• PDC Energy Announces 2018 Results, 2019 Guidance and 2020 Outlook Emphasizing Free Cash Flow at $50 Oil

    Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 27 Feb 2019 16:31:27   America/New_York

    DENVER, Feb. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PDC Energy, Inc. ("PDC" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: PDCE) today reported its 2018 full-year and fourth quarter operating and financial results and provided detailed 2019 guidance and preliminary 2020 outlook.

    2018 Highlights

    • Full-year net cash from operating activities of approximately $890 million, a 49 percent increase compared to 2017.
       
    • Year-over-year production increase of 26 percent to 40.2 million barrels of oil equivalent (“MMBoe”) or approximately 110,000 Boe per day with a December exit rate of approximately 130,000 Boe per day.
       
    • Oil production of 17.0 million barrels (“MMBbls”), representing 42 percent of total production and a 32 percent increase from 2017.
       
    • Strengthened financial position including 2018 year-end liquidity of approximately $1.3 billion and a year-end leverage ratio, as defined by the Company’s revolving credit agreement, of 1.4 times compared to 1.9 times at year-end 2017.
       
    • Increase in year-end proved reserves of approximately 20 percent to 545 MMBoe, with all-sources reserve replacement of approximately 330 percent.
       
    • Added high-value Kersey inventory and consolidated Prairie Area of the Wattenberg Field through a strategic acreage trade that significantly enhances operational efficiencies through increased working interests and longer-laterals while reducing anticipated surface footprint.

    CEO Commentary

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Bart Brookman commented, “I’m very pleased with our team’s ability to exit 2018 on such a strong note and deliver a great fourth quarter.  Our operating results underscore the value and potential of our high-quality portfolio.  We have built tremendous momentum and established the foundation needed to execute upon what we deem to be a tremendous multi-year outlook.

    “Our board and management remain aligned and focused on creating long-term shareholder value through capital discipline, free cash flow generation and returns-based investment, as seen in our approximate $150 million, or 15 percent reduction in capital investments in our 2019 capital plan compared to 2018.  Our entire team is firmly committed to this operating philosophy and we expect to generate substantial free cash flow in excess of $100 million in 2020 in a $50 WTI environment.  Further, we plan improvements to our executive compensation plan to reflect these corporate priorities through the institution of two new corporate metrics: cash flow per debt-adjusted share and free cash flow as a percent of total capital investment.  These metrics, coupled with our existing capital efficiency, LOE and G&A per Boe and production metrics, will help us remain laser-focused on cost management while running a sustainable business model designed to create maximum long-term value for our shareholders.”

    Operations Update

    Production for 2018 was 40.2 MMBoe, or approximately 110,000 Boe per day, an increase of 26 percent from 2017.  Oil production of 17.0 MMBbls in 2018 represents 42 percent of total production and was an increase of 32 percent compared to 2017 volumes.  In the fourth quarter of 2018, production was approximately 11.8 MMBoe, an increase of 36 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017 and 17 percent from the third quarter of 2018.  Oil production in the fourth quarter of 2018 was 4.9 MMBbls, representing 42 percent of total production and an increase of 32 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. 

    The Company's capital investment in the development of oil and natural gas properties, before the change in accounts payable and excluding corporate capital, was approximately $985 million and $207 million for the full-year and fourth quarter of 2018, respectively. 

    In Wattenberg, the Company spud 161 wells and turned-in-line (“TIL”) 139 wells in 2018, including 40 spuds and 40 TILs in the fourth quarter.  Production for the year averaged approximately 84,000 Boe per day and benefited from third-party midstream expansions in the latter half of the year as second half production of approximately 90,000 Boe per day represented a 17 percent increase compared to first half production of approximately 77,500 Boe per day.

