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SM Energy Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results: Cash Flow Beat And Production Outperformance

DENVER, Oct. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — SM Energy Company (the “Company”) (NYSE: SM) today announced operating and financial results for the third quarter 2021 and provided certain fourth quarter and updated full year 2021 guidance.

Third quarter 2021 highlights:

  • Production was 14.3 MMBoe (155.8 MBoe/d) and was 56% oil. Production volumes exceeded expectations, benefiting from higher base production, reduced flaring and the effect of larger fracture stimulations in the Midland Basin and the successful early completion of certain wells in South Texas. As a result, the Company is increasing guidance for 2021 production volumes to 49.5-50.0 MMBoe (135.6-137.0 MBoe/d).
  • Net income and Earnings per share were $85.6 million and $0.69 per diluted common share, respectively.
  • Capital expenditures reflected stable drilling and completion costs at approximately $520 per lateral foot. Capital expenditures of $180.1 million adjusted for decreased capital accruals of $20.1 million totaled $160.0 million.
  • Cash flows beat expectations due to higher-than-expected production volumes and realized prices. Net cash provided by operating activities of $328.1 million before net change in working capital of $(21.1) million totaled $307.0 million, up 66% year-over-year and up 44% sequentially. Free cash flow and Adjusted EBITDAX (non-GAAP measures defined and reconciled below) were $147.1 million and $346.7 million, respectively.
  • New Austin Chalk wells drilled at development spacing demonstrate consistent performance. Six wells drilled at spacing ranging between 675 and 1,000 feet had average 30-day peak IP rates of 2,000 Boe/d (3-stream) with 1,100 Bo/d oil, or 51-54% oil and 74-78% liquids.
  • Balance sheet strengthened and year-end 2022 leverage target met more than one year early. At quarter-end, net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDAX (non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below) was less than 2 times, a target set for year-end 2022. As a result of a reduction in principal amount of long-term debt and a cash and cash equivalents balance at September 30, 2021, net debt (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below) was reduced by $147.8 million during the quarter.
  • ESG disclosure for 2020 was completed in August with publication of the 2020 Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) report as well as tear sheets with updated metrics relevant to understanding the Company’s 2020 ESG performance.

Chief Executive Officer Herb Vogel comments: “Outstanding operational performance underscores a terrific quarter. The SM Energy team successfully completed six Austin Chalk wells at development spacing, delivered further improved well performance in the Midland Basin employing significantly larger completions in the majority of wells year-to-date, and solved a casing issue experienced last fall enabling five Austin Chalk wells to turn-in-line sooner than expected. This exceptional performance combined with continued strength in commodity prices generated strong free cash flow. We met our year-end 2022 leverage target during the quarter and will enter 2022 with substantial momentum toward generating a highly competitive free cash flow yield to market capitalization and reducing leverage to less than 1.5 times. On the ESG front, operations and IT have teamed up with a new effort to focus on evaluating and implementing emerging field technologies that will help the Company measure, monitor and decrease emissions. The team has already initiated a pilot project at Sweetie Peck with technology to provide continuous methane emissions detection.”

THIRD QUARTER OF 2021

PRODUCTION:







Midland Basin

South Texas

Total

Oil (MBbl / MBbl/d)

7,228 / 78.6

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830 / 9.0

8,058 / 87.6

Natural Gas (MMcf / MMcf/d)

15,525 / 168.8

13,576 / 147.6

29,101 / 316.3

NGLs (MBbl / MBbl/d)

3 / –

1,420 / 15.4

1,423 / 15.5

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Total (MBoe / MBoe/d)

9,818 / 106.7

4,512 / 49.0

14,331 / 155.8

Note: Totals may not calculate due to rounding.



  • Production volumes were two-thirds from the Midland Basin and one-third from South Texas.
  • Total production volumes of 14.3 MMBoe (155.8 MBoe/d) were up 23% compared with the prior year period and up 15% sequentially. Production was 56% oil. The Company accelerated capital activity into the second and third quarters to take advantage of the prevailing cost structure and to optimize cash flow, resulting in strong sequential production growth.
  • Midland Basin production volumes exceeded expectations for the quarter, benefiting from higher base production, lower than expected flaring and the implementation of larger fracture stimulations initiated in the fall of 2020. The Company increased the proppant and fluid volumes applied to the majority of Midland Basin completions year-to-date, anticipating six-to-12 months to test the results. Proppant was increased from approximately 1800 pounds to 2800 pounds per foot.
  • South Texas production volumes benefited from turning-in-line five wells that had previously been deferred to 2022 as a result of casing issues. Following successful remediation, the need to redrill these wells was avoided. The wells were completed, with some having shorter effective lateral completion lengths than originally planned. Early production from these wells is indicating strong oil content of approximately 58-79%, and the wells have not reached 30-day peak IP rates.

REALIZED PRICES:







Midland Basin

South Texas

Total

(Pre/Post-hedge)

Oil ($/Bbl)

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$69.33

$69.06

$69.30 / $50.17

Natural Gas ($/Mcf)

$6.19

$3.90

$5.12 / $3.89

NGLs ($/Bbl)

nm

$36.88

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$36.87 / $20.22

Per Boe

$60.83

$36.02

$53.02 / $38.12

Note: Totals may not calculate due to rounding.

  • The average realized price before the effect of hedges was $53.02 per Boe and the average realized price after the effect of hedges was $38.12 per Boe.
    • Benchmark pricing for the quarter included NYMEX WTI at $70.56/Bbl, NYMEX Henry Hub natural gas at $4.01/MMBtu and Hart Composite NGLs at $40.39/Bbl.
    • The average realized price per Boe of $53.02 before the effect of hedges was up 118% compared with the prior year period and up 17% sequentially.
    • The effect of commodity derivative settlements was a loss of $14.90 per Boe, or $213.6 million.

For additional operating metrics and regional detail, please see the Financial Highlights section below and the accompanying 3Q21 slide deck.

NET INCOME (LOSS), NET INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE AND NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Third quarter 2021 net income was $85.6 million, or $0.69 per diluted common share, compared with a net loss of $(98.3) million, or $(0.86) per diluted common share, for the same period in 2020. The current year period benefited from 46% higher oil production and a 118% increase in the realized price per Boe before the effects of hedges, leading to a 169% increase in revenue. Higher revenue in the current year period was partially offset by a $209.1 million net derivative loss, compared with a net derivative loss of $63.9 million in the prior year period and by a $41.0 million charge to other operating expense for various legal settlements. For the first nine months of 2021, net loss was $(388.7) million, or $(3.29) per diluted common share, compared with $(599.4) million, or $(5.28) per diluted common share, in the prior year period.

Third quarter 2021 net cash provided by operating activities of $328.1 million before net change in working capital of $(21.1) million totaled $307.0 million, which was up 66% from $184.8 million in the comparable prior year period. The increase in the third quarter 2021 reflected a 23% increase in production volumes and a 199% increase in the operating margin, before the effects of commodity derivative settlements, compared with the prior year period. This increase was partially offset by a $213.6 million derivative settlement loss in the current year period versus a $70.3 million derivative settlement gain in the prior year period. For the first nine months of 2021, net cash provided by operating activities of $730.1 million before net changes in working capital of $(52.2) million totaled $678.0 million, up 18% from the prior year period.

ADJUSTED EBITDAX, ADJUSTED NET INCOME (LOSS) AND NET DEBT-TO-ADJUSTED EBITDAX

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The following paragraphs discuss non-GAAP measures including Adjusted EBITDAX, adjusted net income (loss), adjusted net income (loss) per diluted common share and net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDAX. Please reference the definitions and reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures at the end of this release.

Third quarter 2021 Adjusted EBITDAX was $346.7 million, up 49% from the same period in 2020, and up 35% sequentially. The increase in Adjusted EBITDAX was primarily due to the increase in total production and higher operating margin, including the effect of derivative settlements. For the first nine months of 2021, Adjusted EBITDAX was $818.5 million, up 14% from the prior year period.

Third quarter 2021 adjusted net income was $91.5 million, or $0.74 per diluted common share, compared with adjusted net loss of $(5.5) million, or $(0.05) per diluted common share, for the same period in 2020. For the first nine months of 2021, adjusted net income was $86.7 million, or $0.73 per diluted common share, compared with an adjusted net loss of $(28.5) million, or $(0.25) per diluted common share, in the prior year period.

At September 30, 2021, net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDAX was 1.96 times, down from 2.35 times at June 30, 2021.

FINANCIAL POSITION, LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURES

On September 30, 2021, the outstanding principal amount of the Company’s long-term debt was $2.14 billion and was comprised of $1.69 billion in unsecured senior notes, $446.7 million in secured senior notes, with zero drawn on the Company’s senior secured revolving credit facility.

Subsequent to September 30, 2021, the Company’s borrowing base and commitments under its senior secured revolving credit facility were reaffirmed by its lenders at $1.1 billion. At September 30, 2021, available liquidity was $1.13 billion including the revolving credit facility and a cash balance of $29.8 million. Net debt (non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below) was reduced by $147.8 million during the quarter.

Third quarter 2021 capital expenditures of $180.1 million, adjusted for decreased capital accruals of $20.1 million, totaled $160.0 million. During the quarter, the Company drilled 14 net wells and completed 24 net wells in the Midland Basin and drilled 10 net wells and completed 11 net wells in South Texas. All of the South Texas completions were Austin Chalk wells. For the first nine months of 2021, capital expenditures of $550.3 million adjusted for change in capital accruals of $8.9 million totaled $559.2 million and the Company drilled 64 and completed 97 net wells, consistent with the full year plan. Full year capital expenditures adjusted for change in capital accruals is expected to range between $670-675 million and include approximately 80 net wells drilled and 110 net wells completed.

COMMODITY DERIVATIVES

As of October 22, 2021, commodity derivative positions for the fourth quarter include:

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  • OIL: Approximately 70-75% of expected 4Q oil production is hedged to WTI at an average price of $41.70/Bbl.
  • Midland Basin oil differential: Approximately 60% of expected 4Q Midland Basin oil production is hedged to the local price point at a positive $0.71/Bbl basis.
  • NATURAL GAS: Approximately 80% of expected 4Q natural gas production is hedged (based on dry gas volumes). 12,412 BBtu is hedged to HSC at an average price of $2.41/MMBtu, and 7,627 BBtu is hedged to WAHA at an average price of $1.82/MMBtu.
  • NGL hedges are by individual product and include propane and normal butane swaps for the remainder of 2021.

As of October 22, 2021, commodity derivative positions for 2022, assuming comparable production volumes to 2021, would approximate (the Company expects to provide 2022 production guidance in February 2022):

  • OIL: Approximately 40% of expected 2022 oil production is hedged.
  • NATURAL GAS: Approximately 50% of expected 2022 natural gas production (based on dry gas volumes) is hedged.

A detailed schedule of these and other derivative positions are provided in the 3Q21 accompanying slide deck.

GUIDANCE

Full year 2021:

  • The production guidance range is increased and narrowed to 49.5-50.0 MMBoe, or 135.6-137.0 MBoe/d, with 54%-55% oil.
  • Capital expenditure guidance is narrowed to $670-675 million.
  • LOE per Boe is reduced to $4.50$4.60.
  • Transportation per Boe is reduced to ~$2.75.
  • Ad valorem and production taxes per Boe are increased to correspond to higher commodity prices to $2.70$2.75.
  • Exploration expense is reduced to ~$40 million.
  • DD&A expense per Boe is reduced to $15.00$15.50.
  • G&A is updated to $100-110 million.

Fourth quarter 2021:

  • Production of 12.7-13.2 MMBoe or 138-143.5 MBoe/d. The production range reflects timing of new wells being turned-in-line.
  • Capital expenditures of $111-116 million.

SCHEDULE FOR THIRD QUARTER REPORTING

October 28, 2021 – After market close, the Company plans to issue its third quarter 2021 earnings release, a pre-recorded webcast discussion of the third quarter 2021 financial and operating results, and an associated presentation, all of which will be posted to the Company’s website at ir.sm-energy.com.

October 29, 2021 – Please join SM Energy management at 8:00 a.m. Mountain time/10:00 a.m. Eastern time for the third quarter 2021 financial and operating results Q&A session. This discussion will be accessible via webcast (available live and for replay) on the Company’s website at ir.sm-energy.com or by telephone. In order to join the live conference call, please register at the link below for dial-in information.

The call replay will be available approximately one hour after the call and until November 11, 2021.

UPCOMING CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

  • November 17, 2021 – Gearing Up for the New Normal: A Virtual Best Ideas Conference by MKM Partners. President and Chief Executive Officer Herb Vogel will present at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. This event will be webcast, accessible from the Company’s website, and available for replay for a limited period. An investor presentation for this event will be posted to the Company’s website.
  • November 30, 2021 – Bank of America Leveraged Finance Conference 2021 – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Wade Pursell will present at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. This event will be webcast, accessible from the Company’s website, and available for replay for a limited period. An investor presentation for this event will be posted to the Company’s website.
  • December 1, 2021 – Cowen 2021 Energy Summit – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Wade Pursell will be meeting with investors. This event will not be webcast.
  • December 6, 2021 – Capital One Securities 16th Annual Energy Conference – President and Chief Executive Officer Herb Vogel will present at 1:00 p.m. Central time. This event will be webcast, accessible from the Company’s website, and available for replay for a limited period.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities laws. The words “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “budget,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “goal,” “generate,” “guidance,” “implied,” “intend,” “maintain,” “plan,” “project,” “objectives,” “outlook,” “sustainable,” “target,” “will” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this release include, among other things, updated guidance for the full year and fourth quarter 2021, including capital expenditures, production volumes, operating costs, taxes, exploration expense, DD&A and general and administrative expenses; expected returns from recently drilled Austin Chalk wells; and plans to generate highly competitive free cash flow yield to market capitalization and reduce leverage to less than 1.5 times in 2022. These statements involve known and unknown risks, which may cause SM Energy’s actual results to differ materially from results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Future results may be impacted by the risks discussed in the Risk Factors section of SM Energy’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as such risk factors may be updated from time to time in the Company’s other periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the 2020 Form 10-K. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak as of the date of this release. Although SM Energy may from time to time voluntarily update its prior forward-looking statements, it disclaims any commitment to do so, except as required by securities laws.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

SM Energy Company is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and NGLs in the state of Texas.  SM Energy routinely posts important information about the Company on its website. For more information about SM Energy, please visit its website at www.sm-energy.com.

