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CONTINENTAL RESOURCES ANNOUNCES OUTSTANDING 1Q22 RESULTS, INCREASES SHAREHOLDER RETURN OF CAPITAL, & ENHANCES 2022 PROJECTIONS

Oklahoma City, May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- 

Outstanding 1Q22 Results
•    $1.50 B Cash Flow from Operations (CFO) & $1.15 B Free Cash Flow (FCF) (Non-GAAP)
•    $597.8 MM Net Income; $1.65 per Diluted Share ($960.0 MM Adj. Net Income; $2.65 per Adj. Share (Non-GAAP))

Increasing Shareholder Return of Capital
•    Quarterly Dividend Increased to $0.28 per Share (~2.0% Dividend Yield1)
•    $100 MM Shares Repurchased in 1Q22 (~$960 MM Remaining in Share Buyback Program)
•    $264 MM Total Debt Reduction in 1Q22 (Inclusive of $450 MM Powder River Basin Acquisition & Initial $63 MM Summit Carbon Capture Investment)

Enhancing 2022 Projections
•    Increased Projected Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) to ~31% from Previous 21%
•    Increased Avg. Daily Oil Production to 200 to 210 MBopd & Avg. Daily Natural Gas Production to 1.1 to 1.2 Bcfpd
•    220 to 230 MBopd December 2022 Avg. Daily Oil Production Exit Rate
•    Projecting Full Year CFO of $6.5 to $7.0 B (Inclusive of ~$450 MM Working Capital Adjustment) and Projecting Full Year FCF2 of $4.3 to $4.7 B; 21% to 23% FCF Yield3 (Non-GAAP)

Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CLR) (the "Company") today announced its first quarter 2022 operating and financial results, increased shareholder return of capital, and enhanced 2022 projections.

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"Continental's outstanding first quarter 2022 results underscore our commitment to both return of capital to shareholders and corporate disciplined return on capital employed. Additionally, we continue to enhance our 2022 capital program and are realizing opportunities to optimize our operational and financial performance, as evident in our increased 2022 projected free cash flow of $4.3 to $4.7 billion, which equates to a 21% to 23% free cash flow yield. Our fifth consecutive increase to our quarterly dividend and approximately 31% projected return on capital employed continues to competitively differentiate us versus both our peers and the S&P 500 by delivering on our unique shareholder value proposition," said Bill Berry, President & Chief Executive Officer.







1 Annualized dividend yield is calculated as the annual dividend per share, based on the April 2022 dividend, divided by the stock price per share as of May 2, 2022. All future dividends require Board approval.

2 2022 projections include 1Q22 actuals and strip WTI and HH prices as of May 2, 2022, for the remainder of the year.

3 Free cash flow yield is estimated by dividing the 2022 annual FCF estimate by the Company's current market capitalization, as of May 2, 2022.

The Company reported net income of $597.8 million, or $1.65 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2022. In first quarter 2022, typically excluded items in aggregate represented $362.2 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, of Continental's reported net income. Adjusted net income for first quarter 2022 was $960.0 million, or $2.65 per diluted share (non-GAAP). Net cash provided by operating activities for first quarter 2022 was $1.50 billion, and EBITDAX was $1.84 billion (non-GAAP).

Adjusted net income, adjusted net income per share, EBITDAX, free cash flow, free cash flow yield, net debt, net sales prices, and cash general and administrative (G&A) expenses per barrel of oil equivalent (Boe) presented herein are non-GAAP financial measures. Definitions and explanations for how these measures relate to the most directly comparable U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) financial measures are provided at the conclusion of this press release.

1Q22 Production & Operations Update

First quarter 2022 total production averaged 373.8 MBoepd. First quarter 2022 oil production averaged 194.8 MBopd. First quarter 2022 natural gas production averaged 1,074 MMcfpd.

The following table provides the Company's average daily production by region for the periods presented:



1Q


1Q

Boe per day


2022


2021

Bakken


171,401


160,577

Anadarko Basin


143,963


138,386

Powder River Basin


11,653


2,464

Permian Basin


40,248


All other


6,545


6,515

Total


373,810


307,942

1Q22 Financial Update

"The Company delivered a record quarter of adjusted earnings per share and exceptional free cash flow generation while executing the $450 million Powder River Basin acquisition and $63 million Summit carbon capture investment during the first quarter 2022. We continued to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to capital discipline and shareholder return of capital by reducing our total debt by $264 million and executing $100 million of share repurchases since year end 2021, while increasing our quarterly fixed dividend by 22% versus last quarter," said John Hart, Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning.