    In the Delaware Basin, the Company spud 31 wells and TIL’d 26 wells in 2018, including nine spuds and four TILs in the fourth quarter.  Production from the basin averaged approximately 26,000 Boe per day in 2018 and steadily increased from approximately 21,000 Boe per day in the first quarter to nearly 31,000 Boe per day in the fourth quarter, which included a full-quarter’s worth of production from the Company’s eight-well Grizzly Pad.  This pad was placed on artificial lift late in the fourth quarter and has since seen the production profile stabilize.

    2019 Capital Investment Outlook, Financial Guidance and Transactions Update

    As previously disclosed in the Company’s capital budget release on February 11, 2019, the Company has prepared a 2019 budget which balances long-term sustainable free cash flow generation with profitable growth under a $50 WTI oil price and $3 NYMEX gas price environment.  The Company’s 2019 anticipated capital investment range of $810 million and $870 million, excluding corporate capital of $20 million, reflects a reduction of approximately $150 million, or 15 percent, compared to 2018 levels.  PDC expects to generate adjusted cash flows from operations of approximately $25 million in excess of this investment, assuming $50 per barrel WTI.  If oil were to average $55 per barrel WTI, the Company would expect its adjusted cash flows to exceed its capital investments by approximately $65 million.

    Production for 2019 is expected to increase 20 percent over 2018 levels to a range of 46 to 50 MMBoe, or approximately 126,000 to 137,000 Boe per day.  The 2019 commodity mix is expected to be 41 to 45 percent crude oil, 21 to 23 percent NGLs and 33 to 37 percent natural gas.  Furthermore, the Company expects its daily production in the fourth quarter of 2019 to increase five to ten percent compared to the fourth quarter rate of 2018, which was approximately 128,000 Boe per day.

    PDC expects to spend approximately 60 percent of its total capital in Wattenberg to spud 135 to 150 wells and TIL 110 to 125 wells with average working interest of approximately 93 percent.  Recent strategic acreage trades have enabled the Company to increase the expected average lateral length of its TIL program by more than 25 percent to approximately 8,000 feet in 2019 compared to approximately 6,300 feet in 2018.  Anticipated well costs for 2019 are expected to remain unchanged at $3 million to $5 million depending on lateral length.  Similar to 2018, 2019 guidance contemplates a multi-month easing of field-wide line pressures that coincides with third-party midstream processing expansions.  The Company expects that the benefits of third-party midstream processing expansions will begin to be realized in June 2019.

    Approximately 40 percent of 2019 capital is expected to be invested in the Delaware Basin to spud 25 to 30 wells and TIL 20 to 25 wells with average working interest of approximately 93 percent.  The Company plans to operate at a two and half rig pace throughout the year while utilizing a part-time completion crew.  In an effort to enhance efficiencies and improve returns, PDC expects to increase the length of its average Delaware Basin TILs by more than 25 percent compared to 2018 to a length of approximately 9,200 feet.  Additionally, the Company plans to modify its completion design by slightly reducing the amount of proppant per foot while increasing the average distance between completion stages.  These modifications have resulted in a decrease in expected well costs to an estimated $11.5 million to $13 million for mid- and extended-reach laterals.  There are no standard-reach lateral wells planned in 2019.   

    As previously announced, the Company continues to work towards the monetization of its Delaware Basin midstream assets which is expected to be executed in the first half of 2019.

    The following table provides projected 2019 financial guidance:

       Low High 
           
     Production (MMBoe)   46.0    50.0  
     Capital Investments(1) (millions)  $810   $870  
               
     Operating Expenses         
     Lease operating expenses (“LOE”)($/Boe)  $2.85   $3.15  
     Transportation, gathering & processing expense (“TGP”)($/Boe)  $0.80   $1.00  
     Production taxes (% of Crude oil, natural gas & NGLs sales)   6%   7% 
     General and administrative expense ($/Boe)  $3.00   $3.40  
               
             
     Estimated Price Realizations (% of NYMEX) (excludes TGP)       
     Crude Oil
       90%     95% 
     Natural Gas   50%     55% 
     NGLs   30%     35% 

         (1) Excludes corporate capital of approximately $20 million

                 
    In 2020, the Company is currently contemplating continuation of its second half 2019 five rig program.  Utilizing a $50 WTI oil price and $3 NYMEX gas price, and holding all differentials and well costs constant, the Company expects its preliminary 2020 outlook to deliver improved levels of financial performance with anticipated free cash flow in excess of $100 million and LOE and G&A costs of less than $3 per Boe, respectively, with production growth of approximately 10 to 15 percent.

