HighPeak Energy, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2022 Results and Operational Updates

August 8, 2022

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HighPeak Energy, Inc. (“HighPeak” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: HPK) today announced financial and operating results for the second quarter 2022 and provided current operational updates.  

Second Quarter 2022 and Current Highlights

  • HighPeak legacy second quarter 2022 net sales volumes averaged 21,995 barrels of oil equivalent per day (“Boe/d”), an increase of 83% compared with first quarter 2022, consisting of 86% crude oil and 95% liquids. Company pro forma net production, inclusive of the Hannathon acquisition, averaged approximately 25,400 Boe/d during the second quarter 2022.

  • The Company completed an accretive acquisition of approximately 18,600 net acres from Hannathon Petroleum, LLC (“Hannathon”) late in the second quarter 2022. The acquired acreage is largely contiguous to the Company’s existing Signal Peak area and includes significant existing production, cash flow and operational infrastructure.

  • EBITDAX (a non-GAAP financial measure as defined and reconciled below) associated with legacy HighPeak second quarter 2022 sales volumes was $135.4 million, an increase of 165% compared with first quarter 2022. The cash flow associated with the acquired Hannathon production from the effective date through the closing date was recognized as a reduction to the purchase price and did not contribute to second quarter 2022 results. On a pro forma basis, inclusive of the Hannathon acquisition, second quarter 2022 Company EBITDAX would have been approximately $155 million.

  • As a result of the Company’s recent acquisitions and successful leasing campaign, the Company had more than 97,000 net acres as of June 30, 2022, an increase of approximately 54% compared with year-end 2021.

  • Increased the Company’s Revolving Credit Facility borrowing base and aggregate elected commitments from $138.8 million to $400.0 million and added three banks to the bank syndicate.

  • Second quarter 2022 realized price of $100.63 per Boe and realized cash operating margin of $87.20 per Boe, or approximately 87% of the realized price, excluding the effects of derivatives.

  • HighPeak averaged four (4) drilling rigs throughout the second quarter 2022, added a fifth rig in June 2022 and elected to continue Hannathon’s one rig drilling program upon closing the acquisition. The Company plans to maintain the current six (6) rig drilling program and average approximately three (3) frac fleets throughout the remainder of 2022.

  • HighPeak had 52 gross (46.8 net) horizontal wells in various stages of drilling and completion plus two salt-water disposal wells in progress at the end of the second quarter.

HighPeak CEO, Jack Hightower said “We continued to execute on our growth strategy as evidenced by our significant production and EBITDA increase in the second quarter. Legacy HighPeak oil production was up roughly 88% and EBITDA increased 165% quarter over quarter.

Mr. Hightower, continued, “We are just now starting to realize the impact of our decision to increase drilling activity at the first of the year. Our production rates are expected to continue to increase throughout the remainder of the year and into 2023 as we continue to reap the benefits of adding to our rig count several months ago. With that said, we will focus on efficient drilling through larger extended-reach multi-well pads, while maintaining flexibility in our capital program to react as warranted to sustained market conditions. We expect to be one of the only public companies generating meaningful free cash flow while significantly increasing production in 2023.”

Recent Acquisitions

On June 27, 2022, the Company completed the previously announced acquisition from Hannathon and other non-operated working interest owners to acquire their Howard County assets, consisting of approximately 18,600 net acres predominantly contiguous with the Company’s Signal Peak area, substantial existing production and cash flow, for total consideration of $335.5 million, including customary closing adjustments and closing costs, consisting of $238.3 million in cash and 3.52 million shares of HighPeak’s common stock valued at $97.2 million on the date of closing. Additional acquisition highlights include the leveraging of Hannathon’s substantial infrastructure-in-place to accelerate the pace of the Company’s Signal Peak development, the addition of approximately 200 gross top tier drilling locations and an acreage footprint which is 68% held by production and provides for capital efficient, long lateral development with about 90% of the inventory supporting lateral lengths of 10,000 feet or greater. The assets were acquired at roughly three times 2022 estimated EBITDAX with an expected further uplift from synergies estimated at $70 million on a present value basis. The cash portion of the consideration was funded with cash on hand and borrowings under the Company’s recently increased Revolving Credit Facility.

During the first half of 2022, the Company completed multiple acquisitions contiguous to its Flat Top operating area which, in aggregate, have added over 14,000 net acres. The acquired properties provide high-margin oil production, a significant number of upside drilling locations and robust in-field infrastructure consisting of a salt-water disposal system, produced fluid gathering pipelines and substantial non-potable water sourcing capacity.

