GeoPark Limited, a leading independent Latin American oil and gas explorer, operator and consolidator with operations and growth platforms in Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Ecuador, announced its work program and
investment guidelines for 2021. (All figures are expressed in US Dollars).
2021 Work Program: Main Principles and Approach
GeoPark has approved a self-funded and risk-balanced 2021 work program aimed at providing tangible value to its shareholders through value returns and the continuing development of its unique low-cost, low-risk project portfolio, considering the following principles:
• Efficient development of the Llanos 34 block (GeoPark operated, 45% WI)
• Accelerate development & exploration activities in the CPO-5 block (GeoPark non-operated, 30% WI)
• Define new plays, leads and prospects on its seven million acreage land position in ten basins
• Initiate exploration studies and drilling in GeoPark’s large, low-risk Llanos basin exploration acreage
• Start-up activities in Ecuador to initiate drilling in 2H2021 or early 2022
• Enhance base production levels in Chile, Argentina and Brazil
• Allocate investment capital to best shareholder value-adding projects determined on four key criteria: technical upside, strategic value, economic return and social and environmental impact
• Proven flexible capital expenditure program fully funded within cashflow
• Ongoing cost reduction efforts to further improve GeoPark’s leading cost efficiencies
• Preserve balance sheet strength with tools and safety nets in place
• Maximize net asset value per share
• Continue returning value to shareholders
• Proven flexible program, adaptable to lower oil price scenarios
• Develop and add new short-cycle projects with low breakevens
• Grow strategic partnerships with Ecopetrol/Hocol, ONGC and Boru Energy
• Promote innovation and the adoption of best practices across the portfolio
Environmental, Social and Governance
• Maintain protocols and crisis response plans to keep people working safely and production flowing with teams reduced to minimum and back up teams in place
• Strengthen ESG+ metrics with GeoPark’s proven internal SPEED program
• Continue building strong relationships with neighbors and communities
• Partner with the United Nations Development Program (UNPD) to reduce social inequality in areas of influence 2
• Grid connection and renewable projects in the Llanos 34 block to further reduce carbon footprint expected to be operational by 2022
2021 Guidance ($40-45/bbl Brent)
The 2021 production guidance reflects average production of 40,000-42,000 boepd, excluding the potential production from the 2021 exploration drilling program.
The 2021 work program of $100-120 million includes drilling of 31-34 gross wells, with approximately 65% to be allocated to development activities and 35% to exploration activities.
Using the base case price assumption of $40-45/bbl Brent, GeoPark can execute a risk-balanced work program to continue growing its business by producing, developing and exploring its portfolio of assets, fully funded within cashflow, maintaining a strong balance sheet and returning value to its shareholders.
The 2021 work program reflects further improvements to the Company’s leading costs efficiencies with an operating netback to capital expenditures ratio of 2+ times and an operating netback to development capital of 3.5+ with Brent at $40-45 per bbl.
2021 Work Program Details
• Production target: 40,000-42,000 boepd average production
• Capital expenditure program: $100-120 million fully funded by cashflow, to be allocated as follows:
• Colombia - $95-115 million: Focus on developing the Llanos 34 block, accelerating development of the CPO-5 block and acquiring seismic and delineating prospects in the Llanos and Putumayo exploration blocks.
The work program in Colombia includes:
- Llanos 34 block: 23-25 development and appraisal wells plus facilities to continue optimizing operating and transportation costs
- CPO-5 block: 5-6 wells (2 development and appraisal and 3-4 exploration wells plus 3D seismic)
- Llanos 94 block (GeoPark non-operated, 50% WI): one exploration well
- Llanos 32 block (GeoPark non-operated, 12.5% WI): one appraisal and one exploration well
- Seismic acquisition, reprocessing and other preliminary and preoperational activities in exploration blocks in the Llanos and Putumayo basins
• Ecuador - $4-5 million: 3D seismic and other preliminary activities to prepare for drilling in the Espejo (GeoPark operated, 50% WI) and Perico (GeoPark non-operated, 50% WI) blocks in 2H2021 or early 2022
• Chile, Argentina and Brazil - $1-2 million: Well intervention activities and facilities to enhance base production levels
Value Returns to Shareholders: Cash Dividends and Share Buyback Program
As part of the Company’s commitment to return value to its shareholders, today GeoPark’s Board of Directors declared an extraordinary and a quarterly cash dividend for 2020 and a share buyback program, as follows:
• 2020 Extraordinary Cash Dividend of $0.0206 per share ($1.25 million) payable on December 9, 2020
• 2020 Quarterly Dividend of $0.0206 per share ($1.25 million) payable on December 9, 2020
• Share Buyback Program to repurchase up to 10% of shares outstanding beginning on November 5, 2020 and expiring on November 15, 2021
Work Program Flexible at Different Oil Price Scenarios
Consistent with the Company’s approach in prior years, GeoPark’s 2021 work program can be rapidly adapted to different oil price scenarios, illustrating the high quality of its assets, its low-break-even production and strong financial performance in lower and volatile oil price environments.
• Above $50/bbl Brent oil price: Capital expenditures can be expanded to $140-160 million – by adding incremental projects, targeting average production of 42,000-44,000 boepd
• Below $35/bbl Brent oil price: Capital expenditures can be reduced to $50-85 million – focusing on the lowest-risk projects that produce the fastest cashflow, targeting average production of 38,000-40,000 boepd
GeoPark currently has commodity risk management contracts in place covering a portion of its production for 2021. GeoPark monitors market conditions on a continuous basis and expects to enter into additional new commodity risk management contracts to secure minimum oil prices for its 2021 production and beyond.