Epsilon Energy Ltd.
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Epsilon Energy Ltd.

July 28, 2016 17:38 ET

Epsilon Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results

HOUSTON, TEXAS--(Marketwired - July 28, 2016) - Epsilon Energy Ltd. ("Epsilon" or the "Company") (TSX:EPS) today reported second quarter 2016 financial and operating results.

Mr. Michael Raleigh, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Epsilon's realized natural gas prices in northeast Pennsylvania increased 22% during the second quarter as the result of flat supply coupled with weather related demand for power generation. The relatively high levels of storage resulting from the unseasonably warm winter are declining each week and are dropping toward the five year average. Nevertheless, the absolute price is not yet high enough to attract material industry drilling capital. We therefore expect producer development activity to remain subdued in the region.

"Epsilon's average realized gas price improved from $1.15 per Mcf in the first quarter to $1.40 per Mcf in the second quarter. We believe that most operators are operating at full production capacity. Persistent low levels of producer activity combined with increasing interstate pipeline capacity would be positive for realized prices over the medium to long term."

Highlights for the second quarter and material subsequent events following the end of the quarter through the date of this release include:

  • EBITDA of $3.4 million for the quarter of which Upstream contributed $1.5 million and Midstream contributed $1.9 million.

  • Marcellus working interest (WI) gas production averaged 34 MMcf/d for the second quarter of 2016. Working interest gas production as of this release averages 30-35 MMcf/d.

  • Gathered and delivered 22 Bcfe gross (7.8 Bcfe net to Epsilon's interest) during the quarter, or 244 MMcfe/d through the Auburn System which represents approximately 68% of the maximum throughput. Current system throughput is averaging 200-300 MMcfe/d.

  • Auburn Gas gathering and compression services included third party gas of 1.6 Bcfe during the quarter or approximately 17 MMcf/d.

Financial and Operating Results

Three months ended
June 30,
Six months ended
June 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Revenue by product - total period ($000)
Natural gas revenue ($000) $ 3,733 $ 3,450 $ 6,922 $ 6,671
Volume (MMcfe) 2,664 2,751 5,427 5,055
Avg. Price ($/Mcfe) $ 1.40 $ 1.25 $ 1.28 $ 1.32
Exit Rate (MMcfepd) 35.4 30.7 35.4 30.7
Oil revenue ($000) $ - $ - $ - $ 2
Volume (MBOE) - - - 2
Avg. Price ($/Bbl) $ - $ - $ - $ 80.66
Midstream gathering system revenue ($000) $ 2,512 $ 3,719 $ 4,939 $ 7,142
Total $ 6,245 $ 7,169 $ 11,861 $ 13,815

Capital Expenditures

Epsilon's total capital expenditures were $0.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016. All capital was allocated to the ongoing build-out and maintenance of the Auburn Gas Gathering system.

Epsilon's 2016 capital forecast for the remainder of the year is $0.2 million allocated to ongoing build-out and maintenance of the Auburn Gas Gathering system. A previously announced acquisition of common gas interests in producing units is contingent on receiving a final consent from certain parties in order to complete the transaction.

Marcellus Operational Guidance

Epsilon did not bring any new wells on line. However, in response to improved natural gas prices, the Operator did not schedule any temporary well shut-ins during the quarter.

The Operator did not drill or propose any new wells during the quarter. The table below details Epsilon's well development status at June 30, 2016:

Dec. 31, 2015 June 30, 2016
Gross Net Gross Net
Producing 55 13.17 91 24.11
Shut-in 41 11.04 - -
Waiting on pipeline - - - -
Waiting on completion 2 0.01 7 0.12
Drilling - -

Epsilon has not received any well proposals from the Operator subsequent to quarter end.

Second Quarter Results

Epsilon generated revenues of $6.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016 compared to $7.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015. The Company's Upstream Marcellus net revenue interest production was 2.7 Bcfe in the second quarter.

Realized natural gas prices averaged $1.40 per Mcf in the second quarter of 2016, an improvement of 22% from the first quarter of 2016. Operating expenses for Marcellus Upstream operations in the second quarter were $1.7 million.

The Auburn Gas Gathering system delivered 22.2 Bcfe of natural gas during the quarter as compared to 18.6 Bcfe during the first quarter of 2016. Primary gathering volumes decreased 4.9% quarter over quarter to 13.3 Bcfe. Imported cross-flow volumes increased 93.1% to 8.9 Bcfe primarily as a result of adjacent system operators returning previously curtailed production to market in response to improving natural gas prices.

