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Concho Resources Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial and Operating Results

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Concho Resources Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial and Operating Results16:30 EDT Wednesday, May 02, 2012 MIDLAND, Texas (Business Wire) -- Concho Resources Inc. (NYSE: CXO) (“Concho” or the “Company”) today reported financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2012. Highlights for the three months ended March 31, 2012 include: Production from continuing operations of 6.9 million barrels of oil equivalent (“MMBoe”) for the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 36% over the first quarter of 2011 and a 6% increase over the fourth quarter of 2011 Net income of $31.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012, as compared to net income of $42.6 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2011 Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)1 of $109.3 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012, as compared to $81.3 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2011 EBITDAX (non-GAAP)2 of $362.1 million for the first quarter of 2012, a 40% increase over the first quarter of 2011 1 Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) is comparable to securities analyst estimates. For an explanation of how we calculate adjusted net income (non-GAAP) and a reconciliation of net income (GAAP) to adjusted net income (non-GAAP), please see "Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below. 2 For an explanation of how we calculate and use EBITDAX (non-GAAP) and a reconciliation of net income (GAAP) to EBITDAX (non-GAAP), please see "Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below. First Quarter 2012 Financial Results Production for the first quarter of 2012 totaled 6.9 MMBoe (4.2 million barrels of oil (“MMBbls”) and 16.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas (“Bcf”)), an increase of 32% as compared to 5.2 MMBoe (3.2 MMBbls of oil and 12.0 Bcf of natural gas) produced in the first quarter of 2011. Timothy A. Leach, Concho's Chairman, CEO and President, commented, “This year is off to a strong start; Concho had outstanding production growth during the first three months of 2012. Today, we are running 37 drilling rigs, of which eleven are horizontal – the most in Concho history. The Permian renaissance continues to evolve in a manner that is positive for Concho. For the remainder of this year, we will focus on capital efficiency in all of our areas of operation, but with a particular emphasis on the emerging Delaware Basin.” For the first quarter of 2012, the Company reported net income of $31.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, as compared to net income for the first quarter of 2011 of $42.6 million, or $0.42 per diluted share. The Company's first quarter 2012 results were impacted by several non-cash items, including a $126.2 million unrealized mark-to-market loss on commodity derivatives. Excluding this item and its tax effects, the first quarter 2012 adjusted net income (non-GAAP) was $109.3 million, or $1.05 per diluted share. Excluding similar non-cash items and a gain on the sale of assets and their tax impact, adjusted net income (non-GAAP) for the first quarter of 2011 was $81.3 million, or $0.79 per diluted share. For a description and a reconciliation of net income (GAAP) to adjusted net income (non-GAAP), please see “Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below. EBITDAX was $362.1 million in the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 40% from $259.5 million reported in the first quarter of 2011. For a description and a reconciliation of net income (GAAP) to EBITDAX (non-GAAP), please see “Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below. Oil and natural gas sales from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2012 increased 41% when compared to the first quarter of 2011. This increase was attributable to the 36% increase in production and the 8% increase in the Company's unhedged realized oil price, which was slightly offset by the 11% decrease in the Company's unhedged realized natural gas price in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011. Oil and natural gas production expense from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2012, including oil and natural gas taxes, totaled $92.2 million, or $13.32 per barrel of oil equivalent (“Boe”), a 7% increase per Boe from the first quarter of 2011. This increase was due primarily to higher lease operating expenses and workover costs, which averaged $7.28 per Boe in the first quarter of 2012 as compared to $6.67 per Boe in the first quarter of 2011, and higher oil and natural gas taxes, which averaged $6.04 per Boe in the first quarter of 