Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE: CPE) today reported results of operations for both the three and 12-month periods ended December 31, 2010.

Highlights for 2010 include:
  • Increased proved reserves to 13.6 million barrels of oil equivalent as of December 31, 2010, a 41% increase, and the PV-10 value, a non-GAAP financial measure, using SEC pricing, increased by 50% to $206 million. (See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of PV-10 value to the standardized measure value of $198.9 million.)
  • Grew the percentage of proved reserves associated with onshore assets to 50%, up from 0% at year-end 2008. Proved reserves at December 31, 2010 are 49% proved, developed/producing and proved/developed/non-producing, and are 60% crude oil and 40% natural gas.
  • Drilled 20 gross oil wells in the Permian Basin of West Texas, 11 were completed and producing at year-end and 9 were awaiting fracture stimulation, which increased our Permian net production to 550 barrels of oil equivalent per day at the end of 2010 – a 69% increase over the 2009 year-end production rate.
  • Drilled and completed the company’s first well in the Haynesville Shale play in northern Louisiana. This successful well now holds all of Callon’s acreage in the play by production, with six additional drilling locations, four net wells, in inventory awaiting more favorable natural gas prices.

“Continued execution of the business strategy we adopted in late 2009 made 2010 a transformational year for Callon Petroleum Company,” Fred Callon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer explains. “In the Permian Basin, we’ve instituted a two-rig continuous drilling program with a goal of drilling 43 net wells during 2011, and have recently signed a hydraulic fracturing contract which should mitigate completion delays and improve our ability to execute our plan. In less than two years, our new business strategy including property acquisitions and their development have resulted in the rapid growth of onshore oil and gas reserves and production. As a result of the investment community’s recognition of our progress, the price of our common shares increased 295% during 2010 from January 1 to December 31. In February of 2011, we approached the equity market to raise additional growth capital, and were encouraged by the positive response received by our equity offering. Our 2010 achievements create a strong foundation for continued operational success in 2011.”

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Net Income. The company reported fourth quarter net income of $0.7 million, or $0.02 per fully-diluted share, compared to a net income of $53.9 million or $2.27 per fully-diluted share for the 2009 fourth quarter. For the year ended December 31, 2010, Callon’s net income was $8.4 million or $0.28 per fully-diluted share, as compared to $54.4 million or $2.45 per share for the year ended December 31, 2009. Net income for the full-year 2009 includes $51.5 million or $2.32 per share related to a one-time recoupment of royalties and related interest.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Operating Results. Operating results for the three months ended December 31, 2010 include oil and gas sales of $24.4 million from average production of approximately 5,100 barrels of oil equivalent per day (Boe/d). These results compare with oil and gas sales of $30.1 million from average production of approximately 5,900 Boe/d during the comparable 2009 period. The average price received per barrel of oil (Bbl) in the fourth quarter of 2010, after the impact of hedging, increased to $82.58, compared to $77.94 during the same period in 2009. The average price received per thousand cubic feet of natural gas (Mcf) in the fourth quarter of 2010, after the impact of hedging, decreased to $4.49, compared to $5.01 during the fourth quarter of 2009. Oil and natural gas sales for full year 2010 totaled $89.9 million from average production of approximately 4,600 Boe/d. This corresponds to oil and natural gas sales of $101.3 million from average production of approximately 5,400 Boe/d during 2009, which excludes the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) royalty recoupment of $40.9 million related to 2003 through 2008 production. The average price received per Bbl during full year 2010, after the impact of hedging, increased to $75.97, compared to $73.00 during the same period in 2009. The average price received per Mcf for full year 2010, after the impact of hedging, increased to $5.04, compared to $4.78 during the full year of 2009.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Discretionary Cash Flow. Discretionary cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, for the three-month period ended December 31, 2010 totaled $10.7 million compared to $63.1 million during the comparable prior year period, which included $40.9 million attributable to the royalty recoupment related to 2003 through 2008 production. Net cash flow provided by operating activities, as defined by U.S. GAAP, was $17.7 million in the fourth quarter 2010, and $8.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Discretionary cash flow for full year 2010 totaled $40.6 million, compared to $93.1 million in 2009. Net cash flow provided by operating activities, as defined by U.S. GAAP, totaled $99.9 million and $19.7 million for the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively. (See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” that follows and the accompanying reconciliation of discretionary cash flow, a non-GAAP measure, to net cash flow provided by operating activities.)

