Chesapeake Energy Corporation Reports 2017 Full Year And Fourth Quarter Financial And Operational Results And Announces 2018 Guidance
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OKLAHOMA CITY

OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) today reported financial and operational results for the 2017 full year and fourth quarter plus other recent developments. Highlights include:

  • Average 2017 production of approximately 547,800 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day, up 3 percent compared to 2016 levels, adjusted for asset sales; oil production up 11 percent in 2017 fourth quarter compared to 2016 fourth quarter, adjusted for asset sales
  • Reduced production, general and administrative and gathering, processing and transportation expenses by approximately $510 million, down 18 percent compared to 2016 levels
  • Projected 2018 capital expenditures program of approximately $1.975 - $2.375 billion, down 12 percent compared to 2017 levels, using midpoint
  • Total 2018 production, adjusted for asset sales, expected to grow approximately 3 percent year-over-year, using midpoint; oil volumes adjusted for asset sales, expected to grow by approximately 5 percent compared to 2017 levels, using midpoint

Doug Lawler, Chesapeake's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I am very pleased with our fourth quarter and full year 2017 performance, as we made significant progress toward our goals of reducing our debt, increasing cash flow generation and margin enhancement. Fiscal year 2017 was a pivotal year for Chesapeake, as we restored our production and increased net cash provided by operations, increased our oil production, adjusted for asset sales, and significantly improved our cost structure by reducing our combined production, general and administrative and gathering, processing, and transportation expenses by approximately $510 million. We further demonstrated the depth of our portfolio by closing on approximately $1.3 billion in asset and property sales and signed additional asset sales for approximately $575 million that we expect to close by the end of the 2018 second quarter. We reduced our outstanding secured term debt by approximately $1.3 billion, or 32 percent, continued to remove legal obligations and recorded the best environmental and safety performance in our company's history.

"We are well-positioned to build on our 2017 accomplishments and progress our strategic goals, with our 2018 guidance highlighting improvements in our cost structure, increased oil production, adjusted for asset sales, and increased net cash and margins provided by operations. We expect to deliver production growth, adjusted for asset sales, of 1 percent to 5 percent on reduced capital expenditures. The expected improvements in our cost structure, as well as improved basis pricing differentials and higher NYMEX pricing, result in higher forecasted year-over-year cash flows.

"Over the last four years, we have fundamentally transformed our business, removing financial and operational complexity, significantly improving our balance sheet, and addressing numerous legacy issues that have affected past performance. Chesapeake Energy continues to get stronger, and we believe we are well positioned to create meaningful shareholder value in the years ahead."

2017 Full Year Results

For the 2017 full year, Chesapeake reported net income of $953 million and net income available to common stockholders of $813 million, or $0.90 per diluted share.  The company's EBITDA for the 2017 full year was $2.376 billion. Adjusting items that are typically excluded by securities analysts, the 2017 full year adjusted net income attributable to Chesapeake was $742 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, while the company's adjusted EBITDA was $2.160 billion. Reconciliations of financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP to non-GAAP measures are provided on pages 12 - 16 of this release.

Chesapeake's oil, natural gas and NGL unhedged revenue increased by 18 percent year over year due to an increase in average price despite a 14 percent reduction in production volumes sold. Average daily production for 2017 of approximately 547,800 boe increased by 3 percent compared to 2016 levels, adjusted for asset sales, and consisted of approximately 89,500 barrels (bbls) of oil, 2.406 billion cubic feet (bcf) of natural gas and 57,300 bbls of NGL.

During the full year production expenses were $2.81 per boe, while general and administrative expenses (including stock-based compensation) were $1.31 per boe. Combined production and general and administrative expenses during the 2017 full year were $4.12 per boe, an increase of 1 percent year over year. Gathering, processing, and transportation expenses during the 2017 full year were $7.36 per boe, a decrease of 8 percent year over year.

2017 Fourth Quarter Results

For the 2017 fourth quarter, Chesapeake reported net income of $334 million and net income available to common stockholders of $309 million, or $0.33 per diluted share.  The company's EBITDA for the 2017 fourth quarter was $764 million. Adjusting for items that are typically excluded by securities analysts, the 2017 fourth quarter adjusted net income attributable to Chesapeake was $314 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, while the company's adjusted EBITDA was $706 million. Reconciliations of financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP to non-GAAP measures are provided on pages 12 - 16 of this release.

Chesapeake's oil, natural gas and NGL unhedged revenue in the fourth quarter increased 16 percent year over year due to a 3 percent increase in volumes and an increase in commodity prices. Average daily production for the 2017 fourth quarter of approximately 593,200 boe increased by 15 percent over 2016 fourth quarter levels and 10 percent sequentially, adjusted for asset sales, and consisted of approximately 99,900 bbls of oil, 2.603 bcf of natural gas and 59,500 bbls of NGL.

Production expenses during the 2017 fourth quarter were $2.50 per boe, while general and administrative expenses (including stock-based compensation) during the 2017 fourth quarter were $1.34 per boe. Combined production and general and administrative expenses during the 2017 fourth quarter were $3.84 per boe, a decrease of 10 percent year over year and a decrease of 7 percent quarter over quarter. Gathering, processing, and transportation expenses during the 2017 fourth quarter were $7.15 per boe, a decrease of 10 percent year over year and a decrease of 3 percent quarter over quarter.

Capital Spending Overview

Chesapeake's total capital investments were approximately $2.458 billion during the 2017 full year, compared to approximately $1.697 billion in the 2016 full year. A summary of the company's 2017 and 2016 capital expenditures, as well as the current 2018 capital expenditure guidance, is provided in the table below.


