Contango Provides Corporate and Operational Update
Contango experienced an unusually high volume of trading in its shares yesterday (11/29/17), which we believe is a result of two primary factors; (1) a significant shareholder liquidated their position due to it being the last investment in an old fund and (2) program trading as a result of Contango dropping out of the S&P SmallCap 600 Index due to market capitalization requirements. As a result of additional rebalancing of funds that mirror the S&P SmallCap 600 Index, there could be higher trading volumes in the short term.
2018 Budget Forecast
We are currently formulating our 2018 capital budget and anticipate maintaining a one-rig program throughout 2018. With much of the derisking of our 6,775 net
acre (16,324 gross) position behind us, we are in discussions with our service providers to provide the necessary equipment to fully enact this program. Our acreage position allows for over 400 locations in 3 proven benches that are currently being developed in the area. This will provide significant inventory for the foreseeable future. Additional benches within the 2,600 feet hydrocarbon column seen in the
As previously announced, the borrowing base under our revolving credit facility was recently redetermined at
Reserves and Derivative Instruments
(1) Commodity price derivatives are based on West Texas Intermediate oil prices.
For 2018, we have now hedged approximately 63% of our forecasted PDP crude oil production and 27% of our forecasted PDP natural gas production. For 2019, we have hedged approximately 28% of our forecasted PDP crude oil production.
As previously announced, the Crusader #1H well (40%WI, 30.3%NRI) was drilled to a TMD of 20,275, including a 10,184 lateral in the lower Wolfcamp A formation and was temporarily suspended in
Upon completion of the drilling of the Ragin Bull #3Hwe will move the rig to the River Rattler #1H location in the most northern part of our acreage, approximately one mile north of the Ragin Bull location, and drill our first Wolfcamp B test. There have been multiple Wolfcamp B wells adjacent to our leasehold that have been put on line recently by our offset operators. The early results of these tests appear very encouraging for immediate development.
West Texas Production
The Gunner #2H which was completed in the Lower Wolfcamp A zone is still performing better than our expectations, having produced 78 MBOe in its first 3 months of production and the Rude Ram #1H which was completed in the Upper Wolfcamp A has produced 117 MBOe in its first 6 months of production. We are very happy with these results and will continue to seek the optimum recipe for completions as we get more aggressive in our well schedule going into 2018.
This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding Contango that are intended to be covered by the safe harbor "forward-looking statements" provided by the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995, based on Contango's current expectations and includes statements regarding acquisitions and divestitures, estimates of future production, future results of operations, quality and nature of the asset base, the assumptions upon which estimates are based and other expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, strategies or statements about future events or performance (often, but not always, using words such as "expects", "projects", "anticipates", "plans", "estimates", "potential", "possible", "probable", or "intends", or stating that certain actions, events or results "may", "will", "should", or "could" be taken, occur or be achieved). Statements concerning oil and gas reserves also may be deemed to be forward looking statements in that they reflect estimates based on certain assumptions that the resources involved can be economically exploited.
Forward-looking statements are based on internal estimates, current expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those, reflected in the statements. These risks include, but are not limited to: the risks of the oil and gas industry (for example, operational risks in exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas; risks and uncertainties involving geology of oil and gas deposits; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to future production, costs and expenses; potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; health, safety and environmental risks and risks related to weather such as hurricanes and other natural disasters); uncertainties as to the
availability and cost of financing; fluctuations in oil and gas prices; risks associated with derivative positions; inability to realize expected value from acquisitions, inability of our management team to execute its plans to meet its goals, shortages of drilling equipment, oil field personnel and services, unavailability of gathering systems, pipelines and processing facilities and the possibility that government policies may change or governmental approvals may be delayed or withheld. Additional information on these and other factors which could affect Contango's operations or financial results are included in Contango's other reports on file with the
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Vice President and Treasurer
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