Sanchez Reduces 2015 Capex by 60%

Company Will Cut Rig Count in Eagle Ford
sanchez reduces eagle ford rigs

2015 Sanchez Energy Capital Plan | click to enlarge

As oil prices hit new lows, Eagle Ford producers are scrambling to revise budget projections for 2015.

On January 7th, Sanchez Energy joined other companies who are forced to update 2015 capex projections from just two months ago. The company reports that the initial 2015 estimate of $1.15 billion will be slashed almost 60% to $400 – $450 million.

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Tony Sanchez, III, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sanchez Energy, responded to the announcement by saying that due to “the deteriorating commodity price environment, Sanchez Energy has elected to further reduce its 2015 capital plan. Our 2015 drilling plan calls for us to move from 8 gross (7 net) rigs across our Eagle Ford position and 1 gross and net rig in the TMS in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 4 gross (3.5 net) rigs focusing on Catarina and Palmetto in the Eagle Ford and .25 gross and net rigs in the TMS. This represents an approximately 60% reduction in average rig count from fourth quarter 2014 to 2015.”

Despite the drastic cuts, the report predicts that the company will maintain 2014 Q4 production numbers. It is also expected that oil production will continue to rise in 2015 and should average 40,000 to 44,000 barrels a day.

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Eagle Ford’s Sanchez Energy Reports Record Revenue in Q2 2014

Company Increases Proved Reserves 170% (117 MMBOE) Following Eagle Ford Acquisition from Shell
Sanchez Energy Eagle Ford Acreage Map

Sanchez Energy Eagle Ford Acreage Map | Click to Enlarge

Eagle Ford-focused Sanchez Energy reported record revenue of $151.7 million in the second quarter of 2014, with portfolio-wide production increasing 164% year-over-year to 20,437 boe/d.

At the end of the quarter, the company closed its massive Eagle Ford acreage deal with Royal Dutch Shell for 106,000 net Eagle Ford acres in Catarina. The acquisition almost doubled the company’s acreage in the play. Total purchase price for the acquisition was approximately $639 million, less approximately $85.5 million in normal and customary closing adjustments.

Read more: Sanchez Nearly Doubles Eagle Ford Acreage in $639 Million Deal with Shell

Sanchez CEO Tony Sanchez, III, said,”as of August 1, 2014, Sanchez Energy has officially taken over all operations at Catarina after a brief transition period with Shell. The transition of operations has gone smoothly and the ramp up of Sanchez Energy operations is ahead of schedule. We have fully staffed our operations at Catarina and now have drilling, completion, and artificial lift installation in progress. Additionally, now that we have achieved critical scale from the Catarina assets, we are utilizing a dedicated frac spread as well as direct sourcing of chemicals and proppant. We expect these factors will reduce completions costs by an additional 30%, allowing flexibility to increase fracture stage size or improve returns from a lower development cost.”

With the Catarina acquisition, Sanchez increased its proved reserves 170% to approximately 117 MMBOE as of June 30, 2014. Crude oil constituted 49% and NGLs constituted 24% of the company’s proved reserves. 56% of the company’s proved reserves were classified as proved undeveloped, compared to 70% at same time last year.

Sanchez Eagle Ford Q2 Operations Update

Sanchez Energy currently has 6 gross rigs running across its Eagle Ford acreage, with 419 gross producing wells and 38 gross wells in various stages of completion.

By area, the company’s Cotulla, Marquis, and Palmetto Eagle Ford operating areas comprised approximately 42% of the crude oil cut from total second quarter 2014 production volumes. Company officials expect the percentage of oil expected in the company’s third quarter production volumes should decrease as the impact of the production volumes from Catarina are recorded.

The company’s third quarter production guidance range portfolio-wide of 37,000 to 41,000 boe/d has been revised to 36,000 to 40,000 BOE/D while its fourth quarter production guidance range of 45,000 to 49,000 boe/d has increased to 48,000 to 50,000 boe/d. Production guidance for 2015 remains the same at a range of 53,000 boe/d to 58,000 boe/d.