SOURCE: GeoMet, Inc.

GeoMet, Inc.

November 13, 2012 08:30 ET

GeoMet Announces Financial and Operating Results for the Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Nov 13, 2012) - GeoMet, Inc. (OTCQB: GMET) (NASDAQ: GMETP) ("GeoMet" or the "Company") today announced its financial and operating results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2012.

William C. Rankin, GeoMet's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "In August, we amended our bank credit agreement to address the borrowing base deficiency that then existed and have recently begun a scheduled borrowing base determination which should be complete in December. Year to date, we have reduced bank debt by approximately $15 million through internally generated cash flow. We are currently in compliance with all the terms of our amended credit agreement. Our search for strategic alternatives continues. We intend to explore all options."

Third Quarter 2012 Financial and Operating Results

For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, GeoMet reported a net loss of $34.4 million. Included in the net loss was a $25.4 million impairment to the Company's gas properties, a $4.8 million loss on natural gas derivatives, and a $1.4 million write off of debt issuance costs. For the quarter ended September 30, 2011, GeoMet reported net income of $2.4 million. Included in net income was a $4.2 million gain on natural gas derivatives.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, GeoMet reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $35.8 million, or $0.89 per fully diluted share. Included in the net loss available to common stockholders for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 were charges of $0.5 million for accretion of preferred stock and $0.9 million for paid-in-kind ("PIK") dividends on preferred stock. For the quarter ended September 30, 2011, GeoMet reported net income available to common stockholders of $0.6 million, or $0.02 per fully diluted share. Included in net income available to common stockholders for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 were charges of $0.4 million for accretion of preferred stock and $1.4 million for PIK dividends on preferred stock.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, Adjusted EBITDA increased to $5.1 million from $4.3 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) Income. Adjusted EBITDA, including the return of basis in the settlement of natural gas derivative contracts in the amount of $2.2 million acquired in the November 2011 asset purchase, totaled $7.3 million for the current year quarter. We believe this non-GAAP measure is also important for the reporting period because it includes the total cash flows being generated by the hedges acquired in the November 2011 asset purchase. Such hedges were integral and a critical component of the value related to acquired gas properties. 

Revenues combined with all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts increased to $15.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 from $10.3 million in the prior year quarter. The average natural gas price, adjusted for all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, was $4.52 per Mcf during the quarter ended September 30, 2012 versus $5.26 per Mcf for the prior year quarter. Revenues, as reported for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, which excludes the effects of all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, were $9.7 million, as compared to $8.6 million for the prior year quarter. The average natural gas price, excluding the effects of all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 was $2.83 per Mcf as compared to the prior year quarter average of $4.39 per Mcf.

Average net gas sales volumes for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 were 36.9 MMcf per day, a 75% increase from the same quarter in 2011 primarily due to the properties acquired in the November 2011 asset purchase.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012 Financial and Operating Results

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, GeoMet reported a net loss of $141.2 million. Included in the net loss was an $83.5 million impairment of gas properties, a $44.0 million write off of our deferred tax asset, a $1.4 million write off of debt issuance costs, a $1.0 million charge for restructuring costs and a $0.7 million loss on the disposal of our Canadian operations. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, GeoMet reported net income of $4.0 million. Included in net income was a $6.6 million gain on natural gas derivatives.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, GeoMet reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $145.4 million, or $3.63 per fully diluted share. Included in the net loss available to common stockholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were charges of $1.4 million for accretion of preferred stock and $2.8 million for PIK dividends on preferred stock. For the period ended September 30, 2011, GeoMet reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $1.4 million, or $0.03 per fully diluted share. Included in the net loss available to common stockholders for the period ended September 30, 2011 were charges of $1.3 million for accretion of preferred stock and $4.0 million for PIK dividends on preferred stock.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, Adjusted EBITDA increased to $16.2 million from $15.0 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) Income. Adjusted EBITDA, including the return of basis in the settlement of natural gas derivative contracts in the amount of $7.2 million acquired in the November 2011 asset purchase, totaled $23.4 million for the current year period. We believe this non-GAAP measure is also important for the reporting period because it includes the total cash flows being generated by the hedges acquired in the November 2011 asset purchase. Such hedges were integral and a critical component of the value related to acquired gas properties. 

