HOUSTON, March 9, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: WTI) announced today financial and operational results for the fourth quarter and full year 2004.
- 2004 Revenue, Net Income, and EBITDA each exceeded 20% increase over 2003; - Proved reserves grew 5% to 467.5 Bcfe for 2004 from proved reserves of 444.7 Bcfe in 2003; - 2004 Reserve Replacement Ratio of 128%.
"2004 was a milestone year for W&T Offshore as we transitioned into a publicly-held company, which on January 28, 2005 began trading on the NYSE under the symbol 'WTI'," said Tracy W. Krohn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are excited about this new capital structure and the opportunity to continue creating value for our shareholders. For over 20 years, we have been building a solid track record of profitably increasing production and reserves and we hope to continue to do so by acquiring and exploiting reserves at an attractive cost, by producing our reserves at the highest and most economic rates and by exploring for reserves on our extensive acreage holdings."
Net Income: Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2004 was $38.7 million, or $0.59 per diluted share on revenue of $138.9 million, compared to net income of $25.3 million or $0.37 per diluted share on revenue of $99.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2003. Net income for the full year 2004 was $149.5 million, or $2.27 per diluted share on revenue of $508.7 million, compared to net income of $116.6 million or $1.79 per diluted share on revenue of $422.6 million for 2003.
Cash Flow from Operations and EBITDA: Net cash provided by operating activities increased 56% to $117.5 million during the fourth quarter from $75.5 million during the prior year's fourth quarter. Fourth quarter EBITDA was $103.0 million, compared to $77.1 million during the prior year's fourth quarter. Net cash provided by operating activities for 2004 increased 43% to $377.3 million from $263.2 million in 2003. Full year 2004 EBITDA was $396.1 million, compared to $323.7 million for the prior year. For additional information regarding EBITDA, please refer to the attached schedule for a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA later in this release.
Production and Prices: Total production in the fourth quarter of 2004 was 13.1 billion cubic feet ("Bcf") of natural gas at an average price of $7.00 per thousand cubic feet ("Mcf") and 1.1 million barrels ("MMBbls") of oil at an average price of $42.72 per Bbl, or 19.8 billion cubic feet of gas equivalent ("Bcfe") at an average price of $7.04 per Mcfe. This compares to production of 13.1 Bcf of gas at an average price of $4.91 per Mcf and 1.2 MMBbls of oil at an average price of $28.25 per Bbl, or 20.5 Bcfe at an average price of $4.83 per Mcfe in the fourth quarter of 2003. Sales volumes for all products were negatively impacted by the curtailment of production due to Hurricane Ivan, which reduced average daily equivalent sales, in the fourth quarter of 2004, by approximately 2%.
For the full year 2004, total production was 53.3 Bcf of gas at an average price of $6.18 per Mcf and 4.8 MMBbls of oil at an average price of $36.77 per Bbl, or 82.4 Bcfe at an average price of $6.16 per Mcfe. This compares to 52.8 Bcf of gas at an average price of $5.60 per Mcf and 4.4 MMBbls of oil at an average price of $28.74 per Bbl, or 79.0 Bcfe at an average price of $5.33 per Mcfe for the full year 2003. The Company did not have any hedges in place in 2004 or 2003.
Lease Operating Expenses ("LOE"): LOE for the fourth quarter of 2004 increased to $20.5 million or $1.04 per Mcfe from $16.2 million or $0.79 per Mcfe in the fourth quarter of 2003 primarily due to an increase in well workover activity and significantly higher costs for goods and services in the period. LOE for the full year 2004 was $73.5 million or $0.89 per Mcfe compared to $65.9 million or $0.83 per Mcfe in 2003, which reflects an overall increase in costs for goods and services, higher cost per unit associated with properties we acquired from ConocoPhillips in December 2003, and additional costs associated with repairing wells.
Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion ("DD&A"): Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion increased to $43.7 million or $2.21 per Mcfe in the fourth quarter of 2004 from $39.0 million or $1.90 per Mcfe in the same period of 2003. The increase in DD&A on a per unit basis during the fourth quarter of 2004 is a result of our drilling results and a reduction in reserve additions as compared to the same period in 2003. Significant reserves were added in the fourth quarter of 2003 with the acquisition of properties from ConocoPhillips. DD&A for the full year 2004 was $164.8 million or $2.00 per Mcfe, compared to DD&A of $143.7 million or $1.82 per Mcfe for the full year 2003. The increase in DD&A in 2004 was a result of higher production volumes, combined with a higher depletion rate, an increase in our depletable costs and the lack of additions to our oil and natural gas reserves in quantities sufficient to offset reserves added in the prior year through acquisitions.
