SOURCE: Earthstone Energy, Inc.

Earthstone Energy, Inc.

August 08, 2016 16:00 ET

Earthstone Energy, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results and Reaffirms Guidance for 2016

THE WOODLANDS, TX--(Marketwired - Aug 8, 2016) -  Earthstone Energy, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ESTE) ("Earthstone", the "Company", "we" or "us"), today announced financial and operating results for the three month period ended June 30, 2016 and reiterates guidance for 2016.

Second Quarter 2016 Summary

  • Average daily production of 3,759 Boepd
  • Total revenue of $10.6 million, which includes the effects of realized hedges
  • Adjusted EBITDAX(1) of $4.5 million
  • Net loss of $11.2 million and adjusted net loss of $1.1 million
  • Closed the acquisition of Lynden Energy Corp. on May 18th providing an entrance into the Midland Basin with 5,900 net acres, current net production of 1,130 Boepd, and 100 gross horizontal locations
  • Redetermined borrowing base at $75.0 million, with $10.0 million drawn
  • Completed public equity offering, raising gross proceeds of $49.8 million

(1) See "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section below.

Operations Update

We currently plan to complete our 12 Eagle Ford well inventory in the third and fourth quarters of 2016. These wells are in four units located in Karnes County, Texas (33% operated working interest) and Fayette County, Texas (50% working interest), two of which are held by production and the other two are in the primary term of leases.

In addition, pending commodity prices, we plan to drill five to six gross Eagle Ford wells (33% to 50% operated working interest) in southwestern Gonzales County, Texas, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Selected Financial Data (unaudited)

       
($000s except where noted)   Three Months Ended June 30,  
    2016(1)     2015(2)  
Total Revenue   9,810     16,733  
Realized Hedge Settlements   806     943  
Adjusted Revenue (including realized hedge settlements)   10,616     17,676  
Net Loss   (11,172 )   (748 )
Adjusted Net Loss(3)   (1,084 )   1,080  
Loss Per Share (Diluted)   (0.69 )   (0.05 )
Adjusted Loss Per Share (Diluted)(3)   (0.07 )   0.08  
Adjusted EBITDAX(3)   4,500     8,660  
             
Production(2):            
  Oil (MBbls)   201     230  
  Gas (MMcf)   545     739  
  NGL (MBbls)   50     58  
  Total (MBOE)   343     411  
  Total daily production (Boepd)   3,759     4,517 (2)
             
Average prices:            
  Oil ($/Bbl)   40.28     52.94  
  Gas ($/Mcf)   1.87     2.68  
  NGL ($/Bbl)   13.18     14.01  
  Total ($/Boe)   28.58     36.39  
             
Adjusted for realized derivatives settlements:            
  Oil ($/Bbl)   43.65     57.04  
  Gas ($/Mcf)   2.10     2.68  
  NGL ($/Bbl)   13.18     14.01  
  Total ($/Boe)   30.94     38.69  

(1) Includes the acquisition of Lynden Energy Corp. on May 18, 2016.
(2) Amounts shown above for the three months ended June 30, 2015, are those previously reported. Comparative production was 3,982 Boepd for the period after eliminating accrued production related to certain non-operated natural gas wells that were subsequently deemed non-consent in connection with certain pending litigation. For further information, please refer to the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, and its press release dated March 11, 2016.
(3) See "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section below.

Rig Idle and Termination Expense

In the second quarter of 2016, the Company recognized a non-recurring expense of $3.8 million associated with the termination of a drilling rig contract that was entered into in mid-2014 and utilized in our Eagle Ford operations from April 2015 through January 2016. The Company temporarily idled the rig in January 2016, and subsequently, the Company and its rig contractor agreed to terminate the contract. The total financial obligation was $5.1 million, of which $1.3 million was recognized in the first quarter while the rig was temporarily idled and $3.8 million was recognized in the second quarter of 2016. To fulfil this obligation, the Company issued the rig contractor a $5.1 million unsecured promissory note. The note amortizes over a 3-year period concluding in July 2019 with no pre-payment penalty. The note has an interest rate of 8.0% for the first 12 months, 10.0% for the second 12 months, and 12.0% for the last 12 months. As of June 30, 2016, $1.6 million was recorded as a current liability and $3.5 million was recorded as a long-term liability.