2016

2017

2018

Operated activity comparison

Q4

FY

Q4

FY

Outlook

Average rig count

12

10

14

17

14 - 16

Gross wells spud

60

213

66

341

275 - 300

Gross wells completed

82

365

101

417

320 - 350

Gross wells connected

110

428

118

411

320 - 350







Type of cost ($ in millions)






Drilling and completion costs

$

365


$

1,316


$

462


$

2,190


$1,700 - $2,050

Exploration costs, leasehold and additions to other PP&E

38


130


15


74


$100 - $150

Subtotal capital expenditures

$

403


$

1,446


$

477


$

2,264


$1,800 - $2,200

Capitalized interest

60


251


46


194


175

Total capital expenditures

$

463


$

1,697


$

523


$

2,458


$1,975 - $2,375

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of December 31, 2017, Chesapeake's principal debt balance was approximately $9.981 billion, compared to $9.989 billion as of December 31, 2016. The company's liquidity as of December 31, 2017 was approximately $2.893 billion, which included cash on hand and undrawn borrowing capacity of approximately $2.888 billion under the company's senior secured revolving credit facility. As of December 31, 2017, the company had $781 million of outstanding borrowings under the revolving credit facility and had used $116 million of the revolving credit facility for various letters of credit.

The company recently signed additional asset sales agreements for properties in the Mid-Continent, including our Mississippian Lime assets, for approximately $500 million in proceeds that we expect to close by the end of the 2018 second quarter. In addition, the company sold approximately 4.3 million shares of FTS International, Inc. (NYSE: FTSI) for approximately $74 million in net proceeds and continues to hold approximately 22.0 million shares in the publicly traded company.  FTSI is a provider of hydraulic fracturing services in North America and a company in which Chesapeake has owned a significant stake since 2006.  FTSI completed its initial public offering of common shares on February 6, 2018. The proceeds from these divestitures will go toward reducing Chesapeake's outstanding borrowings under its revolving credit facility, to repurchase high coupon debt to reduce annual interest expense, based on market conditions.

Operations Update

Chesapeake's average daily production for the 2017 full year was approximately 547,800 boe compared to approximately 635,400 boe in the 2016 full year. A summary of the company's 2017 average daily production and average daily sales prices received by the company's operating divisions can be found in the company's Form 10-K.

Chesapeake's average daily production for the 2017 fourth quarter was approximately 593,200 boe compared to approximately 574,500 boe in the 2016 fourth quarter. The following tables show average daily production and average daily sales prices received by the company's operating divisions for the 2017 fourth quarter.



Three Months Ended December 31, 2017



Oil


Natural Gas


NGL


Total



mbbl
per day


$/bbl


mmcf
per day


$/mcf


mbbl
per day


$/bbl


mboe
per day


%


$/boe

Marcellus






834



2.23







139



23



13.36


Haynesville






930



2.72







155



26



16.41


Eagle Ford


66



59.62



150



3.12



21



27.09



112



19



44.38


Utica


11



51.20



477



2.70



25



29.96



115



20



22.48


Mid-Continent


16



53.99



167



2.49



10



26.42



54



9



28.50


Powder River Basin


7



54.36



45



2.90



3



33.30



18



3



34.83


Total


100



57.42



2,603



2.57



59



28.54



593



100

%


23.81


In the Powder River Basin (PRB), strong results from Chesapeake's latest well placed on production in the Turner formation provides additional confirmation of the PRB's potential resource. In December 2017, the LEBAR 15-34-69 A TR 22H well was placed on production in the gas condensate window of the Turner with a lateral length of approximately 10,100 feet. This well reached a peak rate of 2,600 boe per day (50% oil) and has cumulatively produced 115,000 boe (50% oil) in its first 60 days of production. The LEBAR well is currently producing approximately 2,000 boe per day (45% oil) with a flowing tubing pressure of 2,600 psi after approximately 80 days on production. Chesapeake's seventh producing well targeting the Turner formation, the BB 35-35-72 USA A TR 21H, was completed with a 9,677-foot lateral and is scheduled to be placed on production next week. In January 2018, Chesapeake placed three wells on production from the Sussex formation, averaging approximately 6,895 feet in lateral length, and achieving an average peak rate of 880 boe per day (90% oil), while still cleaning up. Chesapeake added a third rig in October 2017 and expects to add a fourth rig in April 2018. Chesapeake expects to place on production up to 33 wells in 2018, compared to 25 wells in 2017.

In the Eagle Ford Shale in south Texas, Chesapeake is currently utilizing five drilling rigs and expects to place on production up to 140 wells in 2018, compared to 166 wells in 2017.

In the Marcellus Shale in northeast Pennsylvania, Chesapeake is currently utilizing one drilling rig and expects to place on production up to 55 wells in 2018, compared to 43 wells in 2017. Chesapeake expects to keep its total gross operated production from the region effectively flat compared to 2017 at approximately 2.1 bcf per day.

In the Haynesville Shale in Louisiana, Chesapeake is currently utilizing three drilling rigs and expects to place on production up to 25 wells in 2018, compared to 36 wells in 2017. In December 2017, Chesapeake placed the Nabors 13&12-10-13 1HC well on production from the Bossier formation, its first ever Bossier horizontal well with a lateral length of more than 10,000 feet, which achieved a peak rate of 35.8 million cubic feet of gas per day.

In the Utica Shale in northeast Ohio, Chesapeake is currently utilizing two drilling rigs and expects to place on production up to 40 wells in 2018, compared to 67 wells in 2017.

In the company's Mid-Continent operating area in Oklahoma, Chesapeake is currently utilizing one drilling rig and expects to place on production up to 40 wells in 2018, compared to 71 wells in 2017. Chesapeake expects to spud its first horizontal well targeting the Chester formation in Woods County in May 2018 and its first horizontal well targeting the Hunton formation in June 2018. If successful, Chesapeake could drill up to 10 additional Chester and Hunton tests in 2018.

Key Financial and Operational Results

The table below summarizes Chesapeake's key financial and operational results during the 2017 fourth quarter and full year as compared to results in prior periods.


