The FINANCIAL -- OKLAHOMA CITY -- Chesapeake Energy Corporation reported financial and operational results for the 2018 second quarter.
2018 second quarter net loss available to common stockholders of $40 million, or $0.04 per diluted share; 2018 second quarter adjusted net income attributable to Chesapeake of $139 million, or $0.15 per diluted share
Average 2018 second quarter production of approximately 530,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day, up 8 percent compared to 2017 second quarter, adjusted for asset sales
Average 2018 second quarter oil production of approximately 90,000 barrels of oil per day, up 11 percent compared to 2017 second quarter, adjusted for asset sales
Powder River Basin (PRB) production achieved a record daily rate of approximately 32,000 boe per day on July 22; company now expects production from the area to reach 38,000 boe per day by year-end primarily driven by Turner performance
Doug Lawler, Chesapeake's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Chesapeake continues to make significant progress in achieving our strategic priorities of reducing leverage, increasing margins and reaching cash flow neutrality. Last week's announcement to sell our Utica position will allow us to retire nearly $2 billion of outstanding debt, while the recent significant ramp in our Powder River Basin volumes position us to replace the divested Utica EBITDA within a year. For the third consecutive quarter, we have recorded impressive cash flow driven by better-than-expected oil production. We expect to see continued meaningful improvements in growing our cash flow as our total oil production, adjusted for asset sales, moves higher throughout the rest of 2018 and into 2019. Lower total debt, improving margins and greater capital efficiency are positioning Chesapeake for significant equity value creation moving forward."
2018 Second Quarter Results
For the 2018 second quarter, Chesapeake reported a net loss of $16 million and a net loss available to common stockholders of $40 million, or $0.04 per diluted share. The company's EBITDA for the 2018 second quarter was $382 million. Adjusting for items that are typically excluded by securities analysts, the 2018 second quarter adjusted net income attributable to Chesapeake was $139 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, while the company's adjusted EBITDA was $536 million. Reconciliations of financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP to non-GAAP measures are provided on pages 14 - 18 of this release.
Production expenses during the 2018 second quarter were $2.86 per boe, compared to $2.92 per boe in the 2017 second quarter, primarily as a result of certain 2018 and 2017 divestitures, partially offset by increased saltwater disposal costs. General and administrative expenses (including stock-based compensation) during the 2018 second quarter were $1.89 per boe, compared to $1.45 per boe in the 2017 second quarter. The increase was primarily driven by stock-based compensation awards. The company's gathering, processing, and transportation expenses decreased by 5 percent year over year to $7.04 per boe from $7.44 per boe during the 2017 second quarter primarily as a result of certain 2018 and 2017 divestitures, reduced fees due to restructured midstream contracts and lower volume commitments.
Capital Spending Overview
Chesapeake's total capital expenditures (including accruals) were approximately $595 million during the 2018 second quarter, including capitalized interest of $43 million, compared to approximately $667 million in the 2017 second quarter. A summary is provided in the table below.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
As of June 30, 2018, Chesapeake's principal amount of debt outstanding was approximately $9.706 billion, compared to $9.981 billion as of December 31, 2017. The company had $506 million of outstanding borrowings and had used $183 million for various letters of credit under its senior secured revolving credit facility resulting in approximately $3.1 billion of available liquidity under the facility as of June 30, 2018. The company's borrowing capacity on its revolving credit facility was re-affirmed in June 2018 at approximately $3.8 billion.
Chesapeake's average daily production for the 2018 second quarter was approximately 530,000 boe compared to approximately 528,000 boe in the 2017 second quarter. The following tables show average daily production and average daily sales prices received by the company's operating divisions for the 2018 and 2017 second quarters, respectively.