Revenues combined with all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, increased to $48.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 from $31.6 million in the prior year period. The average natural gas price, adjusted for all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, was $4.61 per Mcf during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 versus $5.59 per Mcf for the prior year period. Revenues, as reported for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, which excludes the effects of all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, were $27.7 million, as compared to $24.9 million for the prior year period. The average natural gas price, excluding the effects of all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $2.62 per Mcf as compared to the prior year period average of $4.40 per Mcf.

Average net gas sales volumes for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were 38.2 MMcf per day, an 86% increase from the same period in 2011 primarily due to the properties acquired in the November 2011 asset purchase.

As of September 30, 2012, we had a working capital deficit of $7.9 million. The working capital deficit as of September 30, 2012 was primarily the result of the classification of $14.1 million of our borrowings under our credit agreement as a current liability for scheduled payments over the next twelve months. We believe that our cash flows generated by the Company, will provide us with sufficient resources to fund our working capital deficit and to meet our obligations in connection with operating our properties. However, there can be no assurance that future borrowing base determinations will not result in additional payment obligations under the credit agreement or that our cash flows will not be adversely impacted by events beyond our control. 

Forward-Looking Statements Notice

This press release contains "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. Except for statements of historical facts, all statements included in the document, including those preceded by, followed by or that otherwise include the words "believe," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "estimates," "projects," "target," "goal," "plans," "objective," "should" or similar expressions or variations on such words are forward-looking statements. 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 volatility of future natural gas prices, 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 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 and nine months ended September 30, 2012 on November 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Central Time. To participate, dial (888) 452-4023 a few minutes before the call begins. Please reference GeoMet, Inc. conference ID 5354330. 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 accessible shortly after the end of the call on November 13, 2012 and will be available through November 24, 2012. To access the conference call replay, please dial (888) 203-1112 and enter replay pass code 5354330 when prompted.

About GeoMet, Inc.

GeoMet, Inc. is engaged in the exploration for and development and production of natural gas from coal seams ("coalbed methane"). Our principal operations and producing properties are located in the Cahaba and Black Warrior Basins in Alabama and the Central Appalachian Basin in Virginia and West Virginia. We also control additional coalbed methane and oil and gas development rights, principally in Alabama, Virginia, and West Virginia.

For more information please contact Stephen M. Smith at (713) 287-2251 (ssmith@geometcbm.com) or visit our website at www.geometinc.com.

   
GEOMET, INC.  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
(In thousands, except per share amounts)  
   
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
    September 30,     September 30,  
    2012     2011     2012     2011  
Revenues:                                
  Gas sales   $ 9,610     $ 8,520     $ 27,465     $ 24,702  
  Operating fees and other     55       65       191       210  
Total revenues     9,665       8,585       27,655       24,912  
                                 
Expenses:                                
  Total production expenses     7,076       4,456       21,385       12,831  
  Depreciation, depletion and amortization     2,540       1,677       9,460       4,901  
  Impairment of gas properties     25,432       --       83,467       --  
  General and administrative     1,097       1,159       3,765       4,084  
  Restructuring costs     188       --       953       --  
  Acquisition costs     --       371       --       371  
  Realized gains on derivative contracts     (3,496 )     (1,682 )     (13,600 )     (6,715 )
  Unrealized losses (gains) on derivative contracts     8,280       (2,544 )     13,259       109  
Total operating expenses     41,117       3,437       118,689       15,581  
                                 
Operating (loss) income     (31,452 )     5,148       (91,033 )     9,332  
                                 
Write off of debt issuance costs     (1,378 )     --       (1,378 )     --  
Other expenses & interest, net     (1,512 )     (851 )     (4,056 )     (2,511 )
(Loss) income before income taxes and discontinued operations     (34,342 )     4,297       (96,467 )     6,821  
                                 
Income tax expense     (6 )     (1,620 )     (44,037 )     (2,527 )
                                 
(Loss) income before discontinued operations     (34,348 )     2,677       (140,504 )     4,294  
                                 
Discontinued operations, net of tax     (26 )     (247 )     (722 )     (341 )
                                 
Net (loss) income   $ (34,374 )   $ 2,430     $ (141,226 )   $ 3,953  
                                 
Accretion of Preferred Stock     (485 )     (449 )     (1,418 )     (1,309 )
Cash Dividends on Preferred Stock     (1 )     (1 )     (2 )     (2 )
PIK Dividends on Preferred Stock     (904 )     (1,378 )     (2,764 )     (4,010 )
                                 