Three Months Ended


Full Year Ended


12/31/17


12/31/16


12/31/17


12/31/16

Barrels of oil equivalent production (in mmboe)

55



53



200



233


Oil production (in mmbbls)

9



8



33



33


Average realized oil price ($/bbl)(a)

56.47



47.37



53.19



43.58


Natural gas production (in bcf)

239



236



878



1,049


Average realized natural gas price ($/mcf)(a)

2.76



2.41



2.75



2.20


NGL production (in mmbbls)

5



5



21



24


Average realized NGL price ($/bbl)(a)

27.98



20.90



22.98



14.43


Production expenses ($/boe)

2.50



2.98



2.81



3.05


Gathering, processing and transportation expenses ($/boe)

7.15



7.92



7.36



7.98


Oil - ($/bbl)

3.90



3.87



3.94



3.61


Natural Gas - ($/mcf)

1.30



1.46



1.34



1.47


NGL - ($/bbl)

7.83



8.05



7.88



7.83


Production taxes ($/boe)

0.45



0.38



0.44



0.32


General and administrative expenses ($/boe)(b)

1.19



1.11



1.13



0.87


General and administrative expenses (stock-based compensation) (non-cash) ($/boe)

0.15



0.17



0.18



0.16


DD&A of oil and natural gas properties ($/boe)

5.23



4.03



4.56



4.31


DD&A of other assets ($/boe)

0.37



0.40



0.41



0.45


Interest expense ($/boe)(a)

2.25



1.61



2.11



1.18


Marketing, gathering and compression net margin($ in millions)

(4)



(25)



(87)



(194)


Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities ($ in millions)

472



(254)



745



(204)


Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities ($/boe)

8.65



(4.79)



3.73



(0.88)


Operating cash flow ($ in millions)(c)

577



(107)



1,216



557


Operating cash flow ($/boe)

10.57



(2.02)



6.09



2.39


Net income (loss) ($ in millions)

334



(341)



953



(4,399)


Net income (loss) available to common stockholders ($ in millions)

309



(740)



813



(4,915)


Net income (loss) per share available to common stockholders – diluted ($)

0.33



(0.83)



0.90



(6.43)


Adjusted EBITDA ($ in millions)(d)

706



385



2,160



1,350


Adjusted EBITDA ($/boe)

12.94



7.26



10.80



5.79


Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Chesapeake ($ in millions)(e)

314



64



742



(31)


Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Chesapeake per share - diluted ($ in millions)(f)

0.30



0.07



0.82



(0.03)




(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, which are recorded in general and administrative expenses in Chesapeake's Consolidated Statement of Operations.



(c)

Defined as cash flow provided by operating activities before changes in components of working capital and other assets and liabilities. This is a non-GAAP measure. See reconciliation to cash provided by (used in) operating activities on page 14.



(d)

Defined as net income (loss) before interest expense, income taxes and depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, as adjusted to remove the effects of certain items detailed on page 16.  This is a non-GAAP measure.  See reconciliation of net income (loss) to EBITDA on page 14 and reconciliation of EBITDA to adjusted EBITDA on page 16. 



(e)

Defined as net income (loss) attributable to Chesapeake, as adjusted to remove the effects of certain items detailed on pages 12 - 13.  This is a non-GAAP measure.  See reconciliation of net income to adjusted net income (loss) available to Chesapeake on pages 12-13.



(f)

Our presentation of diluted adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Chesapeake per share excludes 60 million and 211 million shares for the three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively, and 207 million and 247 million shares for the years ended December 31,2017 and 2016, respectively, considered antidilutive when calculating diluted earnings per share.

2017 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Financial and Operational Results Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss this release has been scheduled on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 9:00 am EDT. The telephone number to access the conference call is 719-325-4837 or toll-free 877-419-6600. The passcode for the call is 4866677. The number to access the conference call replay is 719-457-0820 or toll-free 888-203-1112 and the passcode for the replay is 4866677. The conference call will be webcast and can be found at www.chk.com in the "Investors" section of the company's website. The webcast of the conference will be available on the website for one year.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Chesapeake Energy Corporation's (NYSE: CHK) operations are focused on discovering and developing its large and geographically diverse resource base of unconventional oil and natural gas assets onshore in the United States.

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, management's outlook guidance or forecasts of future events, production and well connection forecasts, estimates of operating costs, anticipated capital and operational efficiencies, planned development drilling and expected drilling cost reductions, anticipated timing of wells to be placed into production, general and administrative expenses, capital expenditures, the timing of anticipated asset sales and proceeds to be received therefrom, the expected use of proceeds of anticipated asset sales, projected cash flow and liquidity, our ability to enhance our cash flow and financial flexibility, plans and objectives for future operations, the ability of our employees, portfolio strength and operational leadership to create long-term value, 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; the limitations our level of indebtedness may have on our financial flexibility; our inability to access the capital markets on favorable terms; the availability of cash flows from operations and other funds to finance reserve replacement costs or satisfy our debt obligations; downgrade in our credit rating requiring us to post more collateral under certain commercial arrangements; write-downs of our oil and natural gas asset carrying values due to low commodity prices; 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; charges incurred in response to market conditions and in connection with our ongoing 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; impacts of potential legislative and regulatory actions addressing climate change; federal and state tax proposals affecting our industry; potential OTC derivatives regulation limiting our ability to hedge against commodity price fluctuations; 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; terrorist activities and cyber-attacks adversely impacting our operations; an interruption in operations at our headquarters due to a catastrophic event; certain anti-takeover provisions that affect shareholder rights; and our inability to increase or maintain our liquidity through debt repurchases, capital exchanges, asset sales, joint ventures, farmouts or other means.

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. In addition, this news release contains time-sensitive information that reflects management's best judgment only as of the date of this news release.

