Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. Reports Fiscal 2015 First Quarter Results

OKLAHOMA CITY – Feb. 9, 2015 – PANHANDLE OIL AND GAS INC. (NYSE: PHX), the “Company,” today reported financial and operating results for the 2015 fiscal first quarter ending Dec. 31, 2014.

FIRST QUARTER 2015 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Recorded first quarter 2015 net income of $10,233,761, $0.61 per share, compared to net income of $4,926,318, $0.29 per share, for the 2014 first quarter.
  • Recorded production of 3,737,483 Mcfe, compared to 3,509,270 Mcfe for the 2014 first quarter.
  • Increased quarterly oil production by 40% to 116,583 barrels, compared to 83,413 barrels for the 2014 first quarter.
  • Increased quarterly NGL production by 96% to 72,804 barrels, compared to 37,140 barrels for the 2014 first quarter.
  • Funded capital expenditures of $14.9 million for drilling and equipping wells for the 2015 first quarter with cash generated by operating activities of $15.2 million during the quarter.
  • Recorded hedging gain of $11,250,265, prior to provision for income taxes, in the 2015 first quarter.

For the 2015 first quarter, the Company recorded net income of $10,233,761, $0.61 per share, compared to net income of $4,926,318, $0.29 per share, for the 2014 first quarter.  Net cash provided by operating activities increased 28% to $15,185,489 for the 2015 first quarter, compared to the 2014 first quarter.  Cash flow from operations fully funded all capital expenditures for the quarter of $14,901,631 for drilling and equipping wells.

Total revenues for the 2015 first quarter were $30,999,170, compared to $18,396,756 for the 2014 first quarter.  Oil, NGL and natural gas sales increased $1,046,618 or 6% in the 2015 quarter, compared to the 2014 quarter, as a result of a 7% increase in Mcfe production.  The average sales price per Mcfe of production during the 2015 first quarter was $5.22, compared to $5.26 for the 2014 first quarter.  The majority of the revenue increase resulted from recording a hedging gain of $11,250,265, prior to provision for income taxes, in the first quarter of 2015 as compared to a loss of $496,901 in the 2014 first quarter.  This gain is principally the result of hedging put in place by the Company shortly after closing on the Eagle Ford acquisition in June 2014.  The contracts will allow the Company to effectively sell somewhat over 50% of its expected oil production for approximately $92.00 per barrel, on average, through December 2015.

Oil production increased 40% in the 2015 first quarter to 116,583 barrels, compared to 83,413 barrels in the 2014 first quarter. NGL production increased 96% in the 2015 quarter to 72,804 barrels, and natural gas production decreased 7% for the 2015 first quarter, compared to the 2014 first quarter.  The increased oil production is principally attributable to production from the Eagle Ford Shale properties, and the majority of the increase in NGL production was from several of the NGL rich plays in Oklahoma.

Lease operating expenses increased to $1.28 per Mcfe of production in the 2015 first quarter as compared to $.94 per Mcfe in the 2014 first quarter.  This increase is a result of the additional oil production in the Eagle Ford Shale.  Those wells are more cost intensive than the typical historic mix of Panhandle wells, of which the majority are natural gas producers, which typically have significantly lower operating costs.  Non-cash impairment charges increased $1,989,006 in the 2015 first quarter as compared to the 2014 first quarter.  These charges were on several smaller fields principally in western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle and were impacted by significantly reduced oil prices.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTS

Michael C. Coffman, President and CEO said, “During the first quarter and continuing as we speak, the industry has seen significant declines in product prices.  Panhandle was able to generate significant earnings for the quarter principally as a result of hedging gains.  Ironically, in light of current oil and natural gas prices, these hedging gains allowed the Company to record the largest quarterly net income in history of $10,233,761.  Should these lower prices for our products persist through the remainder of 2015, obviously earnings for subsequent quarters will be negatively affected.

“We expect our capital expenditure level to decline significantly in subsequent quarters as well proposals received by Panhandle are expected to materially decline, and our inclination to deploy capital to take a working interest in proposals will be reduced until we have a better understanding of where oil and natural gas prices will settle as the year progresses.  As usual, we will continue to generate no-cost royalty interests in wells drilled on our mineral acreage.  Excess cash flow will be used to further reduce our bank debt.

