VAALCO Energy Inc. announced that for the first quarter of 2008, net income was $1.8 million or $0.03 per diluted share compared to net income of $4.6 million or $0.08 per diluted share for the comparable period in 2007 due to higher taxes and somewhat higher exploration costs in 2008. Discretionary cash flow (a non GAAP measure) was up 30 percent to $14.5 million compared to $11.2 million in the first quarter of 2007.
Robert L. Gerry, III, Chairman and CEO stated, "We are pleased with the progress in our core operations, where we achieved an 11% increase in production from the Etame block complex during the first quarter of 2008 compared to the first quarter of 2007. We are currently producing approximately 22,500 barrels of oil per day.
"On the development front, the Ebouri platform sailed from Corpus Christi, Texas for Gabon on May 8, 2008 and should be installed by July. After the development drilling is completed towards the end of the year, the Ebouri field should be capable of delivering an additional 4,000 to 6,000 barrels oil per day," continued Mr. Gerry.
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