    Oil and Gas Production, Sales and Operating Cost Data

    Crude oil, natural gas and NGLs sales, excluding net settlements on derivatives, increased 52 percent to $1,390.0 million in 2018, compared to $913.1 million in 2017.  The increase in sales was due to a 26 percent increase in total production and an increase in the sales price per Boe, excluding net settlements on derivatives, of 21 percent to $34.61 in 2018 from $28.69 in 2017.  Including the impact of commodity price risk management, revenues increased 68 percent to $1,548.7 million in 2018 from $921.6 million in 2017.

    In the fourth quarter of 2018, crude oil, natural gas and NGLs sales were $386.4 million, compared to $277.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.  The average sales price, excluding net settlements on derivatives, improved to $32.83 per Boe for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $32.00 per Boe for the same 2017 period.

    The following table provides production and weighted-average sales price, by area, for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, excluding net settlements on derivatives and TGP:

     Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
     2018 2017 Percent
    Change
     2018 2017 Percent
    Change
                
    Crude oil (MBbls)           
    Wattenberg Field3,733  3,039  22.8% 12,809  10,922  17.3%
    Delaware Basin1,190  624  90.7% 4,108  1,699  141.8%
    Utica Shale(1)  55  (100.0)% 46  281  (83.6)%
    Total4,923  3,718  32.4% 16,963  12,902  31.5%
                
    Weighted-Average Sales Price$55.71  $52.79  5.5% $61.19  $48.45  26.3%
                
    Natural gas (MMcf)           
    Wattenberg Field20,157  15,412  30.8% 68,326  60,106  13.7%
    Delaware Basin5,820  3,358  73.3% 19,277  9,410  104.9%
    Utica Shale(1)  482  (100.0)% 414  2,173  (80.9)%
    Total25,977  19,252  34.9% 88,017  71,689  22.8%
                
    Weighted-Average Sales Price$2.30  $2.16  6.5% $1.85  $2.21  (16.3)%
                
    NGLs (MBbls)           
    Wattenberg Field1,839  1,403  31.1% 6,455  5,876  9.9%
    Delaware Basin678  292  132.2% 2,038  917  122.2%
    Utica Shale(1)  37  (100.0)% 34  188  (81.9)%
    Total2,517  1,732  45.3% 8,527  6,981  22.1%
                
    Weighted-Average Sales Price$20.79  $22.68  (8.3)% $22.14  $18.59  19.1%
                
    Crude oil equivalent (MBoe)           
    Wattenberg Field8,931  7,010  27.4% 30,652  26,815  14.3%
    Delaware Basin2,839  1,475  92.5% 9,359  4,184  123.7%
    Utica Shale(1)  173  (100.0)% 149  831  (82.1)%
    Total11,770  8,658  35.9% 40,160  31,830  26.2%
                
    Weighted-Average Sales Price$32.83  $32.00  2.6% $34.61  $28.69  20.6%

         (1) In March 2018, the Company completed the disposition of its Utica Shale properties.

    Production costs for 2018, which include LOE, production taxes and TGP, were $258.8 million, or $6.44 per Boe, compared to $183.5 million, or $5.77 per Boe, for 2017.  LOE per Boe was $3.26 for 2018 compared to $2.82 per Boe in 2017.   The increase in LOE per Boe is primarily due to the negative impact third party processing limitations and associated high line pressures had on both Wattenberg production volumes and costs.  In the fourth quarter of 2018, production costs were $71.5 million, or $6.08 per Boe, compared to $53.3 million or $6.15 per Boe in the comparable 2017 period.

