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Clayton Williams Energy Announces Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Clayton Williams Energy Announces Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results07:55 EDT Thursday, July 26, 2012 MIDLAND, Texas (Business Wire) -- Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ:CWEI) today reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2012. Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2012 Net income attributable to Company stockholders for the second quarter of 2012 (“2Q12”) was $32.8 million, or $2.70 per share, as compared to net income of $42.7 million, or $3.51 per share, for the second quarter of 2011 (“2Q11”). Cash flow from operations for 2Q12 was $44.9 million as compared to $86.4 million for 2Q11. For the six-months ended June 30, 2012, net income attributable to Company stockholders was $40.6 million, or $3.34 per share, as compared to net income of $34.8 million, or $2.86 per share, for the same period in 2011. Cash flow from operations for the six-month period in 2012 was $97.3 million as compared to $119.7 million during the same period in 2011. The key factors affecting the comparability of financial results for 2Q12 versus 2Q11 were: Oil and gas sales decreased $6.4 million in 2Q12 versus 2Q11. Price variances accounted for a $17.8 million decrease, and production variances accounted for an $8.9 million increase. Average realized oil prices were $88.06 per barrel in 2Q12 versus $100.07 per barrel in 2Q11, and average realized gas prices were $3.25 per Mcf in 2Q12 versus $5.56 per Mcf in 2Q11. In addition, oil and gas sales in 2Q12 includes $2.5 million of amortized deferred revenue attributable to a volumetric production payment (“VPP”) granted effective March 1, 2012 in connection with the mergers of 24 Southwest Royalties, Inc. limited partnerships. 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 6% in 2Q12 as compared to 2Q11, with oil production increasing 9% and gas production declining 6%. Oil production increased to 967,000 barrels, or 10,626 barrels per day, as compared to 886,000 barrels, or 9,736 barrels per day, while gas production declined to 2.1 Bcf, or 23,418 Mcf per day as compared to 2.3 Bcf or 24,846 Mcf per day for 2Q11. Oil and natural gas liquids comprised 75% of the Company's BOE production in 2Q12. Production costs increased 24% from $26.1 million in 2Q11 to $32.3 million in 2Q12 due to a combination of more producing wells and rising costs of field services, including salt water disposal costs. Gain on derivatives for 2Q12 was $38.7 million ($37.8 million non-cash mark-to-market gain and $845,000 realized gain on settled contracts) versus a gain in 2Q11 of $28.2 million ($35.6 million non-cash mark-to-market gain and $7.4 million realized loss on settled contracts). See accompanying tables for additional information about the Company's accounting for derivatives. Depreciation, depletion and amortization expense increased 37% to $34.6 million in 2Q12 versus $25.3 million in 2Q11 due primarily to a 27% increase in the average depletion rate per BOE of production. Most of the increase related to the Company's Wolfbone play in Reeves County, Texas. General and administrative (“G&A”) expenses were $4.3 million in 2Q12 versus $3 million in 2Q11. Non-cash employee compensation expense from incentive compensation plans accounted for a $1.9 million credit to expense in 2Q12 versus a $2.4 million credit to expense in 2Q11. Cash G&A expenses, excluding non-cash employee compensation expense, increased to $6.2 million in 2Q12 from $5.5 million in 2Q11 due primarily to higher personnel costs. Non-cash impairments of property and equipment were $5.7 million in 2Q12 versus $4.4 million in 2Q11. The 2Q12 impairments resulted primarily from declines in commodity prices and related to non-core oil and gas properties in the Permian Basin. Scheduled Conference Call The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results and other forward-looking items today, July 26th at 1:30 p.m. CT (2:30 p.m. ET). The dial-in conference number is: 877-847-5945, passcode 10386480. The replay will be available for one week at 855-859-2056, passcode 10386480. 