Concho Resources Inc. (NYSE: CXO) (“Concho” or the “Company) announced today that the combined effect of two severe winter storms across the Permian Basin in late November and early December significantly impacted the Company’s production. The Company experienced widespread power outages and considerable icing across all three of its core areas (New Mexico Shelf, Delaware Basin and Texas Permian).
The impact of the severe winter weather was not included in Concho’s 2013 annual production guidance, as described in the Company’s earnings release on November 6, 2013. The Company does not plan to adjust its production guidance; however, the unexpected impact of the severe winter storms is expected to cause 2013 annual production to fall near the low end of its guidance range.
In addition, Concho is pleased to report that the rig count additions associated with its accelerated growth plan are ahead of schedule. The Company is now running 24 rigs, of which 20 are drilling horizontally. Concho expects to add at least two additional horizontal rigs before the end of the year.
Forward-Looking Statements and Cautionary StatementsThe foregoing contains 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, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, forward-looking statements contained in this press release specifically include statements, estimates and projections regarding the Company's future financial position, operations, performance, production growth, returns, divestitures, capital expenditure budget, the timing and estimated proceeds of the closing of the sale of the non-core properties, oil and natural gas reserves, number of identified drilling locations, drilling program, derivative activities, costs and other guidance. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Company based on management's experience, expectations and perception of historical trends, current conditions, anticipated future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are reasonable and are based on reasonable assumptions, no assurance can be given that these assumptions are accurate or that any of these expectations will be achieved (in full or at all) or will prove to have been correct. Moreover, such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. These include the factors discussed or referenced in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's most recent Form 10-K filing and risks relating to declines in the prices Concho receives for the Company’s oil and natural gas; uncertainties about the estimated quantities of reserves; risks related to the integration of acquired assets; the effects of government regulation, permitting and other legal requirements, including new legislation or regulation of hydraulic fracturing; drilling and operating risks; the adequacy of the Company’s capital resources and liquidity; risks related to the concentration of the Company’s operations in the Permian Basin; the results of the Company’s hedging program; weather; litigation; shortages of oilfield equipment, services and qualified personnel and increases in costs for such equipment, services and personnel; uncertainties about the Company’s ability to replace reserves and economically develop the Company’s current reserves; competition in the oil and natural gas industry; and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. About Concho Resources Inc. Concho Resources Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the acquisition, development and exploration of oil and natural gas properties. The Company's operations are focused in the Permian Basin of Southeast New Mexico and West Texas. For more information, visit Concho’s website at www.concho.com.