Tri-Valley Corporation (NYSE Amex:TIV) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2010.

Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased $1.5 million over total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009 to $1.9 million, primarily due to gains on the sale of assets. Oil and gas revenues increased 28% to $388,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared with $304,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009, reflecting higher oil prices and increased oil production. Net production in the recent fourth quarter totaled 5,109 barrels of oil compared with 3,609 barrels of oil in the same quarter of 2009, an increase of 42%. Net production costs increased 57% in the 2010 fourth quarter compared with the same quarter a year ago, as a result of reactivation of the Company’s wells and production activities at its Claflin property.

For the full year, total revenue was $4.9 million in 2010 compared with $1.5 million in 2009. The increase was driven by gains on the sales of assets, including two non-strategic properties in California and the Admiral Calder calcium carbonate quarry in Alaska, as well as a significant increase in revenues from oil and gas production. Oil and gas revenues increased 70% in 2010 to $1.8 million compared with $1.0 million in 2009. The increase was the result of higher oil prices, increased production at the Pleasant Valley oil sands project in Oxnard, and new production at the Claflin project near Bakersfield, California. Net production in 2010 totaled 25,796 barrels of oil compared with 21,092 in 2009. Production costs decreased in 2010 by 6% compared with the prior year, largely due to reductions in contract services that were made during the second half of 2010.

“Our financial results reflect successful execution on several key initiatives that we set forth at the beginning of the year,” said Maston Cunningham, Tri-Valley’s President and CEO. “During 2010 we increased oil production, reduced production costs, moved forward on our plans to monetize our mineral properties in Alaska, and significantly strengthened the balance sheet. We ended 2010 with stockholders’ equity of $6.2 million and $600,000 in cash, much improved from the $1.5 million in stockholders’ equity and $300,000 in cash at the end of 2009.”

Specific achievements in 2010 included:

  • Completed company reorganization to focus on oil and gas production
  • Increased oil production through expansion of 30-day steam cycles at Pleasant Valley and reactivation of production on four wells at Claflin
  • Hired a senior operations engineer with experience in Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) from Canada and initiated pre-implementation activities at Pleasant Valley
  • Reduced G&A costs by over $1 million on an annual basis
  • Continued progress on monetizing the mineral assets in Alaska -- completed an NI 43-101 report on the Shorty Creek prospect indicating a large porphyry copper, gold, and molybdenum system; opened a virtual data room for potential financial and operational partners interested in developing the Shorty Creek and Richardson prospects
  • Raised significant capital through registered direct financing of $5.0 million, sale of non-strategic assets, issuance of 438,500 Series A preferred shares, and at-the- market sales of common stock under an existing shelf registration
  • Formed an OPUS Advisory Committee to review alternatives to better align its interests with those of Tri-Valley for the development of the Pleasant Valley oil sands project

“Looking ahead, we continue to focus our efforts in 2011 on oil and gas production in California,” Mr. Cunningham continued. “Our goal is to increase daily gross production from 300 barrels of oil on average to 1,000 by year-end. We expect increased production at both Pleasant Valley and Claflin. The first SAGD oil sands production in the U.S. will be initiated at Pleasant Valley this year, and we are optimistic that we will be able to recover significantly more oil from the site. We intend to drill up to 22 new wells at Claflin. We also believe we can drive production costs lower – up to 20% per barrel at Pleasant Valley and up to 50% per barrel at Claflin through increased volumes and other cost reductions.”

“In Alaska, our goal is to secure an earn-in agreement with an established industry partner to work with us on the exploration and development of our mineral properties so that we can more quickly extract value from these assets. In addition, we expect to reach an agreement with the OPUS partnership that will allow it and Tri-Valley to recognize value from the investment in Pleasant Valley. Finally, our financial goal for the year is to achieve breakeven cash flow from operations by the end of 2011. Accomplishing these initiatives is important to enhancing valuation for our shareholders, and we are committed to our success,” concluded Mr. Cunningham.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Highlights

The net loss in the recent fourth quarter was $1.5 million, or $0.04 per share, compared with a net loss of $2.7 million, or $0.05 per share in the fourth quarter of 2009.

For the full year 2010, the Company reported a net loss of $13.5 million, or $0.37 per share, compared with a net loss in 2009 of $10.7 million, or $0.33 per share. The higher loss was primarily driven by non-cash warrant expense associated with the warrants issued in the $5.0 million registered direct financing completed in April 2010. Unexercised warrants from the registered direct financing were exchanged and cancelled during December 2010 and January 2011 for Company common stock. G&A expense increased $0.5 million from 2009 to 2010, primarily driven by higher legal expenses associated with litigation over the Pleasant Valley leases.

