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Clayton Williams Energy Announces First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Clayton Williams Energy Announces First Quarter 2012 Financial Results07:55 EDT Wednesday, April 25, 2012 MIDLAND, Texas (Business Wire) -- Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ:CWEI) today reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2012. Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2012 Net income attributable to Company stockholders for the first quarter of 2012 (“1Q12”) was $7.8 million, or $0.64 per share, as compared to a net loss of $7.9 million, or ($0.65) per share, for the first quarter of 2011 (“1Q11”). Cash flow from operations for 1Q12 was $52.3 million as compared to $33.3 million for 1Q11. The key factors affecting the comparability of financial results for 1Q12 versus 1Q11 were: Oil and gas sales increased $12.1 million in 1Q12 versus 1Q11. Price variances accounted for $8 million of the increase and production variances accounted for $3.3 million. Average realized oil prices were $100.76 per barrel in 1Q12 versus $88.93 per barrel in 1Q11, and average realized gas prices were $3.86 per Mcf in 1Q12 versus $5.24 per Mcf in 1Q11. In addition, oil and gas sales in 1Q12 include $864,000 of amortized deferred revenue attributable to a volumetric production payment (“VPP”) granted effective March 1, 2012 in connection with the previously announced mergers of 24 Southwest Royalties, Inc. limited partnerships (“SWR Mergers”). Reported production and related average realized sales prices exclude volumes associated with the VPP. Oil and gas production per barrel of oil equivalent (“BOE”) increased 2% in 1Q12 as compared to 1Q11, with oil production increasing 3% and gas production declining 5%. Oil production increased to 929,000 barrels, or 10,209 barrels per day, as compared to 899,000 barrels, or 9,989 barrels per day, while gas production declined to 2 Bcf, or 22,121 Mcf per day as compared to 2.1 Bcf or 23,478 Mcf per day for 1Q11. Oil and natural gas liquids comprised 75% of the Company's BOE production in 1Q12. Production costs increased 17% from $24.8 million in 1Q11 to $29.1 million in 1Q12 due to a combination of more producing wells and rising costs of field services. Loss on derivatives for 1Q12 was $6.9 million ($4.4 million realized loss on settled contracts and a $2.5 million non-cash mark-to-market loss) versus a loss in 1Q11 of $46.3 million ($1.7 million realized loss on settled contracts and a $44.6 million non-cash mark-to-market loss). See accompanying tables for additional information about the Company's accounting for derivatives. Depreciation, depletion and amortization expense increased 32% to $31.2 million in 1Q12 versus $23.7 million in 1Q11 due primarily to a 25% increase in the average depletion rate per BOE of production. Most of the increase related to the Company's emerging Wolfbone play in Reeves County, Texas. General & Administrative ("G&A") expenses were $15 million in 1Q12 versus $12.5 million in 1Q11. Non-cash employee compensation expense from incentive compensation plans accounted for $6.2 million in 1Q12 versus $7.4 million in 1Q11. Cash G&A expenses, excluding non-cash employee compensation expense, increased to $8.8 million in 1Q12 from $5.1 million in 1Q11 due primarily to transaction costs of $1.2 million related to the SWR Mergers and charitable contributions of $1 million. Interest expense increased to $8.8 million in 1Q12 from $6.4 million in 1Q11 due primarily to the increase in the total aggregate principal amount of the Senior Notes from $225 million to $350 million. The Company recorded a gain of $13.2 million in 1Q11 on the sale of two 2,000 horsepower rigs and related equipment for total consideration of $22 million, consisting of $11 million cash and a promissory note for $11 million. No significant gains or losses were reported in 1Q12. Scheduled Conference Call The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results and other forward-looking items today, April 25th at 10:00 am CT (11:00 am ET). The dial-in conference number is: 877-868-1835, passcode 71637012. The replay will be available for one week at 855-859-2056, passcode 71637012. To access the conference call via Internet webcast, please go to