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Diamondback Energy, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2018 Financial and Operating Results and Announces Accretive Acquisition

MIDLAND, Texas, Aug. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FANG) (“Diamondback” or the “Company”) today announced financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Additionally, Diamondback today announced it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire all leasehold interests and related assets of Ajax Resources, LLC (“the Seller” or “Ajax”) for $900 million in cash and 2.58 million shares of Diamondback common stock, subject to certain adjustments. The cash portion of this transaction is expected to be funded through a combination of cash on hand, cash proceeds from the previously announced drop down sale ("drop down") of mineral interests to Viper Energy Partners LP ("Viper"), borrowings under the Company's revolving credit facility and/or proceeds from one or more capital markets transactions, which may include a debt offering.


  • Q2 2018 net income of $219 million, or $2.22 per diluted share; adjusted net income (as defined and reconciled below) of $158 million, or $1.59 per diluted share
  • Q2 2018 production of 112.6 Mboe/d (73% oil), up 10% over Q1 2018 and 46% year over year
  • Increasing pro forma full year 2018 production guidance range to 115.0 – 119.0 Mboe/d, up 4% from prior guidance midpoint; implies over 45% annualized growth at the midpoint from full year 2017 average daily production
  • Q2 2018 cash dividend of $0.125 per share payable on August 27, 2018; implies a 0.4% annualized yield based on August 6, 2018 share closing price of $133.62
  • Executed agreements to secure firm oil transportation out of the basin at fixed discounts to Gulf Coast pricing beginning Q3 2018; term sales agreements cover the remainder of expected production
  • Executed agreement for option to acquire up to 10% equity interest in the EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline project; increases previously announced volume commitment from 50,000 bo/d to 100,000 bo/d (50% take or pay)
  • Announced drop down sale of 1,696 net royalty acres to Viper for $175 million, subject to post-closing adjustments; expected to close in August 2018


  • 25,493 net leasehold acres in the Northern Midland Basin, including ~21,000 net acres in Northwest Martin and Northeast Andrews counties; ~89% held by production (“HBP”)
  • Producing over net 12,100 boe/d (88% oil) as of August 6, 2018
  • 362 net identified potential horizontal drilling locations with an average lateral length of over 9,500 feet; ~220 net potential locations in the top quartile of Diamondback’s current inventory
  • ~99% of acreage operated, with average 99% working interest and 23% average royalty burden
  • Acreage HBP allows for 12+ well multi-zone pad development in the Middle Spraberry, Lower Spraberry and Wolfcamp A
  • Ajax midstream infrastructure includes 40 Mb/d in saltwater gathering and disposal, 45 Mb/d of existing fresh water production and ownership of over 700 surface acres
  • Accretive on NAV, acreage, top quartile inventory and 2019 financial metrics
  • Company will issue 2.58 million shares of Diamondback common stock to the Seller valued at $345 million based on the August 6, 2018 closing price of $133.62
  • Diamondback intends to finance the cash portion of the purchase price, subject to market conditions and other factors, through a combination of cash on hand, cash received from the recently signed mineral drop down to Viper, existing borrowing capacity and/or proceeds from one or more capital markets transactions, which may include a debt offering
  • An effective date of July 1, 2018 with anticipated close at the end of October 2018, subject to continued diligence and closing conditions
  • Upon completion, the pending Ajax acquisition will bring Diamondback’s total leasehold interests to approximately 230,000 net surface acres in the Permian Basin

“Diamondback extended its track record of successful execution in the second quarter, growing production 10% quarter over quarter, while maintaining its peer leading cash margins and return on average capital employed. Additionally, I am extremely pleased with our organization's continued ability to deliver on securing firm takeaway out of the Permian as we look to maximize our exposure to international pricing. Diamondback's oil marketing strategy in the near term is to secure firm transportation at fixed discounts to Gulf Coast pricing while not compromising realizations over the long term," stated Travis Stice, Chief Executive Officer of Diamondback.

Mr. Stice continued, "Diamondback’s announced acquisition of high quality assets from Ajax Resources provides additional Tier 1 resource directly adjacent to our existing acreage in Northwest Martin and Northeast Andrews counties. With approximately 220 net locations capable of generating 100% or greater IRRs at $60/Bbl across three zones, this transaction is accretive to our top quartile inventory, NAV and 2019 financial metrics. We expect the transaction to close at the end of October 2018, with interim Ajax development focused on large multi-well, multi-zone pad development to be assumed by Diamondback in November. Credit is due to the Ajax team for displaying impressive results in two emerging zones for the area, the Wolfcamp A and Middle Spraberry. These results highlight the value of this acreage in our existing portfolio, and more than doubles Diamondback's inventory to 680 net pro forma locations in this area."

Rich Little, Chief Executive Officer of Ajax Resources stated, “This transaction represents a logical transition for the Ajax asset base, as it complements Diamondback’s acreage position very well and further consolidates the Northern Midland Basin. I am extremely proud of what the Ajax team accomplished over the past three years. With the strong sponsorship and support of our private equity partner, Kelso, we were able to deploy the necessary resources and capital to delineate and strategically develop an underexploited asset base.”


Diamondback’s Q2 2018 production was 112.6 Mboe/d (73% oil), up 46% year over year from 77.0 Mboe/d in Q2 2017, and up 10% quarter over quarter from 102.6 Mboe/d in Q1 2018.

During the second quarter of 2018, Diamondback drilled 53 gross horizontal wells and turned 50 operated horizontal wells to production. The average completed lateral length for second quarter wells was 9,300 feet. Operated completions during the second quarter consisted of 29 Wolfcamp A wells, 18 Lower Spraberry wells and three Wolfcamp B wells.

The Company operated 11 drilling rigs and five dedicated frac spreads during the second quarter of 2018, and plans to add its 12th and 13th operating rigs to development during the third quarter of 2018. Diamondback continues to expect to turn between 170 and 190 gross operated horizontal wells to production for the full year 2018.


In Pecos County, Diamondback continues to exceed performance expectations from operated completions targeting the Wolfcamp A. The Company recently completed four Wolfcamp A wells with an average lateral of 9,995 feet. These wells achieved an average peak 30-day 2-stream flowing initial production ("IP") rate of 146 boe/d per 1,000 feet (86% oil).

In Reeves County, Diamondback recently completed two Wolfcamp A wells with an average lateral length of 10,228 feet. These wells have achieved a current average peak 30-day flowing IP rate of 219 boe/d per 1,000 feet (81% oil).


Diamondback's second quarter 2018 net income was $219 million, or $2.22 per diluted share. Adjusted net income (a non-GAAP financial measure as defined and reconciled below) was $158 million, or $1.59 per diluted share.

Second quarter 2018 Adjusted EBITDA (as defined and reconciled below) was $370 million, up 9% from $341 million in Q1 2018.

Second quarter 2018 average realized prices were $61.57 per barrel of oil, $1.54 per Mcf of natural gas and $28.02 per barrel of natural gas liquids, resulting in a total equivalent unhedged price of $50.26/boe, down 1% from $50.55/boe in Q1 2018.

Diamondback's cash operating costs for the second quarter 2018 were $8.83 per boe, including lease operating expenses ("LOE") of $4.16 per boe, cash general and administrative expenses of $0.87 per boe and taxes and transportation of $3.80 per boe.

As of June 30, 2018, Diamondback had $81 million in standalone cash and $322 million outstanding under its revolving credit facility.

During the second quarter of 2018, Diamondback spent $338 million on drilling, completion and non-operated properties, and $88 million on infrastructure and midstream.


Diamondback announced today that the Company's Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend for the second quarter of 12.5 cents per common share payable on August 27, 2018, to stockholders of record at the close of business on August 20, 2018.


Pro forma for the pending Ajax acquisition, Diamondback is increasing its full year 2018 production guidance to a range of 115.0 Mboe/d to 119.0 Mboe/d, up 4% from the midpoint of the prior range.

Additionally, Diamondback is narrowing full year 2018 CAPEX guidance to a range of $1.4 to $1.5 billion from $1.3 to $1.5 billion previously.

 2018 Guidance 
 Diamondback Energy, Inc.Viper Energy Partners LP
Total Net Production – MBoe/d115.0 – 119.016.5 - 17.0
Oil Production - % of Net Production73% - 76%70% - 73%
Unit costs ($/boe)  
Lease operating expenses, including workovers$3.75 - $4.50 
Gathering & Transportation$0.25 - $0.75$0.10 - $0.20
Cash G&AUnder $1.00$0.75 - $1.25
Non-cash equity-based compensation$0.75 - $1.25$0.75 - $1.25
DD&A$11.00 - $14.00$8.00 - $11.00
Interest expense (net of interest income)$1.00 - $2.00 
Production and ad valorem taxes (% of revenue)(a)7.0%7.0%
Corporate tax rate (% of pre-tax income)20% - 23% 
Gross horizontal D,C&E/Ft. - Midland Basin$760 - $810 
Gross horizontal D,C&E/Ft. - Delaware Basin$1,175 - $1,225 
Horizontal wells completed (net)170 - 190 (146 - 163) 
Capital Budget ($ - million)  
Horizontal drilling and completion$1,225 - $1,300 
Infrastructure$175 - $200 
2018 Capital Spend$1,400 - $1,500 
(a) Includes production taxes of 4.6% for crude oil and 7.5% for natural gas and NGLs and ad valorem taxes.  


Diamondback will host a conference call and webcast for investors and analysts to discuss its results for the second quarter of 2018 on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. CT. Participants should call (877) 440-7573 (United States/Canada) or (253) 237-1144 (International) and use the confirmation code 8983618. A telephonic replay will be available from 12:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, August 9, 2018 through Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. CT. To access the replay, call (855) 859-2056 (United States/Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (International) and enter confirmation code 8983618. A live broadcast of the earnings conference call will also be available via the internet at under the “Investor Relations” section of the site. A replay will also be available on the website following the call.

About Diamondback Energy, Inc.

Diamondback is an independent oil and natural gas company headquartered in Midland, Texas focused on the acquisition, development, exploration and exploitation of unconventional, onshore oil and natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin in West Texas. For more information, please visit

Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  All statements, other than historical facts, that address activities that Diamondback assumes, plans, expects, believes, intends or anticipates (and other similar expressions) will, should or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.  The forward-looking statements are based on management’s current beliefs, based on currently available information, as to the outcome and timing of future events, including the pending Ajax transaction.  These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the results to differ materially from those expected by the management of Diamondback.  Information concerning these risks and other factors can be found in Diamondback’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, which can be obtained free of charge on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s web site at Diamondback undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.

Diamondback Energy, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(unaudited, in thousands, except share amounts and per share data)
 Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
Oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids$514,937  $267,434  $981,696  $499,932 
Lease bonus928  583  928  2,185 
Midstream services7,983  1,417  19,378  2,547 
Other operating income2,425    4,466   
Total revenues526,273  269,434  1,006,468  504,664 
Operating expenses:       
Lease operating expenses42,647  28,989  79,992  55,615 
Production and ad valorem taxes32,202  15,879  59,506  31,604 
Gathering and transportation6,813  3,015  11,098  5,634 
Midstream services17,601  1,828  28,790  2,682 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization129,867  75,173  245,083  134,102 
General and administrative expenses(1)14,529  11,892  30,854  25,636 
Asset retirement obligation accretion365  350  720  673 
Other operating expense946    1,476   
Total expenses244,970  137,126  457,519  255,946 
Income from operations281,303  132,308  548,949  248,718 
Other income (expense):       
Interest expense, net(17,096) (8,245) (30,797) (20,470)
Other income, net84,472  8,324  87,208  9,469 
Gain (loss) on derivative instruments, net(58,587) 33,320  (90,932) 71,021 
Gain on revaluation of investment4,465    5,364   
Total other income (expense), net13,254  33,399  (29,157) 60,020 
Income before income taxes294,557  165,707  519,792  308,738 
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes(6,607) 1,579  40,474  3,536 
Net income301,164  164,128  479,318  305,202 
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest82,018  5,723  97,360  10,524 
Net income attributable to Diamondback Energy, Inc.$219,146  $158,405  $381,958  $294,678 
Earnings per common share:       
Basic$2.22  $1.61  $3.87  $3.08 
Diluted$2.22  $1.61  $3.87  $3.07 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:       
Basic98,614  98,142  98,584  95,665 
Diluted98,797  98,354  98,820  95,925 
Dividends declared per share0.125    0.250   
(1) Includes non-cash expense of $5,650 and $6,168 for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively, and $13,101 and  $13,231 for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Diamondback Energy, Inc.
Selected Operating Data
 Three Months Ended June 30, 2018 Three Months Ended
March 31, 2018
 Three Months Ended June 30, 2017
Production Data:
Oil (MBbl)7,478  6,800  5,236 
Natural gas (MMcf)7,367  6,546  4,939 
Natural gas liquids (MBbls)1,540  1,344  945 
Oil Equivalents (MBOE)(1)(2)10,246  9,235  7,005 
Average daily production (BOE/d)(2)112,592  102,607  76,977 
% Oil73% 74% 75%
Average sales prices:     
Oil, realized ($/Bbl)$61.57  $61.66  $45.43 
Natural gas realized ($/Mcf)1.54  2.20  2.57 
Natural gas liquids ($/Bbl)28.02  24.64  17.83 
Average price realized ($/BOE)50.26  50.55  38.18 
Oil, hedged ($/Bbl)(3)55.53  56.82  46.32 
Natural gas, hedged ($ per MMbtu)(3)1.57  2.29  3.52 
Average price, hedged ($/BOE)(3)45.87  47.05  38.85 
Average Costs per BOE:     
Lease operating expense$4.16  $4.04  $4.14 
Production and ad valorem taxes3.14  2.96  2.27 
Gathering and transportation expense0.66  0.46  0.43 
General and administrative - cash component0.87  0.96  0.82 
Total operating expense - cash$8.83  $8.42  $7.66 
General and administrative - non-cash component$0.55  $0.81  $0.88 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization12.68  12.48  10.73 
Interest expense, net1.67  1.48  1.18 
(1) Bbl equivalents are calculated using a conversion rate of six Mcf per one Bbl.
(2) The volumes presented are based on actual results and are not calculated using the rounded numbers in the table above.
(3) Hedged prices reflect the effect of our commodity derivative transactions on our average sales prices. Our calculation of such effects includes realized gains and losses on cash settlements for commodity derivatives, which we do not designate for hedge accounting.


Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure that is used by management and external users of our financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income plus non-cash (gain) loss on derivative instruments, net, net interest expense, depreciation, depletion and amortization, non-cash equity-based compensation expense, capitalized equity-based compensation expense, asset retirement obligation accretion expense, gain on revaluation of investment and income tax (benefit) provision. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of net income as determined by United States’ generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Management believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful because it allows it to more effectively evaluate the Company’s operating performance and compare the results of its operations from period to period without regard to its financing methods or capital structure. The Company adds the items listed above to net income in arriving at Adjusted EBITDA because these amounts can vary substantially from company to company within its industry depending upon accounting methods and book values of assets, capital structures and the method by which the assets were acquired. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income as determined in accordance with GAAP or as an indicator of the Company’s operating performance or liquidity. Certain items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant components in understanding and assessing a company’s financial performance, such as a company’s cost of capital and tax structure, as well as the historic costs of depreciable assets, none of which are components of Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP financial measure equal to net income attributable to Diamondback Energy, Inc. plus non-cash loss on derivative instruments, gain on revaluation of investment and related income tax adjustments. The Company’s computations of Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies or to such measure in our credit facility or any of our other contracts.

The following tables present a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure of Adjusted EBITDA to the GAAP financial measure of net income (loss).

Diamondback Energy, Inc.
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income
(unaudited, in thousands)
 Three Months Ended
June 30, 2018
 Three Months Ended
March 31, 2018
 Three Months Ended
June 30, 2017
Net income$  301,164  $178,154  $164,128 
Non-cash (gain) loss on derivative instruments, net13,667  38  (28,635)
Interest expense, net17,096  13,701  8,245 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization129,867  115,216  75,173 
Non-cash equity-based compensation expense7,999  10,092  8,069 
Capitalized equity-based compensation expense(2,349) (2,641) (1,901)
Asset retirement obligation accretion expense365  355  350 
Gain on revaluation of investment(4,465) (899)  
Income tax (benefit) provision(6,607) 47,081  1,579 
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA$456,737  $361,097  $227,008 
Adjustment for noncontrolling interest(86,568) (20,353) (8,574)
Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Diamondback Energy, Inc.$370,169  $340,744  $218,434 
Adjusted EBITDA per common share:     
Basic$3.75  $3.46  $2.23 
Diluted$3.75  $3.45  $2.22 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:     
Basic98,614  98,555  98,142 
Diluted98,797  98,769  98,354 

Adjusted net income is a performance measure used by management to evaluate performance, prior to non-cash loss on derivative instruments, gain on revaluation of investment, loss on sale of assets, other income and related income tax adjustments.

The following table presents a reconciliation of adjusted net income to net income:

Diamondback Energy, Inc.
Adjusted Net Income
(unaudited, in thousands, except share amounts and per share data)
 Three Months Ended June 30, 2018
 Pre-Tax Amounts  Amounts Per Share 
Net income attributable to Diamondback Energy, Inc.$219,146  $2.22 
Non-cash loss on derivative instruments13,667  0.14 
Gain on revaluation of investments(4,465) (0.05)
Loss on sale of assets   
Other income(87,396) (0.89)
Adjusted income excluding non-cash loss on derivative instruments, gain on revaluation of investment and other income140,952  1.42 
Income tax adjustment for above items17,031  0.17 
Adjusted net income$157,983  $1.59 


As of the filing date, the Company had the following outstanding derivative contracts. The Company’s derivative contracts are based upon reported settlement prices on commodity exchanges, with crude oil derivative settlements based on New York Mercantile Exchange West Texas Intermediate pricing and Crude Oil Brent and with natural gas derivative settlements based on the New York Mercantile Exchange Henry Hub pricing. When aggregating multiple contracts, the weighted average contract price is disclosed.

 Crude Oil (Bbls/day, $/Bbl)
 Q3 2018 Q4 2018 Q1 2019 Q2 2019 Q3 2019 Q4 2019
Swaps - West Texas Intermediate (Cushing)  27,000  26,000  7,000  4,000  4,000  3,000 
$51.27  $51.27  $55.29  $51.86  $51.59  $49.82 
Swaps - West Texas Intermediate (Magellan East Houston)    5,000   5,000       
$  $69.64  $68.17  $  $  $ 
Swaps - Crude Brent Oil 6,000  10,000  5,000  1,000  1,000  1,000 
$54.99  $62.51  $72.82  $72.30  $72.30  $72.30 
Basis Swaps  15,000   15,000   2,000       
$(0.88) $(0.88) $(10.13) $  $  $ 
Three-Way Collar Short Put - West Texas Intermediate (Cushing)     10,000  10,000     
$  $  $45.00  $45.00  $  $ 
Three-Way Collar Floor - West Texas Intermediate (Cushing)      10,000  10,000     
$  $  $55.00  $55.00  $  $ 
Three-Way Collar Ceiling - West Texas Intermediate (Cushing)     10,000  10,000     
$  $  $70.76  $69.71    $ 
Three-Way Collar Short Put - West Texas Intermediate (Magellan East Houston)    5,000   5,000  2,000     
$  $55.00  $55.00  $55.00  $  $ 
Three-Way Collar Floor - West Texas Intermediate (Magellan East Houston)   5,000  5,000  2,000     
$  $65.00  $65.00  $65.00  $  $ 
Three-Way Collar Ceiling - West Texas Intermediate (Magellan East Houston)    5,000   5,000   2,000     
$  $78.23  $76.76  $76.00  $  $ 
Three-Way Collar Short Put - Crude Brent Oil     8,000  8,000  4,000  2,000 
$  $  $55.00  $55.00  $55.00  $55.00 
Three-Way Collar Floor - Crude Brent Oil      8,000  8,000  4,000  2,000 
$  $  $65.00  $65.00  $65.00  $65.00 
Three-Way Collar Ceiling - Crude Brent Oil     8,000  8,000  4,000  2,000 
$  $  $81.25  $81.25  $84.58  $87.90 

Investor Contact:
Adam Lawlis
+1 432.221.7467

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