Oasis Petroleum Inc. Announces Strategic Acquisition of Williston Basin Assets, Reports First Quarter 2021 Results, Declares Dividend and Updates 2021 Outlook

  • Mar 31, 2021
  • PR Newswire

HOUSTON, May 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NASDAQ: OAS) ("Oasis" or the "Company") today announced a strategic acquisition of Williston Basin assets, reported financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2021, declared its first quarter 2021 dividend, and updated its 2021 outlook to incorporate the acquisition, including an expected 33% increase to its future quarterly fixed dividend after the acquisition closes.

Oasis announced it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Oasis will acquire select Williston Basin assets from Diamondback Energy in a cash transaction valued at approximately $745MM, subject to customary purchase price adjustments. The consideration is expected to be financed through cash on hand (approximately $106MM as of March 31, 2021), revolver borrowings ($450MM elected commitment on $500MM borrowing base, none drawn as of March 31, 2021), and a $500MM fully committed underwritten bridge loan (expecting high yield financing to replace the bridge loan). The transaction was approved unanimously by the Board of the Directors of each company. The effective date of the acquisition will be April 1, 2021 and the closing is expected to occur in July 2021, subject to customary closing conditions.

The following tables outline Oasis's pro forma position in the Williston Basin:

Acquisition data, including 1Q21 EBITDA, is based on internally generated estimates and has not been reviewed by an independent registered accounting firm. Production is reported on a two-stream basis for both Oasis and Acquisition.

1Q21 Adjusted EBITDA to Oasis is pro forma for Midstream Simplification.

Net Debt and Pro Forma Leverage exclude transaction costs.

"This exciting acquisition is a great example of how Oasis is addressing the needs of tomorrow, by taking action in our new industry paradigm, today," said Danny Brown, Oasis' Chief Executive Officer. "The strategic fit of focusing capital to consolidate assets in our core area, generating significant free cash flow for the benefit of the company and its shareholders, is highlighted via this acquisition. Given the significant anticipated increase in free cash flow per share, coupled with our commitment to returning capital to shareholders, we anticipate declaring a 33% increase to our dividend, raising the quarterly dividend to $0.50 per share with our quarterly declaration after the transaction closes later this year. This acquisition materially enhances scale in our core Bakken asset at an attractive valuation, with the purchase price almost entirely based on PDP and very little value attributed to the development of the top-tier inventory or potential synergies. When combining the inherently attractive acquisition price with the prudent use of our best-in-class balance sheet this acquisition creates significant accretion for shareholders across all metrics, while maintaining pro forma leverage below target, and well below that of our peers." Mr. Brown went on to say, "I'm thankful for the hard work of all those involved in this transaction, and look forward to Oasis operating this asset in a manner consistent with our values and focus on ESG: being respectful of and engaging with all of our stakeholders, including the Three Affiliated Tribes on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation; showing commitment to our communities and the environment; and operating in a safe and sustainable manner."

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as strategic and financial advisor and McDermott Will & Emery acted as legal advisor on the acquisition. In connection with the acquisition, Oasis entered into a commitment letter dated May 3, 2021 with J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo to provide a $500MM bridge facility. Wells Fargo is administrative agent on Oasis's credit facility. Vinson & Elkins LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal advisors on the financing.

The following table presents select E&P operational and financial data for the first quarter of 2021 compared to guidance for the same period. E&P Metrics are consistent with disclosures in the Company's investor presentation, which can be found on the Company's website (www.oasispetroleum.com), and includes further reconciliation to consolidated numbers.

Non-GAAP financial measure. See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for a reconciliation to the most directly comparable financial measures under United States generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").

Adjusted for severance expense of $3.3MM incurred in 1Q21 as part of the Company's cost reduction initiative, E&P Cash G&A would be approximately $10.7MM.

Other CapEx includes well services and administrative capital and excludes estimated capitalized interest.

"First quarter results demonstrate outstanding operational and financial performance, strong execution, and progress towards our key strategic initiatives," said Danny Brown. "Oasis continues to demonstrate a steadfast commitment to our new strategy of strong capital discipline and significant free cash flow generation as well as commitments to our environment, our social responsibilities and the sustainability of our enterprise. The quality of the Oasis team is impressive and their continued hard work has put our company in a great position to succeed going forward."

