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Earthstone Energy, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Quarterly Production of 4,646 Boepd

THE WOODLANDS, TX--(Marketwired - Nov 12, 2015) -  Earthstone Energy, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ESTE) ("Earthstone" or the "Company"), today announced financial results for the three month period ended September 30, 2015.

Third Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Average daily production of 4,646 Boepd, a 3% increase compared to the second quarter of 2015 and a 100% increase compared to the third quarter of 2014
  • Total revenue of $13.1 million, which excludes any effects from hedges
  • Reduced LOE and G&A on a per-unit basis of 6% and 5%, respectively, compared to the second quarter of 2015
  • Adjusted EBITDAX(1) of $7.5 million
  • Acquired approximately 1,650 gross / 550 net operated acres in southern Gonzales County, Texas, with at least 16 gross identified Eagle Ford drilling locations.

(1) See "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financials Measures" section below.

Selected Financial and Operational Data

The below table provides selected financial and operational data for the three months ended September 30, 2015, June 30, 2015, and September 30, 2014.

($000s except where noted)   Three Months Ended
    September 30, 2015   June 30, 2015   September 30, 2014
Total Revenue   13,080   16,733   12,055
Realized Hedge Settlements Gain (Loss)   1,741   943   120
Adjusted Revenue (including realized hedge settlements)   14,821   17,676   12,175
Net Income (Loss)   1,718   (748)   4,214
Earnings (Loss) Per Share (Diluted)   0.12   (0.05)   0.46
Adjusted EBITDAX(1)   7,536   8,660   7,420
             
Production:            
  Oil (MBbls)   246   230   95
  Gas (MMcf)   742   739   521
  NGL (MBbls)   58   58   32
  Total (MBOE)   428   411   214
  Total daily production (BOEPD)   4,646   4,517   2,327
             
Average prices:            
  Oil ($/Bbl)   42.20   52.94   93.69
  Gas ($/Mcf)   2.66   2.68   4.05
  NGL ($/Bbl)   11.73   14.01   28.94
  Total ($/Boe)   30.49   36.39   55.85
             
Adjusted for realized derivatives settlements:            
  Oil ($/Bbl)   49.27   57.04   93.44
  Gas ($/Mcf)   2.66   2.68   4.33
  NGL ($/Bbl)   11.73   14.01   28.94
  Total ($/Boe)   34.56   38.69   56.41

(1) See "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financials Measures" section below.

Acquisitions

During the third quarter of 2015, the Company acquired a 33% operated interest in approximately 1,650 gross acres, in southern Gonzales County, Texas, which supports 16 gross Eagle Ford locations. This acreage, along with other recent acquisitions in the area, has been de-risked by numerous offsetting Eagle Ford wells operated by EOG Resources, Inc. and Marathon Oil Corporation and is economic in the current commodity price environment.

When combined with acquisitions completed in June 2015, the Company has acquired a total of approximately 3,050 gross / 1,185 net acres in Karnes and southern Gonzales Counties, Texas, with working interests ranging from 33% to 50% in at least 33 identified future gross drilling locations.

Management Comments

Frank A. Lodzinski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Earthstone Energy, Inc., commented, "During the third quarter we continued to deliver production within guidance, while further reducing drilling, completion and operating costs. We drilled and brought online one gross Austin Chalk well and drilled four gross Eagle Ford wells. In the fourth quarter, we intend to drill and initiate completion operations on four gross Eagle Ford wells in our Boggs Unit (approximately 350 gross / 115 net acres, 33% operated working interest). We anticipate having 12 gross wells waiting on completion by the end of year, including our Boggs Unit which should be in the initial stages of completing, which will help support our production and cash flow level into 2016. We currently are running one rig in our operated Eagle Ford project with intermittent Austin Chalk drilling to hold sizeable acreage positions. We believe we can achieve some additional cost savings through efficiencies, but recognize that we must maintain high quality crews and equipment to realize such efficiencies and minimize mechanical problems that lead to cost over-runs."

Mr. Lodzinski further commented, "While we intend to continue to run one rig, we may consider suspending drilling if low commodity prices persist. In that event, we forecast that we can spend within internally generated cash flow in 2016 and keep production relatively flat with our fourth quarter of 2015 exit rate by completing our frac inventory and adding artificial lift where needed. We will provide further guidance in periodic operations updates as the commodity price environment evolves over the ensuing months."

About Earthstone Energy, Inc.

