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Talos Energy Announces 2Q Operational and Financial Results


Talos Energy has announced its operational and financial results for the second quarter of 2022.

Key Highlights:

  • Production of 65.4 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day ("MBoe/d") (67% oil, 75% liquids).
  • Revenue of $519.1 million, driven by realized prices (excluding hedges) of $108.03 per barrel for oil, $37.79 per barrel for natural gas liquids ("NGLs") and $8.00 per thousand cubic feet ("Mcf") for natural gas.
  • Net Income of $195.1 million, or $2.33 Net Income per diluted share, and Adjusted Net Income of $100.6 million, or $1.20 Adjusted Net Income per diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $250.8 million, or $42.13 Adjusted EBITDA per Boe; Adjusted EBITDA excluding hedges of $411.0 million, or $69.04 per Boe.
  • Capital Expenditures of $85.9 million, inclusive of plugging and abandonment.
  • Free Cash Flow (before changes in working capital) of $134.1 million.
  • Achieved 1.0x leverage ratio as of June 30, 2022 through the repayment of $146.1 million in credit facility borrowings and 7.5% Notes and achieved record liquidity of $702.2 million; Net Debt has been reduced by $344.1 million since March 31, 2021.
  • Expanded the Bayou Bend carbon capture and sequestration ("CCS") joint venture through Chevron U.S.A Inc.'s acquisition of a 50% interest in exchange for $50 million of gross consideration.

President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy S. Duncan commented: 
"It was a strong quarter for Talos as we achieved rapid debt reduction led by record-breaking revenue and cost control efforts despite macro inflationary pressures. Through our steady focus on significant free cash flow generation and substantial debt paydown, we've achieved the lowest leverage multiple and highest liquidity in the history of Talos. In the second half of the year we will initiate our operated open water rig program testing a series of exciting, high-impact drilling opportunities and expect to spud our Puma West appraisal well early in the fourth quarter."

In our CCS business, we closed the previously announced Bayou Bend transaction with Chevron and Carbonvert, welcoming Chevron into the joint venture that is developing the country's first and only major offshore CO2 sequestration project. We expect to spud the first stratigraphic evaluation well this year to expedite the EPA Class VI permitting process while continuing to engage potential industrial customers. Utilizing our technical and commercial skill sets, gained through decades of regional experience, to provide CCS-as-a-Service along the U.S. Gulf Coast exemplifies our commitment to balancing responsible energy production with tangible carbon management solutions for the future, a combination that we believe underpins what the energy company of the future looks like for all of its stakeholders."


Debt Repayment: Talos repaid $140.0 million of credit facility borrowings and $6.1 million of 7.5% Notes at maturity in the second quarter, reducing overall leverage to 1.0x Net Debt to LTM Adjusted EBITDA. The Company ended the quarter with liquidity of $702.2 million, the highest in Talos's history, and expects to continue to reduce credit facility borrowings in the second half of 2022.

Inflation Reduction Act: Talos is closely monitoring recent legislative developments regarding the Inflation Reduction Act, which contain numerous provisions relevant to the Company's Upstream and CCS business units. Among the Upstream provisions are the reinstatement of winning bids from OCS Lease Sale 257, in which Talos was one of the most active bidders and was the high bidder on over 57,000 gross acres across ten deepwater blocks. Additionally, the legislation would mandate three specific additional lease sales in the future and require oil and gas lease sales in conjunction with offshore wind lease sales going forward. For the Company's CCS business, the legislation includes provisions that could increase the 45Q credit for permanent CO2 sequestration to $85/ton from the current $50/ton, as well as adding a direct pay component to the current federal income tax credit structure. The Inflation Reduction Act has not been passed in the U.S. Senate and any final legislation may be different from the legislative text that is currently proposed.