"My goal is to build on the accomplishments made by management and the board in a very short amount of time. In the first quarter alone, Oasis significantly reduced its cost structure, instituted a peer-leading executive compensation program, declared an inaugural dividend, simplified its midstream business, and initiated a share repurchase program. Oasis represents a compelling investment opportunity, and we will continue to be aggressive and pursue strategies to unlock value."

Oasis is updating its February FY21 volume and CapEx guidance to reflect 1Q21 actual performance and the Williston acquisition. For the purposes of guidance, the acquisition is modeled to close June 30, 2021. At $55/bbl WTI and $2.50/mmBtu NYMEX gas, Oasis is now expecting in excess of $200MM of free cash flow in 2021, including the impacts of hedges. The accretive transaction and the Company's dedication to shareholder returns supports an approximately 33% increase in the dividend post closing to $0.50/share ($2.00 annualized).

Updated highlights based on adjusted E&P metrics include:

The following table presents previously announced full-year 2021 guidance and updated guidance for full-year 2021 and the second quarter of 2021:

Excludes effect of non-cash valuation charges on pipeline imbalances and benefits from midstream segment for crude oil gathering and transportation services.

Excludes non-cash equity-based compensation expenses included in the E&P segment.

Includes well services and administrative capital and excludes estimated capitalized interest.

Reflects $50–$60/bbl WTI (vs. $40–$50/bbl WTI prior), $2.50/mmBtu NYMEX gas, $6MM in cash taxes associated with the Midstream Simplification, and the Williston Basin acquisition. 2Q21 guidance reflects expected cash taxes to be paid for 1H21 and includes approximately $6MM in cash taxes associated with the Midstream Simplification.

The following table presents select operational and financial data for the periods presented:

Crude oil, without derivative settlements ($ per Bbl)

Crude oil, with derivative settlements ($ per Bbl)

Crude oil derivative settlements - net cash receipts (payments) ($MM)

Natural gas, without derivative settlements ($ per Mcf)(1)

Natural gas, with derivative settlements ($ per Mcf)(1)

Natural gas derivative settlements - net cash receipts ($MM)

Prices include the value for natural gas and natural gas liquids.

G&A totaled $20.7MM in 1Q21 and $31.2MM in 1Q20. Amortization of equity-based compensation, which is included in G&A, was $2.2MM, or $0.43 per barrel of oil equivalent ("Boe"), in 1Q21. G&A for the Company's E&P segment, excluding G&A expenses attributable to other services, totaled $15.7MM in 1Q21 and $23.3MM in 1Q20. E&P Cash G&A (non-GAAP), excluding G&A expenses attributable to other services, non-cash equity-based compensation expenses and other non-cash charges, was $2.72 per Boe in 1Q21 and $2.29 per Boe in 1Q20. For a definition of E&P Cash G&A and a reconciliation of G&A to E&P Cash G&A, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

Interest expense was $8.7MM in 1Q21 as compared to $95.8MM in 1Q20. Capitalized interest totaled $0.4MM in 1Q21 and $2.3MM in 1Q20. Cash Interest (non-GAAP) totaled $5.6MM in 1Q21 and $93.5MM in 1Q20. For a definition of Cash Interest and a reconciliation of interest expense to Cash Interest, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

In 1Q21, the Company recorded an income tax benefit of $3.7MM, resulting in a 9.4% effective tax rate as a percentage of its pre-tax loss for the quarter.

In 1Q21, the Company reported a net loss of $43.6MM, or $2.20 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $4,310.9MM, or $13.61 per diluted share, in 1Q20. Excluding certain non-cash items and their tax effect, Adjusted Net Income Attributable to Oasis (non-GAAP) was $86.2MM, or $4.34 per diluted share, in 1Q21, as compared to Adjusted Net Loss Attributable to Oasis of $62.8MM, or $0.20 per diluted share, in 1Q20. Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) in 1Q21 was $169.2MM, as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $167.0MM in 1Q20, which included $37.4MM for derivatives monetized in 1Q20. For definitions of Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Oasis and Adjusted EBITDA and reconciliations to the most directly comparable financial measures under GAAP, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

The following table presents the Company's total capital expenditures ("CapEx") by category for the period presented:

Other CapEx includes capitalized interest of $0.4MM for 1Q21.

