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 SM Energy Reports 2016 Results And 2017 Operating Plan: Driving Growth From Top Tier Assets
   Wednesday, February 22, 2017 8:21:00 PM ET

SM Energy Company ("SM Energy" or the "Company") (SM ) announces today fourth quarter and full year 2016 financial and operating results, year-end 2016 reserves and the Company’s 2017 operating plan. Highlights include:

-- transformative second half of 2016; more than $6 billion in completed or announced transactions that reposition the Company to have a top tier asset base in both the Midland Basin and Eagle Ford

-- positioned in 2017 with significant liquidity; enter 2017 with revolving line of credit undrawn plus expected proceeds from announced divestitures

-- 2017 operating plan that targets near 150% growth in Midland Basin production and near 50% improvement in the Company’s operating margin per Boe, for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the fourth quarter of 2016

-- three-year operating and financial plan that is expected to generate more than 15% production CAGR from retained assets for 2016-2019, while aligning expected capital expenditures and cash flow from operations beginning in 2019

-- outstanding initial performance from wells on acquired Midland Basin assets, with new wells to date exceeding the Company’s acquisition assumptions by more than 30%

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President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Ottoson comments: "It is an understatement that 2016 was an exciting and transformational year for our Company, accomplished in a challenging macro-economic environment. We commence 2017 with a plan focused entirely on development of top tier oil, natural gas and NGL assets. During 2016, we acquired substantial assets in the Midland Basin, where we believe we have the ability to create value through optimized drilling and completions and to drive margin expansion that we expect will deliver growing cash flows per debt-adjusted share in the coming years.

"Our Midland Basin assets are already demonstrating value creation through the outstanding performance of our recently completed wells. Our current 2017 operating plan focuses on completion optimization, testing to prepare for increased density drilling, and further delineation of our acreage position. This plan, combined with increasing our activity in 2018 and beyond, is expected to be the primary driver of accelerating value creation.

"During 2017, we anticipate completing the process of coring up our asset portfolio, which will result in short term contraction of our production profile in favor of long term, higher margin production growth. We expect that proceeds from planned assets sales will help fund our accelerated drilling program and allow us to maintain high levels of liquidity while reducing debt. We have a clear strategy and visible path to our objective of being a highly focused premier operator of top tier assets."

2017 OPERATING PLAN AND GUIDANCE

The Company’s strategy in 2017 is to drive growth in production from its highest margin assets and to deliver increasing cash flow, while reducing its outstanding debt. Key assumptions in the Company’s 2017 operating plan include:

-- Total capital spend* (costs incurred less ARO, capitalized interest and acquisitions) of approximately $875 million. Total capital spend assumptions include modest increases for higher vendor costs (under a largely flat oil price scenario), specifically for pressure pumping.

-- Permian - Drill approximately 100 wells and complete approximately 80 wells (gross, operated)

-- Eagle Ford - Drill approximately 25 wells and complete approximately 35 wells (gross, operated)

-- Williston - No capital allocation

-- Facilities - Approximately $50-$55 million is included for facilities build-out

-- Actual asset divestiture timing: Third-party operated Eagle Ford asset sale assumed to close at the end of February 2017 and the Divide County, North Dakota asset sale assumed to close at the end of the second quarter of 2017.

-- Actual average commodity price projections:

-- 2017 WTI oil $55.00, Henry Hub natural gas $3.30, NGLs $27.50

-- Actual hedges: Based on the production guidance mid-point, the Company has hedges in place for approximately 65% of oil production, 85% of natural gas production and 75% of NGL production (hedges are ethane, propane, butanes and gasoline)

*Total capital spend is a non-GAAP measure. The Company is unable to present quantitative reconciliation of this forward-looking non-GAAP financial measure to costs incurred in oil and gas producing activities without unreasonable effort, because acquisition costs are inherently unpredictable. Acquisition costs could be significant in future periods and would depend on a wide variety of factors outside the Company’s control. Accordingly, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this number.

2017 guidance:

-- Total capital spend: $875 million.

-- Production: 40-43 MMBoe, with oil approximately 29% of quarterly commodity mix through the year as new production begins to offset asset sales. Due to the timing of asset sales and development activity, total Company production will decline through the third quarter of 2017.

-- LOE: ~$4.00 per Boe, with 1H17 exceeding the average and 2H17 below the average as high cost asset sales are completed. Includes ad valorem taxes.

-- Transportation: $5.50-$5.75 per Boe, with higher costs in the first quarter of 2017 as high cost asset sales are completed.

-- Production taxes: ~$1.25 per Boe or 4.0-4.5%.

-- G&A: $120-130 million, including approximately $18-23 million of non-cash compensation.

-- Capitalized overhead/Exploration: $65-70 million, before dry hole expense, all of which is included in capital expenditure guidance.

-- DD&A: $13.00-15.00 per Boe.

First quarter of 2017 guidance:

-- Production of approximately 11.0-11.4 MMBoe. Lower sequential production from the fourth quarter of 2016 is primarily the result of: assets sold that contributed to fourth quarter production, including Raven/Bear Den on December 1, 2016; the expected sale of the third-party operated Eagle Ford assets at the end of February 2017; normal declines in the Eagle Ford and Divide County, which will not be offset by new wells due to minimal operated and third-party operated completion activity; all of which will be partially offset by increased production from the Midland Basin.

-- Completion of approximately 17 wells during the quarter. The total number of completions each quarter is affected by pad drilling.

