SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 19, 2019
Berry Petroleum Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
16000 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 500
Dallas, Texas 75248
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On November 19, 2019, Berry Petroleum Corporation (the “Company”) issued a press release regarding a moratorium on certain drilling in California announced by the California Department of Conservation's Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report on Form 8-K, and is incorporated herein by reference.
The information contained in this report and the exhibit hereto shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, (the “Exchange Act”), and shall not be incorporated by reference into any filings made by the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or the Exchange Act, except as may be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
Statements contained in the exhibit to this report that state the Company’s or its management’s expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act. It is important to note that the Company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect those results include those mentioned in the documents that the Company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).
The Company undertakes no duty or obligation to publicly update or revise the information contained in this report, although the Company may do so from time to time as management believes is warranted. Any such updating may be made through the filing of other reports or documents with the SEC, through press releases or through other public disclosure including disclosure in the Investor Relations portion of the Company’s website.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Dated: November 19, 2019
BERRY PETROLEUM CORPORATION
/s/ Cary Baetz
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
MORATORIUM TO HAVE NO IMPACT ON BERRY’S 2019 PERFORMANCE
DALLAS, November 19, 2019 -- (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Today the Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources announced a series of initiatives directed at California’s oil and gas industry, which are a result of legislation (AB 1057 - Limón) signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in October. One of the primary initiatives is a “moratorium (which) prohibits new extraction wells that use a high-pressure cyclic steaming process to break apart a geological formation to extract oil.” Following the release, Berry Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:BRY) (“Berry” or the “Company”) announced that this moratorium will not impact the company’s 2019 financial performance and only potentially impacts its future thermal diatomite wells. Additionally, the company has an extensive bullpen of drilling opportunities and a diverse asset portfolio providing Berry with the opportunity to continue to generate top-tier shareholder returns.
“Berry’s operations are designed to be nimble with the ability to respond in such a way as to accommodate and address this dynamic regulatory environment.
We will continue to create and deliver top-tier value for our shareholders,” stated Trem Smith, Berry’s Chair, Chief Executive Officer and President. “We also remain committed to partnering with the state to bring affordable energy to all Californians in an environmentally sensitive and responsible manner-something we have already been doing proactively. However, in our opinion, this moratorium is not the most effective way to manage the industry and doesn’t take into consideration the unintended consequences of such actions. These initiatives have the potential to have a lasting negative impact on Kern county in particular. The moratorium benefits only countries that export oil to California such as OPEC countries, which have poor social justice and environmental records, pay no California taxes and don’t employ our citizens.”
Cary Baetz, Berry’s Chief Financial Officer reiterated, “While we know it will have negative impacts to the industry overall, this moratorium will have no impact on our 2019 financial performance and only potentially impacts Berry’s future thermal diatomite wells. With our abundant inventory coupled with the flexibility designed into our 2020 plans, with what we know now, we are confident the moratorium will not have a major impact on our ability to continue to create value for our shareholders.”
Since the current management team has been at the helm, the company has lived within levered free cash flow through all market conditions, has consistently paid a dividend since going public, and maintains low leverage at less than 1.4 times its debt to EBITDA.
About Berry Petroleum
Berry Petroleum is a publicly-traded (NASDAQ:BRY), California-based independent upstream energy company engaged primarily in the development and production of onshore conventional oil reserves located in the western United States.
Berry Petroleum Corporation
Todd Crabtree - Manager, Investor Relations
Forward Looking Statements
The information in this press release includes forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could materially affect our expected results of operations, liquidity, cash flows and business prospects. Such statements specifically include our expectations as to our future:
results of operations and business strategy,
potential acquisition opportunities,
other plans and objectives for operations,
maintenance capital requirements,
expected production and costs,
capital investments and other guidance.
Actual results may differ from expectations, sometimes materially, and reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance. Factors (but not all the factors) that could cause results to differ include:
volatility of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) prices;
our ability to obtain permits and otherwise to meet our proposed drilling schedule and to successfully drill wells that produce oil and natural gas in commercially viable quantities;
price and availability of natural gas and electricity;
changes in laws or regulations;
our ability to use derivative instruments to manage commodity price risk;
the impact of environmental, health and safety, and other governmental regulations, and of current or pending or future legislation;
uncertainties associated with estimating proved reserves and related future cash flows;
our ability to replace our reserves through exploration and development activities;
timely and available drilling and completion equipment and crew availability and access to necessary resources for drilling, completing and operating well;
our ability to make acquisitions and successfully integrate any acquired businesses;
catastrophic events; and
other material risks that appear in the Risk Factors section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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