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Alta Mesa Announces second quarter 2018 Financial and operational results

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HOUSTON, Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Alta Mesa Resources, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMR, “Alta Mesa Resources”, the “Company” or “Alta Mesa”) today announced second quarter 2018 unaudited financial and operational results for its wholly owned subsidiaries, Alta Mesa Holdings, LP (“Alta Mesa Upstream” or “AMHLP”) and Kingfisher Midstream, LLC (“Kingfisher Midstream” or “Kingfisher”). A conference call to discuss these results is scheduled for today at 10 a.m. Central time (888-347-8149).


  • Alta Mesa 2018 net production grew by more than 50% from average December daily production to estimated average July production of 31,800 BOE per day
  • Kingfisher Midstream estimated July system gas volumes was 112 MMcf per day, up by more than 35% since the business combination in February 2018
  • Kingfisher Midstream has initiated plans to expand an extensive produced water infrastructure platform to service Alta Mesa Upstream and third-party customers with the planned transfer of Alta Mesa Upstream’s produced water system to Kingfisher Midstream
  • Alta Mesa is providing a 2018 exit production guidance of 38,000 to 40,000 BOE per day, and updated annual production guidance of 29,000 to 31,000 BOE per day for full year 2018
  • Alta Mesa Upstream and Kingfisher Midstream each expanded their operational footprint in the Northwest STACK, including the expansion of Kingfisher’s high-pressure gas gathering system
  • Alta Mesa’s Board of Directors authorized a $50 million Class A common share repurchase program

Hal Chappelle, Alta Mesa’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “During the second quarter we continued to execute on the three-year vision we laid out for Alta Mesa at the time of the business combination.  With eight rigs running and plans to add a ninth rig shortly, we continue to deliver industry leading production growth. We are also continuing to identify and capture the unique opportunities for our combined upstream and midstream asset base, as evidenced by our expanded plans for the Northwest STACK announced today.” Chappelle continued; “Our focus on cost control and optimized timelines in the face of broader market service cost inflation is a testament to our ability to achieve growth and expansion while maintaining our commitment to capital discipline and efficiency.”

Second Quarter 2018 Financial Summary

Net loss, attributable to Alta Mesa’s stockholders, during the second quarter of 2018 was $6.4 million or $0.04 per basic and diluted share.  Adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization and exploration costs and other items (“Adjusted EBITDAX”) was $47.4 million for the second quarter of 2018. AMHLP had a net loss during the second quarter 2018 of $22.5 million, and Adjusted EBITDAX of $41.6 million. Kingfisher had a net loss during the second quarter of nearly $3.1 million, and Adjusted EBITDA of $6.1 million. Adjusted EBITDAX and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures and are described in the attached table under “Non-GAAP Financial Information and Reconciliation. Alta Mesa deployed $211.1 million on capital expenditures during the second quarter 2018,  with $191.2 million by Alta Mesa Upstream and $19.9 million by Kingfisher Midstream. Alta Mesa Upstream spending includes drilling and completion costs, and investments in fresh water and produced water systems, certain lease payments and other capital. Alta Mesa Upstream has maintained drilling and completion costs at an average of $3.8 million per well.

Alta Mesa Upstream Operational Results and Guidance Update

Total production for the second quarter of 2018 was 2,334 MBOE, an average of 25,600 BOE per day.  Production in the second quarter was impacted by offset well shut-ins for fracture stimulation effectiveness. Alta Mesa Upstream pattern development has increased significantly, with 90% of the wells drilled in the second quarter being in multi-well patterns.  Estimated July 2018 average production of 31,800 BOE per day represents a greater than 50% increase in daily production compared to December 2017. In the second quarter, the Company completed 48 horizontal wells in the Mississippian-age Meramec/Osage section. Alta Mesa Upstream currently has eight rigs operating in the STACK play area and is adding a ninth rig during the third quarter of 2018. Cumulatively, Alta Mesa Upstream has now drilled about 350 horizontal wells in the STACK.

In light of production to date and the forward outlook for the drilling and completions schedule, the Company now expects 2018 exit production of 38,000 to 40,000 BOE per day and average production of 29,000 to 31,000 BOE per day for full year 2018.

Kingfisher Midstream and Produced Water Business Update

Kingfisher Midstream’s system gas volumes have grown by over 35% since the business combination.  Estimated system gas volumes for July of 2018 averaged 112 MMcf per day compared to 82 MMcf per day in February. Third party volumes on the system have grown more than 85% since the business combination in early February. The Kingfisher 200 MMcf per day plant expansion was placed into service in April, increasing operated inlet capacity to 260 MMcf per day. With the start-up of the 200 MMCF per day plant, the business has achieved improved operating efficiencies and liquid product yields.  Construction on the Cimarron Express Pipeline is proceeding with plans for mid-2019 commissioning.