    The following table provides the components of production costs for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017:

     Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
     2018 2017 2018 2017
            
    Lease operating expenses$36.0  $24.5  $131.0  $89.6 
    Production taxes23.6  17.8  90.4  60.7 
    Transportation, gathering and processing expenses11.9  11.0  37.4  33.2 
    Total$71.5  $53.3  $258.8  $183.5 


     Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
     2018 2017 2018 2017
            
    Lease operating expenses per Boe$3.06  $2.83  $3.26  $2.82 
    Production taxes per Boe2.01  2.05  2.25  1.91 
    Transportation, gathering and processing expenses per Boe1.01  1.27  0.93  1.04 
    Total per Boe$6.08  $6.15  $6.44  $5.77 

     
    Financial Results and Liquidity

    Net income for 2018 was $2.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $127.5 million, or $1.94 per diluted share, in 2017.  The year-over-year difference is primarily attributable to the increase in revenues between periods outweighing the year-over-year increase in impairment of properties and equipment.  Adjusted net loss, a non-GAAP financial measure defined below, was $196.3 million, or $2.96 per diluted share, in 2018 compared to an adjusted net loss of $114.4 million, or $1.74 per diluted share in 2017.

    Net income for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $178.9 million, or $2.71 per diluted share, and includes a fourth quarter impairment of $264.2 million related to non-focus area Delaware Basin leaseholds.  These leaseholds typically feature a higher gas-to-oil ratio and are more geologically complex than the Company’s other Delaware Basin properties.  Net income in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $77.6 million, or $1.17 per diluted share. The difference between periods was due to the increase in fair value of derivatives more than offsetting the impairment.  Adjusted net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $146.7 million, or $2.22 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $130.9 million, or $1.98 per diluted share, for the same 2017 period.    

    Net cash from operating activities was $889.3 million for 2018, compared to $597.8 million for 2017.  Adjusted cash flows from operations, a non-GAAP financial measure defined below, were $808.4 million for 2018, compared to $582.1 million in 2017.  Net cash from operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2018 was $311.5 million, compared to $177.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.  Adjusted cash flows from operations were $233.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $174.6 million in the same 2017 period.  The increase in cash flows between comparable periods was a result of more production volumes coupled with a higher average oil prices as compared to the prior year. 

    General and administrative expense (“G&A”), which includes cash and non-cash compensation expense, was $170.5 million, or $4.25 per Boe in 2018 compared to $120.4 million, or $3.78 per Boe in 2017.  The twelve percent increase in G&A per Boe between periods includes $16.5 million in legal-related expense and $13.0 million in government relations expense in 2018. 

    PDC's available liquidity as of December 31, 2018 was approximately $1.3 billion, compared to approximately $881 million as of December 31, 2017.  In October 2018, the Company increased the commitment level on its revolving credit facility from $700 million to $1.3 billion. 

    Non-GAAP Financial Measures

    PDC uses "adjusted cash flows from operations," "adjusted net income (loss)" and "adjusted EBITDAX," non-U.S. GAAP financial measures, for internal management reporting, when evaluating period-to-period changes and, in some cases, providing public guidance on possible future results. These measures are not measures of financial performance under U.S. GAAP and should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, net income (loss) or cash flows from operations, investing or financing activities, and should not be viewed as liquidity measures or indicators of cash flows reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  The non-U.S. GAAP financial measures that we use may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.  Also, in the future, PDC may disclose different non-U.S. GAAP financial measures in order to help investors more meaningfully evaluate and compare future results of operations to previously reported results of operations. PDC strongly encourages investors to review our financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety and not rely on any single financial measure.

