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Antero Resources Announces Third Quarter 2023 Financial and Operating Results and Increased Production Guidance

DENVER, Oct. 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Antero Resources Corporation (NYSE: AR) ("Antero Resources," "Antero," or the "Company") today announced its third quarter 2023 financial and operating results. The relevant consolidated financial statements are included in Antero Resources' Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2023.

Antero Resources logo. (PRNewsFoto/Antero Resources Corporation)
Antero Resources logo. (PRNewsFoto/Antero Resources Corporation)

Third Quarter 2023 Highlights:

  • Net production averaged 3.5 Bcfe/d, an increase of 9% from the year ago period

    • Liquids production averaged 202 MBbl/d, an increase of 18% from the year ago period

    • Natural gas production averaged 2.3 Bcf/d, up 4% from the year ago period

  • Realized a pre-hedge natural gas equivalent price of $3.32 per Mcfe, a $0.77 per Mcfe premium to NYMEX pricing

    • Realized a C3+ NGL price of $36.81 per barrel

    • Realized a pre-hedge natural gas price of $2.48 per Mcf, a $0.07 per Mcf discount to NYMEX pricing

  • Net income was $18 million, Adjusted Net Income was $25 million (Non-GAAP)

  • Adjusted EBITDAX was $271 million (Non-GAAP); net cash provided by operating activities was $183 million

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2023 Guidance Updates:

  • Increasing full year 2023 production guidance to a range of 3.39 to 3.41 Bcfe/d

  • Decreasing cash production costs to a range of $2.35 to $2.40 per Mcfe

  • Decreasing net marketing expense to a range of $0.05 to $0.07 per Mcfe

  • Decreasing realized natural gas price premium to flat to NYMEX Henry Hub

Paul Rady, Chairman, CEO and President of Antero Resources commented, "Our third quarter results continue to benefit from the operating momentum that we have built throughout this year. During the first nine months of 2023 both our drilling and completion teams set numerous Company records. This operational excellence combined with stellar well performance has led to quarterly production volumes above expectations. As a result, we are raising our full year production guidance for the second consecutive quarter, while maintaining the same initial capital budget. We now expect production volumes to increase by approximately 225 MMcfe/d, or 7%, from the 2022 exit rate to the 2023 exit rate."

Mr. Rady continued, "On the macro front, we see natural gas storage levels normalizing on the back of record Natural Gas Power Burn (natural gas fired electrical generation), strong LNG exports and U.S. natural gas exported through pipelines to Mexico. At the same time, we anticipate that U.S. production growth will be limited in the coming months following the dramatic decrease in drilling rigs. We believe this strong fundamental backdrop will support and strengthen the forward natural gas curve. Further, as we move closer to the startup of additional LNG export capacity over the next 12 months, we are seeing increasing premiums at our delivery points within the LNG corridor relative to NYMEX. We are uniquely positioned to benefit from increasing NYMEX prices with approximately 75% of our natural gas being sold at Antero's premium delivery points in the LNG corridor."

Michael Kennedy, CFO of Antero Resources said, "Based entirely on the capital efficiency gains achieved this year, we continue to expect 2024 capital requirements to be materially below our 2023 capital guidance. This capital program will target maintaining our increased 2023 production guidance. This reduced maintenance capital combined with a higher natural gas and NGL price strip, is projected to generate substantial Free Cash Flow in 2024 that we will use to pay down debt further and continue to return capital to our shareholders."

For a discussion of the non-GAAP financial measures including Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted EBITDAX, Free Cash Flow and Net Debt please see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

2023 Guidance Update 

Antero is increasing its full year 2023 production guidance to 3.39 to 3.41 Bcfe/d, an increase at the midpoint of approximately 25 MMcfe/d. The higher than expected volumes are driven by strong well performance and capital efficiency gains.

Antero is decreasing the high end of its cash production expense guidance by $0.05 per Mcfe to a range of $2.35 to $2.40 per Mcfe reflecting lower fuel costs and lower production and ad valorem taxes. Antero is also decreasing its natural gas realized price guidance to flat to NYMEX Henry Hub. This decrease is due to increased exposure to the Columbia Gas Appalachia Hub during the third quarter driven by maintenance at the Cove Point LNG Terminal as well as longer maintenance on a Gulf Coast directed pipeline during the quarter. Antero is reducing its net marketing expense guidance by $0.02 per Mcfe to a range of $0.05 to $0.07 per Mcfe due to higher than expected production lowering unutilized firm transportation expense.


