SOURCE: GeoMet, Inc.

GeoMet, Inc.

August 10, 2009 08:00 ET

GeoMet Announces Financial and Operating Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2009

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - August 10, 2009) - GeoMet, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMET) ("GeoMet" or the "Company") today announced its financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2009.

J. Darby Seré, GeoMet's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, had the following comments, "Realized natural gas prices for the second quarter declined almost 30% from the first quarter and almost 70% from the second quarter of 2008. As a result, revenues declined significantly and the Company incurred another ceiling test impairment. The impact on cash flows as compared to the first quarter was largely mitigated by the success of our cost reduction program, as production and administrative costs were cut by more than 25%, and by our hedging position which generated over $2.7 million in realized gains during the second quarter. Our hedging position was strengthened for the June through October time period so, depending on price levels, we expect a similar or greater impact from our hedges in the third quarter. We also reduced our capital spending to restrain indebtedness and to protect our liquidity."

Second Quarter 2009 Financial and Operating Results

For the quarter ended June 30, 2009, GeoMet reported a net loss of $19.4 million, or a loss of $0.50 per diluted share. Included in the net loss was a $27.6 million, or $0.71 per fully diluted share, pre-tax, non-cash impairment to the Company's natural gas properties and a $2.1 million, or $0.05 per fully diluted share, pre-tax, non-cash, mark-to-market loss on derivative contracts. The Company received net cash payments of $2.7 million from derivative contracts during the current quarter. For the quarter ended June 30, 2008, GeoMet reported a net loss of $3.2 million, or $0.08 per diluted share. Included in the net loss for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 was a $12.1 million, or $0.31 per fully diluted share, pre-tax, non-cash, mark-to-market loss on derivative contracts. The Company made net cash payments of $1.5 million on derivative contracts during the prior year quarter.

Adjusted Net Loss for the second quarter of 2009 was $0.8 million as compared to Adjusted Net Income of $5.5 million in the second quarter of 2008. Adjusted Net (Loss) Income is a non-GAAP measure. See the accompanying table for a reconciliation of Adjusted Net (Loss) Income to Net Loss.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter decreased to $2.8 million from $11.5 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. See the accompanying table for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Loss.

Gas sales for the quarter were $6.8 million as compared to gas sales of $20.7 million in the second quarter of 2008. The average natural gas price during the quarter was $3.59 per Mcf as compared to the prior year quarter average of $11.15 per Mcf. The average natural gas price, adjusted for realized gains and losses on derivative contracts, was $5.03 per Mcf during the second quarter of 2009 versus $10.35 per Mcf for the same period in 2008.

Average net gas sales volumes for the quarter ended June 30, 2009 were 20.9 MMcf per day, a 3% increase from the same quarter in 2008. The increase in net gas sales volumes for the quarter ended June 30, 2009 over the same quarter in 2008 was 7% when the net gas sales volumes for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 exclude volumes from an overriding royalty interest that was sold effective July 1, 2008.

Capital expenditures for the quarter ended June 30, 2009 were $2.2 million, compared to $13.1 million for the same quarter in the prior year.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2009 Financial and Operating Results

For the six months ended June 30, 2009, GeoMet reported a net loss of $107.1 million, or a loss of $2.75 per diluted share. Included in the net loss was a $167.3 million, or $4.29 per fully diluted share, pre-tax, non-cash impairment to the Company's natural gas properties and a $2.0 million, or $0.05 per fully diluted share, pre-tax, non-cash, mark-to-market loss on derivative contracts. The Company received net cash payments of $5.5 million on derivative contracts during the current period. For the six months ended June 30, 2008, GeoMet reported a net loss of $5.3 million, or $0.14 per diluted share. Included in the net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2008 was a $20.7 million, or $0.53 per fully diluted share, pre-tax, non-cash, mark-to-market loss on derivative contracts. The Company made net cash payments of $0.6 million on derivative contracts during the prior year period.