the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at 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 EndedMarch 31,20122011 REVENUES Oil and gas sales $ 107,030 $ 94,932 Natural gas services 350 409 Drilling rig services 1,552 260 Gain on sales of assets   137     13,572   Total revenues   109,069     109,173     COSTS AND EXPENSES Production 29,055 24,820 Exploration: Abandonments and impairments 1,340 877 Seismic and other 2,012 1,278 Natural gas services 258 263 Drilling rig services 2,430 786 Depreciation, depletion and amortization 31,232 23,744 Accretion of asset retirement obligations 699 674 General and administrative 15,015 12,499 Loss on sales of assets and impairment of inventory   233     196   Total costs and expenses   82,274     65,137   Operating income   26,795     44,036     OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)   Interest expense (8,763 ) (6,412 ) Loss on early extinguishment of long-term debt - (4,594 ) Loss on derivatives (6,909 ) (46,345 ) Other 900 1,087     Total other income (expense)   (14,772 )   (56,264 )   Income (loss) before income taxes 12,023 (12,228 )   Income tax (expense) benefit (4,244 ) 4,353     NET INCOME (LOSS) $ 7,779   $ (7,875 )     Net income (loss) per common share: Basic $ 0.64   $ (0.65 ) Diluted $ 0.64   $ (0.65 )   Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic   12,164     12,156   Diluted   12,164     12,156       CLAYTON WILLIAMS ENERGY, INC.CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(In thousands)     ASSETSMarch 31,December 31,20122011(Unaudited) CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 32,043 $ 17,525 Accounts receivable: Oil and gas sales 43,641 41,282 Joint interest and other, net 15,123 14,517 Affiliates 786 990 Inventory 55,288 44,868 Deferred income taxes 6,734 8,948 Prepaids and other   15,986     14,813     169,601     142,943   PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT Oil and gas properties, successful efforts method 2,252,587 2,103,085 Natural gas gathering and processing systems 30,266 26,040 Contract drilling equipment 82,600 75,956 Other   20,375     19,134   2,385,828 2,224,215 Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization   (1,190,055 )   (1,156,664 ) Property and equipment, net   1,195,773     1,067,551     OTHER ASSETS Debt issue costs, net 11,167 11,644 Fair value of derivatives 1,417 - Other   4,227     4,133     16,811     15,777     $ 1,382,185   $ 1,226,271     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   CURRENT LIABILITIES Accounts payable: Trade $ 82,834 $ 98,645 Oil and gas sales 34,854 37,409 Affiliates 1,897 1,501 Fair value of derivatives 10,036 5,633 Accrued liabilities and other   20,545     13,042     150,166     156,230     NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES Long-term debt 624,547 529,535 Deferred income taxes 136,239 134,209 Fair value of derivatives - 494 Asset retirement obligations 48,440 40,794 Other   71,513     21,508     880,739     726,540     STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Preferred stock, par value $.10 per share - - Common stock, par value $.10 per share 1,216 1,216 Additional paid-in capital 152,515 152,515 Retained earnings   197,549     189,770   Total stockholders' equity   351,280     343,501     $ 1,382,185   $ 1,226,271       CLAYTON WILLIAMS ENERGY, INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(Unaudited)(In thousands)       Three Months EndedMarch 31,20122011     CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net income (loss) $ 7,779 $ (7,875 ) Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation, depletion and amortization 31,232 23,744 Exploration costs 1,340 877 (Gain) loss on sales of assets and impairment of inventory, net 96 (13,376 ) Deferred income tax expense (benefit) 4,244 (4,353 ) Non-cash employee compensation 6,257 7,401 Unrealized loss on derivatives 2,493 44,627 Accretion of asset retirement obligations 699 674 Amortization of debt issue costs 496 568 Loss on early extinguishment of long-term debt - 4,594 Amortization of deferred revenue from volumetric production payment (864 ) -   Changes in operating working capital: Accounts receivable (2,762 ) (5,721 ) Accounts payable (6,772 ) (11,954 ) Other   8,083     (5,915 ) Net cash provided by operating activities   52,321     