2012 as compared to $5.80 per Boe in the first quarter of 2011. The increase in lease operating expenses per Boe over the first quarter 2011 is primarily due to an increase in the cost of services, including labor related expenses. The per Boe lease operating expense for the first quarter 2012 decreased 9% over the fourth quarter 2011 lease operating expense of $8.03 per Boe. Depreciation, depletion and amortization expense (“DD&A”) from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2012 totaled $135.9 million, or $19.64 per Boe, an 11% increase per Boe from the first quarter of 2011. General and administrative expense (“G&A”) from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2012 totaled $27.4 million, or $3.96 per Boe, as compared to $21.4 million, or $4.19 per Boe, in the first quarter of 2011. Cash G&A for the first quarter of 2012 totaled $21.3 million and stock-based compensation (non-cash) totaled $6.1 million. The decrease in per Boe expense for the first quarter of 2012 over the first quarter of 2011 was primarily due to increased production, offset in part by a 28% increase in absolute G&A expenses primarily due to increased staffing across the Company, which is needed to support the growth of the Company. The Company's cash flow from operating activities (GAAP) was $345.9 million in the first quarter of 2012, as compared to $165.5 million in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 109%. Adjusted cash flows (non-GAAP), which are cash flows from operating activities (GAAP) adjusted for settlements paid on derivatives not designated as hedges, were $314.0 million for the first quarter of 2012, as compared to $137.2 million for the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 129%. For a description of the use of adjusted cash flows (non-GAAP) and for a reconciliation of cash flows from operating activities (GAAP) to adjusted cash flows (non-GAAP), please see “Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below. In the first quarter of 2012, the Company made net cash payments on derivatives not designated as hedges of $31.9 million and the non-cash unrealized mark-to-market loss on derivatives not designated as hedges was $126.2 million. In comparison, the Company made net cash payments of $28.3 million on derivatives not designated as hedges and had a $204.8 million non-cash unrealized mark-to-market loss on derivatives not designated as hedges in the first quarter of 2011. To better understand the impact of the Company's derivative positions and their impact on the statements of operations, please see the “Summary Production and Operating Data” and “Derivatives Information” tables at the end of this press release.Operations During the first quarter of 2012, the Company commenced the drilling of or participated in a total of 210 gross wells (172 operated), 66 of which had been completed as producers, all of which were successful, and 144 of which were in progress at March 31, 2012. In addition, during the first quarter of 2012, the Company completed 113 wells that were drilled prior to 2012. As of May 2, the Company had 37 drilling rigs operating in the Permian Basin; 9 of these rigs are drilling Yeso wells in the New Mexico Shelf, 1 is drilling Lower Abo wells in the New Mexico Shelf, 19 are drilling Wolfberry wells in the Texas Permian, 1 is drilling in the Northern Midland Basin in the Texas Permian, 7 are drilling in the Delaware Basin, which includes Delaware sands, Avalon shale, Bone Spring sands, Wolfcamp shale and Pennsylvanian shale. Included in the 37 operated rigs, the Company is currently running 11 horizontal drilling rigs, including 7 in the Delaware Basin, 3 on the New Mexico Shelf and 1 in the Texas Permian. New Mexico Shelf During the first quarter of 2012, the Company drilled 106 wells (85 operated) on its New Mexico Shelf assets, which included both Yeso and Lower Abo wells, with a 100% success rate on the 48 wells that had been completed by March 31, 2012. Of the 106 wells drilled, 10 were horizontal, which included 8 Yeso wells and 2 Lower Abo wells. In addition, during the first quarter of 2012, the Company completed 48 wells that were drilled prior to the first quarter of 2012. Texas Permian During the first quarter of 2012, the Company drilled 76 wells (71 operated) on its Texas Permian assets with a 100% success rate on the 16 wells that had been completed by March 31, 2012. Of the 76 wells drilled, we drilled 1 horizontal Cline shale well. In addition, during the first quarter of 2012, the Company completed 50 wells that were drilled prior to the first quarter of 2012. Delaware Basin During the first quarter of 2012, the Company drilled 28 wells (16 operated) on its Delaware Basin assets with a 100% success rate on the 2 wells that had been completed by March 31, 2012. Of the 28 wells drilled, 25 wells were horizontal, which