Hedging Update

During the second quarter of 2016, the Company entered into additional hedge transactions associated with its oil and natural gas production for the remainder of 2016, 2017, and 2018. The Company has now hedged for the second half of 2016 approximately 2,010 Boepd, or 44%, of the mid-point of its 2016 production guidance at average oil and natural gas prices of $49.35/Bbl and $2.604/MMBtu, respectively. Further details of the Company's hedge transactions are provided in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2016.

Acquisition of Lynden Energy Corp.

As previously announced, the Company closed its acquisition of Lynden Energy Corp. on May 18, 2016, for approximately $77.8 million, financed by the issuance of approximately 3.7 million shares of Earthstone common stock and the assumption of Lynden's net financial obligations. The acquisition provides the Company with approximately 5,900 net acres in the Midland Basin, current net production of 1,130 Boepd, and 100 gross horizontal locations. 

Guidance Reaffirmed

The Company reiterates guidance previously disclosed on June 15, 2016. This guidance is subject to significant and material changes, including commodity prices and industry conditions.

             
Capital Expenditures   $ millions
(Net)
  Number of Gross / Net
Wells Spudded
  Number of Gross / Net
Wells On Line
Drilling and Completion:            
  Operated Eagle Ford   24.5   5 / 2.5   12 / 5.3
  Non-Operated Bakken   7.0   10 / 0.4   35 / 1.4
  Non-Operated Midland Basin - Horizontal   3.5   1 / 0.4   1 / 0.4
  Non-Operated Spade Ranch   1.0   0 / 0   2 / 1.0
  Operated Austin Chalk   1.1   0 / 0   1 / 0.5
Land   2.0        
Total   39.1   16 / 3.3   51 / 8.6
             
2016 Average Production (Boepd) 4,400 - 4,800
  % Oil 63%
  % Gas 25%
  % NGL 12%
   
Operating Costs ($/Boe)  
  Lease Operating and Workover 10.00 - 11.00
  Production Taxes 1.50 - 2.00
  Cash G&A 6.00 - 7.00
  DD&A 17.00 - 19.00

Note: Guidance is forward-looking information that is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control. See "Forward-Looking Statements" section below.

Management Comments

Frank A. Lodzinski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Earthstone Energy, Inc., commented, "We had a number of significant accomplishments in the second quarter of 2016. Notably, the closing of the Lynden acquisition has increased our production and places the Company in a premier basin that is characterized by numerous zones, high recoveries, and a low cost structure. We welcome Lynden's stockholders to the Company. In addition, we successfully completed the Company's first equity offering, raising approximately $50.0 million from institutional investors. We initially used some of these proceeds to reduce indebtedness under our revolving credit facility from $47.8 million to $10.0 million. With increased financial flexibility and preservation of capital demonstrated in the first half of 2016, we believe now is an opportune time to complete our inventory of 12 Eagle Ford wells and will likely do so in the third and fourth quarters of 2016. In addition, we may drill five to six wells in southwestern Gonzales County in the fourth quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017; however, the recent decline in commodity prices gives us caution, and as such, we continue to judge the merits of resuming drilling activities."

Conference Call Details

Earthstone is hosting a conference call on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern to discuss its second quarter 2016 results and current operations. Investors and analysts are invited to participate in the call by dialing 877-407-8035 for domestic calls or 201-689-8035 for international calls, in both cases asking for the Earthstone conference call.

A replay of the call will be available on the Company's website and by telephone until 11:59 p.m. Eastern (10:59 p.m. Central), August 23, 2016. The number for the replay is 877-660-6853 for domestic calls or 201-612-7415 for international calls, using Conference ID: 13643104.

