Epsilon Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

Thursday, 06. May 2021 23:27

HOUSTON, May 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Epsilon Energy Ltd. (“Epsilon” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: EPSN) today reported first quarter 2021 financial and operating results and material subsequent events following the end of the quarter through the date of this release.

  • Net cash provided by operations of $5.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, with free cash flow (FCF) of $5.1 million for the same period.

  • Realized gas prices of $2.57/Mcf, (excluding hedges) and $2.61/Mcf (including hedges) for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

  • During the first three months of 2021 the company returned a total of $0.5 million to shareholders through share repurchases representing a reduction of 0.5% of outstanding shares from December 31, 2020.

  • Marcellus net revenue interest (NRI) gas production averaged 26.8 MMcf/d (Working Interest of 30.9 MMcf/d) for the first quarter. Working interest exit rate for the first quarter was 30.8 MMcf/d.

  • Auburn System gathered and delivered 17.5 Bcf gross (6.1 Bcf net to Epsilon’s interest) during the three months ended March 31, 2021 through the Auburn GGS which represents approximately 87% of maximum throughput as currently configured.

  • Total revenues of $8.4 million; net income of $2.7 million; and EBITDA of $5.4 million for the quarter.

  • Cash at quarter end of $17.9 million.

  • Net income before tax of $3.9 million for the quarter.

  • Operating expenses including SG&A was $1.26/Mcfe.

Michael Raleigh, CEO, commented, “Despite having some production curtailed in the first quarter for adjacent drilling operations, Epsilon achieved its internal upstream revenue expectations as a result of very constructive prices for natural gas, particularly in February. Current natural gas prices in the Northeast, however, are somewhat challenged as the normal maintenance cycle for pipelines in the spring reduces capacity out of the basin. We expect this maintenance, and the associated relatively weaker local prices, to continue through the end of May.

Natural gas production levels in Appalachia peaked above 34 Bcf/d in early January 2021 but have since declined and remained flat near the 33.5 Bcf. We do not expect growth in natural gas production in Appalachia or the total US market this year; however, we do expect strong demand to continue from LNG and Mexican export markets. It is likely that the market will price natural gas higher this summer in an effort to balance the market and build a comfortable inventory level prior to next winter.

Epsilon participated with its 22% interest in the drilling of an extended lateral targeting both the upper and lower Marcellus in May. This well is currently being completed and is expected to turn-in-line in early July.”

Financial and Operating Results

         
   Three months ended  
   March 31,  
      2021    2020 
 Revenues       
 Natural gas revenue $6,332,099 $4,019,764 
 Volume (MMcf)  2,466  2,727 
 Avg. Price ($/Mcf) $2.57 $1.47 
 PA Exit Rate (MMcfpd)  32.8  33.1 
 Oil and other liquids revenue $107,056 $91,380 
 Volume (MBO)  3.7  3.1 
 Avg. Price ($/Bbl) $28.58 $29.22 
 Gathering system revenue $2,002,157 $2,316,702 
 Total Revenues $8,441,312 $6,427,846 
         

Capital Expenditures

Epsilon’s capital expenditures were $0.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021.   This capital was mainly related to the completion of one gross (0.03 net to EPSN) well and the drilling of one gross (.22 net to EPSN) well during the 1st quarter of 2021, as well as expenditures for the Auburn Gas Gathering system.

Marcellus Operational Guidance

During the first quarter of 2021, the operator completed and turned in line one gross (0.03 net to EPSN). Additionally, the operator spud and drilled one gross (0.22 net to EPSN) wells. It is expected that this well will be completed in May and turned to production early July.

First Quarter Results

Epsilon generated revenues of $8.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to $6.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Realized natural gas prices averaged $2.56/Mcf (excluding hedges) for Marcellus Upstream operations in the first quarter of 2021. Operating expenses for Marcellus Upstream operations in the first quarter were $1.4 million.