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 EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,2012201120122011 REVENUES Oil and gas sales $ 99,448 $ 105,804 $ 206,478 $ 200,736 Natural gas services 284 365 634 774 Drilling rig services 4,578 2,425 6,130 2,685 Gain on sales of assets   300     949     437     14,521   Total revenues   104,610     109,543     213,679     218,716     COSTS AND EXPENSES Production 32,318 26,133 61,373 50,953 Exploration: Abandonments and impairments 646 174 1,986 1,051 Seismic and other 723 2,167 2,735 3,445 Natural gas services 190 285 448 548 Drilling rig services 4,399 1,919 6,829 2,705 Depreciation, depletion and amortization 34,593 25,342 65,825 49,086 Impairment of property and equipment 5,711 4,424 5,711 4,424 Accretion of asset retirement obligations 860 697 1,559 1,371 General and administrative 4,288 3,037 19,303 15,536 Loss on sales of assets and impairment of inventory   45     107     278     303   Total costs and expenses   83,773     64,285     166,047     129,422   Operating income   20,837     45,258     47,632     89,294     OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)   Interest expense (9,268 ) (9,175 ) (18,031 ) (15,587 ) Loss on early extinguishment of long-term debt - - - (4,594 ) Gain (loss) on derivatives 38,666 28,187 31,757 (18,158 ) Other 398 1,900 1,298 2,987         Total other income (expense)   29,796     20,912     15,024     (35,352 )   Income before income taxes 50,633 66,170 62,656 53,942   Income tax expense (17,811 ) (23,502 ) (22,055 ) (19,149 )         NET INCOME $ 32,822   $ 42,668   $ 40,601   $ 34,793       Net income per common share: Basic $ 2.70   $ 3.51   $ 3.34   $ 2.86   Diluted $ 2.70   $ 3.51   $ 3.34   $ 2.86     Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic   12,164     12,162     12,164     12,159   Diluted   12,164     12,163     12,164     12,159       CLAYTON WILLIAMS ENERGY, INC.CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(In thousands)   ASSETS     June 30,     December 31,20122011(Unaudited) CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 12,544 $ 17,525 Accounts receivable: Oil and gas sales 34,865 41,282 Joint interest and other, net 16,450 14,517 Affiliates 216 990 Inventory 47,715 44,868 Deferred income taxes 7,424 8,948 Fair value of derivatives 13,190 - Prepaids and other   4,619     14,813     137,023     142,943   PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT Oil and gas properties, successful efforts method 2,397,757 2,103,085 Natural gas gathering and processing systems 38,930 26,040 Contract drilling equipment 85,547 75,956 Other   21,005     19,134   2,543,239 2,224,215 Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization   (1,232,529 )   (1,156,664 ) Property and equipment, net   1,310,710     1,067,551     OTHER ASSETS Debt issue costs, net 11,137 11,644 Fair value of derivatives 16,012 - Investments and other   15,303     4,133     42,452     15,777     $ 1,490,185   $ 1,226,271     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   CURRENT LIABILITIES Accounts payable: Trade $ 86,202 $ 98,645 Oil and gas sales 33,445 37,409 Affiliates 143 1,501 Fair value of derivatives - 5,633 Accrued liabilities and other   13,222     13,042     133,012     156,230     NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES Long-term debt 699,560 529,535 Deferred income taxes 154,741 134,209 Fair value of derivatives - 494 Asset retirement obligations 50,920 40,794 Deferred revenue from volumetric production payment 41,498 - Accrued compensation under non-equity award plans 25,504 20,757 Other   848     751     973,071     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   230,371     189,770   Total stockholders' equity   384,102     343,501     $ 1,490,185   $ 1,226,271       CLAYTON WILLIAMS ENERGY, INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(Unaudited)(In thousands)                 Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,2012201120122011     CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net income $ 32,822 $ 42,668 $ 40,601 $ 34,793 Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation, depletion and amortization 34,593 25,342 65,825 49,086 Impairment of property and equipment 5,711 4,424 5,711 4,424 Exploration costs 646 174 1,986 1,051 (Gain) loss on sales of assets and impairment of inventory, net (255 ) (842 ) (159 ) (14,218 ) Deferred income tax expense 17,811 23,502 22,055 19,149 Non-cash employee compensation (1,863 ) (2,438 ) 4,394 4,963 Unrealized (gain) loss on derivatives (37,821 ) (35,558 ) (35,328 ) 9,069 Accretion of asset retirement obligations 860 697 1,559 1,371 Amortization of debt issue costs and original issue discount 531 562 1,039 1,130 Loss on early extinguishment of long-term debt - - - 4,594 Amortization of deferred revenue from volumetric production payment (2,519 ) - (3,383 ) -   Changes in operating working capital: Accounts receivable 8,019 7,788 5,257 2,067 Accounts payable (6,055 ) 12,928 (12,827 ) 974 Other   (7,547 )   7,186     536     1,271   Net cash provided by operating activities   44,933     86,433     97,266     119,724     CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES Additions to property and equipment (148,325 ) (97,288 ) (313,170 ) (180,281 ) Proceeds from volumetric production payment - - 44,423 - Proceeds from sales of assets 650 1,103 651 12,105 Change in equipment inventory 