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Recovery Energy Reports Third Quarter Financial Results and Provides Operations Update

Monday, November 12, 2012 7:00 AM

Company-Operated Wattenberg Drilling Program Planned to Commence in 4Q12

DENVER, Nov. 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Recovery Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:RECV), an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations and assets in the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin, reported its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, and provided an operations update.

Operations Highlights:

  • 50-percent production increase in 3rd Quarter over 2nd Quarter 2012, to approximately 350 Boep/d
  • Hanson 42-26: J Sand-Pine Bluffs Area, southeast Wyoming
  • Lukassen 44-7: Wykert Sand-Wilke Area, western Nebraska
  • Three non-operated, unconventional horizontal Niobrara wells, with 6.5% average working interest, in the Wattenberg, northern Colorado
  • 4Q12 conventional drilling program: five vertical wells in Wattenberg, targeting the Niobrara and Codell horizons, with drilling expected to begin in December. Additional conventional wells planned in several areas
  • Fourth unconventional horizontal Niobrara non-operated well participation proposed in Wattenberg: approximately 25% working interest, expected to spud in 2013. Multiple horizontal well proposals expected, targeting the Niobrara A, B, C, and Codell horizons
  • Seismic permits obtained to run additional 20 square miles in Stateline and Pine Bluffs areas, to assess potential of Niobrara, Codell, Greenhorn, "J" sandstone and Permo-Penn horizons

Third Quarter Financial Results

For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, the Company reported revenues from oil and gas operations of $1.94 million, as compared to $1.81 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, an increase of $.13 million, or 7.18%. Net loss for the same period in 2012 and 2011 was approximately $2.84 million and $3.03 million, respectively. EBITDAX for the third quarter of 2012 was $.50 million compared to $1.21 million in the third quarter of 2011.

The Company's production volume on a BOE basis was 33,618 for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, a nominal change as compared to 33,698 for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. This nominal decrease was affected by increased production attributed to five new wells, but offset by normal production declines on more mature properties. Average oil and gas prices during the quarter increased slightly as compared to the prior year.

The Company's average oil price per equivalent barrel of oil increased to $83.94 per barrel in the third quarter of 2012, compared to $81.94 per equivalent barrel of oil in the second quarter of 2011, a 2% increase.

About Recovery Energy, Inc.

Recovery Energy, Inc. (RECV) is a Denver-based independent oil and gas exploration and production company that operates in the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin where it holds approximately 140,000 gross, 125,000 net acres. Recovery Energy's focus is to grow reserves and production through a combination of acquisitions and conventional and unconventional drilling activity, targeting the various oil-bearing formations that produce in the DJ Basin. 

The Recovery Energy logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=12588

This press release may include "forward-looking statements" as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including statements, without limitation, regarding the Company's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. Such forward-looking statements relate to, among other things the Company's: (1) proposed exploration and drilling operations, (2) expected production and revenue, and (3) estimates regarding the reserve potential of its properties. These statements are qualified by important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those reflected by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include but are not limited to: (1) the Company's ability to finance its continued exploration and drilling operations, (2) positive confirmation of the reserves, production and operating expenses associated with the Company's properties; and (3) the general risks associated with oil and gas exploration and development, including those risks and factors described from time to time in the Company's reports and registration statements filed with the SEC. 

