SM Energy Reports Results For The First Quarter Of 2012; Provides Operations Update

SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) announces financial results for the first quarter of 2012 and provides an operations update. In addition, a new presentation for the Company's first quarter earnings and operations update will be posted on the Company's website at www.sm-energy.com. This presentation will be referenced during the conference call scheduled for 8:00 a.m. Mountain Time (10:00 a.m. Eastern Time) on May 3, 2012. Information for the earnings call can be found below.

FIRST QUARTER 2012 RESULTS

SM Energy reported net income for the first quarter of 2012 of $26.3 million or $0.39 per diluted share. This compares to a net loss of $(18.5) million, or $(0.29) per diluted share, for the same period of 2011. Adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2012 was $32.8 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $28.1 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, for the same period of 2011. Adjusted net income excludes certain items that the Company believes affect the comparability of operating results. The Company generally excludes non-recurring items or items whose timing and/or amount cannot be reasonably estimated, and large non-cash items, such as gains on divestiture activity and unrealized gains or losses from derivative activity. A summary of the adjustments made to arrive at adjusted net income is presented in the table below:
 
Adjusted Net Income Reconciliation
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
Reconciliation of Net Income (GAAP)

To Adjusted Net Income (Non-GAAP):

 

For the Three Months Ended March 31,
2012       2011
 
Reported Net Income (loss) (GAAP) $ 26,336 $ (18,503 )
Adjustments, net of tax: (1)
Change in Net Profits Plan liability 2,470 8,886
Unrealized derivative loss 4,798 51,339
Gain on divestiture activity (917 ) (15,597 )
Abandonment & impairment of unproved properties 89 1,927
   
Adjusted Net Income (Non-GAAP) $ 32,776   $ 28,052  
 
Diluted Net Income (Loss) per common share:
As reported (GAAP) $ 0.39   $ (0.29 )
Adjusted (Non-GAAP) (2) $ 0.48   $ 0.42  
 
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding:
As reported (GAAP) 67,845   63,447  
Adjusted (Non-GAAP) (2) 67,845   66,490  
 
(1) For the three-month period ended March 31, 2012, adjustments are shown net of tax and are calculated using an effective tax rate of 37.3%, which approximates the Company's statutory tax rate, as adjusted for ordinary permanent differences. For the three-month period ended March 31, 2011, adjustments are shown net of tax using the effective income tax rate as calculated by dividing the income tax expense by income before income taxes as shown on the consolidated statement of operations for that period.
 
(2) Adjusted net income per diluted share is calculated using potentially dilutive securities related to unvested Restricted Stock Units, in-the-money outstanding options to purchase the Company's common stock, contingent Performance Share Awards, contingent Performance Stock Units, and shares into which the 3.50% Senior Convertible Notes may be converted, as calculated for accounting purposes using the treasury stock method as applied to the Company's net share settlement option for the notes. On a GAAP basis, these items were not treated as dilutive securities in the first quarter of 2011 as the Company reported a GAAP loss for the quarter.
 

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization, accretion, and exploration expense ("EBITDAX") increased to $259.0 million for the first quarter of 2012 from $178.0 million for the same period of 2011.

Adjusted net income and EBITDAX are non-GAAP financial measures - please refer to the respective reconciliations in the accompanying Financial Highlights section at the end of this release for additional information about these measures.

Revenues and other income for the first quarter were $377.4 million compared to $315.3 million for the same period of 2011. Below is a table that provides the average realized prices received by product for the Company, as well as the adjusted prices received after taking into account cash settlements for derivative transactions:
 
Average Realized Commodity Prices for Quarter Ended March 31, 2012
 

Before the impact ofderivative cash settlements
     

After the impact ofderivative cashsettlements
 
Oil ($/Bbl) $ 90.67 $ 86.35
Gas ($/Mcf) $ 2.90 $ 3.60
Natural gas liquids ($/Bbl) $ 44.67   $ 42.98
Equivalent ($/MCFE) $ 7.15 $ 7.29
 

The table below presents key performance measures and metrics, as well as previously provided guidance for the first quarter of 2012:
         
Production Reported 1Q12 Guidance
 
Average daily production (MMCFE/d) 557.0 533 - 571
Total production (BCFE) 50.7 48.5 - 52.0
 
Costs
LOE ($/MCFE) $0.78 $0.90 - $0.96
Transportation ($/MCFE) $0.56 $0.65 - $0.70
Production taxes (% of pre-derivative oil, gas, and NGL revenue) 5.3% 5.5%
 