 Year 2023 –Initial


Full Year 2023 – July


Full Year 2023 – Current

Full Year 2023 Guidance

Low


High


Low


High


Low


 High

Net Production (Bcfe/d)

3.25


3.3


3.35


3.4


3.39


3.41

Net Natural Gas Production (Bcf/d)

2.1


2.15


2.2


2.225


2.22


2.24

Net Liquids Production (Bbl/d)

184,000


195,000


188,000


199,000


194,000


195,500

     Net Daily C3+ NGL Production

105,000


110,000


110,000


115,000


114,500


115,000

     Net Daily Ethane Production (Bbl/d)

70,000


75,000


67,500


72,500


69,000


69,500

     Net Daily Oil Production (Bbl/d)

9,000


10,000


10,500


11,500


10,500


11,000



















Cash Production Expense ($/Mcfe)

$2.40


$2.50


$2.35


$2.45


$2.35


$2.40

Natural Gas Realized Price Expected Premium to NYMEX ($/Mcf) 

$0.10


$0.20


$0.00


$0.10


$0.00


$0.00

Net Marketing Expense ($/Mcfe)

$0.07


$0.09


$0.07


$0.09


$0.05


$0.07




















Note: Any 2023 guidance items not discussed in this release are unchanged from previously stated guidance.

Free Cash Flow

During the third quarter of 2023, Free Cash Flow before Changes in Working Capital was ($23) million.











Three Months Ended
September 30,




2022


2023


Net cash provided by operating activities


$

1,087,672



183,381


Less: Net cash used in investing activities



(243,529)



(276,097)


Less: Proceeds from sale of assets, net



(952)



(136)


Less: Distributions to non-controlling interests in Martica



(46,217)



(21,161)


Free Cash Flow


$

796,974



(114,013)


Changes in Working Capital (1)



(241,136)



90,755


Free Cash Flow before Changes in Working Capital


$

555,838



(23,258)




(1)

Working capital adjustments in the third quarter of 2022 include an increase of $214 million in changes in current assets and liabilities and an increase of $27 million in accounts payable and accrued liabilities for additions to property and equipment.  Working capital adjustments in the third quarter of 2023 include a $77 million net decrease in current assets and liabilities and a $14 million decrease in accounts payable and accrued liabilities for additions to property and equipment.

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results

Net daily natural gas equivalent production in the third quarter averaged 3.5 Bcfe/d, including 202 MBbl/d of liquids, an increase of 9% from the third quarter of 2022. As a result of Antero's focus on its liquids-rich Marcellus acreage, liquids volumes increased 18%, while natural gas volumes increased 4%, each compared to the year ago period.

Antero's average realized natural gas price before hedging was $2.48 per Mcf, a $0.07 per Mcf discount to the average first-of-month ("FOM") NYMEX Henry Hub price. The wider discount to NYMEX was due to higher volumes being sold into the Columbia Gas Appalachia Hub as a result of maintenance at the Cove Point LNG Terminal and the Tennessee 500 Leg Pipeline. During the quarter, Antero sold approximately 15% of its volume into the Columbia Gas Appalachia Hub, 5% above levels during the first six months of the year.

The following table details average net production and average realized prices for the three months ended September 30, 2023:



















Three Months Ended September 30, 2023



Natural
Gas
(MMcf/d)


Oil

(Bbl/d)


C3+ NGLs

(Bbl/d)


Ethane

(Bbl/d)


Natural
Gas
Equivalent

(MMcfe/d)

Average Net Production



2,261



9,978



119,315



72,783



3,474































Combined















Natural



Natural Gas


Oil


C3+ NGLs


Ethane


Gas
Equivalent

Average Realized Prices


($/Mcf)


($/Bbl)


($/Bbl)


($/Bbl)


($/Mcfe)

Average realized prices before settled derivatives


$

2.48


$

68.22


$

36.81


$

11.73


$

3.32

NYMEX average price (1)


$

2.55


$

82.26








$

2.55

Premium / (Discount) to NYMEX


$

(0.07)


$

(14.04)








$

0.77

















Settled commodity derivatives (2)


$

(0.02)


$

(0.31)


$

(0.05)


$


$

(0.02)

Average realized prices after settled derivatives


$

2.46


$

67.91


$

36.76


$

11.73


$

3.30

Premium / (Discount) to NYMEX


$

(0.09)


$

(14.35)








$

0.75

 



(1)

The average index prices for natural gas and oil represent the New York Mercantile Exchange average first-of-month price and the Energy Information Administration (EIA) calendar month average West Texas Intermediate future price, respectively.

(2)

These commodity derivative instruments include contracts attributable to Martica Holdings LLC ("Martica"), Antero's consolidated variable interest entity. All gains or losses from Martica's derivative instruments are fully attributable to the noncontrolling interests in Martica, which includes portions of the natural gas and all oil and C3+ NGL derivative instruments during the three months ended September 30, 2023.

Antero's average realized C3+ NGL price was $36.81 per barrel. Antero shipped 52% of its total C3+ NGL net production on Mariner

East 2 ("ME2") for export and realized a $0.06 per gallon premium to Mont Belvieu pricing on these volumes at Marcus Hook, PA. Antero sold the remaining 48% of C3+ NGL net production at an $0.07 per gallon discount to Mont Belvieu pricing at Hopedale, OH. The resulting blended price on 119 MBbl/d of net C3+ NGL production was a $0.01 per gallon premium to Mont Belvieu pricing.



Three Months Ended September 30, 2023



Pricing Point


Net C3+ NGL

Production
(Bbl/d)


% by
Destination


Premium (Discount)

To Mont Belvieu
($/Gal)

Propane / Butane on ME2 - Exported

Marcus Hook, PA


61,961


52 %


$0.06

Remaining C3+ NGL Volume – Sold Domestically

Hopedale, OH


57,354


48 %


($0.07)

Total C3+ NGLs/Blended Premium  




119,315


100 %


$0.01

All-in cash expense, which includes lease operating, gathering, compression, processing, and transportation, production and ad valorem taxes was $2.31 per Mcfe in the third quarter, a 19% decrease compared to $2.84 per Mcfe average during the third quarter of 2022. The decrease was due to lower production tax and transportation expense due to lower fuel costs as a result of lower commodity prices. Net marketing expense was $0.05 per Mcfe in the third quarter, a decrease from $0.09 per Mcfe during the third quarter of 2022. The decrease in net marketing expense was due to higher than expected production lowering unutilized firm transportation expense.

Third Quarter 2023 Operating Results

Antero placed 20 horizontal Marcellus wells to sales during the third quarter with an average lateral length of 14,400 feet. Of the wells placed to sales, 14 of these wells have been on line for at least 60 days.  The average 60-day rate per well was 24 MMcfe/d with approximately 1,150 Bbl/d of liquids per well assuming 25% ethane recovery. The remaining six wells were completed in mid-September and had an average lateral length of approximately 18,400 feet.

Marcellus highlights include:

  • A seven well pad with an average lateral length of 15,448 feet that had an average 60-day rate per well of 32 MMcfe/d, including approximately 1,600 Bbl/d of liquids per well assuming 25% ethane recovery

  • A completion crew averaged a company record 13.7 completion stages per day, or 96 total stages in a single week in August

In the Utica, Antero has two pads consisting of seven total wells scheduled to be turned in line during the fourth quarter. These wells are located in the highly rich 1300 BTU window of the Utica, with the natural gas volumes being sold into the premium Chicago market this winter. Antero also set numerous company drilling and completion records for the Utica during the third quarter.

Utica records include:

  • Average stages per day of an entire pad of 10.9 stages per day

  • A single-day of 15 stages per day achieved in September

  • Utica single well drillout of 4,850 lateral feet per day

Third Quarter 2023 Capital Investment

Antero's accrued drilling and completion capital expenditures for the three months ended September 30, 2023, were $231 million. Through the first nine months of 2023, the Company has completed approximately 80% of its 2023 expected completion stages.

In addition to capital invested in drilling and completion activities, the Company invested $27 million in land during the third quarter. During the quarter, Antero added approximately 4,000 net acres, representing over 14 incremental drilling locations. Through the first nine months of 2023, Antero has added approximately 26,000 net acres representing 93 incremental drilling locations at an average cost of approximately $1 million per location. Antero's organic leasing efforts focus on acreage in close proximity to its current development plan. These incremental locations more than offset Antero's maintenance capital plan that requires an average of 60 to 65 wells per year. In addition, these efforts allow Antero to increase the average lateral length in its development program, which is expected to average 14,500 feet for wells drilled in 2023, or 7% longer than the 2022 average of 13,600 feet. The Company believes this organic leasing program is the most cost effective approach to lengthening its core inventory position.

Commodity Derivative Positions

Antero did not enter into any new natural gas, NGL or oil hedges during the third quarter of 2023.

Please see Antero's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2023, for more information on all commodity derivative positions.  For detail on current commodity positions, please see the Hedge Profile presentations at www.anteroresources.com.

Conference Call

A conference call is scheduled on Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 9:00 am MT to discuss the financial and operational results. A brief Q&A session for security analysts will immediately follow the discussion of the results. To participate in the call, dial in at 877-407-9079 (U.S.), or 201-493-6746 (International) and reference "Antero Resources." A telephone replay of the call will be available until Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 9:00 am MT at 877-660-6853 (U.S.) or 201-612-7415 (International) using the conference ID: 13741536. To access the live webcast and view the related earnings conference call presentation, visit Antero's website at www.anteroresources.com.  The webcast will be archived for replay until Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 9:00 am MT.

Presentation

An updated presentation will be posted to the Company's website before the conference call. The presentation can be found at www.anteroresources.com on the homepage. Information on the Company's website does not constitute a portion of, and is not incorporated by reference into this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted Net Income

Adjusted Net Income as set forth in this release represents net income, adjusted for certain items. Antero believes that Adjusted Net Income is useful to investors in evaluating operational trends of the Company and its performance relative to other oil and gas producing companies. Adjusted Net Income is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income as an indicator of financial performance. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to Adjusted Net Income is net income. The following table reconciles net income to Adjusted Net Income (in thousands):



Three Months Ended September 30,




2022


2023


Net income and comprehensive income attributable to Antero Resources Corporation


$

559,759



17,808


Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests



34,748



14,834


Unrealized commodity derivative gains



(109,424)



(9,172)


Amortization of deferred revenue, VPP



(9,478)



(7,701)


Loss (gain) on sale of assets



214



(136)


Impairment of property and equipment



33,924



13,476


Equity-based compensation



10,402



18,458


Loss on early extinguishment of debt



30,307




Loss on convertible note inducement



169




Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate



(14,972)



(22,207)


Contract termination and loss contingency



17,995



13,659


Tax effect of reconciling items (1)



9,486



(1,371)





563,130



37,648


Martica adjustments (2)



(31,984)



(12,161)


Adjusted Net Income


$

531,146



25,487










Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding (3)



325,997



311,534




(1)

Deferred taxes were approximately 23% and 21% for 2022 and 2023, respectively.

(2)

Adjustments reflect noncontrolling interest in Martica not otherwise adjusted in amounts above.

(3)

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding does not include securities that would have had an anti-dilutive effect on the computation of diluted earnings per share. Anti-dilutive weighted average shares outstanding for the three months ended September 30, 2022 and 2023 were 0.3 million and 1.6 million, respectively.

Net Debt

Net Debt is calculated as total long-term debt less cash and cash equivalents. Management uses Net Debt to evaluate the Company's financial position, including its ability to service its debt obligations.

The following table reconciles consolidated total long-term debt to Net Debt as used in this release (in thousands):



December 31,


September 30,




2022


2023


Credit Facility


$

34,800



474,100


8.375% senior notes due 2026



96,870



96,870


7.625% senior notes due 2029



407,115



407,115


5.375% senior notes due 2030



600,000



600,000


4.250% convertible senior notes due 2026



56,932



39,418


Unamortized debt issuance costs



(12,241)



(10,608)


Total long-term debt


$

1,183,476



1,606,895


Less: Cash and cash equivalents






Net Debt


$

1,183,476



1,606,895


Free Cash Flow

Free Cash Flow is a measure of financial performance not calculated under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for cash flow from operating, investing, or financing activities, as an indicator of cash flow or as a measure of liquidity. The Company defines Free Cash Flow as net cash provided by operating activities, less net cash used in investing activities, which includes drilling and completion capital and leasehold capital, plus payments for early contract termination or derivative monetization, less proceeds from asset sales or derivative monetization and less distributions to non-controlling interests in Martica.

The Company has not provided projected net cash provided by operating activities or a reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to projected net cash provided by operating activities, the most comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company is unable to project net cash provided by operating activities for any future period because this metric includes the impact of changes in operating assets and liabilities related to the timing of cash receipts and disbursements that may not relate to the period in which the operating activities occurred. The Company is unable to project these timing differences with any reasonable degree of accuracy without unreasonable efforts.

Free Cash Flow is a useful indicator of the Company's ability to internally fund its activities, service or incur additional debt and estimate our ability to return capital to shareholders. There are significant limitations to using Free Cash Flow as a measure of performance, including the inability to analyze the effect of certain recurring and non-recurring items that materially affect the Company's net income, the lack of comparability of results of operations of different companies and the different methods of calculating Free Cash Flow reported by different companies. Free Cash Flow does not represent funds available for discretionary use because those funds may be required for debt service, land acquisitions and lease renewals, other capital expenditures, working capital, income taxes, exploration expenses, and other commitments and obligations.

Adjusted EBITDAX

Adjusted EBITDAX is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as net income (loss), adjusted for certain items detailed below.

Adjusted EBITDAX as used and defined by us, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies and is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDAX should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income or loss, net income or loss, cash flows provided by operating, investing, and financing activities, or other income or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDAX provides no information regarding our capital structure, borrowings, interest costs, capital expenditures, working capital movement, or tax position. Adjusted EBITDAX does not represent funds available for discretionary use because those funds may be required for debt service, capital expenditures, working capital, income taxes, exploration expenses, and other commitments and obligations. However, our management team believes Adjusted EBITDAX is useful to an investor in evaluating our financial performance because this measure:

  • is widely used by investors in the oil and natural gas industry to measure operating performance without regard to items excluded from the calculation of such term, which may vary substantially from company to company depending upon accounting methods and the book value of assets, capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired, among other factors;

  • helps investors to more meaningfully evaluate and compare the results of our operations from period to period by removing the effect of our capital and legal structure from our operating structure;

  • is used by our management team for various purposes, including as a measure of our operating performance, in presentations to our Board of Directors, and as a basis for strategic planning and forecasting: and

  • is used by our Board of Directors as a performance measure in determining executive compensation.

There are significant limitations to using Adjusted EBITDAX as a measure of performance, including the inability to analyze the effects of certain recurring and non-recurring items that materially affect our net income or loss, the lack of comparability of results of operations of different companies, and the different methods of calculating Adjusted EBITDAX reported by different companies.

The GAAP measures most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDAX are net income (loss) and net cash provided by operating activities.  The following table represents a reconciliation of Antero's net income (loss), including noncontrolling interest, to Adjusted EBITDAX and a reconciliation of Antero's Adjusted EBITDAX to net cash provided by operating activities per our consolidated statements of cash flows, in each case, for the three months ended September 30, 2022 and 2023. Adjusted EBITDAX also excludes the noncontrolling interests in Martica, and these adjustments are disclosed in the table below as Martica related adjustments.











Three Months Ended September 30,




2022


2023


Reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDAX:








Net income and comprehensive income attributable to Antero Resources Corporation


$

559,759



17,808


Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests



34,748



14,834


Unrealized commodity derivative gains



(109,424)



(9,172)


Amortization of deferred revenue, VPP



(9,478)



(7,701)


Loss (gain) on sale of assets



214



(136)


Interest expense, net



28,326



31,634


Loss on early extinguishment of debt



30,307




Loss on convertible note inducement



169




Income tax expense



135,823



13,663


Depletion, depreciation, amortization and accretion



170,237



177,148


Impairment of property and equipment



33,924



13,476


Exploration expense



1,263



591


Equity-based compensation expense



10,402



18,458


Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate



(14,972)



(22,207)


Dividends from unconsolidated affiliate



31,285



31,285


Contract termination, loss contingency, transaction expense and other



18,080



13,649





920,663



293,330


Martica related adjustments (1)



(42,563)



(22,127)


Adjusted EBITDAX


$

878,100



271,203










Reconciliation of our Adjusted EBITDAX to net cash provided by operating activities:








Adjusted EBITDAX


$

878,100



271,203


Martica related adjustments (1)



42,563



22,127


Interest expense, net



(28,326)



(31,634)


Amortization of debt issuance costs, debt discount and debt premium



943



869


Exploration expense



(1,263)



(591)


Changes in current assets and liabilities



213,999



(76,808)


Contract termination, loss contingency, transaction expense and other



(18,080)



(1,748)


Other items



(264)



(37)


Net cash provided by operating activities


$

1,087,672



183,381




(1)

Adjustments reflect noncontrolling interests in Martica not otherwise adjusted in amounts above.

 



Twelve



Months Ended



September 30,



2023

Reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDAX:




Net income and comprehensive income attributable to Antero Resources Corporation


$

878,451

Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests



141,588

Unrealized commodity derivative gains



(974,908)

Payments for derivative monetizations



202,339

Amortization of deferred revenue, VPP



(32,330)

Gain on sale of assets



(2,047)

Interest expense, net



110,382

Loss on early extinguishment of debt



652

Loss on convertible note inducement



86

Income tax expense



186,403

Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and accretion



688,177

Impairment of property and equipment



114,728

Exploration



2,716

Equity-based compensation expense



57,209

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate



(76,450)

Dividends from unconsolidated affiliate



125,138

Contract termination, loss contingency, transaction expense and other



55,542




1,477,676

Martica related adjustments (1)



(114,896)

Adjusted EBITDAX


$

1,362,780



(1)

Adjustments reflect noncontrolling interests in Martica not otherwise adjusted in amounts above.

Drilling and Completion Capital Expenditures

For a reconciliation between cash paid for drilling and completion capital expenditures and drilling and completion accrued capital expenditures during the period, please see the capital expenditures section below (in thousands):



Three Months Ended
September 30,



2022


2023

Drilling and completion costs (cash basis)


$

195,587



242,261

Change in accrued capital costs



31,539



(11,191)

Adjusted drilling and completion costs (accrual basis)


$

227,126



231,070

Notwithstanding their use for comparative purposes, the Company's non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies.

Antero Resources is an independent natural gas and natural gas liquids company engaged in the acquisition, development and production of unconventional properties located in the Appalachian Basin in West Virginia and Ohio. In conjunction with its affiliate, Antero Midstream (NYSE: AM), Antero is one of the most integrated natural gas producers in the U.S.  The Company's website is located at www.anteroresources.com.

This release includes "forward-looking statements." Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are not under Antero Resources' control. All statements, except for statements of historical fact, made in this release regarding activities, events or developments Antero Resources expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future, such as those regarding our strategy, future operations, financial position, estimated revenues and losses, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management,  return of capital, expected results, future commodity prices, future production targets, realizing potential future fee rebates or reductions, including those related to certain levels of production, future earnings, leverage targets and debt repayment, future capital spending plans, improved and/or increasing capital efficiency, estimated realized natural gas, NGL and oil prices, expected drilling and development plans, projected well costs and cost savings initiatives, future financial position, the participation level of our drilling partner and the financial and production results to be achieved as a result of that drilling partnership, the other key assumptions underlying our projections, and future marketing opportunities, are 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 forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. Although Antero Resources believes that the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements are reasonable, there is no assurance that these plans, intentions or expectations will be achieved. Therefore, actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied or forecast in such statements. Except as required by law, Antero Resources expressly disclaims any obligation to and does not intend to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Antero Resources cautions you that these forward-looking statements are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties, incident to the exploration for and development, production, gathering and sale of natural gas, NGLs and oil, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Antero Resources' control. These risks include, but are not limited to, commodity price volatility, inflation, supply chain or other disruption, lack of availability and cost of drilling, completion and production equipment and services and cost of drilling, completion and production equipment and services, environmental risks, drilling and completion and other operating risks, marketing and transportation risks, regulatory changes or changes in law, the uncertainty inherent in estimating natural gas, NGLs and oil reserves and in projecting future rates of production, cash flows and access to capital, the timing of development expenditures, conflicts of interest among our stockholders, impacts of geopolitical and world health events, cybersecurity risks, our ability to achieve our greenhouse gas reduction targets and the costs associated therewith, the state of markets for, and availability of, verified quality carbon offsets and the other risks described under the heading "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in Antero Resources' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2023.

 

ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except per share amounts)







(Unaudited)



December 31,


September 30,



2022


2023

Assets

Current assets:







Accounts receivable


$

35,488



36,928

Accrued revenue



707,685



373,391

Derivative instruments



1,900



2,563

Prepaid expenses and other current assets



42,452



9,537

Total current assets



787,525



422,419

Property and equipment:







Oil and gas properties, at cost (successful efforts method):







Unproved properties



997,715



1,020,394

Proved properties



13,234,777



13,773,718

Gathering systems and facilities



5,802



5,802

Other property and equipment



83,909



95,317




14,322,203



14,895,231

Less accumulated depletion, depreciation and amortization



(4,683,399)



(4,957,449)

Property and equipment, net



9,638,804



9,937,782

Operating leases right-of-use assets



3,444,331



3,128,584

Derivative instruments



9,844



6,627

Investment in unconsolidated affiliate



220,429



220,110

Other assets



17,106



21,035

Total assets


$

14,118,039



13,736,557

Liabilities and Equity

Current liabilities:







Accounts payable


$

77,543



81,904

Accounts payable, related parties



80,708



89,350

Accrued liabilities



461,788



335,093

Revenue distributions payable



468,210



338,244

Derivative instruments



97,765



31,134

Short-term lease liabilities



556,636



551,037

Deferred revenue, VPP



30,552



27,990

Other current liabilities



1,707



6,302

Total current liabilities



1,774,909



1,461,054

Long-term liabilities:







Long-term debt



1,183,476



1,606,895

Deferred income tax liability, net



759,861



805,775

Derivative instruments



345,280



52,584

Long-term lease liabilities



2,889,854



2,581,323

Deferred revenue, VPP



87,813



67,524

Other liabilities



59,692



63,214

Total liabilities



7,100,885



6,638,369

Commitments and contingencies







Equity:







Stockholders' equity:







Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; authorized - 50,000 shares; none issued





Common stock, $0.01 par value; authorized - 1,000,000 shares; 297,393 shares issued and 297,359

  outstanding as of December 31, 2022, and 300,386 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2023



2,974



3,004

Additional paid-in capital



5,838,848



5,822,013

Retained earnings



913,896



1,037,064

Treasury stock, at cost; 34 shares and zero shares as of December 31, 2022 and September 30, 2023, respectively



(1,160)



Total stockholders' equity



6,754,558



6,862,081

Noncontrolling interests



262,596



236,107

Total equity



7,017,154



7,098,188

Total liabilities and equity


$

14,118,039



13,736,557

 

...ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)










Three Months Ended September 30,



2022


2023

Revenue and other:







Natural gas sales


$

1,736,039



516,214

Natural gas liquids sales



620,816



482,570

Oil sales



67,025



62,629

Commodity derivative fair value gains (losses)



(530,523)



3,448

Marketing



159,985



53,068

Amortization of deferred revenue, VPP



9,478



7,701

Other revenue and income



1,804



546

Total revenue



2,064,624



1,126,176

Operating expenses:







Lease operating



27,453



33,484

Gathering, compression, processing and transportation



716,388



671,886

Production and ad valorem taxes



92,998



32,258

Marketing



185,377



69,542

Exploration and mine expenses



2,975



591

General and administrative (including equity-based compensation expense of $10,402 and

  $18,458 in 2022 and 2023, respectively)



42,903



58,425

Depletion, depreciation and amortization



169,607



176,259

Impairment of property and equipment



33,924



13,476

Accretion of asset retirement obligations



630



889

Contract termination and loss contingency



17,995



13,659

Loss (gain) on sale of assets



214



(136)

Other operating expense





111

Total operating expenses



1,290,464



1,070,444

Operating income



774,160



55,732

Other income (expense):







Interest expense, net



(28,326)



(31,634)

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate



14,972



22,207

Loss on early extinguishment of debt



(30,307)



Loss on convertible note inducement



(169)



Total other expense



(43,830)



(9,427)

Income before income taxes



730,330



46,305

Income tax expense



(135,823)



(13,663)

Net income and comprehensive income including noncontrolling interests



594,507



32,642

Less: net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests



34,748



14,834

Net income and comprehensive income attributable to Antero Resources Corporation


$

559,759



17,808








Income per share—basic


$

1.83



0.06

Income per share—diluted


$

1.72



0.06








Weighted average number of shares outstanding:







Basic



305,343



300,141

Diluted



325,997



311,534

 

ANTERO RESOURCES CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(In thousands)










Nine Months Ended September 30,



2022


2023

Cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities:







Net income including noncontrolling interests


$

1,231,844



225,911

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







Depletion, depreciation, amortization and accretion



515,268



518,218

Impairments



79,749



44,746

Commodity derivative fair value losses (gains)



1,807,565



(137,924)

Losses on settled commodity derivatives



(1,484,660)



(16,511)

Payments for derivative monetizations





(202,339)

Deferred income tax expense



307,326



45,914

Equity-based compensation expense



23,222



44,988

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate



(54,863)



(58,986)

Dividends of earnings from unconsolidated affiliate



93,854



93,854

Amortization of deferred revenue



(28,125)



(22,852)

Amortization of debt issuance costs, debt discount and debt premium



3,458



2,601

Settlement of asset retirement obligations



(946)



(633)

Contract termination and loss contingency





11,901

Loss (gain) on sale of assets



2,071



(447)

Loss on early extinguishment of debt



45,375



Loss on convertible note inducement



169



86

Changes in current assets and liabilities:







Accounts receivable



55,229



(1,440)

Accrued revenue



(332,900)



334,294

Other current assets



(13,664)



32,584

Accounts payable including related parties



59,222



12,236

Accrued liabilities



36,632



(118,316)

Revenue distributions payable



237,453



(129,966)

Other current liabilities



(7,222)



4,627

Net cash provided by operating activities



2,576,057



682,546

Cash flows provided by (used in) investing activities:







Additions to unproved properties



(120,139)



(139,121)

Drilling and completion costs



(589,093)



(759,852)

Additions to other property and equipment



(12,188)



(13,073)

Proceeds from asset sales



1,147



447

Change in other assets



1,910



(2,538)

Net cash used in investing activities



(718,363)



(914,137)

Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities:







Repurchases of common stock



(675,412)



(75,356)

Repayment of senior notes



(1,011,313)



Borrowings on bank credit facilities, net



9,000



439,300

Payment of debt issuance costs



(814)



Convertible note inducement



(169)



(86)

Distributions to noncontrolling interests in Martica Holdings LLC



(113,515)



(104,245)

Employee tax withholding for settlement of equity compensation awards



(65,029)



(27,443)

Other



(442)



(579)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities



(1,857,694)



231,591

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents





Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period





Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$










Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:







Cash paid during the period for interest


$

148,668



100,067

Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued liabilities for additions to property and equipment


$

23,633



(22,300)

The following table sets forth selected financial data for the three months ended September 30, 2022 and 2023:



Three Months Ended


Amount of






September 30,


Increase


Percent




2022


2023


(Decrease)


Change


Revenue:













Natural gas sales


$

1,736,039



516,214



(1,219,825)


(70)

%

Natural gas liquids sales



620,816



482,570



(138,246)


(22)

%

Oil sales



67,025



62,629



(4,396)


(7)

%

Commodity derivative fair value gains (losses)



(530,523)



3,448



533,971


*


Marketing



159,985



53,068



(106,917)


(67)

%

Amortization of deferred revenue, VPP



9,478



7,701



(1,777)


(19)

%

Other revenue and income



1,804



546



(1,258)


(70)

%

Total revenue



2,064,624



1,126,176



(938,448)


(45)

%

Operating expenses:













Lease operating



27,453



33,484



6,031


22

%

Gathering and compression



239,868



216,435



(23,433)


(10)

%

Processing



241,347



264,391



23,044


10

%

Transportation



235,173



191,060



(44,113)


(19)

%

Production and ad valorem taxes



92,998



32,258



(60,740)


(65)

%

Marketing



185,377



69,542



(115,835)


(62)

%

Exploration and mine expenses



2,975



591



(2,384)


(80)

%

General and administrative (excluding equity-based compensation)



32,501



39,967



7,466


23

%

Equity-based compensation



10,402



18,458



8,056


77

%

Depletion, depreciation and amortization



169,607



176,259



6,652


4

%

Impairment of property and equipment



33,924



13,476



(20,448)


(60)

%

Accretion of asset retirement obligations



630



889



259


41

%

Contract termination and loss contingency



17,995



13,659



(4,336)


(24)

%

Loss (gain) on sale of assets



214



(136)



(350)


*


Other operating expense





111



111


*


Total operating expenses



1,290,464



1,070,444



(220,020)


(17)

%

Operating income



774,160



55,732



(718,428)


(93)

%

Other earnings (expenses):













Interest expense, net



(28,326)



(31,634)



(3,308)


12

%

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate



14,972



22,207



7,235


48

%

Loss on early extinguishment of debt



(30,307)





30,307


*


Loss on convertible note inducement



(169)





169


*


Total other expense



(43,830)



(9,427)



34,403


(78)

%

Income before income taxes



730,330



46,305



(684,025)


(94)

%

Income tax expense



(135,823)



(13,663)



122,160


(90)

%

Net income and comprehensive income including noncontrolling interests



594,507



32,642



(561,865)


(95)

%

Less: net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests



34,748



14,834



(19,914)


(57)

%

Net income and comprehensive income attributable to Antero Resources Corporation


$

559,759



17,808



(541,951)


(97)

%














Adjusted EBITDAX


$

878,100



271,203



(606,897)


(69)

%


* Not meaningful

The following table sets forth selected financial data for the three months ended September 30, 2022 and 2023:



Three Months Ended


Amount of






September 30,


Increase


Percent




2022


2023


(Decrease)


Change


Production data (1) (2):













Natural gas (Bcf)



200



208



8


4

%

C2 Ethane (MBbl)



5,010



6,696



1,686


34

%

C3+ NGLs (MBbl)



9,950



10,977



1,027


10

%

Oil (MBbl)



804



918



114


14

%

Combined (Bcfe)



294



320



26


9

%

Daily combined production (MMcfe/d)



3,200



3,474



274


9

%

Average prices before effects of derivative settlements (3):













Natural gas (per Mcf)


$

8.69



2.48



(6.21)


(71)

%

C2 Ethane (per Bbl) (4)


$

23.40



11.73



(11.67)


(50)

%

C3+ NGLs (per Bbl)


$

50.61



36.81



(13.80)


(27)

%

Oil (per Bbl)


$

83.41



68.22



(15.19)


(18)

%

Weighted Average Combined (per Mcfe)


$

8.23



3.32



(4.91)


(60)

%

Average realized prices after effects of derivative settlements (3):













Natural gas (per Mcf)


$

5.51



2.46



(3.05)


(55)

%

C2 Ethane (per Bbl) (4)


$

23.40



11.73



(11.67)


(50)

%

C3+ NGLs (per Bbl)


$

50.27



36.76



(13.51)


(27)

%

Oil (per Bbl)


$

82.76



67.91



(14.85)


(18)

%

Weighted Average Combined (per Mcfe)


$

6.06



3.30



(2.76)


(46)

%

Average costs (per Mcfe):













Lease operating


$

0.09



0.10



0.01


11

%

Gathering and compression


$

0.81



0.68



(0.13)


(16)

%

Processing


$

0.82



0.83



0.01


1

%

Transportation


$

0.80



0.60



(0.20)


(25)

%

Production and ad valorem taxes


$

0.32



0.10



(0.22)


(69)

%

Marketing expense, net


$

0.09



0.05



(0.04)


(44)

%

General and administrative (excluding equity-based compensation)


$

0.11



0.13



0.02


18

%

Depletion, depreciation, amortization and accretion


$

0.58



0.55



(0.03)


(5)

%



(1)

Production data excludes volumes related to the VPP.

(2)

Oil and NGLs production was converted at 6 Mcf per Bbl to calculate total Bcfe production and per Mcfe amounts.  This ratio is an estimate of the equivalent energy content of the products and may not reflect their relative economic value.

(3)

Average prices reflect the before and after effects of our settled commodity derivatives.  Our calculation of such after effects includes gains on settlements of commodity derivatives, which do not qualify for hedge accounting because we do not designate or document them as hedges for accounting purposes.

(4)

The average realized price for the three months ended September 30, 2023 includes $6 million of proceeds related to a take-or-pay contract. Excluding the effect of these proceeds, the average realized price for ethane before and after the effects of derivatives would have been $10.88 per Bbl.

 

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