SOURCE: Atlas America, Inc.

August 03, 2006 20:02 ET

Atlas America, Inc. Reports Record Production and Operating Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2006

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 3, 2006 -- Atlas America, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATLS) ("ATLS" or the “Company”) reported net income of $10.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 as compared with $6.4 million for the prior year comparable quarter, an increase of $3.7 million or approximately 57%. Diluted earnings per share were $0.50 for the quarter, an increase of $0.18, or approximately 56%, from the prior year comparable quarter. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization ("EBITDA"), a non-GAAP measure, were a record $35.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 compared with $23.1 million for the prior year comparable quarter, an increase of $12.1 million or approximately 52%. The increase in net income and EBITDA reflected significant growth in production volumes and realized commodity prices, well construction and completion revenues, well service fees, and improved operating results from our pipeline subsidiary, Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE: APL) ("Atlas Pipeline"). Total revenues reached $164.4 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2006, an approximate 30% increase from the prior year comparable quarter.

Additionally after the end of the quarter, the Company undertook the following important strategic initiatives:

--  On July 28, 2006, the Company's E&P division, Atlas Energy Resources,
    LLC, filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange
    Commission for an initial public offering of 5,750,000 common units. After
    the offering, the Company will retain approximately 83% of the limited
    partner units and all net proceeds will be paid to the Company.
    
--  On July 26, 2006, Atlas Pipeline Holdings, L.P. (NYSE: AHD),
    previously a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, issued 3,600,000
    common units, representing a 17.1% ownership interest, in an initial public
    offering at a price of $23.00 per unit. The underwriters have been granted
    a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 540,000 common units.
    Substantially all of the net proceeds from this offering, approximately $77
    million, have been paid to the Company.
    
    
“We are very pleased with our operating results for the quarter, most notably our 19% increase in natural gas production volumes to 25.3 million cubic feet per day, which is a record for the Company,” said Edward E. Cohen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

Other Significant Developments

Atlas America

On June 15, 2006, the Company's Board of Directors approved the change of the Company's year end to December 31 from September 30. On July 24, 2006, the Company filed a transition report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2005 pursuant to Rule 13a-10 of the Securities and Exchange Commission for transition period reporting. The year-to-date numbers in this press release correspond to the Company's new year end of December 31. The Company will file its next Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 on or before March 16, 2007.

On April 27, 2006, the Company increased its revolving credit facility from $75 million to $200 million with a syndicate of banks, with Wachovia Bank, N.A. as the administrative agent and issuing bank. This facility now has a borrowing base of $150 million. Borrowings under the facility are collateralized by substantially all of the assets of the Company and the other subsidiary guarantors. The credit facility's term was extended through April 2011. At June 30, 2006 the Company had no outstanding borrowings and had $1.5 million in letters of credit issued under the facility.

Atlas Pipeline

On May 2, 2006, Atlas Pipeline acquired the remaining 25% equity ownership interest in NOARK from Southwestern Energy Pipeline Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN), for total net consideration of $65.5 million, consisting of $69.0 million in cash to the seller, less the seller's interest in NOARK's working capital (including cash on hand and net payables to the seller) at the date of acquisition of $3.5 million, which was funded through borrowings under Atlas Pipeline's credit facility. Atlas Pipeline acquired its initial 75% ownership in NOARK in October 2005.

Subsequent to Atlas Pipeline's May 2, 2006 acquisition and initial funding under its credit facility, Atlas Pipeline completed the following transactions to refinance these borrowings:

--  On May 12, 2006, Atlas Pipeline (a) issued $35.0 million of additional
    senior unsecured notes due 2015 in a private placement at 103% of par
    value, with a resulting effective yield of approximately 7.6%, for net
    proceeds of $36.7 million, including accrued interest and net of the
    initial purchaser's discount and other transaction costs, and (b) sold
    500,000 common units to Wachovia Securities, which offered the common units
    to public investors.  The common units, which were issued under Atlas
    Pipeline's previously filed shelf registration statement, resulted in net
    proceeds of approximately $19.8 million after underwriting fees and other
    transaction costs. As of June 30, 2006, Atlas Pipeline had 13,049,266
    common limited partnership units outstanding.
    
