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November 3, 2015 at 4:03 PM EST

Viper Energy Partners LP, a Subsidiary of Diamondback Energy, Inc., Reports Third Quarter 2015 Cash Distributions and Financial and Operating Results and Provides Updated 2015 Guidance

MIDLAND, Texas, Nov. 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Viper Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:VNOM) ("Viper" or the "Company"), a subsidiary of Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FANG) ("Diamondback"), today announced third quarter 2015 cash distributions and financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015 and provided updated 2015 guidance.


  • The Board of Directors of Viper's general partner has declared a cash distribution for the three months ended September 30, 2015 of $0.20 per common unit, payable on November 20, 2015, to unitholders of record at the close of business on November 13, 2015. This represents an approximate 5% yield when annualized based on the closing price for Viper's common units on October 30, 2015.
  • The Company has increased its full year 2015 production guidance to a range of 5,000 to 5,200 boe/d from prior guidance range of 4,800 to 5,100 boe/d.
  • Third quarter 2015 production was 5,715 boe/d, up 70% from 3,366 boe/d in the third quarter of 2014.
  • Viper had $29.0 million outstanding under its credit agreement with a borrowing base of $175.0 million as of September 30, 2015. The agent lender under its revolving credit facility has recommended a borrowing base increase to $200.0 million.
  • Net income was $6.4 million and Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below) was $16.5 million, for the three months ended September 30, 2015.
  • During the third quarter of 2015, the operators of Viper's Spanish Trail mineral interests brought online 13 gross horizontal wells (40 gross completions year to date), including one Middle Spraberry, five Lower Spraberry, three Wolfcamp A, and four Wolfcamp B.


Production attributable to Viper's mineral interests was 525.8 Mboe, or 5,715 boe/d, for the third quarter of 2015, up 70% from 309.7 Mboe, or 3,366 boe/d, for the third quarter of 2014. The production mix was comprised of 75% oil, 15% natural gas liquids and 10% natural gas in the third quarter of 2015.

"Viper declared a $0.20 per common unit distribution to its unitholders, representing an approximate 5% yield when annualized based on the closing price for Viper's common units on October 30, 2015. We have increased production guidance for the third time this year to a range of 5,000 to 5,200 boe/d. As a result of a 70% increase in production, the quarterly distribution has remained resilient since the third quarter of 2014 despite a 50% decrease in realized prices. Our Spanish Trail acreage will continue to provide organic growth as it has some of the best returns in the Permian Basin, and the operators continue to delineate new zones such as the Wolfcamp A and Middle Spraberry. With no hedges, lease operating expenses or capital expenditures, a rebound in commodity prices should translate into more cash available for distribution," stated Travis Stice, Chief Executive Officer of Viper's general partner.


Below is Viper's full year 2015 guidance which has been updated to reflect increased production guidance as well as lowered DD&A guidance.

  Viper Energy
Total Net Production – MBoe/d 5.0 – 5.2
Unit costs ($/boe)  
Lease Operating Expenses $—
DD&A $17.00-$19.00
Cash G&A $1.00-$2.00
Non-Cash Unit-Based Compensation $2.00-$3.00
Production and Ad Valorem Taxes (% of Revenue) (a) 7.5%
Capital Budget ($ - Million)  
2015 Capital Spend $—
(a) Includes production taxes of 4.6% for crude oil and 7.5% for natural gas and NGLs and ad valorem taxes.


Diamondback and Viper will host a joint conference call and webcast for investors and analysts to discuss their results for the quarter on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. CT. Participants should call (877) 440-7573 (United States/Canada) or (253) 237-1144 (International) and use the confirmation code 69325392. A telephonic replay will be available from 1:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 through Monday, November 9, 2015 at 10:59 p.m. CT. To access the replay, call (855) 859-2056 (United States/Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (International) and enter confirmation code 69325392. A live broadcast of the earnings conference call will also be available via the internet at 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 the Permian Basin.

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. Diamondback's activities are primarily focused on the horizontal exploitation of multiple intervals within the Wolfcamp, Spraberry, Clearfork and Cline formations.

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. 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 Viper undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.

Viper Energy Partners LP
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2015 2014 2015 2014*
  (In thousands, except per unit amounts)
Royalty income 18,777 22,767 $ 54,941 $ 55,869
Costs and expenses:        
Production and ad valorem taxes 1,686 1,478 4,431 3,791
Gathering and transportation 167 167
Depletion 8,737 7,971 26,587 19,602
General and administrative expenses 1,531 1,250 4,126 1,535
General and administrative expenses—related party 111 893 375 1,049
Total costs and expenses 12,232 11,592 35,686 25,977
Income from operations 6,545 11,175 19,255 29,892
Other income (expense)        
Interest expense (358) (317) (733) (317)
Interest expense—related party, net of capitalized interest (10,755)
Other income 168 11 960 11
Total other income (expense), net (190) (306) 227 (11,061)
Net income 6,355 10,869 19,482 18,831
Allocation of net income:        
Net income attributable to the period January 1, 2014 through June 22, 2014       $ 7,021
Net income attributable to the period June 23, 2014 through September 30, 2014       11,810
        $ 18,831
Net income attributable to common limited partners per unit:        
Basic and Diluted* $ 0.08 $ 0.14 $ 0.24 $ 0.15
Weighted average number of limited partner units outstanding        
Basic* 79,721 76,618 79,713 76,589
Diluted* 79,730 77,235 79,728 76,659
*2014 information presented is attributable to the period June 23, 2014 through September 30, 2014.
Viper Energy Partners LP
Selected Operating Data
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2015 2014 2015 2014
Production Data:        
Oil (Bbls) 391,757 233,971 1,085,993 553,675
Natural gas (Mcf) 316,323 199,877 775,445 438,909
Natural gas liquids (Bbls) 81,339 42,410 186,295 99,213
Combined volumes(1)(2) (BOE) 525,817 309,694 1,401,529 726,040
Daily combined volumes (BOE/d) 5,715 3,366 5,134 2,659
% Oil 75% 75% 77% 76%
Average sales prices:        
Oil, realized ($/Bbl) $ 44.17 $ 88.69 $ 47.10 $ 92.06
Natural gas realized ($/Mcf) 2.43 4.07 2.39 4.34
Natural gas liquids ($/Bbl) 8.66 28.37 10.44 30.17
Average price realized ($/BOE) 35.71 73.51 39.20 76.95
Average costs per BOE:        
Production and ad valorem taxes $ 3.21 $ 4.77 $ 3.16 $ 5.22
Gathering and transportation expense $ 0.32 $ — $ 0.12 $ —
Interest expense $ 0.68 $ 1.02 $ 0.52 $ 15.25
General and administrative $ 3.12 $ 6.92 $ 3.21 $ 3.56
Depletion $ 16.62 $ 25.74 $ 18.97 $ 27.00
Total $ 23.95 $ 38.45 $ 25.98 $ 51.03
Components of general and administrative expense:        
General and administrative - cash component $ 1.07 $ 4.07 $ 1.10 $ 2.17
General and administrative - non-cash unit-based compensation 2.05 2.85 2.11 1.39
(1)  Bbl equivalents are calculated using a conversion rate of six Mcf per one Bbl.
(2)  The volumes presented are based on actual results and are not calculated using the rounded numbers in the table above.


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 of capitalized interest, non-cash unit-based compensation expense and depletion. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of net income (loss) 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 as determined in accordance with GAAP or as an indicator of Viper's operating performance or liquidity. 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 and other contractual obligations and fixed charges and reserves for future operating or capital needs that the board of directors of Viper's general partner may deem appropriate. 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 share data)
Three Months
September 30,

Nine Months
September 30,
Period from June
23, 2014 through
September 30,
  2015 2015 2014
Net Income $ 6,355 $ 19,482 $ 11,810
Interest expense, net of capitalized interest 358 733 317
Non-cash unit-based compensation expense 1,077 2,956 1,011
Depletion 8,737 26,587 8,251
Adjusted EBITDA $ 16,527 $ 49,758 $ 21,389
Adjustments to reconcile Adjusted EBITDA to cash available for distribution:      
Debt service, contractual obligations, fixed charges and reserves (252) (787) (1,542)
Cash available for distribution $ 16,275 $ 48,971 $ 19,847
Limited Partner units outstanding 79,726 79,726 79,700
Cash available for distribution per limited partner unit $ 0.20 $ 0.61 $ 0.25
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