Adjusted Net Loss for the six months ended June 30, 2009 was $1.8 million as compared to Adjusted Net Income of $8.8 million in the prior year period. Adjusted Net (Loss) Income is a non-GAAP measure. See the accompanying table for a reconciliation of Adjusted Net (Loss) Income to Net Loss.

Adjusted EBITDA for the six months ended June 30, 2009 decreased to $6.1 million from $20.8 million in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. See the accompanying table for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Loss.

Gas sales for the six months ended June 30, 2009 were $16.3 million as compared to gas sales of $36.3 million in the second quarter of 2008. The average natural gas price during the six months ended June 30, 2009 was $4.30 per Mcf as compared to the prior year period average of $9.73 per Mcf. The average natural gas price, adjusted for realized gains and losses on derivative contracts, was $5.74 per Mcf during the six months ended June 30, 2009 versus $9.57 per Mcf for the same period in 2008.

Average net gas sales volumes for the six months ended June 30, 2009 were 20.9 MMcf per day, a 2% increase from the same period in 2008. The increase in net gas sales volumes for the six months ended June 30, 2009 over the same period in 2008 was 6% when the net gas sales volumes for the six months ended June 30, 2008 exclude volumes from an overriding royalty interest that was sold effective July 1, 2008.

Capital expenditures for the six months ended June 30, 2009 were $5.4 million, compared to $21.2 million for the same period in the prior year.

Forward-Looking Statements Notice

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those risks, trends and uncertainties are our estimate of the sufficiency of our existing capital sources, our ability to raise additional capital to fund cash requirements for future operations, the uncertainties involved in estimating quantities of proved oil and natural gas reserves, in prospect development and property acquisitions and in projecting future rates of production, the timing of development expenditures and drilling of wells, and the operating hazards attendant to the oil and gas business. In particular, careful consideration should be given to cautionary statements made in the various reports the Company has filed with the SEC. GeoMet undertakes no duty to update or revise these forward-looking statements.

Conference Call Information

GeoMet will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss the results for the quarter ended June 30, 2009 on August 10, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. Central Time. To participate, dial (888) 571-8168 a few minutes before the call begins. Please reference GeoMet, Inc. conference ID 19076895. The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet from the Company's website at www.geometinc.com. A replay of the conference call will be archived on the Company's website shortly after the end of the call on August 10, 2009.

About GeoMet, Inc.

GeoMet, Inc. is an independent energy company primarily engaged in the exploration for and development and production of natural gas from coal seams ("coalbed methane") and non-conventional shallow gas. Our principal operations and producing properties are located in the Cahaba Basin in Alabama and the Central Appalachian Basin in West Virginia and Virginia. We also control additional coalbed methane and oil and gas development rights, principally in Alabama, British Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia.

                               GEOMET, INC.
              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                 (In thousands, except per share amounts)



                              Three Months Ended       Six Months Ended
                                   June 30,                June 30,
                            ----------------------  ----------------------
                               2009        2008        2009        2008
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Revenues:
Gas sales                   $    6,838  $   20,701  $   16,290  $   36,282
Operating fees and other            77         203         175         501
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Total revenues                   6,915      20,904      16,465      36,783

Expenses:
Total production expenses        4,954       5,280      11,339      10,495
Depreciation, depletion and
 amortization                    1,982       2,489       5,018       4,949
Impairment of gas
 properties                     27,582          --     167,295          --
General and administrative       2,181       2,887       5,154       5,380
Realized (gains) losses on
 derivative contracts           (2,734)      1,493      (5,457)        631
Unrealized losses on
 derivative contracts            2,144      12,098       1,958      20,745
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Total operating expenses        36,109      24,247     185,307      42,200
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Operating loss                 (29,194)     (3,343)   (168,842)     (5,417)
Other expenses & interest,
 net                            (1,404)     (1,069)     (2,378)     (2,371)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Loss before income taxes       (30,598)     (4,412)   (171,220)     (7,788)
Income tax benefit              11,212       1,235      64,108       2,469
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Net loss                    $  (19,386) $   (3,177) $ (107,112) $   (5,319)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

