The Mariner East 2 NGL pipeline project will be completed soon and export demand continues to grow.  The increase in cash flow associated with our liquids-rich drilling inventory is one of the many drivers behind our decision to lower commitments on our new credit facility to $2.5 billion.  The $1.5 billion reduction in commitments not only reflects the fact that we are essentially undrawn on our facility today, but is also a function of Antero's plan to primarily fund our drilling program with cash flow from operations and distributions from our ownership in Antero Midstream."

Contract Disputes

During the third quarter of 2017, Antero's realized natural gas price was negatively impacted by contract disputes with two counterparties related to two separate long-term natural gas sales agreements. 

WGL's Natural Gas Sales Contract

Antero is currently contracted to sell and deliver natural gas volumes varying between 500,000 MMBtu/d and 600,000 MMBtu/d to Washington Gas Light Company, a regulated utility based in Washington, D.C. and WGL Midstream, Inc. (collectively, "WGL") at a delivery point in Braxton, West Virginia where the Stonewall Pipeline interconnects with Columbia's WB Pipeline. Beginning in April 2017, WGL failed to take delivery of a portion of the contracted sales volume in direct violation of the contract terms due to WGL's lack of downstream primary firm transportation capacity to move the purchased gas.  WGL's nonperformance under the contract has resulted in Antero selling approximately 380,000 MMBtu/d, on average, of natural gas volumes that WGL was obligated to take at other regional indices at a lower price relative to the contracted price.  Per its contracts, Antero has invoiced WGL for cover damages resulting from reselling the contracted natural gas at lower prices, which WGL has failed to pay.  For the three months ended September 30, 2017, this has resulted in a loss of approximately $40 million net to Antero and resulted in a $(0.22)/Mcf negative impact to Antero's total company realized natural gas pricing.  Year to date through September 30, 2017, cover damages net to Antero have totaled approximately $55 million.  Antero will continue to vigorously seek recovery of its cover damages, as clearly defined in the contracts, and other unpaid amounts as part of its claims against WGL. Antero has not accrued for these amounts in the Company's financial statements.

As it relates to this contractual dispute, WGL and Antero have also recently been involved in two previous lawsuits related to pricing and delivery points on these contracts.  In the first lawsuit, which was ultimately referred to arbitration, the arbitration panel ruled in Antero's favor and the award was confirmed by the Colorado District Court in April 2017.  In the second lawsuit, the Colorado District Court dismissed with prejudice WGL's claims against Antero and found that Antero had not breached its contracts with WGL.  For further information on this dispute, please see note 10 to Antero's condensed consolidated financial statements included in Antero's Form 10-Q for the period ending September 30, 2017.

South Jersey Natural Gas Sales Contract

Antero's third quarter 2017 realized gas price was also negatively impacted by an ongoing breach of contract by South Jersey Gas Company and South Jersey Resources Group, LLC (collectively, "SJGC") related to two long term natural gas sales contracts that total 80,000 MMBtu/d. The price for natural gas sales was specifically based on the Platt's Columbia Appalachia Index outlined in the contracts.  Beginning in October 2014, SJGC began short paying Antero based on price indices unilaterally selected by SJGC and not the Platt's Columbia Appalachia Index specified in the contracts.  SJGC claimed that a market disruption event had occurred and, as a result, a new index price was required to be determined by the parties. Antero filed a lawsuit against SJGC in the U.S. District Court in Colorado to recover against SJGC for their breach of the contracts. In early May 2017, a jury returned a unanimous verdict finding in favor of Antero's positions in the lawsuit against SJGC. In July 2017, final judgment on the jury's unanimous verdict was entered by the court. SJGC continues to short pay the Company while it challenges the court's final judgment, resulting in approximately $7 million in damages net to Antero and a $(0.04)/Mcf negative impact to Antero's total company realized natural gas pricing for the three months ended September 30, 2017.  From January 1, 2015 through September 30, 2017, damages net to Antero total approximately $47 million. Antero has not accrued for this amount in the Company's financial statements.  Antero will continue to vigorously seek recovery from SJGC of all underpayments and damages, including those short payments continuing after the court's final judgment.  For further information on this dispute, please see note 10 to Antero's condensed consolidated financial statements included in Antero's Form 10-Q for the period ending September 30, 2017.

In combination, the Company does not expect a material impact to its realized natural gas pricing and cash flow beyond year-end 2017 from these contractual disputes due to the start-up of the Cove Point LNG export facility expected in the first quarter of 2018, additional takeaway capacity expected to be placed in service throughout 2018, and narrower regional basis differentials based on current strip pricing.

For the third quarter and first nine months of 2017, these two disputes resulted in the following impact to Antero's realized natural gas pricing:





As Adjusted





As

Reported


For WGL and
South Jersey
Gas Contract
Disputes


Variance








Three months ended 9/30/17







Realized Natural Gas Price ($/Mcf)


$2.71


$2.97


($0.26)

Discount to Nymex ($/Mcf)


($0.29)


($0.03)


($0.26)








Nine months ended 9/30/17







Realized Natural Gas Price ($/Mcf)


$3.06


$3.18


($0.12)

Discount to Nymex ($/Mcf)


($0.11)


$0.01


($0.12)

Revised 2017 Guidance

As a result of the two aforementioned contract disputes and the significant increase in realized NGL pricing both on an absolute basis and on a relative basis to WTI oil, Antero is revising its 2017 realized pricing guidance and is also providing new guidance for the fourth quarter of 2017.