    The following three tables provide reconciliations of adjusted cash flows from operations, adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted EBITDAX to their most comparable U.S. GAAP measures (in millions, except per share data):

    Adjusted Cash Flows from Operations
     Three Months Ended
    December 31,
     Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,
     2018 2017 2018 2017
    Adjusted cash flows from operations:       
    Net cash from operating activities$311.5  $177.2  $889.3  $597.8 
    Changes in assets and liabilities(78.4) (2.6) (80.9) (15.7)
    Adjusted cash flows from operations$233.1  $174.6  $808.4  $582.1 


     
    Adjusted Net Income (Loss)
     Three Months Ended
    December 31,
     Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,
     2018 2017 2018 2017
    Adjusted net income (loss):       
    Net income (loss)$178.9  $77.6  $2.0  $(127.5)
    (Gain) loss on commodity derivative instruments(403.0) 90.4  (145.2) 3.9 
    Net settlements on commodity derivative instruments(25.0) (8.9) (115.5) 13.3 
    Tax effect of above adjustments102.4  (28.2) 62.4  (4.1)
    Adjusted net income (loss)$(146.7) $130.9  $(196.3) $(114.4)
    Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding66.2  66.1  66.3  65.8 
    Adjusted diluted earnings per share$(2.22) $1.98  $(2.96) $(1.74)


     
    Adjusted EBITDAX
     Three Months Ended
    December 31,
     Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,
     2018 2017 2018 2017
    Net income (loss) to adjusted EBITDAX:       
    Net income (loss)$178.9  $77.6  $2.0  $(127.5)
    (Gain) loss on commodity derivative instruments(403.0) 90.4  (145.2) 3.9 
    Net settlements on commodity derivative instruments(25.0) (8.9) (115.5) 13.3 
    Non-cash stock-based compensation5.4  4.8  21.8  19.4 
    Interest expense, net18.1  19.6  70.3  76.4 
    Income tax expense (benefit)59.1  (140.4) 5.4  (211.9)
    Impairment of properties and equipment264.2  3.4  458.4  285.9 
    Impairment of goodwill      75.1 
    Exploration, geologic and geophysical expense1.6  3.4  6.2  47.3 
    Depreciation, depletion and amortization149.8  108.5  559.8  469.1 
    Accretion of asset retirement obligations1.3  1.4  5.1  6.4 
    Loss on extinguishment of debt  24.7    24.7 
    Adjusted EBITDAX$250.4  $184.5  $868.3  $682.1 
            
    Cash from operating activities to adjusted EBITDAX:       
    Net cash from operating activities$311.5  $177.2  $889.3  $597.8 
    Interest expense, net18.1  19.6  70.3  76.4 
    Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs(3.3) (3.3) (12.8) (12.9)
    Gain (loss) on sale of properties and equipment2.8    (0.4) 0.7 
    Exploration, geologic and geophysical expense1.6  3.4  6.2  47.3 
    Exploratory dry hole costs(0.1) (0.1) (0.1) (41.3)
    Other(1.8) (9.7) (3.3) 29.8 
    Changes in assets and liabilities(78.4) (2.6) (80.9) (15.7)
    Adjusted EBITDAX$250.4  $184.5  $868.3  $682.1 

      
    PDC ENERGY, INC.

    Consolidated Statements of Operations
    (unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)

     Three Months Ended
    December 31,
     Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,
     2018 2017 2018 2017
            