-- Total capital spend of approximately $200 million, plus $60 million for the acquisition of additional Permian Basin acreage announced in the fourth quarter of 2016 and closed in January 2017.

2016 IN REVIEW

FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR RESULTS

As previously announced, fourth quarter and full year 2016 production were:

PRODUCTION - MMBoe
                  Fourth Quarter 2016 Full Year 2016
Oil (MMBbls)      4.0                 16.6
Natural gas (Bcf) 35.2                146.9
NGLs (MMBbls)     3.5                 14.2
Total MMBoe       13.4                55.3
- Production includes production from assets sold (through the closing date) or pending sale

By region:

REGIONAL PRODUCTION - MMBoe
                                  Fourth Quarter 2016 Full Year 2016
Eagle Ford (operated)             7.6                 31.5
Eagle Ford (third-party operated) 2.2                 9.7
Permian Basin                     1.4                 3.8
Rocky Mountain                    2.2                 10.3
Total MMBoe                       13.4                55.3
- Permian Basin full year includes  275 MBoe outside the Midland Basin sold in the third quarter of 2016
- Eagle Ford (operated) includes nominal other production from the region

Fourth quarter production of 13.4 MMBoe was down sequentially from the third quarter of 2016, primarily due to transaction timing, including various non-core asset sales completed late in the third quarter of 2016 and the closing of the Raven/Bear Den asset sale on December 1, 2016, which were partly offset by a partial quarter of production from acquired assets. Production from retained assets included increased production from Midland Basin assets offset by slowed activity in the Eagle Ford at both operated and third-party operated assets. Fourth quarter of 2016 production was down from 14.9 MMBoe in the fourth quarter of 2015, primarily due to reduced activity in the Eagle Ford and asset sales, partially offset by a 160% increase in Permian Basin production. Full year 2016 production totaled 55.3 MMBoe, down from 64.2 MMboe in 2015. Production from retained assets (Midland Basin, Operated Eagle Ford and retained Powder River Basin) was 36.0 MMBoe in 2016.

Operating costs for the fourth quarter and full year were:

CASH PRODUCTION COSTS $ PER BOE
                                Fourth Quarter 2016 Full Year 2016
Total LOE, incl. ad valorem tax 3.84                3.72
Transportation                  6.39                6.16
Production tax                  1.11                0.94
Total $ Per Boe                 11.34               10.82

Cash production costs totaled $11.34 per Boe in the fourth quarter, up sequentially from the third quarter at $10.78 per Boe, primarily due to higher LOE expense in the Permian Basin due to one-time costs associated with integrating the Rock Oil operations to SM Energy’s systems and standards, as well as significantly increased charges from the third-party operator in the Eagle Ford for both LOE and transportation. Cash production costs declined slightly from $11.36 per Boe in the prior year period. Full year 2016 cash production costs averaged $10.82 per Boe compared with $11.27 per Boe in 2015.

Fourth quarter of 2016 general and administrative expense was $33.3 million and included $5.0 million in non-cash stock-based compensation and $2.2 million in one-time charges associated with office closure and re-organization. Full year 2016 general and administrative expense was $126.4 million and included $20.5 million in non-cash stock-based compensation and $5.1 million in one-time charges associated with office closures and re-organization. General and administrative expenses declined in 2016 compared with 2015, primarily due to consolidation of regional offices and reduced headcount.

The Company’s GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $200.9 million or $2.20 per diluted common share compared with the fourth quarter of 2015 net loss of $340.3 million, or $5.01 per diluted common share. The year-over-year lower fourth quarter net loss is primarily due to lower impairment and abandonment charges taken in the 2016 period at $151.2 million versus $448.2 million in the 2015 period. In addition, the cash production margin increased 67% in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with the fourth quarter of 2015 due to higher commodity prices and lower costs. Full year 2016 net loss was $757.7 million, or $9.90 per diluted common share, compared with $447.7 million, or $6.61 per diluted common share in 2015.

As discussed below, adjusted EBITDAX, adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted net income (loss) per diluted common share are non-GAAP measures. Please reference the reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures at the end of this release.

The Company’s adjusted EBITDAX for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $186.2 million, compared with $216.3 million in the prior year period. The 2015 period benefited from significantly higher realized gains from hedging activity, $124.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 versus $23.2 million in fourth quarter of 2016, which more than offset the higher production revenue and production margins realized in 2016. For the full year 2016, adjusted EBITDAX was $790.8 million compared with $1,124.8 million in 2015. Higher 2015 adjusted EBITDAX was predominantly driven by 14% higher full year production, a higher pre-hedge margin per Boe and $512.6 million in realized hedge gains (versus $329.5 million in 2016).

The Company’s adjusted net loss for the fourth quarter was $28.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted common share, compared with $61.1 million, or $0.90 per diluted common share, in the fourth quarter of 2015. The 2016 period benefited from a 20% decline in DD&A per Boe. Full year 2016 adjusted net loss was $142.4 million, or $1.86 per diluted common share, compared with $35.9 million, or $0.53 per diluted common share, in 2015.

CAPITAL SPEND

Costs incurred for 2016 were $3,374 million, which included $2,660 million of proved and unproved property acquisitions. Full year 2016 total capital spend (see below for GAAP reconciliation) was $687 million and was allocated 32% to the Permian Basin, 37% to the Eagle Ford, 31% to the Bakken/Three Forks and Powder River Basin. Total capital spend included $590 million for development, $8 million for leasehold, $23 million for infrastructure and $66 million for corporate and exploration costs. Total capital spend was less than guidance primarily as a result of cost savings and operating efficiencies. During 2016, the Company drilled 70 net wells and completed 137 net wells (including third-party operated wells), and acquired assets in the Midland Basin for a total of $2.6 billion.

