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Sanchez Energy Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2018 Financial and Operating Results; Provides 2019 Outlook

HOUSTON, March  01, 2019  (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sanchez Energy Corporation (OTC Pink: SNEC) today reported financial and operating results for fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 and provided its outlook for 2019.  A summary of the report follows:

     
  • Fourth-quarter 2018 production of 79,946 barrels of oil equivalent per day (Boe/d), or 7.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe), an increase of six percent compared to third-quarter 2018;
  • Year-end proved reserves of 380 MMBoe, an increase of approximately five percent over the prior year's record reserves of 363 MMBoe, which represents a reserve replacement ratio of 148 percent;
  • Brought 44 wells online during fourth-quarter 2018 for a total of 217 wells brought online during full-year 2018;  
  • Fourth-quarter 2018 net income of $119.4 million, compared to net income of $5.6 million in third-quarter 2018 and a net loss of $61.4 million in fourth-quarter 2017;
  • Fourth-quarter 2018 Adjusted EBITDAX (a non-GAAP financial measure) of $111.3 million, compared to $123.9 million in third-quarter 2018 and $137.4 million in fourth-quarter 2017;
  • Set preliminary 2019 capital budget at a range of $100 million to $150 million; and
  • Suspending dividends on Series A Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock and Series B Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock beginning with the three-month period ending March 31,2019.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTS

"We worked diligently throughout 2018 to manage production declines and improve our understanding of the large and complex Comanche asset," said Tony Sanchez, III, president and chief executive officer of Sanchez Energy.  "As we incorporated the results of our initial testing, early last year we reverted to a more conservative choke strategy, implemented a completion optimization strategy, and increased artificial lift conversion and workover activity across the entire asset base.  These initiatives began to show signs of positive impact late in the year, with fourth-quarter 2018 production coming in six percent higher than the prior quarter. 

"Sanchez Energy has assembled a quality asset base, which affords us a high degree of flexibility when developing the company's drilling, capital and strategic plans. Throughout much of last year, we were focused on long-term organic growth in the context of rising commodity prices.  However, given the sharp downturn in oil and natural gas prices that began late last year, we are taking the prudent step of significantly reducing our drilling activity to focus on capital preservation and maximize our liquidity position, while we work to improve the balance sheet.  To that end, we have set the company's preliminary 2019 capital budget at a range of $100 million to $150 million.  Despite the substantial reduction from 2018 levels, this lower budget for 2019 still meets all of the company's drilling and development commitments at Catarina and Comanche for the 12-month periods that extend into this year, and is designed to improve our capital efficiency by focusing on lower risk projects and optimization opportunities."

OPERATIONS UPDATE

During fourth-quarter 2018, the company spud 33 gross (25 net) wells, completed 40 gross (23 net) wells and brought 44 wells online, for a total of 217 wells brought online during full-year 2018.  Of the 44 wells brought online during the quarter, 26 wells were at Comanche and 18 wells were at Catarina.  Drilling activity was concentrated in Areas 3 and 5 of Comanche and the South Central and Northwest areas of Catarina.  With a heightened focus on lowering costs through a reduction in drilling time, the company drilled several wells during the quarter at a record spud-to-rig release time of less than six days.

At Comanche, completions activity was split between Area 3 and Area 5, with a majority of wells targeting the Lower Eagle Ford A or B formations.  The company is currently conducting trials involving wider well spacing while continuing with larger frac designs of 2,000 pounds of proppant and 50 barrels of fluid per foot of lateral length.

At Catarina, the company conducted trials during the quarter involving "pre-loading" as a strategy for mitigating frac interference on six parent wells.  Early results from the trials show promise, with parent wells returning to pre-frac oil and natural gas flow rates upon cleanup of water from the reservoir.  The company is evaluating further enhancements to its pre-loading strategy as part of a continuing focus on minimizing the impact of new well completions on existing production.

Consistent with the focus on improving capital efficiency, the company increased its workover activity during fourth-quarter 2018 with encouraging results.  The additional workover activity is expected to continue throughout 2019 with a primary focus on gas lift redesign.

