Energen Corporation's CEO Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Energen Corporation (EGN)

Q2 2012 Earnings Call

July 26, 2012 11:00 AM ET

Executives

Julie Ryland – VP, IR

James McManus – Chairman and CEO

Chuck Porter – VP, CFO and Treasurer

Analysts

Holly Stewart – Howard Weil

Tim Rezvan – Sterne Agee

Cameron Horwitz – US Capital Advisors

Timm Schneider – Citigroup

Cameron Horowitz – US Capital Advisors

Presentation

Operator

Good morning. My name is Julie and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome to the Energen, Second quarter 2012 Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions).

Thank you Ms. Julie Ryland, you may begin your conference.

Julie Ryland

Thank you and good morning. Today’s conference call is being held in conjunction with Energen Corporation’s announcement yesterday, of the results of operations of the three months ended June 30, 2012.

Our comments today will include statements expressing expectations of future plans, objectives and performance that constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provision of the Private Security Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

All statements based on future expectations are Forward-looking statements that are dependent on certain events, risks and uncertainties that may be outside the company’s control and could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Please refer to the company’s periodic reports filed with the SEC for more complete discussion of the risks and uncertainties that could affect the future results of Energen and its subsidiaries.

I would add there are four pages of maps in supplemental graphic information that we’ll referring to during this call. You may access these viewing them or pressing from our homepage, which is www.energen.com.

At this time, I will turn the call over to Energen’s Chairman and CEO James McManus. James?

James McManus

Thanks Julie and Good morning to you all. This was another really excellent quarter for Energen. Earning adjusted for non-cash market-to-market gains of $0.73 per diluted shares, the first call estimate of $0.62. Our second 2012, Oil and NGO production increased 40% year-over-year, our Permian Basin production alone was 54% year-over-year and our total production was up 21% year-over-year, even though we’re not focusing on natural gas.

And our third balance spring was results continue to exceed our model and our Wolfberry well performance continues to meet our expectations. Last quarter, we told you about one of the third Bone Spring wells that had the highest initial rate in the play that we were aware of, this quarter, the Black Mamba 1-57 #1H in Loving County tested initial stabilized rate of 2257 BOE per day, 69% oil and that blew the first quarter well out of the water by about 500 barrel of oil equivalents a day. Once again, this well was not tested, wide opened, but rather on a 16/64 inch choke and had a pressure of 39,000 PSI so it obviously could perform even better than that.

But the biggest news it that we’ve added 1230 horizontal Wolfcamp and Cline locations to our potential drilling inventory in the Midland Basin and Eastern Shelf. Clearly, the pace of drilling in the horizontal Wolfcamp and Cline plays have increased and more information is now available that supports the viability of these emerging plays across much of our Midland Basin acreage as well as in Mitchell County on the Eastern Shelf where we have legacy water flood operations.

Based on well data and internal evaluations by our team of geologists and engineers, we believe that our current acreage position in the Midland Basin and the Eastern Shelf hold the potential for 860 drilling opportunities in the upper Wolfcamp and Cline as well as 420 potential locations in the middle and lower benches of the very thick Wolfcamp Shale formation.

Let’s take a look at the maps we have posted to our website beginning with an overview of the Permian Basin. If you’ve had a chance to pull those out, hopefully what you’ll see is we’ve sort of updated a little bit our total acreage position now to 275,000 acres and what we have done is overlayed our outlines of the new plays, the Cline play and the Wolfcamp play, particularly in the Midland Basin, we’ve also added an outline of the Wolfbone play in the Delaware Basin although we’re not active right now on the vertical play. And then on the left-hand side of the slide, we give you whether the play is vertical or horizontal and what we’re focusing on right now in each basins. If you then go to slide two, we’re going to give you a much more detailed view of how our acreage lies within these plays.

Most of you are familiar with our Wolfberry, so I won’t really cover that. Again, you can see our performance there, but obviously what’s new here is the Wolfcamp horizontal play, we’re showing 64,000 net acres in there and 785 potential locations on 160 acre spacing. And if you look at the map, down in Regan County and you go a little bit north, you’ll see that the red circle there where it has drilled eight horizontal Wolfcamp wells, the last two have been and 6,000 foot laterals and they’ve had very impressive IP rates of 900 per day. So just to the Southwest.

And then we also, as many of you know, participated in a well with Laredo where we have a red dot right there on the line between (inaudible) Glasscock County. Then we had a 21% working interest that had 700 barrel oil of equivalent per day sort of early IP rate from that 80% oil.

So we feel very good about this particular acreage, particularly in the southern portion of the region, but also that the play may have viability outside of Glasscock and (inaudible). In addition to that, we’ve identified 80,000 acres in the Cline horizontal play with 495 potential locations on 160 acres spacing. And again, if you look at the green circle above our acreage in Glasscock county you’ll see that the rate it was drilled 29 horizontal Cline wells bit of IP did an average of 600 barrel of oil equivalents per day.

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