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2010 results and current business developments today, March 22, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. EDT. To access the call, dial 877-941-8631. To access the live webcast of the call, visit Tri-Valley’s website at www.tri-valleycorp.com.

An audio replay will be available for seven days following the call at 800-406-7325. The password required to access the replay is 4425877#. An archived webcast will also be available at www.tri-valleycorp.com.

About Tri-Valley

Tri-Valley Corporation explores for and produces oil and natural gas in California and has two exploration-stage gold properties in Alaska. Tri-Valley is incorporated in Delaware and is publicly traded on the NYSE Amex exchange under the symbol "TIV." Our Company website, which includes all SEC filings, is www.tri-valleycorp.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results, events, and performance could vary materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements which include such words and phrases as exploratory, wildcat, prospect, speculates, unproved, prospective, very large, expect, potential, etc. Among the factors that could cause actual results, events, and performance to differ materially are risks and uncertainties discussed in "Item 1A. Risk Factors" and "Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition" contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.
TRI-VALLEY CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET    
 

ASSETS
December 31, 2010 December 31, 2009
(Audited) (Audited)
Current Assets
Cash $ 581,148 $ 290,926
Accounts Receivable TVOG Production Accrual 202,482 33,623
Accounts Receivable - Trade - 63,151
Prepaid Expenses 615,778 16,889
Accounts Receivable from Joint Venture Partners - Net (Notes 5, 11) 3,943,099 1,432,785
Accounts Receivable - Other 32,552 25,717
   
Total Current Assets   5,375,059     1,863,091  
 
Property and Equipment - Net
Proved Properties, Successful Efforts Method 1,235,932 25,265
Unproved Properties, Successful Efforts Method 1,781,069 1,551,998
Rig 891,690 1,132,847
Other Property and Equipment 2,248,162 5,470,295
   
Total Property and Equipment - Net (Note 3)   6,156,853     8,180,405  
 
Other Assets
Deposits 526,749 172,913
Investments in Joint Venture Partnerships 23,285 17,400
Goodwill 212,414 212,414
Long-Term Receivable from Joint Venture Partners - Net (Notes 5, 11) 2,392,817 -
Other - 13,800
   
Total Other Assets   3,155,265     416,527  
   
Total Assets $ 14,687,177   $ 10,460,023  
 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
December 31, 2010 December 31, 2009
(Audited) (Audited)
Current Liabilities
Notes Payable (Note 4) $ 134,322 $ 439,482
Trade - Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses 7,738,073 5,962,774
Non-Trade Accounts Payable   -     850,000  
 
Total Current Liabilities   7,872,395     7,252,256  
 
Non-Current Liabilities
Asset Retirement Obligation (Note 11) 206,183 351,013
Long-Term Portion of Notes Payable (Note 4) 455,246 1,395,649
   
Total Non-Current Liabilities   661,429     1,746,662  
 
Total Liabilities   8,533,824     8,998,918  
 
Stockholders' Equity

Series A Preferred Stock - 10.00% Cumulative; $0.001 par, $10.00 liquidation value; 20,000,000 shares authorized; 438,500 shares outstanding
439 -

Common Stock, $.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 44,729,117 and 33,190,462 at December 31, 2010, and December 31, 2009, respectively.
44,730 33,190
Less: Common Stock in Treasury, at cost; 21,847 shares (38,370 ) (13,370 )
Capital in Excess of Par Value 66,444,315 51,469,228
Additional Paid in Capital - Warrants 2,868,034 -
Additional Paid in Capital - Stock Options 2,806,945 2,429,722
Accumulated Deficit (65,972,740 ) (52,457,665 )
   
Total Stockholders' Equity   6,153,353     1,461,105  
   
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 14,687,177   $ 10,460,023  
TRI-VALLEY CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS    
   
(Audited)
For the Three Months Ended December 31, For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,
  2010     2009     2010     2009  
Revenues
Sale of Oil and Gas $ 388,108

$

303,529
$ 1,756,570 $ 1,035,916
Rig Income - - - -
Partnership Income (4,578 ) (33 ) 9,056 30,000
Interest Income 442 (5,655 ) 5,851 10,295
Drilling and Development - - - -
Gain on Sale of Asset 1,426,512 258,797 3,014,244 258,797
Other Income 75,828 (169,219 ) 83,983 112,993
       