Capital Expenditures and Operations Update: During the fourth quarter of 2004, W&T spent $42.5 million for development activity, $51.2 million for exploration and $17.6 million for other capital expenditure items including acquisitions. For the full year 2004, $90.8 million was spent on development activity, $150.4 million for exploration and $43.6 million other capitalized items including acquisitions.
The Company's board of directors has recently approved our 2005 capital budget of $266 million. We anticipate that we will drill 5 development wells and 30 exploratory wells in the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf coast region in 2005. We expect to spend $56 million on six wells in the deepwater, $18 million on four wells on the deep shelf and $94 million on 25 wells on the conventional shelf and land during the year. We have budgeted an additional $98 million for completion, facilities and other identified capital items. The capital budget does not provide an allocation for potential acquisitions, which are evaluated separately.
Acquisition Highlights: For the full year 2004, W&T closed on five preferential rights for $32.5 million and $11.2 million in the fourth quarter on two preferential rights. In spite of the current acquisition landscape becoming extremely competitive, our acquisition team is working diligently to find targets that fit our historical profile and will add strategic and financial value to the Company.
Drilling Highlights: In 2004, the Company participated in the drilling of 7 development wells and 32 exploratory wells, all in the Gulf of Mexico region. All seven of the development wells were successful while 21 of 32 of the exploration wells were successful. Of the wells drilled in 2004, two were on land, four were deep shelf, nine were in deepwater, and 24 were on the conventional shelf.
Reserves: In 2004, W&T replaced 128% of production. As of December 31, 2004, proved reserves were 467.5 Bcfe compared to proved reserves of 444.7 Bcfe as of December 31, 2003. Year-end 2004 proved reserves consist of 227.6 Bcfe of natural gas (49% of proved reserves) and 40.0 million barrels, or 239.9 Bcfe of oil (51% of proved reserves). The present value of the proved reserves, discounted at 10% and without deducting any future income taxes or estimated plug and abandonment costs, is $1.6 billion based on year-end prices of $6.18 per MMBtu of natural gas and $40.25 per Bbl of oil. Our estimates of proved reserves are based on a reserve report prepared by Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc., our independent petroleum consultants.
Our proved reserves as of December 31, 2004 are summarized in the table below.
As of December 31, 2004 Classification of Reserves % of PV-10 Oil Gas Total Total (in MMBbls Bcf Bcfe Proved millions) Proved developed producing 8.3 96.2 145.8 31% $608.9 Proved developed non-producing 12.1 72.1 144.4 31% 475.9 Total proved developed 20.3 168.3 290.2 62% 1,084.8 Proved undeveloped 19.7 59.3 177.3 38% 481.9 Total proved 40.0 227.6 467.5 100% $1,566.7 Totals may not add due to rounding 2004 Reserve Reconciliation: Oil Natural Gas (MBbls) (MMcf) Proved reserves as of December 31, 2003 35,602 231,061 Revisions of previous estimates 2,351 6,770 Extensions, discoveries and other additions 4,582 37,732 Purchase of producing properties 2,294 5,464 Sale of reserves (1) (106) Production (4,847) (53,348) Proved reserves as of December 31, 2004 39,981 227,573 Proved developed reserves as of December 31, 2004 20,311 168,260
Krohn continued, "We are pleased with our results in 2004 and are very encouraged by the impact that today's high commodity prices have on our strategy of focusing on high rate of return projects. Our strong cash flow allows us to fully fund our drilling program without accumulating debt, so we are well positioned to continue to grow through acquisitions. One of our primary challenges in 2005 will be to complete a strategic acquisition at a favorable price. Although we were not able to complete one in 2004, we have demonstrated the ability make attractive acquisitions at all commodity price levels, and believe we can do so again." Mr. Krohn added "Our first quarter 2005 volumes are expected to be down slightly from our fourth quarter volumes due to weather-related delays and facility limitations. However, we anticipate the installation of new infrastructure to develop our recent drilling successes will have a significant positive impact on production in the second half of 2005 and provide growth over 2004's production."
