Contango Reports $2.5M Loss for Q4



Contango Oil & Gas Company reported a net loss attributable to common stock for the three months ended December 31, 2006 of approximately $2.5 million, or $0.16 per basic and diluted share, which included a loss on the sale of Contango Operators, Inc.'s ("COI's") 25% working interest in the Grand Isle 72 well ("Liberty"). COI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. This compares to a net loss attributable to common stock for the three months ended December 31, 2005 of $0.4 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share.

The net loss attributable to Contango common stock for the six months ended December 31, 2006 was $2.9 million, or $0.19 per basic and diluted share, which included a loss on the sale of COI's 25% working interest in the Grand Isle 72 well, compared to a net loss attributable to common stock for the six months ended December 31, 2005 of $0.3 million, or $0.02 per basic and diluted share.

Cash Inflow. During the six months ended December 31, 2006, we had approximately $35.4 million of cash inflow consisting of $7.0 million from the sale of COI's interest in Grand Isle 72, $10.0 million from borrowings under our credit facility with The Royal Bank of Scotland and $18.4 million from the sale of short term investments.

Cash Outflow. During the six months ended December 31, 2006, we used a total of approximately $39.4 million of cash consisting of $5.5 million for operations, $31.9 million in exploration and development activities, $1.5 million in investments in affiliates and $0.5 million in financing activities.

Capital Budget. For the final six months of fiscal year 2007, our capital expenditure budget calls for us to invest a total of $ 25.8 million ($4.4 million of this was invested in January 2007), as we continue to invest in our Arkansas Fayetteville Shale play, bring the Grand Isle 72 ("Liberty") discovery to production and spud a second exploration well at our Dutch prospect in February 2007.

Of the $25.8 million in capital expenditures budgeted for the remaining six months of fiscal year 2007, $6.0 million is anticipated to be invested in offshore activities. Our budget calls for us to invest approximately $1.1 million for production and pipeline facilities for developing Grand Isle 72, approximately $3.9 million for drilling, completion, production and pipeline facilities for our second well at Eugene Island 10 ($0.2 million was invested in January 2007) and $1.0 million in projected future exploration costs, seismic and delay rentals.

Of the $25.8 million in capital expenditures budgeted for the remaining six months of fiscal year 2007, $19.8 million is expected to be invested in onshore activities. In the Arkansas Fayetteville Shale, our partners and we have acquired or received commitments on approximately 44,300 net mineral acres and we have committed to a total of 117 wells in this play as of February 4, 2007. We have an average working interest of 15% and a net revenue interest of 12% in these 117 wells. Of these, 25 are to be operated by Alta and 92 are to be operated by a third party independent oil and gas exploration company (these 92 wells are referred to as "Integrated Wells").

Of the 25 Alta operated wells, seven have been drilled as of December 31, 2006, four will be drilled in fiscal year 2007, and 14 will be drilled later. We estimate an additional $4.7 million, net to Contango, will be required for remaining drilling, frac, completion and hook-up costs of these seven wells ($2.0 million of this was invested in January 2007). We are budgeting to drill, complete and frac an additional four new Alta wells during fiscal year 2007 at a cost of $5.4 million, net to us. Additionally, we expect to invest $0.7 million in pipeline infrastructure and additional leasehold costs for the Arkansas Fayetteville Shale ($0.4 million of this was invested in January 2007). We estimate we will have an average working interest of 54% and a net revenue interest of 43% in these 11 Alta wells.

Of the 92 Integrated Wells for which we have received AFEs, 35 wells are producing, 23 wells have already been spud, and 34 wells have yet to be drilled. In addition to these 92 Integrated Wells, we estimate we will receive an additional seven AFEs per month for Integrated Wells during the final five months of fiscal year 2007 for a total of 127 Integrated Wells. We anticipate having approximately 67 producing Integrated Wells by the end of June 2007. Our capital budget for Integrated Wells assumes we will invest $8.2 million in Integrated Wells during the remainder of fiscal year 2007 ($1.8 million of this was invested in January 2007). We estimate we will have an average working interest of 6% and a net revenue interest of 5% in these 127 Integrated Wells.

As of February 7, 2007, we have approximately $7.5 million in cash, cash equivalents, and short term investments and $30.0 million in long-term debt outstanding. The Company had estimated production of approximately 11.9 MMcfe/d.

Kenneth R. Peak, Contango's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our Dutch #1 well at Eugene Island 10 is now flowing at 28.3 million cubic feet equivalent per day, and our Dutch #2 well was spud on February 7, 2007."

Mr. Peak continued, "Our proved reserves, as estimated by our independent reserve engineers as of December 31, 2006, were 34.2 billion cubic feet equivalent. The SEC PV-10 pre-tax net present value of these reserves, using quarter end prices of $5.63 per MMbtu and $61.05 per barrel was $121.5 million."

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