Sundance Energy Provides December 2018 Operational Update

DENVER, Dec. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sundance Energy Australia Limited (ASX: SEA) (NASDAQ: SNDE) (“Sundance” or the “Company”), a U.S. onshore oil and gas exploration and production company focused in the Eagle Ford in South Texas, today provided an update regarding the Company’s recent development activities and outlook regarding its 2019 development plan.

2019 Development Plan
Sundance is in the process of evaluating its 2019 development plan in light of the uncertain commodity price environment, and will release an update once a final determination has been reached. Despite lower commodity prices, the Company’s 2018 well results demonstrate its high quality Eagle Ford portfolio characterized by strong full-cycle economics with a break-even of approximately $30 per boe, inclusive of recovering acquisition costs, development costs, production costs, and all overhead costs.

The Company intends to flex its plan based on commodity prices to operate within cash flow during 2019 while growing production, EBITDA and net asset value, both on an absolute and per share basis.  Management will proceed with an appropriately flexible capital plan in order to achieve these goals while maintaining liquidity and protecting our balance sheet. The Company has no debt maturities until late 2022, significant liquidity, and a strong hedge book to protect payback on already invested capital.

Production
Sundance brought the Live Oak County 4-well James Keith Esse pad online in November and the 2-well McMullen County Hoskins pad online during the first week of December. Quarter to date, Sundance has brought 8 wells online in total.

Drilling Activities
Sundance is currently drilling the 4-well Roy Esse 15H, 16H, 17H and 18H pad in Live Oak County and the 2-well Red Ranch 18H and 19H pad in Dimmit County. The Red Ranch pad is being drilled with a spot Patterson rig, which will be released upon completion of that pad.

Completions Activities
Sundance is currently completing the 3-well Harlan Bethune 22H, 23H and 24H pad in Live Oak County and anticipates turning the pad to sales in mid-December. This will bring the total number of fourth quarter wells brought online to 11.

Beginning with the recent Hoskins pad, Sundance has transitioned to using Schlumberger for completion services in order to achieve material cost savings including the ability to utilize locally sourced sand.

Recent Initial Well Results

Well Name County IP Date Completed
Lat Length
30-Day IP
(boepd)
30-Day /
1,000′ ft
%
Oil
Idylwood 04H Live Oak 16-Oct 6,445   1,028   159 85 %
Idylwood 05H Live Oak 16-Oct 5,487   1,202   219 83 %
James Keith Esse 06H Live Oak 13-Nov 5,175   1,212   234 75 %
James Keith Esse 07H Live Oak 13-Nov 5,178   867   167 79 %
James Keith Esse 08H Live Oak 13-Nov 5,180   1,095   211 73 %
James Keith Esse 09H Live Oak 13-Nov 5,164   1,339   259 76 %
Hoskins 20H McMullen 2-Dec 7,266  –  –
Hoskins 21H McMullen 2-Dec 7,116  –  –