Full Year 2017 Guidance



2017 - OLD


2017 - NEW

Realized Pricing (Unhedged)

Low


High


Low


High

Natural Gas Differential to Nymex Henry Hub ($/Mcf)(1)(2)

$0.00


$0.10


$(0.15)


$(0.10)

Oil Realized Price Differential to Nymex WTI Oil ($/Bbl)

$(7.00)


$(9.00)


$(7.00)


$(6.50)

C3+ NGL Price (% of Nymex WTI) (1)

50%


55%


57.5%


62.5%

 

4Q 2017 Guidance




4Q 2017

Realized Pricing (Unhedged)


Low


High

Natural Gas Premium/(Discount) to Nymex Henry Hub ($/Mcf)(1)(2)


$(0.20)


$(0.15)

Oil Realized Price Differential to Nymex WTI Oil ($/Bbl)


$(6.00)


$(5.00)

C3+ NGL Price (% of Nymex WTI) (1)


70%


75%






Consolidated Adjusted EBITDAX ($MM) (3)(4)


$410


$440



(1)

Based on strip pricing as of October 27, 2017, before hedging.

(2)

Includes Btu upgrade as Antero's processed tailgate and unprocessed dry gas production is greater than 1000 Btu on average.

(3)

Based on strip pricing as of October 27, 2017. 

(4)

For a description of the non-GAAP financial measure Adjusted EBITDAX, please read "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."  Antero has not included a reconciliation of consolidated Adjusted EBITDAX to net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 because it cannot do so without unreasonable effort and any attempt to do so would be inherently imprecise.  Antero is able to forecast interest expense and depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion expense for the fourth quarter of 2017 between a range of $63 million and $67 million and $210 million and $220 million, respectively, each of which is a reconciling item between Adjusted EBITDAX and net income.  However, Antero has a significant portfolio of commodity derivative contracts that it does not account for using hedge accounting, and forecasting unrealized (gains) losses on this portfolio is impracticable and imprecise due to the price volatility of the underlying commodities.

Third Quarter 2017 Financial and Operating Results

As of September 30, 2017, Antero owned a 53% limited partner interest in Antero Midstream.  Antero Midstream's results are consolidated with Antero's results.  

For the three months ended September 30, 2017, the Company reported a net loss of $135 million on a GAAP basis, or $0.43 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $238 million, or $0.78 per basic and $0.77 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2016.  The net loss for the third quarter of 2017 included the following items:

  • Non-cash loss on unsettled hedges of $878 million
  • Gain on hedge monetization of $750 million
  • Non-cash equity-based compensation expense of $26 million
  • Impairment of unproved properties of $41 million
  • Income tax effect of these reconciling items of $(74) million

Excluding the items detailed above, the Company's results for the third quarter of 2017 were as follows:

  • Adjusted net loss of $14 million, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, a 125% decrease compared to adjusted net income of $55 million in the third quarter of 2016
  • Adjusted EBITDAX of $336 million, a 10% decrease compared to the third quarter of 2016

Antero's net daily production for the third quarter of 2017 averaged 2,317 MMcfe/d, including a record 112,393 Bbl/d of liquids (29% liquids by volume).  Third quarter 2017 production represents an organic production growth rate of 24% from the third quarter of 2016 and a 5% increase compared to the second quarter of 2017.  Third quarter 2017 C3+ natural gas liquids ("NGLs") and oil production averaged 75,290 Bbl/d and 6,784 Bbl/d, respectively.  Propane made up approximately 43,000 Bbl/d of the C3+ NGL production volume.  Ethane (C2) production averaged 30,319 Bbl/d while leaving approximately 124,000 Bbl/d of ethane in the natural gas stream.  Total liquids production of 112,393 Bbl/d for the third quarter of 2017 represents an organic production growth rate of 38% and 9% as compared to the third quarter of 2016 and second quarter of 2017, respectively.  Liquids revenues made up approximately 38% of total product revenues during the third quarter of 2017, an increase from 25% of total product revenues during the prior year quarter.

Antero's average natural gas price before hedging decreased by 5% from the prior year quarter to $2.71 per Mcf, a $0.29 differential to the average Nymex natural gas price for the period.  Excluding the $(0.26) negative impact from the aforementioned natural gas contract disputes, Antero's average natural gas price before hedging would have been $2.97 per Mcf, a $0.03 negative differential to the average Nymex natural gas price for the period.  Antero's average realized natural gas price after hedging for the third quarter of 2017 was $3.37 per Mcf, a $0.37 premium to the Nymex average natural gas price for the period, and a 22% decrease compared to the prior year quarter.  During the third quarter, Antero realized a cash settled natural gas hedge gain of $100 million on swaps that matured during the quarter, or $0.66 per Mcf compared to $184 million, or $1.44 per Mcf in the prior year quarter.

The Company's average realized C3+ NGL price before hedging for the third quarter of 2017 was $28.92 per barrel, or 60% of the average Nymex WTI oil price, which represents a 65% increase as compared to the prior year quarter.  Further, the Company's average realized C3+ price was $33.23 per barrel ($0.79 per gallon) for the month of September as NGL prices improved throughout the third quarter.  The improvement in realized C3+ NGL pricing is primarily due to an increase in Mont Belvieu pricing driven by exports combined with an improvement in local differentials.  During the quarter, Antero realized a cash settled C3+ NGL hedge loss of $40 million, or $5.77 per barrel. Antero's average realized C3+ NGL price including hedges was $23.15 per barrel, a 16% increase compared to the third quarter of 2016.  The Company's average realized ethane price before hedging for the third quarter of 2017 was $0.21 per gallon, or $8.68 per barrel.  During the quarter, Antero realized a cash settled ethane hedge loss of $0.4 million, or $0.15 per barrel.  Antero's average realized ethane price including hedges for the third quarter of 2017 was $0.20 per gallon, or $8.53 per barrel.    The average realized oil price before hedging was $42.50 per barrel, a $5.66 differential to Nymex WTI for the period and a 22% increase as compared to the third quarter of 2016.  Antero's average realized oil price including hedges was $45.40 per barrel, a $2.76 differential to Nymex WTI for the period.  During the quarter, Antero realized a cash settled hedge gain on oil of $2 million, or $2.90 per barrel.

