New Source Energy Partners Reports First Quarter 2015 Results

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- New Source Energy Partners L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (NYSE: NSLP) (the "Partnership" or "New Source"), today announced financial and operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.

First Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Increased total revenue to approximately $38.1 million in the first quarter 2015 compared to approximately $27.4 million in the first quarter of 2014
  • Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $6.1 million in the first quarter 2015 compared to approximately $12.1 million in the first quarter 2014
  • Distributable Cash Flow ("DCF") of approximately $3.9 million in the first quarter 2015 compared to approximately $7.4 million in the first quarter 2014
  • DCF per unit of approximately $0.24 per common unit resulting in a coverage ratio of 1.2x, which reflects the declared distribution of $0.20 for the first quarter of 2015

Management Commentary

"Our first quarter results are a direct reflection of the challenging environment our industry is currently facing," said Kristian Kos, Chairman and CEO.  "We expect these challenging conditions to persist through the entirety of 2015.  However, we believe the Partnership is taking the necessary actions to position itself for growth in the current environment.  Last month we completed a transaction with Larry E. Lee, owner of 2100 Energy LLC and CEO of RAM Energy, LLC.  Larry brings over 39 years of E&P experience and will be a significant influence in developing the E&P division of our business, which will allow myself and Dikran to focus on growing the OFS division of our business.  Additionally, last week we took a significant step toward addressing the reduction to the borrowing base under our credit facility by completing a successful $44 million preferred equity offering.  We are pleased with the steps that we have taken thus far in 2015 and will continue to take prudent steps to continue to deliver value to our unitholders."

Exploration and Production Operational Results

The following table reflects production, pricing and cost for the Exploration and Production ("E&P") division for the first quarter of 2015 compared to the first quarter of 2014.


Three Months Ended March 31,



2015


2014

Production volumes:




Oil (Bbls)

37,561



40,681


Natural gas (Mcf)

736,758



988,216


NGLs (Bbls)

189,689



205,583


Total production volumes (Boe)

350,043



410,967


Average daily volumes (Boe)

3,889



4,566






Average price:




Oil (per Bbl)

$

45.05



$

97.02


Natural gas (per Mcf)

2.50



5.43


NGL (per Bbl)

15.98



46.40


Total, excluding derivatives (per Boe)

18.76



45.87


Realized gain (loss) on derivative settlements (per Boe)

6.68



(5.91)


Total, including derivatives (per Boe)

$

25.44



$

39.96






Average production costs (per Boe)

$

11.58



$

10.96


Average production tax (per Boe)

$

0.89



$

2.14


 

Derivative Position

The following table reflects the Partnership's percentage of production hedged through 2016.  We utilize fixed price swaps, collars and put options as part of our strategy to hedge the variability of oil, natural gas, and NGL prices.  Additional information on our derivatives is available on our website, www.newsource.com, under the Investors tab.


Oil

Natural Gas

NGLs

Total

2015

85%

68%

9%

54%

2016

30%

27%

—%

19%

 

Credit Facility and Year End Reserves

In May 2015, the borrowing base on our senior secured revolving credit facility was reduced from $84.0 million to $60.0 million as a result of our semi-annual redetermination.  The borrowing base is dependent on our estimated oil, natural gas, and NGL reserves, which have declined as a result of lower commodity prices and curtailed drilling activity. As of May 8, 2015, the Partnership had $43.0 million outstanding on its revolving credit facility. 

Oilfield Services Results 

Adjusted EBITDA for the Oilfield Services ("OFS") division was approximately $3.8 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared to approximately $12.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.  Revenue was approximately $31.6 million for the first quarter of 2015 with an average weekly rig count of 867 compared to approximately $44.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 with an average weekly rig count of 1,165.  The decline in revenue and adjusted EBITDA reflects the reduction in drilling activity as a result of lower commodity prices and the discounts we have offered our customers in the first quarter of 2015.

"The decline in rig count and drilling activity has directly affected the OFS business," said Dikran Tourian, President and Chief Operating Officer.  "We have put significant cost cutting measures in place in the second quarter across the entire OFS division that we believe will drive the EBITDA results given in our 2015 guidance."