Outlook: Certain factors affecting these forward-looking statements are listed in this news release. Guidance on performance for the first quarter and full year of 2005 is shown in the table below.
Estimated Daily Production First Quarter 2005 Full-Year 2005 Crude Oil (MMBbls) 1.1 - 1.2 4.9 - 5.2 Natural Gas (Bcf) 12.4 - 12.6 53.5 - 56.2 Total (Bcfe) 19.2 - 19.6 83.1 - 87.4 Operating expenses ($ in millions, except as noted) First Quarter 2005 Full-Year 2005 Lease operating expense $ 20.5 - $ 21.5 $82.0 - $85.0 Gathering, transportation and production taxes $ 3.5 - $ 4.0 $14.0 - $15.0 General and administrative $ 6.5 - $ 7.5 $26.0 - $30.0 Income tax rate, % allocated to deferred 35.0%, 20% 35.0%, 20%
Conference Call Information: W&T will hold a conference call to discuss financial and operational results on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 9:00 a.m. Central Time. To participate, dial (303) 262-2137 a few minutes before the call begins. The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet from the Company's website at http://www.wtoffshore.com . A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the end of the call until Wednesday, March 16, 2005. To access the replay, dial (303) 590-3000 and reference conference ID 11024658.
About W&T Offshore
Founded in 1983, W&T Offshore is an independent oil and natural gas company focused primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, including exploration in the deep water, where it has developed significant technical expertise. W&T has grown through acquisition, exploitation and exploration and now holds working interests in over 100 fields in federal and state waters and a majority of its daily production is derived from wells it operates. For more information on W&T Offshore, please visit its Web site at http://www.wtoffshore.com .
This press 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. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events, based on what we believe are reasonable assumptions. No assurance can be given, however, that these events will occur. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially including, among other things, market conditions, oil and gas price volatility, uncertainties inherent in oil and gas production operations and estimating reserves, unexpected future capital expenditures, competition, the success of our risk management activities, governmental regulations and other factors discussed in our Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (www.sec.gov).
Contacts: Manuel Mondragon, Assistant Treasurer email@example.com 713-297-8024 Ken Dennard / firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Elliott / email@example.com DRG&E / 713-529-6600 - Tables to Follow - W&T OFFSHORE, INC. Consolidated Statements of Income Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31, 2004 2003 2004 2003 (In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) Revenues: Oil and natural gas $139,287 $99,209 $508,195 $421,435 Other (432) 135 520 1,152 Total revenues 138,855 99,344 508,715 422,587 Expenses: Lease operating 20,519 16,217 73,475 65,947 Gathering, transportation cost and production taxes 3,634 2,605 14,099 10,213 Depreciation, depletion, and amortization 41,341 37,073 155,640 136,249 Asset retirement obligation accretion 2,338 1,943 9,168 7,443 General and administrative 11,685 3,429 25,001 22,912 Total operating expenses 79,517 61,267 277,383 242,764 Income from operations 59,338 38,077 231,332 179,823 Net interest income (expense) (318) (648) (1,842) (2,229) Income before income taxes 59,020 37,429 229,490 177,594 Income tax expense 20,344 12,098 80,008 61,156 Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle, net of tax - - - 144 Net income 38,676 25,331 149,482 116,582 Preferred stock dividends 300 5,876 900 5,876 Net income applicable to common shareholders $38,376 $19,455 $148,582 $110,706 Earnings per common share: Basic $0.73 $0.37 $2.82 $2.14 Diluted $0.59 $0.37 $2.27 $1.79 Shares outstanding: Weighted average shares 52,612 52,506 52,604 51,699 Weighted average shares - fully diluted 65,950 65,844 65,942 65,037 Consolidated Cash Flow Information Net cash provided by operating activities $117,486 $75,460 $377,275 $263,155 Capital expenditures 111,257 97,489 284,847 203,400 Other Financial Information EBITDA $103,017 $77,093 $396,140 $323,659
We define EBITDA as net income plus income tax expense, net interest expense, depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion. Although not prescribed under GAAP, we believe the presentation of EBITDA is relevant and useful because it helps our investors understand our operating performance and makes it easier to compare our results with those of other companies that have different financing, capital or tax structures. EBITDA should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for net income, as an indication of operating performance or cash flows from operating activities or as a measure of liquidity. EBITDA, as we calculate it, may not be comparable to EBITDA measures reported by other companies. In addition, EBITDA does not represent funds available for discretionary use.
