EV Energy Partners, L.P.
May 10, 2017
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EV Energy Partners Announces First Quarter 2017 Results and Borrowing Base Reduction

HOUSTON, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EV Energy Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:EVEP) today announced results for the first quarter of 2017 and the filing of its Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  In addition, EVEP announced its borrowing base has been reduced from $450 million to $375 million during its semi-annual borrowing base review.

First Quarter 2017 Results

For the first quarter of 2017, EVEP reported a net loss of $50.8 million, or $ (1.01) per basic and diluted weighted average limited partner unit outstanding compared to a net loss of $165.7 million, or $(3.31) per basic and diluted weighted average limited partner unit outstanding for the fourth quarter of 2016. Included in net loss were the following items:

For the first quarter of 2016, EVEP reported a net loss of $29.0 million, or $(0.58) per basic and diluted weighted average limited partner unit outstanding.

Production for the first quarter of 2017 was 10.4 Bcf of natural gas, 335 Mbbls of oil and 512 Mbbls of natural gas liquids, or 171.6 million cubic feet equivalent per day (Mmcfe/day). This represents a 15 percent decrease from first quarter 2016 production of 201.4 Mmcfe/d and a 1 percent decrease from fourth quarter 2016 production of 173.6 Mmcfe/day.  The decreases were primarily due to significantly lower drilling activity in 2016 and the divestiture of producing properties completed on December 1, 2016, partially offset by the addition of Karnes County, TX producing properties acquired on January 31, 2017.

Adjusted EBITDAX for the first quarter of 2017 was $22.0 million, a 9 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016 and a 23 percent decrease from the fourth quarter of 2016.  Distributable Cash Flow for the first quarter of 2017 was $3.9 million, an increase over the first quarter of 2016 and a 50 percent decrease from the fourth quarter of 2016.  The increases in Adjusted EBITDAX and Distributable Cash Flow over the first quarter of 2016 were primarily attributable to higher realized oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids prices, lower operating expenses, and lower cash general and administrative expenses, primarily offset by realized hedge losses and lower natural gas and natural gas liquids production.  The decreases in Adjusted EBITDAX and Distributable Cash Flow from the fourth quarter of 2016 were primarily due to realized hedge losses, partially offset by higher realized oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids prices and lower cash general and administrative expenses.  Adjusted EBITDAX and Distributable Cash Flow are Non-GAAP financial measures and are described in the attached table under "Non-GAAP Measures."

Credit Facility and Liquidity Update

As of March 31, 2017, EVEP had total debt of $612 million, which includes $343 million in outstanding Senior Notes due 2019.  Effective May 8, 2017 the borrowing base under the credit facility was reduced from $450 million to $375 million.  Liquidity from borrowing base capacity and cash on hand is currently over $100 million.  EVEP's next semi-annual borrowing base redetermination is scheduled for October 2017.  For more information regarding EVEP's debt and liquidity, please review EVEP's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

"First quarter results were in-line with guidance, and we expect to maintain production levels for the remainder of the year as our capital spending ramps up. We were happy to close the Karnes County acquisition during the first quarter and are pleased with the initial well results.  Given the undeveloped nature of the Karnes County properties relative to the Barnett properties we sold in December and the reduction in bank lender future commodity price assumptions, we expected our borrowing base to decline.  However, we still have over $100 million of liquidity, which we believe is sufficient to meet our near-term capital needs," said Michael Mercer, President and CEO.

Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q

EVEP's financial statements and related footnotes are available on our first quarter 2017 Form 10-Q, which was filed today and is available through the Investor Relations/SEC Filings section of the EVEP website at http://www.evenergypartners.com.

Conference Call

As announced on April 19, 2017, EV Energy Partners, L.P. will host an investor conference call on May 10, 2017, at 9 a.m. Eastern Time (8 a.m. Central).  Investors interested in participating in the call may dial 1-888-811-5421 (quote conference ID 1577305) at least 5 minutes prior to the start time, or may listen live over the Internet through the Investor Relations section of the EVEP website at http://www.evenergypartners.com

EV Energy Partners, L.P. is a master limited partnership engaged in acquiring, producing and developing oil and natural gas properties.  More information about EVEP is available on the Internet at http://www.evenergypartners.com.

(code #: EVEP/G)

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may include statements that are not historical facts which are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements include information about future plans, liquidity, our reserve quantities and the present value of our reserves, estimates of maintenance capital and production amounts, and other statements which include words such as "anticipates," "plans," "projects," "expects," "intends," "believes," "should," and similar expressions of forward-looking information.  Forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and necessarily involve risks that may affect the business prospects and performance of EVEP. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by EVEP based on its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances.  Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the press release.  Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, changes in commodity prices, changes in reserve estimates, requirements and actions of purchasers of properties, exploration and development activities, the availability and cost of financing, the returns on our capital investments and acquisition strategies, the availability of sufficient cash flow to pay distributions and execute our business plan and general economic conditions.  Additional information on risks and uncertainties that could affect our business prospects and performance are provided in the most recent reports of EVEP with the SEC.  You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements.

Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made and EVEP undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 

          
Operating Statistics         
          
  Three Months Ended March 31,   
   2017  2016     
Production data:         
Oil (Mbbls)    335    317      
Natural gas liquids (Mbbls)    512    602     
Natural gas (Mmcf)    10,366    12,818      
Net production (Mmcfe)  15,447  18,331     
Average sales price per unit: (1)         
Oil (Bbl) $47.06 $29.12     
Natural gas liquids (Bbl)  20.93  12.22     
Natural gas (Mcf)  2.88  1.65     
Mcfe  3.65  2.06     
Average unit cost per Mcfe:         
Production costs:         
Lease operating expenses $1.55 $1.58     
Production taxes  0.18  0.09      
Total  1.73  1.67     
Depreciation, depletion and amortization  1.75  1.54     
General and administrative expenses  0.43  0.46     
          
(1) Prior to $2.5 million on net hedge losses and $19.8 million of net hedge gains on settlements of commodity derivatives for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. 

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets     
(In $ thousands, except number of units)     
(Unaudited)     
   March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016 
ASSETS     
      
Current assets:     
Cash and cash equivalents $8,785  $5,557  
Accounts receivable:     
Oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids revenues  47,125   39,629  
Related party  1,219   745  
Other  2,194   2,451  
Derivative asset   100   201  
Other current assets   3,782   3,718  
Total current assets  63,205   52,301  
       
Oil and natural gas properties, net of accumulated      
depreciation, depletion and amortization; March 31,     
 2017, $1,128,064; December 31, 2016, $1,051,600  1,456,144   1,497,211  
Other property, net of accumulated depreciation      
and amortization; March 31, 2017, $1,010     
December 31, 2016, $1,002  988   996  
Assets held for sale  25,094   -  
Restricted cash    -   52,076  
Long-term derivative asset  319     -  
Other assets  3,983   4,186  
Total assets $1,549,733  $1,606,770   
      
      
LIABILITIES AND OWNERS' EQUITY     
      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities:     
Third party $40,123   $31,700  
Related party    -   5,797  
Derivative liability  6,107    21,679  
Total current liabilities  46,230   59,176  
      
Asset retirement obligations  157,770   180,241  
Long-term debt, net  612,095   606,948  
Long-term derivative liability    -   955  
Liabilities related to assets held for sale  23,835     -  
Other long-term liabilities  1,042   1,043  
      
Commitments and contingencies     
      
Owners' equity:     
Common unitholders - 49,368,869 units and      
49,055,214 units issued and outstanding as of      
March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively  727,505   776,158  
General partner interest  (18,744)  (17,751) 
Total owners' equity  708,761   758,407  
Total liabilities and owners' equity $1,549,733  $1,606,770  

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations      
(In $ thousands, except per unit data)     
(Unaudited)     
  Three Months Ended 
March 31,
 
   
   2017   2016  
Revenues:     
Oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids revenues $56,319  $37,739  
Transportation and marketing-related revenues  668   511  
Total revenues  56,987   38,250  
      
Operating costs and expenses:      
Lease operating expenses  23,939   28,915  
Cost of purchased natural gas  480   336  
Dry hole and exploration costs  (20)  130  
Production taxes  2,759   1,671  
Accretion expense on obligations  1,999   2,040  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization  26,980   28,205  
General and administrative expenses  6,696   8,378  
Impairment of oil and natural gas properties  49,587   687  
Gain on settlement of contract     -     (3,185) 
Gain on sales of oil and natural gas properties     (26)    -  
Total operating costs and expenses  112,394   67,177  
      
Operating loss  (55,407)  (28,927) 
      
Other income (expense), net:      
Gain on derivatives, net  14,229   9,834  
Interest expense  (9,974)  (10,821) 
Other income, net    358   755  
Total other income (expense), net   4,613   (232) 
      
Loss before income taxes  (50,794)  (29,159) 
Income taxes  (37)    159  
Net loss $ (50,831) $(29,000) 
      
Basic and diluted earnings per limited partner unit:     
Net loss $(1.01) $(0.58) 
       
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding (basic and diluted)  49,320   49,027  

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows    
(In $ thousands)    
(Unaudited) Three Months Ended 
March 31,
  
   2017   2016 
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net loss $(50,831) $(29,000)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash flows provided by operating activities:    
Amortization of volumetric production payment liability    -   (1,020)
Accretion expense on obligations  1,999   2,040 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization  26,980   28,205 
Equity-based compensation cost  1,185   1,600 
Impairment of oil and natural gas properties  49,587   687 
Gain on derivatives, net  (14,229)  (9,834)
Cash settlements of matured derivative contracts  (2,517)  18,350 
Other  292   413 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:    
Accounts receivable  (5,437)  10,909 
Other current assets  (64)  (178)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  (1,464)  3,520 
Income taxes    -   (11,318)
Other, net  29   (138)
Net cash flows provided by operating activities  5,530   14,236 
     