Since year-end 2021, the Company’s net acreage position has increased by approximately 54% building from 63,000 net acres to over 97,000 net acres as of June 30, 2022.

Second Quarter Operational Update

The Company’s net sales volumes, excluding the acquired Hannathon production, during the second quarter 2022 averaged 21,995 Boe/d, consisting of approximately 86% oil and 95% liquids. Second quarter production increased 83% compared with the first quarter with oil production up about 88% compared with the first quarter. Production volumes from the Hannathon acquisition will be included in the Company’s financials beginning in the third quarter 2022.

During the second quarter of 2022, the Company drilled 29 gross (27.0 net) operated horizontal wells and one salt-water disposal well utilizing approximately four drilling rigs for most of the quarter, adding a fifth rig in June 2022 and a sixth rig upon closing the Hannathon acquisition at the end of June 2022. Also, the Company completed 27 gross (22.8 net) horizontal wells during the second quarter of 2022. At June 30, 2022, the Company was in various stages of completion on 41 gross (35.8 net) horizontal wells, finishing one SWD well and was in the process of drilling 11 gross (11.0 net) horizontal wells and one salt-water disposal well.  

The HighPeak 60MW electric high-voltage substation was commissioned in May 2022 and as a result the Company is in the process of removing rental generators, reducing both the Company’s lease operating expenses and its carbon emissions. To date, the Company has removed approximately 70% of the rental generators in its Flat Top operating area. The electrification of the substation also enabled HighPeak to power its first drilling rig with highline power in Flat Top, reducing both drilling costs and fuel consumption. The Company’s contracted local sand project became operational in June 2022 and is anticipated to significantly reduce well completion costs and improve completion efficiencies. HighPeak is currently servicing 100% of its stimulation fluid needs for two frac crews in Flat Top with recycled produced fluids and local non-potable water sources. The Company is also using recycled fluids for completion operations in Signal Peak.

Michael Hollis, HighPeak’s President, commented, “Inflationary pressures continue to be thematic, however, we have initiated a number of measures to mitigate the effects of industry wide cost increases on both the capital and operating expense side of the equation including our local sand project, the use of cost saving non-potable water and recycled fluids for our Flat Top frac operations and the commissioning of our electrical substation.”

Mr. Hollis further commented, “The HighPeak substation has enabled us to begin removing rental generators which is estimated to reduce lease operating expenses throughout the year, further expanding our industry leading margins while greatly reducing our carbon footprint. We started powering one of our drilling rigs with highline power, saving roughly $90,000 per well at today’s diesel costs. The use of local wet sand is decreasing capital costs per well while also reducing emissions associated with trucking and drying the sand. When fully utilized, wet sand will save approximately $300,000 per well.”  

Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

HighPeak reported net income of $77.6 million for the second quarter of 2022, or net income of $0.64 per diluted share.  Excluding the effects of derivatives and the deferred tax effect thereon (as reconciled below), the Company’s 2022 second quarter net income increased approximately 150% to $87.0 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, compared with $35.9 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, for the first quarter. EBITDAX was $135.4 million, or $1.22 per diluted share, an increase of 165% quarter over quarter. Second quarter EBITDAX was impacted by $37.1 million in derivative settlements.

Second quarter 2022 average realized prices were $111.26 per barrel of crude oil, $47.29 per barrel of natural gas liquids and $6.02 per Mcf of natural gas, resulting in an overall realized price of $100.63 per Boe, or 93% of the weighted average of NYMEX crude oil prices, excluding the effects of derivatives. HighPeak’s cash costs for the second quarter were $14.45 per Boe including lease operating expenses of $8.29 per Boe, production and ad valorem taxes of $5.15 per Boe and cash G&A expenses of $1.01 per Boe. The Company’s unhedged cash margin was $86.18 per Boe, or 79% of the weighted average of NYMEX crude oil prices for the quarter.

HighPeak’s second quarter 2022 capital expenditures to drill, complete, equip, provide facilities and to build water and power infrastructure were approximately $238.1 million. In addition, the Company incurred capital expenditures of approximately $352.5 million for crude oil and natural gas property acquisitions, $108.4 million of which was non-cash with the issuance of 3,893,634 shares of HighPeak common stock.

