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Emerald Oil Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial and Operational Results, Guidance Increase, Credit Facility and Term Loan Facility Update

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - August 04, 2015) - Emerald Oil, Inc. (NYSE MKT: EOX) ("Emerald" or the "Company") today announced financial and operational results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, 2015 guidance increase, and Revolving Credit Facility ("Credit Facility") and Senior Secured Second Lien Term Loan Facility ("Term Loan Facility") updates.

Highlights

  • Second quarter production of 453,495 BOE increased 33% as compared to 340,320 BOE in the second quarter of 2014. Daily production averaged 4,983 BOEPD, 7% above the midpoint and 4% above the high end of Emerald's second quarter 2015 guidance range;
  • 2015 third and fourth quarter production guidance raised 400 Boe/d and 200 Boe/d, to 4,700-5,000 Boe/d and 4,200-4,500 Boe/d, respectively;
  • Second quarter oil and gas revenue of $21.8 million;
  • Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $5.0 million;
  • Fall 2015 Credit Facility borrowing base redetermination resulting in an elected commitment of $135 million and a new covenant structure; and
  • $100 million Term Loan Facility, with a $75 million initial draw, provided by Angelo, Gordon Energy Capital, LLC and affiliates ("Angelo Gordon"), expected to close in the third quarter in conjunction with the borrowing base redetermination.

Second Quarter 2015 Production

For the second quarter of 2015, Emerald's total production volumes on a BOE basis increased 33% as compared to the second quarter of 2014. During the second quarter of 2015, Emerald realized a $48.60 average price per Bbl of oil (including settled derivatives) compared to an $87.42 average price per Bbl of oil during the second quarter of 2014.

     
    Quarter Ended June 30,
    2015     2014
Sales Volume (Total)          
Oil (Bbls)   419,461     324,617
Gas (Mcf)   204,203     94,217
Sales volumes (Boe)   453,495     340,320
           
Average Daily Sales          
Oil (Bbls)   4,609     3,567
Gas (Mcf)   2,244     1,035
Sales volumes (Boe)   4,983     3,740
           
Average Sales Prices          
Oil (Bbl) $ 51.44   $ 93.30
Effect of Settled Oil Derivatives   (2.84)     (5.88)
Oil Net of Settled Derivatives (Bbl) $ 48.60   $ 87.42
Gas (Mcf) $ 1.30   $ 10.26
Barrel of Oil Equivalent with Settled Derivatives $ 45.53   $ 86.23
           

Financial Results

Revenues from sales of oil and natural gas for the second quarter of 2015 were $21.8 million compared to $31.3 million for the same period in 2014. The decrease was due to lower realized crude oil prices during the second quarter of 2015. Crude oil revenue accounted for approximately 99% of oil and natural gas sales.

Lease operating expenses for the second quarter of 2015 were $8.5 million compared to $3.4 million for the same period in 2014. On a per unit basis, lease operating expenses were $18.68 per BOE in the second quarter of 2015 compared to $9.90 per BOE in the second quarter of 2014. This increase on a per unit basis compared to 2014 was primarily due to regulatory and compliance related costs associated with gas capture and air emissions, and costs associated with increased production water hauling from new pads that were brought online further from disposal facilities. These two items that drove LOE higher in the second quarter are no longer relevant to our business due to the completion of the Low Rider midstream system. Emerald also incurred workover expenses for the second quarter of 2015 of $1.6 million, or $3.47 per BOE.

General and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2015 were $3.9 million compared to $7.6 million for the same period in 2014. On a per unit basis, G&A expenses (excluding non-cash stock-based compensation) were $7.38 per BOE in the second quarter of 2015 compared to $13.66 per BOE in the second quarter of 2014. Share-based compensation expenses, which are included in G&A expense, totaled $0.5 million in the second quarter of 2015 compared to $3.0 million for the same period in 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA was $5.0 million for the second quarter of 2015, as compared to $17.4 million for the same period in 2014. Adjusted Net Income (Loss) was $(8.7) million for the second quarter of 2015. Emerald recognized a $61.4 million non-cash impairment expense for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 due primarily to the substantial declines in commodity prices. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) are non-GAAP financial measures. For additional information please refer to the reconciliation of these measures at the end of this news release.

Updated 2015 Production and CAPEX Guidance

Assumes Emerald's variable one rig program for 2015.

