U.S. Energy Corp. Announces Third Quarter 2017 Results

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DENVER, Nov. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (NASDAQ:USEG) (“U.S. Energy” or the “Company”) today announced financial and operational results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

David Veltri, U.S. Energy’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Over the course of 2017, U.S. Energy has either completed transactions or entered into definitive agreements which have allowed the Company to refinance its legacy credit facility, potentially equitize a significant portion of its outstanding debt and eliminate the majority of the Company’s outstanding liabilities, all while significantly increasing the Company’s liquidity profile.  The results of these efforts will begin immediately showing up on our 2017 year-end financial statements and we expect to see continued improvements in both our operating margins and profitability going forward.  With both the immediate cash received from these transactions and the future cash savings due to a significantly reduced interest expense, U.S. Energy is well positioned to deploy capital to create accretive future growth for all shareholders during 2018 and beyond.  To that end, we intend to target significant acquisitions during the coming year to increase our production as well as expand our drilling inventory. As evidenced by our recently announced participation in the horizontal drilling program targeting the Georgetown formation on our South Texas acreage position, U.S. Energy has transitioned itself into a growth-oriented E&P company focused on returns on invested capital and maximizing shareholder value.” 

For the third quarter of 2017, U.S. Energy’s total production volumes on a BOE basis decreased as compared to the second quarter of 2017, primarily driven by downtime due to necessary maintenance on a specific producing well that the Company holds a significant working interest in.  The well was offline for the majority of the quarter and was brought back online towards the end of September 2017. Now back online and producing, the Company expects the well to return to its forecasted production profile.  During the third quarter of 2017, U.S. Energy realized a $36.07 average price per Bbl of oil compared to an $34.13 average price per Bbl of oil during the second quarter of 2017.

Revenues from sales of oil and natural gas for the second quarter of 2017 were $1.5 million compared to $2.0 million for the second quarter of 2017.  The quarter over quarter decrease in revenue is primarily due to production downtime attributable to maintenance on a specific producing well that the Company holds a significant working interest in. Revenue from oil production represented 85% of Company revenue during the third quarter of 2017.

Lease operating expenses for the third quarter of 2017 were $0.6 million compared to $0.5 million for the second quarter of 2017. This slight increase as compared to the second quarter of 2017 was primarily due to workover costs associated with maintenance on a portion of the Company’s producing wells. 

General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2017 were $0.6 million compared to $1.0 million for the second quarter in 2017.  The quarter over quarter decrease is primarily associated with a reduction in professional fees associated with the assignment and transfer of the Company’s Credit Facility.

Adjusted EBITDA was $0.3 million for the third quarter of 2017, as compared to $0.4 million for the second quarter of 2017.  Net Income (Loss) was $(0.4) million for the third quarter of 2017 compared to $0.3 million for the second quarter of 2017.  Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure.  For additional information please refer to the reconciliation of this measure at the end of this news release.

As of September 30, 2017, the Company was in compliance with all financial covenants and fully confirming with all requirements under its credit facility.

As previously announced, on October 5, 2017, U.S. Energy Corp. announced that the Company, the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary Energy One LLC and APEG Energy II, L.P., (“APEG”), an entity controlled by Angelus Private Equity Group, LLC entered into an exchange agreement (the “Exchange Agreement”), pursuant to which, on the terms and subject to the conditions of the Exchange Agreement, APEG will exchange $4,463,380 of outstanding borrowings under the Company’s Credit Facility, for 5,819,270 new shares of common stock of the Company, par value $0.01 per share, representing an exchange price of $0.767 representing a 1.3% premium over the 30-day volume weighted average price of the Company’s common stock on September 20, 2017 (the “Exchange Shares”). Accrued, unpaid interest on the Credit Facility held by APEG will be paid in cash at the closing of the transaction. Immediately following the close of the transaction, APEG will hold approximately 49.3% of the outstanding Common Stock of U.S. Energy. The Company expects to close the Transaction in the fourth quarter of 2017. The Transaction is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including approval by the Company's shareholders of the Transaction.

U.S. Energy hedges portions of its expected production volumes to increase the predictability of its cash flow and to help maintain a strong financial position. The following table summarizes U.S. Energy’s open crude oil and natural gas derivative contracts scheduled to settle after September 30, 2017.

As previously announced, on October 4, 2017, U.S. Energy Corp., the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary Energy One LLC and Statoil Oil and Gas LP (“Statoil”) entered into a purchase and sale agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”), pursuant to which, on the terms, and subject to the conditions of the Purchase Agreement, the Company assigned, sold, and conveyed certain non-operated assets in the Williston Basin, North Dakota, in consideration for the elimination of $4.0 million in outstanding liabilities and payment by Statoil to the Company of $2.0 million in cash.  U.S. Energy has historically accounted for the eliminated liabilities on the Company’s balance sheet under “Payable to major operator” and “Contingent ownership interests.”  The Purchase Agreement was unanimously approved by the board of directors of the Company and closed on October 5, 2017, with an effective date of August 1, 2017. As the transaction closed in the fourth quarter of 2017, the effects of this transaction will be reflected on U.S. Energy’s year-end 2017 financial statements and year-end 2017 reserve report.

We are an independent energy company focused on the lease acquisition and development of oil and gas producing properties in the continental United States. Our business is currently focused in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and South Texas. We continue to focus on increasing production, reserves, and cash flow from operations while pro-actively managing our debt levels. More information about U.S. Energy Corp. can be found at www.usnrg.com.

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.

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:

 

Corporate Contact:

U.S. Energy Corp.
Ryan Smith
Chief Financial Officer
(303) 993-3200
www.usnrg.com

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Globe Newswire: 22:00 GMT Tuesday 14th November 2017

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