SOURCE: Synergy Resources Corporation

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July 09, 2015 07:30 ET

Synergy Resources Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2015 Results

Company to Host Earnings Conference Call July 9th, 2015 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, 2015) - Synergy Resources Corporation (NYSE MKT: SYRG), a U.S. oil and gas exploration and production company focused in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, today reported its fiscal third quarter results for the period ended May 31, 2015.

Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

  • Revenues for the fiscal 2015 third quarter increased 1.4% to $26.0 million from $25.7 million in the same quarter a year ago. The year-over-year improvement was the result of a 95% increase in production, primarily from the new horizontal wells brought on line and production from acquisitions and asset swaps with other operators. Revenue growth was offset by a 48% decrease in the realized average selling price per BOE. During fiscal Q3 2015, average selling prices were $45.77 per barrel of oil and $3.16 per mcf of gas compared to $90.91 and $5.15, respectively, a year ago.
  • Net loss of $2.5 million or $0.2 per basic and diluted share is inclusive of a $3 million full cost ceiling impairment charge resulting from lower oil and gas prices. This compares with net income of $7.2 million, or $0.09 per basic and diluted share in the third fiscal quarter of 2014.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP metric) increased 31% to $24.9 million up from $18.9 million a year ago.
  • At May 31, 2015, cash and cash equivalents totaled $190.2 million. Borrowings under the credit facility were $141.0 million.

Third Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Net oil and natural gas production increased to 738,357 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), averaging 8,026 BOE per day, compared to 379,081 BOE, or an average of 4,120 BOE per day, in the same quarter one year ago, an average daily increase of 95%.
  • Operated 52 gross producing horizontal wells in the Wattenberg Field as of May 31st, 2015.
  • 28 additional operated horizontal wells were awaiting completion and 4 more operated horizontal wells were in the drilling process as of May 31, 2015.

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

  Three Months Ended   
  May 31   
  2015 2014 Change 
 Oil (bbls)  448,906  232,571 93%
 Gas (Mcf)  1,736,702  879,062 98%
 BOE  738,357  379,081 95%
Revenues (in thousands):         
 Oil $20,546 $21,143 -3%
 Gas  5,487  4,529 21%
  Total $26,033 $25,672 1%
Average realized price:         
 Oil $45.77 $90.91 -50%
 Gas $3.16 $5.15 -39%
 BOE $35.26 $67.72 -48%

"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,
  2015 2014
Lease operating expenses  $4.84  $6.07
Production taxes  $3.05  $6.27
DDA  $22.21  $20.57
General and administrative  $5.26  $5.11
   Total  $35.36  $38.02

William Scaff, co-CEO of Synergy, commented, "This quarter's financial results reflect the efficiencies we are achieving as we generated a 68% operating cash margin on revenues in the quarter, even while our realized commodity prices were nearly 50% lower than a year ago. At the same time, we almost doubled our production compared to the year ago quarter as we continued the horizontal development of our assets in the Wattenberg Field. With our operating efficiencies, cash on our balance sheet and remaining liquidity on credit facility we believe our estimated $250-$300 million fiscal 2016 capital budget is fully funded and will generate production growth of over 50% compared to fiscal 2015."

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss results for its fiscal third quarter ended May 31, 2015. Synergy Resources co-CEO Ed Holloway, co-CEO William Scaff, Jr., President Lynn Peterson, CFO Monty Jennings, COO Craig Rasmuson and VP of Capital Markets and Investor Relations Jon Kruljac will host the presentation, followed by a question and answer period. Information for accessing the call is as follows:

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015
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 Rhonda Sandquist with Synergy Resources at 970-737-1073. A replay of the call will be available beginning after 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day and will remain available until July 23rd, 2015.

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

Important Cautions Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The use of words such as "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "plans", "estimates", "should", "likely" or similar expressions, indicates a forward-looking statement. These statements are subject to risk and uncertainties and are based on the beliefs and assumptions of management, and information currently available to management. The actual results could differ materially from a conclusion, forecast or projection in the forward-looking information. Certain material factors or assumptions were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection as reflected in the forward-looking information. The identification in this press release of factors that may affect the Company's future performance and the accuracy of forward-looking statements is meant to be illustrative and by no means exhaustive. All forward-looking statements should be evaluated with the understanding of their inherent uncertainty. Factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the success of the Company's exploration and development efforts; the price of oil and gas; the worldwide economic situation; change in interest rates or inflation; willingness and ability of third parties to honor their contractual commitments; the Company's ability to raise additional capital, as it may be affected by current conditions in the stock market and competition in the oil and gas industry for risk capital; the Company's capital costs, which may be affected by delays or cost overruns; costs of production; environmental and other regulations, as the same presently exist or may later be amended; the Company's ability to identify, finance and integrate any future acquisitions; and the volatility of the Company's stock price.

