SOURCE: Magnum Hunter Resources

Magnum Hunter Resources

May 09, 2011 09:00 ET

Magnum Hunter Resources Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial and Operating Results

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) - Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (NYSE: MHR) (NYSE Amex: MHR-PrC) (NYSE Amex: MHR-PrD) ("Magnum Hunter" or the "Company") announced its financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2011.

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2011

Magnum Hunter reported an increase in revenues of 130% compared to the first quarter of 2010. Total revenues were $15.3 million compared to $6.7 million during the first quarter of 2010. This was driven principally by the significant increase in production from the Company's ongoing drilling programs. Operating margins also improved substantially as lease operating expenses per barrel of oil equivalent ("boe") declined from $23.32/boe to $12.67/boe, primarily due to the addition of new production and tighter controls on field operating expenses related to producing properties acquired. Recurring cash general and administrative costs per boe also declined significantly to $15.80/boe as recurring cash G&A in the aggregate was essentially flat compared to 2010. The Company anticipates this trend of improving operating statistics to continue as 2011 progresses.

The Company reported a net loss of $9.3 million or ($0.12) per basic and diluted common shares outstanding for the first quarter of 2011, compared to a net loss of $4.0 million, or ($0.07) per basic and diluted common shares outstanding during the first quarter of 2010. The Company's first quarter 2011 net loss included $6.9 million of non-recurring and non-cash charges which included acquisition costs of $1.7 million ($0.02 per share), unrealized derivatives loss of $3.3 million ($0.04 per share), non-cash stock compensation expense of $1.4 million ($0.02 per share). Adjusting for these non-recurring and non-cash charges, Magnum Hunter's first quarter recurring net loss would have been ($0.03) per basic and diluted common shares outstanding.

Production Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2011

Average daily production during the first quarter ended March 31, 2011 was 2,629 barrels of oil equivalent per day ("boepd") (50% crude oil) which represents a 91% increase over the 1,374 boepd reported during the first quarter of 2010 and a 59% increase over the production rate of 1,652 boepd reported during the fourth quarter of 2010. The Company's average daily production pro forma for the recently closed NGAS and NuLoch transactions is in excess of 6,000 boepd. Magnum Hunter expects to achieve an average daily production exit rate for fiscal year 2011 in excess of 10,000 boepd.

Capital Expenditures and Liquidity

Total capital expenditures incurred during the first quarter of 2011 were $52 million, excluding acquisitions. Magnum Hunter recently announced an increase in its capital expenditure budget of $105 million to $255 million for 2011 from the prior budget $150 million. The Company intends to fund this expanded capital expenditure program through a combination of existing liquidity, increasing internally generated cash flows, expansion of the Company's senior commercial bank credit facility, continued issuance under the Company's "At the Market" facility of the Series "D" Preferred Stock (non-convertible into common) and selective asset divestitures. The Company also intends to fund its 2011 pipeline CAPEX through a new non-recourse project financing. Upon the recent final closings of both the NGAS and NuLoch Resources acquisitions, Magnum Hunter's borrowing base on its senior commercial bank facility recently increased to $145.0 million. The Company has raised approximately $42 million of Series D Preferred Stock to-date in 2011. The Company has continued to strengthen its capital structure as its net debt/total capitalization ratio has declined to less than 15% upon the closings of these recent acquisitions.

Management Comments

Mr. Ronald D. Ormand, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation, commented, "The first quarter of 2011 was another eventful quarter for our Company. Our drilling program continues to deliver excellent increases in production and cash flow at very attractive rates of return and we are benefiting from substantial improvement in our operating margins as the scope of the Company expands. Our continuing success in all three of our liquids-rich unconventional resource plays should also allow the Company to book significant additions to our booked total proved reserves as compared to December 31, 2010, which should also enhance our future borrowing capacity as well. As a result, we have increased our total capital budget for 2011 and are well positioned to exit 2011 with an average daily production rate exceeding 10,000 boepd. In addition, the recently closed acquisitions of NGAS Resources on April 13th and NuLoch Resources on May 3rd, position the Company for further growth with an enterprise value now exceeding $1 billion, coupled with a low debt-to-total capitalization ratio. In summary, our business plan is being executed as was set forth two years ago when Gary Evans and I joined the Company. Magnum Hunter has built a significant asset base in three of the top resource plays in the country and we are now beginning to transition these assets into significantly increased production, cash flows and shareholder value."