YEAR-END 2016 PROVED RESERVES

Year-end 2016 proved reserves of 396 MMBoe are calculated in accordance with SEC pricing at $42.75 per barrel of oil NYMEX, $2.47 per MMBtu of natural gas at Henry Hub and $19.50 per barrel of NGLs at Mt. Belvieu. Year-end proved reserves were 27% oil, 27% NGLs and 46% natural gas. 53% were proved developed.

Year-end 2016 proved reserves declined 16%, reflecting a significant reduction in drilling and completion activity compared to the prior year, sales of producing assets and a change in the Company’s long-term plan to focus development activity in the Midland Basin (resulting in 5-year rule revisions). Adjusting for divestitures, price revisions and 5-year rule revisions, proved reserves would have increased 11%. During the year, the Company shifted investment to the Midland Basin where proved reserves increased more than 250%. The Company expects its 2017 capital program will focus on development of this area to drive continued, substantial growth in reserves and production.

The table below provides a reconciliation of changes in the Company’s proved reserves from year-end 2015 to year-end 2016 (numbers are rounded):

Proved reserves year-end 2015                     471  MMBoe
Production                                        (55)
Divestitures                                      (48)
Reserve additions through drilling                108
Reserve additions through acquisition             16
Reserve revisions primarily price and 5-year rule (96)
Proved reserves year-end 2016                     396  MMBoe

UPCOMING EVENTS

EARNINGS WEBCAST AND CALL

As previously announced, SM Energy will host a webcast and conference call to discuss the 2016 results and the 2017 operating plan at 8:00 a.m. Mountain time/10:00 a.m. Eastern time tomorrow, February 23, 2017. Please join us via webcast at www.SM-Energy.com or by telephone 877-303-1292 (toll free) or 315-625-3086 (international) with passcode 57100689. The webcast and call will also be available for replay. The dial-in replay number is 855-859-2056 (toll free) or 404-537-3406 (international) with passcode 57100689 and is available through March 2, 2017.

A presentation will be posted to the Company’s website to accompany this call at www.SM-Energy.com

UPCOMING CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

-- March 7, 2017 - Raymond James 38th Annual Institutional Investors Conference. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Wade Pursell will present at 1:40 p.m. Eastern time. This event will be webcast. The presentation for this event will be posted March 6, 2017.

-- March 27, 2017 - Scotia Howard Weil Energy Conference. President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Ottoson will present at 2:20 p.m. Central time. This event is not webcast. The presentation for this event will be posted March 26, 2017.

Investor presentations for these events will be posted to the Company’s website at www.SM-Energy.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities laws. These statements involve known and unknown risks, which may cause SM Energy’s actual results to differ materially from results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this release include, among other things, guidance estimates for the first quarter and full year 2017, timing of pending and expected asset sales and expected results from a three-year operating and financial plan and future cash flows per share. General risk factors include the availability, proximity and capacity of gathering, processing and transportation facilities; the volatility and level of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids prices, including any impact on the Company’s asset carrying values or reserves arising from price declines; uncertainties inherent in projecting future rates of production or other results from drilling and completion activities; the imprecise nature of estimating oil and gas reserves; uncertainties inherent in projecting future drilling and completion activities, costs or results; the uncertainty of negotiations to result in an agreement or a completed transaction; the uncertain nature of divestiture, joint venture, farm down or similar efforts and the ability to complete any such transactions; the uncertain nature of expected benefits from the actual or expected divestiture, joint venture, farm down or similar efforts; the availability of additional economically attractive exploration, development, and acquisition opportunities for future growth and any necessary financings; unexpected drilling conditions and results; unsuccessful exploration and development drilling results; the availability of drilling, completion, and operating equipment and services; the risks associated with the Company’s commodity price risk management strategy; uncertainty regarding the ultimate impact of potentially dilutive securities; and other such matters discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of SM Energy’s 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K, as such risk factors may be updated from time to time in the Company’s other periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak as of the date of this announcement. Although SM Energy may from time to time voluntarily update its prior forward-looking statements, it disclaims any commitment to do so except as required by securities laws.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

SM Energy Company is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in onshore North America. SM Energy routinely posts important information about the Company on its website. For more information about SM Energy, please visit its website at www.SM-Energy.com.

