Halcon Resources Corp (NYSE:HK) announced its fourth quarter and full year 2015 results.

Production for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2015 averaged 41,087 barrels of oil equivalent per day (Boe/d) and 41,542 Boe/d, respectively.  Production was comprised of 77% oil, 11% natural gas liquids (NGLs) and 12% natural gas for the quarter and 79% oil, 10% NGLs and 11% natural gas for the year.

Halcón generated total revenues of $116.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.  Revenues for the full year 2015 totaled $550.3 million.

Excluding the impact of hedges, Halcón realized 88% of the average NYMEX oil price, 18% of the average NYMEX oil price for NGLs and 88% of the average NYMEX natural gas price during the fourth quarter 2015.  For the full year 2015, excluding the impact of hedges, the Company realized 87% of the average NYMEX oil price, 19% of the average NYMEX oil price for NGLs and 85% of the average NYMEX natural gas price.  Realized hedge proceeds totaled $129 million in the fourth quarter and $440 million for the full year 2015.

Total operating costs per unit, after adjusting for selected items (see Selected Operating Data table for additional information), decreased by 16% to$17.80 per Boe during the three months ended December 31, 2015, compared to the same period of 2014.  Total operating costs per unit for the full year, after adjusting for selected items (see Selected Operating Data table for additional information), were $18.00 per Boe, representing a decrease of 25% versus 2014.

After adjusting for selected items primarily related to a non-cash, pre-tax full cost ceiling impairment charge and a non-cash, pre-tax gain on the extinguishment of debt (see Selected Item Review and Reconciliation table for additional information), net income was $59.3 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, and $128.4 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter and full year 2015, respectively.  Halcón reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $424.7 million, or $3.56 per diluted share for the fourth quarter and $2.0 billion, or $18.66 per diluted share for the year.

Liquidity and Capital Spending

As of December 31, 2015 Halcón’s liquidity was approximately $789 million, which consisted of cash on hand plus undrawn capacity on the Company’s senior secured revolving credit facility with a $827 million borrowing base.  The Company is currently working with its senior revolver lenders on its spring 2016 redetermination and expects the borrowing base to be revised to between $650 million and $700 million.

During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company incurred capital costs of $58 million on drilling and completions, and less than $2 million on infrastructure, seismic and leasehold acquisitions.  In addition, Halcón incurred $42 million for capitalized interest, G&A and other.

The Company incurred capital costs of $322 million on drilling and completions, $11 million on infrastructure/seismic and $12 million on leasehold acquisitions in 2015.  In addition, Halcón incurred $142 million for capitalized interest, G&A and other.

Hedging Update

Halcón has 25,497 barrels per day of oil hedged for 2016 at an average price of $80.59 per barrel.  For 2017, the Company has 3,750 barrels per day of oil hedged at an average price of $65.75 per barrel.  Halcón estimates the pre-tax mark-to-market value of its hedge portfolio to be approximately $381 million as of February 24, 2016.

2015 Proved Reserves

The Company’s estimated proved reserves as of December 31, 2015 were approximately 146.8 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe). Year-end 2015 estimated proved reserves were 82% oil, 9% NGLs and 9% natural gas on an equivalent basis. Of total estimated proved reserves, 83% were in the Williston Basin, 15% were in the East Texas Eagle Ford (“El Halcón”) and 2% were in other areas. Year-end 2015 estimated proved reserves were approximately 95% Company-operated and 56% proved developed.

Halcón’s estimated proved reserves at December 31, 2015 were prepared by the independent reserve engineering firm Netherland, Sewell and Associates, Inc. in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission guidelines using NYMEX prices of $50.28 per barrel for oil and $2.59 per million British Thermal Unit for natural gas, before adjustments for energy content, quality, midstream fees and basis differentials.

