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April 04, 2014 06:00 ET

Synergy Resources Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2014 Results

Revenues and Operating Income up 111% to $23 Million and $9.5 Million Respectively Generating Net Income of $0.07 per Share; Company to Host Earnings Conference Call Today, April 4, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. ET 877-407-9122 Toll Free Dial-In, 201-493-6747 International/Local Dial-In

PLATTEVILLE, CO--(Marketwired - April 04, 2014) - Synergy Resources Corporation (NYSE MKT: SYRG), a U.S. oil and gas exploration and production company focused in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, reported its fiscal second quarter results for the period ended February 28, 2014.

Second Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights vs. Same Year-Ago Quarter

  • Revenues increased 111% to $23 million
  • Operating income increased 111% to $9.5 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP metric) increased 122% to $17.5 million representing a 76% margin on revenues
  • At February 28, 2014, cash and equivalents and short term instruments totaled $54.4 million, borrowings were $37 million with remaining liquidity of $53 million on borrowing base of $90 million

Second Quarter 2014 Operational Highlights

  • Net oil and natural gas production increased to 352,537 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), averaging 3,917 BOE per day versus 2,067, as compared to the same year-ago quarter, an average daily increase of 90%
  • As operator, completed 6 horizontal wells on our Leffler pad and brought them all into production during the quarter
  • As of February 28, 2014, we were the operator of 11 horizontal wells and a non-operating working interest owner in an additional 26 producing horizontal wells (4.20 net) all in the Wattenberg Field
  • 8 additional operated horizontal wells and 10 non-operated horizontal wells (.75 net) were in the drilling process

Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Revenues totaled $23 million, up 19% from $19.3 million in the previous quarter and up 111% from $10.9 million in the same quarter a year ago. The year-over-year improvement was attributed to a 90% increase in production, primarily from the new horizontal wells brought on line and an 11% increase in the realized average selling price per BOE. During fiscal Q2 2014, average selling prices were $86.82 per barrel of oil and $5.93 per Mcf of gas, as compared to $84.20 and $4.77, respectively a year ago.

Operating income increased to $9.5 million, up 32% from $7.2 million in the previous quarter and up 111% from $4.5 million in the same year-ago period. Net income was $5.2 million or $0.07 per basic and diluted share, down from $6.1 million or $0.08 per basic and diluted share in the previous quarter and up 89% from $2.7 million or $0.05 per basic and diluted share in the same year-ago period. Earnings were reduced by an unrealized loss of $1.8 million, a non-cash charge, related to commodity hedging activities.

Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) increased to $17.5 million, up 36% from $12.8 million in the previous quarter and up 122% from $7.9 million in the same year-ago quarter.

As of February 28, 2014, the company's cash and equivalents and short term instruments totaled $54.4 million, as compared to $79.5 million at August 31, 2013. At February 28, 2014, there was $37 million borrowed under the revolving line of credit.

The following tables present certain per unit metrics that compare results of the corresponding quarterly reporting periods:

   Three Months Ended   
   February 28,  February 28,   
   2014  2013  Change
  Oil (Bbls)   204,622   100,694  103%
  Gas (McF)   887,494   512,069  73%
  BOE (Bbls)   352,537   186,039  89%
Revenues (in thousands):           
  Oil  $17,765  $8,478  110%
  Gas   5,263   2,443  115%
   Total  $23,028  $10,921  111%
Average sales price:           
  Oil  $86.82  $84.20  3%
  Gas  $5.93  $4.77  24%
  BOE (Bbls)  $65.32  $58.70  11%

"Bbl" refers to one stock tank barrel, or 42 U.S. gallons liquid volume in reference to crude oil or other liquid hydrocarbons. "Mcf" refers to one thousand cubic feet. A BOE (i.e. barrel of oil equivalent) combines Bbls of oil and Mcf of gas by converting each six Mcf of gas to one Bbl of oil. 

The following table summarizes operating costs on a per unit basis. Additional details regarding operating costs can be found in the condensed financial statements.

