Continental Resources Delivers Outstanding 2Q21 Results Driving Robust Cash Flow & Exceptional Shareholder Value

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --

$289.3 Million Net Income; $0.79 per Diluted Share ($332.8 Million Adjusted Net Income;
$0.91 per Adjusted Share (Non-GAAP)) in 2Q21
$673 Million Cash Flow from Operations & $634 Million Free Cash Flow (FCF) (Non-GAAP) in
2Q21
$3.8 Billion Projected Full-Year 2021 Cash Flow from Operations & $2.4 Billion Projected
Full-Year 2021 FCF (Non-GAAP) at Current Strip Prices1 (~19% FCF Yield2) (Non-GAAP)
• Enhanced Shareholder Capital Returns
o $0.15 per Share Quarterly Dividend; $0.04 Increase Supported by Strong Cash Flow & Interest
Savings
o $1.0 Billion Share Repurchase Program Resumed ($317 Million Previously Executed)
o Continued Debt Reduction: $4.74 Billion Total Debt & $4.59 Billion Net Debt (non-GAAP) as of
6/30/21
18% Projected Return on Capital Employed3 (ROCE) in 2021
Improving Various 2021 Guidance Metrics & Differentials

Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CLR) (the "Company") today announced its second quarter 2021 operating and financial results.

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"Continental is delivering strong asset performance in addition to capital and operational efficiency gains that are driving robust cash flow generation and exceptional shareholder value. The $0.04 increase to our quarterly fixed dividend and resumption of our $1.0 billion share repurchase program underscores our commitment to delivering peer leading shareholder capital return," said Bill Berry, Chief Executive Officer.

The Company reported net income of $289.3 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. In second quarter 2021, typically excluded items in aggregate represented $43.4 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, of Continental's reported net income. Adjusted net income for second quarter 2021 was $332.8 million, or $0.91 per diluted share (non-GAAP). Net cash provided by operating activities for second quarter 2021 was $672.8 million and EBITDAX was $990.9 million (non-GAAP).

Adjusted net income (loss), adjusted net income (loss) per share, EBITDAX, free cash flow, free cash flow yield, net debt, net sales prices and cash general and administrative (G&A) expenses per barrel of oil equivalent (Boe) presented herein are non-GAAP financial measures. Definitions and explanations for how these measures relate to the most directly comparable U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) financial measures are provided at the conclusion of this press release.

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1

NYMEX strip pricing for the remainder of the year, as of July 15, 2021.

2

Free cash flow yield is estimated by dividing the 2021 annual FCF estimate by the Company's current market capitalization, as of July 30, 2021.

3

Return on capital employed represents net income attributable to the Company before non-cash gains and losses on derivatives, income taxes, non-cash equity compensation expense, interest expense, and gains and losses on extinguishment of debt, the result of which is divided by average capital employed for the year, with capital employed representing the sum of total debt and total shareholders' equity attributable to the Company.

Outstanding 2Q21 Results Driving Robust Cash Flow & Exceptional Shareholder Value

The Company generated $673 million of cash flow from operations and a Company record $634 million of free cash flow (non-GAAP) for the second quarter 2021. The Company now projects generating $3.8 billion of cash flow from operations and $2.4 billion of free cash flow (non-GAAP) for full-year 2021 at current strip prices, or approximately 19% free cash flow yield (non-GAAP). Projected full-year 2021 free cash flow (non-GAAP) is more than double the Company's original 2021 guidance.

The Company recently announced that the Board of Directors approved increasing the Company's quarterly fixed dividend to $0.15 per share on the Company's outstanding common stock, payable on August 20, 2021 to stockholders of record on August 10, 2021. This dividend is a $0.04 increase to the Company's $0.11 per share quarterly dividend paid in second quarter 2021, triple the Company's initial dividend paid in fourth quarter 2019 and equates to an approximately 1.7% annualized dividend yield4.

The Company is resuming its share repurchase program of $1.0 billion, which commenced in second quarter 2019. With $317 million of share repurchases previously executed, $683 million of share repurchase capacity remains available.