As of Dec. 31, 2018, the company had 2,398 gross (981 net) producing wells with 39 gross wells in various stages of completion, as detailed in the following table:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
 Area  Gross
        Producing
        Wells 
  Gross Wells
        Awaiting/
        Undergoing

        Completion 
 
 Comanche 1,742 18 
 Catarina 460 16 
 Palmetto 82 5 
 Maverick 68  
 TMS / Other 46  
 Total 2,398 39 
 

DRILLING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITMENTS

As of June 30, 2018, the company achieved a 26-well drilling bank at Catarina that can be applied toward its current annual drilling commitment for the period that extends from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.  The company drilled an additional 36 wells between July 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2018 at Catarina, resulting in a total of 62 wells toward the current annual drilling commitment of 50 wells.  Accordingly, the company has met its annual drilling commitment for the period July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 and has achieved a bank of 12 wells toward the next annual drilling commitment period, which begins on July 1, 2019.

As of Aug. 31, 2018, the company achieved a 30-well bank at Comanche that can be applied toward its current annual development commitment for the period that extends from Sept. 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2019.  The company completed and equipped an additional 27 wells at Comanche between Sept. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2018, resulting in a total of 57 wells toward the current annual development commitment of 60 wells. The company's 2019 capital budget includes the additional activity needed to meet the annual development commitment at Comanche for the period Sept. 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2019.

RESERVES UPDATE

Proved reserves increased to 380 MMBoe at year-end 2018, which is approximately five percent higher than the prior year's record reserves of 363 MMBoe and represents a reserve replacement ratio of 148 percent.

PRODUCTION MIX, REVENUES AND COMMODITY PRICE REALIZATIONS

The company's production mix during fourth-quarter 2018 consisted of approximately 33 percent oil, 35 percent natural gas liquids (NGLs) and 32 percent natural gas.  By asset area, Catarina, Comanche and Maverick/Palmetto/TMS/Other comprised approximately 56 percent, 39 percent and five percent, respectively, of the company's total fourth-quarter 2018 production volumes.

Fourth-quarter 2018 revenues of approximately $268.7 million were three percent lower when compared to $277.7 million for third-quarter 2018 and nine percent higher when compared to $246.0 million for fourth-quarter 2017.  Adjusted Revenues, which include a $25.4 million loss on hedge settlements, were $243.3 million during fourth-quarter 2018, which is one percent lower when compared to $245.9 million for third-quarter 2018 and less than one percent lower when compared to $244.3 million for fourth-quarter 2017.  Adjusted Revenues is a non-GAAP financial measure that is defined and reconciled in the tables included with this press release.

Commodity price realizations, which include the impact of hedge settlements, were $55.76 per Bbl of oil, $21.87 per Bbl of NGLs, and $2.95 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) of natural gas for fourth-quarter 2018.

CAPITAL EXPENDITURES

Capital expenditures incurred during full-year 2018 totaled approximately $593 million, of which approximately 99 percent was allocated to drilling, completion and infrastructure and one percent was allocated to leasing and business development activities.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

The company reported net income of $119.4 million for fourth-quarter 2018, which includes $140.0 million in non-cash mark-to-market gains related to commodity derivatives and a $10.1 million non-cash impairment charge.  This compares to reported net income of $5.6 million for third-quarter 2018 and a reported net loss of $61.4 million for fourth-quarter 2017.  The company's Adjusted Loss for fourth-quarter 2018 was $29.2 million, which compares to an Adjusted Loss of $12.7 million for third-quarter 2018 and Adjusted Earnings of $23.3 million for fourth-quarter 2017.  The company's fourth-quarter 2018 Adjusted EBITDAX of approximately $111.3 million was approximately 10 percent lower when compared to $123.9 million for third-quarter 2018 and 19 percent lower when compared to $137.4 million for fourth-quarter 2017.