Antero's average natural gas-equivalent price including C2+ NGLs and oil, but excluding hedge settlements, increased from the prior year quarter by $0.28 to $3.10 per Mcfe. Liquids production increased equivalent pricing for dry gas by $0.39 per Mcfe.  The Company's average natural gas-equivalent price, including C2+ NGLs, oil and hedge settlements, decreased by 14% to $3.39 per Mcfe compared to the prior year quarter.  For the third quarter of 2017, Antero realized a total cash settled hedge gain on all products of $61 million, or $0.29 per Mcfe.

Total operating revenue for the third quarter of 2017 was $648 million as compared to $1.1 billion for the third quarter of 2016.  Operating revenue for the third quarter of 2017 included an $878 million non-cash loss on unsettled hedges, while the third quarter of 2016 included a $334 million non-cash gain on unsettled hedges.  The non-cash loss on unsettled hedges was primarily driven by the $750 million hedge monetization where Antero reduced the average fixed index price on some of its 2018 through 2022 natural gas hedges while maintaining the total volume hedged.  Liquids production contributed 38% of total product revenues before hedges in the third quarter of 2017 as compared to 25% in the prior year quarter.  For a reconciliation of revenue excluding unrealized hedge (gains) losses to operating revenue, the most comparable GAAP measure, please read "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Marketing revenue for the third quarter of 2017 was $51 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 third quarter of 2017 was $79 million, including costs related to excess capacity and the cost of purchasing third party gas.  Net marketing expense was $28 million, or $0.13 per Mcfe, for the third quarter of 2017, representing a $0.03 per Mcfe increase from the third quarter of 2016. 

Per unit cash production expense (lease operating, gathering, compression, processing, transportation, and production and ad valorem taxes) for the third quarter of 2017 was $1.54 per Mcfe, which was in line with the prior year quarter.  The per unit cash production expense for the quarter included $0.11 per Mcfe for lease operating costs, $1.32 per Mcfe for gathering, compression, processing and transportation costs and $0.11 per Mcfe for production and ad valorem taxes.  Per unit general and administrative expense for the third quarter of 2017, excluding non-cash equity-based compensation expense, was $0.17 per Mcfe, a 6% decrease from the third quarter of 2016, driven by a 24% increase in production.  Per unit depreciation, depletion and amortization expense decreased 16% from the prior year quarter to $0.97 per Mcfe, primarily driven by increases in our estimated recoverable reserves, improved well performance, and decreases in our per-unit development costs.  For the Marcellus alone, per unit depreciation, depletion and amortization expense also decreased 16% from the prior year quarter to $0.83 per Mcfe.

Adjusted EBITDAX of $336 million for the third quarter of 2017 represents a 10% decrease compared to the prior year quarter.  Adjusted EBITDAX does not include $750 million of realized gains from the partial monetization of certain natural gas hedges or $47 million impact from the natural gas contract disputes.  Adjusted EBITDAX margin for the quarter was $1.58 per Mcfe, representing a 27% decrease from the prior year quarter.  For the third quarter of 2017, cash flow from operations was $1.0 billion, a 220% increase from the prior year quarter.  Cash flow from operations before changes in working capital was $1.0 billion, a 228% increase from the third quarter of 2016.

Adjusted EBITDAX is a non-GAAP financial measure.  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 September 30, 2017:


Three Months Ended
September 30, 2017


Gas
(MMcf/d)


Oil
(Bbl/d)


C3+ NGLs
(Bbl/d)


Ethane
(Bbl/d)


Combined
Gas
Equivalent
(MMcfe/d)

Average Net Production


1,643



6,784



75,290


30,319



2,317
















Gas
($/Mcf)


Oil
($/Bbl)


C3+ NGLs
($/Bbl)


Ethane
($/Bbl)


Combined
Gas
Equivalent
($/Mcfe)

Average Realized Prices














Average realized price before settled derivatives

$

2.71


$

42.50


$

28.92


$         8.68


$

3.10

Settled derivatives


0.66



2.90



(5.77)


(0.15)



0.29

Average realized price after settled derivatives

$

3.37


$

45.40


$

23.15


$         8.53


$

3.39















Nymex average price

$

3.00


$

48.16







$

3.00

Premium / (Differential) to Nymex

$

0.37


$

(2.76)







$

0.39

Marcellus ShaleAntero completed and placed on line 31 horizontal Marcellus wells during the third quarter of 2017 with an average lateral length of 9,500 feet.  During the period, Antero drilled an average of 4,884 lateral feet per day, which represents a 42% increase compared to 2016.  Out of the 31 wells completed in the third quarter, 25 have been on line for more than 30 days and had an average 30-day rate on choke of 17 MMcfe/d (17% liquids), assuming 25% ethane recovery.

Current average well costs are $0.91 million per 1,000 feet of lateral in the Marcellus assuming a 2,000 pounds of proppant per foot completion.  Average drilling days from spud to final rig release was 12 days in the third quarter of 2017, a 20% reduction from 2016.  Antero is currently operating five drilling rigs and three completion crews in the Marcellus Shale.

In early July 2017, Antero drilled its longest laterals to date in the Marcellus, with three laterals averaging 14,000 feet. These wells are expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2017 and placed to sales in the first quarter of 2018.  Additionally, Antero completed a four-well pad using 2,500 pounds of proppant per foot and with an average lateral of 11,100 feet, that had a 90-day rate of 20 MMcfe/d per well including 921 Bbl/d of NGLs and 31 Bbl/d of oil, and an unprocessed EUR of approximately 2.2 Bcf/1,000' (2.7 Bcfe/1,000' assuming 25% ethane recovery).  Antero also put to sales another four-well pilot pad that was completed using 2,500 pounds of proppant per foot and had an average lateral of 5,400 feet. The pad delivered an average 90-day rate of 12 MMcfe/d per well including 438 Bbl/d of NGLs and an unprocessed EUR of approximately 2.3 Bcf/1,000' (2.8 Bcfe/1,000' assuming 25% ethane recovery).

