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SM Energy Reports Results for the Third Quarter of 2013; Provides Operations Update

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i><b>Record quarterly average daily production of 138.8 MBOE per day at top end of guidance range of 132 - 139 MBOE per day; quarterly production mix of 50% liquids/50% natural gas</b></i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i><b>Quarterly GAAP net income of $70.7 million, or $1.04 per diluted share; adjusted quarterly net income of $105.4 million, or $1.54 per diluted share</b></i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i><b>Record quarterly EBITDAX of $410.4 million; GAAP net cash provided by operating activities of $404.5 million exceeds capital expenditures of $387.4 million</b></i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i><b>Successful Wolfcamp B well (30-day peak initial production 1,226 BOE per day); Company adds acreage in Midland Basin with potential in multiple benches of the Wolfcamp interval</b></i> </li> </ul>

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

SM Energy Reports Results for the Third Quarter of 2013; Provides Operations Update

17:00 EDT Tuesday, October 29, 2013

DENVER (Business Wire) -- SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) announces its financial results for the third quarter of 2013 and provides an operations update. In addition, a new presentation concerning the Company's third quarter earnings and operations update will be posted on the Company's website at www.sm-energy.com. This presentation will be referenced during the conference call scheduled for 8:00 a.m. Mountain Time (10:00 a.m. Eastern Time) on October 30, 2013. Information for the call can be found below.

THIRD QUARTER 2013 RESULTS

SM Energy reported net income for the third quarter of 2013 of $70.7 million, or $1.04 per diluted share. This compares to a net loss of $38.3 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, for the same period of 2012.

Adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2013 was $105.4 million, or $1.54 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $9.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the same period of 2012. Adjusted net income excludes certain items that the Company believes affect the comparability of operating results and are generally items whose timing and/or amount cannot be reasonably estimated.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization, accretion, and exploration expense ("EBITDAX") was $410.4 million for the third quarter of 2013, a quarterly record, and an increase of 57% from $260.9 million for the same period of 2012.

Adjusted net income and EBITDAX are non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to the respective reconciliations in the Financial Highlights section at the end of this release for additional information about these measures.

Total operating revenues for the third quarter of 2013 were $613.1 million compared to $379.0 million for the same period of 2012, a 62% increase from period to period. The table below provides the average realized prices received by product, as well as the adjusted prices received after taking into account cash settlements for derivative transactions:

Average Realized Commodity Prices for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2013
 

Before the effect of
derivative cash
settlements

 

After the effect of
derivative cash
settlements

 
Oil ($/Bbl) $ 96.44 $ 92.78
Gas ($/Mcf) $ 3.81 $ 4.10
Natural gas liquids ($/Bbl) $ 34.01 $ 34.50
Equivalent ($/BOE) $ 47.13 $ 46.99
 

The table below presents key performance measures and metrics, as well as previously provided guidance for the third quarter of 2013:

Production   Reported   3Q13 Guidance
 
Average daily production (MBOE/d) 138.8 132 - 139
Total production (MMBOE) 12.77 12.2 - 12.8
 
Costs
LOE ($/BOE) $4.77 $4.55 - $4.80
Transportation ($/BOE) $5.38 $5.50 - $5.75
Production taxes (% of pre-derivative oil, gas, and NGL revenue) 4.8% 5.0% - 5.5%
 
G&A - Cash ($/BOE) $1.90 $2.15 - $2.35
G&A - Cash NPP ($/BOE) $0.34 $0.25 - $0.40
G&A - Non-cash ($/BOE) $0.42 $0.45 - $0.60
Total G&A ($/BOE) $2.66 $2.85 - $3.35
 
DD&A ($/BOE) $15.33 $17.30 - $18.50
 

Reported average daily production increased by 5% from production of 131.8 MBOE per day in the second quarter of 2013. In the third quarter, SM Energy's reported production mix was 30% oil/condensate, 20% NGLs, and 50% natural gas.

In the third quarter, the Company reported per unit cost metrics within or below the previously provided guidance ranges. Cash G&A per unit costs were 16% below the midpoint of the provided guidance range due to lower than expected compensation related expenses. DD&A was below the provided guidance range due to improving finding and development costs in the Company's core development programs.