The following table presents a reconciliation of our consolidated net income to consolidated EBITDA:
Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31, 2004 2003 2004 2003 Net income $38,676 $25,331 $149,482 $116,582 Income tax expense 20,344 12,098 80,008 61,156 Net interest expense 318 648 1,842 2,229 Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion 43,679 39,016 164,808 143,692 EBITDA $103,017 $77,093 $396,140 $323,659 W&T OFFSHORE, INC. Operating Data Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31, 2004 2003 2004 2003 (Unaudited) Net sales: Natural gas (MMcf) 13,085 13,118 53,348 52,807 Oil (MBbls) 1,115 1,234 4,847 4,373 Total natural gas and oil (MMcfe) 19,775 20,523 82,432 79,045 Average daily equivalent sales (MMcfe/d) 214.9 223.1 225.2 216.6 Average realized sales price: Natural gas ($/Mcf) $7.00 $4.91 $6.18 $5.60 Oil ($/Bbl) 42.72 28.25 36.77 28.74 ($/Mcfe) 7.04 4.83 6.16 5.33 Average per Mcfe data ($/Mcfe): Lease operating expenses $1.04 $0.79 $0.89 $0.83 Gathering, transportation cost and production taxes 0.18 0.13 0.17 0.13 Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion 2.21 1.90 2.00 1.82 General and administrative 0.59 0.17 0.30 0.29 Net cash provided by operating activities 5.94 3.68 4.58 3.33 EBITDA 5.21 3.76 4.81 4.09 W&T OFFSHORE, INC. Consolidated Balance Sheets December 31, 2004 2003 (In thousands) (Unaudited) Assets Current assets: Cash $64,975 $4,016 Accounts receivable 71,714 63,291 Prepaid expenses and other 9,293 6,916 Total current assets 145,982 74,223 Property and equipment - at cost 1,147,367 848,068 Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization 543,154 388,446 Net property and equipment 604,213 459,622 Other assets 10,589 12,884 Total assets $760,784 $546,729 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $107,220 $57,213 Asset retirement obligations 27,489 17,552 Accrued liabilities and other 21,738 28,553 Total current liabilities 156,447 103,318 Long-term debt 35,000 67,000 Asset retirement obligations, less current portion 114,937 110,052 Deferred income taxes 92,093 51,904 Other liabilities 2,429 - Shareholders' equity: Preferred stock 45,435 45,435 Common stock - - Additional paid-in capital 6,478 6,087 Retained earnings 307,965 162,933 Total shareholders' equity 359,878 214,455 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $760,784 $546,729 W&T OFFSHORE, INC. Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31, 2004 2003 2004 2003 (In thousands) (Unaudited) Operating activities: Net income $38,676 $25,331 $149,482 $116,582 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion 43,679 39,016 164,808 143,692 Amortization of debt issuance costs 115 110 461 442 Issuance of restricted stock awards - 67 391 5,543 Gain on sale of equipment - - - (182) Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle, net of tax - - - (144) Deferred income taxes 18,499 3,521 40,189 1,660 Changes in operating assets and liabilities 16,517 7,415 21,944 (4,438) Net cash provided by operating activities 117,486 75,460 377,275 263,155 Investing activities: Investment in oil and gas property and equipment (109,392) (95,810) (282,510) (201,318) Proceeds from sales of oil and gas property and equipment 3,008 (77) 3,127 173 Purchases of furniture, fixtures and other (1,865) (1,679) (2,337) (2,082) Proceeds from the sale of subsidiary - - - 1,000 Change in restricted deposits 1,815 (1,851) 1,854 (2,175) Net cash used in investing activities (106,434) (99,417) (279,866) (204,402) Financing activities: Borrowings of long-term debt 51,800 89,300 212,100 253,200 Repayments of borrowings of long-term debt (16,800) (42,200) (244,100) (285,800) Dividends/distributions to shareholders (1,482) (29,000) (4,450) (41,000) Equity offering costs 1,264 - - - Debt issuance costs - (75) - (91) Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 34,782 18,025 (36,450) (73,691) Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 45,834 (5,932) 60,959 (14,938) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 19,141 9,948 4,016 18,954 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $64,975 $4,016 $64,975 $4,016
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Manuel Mondragon, Assistant Treasurer of W&T Offshore, Inc.,
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or Lisa Elliott firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-713-529-6600, both of DRG&E