HOUSTON, TEXAS–(Marketwired – Oct. 27, 2016) – Epsilon Energy Ltd. (“Epsilon” or the “Company“) (TSX:EPS) today reported third quarter 2016 financial and operating results.
Mr. Michael Raleigh, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We continue to be somewhat encouraged by the current environment for natural gas. Despite starting the natural gas injection season at 74% above the five-year average, storage is now only 5% above the five-year average. Pipeline companies continue to advance infrastructure projects that will help to alleviate constraints in the region. Of particular note is the Rockies Express Pipeline which will transport an incremental 800 MMcf per day of natural gas from western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio to Midwest markets beginning next month. Epsilon expects that average historical gas inventories, flat to declining gas supply and additional takeaway capacity will provide a more constructive environment for gas prices in 2017.”
Highlights for the third quarter and material subsequent events following the end of the quarter through the date of this release include:
- EBITDA of $3.4 million for the quarter of which Upstream EBITDA of $1.3 million and Midstream EBITDA of $2.1 million for the quarter.
- Marcellus working interest (WI) gas averaged 33 MMcf/d for the third quarter of 2016. Working interest gas production as of this release is approximately 36 MMcf/d.
- Gathered and delivered 25 Bcfe gross (8.7 Bcfe net to Epsilon’s interest) during the quarter, or 270 MMcfe/d through the Auburn System which represents approximately 75% of the maximum throughput. Current system throughput as of this release is 235 MMcfe/d.
- Auburn Gas gathering and compression services included third party gas of 1.5 Bcfe during the quarter or approximately 16 MMcf/d.
Financial and Operating Results
|Three months ended September 30,||Nine months ended September 30,|
|Revenue by product – total period ($000)|
|Natural gas revenue ($000)||$ 3,294||$ 2,379||$ 10,216||$ 9,050|
|Avg. Price ($/Mcfe)||$ 1.26||$ 1.09||$ 1.27||$ 1.25|
|Exit Rate (MMcfepd)||37.7||22.6||37.7||22.6|
|Oil revenue ($000)||$ –||$ –||$ –||$ 2|
|Avg. Price ($/Bbl)||$ –||$ –||$ –||$ 80.66|
|Midstream gathering system revenue ($000)||$ 2,624||$ 2,998||$ 7,563||$ 10,140|
|Total||$ 5,918||$ 5,377||$ 17,779||$ 19,192|
Epsilon’s total capital expenditures were $0.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016. All capital was allocated to the ongoing build-out and maintenance of the Auburn Gas Gathering system.
Epsilon’s 2016 capital forecast for the remainder of the year is $0.2 million allocated to ongoing build-out and maintenance of the Auburn Gas Gathering system.
Marcellus Operational Guidance
The Operator did not drill or propose any new wells during the quarter. The table below details Epsilon’s well development status at September 30, 2016:
|June 30, 2016||Sept 30, 2016|
|Waiting on pipeline||–||–||–||–|
|Waiting on completion||7||0.12||7||0.12|
Epsilon has not received any well proposals from the Operator subsequent to quarter end.
Third Quarter Results
Epsilon generated revenues of $5.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016 compared to $5.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. The Company’s Upstream Marcellus net revenue interest production was 2.6 Bcfe in the third quarter.
Realized natural gas prices averaged $1.26 per Mcf in the third quarter of 2016. Operating expenses for Marcellus Upstream operations in the third quarter were $1.5 million.
The Auburn Gas Gathering system delivered 24.8 Bcfe of natural gas during the quarter as compared to 22.2 Bcfe during the second quarter of 2016. Primary gathering volumes were flat quarter over quarter at 13.3 Bcfe. Imported cross-flow volumes increased 28.7% to 11.6 Bcfe primarily as a result of adjacent system operators responding to improving natural gas prices.
Epsilon reported net after tax loss of $0.7 million attributable to common shareholders or ($0.01) per basic and diluted common shares outstanding for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared to net loss of $7.6 million, and ($0.16) per basic and diluted common shares outstanding for the three months ended September 30, 2015.
For the three months ended September 30, 2016, Epsilon’s Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Income Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”) was $3.4 million as compared to $2.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to increased production and higher natural gas prices.
Epsilon defines Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before (1) net interest expense, (2) depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, (3) recovery of prior impairments of oil and gas properties, (4) non-cash stock compensation expense, (5) unrealized gain on derivatives and (6) other income. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of net income or cash flows as determined by IFRS.
Management believes these non-IFRS financial measures facilitate evaluation of the Company’s business on a “normalized” or recurring basis and without giving effect to certain non-cash expenses and other items, thereby providing management, investors and analysts with comparative information for evaluating the Company in relation to other oil and gas companies providing corresponding non-IFRS financial measures. These non-IFRS financial measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, measures for financial performance prepared in accordance with IFRS, and that the reconciliations to the closest corresponding IFRS measure should be reviewed carefully.
Epsilon Energy Ltd. is a North American natural gas development, production and midstream company with a current focus on the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania.