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Sundance Energy Provides October 2018 Operational Update

DENVER, Oct. 08, 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.

Sundance’s sales volume for the month of September was ~15,300 boepd. The Company expects average Third Quarter daily production to be at the high end of its previously released guidance of 10,000 to 11,000 boepd. The Company brought a significant number of wells online late in the Third Quarter, resulting in an elevated September production rate. The Company expects sales volumes of 14,000 – 15,000 boepd in the Fourth Quarter of 2018, a 32% increase over the Third Quarter.

The Company’s production performance during the Third Quarter was driven by bringing 9 wells online, including 5 on the recently acquired Live Oak County acreage and 2 on the recently acquired Atascosa County acreage. All initial production results to date on the Company’s acquired acreage have exceeded expectations.

Well Name County IP Date Completed
Lat Length
24-HR IP
24-HR /
1,000' ft
30-Day IP
30-Day /
1,000' ft
% Oil
Harlan Bethune 25H Live Oak 15-Aug 4,973   941   189   1,102   222 73%
Harlan Bethune 26H Live Oak 15-Aug 4,161   1,387   333   1,234   296 79%
Harlan Bethune 27H Live Oak 15-Aug 3,469   1,264   364   1,183   341 76%
Harlan Bethune 34H Live Oak 19-Aug 3,506   1,458   416   1,691   482 76%
Harlan Bethune 35H Live Oak 19-Aug 3,678   1,504   409   1,738   472 79%
Allen MCM 1H McMullen 17-Aug 8,015   1,388   173   1,291   161 74%
Allen MCM 2H McMullen 17-Aug 8,234   1,297   158   1,132   137 77%
Justin Toms 5H Atascosa 3-Sep 6,258   1,117   178   1,296   207 88%
Justin Toms 6H Atascosa 3-Sep 6,299   913   145   1,042   165 91%

Drilling Activities
During the month of September Sundance completed drilling the 2-well Idylwood pad and the 4-well James Keith Esse pad, both located in Live Oak County. Sundance is currently drilling the 2-well Hoskins 20H and 21H pad in McMullen County and the 3-well Harlan Bethune 22H, 23H and 24H pad in Live Oak County.

Once the Paterson 589 rig has completed drilling the Hoskins pad, Sundance plans to release the 589 rig and will complete the remainder of its 2018 drilling program with just the Patterson 229 rig. Sundance anticipates contracting a second rig during the first quarter of next year in order to execute its 2019 drilling program.

Completion Activities
In late September, Sundance mobilized its frac crew to the 2-well Idylwood 04H and 05H pad in order to commence its Fourth Quarter completions program. Upon completion of the Idylwood pad frac jobs in mid-October, the Company intends to mobilize the frac crew to the 4-well James Keith Esse 06H, 07H, 08H and 09H pad. The Company anticipates completing and turning to sales between 9 and 11 wells during the fourth quarter.   

Year to Date Activities Overview

Well Name County Spud
Frac Start
IP Date Completed
Lat Length
30-Day IP
Rate (boepd)
% Oil
Paloma Ranch 7H McMullen 18-Jan-18 17-May-18 2-Jun-18 7,690'   1,345 62%
Peeler Ranch 8HC Atascosa 1-Mar-18 28-May-18 26-Jun-18 5,642'   484 92%
Peeler Ranch 9HC Atascosa 24-Mar-18 28-May-18 26-Jun-18 5,820'   446 93%
Allen MCM 2HA McMullen 13-May-18 6-Jul-18 17-Aug-18 8,234'   1,132 77%
Harlan Bethune 25H Live Oak 7-May-18 24-Jul-18 15-Aug-18 4,973'   1,102 73%
Harlan Bethune 26H Live Oak 11-May-18 22-Jul-18 15-Aug-18 4,161'   1,234 79%
Harlan Bethune 27H Live Oak 13-May-18 22-Jul-18 15-Aug-18 3,469'   1,183 76%
Justin Tom 05H Atascosa 17-Jun-18 12-Aug-18 3-Sep-18 6,258'   1,296 88%
Justin Tom 06H Atascosa 14-Jun-18 12-Aug-18 3-Sep-18 6,299'   1,042 91%
Harlan Bethune 34H Live Oak 25-Jun-18 3-Aug-18 19-Aug-18 3,506'   1,691 76%
Harlan Bethune 35H Live Oak 22-Jun-18 3-Aug-18 19-Aug-18 3,678'   1,738 79%
James Keith Esse 06H Live Oak 26-Jul-18 - - 5,175' - -
James Keith Esse 07H Live Oak 22-Jul-18 - - 5,178' - -
James Keith Esse 08H Live Oak 24-Jul-18 - - 5,180' - -
James Keith Esse 09H Live Oak 20-Jul-18 - - 5,164' - -
Idylwood 04H Live Oak 3-Aug-18 28-Sep-18 - 6,445' - -
Idylwood 05H Live Oak 3-Aug-18 28-Sep-18 - 5,487' - -
Harland Bethune 22H Live Oak 17-Sep-18 - - - - -
Harland Bethune 23H Live Oak 21-Sep-18 - - - - -
Harland Bethune 24H Live Oak 25-Sep-18 - - - - -
Hoskins 20H McMullen 25-Sep-18 - - - - -
Hoskins 21H McMullen 27-Sep-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 where the company has a position of approximately 54,600 net acres. 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.