--  On May 19, 2006, Atlas Pipeline sold an additional 10,000 6.5%
    cumulative convertible preferred units to Sunlight Capital Partners for
    $10.0 million, pursuant to Atlas Pipeline's right to require Sunlight
    Capital Partners to purchase such additional units under the purchase
    agreement with Sunlight. Terms of this issuance are similar to those for
    the issuance of the initial 30,000 preferred units on March 13, 2006,
    including that the units are entitled to receive dividends of 6.5% per
    annum commencing on March 13, 2007. As of June 30, 2006, Atlas Pipeline had
    40,000 $1,000 par value cumulative convertible preferred limited
    partnership units outstanding.
    
Atlas Pipeline Holdings

Concurrent with the completion of its initial public offering on July 26, 2006, Atlas Pipeline Holdings entered into a $50.0 million revolving credit facility with Wachovia Bank, National Association, as administrative agent and issuing bank, and a syndicate of banks. The credit facility matures in April 2010.

Well Construction and Completion

--  Revenues generated by our well drilling segment increased by
    approximately 26% compared to the similar quarter last year.
    
--  The Company has completed fundraising for the Public #15-2006B
    program, which totals approximately $148 million and is by far the largest
    investor program in the Company’s history.
    
Acreage
--  Overall, the Company had approximately 491,000 net acres at June 30,
    2006, an increase of 7% from the net acreage position at June 30, 2005.
    Additionally, the Company has a joint venture with Knox Energy, which
    provides an opportunity to drill 300 sites on approximately 200,000 acres
    in the state of Tennessee through June 2007.
    
--  Undeveloped acreage at June 30, 2006 was approximately 286,700 net
    acres, up approximately 12% from the net acreage position at June 30, 2005,
    exclusive of the joint venture with Knox Energy.
    
--  The Company has currently identified approximately 3,000 geologically
    favorable sites for additional well drilling.
    
Wells & Production
--  The Company had interests in approximately 6,900 gross wells at June
    30, 2006, an increase of approximately 11% from June 30, 2005, and operates
    approximately 85% of these wells.
    
--  Natural gas production was 25.3 million cubic feet ("mmcf") per day
    for the three months ended June 30, 2006, an increase of 4.1 mmcf per day
    or approximately 19% from the prior year comparable period.
    
Transmission, Gathering and Processing
--  Transmission, gathering and processing revenues, which principally
    include the results of Atlas Pipeline, increased to $103.5 million for the
    quarter ended June 30, 2006, an increase of over 28% from the prior year
    period.
    
--  Total transportation volumes were 644.1 mmcf per day for the quarter
    ended June 30, 2006, an increase of approximately 73% from the comparable
    prior year period.
    
--  Cash distributions for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 declared by
    Atlas Pipeline were $15.1 million, including $5.4 million of distributions
    associated with the Company's general partner and limited partner
    interests, an approximate 59% increase from the comparable prior year
    period.
    
Corporate and Other
--  General and administrative expenses, including amounts reimbursed to
    affiliate, increased to $8.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2006
    resulting from expenses associated with Atlas Pipeline's expansion of its
    Mid-Continent operations and non-cash compensation and the growth in the
    Company's drilling partnership fund raising programs. Comparable prior year
    amounts were reduced by reimbursements from the Company's drilling
    partnerships which are now recorded within revenue in accordance with a
    change in its drilling agreement.
    
--  Interest expense increased to $6.8 million for the quarter ended June
    30, 2006 due to borrowings associated with Atlas Pipeline's acquisitions.
    The majority of the interest expense this quarter relates to Atlas
    Pipeline's borrowings, which are solely obligations of Atlas Pipeline.
    
Atlas America, Inc. is an energy company engaged primarily in the development, production and transportation of natural gas. In the Appalachian Basin, the company develops and produces natural gas for its own account and for its investors through the offering of tax advantaged investment programs. Atlas America also owns 100% of the general partner interest and an approximate 13% limited partner interest in Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE: APL). For more information, please visit our website at www.atlasamerica.com, or contact investor relations at bbegley@atlasamerica.com.

Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P. is active in the transmission, gathering and processing segments of the midstream natural gas industry. In the Mid-Continent region of Oklahoma, Arkansas, northern Texas and the Texas panhandle, the Partnership owns and operates approximately 2,565 miles of intrastate gas gathering pipeline and a 565-mile interstate natural gas pipeline. The Partnership also operates two gas processing plants and a treating facility in Velma, Elk City and Prentiss, Oklahoma where natural gas liquids and impurities are removed. In Appalachia, it owns and operates approximately 1,500 miles of natural gas gathering pipelines in western Pennsylvania, western New York and eastern Ohio. For more information, visit our website at www.atlaspipelinepartners.com or contact bbegley@atlaspipelinepartners.com.

Atlas Pipeline Holdings, L.P. is the parent company of Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P.'s general partner and owner of 1,641,026 units of limited partner interest of APL. For more information, visit our website at www.atlaspipelineholdings.com or contact investor relations at bbegley@atlasamerica.com.

Certain matters discussed within this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although Atlas America, Inc. believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include financial performance, regulatory changes, changes in local or national economic conditions and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's reports filed with the SEC, including quarterly reports on Form 10Q, reports on Form 8-K and annual reports on Form 10-K.

                            ATLAS AMERICA, INC.
                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
                  (in thousands, except per share data)
                                (Unaudited)


                                    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
                                         June 30,            June 30,
                                    ------------------  ------------------
                                      2006      2005      2006      2005
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

REVENUES
Well construction and completion    $ 33,805  $ 26,749  $ 84,688  $ 68,200

Gas and oil production                21,942    16,051    44,808    30,010

Transmission, gathering and
 processing                          103,489    80,832   216,124   124,073

Administration and oversight           1,750         -     4,656         -

Well services                          3,386     2,422     6,152     4,772
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

                                     164,372   126,054   356,428   227,055
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

COSTS AND EXPENSES
Well construction and completion      29,394    23,259    73,640    59,303

Gas and oil production and
 exploration                             732     1,962     4,941     3,875

Transmission, gathering and
 processing                           83,339    70,485   174,776   107,947

Well services                          2,022     1,293     3,788     2,609

General and administrative             8,522     4,709    18,723     6,203

Net expense reimbursement -
 affiliate                               281       145       696       389

Depreciation, depletion and
 amortization                         10,614     6,506    20,716    11,287
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

                                     134,904   108,359   297,280   191,613
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

OPERATING INCOME                      29,468    17,695    59,148    35,442

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
Interest expense                      (6,795)   (4,580)  (13,516)   (6,203)
Minority interest in Atlas Pipeline
 Partners, L.P.                       (4,711)   (1,247)  (10,966)   (3,747)
Other, net                              (204)      145     1,125      (172)
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

                                     (11,710)   (5,682)  (23,357)  (10,122)
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

Income before income taxes            17,758    12,013    35,791    25,320

Provision for income taxes             7,658     5,569    14,330    10,360
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------

Net income                          $ 10,100  $  6,444  $ 21,461  $ 14,960
                                    ========  ========  ========  ========

Net income per common share - basic
Net income per common share - basic $    .51  $    .32  $   1.08  $    .75
                                    ========  ========  ========  ========

Weighted average common shares
 outstanding                          19,925    20,000    19,963    20,000
                                    ========  ========  ========  ========

Net income per common share -
 diluted
Net income per common share -
 diluted                            $    .50  $    .32  $   1.05  $    .75
                                    ========  ========  ========  ========

