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Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results16:19 EDT Thursday, May 03, 2012DENVER, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE: KOG), an oil and gas exploration and production company with primary assets in the Williston Basin of North Dakota, today announced first quarter 2012 financial results.  Highlights Include:Oil & Gas Sales of $79.9 Million, a 499% Increase Adjusted EBITDA of $53.7 Million, 611% GrowthQ1-12 Financial ResultsFor the quarter-ended March 31, 2012, the Company reported oil and gas sales of $79.9 million, as compared to $13.3 million during the same period in 2011, a 499% increase and a Company record.  Kodiak reported an overall 474% increase in quarter-over-quarter equivalent sales volumes of 963 thousand barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), or an average of 10,578 BOE per day during the first quarter 2012, as compared to 168 thousand BOE, or an average of 1,864 BOE per day (BOE/d) in the same period in 2011, not including flared gas.  Crude oil revenue accounted for approximately 96% of oil and gas sales in the first quarter 2012.  For the first quarter 2012, the Company reported net income of $1.7 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, compared with a net loss of $7.2 million, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, for the same period in 2011.  The net income calculation for the first quarter 2012 includes an unrealized loss of $18.6 million related to the mark-to-market of derivative instruments used for commodity hedging.  This non-cash loss decreased Kodiak's reported net income for the first quarter 2012 by $0.07 per basic and diluted share.  Detailed disclosure of the Company's derivative contracts is available in its Filing on Form 10-Q for the quarter-ended March 31, 2012.  As a result of the significant oil and gas property acquisitions and related financings during 2011, interest expense for the first quarter 2012 was $4.6 million, as compared to interest income of $33 thousand for the same period in 2011.  Included in interest expense was a $3.0 million prepayment penalty to terminate the Company's Second Lien Credit Agreement.  Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $53.7 million for the quarter-ended March 31, 2012, as compared to $7.6 million in the same period in 2011, a 611% increase and another Company record.  Kodiak defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income before (i) interest expense, (ii) income taxes, (iii) depletion, depreciation, amortization, and accretion (iv) amortization of deferred financing costs, (v) impairment, (vi) non-cash expenses relating to share based payments recognized under ASC Topic 718, (vii) pre-tax unrealized gains and losses on foreign currency, and (viii) pre-tax unrealized gain and losses on commodity price risk management activities.  During the first quarter of 2012, Kodiak drilled 14 gross (12.1 net) operated wells and completed 12 gross (8.0 net) operated wells, and as of March 31, 2012, Kodiak had 14 gross (12.6 net) operated wells waiting on completion.  The Company reported that $151 million was invested for the drilling and completion of wells and for infrastructure in the Williston Basin during the first quarter 2012.   During the first quarter 2012, $6.8 million was invested in acquiring undeveloped leasehold in its core operating areas, excluding the $638 million related to the January 2012 closing of Kodiak's latest Williston Basin acquisition discussed below. On January 10, 2012, and concurrent with the closing of the Company's January 2012 acquisition of producing properties, undeveloped leasehold and other assets for total consideration of $638 million, including closing adjustments, the Company terminated the second lien credit agreement and repaid all of the debt outstanding thereunder.  The borrowing base for the $750 million first lien credit facility is currently $225 million, which was re-affirmed on April 1, 2012.  As of May 3, 2012, the Company's long term debt was $680 million consisting of $650 million in senior notes and $30 million in borrowings under its credit facility. Expense AnalysisThe increase in total general and administrative expense (G&A) for the first quarter, as compared to the prior-year period, is attributed primarily to the hiring of new personnel as the Company continues to expand its oil and gas operations and operated rig count.  The Company had 74 employees as of March 31 2012, as compared to 40 employees as of March 31, 2011.  Included in the G&A expense is a non-cash, stock-based compensation charge of $2.5 million for the first quarter of 2012, as compared to $1.5 million in the prior-year period.  The Company reported a 16% decrease in total G&A per BOE during the first quarter 2012, as compared to fourth quarter 2011. The increase in lease operating expense (LOE) for the first quarter, as compared to the year-ago period, is attributed to additional production expense associated with a growing number of producing wells.  Severance taxes were also higher due to increased oil and gas revenues during the 2012 period, as compared to the 2011 period.  The Company reported a 30% decrease in LOE per BOE during the first quarter 2012, as compared to fourth quarter 2011.     The largest component of LOE in the Williston Basin operations is the disposal of water used in the well completion operations, the majority of which has been transported by truck to third-party disposal facilities.  