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GeoMet Announces Financial and Operating Results for the Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 8:30 AM


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HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 11/13/12 -- GeoMet, Inc. (OTCQB: GMET) (NASDAQ: GMETP) ("GeoMet" or the "Company") today announced its financial and operating results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2012.

William C. Rankin, GeoMet's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "In August, we amended our bank credit agreement to address the borrowing base deficiency that then existed and have recently begun a scheduled borrowing base determination which should be complete in December. Year to date, we have reduced bank debt by approximately $15 million through internally generated cash flow. We are currently in compliance with all the terms of our amended credit agreement. Our search for strategic alternatives continues. We intend to explore all options."

Third Quarter 2012 Financial and Operating Results

For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, GeoMet reported a net loss of $34.4 million. Included in the net loss was a $25.4 million impairment to the Company's gas properties, a $4.8 million loss on natural gas derivatives, and a $1.4 million write off of debt issuance costs. For the quarter ended September 30, 2011, GeoMet reported net income of $2.4 million. Included in net income was a $4.2 million gain on natural gas derivatives.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, GeoMet reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $35.8 million, or $0.89 per fully diluted share. Included in the net loss available to common stockholders for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 were charges of $0.5 million for accretion of preferred stock and $0.9 million for paid-in-kind ("PIK") dividends on preferred stock. For the quarter ended September 30, 2011, GeoMet reported net income available to common stockholders of $0.6 million, or $0.02 per fully diluted share. Included in net income available to common stockholders for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 were charges of $0.4 million for accretion of preferred stock and $1.4 million for PIK dividends on preferred stock.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, Adjusted EBITDA increased to $5.1 million from $4.3 million in the prior year quarter. 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 basis in the settlement of natural gas derivative contracts in the amount of $2.2 million acquired in the November 2011 asset purchase, totaled $7.3 million for the current year quarter. 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 November 2011 asset purchase. Such hedges were integral and a critical component of the value related to acquired gas properties.

Revenues combined with all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts increased to $15.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 from $10.3 million in the prior year quarter. The average natural gas price, adjusted for all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, was $4.52 per Mcf during the quarter ended September 30, 2012 versus $5.26 per Mcf for the prior year quarter. Revenues, as reported for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, which excludes the effects of all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, were $9.7 million, as compared to $8.6 million for the prior year quarter. The average natural gas price, excluding the effects of all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 was $2.83 per Mcf as compared to the prior year quarter average of $4.39 per Mcf.

Average net gas sales volumes for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 were 36.9 MMcf per day, a 75% increase from the same quarter in 2011 primarily due to the properties acquired in the November 2011 asset purchase.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012 Financial and Operating Results

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, GeoMet reported a net loss of $141.2 million. Included in the net loss was an $83.5 million impairment of gas properties, a $44.0 million write off of our deferred tax asset, a $1.4 million write off of debt issuance costs, a $1.0 million charge for restructuring costs and a $0.7 million loss on the disposal of our Canadian operations. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, GeoMet reported net income of $4.0 million. Included in net income was a $6.6 million gain on natural gas derivatives.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, GeoMet reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $145.4 million, or $3.63 per fully diluted share. Included in the net loss available to common stockholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were charges of $1.4 million for accretion of preferred stock and $2.8 million for PIK dividends on preferred stock. For the period ended September 30, 2011, GeoMet reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $1.4 million, or $0.03 per fully diluted share. Included in the net loss available to common stockholders for the period ended September 30, 2011 were charges of $1.3 million for accretion of preferred stock and $4.0 million for PIK dividends on preferred stock.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, Adjusted EBITDA increased to $16.2 million from $15.0 million in the prior year period. 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 basis in the settlement of natural gas derivative contracts in the amount of $7.2 million acquired in the November 2011 asset purchase, totaled $23.4 million for the current year period. 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 November 2011 asset purchase. Such hedges were integral and a critical component of the value related to acquired gas properties.

Revenues combined with all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, increased to $48.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 from $31.6 million in the prior year period. The average natural gas price, adjusted for all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, was $4.61 per Mcf during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 versus $5.59 per Mcf for the prior year period. Revenues, as reported for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, which excludes the effects of all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, were $27.7 million, as compared to $24.9 million for the prior year period. The average natural gas price, excluding the effects of all cash settlements of natural gas derivative contracts, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $2.62 per Mcf as compared to the prior year period average of $4.40 per Mcf.