The company reported net income of $85.2 million for full-year 2018, which includes $75.4 million in non-cash mark-to-market gains related to commodity derivatives and a $14.4 million non-cash impairment charge.  This compares to the company's reported net income of $43.2 million for full-year 2017.  The company's Adjusted Loss for full-year 2018 was $67.1 million, which compares to an Adjusted Loss of $27.5 million for full-year 2017.  For full-year 2018, the company reported Adjusted EBITDAX of $460.8 million, which is approximately 24 percent higher when compared to $372.0 million for full-year 2017. 

Adjusted EBITDAX and Adjusted Earnings (Loss) are non-GAAP financial measures that are defined and reconciled in the tables included with this press release.

GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

The company reported general and administrative (G&A) expenses of $24.8 million in fourth-quarter 2018. G&A expenses were positively impacted during the quarter by changes in the value of non-cash equity compensation and phantom units that vest periodically in accordance with the terms of the company's equity-based incentive awards.  Adjusted for these items, Base G&A Expense during fourth-quarter 2018 was approximately $30.1 million.

Base G&A Expense is a non-GAAP financial measure that is defined and reconciled in the tables included with this press release.

HEDGING UPDATE

As a result of the higher commodity prices during 2018, the company paid approximately $25.4 million during fourth-quarter 2018 and $103.2 million for full-year 2018 in connection with the settlement of commodity derivatives.

On a consolidated basis, the company has hedged approximately 3,149,000 Bbls of its 2019 oil production, 17,644,000 million British thermal units (MMBtu) of its 2019 natural gas production, 1,055,560 Bbls of its 2020 oil production, and 6,893,150 MMBtu of its 2020 natural gas production. Additional information on Sanchez Energy's hedge positions can be found in the company's documents on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at www.sec.gov.

LIQUIDITY AND CREDIT FACILITIES

As of Dec. 31, 2018, the company's liquidity was approximately $370.1 million, which consisted of $197.6 million in cash and cash equivalents and $172.5 million of combined borrowing capacity under two credit facilities:  the $25 million parent-level credit facility, which was undrawn at year-end, and the SN EF UnSub, LP ("UnSub") revolving credit facility, which had a borrowing base and commitment amount of $315 million and $147.5 million of available borrowing capacity.  In January 2019, the company issued a letter of credit in the amount of approximately $17.1 million under the parent-level credit facility.  In February 2019, the company repaid $2.5 million of principal under the UnSub revolving credit facility.

SHARE COUNT

As of Dec. 31, 2018, the company had approximately 87.3 million common shares outstanding.  Assuming all Series A Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock and Series B Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock were converted, total outstanding common shares would have been approximately 99.8 million as of Dec. 31, 2018.  For the three months ended Dec. 31, 2018, the weighted average number of unrestricted common shares used to calculate the net income attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted, which are determined in accordance with GAAP, was 82.3 million and 94.8 million, respectively.

2019 OUTLOOK

The company has set its preliminary 2019 capital budget at a range of $100 million to $150 million, which at the midpoint represents a reduction of approximately 79 percent when compared to 2018 capital expenditures of approximately $593 million.

As a result of delisting proceedings initiated by the New York Stock Exchange on Feb. 20, 2019, the company's common stock began trading on the OTC Pink Marketplace operated by OTC Markets Group Inc. ("OTC Pink") under ticker symbol "SNEC" upon the opening of trading on Feb. 21, 2019.

The company remains committed to strengthening its balance sheet and is evaluating strategies to maximize its liquidity and reduce financial leverage.  As the company considers its strategic alternatives, the board of directors has elected to suspend the dividend on Sanchez Energy's Series A Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock and Series B Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock, beginning with the three-month period ending March 31, 2019.

ABOUT SANCHEZ ENERGY CORPORATION

Sanchez Energy Corporation (OTC Pink: SNEC) is an independent exploration and production company focused on the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas resources in the onshore United States, with a current focus on the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas.  For more information about Sanchez Energy Corporation, please visit our website:  www.sanchezenergycorp.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains, and our officers and representatives may from time to time make, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that Sanchez Energy expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements, including statements relating to future financial and operating results and returns, our strategy and plans, including future drilling plans and economic drilling zones, our ability to increase reserves and production and generate income or cash flows, service our debt and other obligations and repay or otherwise refinance such obligations when due or at maturity, our ability to keep well costs down, the benefits related to the Comanche transaction and the company's anticipated ability to fund capital expenditures or reduce its leverage.  These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the company based on management's experience, perception of historical trends and technical analyses, current conditions, anticipated future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate and reasonable by management.  When used in this press release, the words "will," "potential," "believe," "estimate," "intend," "expect," "may," "should," "anticipate," "could," "plan," "predict," "project," "budget," "forecast," "guidance," "profile," "model," "strategy," "future," or their negatives, other similar expressions or the statements that include those words or other words that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes, are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words.

Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Sanchez Energy, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to the timing and extent of changes in prices of, and demand for, crude oil and condensate, natural gas liquids, natural gas and related commodities; our ability to successfully execute our business and financial strategies; our ability to comply with the financial and other covenants in our debt instruments, to repay our debt, and to address our liquidity needs; the extent to which we are able to engage in successful strategic alternatives to improve our balance sheet and satisfy our obligations under our debt instruments; the extent to which our drilling plans are successful in maintaining and economically developing our acreage, producing and replacing reserves and achieving anticipated production levels; our ability to replace the reserves we produce through drilling and property acquisitions; our ability to successfully integrate our various acquired assets into our operations and realize the benefits of the those acquisitions, to fully identify existing and potential issues or liabilities and to accurately estimate reserves, production and costs with respect to such assets; our ability to access the credit and capital markets to obtain financing on terms we deem acceptable, if at all, and to otherwise satisfy our capital expenditure, debt service and other funding requirements through internally generated cash flows, asset sales and other activities; the extent to which an active market, if any, develops in the trading of our common stock in the over-the-counter markets; the effect of the anticipated delisting of our common stock from the New York Stock Exchange;  our ability to utilize the services, personnel and other assets of Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation pursuant to an existing services agreement; Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation's ability to retain personnel and other resources to perform its obligations under the existing services agreement; the realized benefits of our partnerships and joint ventures, including our transactions with Sanchez Midstream Partners LP and our partnership with affiliates of The Blackstone Group, L.P.; the accuracy of reserve estimates; our ability to successfully execute our hedging strategy and the resulting realized prices therefrom; our ability to maintain the financial risks where we share with more than one party the cost of drilling, equipping, completing and operating wells, including with respect to the Comanche Acquisition; and other factors described in Sanchez Energy's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any updates to those risk factors set forth in Sanchez Energy's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K. Further information on such assumptions, risks and uncertainties is available in Sanchez Energy's filings with the SEC.  Sanchez Energy's filings with the SEC are available on our website at www.sanchezenergycorp.com and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the events anticipated by Sanchez Energy's forward-looking statements may not occur, and, if any of such events do occur, Sanchez Energy may not have correctly anticipated the timing of their occurrence or the extent of their impact on its actual results.  Accordingly, you should not place any undue reliance on any of Sanchez Energy's forward-looking statements.  Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and Sanchez Energy undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

COMPANY CONTACTS:

Cameron W. George
  Interim Chief Financial Officer

Cham J. King
  Director, Finance & Investor Contact

(877) 847-0009
  ir@sanchezenergycorp.com

General Inquiries: (713) 783-8000
  www.sanchezenergycorp.com 

SANCHEZ ENERGY CORPORATION
  KEY OPERATING STATISTICS

                                                                                                                                                                
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, December 31,
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Net Production:            
Oil (MBbls)  2,457  2,559  9,655  8,217
Natural gas liquids (MBbls)  2,572  2,552  9,936  8,342
Natural gas (MMcf)  13,957  14,585  55,330  54,651
Total oil equivalent (MBoe)(1)  7,355  7,542  28,813  25,667
Average Sales Price Excluding Derivatives(2):            
Oil ($ per Bbl) $61.38 $56.32 $64.63 $48.69
Natural gas liquids ($ per Bbl) $21.87 $22.81 $23.36 $20.52
Natural gas ($ per Mcf) $3.78 $2.99 $3.16 $3.10
Oil equivalent ($ per Boe) $35.33 $32.62 $35.79 $28.84
Average Sales Price Including Derivatives(3):            
Oil ($ per Bbl) $55.76 $54.51 $54.26 $50.12
Natural gas liquids ($ per Bbl) $21.87 $22.81 $23.36 $20.52
Natural gas ($ per Mcf) $2.95 $3.20 $3.11 $3.12
Oil equivalent ($ per Boe) $31.88 $32.40 $32.21 $29.36
Average unit costs per Boe:            
Oil and natural gas production expenses(4) $10.92 $9.81 $10.60 $9.52
Production and ad valorem taxes $1.84 $1.32 $1.96 $1.43
Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion $9.92 $8.27 $9.11 $6.90
Impairment of oil and natural gas properties $1.38 $4.91 $0.50 $1.54
             
(1) Includes production associated with UnSub of approximately 2,129 MBoe and 2,417 MBoe for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively, and 8,971 MBoe and 8,247 MBoe for the year ended December 31, 2018 and ten months ended December 31, 2017, respectively.
(2) Excludes the impact of derivative instrument settlements.            
(3) Includes the impact of derivative instrument settlements.            
(4) Includes a $5.9 million non-cash gain for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, and a $23.7 million non-cash gain for the year ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 from the amortization of the deferred gain on Western Catarina Midstream divestiture.
             
             

 SANCHEZ ENERGY CORPORATION
  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA (unaudited)
   (in thousands, except per share amounts)

             
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, December 31,
  2018
 2017
 2018
 2017
REVENUES:            
Oil sales $150,821  $144,133  $623,999  $400,045 
Natural gas liquid sales  56,252   58,217   232,085   171,139 
Natural gas sales  52,787   43,628   175,117   169,147 
Sales and marketing revenues  8,803      25,713    
Total revenues  268,663   245,978   1,056,914   740,331 
OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES:            
Oil and natural gas production expenses  80,330   74,012   305,515   244,461 
Exploration expenses  48      3,295   5,755 
Sales and marketing expenses  7,334      23,832    
Production and ad valorem taxes  13,564   9,946   56,462   36,615 
Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion  72,965   62,372   262,481   177,078 
Impairment of oil and natural gas properties  10,127   37,018   14,386   39,574 
General and administrative expenses (1)  24,803   32,557   98,002   144,401 
Total operating costs and expenses  209,171   215,905   763,973   647,884 
Operating income  59,492   30,073   292,941   92,447 
Other income (expense):            
Interest income  951   166   4,351   836 
Other income (expense)  (10,468)  5,648   (8,001)  11,102 
Gain on sale of oil and natural gas properties        1,528   81,955 
Interest expense  (45,194)  (35,491)  (177,858)  (140,163)
Earnings from equity investments           779 
Net gains (losses) on commodity derivatives  114,628   (62,877)  (27,756)  (6,100)
Total other income (expense)  59,917   (92,554)  (207,736)  (51,591)
Income (loss) before income taxes  119,409   (62,481)  85,205   40,856 
Income tax benefit     1,128      2,336 
Net income (loss)  119,409   (61,353)  85,205   43,192 
Less:            
Preferred stock dividends  (3,987)  (3,986)  (15,948)  (15,948)
Preferred unit dividends and distributions  (12,500)  (8,497)  (47,408)  (44,259)
Preferred unit amortization  (6,739)  (5,530)  (25,316)  (18,039)
Net income allocable to participating securities (2)(3)  (6,190)         
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders $89,993  $(79,366) $(3,467) $(35,054)
             
Net income (loss) per common share - basic $1.09  $(1.01) $(0.04) $(0.46)
Weighted average number of shares used to calculate net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders - basic  82,257   78,804   81,764   75,608 
Net income (loss) per common share - diluted $0.99  $(1.01) $(0.04) $(0.46)
Weighted average number of shares used to calculate net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders - diluted (4)(5)(6)  94,777   78,804   81,764   75,608 
             