1Q 2022 Financial Update

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2022

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$4.2 million

Total Debt

$6.57 billion

Net Debt (non-GAAP)(1) 

$6.56 billion

Average Net Sales Price (non-GAAP)(1)


  Per Barrel of Oil

$90.83

  Per Mcf of Gas

$6.34

  Per Boe

$65.51

Production Expense per Boe

$4.09

Total G&A Expenses per Boe

$2.23

Crude Oil Net Sales Price Discount to NYMEX ($/Bbl)

($3.47)

Natural Gas Net Sales Price Premium to NYMEX ($/Mcf)

$1.43

Non-Acquisition Capital Expenditures attributable to CLR

$523.9 million

  Exploration & Development Drilling & Completion

$426.2 million

  Leasehold and minerals

$24.8 million

  Workovers, Recompletions and Other

$72.9 million

  Minerals attributable to FNV

$1.9 million


(1) Net debt and net sales prices represent non-GAAP financial measures. Further information about
these non-GAAP financial measures as well as reconciliations to the most directly comparable U.S.
GAAP financial measures are provided subsequently under the header Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

Increasing Shareholder Return of Capital

The Company's Board of Directors recently approved increasing the Company's quarterly dividend to $0.28 per share, payable on May 23, 2022, to stockholders of record on May 9, 2022. This dividend represents a $0.05, or approximately 22%, increase to the Company's $0.23 per share quarterly dividend paid in first quarter 2022 and equates to an approximate 2.0% annualized dividend yield, as of May 2, 2022, which exceeds the S&P 500 average yield. The Company continues to target maintaining a 2.0% or greater annualized dividend yield long term.  

During first quarter 2022, the Company repurchased 1.84 million shares at an aggregate cost of $100 million. Cumulatively the Company has repurchased 18.81 million shares at an aggregate cost of $541 million (average of $28.76 per share), leaving approximately $960 million of authorized repurchasing capacity remaining under the $1.5 billion program.

During first quarter 2022, the Company reduced its total debt to $6.57 billion, with $264 million of total debt reduction since December 31, 2021. This is inclusive of the $450 million Powder River Basin acquisition and $63 million Summit carbon capture investment. The Company is accelerating its net debt reduction and is targeting $4.8 billion of total debt, which assumes a paydown of the Company's 2023 and 2024 senior notes, and $4.0 billion of net debt (non-GAAP) by year end 2022. At the end of first quarter 2022, the Company's net debt (non-GAAP) to annualized first quarter 2022 EBITDAX (non-GAAP) ratio was below 1.0x and is projected to be below 1.0x on a trailing twelve-month EBITDAX basis by the end of second quarter 2022.

Enhancing 2022 Projections

The Company recently announced its modified 2022 capital program of $2.6 to $2.7 billion from $2.3 billion, which is expected to enhance the Company's projected return on capital employed by 2.0% over its originally projected 21% return on capital employed at $80 WTI and $3.50 HH. Adjusting for current commodity prices, the Company's projected return on capital employed is increasing to approximately 31% in 2022. The Company is also projecting a 40% or lower reinvestment rate, versus approximately 45% in the original capital program.

The Company has updated its 2022 annual oil production guidance to 200 to 210 MBopd from 195 to 205 MBopd. This is inclusive of production from the closing of the Company's Powder River Basin acquisition on March 25, 2022, through December 31, 2022. The Company is also projecting a December 2022 oil production exit rate of approximately 220 to 230 MBopd. Additionally, the Company has updated its 2022 annual natural gas production guidance to 1,100 MMcfpd to 1,200 MMcfpd from 1,040 to 1,140 MMcfpd.

The updated 2022 capital program is projected to generate approximately $6.5 to $7.0 billion of cash flow from operations (inclusive of approximately $450 million working capital adjustment) and $4.3 to $4.7 billion of free cash flow (non-GAAP) for full-year 2022, inclusive of first quarter 2022 actuals and strip WTI and Henry Hub prices as of May 2, 2022, for the remainder of the year. The Company's full-year 2022 free cash flow projection equates to a 21% to 23% free cash flow yield (non-GAAP). 