Year to Date Well Results

Well Name County Spud
Date
Frac Start
Date
IP
Date
Lateral
Length
30-Day IP (boe/d) 60-Day IP (boe/d) 90-Day IP (boe/d)
Paloma Ranch 7H McMullen 18-Jan-18 17-May-18 2-Jun-18 7,690′   1,345 1,017   811
Peeler Ranch 8HC Atascosa 1-Mar-18 28-May-18 26-Jun-18 5,642′   484 404   367
Peeler Ranch 9HC Atascosa 24-Mar-18 28-May-18 26-Jun-18 5,820′   446 371   314
Allen MCM 1HA McMullen 21-Apr-18 6-Jul-18 17-Aug-18 8,015′   1,291 1,100   942
Allen MCM 2HA McMullen 13-May-18 6-Jul-18 17-Aug-18 8,234′   1,132 969   843
Harlan Bethune 25H Live Oak 7-May-18 24-Jul-18 15-Aug-18 4,779′   1,102 1,091   974
Harlan Bethune 26H Live Oak 11-May-18 22-Jul-18 15-Aug-18 4,073′   1,234 1,066   920
Harlan Bethune 27H Live Oak 13-May-18 22-Jul-18 15-Aug-18 3,314′   1,183 901   750
Justin Tom 05H Atascosa 17-Jun-18 12-Aug-18 3-Sep-18 6,258′   1,296 1,146 1,003
Justin Tom 06H Atascosa 14-Jun-18 12-Aug-18 3-Sep-18 6,299′   1,042 826 834
Harlan Bethune 34H Live Oak 25-Jun-18 3-Aug-18 19-Aug-18 3,528′   1,691 1,588   1,344
Harlan Bethune 35H Live Oak 22-Jun-18 3-Aug-18 19-Aug-18 3,702′   1,738 1,579   1,321
James Keith Esse 06H Live Oak 26-Jul-18 12-Oct-18 13-Nov-18 5,175′ 1,212
James Keith Esse 07H Live Oak 22-Jul-18 12-Oct-18 13-Nov-18 5,178′ 867
James Keith Esse 08H Live Oak 24-Jul-18 12-Oct-18 13-Nov-18 5,180′ 1,095
James Keith Esse 09H Live Oak 20-Jul-18 12-Oct-18 13-Nov-18 5,164′ 1,339
Idylwood 04H Live Oak 3-Aug-18 28-Sep-18 16-Oct-18 6,445′   1,028
Idylwood 05H Live Oak 3-Aug-18 28-Sep-18 16-Oct-18 5,487′   1,202
Harlan Bethune 22H Live Oak 17-Sep-18
Harlan Bethune 23H Live Oak 21-Sep-18
Harlan Bethune 24H Live Oak 25-Sep-18
Hoskins 20H McMullen 25-Sep-18 9-Nov-18 2-Dec-18 7,266′
Hoskins 21H McMullen 27-Sep-18 9-Nov-18 2-Dec-18 7,116′
Roy Esse 15H Live Oak 30-Nov-18
Roy Esse 16H Live Oak 28-Nov-18
Roy Esse 17H Live Oak 26-Nov-18
Roy Esse 18H Live Oak 24-Nov-18
Red Ranch 18H Dimmit 20-Nov-18
Red Ranch 19H Dimmit 19-Nov-18

For more information, please contact:

United States:
John Roberts
VP Finance & Investor Relations
Tel: +1 (720) 638-2400
Eric McCrady
CEO and Managing Director
Tel: +1 (303) 543-5703
 

Australia:
Mike Hannell
Chairman
Tel: +61 8 8363 0388

About Sundance Energy Australia Limited

Sundance Energy Australia Limited (“Sundance” or the “Company”) is an Australian-based, independent energy exploration company, with a wholly owned US subsidiary, Sundance Energy Inc., located in Denver, Colorado, USA. The Company is focused on the acquisition and development of large, repeatable oil and natural gas resource plays in North America. Current activities are focused in the Eagle Ford.  A comprehensive overview of the Company can be found on Sundance’s website at www.sundanceenergy.net

Summary Information

The following disclaimer applies to this document and any information contained in it. The information in this release is of general background and does not purport to be complete. It should be read in conjunction with Sundance’s periodic and continuous disclosure announcements lodged with ASX Limited that are available at www.asx.com.au and Sundance’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission available at www.sec.gov

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements. These statements relate to the Company’s expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. These statements can be identified by the use of words like “anticipate”, “believe”, “intend”, “estimate”, “expect”, “may”, “plan”, “project”, “will”, “should”, “seek” and similar words or expressions containing same.

These forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s views and assumptions with respect to future events as of the date of this release and are subject to a variety of unpredictable risks, uncertainties, and other unknowns. Actual and future results and trends could differ materially from those set forth in such statements due to various factors, many of which are beyond our ability to control or predict. These include, but are not limited to, risks or uncertainties associated with the discovery and development of oil and natural gas reserves, cash flows and liquidity, business and financial strategy, budget, projections and operating results, oil and natural gas prices, amount, nature and timing of capital expenditures, including future development costs, availability and terms of capital and general economic and business conditions. Given these uncertainties, no one should place undue reliance on any forward looking statements attributable to Sundance, or any of its affiliates or persons acting on its behalf.  Although every effort has been made to ensure this release sets forth a fair and accurate view, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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