The Company is accelerating its net debt reduction (non-GAAP) and is targeting $4.7 billion of projected total debt by year end 2021 and $3.7 billion of projected net debt (non-GAAP) by year end 2021, with a net debt to EBITDAX (non-GAAP) ratio of below 1.0x. The Company has reduced its total debt to $4.74 billion, with a cash balance of $150 million, equating to net debt (non-GAAP) of $4.59 billion as of June 30, 2021.

Additionally, the Company is projecting approximately 18% ROCE vs. its previous estimate of 12% for 2021.

Due to continued outperformance, the Company is improving various 2021 guidance metrics and differentials. The Company has increased its 2021 annual natural gas production guidance to 900 to 1,000 MMcfpd. Production expense is projected to be improved to $3.00 to $3.50 per Boe in 2021. Production tax rate is projected to be improved to 7.3% to 7.6% in 2021. Continental projects 2021 guidance for DD&A of $15.00 to $17.00 per Boe, reflecting strong well productivity, capital efficiency and improved commodity prices. The Company's second half 2021 crude oil differentials guidance per barrel of oil is projected to average ($3.50) to ($4.25) and the Company's second half 2021 natural gas differentials guidance per Mcf is projected to average a premium of $0.25 to $0.75.

Finally, the Company released its 2020 ESG update as part of its longstanding commitment to environmental, societal, and corporate governance practices and initiatives. For more information regarding the Company's ESG philosophy, as well as its 2020 report, please visit www.CLR.com.

The Company's full 2021 guidance, capital expenditures budget and operating details can be found at the conclusion of this press release.

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4

Calculated as the annual dividend per share divided by the stock price per share as of July 30, 2021. All future dividends require Board approval.

Production & Operations Update

Second quarter 2021 total production averaged 338.7 MBoepd. Second quarter 2021 oil production averaged 166.8 MBopd. Second quarter 2021 natural gas production averaged 1,031.6 MMcfpd.

The following table provides the Company's average daily production by region for the periods presented.



2Q


2Q


YTD


YTD

Boe per day


2021


2020


2021


2020

Bakken


174,637


88,822


167,646


145,162

South


151,843


107,083


145,157


129,547

All other


12,219


6,910


10,602


7,119

Total


338,699


202,815


323,405


281,828

Financial Update

"Second quarter 2021 results underscore Continental's continued commitment to delivering robust cash flow generation, capital discipline, and low cost industry leadership that is translating to strong corporate returns underscored by our 18% projected ROCE in 2021," said John Hart, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Strategy Officer.



Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

2Q21 Financial Update


June 30, 2021

June 30, 2021

Cash and Cash Equivalents




$150 million

Total Debt




$4.74 billion

Net Debt (non-GAAP)(1)




$4.59 billion

Average Net Sales Price (non-GAAP)(1)





Per Barrel of Oil


$62.37


$57.95

Per Mcf of Gas


$3.06


$4.24

Per Boe


$39.99


$41.47

Production Expense per Boe


$3.14


$3.24

Total G&A Expenses per Boe


$1.81


$1.85

Crude Oil Net Sales Price Discount to NYMEX ($/Bbl)


($3.83)


($4.16)

Natural Gas Net Sales Price Premium to NYMEX ($/Mcf)


$0.23


$1.48

Non-Acquisition Capital Expenditures attributable to CLR


$289.5 million


$582.9 million

Exploration & Development Drilling & Completion


$216.2 million


$471.8 million

Leasehold and minerals


$15.8 million


$23.5 million

Workovers, Recompletions and Other


$57.5 million


$87.6 million

Minerals attributable to FNV


$2.8 million


$3.7 million



(1) Net debt and net sales prices represent non-GAAP financial measures. Further information about these non-GAAP financial measures as well as reconciliations to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures are provided subsequently under the header Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

The following table provides the Company's production results, per-unit operating costs, results of operations and certain non-GAAP financial measures for the periods presented. Average net sales prices exclude any effect of derivative transactions. Per-unit expenses have been calculated using sales volumes.


Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Average daily production:








Crude oil (Bbl per day)

166,765


95,174


159,350


147,922

Natural gas (Mcf per day)

1,031,603


645,846


984,334


803,434

Crude oil equivalents (Boe per day)

338,699


202,815


323,405


281,828

Average net sales prices (non-GAAP), excluding effect from derivatives: (1)








Crude oil ($/Bbl)

$ 62.37


$ 16.35


$ 57.95


$ 32.37

Natural gas ($/Mcf)

$ 3.06


$ 0.12


$ 4.24


$ 0.59

Crude oil equivalents ($/Boe)

$ 39.99


$ 7.88


$ 41.47


$ 18.56

Production expenses ($/Boe)

$ 3.14


$ 3.58


$ 3.24


$ 3.60

Production taxes (% of net crude oil and gas sales)

7.7%


7.8%


7.3%


8.7%

DD&A ($/Boe)

$ 15.33


$ 16.07


$ 16.76


$ 16.25

Total general and administrative expenses ($/Boe) (2)

$ 1.81


$ 2.30


$ 1.85


$ 1.66

Net income (loss) attributable to Continental Resources (in thousands)

$ 289,325


$(239,286)


$ 548,967


$(424,950)

Diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to Continental Resources

$ 0.79


$ (0.66)


$ 1.51


$ (1.17)

Adjusted net income (loss) (non-GAAP) (in thousands) (1)

$ 332,766


$(255,702)


$ 611,657


$(283,268)

Adjusted diluted net income (loss) per share (non-GAAP) (1)

$ 0.91


$ (0.71)


$ 1.68


$ (0.78)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities (in thousands)

$ 672,858


$ (20,248)


$1,713,118


$ 643,570

EBITDAX (non-GAAP) (in thousands) (1)

$ 990,938


$ 36,013


$1,953,574


$ 630,260


(1) Net sales prices, adjusted net income (loss), adjusted diluted net income (loss) per share, and EBITDAX represent non-GAAP financial measures. Further information about these non-GAAP financial measures as well as reconciliations to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures are provided subsequently under the header Non-GAAP Financial Measures.


(2) Total general and administrative expense is comprised of cash general and administrative expense and non-cash equity compensation expense. Cash general and administrative expense per Boe was $1.37, $1.45, $1.33, and $1.04 for 2Q 2021, 2Q 2020, YTD 2021, and YTD 2020, respectively. Non-cash equity compensation expense per Boe was $0.44, $0.85, $0.52, and $0.62 for 2Q 2021, 2Q 2020, YTD 2021, and YTD 2020, respectively.

Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call

The Company plans to host a conference call to discuss second quarter 2021 results on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. CT). Those wishing to listen to the conference call may do so via the Company's website at www.CLR.com or by phone:

Time and date:

12:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Dial-in:

1-888-317-6003

Intl. dial-in:

1-412-317-6061

Conference ID:

7212336


A replay of the call will be available for 14 days on the Company's website or by dialing:


Replay number:

1-877-344-7529

Intl. replay:

1-412-317-0088

Conference ID:

10157457

The Company plans to publish a second quarter 2021 summary presentation to its website at www.CLR.com prior to the start of its conference call on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

About Continental Resources

Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR) is a top 10 independent oil producer in the U.S. and a leader in America's energy renaissance. Based in Oklahoma City, Continental is the largest leaseholder and the largest producer in the nation's premier oil field, the Bakken play of North Dakota and Montana. The Company has significant positions in Oklahoma, including its SCOOP Woodford and SCOOP Springer discoveries and the STACK play. The Company also has a newly acquired position in the Powder River Basin play of Wyoming. With a focus on the exploration and production of oil, Continental has unlocked the technology and resources vital to American energy independence and our nation's leadership in the new world oil market. In 2021, the Company will celebrate 54 years of operations. For more information, please visit www.CLR.com.

Cautionary Statement for the Purpose of the "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements included in this press release other than statements of historical fact, including, but not limited to, forecasts or expectations regarding the Company's business and statements or information concerning the Company's future operations, performance, financial condition, production and reserves, schedules, plans, timing of development, rates of return, budgets, costs, business strategy, objectives, and cash flows are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, the words "could," "may," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "expect," "project," "budget," "target," "plan," "continue," "potential," "guidance," "strategy," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words.

Forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current expectations and assumptions about future events and currently available information as to the outcome and timing of future events. Although the Company believes these assumptions and expectations are reasonable, they are inherently subject to numerous business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control. No assurance can be given that such expectations will be correct or achieved or that the assumptions are accurate. The risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, commodity price volatility; the geographic concentration of our operations; financial market and economic volatility; the effects of any national or international health crisis; the inability to access needed capital; the risks and potential liabilities inherent in crude oil and natural gas drilling and production and the availability of insurance to cover any losses resulting therefrom; difficulties in estimating proved reserves and other reserves-based measures; declines in the values of our crude oil and natural gas properties resulting in impairment charges; our ability to replace proved reserves and sustain production; our ability to pay future dividends or complete share repurchases; the availability or cost of equipment and oilfield services; leasehold terms expiring on undeveloped acreage before production can be established; our ability to project future production, achieve targeted results in drilling and well operations and predict the amount and timing of development expenditures; the availability and cost of transportation, processing and refining facilities; legislative and regulatory changes adversely affecting our industry and our business, including initiatives related to hydraulic fracturing and greenhouse gas emissions; increased market and industry competition, including from alternative fuels and other energy sources; and the other risks described under Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors and elsewhere in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, registration statements and other reports filed from time to time with the SEC, and other announcements the Company makes from time to time.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which such statement is made. Should one or more of the risks or uncertainties described in this press release occur, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, the Company's actual results and plans could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Except as otherwise required by applicable law, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly correct or update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances after the date of this report, or otherwise.

Readers are cautioned that initial production rates are subject to decline over time and should not be regarded as reflective of sustained production levels. In particular, production from horizontal drilling in shale oil and natural gas resource plays and tight natural gas plays that are stimulated with extensive pressure fracturing are typically characterized by significant early declines in production rates.

We use the term "EUR" or "estimated ultimate recovery" to describe potentially recoverable oil and natural gas hydrocarbon quantities. We include these estimates to demonstrate what we believe to be the potential for future drilling and production on our properties. These estimates are by their nature much more speculative than estimates of proved reserves and require substantial capital spending to implement recovery. Actual locations drilled and quantities that may be ultimately recovered from our properties will differ substantially. EUR data included herein, if any, remain subject to change as more well data is analyzed.

Investor Contact:

Media Contact:

Rory Sabino

Kristin Thomas

Vice President, Investor Relations

Senior Vice President, Public Relations

405-234-9620

405-234-9480

Rory.Sabino@CLR.com

Kristin.Thomas@CLR.com



Lucy Spaay


Investor Relations Analyst


405-774-5878


Lucy.Spaay@CLR.com


Continental Resources, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations



Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Revenues:

In thousands, except per share data

Crude oil and natural gas sales

$1,282,914


$ 174,652


$2,530,447


$1,037,395

Loss on derivative instruments, net

(62,178)


(7,782)


(105,685)


(7,782)

Crude oil and natural gas service operations

14,389


8,789


26,178


26,847

Total revenues

1,235,125


175,659


2,450,940


1,056,460









Operating costs and expenses:








Production expenses

96,504


64,673


189,569


183,151

Production taxes

94,293


11,067


178,269


82,291

Transportation expenses

52,445


32,305


102,701


92,807

Exploration expenses

2,291


1,960


6,936


13,597

Crude oil and natural gas service operations

5,663


6,062


10,153


11,972

Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion

471,858


290,298


981,466


826,994

Property impairments

11,610


23,929


23,046


246,458

General and administrative expenses

55,553


41,529


108,401


84,440

Net (gain) loss on ale of assets and other

(260)


612


(467)


5,114

Total operating costs and expenses

789,957


472,435


1,600,074


1,546,824

Income (loss) from operations

445,168


(296,776)


850,866


(490,364)

Other income (expense):








Interest expense

(60,951)


(65,069)


(125,902)


(128,663)

Gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt

(94)


46,942


(290)


64,573

Other

298


629


550


1,161


(60,747)


(17,498)


(125,642)


(62,929)

Income (loss) before income taxes

384,421


(314,274)


725,224


(553,293)

(Provision) benefit for income taxes

(94,947)


72,143


(175,475)


124,378

Net income (loss)

289,474


(242,131)


549,749


(428,915)

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

149


(2,845)


782


(3,965)

Net income (loss) attributable to Continental Resources

$ 289,325


$(239,286)


$ 548,967


$ (424,950)









Net income (loss) per share attributable to Continental Resources:








Basic

$ 0.80


$ (0.66)