         
    Previous Boe/d Range   Updated Boe/d Range
    Low End   High End   Low End   High End
1Q 2015 Average   4,000   4,300   4,715   4,715
2Q 2015 Average   4,500   4,800   4,983   4,983
3Q 2015 Average   4,300   4,600   4,700   5,000
4Q 2015 Average   4,000   4,300   4,200   4,500
                 
                 
2015 Average   4,200   4,500   4,650   4,800
Year over year average production growth   18%   27%   24%   35%
                 
                 
     
    2015 Capital Expenditures Range ($mm)
    Previous Range    Updated Range
    Low End   High End   Low End   High End
2015 Drilling and Completion Budget*   $52.0   $71.0   $62.0   $81.0
2015 Land Budget   $1.0   $5.0   $1.0   $5.0
                 
                 

* Drilling and Completion CAPEX through June 30, 2015 was $61.9 million.

Credit Facility, Term Loan Facility and Liquidity Update

Upon closing of the Term Loan, Emerald's lending syndicate has approved an amendment to the Company's Credit Facility. The amendment will include an updated senior secured debt to EBITDA covenant of 2.5x through March 31, 2016, and 1.5x for the remainder of 2016, a new total secured debt to EBITDA covenant of 4.5x through December 31, 2015, 4.0x through June 30, 2016, and 3.0x through the remainder of 2016, a new interest coverage covenant of 2.5x through 2016, and eliminated the total debt to EBITDA covenant through 2016. Additionally, as part of the Fall 2015 borrowing base redetermination, the banks approved a $135 million borrowing base. The next scheduled redetermination is Spring 2016.

In conjunction with the lending syndicate's new covenant structure and borrowing base redetermination, a $100 million delayed draw Term Loan Facility, provided by Angelo Gordon, is expected to close during the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions. At closing, $75 million in proceeds shall be used to repay borrowings under Emerald's Credit Facility, and an additional $25 million in funds may be made available to meet future requirements. The Term Loan Facility has a three year maturity and bears interest at LIBOR plus 8.25 percent with a one percent LIBOR floor.

As of June 30, 2015, the Company has classified the balance of both the Credit Facility and the Convertible Notes as current liabilities. Upon closing the amendment to the Credit Facility during the third quarter of 2015, the Company expects to reclassify both the Credit Facility and the Convertible Notes back to long term liabilities.

         
Secured Debt & Liquidity Overview   6/30/2015 ($mm)   Pro Forma Balance* ($mm)
Cash and Cash Equivalents**   $19.1   $10.0
Revolving Credit Facility   $159.7   $51.2
Second Lien Term Loan   N/A   $75.0
         
* Pro Forma for Koch Exploration transaction of approximately $24.4 million and $75.0 million Second Lien Term Loan
** Cash swept into revolving credit facility
 

Conference Call

Emerald will host a conference call on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Mountain Time) to discuss financial and operational results for the quarter end.

 
Emerald Oil, Inc. 2Q2015 Financial and Operational Results Conference Call
Date:   Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Time:   10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
9:00 a.m. Central Time
8:00 a.m. Mountain Time
7:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Webcast:   Live and rebroadcast over the Internet at the Emerald Oil website
Website:   www.emeraldoil.com
Telephone Dial-In:   877-407-8831 (toll-free) and 201-493-6736 (international)
Telephone Replay:   Available through Wednesday, August 12, 2015
877-660-6853 (toll-free) and 201-612-7415 (international)
Passcode: 413333
     

About Emerald

Emerald is an independent exploration and production operator that is focused on acquiring acreage and developing wells in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana, targeting the Bakken and Three Forks shale oil formations and Pronghorn sand oil formation. Emerald is based in Denver, Colorado. More information about Emerald can be found at www.emeraldoil.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the securities laws. All statements other than statements of historical facts included herein may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this document may include statements regarding the Company's expectations regarding the Company's operational, exploration and development plans; expectations regarding the nature and amount of the Company's reserves; and expectations regarding production, revenues, cash flows and recoveries. When used in this press release, the words "will," "potential," "believe," "estimate," "intend," "expect," "may," "should," "anticipate," "could," "plan," "predict," "project," "profile," "model," or their negatives, other similar expressions or the statements that include those words, are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in oil and natural gas prices, uncertainties inherent in estimating quantities of oil and natural gas reserves and projecting future rates of production and timing of development activities, competition, operating risks, acquisition risks, liquidity and capital requirements, the effects of governmental regulation, adverse changes in the market for the Company's oil and natural gas production, dependence upon third-party vendors, and other risks detailed in the Company's periodic report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

EMERALD OIL, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)

             
             
