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The energy company's expectations for the year are addressed in a Raymond James report.

In a May 16 research note, analyst John Freeman reported that Raymond James reiterated its Outperform rating on SM Energy Co. (SM:NYSE) after updating its model on the company to incorporate its latest update and management's comments.

Freeman highlighted that SM Energy anticipates and remains committed to generating free cash flow in Q2/19. "Overall, our model puts SM in slightly positive free cash flow territory in the back half of 2019, but 2020 should be the real turning point for the company," he added. "Likewise, the balance sheet remains at about 3x leverage through 2019 before meaningfully improving in 2020."

About 14 of SM's wells in the Eagle Ford are slated to come online in Q2/19 versus two that started production in Q1/10. As such, Freeman noted, Raymond James estimated SM Energy will attain an approximate 13% growth in 2019 over that of last year with a capex of $1.07 billion, weighted to H1/19. Similarly, SM's budget guidance for the year remains at $1–1.07 billion.

As for pricing in Q2/19, SM Energy expects it to be weaker in Q2/19 and Q3/19 for crude oil and natural gas due to constrained pipeline capacity for both causing Permian price differentials to expand, Freeman pointed out. However, "hedges on 60–65% of oil and 70–75% of Permian gas should alleviate some of the regional pricing burden."

Raymond James has a $26 per share target price on SM Energy, whose current share price is around $15.10.

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Disclosures from Raymond James, SM Energy Company, May 16, 2019

ANALYST INFORMATION

Analysts Holdings and Compensation: Equity analysts and their staffs at Raymond James are compensated based on a salary and bonus system. Several factors enter into the bonus determination, including quality and performance of research product, the analyst's success in rating stocks versus an industry index, and support effectiveness to trading and the retail and institutional sales forces. Other factors may include but are not limited to: overall ratings from internal (other than investment banking) or external parties and the general productivity and revenue generated in covered stocks.

The analyst John Freeman, primarily responsible for the preparation of this research report, attests to the following: (1) that the views and opinions rendered in this research report reflect his or her personal views about the subject companies or issuers and (2) that no part of the research analyst’s compensation was, is, or will be directly or indirectly related to the specific recommendations or views in this research report. In addition, said analyst(s) has not received compensation from any subject company in the last 12 months.

RAYMOND JAMES RELATIONSHIP DISCLOSURES
Certain affiliates of the RJ Group expect to receive or intend to seek compensation for investment banking services from all companies under research coverage within the next three months.

Raymond James & Associates, Inc. makes a market in the shares of SM Energy Company.

Raymond James & Associates received non-investment banking securities-related compensation from SM Energy Company within the past 12 months.

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