CCS: Talos, through its Talos Low Carbon Solutions division, and Carbonvert, Inc. announced and subsequently closed a transaction to expand the Bayou Bend CCS joint venture through the acquisition of a 50% interest by Chevron for $30.0 million of gross upfront cash and up to $20.0 million of gross future capital cost reimbursement, expected to cover capital expenditures through FID. Equity interests in the venture are now 25% Talos, 25% Carbonvert and 50% Chevron, and Talos is the operator. The three companies also established an Area of Mutual Interest ("AMI") over the full ~231,000-acre Jefferson County offshore region contemplated in the State of Texas's original request for proposal, aligning the parties for future expansion opportunities.

Third Quarter Expected Downtime: Following deferral of the planned dry-dock maintenance process from June 2022 into the third quarter, Talos has begun mobilizing the HP-1 vessel to shore for regulatory-required maintenance. Talos expects dry-dock to result in 6.0 – 9.0 MBoe/d of deferred production as well as incremental operating and capital costs in the third quarter. Preparatory costs of approximately $11.5 million are included in the second quarter operating expenses. Additionally, Talos expects planned third-party midstream downtime and other miscellaneous planned downtime activities to result in 4.0 – 5.0 MBoe/d of deferred production. Talos's previously issued annual operational and financial guidance is inclusive of both the HP-1 dry-dock and third-party midstream downtime estimates, as well as hurricane risking. However, the majority of hurricane downtime impact is typically incurred in the third quarter.

Operated Deepwater Rig Program: Talos expects to take possession of the Seadrill Sevan Louisiana deepwater rig in mid-August, initiating its open water program that includes six total operations between second half of 2022 and first half of 2023, four of which are exploitation wells targeting 65-100 million barrels of oil equivalent ("MMBoe") of cumulative gross unrisked resources and utilizing Talos-operated facilities for accelerated subsea development. The Company will spud the Lime Rock prospect, the first of the four exploitation targets, following a deepwater recompletion. Prior to initiating the rig program, Talos successfully obtained industry validation for these prospects, attracting non-operated working interest partners in each of the Lime Rock, Venice and Rigolets projects. Talos now owns a 60% working interest in each of these projects. Additionally, if successful, we expect each well to produce between 5.0 – 15.0 MBoe/d gross with expected timeline to first oil between 12-18 months.

Non-Operated Deepwater Rig Program: Talos expects the Puma West appraisal well to spud early in the fourth quarter with results expected by early 2023. The appraisal follows the successful 2021 exploration discovery well along with co-owners bp plc ("bp") (Operator) and Chevron. The well has been permitted to a depth of approximately 26,700 feet and will be drilled with the Diamond Ocean BlackHornet rig, currently working for bp. In the Gunflint Field, (9.6% working interest) Talos has participated in two successful workovers and anticipates initiating the MC 992 #1 sidetrack well by year-end. Lastly, Talos is actively working with a large industry partner to finalize a five-block exploration unit comprising 28,800 gross acres in the Walker Ridge and Green Canyon areas on which the Company expects to participate in a high-impact exploration prospect in the first half of 2023.

Zama: Talos is actively working with Petróleos Mexicanos ("Pemex") and its Block 7 partners Wintershall Dea and Harbour Energy to finalize the Zama Field Development Plan ("FDP"), targeting submission to National Hydrocarbons Commission ("CNH") latest by March 2023, as required in the unitization resolution. Upon approval, the parties will then move toward FID later in 2023. Concurrently, the parties are discussing the formation of an Integrated Project Team, which would include representatives of each company and would report to the Unit Operating Committee, to manage the field's development.

Pompano Platform Rig Program: The Company's Seville exploitation well failed to discover commercial quantities of hydrocarbons in late July. The platform rig program has shifted to begin preparations for the Mount Hunter development well, with spud expected in the third quarter and first oil in early 2023.

Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures for the quarter, including plugging and abandonment activities, totaled $85.9 million. Capital expenditures for the Company's CCS business includes the impact of the sale of 50% of the Company's investment in Bayou Bend CCS joint venture to Chevron (i.e., the Company recouped 50% of its original $2.25 million investment).

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