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Viper Energy Partners LP, a Subsidiary of Diamondback Energy, Inc., Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial and Operating Results

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MIDLAND, Texas, April 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Viper Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:VNOM) ("Viper" or the “Company”), a subsidiary of Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FANG) ("Diamondback"), today announced financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.


  • Q1 2019 cash distribution of $0.38 per common unit; implies a last twelve month yield of 5.9% based on the April 26, 2019 unit closing price of $34.82
  • Q1 2019 consolidated net income (including non-controlling interest) of $74.3 million, consolidated adjusted EBITDA (as defined and reconciled below) of $57.3 million and cash available for distribution to Limited Partner units (as defined below) of $24.0 million
  • Q1 2019 production of 19,042 boe/d (67% oil), an increase of 35% year over year
  • Initiating average production guidance for Q2 2019/Q3 2019 of 19,000 to 21,000 boe/d
  • Reaffirm full year 2019 production guidance of 20,000 to 23,000 boe/d (67% - 71% oil)
  • Closed 39 acquisitions for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $82.7 million in Q1 2019, increasing Viper's mineral interests to a total of 15,469 net royalty acres, up 47% year over year
  • As of April 17, 2019, there were 38 active rigs on Viper's mineral acreage and approximately 553 active drilling permits filed in the past six months; average 3.6% NRI in approximately 113 gross wells expected to be drilled by the 38 active rigs
  • 110 total gross (1.8 net 100% royalty interest) wells turned to production during Q1 2019 on existing acreage; acquired interest in an additional 55 gross (2.0 net 100% royalty interest) producing horizontal wells through the quarter
  • Q4 2018 and Q1 2019 distributions reasonably estimated to not constitute dividends for U.S. federal income tax purposes; instead should generally constitute non-taxable reductions to the tax basis

“After delivering double digit sequential production growth for four consecutive quarters, Viper experienced a six percent quarter over quarter decline in production in the first quarter of 2019.  Non-operated production outside of Spanish Trail increased over five percent during the quarter as we continue to see robust activity levels across our acreage position.  However, after completing an eight-well pad in Spanish Trail in October 2018, there have not been any further wells completed on the acreage.  Looking forward, Diamondback plans to complete another 12 wells in Spanish Trail in the third quarter of 2019 with an average royalty interest of 22% for Viper as well as an additional 5 wells in the fourth quarter with a full 25% NRI.  These Spanish Trail wells, along with our visible net DUC inventory and net rig activity, gives us confidence in our full year 24% year over year organic production growth expectations,” stated Travis Stice, Chief Executive Officer of Viper’s general partner.

Mr. Stice continued, “Our business development operation continues to consolidate the fragmented private minerals market, having completed another 39 acquisitions for $82.7 million in the first quarter of 2019.  We look forward to multiple visible catalysts over the remainder of 2019 including a return to growing production as DUCs are completed, improving oil realizations beginning in the second quarter of 2019, and finally, the continued execution of our acquisition strategy, including both our normal business development operations as well as the potential for a significant drop down transaction from our parent company.”


Viper's first quarter 2019 average realized prices were $45.31 per barrel of oil, $2.05 per Mcf of natural gas and $18.09 per barrel of natural gas liquids, resulting in a total equivalent realized price of $35.26/boe.  Realized pricing is expected to improve for Viper beginning in the second quarter of 2019 as Diamondback's fixed differential contracts roll off and convert to commitments on new-build long-haul pipelines or move closer to the current Midland market price.  Based on current market differentials and estimated in-basin gathering costs, Viper expects to realize ~88-92% of WTI for the remainder of 2019 and ~100% of WTI in 2020.

During the first quarter of 2019, the Company recorded total operating income of $61.6 million and consolidated net income (including non-controlling interest) of $74.3 million.

As of March 31, 2019, the Company had a cash balance of $10.1 million and $398.0 million available under its $555 million revolving credit facility.


The Board of Directors of Viper's general partner declared a cash distribution for the three months ended March 31, 2019 of $0.38 per common unit.  The distribution is payable on May 20, 2019 to common unitholders of record at the close of business on May 13, 2019.

