GeoPark Announces 2nd Quarter 2021 Operational Update

Source: 7/22/2021, Location: South America

GeoPark Limited, a leading independent Latin American oil and gas explorer, operator and consolidator with operations and growth platforms in Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina, announced its operational update for the three-month period ended June 30, 2021 (“2Q2021”).


- Oil and Gas Production and Operations
- Consolidated oil and gas production of 36,489 boepd, impacted by managed curtailments due to extensive protests and demonstrations that affected overall logistics throughout Colombia[1]
- Production restored by the end of 2Q2021, with GeoPark currently producing 38,000-39,000 boepd
- Drilling and field operations normalized by the end of 2Q2021 and currently fully active with three operated drilling rigs and three workover rigs in Colombia

Ongoing Operations and Revised 2021 Guidance
- Full-year 2021 average production has been revised to 38,000-40,000 boepd with a work program of $125-140 million and operating netbacks of $340-390 million (assuming Brent at $60-65 per bbl)[2]
- 2H2021 production is expected to average 39,000-42,000 boepd (excluding the potential production from the 2H2021 exploration drilling program)
- 2H2021 drilling program includes exploration prospects in the CPO-5 (GeoPark non-operated, 30% WI) and Llanos 94 (GeoPark non-operated, 50% WI) blocks
- Flexible work program, quickly adaptable to any oil price scenario

Debt Reduction and Cost Savings
- Strategic first phase deleveraging process executed in April 2021, resulting in significant debt reduction with extended maturities and lower cost of debt
- $85 million of cash & cash equivalents as of June 30, 2021[3]
- Long-term financial debt maturity profile with no principal payments until September 2024

ESG+ Actions
- National electric grid connection and PV solar projects currently underway to continue improving industry-leading cost and carbon footprint performance in the Llanos 34 block (GeoPark operated, 45% WI)
- Currently developing strategic medium and long-term greenhouse gas reduction policy
- GeoPark’s annual sustainability report (SPEED/ESG 2020 report) to be published in August 2021

Corporate Governance Strengthening
- Shareholders reelected all GeoPark directors at the AGM[4] held on July 15, 2021, with every director receiving at least 70% of the shares voted
- Newly appointed Independent Chair of the Board, Ms. Sylvia Escovar
- GeoPark’s Board composed of a majority of independent directors and key committees consist solely of independent directors (Nomination and Corporate Governance, Audit, and Compensation committees)

Returning Cash and Value to Shareholders
- Quarterly Dividend of $0.0205 per share ($1.25 million), paid on April 13, 2021
- Quarterly Dividend of $0.0205 per share ($1.25 million), paid on May 28, 2021
- Resumed discretionary share buyback program, having acquired 241,927 shares for $2.9 million since November 6, 2020, while executing self-funded and flexible work programs, and paying down debt

Ongoing Portfolio Restructuring
- Peru: Executed agreement to transfer the Morona block contract and operatorship to Petroperu
- Brazil: Manati gas field divestment process expected to close by the end of 2021
- Brazil: REC-T-128 block farm-out closed during May 2021
- Argentina: initiated a process during May 2021 to evaluate farm-out/divestment opportunities
- Asset management restructuring initiative providing G&A, OPEX and other cost improvements

As announced on May 17, June 1 and July 1, extensive protests and demonstrations across Colombia affected overall logistics and supply chains, restricting GeoPark’s crude oil transportation, drilling and the mobilization of personnel, equipment, and supplies. These events caused the Company and its joint venture partners to manage production curtailments and to temporarily suspend or delay drilling and maintenance activities.

Operations normalized by the end of 2Q2021 and GeoPark is currently producing 38,000-39,000 boepd, with 2H2021 production expected to average 39,000-42,000 boepd.

Revised 2021 production guidance of 38,000-40,000 average boepd (from previous 41,000-43,000 boepd) results from production curtailments during 2Q2021 related to extensive protests in Colombia (which account for approximately 800-1,000 boepd of the revised estimate), delays in the execution of certain maintenance and capital expenditure projects (mainly in the Platanillo and CPO-5 blocks) and to a lesser extent, due to a combination of field and well performance, including higher downtime due to floods temporarily affecting surface facilities and electrical system failures in the Llanos 34 block.