The Company is improving its oil and natural gas differentials given strong pricing realizations. 2022 crude oil differentials guidance per barrel of oil is now projected to average ($2.50) to ($3.50) and 2022 natural gas differentials guidance per Mcf is now projected to average a premium of $0.25 to $1.00.

The Company's full 2022 guidance can be found at the conclusion of this press release.


Three months ended March 31,


2022


2021

Average daily production:




  Crude oil (Bbl per day)

194,767


151,852

  Natural gas (Mcf per day)

1,074,255


936,540

  Crude oil equivalents (Boe per day)

373,810


307,942

Average net sales prices (non-GAAP), excluding effect from derivatives: (1)




  Crude oil ($/Bbl)

$90.83


$53.09

  Natural gas ($/Mcf)

$6.34


$5.56

  Crude oil equivalents ($/Boe)

$65.51


$43.11

Production expenses ($/Boe)

$4.09


$3.35

Production taxes (% of net crude oil and natural gas sales)

7.2%


7.0%

DD&A ($/Boe)

$13.67


$18.35

Total general and administrative expenses ($/Boe) (2)

$2.23


$1.90

Net income attributable to Continental Resources (in thousands)

$597,757


$259,642

Diluted net income per share attributable to Continental Resources

$1.65


$0.72

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) (in thousands) (1)

$959,992


$278,890

Adjusted diluted net income per share (non-GAAP) (1)

$2.65


$0.77

Net cash provided by operating activities (in thousands)

$1,504,617


$1,040,260

EBITDAX (non-GAAP) (in thousands) (1)

$1,844,239


$962,636






(1) Net sales prices, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted net income per share, and EBITDAX represent non-GAAP
financial measures. Further information about these non-GAAP financial measures as well as reconciliations to the
most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures are provided subsequently under the header Non-GAAP
Financial Measures.






(2) Total general and administrative expense is comprised of cash general and administrative expense and non-cash
equity compensation expense. Cash general and administrative expense per Boe was $1.36 and $1.29 for 1Q 2022
and 1Q 2021, respectively. Non-cash equity compensation expense per Boe was $0.87 and $0.61 for 1Q 2022 and
1Q 2021, respectively.

1Q22 Earnings Conference Call

The Company plans to host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2022 results on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT). Those wishing to listen to the conference call may do so via the Company's website at www.CLR.com or by phone:

Time and date:            10:00 a.m. ET, Thursday, May 5, 2022
Dial-in:                         1-888-317-6003
Intl. dial-in:                   1-412-317-6061
Conference ID:            3358185

A replay of the call will be available for 14 days on the Company's website or by dialing:

Replay number:           1-877-344-7529
Intl. replay:                   1-412-317-0088
Conference ID:             8488139

The Company plans to publish a first quarter 2022 summary presentation to its website at www.CLR.com prior to the start of its conference call on Thursday, May 5, 2022.

About Continental Resources

Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR) is a top 10 independent oil producer in the U.S. and a leader in America's energy renaissance. Based in Oklahoma City, Continental is the largest leaseholder and the largest producer in the nation's premier oil field, the Bakken play of North Dakota and Montana. The Company is also the largest producer in the Anadarko Basin of Oklahoma and has newly acquired positions in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Permian Basin of Texas. With a focus on the exploration and production of oil, Continental has unlocked the technology and resources vital to American energy independence and our nation's leadership in the new world oil market. In 2022, the Company will celebrate 55 years of operations. For more information, please visit www.CLR.com.     

Cautionary Statement for the Purpose of the "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements included in this press release other than statements of historical fact, including, but not limited to, forecasts or expectations regarding the Company's business and statements or information concerning the Company's future operations, performance, financial condition, production and reserves, schedules, plans, timing of development, rates of return, budgets, costs, business strategy, objectives, and cash flows are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, the words "could," "may," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "expect," "project," "budget," "target," "plan," "continue," "potential," "guidance," "strategy," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words.

Forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current expectations and assumptions about future events and currently available information as to the outcome and timing of future events. Although the Company believes these assumptions and expectations are reasonable, they are inherently subject to numerous business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control. No assurance can be given that such expectations will be correct or achieved or that the assumptions are accurate. The risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, commodity price volatility; the geographic concentration of our operations; financial market and economic volatility; the effects of any national or international health crisis; the inability to access needed capital; the risks and potential liabilities inherent in crude oil and natural gas drilling and production and the availability of insurance to cover any losses resulting therefrom; difficulties in estimating proved reserves and other reserves-based measures; declines in the values of our crude oil and natural gas properties resulting in impairment charges; our ability to replace proved reserves and sustain production; our ability to pay future dividends or complete share repurchases; the availability or cost of equipment and oilfield services; leasehold terms expiring on undeveloped acreage before production can be established; our ability to project future production, achieve targeted results in drilling and well operations and predict the amount and timing of development expenditures; the availability and cost of transportation, processing and refining facilities; legislative and regulatory changes adversely affecting our industry and our business, including initiatives related to hydraulic fracturing and greenhouse gas emissions; increased market and industry competition, including from alternative fuels and other energy sources; and the other risks described under Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors and elsewhere in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, registration statements and other reports filed from time to time with the SEC, and other announcements the Company makes from time to time.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which such statement is made. Should one or more of the risks or uncertainties described in this press release occur, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, the Company's actual results and plans could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Except as otherwise required by applicable law, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly correct or update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances after the date of this report, or otherwise.

Readers are cautioned that initial production rates are subject to decline over time and should not be regarded as reflective of sustained production levels. Production from horizontal drilling in shale oil and natural gas resource plays and tight natural gas plays that are stimulated with extensive pressure fracturing are typically characterized by significant early declines in production rates.

We use the term "EUR" or "estimated ultimate recovery" to describe our best estimate of recoverable oil and natural gas hydrocarbon quantities. Actual reserves recovered may differ from estimated quantities. EUR data included herein, if any, remain subject to change as more well data is analyzed.

Investor Contact:

Media Contact:

Rory Sabino

Kristin Thomas

Vice President, Investor Relations

Senior Vice President, Public Relations

405-234-9620

405-234-9480

Rory.Sabino@CLR.com

Kristin.Thomas@CLR.com



Lucy Spaay


Investor Relations Analyst


405-774-5878 


Lucy.Spaay@CLR.com


 

Continental Resources, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations






Three months ended March 31,


2022


2021

Revenues:

In thousands, except per share data

  Crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids sales

$2,274,261


$1,247,533

  Loss on derivative instruments, net

(475,938)


(43,507)

  Crude oil and natural gas service operations

17,915


11,789

Total revenues

1,816,238


1,215,815





Operating costs and expenses:




  Production expenses

137,280


93,065

  Production and ad valorem taxes

158,365


83,976

  Transportation, gathering, processing, and compression

74,849


50,256

  Exploration expenses

13,017


4,645

  Crude oil and natural gas service operations

8,561


4,490

  Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion

459,029


509,608

  Property impairments

24,248


11,436

  General and administrative expenses

74,837


52,848

  Net gain on sale of assets and other

(165)


(207)

Total operating costs and expenses

950,021


810,117

Income from operations

866,217


405,698

Other income (expense):




  Interest expense

(72,555)


(64,951)

  Gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt


(196)

  Other

(1,227)


252


(73,782)


(64,895)

Income before income taxes

792,435


340,803

Provision for income taxes

(191,084)


(80,528)

Net income

601,351


260,275

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

3,594


633

Net income attributable to Continental Resources

$597,757


$259,642





Net income per share attributable to Continental Resources:




  Basic

$1.67


$0.72

  Diluted

$1.65


$0.72

 

Continental Resources, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets






In thousands


March 31, 2022


December 31, 2021

Assets





Cash and cash equivalents


$4,244


$20,868

Other current assets


2,062,831


1,543,522

Net property and equipment (1)


17,466,448


16,975,465

Other noncurrent assets


139,908


51,256

Total assets


$19,673,431


$18,591,111






Liabilities and equity





Current liabilities


$2,177,668


$1,500,127

Long-term debt, net of current portion


6,562,803


6,826,566

Other noncurrent liabilities


2,662,517


2,408,093

Equity attributable to Continental Resources


7,892,791


7,475,456

Equity attributable to noncontrolling interests


377,652


380,869

Total liabilities and equity


$19,673,431


$18,591,111






(1) Balance is net of accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization of $16.94 billion and $16.48 billion as of
March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively.