On February 25, 2019, Viper made a cash distribution to its unitholders and subsequently has reasonably estimated that such distribution, as well as the distribution payable on May 20, 2019, should not constitute dividends for U.S. federal income tax purposes.  Rather, these distributions should generally constitute non-taxable reductions to the tax basis of each distribution recipient's ownership interest in Viper.  The Form 8937 containing additional information may be found on www.viperenergy.com under the "Investor Relations" section of the site.


During the first quarter of 2019, Viper was informed that 110 gross horizontal wells with an average royalty interest of 1.6% had been turned to production on its existing acreage position.  Of these 110 gross wells, Diamondback was the operator of 35 with an average royalty interest of 2.4%, and the remaining 75 gross wells, which had an average royalty interest of 1.3%, were operated by third parties.

Additionally during the first quarter of 2019, Viper acquired 627 net royalty acres for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $82.7 million. These transactions brought Viper's footprint of mineral interests to a total of 15,469 net royalty acres.  Viper funded these acquisitions with cash on hand, borrowings under its revolving credit facility and proceeds from its February 2019 offering of 10,925,000 common units.  These acquisitions added a further 55 producing gross horizontal wells with an average royalty interest of 3.6%.

In total, as of March 31, 2019, Viper had 1,243 vertical wells and 2,604 horizontal wells producing on its acreage.  There continues to be active development on Viper's mineral acreage as represented by 38 active rigs on this acreage as of April 17, 2019 and 553 active drilling permits which had been filed in the past six months.  Viper anticipates these 38 active rigs currently on its acreage to drill approximately 113 gross wells in which Viper will have an average royalty interest of 3.6%.


Below is Viper's guidance for the full year 2019, as well as average production guidance for Q2 2019 and Q3 2019.

  Viper Energy Partners
Q2 2019/Q3 2019 Net Production – MBoe/d 19.00 - 21.00
Total 2019 Net Production – MBoe/d 20.00 - 23.00
Oil Production - % of Net Production 67% - 71%
Unit costs ($/boe)  
Depletion $9.00 - $10.50
Cash G&A Under $1.00
Non-Cash Unit-Based Compensation $0.40 - $0.65
Production and Ad Valorem Taxes (% of Revenue) (a) 7%
  1. Includes production taxes of 4.6% for crude oil and 7.5% for natural gas and NGLs and ad valorem taxes.


Viper will host a conference call and webcast for investors and analysts to discuss its results for the first quarter of 2019 on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. CT.  Participants should call (844) 400-1537 (United States/Canada) or (703) 326-5198 (International) and use the confirmation code 5954037.  A telephonic replay will be available from 12:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 through Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. CT.  To access the replay, call (855) 859-2056 (United States/Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (International) and enter confirmation code 5954037.  A live broadcast of the earnings conference call will also be available via the internet at www.viperenergy.com under the “Investor Relations” section of the site.  A replay will also be available on the website following the call.

About Viper Energy Partners LP

Viper is a limited partnership formed by Diamondback to own, acquire and exploit oil and natural gas properties in North America, with a focus on oil-weighted basins, primarily the Permian Basin in West Texas.  For more information, please visit www.viperenergy.com.

About Diamondback Energy, Inc.

Diamondback is an independent oil and natural gas company headquartered in Midland, Texas focused on the acquisition, development, exploration and exploitation of unconventional, onshore oil and natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin in West Texas.  For more information, please visit www.diamondbackenergy.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws.  All statements, other than historical facts, that address activities that Viper assumes, plans, expects, believes, intends or anticipates (and other similar expressions) will, should or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.  The forward-looking statements are based on management’s current beliefs, based on currently available information, as to the outcome and timing of future events, including specifically the statements regarding any pending, completed or future acquisitions discussed above.  These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the results to differ materially from those expected by the management of Viper.  Information concerning these risks and other factors can be found in Viper’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, which can be obtained free of charge on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s web site at http://www.sec.gov.  Viper undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.