The Company is actively addressing water disposal costs by connecting wells to third-party pipelines, drilling water disposal wells in producing areas and constructing water gathering systems where appropriate.  As existing and future wells are connected to water gathering systems, LOE is projected to decrease on a per-unit basis.       The increase in depletion, depreciation, amortization and accretion expense for the first quarter of 2012 is primarily due to significant acquisitions of proved producing reserves during late 2011 and early 2012, and to an increase in sales volumes. In addition to the interest discussion above, Kodiak capitalized interest costs of $12.5 million for the first quarter of 2012 and $1.1 million for the prior-year period.  Going forward, in 2012, Kodiak expects to capitalize the majority of the interest costs related to its senior notes.The following table summarized the Company's costs on a per-unit basis for the periods shown: Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp.Q1-12Q4-11Q1-11% ChangeUnit Cost AnalysisSequentialQ-o-QSales Volumes in Barrels of Oil Equivalent (BOE)962,606661,908167,76245%474%Average Price Received Oil ($ Bbl)$ 87.43$ 85.35$ 82.722%6%Average Price Received Gas ($ Mcf) Operating Expense ($ BOE)7.0510.085.97-30%18%Production Tax ($ BOE)8.838.699.052%-2%DD&A Expense ($ BOE)27.3225.7122.186%23%Gathering, Transportation & Marketing Expense ($ BOE)2.091.430.3346%533%Total G&A Expense ($ BOE)8.209.7128.12-16%-71%Non-cash Stock-based Compensation Expense ($ BOE)$ 2.53$ 2.55$ 9.17-1%-72%Interim Operations UpdateWilliston Basin Drilling and Completion UpdateAs of April 30, 2012, Kodiak operated, or had an interest in, a total of 160 gross (65.9 net) producing wells, owned 157,000 net leasehold acres, operated six drilling rigs, with a seventh scheduled to be in the field by late May 2012 and six workover rigs and has contracted one full-time, 24-hour dedicated completion spread with a second, 24-hour crew scheduled to commence completion activities in mid-May and to continue as needed.  Additionally, the Company continues to participate in several non-operated wells.  Average production for March 2012 was approximately 12,500 BOE/d.The following table summarizes the Company's completion activities for the first quarter of 2012:    Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. Q1 2012 Bakken and Three Forks Completion ActivitiesWell NameWI / NRI (%)FormationLength of LateralProduction Volumes (BOE/d)IP 24 Hour Test30 Day Cum 60 Day CumDunn County, NDSkunk Creek 2-8-17-14H344 / 38Three Forks9,354'2,6801,2771,048Skunk Creek 9-2-3-5H99 / 81Bakken9,240'2,174912-Charging Eagle 15-14-11-4H60 / 49Bakken9,209'2,429921-Charging Eagle 15-14-24-16H60 / 49Bakken8,695'1,716646-Williams and McKenzie Counties, NDGrizzly 149-104-15-12-1-2H78 / 64Bakken8,632'1,026--Grizzly 3-25-13-3H86 / 71Bakken10,075'508--Grizzly 3-25-36-15H90 / 74Bakken9,407'689401-Pankowski 4-6H61 / 49Three Forks8,860'1,588--Long 112-1H73 / 56Bakken9,583'1,9781,017908Lind 211-1H70 / 54Bakken9,563'1,419704560Mildred 94-1H45 / 35Bakken10,041'1,396495427State 1621-1H36 / 28Bakken8,926'1,658525446Non-Operated: Dunn County, NDFBIR Darcie 34X-10 (1)44 / 36Bakken9,494'1,561N/AN/AFBIR IronWoman 21X-10(1)50 / 41Bakken9,467'2,355N/AN/AFBIR WalterPacksWolf 31X-1250 / 41Bakken9,217'1,290N/AN/AFBIR YellowWolf 21X-1050 / 41Bakken9,720'1,445N/AN/AFBIR GuyBlackHawk 24X-2750 / 41Bakken9,221'Well on Confidential Status(1)Wells completed in Q4 2011Commenting on financial and operational results, Kodiak's Chairman and CEO Lynn A. Peterson said: "Last week, we disclosed our first quarter production and provided specific details regarding production and operations.  Most importantly, we believe the Company is well-positioned for significant growth in production and cash flow in the second quarter and into the second half of 2012. We previously announced the factors that affected our first quarter 2012 production.  Due to the impact of those issues, we are revising the lower end of the range of our guidance to 17,000 BOE/d average for the year, with the upper end remaining at the previously announced 21,000 BOE/d.   This broadening of our range is not reflective of the quality of our acreage or our wells, but instead reflects timing uncertainties associated with bringing our wells on to production.  Accordingly, we are not altering our projected 2012 exit rate of 27,000 BOE/d. We have 14 gross (12.6 net) operated wells that we anticipate completing in the second quarter.  Two of the wells are already completed and are flowing back.  Completion work with our dedicated frac crew is underway on our second two-well pad.  Both of these wells have cemented liners, and we are utilizing the zipper frac technique for operational efficiency.  Given the heightened activity levels, we believe we can deliver meaningful growth in oil and gas sales, adjusted EBITDA and net income for the remainder of the year."  