Costs per BOE  Three Months Ended
   February 28, 2014  February 28, 2013
Lease operating expenses  $5.13  $4.19
Production taxes   6.40   5.88
DDA   21.90   17.07
General and administrative   5.02   7.46
   Total  $38.45  $34.60

Approximately one third of the increase in lease operating expenses is attributed to integrating the higher operational costs associated with the disposal well acquired in the Apollo asset purchase. The remainder of the increase is split between adding compression capacity to address mid-stream processing constraints and complying with new environmental regulations regarding air emissions. Costs for depreciation, depletion and amortization are higher for horizontal development compared to vertical drilling and overall costs associated with acquisitions are higher than the costs incurred for assets developed internally.

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss results for its fiscal second quarter ended February 28, 2014.

Synergy Resources co-CEO Ed Holloway, co-CEO William Scaff, Jr., CFO Monty Jennings, and COO Craig Rasmuson will host the presentation, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern time (10:00 a.m. Mountain time)

877-407-9122 Toll Free Dial-In (US & Canada)
201-493-6747 International/Local Dial-In

The conference call will be webcast simultaneously which you can access via this link: and via the investor section of the company's web site at

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, contact Jon Kruljac with Synergy Resources at 970-737-1073. A replay of the call will be available after 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day and until April 11, 2014.

Replay Dial-In Numbers
877-660-6853 Toll Free (US & Canada)
201-612-7415 International/Local
Replay ID#411931

About Synergy Resources Corporation
Synergy Resources Corporation is a domestic oil and natural gas exploration and production company. Synergy's core area of operations is in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, which encompasses Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska. The Wattenberg field in the D-J Basin ranks as one of the most productive fields in the U.S. The company's corporate offices are located in Platteville, Colorado. More company news and information about Synergy Resources is available at

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About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The company uses "adjusted EBITDA," as a non-GAAP financial measure to evaluate financial performance such as period-to-period comparisons. This Non-GAAP measure is not defined under U.S. GAAP and should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, indicators of financial performance reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The company may use non-GAAP measures that are not comparable to measures with similar titles reported by other companies. Also, in the future, the company may disclose different non-GAAP financial measures in order to help investors more meaningfully evaluate and compare the company's future results of operations to its previously reported results. The company encourages investors to review its financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and not rely on any single financial measure. The section titled "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" includes a detailed description of this measure as well as a reconciliation to its most similar U.S. GAAP measure.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The company defines adjusted EBITDA as net income adjusted to exclude the impact of interest expense, interest income, income taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization, stock based compensation, and the plus or minus change in fair value of derivative assets or liabilities. The company believes adjusted EBITDA is relevant because it is a measure of cash flow available to fund capital expenditures and service debt and is a metric used by some industry analysts to provide a comparison of its results with its peers. The following table presents a reconciliation of the company's non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest GAAP measure.

(unaudited, in thousands)  
   Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended  
   February 28,   February 28,   February 28,   February 28,  
ADJUSTED EBITDA  2014   2013   2014   2013  
Net income  $5,161   $2,732   $11,261   $4,970  
  Depreciation, depletion, and amortization   7,719    3,176    13,310    5,496  
  Income tax expense   2,338    1,604    5,725    2,919  
  Stock based compensation   448    215    867    383  
  Change in fair value - derivatives   1,805    134    (831 )  134  
  Interest income   (17 )  (8 )  (48 )  (15 )
  Adjusted EBITDA  $17,454   $7,853   $30,284   $13,887  

Financial Statements
Condensed financial statements are included below. Additional financial information, including footnotes that are considered an integral part of the financial statements, will be included in Synergy's Edgar Filings at on Form10-Q for the period ended February 28, 2014.