Cash Distributions

The Board of Directors of New Source's general partner declared a cash distribution for the first quarter of 2015 of $0.20 per unit, or $0.80 per unit on an annualized basis. The first quarter distribution will be paid on May 15, 2015, to all common unit holders of record on May 11, 2015.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

New Source presents Adjusted EBITDA, DCF and Distributable Cash Flow Coverage Ratio ("Coverage Ratio"), which are non-GAAP financial measures, in this press release.  New Source defines Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest expense, taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization, accretion expense, impairment, non-cash compensation expense, transaction fees, (gain) loss on derivative contracts net of cash received (paid) on settlement of derivative contracts and other non-recurring gains and losses.  New Source defines DCF as Adjusted EBITDA less cash interest expense and estimated maintenance capital expenditures, as defined below.  New Source calculates its Coverage Ratio using DCF generated during the period compared to the aggregate cash distributions paid with respect to the period.

Maintenance capital expenditures represent the amount of capital expenditures necessary to maintain the revenue generating capabilities of the Partnership's assets at current levels over the long term.  We consider maintenance capital expenditures to be capital expenditures required to replace revenue generating assets (including production and producing reserves from our oil and natural gas operations and vehicles and other equipment from our oilfield services operations) on an individualized basis.

New Source believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors in assessing our results of operations. The tables included in this press release provide reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.  Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP measures such as net income or any other measure of liquidity or financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.  Investors should not consider Adjusted EBITDA, DCF or Coverage Ratio in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Partnership's results as reported under GAAP.   Because Adjusted EBITDA, DCF and Coverage Ratio may be defined differently by other companies in our industry, New Source's definitions may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing their utility.

The following tables present a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and DCF to net loss, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and DCF to Net Loss:




Three Months Ended


March 31,


2015


2014


(in thousands, except per unit and coverage ratio)

Net loss attributable to New Source Energy Partners L.P.

$

(57,172)



$

(1,531)


Interest expense

1,348



969


Depreciation, depletion and amortization

12,347



9,279


Accretion expense

74



68


Impairment of oil and natural gas properties

43,119




Non-cash compensation expense

3,861



258


Transaction fees

694



1,911


(Gain) loss on derivative contracts, net

(1,224)



3,132


Cash received (paid) on settlement of derivative contracts

2,339



(2,429)


Other

719




Change in fair value of contingent consideration



433


Adjusted EBITDA

6,105



12,090


Cash paid for interest

1,149



999


Maintenance capital expenditures (1)

1,039



3,679


Distributable cash flow

$

3,917



$

7,412


Aggregate distributions for period

$

3,312




Number of units (2)

16,558




DCF per unit

$

0.24




Coverage Ratio(3)

1.2





__________

(1)

Amounts reflect capital expenditures during the period presented. Future maintenance capital expenditures will vary depending on various factors, including, but not limited to, maintenance schedules and the timing of capital projects. Of the estimated maintenance capital expenditures for the three months ended March 31, 2015, approximately $0.8 million relates to the Exploration and Production division and approximately $0.2 million relates to the Oilfield Services division.

(2)

Since the first quarter cash distribution of $0.20 per unit is below the Partnership's declared minimum quarterly distribution of $0.525 per unit, distributions will not be paid on Subordinated Units.

(3)

Coverage ratio reflects the declared distribution of $0.20 in the second quarter of 2015.

 

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA by Segment to Net Loss by Segment:




Three Months Ended


March 31, 2015


E&P


OFS


(in thousands)

Net loss attributable to New Source Energy Partners L.P.

$

(49,922)



$

(7,250)


Interest expense

867



481


Depreciation, depletion and amortization

4,720



7,627


Accretion expense

74




Impairment of oil and natural gas properties

43,119




Non-cash compensation expense

1,226



2,635


Transaction fees

694




Gain on derivative contracts, net

(1,224)




Cash received on settlement of derivative contracts

2,339




Other

378



341


Adjusted EBITDA

$

2,271



$

3,834


 

Conference Call

A conference call for investors will be held Monday, May 11, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time (11:00 a.m. Eastern Time) to discuss the Partnership's first quarter 2015 results.  Hosting the call will be Kristian B. Kos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dikran Tourian, President and Chief Operating Officer, Amber Bonney, Principal Accounting Officer, and Larry E. Lee, Owner of 2100 Energy LLC and Chief Executive Officer of RAM Energy LLC.

The call can be accessed live over the telephone by dialing (877) 407-4018, or for international callers, (201) 689-8471. A replay will be available shortly after the call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or for international callers, (858) 384-5517. The pass code for the replay is 13609411. The replay will be available until May 25, 2015.

Interested parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging onto the Partnership's website at www.newsource.com in the Investors-Presentations link. A replay of the webcast will also be available for approximately 30 days following the call.

About New Source Energy Partners L.P.

New Source Energy Partners L.P. is an independent energy partnership engaged in the production of its onshore oil and natural gas properties that extends across conventional resource reservoirs in east-central Oklahoma and in oilfield services that specialize in increasing efficiencies and safety in drilling and completion processes. For more information on the Partnership, please visit www.newsource.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws.  These statements express a belief, expectation or intention and are generally accompanied by words that convey projected future events or outcomes.  We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectation and assumptions and analyses made by us in light of our experience and our perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances.  However, whether actual results and developments will conform with our expectations and predictions is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. For a full discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please refer to the "Risk Factors" section of the Partnership's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and the information included in the Partnership's quarterly and current reports and other public filings. These forward-looking statements are based on and include the Partnership's expectations as of the date hereof.  We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements except as may be required by applicable law.

 

New Source Energy Partners L.P.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)




Three Months Ended March 31,


2015


2014




(in thousands, except per unit amounts)

Revenues:




Oil sales

$

1,692



$

3,947


Natural gas sales

1,843



5,367


NGL sales

3,032



9,537


Oilfield services

31,550



8,576


Total revenues

38,117



27,427


Operating costs and expenses:




Oil, natural gas and NGL production

4,055



4,503


Production taxes

311



879


Cost of providing oilfield services

23,059



4,566


Depreciation, depletion and amortization

12,347



9,279


Accretion

74



68


Impairment of oil and natural gas properties

43,119




General and administrative

12,234



5,560


Total operating costs and expenses

95,199



24,855


Operating (loss) income

(57,082)



2,572


Other income (expense):




Interest expense

(1,348)



(969)


Gain (loss) on derivative contracts, net

1,224



(3,132)


Other income (expense)

34



(2)


Net loss

(57,172)



(1,531)


Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interest




Net loss income attributable to New Source Energy Partners L.P.

$

(57,172)



$

(1,531)






Net loss per unit:




Net loss per general partner unit

$

(3.03)



$

(0.12)


Net loss per subordinated unit

$

(3.23)



$

(0.12)


Net loss per common unit

$

(3.03)



$

(0.12)


 

New Source Energy Partners L.P.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)






March 31, 2015


December 31, 2014


(in thousands, except unit amounts)

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash

$

1,531



$

5,504


Restricted cash

85



350


Accounts receivable

24,404



31,919


Accounts receivable-related parties

5,519



4,946


Derivative contracts

7,292



8,248


Inventory

4,564



4,236


Other current assets

2,850



2,489


Total current assets

46,245



57,692






Oil and natural gas properties, at cost using full cost method of accounting:




Proved oil and natural gas properties

333,205



332,413


Less: Accumulated depreciation, depletion, amortization and impairment

(201,548)



(153,734)


Total oil and natural gas properties, net

131,657



178,679


Property and equipment, net

72,744



68,886


Intangible assets, net

51,211



56,377


Goodwill

9,315



9,315


Derivative contracts

1,659



1,818


Other assets

2,702



2,779


Total assets

$

315,533



$

375,546






LIABILITIES AND UNITHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

16,152



$

15,326


Accounts payable-related parties

266



2,318


Factoring payable

11,352



13,152


Contingent consideration payable

11,572



11,572


Other current liabilities

122



113


Current portion of long-term debt

12,277



11,825


Total current liabilities

51,741



54,306


Long-term debt

94,804



95,218


Contingent consideration payable

10,633



10,801


Asset retirement obligations

3,639



3,568


Other liabilities

252



339


Total liabilities

161,069



164,232


Commitments and contingencies




Unitholders' equity:




Common units 16,403,134 units issued and outstanding at March 31, 2015 and 16,160,381 units issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014

180,014



231,510


Common units held in escrow

(4,680)



(6,955)


Subordinated units 2,205,000 units issued and outstanding at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014

(35,845)



(28,717)


General partner's units 155,102 units issued and outstanding at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014

(2,445)



(1,944)


Total New Source Energy Partners L.P. unitholders' equity

137,044



193,894


  Noncontrolling interest

17,420



17,420


Total unitholders' equity

154,464



211,314


Total liabilities and unitholders' equity

$

315,533



$

375,546


 

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