Loss per share:
Net loss
Basic                       $    (0.50) $    (0.08) $    (2.75) $    (0.14)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Diluted                     $    (0.50) $    (0.08) $    (2.75) $    (0.14)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Weighted average number of
 common shares:
Basic                           39,123      39,271      39,024      39,140
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Diluted                         39,123      39,271      39,024      39,140
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========





                               GEOMET, INC.
                  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

                              (In thousands)


                                                    June 30,   December 31,
                                                      2009         2008
                                                  ------------ ------------
Assets:
Current assets                                    $     12,044 $     17,938
Properties and equipment, net of accumulated
 depreciation, depletion, amortization and
 impairment of gas properties                          191,711      358,299
Other assets                                            20,077        1,363
                                                  ------------ ------------
Total assets                                      $    223,832 $    377,600
                                                  ============ ============


Liabilities and stockholders' equity:
Current liabilities                               $     10,518 $     19,379
Long-term debt                                         122,285      117,118
Other long-term liabilities                              4,890       48,671
                                                  ------------ ------------
Total liabilities                                      137,693      185,168
                                                  ------------ ------------
Total stockholders' equity                              86,139      192,432
                                                  ------------ ------------
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity        $    223,832 $    377,600
                                                  ============ ============





                               GEOMET, INC.
              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

                              (In thousands)



                                                         Six Months Ended
                                                             June 30,
                                                        ------------------
                                                          2009      2008
                                                        --------  --------

Net cash provided by operating activities               $  3,243  $ 17,574
Net cash used in investing activities                     (9,302)  (18,549)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities        5,173     3,482
Effect of exchange rates changes on cash                      10       (11)
                                                        --------  --------
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents            (876)    2,496
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period           2,097     1,540
                                                        --------  --------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period              $  1,221  $  4,036
                                                        ========  ========





                               GEOMET, INC.
                           OPERATING STATISTICS



                                          Three Months       Six Months
                                              Ended             Ended
                                            June 30,           June 30,
                                        ----------------- -----------------
                                          2009     2008     2009     2008
                                        -------  -------- -------- --------

Net sales volumes (MMcf)                  1,903     1,856    3,790    3,727
Per Mcf data ($/Mcf):
Average natural gas sales price         $  3.59  $  11.15 $   4.30 $   9.73
Differential to NYMEX (1)               $ (0.04) $   0.23 $   0.04 $   0.25
Average natural gas sales price
 realized (2)                           $  5.03  $  10.35 $   5.74 $   9.57
Adjusted lease operating expense (3)    $  1.72  $   1.85 $   2.04 $   1.85
Compression expenses                    $  0.50  $   0.40 $   0.47 $   0.38
Transportation expense                  $  0.22  $   0.14 $   0.27 $   0.17
Production taxes                        $  0.13  $   0.34 $   0.16 $   0.29
Total production expenses, as adjusted
 (3)                                    $  2.57  $   2.73 $   2.94 $   2.68
Depreciation, depletion and
 amortization                           $  1.04  $   1.31 $   1.32 $   1.31

                                           Three Months      Six Months
                                              Ended            Ended
                                             June 30,         June 30,
                                         ---------------- -----------------
                                          2009     2008     2009     2008
                                         ------- -------- -------- --------
POND CREEK FIELD
Net sales volumes (MMcf)                   1,312    1,223    2,603    2,446
Per Mcf data ($/Mcf):
Lease operating expense                  $  1.14 $   1.53 $   1.44 $   1.57
Compression expense                      $  0.41 $   0.35 $   0.36 $   0.36
Transportation expense                   $  0.31 $   0.22 $   0.38 $   0.25
Production taxes                         $  0.10 $   0.17 $   0.13 $   0.12
Total production expenses                $  1.96 $   2.27 $   2.31 $   2.30