Viper Energy Partners LP
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited, in thousands, except unit amounts)
  March 31, December 31,
  2019 2018
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,133   $ 22,676  
Royalty income receivable 38,083   38,823  
Royalty income receivable—related party 7,376   3,489  
Other current assets 258   257  
     Total current assets 55,850   65,245  
Oil and natural gas interests, full cost method of accounting ($916,437 and $871,485
excluded from depletion at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively)
1,798,679   1,716,713  
Land 5,688   5,688  
Accumulated depletion and impairment (264,495 ) (248,296 )
     Property, net 1,539,872   1,474,105  
Other assets 21,257   17,831  
Deferred tax asset 150,463   96,883  
     Total assets $ 1,767,442   $ 1,654,064  
Liabilities and Unitholders’ Equity    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $ 8   $  
Other accrued liabilities 2,772   6,022  
     Total current liabilities 2,780   6,022  
Long-term debt 157,000   411,000  
     Total liabilities 159,780   417,022  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 13)    
Unitholders’ equity:    
General partner 1,000   1,000  
Common units (62,628,357 units issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2019 and
51,653,956 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018)
817,014   540,112  
Class B units (72,418,500 units issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2019
and as of December 31, 2018)
990   990  
     Total Viper Energy Partners LP unitholders’ equity 819,004   542,102  
Non-controlling interest 788,658   694,940  
Total equity 1,607,662   1,237,042  
     Total liabilities and unitholders’ equity $ 1,767,442   $ 1,654,064  

Viper Energy Partners LP
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(unaudited, in thousands, except per unit data)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2019   2018
Operating income:            
Royalty income $ 60,428   $ 62,128  
Lease bonus income 1,160    
Lease bonus income - related party    
Other operating income 2   50  
     Total operating income 61,590   62,178  
Costs and expenses:    
Production and ad valorem taxes 3,692   4,239  
Depletion 16,199   11,525  
General and administrative expenses 1,695   2,711  
     Total costs and expenses 21,586   18,475  
Income from operations 40,004   43,703  
Other income (expense):    
Interest expense, net (4,549 ) (2,098 )
Gain on revaluation of investment 3,592   899  
Other income, net 656   392  
     Total other income (expense), net (301 ) (807 )
Income before income taxes 39,703   42,896  
Benefit from income taxes (34,608 )  
Net income 74,311   42,896  
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest 40,532    
Net income attributable to Viper Energy Partners LP $ 33,779   $ 42,896  
Net income attributable to common limited partners per unit:    
Basic $ 0.61   $ 0.38  
Diluted $ 0.61   $ 0.38  
Weighted average number of common limited partner units outstanding:    
Basic 55,448   113,901  
Diluted 55,475   113,991  

Viper Energy Partners LP
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(unaudited, in thousands)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2019 2018
Cash flows from operating activities:            
Net income $ 74,311   $ 42,896  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:    
     Benefit from deferred income taxes (34,655 )  
     Depletion 16,199   11,525  
     Gain on revaluation of investment (3,592 ) (899 )
     Amortization of debt issuance costs 216   155  
     Non-cash unit-based compensation 405   1,288  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:    
     Royalty income receivable 740   (3,119 )
     Royalty income receivable—related party (3,887 ) (1,363 )
     Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities (3,289 ) (1,265 )
     Income tax payable 47    
     Other current assets (44 ) (6 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 46,451   49,212  
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Acquisition of oil and natural gas interests (81,923 ) (149,994 )
Proceeds from the sale of investments   125  
Net cash used in investing activities (81,923 ) (149,869 )
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Proceeds from borrowings under credit facility 59,500   147,000  
Repayment on credit facility (313,500 )  
Debt issuance costs (50 ) (3 )
Proceeds from public offerings 340,860    
Public offering costs (212 )  
Units purchased for tax withholding (353 )  
Distributions to partners (63,316 ) (52,386 )
Net cash provided by financing activities 22,929   94,611  
Net decrease in cash (12,543 ) (6,046 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 22,676   24,197  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 10,133   $ 18,151  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:    
Interest paid $ 4,908   $ 2,072  