                     Production and Commodity Pricing

                                                       Three Months Ended
                                                            March 31,
                                                         2011      2010(1)
                                                      ---------- ----------

  Oil (mbbls)                                                119         64
  Gas (mmcfs)                                                703        204

  Total (mboe)                                               237         98
  Total (boe/d)                                            2,629      1,089

Lease Operating Expense  (boe)                        $    12.67 $    23.32

Average Prices
  Oil (per bbl)                                       $    86.59 $    72.23
  Gas (per mcf)                                       $     5.15 $     7.37

  Total average price (per boe)                       $    59.00 $    62.49

(1) Adjusted for discontinued operations

          (in thousands, except shares and per-share data)

                                                     Three Months Ended
                                                          March 31,
                                                      2011         2010
                                                  -----------  -----------
Oil and gas sales                                 $    13,961  $     6,127
Field operations and other                              1,360          528
                                                  -----------  -----------
Total revenue                                          15,321        6,655
                                                  -----------  -----------

Lease operating expenses                                2,997        2,287
Severance taxes and marketing                             995          509
Exploration                                               315           97
Field operations                                        1,156          271
Depreciation, depletion and accretion                   5,530        1,216
General and administrative                              6,857        6,768
                                                  -----------  -----------
Total expenses                                         17,850       11,148
                                                  -----------  -----------

OPERATING LOSS                                         (2,529)      (4,493)

Interest income                                             3            2
Interest expense                                         (790)        (650)
Gain (loss) on derivative contracts                    (3,342)       1,132
                                                  -----------  -----------

Loss from continuing operations before
 non-controlling interest                              (6,658)      (4,009)

Net income attributable to non-controlling
 interest                                                 (32)         (68)
                                                  -----------  -----------

Net loss attributable to Magnum Hunter Resources
 Corporation from continuing operations                (6,690)      (4,077)

Income from discontinued operations                         -          290
                                                  -----------  -----------

Net loss                                               (6,690)      (3,787)

Dividend on Preferred Stock                            (2,608)        (262)
                                                  -----------  -----------

Net loss attributable to common shareholders      $    (9,298) $    (4,049)
                                                  ===========  ===========

Weighted average number of common shares
Basic and diluted                                  75,642,091   55,748,540
                                                  ===========  ===========

Net loss from continuing operations               $     (0.12) $     (0.08)
                                                  ===========  ===========

Net income from discontinued operations           $         -  $      0.01
                                                  ===========  ===========

Net loss per common share, basic and diluted      $     (0.12) $     (0.07)
                                                  ===========  ===========

             (in thousands, except shares and per-share data)

                                                  March 31,   December 31,
                                                    2011          2010
                                                ------------  ------------
Cash and cash equivalents                       $      3,836  $        554
Accounts receivable                                   16,048        11,705
Prepaids and other current assets                      1,246           867
                                                ------------  ------------
Total current assets                                  21,130        13,126
                                                ------------  ------------

 Depletion and Depreciation):
Oil and natural gas properties, successful
 efforts accounting                                  227,958       189,912
Gas gathering and other equipment                     56,816        42,689
                                                ------------  ------------
Total property and equipment, net                    284,774       232,601
                                                ------------  ------------

Deferred financing costs, net of amortization
 of $1,586 and $1,237 respectively                     2,330         2,678
Other assets                                             578           562
                                                ------------  ------------
Total assets                                         308,812       248,967
                                                ============  ============

Current portion of notes payable                $      7,145  $      7,132
Accounts payable                                      25,646        33,319
Accrued liabilities                                      946           435
Revenue payable                                        4,314         2,630
Dividend payable                                          46             -
Derivative liability                                   3,436           719
                                                ------------  ------------
Total current liabilities                             41,533        44,235
                                                ------------  ------------

Payable on sale of partnership                           641           641
Notes payable, less current portion                   35,798        26,019
Derivative payable                                       692            59
Asset retirement obligation                            4,571         4,455
Other long term liabilities                               38             -
                                                ------------  ------------
Total liabilities                                     83,273        75,409
                                                ------------  ------------


Series C Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock,
 cumulative dividend rate 10.25% per annum,
 4,000,000 authorized, 4,000,000 and 2,809,456
 issued & outstanding as of March 31, 2011 and
 December 31, 2010, respectively, with
 liquidation preference of $25.00 per share          100,000        70,236
                                                ------------  ------------

Preferred Stock, 10,000,000 shares authorized:             -             -
Series D Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock,
 cumulative dividend rate 8.0% per annum,
 5,750,000 authorized, 409,677  and none
 issued & outstanding as of March 31, 2011 and
 December 31, 2010,  respectively, with
 liquidation preference of $50.00 per share           20,484             -
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 150,000,000
 shares authorized, 77,632,789 and 74,863,135
 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31,
 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively                776           749
Additional paid in capital                           163,411       152,439
Accumulated deficit                                  (58,700)      (49,402)
Treasury stock at cost, 761,652 shares                (1,310)       (1,310)
Unearned common stock in KSOP at cost, 153,300
 shares                                                 (604)         (604)
                                                ------------  ------------
Total Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation
 shareholders' equity                                124,057       101,872
Non-controlling interest                               1,482         1,450
                                                ------------  ------------
Total shareholders' equity                           125,539       103,322
                                                ------------  ------------
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity      $    308,812  $    248,967
                                                ============  ============

             (in thousands, except shares and per-share data)

                                                     Three Months Ended
                                                          March 31,
                                                      2011         2010
                                                  -----------  -----------

