Asset Level Economics

Asset Level Economics

Asset Level Economics – assessing free cash flow and funding requirements for E&P companies

LandGate has developed a tool to assist equity research analysts in streamlining their work process and automating valuation functions. Although the tool has multiple applications, one of the benefits is that will help analysts to better understand field development at the asset and basin level.  

Many E&P companies operate a diverse asset base.  Allocating capital amongst multiple assets can be one of the most important decisions that executives will face.  As an investor, better understanding an executive team’s capital allocation process can provide critical insight when evaluating an investment opportunity.

LandGate has developed a process that can quickly assess the funding requirements of E&P companies at the asset level.  Our advanced algorithms access monthly production data, condition it, and create an update PDP production forecast. Our in-house geologists and reservoir engineers perform reservoir simulation and characterization on undeveloped lands, creating production forecasts for PDNP, PUD, PROB, and POSS reserves categories.  And our in-house landmen and engineers have digitized each company’s assets, and provide updated acreage positions.

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Single Well Economics

Many corporate investor presentations will provide single well economics for each company’s primary assets.  This data typically includes type curve, capital cost, and operating cost data for an average well in the basin. Companies may also provide some type of economic output data, such as single well net present values (NPV), and rates of return (ROR).  

Oftentimes, ROR can be the single biggest driver of capital allocation for an E&P company. Intuitively this makes sense, as any rational investor would allocate investment capital to their highest return projects. But many other variables come into play when considering capital allocation including infrastructure constraints, rig logistics, drilling inventory, local politics, landowner issues, etc.  

Financial analysts often rely on all of this information in order to create both basin level NPVs and production forecasts that drive revenue projections. These are two key outputs, both which drive stock picking recommendations and investment decisions. Unfortunately, the margin for error with these calculations can often be significant. Many variables can drive a wide range of outcomes, including:

  1. Type curve data

     Many analysts fit their type curves to approximate company-provided estimates of EURs, etc. If you are lucky, companies may provide several type curves for a single basin, when in reality there can be hundreds of type curves.

  2. Drilling Inventory/Well Spacing

    Companies typically provide some form of risked “acreage math” calculations when considering future drilling locations.  

  3. Pace of Development

     Acceleration/deceleration of activity can significantly affect NPV.

  4. Cost Data

     Companies often provide a single value for capital, fixed, and variable cost (per BOE) for each type curve. When in reality, operating costs can vary significantly within a single play.

  5. Pricing Data

     Obtaining and updating Nymex pricing with the appropriate differentials can be cumbersome.  

Asset Level Economics

Understanding how an asset behaves and interacts financially with a company’s other assets can shed light on overall corporate funding requirements. LandGate has developed new functionality, designed to automate and augment the efforts of financial analysts in developing forecasts. Specifically, we address the issues with the above-identified variables.

  1. Type Curve Data

    LandGate interfaces with each state’s production database. In addition to scraping the data, our proprietary algorithms condition the data (eliminate statistical outliers and ensure the production is assigned to the correct producing zone). Our algorithms also compare production data to type curve data, and our engineers and geoscientists update the type curves accordingly. The result is a database with over thousands of type curves, updated monthly.

  2. Drilling Inventory/Well Spacing

     In order to maximize the economic output of each drill spacing unit, correct well spacing has become a focus of the industry. LandGate utilizes in-house reservoir simulation and characterization in order to assign drilling locations (with the appropriate well spacing and risked type curves) to each undrilled section.   

  3. Pace of Development

    LandGate uses rig counts by operator and basin (updated quarterly) in order to drive the pace of development. Each well is assigned a drilling/completion schedule, and each pad is drilled sequentially according to the highest returns. All viable zones are drilled on a pad prior to rig-releasing the pad. Any drilling locations that are not consumed within 30 years are eliminated from the projections.  

  4. Cost Data

    LandGate interfaces with Aries in order to generate its economic forecasts.  Accordingly, our system utilizes the best available information, including separate operating cost data for oil, natural gas, and water. Our capital costs also include the installation of artificial lift at the appropriate point in the well’s life.

  5. Pricing Data

     Our pricing function is updated daily with NYMEX prices, and is SEC compliant with monthly historical prices. Manage sensitivities with manual flat or customized pricing. Pricing differentials are applied at the basin level, and can also be changed manually.

In addition to the economic summary report, the user receives a zip file with well by well detailed roll up of the analysis.  If desired, analysts can extract the information from the zip files for incorporation into their own financial modeling. Visit our site for more information, or call us at 855-867-3876 to learn more about our revolutionary process. 

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