G&A - Other Cash ($/MCFE) $0.41 $0.45 - $0.48
G&A - Cash NPP ($/MCFE) $0.09 $0.08 - $0.10
G&A - Non-cash ($/MCFE) $0.06 $0.09 - $0.11
Total G&A ($/MCFE) $0.56 $0.62 - $0.69
 
DD&A ($/MCFE) $3.35 $3.35 - $3.55
Non-cash interest expense ($MM) $3.7 $3.7
 

FINANCIAL POSITION AND LIQUIDITY

At the end of the first quarter of 2012, SM Energy had total long-term debt of $1.0 billion. A summary of the Company's long-term debt is shown in the table below:
   
Schedule of long-term debt
($ in millions)
 
Debt Issue

Amount outstanding at 3/31/12
Long-term credit facility $ 24
6.625% Senior Notes 350
6.50% Senior Notes 350
3.50% Senior Convertible Notes 288
Total $ 1,012
 

On April 18, 2012, the Company's borrowing base was redetermined by its bank group and increased from $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion, which primarily reflects the results of the increase in the Company's oil and NGL-rich directed capital. As of March 31, 2012, SM Energy's debt-to-book capitalization ratio was 40% and was in compliance with all of the covenants associated with its long-term credit facility. As of April 27, 2012, the Company's outstanding balance on its long-term credit facility was approximately $58 million.

Subsequent to quarter-end, the Company called for redemption its 3.50% Senior Convertible Notes. Holders of these notes were eligible to surrender the notes for conversion into shares of the Company's common stock prior to May 1, 2012. For those holders that surrendered their notes for conversion, the Company has and will continue to settle the conversions by payment of the principal amount in cash and any excess conversion value in shares of the Company's common stock. On May 2, 2012, the Company redeemed the remaining 3.50% Senior Convertible Notes that were not surrendered for conversion. The Company has and will utilize its credit facility to fund the redemption and the cash portion of the conversion price.

OPERATIONS UPDATE

Production

SM Energy reported quarterly production of 50.7 BCFE, or an average of 557.0 MMCFE per day for the first quarter of 2012, which is within the previously provided production guidance range of 533 to 571 MMCFE per day. Reported production declined slightly from the record quarterly production of 51.3 BCFE in the fourth quarter of 2011, primarily as a result of the December 2011 consummation of the Company's Acquisition and Development Agreement with Mitsui E&P Texas LP concerning the Company's outside-operated Eagle Ford shale position. Adjusting for such transaction and other minor divestiture activity, retained quarterly production grew 4% from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the first quarter of 2012.

Production Mix

The Company's production mix in the first quarter of 2012 was approximately 30% oil, 14% NGLs, and 56% gas, which is comparable to the fourth quarter 2011 product mix of 29% oil, 15% NGLs, and 56% gas. The Company expects its production mix to shift toward liquids as it continues to direct capital to oily and NGL-rich projects. In 2012, the Company expects to allocate over 95% of its drilling and completion capital toward these projects. For 2012, the Company expects the production mix to average approximately 28% oil, 17% NGLs, and 55% gas. Based on its current projections, SM Energy expects its production mix to average 50% liquids and 50% gas in 2014.

Eagle Ford Shale

The Company's operated net production in the Eagle Ford shale averaged 178 MMCFE/d in the first quarter of 2012. This was a slight decrease from the previous quarter and was in-line with the Company's production forecast for the quarter. The expected decline was due to the combination of the Company's shift to pad drilling during the quarter as well as higher levels of down-time on base production due to nearby completion activity. During the first quarter of 2012, SM Energy operated five to six drilling rigs on its operated Eagle Ford acreage, and exited the quarter with six operated rigs. The Company plans to release one of the rigs during the second half of the year, exiting 2012 with five operated rigs.

In the non-operated portion of the the Company's Eagle Ford program, net production for the first quarter of 2012 averaged 12.9 MBOE/d. This amount reflects the reduction in its working interest as a result of the transaction with Mitsui in December of 2011. The operator ran approximately 10 drilling rigs during the first quarter of 2012.

Bakken / Three Forks

SM Energy is currently operating three drilling rigs in the North Dakota portion of the Williston Basin and plans to add a fourth operated rig in the second quarter of 2012, exiting the year with four operated rigs. The current focus of this program is the Bakken formation in the Company's Raven and Bear Den prospects in McKenzie and Williams Counties, North Dakota, and the Three Forks formation in the Company's Gooseneck prospect in Divide County, North Dakota. The Company is also participating in a number of non-operated wells throughout the Williston Basin.

