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Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Announces Full-Year 2012 Results

Production Growth Exceeds 40 Percent for Second Consecutive Year

HOUSTON, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2012. Highlights for the year include:

  • Record production of 267.7 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe), an increase of 43 percent over 2011.
  • Achieved production growth greater than 40 percent for the second consecutive year.
  • Record revenues of $1.2 billion, the first time Cabot has surpassed the billion dollar mark.
  • Record cash flow from operations of $652.1 million, an increase of 30 percent over 2011.
  • Record discretionary cash flow of $680.1 million, an increase of 24 percent over 2011.

"2012 was one of our best years ever as we delivered top level production growth with best in class finding costs from a 100 percent organic growth investment program," said Dan O. Dinges, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "Despite a challenging natural gas price environment we were able to achieve record revenues and cash flows, while maintaining a strong balance sheet."

Full-Year 2012

Equivalent production was 267.7 Bcfe in 2012, with 253.2 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas production and 2.4 million barrels of liquids production. These figures represent increases of 43 percent, 42 percent, and 67 percent, respectively, compared to 2011.  "Excluding property sales, we achieved an annual equivalent production growth rate of approximately 49 percent for 2012," commented Dinges. 

Cash flow from operations was $652.1 million in 2012, compared to cash flow from operations of $501.8 million in 2011. Discretionary cash flow was $680.1 million in 2012, compared to discretionary cash flow of $549.2 million in 2011. Higher equivalent production and higher realized crude oil prices drove the overall improvement in cash flow from operations and discretionary cash flow compared to 2011. This was partially offset by lower realized natural gas prices and increased operating expenses associated with higher production.

Net income was $131.7 million in 2012, or $0.63 per share, compared to net income of $122.4 million, or $0.59 per share, in 2011. Excluding the effect of selected items (detailed in the table below), net income was $138.9 million, or $0.66 per share, in 2012, compared to $139.2 million, or $0.67 per share, in 2011. Net income excluding selected items was down slightly compared to 2011 primarily due to a change in the treatment of deferred income taxes as a special item.

Natural gas price realizations, including the effect of hedges, were $3.67 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in 2012, down 18 percent compared to 2011. Oil price realizations, including the effect of hedges, were $101.65 per barrel (Bbl) in 2012, up 12 percent compared to 2011.

While total expenses trended higher between years primarily as a result of higher production volumes, aggregate per unit costs (including financing) decreased to $3.69 per thousand cubic feet equivalent (Mcfe) in 2012, down 9 percent compared to 2011. All operating expense categories decreased on a per unit basis in 2012 except for transportation and gathering expense and taxes other than income expense. Transportation and gathering expense per unit was $0.54 per Mcfe in 2012, up 38 percent from $0.39 per Mcfe in 2011.This resulted primarily from increased production in the Company's Marcellus Shale operations along with marginal increases in gathering and transportation rates. Taxes other than income expense per unit was $0.18 per Mcfe in 2012, up 20 percent from $0.15 per Mcfe in 2011.This resulted primarily from the assessment of an impact fee on Marcellus Shale production that was implemented in early 2012 by the state of Pennsylvania.

Fourth Quarter 2012

Production in the fourth quarter of 2012 was 78.8 Bcfe, with 74.8 Bcf of natural gas production and 647 thousand barrels of liquids production. These figures represent a 44 percent increase in equivalent production compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, driven by a 45 percent increase in natural gas production over the same period.  Natural gas production for the fourth quarter increased 19 percent over the third quarter as the Company completed a record number of frac stages and brought on additional infrastructure capacity during the quarter.  "The exceptional efforts from our employees, in conjunction with the dedicated work from our Marcellus service and infrastructure partners during the quarter made this possible," Dinges stated.  

Cash flow from operations in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $197.0 million, compared to cash flow from operations of $126.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Discretionary cash flow in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $223.7 million, compared to discretionary cash flow of $121.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Higher equivalent production and higher realized crude oil prices drove the quarter's overall improvement, partially offset by lower realized natural gas prices and increased operating expenses associated with higher production.

Net income in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $40.9 million, or $0.19 per share, compared to net income of $26.4 million, or $0.13 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. Excluding the effect of selected items (detailed in the table below), net income was $57.1 million, or $0.27 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $40.3 million, or $0.20 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Natural gas price realizations, including the effect of hedges, were $3.91 per Mcf in the fourth quarter of 2012, down 3 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. Oil price realizations, including the effect of hedges, were $105.40 per Bbl, up 15 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.

Similar to full-year 2012 results, total expenses trended higher between comparable quarters primarily as a result of higher production volumes; however, aggregate per unit costs (including financing) decreased to $3.25 per Mcfe in the fourth quarter of 2012, down 12 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.

Financial Position and Liquidity

At December 31, 2012, the Company's total debt was $1,087 million, of which $325 million is outstanding under the Company's credit facility. Total lender commitments under the Company's credit facility are $900 million, with $574 million of available credit under its facility at December 31, 2012.

As of December 31, 2012, the Company's net debt to adjusted capitalization ratio was 33.2%, compared to 30.4% at December 31, 2011 (see attached table for the calculation).

Conference Call

Listen in live to Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation's fourth quarter financial and operating results discussion with financial analysts on Friday, February 22, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. EST (8:30 a.m. CST) at www.cabotog.com. The latest financial guidance, including the Company's hedge positions, along with a replay of the web cast, which will be archived for one year, are available in the Investor Info section of the Company's website at www.cabotog.com.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, headquartered in Houston, Texas is a leading independent natural gas producer, with its entire resource base located in the continental United States. For additional information, visit the Company's homepage at www.cabotog.com.

The statements regarding future financial performance and results and the other statements which are not historical facts contained in this release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, market factors, the market price (including regional basis differentials) of natural gas and oil, results of future drilling and marketing activity, future production and costs, and other factors detailed in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Scott Schroeder (281) 589-4993



















































            OPERATING DATA               














Quarter Ended



Twelve Months Ended



December 31,



December 31,



2012


2011



2012


2011

PRODUCED NATURAL GAS (Bcf) & OIL (MBbl)










Natural Gas










Appalachia


68.5


44.3



226.6


138.0

Other


6.3


7.3



26.6


40.8

  Total


74.8


51.6



253.2


178.8











Crude/Condensate/NGL


647


523



2,407


1,443











Equivalent Production (Bcfe)


78.8


54.8



267.7


187.5











PRICES(1)










Average Produced Gas Sales Price ($/Mcf)










Appalachia

$

4.03

$

3.89


$

3.80

$

4.32

Other

$

2.63

$

4.79


$

2.61

$

4.93

  Total 

$

3.91

$

4.02


$

3.67

$

4.46











Average Crude/Condensate Price ($/Bbl)

$

105.40

$

91.90


$

101.65

$

90.49











WELLS DRILLED 










  Gross


66


76



170


161

  Net


36


29



118


96

  Gross success rate


99%


100%



98%


99%











(1)  These realized prices include the realized impact of derivative instrument settlements.  





Quarter Ended



Twelve Months Ended



December 31,



December 31,



2012


2011



2012


2011

     Realized impacts to gas pricing


$  0.55


$ 0.71



$  0.89


$ 0.47

     Realized impacts to oil pricing


$  9.49


$ 1.67



$  5.00


$ 1.01





































































CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)


















Quarter Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2012


2011


2012


2011

Operating Revenues








  Natural gas

$ 293,911


$ 207,541


$ 933,640


$ 796,517

  Crude oil and condensate

62,616


46,180


227,933


125,972

  Brokered natural gas

10,174


12,243


34,005


51,190

  Other

3,178


2,061


8,968


6,185


369,879


268,025


1,204,546


979,864

Operating Expenses








  Direct operations

33,348


30,531


118,243


107,409

  Transportation and gathering

45,482


24,612


143,309


73,322

  Brokered natural gas

8,122


10,472


28,502


43,834

  Taxes other than income

9,001


6,506


48,874


27,576

  Exploration

7,928


5,357


37,476


36,447

  Depreciation, depletion and amortization

115,984


92,499


451,405


343,141

  General and administrative (excluding stock-based compensation) 

17,919


16,232


87,728


65,138

  Stock-based compensation(1)

10,070


10,181


33,511


39,529


247,854


196,390


949,048


736,396

Gain (loss) on sale of assets

(16,407)


26,974


50,635


63,382

Income from Operations

105,618


98,609


306,133


306,850

Interest expense and other 

16,662


17,735


68,293


71,663

Income before income taxes

88,956


80,874


237,840


235,187

Income tax expense

48,089


54,511


106,110


112,779

Net Income

$   40,867


$   26,363


$ 131,730


$ 122,408

Earnings per share - Basic(2)

$       0.19


$       0.13


$       0.63


$       0.59

Weighted average common shares outstanding(2)

209,850


208,601


209,538


208,498









(1) Includes the impact of the Company's performance share awards, restricted stock amortization, stock appreciation rights and expense

associated with the Supplemental Employee Incentive Plan.

(2) All Earnings per share and weighted average common share figures have been retroactively adjusted for the 2-for-1 split of the

Company's common stock effective January 25, 2012.

















 

















































CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (Unaudited)




  (In thousands)













December 31,


December 31,






2012


2011





Assets








Current assets

$           270,310


$           345,800





Properties and equipment, net

4,310,977


3,934,584





Other assets

35,026


51,109





   Total assets

$        4,616,313


$        4,331,493













Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity








Current liabilities

$           444,139


$           343,344





Long-term debt, excluding current maturities

1,012,000


950,000





Deferred income taxes

882,672


802,592





Other liabilities

146,055


130,789





Stockholders' equity

2,131,447


2,104,768





   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$        4,616,313


$        4,331,493





















CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)

  (In thousands)





















Quarter Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2012


2011


2012


2011

Cash Flows From Operating Activities








Net income

$             40,867


$             26,363


$      131,730


$      122,408

Deferred income tax expense

38,215


17,363


80,929


74,744

Loss (gain) on sale of assets

16,407


(26,974)


(50,635)


(63,382)

Exploration expense

1,882


126


14,000


13,977

Unrealized (gain) loss on derivatives

45


15


494


965

Income charges not requiring cash

126,303


104,071


503,542


400,462

Changes in assets and liabilities

(26,738)


5,509


(27,967)


(47,335)

Net cash provided by operations

196,981


126,473


652,093


501,839









Cash Flows From Investing Activities








Capital expenditures

(258,779)


(222,290)


(927,977)


(891,277)

Proceeds from sale of assets

36,586


321,548


169,326


403,657

Investment in equity method investment

(2,375)


-


(6,863)


-

Net cash (used in) provided by investing

(224,568)


99,258


(765,514)


(487,620)









Cash Flows From Financing Activities








Net increase (decrease) in debt

25,000


(255,000)


137,000


(25,000)

Capitalized debt issuance costs

-


-


(5,005)


(1,025)

Dividends paid

(4,196)


(3,129)


(16,757)


(12,508)

Other

18


(619)


(992)


(1,724)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing

20,822


(258,748)


114,246


(40,257)









Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

$             (6,765)


$           (33,017)


$             825


$      (26,038)


















































































Selected Item Review and Reconciliation of Net Income and Earnings Per Share

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

























Quarter Ended


Twelve Months Ended










December 31,


December 31,










2012


2011


2012


2011


   As reported - net income

$         40,867


$         26,363


$ 131,730


$ 122,408


   Reversal of selected items, net of tax:










(Gain) loss on sale of assets(1)

10,090


(16,217)


(30,940)


(38,790)



Stock-based compensation expense

6,130


5,996


20,476


24,192



Pension expense(2)

-


2,161


12,294


8,869



Unrealized loss (gain) on derivatives(3)

27


2


302


591



Pennsylvania impact fee(4)

-


-


5,067


-



Income tax expense(5)

-


21,961


-


21,961


   Net income excluding selected items

$         57,114


$         40,266


$ 138,929


$ 139,231


   As reported - earnings per share(6)

$             0.19


$             0.13


$       0.63


$       0.59


   Per share impact of reversing selected items(6)

0.08


0.07


0.03


0.08


   Earnings per share including reversal










of selected items(6)

$             0.27


$             0.20


$       0.66


$       0.67


   Weighted average common shares outstanding(6)

209,850


208,601


209,538


208,498


















(1)

The gain on sale in 2012 primarily relates to a $67.0 million gain on the sale of certain of our Pearsall shale undeveloped leaseholds in south Texas in



the second quarter of 2012, partially offset by an $18.2 million loss on sale of certain of our south Texas proved oil and gas properties in the fourth



quarter. The gain on sale of assets in 2011 primarily relates to a $34.2 million gain from the sale of certain assets in east Texas in the second quarter



and an aggregate remaining gain of $29.2 million from the sale of various other properties during the year. 


(2)

On July 28, 2010, the Company notified its employees of its plan to terminate its qualified and non-qualified pension plans, effective September 30,


2010. These amounts represent pension expenses related to the plan termination, including settlement costs and expenses related to the acceleration


of amortization of prior service costs and actuarial losses over the period. Final settlement of the pension plan occurred as of the end of the second


quarter 2012. Pension expense is included in General and administrative expense in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations. 

(3)

This unrealized loss (gain) is included in Natural gas revenues in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations and represents the change in


fair value related to derivatives not designated as hedging instruments. 






(4)

In February 2012, the Pennsylvania state legislature authorized the assessment of an impact fee on Marcellus shale production. This amount represents


the initial year accrual related to our 2011 and prior wells. Expense associated with the impact fee are included in Taxes other than income in the


Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations. 








(5)

Represents an unfavorable charge to income tax expense to reflect an increase in state tax rates used in establishing deferred income taxes mainly due


to a shift in the Company's state apportionment factors to higher rate states, primarily in Pennsylvania, as a result of the Company's continued focus on


development of its Marcellus shale properties. This item was not included as a selected item in 2012.


(6)

All earnings per share and weighted average common share figures have been retroactively adjusted for the 2-for-1 split of the Company's common


stock effective January 25, 2012.


































Discretionary Cash Flow Calculation and Reconciliation

(In thousands)









Quarter Ended


Twelve Months Ended










December 31,


December 31,










2012


2011


2012


2011


   Discretionary Cash Flow









   As reported - net income

$         40,867


$         26,363


$ 131,730


$ 122,408


   Plus / (less): 









   Deferred income tax expense

38,215


17,363


80,929


74,744


   Loss (gain) on sale of assets

16,407


(26,974)


(50,635)


(63,382)


   Exploration expense

1,882


126


14,000


13,977


   Unrealized loss (gain) on derivatives

45


15


494


965


   Income charges not requiring cash

126,303


104,071


503,542


400,462


   Discretionary Cash Flow

223,719


120,964


680,060


549,174


   Changes in assets and liabilities

(26,738)


5,509


(27,967)


(47,335)


   Net cash provided by operations

$       196,981


$       126,473


$ 652,093


$ 501,839


































Net Debt Reconciliation






(In thousands)






























December 31,


December 31,














2012


2011






















   Current portion of long-term debt

$         75,000


$                   -






   Long-term debt

$    1,012,000


$       950,000






   Total debt

$    1,087,000


$       950,000






   Stockholders' equity

2,131,447


2,104,768






        Total Capitalization

$    3,218,447


$    3,054,768






















   Total debt

$    1,087,000


$       950,000






   Less:  Cash and cash equivalents

(30,736)


(29,911)






        Net Debt

$    1,056,264


$       920,089






















   Net debt

$    1,056,264


$       920,089






   Stockholders' equity

2,131,447


2,104,768






        Total Adjusted Capitalization

$    3,187,711


$    3,024,857






















  Total debt to total capitalization ratio

33.8%


31.1%






   Less:  Impact of cash and cash equivalents

0.6%


0.7%






        Net Debt to Adjusted Capitalization Ratio

33.2%


30.4%






































































 

 

SOURCE Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

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