Liquidity. At December 31, 2010 the company’s cash balance was $17.4 million. On October 26, 2010, Regions Bank increased the company’s borrowing base from $20 million to $30 million as a component of its $100 million Third Amended and Restated Senior Secured Credit Agreement. The $30 million borrowing base will be reviewed and re-determined on a semi-annual basis. As of March 14, 2011, there was nothing drawn on the facility, which matures on September 25, 2012. During February, 2011, the Company received $73.7 million in net proceeds through the public offering of 10.1 million shares of its common stock, which included the issuance of 1.1 million shares pursuant to the underwriters’ over-allotment option. In March, 2011, the Company plans to utilize approximately $35 million of the proceeds to redeem $31 million of the face value of its Senior Notes due 2016, plus the 13% call premium. The remaining proceeds from the offering are intended to fund a portion of its 2011 capital budget and for general corporate purposes, including possible future acquisitions.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures. This news release refers to non-GAAP financial measures as “discretionary cash flow” and “PV-10 value.” Callon believes that the non-GAAP measure of discretionary cash flow is useful as an indicator of an oil and gas exploration and production company’s ability to internally fund exploration and development activities and to service or incur additional debt. The company also has included this information because changes in operating assets and liabilities relate to the timing of cash receipts and disbursements which the company may not control and may not relate to the period in which the operating activities occurred. We also use the non-GAAP financial measure PV-10 value. PV-10 value is the present value of future net pre-tax cash flows attributable to estimated net proved reserves, discounted at 10% per annum. PV-10 value is computed on the same basis as standardized measure, a GAAP financial measure, but does not include a provision for future income taxes. We believe PV-10 value to be an important measure for evaluating the relative significance of our oil and gas properties, because it excludes income taxes which may vary materially among companies. PV-10 is not, however, a substitute for standardized measure.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

The following table reconciles the PV-10 value to the standardized measure (in thousands):
  2010   2009  

$ Change
  % Change
PV-10 Value $ 205,532 $ 137,368 $ 68,164 50 %
Future income taxes   (6,616 )   (1,447 )   (5,169 ) 357 %
Standardized measure $ 198,916   $ 135,921   $ 62,995   46 %
 

The following table reconciles discretionary cash flow to net cash flow provided by operating activities (in thousands):
  Three-Months Ended

December 31,
  Twelve-Months Ended

December 31,
2010   2009   Change 2010   2009   Change
 
Discretionary cash flow $ 10,689 $ 63,071 $ (52,382 ) $ 40,561 $ 93,075 $ (52,514 )
Net working capital changes and other changes   7,009   (54,958 )   61,967     59,381   (73,377 )   132,758  
Net cash flow provided by operating activities $ 17,698 $ 8,113   $ 9,585   $ 99,942 $ 19,698   $ 80,244  
 
 
  Three-Months Ended December 31,
2010   2009  

$ Change
 

%

Change
Net production:
Oil (MBbls) 213 288 (75 ) (26)%
Gas (MMcf) 1,533 1,524 9

1 %
Total production (MBoe) 468 542 (74 ) (14)%
Average daily production (Boe) 5,087 5,895 (808 ) (14)%
 
Average realized sales price:
Oil (Bbl) $ 82.58 $ 77.94 $ 4.64

6 %
Gas (Mcf) 4.49 5.01 (0.51 ) (10)%
Total (Boe) 52.23 55.50 (3.27 ) (6)%
 
Oil and gas revenues (in thousands):
Oil revenue $ 17,556 $ 22,468 $ (4,912 ) (22)%
Gas revenue   6,887     7,631     (744 ) (10)%
Total $ 24,443   $ 30,099   $ (5,656 ) (19)%
 