Furthermore, in the first quarter of 2017, Antero completed a four-well pad using 2,000 pounds of proppant per foot and with an average lateral length of 11,100 feet, that had a 90-day rate of 22.4 MMcfe/d per well (30% liquids) and an unprocessed EUR of approximately 2.2 Bcf/1,000' (2.6 Bcfe/1,000' assuming 25% ethane recovery).  This pad included a 14,000 foot lateral that had a 90-day rate of 27.1 MMcfe/d (30% liquids).

Ohio Utica Shale – Antero completed and placed on line six horizontal Utica wells during the third quarter of 2017 with an average lateral length of approximately 9,600 feet.  During the period, Antero drilled four 17,000' laterals and set a record for drilling its longest lateral to date at 17,445 feet.  This lateral was drilled within a 7 foot target zone and was drilled in five days.  The wells are expected to be placed to sales in the second quarter of 2018. 

Current average well costs are $0.99 million per 1,000 feet of lateral in the Ohio Utica assuming a 2,000 pounds of proppant per foot completion.  Antero is currently operating one drilling rig and one completion crew in the Utica Shale.  Upon Rover phase 1B being placed in service, Antero expects to turn in line two dry focused Ohio Utica pads that total ten wells.

Antero Midstream Financial Results

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

For the three months ended September 30, 2017, Antero Midstream reported revenues of $194 million, comprised of $101 million from the Gathering and Processing segment and $93 million from the Water Handling and Treatment segment. Revenues increased 29% compared to the prior year quarter, driven by growth in throughput volumes and fresh water delivery volumes. Water Handling and Treatment segment revenues include $45 million from wastewater 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 $11 million and $52 million, respectively, for a total of $63 million compared to $33 million in direct operating expenses in the prior year quarter. Water Handling and Treatment direct operating expenses include $44 million from produced water handling and high rate water transfer services.  General and administrative expenses including equity-based compensation were $14 million, a $1 million increase compared to the third quarter of 2016.  General and administrative expenses excluding equity-based compensation were $7 million during the third quarter of 2017, in line with the third quarter of 2016.  Total operating expenses were $111 million, including $31 million of depreciation and $3 million of accretion of contingent acquisition consideration.

Net income for the third quarter of 2017 was $81 million, a 15% increase compared to the prior year quarter. Net income per limited partner unit was $0.33 per unit, an 11% decrease compared to the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $128 million, a 16% increase compared to the prior year quarter. The increase in net income and Adjusted EBITDA is primarily driven by increased throughput and fresh water delivery volumes. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter included $4 million in distributions from Stonewall Gathering LLC ("Stonewall") and the processing and fractionation joint venture.  Cash interest paid was $21 million. Decrease in cash reserved for bond interest during the quarter decreased $9 million and cash reserved for payment of income tax withholding upon vesting of Antero Midstream equity-based compensation awards was $2 million. Maintenance capital expenditures during the quarter totaled $11 million and distributable cash flow was $104 million, resulting in a DCF coverage ratio of 1.3x.

Antero Midstream Distribution

The Board of Directors of Antero Midstream Partners GP LLC, the general partner of Antero Midstream, declared a cash distribution of $0.34 per unit ($1.36 per unit annualized) for the third quarter of 2017. The distribution represents a 28% increase compared to the prior year quarter and a 6% increase sequentially.  The distribution is Antero Midstream's eleventh consecutive quarterly distribution increase since its initial public offering in November 2014 and will be payable on November 16, 2017 to unitholders of record as of November 1, 2017.

Stand-alone Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of September 30, 2017, Antero's stand-alone total debt and net debt were $3.4 billion, of which $25 million were borrowings outstanding under the Company's revolving credit facility. Total lender commitments under the new upstream credit facility are $2.5 billion.  Reduced for $700 million in letters of credit outstanding, the company had $1.8 billion in available stand-alone liquidity as of September 30, 2017.  Antero Resources' stand-alone E&P net debt to last twelve months adjusted EBITDAX ratio was 2.6x as of September 30, 2017. For a reconciliation of stand-alone net debt to stand-alone total debt, the most comparable GAAP measure, please read "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Consolidated Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of September 30, 2017, Antero's consolidated total debt and net debt was $4.5 billion, of which $452 million were borrowings outstanding under the Company's and Antero Midstream's revolving credit facilities. Total borrowing capacity under these two new facilities is now $4.0 billion.  Reduced for $700 million in letters of credit outstanding, the company had $2.9 billion in available consolidated liquidity as of September 30, 2017.  Antero Resources' consolidated net debt to last twelve months consolidated Adjusted EBITDAX ratio was 3.0x as of September 30, 2017.  For a reconciliation of consolidated net debt to consolidated total debt, the most comparable GAAP measure, please read "Non-GAAP Financial Measures." 

Third Quarter 2017 Capital Spending

Antero's drilling and completion costs for the three months ended September 30, 2017 were $317 million.  In addition, the Company invested $52 million for land.  Antero Midstream invested $99 million for gathering and compression systems and $48 million for water infrastructure projects, including $33 million on the Antero Clearwater Treatment Facility.  Investments in unconsolidated affiliates for Antero Midstream's processing and fractionation joint venture were $26 million during the quarter.