Other Activity

In its Granite Wash program, the Company operated three rigs throughout the first quarter of 2012. SM Energy anticipates a similar level of activity throughout the remainder of the year. The Company currently operates one rig in the Company's Southern Rockies program, which is testing various geologic formations, including the Niobrara and Frontier, in the DJ and Powder River Basins in Wyoming. In the Permian Basin, SM Energy's efforts in the first quarter primarily focused on delineating the Mississippian limestone.

UPDATED CAPITAL, PRODUCTION, AND PERFORMANCE GUIDANCE

SM Energy is maintaining its previously provided capital expenditure forecast of $1.4 to $1.5 billion and full year 2012 production guidance range of 220 to 227 BCFE.

Following is the Company's performance guidance for the second quarter of 2012 and updated guidance for the full year 2012:
       
Guidance for 2012
  2Q12 FY2012
Production (BCFE) 50 - 54 220 - 227
Average daily production (MMCFE/d) 549 - 593 601 - 620
Oil production (as % of total) ~28%
Natural gas production (as % of total) ~55%
NGL production (as % of total) ~17%
 
LOE ($/MCFE) $0.83 - $0.88 $0.80 - $0.85
Transportation ($/MCFE) $0.67 - $0.71 $0.67 - $0.71

Production taxes (% of pre-derivative oil, gas, andNGL revenue)
6.3% 6.0%
 
G&A - other cash ($/MCFE) $0.43 - $0.46 $0.39 - $0.43
G&A - cash NPP ($/MCFE) $0.08 - $0.10 $0.08 - $0.10
G&A - non-cash ($/MCFE) $0.11 - $0.13 $0.11 - $0.13
Total G&A ($/MCFE) $0.62 - $0.69 $0.58 - $0.66
 
DD&A ($/MCFE) $3.20 - $3.40 $3.10 - $3.30
Non-cash interest expense ($MM) $1.00 $6.6
 
Effective income tax rate range 37.0% - 37.5%
% of income tax that is current <5%
 

EARNINGS CALL INFORMATION

The Company has scheduled a teleconference to discuss these results and other operational matters for May 3, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. Mountain Time (10:00 a.m. Eastern Time). The call participation number is 877-445-0811 and the conference ID number is 74351823. An audio replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the call at 855-859-2056, with the conference ID number 74351823. International participants can dial 617-401-8115 to take part in the conference call, using the conference ID number 74351823, and can access a replay of the call at 404-537-3406, using conference ID number 74351823. Replays can be accessed through May 17, 2012.

This call is being webcast live and can be accessed at SM Energy Company's website at www.sm-energy.com. An audio recording of the conference call will be available at that site through May 17, 2012.

INFORMATION ABOUT FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release may contain or incorporate by reference forward looking statements within the meaning of securities laws, including estimates, forecasts, plans and projections. The words “will,” “believe,” “budget,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “estimate,” “forecast,” and “expect” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward looking statements. The forward looking statements contained in this release speak as of the date of this release. These statements involve known and unknown risks, which may cause SM Energy's actual results to differ materially from results expressed or implied by the forward looking statements. These risks include such factors as the volatility and level of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids prices, the uncertain nature of the expected benefits from the acquisition, divestiture, or joint venture of oil and gas properties, the uncertain nature of announced divestiture, joint venture, farm down or similar efforts and the ability to complete such transactions, uncertainties inherent in projecting future rates of production from drilling activities and acquisitions, the ability of midstream service providers to purchase or market the Company's production, the ability of purchasers of production to pay for those sales, the availability of debt and equity financing for purchasers of oil and gas properties, the ability of the banks in the Company's credit facility to fund requested borrowings, the ability of derivative counterparties to settle derivative contracts in favor of the Company, the imprecise nature of estimating oil and gas reserves, the availability of additional economically attractive exploration, development, and property acquisition opportunities for future growth and any necessary financings, unexpected drilling conditions and results, unsuccessful exploration and development drilling, the availability of drilling, completion, and operating equipment and services, the risks associated with the Company's commodity price risk management strategy, uncertainty regarding the ultimate impact of potentially dilutive securities, and other such matters discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of SM Energy's 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q. Although SM Energy may from time to time voluntarily update its prior forward looking statements, it disclaims any commitment to do so except as required by securities laws.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

SM Energy Company is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in onshore North America. SM Energy routinely posts important information about the Company on its website. For more information about SM Energy, please visit its website at www.sm-energy.com
 
