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Clayton Williams Energy Announces Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Clayton Williams Energy Announces Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results07:55 EDT Thursday, October 27, 2011 MIDLAND, Texas (Business Wire) -- Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ:CWEI) today reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2011. Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2011 Net income attributable to Company stockholders for the third quarter of 2011 (“3Q11”) was $74.5 million, or $6.13 per share, as compared to net income of $11.6 million, or $.96 per share, for the third quarter of 2010 (“3Q10”). Cash flow from operations for 3Q11 was $55.6 million as compared to $57.5 million for 3Q10. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, net income attributable to Company stockholders was $109.3 million, or $8.99 per share, as compared to net income of $42.3 million, or $3.48 per share, for the same period in 2010. Cash flow from operations for the nine-month period in 2011 was $175.3 million as compared to $154.2 million during the same period in 2010. The key factors affecting the comparability of financial results for 3Q11 versus 3Q10 were: Gain on derivatives for 3Q11 was $92.3 million ($91.1 million non-cash mark-to-market gain and a $1.2 million realized gain on settled contracts) versus a loss in 3Q10 of $4 million ($8 million non-cash mark-to-market loss and a $4 million realized gain on settled contracts). See accompanying tables for additional information about the Company's accounting for derivatives. Oil and gas sales increased $17.8 million in 3Q11 versus 3Q10. Price variances accounted for an $18.3 million increase, offset in part by a $500,000 decrease due to production variances. Average realized oil prices were $89.36 per barrel in 3Q11 versus $73.18 per barrel in 3Q10, and average realized gas prices were $5.46 per Mcf in 3Q11 versus $4.56 per Mcf in 3Q10. Oil production increased 3% in 3Q11 versus 3Q10 while gas production declined 13%. Oil and gas production per barrel of oil equivalent (“BOE”) decreased 4% in 3Q11 as compared to 3Q10. Oil production increased to 945,000 barrels, or 10,272 barrels per day, as compared to 915,000 barrels, or 9,946 barrels per day, while gas production declined to 2.2 Bcf, or 23,859 Mcf per day as compared to 2.5 Bcf or 27,500 Mcf per day for 3Q10. The increase in oil production and the decline in gas production are indicative of the Company's current emphasis on the development of oil reserves in the Permian Basin. Production costs increased 18% from $20.5 million in 3Q10 to $24.3 million in 3Q11 due to a combination of more producing wells, rising costs of field services and increased production taxes on higher oil and gas sales. Interest expense increased to $8.7 million in 3Q11 compared to $6 million in 3Q10 due in part to the increase in the total aggregate principal amount of the Company's Senior Notes. G&A expenses were $7.1 million in 3Q11 versus $8.7 million in 3Q10. Non-cash employee compensation expense from incentive compensation plans accounted for $1.1 million in 3Q11 versus $3 million in 3Q10. Excluding non-cash employee compensation expense, G&A expenses increased 4% in 3Q11 compared to 3Q10. Non-cash impairments of property and equipment were $5 million in 3Q11 versus $794,000 in 3Q10. The 3Q11 impairment related to certain non-core oil and gas properties. Comparisons to Guidance Oil and gas production for 3Q11 was 14,912 BOE per day, 6% above the mid-point of the Company's guidance range of 14,075 BOE per day. More than half of the variance was attributable to higher than forecasted oil production from the Company's Austin Chalk drilling program. Monetization of Oil Hedges In October 2011, the Company terminated substantially all of its existing 2012 and 2013 oil hedges for cash proceeds of $50 million. The terminated contracts covered 2,649,000 barrels of oil production for 2012 and 1,189,000 barrels for 2013. Proceeds from the termination of these contracts were used to repay a portion of the Company's outstanding bank indebtedness. Scheduled Conference Call The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results and other forward-looking items today, October 27th at 1:30 p.m. CT (2:30 p.m. ET). The dial-in conference number is: 800-901-5213, passcode 28983054. The replay will be available for one week at 888-286-8010, passcode 79342999. To access the conference call via Internet webcast, please go to the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.claytonwilliams.com and click on “Live Webcast.” Following the live webcast, the call will be archived for a period of 90 days on the Company's website. Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. is an independent energy company located in Midland, Texas. This release contains 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.All statements, other than statements of historical or current facts, that address activities, events, outcomes and other matters that we plan, expect, intend, assume, believe, budget, predict, forecast, project, estimate or anticipate (and other similar expressions) will, should or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.These forward-looking statements are based on management's current belief, based on currently available information, as to the outcome and timing of future events.The Company cautions that its future natural gas and liquids production, revenues, cash flows, liquidity, plans for future operations, expenses, outlook for oil and natural gas prices, timing of capital expenditures and other forward-looking statements are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, incident to the exploration for and development, production and marketing of oil and gas.These risks include, but are not limited to, the possibility of unsuccessful exploration and development drilling activities, our ability to replace and sustain production, commodity price volatility, domestic and worldwide economic conditions, the availability of capital on economic terms to fund our capital expenditures and acquisitions, our level of indebtedness, the impact of the current economic recession on our business operations, financial condition and ability to raise capital, declines in the value of our oil and gas properties resulting in a decrease in our borrowing base under our credit facility and impairments, the ability of financial counterparties to perform or fulfill their obligations under existing agreements, the uncertainty inherent in estimating proved oil and gas reserves and in projecting future rates of production and timing of development expenditures, drilling and other operating risks, lack of availability of goods and services, regulatory and environmental risks associated with drilling and production activities, the adverse effects of changes in applicable tax, environmental and other regulatory legislation, and other risks and uncertainties are described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.   CLAYTON WILLIAMS ENERGY, INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(Unaudited)(In thousands, except per share)               Three Months EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30,September 30,   2011     2010     2011     2010   REVENUES Oil and gas sales $ 99,752 $ 81,978 $ 300,488 $ 237,938 Natural gas services 334 397 1,108 1,352 Drilling rig services 929 - 3,614 - Gain on sales of assets   49     2,857     14,570     3,256   Total revenues   101,064     85,232     319,780     242,546     COSTS AND EXPENSES Production 24,284 20,518 75,237 62,012 Exploration: Abandonments and impairments 1,256 364 2,307 6,133 Seismic and other 1,842 1,361 5,287 3,995 Natural gas services 233 297 781 951 Drilling rig services 1,673 123 4,378 1,204 Depreciation, depletion and amortization 25,901 25,223 74,987 76,272 Impairment of property and equipment 5,035 794 9,459 11,908 Accretion of abandonment obligations 706 659 2,077 1,953 General and administrative 7,142 8,730 22,678 22,786 Loss on sales of assets and impairment of inventory   114     80     417     1,523   Total costs and expenses   68,186     58,149     197,608     188,737   Operating income   32,878     27,083     122,172     53,809     OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)   Interest expense (8,717 ) (6,040 ) (24,304 ) (18,393 ) Loss on early extinguishment of long-term debt (907 ) - (5,501 ) - Gain (loss) on derivatives 92,286 (3,995 ) 74,128 27,289 Other 527 972 3,514 2,816         Total other income (expense)   83,189     (9,063 )   47,837     11,712     Income before income taxes 116,067 18,020 170,009 65,521   Income tax expense (41,544 ) (6,397 ) (60,693 ) (23,260 )         NET INCOME $ 74,523   $ 11,623   $ 109,316   $ 42,261       Net income per common share: Basic $ 6.13   $ 0.96   $ 8.99   $ 3.48   Diluted $ 6.13   $ 0.96   $ 8.99   $ 3.48     Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic   12,163     12,146     12,160     12,146   Diluted   12,163     12,146     12,161     12,146       CLAYTON WILLIAMS ENERGY, INC.CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(In thousands)     ASSETSSeptember 30,December 31,   2011     2010   (Unaudited) CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 36,024 $ 8,720 Accounts receivable: Oil and gas sales 34,399 35,361 Joint interest and other, net 10,155 9,893 Affiliates 728 796 Inventory 37,309 39,218 Deferred income taxes 3,439 5,074 Fair value of derivatives 42,642 - Assets held for sale - 8,762 Prepaids and other   16,970     5,997     181,666     113,821   PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT Oil and gas properties, successful efforts method 2,001,354 1,707,252 Natural gas gathering and processing systems 23,619 18,153 Contract drilling equipment 71,851 58,486 Other   18,574     17,425   2,115,398 1,801,316 Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization   (1,126,137 )   (1,034,227 ) Property and equipment, net   989,261     767,089     OTHER ASSETS Debt issue costs, net 11,683 8,323 Fair value of derivatives 28,754 - Other   3,958     1,684     44,395     10,007     $ 1,215,322   $ 890,917     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   CURRENT LIABILITIES Accounts payable: Trade $ 89,551 $ 74,123 Oil and gas sales 35,612 28,920 Affiliates 2,048 1,251 Fair value of derivatives - 7,224 Accrued liabilities and other   35,125     22,202     162,336     133,720     NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES Long-term debt 514,523 385,000 Deferred income taxes 137,374 78,035 Fair value of derivatives - 3,409 Other   42,108     41,301     694,005     507,745     STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Preferred stock, par value $.10 per share - - Common stock, par value $.10 per share 1,216 1,215 Additional paid-in capital 152,502 152,290 Retained earnings   205,263     95,947   Total stockholders' equity   358,981     249,452     $ 1,215,322   $ 890,917     CLAYTON WILLIAMS ENERGY, INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(Unaudited)(In thousands)             Three Months EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30,September 30,   2011     2010     2011     2010       CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net income $ 74,523 $ 11,623 $ 109,316 $ 42,261 Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation, depletion and amortization 25,901 25,223 74,987 76,272 Impairment of property and equipment 5,035 794 9,459 11,908 Exploration costs 1,256 364 2,307 6,133 (Gain) loss on sales of assets and impairment of inventory, net 65 (2,777 ) (14,153 ) (1,733 ) Deferred income tax expense 41,544 6,397 60,693 23,260 Non-cash employee compensation 1,141 2,987 6,104 8,066 Unrealized (gain) loss on derivatives (91,098 ) 7,997 (82,029 ) (17,874 ) Accretion of abandonment obligations 706 659 2,077 1,953 Amortization of debt issue costs 493 400 1,623 1,174 Loss on early extinguishment of long-term debt 907 - 5,501 -   Changes in operating working capital: Accounts receivable (1,299 ) (3,491 ) 768 1,743 Accounts payable (5,430 ) 8,650 (4,456 ) 5,247 Other   1,819     (1,335 )   3,090     (4,242 ) Net cash provided by operating activities   55,563     57,491     175,287     154,168     CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES Additions to property and equipment (102,193 ) (73,113 ) (282,474 ) (208,641 ) Proceeds from sales of assets 361 2,659 12,466 75,670 Change in equipment inventory (1,939 ) (4,375 ) 2,844 (3,075 ) Other   (23 )   (33 )   (133 )   (131 ) Net cash used in investing activities   (103,794 )   (74,862 )   (267,297 )   (136,177 )   CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES Proceeds from long-term debt 161,500 29,000 445,366 - Repayments of long-term debt (95,324 ) - (323,500 ) (10,000 ) Premium on early extinguishment of long-term debt - - (2,765 ) - Proceeds from exercise of stock options   -     -     213     -   Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   66,176     29,000     119,314     (10,000 )   NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 17,945 11,629 27,304 7,991   CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS Beginning of period 18,079 10,375 8,720 14,013         End of period $ 36,024   $ 22,004   $ 36,024   $ 22,004     CLAYTON WILLIAMS ENERGY, INC.COMPUTATION OF EBITDAX(Unaudited)(In thousands)               EBITDAX is presented as a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure because of its wide acceptance by financial analysts, investors, debt holders, banks, rating agencies and other financial statement users as an indication of an entity's ability to meet its debt service obligations and to internally fund its exploration and development activities.     The Company defines EBITDAX as net income (loss) before interest expense, income taxes, exploration costs, (gain) loss on sales of assets and impairment of inventory, loss on early extinguishment of debt and all non-cash items in the Company's statements of operations, including depreciation, depletion and amortization, impairment of property and equipment, accretion of abandonment obligations, certain employee compensation and changes in fair value of derivatives. EBITDAX is not an alternative to net income (loss) or cash flow from operating activities, or any other measure of financial performance presented in conformity with GAAP.     