Operations Update

The Company is currently running 2 operated rigs in the Fort Berthold area of the Williston Basin but will scale down to 1 rig operating in the Fort Berthold area by the end of March 2016.  Although Halcón currently has 1 operated rig running in its El Halcón area, the Company does not plan to run any rigs in this area after March of 2016 until oil prices improve.  The Company currently has 13 wells in the Bakken and 2 wells in the East Texas Eagle Ford being completed or waiting on completion.

Bakken/Three Forks

The Company operated an average of 2 rigs and 2.2 rigs in the Williston Basin during the fourth quarter and full year 2015, respectively.

Halcón spudded 10 wells and put 5 wells online in the Williston Basin during the three months ended December 31, 2015. The Company also participated in 27 non-operated wells during the quarter with an average working interest of approximately 1.4%. Production averaged 29,721 Boe/d during the fourth quarter of 2015 in the Williston Basin.

For the full year 2015, Halcón spudded 39 wells and put 39 wells online in the Williston Basin. The Company also participated in 100 non-operated wells during the year with an average working interest of approximately 1.7%.

Halcón plans to concentrate its efforts in its highest return area (Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, or FBIR) in 2016 and anticipates spending approximately 80% to 85% of its total drilling and completions budget in the FBIR area of the Williston Basin.

During 2015, the Company put 33 operated wells online in the FBIR with an average EUR of 800 MBoe (25 Middle Bakken, 8 Three Forks).  In 2016, Halcón expects wells put online to have an average EUR of approximately 900 MBoe as it focuses drilling on the best parts of its acreage position.

In 2015, the Company put 6 operated Middle Bakken wells online in Williams County with an average EUR of 553 MBoe.  Although Halcón does not plan to drill in Williams County in 2016, any wells drilled in this area would generate a positive return at current strip prices based on 2015 EURs.

The Company continues to improve on well costs with current FBIR AFEs at $6.2 million and Williams County AFEs at $5.7 million.

Halcón currently has working interests in approximately 123,000 net acres prospective for the Bakken and Three Forks formations in the Williston Basin, substantially all of which are held by production (HBP). The Company plans to operate an average of 1 rig and spud 15 to 20 gross operated wells in 2016 with an average working interest of approximately 60%. Halcón also expects to participate in 50 to 65 gross non-operated wells in 2016 with an average working interest of approximately 1.5%.

The Company is currently the operator of 204 producing Bakken wells and 65 Three Forks wells. Halcón currently has 12 Bakken wells and 5 Three Forks wells being completed or waiting on completion on its operated acreage.

“El Halcón” – East Texas Eagle Ford

The Company operated an average of 1 rig in El Halcón during the fourth quarter and full year 2015. Halcón spudded 4 wells and put 4 wells online in the play during the three months ended December 31, 2015. For the full year 2015, the Company spudded 16 wells and put 19 wells online.  Production averaged 7,278 Boe/d during the fourth quarter of 2015 in El Halcón.

Halcón currently has working interests in approximately 92,000 net acres prospective for the Eagle Ford formation in East Texas, approximately 72% of which is HBP. The Company plans to operate 1 rig through the first quarter of 2016 and spud 2 gross operated wells with an average working interest of approximately 98%. Halcón anticipates spending approximately 15% to 20% of its total drilling and completions budget in the play in 2016.

There are currently 110 Company-operated El Halcón wells producing and 1 Halcón-operated well currently drilling along with 2 Halcón-operated wells being completed or waiting on completion. (Original Source)

Shares of Halcon Resources closed today at $0.47, up $0.03 or 6.82%. HK has a 1-year high of $10.70 and a 1-year low of $0.20. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $0.51 and its 200-day moving average is $2.80.

On the ratings front, Wunderlich Securities analyst Jason Wangler downgraded HK to Hold, in a report issued on January 28. According to TipRanks.com, Wangler has a total average return of -19.4%, a 27.2% success rate, and is ranked #3645 out of 3666 analysts.

Halcon Resources Corp is an oil and natural gas company, which is engaged in the acquisition, production, exploration and development of onshore liquids-rich oil and natural gas assets in the United States.