BPZ Energy Provides Second Quarter And Six Month Period Ended June 30, 2012 Financial Results And Operational Update

HOUSTON, Aug. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BPZ Energy (NYSE: BPZ; BVL: BPZ), an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, today provided a financial and operational update for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012.

For the second quarter of 2012, the Company reported an operating loss of $6.7 million and a net loss of $8.5 million, or $0.07 per share, compared to operating income of $8.9 million and net income of $0.3 million, or breakeven on a per share basis, for the same period last year.

The operating loss in the second quarter of 2012 was due to higher operating costs along with lower sales volumes and realized pricing compared to the same period last year. The net loss includes second quarter debt extinguishment costs of $7.3 million related to the prepayment of a portion of the $75 million secured debt facility.

For the six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company reported an operating loss of $25.6 and a net loss of $35.8 million, or $0.31 per share, compared to operating income of $9.2 million and a net loss of $7.8 million, or $0.07 per share for the same period last year.

The operating loss for the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared to the same period last year, was mainly due to increased geological, geophysical and engineering (GG&E) expenses of $19.0 million related to the offshore 3D seismic acquisition activity underway at Block Z-1 and higher lease operating costs of $5.8 million. For the first half of 2012, lower oil sales volumes were partly offset by higher sales prices compared to the same period last year.

Earnings before interest, income taxes, depletion, depreciation and amortization, exploration expense and non-recurring charges (EBITDAX) was $7.9 million and $24.7 million for the three and six months ended June 2012, respectively, compared to $19.6 million and $36.6 million for the same periods last year, respectively. A reconciliation table to net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP measure to EBITDAX, and the rationale for this non-GAAP financial measure is included later in the release.
         
BPZ Resources, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
  Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Net revenue:        
Oil revenue, net  $ 32,679  $ 35,646  $ 69,154  $ 73,362
Other revenue  2  1,293  80  2,282
         
Total net revenue  32,681  36,939  69,234  75,644
         
Operating and administrative expenses:        
Lease operating expense  12,694  7,521  24,062  18,273
General and administrative expense  10,425  9,276  17,556  18,307
Geological, geophysical and engineering expense  2,442  1,462  26,732  7,719
Depreciation, depletion and amortization expense  11,648  9,231  23,154  19,277
Standby costs  1,409  492  2,599  2,821
Other expense  756  --   756  -- 
         
Total operating and administrative expenses   39,374  27,982  94,859  66,397
         
Operating income (loss)  (6,693)  8,957  (25,625)  9,247
         
Other income (expense):        
Loss from investment in Ecuador  property, net  (47)  (47)  (94)  (94)
Interest expense   (4,080)  (4,905)  (10,290)  (8,640)
Loss on extinguishment of debt  (7,318)  --   (7,318)  -- 
Gain (loss) on derivatives  8,407  (321)  2,039  (4,623)
Interest income   7  2  10  233
Other income (expense)  (198)  (14)  (245)  192
         
Total other expense, net   (3,229)  (5,285)  (15,898)  (12,932)
         
Income (loss) before income taxes   (9,922)  3,672  (41,523)  (3,685)
         
Income tax expense (benefit)  (1,422)  3,380  (5,732)  4,116
         
Net income (loss)   $ (8,500)  $ 292  $ (35,791)  $ (7,801)
         
Basic net income (loss) per share  $ (0.07)  $ 0.00  $ (0.31)  $ (0.07)
Diluted net income (loss) per share   $ (0.07)  $ 0.00  $ (0.31)  $ (0.07)
         
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding 115,573 115,322 115,543 115,260
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 115,573 115,776 115,543 115,260

Production and Revenue Summary

Production

Total offshore Block Z-1 oil production from the Corvina and Albacora fields for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012 was 323 thousand barrels (MBbls), or 3,550 barrels of oil per day (bopd), compared to 377 MBbls, or 4,142 bopd, for the same period in 2011. All production numbers noted in the release are on a 100% gross basis.

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