Chesapeake Energy Corporation Reports Financial and Operational Results for the 2014 Full Year and Fourth Quarter
Announces 2015 Total Planned Capital Expenditures

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 25, 2015-- Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) today reported financial and operational results for the 2014 full year and fourth quarter and announced details of its 2015 Outlook and capital expenditure program. Highlights include:

  • 2014 adjusted net income of $1.49 per fully diluted share and 2014 adjusted ebitda of $4.945 billion
  • Average 2014 production of approximately 706,000 boe per day, an increase of 9% year over year, adjusted for asset sales
  • Planned 2015 total capital expenditures ranging from $4.0 to $4.5 billion
  • Projected 2015 production growth of 3 – 5%, adjusted for asset sales

Doug Lawler, Chesapeake’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “2014 was a year of accomplishments for Chesapeake. Because of these accomplishments and the progress we have made as a company in 2014, Chesapeake is well positioned to remain strong and flexible in 2015. We have taken and continue to take appropriate steps not only to weather the current difficult commodity price environment we face today, but to thrive in it. Chesapeake became a much stronger company in 2014, and we are looking forward to becoming even stronger in 2015.”

2015 Capital Program and Production Outlook

Chesapeake is budgeting total capital expenditures (including capitalized interest) of $4.0 – $4.5 billion for 2015. Using the midpoint of the range, this represents a 26% reduction from the company's 2014 capital expenditures before acquisitions of $5.8 billion, and a 37% reduction from the company’s 2014 total capital expenditures of approximately $6.7 billion (reconciled in the "Capital Spending and Cost Overview" section below). The company is targeting 2015 production of 235 – 240 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe), or average daily production of 645 – 655 thousand barrels of oil equivalent (mboe), which represents 3 – 5% production growth after adjusting for 2014 asset sales. Of the 2015 projected production, approximately 39 – 40 mmboe is estimated to be crude oil, 1,035 – 1,055 billion cubic feet (bcf) natural gas and 23 – 24 mmboe natural gas liquids (NGL).

Chesapeake plans to operate 35 – 45 rigs in 2015, which represents the company's lowest operated rig activity level since 2004 and a decrease of approximately 38% (using the midpoint of the range) from an average of 64 rigs in 2014. The company intends to spud approximately 790 gross operated wells and connect to sales approximately 800 gross operated wells in 2015, a decrease from approximately 1,175 and 1,150 wells, respectively, in 2014. The table below compares the capital and rig counts allocated to the company’s operating areas for 2015 and 2014:

    2015E D&C   2014 D&C   2015E Avg.   2014 Avg.
    Capex   Capex   Operated   Operated
    Allocation   Allocation   Rigs   Rigs
Eagle Ford   35%   40%   12 – 14   20
Utica   25%   10%   3 – 5   8
Haynesville   13%   8%   7 – 8   8
Powder River Basin: Niobrara & Upper Cretaceous   10%   5%   3 – 4   4
Mid-Continent North: Mississippian Lime   5%   7%   7 – 8   9
Mid-Continent South   5%   8%   1 – 2   5
Marcellus   5%   11%   1 – 2   5
Other(a)   2%   11%   1 – 2   5
Totals   100%   100%   35 – 45   64
                 

(a) For 2014, includes Marcellus South, Barnett Shale and exploration wells.

                 

2014 Full-Year Results

For the 2014 full year, Chesapeake reported net income available to common stockholders of $1.273 billion, or $1.87 per fully diluted share. Items typically excluded by securities analysts in their earnings estimates increased net income available to common stockholders for the 2014 full year by approximately $316 million and are presented on Page 14 of this release. The primary component of this increase was unrealized gains on the company's oil and natural gas commodity derivatives, partially offset by the redemption of all the outstanding preferred shares of a subsidiary. Adjusting for these items, 2014 full-year adjusted net income available to common stockholders was $957 million, or $1.49 per fully diluted share, compared to adjusted net income available to common stockholders of $965 million, or $1.50 per fully diluted share, in the 2013 full year.

Adjusted ebitda was $4.945 billion for the 2014 full year, compared to $5.016 billion for the 2013 full year. Operating cash flow, which is defined as cash flow provided by operating activities before changes in assets and liabilities, was $5.026 billion for the 2014 full year, compared to $4.958 billion for the 2013 full year.

Adjusted net income available to common stockholders, operating cash flow, ebitda and adjusted ebitda are non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of these measures to comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles are provided on pages 13 – 17 of this release.

Chesapeake’s daily production for the 2014 full year averaged 706,300 barrels of oil equivalent (boe), a year-over-year increase of 9%, adjusted for asset sales. Average daily production consisted of approximately 115,800 barrels (bbls) of oil, 3.0 bcf of natural gas and 90,500 bbls of NGL. Adjusted for asset sales, 2014 full-year average daily oil production increased 7%, average daily natural gas production increased 6% and average daily NGL production increased 42%.

2014 Fourth Quarter Results

For the 2014 fourth quarter, Chesapeake reported net income available to common stockholders of $586 million, or $0.81 per fully diluted share. Items typically excluded by securities analysts in their earnings estimates increased 2014 fourth quarter net income by approximately $552 million on an after-tax basis. The primary component of this increase was unrealized gains on oil and natural gas commodity derivatives. Adjusting for these items, 2014 fourth quarter net income available to common stockholders was $34 million, or $0.11 per fully diluted share, which compares to adjusted net income available to common stockholders of $161 million, or $0.27 per fully diluted share, in the 2013 fourth quarter.

For the 2014 fourth quarter, Chesapeake reported adjusted ebitda of $916 million, compared to $1.132 billion in the 2013 fourth quarter. Operating cash flow was $873 million in the 2014 fourth quarter, compared to $995 million in the 2013 fourth quarter. The quarter-over-quarter decreases in adjusted ebitda and operating cash flow were primarily the result of lower realized oil, natural gas and NGL prices, partially offset by higher production volumes.

Chesapeake’s daily production for the 2014 fourth quarter averaged approximately 729,000 boe, a year-over-year increase of 12%, adjusted for asset sales. Average daily production in the 2014 fourth quarter consisted of approximately 121,200 bbls of oil, 3.1 bcf of natural gas and 97,600 bbls of NGL, which represent year-over-year increases of 7%, 9% and 40% respectively, adjusted for asset sales.

Strategic Transactions and Asset Sales Update

In the 2014 fourth quarter, the company received approximately $5.1 billion of net proceeds from asset sales, most of which was from the sale of certain assets in the southern Marcellus Shale and a portion of the eastern Utica Shale assets that closed in December 2014. Also in the 2014 fourth quarter, the company entered into a new five-year $4.0 billion senior unsecured syndicated revolving credit facility. The new unsecured facility has investment grade-like terms and allowed Chesapeake to release nearly $6.0 billion of proved reserve-based collateral.

Capital Spending and Cost Overview

Chesapeake’s drilling and completion capital expenditures during the 2014 full year were approximately $4.5 billion, and capital expenditures for the acquisition of unproved properties, geological and geophysical costs, and other property, plant and equipment were approximately $669 million, for a total of approximately $5.1 billion, compared to the company’s forecasted range of $5.0 – $5.4 billion. In addition, during 2014 the company invested approximately $499 million to repurchase leased rigs and compressors as part of its strategic initiative to reduce complexity and future commitments, as well as to facilitate asset sales and the spin-off of its oilfield services business. The company also invested approximately $450 million as part of an exchange of properties in the Powder River Basin. Total capital investments, including capitalized interest of $637 million, were approximately $6.7 billion in 2014, compared to approximately $7.8 billion in 2013, and is reconciled below. Chesapeake’s total capital expenditures were approximately $1.8 billion in the 2014 fourth quarter compared to approximately $2.1 billion in the 2013 fourth quarter.

$ in millions   2013   2014   2015
Type of Cost   Q4   FY   Q4   FY   Outlook
Drilling and completion costs   $ 1,151   $ 5,466   $ 1,370   $ 4,470    
Other exploration and development costs and PP&E     478     1,231     252     669    
Subtotal planned capital spending   $ 1,629   $ 6,697   $ 1,622   $ 5,139   $3,500 – 4,000
Capitalized interest     182     815     134     637   500
PRB property exchange                 450    
Sale leasebacks     262     266     25     499    
Total capital spending   $ 2,073   $ 7,778   $ 1,781   $ 6,725   $4,000 – 4,500
                             

Chesapeake spud a total of 308 gross wells and connected 311 gross wells to sales during the 2014 fourth quarter, compared to 239 gross wells spud and 260 gross wells connected to sales during the 2014 third quarter.

Chesapeake's focus on cost discipline continued to generate reductions in costs associated with production and general and administrative (G&A) expenses. Average production expenses during the 2014 full year were $4.69 per boe, a decrease of 1% year over year. G&A expenses (including stock-based compensation) during the 2014 full year were $1.25 per boe, a decrease of 33% year over year.

Average production expenses during the 2014 fourth quarter were $5.07, an increase of 10% from the 2013 fourth quarter. G&A expenses (including stock-based compensation) during the 2014 fourth quarter were $1.38 per boe, a decrease of 30% from the 2013 fourth quarter.

A summary of the company’s guidance for 2015 is provided in the Outlook dated February 25, 2015, attached to this release as Schedule "A” beginning on Page 18.

Total Proved Reserves

The company's December 31, 2014, proved reserves were 2.469 billion boe, an increase of 5% compared to year-end 2013 before acquisitions and divestitures. In 2014, Chesapeake increased its proved reserves by 448 mmboe for extensions and discoveries and 14 mmboe from acquisitions. The additions were offset by 362 mmboe as the result of divestitures, 51 mmboe of net negative reserve revisions and production of 258 mmboe. Chesapeake's proved developed reserves as a percentage of total proved reserves increased to 75% as of December 31, 2014, compared to 68% as of December 31, 2013. Additional information on reserves changes can be found on Page 10.

Operations Update

As described below, Chesapeake continues to improve on its capital efficiency, cycle times and well cost reductions.

Southern Division

Eagle Ford Shale (South Texas): Eagle Ford net production averaged approximately 106 mboe per day (230 gross operated mboe per day) during the 2014 fourth quarter, an increase of 4% sequentially. The 2014 average completed well cost (January – October) was approximately $6.1 million with an average completed lateral length of 5,900 feet and 19 frac stages, compared to an average completed well cost of $6.9 million in 2013 with an average completed lateral length of 5,850 feet and 18 frac stages. Wells in various stages of completion or waiting on pipeline in the area have increased to 158 as of December 31, 2014, compared to 109 wells at December 31, 2013. The average peak production rate of the 123 wells that commenced first production in the Eagle Ford during the 2014 fourth quarter was approximately 850 boe per day.

Haynesville Shale (Northwest Louisiana): Haynesville Shale net production averaged approximately 592 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (mmcfe) per day (910 gross operated mmcfe per day) during the 2014 fourth quarter, an increase of 5% sequentially. The 2014 average completed well cost (January – October) was approximately $8.4 million with an average completed lateral length of 4,900 feet and 13 frac stages, compared to an average completed well cost of $8.9 million in 2013 with an average completed lateral length of 4,400 feet and 18 frac stages. The average peak production rate of the 18 wells that commenced first production in the Haynesville during the 2014 fourth quarter was approximately 13.4 mmcfe per day.

Mid-Continent North: Mississippian Lime (Northern Oklahoma): Mississippian Lime net production averaged approximately 28 mboe per day (72 gross operated mboe per day) during the 2014 fourth quarter, an increase of 4% sequentially. The 2014 average completed well cost (January – October) was approximately $3.1 million with an average completed lateral length of 4,500 feet, compared to an average completed well cost of $3.5 million in 2013 with an average completed lateral length of 4,500 feet. The average peak production rate of the 42 wells that commenced first production in the Mississippian Lime during the 2014 fourth quarter was approximately 730 boe per day.

Northern Division

Utica Shale (Eastern Ohio): Utica net production averaged approximately 100 mboe per day (180 gross operated mboe per day) during the 2014 fourth quarter, an increase of 17% sequentially. The 2014 average completed well cost (January – October) was approximately $6.6 million with an average completed lateral length of 6,000 feet and 27 frac stages, compared to an average completed well cost of $6.7 million in 2013 with an average completed lateral length of 5,150 feet and 17 frac stages. Wells in various stages of completion or waiting on pipeline in the area decreased to 166 as of December 31, 2014, compared to 195 at December 31, 2013. The average peak production rate of the 51 wells that commenced first production in the Utica during the 2014 fourth quarter was approximately 1,280 boe per day.

Marcellus Shale (Northern Pennsylvania): Northern Marcellus net production averaged approximately 817 mmcfe per day (2.07 gross operated bcfe per day) during the 2014 fourth quarter, a decrease of 7% sequentially. The 2014 average completed well cost (January – October) was approximately $7.3 million with an average completed lateral length of 5,900 feet and 27 frac stages, compared to an average completed well cost of $7.9 million in 2013 with an average completed lateral length of 5,400 feet and 13 frac stages. Wells in various stages of completion or waiting on pipeline in the area increased to 117 as of December 31, 2014, compared to 112 at December 31, 2013. The average peak production rate of the 25 wells that commenced first production in the northern Marcellus during the 2014 fourth quarter was approximately 15.2 mmcfe per day.

Powder River Basin (PRB): Niobrara and Upper Cretaceous (Wyoming): PRB net production averaged approximately 18 mboe per day (27 gross operated mboe per day) during the 2014 fourth quarter, an increase of 20% sequentially, and, adjusted on an absolute basis to include the property exchange transaction with RKI Exploration & Production, an increase of 29% sequentially. The 2014 average completed well cost (January – October) was approximately $9.1 million per well with an average completed lateral length of 5,100 feet and 18 frac stages, compared to an average completed well cost of $10.1 million per well in 2013 with an average completed lateral length of 5,050 feet and 15 frac stages. Wells in various stages of completion or waiting on pipeline in the area decreased to 38 as of December 31, 2014, compared to 57 wells at December 31, 2013. The average peak production rate of the 13 wells that commenced first production in the Powder River Basin during the 2014 fourth quarter was approximately 1,670 boe per day.

Key Financial and Operational Results

The table below summarizes Chesapeake’s key financial and operational results during the 2014 fourth quarter and 2014 full year and compares them to results in prior periods.

    Three Months Ended   Full Year Ended
    12/31/14   09/30/14   12/31/13   12/31/14   12/31/13
Oil equivalent production (in mmboe)   67.1     66.8     61.2     257.8     244.4  
Oil production (in mmbbls)   11.2     10.9     10.2     42.3     41.1  
Average realized oil price ($/bbl)(a)   76.40     84.81     89.58     82.76     92.53  
Oil as % of total production   17     16     17     16     17  
NGL production (in mmbbls)   9.0     8.8     5.9     33.1     20.9  
Average realized NGL price ($/bbl)(a)   13.11     22.95     31.76     21.27     27.87  
NGL as % of total production   13     13     9     13     8  
Natural gas production (in bcf)   281.6     282.0     270.5     1,095.0     1,094.6  
Average realized natural gas price ($/mcf)(a)   1.72     2.09     1.90     2.36     2.23  
Natural gas as % of total production   70     71     74     71     75  
Production expenses ($/boe)   (5.07 )   (4.47 )   (4.62 )   (4.69 )   (4.74 )
Production taxes ($/boe)   (0.70 )   (0.94 )   (0.91 )   (0.90 )   (0.94 )
General and administrative costs ($/boe)(b)   (1.23 )   (0.72 )   (1.79 )   (1.07 )   (1.62 )
Stock-based compensation ($/boe)   (0.15 )   (0.18 )   (0.19 )   (0.18 )   (0.24 )
DD&A of natural gas and liquids properties ($/boe)   (10.53 )   (10.31 )   (10.53 )   (10.41 )   (10.59 )
DD&A of other assets ($/boe)   (0.56 )   (0.55 )   (1.32 )   (0.90 )   (1.28 )
Interest expense ($/boe)(a)   (0.56 )   (0.16 )   (0.86 )   (0.63 )   (0.65 )
Marketing, gathering and compression net margin ($ in millions)(c)   (39 )   (7 )   9     (11 )   98  
Oilfield services net margin ($ in millions)(c)           52     115     159  
Operating cash flow ($ in millions)(d)   873     1,293     995     5,026     4,958  
Operating cash flow ($/boe)   13.01     19.37     16.27     19.50     20.26  
Adjusted ebitda ($ in millions)(e)   916     1,236     1,132     4,945     5,016  
Adjusted ebitda ($/boe)   13.66     18.52     18.51     19.18     20.52  
Net income available to common stockholders ($ in millions)   586     169     (159 )   1,273     474  
Earnings per share – diluted ($)   0.81     0.26     (0.24 )   1.87     0.73  
Adjusted net income available to common stockholders ($ in millions)(f)   34     251     161     957     965  
Adjusted earnings per share – diluted ($)   0.11     0.38     0.27     1.49     1.50  
                               

(a) Includes the effects of realized gains (losses) from hedging, but excludes the effects of unrealized gains (losses) from hedging.

(b) Excludes expenses associated with stock-based compensation and restructuring and other termination costs.

(c) Includes revenue and operating expenses and excludes depreciation and amortization of other assets.

(d) Defined as cash flow provided by operating activities before changes in assets and liabilities.
(e) Defined as net income before interest expense, income taxes and depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, as adjusted to remove the effects of certain items detailed on Page 17.
(f) Defined as net income available to common stockholders, as adjusted to remove the effects of certain items detailed on Page 14.
                               

2014 Full-Year and Fourth Quarter Financial and Operational Results Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss this release has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 9:00 am EST. The telephone number to access the conference call is 913-312-1469 or toll-free 888-601-3877. The passcode for the call is 2873261. We encourage those who would like to participate in the call to place calls between 8:50 and 9:00 am EST. For those unable to participate in the live conference call, a replay will be available for audio playback at 2:00 pm EST on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, and will run through 2:00 pm EST on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. The number to access the conference call replay is 719-457-0820 or toll-free 888-203-1112. The passcode for the replay is 2873261. The conference call will also be webcast live on Chesapeake’s website at www.chk.com and a replay will be available following the call.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) is the second-largest producer of natural gas and the 11th largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company's operations are focused on discovering and developing its large and geographically diverse resource base of unconventional oil and natural gas assets onshore in the U.S. The company also owns substantial marketing and compression businesses. Further information is available at www.chk.com where Chesapeake routinely posts announcements, updates, events, investor information, presentations and news releases.

This news release and the accompanying Outlook include "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. Forward-looking statements are statements other than statements of historical fact. They include statements that give our current expectations or forecasts of future events, production, production growth and well connection forecasts, estimates of operating costs, planned development drilling and expected drilling cost reductions, capital expenditures, expected efficiency gains, anticipated asset sales and proceeds to be received therefrom, projected cash flow and liquidity, business strategy and other plans and objectives for future operations, and the assumptions on which such statements are based. Although we believe the expectations and forecasts reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance they will prove to have been correct. They can be affected by inaccurate or changed assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results include those described under "Risk Factors” in Item 1A of our annual report on Form 10-K and any updates to those factors set forth in Chesapeake's subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K (available at http://www.chk.com/investors/sec-filings). These risk factors include the volatility of oil, natural gas and NGL prices; write-downs of our oil and natural gas carrying values due to declines in prices; the availability of operating cash flow and other funds to finance reserve replacement costs; our ability to replace reserves and sustain production; uncertainties inherent in estimating quantities of oil, natural gas and NGL reserves and projecting future rates of production and the amount and timing of development expenditures; our ability to generate profits or achieve targeted results in drilling and well operations; leasehold terms expiring before production can be established; commodity derivative activities resulting in lower prices realized on oil, natural gas and NGL sales; the need to secure derivative liabilities and the inability of counterparties to satisfy their obligations; adverse developments or losses from pending or future litigation and regulatory proceedings, including royalty claims; the limitations our level of indebtedness may have on our financial flexibility; charges incurred in response to market conditions and in connection with actions to reduce financial leverage and complexity; drilling and operating risks and resulting liabilities; effects of environmental protection laws and regulation on our business; legislative and regulatory initiatives further regulating hydraulic fracturing; our need to secure adequate supplies of water for our drilling operations and to dispose of or recycle the water used; federal and state tax proposals affecting our industry; potential OTC derivatives regulation limiting our ability to hedge against commodity price fluctuations; impacts of potential legislative and regulatory actions addressing climate change; competition in the oil and gas exploration and production industry; a deterioration in general economic, business or industry conditions; negative public perceptions of our industry; limited control over properties we do not operate; pipeline and gathering system capacity constraints and transportation interruptions; cyber attacks adversely impacting our operations; and interruption in operations at our headquarters due to a catastrophic event.

In addition, disclosures concerning the estimated contribution of derivative contracts to our future results of operations are based upon market information as of a specific date. These market prices are subject to significant volatility. Our production forecasts are also dependent upon many assumptions, including estimates of production decline rates from existing wells and the outcome of future drilling activity. Expected asset sales may not be completed in the time frame anticipated or at all. We caution you not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release, and we undertake no obligation to update any of the information provided in this release or the accompanying Outlook, except as required by applicable law.

 
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
($ in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)
                         
    Three Months Ended   Year Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
    2014   2013   2014   2013
REVENUES:                        
Oil, natural gas and NGL   $ 2,369     $ 1,608     $ 8,180     $ 7,052  
Marketing, gathering and compression     2,681       2,689       12,225       9,559  
Oilfield services           244       546       895  
Total Revenues     5,050       4,541       20,951       17,506  
OPERATING EXPENSES:                        
Oil, natural gas and NGL production     340       282       1,208       1,159  
Production taxes     47       56       232       229  
Marketing, gathering and compression     2,720       2,680       12,236       9,461  
Oilfield services           193       431       736  
General and administrative     93       121       322       457  
Restructuring and other termination costs     (5 )     45       7       248  
Provision for legal contingencies     134             234        

Oil, natural gas and NGL depreciation, depletion and amortization

    706       644       2,683       2,589  
Depreciation and amortization of other assets     38       80       232       314  
Impairments of fixed assets and other     14       203       88       546  
Net (gains) losses on sales of fixed assets     3       (12 )     (199 )     (302 )
Total Operating Expenses     4,090       4,292       17,474       15,437  
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS     960       249       3,477       2,069  
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):                        
Interest expense     (7 )     (63 )     (89 )     (227 )
Losses on investments     (7 )     (189 )     (80 )     (226 )
Net gain (loss) on sales of investments                 67       (7 )
Losses on purchases of debt     (2 )     (123 )     (197 )     (193 )
Other income     10       7       22       26  
Total Other Expense     (6 )     (368 )     (277 )     (627 )
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES     954       (119 )     3,200       1,442  
INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT):                        
Current income taxes     13       13       47       22  
Deferred income taxes     273       (58 )    

1,097

      526  
Total Income Tax Expense (Benefit)     286       (45 )     1,144       548  
NET INCOME (LOSS)     668       (74 )     2,056       894  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests     (29 )     (42 )     (139 )     (170 )
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO CHESAPEAKE     639       (116 )     1,917       724  
Preferred stock dividends     (43 )     (43 )     (171 )     (171 )
Redemption of preferred shares of a subsidiary                 (447 )     (69 )
Earnings allocated to participating securities     (10 )           (26 )     (10 )
NET INCOME (LOSS) AVAILABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS   $ 586     $ (159 )   $ 1,273     $ 474  
EARNINGS (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE:                        
Basic   $ 0.89     $ (0.24 )   $ 1.93     $ 0.73  
Diluted   $ 0.81     $ (0.24 )   $ 1.87     $ 0.73  
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON AND COMMON EQUIVALENT SHARES OUTSTANDING (in millions):                        
Basic     660       656       659       653  
Diluted     773       656       772       653  
                         
             
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
($ in millions)
(unaudited)
             
    December 31,   December 31,
    2014   2013
             
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 4,108   $ 837
Other current assets     3,360     2,819
Total Current Assets     7,468     3,656
             
Property and equipment, (net)     32,515     37,134
Other assets     768     992
Total Assets   $ 40,751   $ 41,782
             
Current liabilities   $ 5,863   $ 5,515
Long-term debt, net of discounts     11,154     12,886
Other long-term liabilities     1,344     1,834
Deferred income tax liabilities     4,185     3,407
Total Liabilities     22,546     23,642
             
Preferred stock     3,062     3,062
Noncontrolling interests     1,302     2,145
Common stock and other stockholders’ equity     13,841     12,933
Total Equity     18,205     18,140
             
Total Liabilities and Equity   $ 40,751   $ 41,782
             
Common Shares Outstanding (in millions)     663     664
             
                 
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
CAPITALIZATION
($ in millions)
(unaudited)
                 
    December 31,   December 31,
    2014   2013
                 
Total debt, net of unrestricted cash   $ 7,427     $ 12,049  
Preferred stock     3,062       3,062  
Noncontrolling interests(a)     1,302       2,145  
Common stock and other stockholders’ equity     13,841       12,933  
Total   $ 25,632     $ 30,189  
                 
Total net debt to capitalization ratio     29 %     40 %
                 

(a) Includes third-party ownership as follows:

                 
CHK Cleveland Tonkawa, L.L.C.   $ 1,015     $ 1,015  
Chesapeake Granite Wash Trust     287       314  
CHK Utica, L.L.C.           807  
Other           9  
Total   $ 1,302     $ 2,145  
                 
         
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
ROLL-FORWARD OF PROVED RESERVES
12 MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2014
(unaudited)
         
    Mmboe(a)
         
Beginning balance, December 31, 2013     2,678  
Production     (258 )
Acquisitions     14  
Divestitures     (362 )
Revisions - changes to previous estimates     (78 )
Revisions - price     27  
Extensions and discoveries     448  
Ending balance, December 31, 2014     2,469  
         
Proved reserves growth rate before acquisitions and divestitures     5 %
Proved reserves growth rate after acquisitions and divestitures     (8 )%
         
Proved developed reserves     1,864  
Proved developed reserves percentage     75 %
         
PV-10 ($ in millions)(a)   $ 22,012  

(a) Reserve volumes and PV-10 value estimated using SEC reserve recognition standards and pricing assumptions based on the trailing 12-month average first-day-of-the-month prices as of December 31, 2014, of $4.35 per mcf of natural gas and $94.98 per bbl of oil, before field differential adjustments.

             
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF PV-10
($ in millions)
(unaudited)
             
    December 31,   December 31,
    2014   2013
             
Standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows   $ 17,133   $ 17,390
Discounted future cash flows for income taxes     4,879     4,286
Discounted future net cash flows before income taxes (PV-10)   $ 22,012   $ 21,676

PV-10 is discounted (at 10%) future net cash flows before income taxes. The standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows includes the effects of estimated future income tax expenses and is calculated in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification Topic 932. Management uses PV-10 as one measure of the value of the company's current proved reserves and to compare relative values among peer companies without regard to income taxes. We also understand that securities analysts and rating agencies use this measure in similar ways. While PV-10 is based on prices, costs and discount factors which are consistent from company to company, the standardized measure is dependent on the unique tax situation of each individual company.

The company’s PV-10 and standardized measure were calculated using the following prices, before field differentials: $4.35 per mcf of natural gas and $94.98 per bbl of oil as of December 31, 2014, and $3.67 per mcf of natural gas and $96.82 per bbl of oil as of December 31, 2013, before field differential adjustments.

                                 
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
SUPPLEMENTAL DATA - OIL, NATURAL GAS AND NGL PRODUCTION, SALES AND INTEREST EXPENSE
(unaudited)
                                 
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
    2014   2013   2014   2013
Net Production:                                
Oil (mmbbl)     11.2       10.2       42.3       41.1  
Natural gas (bcf)     281.6       270.5       1,095.0       1,094.6  
NGL (mmbbl)     9.0       5.9       33.1       20.9  
Oil equivalent (mmboe)     67.1       61.2       257.8       244.4  
                                 
Oil, natural gas and NGL Sales ($ in millions):                                
Oil sales   $ 749     $ 937     $ 3,682     $ 3,911  
Oil derivatives – realized gains (losses)(a)     103       (19 )     (185 )     (108 )
Oil derivatives – unrealized gains (losses)(a)     505       116       859       280  
Total Oil Sales     1,357       1,034       4,356       4,083  
                                 
Natural gas sales     453       498       2,777       2,430  
Natural gas derivatives – realized gains (losses)(a)     30       17       (191 )     9  
Natural gas derivatives – unrealized gains (losses)(a)     411       (127 )     535       (52 )
Total Natural Gas Sales     894       388       3,121       2,387  
                                 
NGL sales     118       186       703       582  
Total NGL Sales     118       186       703       582  
Total Oil, Natural Gas and NGL Sales   $ 2,369     $ 1,608     $ 8,180     $ 7,052  
                                 
Average Sales Price – excluding gains (losses) on derivatives:                                
Oil ($ per bbl)   $ 67.16     $ 91.46     $ 87.13     $ 95.17  
Natural gas ($ per mcf)   $ 1.61     $ 1.84     $ 2.54     $ 2.22  
NGL ($ per bbl)   $ 13.11     $ 31.76     $ 21.27     $ 27.87  
Oil equivalent ($ per boe)   $ 19.68     $ 26.49     $ 27.78     $ 28.33  
                                 
Average Sales Price – including realized gains (losses) on derivatives:                                
Oil ($ per bbl)   $ 76.40     $ 89.58     $ 82.76     $ 92.53  
Natural gas ($ per mcf)   $ 1.72     $ 1.90     $ 2.36     $ 2.23  
NGL ($ per bbl)   $ 13.11     $ 31.76     $ 21.27     $ 27.87  
Oil equivalent ($ per boe)   $ 21.67     $ 26.44     $ 26.32     $ 27.92  
                                 
Interest Expense ($ in millions):                                
Interest(b)   $ 40     $ 56     $ 173     $ 169  
Derivatives – realized (gains) losses(c)     (2 )     (3 )     (12 )     (9 )
Derivatives – unrealized (gains) losses(c)     (31 )     10       (72 )     67  
Total Interest Expense   $ 7     $ 63     $ 89     $ 227  
                                 

(a) Realized gains and losses include the following items: (i) settlements of nondesignated derivatives related to current period production revenues, (ii) prior period settlements for option premiums and for early-terminated derivatives originally scheduled to settle against current period production revenues, and (iii) gains and losses related to de- designated cash flow hedges originally designated to settle against current period production revenues. Unrealized gains and losses include the change in fair value of open derivatives scheduled to settle against future period production revenues offset by amounts reclassified as realized gains and losses during the period. Although we no longer designate our derivatives as cash flow hedges for accounting purposes, we believe these definitions are useful to management and investors in determining the effectiveness of our price risk management program.

(b) Net of amounts capitalized.

(c) Realized (gains) losses include settlements related to the current period interest accrual and the effect of (gains) losses on early termination trades. Unrealized (gains) losses include changes in the fair value of open interest rate derivatives offset by amounts reclassified to realized (gains) losses during the period.

                                 
                 
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW DATA
($ in millions)
(unaudited)
                 
    December 31,   December 31,
THREE MONTHS ENDED:   2014   2013
                 
Beginning cash   $ 90     $ 987  
                 
Cash provided by operating activities     829       1,028  
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Drilling and completion costs on proved and unproved properties(a)     (1,367 )     (1,117 )
Acquisition of proved and unproved properties(b)     (280 )     (211 )
Sales of proved and unproved properties     5,082       668  
Geological and geophysical costs     (29 )     (17 )
Cash paid to purchase leased rigs and compressors     (25 )     (262 )
Additions to other property and equipment     (26 )     (71 )
Proceeds from sales of other assets     39       126  
Additions to investments     (3 )     (36 )
Other     1        
Total cash provided by (used in) investing activities     3,392       (920 )
                 
Cash used in financing activities     (203 )     (258 )
Change in cash and cash equivalents     4,018       (150 )
Ending cash   $ 4,108     $ 837  
                 

(a) Includes capitalized interest of $9 million and $15 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

(b) Includes capitalized interest of $120 million and $163 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

                 
                 
    December 31,   December 31,
TWELVE MONTHS ENDED:   2014   2013
                 
Beginning cash   $ 837     $ 287  
                 
Cash provided by operating activities     4,634       4,614  
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Drilling and completion costs on proved and unproved properties(a)     (4,534 )     (5,552 )
Acquisition of proved and unproved properties(b)     (1,279 )     (974 )
Sales of proved and unproved properties     5,781       3,409  
Geological and geophysical costs     (47 )     (52 )
Cash paid to purchase leased rigs and compressors     (499 )     (266 )
Additions to other property and equipment     (227 )     (706 )
Proceeds from sales of other assets     1,003       922  
Additions to investments     (17 )      
Proceeds from sales of investments     239       71  
Decrease in restricted cash     37        
Other     (3 )     181  
Total cash provided by (used in) investing activities     454       (2,967 )
                 
Cash used in financing activities     (1,817 )     (1,097 )
Change in cash and cash equivalents     3,271       550  
Ending cash   $ 4,108     $ 837  
                 

(a) Includes capitalized interest of $39 million and $62 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

(b) Includes capitalized interest of $553 million and $734 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

                 
                         
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET INCOME AVAILABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS
($ in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)
                         
    December 31,   September 30,   December 31,
THREE MONTHS ENDED:   2014   2014   2013
                         
Net income available to common stockholders   $ 586     $ 169     $ (159 )
                         
Adjustments, net of tax(a):                        
Unrealized (gains) losses on derivatives     (663 )     (378 )     13  
Restructuring and other termination costs     (3 )     (9 )     28  
Impairments of fixed assets and other     10       9       126  
Net (gains) losses on sales of fixed assets     2       (53 )     (7 )
Losses on purchases of debt and extinguishment of other financing     2             76  
Losses on investments                 84  
Provision for legal contingencies     94       61        
Other     6       5        
Redemption of preferred shares of a subsidiary(a)           447        
Adjusted net income available to common stockholders(b)   $ 34     $ 251     $ 161  
                         
Preferred stock dividends     43       43       43  
Earnings allocated to participating securities     10       3        
                         
Total adjusted net income attributable to Chesapeake   $ 87     $ 297     $ 204  
                         
Weighted average fully diluted shares outstanding

(in millions)(c)

    775       776       767  
                         
Adjusted earnings per share assuming dilution(b)   $ 0.11     $ 0.38     $ 0.27  

(a) All adjustments to net income available to common stockholders reflected net of tax other than the redemption of preferred shares of a subsidiary.

(b) Adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share assuming dilution are not measures of financial performance under GAAP, and should not be considered as an alternative to net income available to common stockholders or diluted earnings per share. Adjusted net income available to common stockholders and adjusted earnings per share assuming dilution exclude certain items that management believes affect the comparability of operating results. The company believes these adjusted financial measures are a useful adjunct to earnings calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) because:

(i) Management uses adjusted net income available to common stockholders to evaluate the company's operational trends and performance relative to other oil and natural gas producing companies.

(ii) Adjusted net income available to common stockholders is more comparable to earnings estimates provided by securities analysts.

(iii) Items excluded generally are one-time items or items whose timing or amount cannot be reasonably estimated. Accordingly, any guidance provided by the company generally excludes information regarding these types of items.

(c) Weighted average fully diluted shares outstanding include shares that were considered antidilutive for calculating earnings per share in accordance with GAAP.

                 
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET INCOME AVAILABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS
($ in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)
                 
    December 31,   December 31,
TWELVE MONTHS ENDED:   2014   2013
                 
Net income available to common stockholders   $ 1,273     $ 474  
                 
Adjustments, net of tax(a):                
Unrealized gains on derivatives     (941 )     (100 )
Restructuring and other termination costs     4       154  
Impairments of fixed assets and other     57       341  
Net gains on sales of fixed assets     (128 )     (187 )
Impairments of investments     3       6  
Net (gain) loss on sales of investments     (43 )     5  
Losses on purchases of debt and extinguishment of other financing     126       120  
Losses on investments           84  
Provision for legal contingencies     150        
Other     9       (1 )
Redemption of preferred shares of a subsidiary(a)     447       69  
Adjusted net income available to common stockholders(b)   $ 957     $ 965  
                 
Preferred stock dividends     171       171  
Earnings allocated to participating securities     26       10  
                 
Total adjusted net income attributable to Chesapeake   $ 1,154     $ 1,146  
                 
Weighted average fully diluted shares outstanding (in millions)(c)     776       765  
                 
Adjusted earnings per share assuming dilution(b)   $ 1.49     $ 1.50  

(a) All adjustments to net income available to common stockholders reflected net of tax other than the redemption of preferred shares of a subsidiary.

(b) Adjusted net income available to common stockholders and adjusted earnings per share assuming dilution exclude certain items that management believes affect the comparability of operating results. The company believes these adjusted financial measures are a useful adjunct to earnings calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) because:

(i) Management uses adjusted net income available to common stockholders to evaluate the company's operational trends and performance relative to other oil and natural gas producing companies.

(ii) Adjusted net income available to common stockholders is more comparable to earnings estimates provided by securities analysts.

(iii) Items excluded generally are one-time items or items whose timing or amount cannot be reasonably estimated. Accordingly, any guidance provided by the company generally excludes information regarding these types of items.

(c) Weighted average fully diluted shares outstanding include shares that were considered antidilutive for calculating earnings per share in accordance with GAAP.

                         
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING CASH FLOW AND EBITDA
($ in millions)
(unaudited)
                         
    December 31,   September 30,   December 31,
THREE MONTHS ENDED:   2014   2014   2013
                         
CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES   $ 829     $ 1,184     $ 1,028  
Changes in assets and liabilities     44       109       (33 )
OPERATING CASH FLOW(a)   $ 873     $ 1,293     $ 995  
                         
                         
    December 31,   September 30,   December 31,
THREE MONTHS ENDED:   2014   2014   2013
                         
NET INCOME   $ 668     $ 692     $ (74 )
Interest expense     7       17       63  
Income tax expense (benefit)     286       437       (45 )
Depreciation and amortization of other assets     38       37       80  
Oil, natural gas and NGL depreciation, depletion and amortization     706       688       644  
EBITDA(b)   $ 1,705     $ 1,871     $ 668  
                         
                         
    December 31,   September 30,   December 31,
THREE MONTHS ENDED:   2014   2014   2013
                         
CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES   $ 829     $ 1,184     $ 1,028  
Changes in assets and liabilities     44       109       (33 )
Interest expense, net of unrealized gains (losses) on derivatives     38       11       53  
Oil, natural gas and NGL derivative gains (losses), net     1,049       564       (13 )
Cash receipts (payments) on oil, natural gas and NGL derivative settlements, net     (88 )     34       30  
Stock-based compensation           (19 )     (20 )
Restructuring and other termination costs     (3 )     42       (11 )
Impairments of fixed assets and other     (14 )     (15 )     (166 )
Net gains (losses) on sales of fixed assets     (2 )     86       12  
Losses on investments     (7 )     (27 )     (189 )
Provision for legal contingencies     (134 )     (100 )      
Losses on purchases of debt and extinguishment of other financing     (2 )           (3 )
Other items     (5 )     2       (20 )
EBITDA(b)   $ 1,705     $ 1,871     $ 668  

(a) Operating cash flow represents net cash provided by operating activities before changes in assets and liabilities. Operating cash flow is presented because management believes it is a useful adjunct to net cash provided by operating activities under GAAP. Operating cash flow is widely accepted as a financial indicator of an oil and natural gas company's ability to generate cash that is used to internally fund exploration and development activities and to service debt. This measure is widely used by investors and rating agencies in the valuation, comparison, rating and investment recommendations of companies within the oil and natural gas exploration and production industry. Operating cash flow is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to cash flows from operating, investing or financing activities as an indicator of cash flows, or as a measure of liquidity.

(b) Ebitda represents net income before interest expense, income taxes, and depreciation, depletion and amortization expense. Ebitda is presented as a supplemental financial measurement in the evaluation of our business. We believe that it provides additional information regarding our ability to meet our future debt service, capital expenditures and working capital requirements. This measure is widely used by investors and rating agencies in the valuation, comparison, rating and investment recommendations of companies. Ebitda is also a financial measurement that, with certain negotiated adjustments, is reported to our lenders pursuant to our bank credit agreements and is used in the financial covenants in our bank credit agreements. Ebitda is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP. Accordingly, it should not be considered as a substitute for net income, income from operations or cash flow provided by operating activities prepared in accordance with GAAP.

                 
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING CASH FLOW AND EBITDA
($ in millions)
(unaudited)
                 
    December 31,   December 31,
TWELVE MONTHS ENDED:   2014   2013
                 
CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES   $ 4,634     $ 4,614  
Changes in assets and liabilities     392       344  
OPERATING CASH FLOW(a)   $ 5,026     $ 4,958  
                 
                 
    December 31,   December 31,
TWELVE MONTHS ENDED:   2014   2013
                 
NET INCOME   $ 2,056     $ 894  
Interest expense     89       227  
Income tax expense     1,144       548  
Depreciation and amortization of other assets     232       314  
Oil, natural gas and NGL depreciation, depletion and amortization     2,683       2,589  
EBITDA(b)   $ 6,204     $ 4,572  
                 
                 
    December 31,   December 31,
TWELVE MONTHS ENDED:   2014   2013
                 
CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES   $ 4,634     $ 4,614  
Changes in assets and liabilities     392       344  
Interest expense, net of unrealized gains (losses) on derivatives     161       159  
Oil, natural gas and NGL derivative gains (losses), net     1,018       129  
Cash receipts on oil, natural gas and NGL derivative settlements, net     264       91  
Stock-based compensation     (59 )     (98 )
Restructuring and other termination costs     15       (175 )
Impairments of fixed assets and other     (58 )     (483 )
Net gains on sales of fixed assets     199       302  
Provision for legal contingencies     (234 )      
Losses on investments     (80 )     (229 )
Net gain (loss) on sales of investments     67       (7 )
Losses on purchases of debt and extinguishment of other financing     (63 )     (40 )
Other items     (52 )     (35 )
EBITDA(b)   $ 6,204     $ 4,572  

(a) Operating cash flow represents net cash provided by operating activities before changes in assets and liabilities. Operating cash flow is presented because management believes it is a useful adjunct to net cash provided by operating activities under GAAP. Operating cash flow is widely accepted as a financial indicator of an oil and natural gas company's ability to generate cash which is used to internally fund exploration and development activities and to service debt. This measure is widely used by investors and rating agencies in the valuation, comparison, rating and investment recommendations of companies within the oil and natural gas exploration and production industry. Operating cash flow is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to cash flows from operating, investing or financing activities as an indicator of cash flows, or as a measure of liquidity.

(b) Ebitda represents net income before interest expense, income taxes, and depreciation, depletion and amortization expense. Ebitda is presented as a supplemental financial measurement in the evaluation of our business. We believe that it provides additional information regarding our ability to meet our future debt service, capital expenditures and working capital requirements. This measure is widely used by investors and rating agencies in the valuation, comparison, rating and investment recommendations of companies. Ebitda is also a financial measurement that, with certain negotiated adjustments, is reported to our lenders pursuant to our bank credit agreements and is used in the financial covenants in our bank credit agreements. Ebitda is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP. Accordingly, it should not be considered as a substitute for net income, income from operations or cash flow provided by operating activities prepared in accordance with GAAP.

                         
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA
($ in millions)
(unaudited)
                         
    December 31,   September 30,   December 31,
THREE MONTHS ENDED:   2014   2014   2013
                         
EBITDA   $ 1,705     $ 1,871     $ 668  
                         
Adjustments:                        
Unrealized (gains) losses on oil, natural gas and NGL derivatives     (916 )     (622 )     11  
Restructuring and other termination costs     (5 )     (14 )     45  
Impairments of fixed assets and other     14       15       203  
Net (gains) losses on sales of fixed assets     3       (86 )     (12 )
Net loss on sales of investments                 136  
Losses on purchases of debt and extinguishment of other financing     2             123  
Provision for legal contingencies     134       100        
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests     (29 )     (30 )     (42 )
Other     8       2        
                         
Adjusted EBITDA(a)   $ 916     $ 1,236     $ 1,132  
                         
                         
            December 31,   December 31,
TWELVE MONTHS ENDED:   2014   2013
                         
EBITDA   $ 6,204     $ 4,572  
                         
Adjustments:                
Unrealized gains on oil, natural gas and NGL derivatives     (1,394 )     (228 )
Restructuring and other termination costs     7       248  
Impairments of fixed assets and other     88       550  
Net gains on sales of fixed assets     (199 )     (302 )
Losses on investments     5       146  
Net (gain) loss on sales of investments     (67 )     7  
Losses on purchases of debt and extinguishment of other financing     197       193  
Provision for legal contingencies     234        
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests     (139 )     (170 )
Other     9        
                         
Adjusted EBITDA(a)   $ 4,945     $ 5,016  

(a) Adjusted ebitda excludes certain items that management believes affect the comparability of operating results. The company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are a useful adjunct to ebitda because:

(i) Management uses adjusted ebitda to evaluate the company's operational trends and performance relative to other oil and natural gas producing companies.

(ii) Adjusted ebitda is more comparable to estimates provided by securities analysts.

(iii) Items excluded generally are one-time items or items whose timing or amount cannot be reasonably estimated. Accordingly, any guidance provided by the company generally excludes information regarding these types of items.

Accordingly, adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a substitute for net income, income from operations or cash flow provided by operating activities prepared in accordance with GAAP.

     
SCHEDULE "A”
CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
MANAGEMENT’S OUTLOOK AS OF FEBRUARY 25, 2015
 

Chesapeake periodically provides management guidance on certain factors that affect the company’s future financial performance.

     
    Year Ending
    12/31/2015
Adjusted Production Growth(a)   3% - 5%
Absolute Production    
Liquids - mbbls   62 – 64
Oil - mbbls   39 – 40
NGL(b) - mbbls   23 – 24
Natural gas - bcf   1,035 – 1,055
Total absolute production - mmboe   235 – 240
Absolute daily rate - mboe   645 – 655
Estimated Realized Hedging Effects(c) (based on 2/23/15 strip prices):    
Oil - $/bbl   $19.94
Natural gas - $/mcf   $0.31
Estimated Basis/Gathering/Marketing/Transportation Differentials to NYMEX Prices:    
Oil - $/bbl   $7.00 – 9.00
NGL - $/bbl   $48.00 – 52.00
Natural gas - $/mcf   $1.70 – 1.90
Fourth quarter MVC estimate ($ in millions)   ($180) – (200)
Operating Costs per Boe of Projected Production:    
Production expense   $4.50 – 5.00
Production taxes   $0.45 – 0.55
General and administrative(d)   $1.45 – 1.55
Stock-based compensation (noncash)   $0.20 – 0.25
DD&A of natural gas and liquids assets   $10.50 – 11.50
Depreciation of other assets   $0.60 – 0.70
Interest expense(e)   $1.00 – 1.10
Other ($ millions):    
Marketing, gathering and compression net margin(f)   ($40 – 60)
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests and other(g)   ($30 – 50)
Book Tax Rate   37%
Capital Expenditures ($ in millions)(h)   $3,500 – 4,000
Capitalized Interest ($ in millions)   $500
Total Capital Expenditures ($ in millions)   $4,000 – 4,500

(a) Based on 2014 production of 622 mboe/day adjusted for 2014 sales and the potential sale of Cleveland Tonkawa assets in 2015.

(b) Assumes ethane recovery in the Utica to fulfill Chesapeake’s pipeline commitments, no ethane recovery in the Powder River Basin and partial ethane recovery in the Mid-Continent and Eagle Ford.

(c) Includes expected settlements for commodity derivatives adjusted for option premiums. For derivatives closed early, settlements are reflected in the period of original contract expiration.

(d) Excludes expenses associated with stock-based compensation.

(e) Excludes unrealized gains (losses) on interest rate derivatives.

(f) Includes revenue and operating expenses and excludes depreciation and amortization of other assets

(g) Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests of Chesapeake Granite Wash Trust and CHK Cleveland Tonkawa L.L.C.

(h) Includes capital expenditures for drilling and completion, acquisition of unproved properties, geological and geophysical costs and other property and plant and equipment

Oil, Natural Gas and NGL Hedging Activities

Chesapeake enters into oil, natural gas and NGL derivative transactions in order to mitigate a portion of its exposure to adverse changes in market prices. Please see the quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and annual reports on Form 10-K filed by Chesapeake with the SEC for detailed information about derivative instruments the company uses, its quarter-end and year-end derivative positions and accounting for oil, natural gas and NGL derivatives.

As of January 31, 2015, the company had downside protection on approximately 43% of its projected 2015 oil production at an average price of $93.39 per bbl of which 11% is hedged under collar arrangements with upside to an average NYMEX price of $90/bbl and exposure below an average NYMEX price of $80/bbl. Approximately 43% of the company's projected 2015 natural gas production had downside protection at an average price of $4.21 per thousand cubic feet of natural gas, of which 20% is hedged under collar arrangements with upside to an average NYMEX price of $4.29/mcf and exposure below an average NYMEX price of $3.37/mcf.

The company’s crude oil hedging positions as of January 31, 2015, were as follows:

Open Crude Oil Swaps; Gains (Losses) from Closed
Crude Oil Trades and Call Option Premiums
           
          Total Gains from
          Closed Trades
      Avg. NYMEX   and Premiums for
  Open Swaps   Price of   Call Options
  (mbbls)   Open Swaps   ($ in millions)
Q1 2015 3,834   $ 94.07   $ 50
Q2 2015 3,041     94.49     61
Q3 2015 2,868     94.82     62
Q4 2015 2,714     95.15     63
Total 2015 12,457   $ 94.58   $ 236
Total 2016 – 2022       $ 117
               
         
Crude Oil Three-Way Collars
                 
    Open   Avg. NYMEX   Avg. NYMEX   Avg. NYMEX
    Collars   Sold Put   Bought Put   Sold Call
    (mbbls)   Price   Price   Price
Q1 2015   1,080   $ 80.00   $ 90.00   $ 98.94
Q2 2015   1,092     80.00     90.00     98.94
Q3 2015   1,104     80.00     90.00     98.94
Q4 2015   1,104     80.00     90.00     98.94
Total 2015   4,380   $ 80.00   $ 90.00   $ 98.94
                 
 
Crude Oil Net Written Call Options
         
    Call Options   Avg. NYMEX
    (mbbls)   Strike Price
Q1 2015   1,485   $ 100.00
Q2 2015   3,349     91.89
Q3 2015   3,386     91.89
Q4 2015   3,386     91.89
Total 2015   11,606   $ 92.93
Total 2016 – 2017   24,220   $ 100.07
         

The company’s natural gas hedging positions as of January 31, 2015, were as follows:

     
Open Natural Gas Swaps; Gains (Losses) from Closed
Natural Gas Trades and Call Option Premiums
           
          Total Gains (Losses)
          from Closed Trades
      Avg. NYMEX   and Premiums for
  Open Swaps   Price of   Call Options
  (bcf)   Open Swaps   ($ in millions)
Q1 2015 81   $ 4.53   $ (39 )
Q2 2015 53     3.95     (30 )
Q3 2015 52     3.94     (31 )
Q4 2015 52     3.94     (31 )
Total 2015 238   $ 4.14   $ (131 )
Total 2016 – 2022 37   $ 3.95   $ (187 )
           
         
Natural Gas Three-Way Collars
                 
        Avg. NYMEX   Avg. NYMEX   Avg. NYMEX
    Open Collars   Sold   Bought   Sold Call
    (bcf)   Put Price   Put Price   Price
Q1 2015   100   $ 3.36   $ 4.42   $ 4.65
Q2 2015   35     3.38     4.17     4.37
Q3 2015   36     3.38     4.17     4.37
Q4 2015   36     3.38     4.17     4.37
Total 2015   207   $ 3.37   $ 4.29   $ 4.51
                 
   
Natural Gas Net Written Call Options
           
    Call Options   Avg. NYMEX
    (bcf)   Strike Price
Total 2016 – 2020   193   $ 9.92
           
 
Natural Gas Basis Protection Swaps
         
    Volume   Avg. NYMEX
    (bcf)   plus/(minus)
Q1 2015   28   $ 1.28  
Q2 2015   8     (0.34 )
Q3 2015   8     (0.33 )
Q4 2015   8     (0.33 )
Total 2015   52   $ 0.55  
Total 2016 - 2022   8   $ (1.02 )

 

 

Source: Chesapeake Energy Corporation

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