Battalion Oil Corporation Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial and Operating Results

HOUSTON, May 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Battalion Oil Corporation (NYSE American: BATL, “Battalion” or the “Company”) today announced financial and operating results for the first quarter 2022.

Key Highlights

  • Meeting or exceeding performance targets on drilling and completion activities year to date
  • Mitigating cost increases and material shortages through increased operational and capital efficiencies
  • Continued robust commodity pricing offering opportunity to layer on new hedges at attractive prices
  • Ample liquidity to execute on 2022 capital program
  • Recently began flowing back on first wells of 2022 capital program

Management Comments

Richard Little, the Company’s CEO, commented, “As we entered 2022, our goal was clear: ramp up activity and drive significant growth in daily production and cash flow while remaining committed to capital discipline and operational efficiency. I am pleased to say we are delivering on all operational fronts and we are well on our way to achieving our 2022 goals.”

Mr. Little continued, “With the first wells from our capital program flowing back, we expect to begin driving significant cash flow growth as we burn off below market hedges and layer on new ones at attractive prices. As we continue to move through 2022 and turn additional wells online, we will continue to prioritize capital discipline and operational efficiency and will remain diligent in our efforts to mitigate risks caused by inflationary pressures, supply chain disruption, or shifts in the geopolitical landscape.”

Results of Operations

Average daily net production and total operating revenue during the first quarter 2022 were 14,767 barrels of oil equivalent per day (“Boepd”) (50% oil) and $81.6 million, respectively, as compared to production and revenue of 14,333 Boepd (56% oil) and $55.5 million, respectively, during the first quarter 2021. In February 2021, we temporarily shut-in production due to inclement weather. The estimated decrease in average daily oil and natural gas production associated with this temporary shut-in was approximately 1,300 Boe/d in the first three months of 2021. The increase in revenues in the first quarter of 2022 as compared to the first quarter 2021 is primarily attributable to an approximate $18.42 per Boe increase in average realized prices (excluding the impact of hedges).

Excluding the impact of hedges, Battalion realized 99% of the average NYMEX oil price during the first quarter of 2022. Realized hedge losses totaled approximately $32.8 million during the first quarter 2022.

Lease operating and workover expense was $9.32 per Boe in the first quarter of 2022 and $7.77 per Boe in the first quarter of 2021. Adjusted G&A was $3.30 per Boe in the first quarter of 2022 compared to $3.24 per Boe in the first quarter of 2021 (see Selected Operating Data table for additional information).

The Company reported a net loss to common stockholders for the first quarter of 2022 of $92.7 million and a net loss per basic and diluted share of $5.69. After adjusting for selected items, the Company reported a net loss to common stockholders for the first quarter of 2022 of $3.5 million, or a $0.22 loss per basic and diluted share (see Selected Item Review and Reconciliation for additional information). Adjusted EBITDA during the quarter ended March 31, 2022, was $11.8 million as compared to $15.3 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2021 (see Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation table for additional information).

Liquidity and Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2022, the Company had $200.0 million of indebtedness outstanding, approximately $1.6 million of letters of credit outstanding and up to $35.0 million in delayed draw term loans available to be drawn under our Term Loan Agreement. Total liquidity on March 31, 2022, inclusive of $43.5 million of cash and cash equivalents, was $78.5 million. On April 29, 2022, the Company borrowed the $20.0 million available under the first delayed draw of the Term Loan Agreement.

Conference Call Information

Battalion Oil Corporation has scheduled a conference call for Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. To access the live conference call, local participants may dial +1 (646) 828-8193. All other participants may dial (888) 220-8474 for toll free. The confirmation code for the live conference call is 2126195. The live conference call will also be available through the Company’s website at www.battalionoil.com on the Events and Presentations page under the Investors tab. The replay for the event will be available on the Company’s website at www.battalionoil.com on the Events and Presentations page under the Investors tab through June 30, 2022.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements that are not strictly historical statements constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements about anticipated production, liquidity, capital spending, drilling and completion plans, and forward guidance. Forward-looking statements may often, but not always, be identified by the use of such words such as “expects”, “believes”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “estimates”, “projects”, “potential”, “possible”, or “probable” or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “will”, “should”, or “could” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs and expectations and involve certain assumptions or estimates that involve various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the statements. These risks include, but are not limited to, those set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, and other filings submitted by the Company to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), copies of which may be obtained from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or through the Company’s website at www.battalionoil.com. Readers should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which are made only as of the date hereof. The Company has no duty, and assumes no obligation, to update forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or changes in the Company’s expectations.