OPERATIONS UPDATE

Eagle Ford Shale

The Company's operated net production in the Eagle Ford shale averaged 68.1 MBOE per day in the third quarter of 2013, a 3% sequential increase over second quarter production of 66.1 MBOE per day. Average daily production in the third quarter of 2013 from the Company's operated Eagle Ford shale program increased 68% over the third quarter of 2012. During the third quarter, SM Energy made 25 flowing completions in its operated Eagle Ford shale program, the vast majority of which were located on the Company's Briscoe Ranch acreage. The build out of the Company's third party gathering system remained on schedule in the third quarter, with 12 facilities in service by quarter-end.

In the non-operated portion of the Company's Eagle Ford shale program, net production for the third quarter of 2013 averaged 19.8 MBOE per day, an approximately 14% sequential increase over the second quarter of 2013 production of 17.4 MBOE per day and an approximately 41% increase over the third quarter of 2012. The operator ran nine drilling rigs during the third quarter of 2013.

Bakken / Three Forks

In the third quarter, SM Energy continued to focus its drilling on the Bakken and Three Forks formations in its Raven/Bear Den and Gooseneck prospects in McKenzie, Williams and Divide Counties, North Dakota. Third quarter average daily production for the Company's Bakken/Three Forks program was 14.9 MBOE per day, a 9% sequential increase from the second quarter production of 13.7 MBOE per day and a 35% increase from the third quarter of 2012. During the third quarter, the Company made 13 gross flowing completions in its operated Bakken/Three Forks program.

Permian Basin

During the third quarter of 2013, the Company successfully completed its first horizontal Wolfcamp B shale well, the Dorcus 3035H (SM 100% WI), in Upton County, Texas with a 30-day initial peak production rate of 1,226 BOE/d (82% oil). The Dorcus well was completed with an effective lateral section of approximately 5,000 feet and 25 completion stages.

In Upton County, Texas, SM Energy has completed and is flowing back its second horizontal well, the Britain 3133H well (SM 100% WI), and is completing a third horizontal well, the CVX 4134H (SM 100% WI). Both of the aforementioned wells are targeting the Wolfcamp B interval. The Company expects to drill a horizontal Wolfcamp B well in Dawson County, Texas in the fourth quarter of 2013.

SM Energy now has approximately 72,500 net acres leased or committed in the Midland Basin prospective for multiple benches of the Wolfcamp shale including approximately 32,500 net acres of recently acquired leasehold. Of this amount, approximately 19,000 net acres are associated with the Company's legacy assets in the Sweetie Peck and Halff East fields in Upton County, Texas. The remaining 53,500 Midland Basin net acres are primarily located in Gaines and Dawson Counties, Texas. The Company now has approximately 130,000 total net acres in the Permian Basin comprised of the aforementioned Midland Basin acreage, approximately 55,000 net acres in its Tredway Mississippian program, and approximately 2,750 in southeastern New Mexico. This acreage total excludes the Company's approximate 14,000 net acres that are being marketed for sale in Andrews County, Texas.

Additional information on the Company's aforementioned Midland Basin program is included in the presentation that will be used during its third quarter earnings and operational update scheduled for October 30, 2013.

FINANCIAL POSITION AND LIQUIDITY

As of the end of the quarter, the Company's long-term debt balance was unchanged from the previous quarter. At September 30, 2013, outstanding borrowings were $1.6 billion, comprised of $28.0 million drawn on its revolving credit facility and an aggregate amount of $1.6 billion of senior notes. As of September 30, 2013, the Company's debt to twelve month trailing EBITDAX decreased to 1.2 times and its debt-to-book capitalization ratio was 51%. As of the end of the third quarter, the Company had $1.3 billion in undrawn commitments on its revolving credit facility. During the third quarter, the Company had net cash provided by operating activities of $404.5 million, exceeding quarterly capital expenditures of $387.4 million.