GURNEE FIELD
Net sales volumes (MMcf)                     537      550    1,094    1,109
Per Mcf data ($/Mcf):
Adjusted lease operating expense (3)     $  2.60 $   2.85 $   2.79 $   2.75
Compression expense                      $  0.58 $   0.56 $   0.59 $   0.52
Production taxes                         $  0.18 $   0.66 $   0.25 $   0.59
Total production expenses, as
 adjusted (3)                            $  3.36 $   4.07 $   3.63 $   3.86


(1)   The difference between the average natural gas price for the period,
      before the impact of gain and losses on derivative contract, and the
      final average settlement price for natural gas contracts on the New
      York Mercantile Exchange ("NYMEX") for each month during the
      applicable period weighted by gas sales volumes.
(2)   Average realized price includes the effects of realized gains on
      derivative contracts.
(3)   Produced water disposal fees are recorded as operating fees and other
      on the Statement of Operations. Lease operating expense per Mcf has
      been adjusted for produced water disposal fees because the fees are
      not reflected in the net gas sales volumes. See Reconciliation of
      Adjusted Lease Operating Expense.




                               GEOMET, INC.
                CONSOLIDATED DERIVATIVE CONTRACT POSITIONS

      At June 30, 2009, the Company had the following natural gas collar
       positions:

                                      Volume    Sold      Bought    Sold
Period                               (MMBtu)   Ceiling    Floor     Floor
                                    --------- --------  --------- --------
July through October 2009             738,000 $     (1) $    7.50 $   5.25
July through October 2009             738,000 $     (1) $    8.50 $   6.50
July through October 2009 (1)       1,476,000 $   4.50  $    3.70 $     (1)
November 2009 through March 2010      906,000 $  11.20  $    9.50 $   7.00
November 2009 through March 2010      604,000 $   6.65  $    5.50 $   3.50
April through October 2010            856,000 $   6.80  $    5.50 $   3.50

(1)   In connection with the July through October 2009 natural gas collar
      related to natural gas volumes of 1,476,000 MMBtu/day denoted above,
      the Company eliminated the existing $10.00 sold ceilings with respect
      to all three-way-collars through October 2009.


      At June 30, 2009, the Company had the following natural gas swap
       position:

                                      Volume
Period                               (MMBtu)    Price
                                    --------- ---------
July through October 2009             492,000 $    4.47


      At June 30, 2009, the Company had the following interest rate swap
       positions:

                                      Designated
                         Effective     maturity     Fixed        Notional
Description                 date         date      rate (2)       Amount
                        ------------ ------------ -----------  ------------
Floating-to-fixed swap    12/14/2007   12/14/2010        3.86% $ 15,000,000
Floating-to-fixed swap      1/3/2008     1/4/2010        3.95% $ 10,000,000
Floating-to-fixed swap     3/25/2008    3/25/2010        2.38% $ 10,000,000
Floating-to-fixed swap     5/13/2008    5/13/2010        3.07% $  5,000,000
Floating-to-fixed swap      1/6/2009     1/6/2011        1.38% $  5,000,000

(2)   The floating rate paid by the counterparty is the British Bankers'
      Association LIBOR rate.




                               GEOMET, INC.
              RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA TO NET LOSS

                              (In thousands)



                              Three Months Ended       Six Months Ended
                                   June 30,                June 30,
                            ----------------------  ----------------------
                               2009        2008        2009        2008
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Net loss                    $  (19,386) $   (3,177) $ (107,112) $   (5,319)
Add: Interest expense, net
 of interest income and
 amounts capitalized             1,413       1,104       2,386       2,400
(Deduct): Other income              (9)        (35)         (8)        (29)
(Deduct): Income tax
 benefit                       (11,212)     (1,235)    (64,108)     (2,469)
Add: Depreciation,
 depletion and amortization      1,982       2,489       5,018       4,949
Add: Impairment of gas
 properties                     27,582          --     167,295          --
Add: Unrealized losses on
 derivative contracts            2,144      12,098       1,958      20,745
Add: Stock based
 compensation                      189         196         501         384
Add: Accretion expense             105          84         213         168
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Adjusted EBITDA             $    2,808  $   11,524  $    6,143  $   20,829
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