    June 30, 2015     December 31, 2014  
ASSETS                
CURRENT ASSETS                
  Cash and Cash Equivalents   $ 19,116,956     $ 12,389,230  
  Restricted Cash     2,000,000       -  
  Accounts Receivable - Oil and Natural Gas Sales     9,107,331       7,203,455  
  Accounts Receivable - Joint Interest Partners     14,296,377       31,842,464  
  Other Receivables     304,624       980,317  
  Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets     776,292       289,061  
  Fair Value of Commodity Derivatives     -       5,044,125  
    Total Current Assets     45,601,580       57,748,652  
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT                
  Oil and Natural Gas Properties, Full Cost Method, at cost:                
  Proved Oil and Natural Gas Properties     678,944,015       593,472,170  
  Unproved Oil and Natural Gas Properties     149,994,517       166,708,263  
  Equipment and Facilities     17,223,706       6,086,896  
  Other Property and Equipment     4,644,900       2,583,372  
    Total Property and Equipment     850,807,138       768,850,701  
  Less - Accumulated Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization     (317,035,267 )     (149,703,417 )
    Total Property and Equipment, Net     533,771,871       619,147,284  
  Restricted Cash     -       4,000,000  
  Debt Issuance Costs, Net of Amortization     5,433,819       5,779,125  
  Deposits on Acquisitions     -       140,173  
  Deferred Tax Assets, Net     1,813,561       1,813,796  
  Other Non-Current Assets     426,873       430,846  
    Total Assets   $ 587,047,704     $ 689,059,876  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
CURRENT LIABILITIES                
  Accounts Payable   $ 59,492,828     $ 120,136,903  
  Revolving Credit Facility     159,683,000       -  
  Convertible Senior Notes     151,500,000       -  
  Fair Value of Commodity Derivatives     3,167,271       -  
  Accrued Expenses     4,546,468       11,267,831  
  Advances from Joint Interest Partners     2,020,760       2,577,247  
  Deferred Tax Liability, Net     1,813,561       1,813,796  
    Total Current Liabilities     382,223,888       135,795,777  
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES                
  Revolving Credit Facility     -       75,000,000  
  Convertible Senior Notes     -       151,500,000  
  Asset Retirement Obligations     3,141,859       2,671,975  
  Warrant Liability     408,000       2,199,000  
  Fair Value of Commodity Derivatives     465,945       -  
    Total Liabilities     386,239,692       367,166,752  
                 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES                
                 
Preferred Stock - Par Value $.001; 20,000,000 Shares Authorized;                
  Series B Voting Preferred Stock - 255,732 issued and outstanding at June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014. Liquidation preference value of $256 as of June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014.     256       256  
                 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
  Common Stock, Par Value $.001; 500,000,000 Shares Authorized, 7,856,325 and 3,891,431 Shares Issued and Outstanding, respectively     7,856       3,891  
  Additional Paid-In Capital     504,815,447       455,087,277  
  Accumulated Deficit     (304,015,547 )     (133,198,300 )
    Total Stockholders' Equity     200,807,756       321,892,868  
    Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 587,047,704     $ 689,059,876  
                 

EMERALD OIL, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)

             
    Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
    2015       2014     2015     2014  
REVENUES                            
  Oil Sales   $ 21,575,315     $ 30,288,128     $ 35,631,347     $ 48,722,936  
  Natural Gas Sales     264,691       966,280       729,863       1,600,344  
  Net Losses on Commodity Derivatives     (4,823,936 )     (6,663,083 )     (4,550,761 )     (7,461,936 )
    Total Revenues     17,016,070       24,591,325       31,810,449       42,861,344  
OPERATING EXPENSES                                
  Production Expenses     10,048,350       3,897,482       17,770,504       6,514,726  
  Production Taxes     2,251,080       3,400,874       3,834,375       5,489,610  
  General and Administrative Expenses     3,878,473       7,633,559       8,673,998       16,125,563  
  Depletion of Oil and Natural Gas Properties     10,034,956       8,600,878       20,380,062       14,878,110  
  Impairment of Oil and Natural Gas Properties     61,361,000       -       146,625,000       -  
  Depreciation and Amortization     167,634       81,497       326,789       147,257  
  Accretion of Discount on Asset Retirement Obligations     50,928       20,080       100,507       35,800  
  Standby Rig Expense     826,061       -       2,372,665       -  
    Total Operating Expenses     88,618,482       23,634,370       200,083,900       43,191,066  
INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS     (71,602,412 )     956,955       (168,273,451 )     (329,722 )
                                 
