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  • rewardz4u rewardz4u Oct 17, 2011 11:32 AM Flag

    PDO operating income up 161% with oil at $$73.26, imagine numbers with oil $100+

    PDO operating income up 161% with oil at $$73.26, imagine numbers with oil $100+

    Operating income and net income up 161% and 78%, respectively, vs. Q3
    -- Operating cash flow at Sept. 30 reaches $1.4 million
    -- Two new wells drilled in Mountain View Field
    -- Pyramid and Victory Oil Company agree in principle on California JV

    Pyramid Oil Company (AMEX:PDO - News) today announced financial results for its third quarter and nine-month period ended September 30, 2010.

    Third quarter revenue increased 50% to $1.4 million from $945,000 in the comparable year-ago quarter. The increase is attributable to a $321,000 gain on the sale of a portion of Pyramid's interest in a Texas natural gas joint venture, as well as higher oil and gas revenue. Operating income increased 161% to $499,000 from $191,000 in last year's third quarter. Net income advanced 78% to $394,000, or $0.08 per diluted share, from $221,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, in the third quarter a year ago.

    Average crude oil prices during the third quarter increased by $9.30 to $73.26 per barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) from $63.96 per BOE in last year's third quarter.

    Operating cash flow through the first nine months of fiscal 2010 was $1.4 million versus $298,000 at the nine-month mark last year. Pyramid ended the third quarter with cash and short-term investments of $4.8 million, up from $4.0 million at the end of the second quarter. At Sept. 30, the Company's balance sheet was free of long-term debt and included working capital of $5.1 million and a current ratio of 10.1:1.

    "By monetizing a small portion of our joint venture in Texas, we have reinforced our already strong financial position," said John H. Alexander, president and CEO. "We also have maintained our exposure to opportunities in the increasingly productive Eagle Ford shale formation. In addition to the interest we continue to hold in our original Texas JV, we own a 30% interest in an 876-acre joint venture in Menard County, and expect the first well on this prospect will be drilled before the end of the year."

    "Closer to home, we have been exploring a joint venture opportunity with Victory Oil Company, a highly regarded, 75-year-old business with producing properties in close proximity to our leases in Kern County, Calif.," Mr. Alexander added. "We have agreed in principal to jointly participate in an approximately 4,000-foot test well in the Taft area of the county, and also are working to finalize the terms of a drilling program that could involve up to four wells during the next 12 months.

    "Meantime, we successfully re-entered two previously drilled wells in our Mountain View field as part of our effort to increase production from our core California properties. We have completed the first well and are conducting a down-hole survey to identify and terminate an area of water entry. The second well has been completed and perforated, and we are currently conducting initial testing. We plan to initiate an additional re-drill in the Mountain View field shortly after the first of the year, depending on rig availability."

    Mr. Alexander concluded, "Given the diverse range of opportunities we have established to ramp up production, coupled with the strong price environment for crude, we are optimistic about our prospects for continued growth."

    Nine-month results

    Through nine months, Pyramid reported revenue of $3.7 million, up 55% from $2.3 million reported in the same period a year ago. Operating income was $145,000 versus an operating loss of $235,000 at the nine-month mark a year ago. Net income was $273,000, or $0.06 per diluted share, versus a net loss $7,000, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, in the same period last year.

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