The following table reconciles net income to EBITDAX:   Three Months EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30,September 30,   2011     2010     2011     2010     Net income $ 74,523 $ 11,623 $ 109,316 $ 42,261 Interest expense 8,717 6,040 24,304 18,393 Income tax expense 41,544 6,397 60,693 23,260 Exploration: Abandonments and impairments 1,256 364 2,307 6,133 Seismic and other 1,842 1,361 5,287 3,995 Net (gain) loss on sales of assets and impairment of inventory 65 (2,777 ) (14,153 ) (1,733 ) Loss on early extinguishment of debt 907 - 5,501 - Depreciation, depletion and amortization 25,901 25,223 74,987 76,272 Impairment of property and equipment 5,035 794 9,459 11,908 Accretion of abandonment obligations 706 659 2,077 1,953 Non-cash employee compensation 1,141 2,987 6,104 8,066 Non-cash changes in fair value of derivatives (91,098 ) 7,997 (82,029 ) (17,874 )         $ 70,539   $ 60,668   $ 203,853   $ 172,634     Clayton Williams Energy, Inc.Summary Production and Price Data(Unaudited)             Three Months EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30,September 30,   2011     2010     2011     2010     Oil and Gas Production Data: Oil (MBbls) 945 915 2,730 2,475 Gas (MMcf) 2,195 2,530 6,569 8,665 Natural gas liquids (MBbls) 61 90 217 207 Total (MBOE) 1,372 1,427 4,042 4,126   Average Realized Prices (a): Oil ($/Bbl) $ 89.36   $ 73.18   $ 92.70   $ 74.39   Gas ($/Mcf) $ 5.46   $ 4.56   $ 5.42   $ 5.21   Natural gas liquids ($/Bbl) $ 54.36   $ 36.88   $ 53.00   $ 40.38     Gain (Loss) on settled derivative contracts (a): ($ in thousands, except per unit) Oil: Net realized loss $ (3,292 ) $ (227 ) $ (21,989 ) $ (3,098 ) Per unit produced ($/Bbl) $ (3.48 ) $ (0.25 ) $ (8.05 ) $ (1.25 )   Gas: Net realized gain $ 4,481 $ 4,230 $ 14,088 $ 12,514 Per unit produced ($/Mcf) $ 2.04 $ 1.67 $ 2.14 $ 1.44   Average Daily Production: Oil (Bbls): Permian Basin Area: West Texas Andrews 2,768 2,246 2,625 1,609 West Texas Reeves 170 - 61 - West Texas Other 3,384 3,846 3,378 3,860 Austin Chalk/ Eagle Ford Shale 3,458 3,044 3,418 2,827 South Louisiana 413 727 440 596 Other   79     83     78     174   (b) Total   10,272     9,946     10,000     9,066     Natural Gas (Mcf): Permian Basin Area: West Texas Andrews 1,116 962 1,237 690 West Texas Reeves 27 - 20 - West Texas Other 11,769 12,969 11,754 13,012 Giddings Area: Austin Chalk/ Eagle Ford Shale 1,958 2,325 2,029 2,222 Cotton Valley Reef Complex 2,955 3,708 2,946 3,770 South Louisiana 5,257 5,650 4,854 6,024 Other   777     1,886     1,222     6,022   (b) Total   23,859     27,500     24,062     31,740     Natural gas liquids (Bbls): Permian Basin Area: West Texas Andrews 124 310 277 184 West Texas Other 242 225 223 204 Austin Chalk/ Eagle Ford Shale 215 258 208 238 South Louisiana 56 119 54 95 Other   26     66     33     37   (b) Total   663     978     795     758       Three Months EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30,September 30,   2011     2010     2011     2010     Oil and Gas Costs ($/BOE Produced): Production costs $ 17.70 $ 14.38 $ 18.61 $ 15.03 Production costs (excluding production taxes) $ 13.84 $ 11.37 $ 14.77 $ 11.97 Oil and gas depletion $ 18.25 $ 17.27 $ 18.01 $ 17.95   General and Administrative Expenses (in thousands): Excluding non-cash employee compensation $ 6,001 $ 5,743 $ 16,574 $ 14,720 Non-cash employee compensation (c)   1,141     2,987     6,104     8,066   Total $ 7,142   $ 8,730   $ 22,678   $ 22,786       (a) Hedging gains/losses are only included in the determination of the Company's average realized prices if the underlying derivative contracts are designated as cash flow hedges under applicable accounting standards. The Company did not designate any of its 2011 or 2010 derivative contracts as cash flow hedges. This means that the Company's derivatives for 2011 and 2010 have been marked-to-market through its statement of operations as other income/expense instead of through accumulated other comprehensive income on the Company's balance sheet. This also means that all realized gains/losses on these derivatives are reported in other income/expense instead of as a component of oil and gas sales.   (b) Other for 2010 includes production attributable to sold properties in North Louisiana as follows: Nine months: Oil 94, Gas 4,790, NGL 10.   (c) Non-cash employee compensation relates to the Company's non-equity award plans.   Clayton Williams Energy, Inc.Summary of Open Commodity Derivatives(Unaudited)           The following summarizes information concerning the Company's net positions in open commodity derivatives applicable to periods subsequent to September 30, 2011.   OilGasSwaps:Bbls (a)PriceMMBtu (b)Price Production Period: 4th Quarter 2011 733,949 $ 87.58 1,500,000 $ 7.07 2012 107,506 $ 91.15 - $ - 2013 95,996 $ 91.15 - $ - 2014 85,772 $ 91.15 - $ - 2015 76,309 $ 91.15 - $ - 2016 28,280 $ 91.15 - $ - 1,127,812 1,500,000     (a) In September 2011, the Company entered into oil hedges covering 398,812 barrels of oil for production months from December 2011 through May 2016. These hedges cover production related to a volumetric production payment expected to be granted to finance the proposed merger with 24 affiliated partnerships. (b) One MMBtu equals one Mcf at a Btu factor of 1,000. Clayton Williams Energy, Inc.Patti Hollums, 432-688-3419Director of Investor Relationse-mail: cwei@claytonwilliams.comwebsite: www.claytonwilliams.comorMichael L. Pollard, 432-688-3029Chief Financial Officer