Auburn System gathered and delivered 17.5 Bcf gross of natural gas during the quarter as compared to 15.3 Bcfe during the fourth quarter of 2020. Primary gathering volumes declined 7.3% quarter over quarter to 12.2 Bcfe. Imported cross-flow volumes increased 15.3% to 5.3 Bcfe.

Epsilon reported net after tax income of $2.7 million attributable to common shareholders or $0.11 per basic and diluted common share outstanding for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to net income of $0.3 million, and $0.01 per basic and diluted common share outstanding for the three months ended March 31, 2020.  

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, Epsilon's Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") was $5.4 million as compared to $4.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

About Epsilon

Epsilon Energy Ltd. is a North American onshore natural gas production and midstream company with a current focus on the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward looking statements. The use of any of the words “anticipate”, “continue”, “estimate”, “expect”, ‘may”, “will”, “project”, “should”, ‘believe”, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated. Forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and the forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon.

The reserves and associated future net revenue information set forth in this news release are estimates only. In general, estimates of oil and natural gas reserves and the future net revenue therefrom are based upon a number of variable factors and assumptions, such as production rates, ultimate reserves recovery, timing and amount of capital expenditures, ability to transport production, marketability of oil and natural gas, royalty rates, the assumed effects of regulation by governmental agencies and future operating costs, all of which may vary materially from actual results. For those reasons, estimates of the oil and natural gas reserves attributable to any particular group of properties, as well as the classification of such reserves and estimates of future net revenues associated with such reserves prepared by different engineers (or by the same engineers at different times) may vary. The actual reserves of the Company may be greater or less than those calculated. In addition, the Company's actual production, revenues, development and operating expenditures will vary from estimates thereof and such variations could be material.

Statements relating to "reserves" are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the reserves described exist in the quantities predicted or estimated and can be profitably produced in the future. There is no assurance that forecast price and cost assumptions will be attained and variances could be material.

Proved reserves are those reserves which are most certain to be recovered. There is at least a 90% probability that the quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the estimated proved reserves. Undeveloped reserves are those reserves expected to be recovered from known accumulations where a significant expenditure (for example, when compared to the cost of drilling a well) is required to render them capable of production. They must fully meet the requirements of the reserves classification (proved, probable) to which they are assigned. Proved undeveloped reserves are those reserves that can be estimated with a high degree of certainty and are expected to be recovered from known accumulations where a significant expenditure is required to render them capable of production.

The estimates of reserves and future net revenue for individual properties may not reflect the same confidence level as estimates of reserves and future net revenue for all properties due to the effects of aggregation. The estimated future net revenues contained in this news release do not necessarily represent the fair market value of the Company's reserves.

Contact Information:

281-670-0002

Michael Raleigh
Chief Executive Officer
Michael.Raleigh@EpsilonEnergyLTD.com

Special note for news distribution in the United States
The securities described in the news release have not been registered under the United Stated Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (the “1933 Act”) or state securities laws. Any holder of these securities, by purchasing such securities, agrees for the benefit of Epsilon Energy Ltd. (the “Corporation”) that such securities may not be offered, sold, or otherwise transferred only (A) to the Corporation or its affiliates; (B) outside the United States in accordance with applicable state laws and either (1) Rule 144(as) under the 1933 Act or (2) Rule 144 under the 1933 Act, if applicable.


EPSILON ENERGY LTD.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
 (All amounts stated in US$)

       
  Three months ended March 31, 
     2021    2020
Revenues from contracts with customers:       
Gas, oil, NGLs and condensate revenue $6,439,155  $4,111,144 
Gas gathering and compression revenue  2,002,157   2,316,702 
Total revenue  8,441,312   6,427,846 
       
Operating costs and expenses:      
Lease operating expenses  1,594,188   2,047,767 
Gathering system operating expenses  190,947   97,778 
Development geological and geophysical expenses  11,539   2,629 
Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and accretion  1,682,860   2,414,376 
Impairment of proved properties     1,760,000 
General and administrative expenses:      
Stock based compensation expense  202,499   173,919 
Other general and administrative expenses  1,327,161   1,008,113 
Total operating costs and expenses  5,009,194   7,504,582 
Operating income (loss)  3,432,118   (1,076,736)
       
