Chaparral Energy Announces 2016 Year End Financial and Operational Results

OKLAHOMA CITY, April 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chaparral Energy, Inc. filed its year end 2016 financial and operational results Friday, March 31, and will hold its financial and operating results call this morning, Thursday, April 6 at 9 a.m. Interested parties may access the call toll-free at 877-627-6582 and ask for the Chaparral Energy conference call 10 minutes prior to the start time. The conference ID number is 9863906. A live webcast of the call will be available on the company’s website at

Highlights for the year include:

  • The company’s emergence from Chapter 11, which allowed it to shed $1.2 billion in debt and save $107 million in annual interest expense, making it one of the least levered companies of its size in the industry
  • A post-emergence enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion
  • Focused capital investment and execution in Oklahoma’s fast-growing, highly profitable STACK Play, including industry-leading drilling and completion (D&C) costs of $3.3 million per well in the Meramec formation
  • Total net production of 24.4 MBoe/d, with a 35 percent year-over-year increase in STACK production
  • A $3.77 per barrel lease operating expense (LOE) in the STACK

“This past year has been a transformative one for Chaparral,” said Chief Executive Officer Earl Reynolds. “Our recent emergence from Chapter 11 has provided Chaparral with an extremely healthy balance sheet and the security necessary to continue to deliver excellent performance as we develop our approximately 100,000 net acre position in the STACK.”

“In fact thanks to our employees continued focus and commitment to excellence, Chaparral set a company record for lowest-ever LOE/Boe cost and OSHA-recordable incident rate despite the challenges presented by our restructuring and the continued low-price environment. This outstanding performance coupled with our low-cost structure and focused STACK development will allow us to deliver consistent returns for the company and our shareholders as we move forward.”

Operations Summary
Chaparral focused the majority of its operational efforts in central Oklahoma’s STACK Play in 2016, where it completed 16 new wells and participated in an additional 36 gross non-operated wells. Of the company’s operated wells, 11 were drilled in the Meramec, two in the Oswego, one in the Woodford and two in the Osage. The company recorded an industry-leading average D&C cost of $3.3 million per well in the Meramec formation.

For the year, Chaparral produced 24.4 MBoe/d, of which 55 percent was oil, 16 percent was NGLs and 29 percent natural gas. The company’s total year-over-year production declined 13 percent as a result of a decrease in its capital program while in Chapter 11. Chaparral did, however, record a 35 percent year-over-year increase in its STACK production, growing from 1.97 MBoe in 2015 to 2.67 MBoe in 2016.

The company also realized significant cost decreases during the year, including an 18 percent decrease in LOE. Chaparral’s 2016 total LOE/Boe, including both its E&P and EOR operations, was $10.14 per barrel. The company’s STACK LOE/Boe expense was $3.77.

Financial Summary
The company’s total capital expenditures for the year were $150 million, with $61 million spent on drilling in the STACK, $72 million in other operated areas and $16 million for acquisitions.

Revenues for 2016, before the effects of hedging activities, were $252 million, down from $324 million in 2015. This decline, as previously mentioned, is due primarily to a 13 percent decline in production resulting primarily from the company’s decrease in capital spending, combined with an 11 percent decrease in average commodity prices during the year. Overall, Chaparral had a net loss of $416 million in 2016.

The company’s 2016 adjusted EBITDA was $228 million compared to $389 million in 2015. This decline was primarily a result of decreases in commodity prices and the roll off of hedge positions entered into in previous years, along with decreases in production volumes related to strategic reductions in the company’s capital program. This does not include proceeds from early termination of the company’s derivative contracts with a scheduled maturity date more than 12 months following the date of such monetization.

Chaparral ended the year with estimated proved reserves of 131.3 MMBoe with a PV-10 value of approximately $529 million and an estimated reserve life of approximately 14.7 years. The company’s PV-10 value is also equal to its standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows. Chaparral’s reserves were 43 percent proved developed, 74 percent crude oil and nine percent natural gas liquids. This includes 30.8 MMBoe of reserves in the STACK.

Commodity derivative contracts for 2016, excluding early termination settlement proceeds from contracts maturing after 2016, increased Chaparral’s average realized combined oil and natural gas liquids price from $34.69 to $52.63 per barrel and average realized gas price from $2.16 to $3.75 per MMBTU.

The company’s hedging program, as of December 31, included swaps covering 3.6 million barrels of oil at an average price of $54.97, and from a gas standpoint, it had 9.6 bcf of gas hedged at an average price of $3.34 for 2017. In January, Chaparral entered into contracts for an additional 154,000 mcf of gas covering 2017 production at an average price of $3.40.

 “Our capital structure has been significantly improved with our emergence and corresponding elimination of approximately $1.2 billion of previous senior note debt and associated interest payments,” said Chief Financial Officer Joe Evans. “In addition, our new credit facility is comprised of a borrowing base and term loan. This provides us significant liquidity and more financial flexibility moving forward.”

2017 Guidance
Chaparral’s total company production guidance for 2017 is between 8.2 and 8.6 MMBoe. Its total capital budget for the year will be $135 - $155 million, the majority of which will be dedicated to developing its STACK position.

The company expects its total LOE/Boe costs, including both its E&P and EOR business units, to be between $10.50 and $11.00 in 2017, and its normalized 2017 G&A/Boe cost to range from $3.40 to $4.20 per Boe.

