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.


  • 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.


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.”


Statements of Operations


Three Months Ended Dec. 31,







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Income from partnerships












Costs and expenses:






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Production taxes






Exploration costs






Depreciation, depletion and amortization






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Loss (gain) on asset sales and other






Interest expense






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Provision for income taxes












Net income




































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Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding:






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Balance Sheets


Dec. 31, 2014


Sept. 30, 2014






Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents






Oil, NGL and natural gas sales receivables






Refundable production taxes






Derivative contracts, net












Total current assets












Properties and equipment, at cost, based on






   successful efforts accounting:






Producing oil and natural gas properties






Non-producing oil and natural gas properties


















Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization






Net properties and equipment


















Derivative contracts, net






Total assets












Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity






Current liabilities:






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Income taxes payable






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Long-term debt






Deferred income taxes






Asset retirement obligations












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






Capital in excess of par value






Deferred directors' compensation






Retained earnings












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






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






Total stockholders' equity






Total liabilities and stockholders' equity






Condensed Statements of Cash Flows


Three months ended Dec. 31,





Operating Activities


Net income






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  by operating activities:






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Provision for deferred income taxes






Exploration costs






Gain from leasing of fee mineral acreage






Income from partnerships






Distributions received from partnerships






Directors' deferred compensation expense






Restricted stock awards






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






Oil, NGL and natural gas sales receivables






Fair value of derivative contracts






Refundable production taxes






Other current assets






Accounts payable






Income taxes payable






Accrued liabilities






Total adjustments






Net cash provided by operating activities












Investing Activities






Capital expenditures, including dry hole costs






Acquisition of working interest properties






Acquisition of minerals and overrides






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Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period






Cash and cash equivalents at end of period












Supplemental Schedule of Noncash Investing and Financing Activities






Dividends declared and unpaid






Additions to asset retirement obligations












Gross additions to properties and equipment






Net (increase) decrease in accounts payable for properties






and equipment additions






Capital expenditures and acquisitions, including dry hole costs








First Quarter Ended


First Quarter Ended


Dec. 31, 2014


Dec. 31, 2013

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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

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.