$ 1.52


$ (1.17)

Diluted

$ 0.79


$ (0.66)


$ 1.51


$ (1.17)

Continental Resources, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets


In thousands


June 30, 2021


December 31, 2020

Assets



Cash and cash equivalents


$ 150,038


$ 47,470

Other current assets


1,141,606


805,075

Net property and equipment (1)


13,550,794


13,737,292

Other noncurrent assets


34,196


43,261

Total assets


$14,876,634


$ 14,633,098






Liabilities and equity





Current liabilities


$ 1,159,404


$ 860,806

Long-term debt, net of current portion


4,741,043


5,530,173

Other noncurrent liabilities


2,020,513


1,819,394

Equity attributable to Continental Resources


6,586,088


6,056,446

Equity attributable to noncontrolling interests


369,586


366,279

Total liabilities and equity


$14,876,634


$ 14,633,098



(1) Balance is net of accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization of $15.73 billion and $14.77 billion as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.

Continental Resources, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows




Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,

In thousands


2021


2020


2021


2020

Net income (loss)


$289,474


$(242,131)


$ 549,749


$ (428,915)

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net
cash provided by (used in) operating activities:









Non-cash expenses


640,370


216,302


1,274,311


938,087

Changes in assets and liabilities


(256,986)


5,581


(110,942)


134,398

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities


672,858


(20,248)


1,713,118


643,570

Net cash used in investing activities


(343,130)


(312,204)


(771,214)


(1,018,943)

Net cash used in financing activities


(275,747)


(178,463)


(839,336)


342,629

Net change in cash and cash equivalents


53,981


(510,915)


102,568


(32,744)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


96,057


517,571


47,470


39,400

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$150,038


$ 6,656


$ 150,038


$ 6,656

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Non-GAAP adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted net income (loss) per share attributable to Continental

Our presentation of adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted net income (loss) per share that exclude the effect of certain items are non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted net income (loss) per share represent net income (loss) and diluted net income (loss) per share determined under U.S. GAAP without regard to non-cash gains and losses on derivative instruments, property impairments, gains and losses on asset sales, and gains and losses on extinguishment of debt as applicable. Management believes these measures provide useful information to analysts and investors for analysis of our operating results. In addition, management believes these measures are used by analysts and others in valuation, comparison and investment recommendations of companies in the oil and gas industry to allow for analysis without regard to an entity's specific derivative portfolio, impairment methodologies, and property dispositions. Adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted net income (loss) per share should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income (loss) or diluted net income (loss) per share as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. The following tables reconcile net income (loss) and diluted net income (loss) per share as determined under U.S. GAAP to adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted diluted net income (loss) per share for the periods presented.



Three months ended June 30,



2021


2020

In thousands, except per share data


$


Diluted EPS


$


Diluted EPS

Net income (loss) attributable to Continental Resources (GAAP)


$ 289,325


$ 0.79


$ (239,286)


$ (0.66)

Adjustments:









Non-cash loss on derivatives


46,094




659



Property impairments


11,610




23,929



Net (gain) loss on sale of assets and other


(260)




612



(Gain) loss on extinguishment of debt


94




(46,942)



Total tax effect of adjustments (1)


(14,097)




5,326



Total adjustments, net of tax


43,441


0.12


(16,416)


(0.05)

Adjusted net income (loss) (non-GAAP)


$ 332,766


$0.91


$ (255,702)


$ (0.71)

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding


364,220




360,204



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


$ 0.91




$ (0.71)














Six months ended June 30,



2021


2020

In thousands, except per share data


$


Diluted EPS


$


Diluted EPS

Net income (loss) attributable to Continental Resources (GAAP)


$ 548,967


$ 1.51


$ (424,950)


$ (1.17)

Adjustments:








Non-cash loss on derivatives


60,164




659



Property impairments


23,046




246,458



Net (gain) loss on sale of assets and other


(467)




5,114



(Gain) loss on extinguishment of debt


290




(64,573)



Total tax effect of adjustments (1)


(20,343)




(45,976)



Total adjustments, net of tax


62,690


0.17


141,682


0.39

Adjusted net income (loss) (non-GAAP)


$ 611,657


$1.68


$ (283,268)


$ (0.78)

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding


364,030




362,804



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


$ 1.68




$ (0.78)




(1) Computed by applying a combined federal and state statutory tax rate of 24.5% in effect for 2021 and 2020 to the pre-tax amount of adjustments.

