Ring Energy Inc. Announces Third Quarter and Nine Month 2017 Financial and Operating Results

MIDLAND, Texas--()--Ring Energy, Inc. (NYSE American: REI) (“Ring”) (“Company”) announced today financial results for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2017. For the three month period ended September 30, 2017, Ring had oil and gas revenues of $16,643,930, compared to $7,822,543 for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. For the nine month period ended September 30, 2017, the Company reported oil and gas revenues of $43,391,032, compared to oil and gas revenues of $21,019,540 for the nine month period ended September 30, 2016.

For the three months ended September 30, 2017, Ring reported net income of $3,073,760, or $0.06 per diluted share. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the Company reported net income of $6,263,804, or $0.12 per diluted share. This information compares to a net loss of $5,944,137, or $0.14 per fully diluted share for the three months ended September 30, 2016, which included a pre-tax non-cash impairment of $9,648,942. Excluding the impairment, the net gain per diluted share would have been $0.01. For the nine month period ended September 30, 2016, the Company reported a net loss of $37,160,681, or $1.00 per fully diluted share, which included a pre-tax non-cash impairment of $56,513,016. Excluding the impairment, the net loss per diluted share would have been $0.04.

For the three months ended September 30, 2017, oil sales volume increased to 346,900 barrels, compared to 174,707 barrels for the same period in 2016, a 98.5% increase, and gas sales volume decreased to 201,158 MCF (thousand cubic feet), compared to 229,456 MCF for the same period in 2016, a 12% decrease. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, oil sales volume increased to 893,562 barrels, compared to 527,010 barrels for the same period in 2016, a 69.5% increase and gas sales volume decreased to 559,551 MCF, compared to 688,196 MCF for the same period in 2016, a 19% decrease.

The average commodity prices received by the Company were $46.17 per barrel of oil and $3.13 per MCF of natural gas for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, compared to $40.82 per barrel of oil and $3.01 per MCF of natural gas for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. The average prices received for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 were $46.56 per barrel of oil and $3.19 per MCF of natural gas, compared to $36.72 per barrel of oil and $2.42 per MCF of natural gas for the nine month period ended September 30, 2016.

Lease operating expenses, including production taxes, for the three months ended September 30, 2017 were $13.27 per barrel of oil equivalent (“BOE”), a 4% increase from the prior year. Depreciation, depletion and amortization costs, including accretion, increased 2.5% to $12.97 per BOE. General and administrative costs, which included a $959,715 charge for stock based compensation, were $6.23 per BOE, a 29% decrease. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, lease operating expenses, including production taxes, were $12.71 per BOE, a 1% increase. Depreciation, depletion and amortization costs, including accretion, were $14.04 per BOE, a 1% increase, and general and administrative costs, which included a $2,763,007 charge for stock based compensation, were $7.68 per BOE, an 18% decrease from 2016.

Cash provided by operating activities, before changes in working capital, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 was $10,270,367, or $0.19 per fully diluted share, and $26,283,307, or $0.51 per fully diluted share, compared to $3,687,847 and $8,077,511, or $0.09 and $0.22 per fully diluted share for the same periods in 2016. Earnings before interest, taxes, depletion and other non-cash items (“Adjusted EBITDA”) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 was $10,184,814, or $0.19 per fully diluted share, and $26,033,764, or $0.50 per fully diluted share, compared to $3,777,294 and $8,591,950, or $0.09 and $0.23 in 2016. (See accompanying table for a reconciliation of net income to adjusted EBITDA).

In July 2017, the Company announced it had completed a public offering of its common stock, receiving net proceeds of approximately $59.2 million, which included the exercise of the underwriter’s over-allotment. The proceeds from the offering are being used to fund the Company’s 2017 capital expenditure program and for other general corporate purposes.

In September 2017, the Company entered into two new hedging contracts in the form of “costless collars” (“hedge”) of WTI Crude Oil prices. The first hedge on 1,000 barrels of oil production per day became effective October 1, 2017 and will continue through December 31, 2017. The hedge has a floor of $49 and ceiling of $55.35. The second hedge, also on 1,000 barrels of oil production per day, becomes effective January 1, 2018 and continues through December 31, 2018. The hedge has a floor of $49 and a ceiling of $54.60. Management will continue to closely monitor market conditions and, if commodity prices continue to improve, consider additional hedging.

In October 2017, the Company entered into a third new hedging contract in the form of a “costless collar” (“hedge”) of WTI Crude Oil prices. The third hedge is also on 1,000 barrels of oil production per day and becomes effective January 1, 2018 and continues through December 31, 2018. The hedge has a floor of $51.00 and a ceiling of $54.80.

There was no outstanding debt on the Company’s $500 million senior secured credit facility at September 30, 2017.