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
March 31, 2012
       

Guidance Comparison
For the Three Months
Ended March 31, 2012
Actual Guidance Range
 
Average daily production (MMCFE per day) 557.0 533 - 571
Total production (BCFE) 50.7 48.5 - 52.0
 
Lease operating expense (per MCFE) $0.78 $0.90 - $0.96
Transportation expense (per MCFE) $0.56 $0.65 - $0.70
Production taxes, as a percentage of pre-derivative oil, gas, and NGL revenue 5.3 % 5.5%
 
General and administrative - other cash (per MCFE) $0.41 $0.45 - $0.48
General and administrative - cash related to Net Profits Plan (per MCFE) $0.09 $0.08 - $0.10
General and administrative - non-cash (per MCFE) $0.06   $0.09 - $0.11
Total General and administrative (per MCFE) $0.56   $0.62 - $0.69
 
Depreciation, depletion, and amortization (per MCFE) $3.35 $3.35 - $3.55
 
Non-cash interest expense ($MM) $3.7 $3.7
 
 

SM ENERGY COMPANY

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

March 31, 2012
                 

Production Data
For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
2012 2011

Percent Change
 
Average realized sales price, before the effects of
derivative cash settlements:
Oil (per Bbl) $ 90.67 $ 85.79 6 %
Gas (per Mcf) 2.90 4.35 (33 )%
NGL (per Bbl) 44.67   46.65   (4 )%
Equivalent (per MCFE) $ 7.15 $ 7.65 (7 )%
 
Average realized sales price, including the effects of
derivative cash settlements:
Oil (per Bbl) $ 86.35 $ 75.07 15 %
Gas (per Mcf) 3.60 5.04 (29 )%
NGL (per Bbl) 42.98   40.89   5 %
Equivalent (per MCFE) $ 7.29 $ 7.43 (2 )%
 
Production:
Oil (MMBbls) 2.5 1.8 41 %
Gas (Bcf) 28.7 21.7 32 %
NGL (MMBbls) 1.2   0.6   90 %
BCFE (6:1) 50.7 36.1 40 %
 
Average daily production:
Oil (MBbls per day) 27.6 19.8 39 %
Gas (MMcf per day) 314.9 241.5 30 %
NGL (MBbls per day) 12.8   6.8   87 %
MMCFE per day (6:1) 557.0 401.4 39 %
 
Per MCFE Data:
Realized price before the effects of derivative cash settlements $ 7.15 $ 7.65 (7 )%
Lease operating expense 0.78 0.92 (15 )%
Transportation costs 0.56 0.41 37 %
Production taxes 0.38 0.49 (22 )%
General and administrative 0.56   0.72   (22 )%
Operating profit, before the effects of derivative cash settlements $ 4.87 $ 5.11 (5 )%
Derivative cash settlements 0.14   (0.22 ) (164 )%
Operating profit, including the effects of derivative cash settlements $ 5.01   $ 4.89   2 %
Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and
asset retirement obligation liability accretion $ 3.35 $ 2.92 15 %
 
 
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
March 31, 2012
         

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts) For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
2012 2011
Operating revenues and other income:
Oil, gas, and NGL production revenue $ 362,595 $ 276,313
Realized hedge gain (loss) 1,652 (1,375 )
Gain on divestiture activity 1,462 24,915

Marketed gas system and other operating revenue
11,714   15,476  
Total operating revenues and other income 377,423   315,329  
 
Operating expenses:
Oil, gas, and NGL production expense 87,132 65,812
Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and asset retirement obligation liability accretion 169,570 105,356
Exploration 18,607 12,712
Abandonment and impairment of unproved properties 142 3,079
General and administrative 28,142 25,861
Change in Net Profits Plan liability 3,939 14,195
Unrealized and realized derivative loss 2,216 88,429
Marketed gas system and other expense 11,450   19,857  
Total operating expenses 321,198   335,301  
 
Income (loss) from operations 56,225 (19,972 )
 
Nonoperating income (expense):
Interest income 70 128
Interest expense (14,278 ) (9,714 )
 
Income (loss) before income taxes 42,017 (29,558 )
Income tax benefit (expense) (15,681 ) 11,055  
 
Net income (loss) $ 26,336   $ (18,503 )
 
Basic weighted-average common shares outstanding 64,104   63,447  
 
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding 67,845   63,447  
 
Basic net income (loss) per common share $ 0.41   $ (0.29 )
 