About Earthstone Energy, Inc.

Earthstone Energy, Inc. is a growth-oriented independent oil and gas exploration and production company engaged in developing and acquiring oil and gas reserves through an active and diversified program that includes acquiring, drilling and developing undeveloped leases, asset and corporate acquisitions and exploration activities, with its current primary assets located in the Eagle Ford trend of south Texas, the Midland Basin of west Texas, and in the Williston Basin of North Dakota. Earthstone is traded on NYSE MKT under the symbol "ESTE." Information on Earthstone can be found at www.earthstoneenergy.com. The Company's corporate headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). Statements that are not strictly historical statements constitute forward-looking statements and may often, but not always, be identified by the use of such words such as "expects," "believes," "intends," "anticipates," "plans," "estimates," "potential," "possible," or "probable" or statements that certain actions, events or results "may," "will," "should," or "could" be taken, occur or be achieved. The forward-looking statements include statements about future operations, expansion of production and development acreage, increased cash flow, earnings and assets and access to capital. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and analyses made by Earthstone and its management in light of experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors appropriate under the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will conform to expectations is subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: the risks of the oil and gas industry (for example, volatile oil prices and operational risks in exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas; risks and uncertainties involving geology of oil and gas deposits); the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to future oil and gas prices, production, costs and expenses; potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; health, safety and environmental risks and risks related to weather; inability of management to execute its plans to meet its goals; unavailability of gathering systems, pipelines and processing facilities; and the possibility that government policies may change. Earthstone's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, recent current reports on Form 8-K, and other Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") filings discuss some of the important risk factors identified that may affect Earthstone's business, results of operations, and financial condition. Earthstone undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements except as required by law.

Contact:
Neil K. Cohen
Vice President, Finance, and Treasurer
Earthstone Energy, Inc.
1400 Woodloch Forest Drive, Suite 300
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-298-4246

 
EARTHSTONE ENERGY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
 
    June 30,     December 31,  
ASSETS   2016     2015  
Current assets:   (In thousands, except share amounts)  
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 18,870     $ 23,264  
  Accounts receivable:                
      Oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids revenues     14,604       13,529  
      Joint interest billings and other     1,276       4,924  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     718       498  
  Current derivative asset     19       3,694  
    Total current assets     35,487       45,909  
Oil and gas properties, successful efforts method:                
  Proved properties     340,086       283,644  
  Unproved properties     59,724       34,609  
  Total oil and gas properties     399,810       318,253  
                 
  Accumulated depreciation, depletion, and amortization     (130,776 )     (119,920 )
  Net oil and gas properties     269,034       198,333  
Other noncurrent assets:                
  Goodwill     20,568       17,532  
  Office and other equipment, less accumulated depreciation of $1,315 and $1,028 at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015     1,705       1,934  
  Other noncurrent assets     1,183       1,236  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 327,977     $ 264,944  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 10,493     $ 11,580  
  Accrued expenses     9,266       12,975  
  Revenues and royalties payable     7,795       8,576  
  Current porting of long-term debt     1,554       --  
  Current derivative liability     1,463       --  
  Advances     655       15,447  
    Total current liabilities     31,226       48,578  
                 
Noncurrent liabilities:                
  Long-term debt     13,505       11,191  
  Asset retirement obligations     5,597       5,075  
  Noncurrent derivative liability     1,122       --  
  Deferred tax liability     664          
  Other noncurrent liabilities     198       227  
    Total noncurrent liabilities     21,086       16,493  
                 
Commitments and Contingencies (Note 10)                
                 
Equity:                
  Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding     --       --  
  Common stock, $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 22,289,177 and 13,835,128 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015     23       14  
  Additional paid-in capital     451,462       358,086  
  Accumulated deficit     (175,360 )     (157,767 )
  Treasury stock, 15,357 shares at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015     (460 )     (460 )
      Total equity     275,665       199,873  
                 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 327,977     $ 264,944  
                 