Additional per Boe data:
Sales price $ 52.23 $ 55.50 $ (3.27 ) (6)%
Lease operating expense   (10.06 )   (8.83 )   (1.22 )

14 %
Operating margin $ 42.17   $ 46.67   $ (4.49 ) (10)%
 
 
  For the year ended December 31,
2010   2009  

$ Change
 

%

Change
Net production:
Oil (MBbls) 859 1,012 (153 ) (15)%
Gas (MMcf) 4,892 5,740 (848 ) (15)%
Total production (MBoe) 1,674 1,969 (295 ) (15)%
Average daily production (Boe) 4,587 5,394 (807 ) (15)%
 
Average realized sales price (a):
Oil (Bbl) $ 75.97 $ 73.00 $ 2.97

4 %
Gas (Mcf) 5.04 4.78 0.26

5 %
Total (Boe) 53.69 51.44 2.25

4 %
 
Oil and gas revenues (in thousands):
Oil revenue $ 65,243 $ 73,842 $ (8,599 ) (12)%
Gas revenue   24,639     27,417     (2,778 ) (10)%
Total $ 89,882   $ 101,259   $ (11,377 ) (11)%
 
Additional per Boe data:
Sales price $ 53.69 $ 51.44 $ 2.25

4 %
Lease operating expense   (10.58 )   (9.37 )   (1.21 )

13 %
Operating margin $ 43.11   $ 42.07   $ 1.04  

2 %
 
(a) Below is a reconciliation of the average NYMEX price to the average realized sales price per barrel of oil:
 
Average NYMEX oil price $ 79.52 $ 61.80 $ 17.72

29 %
Basis differential and quality adjustments (2.39 ) (4.64 ) 2.25 (48)%
Transportation (1.16 ) (1.32 ) 0.16 (12)%
Hedging   -     17.16     (17.16 ) (100)%
Average realized oil price $ 75.97   $ 73.00   $ 2.97  

4 %
 
Average NYMEX gas price $ 4.40 $ 4.17 $ 0.23

5 %
Basis differential and quality adjustments 0.51 0.28 0.23

84 %
Hedging   0.13     0.33     (0.20 ) (61)%
Average realized gas price $ 5.04   $ 4.78   $ 0.26  

5 %
 
 
CALLON PETROLEUM COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share data)
 
  December, 31
2010   2009
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 17,436 $ 3,635
Accounts receivable 10,728 20,798
Accounts receivable - BOEMRE royalty recoupment - 51,534
Fair market value of derivatives - 145
Other current assets   2,180     1,572  
Total current assets   30,344     77,684  
 
Oil and gas properties, full-cost accounting method:
Evaluated properties 1,316,677 1,593,884
Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization   (1,155,915 )   (1,488,718 )
Net oil and gas properties 160,762 105,166
Unevaluated properties excluded from amortization   8,106     25,442  
Total oil and gas properties   168,868     130,608  
 
Other property and equipment, net 3,370 2,508
Restricted investments 4,044 4,065
Investment in Medusa Spar LLC 10,424 11,537
Other assets, net   1,276     1,589  
Total assets $ 218,326   $ 227,991  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 17,702 $ 12,887
Asset retirement obligations 2,822 4,002
Fair market value of derivatives 937 -
9.75% Senior Notes, net of $0 and $232 discount, respectively   -     15,820  
Subtotal 21,461 32,709
Callon Entrada non-recourse credit facility   -     84,847  
Total current liabilities   21,461     117,556  
 
13% Senior Notes
Principal outstanding 137,961 137,961
Deferred credit, net of accumulated amortization of $3,964 and $294, respectively   27,543     31,213  
Total 13% Senior Notes   165,504     169,174  
 
Senior secured revolving credit facility - 10,000
Asset retirement obligations 13,103 10,648
Other long-term liabilities   2,448     1,467  
Total liabilities   202,516     308,845  
 
Stockholders' equity (deficit):
Preferred Stock, $.01 par value, 2,500,000 shares authorized; - -

Common Stock, $.01 par value, 60,000,000 shares authorized; 28,984,125 and 28,742,926 shares outstanding at December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively
290 287
Capital in excess of par value 248,160 243,898
Other comprehensive loss (8,560 ) (7,478 )
Retained earnings (deficit)   (224,080 )   (317,561 )
Total stockholders' equity (deficit)   15,810     (80,854 )
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit) $ 218,326   $ 227,991  
 
 
CALLON PETROLEUM COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
  For the year ended December 31,
2010   2009   2008
Operating revenues:
Oil sales $ 65,243 $ 73,842 $ 82,963
Gas sales 24,639 27,417 58,349
BOEMRE royalty recoupment   -     40,886     -  
Total operating revenues   89,882     142,145     141,312  
 
Operating expenses:
Lease operating expenses 17,712 18,447 19,208
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 31,805 33,443 64,054
General and administrative 16,507 13,355 9,565
Accretion expense 2,446 3,149 4,172
Acquisition expense 233 298 -
Derivative expense - - 498
Impairment of oil and gas properties   -     -     485,498  
Total operating expenses   68,703     68,692     582,995  
Income (loss) from operations   21,179     73,453     (441,683 )
 
Other (income) expenses:
Interest expense 13,312 19,089 23,986
Callon Entrada non-recourse credit facility interest expense - 7,072 2,719
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 339 - 11,871
9.75% Senior Notes restructuring expenses - 1,024 -
Interest on BOEMRE royalty recoupment (91 ) (7,681 ) -
Other (income) expense   (166 )   190     (1,379 )
Total other expenses   13,394     19,694     37,197  
 
Income (loss) before income taxes 7,785 53,759 (478,880 )
Income tax benefit   (174 )   -     (39,725 )
Income (loss) before equity in earnings of Medusa Spar LLC 7,959 53,759 (439,155 )
Equity in earnings of Medusa Spar LLC   427     660     262  
 
Net income (loss) available to common shares $ 8,386   $ 54,419   $ (438,893 )
 
Net income (loss) per common share:
Basic $ 0.29   $ 2.47   $ (20.68 )
Diluted $ 0.28   $ 2.45   $ (20.68 )
 
Shares used in computing net income per common share:
Basic   28,817     22,072     21,222  
Diluted   29,476     22,200     21,222  
 
 
CALLON PETROLEUM COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)
(In thousands)
 
 

Preferred

Stock
 

Common

Stock
 

Capital in

Excess of

Par
 

Accumulated

Other

Comprehensive

Income (Loss)
 

Retained

Earnings

(Deficit)
 

Total

Stockholders'

Equity

(Deficit)
 
Balances at December 31, 2007 $ - $ 209 $ 223,336   $ (3,383 ) $ 66,913   $ 287,075  
 
Comprehensive income (loss):
Net loss - - - - (438,893 )
Other comprehensive income - - - 17,540 -  
Total comprehensive loss (421,353 )
Shares issued pursuant to employee benefit plans - 1 (1,153 ) - - (1,152 )
Tax benefits related to share-based compensation plans - - 2,050 - - 2,050
Restricted stock - 1 3,575 - - 3,576
Warrants   -   5   (5 )   -     -     -  
 
Balances at December 31, 2008 $ - $ 216 $ 227,803   $ 14,157   $ (371,980 ) $ (129,804 )
 
Comprehensive income:
Net income - - - - 54,419
Other comprehensive loss - - - (21,635 ) -  
Total comprehensive income 32,784
Shares issued pursuant to employee benefit plans - 1 205 - - 206
Restricted stock - 1 4,432 - - 4,433
Common stock issued for Note exchange   -   69   11,458     -     -     11,527  
 
