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July 09, 2014 06:00 ET

Synergy Resources Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Results

Revenues up 108% to $25.7 Million, Driving Operating Income up 131% to $11.3 Million and Net Income of $0.09 per Share; Company to Host Earnings Conference Call Today, July 9th, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. ET 877-407-9122 Toll Free Dial-In, 201-493-6747 International/Local Dial-In

PLATTEVILLE, CO--(Marketwired - July 09, 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 third quarter results for the period ended May 31st, 2014.

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

  • Revenues increased 108% to $25.7 million
  • Operating income increased 131% to $11.3 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP metric) increased 103% to $18.9 million representing a 74% margin on revenues
  • At May 31st, 2014, cash and equivalents totaled $48 million
  • Re-determined borrowing base of $110 million yields additional liquidity of $73 million

Third Quarter 2014 Operational Highlights

  • Net oil and natural gas production increased to 379,081 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), averaging 4,120 BOE per day versus 2,256, as compared to the same year ago quarter, an average daily increase of 83%
  • As operator, completed 5 horizontal wells on our Phelps pad and commenced production in May
  • As of May 31st , 2014, the company was the operator of 16 producing horizontal wells in the Wattenberg Field

Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Revenues totaled $25.7 million, up 11% from $23 million in the previous quarter and up 108% from $12.3 million in the year ago quarter. The year-over-year improvement was attributed to an 83% increase in production, primarily from the new horizontal wells brought on line and a 14% increase in the realized average selling price per BOE. During fiscal Q3 2014, average selling prices were $90.91 per barrel of oil and $5.15 per mcf of gas, as compared to $83.98 and $4.76, respectively a year-ago.

Operating income increased to $11.3 million up 19% from $9.5 million in the previous quarter and up 131% from $4.9 million in the same year-ago period. Net income was $7.2 million or $0.09 per basic and diluted share, up from $5.2 million or $0.07 per basic and diluted share in the previous quarter and up 98% from $3.6 million or $0.07 per basic and $0.06 per diluted share in the same year-ago period. 

Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) increased to $18.9 million, up 9% from $17.5 million in the previous quarter and up 103% from $9.3 million in the same year-ago quarter.

As of May 31st, 2014, the company's cash and equivalents and short term instruments totaled $48 million, as compared to $79.5 million at August 31, 2013. At May 31st 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 May 31,     
   2014  2013  Change  
  Oil (Bbls)   232,571   115,225  102 %
  Gas (Mcf)   879,062   553,909  59 %
  BOE   379,081   207,543  83 %
Revenues (in thousands):             
  Oil  $21,143  $9,677  118 %
  Gas   4,529   2,637  72 %
   Total  $25,672  $12,314  108 %
Average realized price:             
  Oil  $90.91  $83.98  8 %
  Gas  $5.15  $4.76  8 %
  BOE  $67.72  $59.33  14 %

"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 May 31,
   2014  2013
Lease operating expenses  $6.07  $5.05
Production taxes  $6.27  $5.14
DDA  $20.57  $18.41
General and administrative  $5.11  $7.29
  Total  $38.02  $35.89

Conference Call

The company will hold a conference call on Wednesday July 9th, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss results for its fiscal third quarter ended May 31st, 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: Wednesday July 9th, 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 July 23rd, 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 reconciling 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   Nine Months Ended  
   May 31,   May 31,   May 31,   May 31,  
ADJUSTED EBITDA  2014   2013   2014   2013  
Net income  $7,160   $3,615   $18,421   $8,585  
  Depreciation, depletion, and amortization   7,796    3,820    21,106    9,316  
  Income tax expense   3,116    1,701    8,841    4,620  
  Stock based compensation   702    611    1,569    994  
  Change in fair value - derivatives   179    (502 )  (652 )  (368 )
  Interest Expense   -    94    -    94  
  Interest income   (22 )  (5 )  (70 )  (20 )
   Adjusted EBITDA  $18,931   $9,334   $49,215   $23,221  

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 May 31, 2014.

(unaudited, in thousands)
   May 31,  August 31,
   2014  2013
Cash and short term investments  $47,979  $79,481
Other current assets   24,128   12,494
  Total current assets   72,107   91,975
Oil and gas properties and other equipment   322,859   197,965
Other assets   595   1,296
   Total assets  $395,561  $291,236
Current liabilities  $69,724   41,367
Revolving credit facility   37,000   37,000
Asset retirement obligations   4,144   2,777
Commodity derivative   1,714   334
Deferred tax liability, net   15,379   6,538
  Total liabilities   127,961   88,016
Shareholders' equity:        
  Common stock and paid-in capital   262,413   216,454
  Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)   5,187   (13,234)
   Total shareholders' equity   267,600   203,220
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $395,561  $291,236
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)  
   Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
   May 31,   May 31,   May 31,   May 31,  
   2014   2013   2014   2013  
Oil and gas revenues  $25,672   $12,314   $67,966   $31,549  
  Lease operating expenses   2,303    1,048    5,382    2,352  
  Production taxes   2,376    1,067    6,647    2,975  
  Depreciation, depletion, and amortization   7,796    3,820    21,106    9,316  
  General and administrative   1,938    1,514    6,876    4,013  
   Total expenses   14,413    7,449    40,011    18,656  
Operating income   11,259    4,865    27,955    12,893  
Other income (expense):                     
  Commodity derivative gain (loss)   (1,005 )  540    (763 )  386  
  Interest income and expense, net   22    (89 )  70    (74 )
   Total other income (expense)   (983 )  451    (693 )  312  
   Income tax provision   3,116    1,701    8,841    4,620  
Net income  $7,160   $3,615   $18,421   $8,585  
Net income per common share:                     
  Basic  $0.09   $0.07   $0.24   $0.16  
  Diluted  $0.09   $0.06   $0.24   $0.15  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                     
  Basic   77,176,420    55,238,098    75,689,903    53,283,695  
  Diluted   79,008,619    58,918,586    77,299,456    55,623,990  
(unaudited, in thousands)  
   Nine Months Ended  
   May 31,   May 31,  
   2014   2013  
Cash flows from operating activities:           
  Net income  $18,421   $8,585  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:           
   Depreciation, depletion, and amortization   21,106    9,316  
   Provision for deferred taxes   8,841    4,620  
   Other, non-cash items   917    626  
   Changes in operating assets and liabilities   (2,540 )  5,096  
  Total adjustments   28,324    19,658  
   Net cash provided by operating activities   46,745    28,243  
Cash flows from investing activities:           
  Acquisition of property and equipment   (112,155 )  (70,269 )
  Net proceeds from sales of oil and gas properties   704    -  
  Net proceeds from short term investments   60,018    -  
  Net cash used in investing activities   (51,433 )  (70,269 )
Cash flows from financing activities:           
  Proceeds from exercise of warrants   33,380    467  
  Proceeds from revolving credit facility   -    41,486  
  Other   (176 )  -  
  Net cash provided by financing activities   33,204    41,953  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents   28,516    (73 )
Cash and equivalents at beginning of period   19,463    19,284  
Cash and equivalents at end of period   47,979    19,211  
Short term investments   -    -  
Cash, equivalents and short term investments  $47,979   $19,211  
(unaudited, in thousands)  
   Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
   May 31,   May 31,   May 31,   May 31,  
   2014   2013   2014   2013  
LEASE OPERATING EXPENSES (LOE)                     
Production costs  $2,252   $993   $5,252   $2,153  
Work-over   51    55    130    199  
  Lifting costs   2,303    1,048    5,382    2,352  
Severance and ad valorem taxes   2,376    1,067    6,647    2,975  
  Total LOE  $4,679   $2,115   $12,029   $5,327  
Depletion  $7,569   $3,744   $20,550   $9,123  
Depreciation and amortization   227    76    556    193  
  Total DDA  $7,796   $3,820   $21,106   $9,316  
GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE (G&A)                     
G&A costs incurred  $2,238   $1,703   $7,797   $4,428  
Capitalized costs   (300 )  (189 )  (921 )  (415 )
  Totals  $1,938   $1,514   $6,876   $4,013  

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