SM ENERGY CONTACTS

INVESTORS: Jennifer Martin Samuels, jsamuels@sm-energy.com, 303-864-2507

SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
December 31, 2016
                                                                                           For the Three Months Ended      For the Twelve Months
                                                                                           December 31,                    Ended December 31,
Production Data:                                                                           2016       2015       Percent   2016       2015       Percent
                                                                                                                 Change                          Change
Average realized sales price, before the effects of derivative settlements:
Oil (per Bbl)                                                                              $  43.58   $  34.93   25   %    $  36.85   $  41.49   (11) %
Gas (per Mcf)                                                                              $  2.86    $  2.19    31   %    $  2.30    $  2.57    (11) %
NGL (per Bbl)                                                                              $  20.02   $  14.99   34   %    $  16.16   $  15.92   2    %
Equivalent (per BOE)                                                                       $  25.86   $  20.03   29   %    $  21.32   $  23.36   (9)  %
Average realized sales price, including the effects of derivative settlements:
Oil (per Bbl)                                                                              $  48.96   $  55.81   (12) %    $  51.48   $  60.34   (15) %
Gas (per Mcf)                                                                              $  3.21    $  2.96    8    %    $  2.94    $  3.28    (10) %
NGL (per Bbl)                                                                              $  16.92   $  15.60   8    %    $  15.56   $  17.61   (12) %
Equivalent (BOE)                                                                           $  27.59   $  28.40   (3)%      $  27.28   $  31.34   (13) %
Production:
Oil (MMBbls)                                                                               4.0        4.4        (8)  %    16.6       19.2       (14) %
Gas (Bcf)                                                                                  35.2       40.2       (12) %    146.9      173.6      (15) %
NGL (MMBbls)                                                                               3.5        3.8        (9)  %    14.2       16.1       (12) %
MMBOE (6:1)                                                                                13.4       14.9       (10) %    55.3       64.2       (14) %
Average daily production:
Oil (MBbls/d)                                                                              43.9       47.7       (8)  %    45.4       52.7       (14) %
Gas (MMcf/d)                                                                               382.7      436.6      (12) %    401.5      475.7      (16) %
NGL (MBbls/d)                                                                              37.9       41.6       (9)  %    38.8       44.0       (12) %
MBOE/d (6:1)                                                                               145.6      162.1      (10) %    151.0      175.9      (14) %
Per BOE Data:
Realized price before the effects of derivative settlements                                $  25.86   $  20.03   29   %    $  21.32   $  23.36   (9)  %
Lease operating expense                                                                    3.67       3.85       (5)  %    3.51       3.73       (6)  %
Transportation costs                                                                       6.39       6.10       5    %    6.16       6.02       2    %
Production taxes                                                                           1.11       1.03       8    %    0.94       1.13       (17) %
Ad valorem tax expense                                                                     0.17       0.38       (55) %    0.21       0.39       (46) %
General and administrative                                                                 2.49       2.26       10   %    2.29       2.46       (7)  %
Operating profit, before the effects of derivative settlements                             $  12.03   $  6.41    88   %    $  8.21    $  9.63    (15) %
Derivative settlement gain                                                                 1.73       8.37       (79) %    5.96       7.98       (25) %
Operating profit, including the effects of derivative settlements                          $  13.76   $  14.78   (7)  %    $  14.17   $  17.61   (20) %
Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and asset retirement obligation liability accretion $  12.81   $  16.10   (20) %    $  14.30   $  14.34   --   %
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
December 31, 2016
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share amounts)                                                                                                    December 31,      December 31,
ASSETS                                                                                                                                  2016              2015
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                               $     9,372       $     18
Accounts receivable                                                                                                                     151,950           134,124
Derivative asset                                                                                                                        54,521            367,710
Prepaid expenses and other                                                                                                              8,799             17,137
Total current assets                                                                                                                    224,642           518,989
Property and equipment (successful efforts method):
Proved oil and gas properties                                                                                                           5,700,418         7,606,405
Less - accumulated depletion, depreciation, and amortization                                                                            (2,836,532)       (3,481,836)
Unproved oil and gas properties                                                                                                         2,471,947         284,538
Wells in progress                                                                                                                       235,147           387,432
Oil and gas properties held for sale, net                                                                                               372,621           641
Other property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $42,882 and $32,956, respectively                                      137,753           153,100
Total property and equipment, net                                                                                                       6,081,354         4,950,280
Noncurrent assets:
Derivative asset                                                                                                                        67,575            120,701
Other noncurrent assets                                                                                                                 19,940            31,673
Total other noncurrent assets                                                                                                           87,515            152,374
Total Assets                                                                                                                            $     6,393,511   $     5,621,643
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses                                                                                                   $     299,708     $     302,517
Derivative liability                                                                                                                    115,464           8
Total current liabilities                                                                                                               415,172           302,525
Noncurrent liabilities:
Revolving credit facility                                                                                                               --                202,000
Senior Notes, net of unamortized deferred financing costs                                                                               2,766,719         2,315,970
Senior Convertible Notes, net of unamortized discount and deferred financing costs                                                      130,856           --
Asset retirement obligation                                                                                                             96,134            137,284
Asset retirement obligation associated with oil and gas properties held for sale                                                        26,241            241
Deferred income taxes                                                                                                                   315,672           758,279
Derivative liability                                                                                                                    98,340            --
Other noncurrent liabilities                                                                                                            47,244            52,943
Total noncurrent liabilities                                                                                                            3,481,206         3,466,717
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock, $0.01 par value - authorized: 200,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding: 111,257,500 and 68,075,700 shares, respectively 1,113             681