Net (loss) income available to common stockholders   $ (35,764 )   $ 602     $ (145,410 )   $ (1,368 )
                                 
Net (loss) income per common share:                                
Basic   $ (0.89 )   $ 0.02     $ (3.63 )   $ (0.03 )
Diluted   $ (0.89 )   $ 0.02     $ (3.63 )   $ (0.03 )
Weighted average number of common shares:                                
Basic     40,287       39,640       40,019       39,577  
Diluted     40,287       39,968       40,019       39,577  
                                 
                                 
 
GEOMET, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
 
    September 30,
2012
    December 31,
2011
ASSETS              
Current Assets:              
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 7,006     $ 458
  Accounts receivable     4,412       4,402
  Inventory     299       597
  Derivative asset - natural gas hedges     6,813       20,685
  Other current assets     1,387       1,141
               
Total current assets     19,917       27,283
               
Property and equipment - net     84,712       176,393
               
Other noncurrent assets:              
  Derivative asset - natural gas hedges     --       1,766
  Deferred income taxes     1,422       48,171
  Other     2,037       3,533
               
Total other noncurrent assets     3,459       53,470
               
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 108,088     $ 257,146
               
LIABILITIES, MEZZANINE AND STOCKHOLDERS' (DEFICIT) EQUITY              
Current Liabilities:              
  Accounts payable   $ 8,778     $ 7,500
  Accrued liabilities     2,465       3,936
  Deferred income taxes     1,422       4,153
  Derivative liability - natural gas contracts     1,066        
  Asset retirement liability             32
  Current portion of long-term debt     14,100       92
               
Total current liabilities     27,831       15,713
               
Long-term debt     131,500       158,172
Asset retirement liability     8,486       8,139
Derivative liability - natural gas contracts     3,703       --
Other long-term accrued liabilities     151       8
               
TOTAL LIABILITIES     171,671       182,032
               
               
Mezzanine equity:              
Series A Convertible Redeemable Preferred Stock     33,283       28,483
               
Stockholders' (deficit) equity     (96,866 )     46,631
               
TOTAL LIABILITIES, MEZZANINE AND STOCKHOLDERS' (DEFICIT) EQUITY   $ 108,088     $ 257,146
               
               
   
GEOMET, INC.  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
   
(In thousands)  
   
    Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
 
    2012     2011  
Net cash provided by operating activities   $ 13,595     $ 11,583  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (1)     6,295       (11,873 )
Net cash (used in) provided by in financing activities (2)     (13,347 )     216  
Effect of exchange rates changes on cash     5       --  
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     6,548       (74 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     458       537  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 7,006     $ 463  
                 
(1)   Net cash provided by investing activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 primarily consists of the return of basis in the settlement of natural gas derivative contracts acquired in the November 2011 asset purchase.
(2)   Primarily consists of reduction of bank debt.
     
     
 
GEOMET, INC.
OPERATING STATISTICS
 
    Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    2012   2011   2012   2011
                         
Per Mcf data ($/Mcf):                        
                         
CONSOLIDATED                        
Net sales volumes (MMcf)     3,391     1,940     10,468     5,619
Average natural gas sales price realized(1)   $ 3.87   $ 5.26   $ 3.92   $ 5.59
Average natural gas sales price realized including return of basis (2)   $ 4.52   $ 5.26   $ 4.61   $ 5.59
Differential to NYMEX (3)   $ 0.03   $ 0.20   $ 0.04   $ 0.19
Average natural gas sales price   $ 2.83   $ 4.39   $ 2.62   $ 4.40
Lease operating expenses   $ 1.30   $ 1.54   $ 1.28   $ 1.56
Compression and transportation expenses   $ 0.65   $ 0.56   $ 0.65   $ 0.53
Production taxes   $ 0.13   $ 0.20   $ 0.12   $ 0.19
Total production expenses   $ 2.09   $ 2.30   $ 2.04   $ 2.28
Depletion   $ 0.72   $ 0.82   $ 0.87   $ 0.82
CENTRAL APPALACHIAN BASIN                        
Net sales volumes (MMcf)     2,374     1,480     7,344     4,267
Lease operating expenses   $ 1.21   $ 1.14   $ 1.20   $ 1.18
Compression and transportation expenses   $ 0.83   $ 0.60   $ 0.83   $ 0.57
Production taxes   $ 0.12   $ 0.20   $ 0.11   $ 0.19
Total production expenses   $ 2.16   $ 1.94   $ 2.14   $ 1.94
ALABAMA                        
Net sales volumes (MMcf)     1,017     460     3,125     1,352
Lease operating expenses   $ 1.51   $ 2.81   $ 1.44   $ 2.79
Compression and transportation expenses   $ 0.25   $ 0.42   $ 0.232   $ 0.38
Production taxes   $ 0.15   $ 0.20   $ 0.14   $ 0.21
Total production expenses   $ 1.91   $ 3.43   $ 1.81   $ 3.38
                         