included 15 Bone Spring sand wells, 4 Avalon shale wells, 5 Wolfcamp shale wells and 1 Delaware sands well. In addition, during the first quarter of 2012, the Company completed 15 wells that were drilled prior to the first quarter of 2012. The Company's net production in the first quarter of 2012 from horizontal Delaware Basin wells averaged approximately 12,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day (“Boepd”), an increase of 9% over the fourth quarter of 2011 and a 210% increase over the first quarter of 2011. Liquidity At March 31, 2012, the Company's total debt balance was approximately $2.3 billion, of which $185 million was indebtedness outstanding under the Company's credit facility. The Company's total commitments under its credit facility are $2.0 billion, leaving approximately $1.8 billion available to be borrowed at March 31, 2012. The borrowing base for the Company's assets is $2.5 billion. Derivative Update The Company maintains an active hedging program and continues to add to its derivative positions. Please see the “Derivatives Information” table at the end of this press release for more detailed information about the Company's current derivative positions.Conference Call Information The Company will host a conference call on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. CT to discuss its first quarter financial and operating results. Interested parties may listen to the conference call via the Company's website at www.concho.com or by dialing (800) 901-5226 (passcode: 90559182). A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company's website or by dialing (888) 286-8010 (passcode: 29334342) About Concho Resources Inc. Concho Resources Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the acquisition, development and exploration of oil and natural gas properties. The Company's operations are focused in the Permian Basin of Southeast New Mexico and West Texas. For more information, visit Concho's website at www.concho.com. Forward-Looking Statements and Cautionary StatementsThe foregoing 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 statements, estimates and projections regarding the Company's future financial position, liquidity and capital resources, operations, performance, production growth, acquisitions, returns, capital expenditure budgets, oil and natural gas reserves, number of identified drilling locations, drilling program, derivative activities, costs and other guidance included in this press release. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Company based on management's experience, expectations and perception of historical trends, current conditions, anticipated future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in its forward-looking statements are reasonable and are based on reasonable assumptions, no assurance can be given that these assumptions are accurate or that any of these expectations will be achieved (in full or at all) or will prove to have been correct. Moreover, 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 the factors discussed or referenced in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's most recent Form 10-K filing and risks relating to declines in the prices we receive for our oil and natural gas; uncertainties about the estimated quantities of reserves; risks related to the integration of acquired assets; the effects of government regulation, permitting and other legal requirements, including new legislation or regulation of hydraulic fracturing; drilling and operating risks; the adequacy of our capital resources and liquidity; risks related to the concentration of our operations in the Permian Basin; the results of our hedging program; weather; litigation; shortages of oilfield equipment, services and qualified personnel and increases in costs for such equipment, services and personnel; uncertainties about our ability to replace reserves and economically develop our current reserves; competition in the oil and natural gas industry; our existing indebtedness; and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected.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.     