INVESTOR CONTACT:

MEDIA CONTACT:

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Gordon Pennoyer

(405) 935-8870 

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CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

($ in millions except per share data)

(unaudited)


Three Months Ended
December 31,


Years Ended
December 31,


2017


2016


2017


2016

REVENUES:








Oil, natural gas and NGL

$

1,258



$

678



$

4,985



$

3,288


Marketing, gathering and compression

1,261



1,343



4,511



4,584


Total Revenues

2,519



2,021



9,496



7,872


OPERATING EXPENSES:








Oil, natural gas and NGL production

136



158



562



710


Oil, natural gas and NGL gathering, processing and transportation

390



419



1,471



1,855


Production taxes

25



20



89



74


Marketing, gathering and compression

1,265



1,368



4,598



4,778


General and administrative

73



68



262



240


Restructuring and other termination costs



3





6


Provision for legal contingencies, net

(73)



11



(38)



123


Oil, natural gas and NGL depreciation, depletion and amortization

286



212



913



1,003


Depreciation and amortization of other assets

20



21



82



104


Impairment of oil and natural gas properties







2,564


Impairments of fixed assets and other

(5)



43



421



838


Net gains on sales of fixed assets

(3)



(7)



(3)



(12)


Total Operating Expenses

2,114



2,316



8,357



12,283


INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS

405



(295)



1,139



(4,411)


OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):








Interest expense

(124)



(99)



(426)



(296)


Losses on investments



(5)





(8)


Loss on sale of investment







(10)


Impairments of investments



(119)





(119)


Gains (losses) on purchases or exchanges of debt

50



(19)



233



236


Other income

3



6



9



19


Total Other Expense

(71)



(236)



(184)



(178)


INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES

334



(531)



955



(4,589)


INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT):








Current income taxes

(11)



(19)



(9)



(19)


Deferred income taxes

11



(171)



11



(171)


Total Income Tax Expense (Benefit)



(190)



2



(190)


NET INCOME (LOSS)

334



(341)



953



(4,399)


Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(1)



(1)



(4)



9


NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO CHESAPEAKE

333



(342)



949



(4,390)


Preferred stock dividends

(23)



30



(85)



(97)


Loss on exchange of preferred stock



(428)



(41)



(428)


Earnings allocated to participating securities

(1)





(10)




NET INCOME (LOSS) AVAILABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS

$

309



$

(740)



$

813



$

(4,915)


EARNINGS (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE:








Basic

$

0.34



$

(0.83)



$

0.90



$

(6.43)


Diluted

$

0.33



$

(0.83)



$

0.90



$

(6.43)


WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON AND COMMON EQUIVALENT SHARES OUTSTANDING (in millions):








Basic

907



887



906



764


Diluted

1,053



887



906



764


 

CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

($ in millions)

(unaudited)


December 31,
2017


December 31,
2016





Cash and cash equivalents

$

5



$

882


Other current assets

1,520



1,260


Total Current Assets

1,525



2,142






Property and equipment, net

10,680



10,609


Other long-term assets

220



277


Total Assets

$

12,425



$

13,028






Current liabilities

$

2,356



$

3,648


Long-term debt, net

9,921



9,938


Other long-term liabilities

520



645


Total Liabilities

12,797



14,231






Preferred stock

1,671



1,771


Noncontrolling interests

124



128


Common stock and other stockholders' equity (deficit)

(2,167)



(3,102)


Total Equity (Deficit)

(372)



(1,203)






Total Liabilities and Equity

$

12,425



$

13,028






Common shares outstanding (in millions)

909



896


Principal amount of debt outstanding

$

9,981



$

9,989


 

CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION

SUPPLEMENTAL DATA – OIL, NATURAL GAS AND NGL PRODUCTION, SALES AND INTEREST EXPENSE

(unaudited)


Three Months Ended
December 31,


Years Ended
December 31,


2017


2016


2017


2016

Net Production:








Oil (mmbbl)

9



8



33



33


Natural gas (bcf)

239



236



878



1,049


NGL (mmbbl)

5



5



21



24


Oil equivalent (mmboe)

55



53



200



233


Average daily production (mboe)

593



575



548



635


Oil, natural gas and NGL Sales ($ in millions):








Oil sales

$

528



$

399



$

1,668



$

1,351


Oil derivatives – realized gains (losses)(a)

(9)



(5)



70



97


Oil derivatives – unrealized gains (losses)(a)

(179)



(101)



(134)



(318)


Total oil sales

340



293



1,604



1,130










Natural gas sales

615



610



2,422



2,155


Natural gas derivatives – realized gains (losses)(a)

44



(41)



(9)



151


Natural gas derivatives – unrealized gains (losses)(a)

105



(296)



489



(500)


Total natural gas sales

764



273



2,902



1,806










NGL sales

156



113



484



360


NGL derivatives – realized gains (losses)(a)

(3)



(3)



(4)



(8)


NGL derivatives – unrealized gains (losses)(a)

1



2



(1)




Total NGL sales

154



112



479



352










Total oil, natural gas and NGL sales

$

1,258



$

678



$

4,985



$

3,288


Average Sales Price of Production:








Oil ($ per bbl)

$

57.42



$

47.95



$

51.03



$

40.65


Natural gas ($ per mcf)

$

2.57



$

2.59



$

2.76



$

2.05


NGL ($ per bbl)

$

28.54



$

21.54



$

23.18



$

14.76


Oil equivalent ($ per boe)

$

23.81



$

21.24



$

22.88



$

16.63


Average Sales Price (including realized gains (losses) on derivatives):








Oil ($ per bbl)

$

56.47



$

47.37



$

53.19



$

43.58


Natural gas ($ per mcf)

$

2.76



$

2.41



$

2.75



$

2.20


NGL ($ per bbl)

$

27.98



$

20.90



$

22.98



$

14.43


Oil equivalent ($ per boe)

$

24.41



$

20.30



$

23.17



$

17.66


Interest Expense ($ in millions):








Interest expense(b)

$

123



$

87



$

425



$

286


Interest rate derivatives – realized (gains) losses(c)