Ring’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kelly Hoffman, stated, “The third quarter showed great results from our continued progress in cost containment and our accelerated drilling program. We contracted a second horizontal drilling rig in mid-August and are extremely excited with our initial results. We have continued making infrastructure improvements on our Central Basin Platform and Delaware Basin assets and now have secured a dedicated fracking crew that should keep our drilling program on track. In the third quarter we entered into two 'hedging' contracts on a portion of our daily production that began the first of October and run through the end of 2018. In July, we completed a public stock offering with the proceeds to be used on our drilling and development program. We have a strong balance sheet, no debt, and with our dedicated staff will continue to look for opportunities that will benefit the Company and our shareholders.”

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2017 includes a non-cash charge for stock based compensation of $959,715. Excluding this item, the Company’s net earnings would have been $0.07 per diluted share. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 includes a non-cash charge for stock based compensation of $2,763,007. Excluding this item, the Company’s net income would have been $0.16 per diluted share. The Company believes results excluding these items are more comparable to estimates provided by security analysts and, therefore, are useful in evaluating operational trends of the Company and its performance, compared to other similarly situated oil and gas producing companies.

About Ring Energy, Inc.

Ring Energy, Inc. is an oil and gas exploration, development and production company with current operations in Texas.
www.ringenergy.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe-harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve a wide variety of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitations, statements with respect to the Company’s strategy and prospects. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties which are disclosed in the Company’s reports filed with the SEC, including its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and its other filings with the SEC. Readers and investors are cautioned that the Company’s actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including, but not limited to, the Company’s ability to acquire productive oil and/or gas properties or to successfully drill and complete oil and/or gas wells on such properties, general economic conditions both domestically and abroad, and the conduct of business by the Company, and other factors that may be more fully described in additional documents set forth by the Company.

             
RING ENERGY,INC.
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

2017 2016 2017 2016

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

 
Oil and Gas Revenues $ 16,643,930       $ 7,822,543   $ 43,391,032       $ 21,019,540  
 
Costs and Operating Expenses
Oil and gas production costs 4,261,923 2,329,228 10,481,669 7,019,771
Oil and gas production taxes 787,777 389,029 2,062,215 1,032,335
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 4,823,044 2,568,153 13,433,489 8,541,981
Ceiling test impairment - 9,648,942 - 56,513,016
Accretion expense 109,974 125,813 420,723 360,167
General and administrative expense   2,369,131         1,882,579     7,576,391         6,023,038  
 
Total Costs and Operating Expenses   12,351,849         16,943,744     33,974,487         79,490,308  
 
Income (Loss) from Operations   4,292,081         (9,121,201 )   9,416,545         (58,470,768 )
 
Other Income
Interest expense - (95,864 ) - (597,910 )
Interest income 85,553 6,417 249,543 83,470
Gain on change in fair value of derivatives   65,828         -     65,828         -  
 
Net Other Income   151,381         (89,447 )   315,371         (514,440 )
 
Income (Loss) Before Tax Provision 4,443,462 (9,210,648 ) 9,731,916 (58,985,208 )
 
(Provision For) Benefit From Income Taxes   (1,369,702 )       3,266,511     (3,468,112 )       21,824,527  
 
Net Income (Loss) $ 3,073,760         ($5,944,137 ) $ 6,263,804         ($37,160,681 )
 
Basic Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share $ 0.06 ($0.14 ) $ 0.12 ($1.00 )
Diluted Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share $ 0.06 ($0.14 ) $ 0.12 ($1.00 )
 
 
Basic Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding 53,009,696 41,917,061 50,441,375 36,996,932
Diluted Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding 54,367,648 41,917,061 51,760,109 36,996,932
 
           
COMPARATIVE OPERATING STATISTICS
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
2017 2016 Change
 
Net Sales - BOE per day 4,135 2,315 79 %
Per BOE:
Average Sales Price $ 43.75 $ 36.73 19 %
 
Lease Operating Expenses $ 11.20 $ 10.94 2 %
Production Taxes $ 2.07 $ 1.83 13 %
DD&A $ 12.68 $ 12.06 5 %
Accretion $ 0.29 $ 0.59 -51 %
General & Administrative Expenses $ 6.23 $ 8.84 -29 %
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
2017 2016 Change
 
Net Sales - BOE per day 3,615 2,342 54 %
Per BOE:
Average Sales price $ 43.97 $ 32.76 34 %
 
Lease Operating Expenses $ 10.62 $ 10.94 -3 %
Production Taxes $ 2.09 $ 1.61 30 %
DD&A $ 13.61 $ 13.31 2 %
Accretion $ 0.43 $ 0.56 -23 %
General & Administrative Expenses $ 7.68 $ 9.39 -18 %

 