33,291     CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES Additions to property and equipment (164,845 ) (82,993 ) Proceeds from volumetric production payment 44,423 - Proceeds from sales of assets 1 11,002 Change in equipment inventory (12,326 ) 10,516 Other   (68 )   (120 ) Net cash used in investing activities   (132,815 )   (61,595 )   CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES Proceeds from long-term debt 95,012 293,000 Repayments of long-term debt - (256,165 ) Premium on early extinguishment of long-term debt - (2,765 ) Proceeds from exercise of stock options   -     26   Net cash provided by financing activities   95,012     34,096     NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 14,518 5,792   CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS Beginning of period 17,525 8,720     End of period $ 32,043   $ 14,512     CLAYTON WILLIAMS ENERGY, INC.SUMMARY PRODUCTION AND PRICE DATA(Unaudited)       Three Months EndedMarch 31,20122011   Oil and Gas Production Data: Oil (MBbls) 929 899 Gas (MMcf) 2,013 2,113 Natural gas liquids (MBbls) 100 83 Total (MBOE) 1,365 1,334   Average Realized Prices (a) (b): Oil ($/Bbl) $ 100.76   $ 88.93   Gas ($/Mcf) $ 3.86   $ 5.24   Natural gas liquids ($/Bbl) $ 45.87   $ 48.34     Gain (Loss) on Settled Derivative Contracts (b): ($ in thousands, except per unit) Oil: Net realized loss $ (4,416 ) $ (6,778 ) Per unit produced ($/Bbl) $ (4.75 ) $ (7.54 )   Gas: Net realized gain $ - $ 5,060 Per unit produced ($/Mcf) $ - $ 2.39   Average Daily Production: Oil (Bbls): Permian Basin Area: Reeves 1,102 - Other 5,699 6,177 Austin Chalk/ Eagle Ford Shale 2,995 3,329 Other   413     483   Total   10,209     9,989     Natural Gas (Mcf): Permian Basin Area: Reeves 649 7 Other 12,234 13,920 Austin Chalk/ Eagle Ford Shale 2,147 1,940 Other   7,091     7,611   Total   22,121     23,478     Natural Gas Liquids (Bbls): Permian Basin Area: Other 746 618 Austin Chalk/ Eagle Ford Shale 267 226 Other   86     78   Total   1,099     922     Three Months EndedMarch 31,20122011   Oil and Gas Costs ($/BOE Produced): Production costs $ 21.29 $ 18.61 Production costs (excluding production taxes) $ 17.29 $ 14.67 Oil and gas depletion $ 21.77 $ 17.46   General and Administrative Expenses (in thousands): Excluding non-cash employee compensation $ 8,758 $ 5,098 Non-cash employee compensation (c)   6,257     7,401   Total $ 15,015   $ 12,499       (a)   Oil and gas sales include $864,000 of amortized deferred revenue attributable to a volumetric production payment ("VPP") effective March 1, 2012. The calculation of average realized sales prices excludes production of 11,377 barrels of oil and 4,699 Mcf of gas associated with the VPP.   (b) 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 2012 or 2011 derivative contracts as cash flow hedges. This means that the Company's derivatives for 2012 and 2011 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.   (c) Non-cash employee compensation relates to the Company's non-equity award plans.     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, net (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, accretion of asset retirement obligations, amortization of deferred revenue from volumetric production payment, 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 (loss) to EBITDAX:   Three Months EndedMarch 31,20122011   Net income (loss) $ 7,779 $ (7,875 ) Interest expense 8,763 6,412 Income tax (benefit) expense 4,244 (4,353 ) Exploration: Abandonments and impairments 1,340 877 Seismic and other 2,012 1,278 Net (gain) loss on sales of assets and impairment of inventory 96 (13,376 ) Loss on early extinguishment of long-term debt - 4,594 Depreciation, depletion and amortization 31,232 23,744 Accretion of asset retirement obligations 699 674 Amortization of deferred revenue from volumetric production payment (864 ) - Non-cash employee compensation 6,257 7,401 Non-cash changes in fair value of derivatives 2,493 44,627     $ 64,051 $ 64,003       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 March 31, 2012.   OilSwaps:Bbls   Price Production Period: 2nd Quarter 2012 410,000 $ 95.70 3rd Quarter 2012 384,000 $ 95.70 4th Quarter 2012 362,000 $ 95.70 2013 1,200,000 $ 104.60 2014 600,000 $ 99.30 2,956,000 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