“As Panhandle has done in the past, we will manage our way through this difficult commodity price cycle while continuing to look for opportunities to deliver growth of shareholder value.

Paul Blanchard, Senior Vice President and COO said, “The Company’s first quarter 2015 oil production was negatively impacted by the delay in completing six Eagle Ford Shale wells that were drilled during the quarter.  The operator has elected to defer these completions until oil prices recover from the current depressed levels and/or service costs decline materially.  Further, the operator has released the Eagle Ford drilling rig and plans to resume drilling when the combination of oil prices and service costs create the opportunity to earn a reasonable rate of return.  In the Bakken Shale, the operator of five recently-drilled wells in which we have a working interest has also elected to defer the completions of those wells.  Drilling proposals in the Company’s other material oil and NGL rich plays have slowed significantly with the exception of the ‘SCOOP’ Woodford and Springer plays in south central Oklahoma where operators have indicated that they will continue to drill on leases that are not held by production.  We further anticipate a slower pace of drilling in the Fayetteville Shale where the primary operator has reduced its 2015 drilling budget.

“Panhandle plans to participate only in those wells that will earn a reasonable rate of return in the current price environment or where participation will preserve strategic future working interest participation rights on its mineral acreage.  As a result, we are anticipating a significant drop in subsequent quarter capital expenditures for the duration of this low commodity price cycle, which, if prolonged, is expected to translate into a minor production decline in 2015 as compared to 2014.”

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Statements of Operations

 

Three Months Ended Dec. 31,

 

2014

 

2013

Revenues:

(unaudited)

Oil, NGL and natural gas sales

$

 19,519,700 

 

$

 18,473,082 

Lease bonuses and rentals

 

 29,291 

 

 

 196,229 

Gains (losses) on derivative contracts

 

 11,250,265 

 

 

 (496,901)

Income from partnerships

 

 199,914 

 

 

 224,346 

 

 

 30,999,170 

 

 

 18,396,756 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

Lease operating expenses

 

 4,785,350 

 

 

 3,315,397 

Production taxes

 

 622,512 

 

 

 571,564 

Exploration costs

 

 25,352 

 

 

 38,755 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 6,139,019 

 

 

 5,308,019 

Provision for impairment

 

 2,191,997 

 

 

 202,991 

Loss (gain) on asset sales and other

 

 (1,982)

 

 

 (77,455)

Interest expense

 

 402,733 

 

 

 -

General and administrative

 

 1,958,428 

 

 

 1,873,167 

 

 

 16,123,409 

 

 

 11,232,438 

Income before provision for income taxes

 

 14,875,761 

 

 

 7,164,318 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for income taxes

 

 4,642,000 

 

 

 2,238,000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

 10,233,761 

 

$

 4,926,318 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted earnings per common share

$

 0.61 

 

$

 0.29 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

Common shares

 

 16,494,805 

 

 

 16,463,804 

Unissued, directors' deferred compensation shares

 

 262,121 

 

 

 246,122 

 

 

 16,756,926 

 

 

 16,709,926 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance Sheets

 

Dec. 31, 2014

 

Sept. 30, 2014

Assets

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

 519,605 

 

$

 509,755 

Oil, NGL and natural gas sales receivables

 

 13,555,350 

 

 

 16,227,469 

Refundable production taxes

 

 612,791 

 

 

 625,996 

Derivative contracts, net

 

 12,333,036 

 

 

 1,650,563 

Other

 

 255,743 

 

 

 354,828 

Total current assets

 

 27,276,525 

 

 

 19,368,611 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Properties and equipment, at cost, based on

 

 

 

 

 

   successful efforts accounting:

 

 

 

 

 

Producing oil and natural gas properties

 

 430,310,159 

 

 

 418,237,512 

Non-producing oil and natural gas properties

 

 9,394,878 

 

 

 10,260,717 

Other

 

 1,372,943 

 

