Epsilon Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

HOUSTON, Nov. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Epsilon Energy Ltd. (“Epsilon” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: EPSN) today reported third quarter 2020 financial and operating results and material subsequent events following the end of the quarter through the date of this release.

  • Net cash provided by operations of $3.8 million and $12.1 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively, with free cash flow (FCF) of $2.4 million and $6.6 million for the same periods.
  • Realized gas prices of $1.18/Mcf, (excluding hedges) and $1.72/Mcf (including hedges) for the three months ended September 30, 2020.
  • Following the June 30, 2020 deadline for the previously announced Tender Offer, $7.15 million was returned to shareholders in exchange for 2,337,034 shares which were properly tendered representing 8.9% of outstanding shares for $3.06/share. During the first nine months of 2020 the company returned a total of $9.1 million to shareholders through share repurchases representing a reduction of 11.2% of outstanding shares as at December 31, 2019.
  • Marcellus net revenue interest (NRI) gas production averaged 32.5 MMcf/d (Working Interest of 37.4 MMcf/d) for the third quarter. Due to the usual weak shoulder season demand the operator curtailed the third quarter NRI exit rate to 26.0 MMcf/d (Working Interest of 29.9 MMcf/d).
  • Auburn System gathered and delivered 15.3 Bcfe gross (5.4 Bcfe net to Epsilon’s interest) which represents approximately 83% of maximum throughput as currently configured. The September 30th exit gathering volume rate was 107.2 MMcf/d due to the aforementioned well curtailments and elevated pipeline pressures.
  • Total revenues of $5.8 million; net loss of $0.3 million; and EBITDA of $3.9 million for the quarter.
  • Cash at quarter end of $11.6 million.
  • Net loss before tax of $0.3 million for the quarter.
  • Operating expenses including SG&A was $1.22/Mcfe and $1.12/Mcfe excluding $0.3 million of non-recurring legal costs.

Michael Raleigh, CEO, commented, “The impact of the oil and gas shale industry adopting capital spending discipline is becoming evident in restrained production volumes and higher forward price expectations for natural gas. The rig count in the US onshore oil basins remains 60-80% below the peak rig counts observed in March 2020. The resulting associated natural gas production from new wells is not expected to make up for natural declines from the existing onshore well inventory.  Despite improving pricing for natural gas, Appalachia rig counts remain approximately 35% below the peak rig levels observed in March. During the third quarter, NYMEX Henry Hub natural gas futures prices for 2021 increased 10%. We expect the market environment to be positive for natural gas prices as LNG and heating related demand begin to ramp up as domestic natural gas supply is expected to be flat to declining.

Epsilon remains focused on free cash flow generation. Given the current production rate and prices for natural gas, we continue to anticipate the company will generate $9.0 - $10.0 million of free cash flow for 2020. We are currently working through our development options for our 2021 capital program including discussions with the upstream operator on a regular basis. Our goal is to deploy capital to maintain yearly average production levels for the coming year and continue to generate free cash flow. We look forward to sharing our 2021 budget plans with our shareholders at the appropriate time.”

Financial and Operating Results

  Three months ended  Nine months ended
  September 30,  September 30, 
     2020    2019    2020    2019
Natural gas revenue $        3,573,908  $   2,933,695  $   11,470,012  $   12,698,643
Volume (MMcf)                 3,037             1,790               8,622               5,533
Avg. Price ($/Mcf) $                  1.18 $             1.64 $               1.33 $               2.29
PA Exit Rate (MMcfpd)                    29.9               16.7                 29.9                 16.7
Oil and other liquids revenue $             16,798  $         65,886  $         246,885  $         307,079
Volume (MBO)                      3.4                 2.8                 11.3                 10.6
Avg. Price ($/Bbl) $                  4.99 $           23.69 $             21.93 $             28.99
Gathering system revenue $        2,219,905  $   2,219,613  $     6,800,347  $     6,923,058
Total Revenues $        5,810,611  $   5,219,194  $   18,517,244  $   19,928,780

Capital Expenditures

Epsilon’s capital expenditures were $1.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020.  This capital was mainly residual spending for the completion of the four wells drilled in Q2 2020, the drilling capital for the 3 gross (.03 net) wells spud in Q3 2020, lease acquisition capital as well as expenditures for the Auburn Gas Gathering system. We do not expect any significant capital expenditures for the remainder of 2020.

Marcellus Operational Guidance

During the third quarter of 2020, the operator spud and completed 3 gross (0.03 net to EPSN) wells. It is expected that these wells will be turned in line in November.

Third Quarter Results

Epsilon generated revenues of $5.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to $5.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Realized natural gas prices averaged $1.18/Mcf (excluding hedges) for Marcellus Upstream operations in the third quarter of 2020. Operating expenses for Marcellus Upstream operations in the third quarter were $1.9 million.

The Auburn Gas Gathering system delivered 15.3 Bcfe of natural gas during the quarter as compared to 15.6 Bcfe during the second quarter of 2020.  Primary gathering volumes were flat quarter over quarter at 15.1 Bcfe.  Imported cross-flow volumes increased 26% to 1.0 Bcfe.

