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PetroQuest Energy Announces Second Quarter 2018 Results

LAFAYETTE, La., Aug. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PetroQuest Energy, Inc. (the "Company") today announced a loss to common stockholders for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 of $2,611,000, or $0.10 per share, compared to second quarter 2017 loss to common stockholders of $3,385,000, or $0.16 per share. For the first six months of 2018, the Company reported a loss of $4,823,000, or $0.19 per share, compared to a loss of $8,303,000, or $0.39 per share, for the 2017 period.

Discretionary cash flow for the second quarter of 2018 was $5,183,000, as compared to $11,384,000 for the comparable 2017 period.  For the first six months of 2018, discretionary cash flow was $14,577,000, as compared to $20,590,000 for the first six months of 2017.  See the attached schedule for a reconciliation of net cash flow provided by (used in) operating activities to discretionary cash flow.

Production for the second quarter of 2018 was 5.6 Bcfe (61.5 MMcfe/d), compared to 6.3 Bcfe (69.5 MMcfe/d) for the comparable period of 2017. The decrease in production during the second quarter 2018 period is due primarily to the sale of our Gulf of Mexico assets in January 2018 and normal production declines at our legacy Gulf Coast and East Texas fields.

For the first six months of 2018, production was 11.7 Bcfe (64.6 MMcfe/d), compared to 11.5 Bcfe (63.8 MMcfe/d) for the comparable period of 2017.

Stated on an Mcfe basis, unit prices including the effects of hedges for the second quarter of 2018 were $3.85 per Mcfe, as compared to $3.83 per Mcfe in the second quarter of 2017.  For the first six months of 2018, unit prices including the effects of hedges were $3.97 per Mcfe, as compared to $3.90 per Mcfe for the first six months of 2017.

Oil and gas sales during the second quarter of 2018 were $21,561,000, as compared to $24,251,000 in the second quarter of 2017.  For the first six months of 2018, oil and gas sales were $46,478,000 as compared to $45,023,000 for the first six months of 2017.

Lease operating expenses (“LOE”) for the second quarter of 2018 decreased to $4,972,000, as compared to $7,113,000 in the second quarter of 2017. On a per unit basis LOE per Mcfe was $0.89 for the second quarter of 2018, as compared to $1.12 in the second quarter of 2017.  Lease operating expenses for the first six months of 2018 decreased to $12,012,000, as compared to $14,189,000 in the first six months of 2017. For the first six months of 2018, per unit lease operating expenses were $1.03 per Mcfe compared to $1.23 per Mcfe in the first six months of 2017. The decreases in per unit lease operating expenses for the 2018 periods are primarily a result of the divestiture of the Company's Gulf of Mexico assets in January 2018 which had a higher per unit rate as compared to the Company's onshore properties.

Depreciation, depletion and amortization (“DD&A”) on oil and gas properties for the second quarter of 2018 was $1.06 per Mcfe, as compared to $1.07 per Mcfe in the second quarter of 2017. For the first six months of 2018, DD&A on oil and gas properties was $1.06 per Mcfe compared to $1.10 per Mcfe for the comparable period of 2017.

Interest expense for the second quarter of 2018 was $7,636,000, as compared to $7,147,000 in the second quarter of 2017. During the three month period ended June 30, 2018, capitalized interest totaled $436,000, as compared to $403,000 during the 2017 period. For the first six months of 2018, interest expense was $15,117,000, compared to $14,405,000 for the comparable period of 2017. During the six month period ended June 30, 2018, capitalized interest totaled $857,000, as compared to $708,000 during the 2017 period.

Production taxes for the second quarter of 2018 totaled $334,000, as compared to $570,000 in the second quarter of 2017.  For the first six months of 2018, production taxes totaled $1,561,000, as compared to $878,000 for the comparable period of 2017. Production taxes for the second quarter of 2018 included a refund of $681,000 related to the Company's Cotton Valley assets. The increase in production taxes during the six month 2018 period was primarily the result of the expiration of a two-year severance tax exemption on the Company's Thunder Bayou well in June 2017.

General and administrative expenses during the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2018 totaled $4,004,000 and $7,304,000, respectively, as compared to $4,314,000 and $7,467,000 during the comparable 2017 periods. Capitalized general and administrative expenses during the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2018 totaled $1,636,000 and $3,066,000, respectively, as compared to capitalized expenses of $2,010,000 and $3,344,000, respectively, during the comparable 2017 periods.

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to the oil and gas operations of the Company for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2018 and 2017:

       
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
Production:              
Oil (Bbls) 84,879     147,723     185,054     280,401  
Gas (Mcf) 4,186,629     4,357,390     8,790,650     7,882,356  
Ngl (Mcfe) 901,151     1,080,100     1,798,254     1,984,306  
Total Production (Mcfe) 5,597,054     6,323,828     11,699,228     11,549,068  
                       
Avg.Daily Production(MMcfe/d) 61.5     69.5     64.6     63.8  
                       
Sales:              
Total oil sales $ 5,659,813     $ 7,299,518     $ 11,981,670     $ 14,170,927  
Total gas sales 11,825,143     13,750,945     26,709,256     24,413,287  
Total ngl sales 4,076,079     3,200,165     7,787,554     6,438,711  
Total oil and gas sales $ 21,561,035     $ 24,250,628     $ 46,478,480     $ 45,022,925  
Average sales prices:              
Oil (per Bbl) $ 66.68     $ 49.41     $ 64.75     $ 50.54  
Gas (per Mcf) 2.82     3.16     3.04     3.10  
Ngl (per Mcfe) 4.52     2.96     4.33     3.24  
Per Mcfe 3.85     3.83     3.97     3.90  
                       

The above sales and average sales prices include increases (decreases) to revenues related to the settlement of gas hedges of $0 and $108,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.  The above sales and average sales prices include increases (decreases) to revenues related to the settlement of gas hedges of $805,000 and $(214,000) for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively. The above sales and average sales prices include decreases to revenue related to the settlement of oil hedges of $307,000 and $0 for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.  The above sales and average sales prices include decreases to revenue related to the settlement of oil hedges of $571,000 and $0 for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

The following provides guidance for the third quarter of 2018:

   
  Guidance for
Description 3rd Quarter 2018
   
Production volumes (MMcfe/d) 51-55
   
Percent Gas 75%
Percent Oil 10%
Percent NGL 15%
   
Expenses:  
Lease operating expenses (per Mcfe) $1.00 - $1.10
Production taxes (per Mcfe) $0.20 - $0.25
Depreciation, depletion and amortization (per Mcfe) $1.05 - $1.15
General and administrative (in millions)* $3.8 - $4.2
Interest expense (in millions) $7.6 - $7.8
   
* Includes non-cash share based compensation estimate of approximately $0.1 million  
   

About the Company
PetroQuest Energy, Inc. is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development, acquisition and production of oil and natural gas reserves in Texas and Louisiana. PetroQuest’s common stock trades on the OTCQX market under the symbol PQUE.

/EIN News/ -- Forward-Looking Statements
This news 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.  All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this news release are forward-looking statements. Although PetroQuest believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements are based upon assumptions and anticipated results that are subject to numerous uncertainties and risks. Actual results may vary significantly from those anticipated due to many factors, including our ability to identify, evaluate and complete any alternative or transaction with respect to our capital structure and to refinance or restructure our indebtedness or improve our liquidity position; the impact of the announcement of our review of such alternatives or transactions on our business, including our financial and operating results, or our employees, suppliers and customers; the potential need to seek bankruptcy protection; our indebtedness and the significant amount of cash required to service our indebtedness, including the August 15, 2018 cash interest payment on our second lien senior secured notes due 2021; our estimate of the sufficiency of our existing capital sources, including availability under our multi-draw term loan facility, to fund our exploration and development activities and to service our indebtedness, including the August 15, 2018 cash interest payment on our second lien senior secured notes due 2021; the volatility of oil and natural gas prices; our receipt of a cash refund with respect to our offshore bonds and the timing and amount of the same; our ability to hedge future production to reduce our exposure to price volatility in the current commodity pricing market; our ability to raise additional capital to fund cash requirements for future operations and to service our indebtedness; our ability to fund and execute our Cotton Valley and Austin Chalk development programs as planned; our ability to increase recoveries in the Austin Chalk formation and to increase our overall oil production as planned; our estimates with respect to fracked Austin Chalk wells in Louisiana, including production, EURs and costs; our estimates with respect to production, reserve replacement ratio and finding and development costs; our responsibility for offshore decommissioning liabilities for offshore interests we no longer own; our ability to find, develop and produce oil and natural gas reserves that are economically recoverable and to replace reserves and sustain and/or increase production; ceiling test write-downs resulting, and that could result in the future, from lower oil and natural gas prices; our ability to fund our capital needs and respond to changing conditions imposed by our multi-draw term loan facility and restrictive debt covenants; approximately 43% of our production being exposed to the additional risk of severe weather, including hurricanes, tropical storms and flooding, and natural disasters; losses and liabilities from uninsured or underinsured drilling and operating activities; changes in laws and governmental regulations as they relate to our operations; the operating hazards attendant to the oil and gas business; the volatility of our common stock price; and the limited trading market for our common stock. In particular, careful consideration should be given to cautionary statements made in the various reports the Company has filed with the SEC. The Company undertakes no duty to update or revise these forward-looking statements. In particular, careful consideration should be given to cautionary statements made in the various reports PetroQuest has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. PetroQuest undertakes no duty to update or revise these forward-looking statements.

       
PETROQUEST ENERGY, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets  (Amounts in Thousands)
       
  June 30, 2018   December 31, 2017
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,792     $ 15,655  
Revenue receivable 7,860     15,340  
Joint interest billing receivable 2,277     6,597  
Other receivable 4,822     7,750  
Derivative asset     1,174  
Deposit for surety bonds 12,300     8,300  
Other current assets 1,813     2,125  
Total current assets 34,864     56,941  
Property and equipment:      
Oil and gas properties:      
Oil and gas properties, full cost method 1,352,355     1,369,861  
Unevaluated oil and gas properties 17,997     21,854  
Accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization (1,291,462 )   (1,285,660 )
Oil and gas properties, net 78,890     106,055  
Other property and equipment 9,253     9,353  
Accumulated depreciation of other property and equipment (8,947 )   (8,843 )
Total property and equipment 79,196     106,565  
Other assets 792     792  
Total assets $ 114,852     $ 164,298  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable to vendors $ 6,581     $ 32,148  
Advances from co-owners 613     1,730  
Oil and gas revenue payable 9,778     19,344  
Accrued interest 11,057     1,724  
Asset retirement obligation 877     687  
Derivative liability     731  
Other accrued liabilities 9,865     6,476  
Total current liabilities 38,771     62,840  
Multi-draw Term Loan 30,808     27,963  
10% Senior Secured Notes due 2021 9,744     9,821  
10% Senior Secured PIK Notes due 2021 274,591     271,577  
Asset retirement obligation 2,301     30,623  
Preferred stock dividend payable 12,848     10,278  
Other long-term liabilities 36     131  
Stockholders’ equity:      
Preferred stock, $.001 par value; authorized 5,000 shares; issued and outstanding 1,495 shares 1     1  
Common stock, $.001 par value; authorized 150,000 shares; issued and outstanding 25,587 and 25,521 shares, respectively 26     26  
Paid-in capital 313,893     313,244  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (802 )   278  
Accumulated deficit (567,365 )   (562,484 )
Total stockholders’ equity (254,247 )   (248,935 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 114,852     $ 164,298  
               