Q1-12 Results Teleconference CallIn conjunction with Kodiak's release of its financial and operating results, investors, analysts and other interested parties are invited to listen to a conference call with management on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. Q1-12 Financial and Operating Results Conference CallDate:Friday, May 4, 2012Time:11:00 a.m. EDT10:00 a.m. CDT  9:00 a.m. MDT  8:00 a.m. PDTCall:(877) 257-3168 (US/Canada) and (706) 643-3820 (International); Passcode: 70947517Internet:Live and rebroadcast over the Internet: Replay:Available through Friday, May 11, 2012 at (855) 859-2056 (US/Canada)and (404) 537-3406 (International) using passcode: 70947517 and for 30 days at  About Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp.Denver-based Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. is an independent energy exploration and development company focused on exploring, developing and producing oil and natural gas primarily in the Williston Basin in the U.S. Rocky Mountains.  For further information, please visit  The Company's common shares are listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: "KOG."Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release includes statements that may constitute "forward-looking" statements, usually containing the words "believe," "estimate," "project," "expect" or similar expressions. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements.  Forward looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates," projects," "potential" and similar expressions, or that events or conditions "will," "would," "may," "could" or "should" occur. Forward-looking statements in this document include statements regarding the Company's expectations as to: exploration and development plans; drilling plans and expectations; expectations regarding the addition of a seventh rig in May 2012; expectations regarding availability and benefits of infrastructure; the estimated costs to drill and complete wells and the Company's expectations regarding potential improvements in its ability to execute its completion activities; the future performance of our oil & gas properties, including well production, and trends in well performance; expectations regarding improvements in per unit lease operating expenses; the expectations regarding the amount and trends in production, oil and gas revenue, production, cash flows, sales, financial metrics and proved oil and gas reserves in future periods; and the amount and sufficiency of future cash flows and sources of liquidity. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in the prices of oil and gas, uncertainties inherent in estimating quantities of oil and gas reserves and projecting future rates of production and timing of development activities, competition, operating risks, acquisition risks, liquidity and capital requirements, the effects of governmental regulation, adverse changes in the market for the Company's oil and gas production, dependence upon third-party vendors, and other risks detailed in the Company's periodic report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For further information, please contact: Mr. Lynn A. Peterson, CEO and President, Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. +1-303-592-8075Mr. David P. Charles, Sierra Partners LLC +1-303-757-2510 x11Footnotes to the Financial StatementsThe notes accompanying the financial statements are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements and can be found in Kodiak's filing on Form 10-Q for the quarter-ended March 31, 2012.  KODIAK OIL & GAS CORP.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(In thousands, except share data)(Unaudited)ASSETSMarch 31, 2012December 31, 2011Current Assets:   Cash and cash equivalents$            24,905$                  81,604   Cash held in escrow-12,194   Accounts receivable       Trade37,34828,835       Accrued sales revenues38,18321,974   Commodity price risk management asset688-   Inventory, prepaid expenses and other20,01224,294          Total Current Assets121,136168,901Oil and gas properties (full cost method), at cost:   Proved oil and gas properties1,117,174598,065    Unproved oil and gas properties 556,642263,462    Wells in progress76,28078,505Equipment and facilities16,11511,186    Less-accumulated depletion, depreciation, amortization, and accretion(161,594)(135,586)         Net oil and gas properties1,604,617815,632Cash held in escrow-691,764Commodity price risk management asset426-Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation            of $727 at March 31, 2012 and $618 at December 31, 20111,4181,276Deferred financing costs, net of accumulated amortization           of $15,669 at March 31, 2012 and $15,029 at December 31, 201121,43521,904Total Assets$       1,749,032$             1,699,477LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent Liabilities:   Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $          138,970$                  78,402   Accrued interest payable18,7755,808   Commodity price risk management liability20,22011,925           Total Current Liabilities177,96596,135Noncurrent Liabilities:   Credit facilities-100,000   Senior notes650,000650,000   Commodity price risk management liability21,47010,035   Asset retirement obligations4,9753,627          Total Noncurrent Liabilities676,445763,662          Total Liabilities 854,410859,797Stockholders' Equity:   Common stock - no par value; unlimited authorized   Issued and outstanding: 263,530,643 shares as of March 31, 2012         and 257,987,413 shares as of December 31, 2011997,268944,070   Accumulated deficit(102,646)(104,390)          Total Stockholders' Equity894,622839,680Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity$       1,749,032$             1,699,477 KODIAK OIL & GAS CORP.