SM ENERGY INVESTOR CONTACTS

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Jennifer Martin Samuels, [email protected], 303-864-2507
Jeremy Kline, [email protected], 303-863-4313

SM ENERGY COMPANY






FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)






September 30, 2021























Production Data


















For the Three Months Ended


Percent Change
Between

 

For the Nine Months Ended


Percent
Change
Between
Periods

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September 30,


June 30,


September 30,


3Q21 &
2Q21


3Q21 &
3Q20


September 30,


September 30,




2021


2021


2020

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2021



2020



Realized sales price (before the effects of derivative settlements):





Oil (per Bbl)

$

69.30



$

65.34



$

37.69

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6

%


84

%


$

64.50



$

35.92



80

%

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Gas (per Mcf)

$

5.12



$

3.34



$

1.90



53

%


169

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%


$

4.24



$

1.59



167

%


NGLs (per Bbl)

$

36.87

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$

28.41



$

14.07



30

%


162

%


$

31.19

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$

12.81



143

%


Equivalent (per Boe)

$

53.02



$

45.28



$

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24.28



17

%


118

%


$

47.43



$

22.92



107

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%


Realized sales price (including the effects of derivative settlements):





Oil (per Bbl)

$

50.17



$

45.23



$

50.20



11

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%


%


$

47.40



$

51.08



(7)

%


Gas (per Mcf)

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$

3.89



$

2.87



$

1.94



35

%


101

%

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$

3.09



$

1.80



71

%


NGLs (per Bbl)

$

20.22



$

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19.19



$

14.35



5

%


41

%


$

18.75



$

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14.58



29

%


Equivalent (per Boe)

$

38.12



$

32.50



$

30.33

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17

%


26

%


$

34.38



$

31.06



11

%

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Net production volumes: (1)





Oil (MMBbl)

8.1



6.7



5.5



21

%


46

%


20.2

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17.2



17

%


Gas (Bcf)

29.1



26.5



26.1



10

%


12

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%


77.1



78.6



(2)

%


NGLs (MMBbl)

1.4



1.3



1.8



7

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%


(19)

%


3.8



4.8



(22)

%


MMBoe

14.3



12.4

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11.6



15

%


23

%


36.8



35.2



5

%


Average net daily production: (1)

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Oil (MBbls/d)

87.6



73.4



59.9



19

%


46

%


73.9



62.9

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17

%


Gas (MMcf/d)

316.3



290.9



283.3



9

%


12

%

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282.5



286.7



(1)

%


NGLs (MBbls/d)

15.5



14.6



19.2



6

%

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(19)

%


13.9



17.7



(22)

%


MBoe/d

155.8



136.5



126.3

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14

%


23

%


134.8



128.3



5

%


Per Boe data:

















Realized price (before the effects of derivative settlements)

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$

53.02



$

45.28



$

24.28



17

%


118

%

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$

47.43



$

22.92



107

%


Lease operating expense

4.20



4.62



3.65

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(9)

%


15

%


4.46



3.93



13

%


Transportation costs

2.41

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3.01



3.11



(20)

%


(23)

%


2.75



3.11



(12)

%

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Production taxes

2.49



2.03



1.04



23

%


139

%


2.18



0.94

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132

%


Ad valorem tax expense

0.38



0.45



0.40



(16)

%


(5)

%

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0.44



0.41



7

%


General and administrative (2)

1.78



1.98



2.10



(10)

%

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(15)

%


2.03



2.25



(10)

%


Operating margin (before the effects of derivative settlements)

41.76



33.19



13.98

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26

%


199

%


35.57



12.28



190

%


Derivative settlement gain (loss)

(14.90)

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(12.78)



6.05



(17)

%


(346)

%


(13.05)



8.14



(260)

%

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Operating margin (including the effects of derivative settlements)

$

26.86



$

20.41



$

20.03



32

%


34

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%


$

22.52



$

20.42



10

%


Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and asset retirement obligation liability accretion

$

14.14

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$

16.48



$

15.64



(14)

%


(10)

%


$

15.61

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$

16.95



(8)

%



(1) Amounts and percentage changes may not calculate due to rounding.

(2) Includes non-cash stock-based compensation expense per Boe of $0.25, $0.25, and $0.30 for the three months ended September 30, 2021, June 30, 2021, and September 30, 2020, respectively, and, $0.30 and $0.36 for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, and 2020, respectively.

SM ENERGY COMPANY


FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)


September 30, 2021




Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

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(in thousands, except share data)

September 30,


December 31,


ASSETS

2021


2020


Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

$

29,800

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$

10



Accounts receivable

272,248



162,455



Derivative assets

24,514



31,203



Prepaid expenses and other

9,708

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10,001



Total current assets

336,270



203,669



Property and equipment (successful efforts method):





Proved oil and gas properties

9,271,463



8,608,522



Accumulated depletion, depreciation, and amortization

(5,439,387)

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(4,886,973)



Unproved oil and gas properties

654,513



714,602



Wells in progress

142,259



233,498



Other property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $65,462 and $63,662, respectively

36,635



32,217

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Total property and equipment, net

4,665,483



4,701,866



Noncurrent assets:





Derivative assets

6,096



23,150



Other noncurrent assets

54,111



47,746

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Total noncurrent assets

60,207



70,896



Total assets

$

5,061,960



$

4,976,431



LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY





Current liabilities:

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Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

542,474



$

371,670



Derivative liabilities

552,044



200,189



Other current liabilities

9,049

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11,880



Total current liabilities

1,103,567



583,739



Noncurrent liabilities:





Revolving credit facility



93,000



Senior Notes, net

2,077,630

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2,121,319



Asset retirement obligations

85,514



83,325



Derivative liabilities

90,655



22,331



Other noncurrent liabilities

67,695



56,557

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Total noncurrent liabilities

2,321,494



2,376,532



Stockholders’ equity:





Common stock, $0.01 par value – authorized: 200,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding: 121,473,790 and 114,742,304 shares, respectively

1,215



1,147



Additional paid-in capital

1,838,620



1,827,914

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Retained earnings (deficit)

(190,367)



200,697



Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(12,569)



(13,598)



Total stockholders’ equity

1,636,899



2,016,160



Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

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$

5,061,960



$

4,976,431












































SM ENERGY COMPANY

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)

September 30, 2021


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share data)

For the Three Months Ended

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September 30,


For the Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Operating revenues and other income:








Oil, gas, and NGL production revenue

$

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759,813



$

282,012



$

1,745,547



$

806,035


Other operating income (loss)

426



(997)

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22,387



346


Total operating revenues and other income

760,239



281,015



1,767,934



806,381


Operating expenses:








Oil, gas, and NGL production expense

135,745

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95,257



362,131



295,254


Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and asset retirement obligation liability accretion

202,701



181,708



574,375



596,053


Exploration (1)

8,709

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8,547



26,746



29,683


Impairment

8,750



8,750



26,250



1,007,263


General and administrative (1)

25,530

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24,452



74,883



79,126


Net derivative (gain) loss (2)

209,146



63,871



924,183



(314,269)


Other operating expense, net

43,401

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1,562



44,654



10,174


Total operating expenses

633,982



384,147



2,033,222



1,703,284


Income (loss) from operations

126,257

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(103,132)



(265,288)



(896,903)


Interest expense

(40,861)



(41,519)



(120,268)



(123,385)


Gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt

5

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25,070



(2,139)



264,546


Other non-operating income (expense), net

153



(1,680)



(1,071)



(2,359)


Income (loss) before income taxes

85,554

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(121,261)



(388,766)



(758,101)


Income tax benefit

39



22,969



95



158,662


Net income (loss)

$

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85,593



$

(98,292)



$

(388,671)



$

(599,439)










Basic weighted-average common shares outstanding

121,457



114,371

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118,224



113,462


Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding

123,851



114,371



118,224



113,462


Basic net income (loss) per common share

$

0.70

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$

(0.86)



$

(3.29)



$

(5.28)


Diluted net income (loss) per common share

$

0.69



$

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(0.86)



$

(3.29)



$

(5.28)


Dividends per common share

$

0.01



$

0.01

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$

0.02



$

0.02










(1)  Non-cash stock-based compensation included in:








Exploration expense

$

908



$

665

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$

3,004



$

2,713


General and administrative expense

3,590



3,499



11,187



12,724


Total non-cash stock-based compensation

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$

4,498



$

4,164



$

14,191



$

15,437










(2)  The net derivative (gain) loss line item consists of the following:








Derivative settlement (gain) loss

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$

213,555



$

(70,305)



$

480,262



$

(286,270)


(Gain) loss on fair value changes

(4,409)

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134,176



443,921



(27,999)


Total net derivative (gain) loss

$

209,146



$

63,871



$

924,183

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$

(314,269)


SM ENERGY COMPANY

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)

September 30, 2021













Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity

(in thousands, except share data and dividends per share)





Additional
Paid-in
Capital


Retained
Earnings
(Deficit)


Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss

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Total
Stockholders’
Equity


Common Stock






Shares


Amount





Balances, December 31, 2020

114,742,304



$

1,147



$

1,827,914

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$

200,697



$

(13,598)



$

2,016,160


Net loss





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(251,269)





(251,269)


Other comprehensive income









191



191

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Cash dividends declared, $0.01 per share







(1,147)





(1,147)


Stock-based compensation expense



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5,737







5,737


Balances, March 31, 2021

114,742,304



$

1,147



$

1,833,651

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$

(51,719)



$

(13,407)