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Acquisition of oil and natural gas properties    (58,651)    - 
Additions to oil and natural gas properties   (730)  (7,828)
Proceeds from sale of oil and natural gas properties    -   2,420 
Cash settlements from acquired derivative contracts    -   1,475 
Restricted cash  52,076     - 
Other  3    18 
Net cash flows used in investing activities  (7,302)  (3,915)
     
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Repayment of long-term debt borrowings  (5,000)  (28,000)
Long-term debt borrowings  10,000   5,000 
Distributions paid    -   (3,868)
Net cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities  5,000   (26,868)
     
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  3,228   (16,547)
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period  5,557   20,415 
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $8,785  $3,868 
      

Non GAAP Measures

We define Adjusted EBITDAX as net loss plus income taxes, interest expense, net, depreciation, depletion and amortization, accretion expense on obligations, amortization of volumetric production payment (VPP), (gain) loss on derivatives, net, cash settlements of matured commodity derivative contracts, non-cash equity-based compensation, impairment of oil and natural gas properties, non-cash inventory adjustment, dry hole and exploration costs, gain on sales of oil and natural gas properties, gain on settlement of contract, and Other income, net.  Distributable Cash Flow is defined as Adjusted EBITDAX less cash interest expense, net, realized losses on interest rate swaps, and estimated maintenance capital expenditures.

Adjusted EBITDAX and Distributable Cash Flow are used by our management to provide additional information and statistics relative to the performance of our business, including (prior to the creation of any reserves) the cash available to pay distributions to our unitholders.  We believe these financial measures may indicate to investors whether or not we are generating cash flow at a level that can sustain or support quarterly distributions.  Adjusted EBITDAX and Distributable Cash Flow are also quantitative standards used throughout the investment community with respect to performance of publicly-traded partnerships.  Adjusted EBITDAX and Distributable Cash Flow should not be considered as alternatives to net income, operating income, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP.  Adjusted EBITDAX and Distributable Cash Flow exclude some, but not all, items that affect net income and operating income and these measures may vary among companies.  Therefore, our Adjusted EBITDAX and Distributable Cash Flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

   
Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDAX and Distributable Cash Flow  
(In $ thousands)      
(Unaudited)      
  Three Months Ended
  Mar 31, 2017 Mar 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2016
       
Net loss $(50,831) $(29,000) $(165,672)
       
Add:      
Income taxes   37   (159)  (596)
Interest expense, net  9,974   10,816   9,932 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization  26,980   28,205   27,679 
Accretion expense on obligations  1,999   2,040   2,079 
Amortization of VPP    -   (1,020)  (1,038)
(Gain) loss on derivatives, net  (14,229)  (9,834)  18,758 
Cash settlements of matured commodity derivative contracts  (2,454)  19,825   8,765 
Non-cash equity-based compensation  1,185   1,600   1,758 
Impairment of oil and natural gas properties  49,587   687   127,889 
Non-cash inventory adjustment    -   123      (422)
Dry hole and exploration costs  (20)  130   (544)
Gain on sales of oil and natural gas properties  (26)    -     (69)
Gain on settlement of contract    -     (3,185)    - 
Other income, net  (197)    -     - 
Adjusted EBITDAX $22,005  $20,228  $28,519 
       
Less:      
Cash interest expense, net  9,500   10,399   9,609 
Realized losses on interest rate swaps  63     -     - 
Estimated maintenance capital expenditures (1)  8,500   11,000   11,000 
Distributable Cash Flow $3,942  $(1,171) $7,910 
       
(1) Estimated maintenance capital expenditures are those expenditures estimated to be necessary to maintain the production levels of our oil and gas properties over the long-term and the operating capacity of our other assets over the long-term.
       


 Total Current Hedge Position   
     
   SwapSwapCollarCollarCollar
 PeriodIndexVolumePriceVolumeFloorCeiling
 Natural Gas (Mmmbtus)      
 Apr - Dec 2017NYMEX  24,750$3.07   8,250$2.75$3.27
 Jan - Mar 2018NYMEX  4,500$3.46    
        
 Crude (Mbbls)       
 Apr - Dec 2017WTI  275$52.85    
        
 Ethane (Mbbls)      
 Apr - Dec 2017Mt Belvieu  385.0$11.66    
        
 Propane (Mbbls)      
 Apr - Dec 2017Mt Belvieu  192.5$25.10    
        
    Notional Amount Fixed Rate   
 Interest Rate Swap Agreements ($ mill)     
 Apr - Dec 2017   100 1.039%   
 Jan 2018 - Sep 2020    100 1.795%   

 

EV Energy Partners, L.P., Houston

Nicholas Bobrowski

713-651-1144

http://www.evenergypartners.com

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