The table above reconciles net loss to Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA is
defined as net loss before net interest expense, other non-operating
income, income taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization, and
minority interest before unrealized losses on derivative contracts,
stock-based compensation and accretion expense. Although Adjusted EBITDA is
not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with accounting
principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP),
management believes that it is useful to GeoMet and to an investor in
evaluating our company because it is a widely used measure to evaluate a
company's operating performance.




                               GEOMET, INC.
         RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET (LOSS) INCOME TO NET LOSS

                              (In thousands)



                              Three Months Ended       Six Months Ended
                                   June 30,                June 30,
                            ----------------------  ----------------------
                               2009        2008        2009        2008
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Net loss                    $  (19,386) $   (3,177) $ (107,112) $   (5,319)
Impairment of gas
 properties                     27,582          --     167,295          --
Unrealized losses on
 derivative contracts,
 net of tax                      2,144      12,098       1,958      20,745
Effect of income taxes         (11,164)     (3,387)    (63,952)     (6,577)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Adjusted Net (Loss) Income  $     (824) $    5,534  $   (1,811) $    8,849
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========



The table above reconciles net loss to Adjusted Net (Loss) Income. Adjusted
Net (Loss) Income is calculated by eliminating unrealized losses on
derivative contracts from net loss, non-cash impairments to our gas
properties, and their related tax effects to arrive at Adjusted Net
(Loss)Income. The tax effects are determined by calculating the tax
provision for GAAP net loss and comparing the results to the tax provision
for Adjusted Net (Loss) Income, which excludes the adjusting items. The
difference in the tax provision calculations represents the effect of
income taxes. The calculation is performed at the end of each quarter and,
as a result, the tax rates for each discrete period are different. Although
Adjusted Net (Loss) Income is a non-GAAP measure, we believe it is useful
information for investors because the unrealized losses relate to
derivative contracts that hedge our production in future months. The losses
associated with derivative contracts that hedge current production are
recognized in net loss and are not eliminated in determining Adjusted Net
(Loss) Income. The adjustment better matches losses on derivative contracts
with the period when the underlying hedged production occurs.




                               GEOMET, INC.
            RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED LEASE OPERATING EXPENSE

                              (In thousands)



                                          Three Months       Six Months
                                              Ended            Ended
                                            June 30,          June 30,
                                        ----------------- -----------------
                                          2009     2008     2009     2008
                                        -------- -------- -------- --------

Lease operating expense                 $  3,348 $  3,640 $  7,918 $  7,391
Deduct: Produced water disposal fees          77      203      175      501
                                        -------- -------- -------- --------
Adjusted lease operating expense        $  3,271 $  3,437 $  7,743 $  6,890
                                        ======== ======== ======== ========


The table above reconciles lease operating expense to adjusted lease
operating expense. Adjusted lease operating expense is calculated by
eliminating the produced water disposal fees from lease operating expense
to arrive at adjusted lease operating expense. Although adjusted lease
operating expense is a non-GAAP measure, we believe it is useful
information for investors because produced water disposal fees are recorded
as operating fees and other on the Statement of Operations. Lease operating
costs per Mcf are adjusted for produced water disposal fees because the
fees are not reflected in the net gas sales price. The adjustment better
matches lease operating expense with the natural gas sales revenues it is
associated with.

Contact Information

  • For more information please contact:
    Stephen M. Smith
    (713) 287-2251
    Email Contact

    John Baldissera
    BPC Financial
    (800) 368-1217

    or

    visit our website at www.geometinc.com