Average net gas sales volumes for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were 38.2 MMcf per day, an 86% increase from the same period in 2011 primarily due to the properties acquired in the November 2011 asset purchase.

As of September 30, 2012, we had a working capital deficit of $7.9 million. The working capital deficit as of September 30, 2012 was primarily the result of the classification of $14.1 million of our borrowings under our credit agreement as a current liability for scheduled payments over the next twelve months. We believe that our cash flows generated by the Company, will provide us with sufficient resources to fund our working capital deficit and to meet our obligations in connection with operating our properties. However, there can be no assurance that future borrowing base determinations will not result in additional payment obligations under the credit agreement or that our cash flows will not be adversely impacted by events beyond our control.

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, 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.

Conference Call Information

GeoMet will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss the results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2012 on November 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Central Time. To participate, dial (888) 452-4023 a few minutes before the call begins. Please reference GeoMet, Inc. conference ID 5354330. 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 November 13, 2012 and will be available through November 24, 2012. To access the conference call replay, please dial (888) 203-1112 and enter replay pass code 5354330 when prompted.

About GeoMet, Inc.

GeoMet, Inc. is engaged in the exploration for and development and production of natural gas from coal seams ("coalbed methane"). 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, Virginia, and West Virginia.

For more information please contact Stephen M. Smith at (713) 287-2251 (ssmith@geometcbm.com) or visit our website at www.geometinc.com.

                                GEOMET, INC.
              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                  (In thousands, except per share amounts)
                                  Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                                     September 30,         September 30,
                                 --------------------  --------------------
                                    2012       2011       2012       2011
Revenues:
  Gas sales                      $   9,610  $   8,520  $  27,465  $  24,702
  Operating fees and other              55         65        191        210
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Total revenues                       9,665      8,585     27,655     24,912
Expenses:
  Total production expenses          7,076      4,456     21,385     12,831
  Depreciation, depletion and
   amortization                      2,540      1,677      9,460      4,901
  Impairment of gas properties      25,432         --     83,467         --
  General and administrative         1,097      1,159      3,765      4,084
  Restructuring costs                  188         --        953         --
  Acquisition costs                     --        371         --        371
  Realized gains on derivative
   contracts                        (3,496)    (1,682)   (13,600)    (6,715)
  Unrealized losses (gains) on
   derivative contracts              8,280     (2,544)    13,259        109
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Total operating expenses            41,117      3,437    118,689     15,581
Operating (loss) income            (31,452)     5,148    (91,033)     9,332
Write off of debt issuance costs    (1,378)        --     (1,378)        --
Other expenses & interest, net      (1,512)      (851)    (4,056)    (2,511)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
(Loss) income before income
 taxes and discontinued
 operations                        (34,342)     4,297    (96,467)     6,821
Income tax expense                      (6)    (1,620)   (44,037)    (2,527)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
(Loss) income before
 discontinued operations           (34,348)     2,677   (140,504)     4,294
Discontinued operations, net of
 tax                                   (26)      (247)      (722)      (341)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net (loss) income                $ (34,374) $   2,430  $(141,226) $   3,953
                                 =========  =========  =========  =========
Accretion of Preferred Stock          (485)      (449)    (1,418)    (1,309)
Cash Dividends on Preferred
 Stock                                  (1)        (1)        (2)        (2)
PIK Dividends on Preferred Stock      (904)    (1,378)    (2,764)    (4,010)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net (loss) income available to
 common stockholders             $ (35,764) $     602  $(145,410) $  (1,368)
                                 =========  =========  =========  =========
Net (loss) income per common
 share:
Basic                            $   (0.89) $    0.02  $   (3.63) $   (0.03)
                                 =========  =========  =========  =========
Diluted                          $   (0.89) $    0.02  $   (3.63) $   (0.03)
                                 =========  =========  =========  =========
Weighted average number of
 common shares:
Basic                               40,287     39,640     40,019     39,577
                                 =========  =========  =========  =========
Diluted                             40,287     39,968     40,019     39,577
                                 =========  =========  =========  =========