Concho Resources Inc.Consolidated Balance SheetsUnaudited       March 31,     December 31,(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)       2012         2011   Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 606 $ 342 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts: Oil and natural gas 222,253 213,921 Joint operations and other 192,552 153,746 Derivative instruments - 1,698 Deferred income taxes 47,579 28,793 Prepaid costs and other   11,501     12,523   Total current assets   474,491     411,023   Property and equipment: Oil and natural gas properties, successful efforts method 7,919,692 7,347,460 Accumulated depletion and depreciation   (1,249,959 )   (1,116,545 ) Total oil and natural gas properties, net 6,669,733 6,230,915 Other property and equipment, net   77,036     59,203   Total property and equipment, net   6,746,769     6,290,118   Funds held in escrow - 17,394 Deferred loan costs, net 72,985 65,641 Intangible asset - operating rights, net 33,038 33,425 Inventory 12,184 19,419 Noncurrent derivative instruments 14 7,944 Other assets   7,128     4,612   Total assets $ 7,346,609   $ 6,849,576   Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable: Trade $ 11,480 $ 23,341 Related parties 145 11 Bank overdrafts 70,158 39,241 Revenue payable 177,783 146,061 Accrued and prepaid drilling costs 360,224 293,919 Derivative instruments 116,959 56,218 Other current liabilities   131,062     142,686   Total current liabilities   867,811     701,477   Long-term debt 2,281,752 2,080,141 Deferred income taxes 1,026,869 1,002,295 Noncurrent derivative instruments 88,066 32,254 Asset retirement obligations and other long-term liabilities 56,388 52,670 Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity: Common stock, $0.001 par value; 300,000,000 authorized; 104,093,681 and 103,756,222 shares issued at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively 104 104 Additional paid-in capital 1,941,662 1,925,757 Retained earnings 1,089,991 1,058,874 Treasury stock, at cost; 74,273 and 55,990 shares at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively   (6,034 )   (3,996 ) Total stockholders' equity   3,025,723     2,980,739   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 7,346,609   $ 6,849,576         Concho Resources Inc.Consolidated Statements of OperationsUnaudited       Three Months EndedMarch 31,(in thousands, except per share amounts)       2012         2011   Operating revenues:     Oil sales $ 413,647 $ 282,427 Natural gas sales   94,158     78,413   Total operating revenues   507,805     360,840   Operating costs and expenses: Oil and natural gas production 92,150 63,658 Exploration and abandonments 5,979 726 Depreciation, depletion and amortization 135,869 90,288 Accretion of discount on asset retirement obligations 988 704 General and administrative (including non-cash stock-based compensation of $6,128 and $4,468 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively) 27,387 21,392 Loss on derivatives not designated as hedges   158,093     233,142   Total operating costs and expenses   420,466     409,910   Income (loss) from operations   87,339     (49,070 ) Other income (expense): Interest expense (35,837 ) (29,660 ) Other, net   (1,268 )   (352 ) Total other expense   (37,105 )   (30,012 ) Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes 50,234 (79,082 ) Income tax benefit (expense)   (19,117 )   30,469   Income (loss) from continuing operations 31,117 (48,613 ) Income from discontinued operations, net of tax   -     91,188   Net income $ 31,117   $ 42,575   Basic earnings per share: Income (loss) from continuing operations $ 0.30 $ (0.48 ) Income from discontinued operations, net of tax   -     0.90   Net income per share $ 0.30   $ 0.42   Weighted average shares used in basic earnings per share   102,854     102,242   Diluted earnings per share: Income (loss) from continuing operations $ 0.30 $ (0.48 ) Income from discontinued operations, net of tax   -     0.90   Net income per share $ 0.30   $ 0.42   Weighted average shares used in diluted earnings per share   103,770     102,242         Concho Resources Inc.Consolidated Statements of Cash FlowsUnaudited       Three Months EndedMarch 31,(in thousands)       2012         2011   CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:     Net income $ 31,117 $ 42,575 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation, depletion and amortization 135,869 90,288 Accretion of discount on asset retirement obligations 988 704 Exploration and abandonments, including dry holes 3,102 138 Non-cash compensation expense 6,128 4,468 Deferred income taxes 12,569 (37,576 ) Loss on sale of assets, net 895 24 Loss on derivatives not designated as hedges 158,093 233,142 Discontinued operations - (82,118 ) Other non-cash items 2,818 3,435 Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions: Accounts receivable (19,102 ) (64,737 ) Prepaid costs and other (1,494 ) 501 Inventory 6,328 (11,558 ) Accounts payable (11,727 ) (35,101 ) Revenue payable 31,722 24,596 Other current liabilities   (11,401 )   (3,296 ) Net cash provided by operating activities   345,905     165,485   CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Capital expenditures on oil and natural gas properties (541,665 ) (354,194 ) Additions to other property and equipment (20,234 ) (18,333 ) Proceeds from the sale of assets 669 196,213 Funds held in escrow 17,394 - Settlements paid on derivatives not designated as hedges   (31,911 )   (28,296 ) Net cash used in investing activities   (575,747 )   (204,610 ) CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Proceeds from issuance of debt 1,180,000 516,000 Payments of debt (978,500 ) (529,000 ) Exercise of stock options 2,996 5,189 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 6,781 17,043 Payments for loan costs (10,050 ) - Purchase of treasury stock (2,038 ) (1,338 ) Bank overdrafts   30,917     31,755   Net cash provided by financing activities   230,106     39,649   Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 264 524 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   342     384   Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 606   $ 908   SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOWS: Cash paid for interest and fees, net of $73 capitalized interest in 2011 $ 51,647 $ 10,322 Cash paid for income taxes $ 5,455 $ 5,608       Concho Resources Inc.Summary Production and Operating DataUnaudited   The following table sets forth summary information from our continuing and discontinued operations concerning our production and operating data for the periods indicated:         Three Months EndedMarch 31,             2012         2011       Production and operating data:Net production volumes: Oil (MBbl) 4,214 3,227 Natural gas (MMcf) 16,229 12,007 Total (MBoe) 6,919 5,228   Average daily production volumes: Oil (Bbl) 46,308 35,856 Natural gas (Mcf) 178,341 133,411 Total (Boe) 76,032 58,091   Average prices: Oil, without derivatives (Bbl) $ 98.16 $ 90.45 Oil, with derivatives (Bbl) (a) $ 90.52 $ 80.46 Natural gas, without derivatives (Mcf) $ 5.80 $ 6.54 Natural gas, with derivatives (Mcf) (a) $ 5.82 $ 6.96 Total, without derivatives (Boe) $ 73.39 $ 70.84 Total, with derivatives (Boe) (a) $ 68.78 $ 65.66   Operating costs and expenses per Boe: Lease operating expenses and workover costs $ 7.28 $ 6.60 Oil and natural gas taxes $ 6.04 $ 5.89 Depreciation, depletion and amortization $ 19.64 $ 17.67 General and administrative $ 3.96 $ 4.09                     (a) Includes the effect of cash settlements received from (paid on) commodity derivatives not designated as hedges and reported in operating costs and expenses. The following table reflects the amounts of cash settlements received from (paid on) commodity derivatives not designated as hedges that were included in computing average prices with derivatives and reconciles to the amount in loss on derivatives not designated as hedges as reported in the statements of operations:               Three Months EndedMarch 31,(in thousands)       2012         2011     Loss on derivatives not designated as hedges: Cash payments on oil derivatives $ (32,196 ) $ (32,230 ) Cash receipts from natural gas derivatives 285 5,129 Cash payments on interest rate derivatives - (1,195 ) Unrealized mark-to-market loss on commodity and interest rate derivatives   (126,182 )   (204,846 ) Loss on derivatives not designated as hedges $ (158,093 ) $ (233,142 )                 The presentation of average prices with derivatives is a non-GAAP measure as a result of including the cash (payments on) receipts from commodity derivatives that are presented in loss on derivatives not designated as hedges in the statements of operations. This presentation of average prices with derivatives is a means by which to reflect the actual cash performance of our commodity derivatives for the respective periods and presents oil and natural gas prices with derivatives in a manner consistent with the presentation generally used by the investment community.     The following table sets forth summary information from our continuing operations concerning production and operating data for the periods indicated:         Three Months EndedMarch 31,             2012         2011       Production and operating data:Net production volumes: Oil (MBbl) 4,214 3,110 Natural gas (MMcf) 16,229 11,970 Total (MBoe) 6,919 5,105   Average daily production volumes: Oil (Bbl) 46,308 34,556 Natural gas (Mcf) 178,341 133,000 Total (Boe) 76,032 56,722   Average prices: Oil, without derivatives (Bbl) $ 98.16 $ 90.81 Oil, with derivatives (Bbl) (a) $ 90.52 $ 80.45 Natural gas, without derivatives (Mcf) $ 5.80 $ 6.55 Natural gas, with derivatives (Mcf) (a) $ 5.82 $ 6.98 Total, without derivatives (Boe) $ 73.39 $ 70.68 Total, with derivatives (Boe) (a) $ 68.78 $ 65.37   Operating costs and expenses per Boe: Lease operating expenses and workover costs $ 7.28 $ 6.67 Oil and natural gas taxes $ 6.04 $ 5.80 Depreciation, depletion and amortization $ 19.64 $ 17.69 General and administrative $ 3.96 $ 4.19                     (a) Includes the effect of cash settlements received from (paid on) commodity derivatives not designated as hedges and reported in operating costs and expenses. The following table reflects the amounts of cash settlements received from (paid on) commodity derivatives not designated as hedges that were included in computing average prices with