At June 30, 2022, the Company had $285.0 million in outstanding borrowings under its Revolving Credit Facility, $225.0 million in long-term notes outstanding and $22.4 million of cash on hand.  In June 2022, simultaneously with the closing of the Hannathon acquisition, the Company entered into an amendment of its Revolving Credit Facility and increased the borrowing base and bank commitments to $400.0 million and added three banks to the bank group.

Hedging Update

As of June 30, 2022, the Company hedged 1.99 million barrels of its remaining 2022 crude oil production at an average swap price of $87.53 per barrel and 641,200 barrels of its 2023 crude oil production at an average swap price of $66.04 per barrel. The Company’s crude oil derivative contracts are based on reported settlement prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange (“NYMEX”) for West Texas Intermediate pricing. The Company also hedged 920,000 MMBtu of its remaining 2022 natural gas production and 450,000 MMBtu of its 2023 natural gas production at an average price of $9.00 per MMBtu. The Company’s natural gas derivative contracts are based on reported settlement prices on the NYMEX for Henry Hub pricing.


In January and April 2022, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.025 per share which resulted in a total of $2.4 million and $2.6 million in dividends paid to stockholders on February 25, 2022 and May 25, 2022, respectively. In addition, in July 2022, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.025 per share which will result in a total of $2.7 million in dividends paid on August 25, 2022 to stockholders of record on August 1, 2022.  

Conference Call

HighPeak Energy will host a conference call and webcast on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time for investors and analysts to discuss its second quarter 2022 financial results and operational highlights. Conference call participants may register for the call here. Access to the live audio-only webcast and replay of the earnings release conference call may be found here. A live broadcast of the earnings conference call will also be available on the HighPeak Energy website at under the “Investors” section of the website. A replay will also be available on the website following the call. 

When available, a copy of the Company’s earnings release, investor presentation and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q may be found on its website at

Conference Participation

The Company will participate in virtual investor meetings during the upcoming Seaport Research Partners Annual Summer Investor Conference beginning on August 23, 2022.

About HighPeak Energy, Inc.

HighPeak Energy, Inc. is a publicly traded independent crude oil and natural gas company, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, focused on the acquisition, development, exploration and exploitation of unconventional crude oil and natural gas reserves in the Midland Basin in West Texas. For more information, please visit our website at

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The information in this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. When used in this document, the words “believes,” “plans,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “forecasts,” “intends,” “continue,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “future,” “potential,” “estimate” or the negative of such terms and similar expressions as they relate to HighPeak Energy, Inc. (“HighPeak Energy,” the “Company” or the “Successor”) are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historical in nature. The forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the Company and the industry in which the Company operates. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, they involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and, in many cases, beyond the Company’s control.

These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, volatility of commodity prices, political instability or armed conflict in crude oil or natural gas producing regions such as the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, product supply and demand, the impact of a widespread outbreak of an illness, such as the coronavirus disease (“COVID-19”) pandemic, on global and U.S. economic activity, competition, the ability to obtain environmental and other permits and the timing thereof, other government regulation or action, the ability to obtain approvals from third parties and negotiate agreements with third parties on mutually acceptable terms, litigation, the costs and results of drilling and operations, availability of equipment, services, resources and personnel required to perform the Company’s drilling and operating activities, access to and availability of transportation, processing, fractionation, refining and storage facilities, HighPeak Energy’s ability to replace reserves, implement its business plans or complete its development activities as scheduled, access to and cost of capital, the financial strength of counterparties to any credit facility and derivative contracts entered into by HighPeak Energy, if any, and purchasers of HighPeak Energy’s crude oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas production, uncertainties about estimates of reserves, identification of drilling locations and the ability to add proved reserves in the future, the assumptions underlying forecasts, including forecasts of production, expenses, cash flow from sales of crude oil and gas and tax rates, quality of technical data, environmental and weather risks, including the possible impacts of climate change, cybersecurity risks and acts of war or terrorism. These and other risks are described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K and other filings with the SEC. The Company undertakes no duty to publicly update these statements except as required by law.

