Crimson Exploration Unveils Q4, Year-End 2008 Financial Results

Crimson Exploration Inc. announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2008.

2008 Highlights

  • Record annual production of 19.2 Bcfe, up 45% over the prior year
  • Record EBITDAX of $132.7 million, up 75% over the prior year
  • Divested Barnett Shale assets for $34.4 million resulting in a gain of $15.6 million
  • Acquired producing assets in South Texas from Smith Production Inc. (“Smith”) for $58 million
  • Accumulated approximately 12,000 net acres in East Texas targeting the Haynesville Shale, James Lime and Travis Peak

Summary Financial Results

The Company reported a profit before income taxes for the fourth quarter of 2008 of $32.4 million compared to a loss before income taxes of $15.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2007. Positively impacting the fourth quarter results for 2008 was a $47.7 million non-cash benefit related to the mark-to-market exposure on our commodity price and interest rate hedge instruments, offset in part by a $10.2 million impairment of certain assets and a $7.1 million leasehold abandonment cost of our undeveloped leasehold position in Culberson County, Texas. Impacting the fourth quarter results for 2007 was a $17.9 million non-cash charge related to the mark-to-market exposure on hedges and a $4.4 million impairment on certain assets. Exclusive of these special items, income before taxes for the fourth quarter of 2008 would have been a gain of $2.0 million, compared to a gain before taxes of $7.1 million in 2007. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $20.9 million compared to a net loss of $9.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2007.
For the full year 2008 income before taxes was $72.9 million compared to a loss before income taxes of $0.8 million for the full year 2007. Positively impacting the full year results for 2008 was a $49.4 million non-cash benefit related to our hedges, a $15.2 million gain on the sale of assets, offset in part by a $36.0 million impairment of certain assets and a $7.1 million leasehold abandonment cost. Impacting the full year results for 2007 was a $18.2 million non-cash charge related to our hedges and a $4.4 million impairment of certain assets, offset in part by a $0.7 million gain on the sale of assets. Exclusive of these special items, income before taxes for the full year 2008 would have been $51.4 million compared to income before taxes of $21.1 million in 2007. Net income for the full year 2008 was $46.2 million compared to a net loss of $0.4 million for 2007.

Net cash flow from operations for the fourth quarter of 2008, which consists of net cash provided by operating activities plus the period change in certain working capital and other cash flow items, was $18.2 million, a $1.0 million decrease over the $19.3 million reported for the 2007 quarter. Net cash flow from operations for the year 2008, was $107.5 million, a $48.7 million increase over the $58.8 million reported for 2007. The increase in annual cash flow is attributable to the full year effect of the South Texas and Gulf Coast producing assets acquired in May 2007 ("STGC Acquisition"), seven month effect of the May 2008 Smith acquisition, net realized commodity prices and the success experienced in our drilling program. EBITDAX, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, exploration and non-cash stock compensation (SFAS 123R) expense was $24.1 million and $132.7 million for the fourth quarter and year 2008, respectively, compared to $25.9 million and $76.0 million for the quarter and year 2007, respectively.

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $35.0 million compared to revenue of $40.3 million in the prior year quarter, an approximate 13% decrease primarily related to lower commodity prices. For the year 2008, revenues were $186.8 million, up from $109.5 million in 2007. The 71% increase in 2008 was due to the full-year effect of the STGC Acquisition in May 2007, seven months of production from the May 2008 Smith acquisition, higher realized commodity prices and the success experienced in our drilling program.

Production for the fourth quarter of 2008 was approximately 4.6 Bcfe of natural gas equivalents, or 50,000 Mcfe per day, compared with production of approximately 4.8 Bcfe, or 52,000 per mcfe day, in the 2007 fourth quarter. Production for the year 2008 was approximately 19.2 Bcfe of natural gas equivalents, or 52,500 Mcfe per day, compared with production in 2007 of approximately 13.2 Bcfe, or 36,000 Mcfe per day. At the end of March 2009, we were producing approximately 48,000 Mcfe per day.

Average realized prices in the fourth quarter of 2008 (including the effects of realized gains/losses on our commodity price hedges) were $68.42, $7.20, $28.84 and $7.52 per barrel, Mcf, barrel and Mcfe, respectively for oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids and natural gas equivalents. For the fourth quarter of 2007, average realized prices were $69.41, $7.28, $55.19 and $8.42 per barrel, Mcf, barrel and Mcfe, respectively for oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids and natural gas equivalents. Average realized prices for the year 2008 were $84.03, $8.86, $53.07 and $9.66 per barrel, Mcf, barrel and Mcfe, respectively for oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids and natural gas equivalents. For the 2007 year, average realized prices were $66.09, $7.48, $49.92, and $8.25 per barrel, Mcf, barrel and Mcfe, respectively for oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids and natural gas equivalents.

