Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. Reports Fiscal 2016 First Quarter Results

OKLAHOMA CITY – Feb. 8, 2016 – PANHANDLE OIL AND GAS INC. (NYSE: PHX), the “Company,” today reported financial and operating results for the 2016 fiscal first quarter ending Dec. 31, 2015.

FIRST QUARTER 2016 RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Recorded first quarter 2016 net loss of $2,799,118, $0.17 per share, compared to net income of $10,233,761, $0.61 per share, for the 2015 first quarter.
  • Recorded production of 3,143,400 Mcfe, compared to 3,737,483 Mcfe for the 2015 first quarter.
  • Funded capital expenditures of $1.3 million for drilling and equipping wells for the 2016 first quarter with cash generated by operating activities of $7.7 million during the quarter.
  • Collected $2.7 million from leasing out mineral acreage in the 2016 quarter (not included in $7.7 million of cash generated by operating activities).
  • Reduced debt $8 million in the 2016 first quarter.

For the 2016 first quarter, the Company recorded a net loss of $2,799,118, $0.17 per share, compared to a net income of $10,233,761, $0.61 per share, for the 2015 first quarter. Net cash provided by operating activities decreased 50% to $7,650,218 for the 2016 first quarter, compared to the 2015 first quarter. Cash flow from operations fully funded all capital expenditures for drilling and equipping wells for the quarter of $1,286,114.

Total revenues for the 2016 first quarter were $11,462,125, compared to $30,999,170 for the 2015 first quarter. Oil, NGL and natural gas sales decreased $10,464,412 or 54% in the 2016 quarter, compared to the 2015 quarter, as a result of a 16% decrease in Mcfe production and a 45% reduction in the average sales price per Mcfe of production. Sales prices for oil, NGL and natural gas decreased 44%, 51% and 47%, respectively, for the 2016 first quarter when compared to the 2015 first quarter. The average sales price per Mcfe during the 2016 first quarter was $2.88, compared to $5.22 for the 2015 first quarter.

Oil production decreased 9% in the 2016 first quarter to 106,362 barrels, compared to 116,583 barrels in the 2015 first quarter. NGL production decreased 34% in the 2016 quarter to 48,051 barrels, and natural gas production decreased 15% for the 2016 first quarter, compared to the 2015 first quarter. The production volume declines are the result of normal decline in the Company’s producing wells. Drilling and completion capital expenditures for the last year have been below levels required to add new production sufficient to offset this natural decline.

Lease operating expenses decreased to $1.13 per Mcfe in the 2016 quarter as compared to $1.28 in the 2015 quarter. The reduction was in part the result of operating efficiencies gained in the Eagle Ford Shale field due to the addition of a salt water disposal system and the electrification of the field. Further, natural gas related fees were down as natural gas production volumes and sales revenues were lower in the 2016 period. Depreciation, depletion and amortization (DD&A) increased principally as a result of lower oil, NGL and natural gas prices utilized in the 2016 period reserve calculations shortening the economic life of wells, which then results in lower projected remaining reserves and causes increased units of production DD&A. Impairment charges in the 2016 period related to more than 20 fields, which are principally oil and liquids rich properties.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTS

Michael C. Coffman, President and CEO said, “At this point, 2016 is shaping up to be a continuation of difficult times for the energy industry. Product prices remain low; the outlook for oil and natural gas demand growth compared to production growth continues to result in oversupply and high inventory levels.

“The combined result of these factors has been a dramatic reduction in capital expenditures announced by virtually every company in the industry. Panhandle’s capital expenditure level has declined steadily over the last year, and we are fine with that, based on current product prices. We have been able to use the free cash flow to further reduce our debt, which today stands at $53.5 million. The $8 million debt reduction in the first quarter was the largest quarterly debt reduction in Company history, and was accomplished during these very difficult times in the industry.

“In addition, we are looking at all alternatives to maximize the value of our mineral acreage assets to position the Company to be in the best possible situation not only to ride out the current environment, but to be in a position to take advantage of strategic opportunities at the appropriate time.

Paul Blanchard, Senior Vice President and COO said, “We have always considered our Company to be unique in the oil and gas business, and we have demonstrated that uniqueness during the current industry downturn. We have utilized our significant undeveloped mineral position to generate $4.6 million in cash proceeds in the last three quarters by leasing out 8,391 acres or 4.2% of our total 199,000 acres of undeveloped minerals. As a part of this leasing activity the Company has negotiated the right, on a unit by unit basis, to exercise the option to participate with up to a 10% working interest with our mineral holdings in two large blocks in the Permian Basin that have the potential to become significant oil fields with several hundred producing wells. As always, we will also generate non-cost bearing royalty income on all production from these leased lands whether or not we participate with a working interest. In addition, the Company is currently analyzing expressions of interest to lease other material undeveloped mineral holdings. Our approach to this part of our business remains consistent, we lease out our mineral holdings only where we believe the lease bonus and royalty income will exceed the risk adjusted present value of participating as a working interest owner.

“We have been generating significant lease bonus income and greatly expanding the royalty and working interest opportunities for Panhandle during this industry downturn. Most other oil and gas companies, who are not mineral owners, have been forced to drill wells and expend precious capital to preserve their opportunity or lose the land and right to drill as their undeveloped leasehold expires. They also have to invest additional capital to lease minerals in new areas in order to expand their opportunity. Panhandle’s mineral holdings are perpetual and therefore never expire. As a result, we are never forced to drill wells to preserve our mineral acreage. These facts clearly differentiate our assets and strategy from others and accentuate the conservative strength of our Company and its benefits during difficult times in the industry.”

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Statements of Operations

 

Three Months Ended Dec. 31,

 

2015

 

2014

Revenues:

(unaudited)

Oil, NGL and natural gas sales

$

 9,055,288 

 

$

 19,519,700 

Lease bonuses and rentals

 

 2,425,504 

 

 

 29,291 

Gains (losses) on derivative contracts

 

 (34,936)

 

 

 11,250,265 

Income from partnerships

 

 16,269 

 

 

 199,914 

 

 

 11,462,125 

 

 

 30,999,170 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

Lease operating expenses

 

 3,566,536 

 

 

 4,785,350 

Production taxes

 

 321,841 

 

 

 622,512 

Exploration costs

 

 27,790 

 

 

 25,352 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 6,957,652 

 

 

 6,139,019 

Provision for impairment

 

 3,733,273 

 

 

 2,191,997 

Loss (gain) on asset sales and other

 

 (269,706)

 

 

 (1,982)

Interest expense

 

 360,562 

 

 

 402,733 

General and administrative

 

 1,912,079 

 

 

 1,958,428 

Bad debt expense (recovery)

 

 19,216 

 

 

 -

 

 

 16,629,243 

 

 

 16,123,409 

Income (loss) before provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

 (5,167,118)

 

 

 14,875,761 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

 (2,368,000)

 

 

 4,642,000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

$

 (2,799,118)

 

$

 10,233,761 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per common share

$

 (0.17)

 

$

 0.61 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

Common shares

 

 16,563,942 

 

 

 16,494,805 

Unissued, directors' deferred compensation shares

 

 255,060 

 

 

 262,121 

 

 

 16,819,002 

 

 

 16,756,926 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends declared per share of

 

 

 

 

 

common stock and paid in period

$

 0.04 

 

$

 0.04 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends declared per share of

 

 

 

 

 

common stock and to be paid in quarter ended March 31

$

 0.04 

 

$

 0.04 

Balance Sheets

 

Dec. 31, 2015

 

Sept. 30, 2015

Assets

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

 1,503,691 

 

$

 603,915 

Oil, NGL and natural gas sales receivables (net of

 

 5,540,926 

 

 

 7,895,591 

allowance for uncollectable accounts)

 

 

 

 

 

Refundable income taxes

 

 -

 

 

 345,897 

Refundable production taxes

 

 474,839 

 

 

 476,001 

Derivative contracts, net

 

 636,114 

 

 

 4,210,764 

Other

 

 911,340 

 

 

 252,016 

Total current assets

 

 9,066,910 

 

 

 13,784,184 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Properties and equipment, at cost, based on

 

 

 

 

 

   successful efforts accounting:

 

 

 

 

 

Producing oil and natural gas properties

 

 441,316,100 

 

 

 441,141,337 

Non-producing oil and natural gas properties

 

 7,694,635 

 

 

 8,293,997 

Other

 

 1,055,935 

 

 

 1,393,559 

 

 

 450,066,670 

 

 

 450,828,893 

Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 (234,432,151)

 

 

 (228,036,803)

Net properties and equipment

 

 215,634,519 

 

 

 222,792,090 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments

 

 173,423 

 

 

 2,248,999 

Total assets

$

 224,874,852 

 

$

 238,825,273 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

 2,397,076 

 

$

 2,028,746 

Deferred income taxes

 

 863,100 

 

 

 1,517,100 

Income taxes payable

 

 1,073,551 

 

 

 -

Accrued liabilities and other

 

 1,491,077 

 

 

 1,330,901 

Total current liabilities

 

 5,824,804 

 

 

 4,876,747 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

 57,000,000 

 

 

 65,000,000 

Deferred income taxes

 

 36,025,907 

 

 

 39,118,907 

Asset retirement obligations

 

 2,861,160 

 

 

 2,824,944 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

2015, and Sept. 30, 2015

 

 280,938 

 

 

 280,938 

Capital in excess of par value

 

 2,915,219 

 

 

 2,993,119 

Deferred directors' compensation

 

 3,170,219 

 

 

 3,084,289 

Retained earnings

 

 121,309,373 

 

 

 125,446,473 

 

 

 127,675,749 

 

 

 131,804,819 

Less treasury stock, at cost; 284,593 shares at Dec. 31,

 

 

 

 

 

2015, and 302,623 shares at Sept. 30, 2015

 

 (4,512,768)

 

 

 (4,800,144)

Total stockholders' equity

 

 123,162,981 

 

 

 127,004,675 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

 224,874,852 

 

$

 238,825,273 

Condensed Statements of Cash Flows

 

Three months ended Dec. 31,

 

2015

 

2014

Operating Activities

(unaudited)

Net income (loss)

$

 (2,799,118)

 

$

 10,233,761 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided

 

 

 

 

 

  by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 6,957,652 

 

 

 6,139,019 

Impairment

 

 3,733,273 

 

 

 2,191,997 

Provision for deferred income taxes

 

 (3,747,000)

 

 

 1,184,000 

Exploration costs

 

 27,790 

 

 

 25,352 

Gain from leasing of fee mineral acreage

 

 (2,425,131)

 

 

 (29,162)

Net (gain) loss on sale of assets

 

 (271,080)

 

 

 -

Income from partnerships

 

 (16,269)

 

 

 (199,914)

Distributions received from partnerships

 

 36,253 

 

 

 256,017 

Directors' deferred compensation expense

 

 85,930 

 

 

 101,589 

Restricted stock awards

 

 371,407 

 

 

 165,111 

Bad debt expense (recovery)

 

 19,216 

 

 

 -

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

 

 

 

 

 

Oil, NGL and natural gas sales receivables

 

 2,335,449 

 

 

 2,672,119 

Fair value of derivative contracts

 

 3,574,650 

 

 

 (10,431,194)

Refundable production taxes

 

 1,162 

 

 

 13,205 

Other current assets

 

 (659,324)

 

 

 99,085 

Accounts payable

 

 (484,882)

 

 

 565,409 

Income taxes receivable

 

 345,897 

 

 

 -

Income taxes payable

 

 1,073,551 

 

 

 2,891,600 

Accrued liabilities

 

 (509,208)

 

 

 (692,505)

Total adjustments

 

 10,449,336 

 

 

 4,951,728 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

 7,650,218 

 

 

 15,185,489 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures, including dry hole costs

 

 (1,286,114)

 

 

 (14,901,631)

Proceeds from leasing of fee mineral acreage

 

 2,693,812 

 

 

 29,798 

Investments in partnerships

 

 44,842 

 

 

 (173,103)

Proceeds from sales of assets

 

 627,547 

 

 

 -

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

 2,080,087 

 

 

 (15,044,936)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings under debt agreement

 

 2,958,515 

 

 

 12,335,774 

Payments of loan principal

 

 (10,958,515)

 

 

 (11,620,667)

Purchase of treasury stock

 

 (117,165)

 

 

 (120,611)

Payments of dividends

 

 (668,364)

 

 

 (666,199)

Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation

 

 (45,000)

 

 

 (59,000)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

 (8,830,529)

 

 

 (130,703)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

 899,776 

 

 

 9,850 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

 603,915 

 

 

 509,755 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

 1,503,691 

 

$

 519,605 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental Schedule of Noncash Investing and Financing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends declared and unpaid

$

 669,618 

 

$

 666,824 

Additions to asset retirement obligations

$

 4,524 

 

$

 26,452 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross additions to properties and equipment

$

 3,455,245 

 

$

 13,469,206 

Net (increase) decrease in accounts payable for properties

 

 

 

 

 

and equipment additions

 

 (2,169,131)

 

 

 1,432,425 

Capital expenditures and acquisitions, including dry hole costs

$

 1,286,114 

 

$

 14,901,631 

PRODUCTION

 

First Quarter Ended

 

First Quarter Ended

 

Dec. 31, 2015

 

Dec. 31, 2014

Mcfe Sold

 

3,143,400

 

 

3,737,483

Average Sales Price per Mcfe

$

2.88

 

$

5.22

Oil Barrels Sold

 

106,362

 

 

116,583

Average Sales Price per Barrel

$

39.34

 

$

70.87

Mcf Sold

 

2,216,922

 

 

2,601,161

Average Sales Price per Mcf

$

1.92

 

$

3.59

NGL Barrels Sold

 

48,051

 

 

72,804

Average Sales Price per Barrel

$

12.78

 

$

26.19

 

Quarter ended

 

Oil Bbls Sold

 

Mcf Sold

 

NGL Bbls Sold

 

Mcfe Sold

12/31/2015

 

106,362

 

2,216,922

 

48,051

 

3,143,400

9/30/2015

 

112,237

 

2,261,236

 

47,738

 

3,221,086

6/30/2015

 

109,738

 

2,407,049

 

41,737

 

3,315,899

3/31/2015

 

114,567

 

2,475,777

 

48,681

 

3,455,265

12/31/2014

 

116,583

 

2,601,161

 

72,804

 

3,737,483

The Company’s derivative contracts in place for natural gas at Dec. 31, 2015, are outlined in its Form 10-Q for the period ending Dec. 31, 2015.

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 2015 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; Panhandle’s hedging activities may reduce the realized prices received for natural gas sales; the volatility of oil and gas prices; the Company’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, as 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.