(1) Inclusive of non-cash stock-based compensation benefit of $2.1 million and expense of $5.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively and expense of $0.8 million and $22.9 million for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
(2) The company's restricted shares of common stock are participating securities.
(3) For the years ended December 31, 2018, and 2017 and for the three months ended December 31, 2017, no losses were allocated to participating restricted stock because such securities do not have a contractual obligation to share in the company's losses.
(4) The three months ended December 31, 2017 excludes 988,096 shares of weighted average restricted stock and 12,520,179 shares of common stock resulting from an assumed conversion of the Company's Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Preferred Stock from the calculation of the denominator for diluted loss per common share as these shares were anti-dilutive. 
(5) The year ended December 31, 2018 excludes 2,540,922 shares, respectively, of weighted average restricted stock and 12,520,179 shares of common stock resulting from an assumed conversion of the Company's Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Preferred Stock from the calculation of the denominator for diluted loss per common share as these shares were anti-dilutive.
(6) The year ended December 31, 2017 excludes 2,755,893 shares of weighted average restricted stock and 12,520,179 shares of common stock resulting from an assumed conversion of the Company's Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Preferred Stock and 100,000 contingently issuable shares from the calculation of the denominator for diluted loss per common share as these shares were anti-dilutive.
(7) The three months ended December 31, 2018 excludes 1,919,847 shares of weighted average restricted stock from the calculation of the denominator for diluted net income per common share as these shares were anti-dilutive.
             
             

 SANCHEZ ENERGY CORPORATION
  CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (unaudited)
  (in thousands, except per share amounts)        

  December 31,
  2018
 2017
ASSETS      
Current assets:       
Cash and cash equivalents $197,613  $184,434 
Oil and natural gas receivables  87,222   101,396 
Joint interest billings receivables  33,263   22,569 
Accounts receivable - related entities  6,099   4,491 
Fair value of derivative instruments  15,714   16,430 
Other current assets  33,070   21,478 
Total current assets  372,981   350,798 
Oil and natural gas properties, on the basis of successful efforts accounting:      
Proved oil and natural gas properties  3,792,431   3,130,407 
Unproved oil and natural gas properties  328,643   398,605 
Total oil and natural gas properties  4,121,074   3,529,012 
Less: Accumulated depreciation, depletion, amortization and impairment  (1,761,949)  (1,501,553)
Total oil and natural gas properties, net  2,359,125   2,027,459 
       
Other assets:      
Fair value of derivative instruments  12,102   1,428 
Investments (Investment in SNMP measured at fair value of $3.9 million and
        $25.2 million as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively)
  16,664   38,462 
Other assets  59,088   52,488 
Total assets $2,819,960  $2,470,635 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $32,382  $14,994 
Other payables  74,628   81,970 
Accrued liabilities:      
Capital expenditures  61,970   85,340 
Other  102,728   84,794 
Fair value of derivative instruments  706   56,190 
Short term debt  304   23,996 
Other current liabilities  75,581   115,244 
Total current liabilities  348,299   462,528 
Long term debt, net of premium, discount and debt issuance costs  2,395,408   1,930,683 
Asset retirement obligations  46,175   36,098 
Fair value of derivative instruments  366   17,474 
Other liabilities  21,407   65,480 
Total liabilities  2,811,655   2,512,263 
Commitments and contingencies      
Mezzanine equity:      
Preferred units ($1,000 liquidation preference, 500,000 units authorized; 500,000 units
        issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively)
  452,828   427,512 
Stockholders' equity:      
Preferred stock ($0.01 par value, 15,000,000 shares authorized; 1,838,985 shares issued and
        outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and 2017 of 4.875% Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock,
        Series A; 3,527,830 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and 2017 of 6.500%
        Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B, respectively)
  53   53 
Common stock ($0.01 par value, 300,000,000 shares authorized; 87,328,424 and 83,984,827
        shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively)
  881   845 
Additional paid-in capital  1,367,427   1,362,118 
Accumulated deficit  (1,812,884)  (1,832,156)
Total stockholders' deficit  (444,523)  (469,140)
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit $2,819,960  $2,470,635 
       
       

 SANCHEZ ENERGY CORPORATION
 
Non-GAAP Reconciliation – Adjusted EBITDAX
  (in thousands)

"Adjusted EBITDAX" is a non‑GAAP financial measure that is used as a supplemental financial measure by our management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks and others, to assess our operating performance as compared to that of other companies in our industry, without regard to financing methods, capital structure or historical costs basis.  It is also used to assess our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures.  Our Adjusted EBITDAX should not be considered an alternative to net income (loss), operating income (loss), cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Our Adjusted EBITDAX may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of another company because all companies may not calculate Adjusted EBITDAX in the same manner.