    Revenues       
    Crude oil, natural gas and NGLs sales$386,364  $277,057  $1,389,961  $913,084 
    Commodity price risk management gain (loss), net402,997  (90,394) 145,237  (3,936)
    Other income5,450  2,853  13,461  12,468 
    Total revenues794,811  189,516  1,548,659  921,616 
    Costs, expenses and other       
    Lease operating expenses36,015  24,471  130,957  89,641 
    Production taxes23,600  17,760  90,357  60,717 
    Transportation, gathering and processing expenses11,892  11,036  37,403  33,220 
    Exploration, geologic and geophysical expense1,651  3,439  6,204  47,334 
    Impairment of properties and equipment264,167  3,388  458,397  285,887 
    Impairment of goodwill      75,121 
    General and administrative expense49,321  35,225  170,504  120,370 
    Depreciation, depletion and amortization149,841  108,517  559,793  469,084 
    Accretion of asset retirement obligations1,302  1,400  5,075  6,306 
    (Gain) loss on sale of properties and equipment(2,805) (12) 394  (766)
    Provision for uncollectible notes receivable      (40,203)
    Other expenses3,642  2,792  11,829  13,157 
    Total costs, expenses and other538,626  208,016  1,470,913  1,159,868 
    Income (loss) from operations256,185  (18,500) 77,746  (238,252)
    Loss on extinguishment of debt  (24,747)   (24,747)
    Interest expense(18,169) (20,335) (70,730) (78,694)
    Interest income8  774  413  2,261 
    Income (loss) before income taxes238,024  (62,808) 7,429  (339,432)
    Income tax (expense) benefit(59,171) 140,445  (5,406) 211,928 
    Net income (loss)$178,853  $77,637  $2,023  $(127,504)
            
    Earnings per share:       
    Basic$2.71  $1.18  $0.03  $(1.94)
    Diluted$2.71  $1.17  $0.03  $(1.94)
            
    Weighted-average common shares outstanding:       
    Basic66,104  65,875  66,059  65,837 
    Diluted66,232  66,085  66,303  65,837 

      
    PDC ENERGY, INC.

    Consolidated Balance Sheets
    (unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)

      December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017
    Assets    
    Current assets:    
    Cash and cash equivalents $1,398  $180,675 
    Accounts receivable, net 181,434  197,598 
    Fair value of derivatives 84,492  14,338 
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets 7,136  8,613 
    Total current assets 274,460  401,224 
    Properties and equipment, net 4,002,862  3,933,467 
    Assets held-for-sale 140,705  40,583 
    Fair value of derivatives 93,722   
    Other assets 32,396  45,116 
    Total Assets $4,544,145  $4,420,390 
         
    Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
    Liabilities    
    Current liabilities:    
    Accounts payable $181,864  $150,067 
    Production tax liability 60,719  37,654 
    Fair value of derivatives 3,364  79,302 
    Funds held for distribution 105,784  95,811 
    Accrued interest payable 14,150  11,815 
    Other accrued expenses 75,133  42,987 
    Total current liabilities 441,014  417,636 
    Long-term debt 1,194,876  1,151,932 
    Deferred income taxes 198,096  191,992 
    Asset retirement obligations 85,312  71,006 
    Liabilities held-for-sale 4,111  499 
    Fair value of derivatives 1,364  22,343 
    Other liabilities 92,664  57,333 
    Total liabilities 2,017,437  1,912,741 
         
    Commitments and contingent liabilities    
         
    Stockholders' equity    
    Common shares - par value $0.01 per share, 150,000,000 authorized, 66,148,609 and 65,955,080 issued as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively 661  659 
    Additional paid-in capital 2,519,423  2,503,294 
    Retained earnings 8,727  6,704 
    Treasury shares - at cost, 45,220 and 55,927 as of  December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively (2,103) (3,008)
    Total stockholders' equity 2,526,708  2,507,649 
    Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $4,544,145  $4,420,390 
         

    PDC ENERGY, INC.
    Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
    (unaudited, in thousands)