derivatives and reconciles to the amount in loss on derivatives not designated as hedges as reported in the statements of operations:               Three Months EndedMarch 31,(in thousands)       2012         2011     Loss on derivatives not designated as hedges: Cash payments on oil derivatives $ (32,196 ) $ (32,230 ) Cash receipts from natural gas derivatives 285 5,129 Cash payments on interest rate derivatives - (1,195 ) Unrealized mark-to-market loss on commodity and interest rate derivatives   (126,182 )   (204,846 ) Loss on derivatives not designated as hedges $ (158,093 ) $ (233,142 )                 The presentation of average prices with derivatives is a non-GAAP measure as a result of including the cash (payments on) receipts from commodity derivatives that are presented in loss on derivatives not designated as hedges in the statements of operations. This presentation of average prices with derivatives is a means by which to reflect the actual cash performance of our commodity derivatives for the respective periods and presents oil and natural gas prices with derivatives in a manner consistent with the presentation generally used by the investment community.     Concho Resources Inc.Supplemental Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresUnaudited The following tables provide information that the Company believes may be useful to investors who follow the practice of some industry analysts who adjust reported company earnings and cash flows from operating activities to make other adjustments to exclude certain non-cash items. Adjusted Net Income The following table provides a reconciliation of net income (GAAP) to adjusted net income (non-GAAP).           Three Months EndedMarch 31,(in thousands, except per share amounts)       2012         2011     Net income - as reported $ 31,117 $ 42,575   Adjustments for certain non-cash items: Unrealized mark-to-market loss on commodity and interest rate derivatives 126,182 204,846 Leasehold abandonments 120 126 Discontinued operations: Gain on sale of assets - (141,950 ) Tax impact (a)   (48,121 )   (24,263 ) Adjusted net income $ 109,298   $ 81,334     Adjusted basic earnings per share: Adjusted net income per share $ 1.06 $ 0.80 Weighted average shares used in adjusted basic earnings per share 102,854 102,242   Adjusted diluted earnings per share: Adjusted net income per share $ 1.05 $ 0.79 Weighted average shares used in adjusted diluted earnings per share 103,770 103,499               (a) The tax impact is computed utilizing the Company's statutory effective federal and state income tax rates. The income tax rates for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 were approximately 38.1% and 38.5%, respectively.     Adjusted Cash Flows The following table provides a reconciliation of cash flows from operating activities (GAAP) to adjusted cash flows (non-GAAP).       Three Months EndedMarch 31,(in thousands)       2012         2011       Cash flows from operating activities $ 345,905 $ 165,485 Settlements paid on derivatives not designated as hedges (a)   (31,911 )   (28,296 ) Adjusted cash flows $ 313,994   $ 137,189                 (a) Amounts are presented in cash flows from investing activities for GAAP purposes.     EBITDAX EBITDAX (as defined below) is presented herein, and reconciled from the generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") measure of net income because of its wide acceptance by the investment community as a financial indicator of a company's ability to internally fund exploration and development activities. We define EBITDAX as net income, plus (1) exploration and abandonments expense, (2) depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, (3) accretion expense, (4) impairments of long-lived assets, (5) non-cash stock-based compensation expense, (6) bad debt expense, (7) unrealized loss on derivatives not designated as hedges, (8) loss on sale of assets, net, (9) interest expense, (10) federal and state income taxes on continuing operations and (11) similar items listed above that are presented in discontinued operations. EBITDAX is not a measure of net income or cash flows as determined by GAAP. Our EBITDAX measure (which includes continuing and discontinued operations) provides additional information which may be used to better understand our operations. EBITDAX is one of several metrics that we use as a supplemental financial measurement in the evaluation of our business and should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income, as an indicator of our operating performance. Certain items excluded from EBITDAX 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 cost of depreciable assets, none of which are components of EBITDAX. EBITDAX, as used by us, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. We believe that EBITDAX is a widely followed measure of operating