8,189 (5,733 ) (4,137 ) 4,783 Other   54     10     (14 )   (110 ) Net cash used in investing activities   (139,432 )   (101,908 )   (272,247 )   (163,503 )   CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES Proceeds from long-term debt 75,000 48,855 170,000 341,855 Repayments of long-term debt - (30,000 ) - (286,165 ) Premium on early extinguishment of long-term debt - - - (2,765 ) Proceeds from exercise of stock options   -     187     -     213   Net cash provided by financing activities   75,000     19,042     170,000     53,138     NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (19,499 ) 3,567 (4,981 ) 9,359   CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS Beginning of period 32,043 14,512 17,525 8,720         End of period $ 12,544   $ 18,079   $ 12,544   $ 18,079       CLAYTON WILLIAMS ENERGY, INC.SUMMARY PRODUCTION AND PRICE DATA(Unaudited)                 Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,2012201120122011   Oil and Gas Production Data: Oil (MBbls) 967 886 1,896 1,785 Gas (MMcf) 2,131 2,261 4,144 4,374 Natural gas liquids (MBbls) 89 73 189 156 Total (MBOE) 1,411 1,336 2,776 2,670   Average Realized Prices (a) (b): Oil ($/Bbl) $ 88.06   $ 100.07   $ 94.26   $ 94.47   Gas ($/Mcf) $ 3.25   $ 5.56   $ 3.54   $ 5.40   Natural gas liquids ($/Bbl) $ 44.73   $ 57.16   $ 45.33   $ 52.47     Gain (Loss) on Settled Derivative Contracts (b): ($ in thousands, except per unit) Oil: Net realized gain (loss) $ 845 $ (11,919 ) $ (3,571 ) $ (18,697 ) Per unit produced ($/Bbl) $ 0.87 $ (13.45 ) $ (1.88 ) $ (10.47 )   Gas: Net realized gain $ - $ 4,548 $ - $ 9,608 Per unit produced ($/Mcf) $ - $ 2.01 $ - $ 2.20   Average Daily Production: Oil (Bbls): Permian Basin Area: Reeves 1,601 11 1,352 5 Other 5,474 5,680 5,587 5,927 Austin Chalk/ Eagle Ford Shale 3,152 3,335 3,074 3,333 Other   399     710     405     597   Total   10,626     9,736     10,418     9,862     Natural Gas (Mcf): Permian Basin Area: Reeves 236 25 443 16 Other 13,924 12,176 13,079 13,043 Austin Chalk/ Eagle Ford Shale 2,058 2,177 2,101 2,060 Other   7,200     10,468     7,146     9,047   Total   23,418     24,846     22,769     24,166     Natural Gas Liquids (Bbls): Permian Basin Area: Reeves 93 - 46 - Other 604 519 675 568 Austin Chalk/ Eagle Ford Shale 222 183 245 205 Other   59     100     72     89   Total   978     802     1,038     862       Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,2012201120122011   Oil and Gas Costs ($/BOE Produced): Production costs $ 22.90 $ 19.56 $ 22.11 $ 19.08 Production costs (excluding production taxes) $ 19.33 $ 15.61 $ 18.33 $ 15.14 Oil and gas depletion $ 23.27 $ 18.31 $ 22.53 $ 17.89   General and Administrative Expenses (in thousands): Excluding non-cash employee compensation $ 6,151 $ 5,475 $ 14,909 $ 10,573 Non-cash employee compensation (c)   (1,863 )   (2,438 )   4,394     4,963   Total $ 4,288   $ 3,037   $ 19,303   $ 15,536       (a) Oil and gas sales for 2012 include $2.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and $3.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 of amortized deferred revenue attributable to a volumetric production payment ("VPP") effective March 1, 2012. The calculation of average realized sales prices for 2012 excludes production of 33,590 barrels of oil and 12,476 Mcf of gas for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 44,967 barrels of oil and 17,175 Mcf of gas for the six months ended June 30, 2012 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 Ended     Six Months EndedJune 30,June 30,2012     20112012     2011   Net income $ 32,822 $ 42,668 $ 40,601 $ 34,793 Interest expense 9,268 9,175 18,031 15,587 Income tax expense 17,811 23,502 22,055 19,149 Exploration: Abandonments and impairments 646 174 1,986 1,051 Seismic and other 723 2,167 2,735 3,445 Net (gain) loss on sales of assets and impairment of inventory (255 ) (842 ) (159 ) (14,218 ) Loss on early extinguishment of long-term debt - - - 4,594 Depreciation, depletion and amortization 34,593 25,342 65,825 49,086 Impairment of property and equipment 5,711 4,424 5,711 4,424 Accretion of asset retirement obligations 860 697 1,559 1,371 Amortization of deferred revenue from volumetric production payment (2,519 ) - (3,383 ) - Non-cash employee compensation (1,863 ) (2,438 ) 4,394 4,963 Non-cash changes in fair value of derivatives (37,821 ) (35,558 ) (35,328 ) 9,069         $ 59,976   $ 69,311   $ 124,027   $ 133,314       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 June 30, 2012.       Oil     GasSwaps:Bbls     PriceMMBtu (a)     Price Production Period: 3rd Quarter 2012 757,000 $ 90.30 - $ - 4th Quarter 2012 702,000 $ 90.40 - $ - 2013 1,913,000 $ 97.20 1,480,000 $ 3.34 2014 600,000 $ 99.30 - $ - 3,972,000 1,480,000     (a) 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