Current SYRG Stock Info

Synergy Resources Corporation (ticker: SYRG) is a domestic oil and natural gas exploration and production company with 392,000 gross (286,000 net) acres under lease. Synergy’s core area of operations and all of its production comes from the Denver-Julesburg Basin, which encompasses Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska.

Synergy’s horizontal program, initiated in May 2013, doubled the company’s revenue and production on a year-over-year basis. In its fiscal Q2’14 earnings release, SYRG announced 111% increases in both quarterly revenue ($23 million from $10.9 million) and operating income ($9.5 million from $4.5 million) compared to Q2’13. Production for Q2’14 also jumped by 90% compared to Q2’13 (3,917 BOEPD from 2,067 BOEPD) and is approximately 58% liquids.

Operating the Wattenberg

Synergy is developing its Wattenberg acreage through a two rig system – the second of which joined the fleet in January 2014. The company is currently focusing on four potential formations (the Codell and the Niobrara A, B and C benches) and estimates the region holds 630 to 945 potential locations. Two deeper formations (Greenhorn and J-Sand) are considered possibilities for future development.

As of the end of February 2014, SYRG operates 11 horizontal well and has interest in an additional 26 producing horizontal wells (4.2 net). The company is currently drilling eight more operated horizontals (eight net) and 10 non-operated wells (0.75 net).

Synergy will continue its horizontal program to exploit other formations such as the Greenhorn, management said on a conference call following the release. Vertically drilling these other formations is deemed less feasible due to the resource thickness and possible contamination of the laterals involved with horizontal drilling.

Horizontal Program Expanding

SYRG’s horizontal program is in its infancy. In an operations update on March 26, 2014, SYRG confirmed the first of six horizontals on its Eberle pad had spud. The Phelps pad was completed in March and production is expected in May 2014. Two other core areas, the Renfroe and Leffler pads, are finished and in various stages of production. The five Renfroe wells in service are currently producing 1,250 BOEPD (68% oil) six months after going online. The Leffler has six wells in production with a total average of more than 1,800 BOEPD after 30 days online.

In its conference call, Synergy said its reserve base is being evaluated by a third party and results are expected within 30 to 60 days.

Financial Update

SYRG’s aggressive drilling program has resulted in the expansion of its reserve base and, more importantly, its credit facility. At year end 2013, SYRG’s credit facility was increased to $300 million with a borrowing base of $90 million– double the amount of its initial credit facility of $150 million from July 2013.

The company plans on drilling a total of 34 operated horizontal wells in fiscal 2014 at an estimated price of roughly $3.7 million per well. The cost is significantly lower than SYRG’s original estimated price of $4.5 million per well. The company’s total expenditures for the year is $189 million and is expected to be funded through cash flow, cash from operations and availability from its credit facility.  As of the end of Q2’14, SYRG held $54.4 million in cash equivalents and $37 million borrowed under its line of credit.

Neighboring Operators Reveal Upside

Two companies, Noble Corporation (ticker: NBL) and Bonanza Creek Energy (ticker: BCEI), are operating nearby and plan to increase Wattenberg development in 2014.

Bonanza Creek is testing 40-acre downspacing opportunities in the Codell formation and its extended laterals have produced consistent returns. Two of its three 9,000 foot laterals increased in rate through 60 days and are still producing at an average 90-day rate of 622 BOEPD. BCEI has a total of 10 wells online targeting the same formations as SYRG, with five focused on both the Codell and Niobrara C. The Codell wells produced a 60-day rate of 422 BOEPD (75% oil) and the Niobrara totaled 425 BOEPD (83% oil) for the same period.

Noble Energy produced an average of 100 MBOEPD from the DJ Basin in Q4’13, bringing online 90 new wells in the process. The East Pony, nearby SYRG’s acreage, produced a 90-day rate of 700 BOEPD from the Codell formation. NBL said eight of ten tested lateral wells showed estimated ultimate recovery of 400 MBOE per well.

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Analyst Commentary

GHS Dirty Energy Daily – (4.4.14)

Synergy Resources (AMEX: SYRG; $10.41; Buy; $11.50 PT)
Slight negative, however SYRG’s FQ2 earnings miss comes as no surprise following last week’s ops update (highlighted delays/mechanical issues at the Phelps/Leffler pads). The critical factor for today’s call is how management addresses FY14 production guidance of 5.1-5.5 Mboepd which may be at risk. We remain in the buy on weakness camp as we see SYRG as a premier small-cap growth story (>100% growth next two years) with a compelling valuation (EV/FY15E EBITDA of 4.7x).

Johnson Rice & Co. Morning Energy Call – (4.4.14)

Synergy Resources Corp. (SYRG - $10.41,OW rated): Sales Note: In-line quarter, look to the call for more Leffler pad detail
SYRG reported an in-line CFPS of $0.22 vs cons' $0.23 and our $0.22. Due to repairs at the Eaton Plant (previously announced), production came in light at 3.9 mboe/d vs cons' 4.2 mboe/d and our 4.5 mboe/d, however this was offset by higher than expected realizations of $65/boe vs cons' $62/boe and our $58/boe. LOE was also slightly above expectations (+$0.30/boe or CFPS of $0.01), but was primarily associated with high line pressures and air emission compliance, which should be less of an issue throughout the remainder of '14. With operations prereleased (see note) there were no updates included, however look to the call for a more in-depth discussion on the Leffler pad's results (i.e. the ">300 boe/d" rate was determined conservatively vs industry standards) and the test well drilled in the Wattenberg Extension (showed Codell prospectivity).

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey – (4.4.14)

What's incremental. This morning's earnings report was not as bad as we feared following last week's pre-announcement. Production and earnings came in above our recently-lowered views, but some costs are fluctuating. Overall, we view the press release as a modest positive as it boosts confidence in the near-term production outlook following delays announced last week. We think the upcoming multiple-well pads Phelps and Eberle should further boost investor enthusiasm.
Results above STRHe, below consensus. Synergy announced adjusted EPS of $0.08, above our recently-lowered $0.07 estimate but below the $0.09 consensus. Versus our view, higher production/realized prices and lower G&A expense were partly offset by higher D,D&A and operating expense. Production of 3.9 Mboepd was 10% above our 3.6 Mboepd estimate but 7% below the 4.2 Mboepd consensus.  

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