                                GEOMET, INC.
                    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                               (In thousands)
                                               September 30,   December 31,
                                                    2012           2011
                                               -------------  --------------
                    ASSETS
Current Assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                    $       7,006  $          458
  Accounts receivable                                  4,412           4,402
  Inventory                                              299             597
  Derivative asset - natural gas hedges                6,813          20,685
  Other current assets                                 1,387           1,141
                                               -------------  --------------
Total current assets                                  19,917          27,283
                                               -------------  --------------
Property and equipment - net                          84,712         176,393
                                               -------------  --------------
Other noncurrent assets:
  Derivative asset - natural gas hedges                   --           1,766
  Deferred income taxes                                1,422          48,171
  Other                                                2,037           3,533
                                               -------------  --------------
Total other noncurrent assets                          3,459          53,470
                                               -------------  --------------
TOTAL ASSETS                                   $     108,088  $      257,146
                                               =============  ==============
   LIABILITIES, MEZZANINE AND STOCKHOLDERS'
                (DEFICIT) EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
  Accounts payable                             $       8,778  $        7,500
  Accrued liabilities                                  2,465           3,936
  Deferred income taxes                                1,422           4,153
  Derivative liability - natural gas contracts         1,066
  Asset retirement liability                                              32
  Current portion of long-term debt                   14,100              92
                                               -------------  --------------
Total current liabilities                             27,831          15,713
                                               -------------  --------------
Long-term debt                                       131,500         158,172
Asset retirement liability                             8,486           8,139
Derivative liability - natural gas contracts           3,703              --
Other long-term accrued liabilities                      151               8
                                               -------------  --------------
TOTAL LIABILITIES                                    171,671         182,032
                                               -------------  --------------

Mezzanine equity:
Series A Convertible Redeemable Preferred
 Stock                                                33,283          28,483
Stockholders' (deficit) equity                       (96,866)         46,631
                                               -------------  --------------
TOTAL LIABILITIES, MEZZANINE AND STOCKHOLDERS'
 (DEFICIT) EQUITY                              $     108,088  $      257,146
                                               =============  ==============

                                GEOMET, INC.
              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                               (In thousands)
                                                          Nine Months Ended
                                                            September 30,
                                                         ------------------
                                                           2012      2011
                                                         --------  --------
Net cash provided by operating activities                $ 13,595  $ 11,583
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (1)     6,295   (11,873)
Net cash (used in) provided by in financing activities
 (2)                                                      (13,347)      216
Effect of exchange rates changes on cash                        5        --
                                                         --------  --------
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents            6,548       (74)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period              458       537
                                                         --------  --------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period               $  7,006  $    463
                                                         ========  ========
(1) Net cash provided by investing activities for the nine months ended
    September 30, 2012 primarily consists of the return of basis in the
    settlement of natural gas derivative contracts acquired in the November
    2011 asset purchase.
(2) Primarily consists of reduction of bank debt.

                                GEOMET, INC.
                            OPERATING STATISTICS
                                      Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended
                                        September 30,       September 30,
                                     ------------------- -------------------
                                        2012      2011      2012      2011
                                     --------- --------- --------- ---------
Per Mcf data ($/Mcf):
CONSOLIDATED
Net sales volumes (MMcf)                 3,391     1,940    10,468     5,619
Average natural gas sales price
 realized(1)                         $    3.87 $    5.26 $    3.92 $    5.59
Average natural gas sales price
 realized including return of basis
 (2)                                 $    4.52 $    5.26 $    4.61 $    5.59
Differential to NYMEX (3)            $    0.03 $    0.20 $    0.04 $    0.19
Average natural gas sales price      $    2.83 $    4.39 $    2.62 $    4.40
Lease operating expenses             $    1.30 $    1.54 $    1.28 $    1.56
Compression and transportation
 expenses                            $    0.65 $    0.56 $    0.65 $    0.53
Production taxes                     $    0.13 $    0.20 $    0.12 $    0.19
Total production expenses            $    2.09 $    2.30 $    2.04 $    2.28
Depletion                            $    0.72 $    0.82 $    0.87 $    0.82
CENTRAL APPALACHIAN BASIN
Net sales volumes (MMcf)                 2,374     1,480     7,344     4,267
Lease operating expenses             $    1.21 $    1.14 $    1.20 $    1.18
Compression and transportation
 expenses                            $    0.83 $    0.60 $    0.83 $    0.57
Production taxes                     $    0.12 $    0.20 $    0.11 $    0.19
Total production expenses            $    2.16 $    1.94 $    2.14 $    1.94
ALABAMA
Net sales volumes (MMcf)                 1,017       460     3,125     1,352
Lease operating expenses             $    1.51 $    2.81 $    1.44 $    2.79
Compression and transportation
 expenses                            $    0.25 $    0.42 $   0.232 $    0.38
Production taxes                     $    0.15 $    0.20 $    0.14 $    0.21
Total production expenses            $    1.91 $    3.43 $    1.81 $    3.38
(1) Average natural gas sales price realized includes the effects of
    realized gains and losses on derivative contracts.
(2) Average natural gas sales price realized includes the effects of
    realized gains and losses on derivative contracts, as well as the return
    of the original basis in the derivative contracts.
(3) The difference between the average natural gas price for the period,
    before the impact of gains on derivative contracts, and the final
    average settlement price for natural gas contracts on the New York
    Mercantile Exchange ("NYMEX") for each month during the applicable
    period weighted by gas sales volumes which were adversely impacted by
    the acquisition completed in November 2011.
(4) Average natural gas sales price excludes the effects of realized gains
    and losses on derivative contracts, as well as the return of the
    original basis in the derivative contracts.