 

Continental Resources, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows








Three months ended March 31,

In thousands


2022


2021

Net income


$601,351


$260,275

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





  Non-cash expenses


1,077,091


633,941

  Changes in assets and liabilities


(173,825)


146,044

Net cash provided by operating activities


1,504,617


1,040,260

Net cash used in investing activities


(1,040,994)


(428,084)

Net cash used in financing activities


(480,247)


(563,589)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents


(16,624)


48,587

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


20,868


47,470

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$4,244


$96,057

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Non-GAAP adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share attributable to Continental

Our presentation of adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share that exclude the effect of certain items are non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share represent net income and diluted net income per share determined under U.S. GAAP without regard to non-cash gains and losses on derivative instruments, property impairments, gains and losses on asset sales, gains and losses on extinguishment of debt, acquisition costs, and charitable donations as applicable. Management believes these measures provide useful information to analysts and investors for analysis of our operating results. In addition, management believes these measures are used by analysts and others in valuation, comparison and investment recommendations of companies in the oil and gas industry to allow for analysis without regard to an entity's specific derivative portfolio, impairment methodologies, and property acquisitions and dispositions. Adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income or diluted net income per share as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. The following table reconciles net income and diluted net income per share as determined under U.S. GAAP to adjusted net income and adjusted diluted net income per share for the periods presented.



Three months ended March 31,



2022


2021

In thousands, except per share data


$


Diluted EPS


$


Diluted EPS

Net income attributable to Continental Resources (GAAP)


$597,757


$1.65


$259,642


$0.72

  Adjustments:









    Non-cash loss on derivatives


453,698




14,070



    Property impairments


24,248




11,436



    Net gain on sale of assets and other


(165)




(207)



    (Gain) loss on extinguishment of debt





196



    Other (donation)


2,000






    Total tax effect of adjustments (1)


(117,546)




(6,247)



  Total adjustments, net of tax


362,235


1.00


19,248


0.05

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)


$959,992


$2.65


$278,890


$0.77

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding


362,375




362,673



Adjusted diluted net income per share (non-GAAP)


$2.65




$0.77












(1) Computed by applying a combined federal and state statutory tax rate of 24.5% in effect for 2022 and 2021 to the pre-tax
amount of adjustments.

Non-GAAP Net Debt

Net debt is a non-GAAP measure. We define net debt as total debt less cash and cash equivalents as determined under U.S. GAAP. Net debt should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, total debt, the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Management uses net debt to determine the Company's outstanding debt obligations that would not be readily satisfied by its cash and cash equivalents on hand. We believe this metric is useful to analysts and investors in determining the Company's leverage position, since the Company is able to, and may decide to, use a portion of its cash and cash equivalents to reduce debt. This metric is sometimes presented as a ratio with EBITDAX in order to provide investors with another means of evaluating the Company's ability to service its existing debt obligations as well as any future increase in the amount of such obligations. At March 31, 2022, the Company's total debt was $6.57 billion and its net debt amounted to $6.56 billion, representing total debt of $6.57 billion less cash and cash equivalents of $4.2 million. From time to time the Company provides forward-looking net debt forecasts; however, the Company is unable to provide a quantitative reconciliation of the forward-looking non-GAAP measure to the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP measure of total debt because management cannot reliably quantify certain of the necessary components of such forward-looking GAAP measure. The reconciling items in future periods could be significant.

Non-GAAP EBITDAX

We use a variety of financial and operational measures to assess our performance. Among these measures is EBITDAX, a non-GAAP measure. We define EBITDAX as earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion, property impairments, exploration expenses, non-cash gains and losses resulting from the requirements of accounting for derivatives, non-cash equity compensation expense, gains and losses on extinguishment of debt, and non-cash charitable donations as applicable. EBITDAX is not a measure of net income or net cash provided by operating activities as determined by U.S. GAAP.