  September 30, December 31,
  2012 2011
Current assets    
 Cash  $698,276  $2,707,722
 Restricted cash  949,618  932,165
 Accounts receivable  1,217,181  2,227,466
 Prepaid assets  96,671  75,376
 Commodity price derivative receivable   370,000  --
Total current assets  3,331,746  5,942,729
Oil and gas properties (full cost method), at cost:        
 Unevaluated properties  43,541,930  45,697,481
 Evaluated properties  40,460,933  32,113,143
 Wells in progress  3,986,919  6,425,509
Total oil and gas properties, at cost  87,989,782  84,236,133
Less accumulated depreciation, depletion ,amortization, and impairment  (18,174,968)  
Net oil and gas properties, at cost  69,814,814  72,137,035
Other assets:        
 Office equipment, net  95,980  106,286
 Prepaid advisory fees  304,402  574,160
 Deferred financing costs, net  1,026,192  2,341,595
 Restricted cash and deposits  186,240  186,055
Total other assets  1,612,814  3,208,096
Total assets $74,759,374  $81,287,860
  September 30, December 31,
  2012 2011
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity    
Current liabilities    
 Accounts payable  $1,183,415  $2,050,768
 Commodity price derivative liability  --   75,609
 Related party payable  --  16,475
 Accrued expenses  2,183,053  1,354,204
 Short term loans payable  873,142  1,150,967
Total current liabilities  4,239,610  4,648,023
Long term liabilities    
 Asset retirement obligation  893,754  612,874
 Term loans payable  19,419,197  20,129,670
 Convertible debentures payable, net of discount  9,595,053  4,929,068
 Convertible debentures conversion derivative liability  1,300,000 1,300,000
Total long-term liabilities  31,208,004  26,971,612
Total liabilities 35,447,614  31,619,635
 Shareholders' equity        
 Preferred stock, 10,000,000 authorized, none issued and outstanding as of September 30 ,2012 and December 31, 2011.    --    --
 Common stock, $0.0001 par value: 100,000,000 shares authorized;  18,016,143 and 17,436,825 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively    1,801  1,744
 Additional paid in capital  120,566,897  118,146,119
 Accumulated deficit  (81,256,938)  (68,479,638)
Total shareholders' equity  39,311,760  49,668,225
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $74,759,374  $81,287,860
  Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Oil sales  $1,775,383 $1,650,702  $4,685,713 $5,534,325
Gas sales  168,897  161,029  397,298  446,386
Operating fees  42,853  85,372  132,362  110,282
Realized gain on commodity price derivatives  37,341  733,830  49,729  402,256
Unrealized gains (losses) on commodity price derivatives (130,000)   --   445,609  222,788
Total Revenues  1,894,474 2,630,933  5,710,711  6,716,037
Costs and expenses        
Production costs  397,793  344,927  1,033,635  1,114,220
Production taxes  198,781  191,364  561,278  630,718
General and administrative  1,515,868  1,981,026  5,099,932   8,837,802
Depreciation, depletion and amortization  1,069,068  1,052,946  2,897,156  3,194,301
Impairment of evaluated properties  --   --  3,274,718  --
Total costs and expenses 3,181,510  3,570,263  12,866,719  13,777,041
Loss from operations  (1,287,036)  (939,330)  (7,156,008) (7,061,004)
Other income (expense)  333  62,000  (372)  63,115
Convertible debenture conversion derivative gain (losses)  600,000  (13,338)  700,000  1,587,699
Interest expense  (2,149,931) (2,136,950)  (6,320,919) (6,123,496)
Net Loss  $ (2,836,634) $(3,027,68) $ (12,777,299) $(11,533,686)
Net loss per common share        
Basic and diluted  $ (0.16)   $(0.19)  $ (0.72)   $(0.75)
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic and diluted  17,833,466 15,775,135 17,732,304  15,388,772
  Nine months ended September 30,
  2012 2011
Cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities:    
 Net loss $(12,777,299) $(11,533,686)
 Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:       
 Amortization of stock issued for services 707,504  373,234
 Share based compensation  1,066,154  5,592,638
 Impairment of evaluated properties  3,274,718  --
 Change in fair value of commodity price derivatives  (445,609) (398,840)
 Change in fair value of convertible debentures conversion derivative  (700,000) (1,587,699)
 Amortization of deferred financing costs, issuance of stock for convertible debentures interest, and accretion of debt discount 3,843,457  3,701,373
 Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion 2,897,156  3,194,301
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
 Accounts receivable  (433,567)  (891,076)
 Other assets  (21,294)  (19,674)
 Accounts payable and other accruals  (867,353)  2,428,101
 Restricted cash  (17,453)  144,001
 Related party payable  (16,475)  15,067
 Accrued expenses  742,982  297,330
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities  (2,747,079)  1,315,070
Cash flows used in investing activities:      
 Acquisition of undeveloped properties  (436,023)  (9,033,007)
 Sale of unevaluated properties  1,443,852  --
 Investment in operating bonds  (184)  (160)
 Drilling capital expenditures  (4,278,785)   (6,876,232)
 Additions of office equipment  (2,928)  (40,648)
Net cash used in investing activities  (3,274,068)  (15,950,047)
Cash flows provided by financing activities:        
 Proceeds from sale of common stock, units and exercise of warrants  --  2,129,801
 Net change in debts  (988,299)  (377,498)
 Proceeds from debts  5,000,000  8,000,000
Net cash provided by financing activities  4,011,701  9,752,303
Change in cash and cash equivalents  (2,009,446)  (4,882,674)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  2,707,722  5,528,744
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $698,276  $646,070


"EBITDAX" means, for any defined period, the sum of net income for the period plus the following expenses, charges or income, in each case, to the extent deducted from or added to net income in the period: interest, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization, accretion, unrealized losses from financial derivatives, share based compensation, impairment of evaluated properties and other similar non-cash charges, minus all non-cash income (without limitation) income from unrealized financial derivatives, added to net income. EBITDAX is used as a financial measure by Recovery Energy's management team and by other users of its financial statements to analyze such things as:

  • Recovery Energy's operating performance and return on capital in comparison to those of other companies in its industry, without regard to financial or capital structure;
  • The financial performance of the company's assets and valuation of the entity, without regard to financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis;
  • Recovery Energy's ability to generate cash sufficient to pay interest costs, support its indebtedness; and
  • The viability of acquisitions and capital expenditure projects and the overall rates or return on alternative investment opportunities.

EBITDAX is not a calculation based on GAAP financial measures and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) in measuring the Company's performance, nor used as an exclusive measure of cash flow, because it does not consider the impact of working capital growth, capital expenditures, debt principal reductions, and other sources and uses of cash, which are disclosed in the company's statements of cash flows.

Recovery Energy has reported EBITDAX   because this measure is commonly reported and widely used by investors as an indicator of a company's operating performance and ability to incur and service debt. You should carefully consider the specific items included in the Company's computations of EBITDAX. While Recovery Energy has disclosed its EBITDAX to permit a more complete comparative analysis of its operating performance and debt servicing ability relative to other companies, you are cautioned that EBITDAX as reported by the Company may not be comparable in all instances to EBITDAX as reported by other companies. EBITDAX amounts may not be fully available for management's discretionary use, due to requirements to conserve funds for capital expenditures, debt service and other commitments.

Recovery Energy believes that EBITDAX assists its lenders and investors in comparing a company's performance on a consistent basis without regard to certain expenses, which can vary significantly depending upon accounting methods. Because the Company may borrow money to finance its operations, interest expense is a necessary element of its costs and ability to generate cash available for distribution. Because Recovery Energy uses capital assets, depreciation and amortization are also necessary elements of its costs. Additionally, the company may, at some point, be required to pay federal and state taxes, which are necessary elements of its costs. Therefore, any measures that exclude these elements have material limitations.

To compensate for these limitations, Recovery Energy believes it is important to consider both net income (loss) determined under GAAP and EBITDAX to evaluate its performance.

The following table presents a reconciliation of the company's net (loss) to its EBITDAX for the three month and nine month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011:

Three Months Ending Nine Months Ending
  September 30, September 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Net Loss   $(2,836,63)  $(3,027,618) $(12,777,29) $(11,533,686)
Interest expense  2,149,931  2,136,950  6,320,919  6,123,496
Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion  1,069,068  1,052,946  2,897,156  3,194,301
Changes in the fair value of commodity price derivatives  130,000  --   (445,609)  (222,788)
Change in fair value of convertible notes conversion derivative  (600,000)  13,338  (700,000)  (1,587,699)
Impairment of evaluated properties  --   --   3,274,718  -- 
Amortization of stock issued for services and share based compensation  588,004  1,039,128  1,773,658  5,965,872
EBITDAX  $500,369  $1,214,744 $343,543 $1,939,496
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