SOURCE: The Beard Company

May 22, 2007 16:23 ET

The Beard Company Reports 2007 First Quarter Results

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 22, 2007 -- The Beard Company (OTCBB: BRCO) today announced that the 2007 first quarter resulted in a net loss of $573,000, or $0.10 per share, compared with a net loss of $633,000, or $0.11 per share in the comparable 2006 first quarter.

Herb Mee, Jr., President, stated: "Revenues were down 28% to $347,000 in the current quarter versus $482,000 a year ago, ending our string of 10 consecutive quarterly increases. The decrease was pretty much across-the-board. Revenues were down in every segment except the e-Commerce Segment, where they were flat. Operating profits decreased in the CO2 and Oil & Gas Segments; however, such decreases were more than offset by reductions in expenses in the Coal and China Segments, in corporate overhead, and by a reduction in losses from discontinued operations.

"During the quarter our working capital decreased by $805,000 to ($1,076,000). Most of the decrease was accounted for by $416,000 of our long-term debt becoming current during the period. A $219,000 decrease in current assets and the addition of $189,000 of short-term debt also contributed to the decline. We anticipate closing a long-term bank loan by the end of this month which is expected to increase our working capital by more than $1,076,000, bringing it back to a positive number."

Our common stock is traded on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol: BRCO. Our operations consist principally of coal reclamation activities, carbon dioxide (CO2) gas production, operation of a fertilizer plant in China, oil and gas production, and our e-commerce activities aimed at developing business opportunities to leverage starpay™'s intellectual property portfolio of Internet payment methods and security technologies.

Statements regarding future profitability and operations, including the timing of those activities, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements involve risks that could significantly impact The Beard Company. These risks include, but are not limited to, adverse general economic conditions, unexpected costs or delays or other unexpected events, as well as other risks discussed in detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no duty to update or revise our forward-looking statements based on changes in internal estimates or otherwise.

                          Results of Operations

                                                    For the Three Months
                                                      Ended March 31,
                                                      2007         2006
                                                  -----------  -----------
Revenues                                          $   347,000  $   482,000
Expenses                                              720,000      904,000
                                                  -----------  -----------

Operating loss                                       (373,000)    (422,000)
Other income (expense)                               (199,000)    (183,000)
                                                  -----------  -----------

Loss from continuing operations before income
 taxes                                               (572,000)    (605,000)
Income taxes                                                -            -
                                                  -----------  -----------

Loss from continuing operations                      (572,000)    (605,000)
Loss from discontinued operations                      (1,000)     (28,000)
                                                  -----------  -----------

Net loss                                          $  (573,000) $  (633,000)
                                                  ===========  ===========

Net earnings (loss) per average common share
  Basic and diluted(A):
    Loss from continuing operations               $     (0.10) $     (0.11)
    Earnings (loss) from discontinued
     operations                                         (0.00)        0.00
                                                  -----------  -----------
    Net loss                                      $     (0.10) $     (0.11)
                                                  ===========  ===========
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
  Basic and diluted                                 5,816,000    5,592,000
                                                  ===========  ===========

(A) Basic earnings (loss) per share are computed by dividing earnings
   (loss) attributable to common shareholders by the weighted average
   number of common shares outstanding for the period.  Diluted earnings
   (loss) per common share reflect the potential dilution that could occur
   if our outstanding stock options and warrants were exercised (calculated
   using the treasury stock method) and if our preferred stock were
   converted to common stock.  Diluted loss per share from continuing
   operations exclude potential common shares issuable upon conversion of
   convertible preferred stock and convertible notes, and on issuance upon
   exercise of stock options and warrants as the effect would be

Contact Information


    Herb Mee, Jr.
    Email: Email Contact
    Telephone: (405) 842-2333
    Fax: (405) 842-9901

    The Beard Company
    Enterprise Plaza, Suite 320
    5600 North May Avenue
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
    (405) 842-2333