Chaparral’s 10-K is available on the Investor section of the company’s website at and the Securities and Exchange Commission at A recording of this morning’s call will also be available shortly after the call’s conclusion at

Statements made in this release contain “forward-looking statements.” These statements are based on certain assumptions and expectations made by Chaparral, which reflect management’s experience, estimates and perception of historical trends, current conditions, anticipated future developments, potential for reserves and drilling, completion of current and future acquisitions, and growth, benefits of acquisitions, future competitive position and other factors believed to be appropriate. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those risks, trends and uncertainties are our ability to find oil and natural gas reserves that are economically recoverable, the volatility of oil and natural gas prices, the uncertain economic conditions in the United States and globally, the decline in the reserve values of our properties that may result in ceiling test write-downs, our ability to replace reserves and sustain production, our estimate of the sufficiency of our existing capital sources, our ability to raise additional capital to fund cash requirements for future operations, the uncertainties involved in prospect development and property acquisitions or dispositions and in projecting future rates of production or future reserves, the timing of development expenditures and drilling of wells, the impact of natural disasters on our present and future operations, the impact of government regulation and the operating hazards attendant to the oil and natural gas business. Please read “Risk Factors” in our annual reports on form 10-K and other public filings. We undertake no duty to update or revise these forward-looking statements.

About Chaparral
Chaparral is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company headquartered in Oklahoma City. Founded in 1988, Chaparral is a leading Mid-Continent operator with focused operations in Oklahoma’s fast-growing STACK Play. The company is also the third-largest oil producer in Oklahoma with approximately 400,000 net surface acres, of which approximately 100,000 acres are in the STACK, and potential production reserves of more than 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent. For more information, please visit

Operating Results Data

(in thousands) 2016  2015  2014 
Commodity sales$252,152 $324,315 $681,557 
Total revenues 252,152  324,315  681,557 
Lease operating 90,533  110,659  141,608 
Transportation and processing 8,845  8,541  8,295 
Production taxes 9,610  9,953  28,305 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 122,928  216,574  245,908 
Loss on impairment of oil and gas assets 281,079  1,491,129   
Loss on impairment of other assets 1,393  16,207   
General and administrative 20,953  39,089  53,414 
Liability management 9,396     
Cost reduction initiatives 2,879  10,028   
Total costs and expenses 547,616  1,902,180  477,530 
Operating (loss) income (295,464) (1,577,865) 204,027 
Interest expense (64,242) (112,400) (104,241)
Non-hedge derivative (losses) gains (22,837) 145,288  231,320 
Gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt   31,590   
Write-off of senior note issuance costs, discount and premium (16,970)    
Other income, net 411  2,324  2,630 
Net non-operating (expense) income (103,638) 66,802  129,709 
Reorganization items, net (16,720)    
(Loss) income before income taxes (415,822) (1,511,063) 333,736 
Income tax (benefit) expense (102) (177,219) 124,443 
Net (Loss) income($415,720)($1,333,844)$209,293 
Net cash provided by operating activities 47,167  19,608  323,911 
Net cash used in investing activities (54,309) (37,258) (412,222)
Net cash provided by financing activities 176,557  3,223  71,208 

(in thousands) 2016  2015  2014
Cash and cash equivalents$186,480 $17,065 $31,492
Total assets 845,987  1,181,313  2,831,816
Total debt 469,112  1,583,701  1,633,802
Liabilities subject to compromise 1,284,144    
(Accumulated deficit) retained earnings (1,467,398) (1,051,678) 282,166
Total stockholders’ (deficit) equity (1,042,153) (620,357) 711,858

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA

(in thousands) 2016  2015  2014 
Net (loss) income($415,720)($1,333,844)$209,293 
Interest expense 64,242  112,400  104,241 
Income tax (benefit) expense (102) (177,219) 124,443 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 122,928  216,574  245,908 
Non-cash change in fair value of non-hedge derivative instruments 176,607  88,317  (228,903)
Proceeds from monetization of derivatives with a scheduled maturity date more than 12 months from the monetization date excluded from EBITDA (12,810)    
Upfront premiums paid on settled derivative contracts (20,608)   (664)
Interest income (188) (192) (117)
Stock-based compensation expense (5,238) (1,477) 3,172 
Loss (gain) on sale of assets 117  (1,584) (2,152)
Gain on extinguishment of debt   (31,590)  
Write-off of senior note issuance costs, discount and premium 16,970     
Loss on impairment of oil and gas assets 281,079  1,491,129   
Loss on impairment of other assets 1,393  16,207   
Restructuring, reorganization and other 19,599  10,028   
Adjusted EBITDA$228,269 $388,749 $455,221 

Proved Reserves

 Average Daily Production
Proved Reserves as of December 31, 2016

Year ended
Quarter Ended
% of
STACK - Meramec1.82.32,92016,4991,6247,2945.6$33
STACK - Osage2.01.93,97127,9503,00411,6338.9 44
STACK - Oswego1.21.13,7973,8993854,8323.7 48
STACK - Woodford1.41.129010,4351,5603,5892.7 13
STACK - Vertical0.90.984212,3875443,4512.6 14
Total STACK7.37.311,82071,1707,11730,79923.5 152
Active EOR Areas5.75.772,1885072,18954.9 216
Other11.410.312,61364,2744,98828,31321.6 161


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