Meridian Resource Reports '09 Financial Results

Meridian Resource announced fourth-quarter and full-year 2009 financial results.

A summary of the fourth quarter's financial results are:

  • Discretionary Cash Flow totaled $2.8 million
  • Production totaled 2.8 Bcfe, or 30 Mmcfe per day
  • Average prices of $5.51 per Mcf, and $70.96 per barrel
  • Oil and Natural Gas Revenues totaled $22.5 million
  • Lease Operating Expense totaled $4.7 million
  • Depletion and Depreciation totaled $7.9 million
  • General & Administrative Expense totaled $5.9 million

Discretionary Cash Flow

Discretionary cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $2.8 million, compared to $15.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. The difference between the two quarterly periods is due primarily to lower realized prices combined with lower production levels. For full year 2009, discretionary cash flow was $30.0 million, compared to $81.6 million for the full year 2008. The difference between the two annual periods is primarily due to lower commodity prices, and lower production volumes, which reduced revenues by a combined $59.4 million. These reductions in cash flow were partially offset by reduced cash-based operating expenses, severance taxes, general and administrative expenses, and hurricane damage repair expense. The remainder of the decrease in discretionary cash flow is due to changes in working capital account balances. The cash outflow from these working capital accounts primarily reflects the paydown in 2009 of obligations to vendors and joint interest partners as the Company decreased its drilling and other capital expenditures and established a lower base of payables related to operations.

Production Volumes

Production volumes for the fourth quarter of 2009 totaled 2.8 Bcfe, or 30.0 Mmcfe per day compared to 3.5 Bcfe, or 38.3 Mmcfe per day for the fourth quarter of 2008. The difference between the two quarterly periods is due to natural production declines offset in part by new production that was brought on in East Texas during the first quarter of 2009 and additional recompletions that were performed in the Weeks Island field. Annual production volumes were 12.6 Bcfe, or 34.4 Mmcfe per day, for full year 2009 compared to 13.9 Bcfe, or 38.1 Mmcfe per day, for full year 2008. The difference between the two annual periods is also due to natural production declines offset in part by new production brought on in East Texas and Weeks Island. The Company has been able to maintain a decent level of production despite minimal capital expenditures.

Oil and Natural Gas Revenues

Oil and natural gas revenues for the fourth quarter of 2009 totaled $22.5 million compared to total oil and gas revenues of $26.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. The difference between the two quarterly periods is due primarily to previously discussed lower production levels. Average realized natural gas and crude oil prices (including the effect of hedging) between the two quarterly periods were $5.51 per Mcf and $70.96 per barrel (Q4-09) and $6.85 per Mcf and $53.47 per barrel (Q4-08), respectively. Total annual oil and gas revenues were $89.2 million for full year 2009, compared to $148.6 million for full year 2008. Average realized natural gas and crude oil prices (including the effect of hedging) between the two annual periods were $5.30 per Mcf and $59.02 per barrel (2009) and $9.07 per Mcf and $83.18 per barrel (2008), respectively.

Lease Operating Expenses

Lease operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2009 were $4.7 million, a decrease of $0.4 million or 8% compared to $5.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. Lease operating expenses for full year 2009 were $17.6 million, compared to $24.3 million in full year 2008. On a unit basis, lease operating expenses decreased $0.34 per Mcfe to $1.40 per Mcfe for the year 2009 from $1.74 per Mcfe for the year 2008. Lease operating expenses decreased between the periods primarily due to reduced labor costs, salt water disposal fees, fuel and compression charges, platform facilities charges and lower insurance costs. The decrease in the per Mcfe rate was attributable to the reduced expenses partially offset by lower production in 2009.

Depletion and Depreciation

Depletion and depreciation for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $7.9 million, compared to $20.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. For full year 2009, depletion and depreciation totaled $37.1 million, a decrease of $35 million, or 49%, compared to $72.1 million for full year 2008. The difference between the two quarterly and annual periods is due primarily to a decrease in the rate per unit produced, and secondarily to a 10% decrease in production volumes in 2009 compared to 2008. This decrease in rate was caused by the reduction in the carrying value of oil and natural gas properties which resulted from the significant impairment write-downs to oil and natural gas properties recorded in December 2008 and March 2009. On a unit basis, depletion and depreciation expenses decreased to $2.96 per Mcfe for 2009, compared to $5.16 per Mcfe for 2008.

General and Administrative Expenses

Gross general and administrative expenses (both capitalized and expensed cost) for the fourth quarter of 2009 were $5.9 million compared to $8.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2008, a decrease of $2.1 million or 26%. Net expenses (excluding capitalized costs) were $5.9 million compared to $3.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. For full year 2009, gross general and administrative expenses were $20.7 million compared to $36.5 million for 2008, a decrease of $15.8 million, or 43%. Net expenses (excluding capitalized costs) decreased $1.0 million (5%) to $18.1 million in 2009 compared to $19.1 million for the year 2008. The difference in net general and administrative expenses was primarily due to reduced headcount in the office and other successful cost cutting measures. The savings gained were offset in part by increased legal and professional fees, primarily related to the negotiation of forbearance agreements with various creditors, and to management's ongoing efforts to locate a suitable candidate for a strategic transaction such as the proposed merger with Alta Mesa. However, net general and administrative expense was also impacted by the decision to cease capitalizing such expenses to the full cost pool after the first quarter of 2009, based on reduced exploration and development activity.

Interest Expense

Interest expense for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $2.5 million compared to $1.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. For the full year of 2009, interest expense totaled $8.5 million compared to $5.4 million for the full year of 2008. The difference between the two annual periods is due primarily to forbearance fees, which are included in the expense in 2009, and increased interest rates during 2009. Interest rates on both the Credit Facility debt and the rig note increased under the terms of those agreements, which allow such increases when the Company is in default. The increase in rates was partially offset by lower debt balances.

Net Income / (Loss)

Meridian recorded a net loss in the fourth quarter 2009 of $9.4 million or $0.10 per share compared to net loss of $215 million, or $2.33 per share for the fourth quarter of 2008. For full year 2009, the Company reported a net loss of $72.6 million, or $0.79 per diluted common share, compared to net loss of $209.9 million, or $2.30 per diluted common share, for full year 2008. During 2009, the Company was required to recognize a non-cash impairment charge totaling $63.5 million. Excluding the impact of the non-cash impairment, for the year, the Company would have reported an after tax net loss of $9.1 million, or $0.10 per share. The effect of this write-down is projected to result in a decrease in the Company's anticipated future depletion rate.

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