Diluted net income (loss) per common share $ 0.39   $ (0.29 )
 
 
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
March 31, 2012
       

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except per share amounts) March 31, December 31,
ASSETS 2012 2011
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 286 $ 119,194
Accounts receivable 224,335 210,368
Refundable income taxes 2,575 5,581
Prepaid expenses and other 44,141 68,026
Derivative asset 67,457 55,813
Deferred income taxes 4,950   4,222  
Total current assets 343,744   463,204  
 
Property and equipment (successful efforts method), at cost:
Land 1,550 1,548
Proved oil and gas properties 4,657,347 4,378,987
Less - accumulated depletion, depreciation, and amortization (1,888,104 ) (1,766,445 )
Unproved oil and gas properties 130,688 120,966
Wells in progress 213,280 273,428
Materials inventory, at lower of cost or market 14,150 16,537
Oil and gas properties held for sale 42,189 246
Other property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $25,048 in 2012 and $23,985 in 2011 106,904   71,369  
Total property and equipment, net 3,278,004   3,096,636  
 
Other noncurrent assets:
Derivative asset 30,595 31,062
Restricted cash 114,343 124,703
Other noncurrent assets 78,412   83,375  
Total other noncurrent assets 223,350   239,140  
 
Total Assets $ 3,845,098   $ 3,798,980  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 413,211 $ 456,999
Derivative liability 50,764 42,806
Other current liabilities 7,550   6,000  
Total current liabilities 471,525   505,805  
 
Noncurrent liabilities:
Long-term credit facility 24,000
3.50% Senior Convertible Notes, net of unamortized discount of $0 in 2012 and $2,431 in 2011 287,500 285,069
6.625% Senior Notes 350,000 350,000
6.50% Senior Notes 350,000 350,000
Asset retirement obligation 87,647 87,167
Asset retirement obligation associated with oil and gas properties held for sale 1,770 1,277
Net Profits Plan liability (note 11) 111,670 107,731
Deferred income taxes 583,660 568,263
Derivative liability 25,397 12,875
Other noncurrent liabilities 61,505   67,853  
Total noncurrent liabilities 1,883,149   1,830,235  
 
Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock, $0.01 par value - authorized: 200,000,000 shares; issued: 64,231,114 shares in 2012and 64,145,482 shares in 2011; outstanding, net of treasury shares: 64,150,047 shares in 2012 and 64,064,415shares in 2011
642 641
Additional paid-in capital 222,353 216,966
Treasury stock, at cost: 81,067 shares in 2012 and 2011 (1,544 ) (1,544 )
Retained earnings 1,274,287 1,251,157
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (5,314 ) (4,280 )
Total stockholders' equity 1,490,424   1,462,940  
 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity $ 3,845,098   $ 3,798,980  
 
 
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
March 31, 2012
         

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands) For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
2012 2011
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income (loss) $ 26,336 $ (18,503 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
Gain on divestiture activity (1,462 ) (24,915 )
Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and asset retirement obligation liability accretion 169,570 105,356
Exploratory dry hole expense 606 40
Abandonment and impairment of unproved properties 142 3,079
Stock-based compensation expense 4,350 5,551
Change in Net Profits Plan liability 3,939 14,195
Unrealized derivative loss 7,652 82,012
Amortization of debt discount and deferred financing costs 3,665 3,620
Deferred income taxes 15,288 (18,174 )
Other (1,118 ) (2,006 )
Changes in current assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (13,967 ) 16,385
Refundable income taxes 3,006 3,730
Prepaid expenses and other (3,003 ) 20,959
Accounts payable and accrued expenses (26,951 ) (28,341 )
Excess income tax benefit from the exercise of stock awards   (6,303 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 188,053   156,685  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Net proceeds from sale of oil and gas properties 1,679 39,023
Capital expenditures (335,015 ) (309,691 )
Other 1,550   (2,355 )
Net cash used in investing activities (331,786 ) (273,023 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from credit facility 26,000 102,000
Repayment of credit facility (2,000 ) (150,000 )
Net proceeds from 6.625% Senior Notes 341,435
Proceeds from sale of common stock 1,038 3,460
Excess income tax benefit from the exercise of stock awards 6,303
Other (213 ) (643 )
Net cash provided by financing activities $ 24,825   $ 302,555  
 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents $ (118,908 ) $ 186,217
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 119,194   5,077  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 286 $ 191,294
 
 
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
March 31, 2012
         

Adjusted Net Income
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
Reconciliation of net income (GAAP) For the Three Months
to Adjusted net income (Non-GAAP): Ended March 31,
2012 2011
 
Reported net income (loss) (GAAP) $ 26,336 $ (18,503 )
 
Adjustments net of tax: (1)
Change in Net Profits Plan liability 2,470 8,886
Unrealized derivative loss 4,798 51,339
Gain on divestiture activity (917 ) (15,597 )
Abandonment and impairment of unproved properties 89 1,927
   
Adjusted net income (Non-GAAP) (2) $ 32,776   $ 28,052  
 
Diluted Net Income (Loss) per common share:
As reported (GAAP) $ 0.39   $ (0.29 )
Adjusted (Non-GAAP) (3) $ 0.48   $ 0.42  
 
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding:
As reported (GAAP) 67,845   63,447  
Adjusted (Non-GAAP) (3) 67,845   66,490  
 
(1) For the three months ended March 31, 2012, adjustments are shown net of tax and are calculated using an effective tax rate of 37.3%, which approximates the Company's statutory tax rate, as adjusted for ordinary permanent differences. For the three months ended March 31, 2011, adjustments are shown net of tax using the effective income tax rate as calculated by dividing the income tax expense by income before income taxes as shown on the consolidated statement of operations for that respective period.
 
(2) Adjusted net income excludes certain items that the Company believes affect the comparability of operating results. Items excluded generally are non-recurring items or are items whose timing and/or amount cannot be reasonably estimated. These items include non-cash adjustments and impairments such as the change in the Net Profits Plan liability, unrealized derivative (gain) loss, impairment of proved properties, abandonment and impairment of unproved properties, and gain on divestiture activity. The non-GAAP measure of adjusted net income is presented because management believes it provides useful additional information to investors for analysis of SM Energy's fundamental business on a recurring basis. In addition, management believes that adjusted net income is widely used by professional research analysts and others in the valuation, comparison, and investment recommendations of companies in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, and many investors use the published research of industry research analysts in making investment decisions. Adjusted net income should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, income from operations, cash provided by operating activities or other income, profitability, cash flow, or liquidity measures prepared under GAAP. Since adjusted net income excludes some, but not all, items that affect net income and may vary among companies, the adjusted net income amounts presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.
 
(3) Adjusted net income per diluted share is calculated using potentially dilutive securities related to unvested restricted stock units, in-the-money outstanding options to purchase the Company's common stock, contingent Performance Share Awards, contingent Performance Stock Units and shares into which the 3.50% Senior Convertible Notes may be converted, as calculated for accounting purposes using the treasury stock method as applied to the Company's net share settlement option for the notes. On a GAAP basis, these items were not treated as dilutive securities in the first quarter of 2011 as the Company reported a GAAP loss for the quarter.

EBITDAX
   
(In thousands)
For the Three Months
Reconciliation of net income (GAAP) to EBITDAX (Non-GAAP) Ended March 31,
2012 2011
 
Reported net income (loss) (GAAP) $ 26,336 $ (18,503 )
 
Adjustments:
Interest income (70 ) (128 )
Interest expense 14,278 9,714
Income tax (benefit) expense 15,681 (11,055 )
Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and asset retirement obligation liability accretion 169,570 105,356
Exploration 18,607 12,712
Abandonment and impairment of unproved properties 142 3,079
Stock-based compensation expense 4,350 5,551
Unrealized derivative loss 7,652 82,012
Change in Net Profits Plan liability 3,939 14,195
Gain on divestiture activity (1,462 ) (24,915 )
EBITDAX (Non-GAAP) (4) $ 259,023 $ 178,018
(4) EBITDAX represents income or loss before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion, exploration, non-cash stock compensation expense, unrealized derivative losses, change in the Net Profit Plan liability, and gains on divestitures. EBITDAX excludes certain items that the Company believes affect the comparability of operating results and can exclude items which are generally one-time or whose timing and/or amount cannot be reasonably estimated. EBITDAX is a non-GAAP measure that is presented because the Company believes that it provides useful additional information to investors for analysis of the Company's ability to internally generate funds for exploration, development, acquisitions, and to service debt. In addition, EBITDAX is widely used by professional research analysts and others in the valuation, comparison, and investment recommendations of companies in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, and many investors use the published research of industry research analysts in making investment decisions. EBITDAX should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, income from operations, net cash provided by operating activities, profitability, or liquidity measures prepared under GAAP. Because EBITDAX excludes some, but not all items that affect net income and may vary among companies, the EBITDAX amounts presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

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