                 
                 
EARTHSTONE ENERGY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended June 30,     Six Months Ended June 30,  
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
REVENUES   (In thousands, except share and per share amounts)  
  Oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids revenues:                                
    Oil   $ 8,097     $ 12,163     $ 13,636     $ 21,201  
    Natural gas     1,016       1,982       1,959       3,512  
    Natural gas liquids     664       813       992       1,487  
      Total oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids revenues     9,777       14,958       16,587       26,200  
  Gathering income     33       95       87       173  
  Gain on sales of oil and gas properties, net     --       1,680       --       1,680  
    Total revenues     9,810       16,733       16,674       28,053  
OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES                                
  Production costs:                                
    Lease operating expense     3,201       4,239       6,267       8,613  
    Severance taxes     514       746       896       1,376  
  Rig idle and contract termination expense     3,790       --       5,059       --  
  Depreciation, depletion, and amortization     5,598       8,674       11,103       14,598  
  Re-engineering and workovers     306       167       581       286  
  Exploration expense     --       142       5       142  
  General and administrative expense     2,273       2,484       5,471       5,055  
  General and administrative expense - stock-based compensation     561       --       561       --  
    Total operating costs and expenses     16,243       16,452       29,943       30,070  
    (Loss) income from operations     (6,433 )     281       (13,269 )     (2,017 )
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)                                
  Interest expense, net     (370 )     (169 )     (593 )     (338 )
  Net loss on derivative contracts     (4,228 )     (1,318 )     (3,463 )     (644 )
  Other income (expense), net     45       163       (82 )     257  
    Total other income (expense)     (4,553 )     (1,324 )     (4,138 )     (725 )
    Loss before income taxes     (10,986 )     (1,043 )     (17,407 )     (2,742 )
  Income tax expense (benefit)     186       (295 )     186       (880 )
Net loss   $ (11,172 )   $ (748 )   $ (17,593 )   $ (1,862 )
Net loss per common share:                                
  Basic   $ (0.69 )   $ (0.05 )   $ (1.17 )   $ (0.13 )
  Diluted   $ (0.69 )   $ (0.05 )   $ (1.17 )   $ (0.13 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                                
  Basic     16,121,568       13,835,128       14,978,348       13,835,128  
  Diluted     16,121,568       13,835,128       14,978,348       13,835,128  
                                 
                                 
                                 
EARTHSTONE ENERGY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
 
    Six Months Ended June 30,  
    2016     2015  
Cash flows from operating activities:   (In thousands)  
  Net loss   $ (17,593 )   $ (1,862 )
  Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:                
    Depreciation, depletion, and amortization     11,103       14,598  
    Unrealized loss on derivative contracts     6,260       3,081  
    Rig idle and termination expense     5,059       --  
    Accretion of asset retirement obligations     261       282  
    Stock-based compensation     561       --  
    Deferred income taxes     --       (871 )
    Amortization of deferred financing costs     142       130  
    Settlement of asset retirement obligations     --       (46 )
    Gain on sale of assets     --       (1,680 )
  Changes in assets and liabilities:                
    Decrease in accounts receivable     4,414       4,397  
    (Increase) decrease in prepaid expenses and other     (132 )     427  
    Decrease in accounts payable and accrued expenses     (6,634 )     (18,356 )
    Decrease in revenue and royalties payable     (780 )     (2,895 )
    Decrease in advances     (14,792 )     (7,566 )
      Net cash used in operating activities     (12,131 )     (10,361 )
Cash flows from investing activities:                
  Lynden Arrangement, net of cash acquired     (31,334 )     --  
  Acquisitions of oil and gas property     --       (5,430 )
  Additions to oil and gas property and equipment     (6,749 )     (42,888 )
  Additions to other property and equipment     (44 )     (279 )
  Proceeds from sales of oil and gas properties     --       3,506  
      Net cash used in investing activities     (38,127 )     (45,091 )
Cash flows from financing activities:                
  Proceeds from borrowings     36,597       --  
  Repayment of borrowings     (37,788 )     --  
  Issuance of common stock, net of offering costs of $2.7 million     47,125       --  
  Deferred financing costs     (70 )     (125 )
      Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     45,864       (125 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents     (4,394 )     (55,577 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     23,264       100,447  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 18,870     $ 44,870  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information                
Cash paid for:                
  Interest   $ 416     $ 175  
Non-cash investing and financing activities:                
  Common stock issued for Lynden Arrangement   $ 45,698     $ -  
  Asset retirement obligations   $ 94     $ 91  
                   