Hedge Position

Antero currently has hedged 2.9 Tcfe of future natural gas equivalent production using fixed price swaps covering the period from October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2023 at an average index price of $3.36 per MMBtu.  At September 30, 2017, the Company's estimated fair value of commodity derivative instruments was $1.2 billion.

The following table summarizes Antero's hedge position as of September 30, 2017:

Period


Natural Gas
MMBtu/d


Average
Index price
($/MMBtu)

Liquids
Bbl/d

Average
Index price








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

                       Total


1,860,000


$3.71

50,500

N/A (1)

2018:







Nymex Henry Hub


2,002,500


$3.50

Propane MB ($/Gal)



3,000

$0.67

Nymex WTI ($/Bbl)



1,000

49.96

2019 Nymex Henry Hub


2,330,000


$3.50

2020 Nymex Henry Hub


1,417,500


$3.25

2021 Nymex Henry Hub


710,000


$3.00

2022 Nymex Henry Hub


850,000


$3.00

2023 Nymex Henry Hub


90,000


$2.91


(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 Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 9:00 am MT to discuss the quarterly 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, November 10, 2017 at 9:00 am MT at 844-512-2921 (U.S.) or 412-317-6671 (International) using the passcode 10111894.

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, November 10, 2017 at 9:00 am MT.

Presentation

An updated presentation will be posted to the Company's website before the November 2, 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 as set forth in this release represents total operating revenue adjusted for non-cash (gains) losses on unsettled hedges.  Antero believes that revenue excluding unrealized hedge (gains) losses 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 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 (in thousands):



Three months ended
September 30,


Nine months ended
September 30,



2016


2017


2016


2017










Total operating revenue


$

1,116,503


$

647,880


$

1,588,309


$

2,633,848

Hedge (gains) losses


(530,334)


65,957


(125,624)


(458,459)

Cash receipts for settled hedges


196,712


61,479


813,559


137,392

Revenue excluding unrealized hedge (gains) losses


$

782,881


$

775,316


$

2,276,244


$

2,312,781

Adjusted net income (loss) as set forth in this release represents net income (loss), adjusted for certain items.  Antero believes that adjusted net income (loss) 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 (loss) 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 (loss) (in thousands):



Three months ended


Nine months ended

September 30,


September 30,



2016


2017


2016


2017












Net income (loss)


$

238,255


$

(135,063)


$

(363,044)


$

128,201

Hedge (gains) losses



(530,334)



65,957



(125,624)



(458,459)

Cash receipts for settled hedges



196,712



61,479



813,559



137,392

Impairment of unproved properties



11,753



41,000



47,223



83,098

Equity-based compensation



26,381



26,447



75,667



78,925

Income tax effect of reconciling items



112,490



(73,735)



(308,675)



60,175

Adjusted net income (loss)


$

55,257


$

(13,915)


$

139,106


$

29,332

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
September 30,


Nine months ended
September 30,



2016


2017


2016


2017










Net cash provided by operating activities


$

326,991


$

1,045,222


$

905,697


$

1,692,808

Net change in working capital


(17,327)


(29,899)


(35,939)


(130,089)

Cash flow from operations before changes in working capital


$

309,664


$

1,015,323


$

869,758


$

1,562,719

The following table reconciles total debt to net debt on a consolidated basis and a stand-alone E&P basis (in thousands):



December 31,


September 30,



2016


2017








AR Bank credit facility


$

440,000


$

25,000

AM Bank credit facility



210,000



427,000

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



650,000

5.000% AR senior notes due 2025



600,000



600,000

AR net unamortized premium



1,749



1,588

AR net unamortized debt issuance costs



(37,690)



(33,789)

AM net unamortized debt issuance costs



(10,086)



(9,278)

Consolidated total debt


$

4,703,973


$

4,510,521

Less: AR cash and cash equivalents



17,568



21,199

Less: AM cash and cash equivalents



14,042



2,495

Consolidated net debt


$

4,672,363


$

4,486,827








Stand-alone E&P net debt


$

3,836,491


$

3,421,600

Adjusted EBITDAX is a non-GAAP financial measure that the Company defines as net income 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 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


Nine months ended

September 30,


September 30,


2016


2017


2016


2017











Net income (loss) including noncontrolling interest

$

268,196


$

(90,000)


$

(296,644)


$

255,523

Commodity derivative (gains) losses


(530,334)



65,957



(125,624)



(458,459)

Gains on settled derivative instruments


196,712



61,479



813,559



137,392

Interest expense


59,755



70,059



185,634



205,311

Income tax expense (benefit)


140,924



(45,078)



(230,755)



105,087

Depreciation, depletion, amortization, and accretion


199,741



207,626



589,903



612,823

Impairment of unproved properties


11,753



41,000



47,223



83,098

Exploration expense


1,166



1,599



3,289



5,510

Equity-based compensation expense


26,381



26,447



75,667



78,925

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate


(1,543)



(7,033)



(2,027)



(12,887)

Distributions from unconsolidated affiliates




4,300





10,120

State franchise taxes






39



Consolidated Adjusted EBITDAX


372,751



336,356



1,060,264



1,022,443

Interest expense


(59,755)



(70,059)



(185,634)



(205,311)

Exploration expense


(1,166)



(1,599)



(3,289)



(5,510)

Changes in current assets and liabilities


17,327



29,899



35,939



130,089

State franchise taxes






(39)



Proceeds from derivative monetization




749,906





749,906

Other non-cash items


(2,166)



719



(1,544)



1,191

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

326,991


$

1,045,222


$

905,697


$

1,692,808

 


Three months ended


Nine months ended


September 30,


September 30,

Adjusted EBITDAX margin ($ per Mcfe):


2016



2017


2016


2017

Realized price before cash receipts for settled hedges

$

2.82


$

3.10


$

2.36


$

3.30

Gathering, compression, water handling and treatment revenues


0.01



0.01



0.03



0.01

Distributions from unconsolidated affiliates




0.02





0.02

Lease operating expense


(0.08)