performance and is one of many metrics used by our management team, and by other users, of our consolidated financial statements. For example, EBITDAX can be used to assess our operating performance and return on capital in comparison to other independent exploration and production companies without regard to financial or capital structure, and to assess the financial performance of our assets and our company without regard to capital structure or historical cost basis. The following table provides a reconciliation of net income to EBITDAX:       Three Months EndedMarch 31,(in thousands)       2012       2011       Net income $ 31,117 $ 42,575 Exploration and abandonments 5,979 726 Depreciation, depletion and amortization 135,869 90,288 Accretion of discount on asset retirement obligations 988 704 Non-cash stock-based compensation 6,128 4,468 Unrealized loss on derivatives not designated as hedges 126,182 204,846 Loss on sale of assets, net 895 24 Interest expense 35,837 29,660 Income tax expense (benefit) 19,117 (30,469 ) Discontinued operations   -   (83,306 ) EBITDAX $ 362,112 $ 259,516                 We define EBITDAX as net income, plus (1) exploration and abandonments expense, (2) depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, (3) accretion expense, (4) impairments of long-lived assets, (5) non-cash stock-based compensation expense, (6) bad debt expense, (7) unrealized loss on derivatives not designated as hedges, (8) loss on sale of assets, net, (9) interest expense, (10) federal and state income taxes on continuing operations and (11) similar items listed above that are presented in discontinued operations. EBITDAX is not a measure of net income or cash flow as determined by GAAP. Our EBITDAX measure provides additional information which may be used to better understand our operations, and it is also a material component of one of the financial covenants under our credit facility. EBITDAX is one of several metrics that we use as a supplemental financial measurement in the evaluation of our business and should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income, as an indicator of our operating performance. Certain items excluded from EBITDAX 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 cost of depreciable assets, none of which are components of EBITDAX. EBITDAX as used by us may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. We believe that EBITDAX is a widely followed measure of operating performance and is one of many metrics used by our management team and by other users of our financial statements, including by lenders pursuant to a covenant in our credit facility. For example, EBITDAX can be used to assess our operating performance and return on capital in comparison to other independent exploration and production companies without regard to financial or capital structure, and to assess the financial performance of our assets and our company without regard to capital structure or historical cost basis.     Concho Resources Inc.Costs IncurredUnaudited   The table below provides the costs incurred for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011.   Costs incurred for oil and natural gas producing activities (a)                         Three Months EndedMarch 31,(in thousands)     2012       2011       Property acquisition costs: Proved $ 160,047 $ 65,918 Unproved 39,356 57,208 Exploration 184,483 90,566 Development   194,731   193,717   Total costs incurred for oil and natural gas properties $ 578,617 $ 407,409                       (a) The costs incurred for oil and natural gas producing activities includes the following amounts of asset retirement obligations:               Three Months EndedMarch 31,(in thousands)     2012       2011     Proved property acquisition costs $ 2,050 $ 148 Exploration costs 798 320 Development costs   44   (5 ) Total $ 2,892 $ 463         Concho Resources Inc.Derivatives InformationUnaudited   The table below provides data associated with the Company's derivatives at May 2, 2012.       2012                 Second Quarter     Third Quarter     Fourth Quarter     Total2013201420152016         Oil Swaps Volume (Bbl) 3,949,500 3,678,500 3,341,500 10,969,500 11,365,000 4,057,000 692,000 81,000 NYMEX price (Bbl) (a) $ 95.27 $ 96.33 $ 96.14 $ 95.89 $ 96.05 $ 92.89 $ 85.24 $ 89.65   Natural Gas Swaps Volume (MMBtu) 75,000 75,000 75,000 225,000 - - - - NYMEX price (MMBtu) (b) $ 6.54 $ 6.54 $ 6.54 $ 6.54 - - - -                                                     (a) The index prices for the oil contracts are based on the NYMEX-West Texas Intermediate monthly average futures price. (b) The index prices for the natural gas contracts are based on the NYMEX-Henry Hub last trading day of the month futures price. Concho Resources Inc.Toffee McAlister, 432-683-7443Director, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications