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Energy XXI Gulf Coast Announces First Quarter 2017 Results


HOUSTON, May 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. ("EGC" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:EXXI) today reported operational and financial results for the first quarter of 2017.

First Quarter 2017 Highlights and Recent Key Items:

  • Produced an average of approximately 41,000 barrels of oil equivalent ("BOE") per day in the first quarter of 2017, of which 71% was oil
  • Reported strong cash and cash equivalents of $160.5 million at March 31, 2017
  • Reestablished a commodity hedging program in February 2017 by entering into costless collars for 10,000 barrels of oil per day from March 2017 to December 2017
  • Commenced trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on February 28, 2017
  • Contracted a rig to begin development drilling program, spudding first well in early June
  • Retained Morgan Stanley to assist with the evaluation of strategic alternatives

For the first quarter of 2017, EGC reported a net loss of $65.3 million, or ($1.97) per diluted share while Adjusted EBITDA totaled $42.6 million. The first quarter loss includes a non-cash ceiling test impairment charge of $44.1 million primarily related to the decrease in SEC proved reserves and the present value of those SEC proved reserves discounted at 10% ("PV-10 Value") relative to the estimated reserves prepared by EGC's internal reservoir engineers as of year-end 2016.  EGC recently received the final results of its independently engineered reserves report prepared by Netherland Sewell and Associates as of March 31, 2017.  

Adjusted EBITDA is a Non-GAAP financial measure and is described and reconciled to net loss in the attached table under "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures."

Douglas E. Brooks, EGC's Chief Executive Officer and President commented, "Our first quarter results demonstrate our continued focus on the base business which generated $42.6 million of Adjusted EBITDA. After over a year of minimal capital spending on drilling projects, we will soon spud our first development well in 2017 and remain confident in our strong, oil-weighted asset base. While we continue to develop our long-term strategic plan, our near-term commitment to HSE excellence, minimizing base production decline and reducing operating and overhead expenses remains unchanged. Through the effective execution of this commitment, EGC will look to add value in a recovering price environment."

Revenue, Production and Pricing

Total revenues for the first quarter of 2017 were $157.9 million, which includes a $3.7 million gain on derivative financial instruments.

During the first quarter of 2017, EGC produced and sold approximately 41,000 net BOE per day which was comprised of 29,100 barrels of oil ("BBL") at an average realized price of $51.04 per BBL (before the effect of derivatives), 900 barrels of natural gas liquids (NGL's) at an average realized price of $27.52 per BBL, and 65.9 million cubic feet of gas ("MMCF") at an average realized price of $3.10 per thousand cubic feet ("MCF").  EGC operates approximately 90% of its reserves, substantially all of which are located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

First Quarter 2017 Costs and Expenses

Total lease operating expenses ("LOE") were $75.2 million, or $20.39 per BOE, which consisted of $58.9 million in direct lease operating expense, $10 million in workover and maintenance and $6.3 million in insurance expense. The Company continues to evaluate additional cost saving opportunities that will not impact health, safety or operational integrity. EGC successfully completed over 100 expense workover and maintenance projects during the quarter.

Gathering and Transportation expense was $21.7 million, or $5.89 per BOE for the first quarter of 2017 and included increased commodity marketing deductions, inclusion of gathering and transportation expenses that were historically included in lease operating expenses of $5.1 million and expenses incurred on pipeline storage facility repairs of approximately $2.4 million.

General and administrative ("G&A") expense was $23.8 million, or $6.47 per BOE. While the Company has taken significant steps to reduce overall G&A costs over the past 12 months, with decreases in personnel costs, the first quarter of 2017 included additional costs related to severance and restructuring costs totaling approximately $6.2 million. General and administrative expense includes $0.9 million of non-cash expense primarily related to stock based compensation.

Depreciation, depletion and amortization ("DD&A") expense was $42.0 million, or $11.39 per BOE.  As discussed previously, there was a ceiling test impairment charge of $44.1 million during the quarter.

Accretion of asset retirement obligation was $12.4 million. In conjunction with the adoption of fresh start accounting, the discount rate used for ARO decreased to 6.5%.

EGC recorded no income tax expense or benefit during the quarter due to its inability to currently record any additional net deferred tax assets.

Commodity Hedging 

EGC did not have any commodity hedges in place prior to February 2017 when it entered into oil contracts (costless collars) benchmarked to Argus-LLS, to hedge 10,000 barrels of oil per day of production for the period from March 2017 to December 2017 with an average floor price of $52.30 and an average ceiling price of $57.43 per barrel. The Company does not have any hedges in place on natural gas production.  No additional hedges have been put in place since February but EGC expects to consider additional derivative arrangements in the future.

Capital Expenditure Program

During the three months ended March 31, 2017, the Company incurred capital costs, excluding acquisitions but including abandonment activities, totaling $19.4 million.  The Company did not drill any new wells during that period, but did incur capital expenditures for the successful execution of several well recompletions and facility improvements in the Company's core properties.  EGC spent approximately $9.3 million related to abandonment activities.

The Company recently contracted a rig to drill its first 2017 development well beginning in early June. EGC continues to expect its capital expenditure program for 2017 to be in the range of $140 to $170 million, including $50 to $70 million for abandonment activities.  The 2017 capital program is expected to be fully funded with available cash and internal cash flow.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

The Company's estimate of its asset retirement obligations was revised downward by $135.4 million during the three months ended March 31, 2017, primarily due to changes in estimated timing of settlements for its plugging and abandonment liabilities. Asset retirement obligations totaled $623 million at the end of the first quarter 2017.