Midstream CapEx attributable to OMP was $0.2MM for 1Q21.

Oasis did not complete any operated wells in the Williston Basin or Permian Basin during 1Q21.

Oasis declared a dividend of $0.375 per share ($1.50/share annualized) for the first quarter of 2021 for shareholders of record as of May 17, 2021, payable on May 31, 2021.

The following table depicts the Company's key balance sheet statistics and liquidity. Debt is calculated in accordance with respective credit facility definitions. The debt held at Oasis and OMP is not cross-collateralized and guarantors under the Oasis credit facility are not responsible for OMP debt.

The Company's crude oil contracts settle monthly based on the average NYMEX West Texas Intermediate crude oil index price ("NYMEX WTI") for fixed price swaps and costless collars. The Company's natural gas contracts settle monthly based on the average NYMEX Henry Hub natural gas index price ("NYMEX HH") for fixed price swaps. As of May 3, 2021, the Company had the following outstanding commodity derivative contracts:

The March 2021 crude oil derivative contracts settled at a net payable of $18.2MM, which was paid in April 2021 and will be included in the Company's 2Q21 derivative settlements.

Investors, analysts and other interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast and conference call:

https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1052/41191

A recording of the conference call will be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. Central Time on the day of the call and will be available until Wednesday, May 12, 2021 by dialing:

The conference call will also be available for replay for approximately 30 days at www.oasispetroleum.com. Please note the conference call originally scheduled for Thursday May 6th is cancelled.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, forward-looking statements contained in this press release specifically include the expectations of plans, strategies, objectives and anticipated financial and operating results of the Company, including the Company's drilling program, production, derivative instruments, capital expenditure levels and other guidance included in this press release, as well as the impact of the novel coronavirus 2019 ("COVID-19") pandemic on the Company's operations. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Company based on management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, anticipated future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. These include, but are not limited to, changes in crude oil and natural gas prices, developments in the global economy, particularly the public health crisis related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the adverse impact thereof on demand for crude oil and natural gas, the outcome of government policies and actions, including actions taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic and to maintain the functioning of national and global economies and markets, the impact of Company actions to protect the health and safety of employees, vendors, customers, and communities, weather and environmental conditions, the timing of planned capital expenditures, availability of acquisitions, the ability to realize the anticipated benefits from the Williston Basin acquisition, uncertainties in estimating proved reserves and forecasting production results, operational factors affecting the commencement or maintenance of producing wells, the condition of the capital markets generally, as well as the Company's ability to access them, the proximity to and capacity of transportation facilities, and uncertainties regarding environmental regulations or litigation and other legal or regulatory developments affecting the Company's business and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected as described in the Company's reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Additionally, the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related decline of the oil and gas exploration and production industry may make it particularly difficult to identify risks or predict the degree to which identified risks will impact the Company's business and financial condition. Because considerable uncertainty exists with respect to the future pace and extent of a global economic recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company cannot predict whether or when crude oil production and economic activities will return to normalized levels.

Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made and the Company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

Oasis Petroleum Inc. is an independent exploration and production company with quality and sustainable long-lived assets in the Williston and Permian Basins. The Company is uniquely positioned with a best-in-class balance sheet and is focused on rigorous capital discipline and generating free cash flow by operating efficiently, safely and responsibly to develop its unconventional onshore oil-rich resources in the continental United States. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.oasispetroleum.com.

Oil and gas properties (successful efforts method)

Less: accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization

Common stock, $0.01 par value: 60,000,000 shares authorized; 20,093,084 shares issued and 20,093,084 shares outstanding at March 31, 2021 and 20,093,017 shares issued and 20,093,017 shares outstanding at December 31, 2020

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

Less: Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss including non-controlling interests to net cash provided by operating activities:

Change in accounts payable, interest payable and accrued liabilities

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

Cash GPT is defined as total gathering, processing and transportation expenses ("GPT") less non-cash valuation charges on pipeline imbalances. E&P GPT is defined as Cash GPT less the benefits from the Company's midstream business segment related to crude oil gathering and transportation services. Cash GPT and E&P GPT are not a measure of GPT as determined by GAAP. Management believes that the presentation of Cash GPT and E&P GPT provide useful additional information to investors and analysts to assess the cash costs incurred to get the Company's commodities to market without regard for certain benefits of its midstream business segment, as well as the change in value of its pipeline imbalances, which vary monthly based on commodity prices.