(unaudited, in thousands)  
   February 28,   August 31,  
   2014   2013  
Cash and short term investments  $54,408   $79,481  
Other current assets   18,475    12,494  
  Total current assets   72,883    91,975  
Oil and gas properties and other equipment   276,017    197,965  
Other assets   646    1,296  
  Total assets  $349,546   $291,236  
Current liabilities  $41,556    41,367  
Revolving credit facility   37,000    37,000  
Asset retirement obligations   3,933    2,777  
Commodity derivative   143    334  
Deferred tax liability, net   12,263    6,538  
  Total liabilities   94,895    88,016  
Shareholders' equity:           
  Common stock and paid-in capital   256,624    216,454  
  Accumulated deficit   (1,973 )  (13,234 )
   Total shareholders' equity   254,651    203,220  
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $349,546   $291,236  
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)  
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended  
  February 28,   February 28,   February 28,  February 28,  
  2014   2013   2014  2013  
Oil and gas revenues $23,028   $10,921   $42,294  $19,235  
  Lease operating expenses  1,806    781    3,079   1,304  
  Production taxes  2,255    1,094    4,271   1,908  
  Depreciation, depletion, and amortization  7,719    3,176    13,310   5,496  
  General and administrative  1,770    1,388    4,938   2,499  
   Total expenses  13,550    6,439    25,598   11,207  
Operating income  9,478    4,482    16,696   8,028  
Other income (expense):                   
  Commodity derivative gain (loss)  (1,996 )  (154 )  242   (154 )
  Interest income and expense, net  17    8    48   15  
   Total other income (expense)  (1,979 )  (146 )  290   (139 )
   Income tax expense  2,338    1,604    5,725   2,919  
Net income $5,161   $2,732   $11,261  $4,970  
Net income per common share:                   
  Basic $0.07   $0.05   $0.15  $0.09  
  Diluted $0.07   $0.05   $0.15  $0.09  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                   
  Basic  76,203,938    54,900,326    74,934,940   53,272,213  
  Diluted  77,990,416    56,481,752    76,843,593   54,713,361  
(unaudited, in thousands)  
   Six Months Ended  
   February 28,   February 28,  
   2014   2013  
Cash flows from operating activities:           
  Net income  $11,261   $4,970  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:           
   Depreciation, depletion, and amortization   13,310    5,496  
   Provision for deferred taxes   5,725    2,919  
   Other, non-cash items   36    517  
   Changes in operating assets and liabilities   3,022    3,773  
  Total adjustments   22,093    12,705  
   Net cash provided by operating activities   33,354    17,675  
Cash flows from investing activities:           
  Acquisition of property and equipment   (87,497 )  (57,579 )
  Net proceeds from short term investments   39,990    -  
  Net cash used in investing activities   (47,507 )  (57,579 )
Cash flows from financing activities:           
  Proceeds from exercise of warrants   29,104    407  
  Proceeds from revolving credit facility   -    38,486  
  Other   (34 )  -  
  Net cash provided by financing activities   29,070    38,893  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents   14,917    (1,011 )
Cash and equivalents at beginning of period   19,463    19,284  
Cash and equivalents at end of period   34,380    18,273  
Short term investments   20,028    -  
Cash, equivalents and short term investments  $54,408   $18,273  
(unaudited, in thousands)  
   Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended  
   February 28,   February 28,   February 28,   February 28,  
   2014   2013   2014   2013  
LEASE OPERATING EXPENSES (LOE)                     
Production costs  $1,797   $637   $3,000   $1,160  
Work-over   9    144    79    144  
  Lifting costs   1,806    781    3,079    1,304  
Severance and ad valorem taxes   2,255    1,094    4,271    1,908  
  Total LOE  $4,061   $1,875   $7,350   $3,212  
Depletion  $7,491   $3,117   $12,981   $5,379  
Depreciation and amortization   228    59    329    117  
  Total DDA  $7,719   $3,176   $13,310   $5,496  
GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE (G&A)                     
G&A costs incurred  $2,074   $1,511   $5,559   $2,725  
Capitalized costs   (304 )  (123 )  (621 )  (226 )
  Totals  $1,770   $1,388   $4,938   $2,499  

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