Goodrich Petroleum Announces Record 3Q04 Earnings



Goodrich Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: GDP) announced financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2004. The Company reported a record level of quarterly revenues, earnings and cash flow from operations.

REVENUES
Total revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2004 increased by 52% to $12,182,000 versus $7,995,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2003. On a sequential basis, revenues increased by 30% for the three months ended September 30, 2004 versus the second quarter of 2004. The 2004 revenue amount reflects a 30% increase in oil and gas production volumes over the prior year period, due to recent successful well completions in both the Cotton Valley Trend of East Texas and Northwest Louisiana as well as in the Company's core area of South Louisiana. Average net oil and gas prices received by the Company for the quarter, after giving effect to the Company's hedging activities, increased by approximately 12% compared to the third quarter of 2003 and approximately 8% compared to the second quarter of 2004. Total revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2004 increased by 41% to $32,474,000 versus $22,956,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2003. The 2004 revenue amount reflects a 26% increase in oil and gas production volumes, due to the recent successful well completions, as well as the increase of approximately 12% in average net oil and gas prices received by the Company.

NET INCOME
Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2004 was $4,337,000, or $0.21 per basic share, compared to $1,225,000, or $0.07 per basic share in the prior year period. Net income applicable to common stock was $4,179,000, or $0.21 per basic share, in the three months ended September 30, 2004, compared to $1,067,000, or $0.06 per basic share, in the three months ended September 30, 2003.

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2004 was $9,352,000, or $0.49 per basic share, compared to $2,183,000, or $0.12 per basic share in the prior year period. Net income applicable to common stock was $8,877,000, or $0.46 per basic share, in the nine months ended September 30, 2004, compared to $1,708,000, or $0.09 per basic share, in the nine months ended September 30, 2003.

CASH FLOW
Discretionary cash flow, defined as net cash flow from operations before changes in working capital, plus seismic expense, increased to $9,046,000 in the three months ended September 30, 2004, compared to $4,342,000 in the three months ended September 30, 2003. After deducting seismic expense of $1,156,000, net cash provided by operating activities was $10,457,000 in the three months ended September 30, 2004, as net changes in working capital resulted in an increase of $2,567,000 in operating cash flow, compared to $328,000 in the three months ended September 30, 2003 (see accompanying table for a reconciliation of discretionary cash flow from operations, before changes in working capital, a non-GAAP measure, to net cash provided by operating activities).

Discretionary cash flow increased to $21,283,000 in the nine months ended September 30, 2004, compared to $12,154,000 in the nine months ended September 30, 2003. After deducting seismic expense of $2,275,000, net cash provided by operating activities was $24,108,000 in the nine months ended September 30, 2004, as net changes in working capital resulted in an increase of $5,100,000 in operating cash flow, compared to a decrease of $1,284,000 in the nine months ended September 30, 2003 (see accompanying table for a reconciliation of discretionary cash flow from operations before changes in working capital, a non-GAAP measure, to net cash provided by operating activities).

PRODUCTION
Net production volumes in the three months ended September 30, 2004 increased by approximately 30% to 1,439,698 Mcf of gas and 120,904 barrels of oil, or 2.17 billion cubic feet equivalent ("Bcfe"), versus 814,198 Mcf of gas and 141,843 barrels of oil, or 1.67 Bcfe in the three months ended September 30, 2003. On a sequential basis, net production volumes for the quarter also increased by approximately 29% over the second quarter of 2004. The Company estimates that the impact of Hurricane Ivan in mid September reduced its overall production volumes in the third quarter of 2004 by approximately 5%.

Net production volumes in the nine months ended September 30, 2004 increased by approximately 26% to 3,457,886 Mcf of gas and 366,295 barrels of oil, or 5.66 Bcfe, versus 2,306,721 Mcf of gas and 366,310 barrels of oil, or 4.50 Bcfe in the nine months ended September 30, 2003.

CAPITAL EXPENDITURES
Capital expenditures totaled $12,422,000 in the three months ended September 30, 2004, compared to $4,700,000 in the three months ended September 30, 2003. In the nine months ended September 30, 2004, capital expenditures totaled $28,809,000 compared to $15,371,000 in the nine months ended September 30, 2003. In the nine months ended September 30, 2004, the Company participated in the drilling of a total of 27 new wells and workovers. Of the 15 new wells that have been drilled to date, 14 have been successfully completed for an overall success rate of 94%. Capital expenditures in the nine months ended September 30, 2004 were financed largely out of cash flow from operations and were supplemented by net borrowings of $5.5 million under the Company's senior credit facility.

The Company expects to finance its remaining 2004 capital expenditures through a combination of cash flow from operations and borrowings under existing credit facilities. The Company's senior secured borrowing base was recently increased from $28 million to $32 million and the Company has also entered into a non-binding agreement for a subordinated bank credit facility of up to $15 million that could be available to finance the increased capital expenditures.

OPERATIONAL UPDATE
Cotton Valley -- The Company's increased 2004 capital expenditure budget of $45 million includes approximately 50% which has been designated for leasing, exploration and development activities in the Cotton Valley Trend. The Company has drilled and completed eight (8) Cotton Valley wells in 2004 and these wells have an average initial flow rate of approximately 1,200 Mcf per day per well. While some of the eight (8) wells have not been online and producing for a full thirty days, the Company estimates the initial thirty day average production rate will be approximately 900 Mcf per day per well. In addition to the eight wells online and producing, the Company has drilled and set production casing through the Cotton Valley on two (2) additional wells which are expected to be completed during November 2004.

Production from the initial Cotton Valley wells commenced in June 2004, and taking into account the expected decline following the initial 30 day period, the current gross production from the eight (8) successfully completed wells is approximately 5,200 Mcf per day, or 3,500 Mcf per day net to the Company. The Company currently has two rigs under contract which are active drilling additional Cotton Valley wells and a third rig which is under contract and expected to commence drilling operations in November. The Company continues to estimate that it will have drilled fourteen (14) to fifteen (15) Cotton Valley wells prior to year end 2004, with an average retained working interest of approximately eighty-eight percent (88%).

Lafitte Field -- In South Louisiana, the Company has participated in the drilling of two prospects, as well as the recompletion of several existing wells in the Lafitte Field. Of the new prospects, the Calloway Gardens prospect well resulted in a dry hole and the Inverness Prospect resulted in a successful completion. The Inverness Prospect well, the Kerner No. 22, commenced production at the end of October and has averaged 585 barrels of oil per day and 105 Mcf of gas per day through November 4, 2004. The Company has an approximate forty-nine percent (49%) working interest in the Inverness Prospect.
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