Other income (expense):      
Interest income  7,813   21,529 
Interest expense  (27,073)  (28,006)
Gain on derivative contracts  465,341   1,721,018 
Other income (expense)  1,941   (2,225)
Other income, net  448,022   1,712,316 
       
Net income before income tax expense  3,880,140   635,580 
Income tax expense  1,144,573   325,281 
NET INCOME $2,735,567  $310,299 
Currency translation adjustments  242   (114)
NET COMPREHENSIVE INCOME $2,735,809  $310,185 
       
Net income per share, basic $0.11  $0.01 
Net income per share, diluted $0.11  $0.01 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding, basic  23,947,222   26,565,084 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding, diluted  24,030,104   26,565,084 
       


 

EPSILON ENERGY LTD.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
 (All amounts stated in US$)

       
     March 31,     December 31, 
  2021 2020
ASSETS      
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $17,851,587  $13,270,913 
Accounts receivable  3,462,548   3,917,288 
Fair value of derivatives  401,141    
Prepaid income taxes     89,285 
Other current assets  339,209   500,583 
Total current assets  22,054,485   17,778,069 
Non-current assets      
Property and equipment:      
Oil and gas properties, successful efforts method      
Proved properties  134,831,162   133,902,723 
Unproved properties  21,510,765   21,552,063 
Accumulated depletion, depreciation, amortization and impairment  (99,469,225)  (98,200,111)
Total oil and gas properties, net  56,872,702   57,254,675 
Gathering system  42,215,928   42,202,644 
Accumulated depletion, depreciation, amortization and impairment  (32,480,738)  (32,101,624)
Total gathering system, net  9,735,190   10,101,020 
Land  637,764   637,764 
Buildings and other property and equipment, net  335,455   338,419 
Total property and equipment, net  67,581,111   68,331,878 
Other assets:      
Restricted cash  566,540   565,858 
Prepaid drilling costs  223   379 
Total non-current assets  68,147,874   68,898,115 
Total assets $90,202,359  $86,676,184 
       
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current liabilities      
Accounts payable trade $725,168  $1,195,479 
Gathering fees payable  780,096   909,768 
Royalties payable  1,414,126   1,155,698 
Income taxes payable  247,513    
Accrued capital expenditures  724,714   139,766 
Other accrued liabilities  786,130   1,002,935 
Asset retirement obligations  108,258   106,734 
Total current liabilities  4,786,005   4,510,380 
Non-current liabilities      
Asset retirement obligations  3,042,871   3,043,509 
Deferred income taxes  10,908,211   10,102,852 
Total non-current liabilities  13,951,082   13,146,361 
Total liabilities  18,737,087   17,656,741 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 9)      
Shareholders' equity      
Common shares, no par value, unlimited shares authorized and 23,985,799 issued and 23,862,599 outstanding at March 31, 2021 and 23,985,799 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2020.  131,730,401   131,730,401 
Treasury shares, 123,200 at March 31, 2021  (492,479)   
Additional paid-in capital  8,081,618   7,879,119 
Accumulated deficit  (77,675,157)  (80,410,724)
Accumulated other comprehensive income  9,820,889   9,820,647 
Total shareholders' equity  71,465,272   69,019,443 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $90,202,359  $86,676,184 
       



 

EPSILON ENERGY LTD.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 (All amounts stated in US$)