                   
                   
Earthstone Energy, Inc.
 Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
 Unaudited
 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EBITDAX, as calculated by us below, are intended to provide readers with meaningful information that supplements our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP (U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). These disclosures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Further, these non-GAAP measures should only be considered in conjunction with financial statements and disclosures prepared in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP measures, such as net income or loss, operating income or loss, or any other GAAP measure of financial position or results of operations.

I. Adjusted Net Income (Loss)

Adjusted net income (loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure we use to evaluate performance, prior to non-cash gains and losses and non-recurring items after applying adjusted income tax expense. Non-cash gains and losses may include, when applicable, accretion, impairment expense, unrealized gains and losses on derivative contracts, non-cash stock compensation expense, and items that management considers non-recurring. We believe adjusted net income helps investors compare our results with other oil and natural gas companies.

The following presents a reconciliation of income (loss) before income taxes to adjusted net income (loss):

       
    Three Months Ended June 30,  
($000s except where noted)   2016     2015  
Loss before income taxes   (11,172 )   (748 )
Accretion   133     137  
Rig idle and contract termination expense   3,790     --  
Unrealized loss on derivative contracts   5,034     2,261  
Non-cash stock based compensation   561     --  
Subtotal   (1,654 )   1,650  
Adjusted income tax expense (benefit)(1)   (571 )   570  
Adjusted net income (loss)   (1,083 )   1,080  
             
Adjusted net loss per share - basic and diluted   (0.07 )   0.08  
Shares outstanding - basic and diluted (000s)   16,122     13,835  

(1) Adjusted income tax expense is calculated by applying an estimated effective tax rate of 34.5%.

II. Adjusted EBITDAX

Adjusted EBITDAX is used as a supplemental financial measure by our management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks and others, to assess our operating performance compared to that of other companies in our industry, without regard to financing methods, capital structure or historical costs basis. It is also used to assess our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures. We define "Adjusted EBITDAX" as net income (loss) plus, when applicable, (gain) loss on sale of assets; accretion; impairment expense; depletion, depreciation, and amortization; exploration expense; idle rig expense; interest expense; interest income; unrealized (gain) loss on derivatives; non-cash stock compensation expense; and income tax expense (benefit).

Our Adjusted EBITDAX should not be considered an alternative to net income (loss), operating income (loss), cash flow provided by (used in) operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP. Our Adjusted EBITDAX may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of another company because all companies may not calculate Adjusted EBITDAX in the same manner.

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDAX for the periods indicated:

       
($000s)   Three Months Ended June 30,  
    2016     2015  
Net Loss   (11,172 )   (748 )
(Gain) / loss on sale of assets   --     (1,680 )
Accretion   133     137  
Depletion, depreciation, and amortization   5,598     8,674  
Exploration expense   --     142  
Rig idle and contract termination expense   3,790     --  
Interest expense   372     182  
Interest income   (2 )   (13 )
Unrealized loss on derivative contracts   5,034     2,261  
Non-cash stock based compensation   561     --  
Income tax expense (benefit)   186     (295 )
Adjusted EBITDAX   4,500     8,660  

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Neil K. Cohen
    Vice President, Finance, and Treasurer
    Earthstone Energy, Inc.
    1400 Woodloch Forest Drive, Suite 300
    The Woodlands, TX 77380
    281-298-4246