Additional paid-in capital                                                                                                              1,716,556         305,607
Retained earnings                                                                                                                       794,020           1,559,515
Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                                                                                    (14,556)          (13,402)
Total stockholders’ equity                                                                                                              2,497,133         1,852,401
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity                                                                                              $     6,393,511   $     5,621,643
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
December 31, 2016
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share amounts)                                                       For the Three Months              For the Twelve Months
                                                                                           Ended December 31,                Ended December 31,
                                                                                           2016             2015             2016              2015
Operating revenues and other income:
Oil, gas, and NGL production revenue                                                       $    346,296     $    298,719     $     1,178,426   $    1,499,905
Net gain on divestiture activity                                                           33,661           4,534            37,074            43,031
Marketed gas system revenue                                                                --               4                --                9,485
Other operating revenues                                                                   (57)             477              1,950             4,544
Total operating revenues and other income                                                  379,900          303,734          1,217,450         1,556,965
Operating expenses:
Oil, gas, and NGL production expense                                                       151,907          169,229          597,565           723,633
Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and asset retirement obligation liability accretion 171,552          240,025          790,745           921,009
Exploration(1)                                                                             23,699           37,942           65,641            120,569
Impairment of proved properties                                                            76,780           344,249          354,614           468,679
Abandonment and impairment of unproved properties                                          74,450           54,597           80,367            78,643
Impairment of other property and equipment                                                 --               49,369           --                49,369
General and administrative (including stock-based compensation)(1)                         33,311           33,642           126,428           157,668
Change in Net Profits Plan liability                                                       (751)            (6,351)          (7,200)           (19,525)
Net derivative (gain) loss(2)                                                              129,547          (123,340)        250,633           (408,831)
Marketed gas system expense                                                                --               (7)              --                13,922
Other operating expenses                                                                   3,792            9,952            17,972            30,612
Total operating expenses                                                                   664,287          809,307          2,276,765         2,135,748
Loss from operations                                                                       (284,387)        (505,573)        (1,059,315)       (578,783)
Non-operating income (expense):
Interest expense                                                                           (46,356)         (31,566)         (158,685)         (128,149)
Gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt                                                      --               --               15,722            (16,578)
Other, net                                                                                 130              26               362               649
Loss before income taxes                                                                   (330,613)        (537,113)        (1,201,916)       (722,861)
Income tax benefit                                                                         129,667          196,855          444,172           275,151
Net loss                                                                                   $    (200,946)   $    (340,258)   $     (757,744)   $    (447,710)
Basic weighted-average common shares outstanding                                           91,440           67,976           76,568            67,723
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding                                         91,440           67,976           76,568            67,723
Basic net loss per common share                                                            $    (2.20)      $    (5.01)      $     (9.90)      $    (6.61)
Diluted net loss per common share                                                          $    (2.20)      $    (5.01)      $     (9.90)      $    (6.61)
(1) Non-cash stock-based compensation component included in:
Exploration expense                                                                        $    1,410       $    2,082       $     6,447       $    7,411
General and administrative expense                                                         $    5,002       $    4,893       $     20,450      $    20,056
(2) The net derivative (gain) loss line item consists of the following:
Settlement gain                                                                            $    (23,244)    $    (124,847)   $     (329,478)   $    (512,566)
Loss on fair value changes                                                                 152,791          1,507            580,111           103,735
Net derivative (gain) loss                                                                 $    129,547     $    (123,340)   $     250,633     $    (408,831)
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
December 31, 2016
Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity                                                                                             Additional                                              Accumulated     Total
                                                                                                                                            Paid-in                                                 Other           Stockholders’
                                                                                                                                            Capital                                                 Comprehensive   Equity
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Loss
(in thousands, except share amounts)
                                                                                                              Common Stock                                   Treasury Stock        Retained
                                                                                                                                                                                   Earnings
                                                                                                              Shares        Amount                           Shares     Amount
Balances, January 1, 2014                                                                                     67,078,853    $      671      $    257,720     (22,412)   $  (823)   $    1,354,669   $    (5,416)    $    1,606,821
Net income                                                                                                    --            --              --               --         --         666,051          --              666,051
Other comprehensive loss                                                                                      --            --              --               --         --         --               (5,896)         (5,896)
Cash dividends, $ 0.10 per share                                                                              --            --              --               --         --         (6,723)          --              (6,723)
Issuance of common stock under Employee Stock Purchase Plan                                                   83,136        1               4,060            --         --         --               --              4,061
Issuance of common stock upon vesting of RSUs and settlement of PSUs, net of shares used for tax withholdings 256,718       3               (10,627)         --         --         --               --              (10,624)
Issuance of common stock upon stock option exercises                                                          39,088        --              816              --         --         --               --              816
Stock-based compensation expense                                                                              5,265         --              31,871           22,412     823        --               --              32,694
Other income tax expense                                                                                      --            --              (545)            --         --         --               --              (545)