 

 1,317,725 

 

 

 441,077,980 

 

 

 429,815,954 

Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 (210,823,119)

 

 

 (204,731,661)

Net properties and equipment

 

 230,254,861 

 

 

 225,084,293 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments

 

 2,053,420 

 

 

 1,936,421 

Derivative contracts, net

 

 -

 

 

 251,279 

Total assets

$

 259,584,806 

 

$

 246,640,604 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

 6,167,740 

 

$

 7,034,773 

Deferred income taxes

 

 765,100 

 

 

 600,100 

Income taxes payable

 

 3,415,443 

 

 

 523,843 

Accrued liabilities and other

 

 1,264,994 

 

 

 1,290,858 

Total current liabilities

 

 11,613,277 

 

 

 9,449,574 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

 78,715,107 

 

 

 78,000,000 

Deferred income taxes

 

 38,382,907 

 

 

 37,363,907 

Asset retirement obligations

 

 2,696,836 

 

 

 2,638,470 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

 

 

 

Class A voting common stock, $.0166 par value;

 

 

 

 

 

24,000,000 shares authorized, 16,863,004 issued at Dec. 31,

 

 

 

 

 

2014, and Sept. 30, 2014

 

 280,938 

 

 

 280,938 

Capital in excess of par value

 

 2,590,151 

 

 

 2,861,343 

Deferred directors' compensation

 

 3,211,940 

 

 

 3,110,351 

Retained earnings

 

 127,694,926 

 

 

 118,794,188 

 

 

 133,777,955 

 

 

 125,046,820 

Less treasury stock, at cost; 355,558 shares at Dec. 31,

 

 

 

 

 

2014, and 372,364 shares at Sept. 30, 2014

 

 (5,601,276)

 

 

 (5,858,167)

Total stockholders' equity

 

 128,176,679 

 

 

 119,188,653 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

 259,584,806 

 

$

 246,640,604 

Condensed Statements of Cash Flows

 

Three months ended Dec. 31,

 

2014

 

2013

Operating Activities

(unaudited)

Net income

$

 10,233,761 

 

$

 4,926,318 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided

 

 

 

 

 

  by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 6,139,019 

 

 

 5,308,019 

Impairment

 

 2,191,997 

 

 

 202,991 

Provision for deferred income taxes

 

 1,184,000 

 

 

 326,000 

Exploration costs

 

 25,352 

 

 

 38,755 

Gain from leasing of fee mineral acreage

 

 (29,162)

 

 

 (196,133)

Income from partnerships

 

 (199,914)

 

 

 (224,346)

Distributions received from partnerships

 

 256,017 

 

 

 279,363 

Directors' deferred compensation expense

 

 101,589 

 

 

 114,069 

Restricted stock awards

 

 165,111 

 

 

 127,976 

Cash provided (used) by changes in assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Oil, NGL and natural gas sales receivables

 

 2,672,119 

 

 

 (956,975)

Fair value of derivative contracts

 

 (10,431,194)

 

 

 891,970 

Refundable production taxes

 

 13,205 

 

 

 53,824 

Other current assets

 

 99,085 

 

 

 (35,813)

Accounts payable

 

 565,409 

 

 

 414,267 

Income taxes payable

 

 2,891,600 

 

 

 1,088,350 

Accrued liabilities

 

 (692,505)

 

 

 (472,288)

Total adjustments

 

 4,951,728 

 

 

 6,960,029 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

 15,185,489 

 

 

 11,886,347 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures, including dry hole costs

 

 (14,901,631)

 

 

 (9,892,262)

Acquisition of working interest properties

 

 -

 

 

 (1,550,205)

Acquisition of minerals and overrides

 

 -

 

 

 (56,250)

Proceeds from leasing of fee mineral acreage

 

 29,798 

 

 

 216,773 

Investments in partnerships

 

 (173,103)

 

 

 (143,695)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 (15,044,936)

 

 

 (11,425,639)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings under debt agreement

 

 12,335,774 

 

 

 2,280,280 

Payments of loan principal

 

 (11,620,667)

 