(2)



(3)



(11)


Interest rate derivatives – unrealized (gains) losses(c)

1



14



4



21


Total Interest Expense

$

124



$

99



$

426



$

296




(a) 

Realized gains (losses) include the following items: (i) settlements and accruals for settlements of undesignated 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 (losses) related to de-designated cash flow hedges originally designated to settle against current period production revenues. Unrealized gains (losses) include the change in fair value of open derivatives scheduled to settle against future period production revenues (including current period settlements for option premiums and early terminated derivatives) offset by amounts reclassified as realized gains (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 interest rate derivative settlements related to current period interest and the effect of (gains) losses on early-terminated trades. Settlements of early-terminated trades are reflected in realized (gains) losses over the original life of the hedged item. 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)


Three Months Ended
December 31,


Years Ended
December 31,


2017


2016


2017


2016









Beginning cash and cash equivalents

$

5



$

4



$

882



$

825










Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

472



(254)



745



(204)










Cash flows from investing activities:








Drilling and completion costs(a)

(589)



(347)



(2,186)



(1,295)


Acquisitions of proved and unproved properties(b)

(59)



(205)



(285)



(788)


Proceeds from divestitures of proved and unproved properties

56



418



1,249



1,406


Additions to other property and equipment(c)

(9)



(5)



(21)



(37)


Proceeds from sales of other property and equipment

15



61



55



131


Cash paid for title defects







(69)


Other



(3)





(8)


Net cash used in investing activities

(586)



(81)



(1,188)



(660)










Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

114



1,213



(434)



921


Change in cash and cash equivalents



878



(877)



57


Ending cash and cash equivalents

$

5



$

882



$

5



$

882




(a)

Includes capitalized interest of $2 million and $2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. Includes capitalized interest of $9 million and $6 million for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively



(b)

Includes capitalized interest of $44 million and $56 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. Includes capitalized interest of $184 million and $236 million for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.



(c)

Includes capitalized interest of $0 and $1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. Includes capitalized interest of $1 million and $1 million for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

 

CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET INCOME AVAILABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS
($ in millions except per share data)
(unaudited)


Three Months Ended December 31,


2017


2016


$


$/Share(b)(c)


$


$/Share(b)(c)

Net income (loss) available to common stockholders (GAAP)

$

309



$

0.34



$

(740)



$

0.83


Effect of dilutive securities

35








Diluted earnings (loss) per common stockholder (GAAP)

$

344



$

0.33



$

(740)



$

(0.83)










Adjustments:








Unrealized losses on oil, natural gas and NGL derivatives

73



0.07



395



0.45


Restructuring and other termination costs





3




Provision for legal contingencies, net

(73)



(0.07)



11



0.01


Impairments of fixed assets and other

(5)





43



0.05


Net gains on sales of fixed assets

(3)





(7)



(0.01)


Impairments of investments





119



0.13


(Gains) losses on purchases or exchanges of debt

(50)



(0.05)



19



0.02


Loss on exchange of preferred stock





428



0.48


Income tax expense (benefit)(a)





(190)



(0.21)


Other

4





13



0.01


Adjusted net income available to common stockholders(b) (Non-GAAP)

290



0.28



94



0.10










Preferred stock dividends

23



0.02



(30)



(0.03)


Earnings allocated to participating securities

1








Total adjusted net income attributable to Chesapeake(b) (c) (Non-GAAP)

$

314



$

0.30



$

64



$

0.07




(a)

Due to our valuation allowance position, no income tax effect from the adjustments has been included in determining adjusted net income for the three months ended December 31, 2017. Our effective tax rate in the three months ended December 31, 2016 was 35.7%.



(b)

Adjusted net income (loss) available to common stockholders and total adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Chesapeake, both in the aggregate and per dilutive share, are not measures of financial performance under GAAP, and should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income (loss) available to common stockholders or earnings (loss) per share. Adjusted net income (loss) available to common stockholders and adjusted earnings (loss) per share 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 GAAP because:




(i)

Management uses adjusted net income (loss) 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 (loss) 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.




Because adjusted net income (loss) available to common stockholders and total adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Chesapeake exclude some, but not all, items that affect net income (loss) available to common stockholders and total adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Chesapeake may vary among companies, our calculation of adjusted net income (loss) available to common stockholders and total adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Chesapeake may not be comparable to similarly titled financial measures of other companies.



(c)

Our presentation of diluted net income (loss) available to common stockholders and diluted adjusted net income (loss) per share excludes 60 million and 211 million shares considered antidilutive for the three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively and thus excluded from the calculation. The number of shares used for the non-GAAP calculation were determined in a manner consistent with GAAP.

 

CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET INCOME AVAILABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS
($ in millions except per share data)
(unaudited)


Years Ended December 31,


2017


2016


$


$/Share(b)(c)


$


$/Share(b)(c)

Net income (loss) available to common stockholders (GAAP)

$

813



$

0.90



$

(4,915)



(6.43)










Adjustments:








Unrealized losses (gains) on oil, natural gas and NGL derivatives

(354)



(0.39)



818



1.07


Unrealized losses on supply contract derivative





297



0.39


Restructuring and other termination costs





6



0.01


Provision for legal contingencies, net

(38)



(0.04)



123



0.16


Impairment of oil, natural gas and NGL properties





2,564



3.36


Impairments of fixed assets and other

421



0.46



838



1.10


Net gains on sales of fixed assets

(3)





(12)



(0.02)


Impairments of investments





119



0.16


Loss on sale of investment





10



0.01


Gains on purchases or exchanges of debt

(233)



(0.26)



(236)



(0.31)


Loss on exchange of preferred stock

41



0.04



428



0.56


Income tax expense (benefit)(a)





(190)



(0.25)


Other





22



0.03


Adjusted net income (loss) available to common stockholders(b) (Non-GAAP)

647



0.71



(128)



(0.16)










Preferred stock dividends

85



0.10






Earnings allocated to participating securities

10



0.01



97



0.13


Total adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Chesapeake(b) (c) (Non-GAAP)

$

742



$

0.82



$

(31)



$

(0.03)




(a)

Due to our valuation allowance position, no income tax effect from the adjustments has been included in determining adjusted net income for the year ended December 31, 2017. Our effective tax rate in the year ended December 31, 2016 was 4.1%.