     
RING ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
 
September 30, December 31,

2017

2016

 
ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash $ 40,876,153 $ 71,086,381
Accounts receivable 7,634,987 3,453,238
Joint Interest billing receivable 877,246 454,461
Prepaid expenses and retainers   327,112     226,835  
Total Current Assets   49,715,498     75,220,915  
Property and Equipment
Oil and gas properties subject to amortization 373,837,454 250,133,965
Inventory for property development 1,033,806 1,582,427
Fixed assets subject to depreciation   1,858,528     1,549,311  
Total Property and Equipment 376,729,788 253,265,703
Accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization   (54,780,641 )   (41,347,152 )
Net Property and Equipment   321,949,147     211,918,551  
Deferred Income Taxes 18,180,259 20,051,908
Derivative Assets 65,828 -
Deferred Financing Costs   203,013     406,025  
Total Assets $ 390,113,745   $ 307,597,399  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities
Accounts payable $ 21,225,911 $ 9,099,391
Asset retirement obligations $ 414,000     -  
Total Current Liabilities   21,639,911     9,099,391  
 
Asset retirement obligations   8,205,194     7,957,035  
Total Liabilities   29,845,105     17,056,426  
 
Stockholders' Equity

Preferred stock - $0.001 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding

- -

Common stock - $0.001 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized; 54,145,901 shares and 49,113,063 shares outstanding, respectively

54,146 49,113
Additional paid-in capital 397,060,212 335,197,845
Retained Loss   (36,845,718 )   (44,705,985 )
Total Stockholders' Equity   360,268,640     290,540,973  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 390,113,745   $ 307,597,399  

 

       
RING ENERGY, INC.

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW

 
Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2017

2016

 
Cash Flows From Operating Activities
Net Income (loss) $ 6,263,804 ($37,160,681 )

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

Depreciation, depletion and amortization 13,433,489 8,541,981
Ceiling test impairment - 56,513,016
Accretion expense 420,723 360,167
Share-based compensation 2,763,007 1,647,554
Deferred income tax provision (benefit) 3,383,131 (21,824,526 )
Excess tax deficiency (benefit) related to share-based compensation 84,981 -
Change in fair value of derivative instruments (65,828 ) -
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (4,604,534 ) 560,467
Prepaid expenses and retainers 102,735 162,726
Accounts payable 7,126,520 (3,897,613 )
Settlement of asset retirement obligation   (605,432 )       (7,817 )
Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities   28,302,596         4,895,274  
Cash Flows from Investing Activities
Payments to purchase oil and natural gas properties (26,915,783 ) (6,154,997 )
Payments to develop oil and natural gas properties (87,576,052 ) (16,190,471 )
Purchase of inventory for development (2,816,165 ) -
Purchase of equipment, vehicles and leasehold improvements   (309,217 )       (9,320 )
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities   (117,617,217 )       (22,362,605 )
Cash Flows From Financing Activities
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 59,104,393 61,064,671
Proceeds from issuance of notes payable - 5,000,000
Principal payments on revolving line of credit - (50,900,000 )
Proceeds from option exercise   -         112,500  
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities   59,104,393         15,277,171  
Net Decrease in Cash (30,210,228 ) (2,182,343 )
Cash at Beginning of Period   71,086,381         4,431,350  
Cash at End of Period $ 40,876,153       $ 2,249,007  
Supplemental Cash flow Information
Cash paid for interest   -         564,640  
Non-Cash Investing and Financing Activities
Asset retirement obligation incurred during development 846,868 248,487
Use of inventory in property development 3,364,786 -

Capitalized expenditures attributable to drilling projects financed through current liabilities

$ 5,000,000 -
 
RECONCILIATION OF CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS
 
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 28,302,596 $ 4,895,274
Change in operating assets and liabilities   (2,019,289 )       3,182,237  
 
Cash flow from operations $ 26,283,307       $ 8,077,511  
 

Management believes that the non-GAAP measure of cash flow from operations is useful information for investors because it is used internally and is accepted by the investment community as a means of measuring the Company's ability to fund its capital program. It is also used by professional research analysts in providing investment recommendations pertaining to companies in the oil and gas exploration and production industry.

       
RING ENERGY, INC.
NON-GAAP DISCLOSURE RECONCILIATION
ADJUSTED EBITDA
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,

2017

2016

 
NET INCOME $ 6,263,804 ($37,160,681 )
 
Interest (income) (249,543 ) (83,470 )
Interest expense - 597,910
Loss (Gain) on change in fair value of derivatives (65,828 ) -
Income tax expense (benefit) 3,468,112 (21,824,527 )
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 13,433,489 8,541,981
Accretion of discounted liabilities 420,723 360,167
Ceiling test impairment - 56,513,016
Share-based compensation   2,763,007     1,647,554  
 
ADJUSTED EBITDA $ 26,033,764   $ 8,591,950  
 

Contacts

K M Financial, Inc.
Bill Parsons, 702-489-4447

Release Summary

Ring Energy, Inc. Announces Third Quarter and Nine Month 2017 Financial and Operating Results

Contacts

K M Financial, Inc.
Bill Parsons, 702-489-4447