Management believes EBITDAX is useful because it allows us to more effectively evaluate our operating performance and compare the results of our operations from period to period without regard to our financing methods or capital structure. Further, we believe EBITDAX is a widely followed measure of operating performance and may also be used by investors to measure our ability to meet future debt service requirements, if any. We exclude the items listed above from net income/loss and net cash provided by operating activities in arriving at EBITDAX because these amounts can vary substantially from company to company within our industry depending upon accounting methods and book values of assets, capital structures and the method by which the assets were acquired.

EBITDAX should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income/loss or net cash provided by operating activities as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP or as an indicator of a company's operating performance or liquidity. Certain items excluded from EBITDAX are significant components in understanding and assessing a company's financial performance, such as a company's cost of capital and tax structure, as well as the historic costs of depreciable assets, none of which are components of EBITDAX. Our computations of EBITDAX may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

The following table provides a reconciliation of our net income to EBITDAX for the periods presented.



Three months ended March 31,

In thousands


2022


2021

Net income


$601,351


$260,275

Interest expense


72,555


64,951

Provision for income taxes


191,084


80,528

Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion


459,029


509,608

Property impairments


24,248


11,436

Exploration expenses


13,017


4,645

Impact from derivative instruments:





  Total loss on derivatives, net


475,938


43,507

  Total cash paid on derivatives, net


(22,240)


(29,437)

Non-cash loss on derivatives, net


453,698


14,070

Non-cash equity compensation


29,257


16,927

(Gain) loss on extinguishment of debt



196

EBITDAX (non-GAAP)


$1,844,239


$962,636

The following table provides a reconciliation of our net cash provided by operating activities to EBITDAX for the periods presented.



Three months ended March 31,

In thousands


2022


2021

Net cash provided by operating activities


$1,504,617


$1,040,260

Current income tax provision


96,102


Interest expense


72,555


64,951

Exploration expenses, excluding dry hole costs


2,592


4,645

Gain on sale of assets and other, net


165


207

Other, net


(5,617)


(1,383)

Changes in assets and liabilities


173,825


(146,044)

EBITDAX (non-GAAP)


$1,844,239


$962,636

Non-GAAP Free Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow Yield

Our presentation of free cash flow and free cash flow yield are non-GAAP measures. We define free cash flow as cash flows from operations before changes in working capital items, less capital expenditures, excluding acquisitions, plus noncontrolling interest capital contributions, less distributions to noncontrolling interests. Noncontrolling interest capital contributions and distributions primarily relate to our relationship formed with Franco-Nevada in 2018 to fund a portion of certain mineral acquisitions which are included in our capital expenditures and operating results. Free cash flow is not a measure of net income or operating cash flows as determined by U.S. GAAP and should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, the comparable GAAP measure, and free cash flow does not represent residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures. Free cash flow yield is calculated by taking free cash flow divided by the market capitalization of the Company at a given date. Management believes these measures are useful to management and investors as a measure of a company's ability to internally fund its capital expenditures, to service or incur additional debt, and to measure management's success in creating shareholder value. From time to time the Company provides forward-looking free cash flow and free cash flow yield estimates or targets; however, the Company is unable to provide a quantitative reconciliation of these forward-looking non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP measure because management cannot reliably quantify certain of the necessary components of such forward-looking GAAP measure. The reconciling items in future periods could be significant.

The following table reconciles net cash provided by operating activities as determined under U.S. GAAP to free cash flow for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

In thousands


1Q 2022

Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)


$1,504,617

Exclude: Changes in working capital items


173,825

Less: Capital expenditures (1)


(525,841)

Plus: Contributions from noncontrolling interest


2,778

Less: Distributions to noncontrolling interest


(8,235)

Free cash flow (non-GAAP)


$1,147,144




(1) Capital expenditures are calculated as follows:



In thousands


1Q 2022

Cash paid for capital expenditures


$976,650

Less: Total acquisitions


(462,354)

Plus: Change in accrued capital expenditures & other


10,977

Plus: Exploratory seismic costs


568

Capital expenditures


$525,841

Non-GAAP Net Sales Prices

Revenues and transportation expenses associated with production from our operated properties are reported separately. For non-operated properties, we receive a net payment from the operator for our share of sales proceeds which is net of costs incurred by the operator, if any. Such non-operated revenues are recognized at the net amount of proceeds received. As a result, the separate presentation of revenues and transportation expenses from our operated properties differs from the net presentation from non-operated properties. This impacts the comparability of certain operating metrics, such as per-unit sales prices, when such metrics are prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP using gross presentation for some revenues and net presentation for others.