The following table presents a reconciliation of the GAAP financial measure of GPT expenses to the non-GAAP financial measure of Cash GPT and E&P GPT for the periods presented (in thousands):

E&P Cash G&A is defined as general and administrative ("G&A") expenses less non-cash equity-based compensation expenses, other non-cash charges and G&A expenses attributable to the Company's midstream business segment and other services. E&P Cash G&A is not a measure of G&A as determined by GAAP. Management believes that the presentation of E&P Cash G&A provides useful additional information to investors and analysts to assess the Company's operating costs in comparison to peers without regard to equity-based compensation programs, which can vary substantially from company to company, and the G&A costs associated with the Company's midstream business segment.

The following table presents a reconciliation of the GAAP financial measure of G&A expenses to the non-GAAP financial measure of E&P Cash G&A for the periods presented (in thousands):

G&A expenses attributable to midstream and other services

Cash Interest and E&P Cash Interest Reconciliation

Cash Interest is defined as interest expense plus capitalized interest less amortization and write-offs of deferred financing costs and debt discounts included in interest expense, and E&P Cash Interest is defined as total Cash Interest less Cash Interest attributable to OMP. Cash Interest and E&P Cash Interest are not measures of interest expense as determined by GAAP. Management believes that the presentation of Cash Interest and E&P Cash Interest provides useful additional information to investors and analysts for assessing the interest charges incurred on the Company's debt to finance its E&P activities, excluding non-cash amortization, and its ability to maintain compliance with its debt covenants.

The following table presents a reconciliation of the GAAP financial measure of interest expense to the non-GAAP financial measures of Cash Interest and E&P Cash Interest for the periods presented (in thousands):

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, interest expense, Cash Interest and E&P Cash Interest included specified default interest charges of $29.3MM related to the Predecessor Credit Facility. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, interest expense, Cash Interest and Cash Interest attributable to OMP included OMP specified default interest charges of $25.9MM related to the OMP Credit Facility. These specified default interest charges were waived upon Oasis's emergence from bankruptcy.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Oasis Reconciliation

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings (loss) before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization, exploration expenses and other similar non-cash or non-recurring charges. Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Oasis is defined as Adjusted EBITDA less Adjusted EBITDA attributable to OMP, plus distributions from OMP for Oasis's ownership of OMP limited partner units and, prior to the Midstream Simplification, Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Oasis's retained interests in Bobcat DevCo and Beartooth DevCo (the "DevCo Interests") and distributions from OMP GP related to OMP's incentive distribution rights.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Oasis are not measures of net income (loss) or cash flows as determined by GAAP. Management believes that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Oasis provides useful additional information to investors and analysts for assessing the Company's results of operations, financial performance, ability to generate cash from its business operations without regard to its financing methods or capital structure and, with respect to Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Oasis, the Company's ability to maintain compliance with its debt covenants under the Oasis revolver .

The following table presents reconciliations of the GAAP financial measures of net loss including non-controlling interests and net cash provided by operating activities to the non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Oasis for the periods presented (in thousands):

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, interest expense included specified default interest charges of $29.3MM related to the Predecessor Credit Facility and $25.9MM related to the OMP Credit Facility. These specified default interest charges were waived upon Oasis's emergence from bankruptcy.

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, includes distributions to Oasis of (i) $12.3MM from OMP for Oasis's ownership of OMP and (ii) $0.9MM from OMP GP for, prior to the Midstream Simplification, OMP's incentive distribution rights.

E&P Adjusted EBITDA and E&P Free Cash Flow Reconciliations

The Company defines E&P Free Cash Flow as Adjusted EBITDA from its E&P segment plus distributions to Oasis for (i) its ownership of OMP and, prior to the Midstream Simplification, (ii) OMP's incentive distribution rights and (iii) the DevCo Interests; less E&P Cash Interest, capital expenditures for E&P and other, excluding capitalized interest, and midstream capital expenditures attributable to the Company's retained interests in Bobcat DevCo and Beartooth DevCo. E&P Free Cash Flow is not a measure of net income (loss) or cash flows as determined by GAAP. Management believes that the presentation of E&P Free Cash Flow provides useful additional information to investors and analysts for assessing the financial performance of its E&P business as compared to its peers and its ability to generate cash from its E&P operations and midstream ownership interests after interest and capital spending. In addition, E&P Free Cash Flow excludes changes in operating assets and liabilities that relate to the timing of cash receipts and disbursements, which the Company may not control, and changes in operating assets and liabilities may not relate to the period in which the operating activities occurred.

The following table presents a reconciliation of the GAAP financial measure of loss before income taxes including non-controlling interests from the Company's E&P segment to the non-GAAP financial measure of E&P Adjusted EBITDA from the Company's E&P segment and E&P Free Cash Flow for the periods presented (in thousands):

Loss before income taxes including non-controlling interests

Distributions to Oasis from OMP and DevCo interests(1)

Midstream capital expenditures attributable to DevCo interests

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, includes distributions to Oasis of (i) $12.3MM from OMP for Oasis's ownership of OMP and (ii) $0.9MM from OMP GP for, prior to the Midstream Simplification, OMP's incentive distribution rights.

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, includes the impact of specified default interest charges of $29.3MM, which was related to the Predecessor Credit Facility. The specified default interest charge was waived upon Oasis's emergence from bankruptcy.

Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Oasis and Adjusted Diluted Earnings (Loss) Attributable to Oasis Per Share Reconciliations

Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Oasis and Adjusted Diluted Earnings (Loss) Attributable to Oasis Per Share are supplemental non-GAAP financial measures that are used by management and external users of the Company's financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies. The Company defines Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Oasis as net income (loss) after adjusting first for (1) the impact of certain non-cash items, including non-cash changes in the fair value of derivative instruments, impairment, and other similar non-cash charges, or non-recurring items, (2) the impact of net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests and (3) the non-cash and non-recurring items' impact on taxes based on the Company's effective tax rate applicable to those adjusting items in the same period. Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Oasis is not a measure of net income (loss) as determined by GAAP. The Company defines Adjusted Diluted Earnings (Loss) Attributable to Oasis Per Share as Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Oasis divided by diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

The following table presents reconciliations of the GAAP financial measure of net loss attributable to Oasis to the non-GAAP financial measure of Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Oasis and the GAAP financial measure of diluted loss attributable to Oasis per share to the non-GAAP financial measure of Adjusted Diluted Earnings (Loss) Attributable to Oasis Per Share for the periods presented (in thousands, except per share data):

Adjusted Diluted Earnings (Loss) Attributable to Oasis Per Share

Effective tax rate applicable to adjustment items(4)

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, OMP recorded an impairment expense of $101.8MM, which is included in the Company's unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. The portion of OMP impairment expense attributable to non-controlling interests of $26.1MM is excluded from impairment expense in the table above for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company incurred additional interest charges for specified default interest of $29.3MM related to the Predecessor Credit Facility and $25.9MM related to the OMP Credit Facility. These specified default interest charges were waived upon Oasis's emergence from bankruptcy.

For the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, the portion of amortization of deferred financing costs attributable to non-controlling interests of $0.4MM and $0.1MM, respectively, is excluded from amortization of deferred financing costs in the table above.

The tax impact is computed utilizing the Company's effective tax rate applicable to the adjustments for certain non-cash and non-recurring items.

Other tax adjustments relate to the deferred tax asset valuation allowance, which is adjusted to reflect the tax impact of the other adjustments using an assumed effective tax rate that excludes its impact.

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company included the dilutive effect of unvested share-based awards of 76,500 in computing Adjusted Diluted Earnings Attributable to Oasis Per Share, which were excluded from the GAAP calculation of diluted loss attributable to Oasis per share due to the anti-dilutive effect.