 

 (4,542,536)

Purchase of treasury stock

 

 (120,611)

 

 

 (122,044)

Payments of dividends

 

 (666,199)

 

 

 (664,618)

Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation

 

 (59,000)

 

 

 16,000 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

 (130,703)

 

 

 (3,032,918)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

 9,850 

 

 

 (2,572,210)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

 509,755 

 

 

 2,867,171 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

 519,605 

 

$

 294,961 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental Schedule of Noncash Investing and Financing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends declared and unpaid

$

 666,824 

 

$

 663,654 

Additions to asset retirement obligations

$

 26,452 

 

$

 53,653 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross additions to properties and equipment

$

 13,469,206 

 

$

 9,843,214 

Net (increase) decrease in accounts payable for properties

 

 

 

 

 

and equipment additions

 

 1,432,425 

 

 

 1,655,503 

Capital expenditures and acquisitions, including dry hole costs

$

 14,901,631 

 

$

 11,498,717 

PRODUCTION

 

First Quarter Ended

 

First Quarter Ended

 

Dec. 31, 2014

 

Dec. 31, 2013

Mcfe Sold

 

3,737,483

 

 

3,509,270

Average Sales Price per Mcfe

$

5.22

 

$

5.26

Oil Barrels Sold

 

116,583

 

 

83,413

Average Sales Price per Barrel

$

70.87

 

$

93.66

Mcf Sold

 

2,601,161

 

 

2,785,952

Average Sales Price per Mcf

$

3.59

 

$

3.41

NGL Barrels Sold

 

72,804

 

 

37,140

Average Sales Price per Barrel

$

26.19

 

$

31.35

 

Quarter ended

 

Oil Bbls Sold

 

Mcf Sold

 

NGL Bbls Sold

 

Mcfe Sold

12/31/2014

 

116,583

 

2,601,161

 

72,804

 

3,737,483

9/30/2014

 

126,256

 

2,690,493

 

55,849

 

3,783,123

6/30/2014

 

70,479

 

2,508,346

 

63,029

 

3,309,394

3/31/2014

 

66,239

 

2,788,768

 

51,670

 

3,496,222

12/31/2013

 

83,413

 

2,785,952

 

37,140

 

3,509,270

The Company’s derivative contracts in place for natural gas at Dec. 31, 2014, are outlined in its Form 10-Q for the period ending Dec. 31, 2014.

Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX) is engaged in the exploration for and production of natural gas and oil.  Additional information on the Company can be found at www.panhandleoilandgas.com.

Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors This report includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Forward-looking statements include current expectations or forecasts of future events.  They may include estimates of oil and gas reserves, expected oil and gas production and future expenses, projections of future oil and gas prices, planned capital expenditures for drilling, leasehold acquisitions and seismic data, statements concerning anticipated cash flow and liquidity and Panhandle’s strategy and other plans and objectives for future operations.  Although Panhandle believes the expectations reflected in these and other forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance they will prove to be correct.  They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results are described under “Risk Factors” in Part 1, Item 1 of Panhandle’s 2014 Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  These “Risk Factors” include the worldwide economic recession’s continuing negative effects on the natural gas business; our hedging activities may reduce the realized prices received for natural gas sales; the volatility of oil and gas prices; Panhandle’s ability to compete effectively against strong independent oil and gas companies and majors; the availability of capital on an economic basis to fund reserve replacement costs; Panhandle’s ability to replace reserves and sustain production; uncertainties inherent in estimating quantities of oil and gas reserves and projecting future rates of production and the amount and timing of development expenditures; uncertainties in evaluating oil and gas reserves; unsuccessful exploration and development drilling; decreases in the values of our oil and gas properties resulting in write-downs; the negative impact lower oil and gas prices could have on our ability to borrow; drilling and operating risks; and we cannot control activities on our properties as the Company is a non-operator.

Do not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and Panhandle undertakes no obligation to update this information.  Panhandle urges you to carefully review and consider the disclosures made in this presentation and Panhandle’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that attempt to advise interested parties of the risks and factors that may affect Panhandle’s business.