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)                                
  Interest Expense     (2,616,000 )     (1,136,377 )     (4,309,552 )     (1,308,463 )
  Warrant Revaluation Gain (Expense)     1,089,000       (1,771,000 )     1,791,000       (1,967,000 )
  Other Income     -       371       257       4,047  
    Total Other Expense, Net     (1,527,000 )     (2,907,006 )     (2,518,295 )     (3,271,416 )
                                 
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES     (73,129,412 )     (1,950,051 )     (170,791,746 )     (3,601,138 )
                                 
INCOME TAX PROVISION     -       -       -       -  
                                 
NET LOSS   $ (73,129,412 )   $ (1,950,051 )   $ (170,791,746 )   $ (3,601,138 )
                                 
Net Loss Per Common Share - Basic and Diluted   $ (11.70 )   $ (0.59 )   $ (31.18 )   $ (1.09 )
                                 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Basic and Diluted     6,248,310       3,316,161       5,476,843       3,312,582  
                                 
                                 
                                 

EMERALD OIL, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)

       
    Six Months Ended June 30,  
    2015     2014  
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES                
  Net Loss   $ (170,791,746 )   $ (3,601,138 )
Adjustments to Reconcile Net Loss to Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities:                
  Depletion of Oil and Natural Gas Properties     20,380,062       14,878,110  
  Impairment of Oil and Natural Gas Properties     146,625,000       -  
  Depreciation and Amortization     326,788       147,257  
  Amortization of Debt Issuance Costs     1,045,217       377,463  
  Accretion of Discount on Asset Retirement Obligations     100,507       35,800  
  Net Losses on Commodity Derivatives     4,550,761       7,461,936  
  Net Cash Settlements Received (Paid) on Commodity Derivatives     4,126,580       (2,462,140 )
  Warrant Revaluation (Gain) Expense     (1,791,000 )     1,967,000  
  Share-Based Compensation Expense     2,163,753       6,678,883  
Changes in Assets and Liabilities:                
  Increase in Trade Receivables - Oil and Natural Gas Revenues     (1,903,876 )     (636,959 )
  Decrease (Increase) in Accounts Receivable - Joint Interest Partners     17,546,087       (4,873,541 )
  Decrease (Increase) in Other Receivables     675,693       (1,022,732 )
  Increase in Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets     (487,231 )     (328,131 )
  Decrease in Other Non-Current Assets     3,972       130,437  
  (Decrease) Increase in Accounts Payable     (2,963,252 )     1,888,872  
  Decrease in Accrued Expenses     (5,462,417 )     (2,474,083 )
  Increase in Other Non-Current Liabilities     -       209,333  
  (Decrease) Increase in Advances from Joint Interest Partners     (556,487 )     1,518,372  
Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities     13,588,411       19,894,739  
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES                
  Purchases of Other Property and Equipment     (2,061,528 )     (754,492 )
  Restricted Cash Released     2,000,000       11,000,512  
  Payments of Restricted Cash     -       (2,648,721 )
  Increase (Decrease) in Deposits for Acquisitions     140,173       (178,967 )
  Proceeds from Sale of Oil and Natural Gas Properties, Net of Transaction Costs     -       238,069  
  Investment in Oil and Natural Gas Properties     (136,601,645 )     (204,113,902 )
Net Cash Used For Investing Activities     (136,523,000 )     (196,457,501 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES                
  Proceeds from Issuance of Convertible Senior Notes, Net of Transaction Costs     -       166,893,211  
  Proceeds from Issuance of Common Stock, Net of Transaction Costs     45,753,027       -  
  Advances on Revolving Credit Facility     100,000,000       35,000,000  
  Payments on Revolving Credit Facility     (15,317,000 )     (35,000,000 )
  Cash Paid for Finance Costs     (73,801 )     (24,605 )
  Cash Paid for Debt Issuance Costs     (699,911 )     (500,365 )
  Proceeds from Exercise of Stock Options and Warrants     -       110,750  
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities     129,662,315       166,478,991  
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS     6,727,726       (10,083,771 )
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - BEGINNING OF PERIOD     12,389,230       144,255,438  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - END OF PERIOD   $ 19,116,956     $ 134,171,667  
Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information                
  Cash Paid During the Period for Interest   $ 1,375,758     $ -  
  Cash Paid During the Period for Income Taxes   $ -     $ -  
Non-Cash Financing and Investing Activities:                
  Oil and Natural Gas Properties Included in Accounts Payable   $ 50,276,501     $ 86,500,675  
  Stock-Based Compensation Capitalized to Oil and Natural Gas Properties   $ 630,210     $ 1,396,362  
  Asset Retirement Obligation Costs and Liabilities   $ 369,377     $ 515,199  
                 
