TORC Oil & Gas
Let’s take a closer look at what worked for TORC during the quarter and if it can keep improving on its quarterly performance.
A Closer Look at TORC’s Results
TORC delivered production of 28,326 barrels of oil equivalent during the second quarter, up from 23,059 boepd in the year-ago period. However, the company’s average realized price fell to $59.32 per barrel of oil equivalent as compared to $64.04 per boe in the second quarter of 2018.
The improvement in TORC’s oil production was a result of an increase in the number of wells drilled during the quarter. More specifically, the company drilled a total of 9.8 net wells in the second quarter, up from 7 wells in the year-ago period. For the first six months of the year, TORC has drilled 37.7 net wells as compared to 25.6 net wells in the same period a year ago.
But what’s impressive to see is that TORC’s cash flow per share increased to $0.37 as compared to $0.35 a year ago despite lower prices. This can be attributed to the company’s strategy of keeping its expenses within the cash flow. In fact, TORC’s exploration and development expenditure increased to just $34.8 million from $30 million a year ago, and its debt was actually down to $364 million from $396 million at the end of the first quarter.
However, the weakness in oil pricing did impact TORC’s operating netback negatively. Its operating netback for the quarter came in at $34.35 per barrel of oil equivalent, down from $39.28 per barrel of oil equivalent last year.
In all, TORC’s performance was decent last quarter given the prevailing end-market scenario.
The Way Ahead
TORC is focusing on generating higher operational efficiencies this year, stating that it plans to achieve results that exceed the capital budget it has outlined for the year.
According to the company’s press release:
This is why TORC believes that it can achieve “significant free cash flow in 2019 above the current capital program and dividend.” This is a smart strategy to follow because TORC needs to keep its debt under control, and at the same time, it has to keep its production growing at a decent clip so that it doesn’t miss out when oil prices start ticking up.
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