American O&G Well Positioned to Fund Ongoing Projects
American Oil & Gas reported a net loss to common stockholders of $10.3 million (loss of $0.21 per share, basic and diluted) for the year ended December 31, 2009, as compared to a net loss to common stockholders of $24.2 million (loss of $0.51 per share, basic and diluted), for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008. The net loss for 2009 includes a non-cash oil and gas properties impairment charge of $4.5 million. The net loss for 2008 includes (i) a non-cash oil and gas properties impairment charge of $24.3 million (ii) a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $11.7 million and (iii) a gain on sale of oil and gas properties of $16.5 million.
During 2009, American sold 20,026 barrels of oil at an average price of $52.75 per barrel and sold 222,561 mcf of natural gas at an average price of $3.72 per mcf for total oil and natural gas revenues of $1.9 million. In 2008, American sold 19,221 barrels of oil at an average price of $86.96 per barrel and sold 173,129 mcf of natural gas at an average price of $7.06 per mcf for total oil and natural gas revenues of $2.9 million. Lease operating expenses and production taxes were $1.1 million ($19.02 per BOE) for 2009 and $1.3 million ($26.60 per BOE) for 2008.
American's general and administrative expenses increased from $4.4 million for 2008 to $5.3 million for 2009 primarily due to costs relating to third party advisory services, increases in personnel costs and increased office rent.
In 2009, American used $3.7 million of cash for operating activities and in 2008 American used cash of $2.4 million for operating activities.
In 2009, American used $8.9 million for investing activities, which primarily includes $12.1 million paid for acquisition, exploration and development of oil and gas properties, $2.6 million received from redemption of Auction Rate Preferred Securities at par and $0.7 million received from a third party as a participation fee for our Goliath project. American generated $23.2 million in cash from investing activities in 2008 which included cash proceeds of $31.7 million from the sale of oil and gas properties, cash proceeds from sales and redemptions of short term investments of $12.2 million and cash invested in oil and gas properties and oil field equipment inventory of $20.7 million.
In 2009, American received $30.0 million in cash from financing activities, of which $29.6 million was received, net of fees and expenses, from the sale of nine million shares of common stock at $3.50 per share and $330,000 was received from the exercise of employee stock options. In 2008, American received $57,000 in cash from financing activities resulting from the exercise of common stock warrants.
At December 31, 2009, American had working capital of $44.5 million which includes $43.6 million in cash and short term investments, total assets of $84.8 million, a long term asset retirement obligation of $437,000, no long term debt and stockholders' equity of $83.3 million. There are currently 57,562,956 common shares outstanding.
Subsequent to December 31, 2009, American signed a letter of intent to sell its ownership in its Fetter and Krejci projects, and expects to receive approximately $44 million in cash on or before March 31, 2010.
Andrew Calerich, President of American, commented, "With our existing cash balance and the proceeds we expect to receive from the sale of our Fetter and Krejci projects, we should be well capitalized to fund an ongoing drilling program in our Bakken and Three Forks focused Goliath project, where we control approximately 76,000 net acres. Our base case drilling program at Goliath includes drilling seven to nine gross (five to seven net) wells at Goliath during 2010, although we may dramatically increase the level of drilling depending on the results during the early stages of our drilling program."
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