As of March 31, 2017, EGC had $74 million drawn on its three-year secured credit facility, the same amount drawn as of year-end 2016.  At year-end 2016, the remaining $228 million under the $302 million facility was utilized to maintain outstanding letters of credit, primarily in favor of ExxonMobil to secure certain abandonment obligations.  On March 10, 2017, the letters of credit issued in favor of ExxonMobil were reduced to $200 million.  Under the terms of the credit facility, the commitments under the facility were permanently reduced by $12.5 million to $289.5 million.

At March 31, 2017, liquidity totaled $173 million which is comprised of cash and cash equivalents totaling $160.5 million and $12.5 million available for borrowing under its three-year credit facility.

Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company will hold a conference call to discuss its first quarter financial and operating results this morning, Monday, May 22, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time (11:00 a.m. Eastern Time). Interested parties may participate by dialing (877) 794-3620.  International parties may dial (631) 813-4724.  The confirmation code is 22507001.  This call will also be webcast on EGC's website at A replay of the call will be archived and available on the web site shortly after the live call.     

Fresh Start Accounting

Upon emergence from the Company's Chapter 11 restructuring, EGC elected to adopt fresh start accounting as of December 31, 2016. As a result of the application of fresh start accounting and the effects of the implementation of the plan of reorganization, the financial statements on or after December 31, 2016 are not comparable with the financial statements prior to that date. References to "Successor" refer to the reorganized EGC subsequent to the adoption of fresh start accounting. References to "Predecessor" refer to Energy XXI Ltd. prior to the adoption of fresh start accounting.

Non-GAAP Measures

The Company refers to "PV-10" as the present value of estimated future net revenues of estimated proved reserves using a discount rate of 10%. This amount includes projected revenues less estimated production costs, abandonment costs and development costs but does not include effects, if any, of income taxes, which is included in standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows, which is the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure. PV-10 is not a financial measure prescribed under accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. ("U.S. GAAP"). Management believes that the non-U.S. GAAP financial measure of PV-10 is relevant and useful for evaluating the relative monetary significance of oil and natural gas properties. PV-10 is used internally when assessing the potential return on investment related to oil and natural gas properties and in evaluating acquisition opportunities. EGC believes the use of this pre-tax measure is valuable because there are unique factors that can impact an individual company when estimating the amount of future income taxes to be paid. Management believes that the presentation of PV-10 provides useful information to investors because it is widely used by professional analysts and sophisticated investors in evaluating oil and natural gas companies. PV-10 is not a measure of financial or operating performance under U.S. GAAP, nor is it intended to represent the current market value of our estimated oil and natural gas reserves. PV-10 should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows as defined under U.S. GAAP.

Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental non‑GAAP financial.  Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of net income or cash flows as determined by United States generally accepted accounting principles, or US GAAP. EGC believes that Adjusted EBITDA is useful because it allows it to more effectively evaluate its operating performance and compare the results of its operations from period to period without regard to its financing methods or capital structure. EGC excludes items such as property and inventory impairments, asset retirement obligation accretion, unrealized derivative gains and losses, non‑cash share‑based compensation expense, non-cash deferred rent expense and restructuring and severance expense. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income or cash flows from operating activities as determined in accordance with US GAAP or as an indicator of its operating performance or liquidity. EGC's computations of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, including those relating to the intent, beliefs, plans, or expectations of EGC are based upon current expectations and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. It is not possible to predict or identify all such factors and the following list should not be considered a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties relating to emergence from Chapter 11, the recent change in EGC's senior management team, or EGC's oil and gas reserves, including, but not limited to: (i) the PV-10 and reserve volumes reported in the final NSAI reserve report, (ii) the level of potential upside actually realized by EGC from its non-proved resource base, (iii) the effects of the departure of EGC's senior leaders on the Company's employees, suppliers, regulators and business counterparties, (iv) the impact of restrictions in the exit financing on EGC's ability to make capital investments and pursue strategic growth opportunities and (v) other risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results, including project plans and related expenditures and resource recoveries, to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. For a more detailed discussion of risk factors, please see Part I, Item 1A, "Risk Factors" of the Transition Report on Form 10-K for the transition period ended December 31, 2016 filed by EGC for more information.  EGC assumes no obligation and expressly disclaims any duty to update the information contained herein except as required by law.

About the Company

Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas development and production company whose assets are primarily located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico waters offshore Louisiana and Texas.  The Company's near-term strategy emphasizes exploitation of key assets, enhanced by its focus on financial discipline and operational excellence. To learn more, visit EGC's website at   

(In Thousands, except share information)
  March 31,   December 31,
ASSETS   (Unaudited)      
Current Assets          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 160,479     $ 165,368  
Accounts receivable          
Oil and natural gas sales   67,952       68,143  
Joint interest billings, net   5,687       5,600  
Other   2,321       17,944  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   21,449       25,957  
Restricted cash   7,114       32,337  
Derivative financial instruments   3,409       -  
Total Current Assets   268,411       315,349  
Property and Equipment          
Oil and natural gas properties, net - full cost method of accounting, including $283.9 million and $376.1 million of unevaluated properties not being amortized at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively   893,360       1,097,479  
Other property and equipment, net   16,277       18,807  
Total Property and Equipment, net of accumulated depreciation, depletion, amortization and impairment   909,637       1,116,286  
Other Assets          
Restricted cash   25,606       25,583  
Other assets   25,681       28,244  
Total Other Assets   51,287       53,827  
Total Assets $ 1,229,335     $ 1,485,462  
Current Liabilities          
Accounts payable $ 70,706     $ 101,117  
Accrued li
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