HighPeak Energy, Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(In thousands)

 June 30, 2022 March 31, 2022 December 31, 2021
Cash and cash equivalents$22,417  $35,850  $34,869 
Other current assets 123,566   65,283   52,085 
Crude oil and natural gas properties, net 1,596,082   1,037,433   725,615 
Other noncurrent assets 6,707   6,152   6,391 
Total assets $1,748,772  $1,144,718  $818,960 
Current liabilities$272,119  $179,646  $103,000 
Long-term debt, net 488,532   203,197   97,929 
Other long-term liabilities 87,733   67,994   64,968 
Stockholders' equity        
Common stock 11   10   10 
Additional paid-in capital 909,325   777,501   617,489 
Accumulated deficit (8,948)  (83,630)  (64,436)
Total stockholders' equity 900,388   693,881   553,063 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $1,748,772  $1,144,718  $818,960 

HighPeak Energy, Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)

 Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
 2022  2021  2022  2021 
Operating Revenues:           
Crude oil sales$190,926  $46,985  $277,864  $71,855 
Natural gas and NGL sales 10,502   1,285   15,793   2,132 
Total operating revenues 201,428   48,270   293,657   73,987 
Operating Costs and Expenses:           
Crude oil and natural gas production 16,595   4,692   26,041   6,919 
Production and ad valorem taxes 10,301   2,543   15,307   4,207 
Exploration and abandonments 184   463   393   654 
Depletion, depreciation and amortization 34,883   16,857   51,907   29,820 
Accretion of discount 66   37   120   72 
General and administrative 2,016   1,617   3,956   3,376 
Stock-based compensation 14,579   1,023   18,555   1,989 
Total operating costs and expenses 78,624   27,232   116,279   47,037 
Income from operations 122,804   21,038   177,378   26,950 
Interest and other income 2      252   1 
Interest expense (9,282)  (152)  (14,534)  (206)
Derivative loss, net (11,891)  (13,596)  (78,285)  (13,596)
Other expense    (127)     (127)
Income before income taxes 101,633   7,163   84,811   13,022 
Income tax expense 24,072   1,420   23,760   2,535 
Net income$77,561  $5,743  $61,051  $10,487 
Earnings per share:           
Basic net income$0.69  $0.06  $0.56  $0.11 
Diluted net income$0.64  $0.06  $0.52  $0.10 
Weighted average shares outstanding:           
Basic 103,178   92,676   99,530   92,634 
Diluted 111,228   92,676   106,843   92,830 
Dividends declared per share$0.025  $  $0.050  $ 

HighPeak Energy, Inc.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)

 Six Months Ended June 30,
 2022  2021 
Net income$61,051  $10,487 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operations:     
Exploration and abandonment expense 32   369 
Depletion, depreciation and amortization expense 51,907   29,820 
Accretion expense 120   72 
Stock based compensation expense 18,555   1,989 
Amortization of debt issuance costs 1,781   77 
Amortization of original issue discount on senior notes 2,741    
Derivative-related activity 16,442   12,558 
Deferred income taxes 23,760   2,535 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:     
Accounts receivable (50,857)  (16,064)
Prepaid expenses, inventory and other assets (2,571)  (366)
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other current liabilities 25,225   5,803 
Net cash provided by operating activities 148,186   47,280 
Additions to crude oil and natural gas properties (403,177)  (89,959)
Changes in working capital associated with crude oil and natural gas property additions 105,476   15,223 
Acquisitions of crude oil and natural gas properties (250,448)  (2,070)
Other property additions (996)  (61)
Net cash used in investing activities (549,145)  (76,867)
Proceeds from issuance of senior unsecured notes, net of discount 210,179    
Borrowings under revolving credit facility 380,000   14,000 
Repayments under revolving credit facility (195,000)   
Debt issuance costs (9,098)  (1,759)
Proceeds from exercises of warrants 7,750   5,466 
Proceeds from subscription receivable from exercise of warrants    3,596 
Proceeds from exercises of stock options 120   1,574 
Dividends paid (4,959)   
Dividend equivalents paid (427)   
Stock offering costs (58)   
Net cash provided by financing activities 388,507   22,877 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (12,452)  (6,710)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 34,869   19,552 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$22,417  $12,842 