Viper Energy Partners LP
Selected Operating Data
  Three Months Ended
March 31, 2019
  Three Months Ended
December 31, 2018
  Three Months Ended
March 31, 2018
Production Data:                
Oil (MBbls) 1,147     1,275     906  
Natural gas (MMcf) 1,872     1,773     1,162  
Natural gas liquids (MBbls) 254     287     171  
Combined volumes (MBOE)(1) 1,714     1,858     1,271  
Daily combined volumes (BOE/d) 19,042     20,191     14,122  
% Oil 67 %   69 %   71 %
Average sales prices:          
Oil ($/Bbl) $ 45.31     $ 48.73     $ 61.41  
Natural gas ($/Mcf) 2.05     2.41     2.11  
Natural gas liquids ($/Bbl) 18.09     22.13     23.47  
Combined (per BOE)(2) 35.26     39.17     48.88  
Average Costs (per BOE):          
Production and ad valorem taxes $ 2.15     $ 2.65     $ 3.34  
General and administrative - cash component 0.75     0.61     1.12  
Total operating expense - cash $ 2.90     $ 3.26     $ 4.46  
General and administrative - non-cash component $ 0.24     $ 0.32     $ 1.01  
Interest expense 2.65     2.58     1.65  
Depletion 9.45     9.43     9.07  
  1. Bbl equivalents are calculated using a conversion rate of six Mcf per one Bbl.
  2. Realized price net of all deducts for gathering, transportation and processing.


Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure that is used by management and external users of our financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies.  Viper defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income plus interest expense, net, non-cash unit-based compensation expense, depletion, (gain) loss on revaluation of investments and benefit from income taxes.  Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of net income as determined by United States’ generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP.  Management believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful because it allows it to more effectively evaluate Viper’s operating performance and compare the results of its operations from period to period without regard to its financing methods or capital structure.  Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income (loss), royalty income, cash flow from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented as determined in accordance with GAAP.  Certain items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA 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 Adjusted EBITDA.  Viper defines cash available for distribution generally as an amount equal to its Adjusted EBITDA for the applicable quarter less cash needed for debt service, other contractual obligations, fixed charges and reserves for future operating or capital needs that the board of directors of Viper’s general partner may deem appropriate, dividend equivalent rights and preferred distributions.  Viper’s computations of Adjusted EBITDA and cash available for distribution may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies or to such measure in its credit facility or any of its other contracts.

The following tables present a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted EBITDA and cash available for distribution to the GAAP financial measure of net income.

Viper Energy Partners LP
(unaudited, in thousands, except per unit data)
  Three Months Ended
March 31, 2019
  Three Months Ended
December 31, 2018
  Three Months Ended
March 31, 2018
Net income $ 74,311     $ 40,705     $ 42,896  
Interest expense, net 4,549     4,788     2,098  
Non-cash unit-based compensation expense 405     596     1,288  
Depletion 16,199     17,513     11,525  
(Gain) loss on revaluation of investment (3,592 )   5,715     (899 )
Benefit from income taxes (34,608 )   (1,251 )    
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA $ 57,264     $ 68,066     $ 56,908  
EBITDA attributable to non-controlling interest (30,708 )   (39,718 )    
Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Viper Energy Partners LP $ 26,556     $ 28,348     $ 56,908  
Adjustments to reconcile Adjusted EBITDA to cash available for distribution:          
Income taxes payable (198 )        
Debt service, contractual obligations, fixed charges and reserves (1,962 )   (1,775 )   (1,952 )
Units repurchased for tax withholding (353 )        
Units - dividend equivalent rights (22 )   (42 )    
Preferred distributions (40 )   (40 )    
Cash available for distribution $ 23,981     $ 26,491     $ 54,956  
Limited Partner units outstanding 62,628     51,654     113,882  
Cash available for distribution per common limited partner unit $ 0.38     $ 0.51     $ 0.48  

Investor Contact:
Adam Lawlis
+1 432.221.7467

Source: Viper Energy Partners LP; Diamondback Energy, Inc.

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