Weighted average diluted common
 shares outstanding                   20,368    20,009    20,410    20,008
                                    ========  ========  ========  ========


                            ATLAS AMERICA, INC.
                          FINANCIAL INFORMATION


                                                  June 30,    December 31,
                                                    2006         2005
                                                 -----------  -----------
BALANCE SHEET DATA:
  Cash and cash equivalents                      $    21,088  $    55,155
  Property and equipment, net                        716,236      658,347
  Total assets                                     1,106,819    1,056,180
  Total debt                                         286,308      298,781
  Total stockholders’ equity                         146,509      132,850


                                       Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended
                                             June 30,          June 30,
                                        ----------------- -----------------
Reconciliation of net income to
 EBITDA(1):                               2006     2005     2006     2005
                                        -------- -------- -------- --------
Net income                              $ 10,100 $  6,444 $ 21,461 $ 14,960

Plus:
  Interest expense                         6,795    4,580   13,516    6,203
  Provision for income taxes               7,658    5,569   14,330   10,360
  Depreciation, depletion and
   amortization                           10,614    6,506   20,716   11,287
                                        -------- -------- -------- --------
EBITDA                                  $ 35,167 $ 23,099 $ 70,023 $ 42,810
                                        ======== ======== ======== ========

(1) EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure under the rules of the
Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Management of the Company
believes that EBITDA provides additional information with respect to the
Company's ability to meet its debt service, capital expense and working
capital requirements. EBITDA is a commonly used measure by commercial
banks, investment bankers, rating agencies and investors in evaluating an
entity's performance relative to its peers. It is also a financial
measurement that, with certain negotiated adjustments, is utilized within
the Company's financial covenants under its credit facility. EBITDA is not
a measure of financial performance under GAAP and, accordingly, should not
be considered as a substitute for net income or cash flows from operating
activities prepared in accordance with GAAP.


                            ATLAS AMERICA, INC.
                      FINANCIAL INFORMATION (cont.)



                                    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
                                         June 30,            June 30,
                                    ------------------  ------------------
                                      2006      2005      2006      2005
                                    --------  --------  --------  --------
Production revenues (in thousands):
  Gas (1)                           $ 19,436  $ 13,934  $ 39,929  $ 26,219
  Oil                               $  2,469  $  2,106  $  4,834  $  3,753

Production volume:
  Gas (mcf/day) (1) (3)               25,317    21,214    23,104    20,269
  Oil (bbls/day)                         407       461       415       434
  Total (mcfe/day) (3)                27,759    23,980    25,594    22,873

Average sales prices:
  Gas (per mcf) (3)                 $   8.44  $   7.22  $   9.55  $   7.15
  Oil (per bbl) (3)                 $  66.70  $  50.15  $  64.38  $  47.78

Production costs (2):
  As a percent of production
   revenues                               10%       12%        9%       11%
  Per mcfe (3) (4)                  $    .88  $    .68  $    .89  $    .76

Depletion per mcfe (3)              $   1.99  $   1.34  $   1.99  $   1.37


(1) Excludes sales of residual gas and sales to landowners.
(2) Production costs include labor to operate the wells and related
equipment, repairs and maintenance, materials and supplies, property taxes,
severance taxes, insurance and production overhead.
(3) "Mcf" means thousand cubic feet, "mcfe" means thousand cubic feet
equivalent, and "Bbls" means barrels. Bbls are converted to mcfe using the
ratio of six mcfs to one bbl.
(4) Production costs of $2.2 million and $1.5 million in the three months
ended June 30, 2006 and 2005, respectively, and $4.1 million and $3.2
million in the six months ended June 30, 2006 and 2005, respectively, are
included in "Gas and oil production and exploration" expense on our
statements of income.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:

    Brian J. Begley
    Investor Relations
    Atlas America, Inc.
    1845 Walnut Street - Suite 1000
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    215/546-5005
    215/546-5388 (facsimile)