(b)

Adjusted net income (loss) available to common stockholders and total adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Chesapeake, both in the aggregate and per dilutive share, are not measures of financial performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP), and should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income (loss) available to common stockholders or earnings (loss) per share. Adjusted net income (loss) available to common stockholders and adjusted earnings (loss) per share 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 GAAP because:




(i) 

Management uses adjusted net income (loss) 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 (loss) 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.




Because adjusted net income (loss) available to common stockholders and total adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Chesapeake exclude some, but not all, items that affect net income (loss) available to common stockholders and total adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Chesapeake may vary among companies, our calculation of adjusted net income (loss) available to common stockholders and total adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Chesapeake may not be comparable to similarly titled financial measures of other companies.



(c)

Our presentation of diluted net income (loss) available to common stockholders and diluted adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Chesapeake per share excludes 207 million and 247 million shares considered antidilutive for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively and thus excluded from the calculation. The number of shares used for the non-GAAP calculation were determined in a manner consistent with GAAP.

 

CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING CASH FLOW AND EBITDA
($ in millions)
(unaudited)


Three Months Ended
December 31,


Years Ended
December 31,


2017


2016


2017


2016









CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES (GAAP)

$

472



$

(254)



$

745



$

(204)


Changes in components of working capital and other assets and liabilities

105



147



471



761


OPERATING CASH FLOW (Non-GAAP)(a)

$

577



$

(107)



$

1,216



$

557







Three Months Ended
December 31,


Years Ended
December 31,


2017


2016


2017


2016









NET INCOME (LOSS) (GAAP)

$

334



$

(341)



$

953



$

(4,399)


Interest expense

124



99



426



296


Income tax expense (benefit)



(190)



2



(190)


Depreciation and amortization of other assets

20



21



82



104


Oil, natural gas and NGL depreciation, depletion and amortization

286



212



913



1,003


EBITDA (Non-GAAP)(b)

$

764



$

(199)



$

2,376



$

(3,186)







Three Months Ended
December 31,


Years Ended
December 31,


2017


2016


2017


2016









CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES (GAAP)

$

472



$

(254)



$

745



$

(204)


Changes in assets and liabilities

105



147



471



761


Interest expense, net of unrealized gains (losses) on derivatives

123



85



422



275


Gains (losses) on oil, natural gas and NGL derivatives, net

(41)



(444)



411



(578)


Losses on supply contract derivative, net







(151)


Cash (receipts) payments on derivative settlements, net

(28)



39



18



(448)


Renegotiation of natural gas gathering contract



49





115


Stock-based compensation

(11)



(12)



(49)



(52)


Restructuring and other termination costs



(2)





(3)


Provision for legal contingencies, net

77



(10)



42



(87)


Impairment of oil and natural gas properties







(2,564)


Impairments of fixed assets and other

5



318



(4)



(467)


Net gains on sales of fixed assets

3



7



3



12


Investment activity



(5)





(18)


Impairments of investments



(119)





(119)


Gains (losses) on purchases or exchanges of debt

50



(19)



235



236


Other items

9



21



82



106


EBITDA (Non-GAAP)(b)

$

764



$

(199)



$

2,376



$

(3,186)




(a)

Operating cash flow represents net cash provided by operating activities before changes in components of working capital and other. Operating cash flow is presented because management believes it is a useful adjunct to net cash provided by operating activities under GAAP and provides useful information to investors for analysis of the Company's ability to generate cash to fund exploration and development, and to service debt. 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 activities as an indicator of cash flows, or as a measure of liquidity. Because operating cash flow excludes some, but not all, items that affect net cash provided by operating activities and may vary among companies, our calculation of operating cash flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. The increase in operating cash flow for the three months ended December 31, 2017 is mainly due to an increase in prices and volumes. Operating cash flow for the year ended December 31, 2017 includes $290 million paid to assign an oil transportation agreement to a third party and $126 million paid to terminate future natural gas transportation commitments.



(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 (or liquidity) under GAAP. Accordingly, it should not be considered as a substitute for net income, income from operations or cash flows from operating activities prepared in accordance with GAAP.

 

CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA
($ in millions)
(unaudited)


Three Months Ended
December 31,


Years Ended
December 31,


2017


2016


2017


2016









EBITDA (Non-GAAP)

$

764



$

(199)



$

2,376



$

(3,186)










Adjustments:








Unrealized losses (gains) on oil, natural gas and NGL derivatives

73



395



(354)



818


Unrealized losses on supply contract derivative







297


Restructuring and other termination costs



3





6


Provision for legal contingencies, net

(73)



11



(38)



123


Impairment of oil and natural gas properties







2,564


Impairments of fixed assets and other

(5)



43



421



838


Net gains on sales of fixed assets

(3)



(7)



(3)



(12)


Impairments of investments



119





119


Loss on sale of investment







10


(Gains) losses on purchases or exchanges of debt

(50)



19



(233)



(236)


Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests

(1)



(1)



(4)



9


Other

1



2



(5)












Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)(a)

$

706



$

385



$

2,160



$

1,350




(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. Because adjusted EBITDA excludes some, but not all, items that affect net income (loss from continuing operations) attributable to common stockholders, our calculations of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

 

CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
ROLL-FORWARD OF PROVED RESERVES
YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2017
(unaudited)


Mmboe(a)



Beginning balance, December 31, 2016

1,708


Production

(200)


Extensions, discoveries and other additions

723


Revisions of previous estimates

(252)