Balances at December 31, 2009 $ - $ 287 $ 243,898   $ (7,478 ) $ (317,561 ) $ (80,854 )
 
Deconsolidation of subsidiary - - - - 85,095 85,095
Comprehensive income:
Net income - - - - 8,386
Other comprehensive loss - - - (1,082 ) -  
Total comprehensive income 7,304
Shares issued pursuant to employee benefit plans - 1 192 - - 193
Restricted stock   -   2   4,070     -     -     4,072  
 
Balances at December 31, 2010 $ - $ 290 $ 248,160   $ (8,560 ) $ (224,080 ) $ 15,810  
 
 
CALLON PETROLEUM COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
 
  For the year ended December 31,
2010   2009   2008
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 8,386 $ 54,419 $ (438,893 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income to
cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 32,629 34,274 64,862
Impairment of oil and gas properties - - 485,498
Accretion expense 2,446 3,149 4,172
Amortization of non-cash debt related items 397 2,816 4,185
Amortization of deferred credit (3,670 ) (294 ) -
Equity in earnings of Medusa Spar LLC (427 ) (660 ) (262 )
Deferred income tax expense 1,769 18,816 (167,848 )
Valuation allowance (1,769 ) (18,816 ) 128,123
Non-cash interest expense for Callon Entrada non-recourse credit agreement - 3,693 -
Non-cash charge for early debt extinguishment 179 - 5,598
Non-cash charge related to compensation plans 3,107 2,335 1,550
Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements - - (2,050 )
Payments to settle asset retirement obligations (2,486 ) (6,657 ) (4,178 )
Changes in current assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 59,527 (45,573 ) (22,215 )
Other current assets (209 ) (468 ) 5,489
Current liabilities 907 (27,260 ) 22,987
Change in gas balancing receivable 347 279 630
Change in gas balancing payable (300 ) (312 ) 156
Change in other long-term liabilities (115 ) (12 ) 2,708
Change in other assets, net   (776 )   (31 )   (1,458 )
Cash provided by operating activities   99,942     19,698     89,054  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures (59,908 ) (29,133 ) (172,358 )
Acquisitions (995 ) (15,756 ) -
Proceeds from sale of mineral interests - - 167,349
Investment in restricted assets related to plugging and abandonment (375 ) - -
Distribution from Medusa Spar LLC   1,540     1,700     498  
Cash used in investing activities   (59,738 )   (43,189 )   (4,511 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Increases in debt - 20,337 94,435
Borrowings from senior secured credit facility - - -
Payments on debt (10,000 ) (10,337 ) (216,000 )
Redemption of remaining 9.75% senior notes (16,052 ) - -
Equity issued related to employee stock plans - - (1,152 )
Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements - - 2,050
Proceeds from exercise of employee stock options   (40 )   -     -  
Cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (26,092 )   10,000     (120,667 )
 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents 14,112 (13,491 ) (36,124 )
Cash and cash equivalents:
Balance, beginning of period 3,635 17,126 53,250
Less: Cash held by subsidiary deconsolidated at January 1, 2010   (311 )   -     -  
Balance, end of period $ 17,436   $ 3,635   $ 17,126  
 

Callon Petroleum Company is engaged in the acquisition, development, exploration and operation of oil and gas properties in Louisiana, Texas, and the offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

This news release is posted on the company’s website at www.callon.com and will be archived there for subsequent review. It can be accessed from the “News Releases” link on the left side of the homepage.

This news release contains projections forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include all statements regarding our reserves as well as statements including the words “believe,” “expect,” “plans” and words of similar meaning. These projections and statements reflect the company’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. No assurances can be given, however, that these events will occur or that these projections will be achieved, and actual results could differ materially from those projected as a result of certain factors. Some of the factors which could affect our future results and could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in our forward-looking statements are discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, available on our website or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

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