Delayed maintenance and drilling activities in the Platanillo block were mainly caused by the blockades in Colombia. In the CPO-5 block, the operator has delayed the spud of the Indico 4 development well to 4Q2021 (originally scheduled for June 2021), targeting drilling of 2-3 wells during 2021 (from previous 5-6 wells, with the remaining 2-3 wells expected to be spudded in 1Q2022).

Capital expenditures have been revised down to $125-140 million (from $130-150 million), which will compensate a significant portion of the lower operating netbacks that results from lower production and thus reducing its impact on free cash flow.

Oil and Gas Production Update

Oil and gas production in 2Q2021 decreased by 1% to 36,489 boepd from 36,912 boepd in 2Q2020, mainly resulting from lower oil and gas production in Colombia and Chile, partially offset by increased production in Brazil and Argentina. Oil represented 85% and 88% of total reported production in 2Q2021 and 2Q2020, respectively.

Average net oil and gas production in Colombia decreased by 5% to 29,571 boepd in 2Q2021 compared to 31,072 boepd in 2Q2020.

GeoPark’s 2Q2021 production in Colombia was affected by extensive protests and demonstrations that affected overall logistics, restricting the Company’s crude oil transportation, drilling and the mobilization of personnel, equipment, and supplies, causing the Company to manage production curtailments that started in early May and normalized towards the end of June. Oil and gas production in main blocks in Colombia was as follows:
• Llanos 34 block net average production was 24,515 bopd in 2Q2021 and current production is approximately 25,000 bopd (or 56,000 bopd gross)
• CPO-5 block net average production was 3,445 bopd (or 11,483 bopd gross) in 2Q2021 and current production is approximately 3,900 bopd (or 13,000 bopd gross)
• Platanillo block average production was 1,110 bopd in 2Q2021 and current production is approximately 2,000 bopd

Latest developments in the Llanos 34 block:
• Three active drilling rigs expecting to spud 14-16 gross wells during 2H2021 (mainly targeting development projects in Tigana, Jacana and Tigui oil fields)
• Environmental impact studies and other preliminary works underway to connect the block to the national power grid, expected to be operational by the end of 2022
• Initiated engineering works for the PV solar project, expected to be operational by June 2022
• Grid connection and PV solar projects are key drivers to continue improving the Llanos 34 block’s industryleading cost and carbon footprint performance

Latest developments in the CPO-5 block:
• Completed 250 sq km of 3D seismic acquisition in 2Q2021, expected to add additional leads and prospects in the central area of the block Other activities in operated and non-operated blocks:
• Llanos 94 block (GeoPark non-operated, 50% WI): pre-drilling activities underway in the Humea exploration prospect, spudding expected in 3Q2021
• PUT-8 block (GeoPark operated, 50% WI): Completed 112 sq km of 3D seismic acquisition in 2Q2021. PUT-8 is adjacent to the Platanillo block in the Putumayo basin

Average net production in Chile decreased by 17% to 2,584 boepd in 2Q2021 compared to 3,101 boepd in 2Q2020, resulting from lower gas production in the Jauke and Jauke Oeste gas fields. Maintenance and well intervention activities were carried out in Jauke Oeste, affecting gas production in 2Q2021. The production mix during 2Q2021 was 89% gas and 11% light oil (compared to 92% gas and 8% light oil in 2Q2020).

Average net production in Brazil increased by 206% to 2,080 boepd in 2Q2021 compared to 679 boepd in 2Q2020 due to higher gas demand in northern Brazil. The production mix during 2Q2021 was 99% natural gas and 1% oil and condensate (compared to 88% natural gas and 12% oil and condensate in 2Q2020).

Average net production in Argentina increased by 9% to 2,254 boepd in 2Q2021 compared to 2,060 boepd in 2Q2020. The production mix during 2Q2021 was 58% oil and 42% natural gas (compared to 61% oil and 39% natural gas in 2Q2020).

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