The following table presents a reconciliation of our net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDAX:

                
  Three Months Ended
        December 31, 
 Three Months Ended
        September 30,
 Year Ended
        December 31,
  2018
 2017
 2018
 2018
   2017
                
Net income (loss) $119,409  $(61,353) $5,598  $85,205  $43,192 
Adjusted by:               
Interest expense  45,194   35,491   44,154   177,858   140,163 
Net (gains) losses on commodity derivative contracts  (114,628)  62,877   28,286   27,756   6,100 
Net settlements received (paid) on commodity derivative contracts  (25,350)  (1,659)  (31,784)  (103,205)  13,141 
Exploration expense  48      2,698   3,295   5,755 
Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion  72,965   62,372   67,944   262,481   177,078 
Impairment of oil and natural gas properties  10,127   37,018   3,117   14,386   39,574 
Non-cash stock-based compensation (benefit) expense  (2,086)  5,572   (1,399)  792   22,909 
Acquisition and divestiture costs included in general and administrative  35   1,834      778   30,527 
Income tax benefit     (1,128)        (2,336)
Gains on sale of oil and natural gas properties           (1,528)  (81,955)
(Gains) losses on other derivatives  (5,963)  3,603   736   (700)  1,551 
(Gains) losses on investments  18,437   (1,099)  11,657   21,798   871 
Amortization of deferred gain on Western Catarina Midstream Divestiture  (5,930)  (5,929)  (5,930)  (23,720)  (23,720)
Interest income  (951)  (166)  (1,130)  (4,351)  (836)
Adjusted EBITDAX(1) $111,307  $137,433  $123,947  $460,845  $372,014 
                
                
(1) UnSub component of Adjusted EBITDAX was approximately 31 percent, 30 percent, and 32 percent respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2018, and 2017 and September 30, 2018 and 35 percent and 33 percent, respectively, for year ended December 31, 2018 and ten months ended December 31, 2017.
 
 

SANCHEZ ENERGY CORPORATION
 
Non-GAAP Reconciliation – Adjusted Earnings (Loss)
  (in thousands, except share data)

We present "Adjusted Earnings (Loss)" and "Adjusted Earnings (Loss) attributable to common stockholders," non-GAAP financial measures, in addition to our reported net income (loss) in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  This information is provided because management believes exclusion of the impact of the items included in our definition of Adjusted Earnings (Loss) below will help investors compare results between periods, identify operating trends that could otherwise be masked by these items and highlight the impact that commodity price volatility has on our results.  Adjusted Earnings (Loss) is not intended to represent cash flows for the period, nor is it presented as a substitute for net income (loss), operating income (loss), cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Our Adjusted Earnings (Loss) may not be comparable to similarly title measures of another company because all companies may not calculate Adjusted Earnings (Loss) in the same manner.

The following table presents a reconciliation of our net income (loss) to Adjusted Earnings (Loss):                                                 

