From Cabot Oil and Gas on Thursday:



HOUSTON, Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG) today reported its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013. Highlights for the full year include:




Record production of 413.6 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe), an increase of 55 percent over 2012

Record cash flow from operations of $1.025 billion, an increase of 57 percent over 2012

Record discretionary cash flow of $1.098 billion, an increase of 61 percent over 2012

Net income of $279.8 million, or $0.67 per share, an increase of 112 percent over 2012 net income

Net income excluding selected items of $298.1 million, or $0.71 per share, an increase of 115 percent over 2012 net income

Total unit costs (including financing) of $3.03 per thousand cubic feet equivalent (Mcfe), an 18 percent improvement over 2012

Total cash unit costs (including financing) of $1.28 per Mcfe, a 26 percent improvement over 2012

$165 million of share repurchases funded primarily through non-core asset sales


Full-Year 2013 Financial Results



Equivalent production was 413.6 Bcfe in 2013, consisting of 394.2 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas and 3.2 million barrels of liquids production. These figures represent increases of 55 percent, 56 percent, and 34 percent, respectively, compared to 2012. "Our record production growth in 2013 was generated 100 percent organically through the drill-bit and results in a three-year compounded annual production growth rate of 47 percent," stated Dan O. Dinges, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.



Cash flow from operations in 2013 was $1.025 billion, compared to $652.1 million in 2012. Discretionary cash flow was $1.098 billion in 2013, compared to $680.1 million in 2012. Higher equivalent production drove the year's overall improvement, partially offset by lower realized natural gas and oil prices and increased absolute operating expenses associated with higher production. "Despite lower realized commodity prices, our cash flow growth in 2013 outpaced production growth as a result of continued decreases to our cost structure," explained Dinges.



Net income was $279.8 million in 2013, or $0.67 per share, compared to $131.7 million, or $0.31 per share, in 2012. Excluding the effect of selected items (detailed in the table below), net income was $298.1 million, or $0.71 per share, in 2013, compared to $138.9 million, or $0.33 per share, in 2012.



Natural gas price realizations, including the effect of hedges, were $3.56 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in 2013, down 3 percent compared to 2012. Oil price realizations, including the effect of hedges, were $101.13 per barrel (Bbl), down 1 percent compared to 2012.



Total per unit costs (including financing) decreased to $3.03 per Mcfe in 2013, down 18 percent from $3.69 per Mcfe in the 2012. All operating expense categories decreased on a per unit basis relative to last year except for transportation and gathering expense, which increased from $0.54 per Mcfe in 2012 to $0.55 per Mcfe in 2013, primarily as a result of increased Marcellus production volumes, slightly higher transportation rates and new transportation agreements in the Marcellus. Cash unit costs (including financing) decreased to $1.28 per Mcfe in 2013, down 26 percent from $1.74 per Mcfe in the 2012.



During 2013, the Company received approximately $324 million of gross proceeds from previously announced non-core asset sales in the Mid-Continent and West Texas. These proceeds were used, in conjunction with cash flow from operations, to fund the Company's $1.195 billion of capital expenditures and the Company's $165 million of share repurchases.



"This past year was a tale of two halves regarding the outlook for Cabot's natural gas price realizations, but in the end we met the challenge by delivering record-setting results for production, cash flow and reserves," said Dinges. "The key for 2014 is to continue to maximize operating efficiencies and manage our price risk, which will allow Cabot to further improve on the past year's record results."



Fourth Quarter 2013 Financial Results



Production in the fourth quarter of 2013 was 121.9 Bcfe, consisting of 116.7 Bcf of natural gas and 869,000 barrels of liquids. These figures represent increases of 55 percent, 56 percent, and 34 percent, respectively, compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. "As a result of an exceptional quarter operationally by our team that included a record number of completed stages in the Marcellus, we were able to achieve the high end of our production growth expectations," stated Dinges.



Cash flow from operations in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $257.9 million, compared to $197.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Discretionary cash flow in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $284.5 million, compared to $223.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Discretionary cash flow in the fourth quarter of 2013 included the impact of $34.2 million of current taxes associated with tax gains on the Mid-Continent and West Texas divestitures.



Net income in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $77.9 million, or $0.19 per share, compared to $40.9 million, or $0.10 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2012. Excluding the effect of selected items (detailed in the table below), net income was $74.4 million, or $0.18 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to $57.1 million, or $0.14 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2012.



Natural gas price realizations, including the effect of hedges, were $3.44 per Mcf in the fourth quarter of 2013, down 12 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. Oil price realizations, including the effect of hedges, were $95.57 per Bbl, down 9 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.



Total per unit costs (including financing) decreased to $2.82 per Mcfe in the fourth quarter of 2013, down 13 percent from $3.25 per Mcfe in the fourth quarter of 2012. All operating expense categories decreased on a per unit basis relative to last year's comparable quarter except for depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, which increased from $1.47 per Mcfe in the fourth quarter of 2012 to $1.49 per Mcfe in the fourth quarter of 2013, due to slightly higher amortization on our unproved properties. Cash unit costs (including financing) decreased to $1.19 per Mcfe in the fourth quarter of 2013, down 23 percent from $1.55 per Mcfe in the fourth quarter of 2012.



Fourth Quarter 2013 Operational Highlights



Marcellus Shale



Cabot continues to produce best-in-class results from its Marcellus Shale position in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. During the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company averaged 1,171 million cubic feet (Mmcf) per day of net Marcellus production, an increase of 67 percent over the prior year's comparable quarter. "Our production growth in the Marcellus was quite remarkable, especially when considering we operated only five rigs in the play for the majority of the year," commented Dinges. Marcellus cash unit costs in the fourth quarter of 2013 were $0.76 per Mcf, down 10 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. A few highlighted well results from the quarter include:



 




The previously announced ten-well pad completed with 170 fracture stimulation (frac) stages with an initial production (IP) rate of 201 Mmcf per day and a 30-day production rate of 168 Mmcf per day

A four-well pad completed with 117 frac stages with an IP rate of 114 Mmcf per day and a 30-day production rate of 88 Mmcf per day, including two wells with an estimated ultimate recovery (EUR) over 25 Bcf

A four-well pad completed with 95 frac stages with an IP rate of 100 Mmcf per day and a 30-day production rate of 84 Mmcf per day, including three wells with EURs over 20 Bcf


 



"Our increase in EURs from 13.9 Bcf for our 2012 program to 16.9 Bcf for our 2013 program, along with continued cost improvements, results in a before-tax rate of return in excess of 100 percent at wellhead prices of $3.00," stated Dinges. "We anticipate drilling longer laterals on average in 2014 and look to continue to improve on our best-