Epsilon reported a net after tax loss of $0.9 million attributable to common shareholders or ($0.02) per basic and diluted common share outstanding for the three months ended June 30, 2016, compared to a net loss of $1.6 million, and ($0.03) per basic and diluted common share outstanding for the three months ended June 30, 2015.

For the three months ended June 30, 2016, Epsilon's Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Income Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") was $3.4 million as compared to $4.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015. The decrease in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to lower midstream revenues.

Adjusted EBITDA

Epsilon defines Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before (1) net interest expense, (2) depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, (3) recovery of prior impairments of oil and gas properties, (4) non-cash stock compensation expense, (5) unrealized gain on derivatives and (6) other income. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of net income or cash flows as determined by IFRS.

Management believes these non-IFRS financial measures facilitate evaluation of the Company's business on a "normalized" or recurring basis and without giving effect to certain non-cash expenses and other items, thereby providing management, investors and analysts with comparative information for evaluating the Company in relation to other oil and gas companies providing corresponding non-IFRS financial measures. These non-IFRS financial measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, measures for financial performance prepared in accordance with IFRS, and that the reconciliations to the closest corresponding IFRS measure should be reviewed carefully.

About Epsilon

Epsilon Energy Ltd. is a North American onshore natural gas production and midstream company with a current focus on the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward looking statements. The use of any of the words "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "expect", 'may", "will", "project", "should", 'believe", and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated. Forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and the forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon.

The reserves and associated future net revenue information set forth in this news release are estimates only. In general, estimates of oil and natural gas reserves and the future net revenue therefrom are based upon a number of variable factors and assumptions, such as production rates, ultimate reserves recovery, timing and amount of capital expenditures, ability to transport production, marketability of oil and natural gas, royalty rates, the assumed effects of regulation by governmental agencies and future operating costs, all of which may vary materially from actual results. For those reasons, estimates of the oil and natural gas reserves attributable to any particular group of properties, as well as the classification of such reserves and estimates of future net revenues associated with such reserves prepared by different engineers (or by the same engineers at different times) may vary. The actual reserves of the Company may be greater or less than those calculated. In addition, the Company's actual production, revenues, development and operating expenditures will vary from estimates thereof and such variations could be material.

Statements relating to "reserves" are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the reserves described exist in the quantities predicted or estimated and can be profitably produced in the future. There is no assurance that forecast price and cost assumptions will be attained and variances could be material.

Proved reserves are those reserves which are most certain to be recovered. There is at least a 90% probability that the quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the estimated proved reserves. Undeveloped reserves are those reserves expected to be recovered from known accumulations where a significant expenditure (for example, when compared to the cost of drilling a well) is required to render them capable of production. They must fully meet the requirements of the reserves classification (proved, probable) to which they are assigned. Proved undeveloped reserves are those reserves that can be estimated with a high degree of certainty and are expected to be recovered from known accumulations where a significant expenditure is required to render them capable of production.

The estimates of reserves and future net revenue for individual properties may not reflect the same confidence level as estimates of reserves and future net revenue for all properties due to the effects of aggregation. The estimated future net revenues contained in this news release do not necessarily represent the fair market value of the Company's reserves.

Special note for news distribution in the United States

The securities described in the news release have not been registered under the United Stated Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (the "1933 Act") or state securities laws. Any holder of these securities, by purchasing such securities, agrees for the benefit of Epsilon Energy Ltd. (the "Corporation") that such securities may not be offered, sold, or otherwise transferred only (A) to the Corporation or its affiliates; (B) outside the United States in accordance with applicable state laws and either (1) Rule 144(as) under the 1933 Act or (2) Rule 144 under the 1933 Act, if applicable.