                 

In addition to reporting net income (loss) as defined under GAAP, we also present net earnings before interest, income taxes, depletion, depreciation, and amortization, accretion of discount on asset retirement obligations, impairment of oil and natural gas properties, warrant revaluation (gains) and expenses, net gain (loss) from mark-to-market on commodity derivatives, cash settlements received (paid), standby rig expenses and non-cash expenses relating to share based payments recognized under ASC Topic 718 ("Adjusted EBITDA"), which is a non-GAAP performance measure. Adjusted EBITDA consists of net earnings after adjustment for those items described in the table below. Adjusted EBITDA does not represent, and should not be considered an alternative to GAAP measurements, such as net income (loss) (its most directly comparable GAAP measure), and our calculations thereof may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. By eliminating the items described below, we believe the measure is useful in evaluating its fundamental core operating performance. We also believe that Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because similar measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties in their evaluation of companies in similar industries. Our management uses Adjusted EBITDA to manage our business, including in preparing our annual operating budget and financial projections. Our management does not view Adjusted EBITDA in isolation and also uses other measurements, such as net income (loss) and revenues to measure operating performance. The following table provides a reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented:

             
    Three Months Ended June 30,     Six Months Ended June 30,  
      2015       2014     2015     2014  
Net loss   $ (73,129,412 )   $ (1,950,051 )   $ (170,791,746 )   $ (3,601,138 )
  Impairment of oil and natural gas properties     61,361,000       -       146,625,000       -  
  Interest expense     2,616,000       1,136,377       4,309,552       1,308,463  
  Accretion of discount on asset retirement obligations     50,928       20,080       100,507       35,800  
  Depletion, depreciation and amortization     10,202,590       8,682,375       20,706,851       15,025,367  
  Stock-based compensation     530,173       2,983,580       2,163,753       6,678,883  
  Warrant revaluation (gain) expense     (1,089,000 )     1,771,000       (1,791,000 )     1,967,000  
  Net losses on commodity derivatives     4,823,936       6,663,083       4,550,761       7,461,936  
  Net cash settlements received (paid) on commodity derivatives     (1,190,720 )     (1,908,756 )     4,126,580       (2,462,140 )
  Standby rig expense     826,061       -       2,372,665       -  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 5,001,556     $ 17,397,688     $ 12,372,923     $ 26,414,171  
                                 

In addition to reporting net income (loss) as defined under GAAP, we also present "adjusted income (loss)", which we define as net earnings before the effect of any impairment of oil and natural gas properties, unrealized gain (loss) from mark-to-market on commodity derivatives, mark-to-market on our warrant liability, share-based compensation expense and the other items described in the table below. Adjusted income (loss) is a non-GAAP performance measure. Adjusted income (loss) does not represent, and should not be considered an alternative to GAAP measurements, such as net income (loss), and our calculations thereof may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. By eliminating the items described below, we believe the measure is useful in evaluating our fundamental core operating performance. We also believe that adjusted income (loss) is useful to investors because similar measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties in their evaluation of companies in similar industries. Our management uses adjusted income to manage our business, including in preparing our annual operating budget and financial projections. Our management does not view adjusted income (loss) in isolation and also uses other measurements, such as net income (loss) and revenues to measure operating performance. The following table provides a reconciliation of net income (loss), to adjusted income (loss) for the periods presented:

      Three Months Ended June 30,     Six Months Ended June 30,  
        2015       2014     2015     2014  
Net loss   $ (73,129,412 )   $ (1,950,051 )   $ (170,791,746 )   $ (3,601,138 )
  Impairment of oil and natural gas properties     61,361,000             146,625,000        
  Stock-based compensation     530,173       2,983,580       2,163,753       6,678,883  
  Warrant revaluation (gain) expense     (1,089,000 )     1,771,000       (1,791,000 )     1,967,000  
  Net losses on commodity derivatives     4,823,936       6,663,083       4,550,761       7,461,936  
  Net cash settlements received (paid) on commodity derivatives     (1,190,720 )     (1,908,756 )     4,126,580       (2,462,140 )
Adjusted net income (loss)   $ (8,694,023 )   $ 7,558,856     $ (15,116,652 )   $ 10,044,541  
                                 
Net Adjusted Income (Loss) Per Common Share – Basic   $ (1.39 )   $ 2.28     $ (2.76 )   $ 3.03  
                                 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding – Basic     6,248,310       3,316,161       5,476,843       3,312,582