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(In thousands, except share data)(Unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, 20122011Revenues:   Oil sales$       76,814$       13,020   Gas sales3,122314        Total revenues79,93613,334Operating expenses:   Oil and gas production17,3002,574   Depletion, depreciation, amortization and accretion26,2953,721   General and administrative7,8984,718        Total operating expenses51,49311,013Operating income 28,4432,321Other income (expense):   Loss on commodity price risk management activities(23,340)(9,692)   Interest income (expense), net(4,627)33   Other income 1,268103        Total other income (expense)(26,699)(9,556)Net income (loss)$         1,744$        (7,235)Net income (loss) per common share:  Basic $           0.01$          (0.04)  Diluted$           0.01$          (0.04)Weighted average common shares outstanding:  Basic 262,660,642178,451,574  Diluted266,586,016178,451,574KODIAK OIL & GAS CORP.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(In thousands)(Unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, 20122011Cash flows from operating activities:   Net income (loss)$    1,744$ (7,235)Reconciliation of net income (loss) to net cash           provided by operating activities:     Depletion, depreciation, amortization and accretion26,2953,721     Amortization of deferred financing costs640187     Unrealized loss on commodity price risk         management activities, net18,6169,350     Stock-based compensation2,4351,539  Changes in current assets and liabilities:     Accounts receivable-trade(8,513)1,474     Accounts receivable-accrued sales revenue(16,209)12     Prepaid expenses and other(924)(295)     Accounts payable and accrued liabilities28,657(1,589)     Accrued interest payable467(12)     Cash held in escrow3,343- Net cash provided by operating activities56,5517,152Cash flows from investing activities:     Oil and gas properties(704,344)(22,423)     Prepaid tubular goods-(10,084)     Equipment, facilities and other(10,329)(618)     Cash held in escrow30,000-Net cash used in investing activities(684,673)(33,125)     Repayments under credit facilities(100,000)-     Proceeds from the issuance of common shares1,108947     Cash held in escrow670,615-     Debt and share issuance costs(300)(17)Net cash provided by financing activities571,423930Decrease in cash and cash equivalents(56,699)(25,043)Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period81,604101,198Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period$  24,905$ 76,155Supplemental cash flow information:  Oil & gas property accrual included in       Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$  84,452$ 11,589  Oil & gas property acquired through common stock$  49,798$           -  Cash paid for interest$    3,536$   1,124In evaluating its business, Kodiak considers earnings before interest, taxes, depletion, depreciation, amortization, and accretion, amortization of deferred financing costs, impairment, gains or losses on foreign currency, gains or losses on commodity price risk management activities, and stock?based compensation expense, ("Adjusted EBITDA") as a key indicator of financial operating performance and as a measure of the ability to generate cash for operational activities, future capital expenditures and an indication of our potential borrowing base under our credit facility.  Adjusted EBITDA is not a Generally Accepted Accounting Principle ("GAAP") measure of performance. The Company uses this non-GAAP measure to compare its performance with other companies in the industry that make a similar disclosure, as a measure of its current liquidity, in developing our capital expenditure budget, to evaluate our compliance with covenants under our credit facility and as a component of the corporate objectives to which we tie the vesting of equity-based awards made to senior executives. The Company believes that this measure may also be useful to investors for the same purpose and for an indication of the Company's ability to generate cash flow at a level that can sustain or support our operations and capital investment program, and that disclosure of this measure provides investors with visibility as to the corporate objectives that affect our executive compensation program. Investors should not consider this measure, or other non-GAAP measures such as net income excluding the effect of unrealized derivative losses, in isolation or as a substitute for operating income or loss, cash flow from operations determined under GAAP or any other measure for determining the Company's operating performance that is calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, because Adjusted EBITDA is not a GAAP measure, it may not necessarily be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies.  A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and net income for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 is provided in the table below:  KODIAK OIL & GAS CORP.RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA Three months ended March 31, Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA:20122011Net income $   1,744$ (7,235)  Add back:     Depreciation, depletion, amortization     and accretion26,2953,721     Amortization of deferred financing costs640187     Unrealized (gain) / loss on commodity        price risk management activities18,6169,350     Stock based compensation expense2,4351,539     Interest expense4,001-Adjusted EBITDA$ 53,731$  7,562SOURCE Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp.