Clayton Williams Falls Short of First-Quarter 2014 Production Estimate

March 2014 Divestiture of Non-Core Eagle Ford and Austin Chalk Assets Contributes to Lower than Forecasted Production
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Clayton Williams production, revenues and operating costs for the first-quarter of 2014 were down compared to the first-quarter of 2013, after two significant divestitures over the course of the last year. Overall production was 250 boe/d below analyst estimates for the first-quarter of 2014 according to company officials.

In March 2014, Clayton Williams sold all of its interests in certain non-core Austin Chalk and Eagle Ford assets. Due to the divestiture, production for the sold assets in the first-quarter of 2014 went down 47% compared to the first-quarter of 2013. Daily production for the sold assets  in the first-quarter of 2014 was 385 boe/d.

Read more: Clayton Williams Sells Eagle Ford and Austin Chalk Acreage for $71 Million

Across the company’s portfolio, production costs decreased 16% to $26.4 million in the first-quarter, compared to the first-quarter of last year. Company officials attributed this decrease primarily to another acreage asset divestiture in the company’s Andrews County Wolfberry Play in April 2013.

In Reeves and Burleson Counties in Texas, two wells experienced drilling and completion complications, which company officials say accounted for production delays of 400 boe/d.

After giving affect to asset sales, Clayton Williams saw a total production increase per BOE of 25% across its’ portfolio in the first-quarter of 2014 compared to the first-quarter of 2013. Oil and NGL production increased to 2,756 b/d and 378 b/d consecutively. Gas production decreased 455 Mcf/d.

Clayton Williams Eagle Ford Operations Update

Clayton Williams continues to see consistent results from its horizontal Eagle Ford Shale play in the northern portion of its legacy Austin Chalk acreage block in Robertson, Burleson and Lee Counties, Texas. The Company has nine horizontal Eagle Ford wells in this area that have been on production for 30 or more days. The peak 30-day production rate for these wells has averaged 574 BOE per day (96% oil).

Clayton Williams’ First Quarter Highlights

  •  Overall Q1 production down 250 boe/d from analyst estimates
  •  47% production decrease in divested Austin Chalk and Eagle Ford assets in Q1 2014 compared to Q1 2013
  • Q1 drilling and completion complications in Reeves and Burleson Counties in Texas accounted for production delays of 400 boe/d
  • Oil and NGL production increased to 2,756 b/d and 378 b/d consecutively across portfolio in Q1 2014
  • Gas production decreased 455 Mcf/d in Q1 2014

Read more at claytonwilliams.com

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Kirk Eggleston

Kirk Eggleston

Contributor at EagleFordShale.com
Kirk Eggleston writes on significant news developments in the Eagle Ford and Bakken Shale plays. He is a former broadcast journalist, and has experience covering news and politics in the Texas and Louisiana markets.

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