SOURCE: Pyramid Oil Company

Pyramid Oil Company

May 15, 2014 08:00 ET

Pyramid Oil Company Reports First Quarter Financial Results

BAKERSFIELD, CA--(Marketwired - May 15, 2014) - Pyramid Oil Company (NYSE MKT: PDO) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

First quarter revenue was $1.0 million, flat versus revenue in the 2013 first quarter. Crude oil production increased 9% to 10,348 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) from 9,482 BOE in the first quarter a year ago. The production increase was offset by a decline of $5.44 in the average realized crude oil price, which was $100.85 during the first quarter of 2014 versus $106.29 in the first quarter last year.

Pyramid reported a first quarter operating loss of $224,000 versus operating income of $164,000 in the first quarter of 2013. The decline is principally attributable to higher general and administrative expenses, which increased by $356,000 to $578,000 versus last year's first quarter, and included $437,000 in investment banking, legal and consulting fees associated with the proposed merger of Pyramid and Yuma Energy, Inc. First quarter 2014 net loss was $159,000, or $0.03 per share, versus net income of $113,000, or $0.02 per share, during the 2013 first quarter.

Pyramid maintained a strong financial position through the first quarter and at March 31, 2014, had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $6.7 million, with total current assets of $8.2 million. Working capital was $7.2 million and the Company's current ratio was 7.7:1. Pyramid also reported long-term assets in the form of certificates of deposit of $1.1 million. Current liabilities at March 31, 2014 were $1.1 million and total liabilities were $2.4 million. Stockholders' equity at the end of the first quarter was $10.8 million.

Michael Herman, Interim President and CEO, said, "Our efforts during the first quarter were primarily focused on advancing our proposed merger with Yuma Energy. Details of Yuma's operational focus, production activity and reserve profile were included in a registration statement on Form S-4 filed by our wholly-owned subsidiary, Pyramid Delaware Merger Subsidiary, Inc., on April 25, 2014 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We believe Yuma's reserve base combined with its opportunistic and experienced management team will provide Pyramid stockholders with enhanced growth prospects going forward."

About Pyramid Oil Company
Pyramid Oil Company has been in the oil and gas business continuously since incorporating in 1909. Pyramid acquires interests in land and producing properties through acquisition and lease, and then drills and/or operates crude or natural gas wells in an effort to discover or produce oil and/or natural gas. More information about the Company can be found at:

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. 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 production volumes and the anticipated timing for closing the proposed merger. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and analyses made by Pyramid 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 with expectations is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: the possibility that the companies may be unable to obtain stockholder approval or satisfy the other conditions to closing; that problems may arise in the integration of the businesses of the two companies; that the acquisition may involve unexpected costs; the risks of the oil and gas industry (for example, 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 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; fluctuations in oil and gas prices; inability of management to execute its plans to meet its goals, shortages of drilling equipment, oil field personnel and services, unavailability of gathering systems, pipelines and processing facilities and the possibility that government policies may change. Pyramid's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, 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 its business, results of operations, and financial condition. Pyramid undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Additional Information About the Merger Transaction
In connection with the proposed merger transaction described in this release, Pyramid Delaware Merger Subsidiary, Inc. ("Pyramid Delaware"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pyramid, filed a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC on April 25, 2014 that includes a proxy statement of Pyramid and constitutes a prospectus of Pyramid Delaware relating to Pyramid Delaware common stock to be issued pursuant to the proposed merger. The definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be sent to stockholders of Pyramid and Yuma Energy. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO CAREFULLY READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC BY PYRAMID AND PYRAMID DELAWARE IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PYRAMID, PYRAMID DELAWARE AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders may obtain these documents when available free of charge at the SEC's website at In addition, the documents filed with the SEC by Pyramid can be obtained free of charge from Pyramid's website at The proxy statement/prospectus and related materials may also be obtained for free (when available) from Pyramid by calling Geoff High of Pfeiffer High Investor Relations, Inc., at 303-393-7044.

Participants in Solicitation
Pyramid and its executive officers and directors may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Pyramid in respect of the proposed merger transaction. However, this release does not constitute the solicitation of proxies with respect to the proposed merger. Information regarding Pyramid's directors and executive officers is available in its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, which was filed with the SEC on March 31, 2014. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, are contained in the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.

This release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of any offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act.

    Three months ended March 31,
    2014     2013
  Oil and gas sales   $ 1,043,599     $ 1,007,803
COSTS AND EXPENSES:              
  Operating expenses     496,290       434,438
  General and administrative     577,963       222,141
  Taxes, other than income and payroll taxes     33,609       30,397
  Provision for depletion, depreciation and amortization    
  Accretion expense     9,417       10,379
  Other costs and expenses     46,090       33,225
      1,267,339       843,559
OPERATING (LOSS) INCOME     (223,740 )     164,244
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):              
  Interest income     9,661       10,311
  Other income     7,000       0
      16,661       10,311
Income tax (benefit) expense              
  Current     (525,000 )     5,769
  Deferred     476,500       56,100
      (48,500 )     61,869
NET (LOSS) INCOME   $ (158,579 )   $ 112,687
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding    
Diluted average number of common shares outstanding    
    March 31,     December 31,  
    2014     2013  
    (Unaudited)     (Audited)  
CURRENT ASSETS:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 4,555,645     $ 4,404,246  
  Restricted cash     0       967,329  
  Short-term investments     2,141,887       2,140,822  
  Trade accounts receivable     448,168       484,468  
  Income taxes receivable     537,400       12,400  
  Crude oil inventory     74,607       102,334  
  Prepaid expenses and other assets     201,925       249,030  
  Deferred income taxes     281,700       711,800  
    TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS     8,241,332       9,072,429  
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, at cost                
  Oil and gas properties and equipment (successful efforts method)    
  Capitalized asset retirement costs     412,612       412,612  
  Drilling and operating equipment     2,058,744       2,058,744  
  Land, buildings and improvements     1,098,918       1,098,918  
  Automotive, office and other property and equipment    
        24,590,030       24,590,030  
  Less: accumulated depletion, depreciation, amortization and valuation allowances    
   TOTAL PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT     3,150,147       3,254,116  
  Long-term investments     1,139,149       1,131,707  
  Deferred income taxes     413,500       459,900  
  Deposits     250,000       250,000  
  Other Assets     11,380       11,380  
  TOTAL INVESTMENTS OTHER ASSETS     1,814,029       1,852,987  
    TOTAL ASSETS   $ 13,205,508     $ 14,179,532  
    March 31,   December 31,
    2014   2013
    (Unaudited)   (Audited)
  Accounts payable   $ 351,836   $ 290,930
  Accrued professional fees     26,893     140,711
  Accrued taxes, other than income taxes     54,444     54,444
  Accrued payroll and related costs     56,010     40,932
  Accrued royalties payable     227,457     226,502
  Liability for deferred compensation     282,314     1,026,655
  Accrued insurance     69,838     113,480
    TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES     1,068,792     1,893,654
    TOTAL LIABILITIES     2,384,071     3,199,516
  Preferred stock-no par value; 10,000,000 authorized shares; no shares issued or outstanding    


  Common stock-no par value; 50,000,000 authorized shares; 4,688,085 shares issued and outstanding    


  Retained earnings     8,974,053     9,132,632
    TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY     10,821,437     10,980,016
  TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $ 13,205,508   $ 14,179,532

Contact Information

    Geoff High
    Pfeiffer High Investor Relations, Inc.