In order to provide metrics prepared in a manner consistent with how management assesses the Company's operating results and to achieve comparability between operated and non-operated revenues, we may present crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids sales net of transportation expenses, which we refer to as "net crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids sales," a non-GAAP measure. Average sales prices calculated using net sales are referred to as "net sales prices," a non-GAAP measure, and are calculated by taking revenues less transportation expenses divided by sales volumes. Management believes presenting our revenues and sales prices net of transportation expenses is useful because it normalizes the presentation differences between operated and non-operated revenues and allows for a useful comparison of net realized prices to NYMEX benchmark prices on a Company-wide basis.

The following table presents a reconciliation of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids sales (GAAP) to net crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids sales and related net sales prices (non-GAAP) for the periods presented.



Three months ended March 31, 2022


Three months ended March 31, 2021

In thousands


Crude oil


Natural gas
and NGLs


Total


Crude oil


Natural gas
and NGLs


Total

Crude oil, natural gas, and NGL sales (GAAP)


$1,643,847


$630,414


$2,274,261


$768,768


$478,765


$1,247,533

Less: Transportation expenses


(57,887)


(16,962)


(74,849)


(40,079)


(10,177)


(50,256)

Net crude oil, natural gas, and NGL sales (non-GAAP)


$1,585,960


$613,452


$2,199,412


$728,689


$468,588


$1,197,277

Sales volumes (MBbl/MMcf/MBoe)


17,461


96,683


33,575


13,726


84,289


27,774

Net sales price (non-GAAP)


$90.83


$6.34


$65.51


$53.09


$5.56


$43.11

Non-GAAP Cash General and Administrative Expenses per Boe

Our presentation of cash general and administrative ("G&A") expenses per Boe is a non-GAAP measure. We define cash G&A per Boe as total G&A determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP less non-cash equity compensation expenses, expressed on a per-Boe basis. We report and provide guidance on cash G&A per Boe because we believe this measure is commonly used by management, analysts and investors as an indicator of cost management and operating efficiency on a comparable basis from period to period. In addition, management believes cash G&A per Boe is used by analysts and others in valuation, comparison and investment recommendations of companies in the oil and gas industry to allow for analysis of G&A spend without regard to stock-based compensation programs which can vary substantially from company to company. Cash G&A per Boe should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, total G&A per Boe as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

The following table reconciles total G&A per Boe as determined under U.S. GAAP to cash G&A per Boe for the periods presented.  



Three months ended March 31,



2022


2021

Total G&A per Boe (GAAP)


$2.23


$1.90

Less: Non-cash equity compensation per Boe


(0.87)


(0.61)

Cash G&A per Boe (non-GAAP)


$1.36


$1.29

 

Continental Resources, Inc.
2022 Guidance
As of May 4, 2022








2022 Previous


2022 Current

Full-year average oil production (Bopd)


195,000 to 205,000


200,000 to 210,000

Full-year average natural gas production (Mcfpd)


1,040,000 to 1,140,000


1,100,000 to 1,200,000

Capital expenditures budget


$2.3 billion


$2.6 to $2.7 billion






Full-Year Operating Expenses:





Production expense per Boe


$3.50 to $4.00


$3.50 to $4.00

Production tax (% of net oil & gas revenue)


7.5% to 8.0%


7.5% to 8.0%

Cash G&A expense per Boe(1)


$1.20 to $1.40


$1.20 to $1.40

Non-cash equity compensation per Boe


$0.50 to $0.60


$0.50 to $0.60

DD&A per Boe


$14.00 to $16.00


$14.00 to $16.00






Average Price Differentials:





NYMEX WTI crude oil (per barrel of oil)


($3.00) to ($4.00)


($2.50) to ($3.50)

Henry Hub natural gas(2) (per Mcf)


$0.10 to $0.75


$0.25 to $1.00


1. Cash G&A is a non-GAAP measure and excludes the range of values shown for non-cash equity compensation per Boe in the item appearing immediately below. Guidance for total G&A (cash and non-cash) is a projected range of $1.70 to $2.00 per Boe.


2. Includes natural gas liquids production in differential range.

 

SOURCE Continental Resources