(1)   Average natural gas sales price realized includes the effects of realized gains and losses on derivative contracts.
(2)   Average natural gas sales price realized includes the effects of realized gains and losses on derivative contracts, as well as the return of the original basis in the derivative contracts.
(3)   The difference between the average natural gas price for the period, before the impact of gains on derivative contracts, 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 which were adversely impacted by the acquisition completed in November 2011.
(4)   Average natural gas sales price excludes the effects of realized gains and losses on derivative contracts, as well as the return of the original basis in the derivative contracts.
     
     
 
GEOMET, INC.
CONSOLIDATED DERIVATIVE CONTRACT POSITIONS
 

At September 30, 2012, the Company had the following natural gas swap position:

Period   Volume
(MMBtu)
    Price
Fourth Quarter of 2012   3,193,969   $ 4.88
First Quarter of 2013   2,880,000   $ 4.42
Second Quarter of 2013   2,912,000   $ 3.60
Third Quarter of 2013   2,944,000   $ 3.60
Fourth Quarter of 2013   2,944,000   $ 3.60
First Quarter of 2014   1,440,000   $ 3.82
    8,590,979      

At September 30, 2012, we had the following natural gas collar positions:

Period   Volume
(MMBtu)
  Sold
Ceiling
  Bought
Floor
January 2014 through December 2015   3,650,000   $ 4.30   $ 3.60
January 2014 through December 2015   3,650,000   $ 4.20   $ 3.50
    7,300,000            

At September 30, 2012, we had the following natural gas basis swap position:

Period   Volume
(MMBtu)
  Fixed
Basis
October through December 2012   138,000   $ 0.04

As of September 30, 2012, we had the following forward sales at NYMEX plus a fixed basis:

Period   Volume
(MMBtu)
  Fixed
Basis
October 2012 through March 2013   910,000   $ 0.19
November 2012 through March 2013   1,540,200   $ 0.22
    2,450,200      
           
   
   
GEOMET, INC.  
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA TO NET (LOSS) INCOME  
   
(In thousands)  
   
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
    September 30,     September 30,  
    2012     2011     2012     2011  
                         
Net (loss) income   $ (34,374 )   $ 2,430     $ (141,226 )   $ 3,953  
Add: Interest expense, net of interest income and amounts capitalized and amortization of loan fees     2,890       864       5,430       2,519  
(Deduct) Add: Other expense (income)     (1 )     (13 )     3       (8 )
Add (Deduct): Income tax expense (benefit)     6       1,620       44,037       2,527  
Add: Impairment of gas properties     25,432       --       83,467       --  
Add: Depreciation, depletion and amortization (1)     2,540       1,677       9,460       4,901  
Add (Deduct): Unrealized (gains) losses on derivative contracts     8,280       (2,544 )     13,259       109  
Add: Loss on the sale of Hudson's Hope Gas, Ltd.     --       --       683       --  
Add: Stock based compensation     120       125       513       576  
Add: Accretion expense - asset retirement obligations     193       137       585       408  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 5,086     $ 4,296     $ 16,211     $ 14,985  
                                 
(1)   Depreciation, depletion and amortization include amounts reported in Discontinued operations, net of tax on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.
     

The table above reconciles Adjusted EBITDA to net (loss) income. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net (loss) income before net interest expense, other non-operating expense (income), income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization, impairment of gas properties, unrealized (gains) losses on natural gas derivative contracts, loss on the sale of Hudson's Hope Gas, Ltd., 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 cash flows and operating performance.

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