                                GEOMET, INC.
                 CONSOLIDATED DERIVATIVE CONTRACT POSITIONS

At September 30, 2012, the Company had the following natural gas swap position:

                                                Volume
         Period                                 (MMBtu)     Price
         ----------------------------------- ------------ --------
         Fourth Quarter of 2012                3,193,969  $   4.88
         First Quarter of 2013                 2,880,000  $   4.42
         Second Quarter of 2013                2,912,000  $   3.60
         Third Quarter of 2013                 2,944,000  $   3.60
         Fourth Quarter of 2013                2,944,000  $   3.60
         First Quarter of 2014                 1,440,000  $   3.82
                                             ------------
                                               8,590,979
                                             ============

At September 30, 2012, we had the following natural gas collar positions:

                                                      Volume    Sold  Bought
Period                                               (MMBtu)  Ceiling  Floor
--------------------------------------------------- --------- ------- ------
January 2014 through December 2015                  3,650,000 $  4.30 $ 3.60
January 2014 through December 2015                  3,650,000 $  4.20 $ 3.50
                                                    ---------
                                                    7,300,000
                                                    =========

At September 30, 2012, we had the following natural gas basis swap position:

                                                                Volume Fixed
Period                                                         (MMBtu) Basis
-------------------------------------------------------------- ------- -----
October through December 2012                                  138,000 $0.04

As of September 30, 2012, we had the following forward sales at NYMEX plus a fixed basis:

                                                               Volume  Fixed
Period                                                        (MMBtu)  Basis
------------------------------------------------------------ --------- -----
October 2012 through March 2013                                910,000 $0.19
November 2012 through March 2013                             1,540,200 $0.22
                                                             ---------
                                                             2,450,200
                                                             =========

                                GEOMET, INC.
           RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA TO NET (LOSS) INCOME
                               (In thousands)
                                  Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                                     September 30,         September 30,
                                 --------------------  --------------------
                                    2012       2011       2012       2011
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net (loss) income                $ (34,374) $   2,430  $(141,226) $   3,953
Add: Interest expense, net of
 interest income and amounts
 capitalized and amortization of
 loan fees                           2,890        864      5,430      2,519
(Deduct) Add: Other expense
 (income)                               (1)       (13)         3         (8)
Add (Deduct): Income tax expense
 (benefit)                               6      1,620     44,037      2,527
Add: Impairment of gas
 properties                         25,432         --     83,467         --
Add: Depreciation, depletion and
 amortization (1)                    2,540      1,677      9,460      4,901
Add (Deduct): Unrealized (gains)
 losses on derivative contracts      8,280     (2,544)    13,259        109
Add: Loss on the sale of
 Hudson's Hope Gas, Ltd.                --         --        683         --
                                                       ---------
Add: Stock based compensation          120        125        513        576
Add: Accretion expense - asset
 retirement obligations                193        137        585        408
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Adjusted EBITDA                  $   5,086  $   4,296  $  16,211  $  14,985
                                 =========  =========  =========  =========
(1) Depreciation, depletion and amortization include amounts reported in
    Discontinued operations, net of tax on the Condensed Consolidated
    Statements of Operations.

The table above reconciles Adjusted EBITDA to net (loss) income. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net (loss) income before net interest expense, other non-operating expense (income), income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization, impairment of gas properties, unrealized (gains) losses on natural gas derivative contracts, loss on the sale of Hudson's Hope Gas, Ltd., stock-based compensation and accretion expense. Although Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP), management believes that it is useful to GeoMet and to an investor in evaluating our company because it is a widely used measure to evaluate a company's cash flows and operating performance.

Contact:
Stephen M. Smith
(713) 287-2251
Email Contact

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