The net loss attributable to Contango common stock for the nine months ended March 31, 2007 was $2.7 million, or $0.18 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income attributable to common stock for the nine months ended March 31, 2006 of $0.4 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share.
Kenneth R. Peak, Contango's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our net production for the three months ended March 31, 2007 averaged 7.8 million cubic feet equivalent per day ("MMcfe/d") vs. 20 MMcfe/d currently. Our Dutch #2 well at Eugene Island 10, expected to begin producing in July 2007, is anticipated to add another 7.5 MMcfe/d, which together with on-going drilling in the Arkansas Fayetteville Shale is projected to increase our daily net production to 30 MMcfe/d by this summer."
Mr. Peak continued, "We have now drilled the first two of our five scheduled Alta operated wells and are currently fracture stimulating our first well, the Alta-Huff #1-29H. This well was drilled in 15 days at an 8/8ths cost of $2.5 million, compared to our AFE of $2.4 million. Our second well, the Alta-Jones #1-29H was drilled in 12 days, which is two days faster than our AFE estimate, and at a cost of $2.3 million. We have an aggressive fracture stimulation schedule in front of us and plan to fracture stimulate six Alta operated wells over the next three months. We spudded our Dutch #3 exploration well on April 26, 2007 and expect to spud our Mary Rose #1 development well upon completion of the Dutch #3 well, expected in July 2007."
As of May 4, 2007, we have approximately $2.5 million in cash and cash equivalents, $35.0 million in long-term debt outstanding and $15.0 million of borrowing availability. Our proved reserves, as estimated by our independent reserve engineers as of March 31, 2007, were 56.0 billion cubic feet equivalent. The SEC PV-10 pre-tax net present value of these reserves, using quarter end prices adjusted for basis and transportation is $238.3 million.
Contango is a Houston-based, independent natural gas and oil company. The Company's core business is to explore, develop, produce and acquire natural gas and oil properties primarily offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore in the Arkansas Fayetteville Shale. The Company also owns a 10% interest in a limited partnership formed to develop an LNG receiving terminal in Freeport, Texas, and holds investments in companies focused on commercializing environmentally preferred energy technologies.
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