HighPeak Energy, Inc.
Unaudited Summary Operating Highlights 

  Three Months Ended June 30,
 2022  2021 
Sales Volumes:      
Crude oil (Bbls) 1,716,084   723,584 
NGLs (Bbls) 176,438   45,712 
Natural gas (Mcf) 654,299   179,503 
Total (Boe) 2,001,572   799,213 
Daily Sales Volumes:      
Crude oil (Bbls/d) 18,858   7,951 
NGLs (Bbls/d) 1,939   502 
Natural gas (Mcf/d) 7,190   1,973 
Total (Boe/d) 21,995   8,783 
Revenues (in thousands):      
Crude oil sales$190,926  $46,985 
Crude oil derivative settlements (37,082)  (1,038)
NGL and natural gas sales 10,502   1,285 
Total Revenues, including derivative settlements$164,346  $47,232 
Average sales prices:      
Crude oil (per Bbl)$111.26  $64.93 
Crude oil derivative settlements (per Bbl) (21.61)  (1.43)
NGL (per Bbl) 47.29   26.77 
Natural gas (per Mcf) 6.02   2.81 
Total, including derivative contract settlements (per Boe)$82.11  $59.10 
Weighted Average NYMEX WTI ($/Bbl) $108.77  $65.91 
Weighted Average NYMEX Henry Hub ($/Mcf)  6.99   2.87 
Realization to benchmark      
Crude oil (per Bbl) 102%  99%
Natural gas (per Mcf) 86%  98%
Operating Costs and Expenses (in thousands):      
Lease operating expenses$16,595  $4,692 
Production and ad valorem taxes 10,301   2,543 
General and administrative expenses 2,016   1,617 
Depletion, depreciation and amortization 34,883   16,857 
Operating costs per Boe:      
Lease operating expenses$8.29  $5.87 
Production and ad valorem taxes 5.15   3.18 
General and administrative expenses 1.01   2.02 
Depletion, depreciation and amortization 17.43   21.09 

HighPeak Energy, Inc.
Unaudited Summary Operating Highlights

  Six Months Ended June 30,
 2022  2021 
Sales Volumes:      
Crude oil (Bbls) 2,620,296   1,149,764 
NGLs (Bbls) 284,250   72,161 
Natural gas (Mcf) 1,090,181   320,594 
Total (Boe) 3,086,243   1,275,357 
Daily Sales Volumes:      
Crude oil (Bbls/d) 14,477   6,352 
NGLs (Bbls/d) 1,570   399 
Natural gas (Mcf/d) 6,023   1,771 
Total (Boe/d) 17,051   7,046 
Revenues (in thousands):      
Crude oil sales$277,864  $71,855 
Crude oil derivative settlements (61,843)  (1,038)
NGL and natural gas sales 15,793   2,132 
Total Revenues, including derivative settlements$231,814  $72,949 
Average sales prices:      
Crude oil (per Bbl)$106.04  $62.50 
Crude oil derivative settlements (per Bbl) (23.60)  (0.90)
NGL (per Bbl) 45.03   27.16 
Natural gas (per Mcf) 5.28   2.55 
Total, including derivative contract settlements (per Boe)$75.11  $57.20 
Weighted Average NYMEX WTI ($/Bbl) $103.93  $63.26 
Weighted Average NYMEX Henry Hub ($/Mcf)  6.15   2.80 
Realization to benchmark      
Crude oil (per Bbl) 102%  99%
Natural gas (per Mcf) 86%  91%
Operating Costs and Expenses (in thousands):      
Lease operating expenses$26,041  $6,919 
Production and ad valorem taxes 15,307   4,207 
General and administrative expenses 3,956   3,376 
Depletion, depreciation and amortization 51,907   29,820 
Operating costs per Boe:      
Lease operating expenses$8.44  $5.43 
Production and ad valorem taxes 4.96   3.30 
General and administrative expenses 1.28   2.65 
Depletion, depreciation and amortization 16.82   23.38 

HighPeak Energy, Inc.
Unaudited Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDAX
(in thousands)

 Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
 2022  2021 2022  2021 
Net income$77,561  $5,743 $61,051  $10,487 
Interest expense 9,282   152  14,534   206 
Interest and other income (2)    (252)  (1)
Income tax expense 24,072   1,420  23,760   2,535 
Depletion, depreciation and amortization 34,883   16,857  51,907   29,820 
Accretion of discount 66   37  120   72 
Exploration and abandonment expense 184   463  393   654 
Stock-based compensation 14,579   1,023  18,555   1,989 
Derivative-related noncash activity (25,191)  12,558  16,442   12,558 
     127     127 
EBITDAX$135,434  $38,380 $186,510  $58,447 

HighPeak Energy, Inc.
Unaudited Net Income Excluding the Effects of Derivatives
(In thousands)

 As Reported
Three Months Ended
June 30, 2022
 Effect of Derivatives Three Months Ended
June 30, 2022
Excluding the Effects
of Derivatives
Income before income taxes$101,633 $11,891 $113,524
Income tax expense 24,072  2,497  26,569
Net income$77,561 $9,394 $86,955

Investor Contact:

Ryan Hightower
Vice President, Business Development

Source: HighPeak Energy, Inc.

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