$

1,769,672


Net loss





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(222,995)





(222,995)


Other comprehensive income









592



592

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Cash dividends, $0.01 per share







(31)





(31)


Issuance of common stock under Employee Stock Purchase Plan

252,665



3

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1,312







1,315


Stock-based compensation expense

57,795



1



3,955





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3,956


Issuance of common stock through cashless exercise of Warrants

5,918,089



59



(59)








Balances, June 30, 2021

120,970,853

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$

1,210



$

1,838,859



$

(274,745)



$

(12,815)



$

1,552,509

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Net income







85,593





85,593


Other comprehensive income



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246



246


Cash dividends declared, $0.01 per share







(1,215)



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(1,215)


Issuance of common stock upon vesting of RSUs and settlement of PSUs, net of shares used for tax withholdings

502,937



5



(4,737)







(4,732)


Stock-based compensation expense





4,498

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4,498


Balances, September 30, 2021

121,473,790



$

1,215



$

1,838,620



$

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(190,367)



$

(12,569)



$

1,636,899



































SM ENERGY COMPANY

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)

September 30, 2021













Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity (Continued)

(in thousands, except share data and dividends per share)

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Additional
Paid-in
Capital




Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss


Total
Stockholders’
Equity


Common Stock



Retained
Earnings




Shares


Amount





Balances, December 31, 2019

112,987,952



$

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1,130



$

1,791,596



$

967,587



$

(11,319)



$

2,748,994


Net loss

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(411,895)





(411,895)


Other comprehensive income





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190



190


Cash dividends declared, $0.01 per share







(1,130)





(1,130)

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Issuance of common stock upon vesting of RSUs, net of shares used for tax withholdings

730





(3)







(3)


Stock-based compensation expense



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5,561







5,561


Balances, March 31, 2020

112,988,682



$

1,130



$

1,797,154

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$

554,562



$

(11,129)



$

2,341,717


Net loss





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(89,252)





(89,252)


Other comprehensive income









188



188

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Issuance of common stock under Employee Stock Purchase Plan

297,013



3



944







947


Stock-based compensation expense

267,576



3

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5,709







5,712


Issuance of Warrants





21,520





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21,520


Balances, June 30, 2020

113,553,271



$

1,136



$

1,825,327



$

465,310



$

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(10,941)



$

2,280,832


Net loss







(98,292)





(98,292)

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Other comprehensive income









1,195



1,195


Cash dividends declared, $0.01 per share



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(1,146)





(1,146)


Issuance of common stock upon vesting of RSUs and settlement of PSUs, net of shares used for tax withholdings

1,019,529



10



(1,567)





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(1,557)


Stock-based compensation expense





4,164







4,164


Other

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(88)







(88)


Balances, September 30, 2020

114,572,800



$

1,146



$

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1,827,836



$

365,872



$

(9,746)



$

2,185,108


SM ENERGY COMPANY

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)

September 30, 2021

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows







(in thousands)

For the Three Months Ended

September 30,


For the Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

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Cash flows from operating activities:








Net income (loss)

$

85,593



$

(98,292)



$

(388,671)



$

(599,439)

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Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:








Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and asset retirement obligation liability accretion

202,701



181,708



574,375



596,053


Impairment

8,750



8,750



26,250

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1,007,263


Stock-based compensation expense

4,498



4,164



14,191



15,437


Net derivative (gain) loss

209,146



63,871



924,183

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(314,269)


Derivative settlement gain (loss)

(213,555)



70,305



(480,262)



286,270


Amortization of debt discount and deferred financing costs

3,905



4,506



13,350

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13,084


(Gain) loss on extinguishment of debt

(5)



(25,070)



2,139



(264,546)


Deferred income taxes

(68)



(22,796)



(282)

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(159,064)


Other, net

6,076



(2,376)



(7,301)



(6,294)


Net change in working capital

21,078



16,843



52,170

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(40,411)


Net cash provided by operating activities

328,119



201,613



730,142



534,084










Cash flows from investing activities:








Net proceeds from the sale of oil and gas properties

8,543



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8,835



92


Capital expenditures

(180,088)



(109,568)



(550,265)



(419,777)


Acquisition of proved and unproved oil and gas properties

(3,250)



(7,075)

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(3,321)



(7,075)


Net cash used in investing activities

(174,795)



(116,643)



(544,751)



(426,760)










Cash flows from financing activities:








Proceeds from revolving credit facility

705,500

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324,500



1,649,500



1,165,500


Repayment of revolving credit facility

(758,000)



(339,500)



(1,742,500)



(1,110,000)


Net proceeds from Senior Notes

(812)

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392,771




Cash paid to repurchase Senior Notes

(65,480)



(65,944)



(450,776)



(147,770)


Debt issuance costs related to 10.0% Senior Secured Notes due 2025

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(2,395)





(12,886)