UPDATED PRODUCTION, AND PERFORMANCE GUIDANCE

The Company is providing updated production and performance guidance for the fourth quarter and full year 2013 in the table below:

Guidance for 2013  
  4Q13 FY2013
Production (MMBOE) 12.8 - 13.5 47.9 - 48.6
Average daily production (MBOE/d) 139 - 146 129 - 135
 
LOE ($/BOE) $4.65 - $4.90 $4.75 - $5.00
Transportation ($/BOE) $5.40 - $5.65 $5.15 - $5.45
Production taxes (% of pre-derivative oil, gas, and NGL revenue) 5.0% - 5.5% 5.0% - 5.5%
 
G&A - Cash ($/BOE) $2.15 - $2.35 $2.10 - $2.30
G&A - Cash NPP ($/BOE) $0.25 - $0.40 $0.25 - $0.40
G&A - Non-cash ($/BOE) $0.45 - $0.60 $0.50 - $0.65
Total G&A ($/BOE) $2.85 - $3.35 $2.85 - $3.35
 
DD&A ($/BOE) $15.00 - $16.00

$16.65 - $17.50

 
Effective income tax rate range 37.2% - 37.8%
% of income tax that is current <2%
 

EARNINGS CALL INFORMATION

The Company has scheduled a teleconference to discuss these results and other operational matters for October 30, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. Mountain time (10:00 a.m. Eastern time). The call participation number is 877-445-0811, and the conference ID number is 85897325. An audio replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the call at 855-859-2056, with the conference ID number 85897325. International participants may dial 617-401-8115 to take part in the conference call, using the conference ID number 85897325, and may access a replay of the call at 404-537-3406, using conference ID number 85897325. Replays may be accessed through November 13, 2013.

This call is being webcast live and may be accessed at SM Energy Company's website at www.sm-energy.com. An audio recording of the conference call will be available at that site through November 13, 2013.

INFORMATION ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities laws, including forecasts and projections. The words “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “budget,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “will” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, which may cause SM Energy's actual results to differ materially from results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks include factors such as the availability, proximity and capacity of gathering, processing and transportation facilities; the uncertainty of negotiations to result in an agreement or a completed transaction; the uncertain nature of announced acquisition, divestiture, joint venture, farm down or similar efforts and the ability to complete any such transactions, including, but not limited to, the Company's announced plans to divest of assets including those located in the Anadarko Basin; the uncertain nature of expected benefits from the actual or expected acquisition, divestiture, joint venture, farm down or similar efforts, including, but not limited to, the Company's announced plans to divest of assets including those located in the Anadarko Basin; the volatility and level of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids prices; uncertainties inherent in projecting future rates of production from drilling activities and acquisitions; the imprecise nature of estimating oil and gas reserves; the availability of additional economically attractive exploration, development, and acquisition opportunities for future growth and any necessary financings; unexpected drilling conditions and results; unsuccessful exploration and development drilling results; the availability of drilling, completion, and operating equipment and services; the risks associated with the Company's commodity price risk management strategy; uncertainty regarding the ultimate impact of potentially dilutive securities; and other such matters discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of SM Energy's 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak as of the date of this announcement. Although SM Energy may from time to time voluntarily update its prior forward-looking statements, it disclaims any commitment to do so except as required by securities laws.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

SM Energy Company is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in onshore North America. SM Energy routinely posts important information about the Company on its website. For more information about SM Energy, please visit its website at www.sm-energy.com.

 
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (unaudited)
September 30, 2013
           

Production Data

For the Three Months Ended
September 30,

For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2013 2012

Percent
Change

2013 2012

Percent
Change

 
Average realized sales price, before the effects of
derivative cash settlements:
Oil (per Bbl) $ 96.44 $ 83.98 15 % $ 92.93 $ 85.76 8 %
Gas (per Mcf) 3.81 3.05 25 % 3.91 2.78 41 %
NGL (per Bbl) 34.01   34.82   (2 )% 34.77   38.53   (10 )%
Equivalent (per BOE) $ 47.13 $ 39.36 20 % $ 45.74 $ 39.77 15 %
 