To further expand the Kingfisher Midstream platform, the Company has begun the process of transferring the produced water business from Alta Mesa Upstream to Kingfisher Midstream.  Alta Mesa Upstream designed a system that is readily expandable and is purpose-built for the ramp-up of produced water volumes from Alta Mesa Upstream and other third-party customers. This expanding system currently consists of over 200 miles of permanently installed pipe and 15 active produced water disposal wells.  System expansion, including additional produced water disposal wells will continue through the remainder of the year, materially increasing system capacity to meet growing customer needs in the area.  The transition of the system to Kingfisher Midstream’s operating platform will best position the asset for continued growth and expansion. The formal transfer of the business is expected to be completed in 2018.

While Kingfisher Midstream has seen steady increases in system gas volumes, due to the timing of when Alta Mesa production and third party activity levels are expected to increase, Kingfisher Midstream no longer expects to achieve previously provided EBITDA guidance.

Craig Collins, Chief Operating Officer of Kingfisher Midstream, stated, “Despite the timing shift in volume growth, we continue to execute on our strategic vision for Kingfisher Midstream.” Collins continued, “Solid basin fundamentals and enhanced business delivery capabilities provide visibility for Kingfisher’s fee-based growth over time. While the timing of our customer’s production ramp has changed, the benefit of our long-term acreage dedications is that we’ve captured significant value.  Our ability to provide differentiated gas gathering and processing, crude gathering and transportation and produced water services from a single entity is unique within the basin and gives us confidence in our ability to expand our midstream footprint across the STACK.”

Expansion into Step-Out Northwest STACK Area

Alta Mesa Upstream and Kingfisher Midstream continue to expand their operational footprint in the Northwest STACK, primarily Major County. Encouraged by recent well results, specialty well logging and geological analysis, Alta Mesa Upstream is moving forward with its plans to drill additional wells in the area. Kingfisher Midstream has started construction of a new high-pressure pipeline with connectivity from Alta Mesa Upstream’s southeast Major County acreage to Kingfisher Midstream’s existing gathering system in Kingfisher County.  When combined with a low pressure gathering buildout in southeast Major County, it will provide significant connectivity for producers into Kingfisher Midstream’s existing gas gathering and processing system.

Alta Mesa has signed a letter agreement with a private operator related to operations and part ownership of approximately 17,000 acres in Major County, contiguous with Alta Mesa’s existing acreage.  Alta Mesa Upstream will be the operator of the combined acreage position. Additionally, the acreage will be dedicated to Kingfisher Midstream for gas, crude oil and produced water.

Share Repurchase Program

Alta Mesa’s Board of Directors has authorized a program to repurchase up to $50 million of outstanding Class A common stock.  Repurchases may be made at the company’s discretion in accordance with applicable securities laws from time to time in open market or private transactions. James Hackett, Alta Mesa’s Executive Chairman of the Board, stated, “Today’s announcement that we have authorized a share repurchase program reflects our confidene in Alta Mesa’s core business and our commitment to enhancing shareholder value. We believe Alta Mesa represents an attractive investment opportunity, and our strong balance sheet provides the flexibility to make an attractive investment in our own assets.”

Conference Call Information
Alta Mesa invites you to listen to its conference call which will discuss its financial and operational results at 10:00 a.m., Central time, on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. If you wish to participate in this conference call, dial 888-347-8149 (toll free in US/Canada) or 412-902-4228 (for International calls), five to ten minutes before the scheduled start time. A webcast of the call and any related materials will be available on Alta Mesa’s website at . Additionally, a replay of the conference call will be available for one week following the live broadcast by dialing 844-512-2921 (toll free in US/Canada) or 412-317-6671 (International calls), and referencing Conference ID #10122874.

Alta Mesa Resources, Inc., is an independent energy company focused on the development and acquisition of unconventional oil and natural gas reserves in the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma, and through Kingfisher Midstream, LLC, provides best-in-class midstream energy services, including crude oil and gas gathering, processing and marketing to producers in the STACK play. Alta Mesa Resources, Inc. is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Safe Harbor Statement and Disclaimer

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, regarding Alta Mesa’s strategy, future operations, financial position, estimated revenues and losses, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, the words “could”, “should”, “will”, “play”, “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 Alta Mesa’s current expectations and assumptions about future events and are based on currently available information as to the outcome and timing of future events. Forward-looking statements may include statements about Alta Mesa’s: business strategy; financial strategy;  future oil and natural gas prices; timing and amount of future production of oil and natural gas; future drilling plans; proposed expansion and transfer to Kingfisher of AMHLP’s produced water infrastructure platform; production guidance; completion of Cimarron Express Pipeline construction; future share repurchases; marketing of oil and natural gas; leasehold or business acquisitions, including the completion of the transaction with a private operator; costs of developing its properties; liquidity and access to capital; uncertainty regarding its future operating results; and plans, objectives, expectations and intentions contained in this press release that are not historical. Alta Mesa 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 and production of oil and natural gas. These risks include, but are not limited to, commodity price volatility, low prices for oil and/or natural gas, global economic conditions, inflation, increased operating cost, lack of availability of drilling and production equipment and services, environmental risks, weather risks, drilling and other operating risks, regulatory changes, the uncertainty inherent in estimating oil and natural gas reserves and in projecting future rates of production, cash flow and access to capital, the timing of development expenditures, and other risks. Information concerning these and other factors can be found in Alta Mesa’s filings with the SEC, including its Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, which can be obtained free of charge on the SEC’s web site at Should one or more of the risks or uncertainties described in this press release occur, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, Alta Mesa’s actual results and plans could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. 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 we may issue. Except as otherwise required by applicable law, Alta Mesa 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Lance L. Weaver (281) 943-5597 [email protected]

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

Successor Predecessor Successor Predecessor
Three Three February 9, 2018 January 1, 2018 Six
Months Ended Months Ended Through Through Months Ended
June 30, 2018 June 30, 2017 June 30, 2018 February 8, 2018 June 30, 2017
Oil $ 75,291 $ 42,348 $ 115,569 $ 30,972 $ 89,288
Natural gas 7,980 10,642 13,190 4,276 20,233
Natural gas liquids 10,241 6,581 14,955 4,000 13,653
Product sales 19,605 27,974
Gathering and processing revenue 7,073 10,484
Other revenues 2,229 1,979 2,784 888 3,213
Total operating revenues 122,419 61,550 184,956 40,136 126,387
Gain (loss) on sale of assets and other (63 ) 5,916
Gain (loss) on derivative contracts (29,219 ) 18,250 (51,865 ) 7,298 48,492
Total operating revenues and other 93,137 79,800 139,007 47,434 174,879
Lease operating expense 12,679 11,480 20,996 4,485 22,490
Marketing and transportation expense 2,173 6,510 3,194 3,725 12,172
Plant operating expense 3,313 3,900
Product expense 19,383 27,603
Gathering and processing expense 3,240 5,578
Production taxes 2,606 1,184 4,021 953 2,450
Workover expense 333 1,102 1,578 423 1,690
Exploration expense 8,083 3,192 13,038 3,633 8,239
Depreciation, depletion, and amortization expense 33,773 20,110 49,350 11,784 39,088
Impairment expense 1,188
Accretion expense 161 30 263 39 126
General and administrative expense 22,456 8,293 57,013 24,352 18,029
Total operating expenses 108,200 51,901 186,534 49,394 105,472
INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS (15,063 ) 27,899 (47,527 ) (1,960 ) 69,407
Interest expense (11,779 ) (12,578 ) (17,223 ) (5,511 ) (24,620 )
Interest income and other 824 299 1,370 172 548
Total other income (expense), net (10,955 ) (12,279 ) (15,853 ) (5,339 ) (24,072 )
INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME TAXES (26,018 ) 15,620 (63,380 ) (7,299 ) 45,335
Income tax provision (benefit) (3,678 ) (7,491 ) 285
INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS (22,340 ) 15,620 (55,889 ) (7,299 ) 45,050
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax (30,934 ) (7,593 ) (35,449 )
NET INCOME (LOSS) (22,340 ) (15,314 ) (55,889 ) (14,892 ) 9,601
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest (15,896 ) (36,210 )
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO ALTA MESA RESOURCES, INC. STOCKHOLDERS $ (6,444 ) $ (15,314 ) $ (19,679 ) $ (14,892 ) $ 9,601
Basic $ (0.04 ) $ (0.11 )
Diluted $ (0.04 ) $ (0.12 )

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

Successor Predecessor
June 30, December 31,
2018 2017
Cash and cash equivalents $ 82,398 $ 3,660
Restricted cash 1,022 1,269
Accounts receivable, net 115,222 76,161
Other receivables 226 1,388
Receivables due from related party 12,643 790
Note receivable due from related party 1,609
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,174 2,932
Current assets — discontinued operations 5,195
Derivative financial instruments 216
Total current assets 217,294 91,611
Oil and natural gas properties, successful efforts method, net 2,550,519 894,630
Other property, plant and equipment, net 343,357 32,140
Total property, plant and equipment, net 2,893,876 926,770
Equity method investment 6,956
Deferred financing costs, net 3,518 1,787
Notes receivable due from related party 11,262 12,369
Goodwill 699,898
Intangible assets, net 408,706
Deposits and other long-term assets 50 9,067
Non-current assets — discontinued operations 43,785
Deferred tax asset 11,954
Derivative financial instruments 8
Total other assets 1,142,344 67,016
TOTAL ASSETS $ 4,253,514 $ 1,085,397
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 148,866 $ 170,489
Accounts payable — affiliate 5,476
Advances from non-operators 6,283 5,502
Advances from related party 37,135 23,390
Asset retirement obligations 538 69
Current liabilities — discontinued operations 15,419
Derivative financial instruments 37,743 19,303
Total current liabilities 230,565 239,648
Asset retirement obligations, net of current portion 6,439 10,400
Long-term debt, net 595,084 607,440
Noncurrent liabilities — discontinued operations 66,862
Derivative financial instruments 6,385 1,114
Deferred tax liability 4,893
Other long-term liabilities 6 5,488
Total long-term liabilities 612,807 691,304
TOTAL LIABILITIES 843,372 930,952
PREFERRED STOCK, $0.0001 par value
Class A: 1,000,000 shares authorized; 3 shares issued and outstanding
Class B: 1,000,000 shares authorized; 1 share issued and outstanding
Commitments and Contingencies
Common stock, $0.0001 par value
Class A: 1,200,000,000 shares authorized; 180,730,114 shares issued and outstanding 18
Class C: 280,000,000 shares authorized; 204,921,888 shares issued and outstanding 20
Additional paid in capital 1,498,023
Accumulated deficit (27,793 )
Total stockholders’ equity/partners’ capital 1,470,268 154,445
Noncontrolling interest 1,939,874
Total equity 3,410,142 154,445


Successor Predecessor
February 9, 2018 January 1, 2018 Six
Through Through Months Ended
June 30, 2018 February 8, 2018 June 30, 2017
Net income (loss) $ (55,889 ) $ (14,892 ) $ 9,601
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:
Depreciation, depletion, and amortization expense 49,350 12,414 51,298
Impairment expense 5,560 29,124
Accretion expense 263 140 1,052
Amortization of deferred financing costs 152 171 1,456
Amortization of debt premium (2,051 )
Equity-based compensation expense 7,729
Dry hole expense (45 ) 888
Expired leases 10,658 1,250 5,922
(Gain) loss on derivative contracts 51,865 (7,298 ) (48,492 )
Settlements of derivative contracts (18,969 ) (1,661 ) 254
Premium paid on derivative contracts (520 )
Interest converted into debt 103 599
Interest on notes receivable due from related party (417 ) (85 ) (406 )
Deferred tax provision (benefit) (7,491 )
Loss on sale of assets and other 63 1,923
Gain on acquisition of oil and gas properties (1,626 )
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (8,585 ) (20,895 ) (11,478 )
Other receivables 996 (9,887 ) 4,281
Receivables due from related party (6,818 ) (117 ) (680 )
Prepaid expenses and other non-current assets 8,114 9,970 (11,644 )
Advances from related party (10,371 ) 24,116 (42,528 )
Settlement of asset retirement obligation (806 ) (63 ) (977 )
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities, and other liabilities (80,638 ) 25,815 7,655
Capital expenditures for property, plant and equipment (342,608 ) (38,096 ) (151,832 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (791,819 ) (6,251 )
Contributions to equity method investments (6,956 )
Proceeds withdrawn from Trust Account 1,042,742
Proceeds from sale of assets 11
Proceeds from long-term debt 80,000 60,000 165,065
Repayments of long-term debt (193,565 ) (43,000 ) (10,000 )
Additions to deferred financing costs (3,670 ) (170 )
Capital distributions (68 )
Capital contributions 7,875
Proceeds from issuance of Class A shares 400,000
Repayment of sponsor note (2,000 )
Repayment of deferred underwriting compensation (36,225 )
Redemption of Class A common shares (33 )
CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH, beginning of period 388 4,990 7,618
CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH, end of period $ 83,420 $ 10,345 $ 6,084

*Non-GAAP Financial Information and Reconciliation

Alta Mesa Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDAX.  Adjusted EBITDAX is a non-GAAP financial measure and as used herein represents net income (loss) before interest expense, exploration expense, depletion, depreciation and amortization, impairment of oil and natural gas properties, accretion of asset retirement obligations, tax expense, gain (loss) on sale of assets and the non-cash portion of gain/loss on oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids derivative contracts. Alta Mesa’s management believes Adjusted EBITDAX is useful because it allows external users of our consolidated financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies, to more effectively evaluate our operating performance, compare the results of our operations from period to period and against our peers without regard to our financing methods or capital structure and because it highlights trends in our business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP measures. Adjusted EBITDAX is not a measurement of Alta Mesa’s financial performance under GAAP, and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), operating income (loss) or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP or as an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities as a measure of Alta Mesa’s profitability or liquidity. Adjusted EBITDAX has significant limitations, including that it does not reflect Alta Mesa’s cash requirements for capital expenditures, contractual commitments, working capital or debt service. In addition, other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDAX differently than Alta Mesa does, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure. The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net income (loss) as determined in accordance with GAAP to Adjusted EBITDAX for the periods indicated (unaudited in thousands):

Alta Mesa EBITDAX Calculation
(Non-GAAP Measure)
Feb 9 – June 30,
Jan 1 – Feb 8, 2018
Net Loss attributable to Alta Mesa $ (19,679 ) $ (14,892 ) $ (6,444 )
Net Loss attributable to Noncontrolling Interest (36,210 ) (15,896 )
Taxes (7,491 ) (3,678 )
Interest 17,223 5,511 11,779
(Gain) Loss on sale of assets and other (5,916 ) 63
Loss from discontinued operations, net 7,593
(Gain) Loss on derivative contracts 51,865 (7,298 ) 29,219
Settlements of derivative contracts (18,969 ) (1,661 ) (14,359 )
Exploration 13,038 3,633 8,083
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 49,350 11,784 33,773
Accretion expense 263 39 161
Stock compensation expense 7,729 4,263
EBITDAX 51,203 4,709 46,964
Non-recurring Business Combination Expense 25,734 17,040 443
Adjusted EBITDAX $ 76,937 $ 21,749 $ 47,407
AMHLP and Kingfisher Q2-2018
YTD 2018
YTD 2018
EBITDAX Calculation (Non-GAAP Measure) AMHLP Kingfisher AMHLP Kingfisher
Net Loss to Alta Mesa $ (22,477 ) $ (3,049 ) $ (57,048 ) $ (4,913 )
Taxes 7 7
Interest 10,361 1,418 15,557 1,666
(Gain) loss on sale of assets and other 63 (5,916 )
Loss on derivative contracts 29,219 51,865
Settlements of derivative contracts (14,359 ) (18,969 )
Exploration 8,083 13,038
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 26,509 7,264 37,445 11,905
Accretion expense 161 263
Stock compensation expense 3,621 465 6,389 507
EBITDAX 41,188 6,098 42,631 9,165
Non-recurring Business Combination Expense 443 25,734
Adjusted EBITDAX $ 41,631 $ 6,098 $ 68,365 $ 9,165

*Successor Company and Period:
The financial statements and certain footnote presentations separate the Company’s presentations into two distinct periods, the period before the consummation of the Business Combination, which is from January 1, 2018 to February 8, 2018 (“2018 Predecessor Period”) and the period after the consummation of the Business Combination, which is from February 9, 2018 to June 30, 2018 (“Successor Period”), to indicate the application of the different basis of accounting between the periods presented.  The three months ended June 30, 2017 is referred to as the “2017 Predecessor Period”.  AMHLP is the “Predecessor” for periods prior to the Business Combination, which do not include the consolidation of the Company and Kingfisher.  For the periods after the Business Combination, Alta Mesa Resources, including the consolidation of AMHLP and Kingfisher, is the “Successor”.


Below is a table of average hedged and unhedged prices received by AMHLP.

Average Prices including settlements of derivative contracts Q2-2018
Oil (per Bbl) $54.29
Natural Gas (per Mcf) 2.02
Natural Gas Liquids (per Bbl) 18.47
Average Prices excluding settlements of derivative contracts Q2-2018
Oil (per Bbl) $67.09
Natural Gas (per Mcf) 2.02
Natural Gas Liquids (per Bbl) 18.47


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