Why is Talos Energy Built for Success?
Talos Energy went public in May of this year after the independent oil and gas company merged with Stone Energy Corporation. Technically, Talos acquired Stone for accounting purposes but either way the new company is built to succeed. For those unfamiliar with Talos, the energy company is a technically driven independent E&P company operating in the United States Gulf of Mexico and Mexico’s portion of the gulf. Management over at Talos have on average 30 years of experience with exploration, acquisition, exploitation and development of shallow and deepwater assets in the Gulf of Mexico. Mexico’s emerging offshore shallow water fields provide the company with high impact exploration opportunities in an up and coming basin.
Co-Founder and current CEO of Talos, Tim Duncan summed up the company’s prime directive best when he said:
“Our plan is to follow large operators, it could be a major, it could be an investment grade type of independent, usilize the infrastructure they typically put in place, and then use the most modern seismic technology available to essentially explore like a world class operator. What would not be material to a major as a basin matures would be material to us as a smaller company. But we need to be able to be as smart as those majors were in how they explored and utilize the infrastructure that is in place which changes the economy of scales which allows us to operate smaller discoveries.”
With the recent Stone merger, Talos Energy has announced it’s 2018 Financial and Operating Guidance, which gives a glimpse of the E&P companies initial 2019 Outlook and Operations Update. The guidance gives the public a look at crucial information regarding various Talos assets. Tim Duncan commented:
“We are pleased to present our Financial and Operational guidance, including a detailed view on the company and its strategy, which outlines Talos’ high-quality portfolio on both sides of the Gulf of Mexico, and value proposition as the largest pure-play public company in the basin. Our guidance reflects a strong free cash flow generating business, with our capital program being internally financed, while effectively managing our liquidity and maintaining balance sheet flexibility. We believe this flexibility will allow us to be a natural consolidator in the basin.”
Some Highlights of the Operating Guidance include:
- Talos anticipates generating positive free cash flow after debt service in 2018 – on a pro forma basis – and also in 2019, while investing in the development of its US.S. assets, appraising the Zama find in offshore Mexican waters and continue its proactive exploration initiatives both in Mexico and the US.
- The Company predicts:
- 2018 pro forma production sales volumes of 18.0 – 19.5 million barrels of oil equivalent (“MMBoe”), which represents an average daily production of 49 – 53 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (“MBoe/d”)
- 2018 pro forma capital expenditures of $430 million to $450 million that is expected to be funded with cash on hand and cash flow from operations
- Successfully drilled Mt. Providence well in January 2018, which is expected to be completed and brought online by September 2018
- Tornado #3 well is expected to be spud in 4Q 2018 with first oil expected in 2Q 2019
- Pro forma 1Q 2018 EBITDA margin per barrel of oil equivalent (“Boe”) of $31.20/Boe
Many in the independent oil and gas sector have found success with shale production. But while the industry zigged, Talos zagged relying on their technical and operational expertise within the Gulf of Mexico. This gamble has turned out to be a productive one as Talos successfully spudded the Zama-1 well only to find a large subsea formation. Zama-1 is now one of the 20 biggest shallow-water fields discovered internationally over the past twenty years. Oil Fields that rival Zama-1 in size can produce 100,000 barrels daily.
The company not only seeks to improve production performance on all of its projects and improved hydrocarbon recovery methods, but Talos is also dedicated to the environmental health of the basin’s they operate in. Environmental compliance is of the utmost importance to Talos. And it is this holistic approach to the upstream energy sector that is driving the success of the Houston based independent oil and gas company.
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