Non-GAAP Net Debt

Net debt is a non-GAAP measure. We define net debt as total debt less cash and cash equivalents as determined under U.S. GAAP. Net debt should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, total debt, the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Management uses net debt to determine the Company's outstanding debt obligations that would not be readily satisfied by its cash and cash equivalents on hand. We believe this metric is useful to analysts and investors in determining the Company's leverage position since the Company has the ability to, and may decide to, use a portion of its cash and cash equivalents to reduce debt. This metric is sometimes presented as a ratio with EBITDAX in order to provide investors with another means of evaluating the Company's ability to service its existing debt obligations as well as any future increase in the amount of such obligations. At June 30, 2021, the Company's total debt was $4.74 billion and its net debt amounted to $4.59 billion, representing total debt of $4.74 billion less cash and cash equivalents of $150.0 million. From time to time the Company provides forward-looking net debt forecasts; however, the Company is unable to provide a quantitative reconciliation of the forward-looking non-GAAP measure to the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP measure of total debt because management cannot reliably quantify certain of the necessary components of such forward-looking GAAP measure. The reconciling items in future periods could be significant.

Non-GAAP EBITDAX

We use a variety of financial and operational measures to assess our performance. Among these measures is EBITDAX, a non-GAAP measure. We define EBITDAX as earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion, property impairments, exploration expenses, non-cash gains and losses resulting from the requirements of accounting for derivatives, non-cash equity compensation expense, and gains and losses on extinguishment of debt as applicable. EBITDAX is not a measure of net income or net cash provided by operating activities as determined by U.S. GAAP.

Management believes EBITDAX is useful because it allows us to more effectively evaluate our operating performance and compare the results of our operations from period to period without regard to our financing methods or capital structure. Further, we believe EBITDAX is a widely followed measure of operating performance and may also be used by investors to measure our ability to meet future debt service requirements, if any. We exclude the items listed above from net income/loss and net cash provided by operating activities in arriving at EBITDAX because these amounts can vary substantially from company to company within our industry depending upon accounting methods and book values of assets, capital structures and the method by which the assets were acquired.

EBITDAX should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income/loss or net cash provided by operating activities as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP or as an indicator of a company's operating performance or liquidity. Certain items excluded from EBITDAX are significant components in understanding and assessing a company's financial performance, such as a company's cost of capital and tax structure, as well as the historic costs of depreciable assets, none of which are components of EBITDAX. Our computations of EBITDAX may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

The following table provides a reconciliation of our net income (loss) to EBITDAX for the periods presented.



Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,

In thousands


2021


2020


2021


2020

Net income (loss)


$ 289,474


$ (242,131)


$ 549,749


$(428,915)

Interest expense


60,951


65,069


125,902


128,663

Provision (benefit) for income taxes


94,947


(72,143)


175,475


(124,378)

Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion


471,858


290,298


981,466


826,994

Property impairments


11,610


23,929


23,046


246,458

Exploration expenses


2,291


1,960


6,936


13,597

Impact from derivative instruments:









Total loss on derivatives, net


62,178


7,782


105,685


7,782

Total cash paid on derivatives, net


(16,084)


(7,123)


(45,521)


(7,123)

Non-cash loss on derivatives, net


46,094


659


60,164


659

Non-cash equity compensation


13,619


15,314


30,546


31,755

(Gain) loss on extinguishment of debt


94


(46,942)


290


(64,573)

EBITDAX (non-GAAP)


$ 990,938


$ 36,013


$1,953,574


$ 630,260

The following table provides a reconciliation of our net cash provided by (used in) operating activities to EBITDAX for the periods presented.



Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,

In thousands


2021


2020


2021


2020

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities


$ 672,858


$ (20,248)


$1,713,118


$ 643,570

Current income tax provision (benefit)


-


-


-


(2,223)

Interest expense


60,951


65,069


125,902


128,663

Exploration expenses, excluding dry hole costs


2,291


1,903


6,936


7,281

Gain (loss) on sale of assets and other, net


260


(612)


467


(5,114)

Other, net


(2,408)


(4,518)


(3,791)


(7,519)

Changes in assets and liabilities


256,986


(5,581)


110,942


(134,398)

EBITDAX (non-GAAP)


$ 990,938


$ 36,013


$1,953,574


$ 630,260

Non-GAAP Free Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow Yield

Our presentation of free cash flow and free cash flow yield are non-GAAP measures. We define free cash flow as cash flows from operations before changes in working capital items, less capital expenditures, excluding acquisitions, plus noncontrolling interest capital contributions, less distributions to noncontrolling interests. Noncontrolling interest capital contributions and distributions primarily relate to our relationship formed with Franco-Nevada in 2018 to fund a portion of certain mineral acquisitions which are included in our capital expenditures and operating results. Free cash flow is not a measure of net income or operating cash flows as determined by U.S. GAAP and should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, the comparable GAAP measure, and free cash flow does not represent residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures. Free cash flow yield is calculated by taking free cash flow divided by the market capitalization of the Company at a given date. Management believes these measures are useful to management and investors as a measure of a company's ability to internally fund its capital expenditures, to service or incur additional debt, and to measure management's success in creating shareholder value. From time to time the Company provides forward-looking free cash flow and free cash flow yield estimates or targets; however, the Company is unable to provide a quantitative reconciliation of these forward-looking non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP measure because management cannot reliably quantify certain of the necessary components of such forward-looking GAAP measure. The reconciling items in future periods could be significant.

The following table reconciles net cash provided by operating activities as determined under U.S. GAAP to free cash flow for the three months ended June 30, 2021.

In thousands


2Q 2021


Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)


$672,858


Exclude: Changes in working capital items


256,986


Less: Capital expenditures (1)


(292,218)


Plus: Contributions from noncontrolling interests


2,203


Less: Distributions to noncontrolling interests


(6,309)


Free cash flow (non-GAAP)


$633,520






(1) Capital expenditures are calculated as follows:




In thousands


2Q 2021


Cash paid for capital expenditures


$343,353


Less: Total acquisitions


(13,383)


Plus: Change in accrued capital expenditures & other


(37,953)


Plus: Exploratory seismic costs


201


Capital expenditures


$292,218


Non-GAAP Net Sales Prices

Revenues and transportation expenses associated with production from our operated properties are reported separately. For non-operated properties, we receive a net payment from the operator for our share of sales proceeds which is net of costs incurred by the operator, if any. Such non-operated revenues are recognized at the net amount of proceeds received. As a result, the separate presentation of revenues and transportation expenses from our operated properties differs from the net presentation from non-operated properties. This impacts the comparability of certain operating metrics, such as per-unit sales prices, when such metrics are prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP using gross presentation for some revenues and net presentation for others.

In order to provide metrics prepared in a manner consistent with how management assesses the Company's operating results and to achieve comparability between operated and non-operated revenues, we may present crude oil and natural gas sales net of transportation expenses, which we refer to as "net crude oil and natural gas sales," a non-GAAP measure. Average sales prices calculated using net crude oil and natural gas sales are referred to as "net sales prices," a non-GAAP measure, and are calculated by taking revenues less transportation expenses divided by sales volumes, whether for crude oil or natural gas, as applicable. Management believes presenting our revenues and sales prices net of transportation expenses is useful because it normalizes the presentation differences between operated and non-operated revenues and allows for a useful comparison of net realized prices to NYMEX benchmark prices on a Company-wide basis.

The following tables present a reconciliation of crude oil and natural gas sales (GAAP) to net crude oil and natural gas sales and related net sales prices (non-GAAP) for the periods presented.