Balances, December 31, 2014                                                                                   67,463,060    $      675      $    283,295     --         $  --      $    2,013,997   $    (11,312)   $    2,286,655
Net loss                                                                                                      --            --              --               --         --         (447,710)        --              (447,710)
Other comprehensive loss                                                                                      --            --              --               --         --         --               (2,090)         (2,090)
Cash dividends, $ 0.10 per share                                                                              --            --              --               --         --         (6,772)          --              (6,772)
Issuance of common stock under Employee Stock Purchase Plan                                                   197,214       2               4,842            --         --         --               --              4,844
Issuance of common stock upon vesting of RSUs and settlement of PSUs, net of shares used for tax withholdings 375,523       4               (8,682)          --         --         --               --              (8,678)
Stock-based compensation expense                                                                              39,903        --              27,467           --         --         --               --              27,467
Other income tax expense                                                                                      --            --              (1,315)          --         --         --               --              (1,315)
Balances, December 31, 2015                                                                                   68,075,700    $      681      $    305,607     --         $  --      $    1,559,515   $    (13,402)   $    1,852,401
Net loss                                                                                                      --            --              --               --         --         (757,744)        --              (757,744)
Other comprehensive loss                                                                                      --            --              --               --         --         --               (1,154)         (1,154)
Cash dividends, $ 0.10 per share                                                                              --            --              --               --         --         (7,751)          --              (7,751)
Issuance of common stock under Employee Stock Purchase Plan                                                   218,135       2               4,196            --         --         --               --              4,198
Issuance of common stock upon vesting of RSUs and settlement of PSUs, net of shares used for tax withholdings 199,243       2               (2,356)          --         --         --               --              (2,354)
Stock-based compensation expense                                                                              53,473        1               26,896           --         --         --               --              26,897
Issuance of common stock from stock offerings, net of tax                                                     42,710,949    427             1,382,666        --         --         --               --              1,383,093
Equity component of 1.50% Senior Convertible Notes due 2021 issuance, net of tax                              --            --              33,575           --         --         --               --              33,575
Purchase of capped call transactions                                                                          --            --              (24,195)         --         --         --               --              (24,195)
Other income tax expense                                                                                      --            --              (9,833)          --         --         --               --              (9,833)
Balances, December 31, 2016                                                                                   111,257,500   $      1,113    $    1,716,556   --         $  --      $    794,020     $    (14,556)   $    2,497,133
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
December 31, 2016
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)                                                                             For the Three Months                 For the Twelve Months
                                                                                           Ended December 31,                   Ended December 31,
                                                                                           2016                2015             2016              2015
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss                                                                                   $       (200,946)   $    (340,258)   $     (757,744)   $     (447,710)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:
Net gain on divestiture activity                                                           (33,661)            (4,534)          (37,074)          (43,031)
Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and asset retirement obligation liability accretion 171,552             240,025          790,745           921,009
Exploratory dry hole expense                                                               --                  13,752           (16)              36,612
Impairment of proved properties                                                            76,780              344,249          354,614           468,679
Abandonment and impairment of unproved properties                                          74,450              54,597           80,367            78,643
Impairment of other property and equipment                                                 --                  49,369           --                49,369
Stock-based compensation expense                                                           6,412               6,975            26,897            27,467
Change in Net Profits Plan liability                                                       (751)               (6,351)          (7,200)           (19,525)
Net derivative (gain) loss                                                                 129,547             (123,340)        250,633           (408,831)
Derivative settlement gain                                                                 23,244              124,847          329,478           (512,566)
Amortization of discount and deferred financing costs                                      4,251               1,907            9,938             7,710
Non-cash (gain) loss on extinguishment of debt                                             --                  --               (15,722)          4,123
Deferred income taxes                                                                      (133,873)           (196,334)        (448,643)         (276,722)
Plugging and abandonment                                                                   (992)               (1,956)          (6,214)           (7,496)
Other, net                                                                                 5,891               10,091           3,499             13,761
Changes in current assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable                                                                        (11,783)            34,864           (10,562)          140,200
Prepaid expenses and other                                                                 826                 1,976            8,478             2,563
Accounts payable and accrued expenses                                                      11,956              (12,020)         (53,210)          (86,267)
Accrued derivative settlements                                                             14,889              (4,356)          34,540            5,232
Net cash provided by operating activities                                                  137,792             193,503          552,804           978,352
Cash flows from investing activities:
Net proceeds from the sale of oil and gas properties                                       744,233             22,835           946,062           357,938
Capital expenditures                                                                       (137,117)           (231,737)        (629,911)         (1,493,608)
Acquisition of proved and unproved oil and gas properties                                  (2,161,937)         (896)            (2,183,790)       (7,984)
Other, net                                                                                 46,000              5                (3,000)           (985)
Net cash used in investing activities                                                      (1,508,821)         (209,793)        (1,870,639)       (1,144,639)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from credit facility                                                              204,000             268,000          947,000           1,872,500
Repayment of credit facility                                                               (204,000)           (250,000)        (1,149,000)       (1,836,500)
Debt issuance costs related to credit facility                                             --                  --               (3,132)           --
Net proceeds from Senior Notes                                                             (757)               --               491,640           490,951
Cash paid to repurchase Senior Notes                                                       --                  --               (29,904)          (350,000)
Net proceeds from Senior Convertible Notes                                                 (64)                --               166,617           --