Total Revenue $ 1,886,312   $ 387,419   $ 4,869,704   $ 1,448,001  
 
Costs and Expenses
Mining Exploration Expenses

$

29,327
$ - $ 371,975 $ -
Production Costs 593,206 377,637 1,507,434 1,608,181
Drilling and Development - - - -
Rig Operating Expenses - - - -
General & Administrative 2,020,646 1,164,878 7,607,475 7,071,201
Interest 182,386 66,701 324,241 204,741
Investment - 269,005 - 269,005
Depreciation, Depletion & Amortization 55,557 437,608 570,020 1,778,539
Stock Option Expense 141,272 97,889 391,718 521,374
Warrant Expense 188,426 - 7,427,283 -
Impairment Loss 140,242 422,590 140,242 422,590
Loss on Available for Sale Securities - 200,985 - 200,985
Bad Debt - (20,658 ) 44,391 33,322
       
Total Costs and Expenses $ 3,351,062   $ 3,016,635   $ 18,384,779   $ 12,109,938  
 
Loss Before Minority Interest $ (1,464,750 ) $ (2,629,216 ) $ (13,515,075 ) $ (10,661,937 )
Minority Interest       -     -  
Net Loss $ (1,464,750 ) $ (2,629,216 ) $ (13,515,075 ) $ (10,661,937 )
 
Basic Net Loss Per Share:
Basic Loss Per Common Share (Note 6) $ (0.04 ) $ (0.05 ) $ (0.37 ) $ (0.33 )
       
Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding  

36,659,198
   

32,629,389
   

36,659,198
   

32,629,389
 
       
Weighted Potentially Dilutive Shares Outstanding  

39,735,217

 
 

35,159,148
   

39,735,217
   

35,159,148
 
TRI-VALLEY CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS    
(Audited)
For the Years Ended December 31,
 
  2010     2009  
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Net Loss $ (13,515,075 ) $ (10,661,937 )
Adjustments to Reconcile Net Loss to Net Cash
Provided (Used) by Operating Activities
Depreciation, Depletion & Amortization 570,020 1,778,539
Impairment, Dry Hole & Other Disposals of Property 140,242 422,590
Minority Interest - -
Loss on Buyback of Minority Interest - -
Stock Option Issuance Expense 391,718 521,374
Warrant Expense 7,427,284 -
Marketable Securities - -
(Gain) or Loss on Sale of Property (3,014,243 ) (258,797 )
Bad Debt Expense 44,391 33,322
Director Stock Compensation 95,640 23,400
Changes in Operating Capital
(Increase) in Accounts Receivable (156,934 ) 846,048
(Increase) in Prepaid Expenses (598,889 ) (4,860 )
(Increase) in Deposits & Other Assets (153,920 ) (49,887 )
Increase in Accounts Payable, Deferred Revenue & Accrued Expenses 925,299 2,960,272
Increase in Amounts Payable to Joint Venture Partners - 4,160,134
Decrease in Accounts Receivable from Joint Venture Partners   (2,033,892 )   (2,516,338 )
   
Net Cash (Used) by Operating Activities   (9,878,360 )   (2,746,140 )
 
For the Years Ended December 31,
 
  2010     2009  
Cash Provided (Used) by Investing Activities
Proceeds from the Sale of Property 6,919,311 287,084
Buyback of Minority Interest in Great Valley Drilling/Great Valley Production - (3,334,595 )
Proceeds from the Sale of Marketable Securities - 146,071
Capital Expenditures (1,430,331 ) (465,153 )
(Investment in) Marketable Securities   -     200,985  
   
Net Cash Provided (Used) by Investing Activities   5,488,980     (3,165,608 )
 
For the Years Ended December 31,
 
  2010     2009  
Cash Provided by Financing Activities
Principal Payments on Long-Term Debt (1,245,563 ) (392,249 )
Net Proceeds from the Sale of Minority Interest - -
Sale or (Purchase) of Treasury Stock (25,000 ) -
Net Proceeds from the Issuance of Stock Options 2,198 21,500
Net Proceeds from the Issuance of Common Stock   5,947,966     4,572,636  
   
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities   4,679,601     4,201,887  
 
Net Increase in Cash & Cash Equivalents   290,222     (1,709,861 )
 
Cash at the Beginning Year   290,926     2,000,787  
   
Cash at End of Year   581,148     290,926  
 
Supplemental Schedule of Noncash Transactions
Issuance of Preferred Stock Upon Conversion of Note Payable 850,000 -

Issuance of Preferred Stock Upon Conversion of Interest in Great Valley Production Services, LLC
3,535,000 -
Total Noncash Transactions $ 4,385,000   $ -  
 
Interest Paid $ 324,241   $ 204,741  

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