Sale of reserves in-place

(71)


Purchase of reserves in-place

4


Ending balance, December 31, 2017

1,912




Proved reserves growth rate before acquisitions and divestitures

16

%

Proved reserves growth rate after acquisitions and divestitures

12

%



Proved developed reserves

1,116


Proved developed reserves percentage

58

%



Standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows ($ in millions) (GAAP)

$

7,490


Add: Present value of future income taxes discounted at 10% per annum(a)


PV-10 ($ in millions)(a) (Non-GAAP)

$

7,490




(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, 2017 of $51.34 per bbl of oil and $2.98 per mcf of natural gas, before basis differential adjustments. PV-10 is a non-GAAP metric used by the industry, investors and analysts to estimate the present value, discounted at 10% per annum, of estimated future cash flows of the company's estimated proved reserves before income tax. The table above shows the reconciliation of PV-10 to the company's standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows, the most directly comparable GAAP measure for the year ended December 31, 2017. Future income taxes in the calculation of the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows were zero as of December 31, 2017, as the historical tax basis of proved oil and gas properties, net of operating loss carryforwards, and future tax deductions exceeded the undiscounted future net cash flows before income taxes of the Company's proved oil and gas reserves as of December 31, 2017.

 

CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF PV-9 AND PV-10 TO STANDARDIZED MEASURE
($ in millions)
(unaudited)


PV-9 – December 31, 2017 @ NYMEX Strip


$

8,026


Less: Change in discount factor from 9 to 10


(386)


PV-10 – December 31, 2017 @ NYMEX Strip


7,640


Less: Change in pricing assumption from NYMEX Strip to SEC


(150)


PV-10 – December 31, 2017 @ SEC


7,490


Less: Present value of future income tax discounted at 10%



Standardized measure of discounted future cash flows – December 31, 2017(a)


$

7,490




(a) 

PV-9 is a non-GAAP metric used in the determination of the value of collateral under Chesapeake's credit facility. PV-10 is a non-GAAP metric used by the industry, investors and analysts to estimate the present value, discounted at 10% per annum, of estimated future cash flows of the company's estimated proved reserves before income tax. The table above shows the reconciliation of PV-9 and PV-10 to the company's standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, for the year ended December 31, 2017. Management believes that PV-9 provides useful information to investors regarding the company's collateral position and that PV-10 provides useful information to investors because it is widely used by professional analysts and sophisticated investors in evaluating oil and natural gas companies. Because there are many unique factors that can impact an individual company when estimating the amount of future income taxes to be paid, management believes the use of a pre-tax measure is valuable for evaluating the company. Neither PV-9 nor PV-10 should be considered as an alternative to the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows as computed under GAAP.

 

CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORPORATION

MANAGEMENT'S OUTLOOK AS OF FEBRUARY 22, 2018

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



Year Ending
12/31/2018

Production Growth adjusted for asset sales(a)

1% to 5%

Absolute Production


Liquids - mmbbls

51.0 - 55.0

Oil - mmbbls

31.0 - 33.0

NGL - mmbbls

20.0 - 22.0

Natural gas - bcf

825 - 875

Total absolute production - mmboe

190 - 200

Absolute daily rate - mboe

515 - 550

Estimated Realized Hedging Effects(b) (based on 2/16/18 strip prices):


Oil - $/bbl

($5.38)

Natural gas - $/mcf

$0.19

NGL - $/bbl

$0.02

Estimated Basis to NYMEX Prices:


Oil - $/bbl

$1.00 - $1.20

Natural gas - $/mcf

($0.10) - ($0.20)

NGL - $/bbl

($5.20) - ($5.60)

Operating Costs per Boe of Projected Production:


Production expense

$2.60 - $2.80

Gathering, processing and transportation expenses

$6.95 - $7.65

Oil - $/bbl

$3.90 - $4.10

Natural Gas - $/mcf

$1.25 - $1.40

NGL - $/bbl

$7.85 - $8.25

Production taxes

$0.50 - $0.60

General and administrative(c)

$1.25 - $1.35

Stock-based compensation (noncash)

$0.10 - $0.20

DD&A of natural gas and liquids assets

$5.00 - $6.00

Depreciation of other assets

$0.35 - $0.45

Interest expense(d)

$2.40 - $2.60

Marketing, gathering and compression net margin(e)

($60) - ($40)

Book Tax Rate

0%

Adjusted EBITDA, based on 2/16/18 strip prices ($ in millions)(f)

$2,200 - $2,400

Capital Expenditures ($ in millions)(g)

$1,800 - $2,200

Capitalized Interest ($ in millions)

$175

Total Capital Expenditures ($ in millions)

$1,975 - $2,375



(a)

Based on 2017 production of 515 mboe per day, adjusted for 2017 asset sales and 2018 asset sales signed to date.



(b)

Includes expected settlements for oil, natural gas and NGL derivatives adjusted for option premiums. For derivatives closed early, settlements are reflected in the period of original contract expiration.



(c)

Excludes expenses associated with stock-based compensation, which are recorded in general and administrative expenses in Chesapeake's Consolidated Statement of Operations.



(d)

Excludes unrealized gains (losses) on interest rate derivatives.



(e)

Excludes non-cash amortization of approximately $22 million related to the buydown of a transportation agreement.



(f)

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure used by management to evaluate the company's operational trends and performance relative to other oil and natural gas producing companies. Adjusted EBITDA excludes certain items that management believes affect the comparability of operating results. The most directly comparable GAAP measure is net income but, it is not possible, without unreasonable efforts, to identify the amount or significance of events or transactions that may be included in future GAAP net income but that management does not believe to be representative of underlying business performance. The company further believes that providing estimates of the amounts that would be required to reconcile forecasted adjusted EBITDA to forecasted GAAP net income would imply a degree of precision that may be confusing or misleading to investors. Items excluded from net income to arrive at adjusted EBITDA include interest expense, income taxes, and depreciation, depletion and amortization expense as well as one-time items or items whose timing or amount cannot be reasonably estimated.