Cash paid for capped call transactions                                                     (86)                --               (24,195)          --
Net proceeds from sale of common stock                                                     405,002             1,687            938,268           4,844
Dividends paid                                                                             (4,347)             (3,399)          (7,751)           (6,772)
Net share settlement from issuance of stock awards                                         (13)                (176)            (2,354)           (8,678)
Other, net                                                                                 --                  (1)              --                (160)
Net cash provided by financing activities                                                  399,735             16,111           1,327,189         166,185
Net change in cash and cash equivalents                                                    (971,294)           (179)            9,354             (102)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period                                           980,666             197              18                120
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period                                                 $       9,372       $    18          $     9,372       $     18
                                                           SM ENERGY COMPANY
                                                           FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
                                                           December 31, 2016
Adjusted EBITDAX(1)
(in thousands)
Reconciliation of net loss (GAAP) to adjusted EBITDAX (non-GAAP) to net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP): For the Three Months              For the Twelve Months
                                                                                                                      Ended December 31,                Ended December 31,
                                                                                                                      2016             2015             2016             2015
Net loss (GAAP)                                                                                                       $    (200,946)   $    (340,258)   $    (757,744)   $   (447,710)
Interest expense                                                                                                      46,356           31,566           158,685          128,149
Other non-operating income, net                                                                                       (130)            (26)             (362)            (649)
Income tax benefit                                                                                                    (129,667)        (196,855)        (444,172)        (275,151)
Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and asset retirement obligation liability accretion                            171,552          240,025          790,745          921,009
Exploration(2)                                                                                                        22,289           35,860           59,194           113,158
Impairment of proved properties                                                                                       76,780           344,249          354,614          468,679
Abandonment and impairment of unproved properties                                                                     74,450           54,597           80,367           78,643
Impairment of other property and equipment                                                                            --               49,369           --               49,369
Stock-based compensation expense                                                                                      6,412            6,975            26,897           27,467
Net derivative (gain) loss                                                                                            129,547          (123,340)        250,633          (408,831)
Derivative settlement gain(3)                                                                                         23,244           124,847          329,478          512,566
Change in Net Profits Plan liability                                                                                  (751)            (6,351)          (7,200)          (19,525)
Net gain on divestiture activity                                                                                      (33,661)         (4,534)          (37,074)         (43,031)
(Gain) loss on extinguishment of debt                                                                                 --               --               (15,722)         16,578
Materials inventory impairment                                                                                        744              153              2,436            4,054
Adjusted EBITDAX (Non-GAAP)                                                                                           $    186,219     $    216,277     $    790,775     $   1,124,775
Interest expense                                                                                                      (46,356)         (31,566)         (158,685)        (128,149)
Other non-operating income, net                                                                                       130              26               362              649
Income tax benefit                                                                                                    129,667          196,855          444,172          275,151
Exploration(2)                                                                                                        (22,289)         (35,860)         (59,194)         (113,158)
Exploratory dry hole expense                                                                                          --               13,752           (16)             36,612
Amortization of discount and deferred financing costs                                                                 4,251            1,907            9,938            7,710
Deferred income taxes                                                                                                 (133,873)        (196,334)        (448,643)        (276,722)
Plugging and abandonment                                                                                              (992)            (1,956)          (6,214)          (7,496)
Loss on extinguishment of debt                                                                                        --               --               --               (12,455)
Other, net                                                                                                            5,147            9,938            1,063            9,707
Changes in current assets and liabilities                                                                             15,888           20,464           (20,754)         61,728
Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)                                                                      $    137,792     $    193,503     $    552,804     $   978,352
(1) Adjusted EBITDAX represents net income (loss) before interest expense, other non-operating income or expense, income taxes, depletion, depreciation, amortization and asset retirement obligation liability accretion expense, exploration expense, property impairments, non-cash stock-based compensation expense, derivative gains and losses net of settlements, change in the Net Profits Plan liability, gains and losses on divestitures, gains or losses on extinguishment of debt, and materials inventory impairments.  Adjusted EBITDAX excludes certain items that we believe affect the comparability of operating results and can exclude items that are generally one-time in nature or whose timing and/or amount cannot be reasonably estimated.  Adjusted EBITDAX is a non-GAAP measure that we present because we believe it provides useful additional information to investors and analysts, as a performance measure, for analysis of our ability to internally generate funds for exploration, development, acquisitions, and to service debt.  We are also subject to financial covenants under our Credit Agreement based on adjusted EBITDAX ratios.  In addition, adjusted EBITDAX is widely used by professional research analysts and others in the valuation, comparison, and investment recommendations of companies in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, and many investors use the published research of industry research analysts in making investment decisions.  Adjusted EBITDAX should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), income (loss) from operations, net cash provided by operating activities, or profitability or liquidity measures prepared under GAAP.  Because adjusted EBITDAX excludes some, but not all items that affect net income (loss) and may vary among companies, the adjusted EBITDAX amounts presented may not be comparable to similar metrics of other companies.  Our credit facility provides a material source of liquidity for us.  Under the terms of our Credit Agreement, if we fail to comply with the covenants that establish a maximum permitted ratio of senior secured debt to adjusted EBITDAX and a minimum permitted ratio of adjusted EBITDAX to interest, we will be in default, an event that would prevent us from borrowing under our credit facility and would therefore materially limit our sources of liquidity.  In addition, if we default under our credit facility and are unable to obtain a waiver of that default from our lenders, lenders under that facility and under indentures governing our outstanding Senior Notes and Senior Convertible Notes would be entitled to exercise all of their remedies for default.