Three months ended June 30, 2021


Three months ended June 30, 2020

In thousands


Crude oil


Natural gas


Total


Crude oil


Natural gas


Total

Crude oil and natural gas sales (GAAP)


$987,269


$295,645


$1,282,914


$158,720


$15,932


$174,652

Less: Transportation expenses


(43,898)


(8,547)


(52,445)


(23,518)


(8,787)


(32,305)

Net crude oil and natural gas sales (non-GAAP)


$943,371


$287,098


$1,230,469


$135,202


$7,145


$142,347

Sales volumes (MBbl/MMcf/MBoe)


15,127


93,876


30,773


8,270


58,772


18,065

Net sales price (non-GAAP)


$62.37


$3.06


$39.99


$16.35


$0.12


$7.88










































Six months ended June 30, 2021


Six months ended June 30, 2020

In thousands


Crude oil


Natural gas


Total


Crude oil


Natural gas


Total

Crude oil and natural gas sales (GAAP)


$1,756,037


$774,410


$2,530,447


$932,490


$104,905


$1,037,395

Less: Transportation expenses


(83,977)


(18,724)


(102,701)


(73,890)


(18,917)


(92,807)

Net crude oil and natural gas sales (non-GAAP)


$1,672,060


$755,686


$2,427,746


$858,600


$85,988


$944,588

Sales volumes (MBbl/MMcf/MBoe)


28,853


178,165


58,547


26,521


146,225


50,891

Net sales price (non-GAAP)


$57.95


$4.24


$41.47


$32.37


$0.59


$18.56

Non-GAAP Cash General and Administrative Expenses per Boe

Our presentation of cash general and administrative ("G&A") expenses per Boe is a non-GAAP measure. We define cash G&A per Boe as total G&A determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP less non-cash equity compensation expenses, expressed on a per-Boe basis. We report and provide guidance on cash G&A per Boe because we believe 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. In addition, management believes cash G&A per Boe is used by analysts and others in valuation, comparison and investment recommendations of companies in the oil and gas industry to allow for analysis of G&A spend without regard to stock-based compensation programs which can vary substantially from company to company. Cash G&A per Boe should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, total G&A per Boe as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

The following table reconciles total G&A per Boe as determined under U.S. GAAP to cash G&A per Boe for the periods presented.



Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,



2021


2020


2021


2020

Total G&A per Boe (GAAP)


$1.81


$2.30


$1.85


$1.66

Less: Non-cash equity compensation per Boe


(0.44)


(0.85)


(0.52)


(0.62)

Cash G&A per Boe (non-GAAP)


$1.37


$1.45


$1.33


$1.04

Continental Resources, Inc.

2021 Guidance

As of August 2, 2021








2021 Previous


2021 Updated

Full-year average oil production (Bopd)


160,000 to 165,000


160,000 to 165,000

Full-year average natural gas production (Mcfpd)


880,000 to 920,000


900,000 to 1,000,000

Capital expenditures budget


$1.4 billion


$1.4 billion






Full-Year Operating Expenses:





Production expense per Boe


$3.25 to $3.75


$3.00 to $3.50

Production tax (% of net oil & gas revenue)


7.9% to 8.1%


7.3% to 7.6%

Cash G&A expense per Boe(1)


$1.20 to $1.40


$1.20 to $1.40

Non-cash equity compensation per Boe


$0.45 to $0.55


$0.45 to $0.55

DD&A per Boe


$16.50 to $18.50


$15.00 to $17.00






3Q21 to 4Q21 Average Price Differentials:


2Q21 to 4Q21


3Q21 to 4Q21

NYMEX WTI crude oil (per barrel of oil)


($3.75) to ($4.75)


($3.50) to ($4.25)

Henry Hub natural gas(2) (per Mcf)


($0.50) to $0.00


$0.25 to $0.75


1. Cash G&A is a non-GAAP measure and excludes the range of values shown for non-cash equity compensation per Boe in the item appearing immediately below. Guidance for total G&A (cash and non-cash) is a projected range of $1.65 to $1.95 per Boe.


2. Includes natural gas liquids production in differential range.

2021 Capital Expenditures






The following table provides the breakout of budgeted capital expenditures:







($ in Millions)

North D&C

South D&C

Leasehold, Facilities, Other(1)


Capex

$732

$380

$288







1. Includes $13 million of minerals royalty acquisitions attributable to Continental. Excludes $52 million of minerals acquisitions attributable to Franco-Nevada.






2021 Operational Detail






The following table provides additional operational detail for wells expected to have first production in 2021:






Asset

Average Rigs

Gross Operated Wells

Net Operated Wells

Total Net Wells(1)

North

7

143

85

94

South

4

67

54

57

Total

11

210

139

151











1. Represents projected net operated and non-operated wells with first production.


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