Synergy Resources (SYRG) Offers Prelim. Q3 Results; Daily Production Fell 10%

October 25, 2016 8:05 AM EDT
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Synergy Resources Corporation (NYSE: SYRG) issues its preliminary third quarter September 30, 2016 financial results and operations highlights, announces an increase in the Company's revolving line of credit borrowing base, announces its third quarter conference call information and upcoming investor conferences.

  • Third Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights
  • Production sales volumes of 10.8 MBOE/day (52% oil)
  • Capital expenditures for three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 were $46.4 million and $83.2 million, respectively
  • Borrowing base increased by $15 million to $160 million
  • Current liquidity of $223.8 million composed of undrawn revolver and $63.8 million in cash on hand
Net Production, Sales
Prices and Unit Cost % %
Comparison Three Months Ended Chg. Nine Months Ended Chg.
Average Daily Volumes 9/30/2016 9/30/2015 9/30/2016 9/30/2015
Daily Production
(BOE/day) 10,794 11,975 -10% 11,133 9,119 22%

Product Price Received
Crude Oil ($/Bbl) $35.67 $39.05 -9% $31.47 $42.16 -25%
Natural Gas ($/Mcf) $2.73 $2.59 5% $2.18 $2.84 -23%

NYMEX WTI -$9.23 -$7.37 25% -$9.76 -$8.84 10%
NYMEX Henry Hub -$0.15 -$0.15 0% -$0.16 $0.11 nm

Unit Cost Analysis
Lease Operating Expense
($/BOE) $3.84 $4.61 -17% $4.90 $5.20 -6%


Production for the three months ended September 30, 2016 declined 10% year-over-year and was down 3% sequentially. However, production for the 9-month period ended September 30, 2016 was up 22% from the same period of a year ago averaging 11,133 BOE/day, in line with the Company's full year guidance. Synergy's oil differentials improved for the three months ended September 30, 2016 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2016 reflecting the favorable impact of uncommitted and non-operated volumes. Lease operating expense for the three months ended September 30, 2016 was favorably impacted by lower realized remediation expenditures as well as the effect of sales and trades of vertical wells in the prior quarter.

Operations Update

The Company continues to operate two drilling rigs with both rigs currently on the Evans drilling spacing unit where 13 long length lateral wells (~10,000') and nine extended length lateral wells (~12,000') are being drilled. Fifteen of the planned twenty-two wells have reached total depth and casing has been set with the remaining seven wells on schedule to be drilled.

Stimulation operations at the Fagerberg Pad recently finished and coiled tubing units have been moved onto location to begin the process of drilling out plugs in the 14 mid-length lateral wells (avg. ~7,600' lateral length).

Management Comment

Lynn A. Peterson, Chief Executive Officer of Synergy commented, "Given that we did not plan to complete any additional wells in the 3rd quarter, we anticipated a quarter-over-quarter reduction due to the natural production declines inherent in unconventional reservoirs. As the Fagerberg pad begins to contribute to production in the 4th quarter of 2016 our overall volumes are expected to return to a level that is consistent with our full-year 2016 production guidance range."

Mr. Peterson also noted that, "As it relates to the transformation of the Company, it hasn't only been about significantly enlarging our Wattenberg Fairway footprint. Up to and including our Vista Pad that was brought online in the 2nd quarter of 2016, the Company had drilled and completed approximately 430,000 gross lateral feet of wellbore. Over the next six months, when completed, the Fagerberg and Evans pads will have approximately 350,000 gross lateral feet of wellbore."

Third Quarter 2016 Earnings Release and Call

Synergy plans to issue its third quarter earnings release on Thursday, November 3, 2016 after the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Synergy will host a conference call on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time (9:00 a.m. Mountain time) to discuss the results. The call will be conducted by Chairman and CEO Lynn A. Peterson, CFO James Henderson, co-COOs Nick Spence and Mike Eberhard and Manager of IR John Richardson. A Q&A session will immediately follow the discussion of the results for the quarter.

To participate in this call please dial:
Domestic Dial-in Number: (877) 407-9122
International Dial-in Number: (201) 493-6747

Upcoming Investor Conferences

Presentations provided in conjunction with these events will be available on Synergy's website at the morning of the respective presentation. Members of Synergy senior management will participate in the following hosted investor events:

Stephens Fall Investment Conference
James Henderson (CFO) will present on November 8 at the New York Palace Hotel in New York, NY -- Also in attendance for 1x1 meetings will be Mike Eberhard (COO Operations)

Baird 2016 Global Industrial Conference
James Henderson (CFO) will present - November 9 at 11:00 AM CST at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, IL -- Also in attendance for 1x1 meetings will be Mike Eberhard (COO Operations)

Capital One Securities 2016 December Energy Conference
Lynn Peterson (CEO) will present - December 7th at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel New Orleans, LA -- Also in attendance for 1x1 meetings will be James Henderson (CFO)

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