Average realized sales price, including the effects of
derivative cash settlements:
Oil (per Bbl) $ 92.78 $ 82.15 13 % $ 91.33 $ 83.04 10 %
Gas (per Mcf) 4.10 3.44 19 % 4.09 3.35 22 %
NGL (per Bbl) 34.50   37.39   (8 )% 35.93   39.61   (9 )%
Equivalent (per BOE) $ 46.99 $ 40.56 16 % $ 46.05 $ 41.10 12 %
 
Production:
Oil (MMBbls) 3.83 2.63 46 % 10.19 7.49 36 %
Gas (Bcf) 38.46 31.31 23 % 109.85 88.10 25 %
NGL (MMBbls) 2.53   1.66   53 % 6.61   4.20   57 %
MMBOE 12.77 9.50 34 % 35.11 26.38 33 %
 
Average daily production:
Oil (MBbls per day) 41.6 28.6 46 % 37.3 27.4 36 %
Gas (MMcf per day) 418.1 340.3 23 % 402.4 321.5 25 %
NGL (MBbls per day) 27.5   18.0   53 % 24.2   15.3   58 %
MBOE 138.8 103.3 34 % 128.6 96.3 34 %
 
Per BOE Data:
Realized price before the effects of derivative cash settlements $ 47.13 $ 39.36 20 % $ 45.74 $ 39.77 15 %
Lease operating expense 4.77 4.89 (2 )% 4.89 5.01 (2 )%
Transportation costs 5.38 3.90 38 % 5.22 3.64 43 %
Production taxes 2.29 1.99 15 % 2.26 2.00 13 %
General and administrative 2.66   3.39   (22 )% 2.89   3.47   (17 )%
Operating profit, before the effects of derivative cash settlements $ 32.03 $ 25.19 27 % $ 30.48 $ 25.65 19 %
Derivative cash settlements (0.14 ) 1.20   (112 )% 0.31   1.33   (77 )%
Operating profit, including the effects of derivative cash settlements $ 31.89   $ 26.39   21 % $ 30.79   $ 26.98   14 %
Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and
asset retirement obligation liability accretion $ 15.33 $ 20.25 (24 )% $ 17.67 $ 19.85 (11 )%
 
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (unaudited)
September 30, 2013
       

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

For the Three Months Ended
September 30,

For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2013 2012 2013 2012
Operating revenues:
Oil, gas, and NGL production revenue $ 601,787 $ 373,928 $ 1,605,882 $ 1,049,131
Realized hedge gain (loss) (489 ) 501 (1,777 ) 2,338
Loss on divestiture activity (6,216 ) (8,532 ) (510 ) (31,246 )
Other operating revenues 18,025   13,054   53,052   40,571  
Total operating revenues 613,107   378,951   1,656,647   1,060,794  
 
Operating expenses:
Oil, gas, and NGL production expense 158,921 102,447 434,291 280,713

Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and asset retirement
obligation liability accretion

195,792 192,432 620,232 523,610
Exploration 16,280 25,417 52,335 66,031
Impairment of proved properties 5,935 61,706 38,523
Abandonment and impairment of unproved properties 3,818 447 8,459 11,296
General and administrative 33,920 32,171 101,574 91,443
Change in Net Profits Plan liability 940 798 (6,423 ) (17,342 )
Derivative (gain) loss 39,933 55,856 (14,685 ) (40,040 )
Other operating expenses 20,084   12,219   71,192   40,780  
Total operating expenses 475,623   421,787   1,328,681   995,014  
 
Income (loss) from operations 137,484 (42,836 ) 327,966 65,780
 
Non-operating income (expense):
Interest income 28 126 64 201
Interest expense (24,488 ) (18,362 ) (65,170 ) (45,352 )
 
Income (loss) before income taxes 113,024 (61,072 ) 262,860 20,629
Income tax (expense) benefit (42,334 ) 22,736   (98,921 ) (7,740 )
 
Net income (loss) $ 70,690   $ (38,336 ) $ 163,939   $ 12,889  
 
Basic weighted-average common shares outstanding 66,943   65,745   66,486   64,815  
 
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding 68,253   65,745   67,969   67,343  
 
Basic net income (loss) per common share $ 1.06   $ (0.58 ) $ 2.47   $ 0.20  
 
Diluted net income (loss) per common share $ 1.04   $ (0.58 ) $ 2.41   $ 0.19  
 
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (unaudited)
September 30, 2013
   

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except per share amounts) September 30, December 31,
ASSETS 2013 2012
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 176 $ 5,926
Accounts receivable 278,125 254,805
Refundable income taxes 2,854 3,364
Prepaid expenses and other 10,498 30,017
Derivative asset 43,305 37,873
Deferred income taxes 10,912   8,579  
Total current assets 345,870   340,564  
 
Property and equipment (successful efforts method):
Land 1,857 1,845
Proved oil and gas properties 5,414,842 5,401,684
Less - accumulated depletion, depreciation, and amortization (2,418,939 ) (2,376,170 )
Unproved oil and gas properties 263,662 175,287
Wells in progress 301,609 273,928
Materials inventory, at lower of cost or market 14,115 13,444

Oil and gas properties held for sale net of accumulated depletion, depreciation and amortization of
$539,769 in 2013 and $20,676 in 2012

400,393 33,620
Other property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $27,571 in 2013 and $22,442 in 2012 203,799   153,559  
Total property and equipment, net 4,181,338   3,677,197  
 
Noncurrent assets:
Derivative asset 28,659 16,466
Restricted cash 94,700 86,773
Other noncurrent assets 86,278   78,529  
Total other noncurrent assets 209,637   181,768  
Total Assets $ 4,736,845   $ 4,199,529  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 601,131 $ 525,627
Derivative liability 22,648 8,999
Other current liabilities 6,000   6,920  
Total current liabilities 629,779   541,546  
 
Noncurrent liabilities:
Revolving credit facility 28,000 340,000
6.625% Senior Notes Due 2019 350,000 350,000
6.50% Senior Notes Due 2021 350,000 350,000
6.50% Senior Notes Due 2023 400,000 400,000
5.0% Senior Notes Due 2024 500,000
Asset retirement obligation 101,650 112,912
Asset retirement obligation associated with oil and gas properties held for sale 25,339 1,393
Net Profits Plan liability 72,404 78,827
Deferred income taxes 639,000 537,383
Derivative liability 6,873 6,645
Other noncurrent liabilities 47,016   66,357  
Total noncurrent liabilities 2,520,282   2,243,517  
 
Stockholders' equity:

Common stock, $0.01 par value - authorized: 200,000,000 shares; issued: 66,994,516 shares in 2013 and
66,245,816 shares in 2012; outstanding, net of treasury shares: 66,972,104 shares in 2013 and 66,195,235
shares in 2012

670 662
Additional paid-in capital 247,165 233,642
Treasury stock, at cost: 22,412 shares in 2013 and 50,581 shares in 2012 (823 ) (1,221 )
Retained earnings 1,347,674 1,190,397
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (7,902 ) (9,014 )
Total stockholders' equity 1,586,784   1,414,466  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 4,736,845   $ 4,199,529  
 
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (unaudited)
September 30, 2013
       

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

For the Three Months
Ended September 30,

For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,

2013 2012 2013 2012
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income (loss) $ 70,690 $ (38,336 ) $ 163,939 $ 12,889

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by
operating activities:

Loss on divestiture activity 6,216 8,532 510 31,246

Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and asset retirement
obligation liability accretion

195,792 192,432 620,232 523,610
Exploratory dry hole expense (8 ) 10,353 5,878 18,551
Impairment of proved properties 5,935 61,706 38,523
Abandonment and impairment of unproved properties 3,818 447 8,459 11,296
Stock-based compensation expense 7,427 9,359 25,495 21,731
Change in Net Profits Plan liability 940 798 (6,423 ) (17,342 )
Derivative (gain) loss 39,933 55,856 (14,685 ) (40,040 )
Derivative Cash Settlement gain (loss) (1,288 ) 10,921 12,715 32,803
Amortization of debt discount and deferred financing costs 1,474 1,076 3,914 5,692
Deferred income taxes 42,380 (22,910 ) 98,619 7,305
Plugging and abandonment (3,707 ) (288 ) (7,453 ) (1,804 )
Other (2,840 ) 1,773 2,929 906
Changes in current assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 14,075 (19,417 ) (45,209 ) (18,682 )
Refundable income taxes (138 ) (639 ) 510 2,339
Prepaid expenses and other (2,291 ) (1,444 ) (2,971 ) (6,203 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 26,106   34,785   72,704   30,766  
Net cash provided by operating activities 404,514   243,298   1,000,869   653,586  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Net proceeds from sale of oil and gas properties 155 33,253 20,498 48,663
Capital expenditures (387,363 ) (421,389 ) (1,121,355 ) (1,126,755 )
Acquisition of proved and unproved oil and gas properties (2,806 ) (292 ) (62,007 ) (5,604 )
Other 1,431   (111 ) (3,509 )  
Net cash used in investing activities (388,583 ) (388,539 ) (1,166,373 ) (1,083,696 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from credit facility 460,000 432,000 976,500 1,234,500
Repayment of credit facility (460,000 ) (265,000 ) (1,288,500 ) (1,006,500 )
Deferred financing costs related to credit facility (3,444 )
Net proceeds from 5.0% Senior Notes Due 2024 (546 ) 490,274
Net proceeds from 6.50% Senior Notes Due 2023 (113 ) 392,223
Repayment of 3.50% Senior Convertible Notes (287,500 )
Proceeds from sale of common stock 798 533 4,450 3,421
Dividends paid (3,314 ) (3,208 )
Net share settlement from issuance of stock awards (16,203 ) (21,605 ) (16,203 ) (21,605 )
Other 20   (574 ) (9 ) (231 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (15,931 ) 145,241   159,754   311,100  
 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (5,750 ) (119,010 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 176     184   5,926   119,194  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 176   $ 184   $ 176   $ 184  
 
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (unaudited)
September 30, 2013
       

Adjusted Net Income

(in thousands, except per share data)
 
Reconciliation of net income (loss) (GAAP)
to adjusted net income (Non-GAAP):

For the Three Months
Ended September 30,

For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,

2013 2012 2013 2012
 
Reported net income (loss) (GAAP) $ 70,690 $ (38,336 ) $ 163,939 $ 12,889
 
Adjustments net of tax: (1)
Change in Net Profits Plan liability 588 500 (4,008 ) (10,873 )
Derivative (gain) loss 24,958 35,022 (9,163 ) (25,105 )
Derivative cash settlement (gain) loss (805 ) 6,847 7,934 20,567
Loss on divestiture activity 3,885 5,350 318 19,591
Impairment of proved properties 3,709 38,505 24,154
Abandonment and impairment of unproved properties 2,386 280 5,278 7,082
       
Adjusted net income (Non-GAAP) (2) $ 105,411   $ 9,663   $ 202,803   $ 48,305  
 
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding: 68,253   66,973   67,969   67,343  
 
Adjusted net income per diluted common share: $ 1.54   $ 0.14   $ 2.98   $ 0.72  
 
(1) For the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2013, adjustments are shown net of tax using the Company's effective rate of 37.5%, and 37.6% respectively, as calculated by dividing income tax expense by income before income taxes on the consolidated statement of operations. For the three and nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, adjustments are shown net of tax and are calculated using a tax rate of 37.3%, which approximates the Company's statutory tax rate for that period, as adjusted for ordinary permanent differences.
 
(2) Adjusted net income excludes certain items that the Company believes affect the comparability of operating results and generally are items whose timing and/or amount cannot be reasonably estimated. These items include non-cash adjustments and impairments such as the change in the Net Profits Plan liability, derivative (gain) loss net of cash settlements, impairment of proved properties, abandonment and impairment of unproved properties, and loss on divestiture activity. The non-GAAP measure of adjusted net income is presented because management believes it provides useful additional information to investors for analysis of SM Energy's fundamental business on a recurring basis. In addition, management believes that adjusted net income is widely used by professional research analysts and others in the valuation, comparison, and investment recommendations of companies in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, and many investors use the published research of industry research analysts in making investment decisions. Adjusted net income should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, income from operations, cash provided by operating activities or other income, profitability, cash flow, or liquidity measures prepared under GAAP. Since adjusted net income excludes some, but not all, items that affect net income and may vary among companies, the adjusted net income amounts presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.
 
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (unaudited)
September 30, 2013

EBITDAX

       
(in thousands)
 

Reconciliation of net income (loss) (GAAP) to EBITDAX (Non-
GAAP) to net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)

For the Three Months
Ended September 30,

 

For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,

2013 2012   2013 2012
 
Net income (loss) (GAAP) $ 70,690 $ (38,336 ) $ 163,939 $ 12,889
Interest expense 24,488 18,362 65,170 45,352
Interest income (28 ) (126 ) (64 ) (201 )
Income tax (benefit) expense 42,334 (22,736 ) 98,921 7,740

Depreciation, depletion, amortization, and asset retirement
obligation liability accretion

195,792 192,432 620,232 523,610
Exploration (1) 14,176 25,417 45,783 66,031
Impairment of proved properties 5,935 61,706 38,523
Abandonment and impairment of unproved properties 3,818 447 8,459 11,296
Stock-based compensation expense 7,427 9,359 25,495 21,731
Derivative (gain) loss 39,933 55,856 (14,685 ) (40,040 )
Derivative cash settlement gain (loss) (1,288 ) 10,921 12,715 32,803
Change in Net Profits Plan liability 940 798 (6,423 ) (17,342 )
Loss on divestiture activity 6,216   8,532   510   31,246  
EBITDAX (Non-GAAP) (2) 410,433   260,926   1,081,758   733,638  
Interest expense (24,488 ) (18,362 ) (65,170 ) (45,352 )
Interest income 28 126 64 201
Income tax benefit (expense) (42,334 ) 22,736 (98,921 ) (7,740 )
Exploration (14,176 ) (25,417 ) (45,783 ) (66,031 )
Exploratory dry hole expense (8 ) 10,353 5,878 18,551
Amortization of debt discount and deferred financing costs 1,474 1,076 3,914 5,692
Deferred income taxes 42,380 (22,910 ) 98,619 7,305
Plugging and abandonment (3,707 ) (288 ) (7,453 ) (1,804 )
Other (2,840 ) 1,773 2,929 906
Changes in current assets and liabilities 37,752   13,285   25,034   8,220  
Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP) $ 404,514   $ 243,298   $ 1,000,869   $ 653,586  
 
(1) Stock-based compensation expense is a component of exploration expense and general and administrative expense on the accompanying statements of operations. Therefore, the exploration line items shown in the reconciliation above will vary from the amount shown on the accompanying statements of operations because of the component of stock-based compensation expense recorded to exploration.
 
(2) EBITDAX represents income (loss) before interest expense, interest income, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion, exploration expense, property impairments, non-cash stock compensation expense, derivative (gain) loss net of cash settlements, change in the Net Profit Plan liability, and loss on divestitures. EBITDAX excludes certain items that the Company believes affect the comparability of operating results and can exclude items that are generally one-time or whose timing and/or amount cannot be reasonably estimated. EBITDAX is a non-GAAP measure that is presented because the Company believes that it provides useful additional information to investors, as a performance measure, for analysis of the Company's ability to internally generate funds for exploration, development, acquisitions, and to service debt. The Company is also subject to financial covenants under its credit facility based on its debt to EBITDAX ratio. In addition, EBITDAX is widely used by professional research analysts and others in the valuation, comparison, and investment recommendations of companies in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, and many investors use the published research of industry research analysts in making investment decisions. EBITDAX should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, income from operations, net cash provided by operating activities, profitability, or liquidity measures prepared under GAAP. Because EBITDAX excludes some, but not all items that affect net income and may vary among companies, the EBITDAX amounts presented may not be comparable to similar metrics of other companies.
 

SM Energy Company
SM ENERGY CONTACTS:
MEDIA:
Patty Errico, 303-830-5052
perrico@sm-energy.com
or
INVESTORS:
James Edwards, 303-837-2444
ir@sm-energy.com
or
Brent Collins, 303-863-4326
ir@sm-energy.com

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