(g)

Includes capital expenditures for drilling and completion, leasehold, geological and geophysical costs, rig termination payments and other property, plant and equipment. Excludes any additional proved property acquisitions.

Oil, Natural Gas and Natural Gas Liquids 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 derivative positions and accounting for oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids derivatives.

As of February 22, 2018, including January and February derivative contracts that have settled, the company had downside price protection on a portion of its 2018 oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids production. Through swaps, the company had downside oil price protection at an average price of $52.87 per bbl, and under three-way collar arrangements based on an average bought put NYMEX price of $47.00 per bbl and exposure below an average sold put NYMEX price of $39.15 per bbl. Through swaps and two way collars, the company had downside gas price protection at an average price of $3.10 per mcf. Chesapeake also had downside ethane, propane and butane price protection through swaps at an average price of $0.28, $0.73 and $0.88 per gallon (as well as a portion of butane at 70.5% of WTI), respectively.  Further details summarized below.

In addition, the company had downside protection, through open swaps on a portion of its 2019 oil production at an average price of $56.04 per bbl.

The company's crude oil hedging positions were as follows:

Open Crude Oil Swaps
Gains (Losses) from Closed Crude Oil Trades


Open Swaps
(mbbls)


Avg. NYMEX
Price of
Open Swaps


Gains/Losses
from Closed
Trades
($ in millions)







Q1 2018

5,580



$

52.26



$

(1)


Q2 2018

5,642



$

52.26



(1)


Q3 2018

5,244



$

53.52



(1)


Q4 2018

5,244



$

53.52



(1)


Total 2018

21,710



$

52.87



$

(4)








Total 2019 - 2022

3,273



$

56.04



$

(8)


 

Crude Oil Net Written Call Options


Call Options
(mbbls)


Avg. NYMEX
Strike Price





Q3 2018

920


$

52.87


Q4 2018

920


$

52.87


Total 2018

1,840


$

52.87


 

Crude Oil Three-Way Collars



Open Collars
(mmbbls)


Avg. NYMEX
Sold Put Price


Avg. NYMEX
Bought Put Price


Avg. NYMEX
Sold Call Price










Q1 2018


450


$

39.15



$

47.00



$

55.00


Q2 2018


455


$

39.15



$

47.00



$

55.00


Q3 2018


460


$

39.15



$

47.00



$

55.00


Q4 2018


460


$

39.15



$

47.00



$

55.00


Total 2018


1,825


$

39.15



$

47.00



$

55.00


 

Oil Basis Protection Swaps


Volume
(mmbbls)


Avg. NYMEX
plus/(minus)





Q1 2018

2,610


$

3.21


Q2 2018

2,639


$

3.21


Q3 2018

2,760


$

3.42


Q4 2018

2,760


$

3.42


Total 2018

10,769


$

3.32


The company's natural gas hedging positions were as follows:

Open Natural Gas Swaps
Losses from Closed Natural Gas Trades


Open Swaps
(bcf)


Avg. NYMEX
Price of
Open Swaps


Losses
from Closed
Trades
($ in millions)







Q1 2018

174


$

3.44



$

(6)


Q2 2018

118


$

2.92



(4)


Q3 2018

120


$

2.94



(4)


Q4 2018

120


$

3.00



(6)


Total 2018

532


$

3.11



$

(20)








Total 2019 - 2022


$



$

(49)


 

Natural Gas Two-Way Collars


Open Collars
(bcf)


Avg. NYMEX
Bought Put Price


Avg. NYMEX
Sold Call Price







Q1 2018

11


$

3.00



$

3.25


Q2 2018

12


$

3.00



$

3.25


Q3 2018

12


$

3.00



$

3.25


Q4 2018

12


$

3.00



$

3.25


Total 2018

47


$

3.00



$

3.25


 

Natural Gas Net Written Call Options


Call Options
(bcf)


Avg. NYMEX
Strike Price





Q1 2018

16


$

6.27


Q2 2018

16


$

6.27


Q3 2018

17


$

6.27


Q4 2018

17


$

6.27


Total 2018

66


$

6.27






Total 2019 – 2020

44


$

12.00


 

Natural Gas Basis Protection Swaps


Volume
(bcf)


Avg. NYMEX
plus/(minus)





Q1 2018

24


$

(0.08)


Q2 2018

18


$

(0.77)


Q3 2018

17


$

(0.77)


Q4 2018

6


$

(0.77)


Total 2018

65


$

(0.52)


The company's natural gas liquids hedging positions were as follows:

Open Ethane Swaps


Volume
(mgal)


Avg. NYMEX Price
of Open Swaps





Q1 2018

3,780


$

0.28


Q2 2018

3,822


$

0.28


Total 2018

7,602


$

0.28


 

Open Propane Swaps


Volume
(mgal)


Avg. NYMEX Price
of Open Swaps





Q1 2018

3,780


$

0.73


Q2 2018

3,822


$

0.73


Q3 2018

3,864


$

0.73


Q4 2018

3,864


$

0.73


Total 2018

15,330


$

0.73


 

Open Butane Swaps


Volume
(mgal)


Avg. NYMEX Price
of Open Swaps





Q1 2018

1,323


$

0.88


Q2 2018

1,338


$

0.88


Q3 2018

1,352


$

0.88


Q4 2018

1,352


$

0.88


Total 2018

5,365


$

0.88


 

Open Butane Swaps Priced as a Percentage of WTI


Volume
(mgal)


Avg. NYMEX as a
% of WTI Open
Swaps





Q1 2018

1,323


70.5

%

Q2 2018

1,337


70.5

%

Q3 2018

1,352


70.5

%

Q4 2018

1,352


70.5

%

Total 2018

5,364


70.5

%

 

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