About Battalion

Battalion Oil Corporation is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, production, exploration and development of onshore oil and natural gas properties in the United States.

BATTALION OIL CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

             
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2022
  2021
Operating revenues:            
Oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids sales:            
Oil   $ 62,524     $ 41,270  
Natural gas     8,881       9,087  
Natural gas liquids     10,003       4,909  
Total oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids sales     81,408       55,266  
Other     194       252  
Total operating revenues     81,602       55,518  
             
Operating expenses:            
Production:            
Lease operating     11,524       9,467  
Workover and other     865       560  
Taxes other than income     4,951       3,192  
Gathering and other     15,255       13,171  
General and administrative     4,985       4,827  
Depletion, depreciation and accretion     10,220       10,595  
Total operating expenses     47,800       41,812  
Income (loss) from operations     33,802       13,706  
             
Other income (expenses):            
Net gain (loss) on derivative contracts     (123,858 )     (45,711 )
Interest expense and other     (2,688 )     (1,370 )
Total other income (expenses)     (126,546 )     (47,081 )
Income (loss) before income taxes     (92,744 )     (33,375 )
Income tax benefit (provision)            
Net income (loss)   $ (92,744 )   $ (33,375 )
             
Net income (loss) per share of common stock:            
Basic   $ (5.69 )   $ (2.06 )
Diluted   $ (5.69 )   $ (2.06 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:            
Basic     16,303       16,232  
Diluted     16,303       16,232  

BATTALION OIL CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

             
    March 31, 2022   December 31, 2021
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 43,487     $ 46,864  
Accounts receivable, net     43,375       36,806  
Assets from derivative contracts     3,596       1,383  
Restricted cash     150       1,495  
Prepaids and other     1,268       1,366  
Total current assets     91,876       87,914  
Oil and natural gas properties (full cost method):            
Evaluated     593,525       569,886  
Unevaluated     64,885       64,305  
Gross oil and natural gas properties     658,410       634,191  
Less – accumulated depletion     (349,843 )     (339,776 )
Net oil and natural gas properties     308,567       294,415  
Other operating property and equipment:            
Other operating property and equipment     3,627       3,467  
Less – accumulated depreciation     (1,079 )     (1,035 )
Net other operating property and equipment     2,548       2,432  
Other noncurrent assets:            
Assets from derivative contracts     5,195       2,515  
Operating lease right of use assets     631       721  
Other assets     1,973       2,270  
Total assets   $ 410,790     $ 390,267  
             
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $ 81,370     $ 62,826  
Liabilities from derivative contracts     103,232       58,322  
Current portion of long-term debt     5,000       85  
Operating lease liabilities     373       369  
Total current liabilities     189,975       121,602  
Long-term debt, net     177,463       181,565  
Other noncurrent liabilities:            
Liabilities from derivative contracts     58,166       7,144  
Asset retirement obligations     12,005       11,896  
Operating lease liabilities     258       352  
Other     1,971       4,003  
Commitments and contingencies            
Stockholders’ equity:            
Common stock: 100,000,000 shares of $0.0001 par value authorized;            
16,337,030 and 16,273,913 shares issued and outstanding as of            
March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively     2       2  
Additional paid-in capital     332,178       332,187  
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)     (361,228 )     (268,484 )
Total stockholders’ equity     (29,048 )     63,705  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 410,790     $ 390,267  

BATTALION OIL CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
(In thousands)

             
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2022   2021
Cash flows from operating activities:            
Net income (loss)   $ (92,744 )   $ (33,375 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash            
provided by (used in) operating activities:            
Depletion, depreciation and accretion     10,220       10,595  
Stock-based compensation, net     384       594  
Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative contracts     91,038       36,052  
Amortization of deferred loan costs     899        
Reorganization items     (744 )      
Accrued settlements on derivative contracts     12,809       4,568  
Change in fair value of Change of Control Call Option     (2,032 )      
Other income (expense)           (117 )
Cash flows from operations before changes in working capital     19,830       18,317  
Changes in working capital     (7,783 )     (4,959 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities     12,047       13,358  
             
Cash flows from investing activities:            
Oil and natural gas capital expenditures     (15,684 )     (13,792 )
Proceeds received from sale of oil and natural gas properties           1,076  
Funds held in escrow and other     (160 )     (3 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities     (15,844 )     (12,719 )
             
Cash flows from financing activities:            
Proceeds from borrowings           16,000  
Repayments of borrowings     (85 )     (19,000 )
Debt issuance costs     (379 )      
Other     (461 )     (263 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     (925 )     (3,263 )
             
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash     (4,722 )     (2,624 )
             
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period     48,359       4,295  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period   $ 43,637     $ 1,671  

BATTALION OIL CORPORATION
SELECTED OPERATING DATA (Unaudited)

             
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2022   2021
Production volumes:            
Crude oil (MBbls)     670       719  
Natural gas (MMcf)     2,315       2,133  
Natural gas liquids (MBbls)     273       215  
Total (MBoe)     1,329       1,290  
Average daily production (Boe/d)     14,767       14,333  
             
Average prices:            
Crude oil (per Bbl)   $ 93.32     $ 57.40  
Natural gas (per Mcf)     3.84       4.26  
Natural gas liquids (per Bbl)     36.64       22.83  
Total per Boe     61.26       42.84  
             
Cash effect of derivative contracts:            
Crude oil (per Bbl)   $ (46.64 )   $ (13.17 )
Natural gas (per Mcf)     (0.68 )     (0.09 )
Natural gas liquids (per Bbl)            
Total per Boe     (24.70 )     (7.49 )
             
Average prices computed after cash effect of settlement of derivative contracts:            
Crude oil (per Bbl)   $ 46.68     $ 44.23  
Natural gas (per Mcf)     3.16       4.17  
Natural gas liquids (per Bbl)     36.64       22.83  
Total per Boe     36.56       35.35  
             
Average cost per Boe:            
Production:            
Lease operating   $ 8.67     $ 7.34  
Workover and other     0.65       0.43  
Taxes other than income     3.73       2.47  
Gathering and other     11.48       10.21  
General and administrative, as adjusted (1)     3.30       3.24  
Depletion     7.57       8.02  
             
(1) Represents general and administrative costs per Boe, adjusted for items noted in the reconciliation below:
             
General and administrative:            
General and administrative, as reported   $ 3.75     $ 3.74  
Stock-based compensation:            
Non-cash     (0.29 )     (0.46 )
Non-recurring charges and other:            
Cash     (0.16 )     (0.04 )
General and administrative, as adjusted(2)   $ 3.30     $ 3.24  
             
Total operating costs, as reported   $ 28.28     $ 24.19  
Total adjusting items     (0.45 )     (0.50 )
Total operating costs, as adjusted(3)   $ 27.83     $ 23.69  

(2)   General and administrative, as adjusted, is a non-GAAP measure that excludes non-cash stock-based compensation charges relating to equity awards under our incentive stock plan, as well as other cash charges associated with non-recurring charges and other. The Company believes that it is useful to understand the effects that these charges have on general and administrative expenses and total operating costs and that exclusion of such charges is useful for comparison to prior periods.
(3)   Represents lease operating expense, workover and other expense, taxes other than income, gathering and other expense and general and administrative costs per Boe, adjusted for items noted in the reconciliation above.

BATTALION OIL CORPORATION
SELECTED ITEM REVIEW AND RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

             
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2022   2021
As Reported:            
Net income (loss), as reported   $ (92,744 )   $ (33,375 )
             
Impact of Selected Items:            
Unrealized loss (gain) on derivatives contracts:            
Crude oil   $ 82,901     $ 34,811  
Natural gas     8,137       1,241  
Total mark-to-market non-cash charge     91,038       36,052  
Change in fair value of Change of Control Call Option     (2,032 )      
Non-recurring charges and other     217       52  
Selected items, before income taxes     89,223       36,104  
Income tax effect of selected items            
Selected items, net of tax     89,223       36,104  
             
As Adjusted:            
Net income (loss), excluding selected items (1)   $ (3,521 )   $ 2,729  
             
Basic net income (loss) per common share, as reported   $ (5.69 )   $ (2.06 )
Impact of selected items     5.47       2.23  
Basic net income (loss) per common share, excluding selected items (1)   $ (0.22 )   $ 0.17  
             
             
Diluted net income (loss) per common share, as reported   $ (5.69 )   $ (2.06 )
Impact of selected items     5.47       2.23  
Diluted net income (loss) per common share, excluding selected items (1)(2)   $ (0.22 )   $ 0.17  
             
             
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   $ 12,047     $ 13,358  
Changes in working capital     7,783       4,959  
Cash flows from operations before changes in working capital     19,830       18,317  
Cash components of selected items     (11,848 )     (4,516 )
Income tax effect of selected items            
Cash flows from operations before changes in working capital, adjusted for selected items (1)   $ 7,982     $ 13,801  

(1)   Net income (loss) and earnings per share excluding selected items and cash flows from operations before changes in working capital adjusted for selected items are non-GAAP measures presented based on management’s belief that they will enable a user of the financial information to understand the impact of these items on reported results. These financial measures are not measures of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, earnings per share and cash flows from operations, as defined by GAAP. These financial measures may not be comparable to similarly named non-GAAP financial measures that other companies may use and may not be useful in comparing the performance of those companies to Battalion’s performance.

(2)   The impact of selected items for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 were calculated based upon weighted average diluted shares of 16.3 million and 16.4 million, respectively, due to the net income (loss) available to common stockholders, excluding selected items.

BATTALION OIL CORPORATION
ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)
(In thousands)

             
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2022   2021
             
Net income (loss), as reported   $ (92,744 )   $ (33,375 )
Impact of adjusting items:            
Interest expense     4,721       1,496  
Depletion, depreciation and accretion     10,220       10,595  
Stock-based compensation     384       594  
Interest income           (125 )
Unrealized loss (gain) on derivatives contracts     91,038       36,052  
Change in fair value of Change of Control Call Option     (2,032 )      
Non-recurring charges and other     217       48  
Adjusted EBITDA(1)   $ 11,804     $ 15,285  

(1)   Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure, which is presented based on management’s belief that it will enable a user of the financial information to understand the impact of these items on reported results. This financial measure is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP measures, including net income (loss). This financial measure may not be comparable to similarly named non-GAAP financial measures that other companies may use and may not be useful in comparing the performance of those companies to Battalion’s performance.

BATTALION OIL CORPORATION
ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)
(In thousands)

                         
    Three Months   Three Months   Three Months   Three Months
    Ended   Ended   Ended   Ended
    March 31, 2022   December 31, 2021   September 30, 2021   June 30, 2021
                         
Net income (loss), as reported   $ (92,744 )   $ 25,935     $ 13,052     $ (33,929 )
Impact of adjusting items:                        
Interest expense     4,721       3,215       1,904       1,838  
Depletion, depreciation and accretion     10,220       12,679       10,885       11,249  
Stock-based compensation     384       450       481       485  
Interest income           (1 )     (3 )     (84 )
Loss (gain) on extinguishment of debt           122       (2,068 )      
Unrealized loss (gain) on derivatives contracts     91,038       (21,332 )     (1,816 )     34,817  
Change in fair value of Change of Control Call Option     (2,032 )                  
Non-recurring charges (credits) and other     217       (718 )     559       (275 )
Adjusted EBITDA(1)   $ 11,804     $ 20,350     $ 22,994     $ 14,101  
                         
Adjusted LTM EBITDA(1)   $ 69,249                    

(1)   Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure, which is presented based on management’s belief that it will enable a user of the financial information to understand the impact of these items on reported results. This financial measure is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP measures, including net income (loss). This financial measure may not be comparable to similarly named non-GAAP financial measures that other companies may use and may not be useful in comparing the performance of those companies to Battalion’s performance.

BATTALION OIL CORPORATION
ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)
(In thousands)

                         
    Three Months   Three Months   Three Months   Three Months
    Ended   Ended   Ended   Ended
    March 31, 2021   December 31, 2020   September 30, 2020   June 30, 2020
                         
Net income (loss), as reported   $ (33,375 )   $ (63,757 )   $ (153,125 )   $ (127,316 )
Impact of adjusting items:                        
Interest expense     1,496       1,853       1,964       1,842  
Depletion, depreciation and accretion     10,595       13,886       15,755       14,382  
Full cost ceiling impairment           26,702       128,336       60,107  
Stock-based compensation     594       785       620       786  
Interest income     (125 )     (171 )     (273 )     (232 )
Restructuring                       2,162  
Unrealized loss (gain) on derivatives contracts     36,052       30,172       21,128       67,221  
Rig termination and stacking charges                       3,383  
Non-recurring charges (credits) and other     48       (658 )     210       880  
Adjusted EBITDA(1)(2)   $ 15,285     $ 8,812     $ 14,615     $ 23,215  
                         
Adjusted LTM EBITDA(1)(2)   $ 61,927                    

(1)   Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure, which is presented based on management’s belief that it will enable a user of the financial information to understand the impact of these items on reported results. This financial measure is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP measures, including net income (loss). This financial measure may not be comparable to similarly named non-GAAP financial measures that other companies may use and may not be useful in comparing the performance of those companies to Battalion’s performance.

(2)   Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30,2020 and June 30,2020 includes approximately $6.6 million and $16.4 million of net proceeds, respectively, from hedge monetizations that occurred during the periods.

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