       
PETROQUEST ENERGY, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
       
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30, 2018   June 30, 2017   June 30, 2018   June 30, 2017
Revenues:              
Oil and gas sales $ 21,561     $ 24,251     $ 46,478     $ 45,023  
Expenses:              
Lease operating expenses 4,972     7,113     12,012     14,189  
Production taxes 334     570     1,561     878  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 6,023     6,841     12,528     12,958  
General and administrative 4,004     4,314     7,304     7,467  
Accretion of asset retirement obligation 42     553     240     1,100  
Interest expense 7,636     7,147     15,117     14,405  
  23,011     26,538     48,762     50,997  
Other income:              
Other income (expense) 178     (2 )   191     52  
Derivative expense (54 )       (54 )    
  124     (2 )   137     52  
Loss from operations (1,326 )   (2,289 )   (2,147 )   (5,922 )
Income tax expense (benefit)     (189 )   106     (189 )
Net loss (1,326 )   (2,100 )   (2,253 )   (5,733 )
Preferred stock dividend 1,285     1,285     2,570     2,570  
Loss available to common stockholders $ (2,611 )   $ (3,385 )   $ (4,823 )   $ (8,303 )
Loss per common share:              
Basic              
Net loss per share $ (0.10 )   $ (0.16 )   $ (0.19 )   $ (0.39 )
Diluted              
Net loss per share $ (0.10 )   $ (0.16 )   $ (0.19 )   $ (0.39 )
Weighted average number of common shares:              
Basic 25,568     21,215     25,554     21,212  
Diluted 25,568     21,215     25,554     21,212  
                       


   
PETROQUEST ENERGY, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Amounts in Thousands)
   
  Six Months Ended
  June 30, 2018   June 30, 2017
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net loss $ (2,253 )   $ (5,733 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:      
Deferred tax expense (benefit) 106     (189 )
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 12,528     12,958  
Accretion of asset retirement obligation 240     1,100  
Share-based compensation expense 593     825  
Non-cash interest expense on PIK Notes 2,961     11,179  
Amortization costs and other 402     450  
Payments to settle asset retirement obligations (75 )   (1,357 )
Changes in working capital accounts:      
Revenue receivable 7,480     689  
Joint interest billing receivable 4,078     2,239  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (24,104 )   (8,368 )
Advances from co-owners (1,117 )   2,215  
Deposit for surety bonds (4,000 )    
Other 242     (2,314 )
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities (2,919 )   13,694  
Cash flows used in investing activities:      
Investment in oil and gas properties (9,785 )   (21,661 )
Investment in other property and equipment (136 )   (37 )
Sale of unevaluated oil and gas properties 2,928      
Sale of oil and gas properties (2,428 )   2,207  
Net cash used in investing activities (9,421 )   (19,491 )
Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities:      
Net proceeds from share based compensation 43     32  
Deferred financing costs (55 )   (125 )
Redemption of 2017 Notes     (22,650 )
Costs incurred to redeem 2021 Notes (11 )    
Proceeds from borrowings 2,500     20,000  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 2,477     (2,743 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (9,863 )   (8,540 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 15,655     28,312  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 5,792     $ 19,772  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:      
Cash paid during the period for:      
Interest $ 3,304     $ 3,743  
               


     
 PETROQUEST ENERGY, INC.
Non-GAAP Disclosure Reconciliation
(Amounts In Thousands)
     
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  June 30, June 30,
  2018   2017 2018   2017
Net loss $ (1,326 )   $ (2,100 ) $ (2,253 )   $ (5,733 )
Reconciling items:            
Deferred tax expense (benefit)     (189 ) 106     (189 )
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 6,023     6,841   12,528     12,958  
Accretion of asset retirement obligation 42     553   240     1,100  
Non-cash share based compensation expense 253     400   593     825  
Non-cash PIK Interest     5,667   2,961     11,179  
Amortization costs and other 191     212   402     450  
Discretionary cash flow 5,183     11,384   14,577     20,590  
Changes in working capital accounts (13,110 )   (10,148 ) (17,421 )   (5,539 )
Settlement of asset retirement obligations (72 )   (955 ) (75 )   (1,357 )
Net cash flow provided by (used in) operating activities $ (7,999 )   $ 281   $ (2,919 )   $ 13,694  
                             

Note: Management believes that discretionary cash flow is relevant and useful information, which is commonly used by analysts, investors and other interested parties in the oil and gas industry as a financial indicator of an oil and gas company’s ability to generate cash used to internally fund exploration and development activities and to service debt.  Discretionary cash flow is not a measure of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net cash flow provided by operating activities.  In addition, since discretionary cash flow is not a term defined by GAAP, it might not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

           
For further information, contact:         Matt Quantz, Manager – Corporate Communications
          (337) 232-7028, www.petroquest.com

 

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