Sundance Energy Provides December 2018 Operational Update

DENVER, Dec. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sundance Energy Australia Limited (ASX: SEA) (NASDAQ: SNDE) (“Sundance” or the “Company”), a U.S. onshore oil and gas exploration and production company focused in the Eagle Ford in South Texas, today provided an update regarding the Company’s recent development activities and outlook regarding its 2019 development plan.

2019 Development Plan
Sundance is in the process of evaluating its 2019 development plan in light of the uncertain commodity price environment, and will release an update once a final determination has been reached. Despite lower commodity prices, the Company’s 2018 well results demonstrate its high quality Eagle Ford portfolio characterized by strong full-cycle economics with a break-even of approximately $30 per boe, inclusive of recovering acquisition costs, development costs, production costs, and all overhead costs.

The Company intends to flex its plan based on commodity prices to operate within cash flow during 2019 while growing production, EBITDA and net asset value, both on an absolute and per share basis.  Management will proceed with an appropriately flexible capital plan in order to achieve these goals while maintaining liquidity and protecting our balance sheet. The Company has no debt maturities until late 2022, significant liquidity, and a strong hedge book to protect payback on already invested capital.

Sundance brought the Live Oak County 4-well James Keith Esse pad online in November and the 2-well McMullen County Hoskins pad online during the first week of December. Quarter to date, Sundance has brought 8 wells online in total.

Drilling Activities
Sundance is currently drilling the 4-well Roy Esse 15H, 16H, 17H and 18H pad in Live Oak County and the 2-well Red Ranch 18H and 19H pad in Dimmit County. The Red Ranch pad is being drilled with a spot Patterson rig, which will be released upon completion of that pad.

Completions Activities
Sundance is currently completing the 3-well Harlan Bethune 22H, 23H and 24H pad in Live Oak County and anticipates turning the pad to sales in mid-December. This will bring the total number of fourth quarter wells brought online to 11.

Beginning with the recent Hoskins pad, Sundance has transitioned to using Schlumberger for completion services in order to achieve material cost savings including the ability to utilize locally sourced sand.

Recent Initial Well Results

Well NameCountyIP DateCompleted
Lat Length
30-Day IP
30-Day /
1,000′ ft
Idylwood 04HLive Oak16-Oct6,445  1,028  15985%
Idylwood 05HLive Oak16-Oct5,487  1,202  21983%
James Keith Esse 06HLive Oak13-Nov5,175  1,212  23475%
James Keith Esse 07HLive Oak13-Nov5,178  867  16779%
James Keith Esse 08HLive Oak13-Nov5,180  1,095  21173%
James Keith Esse 09HLive Oak13-Nov5,164  1,339  25976%
Hoskins 20HMcMullen2-Dec7,266 – –
Hoskins 21HMcMullen2-Dec7,116 – –

Year to Date Well Results

Well NameCountySpud
Frac Start
30-Day IP (boe/d)60-Day IP (boe/d)90-Day IP (boe/d)
Paloma Ranch 7HMcMullen18-Jan-1817-May-182-Jun-187,690′  1,3451,017  811
Peeler Ranch 8HCAtascosa1-Mar-1828-May-1826-Jun-185,642′  484404  367
Peeler Ranch 9HCAtascosa24-Mar-1828-May-1826-Jun-185,820′  446371  314
Allen MCM 1HAMcMullen21-Apr-186-Jul-1817-Aug-188,015′  1,2911,100  942
Allen MCM 2HAMcMullen13-May-186-Jul-1817-Aug-188,234′  1,132969  843
Harlan Bethune 25HLive Oak7-May-1824-Jul-1815-Aug-184,779′  1,1021,091  974
Harlan Bethune 26HLive Oak11-May-1822-Jul-1815-Aug-184,073′  1,2341,066  920
Harlan Bethune 27HLive Oak13-May-1822-Jul-1815-Aug-183,314′  1,183901  750
Justin Tom 05HAtascosa17-Jun-1812-Aug-183-Sep-186,258′  1,2961,1461,003
Justin Tom 06HAtascosa14-Jun-1812-Aug-183-Sep-186,299′  1,042826834
Harlan Bethune 34HLive Oak25-Jun-183-Aug-1819-Aug-183,528′  1,6911,588  1,344
Harlan Bethune 35HLive Oak22-Jun-183-Aug-1819-Aug-183,702′  1,7381,579  1,321
James Keith Esse 06HLive Oak26-Jul-1812-Oct-1813-Nov-185,175′1,212
James Keith Esse 07HLive Oak22-Jul-1812-Oct-1813-Nov-185,178′867
James Keith Esse 08HLive Oak24-Jul-1812-Oct-1813-Nov-185,180′1,095
James Keith Esse 09HLive Oak20-Jul-1812-Oct-1813-Nov-185,164′1,339
Idylwood 04HLive Oak3-Aug-1828-Sep-1816-Oct-186,445′  1,028
Idylwood 05HLive Oak3-Aug-1828-Sep-1816-Oct-185,487′  1,202
Harlan Bethune 22HLive Oak17-Sep-18
Harlan Bethune 23HLive Oak21-Sep-18
Harlan Bethune 24HLive Oak25-Sep-18
Hoskins 20HMcMullen25-Sep-189-Nov-182-Dec-187,266′
Hoskins 21HMcMullen27-Sep-189-Nov-182-Dec-187,116′
Roy Esse 15HLive Oak30-Nov-18
Roy Esse 16HLive Oak28-Nov-18
Roy Esse 17HLive Oak26-Nov-18
Roy Esse 18HLive Oak24-Nov-18
Red Ranch 18HDimmit20-Nov-18
Red Ranch 19HDimmit19-Nov-18

For more information, please contact:

United States:
John Roberts
VP Finance & Investor Relations
Tel: +1 (720) 638-2400
Eric McCrady
CEO and Managing Director
Tel: +1 (303) 543-5703

Mike Hannell
Tel: +61 8 8363 0388

About Sundance Energy Australia Limited

Sundance Energy Australia Limited (“Sundance” or the “Company”) is an Australian-based, independent energy exploration company, with a wholly owned US subsidiary, Sundance Energy Inc., located in Denver, Colorado, USA. The Company is focused on the acquisition and development of large, repeatable oil and natural gas resource plays in North America. Current activities are focused in the Eagle Ford.  A comprehensive overview of the Company can be found on Sundance’s website at

Summary Information

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements. These statements relate to the Company’s expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. These statements can be identified by the use of words like “anticipate”, “believe”, “intend”, “estimate”, “expect”, “may”, “plan”, “project”, “will”, “should”, “seek” and similar words or expressions containing same.

These forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s views and assumptions with respect to future events as of the date of this release and are subject to a variety of unpredictable risks, uncertainties, and other unknowns. Actual and future results and trends could differ materially from those set forth in such statements due to various factors, many of which are beyond our ability to control or predict. These include, but are not limited to, risks or uncertainties associated with the discovery and development of oil and natural gas reserves, cash flows and liquidity, business and financial strategy, budget, projections and operating results, oil and natural gas prices, amount, nature and timing of capital expenditures, including future development costs, availability and terms of capital and general economic and business conditions. Given these uncertainties, no one should place undue reliance on any forward looking statements attributable to Sundance, or any of its affiliates or persons acting on its behalf.  Although every effort has been made to ensure this release sets forth a fair and accurate view, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.