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, impairment, 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  2015   2014   2015   2014  
Net Income (loss)  $(2,481 ) $7,160   $23,322   $18,421  
  Depreciation, depletion, and amortization   16,397    7,796    48,357    21,106  
 Full cost ceiling impairment   3,000    -    3,000    -  
 Income tax expense (benefit)   (1,833 )  3,116    13,118    8,841  
 Stock based compensation   1,401    702    3,330    1,569  
 Change in fair value - derivatives   8,298    179    (5,578 )  (652 )
 Interest, net   83    (22 )  55    (70 )
  Adjusted EBITDA  $24,865   $18,931   $85,604   $49,215  

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, 2015.

(unaudited, in thousands)
   May 31,  August 31,
   2015  2014
Cash and cash equivalents  $190,205  $34,753
Other current assets   38,847   33,487
 Total current assets   229,052   68,240
Oil and gas properties and other equipment   583,026   379,400
Other assets   7,382   902
  Total assets  $819,460  $448,542
Current liabilities  $63,881   103,578
Revolving credit facility   141,000   37,000
Asset retirement obligations   7,772   4,730
Commodity derivative   -   307
Deferred tax liability, net   34,670   21,437
 Total liabilities   247,323   167,052
Shareholders' equity:        
 Common stock and paid-in capital   533,196   265,871
 Retained earnings   38,941   15,619
  Total shareholders' equity   572,137   281,490
   Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $819,460  $448,542
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)  
   Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
   May 31,   May 31,   May 31,   May 31,  
   2015   2014   2015   2014  
Oil and gas revenues  $26,033   $25,672   $92,284   $67,966  
 Lease operating expenses   3,570    2,303    10,300    5,382  
 Production taxes   2,249    2,376    8,570    6,647  
 Depreciation, depletion, and amortization   16,397    7,796    48,357    21,106  
 Full cost ceiling impairment   3,000    -    3,000    -  
 General and administrative   3,886    1,938    12,075    6,876  
  Total expenses   29,102    14,413    82,302    40,011  
Operating income (loss)   (3,069 )  11,259    9,982    27,955  
Other income (expense):                     
 Commodity derivative realized gain (loss)   7,136    (826 )  20,935    (1,415 )
 Commodity derivative unrealized gain (loss)   (8,298 )  (179 )  5,578    652  
 Interest income and (expense), net   (83 )  22    (55 )  70  
  Total other income (expense)   (1,245 )  (983 )  26,458    (693 )
  Income tax provision (benefit)   (1,833 )  3,116    13,118    8,841  
Net income (loss):  $(2,481 ) $7,160   $23,322   $18,421  
Net income (loss) per common share:                     
 Basic  $(0.02 ) $0.09   $0.26   $0.24  
 Diluted  $(0.02 ) $0.09   $0.25   $0.24  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                     
 Basic   104,234,519    77,176,420    91,105,035    75,689,903  
 Diluted   104,234,519    79,008,619    91,804,253    77,299,456  
(unaudited, in thousands)  
   Nine Months Ended  
   May 31,   May 31,  
   2015   2014  
Cash flows from operating activities:           
 Net income  $23,322   $18,421  
 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:           
  Depreciation, depletion, and amortization   48,357    21,106  
  Full cost ceiling impairment   3,000    -  
  Provision for deferred taxes   13,118    8,841  
  Other, non-cash items   (2,248 )  917  
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities   1,393    (2,540 )
 Total adjustments   63,620    28,324  
  Net cash provided by operating activities   86,942    46,745  
Cash flows from investing activities:           
 Acquisition of property and equipment   (241,903 )  (112,155 )
 Net proceeds from sales of oil and gas properties   3,696    704  
 Net proceeds from short term investments   -    60,018  
 Net cash used in investing activities   (238,207 )  (51,433 )
Cash flows from financing activities:           
 Proceeds from exercise of warrants   15,367    33,380  
 Net Proceeds from sale of stock   190,845    -  
 Net Proceeds from revolving credit facility   101,700    -  
 Other   (1,195 )  (176 )
 Net cash provided by financing activities   306,717    33,204  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents   155,452    28,516  
Cash and equivalents at beginning of period   34,753    19,463  
Cash and equivalents at end of period  $190,205   $47,979  

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