EPSILON ENERGY LTD.
Interim Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(All amounts stated in US$)
Three months ended
June 30,
Six months ended
June 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Revenues:
Oil and gas revenue $ 3,732,620 $ 3,450,462 $ 6,921,399 $ 6,673,389
Gas gathering and compression revenue 2,511,971 3,719,016 4,939,124 7,141,739
Total revenue 6,244,591 7,169,478 11,860,523 13,815,128
Operating costs and expenses:
Project operating costs 2,335,667 3,038,545 4,633,543 5,222,029
Depletion, depreciation, amortization and decommissioning accretion 2,951,125 4,038,799 6,009,264 7,406,703
Stock based compensation expense 74,202 14,052 147,175 21,552
General and administrative 532,517 484,609 1,005,850 1,002,565
Total operating costs and expenses 5,893,511 7,576,005 11,795,832 13,652,849
Operating income (loss) 351,080 (406,527 ) 64,691 162,279
Other income and (expense):
Interest income 16,288 18 16,290 14,281
Finance expense (1,081,433 ) (1,015,778 ) (2,032,150 ) (2,059,686 )
Bad debt expense - (525,777 ) - (525,777 )
Other income (expense) 343 431,570 (96,536 ) 462,376
Net other income (expense) (1,064,802 ) (1,109,967 ) (2,112,396 ) (2,108,806 )
Income tax expense - current - - 23,800 444,743
Income tax (recovery) expense - deferred 180,593 44,312 108,193 (129,172 )
NET LOSS $ (894,315 ) $ (1,560,806 ) $ (2,179,698 ) $ (2,262,098 )
Net (loss) income per share, basic $ (0.02 ) $ (0.03 ) $ (0.05 ) $ (0.05 )
Net (loss) income per share, diluted $ (0.02 ) $ (0.03 ) $ (0.05 ) $ (0.05 )
Weighted average number of shares outstanding, basic 45,837,864 47,245,228 45,926,680 47,236,278
Weighted average number of shares outstanding, diluted 45,837,864 47,245,228 45,926,680 47,236,278
EPSILON ENERGY LTD.
Interim Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
(All amounts stated in US$)
June 30, December 31,
2016 2015
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 18,850,994 $ 16,954,664
Accounts receivable 3,551,461 3,214,406
Restricted cash-current 430,000 -
Investment 11,318,934 -
Other current assets 66,475 138,985
Total current assets 34,217,864 20,308,055
Non-current assets
Oil and gas interests:
Property and equipment (net) 97,012,867 102,159,208
Total non-current assets 97,012,867 102,159,208
Total assets $ 131,230,731 $ 122,467,263
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 4,485,518 $ 4,596,083
Revolving line of credit 16,660,000 7,000,000
Convertible debentures 28,714,602 -
Total current liabilities 49,860,120 11,596,083
Non-current liabilities
Convertible debentures - 26,790,579
Decommissioning liabilities 3,047,561 2,327,785
Deferred tax liability 14,334,152 14,225,959
Total non-current liabilities 17,381,713 43,344,323
Total liabilities 67,241,833 54,940,406
Equity
Share capital 126,315,325 127,371,404
Equity component of convertible debentures 5,033,884 5,019,523
Contributed surplus 5,943,851 5,796,676
Deficit (81,781,430 ) (79,877,471 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income 8,477,268 9,216,725
Total equity 63,988,898 67,526,857
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 131,230,731 $ 122,467,263
EPSILON ENERGY LTD.
Interim Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(All amounts stated in US$)
Six months ended June 30,
2016 2015
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (2,179,698 ) $ (2,262,098 )
Adjustments for:
Depletion, depreciation, amortization and decommissioning accretion 6,009,264 7,406,703
Debenture accretion and fee amortization 574,078 594,909
Stock-based compensation expense 147,175 21,552
Deferred income tax expense 108,193 315,571
Income taxes paid - (400,000 )
Bad debt expense - 525,777
Changes in non-cash balances related to operations 34,721 1,404,606
Net cash provided by operating activities 4,693,733 7,607,020
Cash flows from investing activities:
Additions to oil and natural gas properties - E&E - (1,400 )
Additions to oil and natural gas properties - PP&E (143,147 ) (3,167,740 )
Change in working capital related to capital asset additions (409,831 ) (216,101 )
Changes in restricted cash (430,000 ) -
Change in investment (11,318,934 ) -
Net cash used in investing activities (12,301,912 ) (3,385,241 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Purchase and cancellation of options - (16,808 )
Buyback of common shares (780,340 ) (438,465 )
Changes in restricted cash - 100,000
Purchase of convertible debenture (357,842 ) -
Additional draw on revolving line of credit (net of repayments) 9,660,000 -
Net cash used in financing activities 8,521,818 (355,273 )
Effect of currency rates on cash and cash equivalents 982,691 (427,864 )
Increase in cash and cash equivalents 1,896,330 3,438,642
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 16,954,664 16,061,731
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 18,850,994 $ 19,500,373
Cash and cash equivalents consist of:
Cash $ 18,850,994 $ 19,500,373
Cash and cash equivalents $ 18,850,994 $ 19,500,373
EPSILON ENERGY LTD.
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
(All amounts stated in US $000)
Three months ended
June 30,
Six months ended
June 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Net loss $ (895 ) $ (1,561 ) $ (2,180 ) $ (2,262 )
Add Back:
Net interest expense 1,065 1,016 2,016 2,046
Income tax provision 181 44 132 315
Depreciation, depletion, amortization, and accretion 2,951 4,039 6,009 7,407
Stock based compensation expense 74 14 147 22
Other income (loss) - 524 91 493
Adjusted EBITDA $ 3,376 $ 4,076 $ 6,215 $ 8,021

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