Cash flows from operating activities
Net loss                                          $    (6,690) $    (3,787)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash
 provided by operating activities:
Noncontrolling Interest                                    32           68
Depletion, depreciation, and accretion                  5,530        1,540
Amortization of deferred financing costs included
 in interest expense                                      349          220
Gain on sale of assets                                      4            -
Share-based compensation                                1,384        1,354
Unrealized loss on derivative contracts                 3,350        1,856
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable and accrued revenue                (2,655)         589
Prepaid expenses and other current assets                (379)        (219)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities                6,646        1,037
Revenue payable                                         1,684          220
                                                  -----------  -----------
Net cash provided by operating activities               9,255        2,878
                                                  -----------  -----------

Cash flows from investing activities
Capital expenditures                                  (65,542)      (9,460)
Change in advances                                          1          698
Cash paid in acquisition of Triad, net of cash
 acquired of $3,710                                         -      (59,500)
Change in deposits                                        (17)         (68)
Proceeds from sales of assets                              (4)           -
                                                  -----------  -----------
Net cash used in investing activities                 (65,562)     (68,330)
                                                  -----------  -----------

Cash flows from financing activities
Net proceeds from sale of common stock and
 warrants                                                   -       13,182
Net proceeds from sale of  Series C preferred
 shares                                                29,140        3,585
Net proceeds from sale of Series D preferred
 shares                                                18,142            -
Proceeds from exercise of warrants                      2,391            -
Proceeds from exercise of options                       2,648            -
Options surrendered for cash                                -         (116)
Preferred stock dividend paid                          (2,562)        (273)
Proceeds from revolving credit borrowings              36,000       58,000
Principal payment on revolving credit                 (26,000)      (7,000)
Principal payment on loan                                (251)        (116)
Proceeds from loan borrowing                               44            -
Payment of deferred financing costs                         -       (2,614)
Change in other long-term liabilities                      37            -
                                                  -----------  -----------
Net cash provided by financing activities              59,589       64,648
                                                  -----------  -----------

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash
 equivalents                                            3,282         (804)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period            554        2,282
                                                  -----------  -----------

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period          $     3,836  $     1,478
                                                  ===========  ===========

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information
Cash paid for interest                            $       311  $       191
                                                  ===========  ===========

Non-cash transactions
Stock issued for acquisition of PostRock assets   $     7,542  $         -
                                                  ===========  ===========
Preferred stock issued for acquisition of Triad   $         -  $    14,982
                                                  ===========  ===========
Debt assumed in the acquisition of Triad          $         -  $     3,412
                                                  ===========  ===========
Accrued capital expenditures                      $     7,723  $         -
                                                  ===========  ===========

About Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation

Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation is an independent oil and gas company engaged in the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural gas, primarily in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Texas, North Dakota and Canada. The Company is presently active in three of the highest rate of return shale resource plays in the United States today, namely the Marcellus Shale, Eagle Ford Shale and Williston Basin/Bakken Shale.

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Forward-Looking Statements

The statements and information provided by Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation and its affiliates ("Magnum Hunter" or the "Company") in this document that are not statements of historical fact, including all estimates and assumptions contained herein, are "forward looking statements" as defined in 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 include, among others, statements, estimates and assumptions relating to our business and growth strategies, our oil and gas reserve estimates, our ability to successfully and economically explore for and develop oil and gas resources, our exploration and development prospects, future inventories, projects and programs, expectations relating to availability and costs of drilling rigs and field services, anticipated trends in our business or industry, our future results of operations, our liquidity and ability to finance our exploration and development activities, market conditions in the oil and gas industry and the impact of environmental and other governmental regulation. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "could", "should", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "project", "pursue", "plan" or "continue" or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks, and uncertainties. Factors that may cause our actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from those anticipated in forward-looking statements include, among other, the following: adverse economic conditions in the United States, Canada and globally; difficult and adverse conditions in the domestic and global capital and credit markets; changes in domestic and global demand for oil and natural gas; volatility in the prices we receive for our oil and natural gas; the effects of government regulation, permitting, and other legal requirements; future developments with respect to the quality of our properties, including, among other things, the existence of reserves in economic quantities; uncertainties about the estimates of our oil and natural gas reserves; our ability to increase our production and oil and natural gas income through exploration and development; our ability to successfully apply horizontal drilling techniques and tertiary recovery methods; the number of well locations to be drilled, the cost to drill, and the time frame within which they will be drilled; drilling and operating risks; the availability of equipment, such as drilling rigs and transportation pipelines; changes in our drilling plans and related budgets; and the adequacy of our capital resources and liquidity including, but not limited to, access to additional borrowing capacity.

Because forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results made differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, contained herein, which speak only as of the date of this document. Other unknown or unpredictable factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected by the forward-looking statements. Unless otherwise required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, including estimates, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. We urge readers to review and consider disclosures we make in our public filings made from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission that discuss factors germane to our business, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, for the year ended December 31, 2010. All forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements.

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