CREDO Petroleum Reports 56% Increase in First Half 2006 Earnings
CREDO Petroleum Corporation reported record financial and operating results for the six months and second quarter ended April 30, 2006. Per share data has been adjusted to reflect the three-for-two stock split effective October 12, 2005.
For the first six months of 2006, net income increased 56% to an all time high. For the period, net income was $3,087,000 on revenue of $8,286,000 compared to net income of $1,983,000 on revenue of $5,485,000 last year. On a per diluted share basis, net income was $.33 for the first six months compared to $.21 last year. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization ("EBITDA") increased 56% to $5,964,000 compared to $3,815,000 last year.
Second quarter 2006 net income increased 24% to a record $1,392,000 on revenue of $3,921,000 compared to net income of $1,127,000 on revenue of $3,038,000 last year. On a per diluted share basis, net income was $.15 for the second quarter compared to $.12 last year.
James T. Huffman, President, said, "New records have been established during 2006 in most of the company's financial and operating categories. Production set new records for both the six-months and the second quarter as we continue to meet the challenge of increasing production in order to reap the full benefit of good product prices. With the previously reported Garnet State well continuing to produce over 4.0 MMcf per day and new wells and projects coming on stream, we are optimistic that 2006 will continue to be a record year for CREDO."
Huffman further stated, "Despite a 20% increase in production over the first quarter 2006, second quarter earnings are lower compared to the first quarter primarily because gas prices realizations fell 30% to $5.85 per Mcf compared to $8.19 in the first quarter."
Effective November 1, 2005, the company adopted SFAS No. 123 ® related to expensing stock options. Prior year results have been restated. Adoption of the new accounting principle resulted in an after tax charge of $85,000 for the first six months of 2006, compared to $106,000 last year. For the second quarter 2006, the after tax charge was $43,000, compared to $53,000 last year.
Six-Month and Second Quarter Production Volumes
Both Rise to New Records
For the first six months, production rose 13% to an all time record high. Production was 1,084 MMcfe (million cubic feet of gas-equivalent) compared to 959 MMcfe last year. Natural gas production rose 15% to 965 MMcf compared to 842 MMcf last year while oil production increased to 19,800 barrels compared to 19,500 barrels last year.
For the second quarter, production rose 13%, also an all time record high. Production was 590 MMcfe compared to 523 MMcfe last year. Natural gas production rose 15% to 528 MMcf compared to 460 MMcf last year while oil production declined slightly to 10,300 barrels compared to 10,500 barrels last year.
Product Prices Show Continued Strength
For the first six months, net wellhead natural gas prices rose 26% to $7.18 per Mcf compared to $5.72 last year. Hedging transactions reduced wellhead prices $.27 per Mcf compared to $.33 last year. As a result, total natural gas price realizations rose 28% to $6.91 per Mcf compared to $5.39 last year. Wellhead oil prices rose 36% to $59.37 per barrel compared to $43.66 last year.
Net wellhead natural gas prices for the second quarter rose 4% to $5.85 per Mcf compared to $5.63 last year. There were no hedging transactions in the 2006 period, however, in the 2005 period, hedging transactions reduced wellhead prices $.12 per Mcf. As a result, total natural gas price realizations rose 6% to $5.85 per Mcf compared to $5.51 last year. Wellhead oil prices rose 39% to $61.63 per barrel compared to $44.49 last year.
The company currently has no open hedge positions.
Strong Financial Condition Provides
Solid Foundation for Growth
At April 30, 2006, working capital was $8,833,000, and cash and short-term investments totaled $7,977,000. The company's only long-term debt is a $233,000 exclusive license obligation.
Capital Spending Increases
Capital spending for the six months ended April 30, 2006 totaled $5,536,000, up 60% from last year. CREDO's business focuses on two core projects -- natural gas drilling and application of its patented Calliope Gas Recovery System. The company believes that, in combination, the drilling and Calliope projects provide a superb and unique formula for achieving its goal of adding long-lived natural gas reserves and production at reasonable costs and risks.
As previously reported, the company has significantly expanded both its drilling and Calliope activities. In addition to its existing core projects in Oklahoma, drilling has commenced on new projects in South Texas and north-central Kansas, and the company's Calliope operations have been expanded into Louisiana. These new projects increase both the volume and breadth of the company's business while providing significant opportunities for growth. A press release updating certain operational activities will be issued within the next week.
CREDO Petroleum Corporation is a publicly traded independent
energy company headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The company is
engaged in the exploration for and the acquisition, development and
marketing of natural gas and crude oil in the Mid-Continent and Rocky