       
  Three months ended March 31, 
     2021    2020
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net income $2,735,567  $310,299 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and accretion  1,682,860   2,414,376 
Impairment of proved properties     1,760,000 
Gain on derivative contracts  (465,341)  (1,721,018)
Cash received from settlements of derivative contracts  64,200   1,345,942 
Settlement of asset retirement obligation  (3,483)   
Stock-based compensation expense  202,499   173,919 
Deferred income tax expense (benefit)  805,359   (69,478)
Changes in assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable  454,740   530,156 
Prepaid income taxes and other current assets  161,374   478,540 
Accounts payable, royalties payable and other accrued liabilities  (349,705)  (9,215)
Income taxes payable  336,798    
Net cash provided by operating activities  5,624,868   5,213,521 
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Additions to unproved oil and gas properties  (23,702)  (61,978)
Additions to proved oil and gas properties  (481,021)  (2,045,439)
Additions to gathering system properties  (40,963)  (101,473)
Additions to land, buildings and property and equipment  (5,745)  (145,640)
Prepaid drilling costs  156   244 
Net cash used in investing activities  (551,275)  (2,354,286)
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Buyback of common shares  (492,479)  (1,499,586)
Net cash used in financing activities  (492,479)  (1,499,586)
Effect of currency rates on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  242   (114)
Increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  4,581,356   1,359,535 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period  13,836,771   14,613,711 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period $18,418,127  $15,973,246 
       
Supplemental cash flow disclosures:      
Income taxes paid $  $ 
Interest paid $29,562  $28,006 
       
Non-cash investing activities:      
Change in unproved properties accrued in accounts payable and accrued liabilities $(65,000) $ 
Change in proved properties accrued in accounts payable and accrued liabilities $468,972  $(903,544)
Change in gathering system accrued in accounts payable and accrued liabilities $(27,679) $(21,026)
Asset retirement obligation asset additions and adjustments $(21,554) $3,937 
       


EPSILON ENERGY LTD.
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
 (All amounts stated in US$)

MDA_Adjusted_EBITDA       
        
  Three months ended March 31,  
    2021   2020 
Net income $2,735,567  $310,299  
Add Back:       
Net interest expense  19,260   6,477  
Income tax expense  1,144,573   325,281  
Depreciation, depletion, amortization, and accretion  1,682,860   2,414,376  
Impairment expense     1,760,000  
Stock based compensation expense  202,499   173,919  
Gain on derivative contracts net of cash received or paid on settlement  (401,141)  (375,076) 
Foreign currency translation loss  332   2,225  
Adjusted EBITDA $5,383,950  $4,617,501  
        

Epsilon defines Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before (1) net interest expense, (2) taxes, (3) depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion expense, (4) impairments of natural gas and oil properties, (5) non-cash stock compensation expense, (6) gain or loss on derivative contracts net of cash received or paid on settlement, and (7) other income. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance as determined under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for net income or cash flow measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP or as a measure of profitability or liquidity.

Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. Epsilon has included Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental disclosure because its management believes that EBITDA provides useful information regarding its ability to service debt and to fund capital expenditures. It further provides investors a helpful measure for comparing operating performance on a "normalized" or recurring basis with the performance of other companies, without giving effect to certain non-cash expenses and other items. This provides management, investors and analysts with comparative information for evaluating the Company in relation to other natural gas and oil companies providing corresponding non-U.S. GAAP financial measures or that have different financing and capital structures or tax rates. These non-U.S. GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, measures for financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.


EPSILON ENERGY LTD.
Free Cash Flow Reconciliation
 (All amounts stated in US$)

       
       
  Three months ended March 31
  2021 2020
Net cash provided by operating activities $5,624,868  $5,213,521 
Less: Net cash used in investing activities (Capital Expenditures)  (551,275)  (2,354,286)
Free cash flow $5,073,593  $2,859,235 
       

Epsilon defines Free cash flow (“FCF”) as net cash provided by operating activities in the period minus payments for property and equipment made in the period. FCF is considered a non-GAAP financial measure under the SEC’s rules. Management believes, however, that FCF is an important financial measure for use in evaluating the Company’s financial performance, as it measures our ability to generate additional cash from our business operations. FCF should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, net income as a measure of our performance or net cash provided by operating activities as a measure of our liquidity. Additionally, our definition of FCF is limited and does not represent residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures due to the fact that the measure does not deduct the payments required for debt service and other obligations, payments made for business acquisitions, or amounts spent to buys back shares. Therefore, we believe it is important to view FCF as supplemental to our entire statement of cash flows.


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