Direct lease operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $5.4 million compared to $7.3 million in the prior year quarter due to lower expense workovers. Production and ad valorem taxes for the fourth quarter 2008 was $1.9 million compared to $2.8 million in the prior year quarter due to lower commodity prices and revenues. For the year 2008, direct lease operating expenses were $20.8 million, compared to $12.0 million in 2007, primarily due to the mid-year acquisitions of the STGC properties in 2007, the Smith properties in 2008, increased expense workovers in 2008 and general increases in the costs of goods and services in the industry. For the year 2008, production and ad valorem taxes was $16.3 million compared to $11.7 million in 2007 due to our increased annual production and higher prices. On a per Mcfe produced basis, lease operating expenses were $1.18 and $1.08 per Mcfe for the fourth quarter and year 2008, respectively, compared to $1.53 and $0.91 per Mcfe for the fourth quarter and year 2007, respectively, and production and ad valorem taxes were $0.42 and $0.85 per Mcfe for the fourth quarter and year 2008, respectively, compared to $0.59 and $0.88 per mcfe for the fourth quarter and year 2007, respectively.

Exploration expense was $8.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to $1.6 million for the prior year quarter. For the year 2008, exploration expense was $10.0 million compared to $3.2 million in 2007. Recorded in the fourth quarter of 2008 was leasehold abandonment cost of $7.1 million related to the release of our undeveloped leasehold position in Culberson County, Texas.
DD&A expense for the fourth quarter of 2008 was $14.4 million or $3.12 per mcfe, compared to $9.8 million, or $2.05 per mcfe, in the prior year quarter as a result of the properties added related to the Smith acquisition, higher finding and development costs and negative reserve revisions in 2008. For the year 2008, DD&A expense was $50.5 million, or $2.63 per mcfe, compared to $30.8 million, or $2.33 per mcfe, in 2007.

We recorded non-cash asset impairment charges of $10.2 million and $4.4 million in the fourth quarters of 2008 and 2007 respectively. For the year 2008, non-cash asset impairment charges were $36.0 million compared to $4.4 million in 2007. In 2008 we recorded a $10.2 million impairment expense related to our Grand Lake Field in Southwest Louisiana, and an impairment expense of $25.8 million related to the abandonment of the Rodessa formation development in our Madisonville Field in our Southwest Texas region.

General and administrative expense in the fourth quarter of 2008 was $4.6 million, or $0.99 per mcfe, compared to $5.8 million, or $1.21 per mcfe, in the prior year quarter. For the year 2008, G&A expense was $22.4 million compared to $14.5 million in 2007. On a per unit basis, G&A expense increased to $1.17 per mcfe in 2008 from $1.10 per mcfe in 2007. The increase for the year was primarily due to higher personnel costs, professional fees and office rent related to expanding our infrastructure. Cash general and administrative expenses for 2008, exclusive of the non-cash stock option expense recognized pursuant to SFAS 123R, were $0.80 and $0.90 per mcfe for the fourth quarter and year, respectively, compared to $0.97 and $0.78 per mcfe, respectively, for the 2007 period.

Other income (expense) was a net benefit of $42.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to a net charge of approximately $23.8 million in the prior year quarter. For the year 2008, other income (expense) was a net benefit of $26.8 million compared to a net charge of $34.5 million in 2007. The major contribution to the quarterly and year-over-year variance was the non-cash benefit of $49.4 million in 2008 ($47.7 million in the fourth quarter) related to the mark-to-market gain under our commodity price hedging instruments and our interest rate swap, compared to a non-cash charge of $18.2 million ($17.9 million in the fourth quarter) in 2007. Interest expense was $21.1 million in 2008, compared to $14.9 million in 2007, due to higher outstanding balances on our credit facilities related to the Smith and Haynesville acquisitions.

Year End Proved Reserves

Crimson's total proved reserves at December 31, 2008 are estimated at 131.9 billion cubic feet (“Bcf”) of natural gas equivalents, consisting of approximately 2.6 million barrels of crude oil and 116.6 Bcfe of natural gas and natural gas liquids, as engineered by Netherland, Sewell and Associates, Inc., the Company’s independent, third-party engineering firm. This compares to total proved reserves of 130.2 Bcfe at December 31, 2007. Approximately 63% of proved crude oil reserves, 70% of natural gas and natural gas liquids reserves, and 69% of natural gas equivalents were classified as proved developed at the end of 2008. The present value, using a 10% discount rate on the future net cash flows before income taxes, of the estimated total proved reserves at the end of 2008 is approximately $291 million, based on the December 31, 2008 (hold flat) West Texas Intermediate posted price of $41.00 per barrel for oil and natural gas liquids, and the posted Henry Hub spot market price of $5.706 per Mcf for natural gas, adjusted for average energy content, transportation fees and regional price differentials.
 

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