                
  Three Months Ended
        December 31, 
 Three Months Ended,
        September 30
 Year Ended
        December 31, 
  2018
 2017
 2018
 2018
   2017
Net income (loss) $119,409  $(61,353) $5,598  $85,205  $43,192 
Less:               
Preferred stock dividends  (3,987)  (3,986)  (3,987)  (15,948)  (15,948)
Preferred unit dividends and distributions  (12,500)  (8,497)  (12,500)  (47,408)  (44,259)
Preferred unit amortization  (6,739)  (5,530)  (6,458)  (25,316)  (18,039)
Net income (loss) attributable to common shares and participating securities  96,183   (79,366)  (17,347)  (3,467)  (35,054)
Plus:               
Net (gains) losses on commodity derivatives contracts  (114,628)  62,877   28,286   27,756   6,100 
Net settlements received (paid) on commodity derivative contracts  (25,350)  (1,659)  (31,784)  (103,205)  13,141 
Impairment of oil and natural gas properties  10,127   37,018   3,117   14,386   39,574 
Non-cash stock-based compensation (benefit) expense  (2,086)  5,572   (1,399)  792   22,909 
Acquisition and divestiture costs included in general and administrative  35   1,834      778   30,527 
Gains on sale of oil and natural gas properties           (1,528)  (81,955)
(Gains) losses on other derivatives  (5,963)  3,603   736   (700)  1,551 
(Gains) losses on investments  18,437   (1,099)  11,657   21,798   871 
Amortization of deferred gain on Western Catarina Midstream Divestiture  (5,930)  (5,929)  (5,930)  (23,720)  (23,720)
Tax impact of adjustments to net loss (1)     413         (1,490)
Adjusted Earnings (Loss)  (29,175)  23,264   (12,664)  (67,110)  (27,546)
Adjusted Loss allocable to participating securities (2)     (1,453)         
Adjusted Earnings (Loss) attributable to common stockholders $(29,175) $21,811  $(12,664) $(67,110) $(27,546)
                
Weighted average number of shares used to calculate net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders - basic and diluted  82,257   78,804   77,453   81,764   75,608 
                
(1) The tax impact is computed by utilizing the Company's effective tax rate on the adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to Adjusted Loss. 
(2) The Company's restricted shares of common stock are participating securities. 
                
                

SANCHEZ ENERGY CORPORATION
 
Non-GAAP Reconciliation – Adjusted Revenues
  (in thousands)

We present Adjusted Revenues, a non-GAAP financial measure, in addition to our reported revenues in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  We define "Adjusted Revenues" as total revenues plus net settlements received (paid) on commodity derivatives. The company believes Adjusted Revenues provides investors with helpful information with respect to the performance of the company's operations and management uses Adjusted Revenues to evaluate its ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. Our Adjusted Revenues may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of another company because all companies may not calculate Adjusted Revenues in the same manner.

The following table presents a reconciliation of our total revenues to Adjusted Revenues:                                                 

                
  Three Months Ended
        December 31, 
 Three Months
        Ended

        September 30,
 Year Ended
        December 31,
  2018
 2017
 2018
 2018
   2017
Total Revenues $268,663  $245,978  $277,710  $1,056,914  $740,331
Net settlements received (paid) on commodity derivatives  (25,350)  (1,659)  (31,784)  (103,205)  13,141
Adjusted Revenues $243,313  $244,319  $245,926  $953,709  $753,472
                
                

SANCHEZ ENERGY CORPORATION
 
Non-GAAP Reconciliation – Base G&A Expense
  (in thousands)

We present Base G&A Expense, a non-GAAP financial measure, in addition to reported general and administrative expenses in accordance with GAAP.  We define "Base G&A Expense" as general and administrative expenses less non-cash and non-recurring items (as detailed below).  The company has included Base G&A Expense in this press release because this measure is commonly used by management, analysts and investors as an indicator of cost management and operating efficiency on a comparable basis from period to period.  Our Base G&A may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of another company because all companies may not calculate Base G&A in the same manner.

The following table presents a reconciliation of our general and administrative expenses to Base G&A Expense:

             
  Three Months Ended
        December 31, 
 Year Ended
        December 31,
  2018
 2017
 2018
 2017 
Total general and administrative expenses $  24,803  $  32,557  $  98,002  $ 144,401 
Less:            
Stock-based compensation (non-cash) - restricted stock benefit (expense)    2,086     (5,572)    (792)    (22,909)
Stock-based compensation -  phantom units benefit (expense)    3,222     (3,632)    1,756     (17,388)
Acquisition and divestiture costs included in general and administrative expenses    (35)    (1,834)    (778)    (30,527)
Base G&A Expense $  30,076  $  21,519  $  98,188  $  73,577