(0.11)



(0.08)



(0.09)

Gathering, compression, processing and transportation costs


(1.36)



(1.32)



(1.32)



(1.35)

Marketing, net


(0.10)



(0.13)



(0.19)



(0.13)

Production taxes


(0.09)



(0.11)



(0.11)



(0.12)

General and administrative(1)


(0.18)



(0.17)



(0.20)



(0.18)

Adjusted EBITDAX margin before settled hedges

$

1.02


$

1.29


$

0.49


$

1.46

Cash receipts for settled hedges


1.14



0.29



1.66



0.23

Adjusted EBITDAX margin ($ per Mcfe):

$

2.16


$

1.58


$

2.15


$

1.69



(1)

Excludes equity-based stock compensation

The following table reconciles Antero's consolidated net income to consolidated Adjusted EBITDAX for the twelve months ending September 30, 2017 as used in this release (in thousands):


Twelve months ended

September 30,


2017



Net loss including noncontrolling interest

$

(197,281)

Commodity derivative losses


181,346

Net cash receipts on settled derivative instruments


326,916

Gain on sale of assets


(97,635)

Interest expense


273,229

Loss on early extinguishment of debt


16,956

Income tax benefit


(160,534)

Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion


835,266

Impairment of unproved properties


198,810

Exploration expense


9,083

Equity-based compensation expense


105,679

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates


(11,345)

Distributions from unconsolidated affiliates


17,822

State franchise taxes


11

Total Adjusted EBITDAX

$

1,498,323

"Stand-alone E&P Adjusted EBITDAX" is also used by our management team for various purposes, including as a measure of operating performance of our exploration and production and marketing segments and as a basis for strategic planning and forecasting.  Stand-alone E&P Adjusted EBITDAX is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as operating income or loss before derivative fair value gains or losses from exploration and production and marketing (excluding net cash receipts or payments on derivative instruments included in derivative fair value gains or losses), impairment, depletion, depreciation, amortization, and accretion, exploration expense, franchise taxes, equity-based compensation, gain or loss on early extinguishment of debt, gain or loss on sale of assets, and gain or loss on changes in the fair value of contingent acquisition consideration.  Stand-alone E&P Adjusted EBITDAX also includes distributions received from limited partner interests in Antero Midstream common units.  Operating income or loss represents net income or loss, including noncontrolling interests, before interest expense and interest income, income taxes, and equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates.  Operating income is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to Stand-alone E&P Adjusted EBITDAX because we do not account for income tax expense or interest expense on a segment basis.

The following table reconciles operating income to total Adjusted EBITDAX on a stand-alone E&P basis. Stand-alone E&P basis includes operations from both the exploration and production segment and marketing segment (in thousands):


Twelve months ended

September 30,


2017



Stand-alone E&P operating loss

$

(235,777)

Commodity derivative gains


181,346

Net cash receipts on settled derivatives instruments


326,916

Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion


719,999

Impairment of unproved properties


198,810

Exploration expense


9,083

Change in fair value of contingent acquisition  consideration


(15,777)

Equity-based compensation expense


78,560

Gain on sale of assets


(93,776)

State franchise taxes


11

Distributions from limited partner interest in  Antero Midstream


126,833

Stand-alone E&P Adjusted EBITDAX

$

1,296,228

The following table reconciles Antero Midstream's net income to Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow as used in this release (in thousands):


Three months ended

September 30,

2016


2017

Net income

$

70,524


$

80,893

Interest expense


5,303



9,311

Depreciation expense


26,136



30,556

Accretion of contingent acquisition consideration


3,527



2,556

Equity-based compensation


6,599



7,199

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates


(1,544)



(7,033)

Distributions from unconsolidated affiliates




4,300

Adjusted EBITDA

$

110,545


$

127,782

Interest paid


(4,043)



(20,554)

Decrease in cash reserved for bond interest (1)




8,831

Cash reserved for payment of income tax withholding upon vesting of Antero Midstream Partners LP equity-based compensation awards(2)


(1,000)



(1,500)

Cash distribution to be received from unconsolidated affiliate


2,221



Maintenance capital expenditures(3)


(4,638)



(10,771)

Distributable cash flow

$

103,085


$

103,788







Distributions Declared to Antero Midstream Holders






Limited Partners

$

47,025


$

63,454

Incentive distribution rights


4,820



19,067

Total Aggregate Distributions

$

51,845


$

82,521







DCF coverage ratio


2.0x



1.3x



1)

Cash reserved for bond interest expense on Antero Midstream's 5.375% senior notes outstanding during the period that is paid on a semi-annual basis on March 15th and September 15th of each year.

2)

Estimate of current period portion of expected cash payment for income tax withholding attributable to vesting of Midstream LTIP equity-based compensation awards to be paid in the fourth quarter.

3)

Maintenance capital expenditures represent the portion of our estimated capital expenditures associated with (i) the connection of new wells to our gathering and processing systems that we believe will be necessary to offset the natural production declines Antero Resources will experience on all of its wells over time, and (ii) water delivery to new wells necessary to maintain the average throughput volume on our systems.

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.

ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

December 31, 2016 and September 30, 2017

(unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)




December 31, 2016


September 30, 2017

Assets

Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents


$

31,610



23,694

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,195 and $1,320 at December 31, 2016 and September 30, 2017, respectively



29,682



43,854

Accrued revenue



261,960



233,585

Derivative instruments



73,022



299,796

Other current assets



6,313



10,024

Total current assets



402,587



610,953

Property and equipment:







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







Unproved properties



2,331,173



2,305,749

Proved properties



9,549,671



10,779,043

Water handling and treatment systems



744,682



891,869

Gathering systems and facilities



1,723,768



1,977,510

Other property and equipment



41,231



54,571




14,390,525



16,008,742

Less accumulated depletion, depreciation, and amortization



(2,363,778)



(2,973,544)

Property and equipment, net



12,026,747



13,035,198

Derivative instruments



1,731,063



876,293

Investments in unconsolidated affiliates



68,299



287,842

Other assets



26,854



38,928

Total assets


$

14,255,550



14,849,214








Liabilities and Equity

Current liabilities:







Accounts payable


$

38,627



47,457

Accrued liabilities



393,803



429,696

Revenue distributions payable



163,989



220,971

Derivative instruments



203,635



4,285

Other current liabilities



17,334



15,267

Total current liabilities



817,388



717,676

Long-term liabilities:







Long-term debt



4,703,973



4,510,521

Deferred income tax liability



950,217



1,180,564

Derivative instruments



234



427

Other liabilities



55,160



52,764

Total liabilities



6,526,972



6,461,952

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; 314,877 shares and 315,470 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016 and September 30, 2017, respectively



3,149



3,155

Additional paid-in capital



5,299,481



6,564,320

Accumulated earnings



959,995



1,088,196

Total stockholders' equity



6,262,625



7,655,671

Noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiary



1,465,953



731,591

Total equity



7,728,578



8,387,262

Total liabilities and equity


$

14,255,550



14,849,214

ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)

Three Months Ended September 30, 2016 and 2017

(unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)




Three Months Ended
September 30,



2016


2017

Revenue:







Natural gas sales


$

364,373



409,141

Natural gas liquids sales



106,958



224,533

Oil sales



14,793



26,527

Gathering, compression, water handling and treatment



2,969



2,869

Marketing



97,076



50,767

Commodity derivative fair value gains (losses)



530,334



(65,957)

Total revenue



1,116,503



647,880

Operating expenses:







Lease operating



13,854



23,491

Gathering, compression, processing, and transportation



234,915



282,134

Production and ad valorem taxes



15,554



22,995

Marketing



114,611



78,884

Exploration



1,166



1,599

Impairment of unproved properties



11,753



41,000

Depletion, depreciation, and amortization



199,113



206,968

Accretion of asset retirement obligations



628



658

General and administrative (including equity-based compensation expense of $26,381 and $26,447 in 2016 and 2017, respectively)



57,577



62,203

Total operating expenses



649,171



719,932

Operating income (loss)



467,332



(72,052)

Other income (expenses):







Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates



1,543



7,033

Interest



(59,755)



(70,059)

Total other expenses



(58,212)



(63,026)

Income (loss) before income taxes



409,120



(135,078)

Provision for income tax (expense) benefit



(140,924)



45,078

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



268,196



(90,000)

Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests



29,941



45,063

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


$

238,255



(135,063)















Earnings (loss) per common share—basic


$

0.78



(0.43)








Earnings (loss) per common share—assuming dilution


$

0.77



(0.43)








Weighted average number of shares outstanding:







Basic



306,785



315,463

Diluted



308,657



315,463

ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016 and 2017

(unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)




Nine Months Ended
September 30,



2016


2017

Revenue and other:







Natural gas sales


$

848,936



1,330,062

Natural gas liquids sales



274,736



590,004

Oil sales



41,712



79,999

Gathering, compression, water handling and treatment



10,107



8,665

Marketing



287,194



166,659

Commodity derivative fair value gains



125,624



458,459

Total revenue and other



1,588,309



2,633,848

Operating expenses:







Lease operating



37,190



56,034

Gathering, compression, processing, and transportation



649,713



815,710

Production and ad valorem taxes



52,296



70,341

Marketing



378,521



246,298

Exploration



3,289



5,510

Impairment of unproved properties



47,223



83,098

Depletion, depreciation, and amortization



588,057



610,879

Accretion of asset retirement obligations



1,846



1,944

General and administrative (including equity-based compensation expense of $75,667 and $78,925 in 2016 and 2017, respectively)



173,966



191,000

Total operating expenses



1,932,101



2,080,814

Operating income (loss)



(343,792)



553,034

Other income (expenses):







Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates



2,027



12,887

Interest



(185,634)



(205,311)

Total other expenses



(183,607)



(192,424)

Income (loss) before income taxes



(527,399)



360,610

Provision for income tax (expense) benefit



230,755



(105,087)

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



(296,644)



255,523

Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests



66,400



127,322

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


$

(363,044)



128,201















Earnings (loss) per common share—basic


$

(1.26)



0.41








Earnings (loss) per common share—assuming dilution


$

(1.26)



0.41








Weighted average number of shares outstanding:







Basic



288,607



315,275

Diluted



288,607



316,140

 

ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016 and 2017

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)




Nine Months Ended September 30,



2016


2017

Cash flows from operating activities:







Net income (loss) including noncontrolling interests


$

(296,644)



255,523

Adjustment to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:







Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and accretion



589,903



612,823

Impairment of unproved properties



47,223



83,098

Derivative fair value gains



(125,624)



(458,459)

Gains on settled derivatives



813,559



137,392

Proceeds from derivative monetizations





749,906

Deferred income tax expense (benefit)



(230,755)



105,087

Equity-based compensation expense



75,667



78,925

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates



(2,027)



(12,887)

Distributions of earnings from unconsolidated affiliates





10,120

Other



(1,544)



1,191

Changes in current assets and liabilities:







Accounts receivable



10,077



1,771

Accrued revenue



(68,248)



28,375

Other current assets



4,685



(3,836)

Accounts payable



5,683



4,731

Accrued liabilities



41,386



43,043

Revenue distributions payable



42,253



56,982

Other current liabilities



103



(977)

Net cash provided by operating activities



905,697



1,692,808

Cash flows used in investing activities:







Additions to proved properties



(64,789)



(179,318)

Additions to unproved properties



(559,572)



(182,207)

Drilling and completion costs



(1,009,851)



(946,508)

Additions to water handling and treatment systems



(137,355)



(143,470)

Additions to gathering systems and facilities



(154,136)



(254,619)

Additions to other property and equipment



(1,747)



(11,417)

Investments in unconsolidated affiliates



(45,044)



(216,776)

Change in other assets



(2,173)



(16,148)

Other





2,156

Net cash used in investing activities



(1,974,667)



(1,948,307)

Cash flows from financing activities:







Issuance of common stock



837,414



Issuance of common units by Antero Midstream Partners LP



19,605



248,949

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



178,000



311,100

Issuance of senior notes



650,000



Repayments on bank credit facilities, net



(552,000)



(198,000)

Payments of deferred financing costs



(9,029)



Distributions to noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiary



(51,238)



(102,053)

Employee tax withholding for settlement of equity compensation awards



(4,876)



(8,500)

Other



(3,867)



(3,913)

Net cash provided by financing activities



1,064,009



247,583

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents



(4,961)



(7,916)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period



23,473



31,610

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

18,512



23,694








Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:







Cash paid during the period for interest


$

132,928



174,324

Supplemental disclosure of noncash investing activities:







Decrease in accounts payable and accrued liabilities for additions to property and equipment


$

(189,234)



(3,084)

The following tables set forth selected consolidated operating data for the three months ended September 30, 2016 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2017:



Three Months Ended September
30,


Amount of
Increase


Percent


(in thousands)


2016


2017


(Decrease)


Change


Operating revenues and other:













Natural gas sales


$

364,373


$

409,141


$

44,768


12

%

NGLs sales



106,958



224,533



117,575


110

%

Oil sales



14,793



26,527



11,734


79

%

Gathering, compression, water handling and treatment



2,969



2,869



(100)


(3)

%

Marketing



97,076



50,767



(46,309)


(48)

%

Commodity derivative fair value gains (losses)



530,334



(65,957)



(596,291)


*


Total operating revenues and other



1,116,503



647,880



(468,623)


(42)

%

Operating expenses:













Lease operating



13,854



23,491



9,637


70

%

Gathering, compression, processing, and transportation



234,915



282,134



47,219


20

%

Production and ad valorem taxes



15,554



22,995



7,441


48

%

Marketing



114,611



78,884



(35,727)


(31)

%

Exploration



1,166



1,599



433


37

%

Impairment of unproved properties



11,753



41,000



29,247


249

%

Depletion, depreciation, and amortization



199,113



206,968



7,855


4

%

Accretion of asset retirement obligations



628



658



30


5

%

General and administrative (before equity-based compensation)



31,196



35,756



4,560


15

%

Equity-based compensation



26,381



26,447



66


%

Total operating expenses



649,171



719,932



70,761


11

%

Operating income (loss)



467,332



(72,052)



(539,384)


*















Other earnings (expenses):













Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate



1,543



7,033



5,490


356

%

Interest expense



(59,755)



(70,059)



(10,304)


17

%

Total other expenses



(58,212)



(63,026)



(4,814)


8

%

Income (loss) before income taxes



409,120



(135,078)



(544,198)


*


Income tax (expense) benefit



(140,924)



45,078



186,002


*


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



268,196



(90,000)



(358,196)


*


Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest



29,941



45,063



15,122


51

%

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


$

238,255


$

(135,063)


$

(373,318)


*















Adjusted EBITDAX (1)


$

372,751


$

336,356


$

(36,395)


(10)

%
















Three Months Ended September
30,


Amount of
Increase


Percent




2016


2017


(Decrease)


Change


Production data:













Natural gas (Bcf)



128



151



23


18

%

C2 Ethane (MBbl)



1,801



2,789



988


55

%

C3+ NGLs (MBbl)



5,270



6,927



1,657


31

%

Oil (MBbl)



423



624



201


47

%

Combined (Bcfe)



172



213



41


24

%

Daily combined production (MMcfe/d)



1,875



2,317



442


24

%

Average prices before effects of derivative settlements(2):













Natural gas (per Mcf)


$

2.86


$

2.71


$

(0.15)


(5)

%

C2 Ethane (per Bbl)


$

8.00


$

8.68


$

0.68


9

%

C3+ NGLs (per Bbl)


$

17.56


$

28.92


$

11.36


65

%

Oil (per Bbl)


$

34.93


$

42.50


$

7.57


22

%

Combined (per Mcfe)


$

2.82


$

3.10


$

0.28


10

%

Average realized prices after effects of derivative settlements(2):













Natural gas (per Mcf)


$

4.30


$

3.37


$

(0.93)


(22)

%

C2 Ethane (per Bbl)


$

8.00


$

8.53


$

0.53


7

%

C3+ NGLs (per Bbl)


$

19.96


$

23.15


$

3.19


16

%

Oil (per Bbl)


$

34.93


$

45.40


$

10.47


30

%

Combined (per Mcfe)


$

3.96


$

3.39


$

(0.57)


(14)

%

Average Costs (per Mcfe):













Lease operating


$

0.08


$

0.11


$

0.03


38

%

Gathering, compression, processing, and transportation


$

1.36


$

1.32


$

(0.04)


(3)

%

Production and ad valorem taxes


$

0.09


$

0.11


$

0.02


22

%

Marketing expense, net


$

0.10


$

0.13


$

0.03


30

%

Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and accretion


$

1.16


$

0.97


$

(0.19)


(16)

%

General and administrative (before equity-based compensation)


$

0.18


$

0.17


$

(0.01)


(6)

%



(1)

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

(2)

Calculation excludes the impact of hedge monetization

*Not meaningful or applicable

 

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