GeoMet Announces Financial and Operating Results for the Quarter Ended March31, 2012
Houston, Texas—May 16, 2012-GeoMet, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMET) (“GeoMet” or the “Company”) today announced its financial and operating results for the quarter ended March31, 2012.
William C. Rankin, GeoMet’s President and Chief Executive Officer, had the following comments, “As a result of the current low gas price environment, we expect a borrowing base deficiency. Due to these factors, we incurred significant non-cash charges which adversely impacted our results for the quarter and our balance sheet resulting in disclosures related to going concern risks. However, despite the lowest natural gas prices in a decade, the Company recorded its fifth consecutive quarter of Adjusted Net Income. Cash generation was in line with our expectations for the quarter largely as a result of our hedging strategy and our effective control of costs. The Vitruvian acquisition completed in November of last year doubled our production and lowered our cash breakeven point per Mcf by approximately 30%.” Mr. Rankin added, “We face significant challenges but are continuing to meet all of our obligations on a timely basis. The Company has hedged more than 80% of estimated sales volumes for the last three quarters of 2012 and for all of 2013 at levels well above the current NYMEX forward natural gas price curve. We are negotiating with our bank group to address a borrowing base deficiency that will exist at the pending June determination. We expect to resolve this matter in a manner acceptable to the Company but can provide no assurances of such at this time.”
First Quarter 2012 Financial and Operating Results
For the quarter ended March 31, 2012, GeoMet reported a net loss of $52.9 million. Included in the net loss was a noncash charge of $47.3 million to provide a full valuation allowance for the net deferred tax assets, a $15.8 million pre-tax, non-cash impairment to the Company’s gas properties and a $5.2 million pre-tax, non-cash, mark-to-market gain on natural gas derivative contracts. The Company received net cash payments of $4.8 million from the settlement of natural gas derivative contracts during the quarter. For the quarter ended March 31, 2011, GeoMet reported net income of $0.5 million. Included in net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 was a $2.9 million pre-tax, non-cash, mark-to-market loss on derivative contracts. The Company received net cash payments of $3.5 million from the settlement of natural gas derivative contracts during the first quarter of 2011.
For the quarter ended March 31, 2012, GeoMet reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $54.7 million, or $1.37 per fully diluted share. Included in the net loss available to common stockholders for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 were non-cash charges of $0.5 million for accretion of preferred stock and $1.2 million for paid-in-kind (“PIK”) dividends paid on preferred stock. For the quarter ended March 31, 2011, GeoMet reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $1.3 million, or $0.03 per fully diluted share. Included in the net loss available to common stockholders for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 were non-cash charges of $0.4 million for accretion of preferred stock and $1.3 million for PIK dividends paid on preferred stock.
Adjusted Net Income for the first quarter of 2012 decreased to $0.9 million from $2.2 million in the prior year quarter primarily due to increased depletion, partially offset by increased realized hedging gains. Adjusted Net Income is a non-GAAP measure. See the accompanying table for a reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income to Net (Loss) Income.
Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2012 increased to $6.8 million from $6.0 million in the prior year quarter primarily due to the acquired hedges. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. See the accompanying table for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net (Loss) Income. Adjusted EBITDA, including the return of acquisition costs related to the settlement of natural gas derivative contracts in the amount of $2.5 million, totaled $9.4 million for the first quarter of 2012. We believe this non-GAAP measure is also important for the reporting period because it includes the total cash flows being generated by the hedges acquired in the transaction discussed above. Such hedges were integral and a critical component of the value related to acquired gas properties. In addition, this treatment is also consistent with the treatment in our Bank Credit Agreement.
Revenues combined with cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, increased to $17.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 from $11.4 million in the prior year quarter. The average natural gas price, adjusted for cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, was $4.82 per Mcf during the quarter ended March 31, 2012, versus $6.17 per Mcf for the prior year quarter. Revenues, as reported for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, which excludes the effects of cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, were $10.2 million, as compared to $7.9 million for the prior year quarter. The average natural gas price, excluding the effects of cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 was $2.79 per Mcf as compared to the prior year quarter average of $4.27 per Mcf.
Average net gas sales volumes for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 were approximately 39.9 MMcf per day, a 97% increase from the same quarter in 2011. Of this increase, 93% was due to the newly acquired gas properties.
Capital expenditures for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 were $0.2 million as compared to $3.1 million for the same quarter in the prior year.
Forward-Looking Statements Notice
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Except for statements of historical facts, all statements included in the document, including those preceded by, followed by or that otherwise include the words “believe,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “estimates,” “projects,” “target,” “goal,” “plans,” “objective,” “should” or similar expressions or variations on such words are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those risks, trends and uncertainties are volatility of future natural gas prices, which have been depressed recently, our estimate of the sufficiency of our existing capital sources, our ability to raise additional capital to fund cash requirements for future operations, the uncertainties involved in estimating quantities of proved natural gas reserves, in prospect development and property acquisitions and in projecting future rates of production, the timing of development expenditures and drilling of wells, and the operating hazards attendant to the oil and gas business. In particular, careful consideration should be given to cautionary statements made in the various reports the Company has filed with the SEC. GeoMet undertakes no duty to update or revise these forward-looking statements.
1Q 2012 Financial and Operating Statements
Conference Call Information
GeoMet will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss the results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 on May 21, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Central Time. To participate, dial (888) 778-8914 a few minutes before the call begins. Please reference GeoMet, Inc. conference ID 1775774. The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet from the Company’s website at www.geometinc.com. A replay of the conference call will be accessible shortly after the end of the call on May 21, 2012 and will be available through May 28, 2012. To access the conference call replay, please dial (888) 203-1112 and enter replay pass code 1775774 when prompted.
About GeoMet, Inc.
GeoMet, Inc. is an independent energy company primarily engaged in the exploration for and development and production of natural gas from coal seams (“coalbed methane”) and non-conventional shallow gas. Our principal operations and producing properties are located in the Cahaba and Black Warrior Basins in Alabama and the Central Appalachian Basin in Virginia and West Virginia. We also control additional coalbed methane and oil and gas development rights, principally in Alabama, British Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia.
For more information please contact Stephen M. Smith at (713) 287-2251 (email@example.com) or visit our website at www.geometinc.com.