CONCORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 21, 2013) - Epsilon Energy Ltd. ("Epsilon") (TSX:EPS) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2012. Highlights for the year include:

  • Record annual production of 14 billion cubic feet (Bcf);
  • 102% increase in total proved reserves to 146 Bcf;
  • Completed construction of Marcellus Pennsylvania midstream gas gathering system which generated $9 million in revenue in 2012;
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $30 million in 2012 versus $5 million in 2011;
  • Reduced operating costs to $0.91 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf), a 23% decrease from 2011; and
  • Began operating multi-well oil development program in Alberta, Canada.

"In 2012 we harvested our Marcellus acreage position in Pennsylvania generating strong cash flow despite a challenging natural gas price environment," remarked Zoran Arandjelovic, Epsilon's Chairman, CEO and President. "The Marcellus drilling inventory and associated midstream system will continue to provide future growth opportunities with low reinvestment risk and strong rates of return. We will continue to focus on expansion of our Canadian oil development initiatives in 2013 and operatorship in Canada to fully exploit our sizable acreage position."

Quarter Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Natural gas sales ($000) $ 12,068 $ 3,247 $ 32,887 $ 8,088
Volume (Mmcf) 4,284 908 13,925 2,032
Avg. Price ($/Mcf) $ 2.82 $ 3.58 $ 2.36 $ 3.98
Exit Rate (Mmcf/day) 40 18 40 18
Oil sales ($000) $ 147 $ 518 $ 962 $ 838
Volume (MBbl) 2.01 7.00 11.83 11.18
Avg. Price ($/Bbl) $ 73.07 $ 73.96 $ 81.32 $ 74.99
Exit Rate (Bbl/day) 29 35 29 35
Midstream revenue ($000) $ 2,288 $ 813 $ 9,228 $ 923
Total revenue $ 14,503 $ 4,578 $ 43,077 $ 9,849

In 2012, revenues increased 337% compared to 2011, with fourth quarter revenues reaching the highest levels since inception. The increase in revenues was driven by a significant increase in natural gas production in the Marcellus and associated revenues from Epsilon's jointly owned gas gathering and compression system. The increase in production volume was offset by a $1.62 or 41% decrease in the realized price per Mcf of gas in 2012 versus 2011. Exiting 2012, Epsilon had five wells that were drilled, completed and waiting on pipe, and 18 wells that were drilled but not completed. These wells will be brought online throughout 2013.

Proved reserves as of December 31, 2012 increased to 146 Bcf, more than double the proved reserve estimate of 72 Bcf as of December 31, 2011. The 102% increase in proved reserves was based upon an evaluation performed by Epsilon's independent reserve engineering firm, Miller and Lents, Ltd. The average prices utilized to value the Company's estimated proved natural gas and oil reserves at December 31, 2012 were $3.54 per MMBtu for natural gas and $92.88 per barrel for oil, compared to $3.23 per MMBtu for natural gas and $98.93 per barrel for oil at December 31, 2011.

The increase in reserves was driven by successful drilling results, favorable production rates and better than anticipated decline rates in the Marcellus. Based upon production results in 2012, EUR's for Marcellus proved producing wells increased with several producing wells exceeding 10 Bcf per gross well. Proved undeveloped EUR's ranged from 5.5 to 7.5 Bcf per gross well at December 31, 2012, an increase from 4.9 Bcf per well in the prior year. The estimated number of potential well sites in the Marcellus also increased. The reserve estimates did not include any proved undeveloped or probable locations for the Upper Marcellus, Purcell Limestone or Utica Shale which are being drilled and tested by various operators in the region.

December 31, 2012 Net Reserves Summary (1)(2)

Natural Gas Oil Total Gas Equivalent
(Mmcf) (MBbl) (Mmcfe) (6:1)
Developed producing 54,567 61 54,932
Developed non-producing 7,602 - 7,602
Undeveloped 84,055 - 84,055
Total Proved 146,224 61 146,588
Probable 21,748 69 22,161
Total Proved plus Probable 167,971 130 168,749

December 31, 2012 Net Present Value Summary (1)(2)(3)

(in $000's)
Developed producing $ 97,275
Developed non-producing 13,537
Undeveloped 69,470
Total Proved 180,281
Probable 12,004
Total Proved plus Probable $ 192,286
(1) "Net" means the Company's reserves net of royalties
(2) Forecast pricing based on NYMEX strip pricing as at December 31, 2012 then escalated 2%
(3) Net present value before income taxes discounted at 10%

The net present value of the Company's Marcellus reserves include a deduction for gathering fees. Epsilon's wholly owned subsidiary, Epsilon Midstream, LLC, owns a 35% working interest in the associated gathering system. The gas gathering income for Epsilon Midstream, LLC is not accounted for in the reserve report.

The gas gathering system generated $9 million in revenue during 2012 exiting the year at a rate of 200 Mmcf/day. The midstream system began operating in September 2011 and construction of the compression facility was completed in July 2012 to reach compression capacity of 300 Mmcf/day with pipeline gathering capacity of 500 Mmcf/day.

The Company remains active in oil exploration activities in Canada. In September 2012, Epsilon entered into a joint venture agreement to earn a 50% interest in leasehold properties in Alberta, Canada. Epsilon, acting as operator, drilled its first well in late 2012 and two subsequent wells in February 2013. Epsilon is operating the project in the Pembina area of Central Alberta targeting Basal Belly River zone.

Years ended December 31,
2012 2011
Oil & gas revenue $ 33,848,783 $ 8,926,189
Gas gathering & compression revenue 9,228,001 922,520
Total revenue 43,076,784 9,848,709
Operating costs and expenses:
Project operating costs 12,608,814 2,402,303
Depletion, depreciation, amortization and accretion 23,712,504 4,957,092
Impairment expense (recovery) (2,834,810 ) 42,784,980
Stock based compensation 682,252 1,416,817
General and administrative 2,930,057 2,334,715
Total operating costs and expenses 37,098,817 53,895,907
Operating Income (Loss) 5,977,967 (44,047,198 )
Other income and expense:
Gain on farmout agreement - 49,026,755
Interest income 95,552 50,497
Finance Expense (3,613,487 ) -
Realized gain on commodity contracts 410,091 -
Unrealized gain commodity contracts 1,988,065 -
Gain (Loss) on sale of fixed assets 194 (114,310 )
Net other income (expense) (1,119,585 ) 48,962,942
Deferred income tax (recovery) expense 8,988,046 (14,286,627 )
NET (LOSS) EARNINGS $ (4,129,664 ) $ 19,202,371
Net income (loss) per share, basic $ (0.08 ) $ 0.39
Net income (loss) per share, diluted $ (0.08 ) $ 0.38
Weighted average number of shares outstanding, basic 49,848,772 49,749,669
Weighted average number of shares outstanding, diluted 50,037,086 50,296,421

The Company generated a net loss of $4 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 as compared to net income of $19 million in 2011. During 2012 Epsilon recognized $9 million in income tax expense related to the Marcellus operations, versus a $14 million tax benefit during 2011. In addition, the 2011 results included a $49 million gain on the Chesapeake farm-out agreement, partially offset by a $43 million non-cash asset impairment due to low natural gas prices. Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes these items, was $30 million in 2012, a significant increase from $5 million in 2011.

The term Adjusted EBITDA consists of net income plus interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, impairments and stock based compensation. Adjusted EBITDA deducts the gain on farm-out. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles and should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for net income or cash flow measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles or as a measure of profitability or liquidity. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. Epsilon has included Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental disclosure because its management believes that EBITDA provides useful information regarding our ability to service debt and to fund capital expenditures and provides investors a helpful measure for comparing its operating performance with the performance of other companies that have different financing and capital structures or tax rates. The following table sets forth a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income, which is the most directly comparable measure of financial performance calculated under generally accepted accounting principles.

Years ended December 31,
2012 2011
Net Income (Loss) $ (4,130 ) $ 19,202
Add Back:
Net interest expense 3,517 -
Deferred income tax (recovery) provision 8,988 (14,286 )
Depreciation, depletion, amortization, and accretion 23,713 4,957
Stock based compensation 682 1,417
Impairment expense (recovery) (2,835 ) 42,785
Gain on farm-out agreement - (49,027 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 29,935 $ 5,048

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Contact Information:

Epsilon Energy Ltd.
Lisa Bromiley
Vice President of Business Development
(281) 670-0002