Earthstone Energy, Inc. is a growth-oriented independent oil and gas exploration and production company engaged in the development and acquisition of oil and gas reserves through an active and diversified program that includes the acquisition, drilling and development of undeveloped leases, purchases of reserves, and exploration activities, with its current primary assets located in the Eagle Ford trend of south Texas and in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana. Earthstone is traded on NYSE MKT under the symbol "ESTE." Our corporate headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas. Additional information on Earthstone can be found at www.earthstoneenergy.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements that are not strictly historical statements constitute forward-looking statements and may often, but not always, be identified by the use of such words such as "expects," "believes," "intends," "anticipates," "plans," "estimates," "potential," "possible," or "probable" or statements that certain actions, events or results "may," "will," "should," or "could" be taken, occur or be achieved. The forward-looking statements include statements about future operations, expansion of production and development acreage, increased cash flow, earnings and assets and access to capital. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and analyses made by Earthstone and its management in light of experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors appropriate under the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will conform to expectations is subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: the risks of the oil and gas industry (for example, the recent rapid, significant decline in oil prices and operational risks in exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas; risks and uncertainties involving geology of oil and gas deposits); the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections relating to future oil and gas prices, production, costs and expenses; potential delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; health, safety and environmental risks and risks related to weather; inability of management to execute its plans to meet its goals; unavailability of gathering systems, pipelines and processing facilities; and the possibility that government policies may change. Earthstone's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, recent current reports on Form 8-K, and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss some of the important risk factors identified that may affect Earthstone's business, results of operations, and financial condition. Earthstone undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements except as required by law.

   
   
EARTHSTONE ENERGY, INC.  
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(Unaudited)  
   
    September 30,     December 31,  
ASSETS   2015     2014  
Current assets:   (In thousands, except share amounts)  
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 41,327     $ 100,447  
  Accounts receivable:                
      Oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids revenues     15,828       14,016  
      Joint interest billings and other     6,370       9,417  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     1,058       1,578  
  Current derivative assets     3,626       3,569  
    Total current assets     68,209       129,027  
Oil and gas properties, successful efforts method:                
  Proved properties     365,584       317,006  
  Unproved properties     85,971       76,791  
  Total oil and gas properties     451,555       393,797  
  Accumulated depreciation, depletion, and amortization     (111,530 )     (97,920 )
  Net oil and gas properties     340,025       295,877  
Other noncurrent assets:                
  Goodwill     22,992       22,992  
  Office and other equipment, less accumulated depreciation of $879 and $474 at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014     2,032       2,109  
  Land     101       101  
  Noncurrent derivative assets     287       -  
  Other noncurrent assets     1,184       1,282  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 434,830     $ 451,388  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 23,662     $ 28,753  
  Accrued expenses     16,454       20,529  
  Revenues and royalties payable     9,947       17,364  
  Advances     21,600       21,398  
  Asset retirement obligations     341       408  
    Total current liabilities     72,004       88,452  
Noncurrent liabilities:                
  Long-term debt     11,191       11,191  
  Asset retirement obligations     5,822       5,670  
  Deferred tax liability     29,188       29,258  
  Other noncurrent liabilities     241       289  
    Total noncurrent liabilities     46,442       46,408  
      Total liabilities     118,446       134,860  
Commitments and Contingencies (Note 10)                
Equity:                
  Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding     --       --  
  Common stock, $0.001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 13,835,128 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014     14       14  
  Additional paid-in capital     358,086       358,086  
  Accumulated deficit     (41,256 )     (41,112 )
  Treasury stock, 15,414 shares at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014     (460 )     (460 )
      Total equity     316,384       316,528  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 434,830     $ 451,388  
                 
                 
                 
EARTHSTONE ENERGY, INC.  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
(Unaudited)  
   
  Threemonths ended September 30,     Nine months ended September 30,  
  2015     2014     2015     2014  
REVENUES (In thousands, except share and per share amounts)  
  Oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids revenues:                              
    Oil $ 10,385     $ 8,916     $ 31,586     $ 25,292  
    Natural gas   1,971       2,113       5,483       7,459  
    Natural gas liquids   677       928       2,164       2,842  
      Total oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids revenues   13,033       11,957       39,233       35,593  
  Gathering income   60       98       233       293  
  (Loss) gain on sales of oil and gas properties, net   (13 )     --       1,667       --  
    Total revenues   13,080       12,055       41,133       35,886  
OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES                              
  Production costs:                              
    Lease operating expense   4,138       2,536       12,751       7,210  
    Severance taxes   746       481       2,122       1,479  
  Re-engineering and workovers   234       234       520       553  
  Exploration expense   -       83       142       83  
  Depreciation, depletion, and amortization   8,107       5,268       22,705       13,031  
  General and administrative expense   2,450       1,602       7,505       4,816  
    Total operating costs and expenses   15,675       10,204       45,745       27,172  
    (Loss) income from operations   (2,595 )     1,851       (4,612 )     8,714  
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)                              
  Interest expense, net   (169 )     (149 )     (507 )     (446 )
  Net gain on derivative contracts   5,166       2,489       4,522       186  
  Other income, net   127       23       384       30  
    Total other income (expense)   5,124       2,363       4,399       (230 )
    Income (loss) before income taxes   2,529       4,214       (213 )     8,484  
  Income tax expense (benefit)   811       --       (69 )     --  
    Net income (loss) $ 1,718     $ 4,214     $ (144 )   $ 8,484  
Net income (loss) per common share:                              
  Basic $ 0.12     $ 0.46     $ (0.01 )   $ 0.93  
  Diluted $ 0.12     $ 0.46     $ (0.01 )   $ 0.93  
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                              
  Basic   13,835,128       9,124,452       13,835,128       9,124,452  
  Diluted   13,835,128       9,124,452       13,835,128       9,124,452  
                               
                               
                               
EARTHSTONE ENERGY, INC.  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
(Unaudited)  
   
    Nine months ended
September 30,
 
    2015     2014  
Cash flows from operating activities:   (In thousands)  
  Net (loss) income   $ (144 )   $ 8,484  
  Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
    Depreciation, depletion, and amortization     22,705       13,031  
    Unrealized gain on derivative contracts     (344 )     (1,155 )
    Accretion of asset retirement obligations     425       229  
    Deferred income taxes     (69 )     --  
    Amortization of deferred financing costs     195       113  
    Settlement of asset retirement obligations     (65 )     (56 )
    Gain on sale of assets     (1,667 )     --  
  Changes in assets and liabilities:                
    Decrease (increase) in accounts receivable     5,362       (18,457 )
    Decrease (increase) in prepaid expenses and other     548       (408 )
    (Decrease) increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses     (15,547 )     38,532  
    (Decrease) increase in revenue and royalties payable     (7,318 )     10,509  
    Increase in advances     224       11,028  
      Net cash provided by operating activities     4,305       61,850  
Cash flows from investing activities:                
  Acquisitions of oil and gas property     (8,706 )     --  
  Additions to oil and gas property and equipment     (57,705 )     (54,537 )
  Additions to other property and equipment     (328 )     (576 )
  Proceeds from sales of oil and gas properties     3,441       --  
      Net cash used in investing activities     (63,298 )     (55,113 )
Cash flows from financing activities:                
  Deferred financing costs     (127 )     (188 )
      Net cash used in financing activities     (127 )     (188 )
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents     (59,120 )     6,549  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     100,447       25,423  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 41,327     $ 31,972  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information                
Cash paid for:                
  Interest   $ 284     $ 331  
Non-cash investing and financing activities:                
  Asset retirement obligations   $ 128     $ 50  
  Acquisitions of oil and gas properties   $ 2,130       -  
                 
                 
                 
Earthstone Energy, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

Adjusted EBITDAX

Adjusted EBITDAX is used as a supplemental financial measure by our management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks and others, to assess our operating performance compared to that of other companies in our industry, without regard to financing methods, capital structure or historical costs basis. It is also used to assess our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures. We define "Adjusted EBITDAX" as net income (loss) plus (1) (gain) loss on sale of assets; (2) accretion; (3) depletion, depreciation, and amortization; (4) exploration expense; (5) interest expense; (6) interest income; (7) unrealized (gain) loss on derivatives; and (8) income tax expense (benefit).

Our Adjusted EBITDAX should not be considered an alternative to net income (loss), operating income (loss), cash flow provided by (used in) operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with the generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Our Adjusted EBITDAX may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of another company because all companies may not calculate Adjusted EBITDAX in the same manner.

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDAX for the periods indicated (in thousands):

    Three Months Ended  
    September 30, 2015     June 30, 2015     September 30, 2014  
Net income (loss)   $ 1,718     $ (748 )   $ 4,214  
(Gain) / loss on sale of assets     13       (1,680 )     -  
Accretion     143       137       78  
Depletion, depreciation, and amortization     8,107       8,674       5,268  
Exploration expense     -       142       83  
Interest expense     180       182       149  
Interest income     (11 )     (13 )     -  
Unrealized (gain) loss on derivative contracts     (3,425 )     2,261       (2,364 )
Income tax expense (benefit)     811       (295 )     -  
Adjusted EBITDAX   $ 7,536     $ 8,660     $ 7,423  

Contact:

Neil K. Cohen
Vice President, Finance, and Treasurer
Earthstone Energy, Inc.
1400 Woodloch Forest Drive, Suite 300
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-298-4246


Source: Marketwired (November 12, 2015 - 8:01 AM EST)

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