Net proceeds from sale of common stock





1,315



947


Dividends paid

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(1,178)



(1,130)


Other, net

(4,732)



(1,631)



(4,733)



(1,985)


Net cash used in financing activities

(123,524)

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(84,970)



(155,601)



(107,324)










Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

29,800





29,790




Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period

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10



10



10


Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period

$

29,800



$

10



$

29,800

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$

10


SM ENERGY COMPANY

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)

September 30, 2021


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Continued)







(in thousands)

For the Three Months Ended

September 30,


For the Nine Months Ended

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September 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Supplemental schedule of additional cash flow information and non-cash activities:








Operating activities:








Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized interest

$

(51,364)

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$

(39,861)



$

(126,228)



$

(122,174)










Investing activities:








Increase (decrease) in capital expenditure accruals and other

$

(20,102)

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$

11,491



$

8,885



$

(17,405)










Non-cash financing activities (1)




























(1) Please refer to Note 5 – Long-term Debt in Part I, Item I of the Company’s Form 10-Q for discussion of the debt transactions completed during the nine months ended September 30, 2021, and 2020.

DEFINITIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES AS CALCULATED BY THE COMPANY
The following non-GAAP measures are presented in addition to financial statements as the Company believes these metrics and performance measures are widely used by the investment community, including investors, research analysts and others, to evaluate and compare investments among upstream oil and gas companies in making investment decisions or recommendations.  These measures, as presented, may have differing calculations among companies and investment professionals and may not be directly comparable to the same measures provided by others.  A non-GAAP measure should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP measure or any other measure of a company’s financial or operating performance presented in accordance with GAAP.  A reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is presented below.  These measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Adjusted EBITDAX:  Adjusted EBITDAX is calculated as net income (loss) before interest expense, interest income, income taxes, depletion, depreciation, amortization and asset retirement obligation liability accretion expense, exploration expense, property abandonment and impairment expense, non-cash stock-based compensation expense, derivative gains and losses net of settlements, gains and losses on divestitures, gains and losses on extinguishment of debt, and certain other items.  Adjusted EBITDAX excludes certain items that the Company believes affect the comparability of operating results, including items that are generally non-recurring in nature or whose timing and/or amount cannot be reasonably estimated.  Adjusted EBITDAX is also important because we are subject to financial covenants under the Company’s Credit Agreement, a material source of liquidity for the Company, based on Adjusted EBITDAX ratios.  Please reference the Company’s 2020 Form 10-K and the most recently filed Form 10-Q for discussion of the Credit Agreement and its covenants.

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Adjusted net income (loss):  Adjusted net income (loss) excludes certain items that the Company believes affect the comparability of operating results, including items that are generally non-recurring in nature or whose timing and/or amount cannot be reasonably estimated.  These items include non-cash and other adjustments, such as derivative gains and losses net of settlements, impairments, net (gain) loss on divestiture activity, gains and losses on extinguishment of debt, and accruals for non-recurring matters.

Net Debt:  Net debt is calculated as the total principal amount of outstanding senior secured notes and senior unsecured notes plus amounts drawn on the revolving credit facility (also referred to as total funded debt) less cash and cash equivalents.

Free cash flowFree cash flow is calculated as net cash provided by operating activities before net change in working capital less capital expenditures before increase (decrease) in capital expenditure accruals and other.

Free cash flow yield to market capitalization:  Free cash flow yield to market capitalization is calculated as Free cash flow (defined above) divided by market capitalization.

Net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDAX:  Net debt-to-Adjusted EBITDAX is calculated as Net Debt (defined above) divided by Adjusted EBITDAX (defined above) for the trailing twelve-month period.  A variation of this calculation is a financial covenant under the Company’s Credit Agreement.

SM ENERGY COMPANY

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)

September 30, 2021


Adjusted EBITDAX Reconciliation (1)








(in thousands)

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Reconciliation of net income (loss) (GAAP) and net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP) to Adjusted EBITDAX (non-GAAP)

For the Three Months Ended

September 30,


For the Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Net income (loss) (GAAP)

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$

85,593



$

(98,292)



$

(388,671)



$

(599,439)


Interest expense

40,861

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41,519



120,268



123,385


Income tax benefit

(39)



(22,969)



(95)



(158,662)


Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and asset retirement obligation liability accretion

202,701

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181,708



574,375



596,053


Exploration (2)

7,801



7,882



23,742



26,970


Impairment

8,750

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8,750



26,250



1,007,263


Stock-based compensation expense

4,498



4,164



14,191



15,437


Net derivative (gain) loss

209,146

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63,871



924,183



(314,269)


Derivative settlement gain (loss)

(213,555)



70,305



(480,262)



286,270


(Gain) loss on extinguishment of debt

(5)

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(25,070)



2,139



(264,546)


Other, net

905



615



2,407



1,560


Adjusted EBITDAX (non-GAAP)

$

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346,656



$

232,483



$

818,527



$

720,022


Interest expense

(40,861)



(41,519)

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(120,268)



(123,385)


Income tax benefit

39



22,969



95



158,662


Exploration (2)

(7,801)



(7,882)

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(23,742)



(26,970)


Amortization of debt discount and deferred financing costs

3,905



4,506



13,350



13,084


Deferred income taxes

(68)



(22,796)

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(282)



(159,064)


Other, net

5,171



(2,991)



(9,708)



(7,854)


Net change in working capital

21,078



16,843

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52,170



(40,411)


Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)

$

328,119



$

201,613



$

730,142



$

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534,084










(1)

See “Definitions of non-GAAP Measures as Calculated by the Company” above.

(2)

Stock-based compensation expense is a component of the exploration expense and general and administrative expense line items on the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations.  Therefore, the exploration line items shown in the reconciliation above will vary from the amount shown on the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations for the component of stock-based compensation expense recorded to exploration expense.

SM ENERGY COMPANY

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)

September 30, 2021


Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Reconciliation (1)








(in thousands, except per share data)

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Reconciliation of net income (loss) (GAAP) to adjusted net income (loss) (non-GAAP):

For the Three Months Ended

September 30,


For the Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Net income (loss) (GAAP)

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$

85,593



$

(98,292)



$

(388,671)



$

(599,439)


Net derivative (gain) loss

209,146

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63,871



924,183



(314,269)


Derivative settlement gain (loss)

(213,555)



70,305



(480,262)



286,270


Impairment

8,750

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8,750



26,250



1,007,263


(Gain) loss on extinguishment of debt

(5)



(25,070)



2,139



(264,546)


Other, net (2)

1,525

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615



3,108



1,676


Tax effect of adjustments (3)

(1,272)



(25,708)



(103,166)



(155,457)


Valuation allowance on deferred tax assets

1,272

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103,166



10,017


Adjusted net income (loss) (non-GAAP)

$

91,454



$

(5,529)



$

86,747

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$

(28,485)










Diluted net income (loss) per common share (GAAP)

$

0.69



$

(0.86)



$

(3.29)



$

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(5.28)


Net derivative (gain) loss

1.69



0.56



7.82



(2.77)


Derivative settlement gain (loss)

(1.72)



0.61



(4.06)

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2.52


Impairment

0.07



0.08



0.22



8.88


(Gain) loss on extinguishment of debt



(0.22)



0.02

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(2.33)


Other, net (2)

0.01



0.01



0.02



0.02


Tax effect of adjustments (3)

(0.01)



(0.23)



(0.87)

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(1.38)


Valuation allowance on deferred tax assets

0.01





0.87



0.09


Adjusted net income (loss) per diluted common share (non-GAAP)

$

0.74



$

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(0.05)



$

0.73



$

(0.25)










Basic weighted-average common shares outstanding

121,457



114,371



118,224



113,462

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Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding

123,851



114,371



118,224



113,462










Note: Amounts may not calculate due to rounding.
















(1)

See “Definitions of non-GAAP Measures as Calculated by the Company” above.

(2)

For all periods presented, other adjustments related to bad debt expense and impairments of materials inventory and other property.  Additionally, for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, other adjustments include pension settlement expense, and for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, and 2020, other adjustments included (gain) loss on divestiture.

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(3)

The tax effect of adjustments for each of the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, and 2020, was calculated using a tax rate of 21.7%.  This rate approximates the Company’s statutory tax rate for the respective periods, as adjusted for ordinary permanent differences.

SM ENERGY COMPANY

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)

September 30, 2021


Reconciliation of Total Long-Term Debt to Net Debt (1)


(in thousands)



As of September 30, 2021

Principal amount of Senior Secured Notes (2)

$

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446,675


Principal amount of Senior Unsecured Notes (2)

1,689,913


Revolving credit facility (2)


Total funded debt

2,136,588


Less: Cash and cash equivalents

29,800


Net Debt

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$

2,106,788




(1)

See “Definitions of non-GAAP Measures as Calculated by the Company” above.

(2)

Amounts are from Note 5 – Long-term Debt in Part I, Item I of the Company’s Form 10-Q for the nine months ended September 30, 2021.

Free Cash Flow (1)









(in thousands)











For the Three Months Ended

September 30,

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September 30,



2021


2020


2021


2020

Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)


$

328,119



$

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201,613



$

730,142



$

534,084


Net change in working capital


(21,078)



(16,843)



(52,170)



40,411

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Cash flow from operations before net change in working capital


307,041



184,770



677,972



574,495


Capital expenditures (GAAP)


180,088



109,568



550,265



419,777

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Increase (decrease) in capital expenditure accruals and other


(20,102)



11,491



8,885



(17,405)


Capital expenditures before accruals and other


159,986



121,059



559,150



402,372

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Free cash flow


$

147,055



$

63,711



$

118,822



$

172,123











(1)

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