(2) Stock-based compensation expense is a component of exploration expense and general and administrative expense on the accompanying statements of operations.  Therefore, the exploration line items shown in the reconciliation above will vary from the amount shown on the accompanying statements of operations for the component of stock-based compensation expense recorded to exploration expense.
(3) Derivative settlement gain for the year ended December 31, 2015, includes $15.3 million of gains on the early settlement of futures contracts as a result of divesting our Mid-Continent assets during the second quarter of 2015.
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
December 31, 2016
Adjusted Net Loss
(in thousands, except per share data)                       For the Three Months             For the Twelve Months
                                                            Ended December 31,               Ended December 31,
                                                            2016             2015            2016           2015
Net loss (GAAP)                                             $    (200,946)   $   (340,258)   $  (757,744)   $    (447,710)
Change in Net Profits Plan liability                        (751)            (6,351)         (7,200)        (19,525)
Derivative (gain) loss                                      129,547          (123,340)       250,633        (408,831)
Derivative settlement gain                                  23,244           124,847         329,478        512,566
Net gain on divestiture activity                            (33,661)         (4,534)         (37,074)       (43,031)
Impairment of proved properties                             76,780           344,249         354,614        468,679
Abandonment and impairment of unproved properties           74,450           54,597          80,367         78,643
Impairment of other property and equipment                  --               49,369          --             49,369
Termination fee on temporary second lien facility           --               --              10,000         --
(Gain) loss on extinguishment of debt                       --               --              (15,722)       16,578
Unwinding of derivatives contracts related to Mid-continent --               --              --             (15,329)
Other(3)                                                    445              850             (531)          9,390
Tax effect of adjustments(1)                                (97,760)         (160,486)       (349,173)      (236,707)
Adjusted net loss (Non-GAAP)(2)                             $    (28,652)    $   (61,057)    $  (142,352)   $    (35,908)
Diluted net loss per common share (GAAP)                    $    (2.20)      $   (5.01)      $  (9.90)      $    (6.61)
Change in Net Profits Plan liability                        (0.01)           (0.09)          (0.09)         (0.29)
Derivative (gain) loss                                      1.42             (1.81)          3.27           (6.04)
Derivative settlement gain                                  0.25             1.84            4.30           7.57
Net gain on divestiture activity                            (0.37)           (0.07)          (0.48)         (0.64)
Impairment of proved properties                             0.84             5.06            4.63           6.92
Abandonment and impairment of unproved properties           0.81             0.80            1.05           1.16
Impairment of other property and equipment                  --               0.73            --             0.73
Termination fee on temporary second lien facility           --               --              0.13           --
(Gain) loss on extinguishment of debt                       --               --              (0.21)         0.24
Unwinding of derivatives contracts related to Mid-continent --               --              --             (0.23)
Other(3)                                                    --               0.01            (0.01)         0.14
Tax effect of adjustments(1)                                (1.05)           (2.36)          (4.55)         (3.48)
Adjusted net loss per diluted common share (Non-GAAP)(2)    $    (0.31)      $   (0.90)      $  (1.86)      $    (0.53)
Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding (GAAP)          91,440           67,976          76,568         67,723
(1) For the three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2016, adjustments are shown before tax effect which is calculated using a tax rate of 36.2%, which approximates the Company’s statutory tax rate adjusted for ordinary permanent differences.  For the three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2015, adjustments are shown before tax effect and are calculated using a tax rate of 36.5%, which approximates the Company’s statutory tax rate adjusted for ordinary permanent differences.
(2) Adjusted net income (loss) excludes certain items that the Company believes affect the comparability of operating results.  Items excluded generally are non-recurring items or are items whose timing and/or amount cannot be reasonably estimated.  These items include non-cash and other adjustments, such as the change in the Net Profits Plan liability, derivative gain, net of derivative settlement gains, impairments, and net gain on divestiture activity. The non-GAAP measure of adjusted net income (loss) is presented because management believes it provides useful additional information to investors for analysis of SM Energy’s fundamental business on a recurring basis.  In addition, management believes that adjusted net income (loss) is widely used by professional research analysts and others in the valuation, comparison, and investment recommendations of companies in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, and many investors use the published research of industry research analysts in making investment decisions.  Adjusted net income (loss) should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), income (loss) from operations, cash provided by operating activities, or other income, profitability, cash flow, or liquidity measures prepared under GAAP.  Since adjusted net income (loss) excludes some, but not all, items that affect net income (loss) and may vary among companies, the adjusted net income (loss) amounts presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.
(3) For the three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, the adjustments are related to the impairment of materials inventory and estimated adjustments relating to claims on royalties on certain Federal and Indian leases, which are included in other operating expenses on the Company’s consolidated statements of operations.  These items are included as a portion of other operating revenues and non-operating income (expense), other, net, on the Company’s consolidated statements of operations.
Regional proved oil and gas reserve quantities:
                    South Texas & Gulf  Permian Rocky Mountain  Total
                    Coast
Year-end 2016 proved reserves
Oil (MMBbl)         35.4                37.9    31.6            104.9
Gas (Bcf)           989.3               94.6    27.2            1,111.1
NGL (MMBbl)         105.2               0.1     0.5             105.7
Total (MMBOE)       305.4               53.8    36.5            395.8
% Proved developed  55 %                40 %    53 %            53 %
SM ENERGY COMPANY
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
December 31, 2016
Costs incurred in oil and gas producing activities(1):
(in thousands)
Reconciliation of Cost Incurred in Oil and Gas Producing Activities (GAAP) to Total Capital Spend (Non-GAAP) For the Year Ended
                                                                                                             December 31, 2016
Development costs (2)                                                                                        $             595,331
Exploration costs                                                                                            118,224
Acquisition costs:
Proved properties                                                                                            201,672
Unproved properties                                                                                          2,458,667
Total, including asset retirement obligation                                                                 $             3,373,894
Less: Asset retirement obligation                                                                            (15,574)
Less: Capitalized interest                                                                                   (17,004)
Less: Proved property acquisitions                                                                           (201,672)
Less: Unproved property acquisitions                                                                         (2,451,152)
Less: Other                                                                                                  (1,938)
Total Capital Spend                                                                                          $             686,554
(1) The non-GAAP measure of total capital spend is presented because management believes it provides useful information to investors for analysis of SM Energy’s fundamental business on a recurring basis. In addition, management believes that total capital spend is widely used by professional research analysts and others in the valuation, comparison, and investment recommendations of companies in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, and many investors use the published research of industry research analysts in making investment decisions. total capital spend should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for Cost Incurred or other capital spending measures prepared under GAAP. The total capital spend amounts presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.
(2) Includes facility costs of $25.9 million.

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