Eclipse Resources Corporation Reports 353% Increase in Proved Reserves
Eclipse Resources Corporation (“Eclipse Resources” or “Company”) (NYSE:ECR) today announced proved reserves at December 31, 2014 were 355.8 Bcfe, a 353% increase compared to proved reserves at December 31, 2013, in each case assuming ethane rejection. Year-end 2014 proved reserves were 72% operated by the Company, 39% proved developed producing, and 72% natural gas. SEC prices for reserves were calculated as of December 31, 2014 on a weighted average Appalachian index basis and were $94.99 per Bbl for oil and $4.35 per MMBtu for natural gas. Using SEC prices, which are not indicative of current forward prices, the pre-tax present value discounted at 10% of the December 31, 2014 proved reserves was $509.4 million, a 228% increase over year-end 2013. Eclipse Resources’ proved reserves at December 31, 2013 and 2014 were prepared by Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc., the Company’s independent petroleum engineers.
Fourth Quarter 2014 and Full-Year 2014 Earnings Announcement and Conference Call
Eclipse Resources plans to announce fourth quarter 2014 and full-year 2014 earnings on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, following the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The Company plans to host a conference call to discuss earnings results on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. ET. To participate in the call, please dial 877-709-8150, or 201-689-8354 for international callers, and reference Eclipse Resources Fourth Quarter 2014 Earnings Call. A replay of the call will be available through April 5, 2015. To access the phone replay dial 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415 for international callers. The conference ID is 13601350. A live webcast of the call may be accessed through the Investor Center on the Eclipse Resources’ website at www.eclipseresources.com. The webcast will be archived for replay on the Company’s website for six months.
Year-end pre-tax PV10 value is a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by the SEC. Eclipse Resources believes that the presentation of pre-tax PV10 value is relevant and useful to the Company’s investors because it presents the discounted future net cash flows attributable to Eclipse Resources’ reserves prior to taking into account corporate future income taxes and the Company’s current tax structure. Eclipse Resources further believes investors and creditors use pre-tax PV10 value as a basis for comparison of the relative size and value of the Company’s reserves as compared with other companies.
The GAAP financial measure most directly comparable to pre-tax PV10 is the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows (“Standardized Measure”). Eclipse Resources is not yet able to provide a reconciliation of pre-tax PV10 to Standardized Measure because the discounted future income taxes associated with the Company’s reserves is not yet calculable. Eclipse Resources expects to include a full reconciliation of pre-tax PV10 to Standardized Measure in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014.
About Eclipse Resources
Eclipse Resources is an independent exploration and production company engaged in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties in the Appalachian Basin, including the Utica and Marcellus Shales. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.eclipseresources.com.
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this press release, regarding Eclipse Resources’ strategy, future operations, financial position, estimated revenues and income/losses, projected costs and capital expenditures, prospects, plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, the words “plan,” “endeavor,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. These forward-looking statements are based on Eclipse Resources’ current expectations and assumptions about future events and are based on currently available information as to the outcome and timing of future events. When considering forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements described under the heading “Risk Factors” in Eclipse Resources’ final prospectus dated June 19, 2014 and filed with the Securities Exchange Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act on June 23, 2014 (the “IPO Prospectus”), and in “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of Eclipse Resources’ Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
Forward-looking statements may include statements about Eclipse Resources’ business strategy; reserves; general economic conditions; financial strategy, liquidity and capital required for developing its properties and timing related thereto; realized natural gas, NGLs and oil prices; timing and amount of future production of natural gas, NGLs and oil; its hedging strategy and results; future drilling plans; competition and government regulations, including those related to hydraulic fracturing; the anticipated benefits under its commercial agreements; pending legal matters relating to its leases; marketing of natural gas, NGLs and oil; leasehold and business acquisitions; the costs, terms and availability of gathering, processing, fractionation and other midstream services; general economic conditions; credit markets; uncertainty regarding its future operating results, including initial production rates and liquid yields in its type curve areas; and plans, objectives, expectations and intentions contained in this press release that are not historical.
Eclipse Resources 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 its 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; legal and environmental risks, drilling and other operating risks, regulatory changes, commodity price volatility and the recent significant decline of the price of natural gas, NGLs, and oil, inflation, lack of availability of drilling, production and processing equipment and services, counterparty credit risk, the uncertainty inherent in estimating natural gas, NGLs 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 “Risk Factors” in the IPO Prospectus and in “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of this the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
Reserve engineering is a process of estimating underground accumulations of natural gas, NGLs and oil that cannot be measured in an exact way. The accuracy of any reserve estimate depends on the quality of available data, the interpretation of such data and price and cost assumptions made by reserve engineers. In addition, the results of drilling, testing and production activities may justify revisions of estimates that were made previously. If significant, such revisions could change the schedule of any further production and development drilling. Accordingly, reserve estimates may differ significantly from the quantities of natural gas, NGLs and oil that are ultimately recovered.
All forward-looking statements, expressed or implied, included in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. This cautionary statement should also be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that Eclipse Resources or persons acting on the Company’s behalf may issue.
Except as otherwise required by applicable law, Eclipse Resources disclaims any duty to update any forward-looking statements, all of which are expressly qualified by the statements in this section, to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.
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