      Three Months Ended
    December 31,
     Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,
      2018 2017 2018 2017
    Cash flows from operating activities:        
    Net income (loss) $178,853  $77,637  $2,023  $(127,504)
    Adjustments to net income (loss) to reconcile to net cash from operating activities:        
    Net change in fair value of unsettled commodity derivatives (427,993) 81,567  (260,775) 17,260 
    Depreciation, depletion and amortization 149,841  108,517  559,793  469,084 
    Impairment of properties and equipment 264,167  3,388  458,397  285,887 
    Impairment of goodwill       75,121 
    Exploratory dry hole costs 113  110  113  41,297 
    Provision for uncollectible notes receivable       (40,203)
    Loss on extinguishment of debt   24,747    24,747 
    Accretion of asset retirement obligations 1,302  1,400  5,075  6,306 
    Non-cash stock-based compensation 5,425  4,766  21,782  19,353 
    (Gain) loss on sale of properties and equipment (2,805) (12) 394  (766)
    Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs 3,315  3,279  12,769  12,907 
    Deferred income taxes 59,134  (132,156) 6,105  (203,685)
    Other 1,738  1,279  2,763  2,265 
    Changes in assets and liabilities 78,378  2,639  80,863  15,744 
    Net cash from operating activities 311,468  177,161  889,302  597,813 
    Cash flows from investing activities:        
    Capital expenditures for development of crude oil and natural gas properties (260,801) (208,358) (946,350) (737,208)
    Capital expenditures for other properties and equipment (7,316) (1,354) (11,055) (5,094)
    Acquisition of crude oil and natural gas properties 1,546  (1,146) (180,026) (15,628)
    Proceeds from sale of properties and equipment 1,119  6,669  3,562  9,991 
    Proceeds from divestiture 1,200    44,693   
    Sale of promissory note       40,203 
    Restricted cash     1,249  (9,250)
    Sale of short-term investments       49,890 
    Purchase of short-term investments       (49,890)
    Net cash from investing activities (264,252) (204,189) (1,087,927) (716,986)
    Cash flows from financing activities:        
    Proceeds from revolving credit facility 443,500    1,072,500   
    Repayment of revolving credit facility (486,000)   (1,040,000)  
    Proceeds from issuance of senior notes   592,366    592,366 
    Redemption of senior notes   (519,375)   (519,375)
    Payment of debt issuance costs (3,618) (50) (7,704) (50)
    Purchase of treasury shares (447) (1,347) (5,147) (6,672)
    Other (622) (320) (1,550) (1,271)
    Net cash from financing activities (47,187) 71,274  18,099  64,998 
    Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 29  44,246  (180,526) (54,175)
    Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of year 9,370  145,679  189,925  244,100 
    Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of year $9,399  $189,925  $9,399  $189,925 

       

    2018 Year-End and Fourth Quarter Teleconference and Webcast

    The Company invites you to join Bart Brookman, President and Chief Executive Officer; Scott Meyers, Chief Financial Officer; Lance Lauck, Executive Vice President Corporate Development and Strategy; and Scott Reasoner, Senior Vice President Chief Operating Officer, for a conference call on Thursday, February 28, 2019, to discuss its 2018 year-end and fourth quarter results. The related slide presentation will be available on PDC's website at www.pdce.com.

    Conference Call and Webcast:
    Date/Time: Thursday, February 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m. ET
    Webcast available at: www.pdce.com
    Domestic (toll free): 877-312-5520
    International: 253-237-1142
    Conference ID: 6887989

    Replay Numbers:
    Domestic (toll free): 855-859-2056
    International: 404-537-3406
    Conference ID: 6887989

    The replay of the call will be available for six months on PDC's website at www.pdce.com.

    Upcoming Investor Presentations

    PDC is scheduled to present at the following conferences: Scotia Howard Weil Energy Conference in New Orleans on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 and IPAA New York on Monday, April 8, 2019.  Webcast information will be posted to the Company’s website, www.pdce.com, prior to the start of each conference, along with any presentation materials.

    About PDC Energy, Inc.

    PDC Energy, Inc. is a domestic independent exploration and production company that acquires, produces, develops, and explores for crude oil, natural gas and NGLs with operations in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado, in the Delaware Basin in West Texas. Its operations are focused on the liquid-rich horizontal Niobrara and Codell plays in the Wattenberg Field, the liquid-rich Wolfcamp zones in the Delaware Basin.

    NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

    This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 ("Securities Act") and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Exchange Act") regarding our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in and incorporated by reference into this release are "forward-looking statements." Words such as expect, anticipate, intend, plan, believe, seek, estimate, schedule and similar expressions or variations of such words are intended to identify forward-looking statements herein. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding future: production, costs and cash flows; drilling locations, zones and growth opportunities; commodity prices and differentials; capital expenditures and projects, including the number of rigs employed, and that cash flows from operations will exceed expected capital investments in crude oil and natural gas properties in 2019 and 2020; management of lease expiration issues and financial ratios relating to our revolving credit facility midstream capacity and related curtailments; number of wells spud and TIL’d; average percentage working interest of wells; well costs; and average lateral lengths.

    The above statements are not the exclusive means of identifying forward-looking statements herein. Although forward-looking statements contained in this release reflect our good faith judgment, such statements can only be based on facts and factors currently known to us. Forward-looking statements are always subject to risks and uncertainties, and become subject to greater levels of risk and uncertainty as they address matters further into the future. Throughout this release or accompanying materials, we may use the term “projection”, “outlook” or similar terms or expressions, or indicate that we have “modeled” certain future scenarios. We typically use these terms to indicate our current thoughts on possible outcomes relating to our business or the industry in periods beyond the current fiscal year. Because such statements relate to events or conditions further in the future, they are subject to increased levels of uncertainty.

    Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

    • changes in global production volumes and demand, including economic conditions that might impact demand and prices for products we produce;
    • volatility of commodity prices for crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids ("NGLs") and the risk of extended periods of depressed prices;
    • volatility and widening of differentials;
    • reductions in the borrowing base under our revolving credit facility;
    • impact of governmental policies and/or regulations, including changes in environmental and other laws, the interpretation and enforcement related to those laws and regulations, liabilities arising thereunder and the costs to comply with those laws and regulations;
    • declines in the value of our crude oil, natural gas and NGLs properties resulting in impairments;
    • changes in estimates of proved reserves;
    • inaccuracy of estimated reserves and production rates;
    • potential for production decline rates from our wells being greater than expected;
    • timing and extent of our success in discovering, acquiring, developing and producing reserves;
    • availability of sufficient pipeline, gathering and other transportation facilities and related infrastructure to process and transport our production and the impact of these facilities and regional capacity on the prices we receive for our production;
    • timing and receipt of necessary regulatory permits;
    • risks incidental to the drilling and operation of crude oil and natural gas wells;
    • difficulties in integrating our operations as a result of any significant acquisitions and acreage exchanges;
    • availability of supplies, materials, contractors and services that may delay the drilling or completion of our wells;
    • potential losses of acreage due to lease expirations or otherwise;
    • increases or changes in costs and expenses;
    • future cash flows, liquidity and financial condition;
    • possibility that one or more sales of our Delaware Basin midstream assets will not close as expected;
    • competition within the oil and gas industry;
    • availability and cost of capital;
    • our success in marketing crude oil, natural gas and NGLs;
    • effect of crude oil, natural gas and NGLs derivatives activities;
    • impact of environmental events, governmental and other third-party responses to such events and our ability to insure adequately against such events;
    • cost of pending or future litigation;
    • effect that acquisitions we may pursue have on our capital requirements;
    • our ability to retain or attract senior management and key technical employees; and
    • success of strategic plans, expectations and objectives for our future operations.

    Further, we urge you to carefully review and consider the cautionary statements and disclosures, specifically those under Item 1A, Risk Factors, made in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") for further information on risks and uncertainties that could affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. We caution you not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect any event or circumstance occurring after the date of this release or currently unknown facts or conditions or the occurrence of unanticipated events. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

    Contacts:

    Michael Edwards
    Senior Director Investor Relations
    303-860-5820
    michael.edwards@pdce.com

    Kyle Sourk
    Manager Investor Relations
    303-318-6150
    kyle.sourk@pdce.com

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