Epsilon reported net after tax loss of $0.3 million attributable to common shareholders or ($0.01) per basic and diluted common share outstanding for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to net income of $1.5 million, and $0.05 per basic and diluted common share outstanding for the three months ended September 30, 2019. 

For the three months ended September 30, 2020, Epsilon's Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") was $3.9 million as compared to $3.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Recent Developments

Epsilon is closely monitoring the current and potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on all aspects of our business and geographies, including how it has impacted, and may in the future impact our employees, operations, financial results, liquidity, contractors, customers, and vendors. Epsilon has also taken, and is continuing to take, proactive steps to ensure a save working environment and manage any disruption in our business caused by COVID-19. For instance, the Company was an early adopter in employing a work-from-home system, even before any government mandate on non-essential businesses was enacted. Epsilon increased its technology platform, infrastructure and security to allow for a work-from-home environment ahead of the actual need, and therefore, we believe Epsilon was ahead of many companies in this respect. Epsilon has also deployed additional layered safety protocols at our office in order to keep our employees safe and to keep our operations running without material disruption.

About Epsilon

Epsilon Energy Ltd. is a North American onshore natural gas production and midstream company with a current focus on the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward looking statements. The use of any of the words “anticipate”, “continue”, “estimate”, “expect”, ‘may”, “will”, “project”, “should”, ‘believe”, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated. Forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and the forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon.

The reserves and associated future net revenue information set forth in this news release are estimates only. In general, estimates of oil and natural gas reserves and the future net revenue therefrom are based upon a number of variable factors and assumptions, such as production rates, ultimate reserves recovery, timing and amount of capital expenditures, ability to transport production, marketability of oil and natural gas, royalty rates, the assumed effects of regulation by governmental agencies and future operating costs, all of which may vary materially from actual results. For those reasons, estimates of the oil and natural gas reserves attributable to any particular group of properties, as well as the classification of such reserves and estimates of future net revenues associated with such reserves prepared by different engineers (or by the same engineers at different times) may vary. The actual reserves of the Company may be greater or less than those calculated. In addition, the Company's actual production, revenues, development and operating expenditures will vary from estimates thereof and such variations could be material.

Statements relating to "reserves" are deemed to be forward-looking statements as they involve the implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the reserves described exist in the quantities predicted or estimated and can be profitably produced in the future. There is no assurance that forecast price and cost assumptions will be attained and variances could be material.

Proved reserves are those reserves which are most certain to be recovered. There is at least a 90% probability that the quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the estimated proved reserves.  Undeveloped reserves are those reserves expected to be recovered from known accumulations where a significant expenditure (for example, when compared to the cost of drilling a well) is required to render them capable of production.  They must fully meet the requirements of the reserves classification (proved, probable) to which they are assigned. Proved undeveloped reserves are those reserves that can be estimated with a high degree of certainty and are expected to be recovered from known accumulations where a significant expenditure is required to render them capable of production.

The estimates of reserves and future net revenue for individual properties may not reflect the same confidence level as estimates of reserves and future net revenue for all properties due to the effects of aggregation. The estimated future net revenues contained in this news release do not necessarily represent the fair market value of the Company's reserves.

Contact Information:


Michael Raleigh
Chief Executive Officer

Special note for news distribution in the United States
The securities described in the news release have not been registered under the United Stated Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (the “1933 Act”) or state securities laws. Any holder of these securities, by purchasing such securities, agrees for the benefit of Epsilon Energy Ltd. (the “Corporation”) that such securities may not be offered, sold, or otherwise transferred only (A) to the Corporation or its affiliates; (B) outside the United States in accordance with applicable state laws and either (1) Rule 144(as) under the 1933 Act or (2) Rule 144 under the 1933 Act, if applicable.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
 (All amounts stated in US$)

  Three months ended September 30,  Nine months ended September 30, 
     2020     2019     2020     2019 
Revenues from contracts with customers:             
Gas, oil, NGLs and condensate revenue $        3,590,706  $        2,999,581  $     11,716,897  $     13,005,722 
Gas gathering and compression revenue          2,219,905           2,219,613           6,800,347           6,923,058 
Total revenue          5,810,611           5,219,194        18,517,244        19,928,780 
Operating costs and expenses:            
Lease operating expenses          2,147,795           1,548,902           6,229,682           4,851,090 
Gathering system operating expenses               43,711              461,036              221,191           1,012,709 
Development geological and geophysical expenses                 2,693                        —                  7,595                83,748 
Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and accretion          2,769,193           1,851,466           7,761,339           5,630,368 
Impairment of proved properties                       —                        —           1,760,000                        — 
Gain on sale of property                       —            (445,173)                       —         (1,375,000)
Bad debt expense                       —                        —              819,000                        — 
General and administrative expenses:            
Stock based compensation expense             239,134              133,720              585,105              401,161 
Other general and administrative expenses          1,330,604              952,503           3,575,445           3,213,371 
Total operating costs and expenses          6,533,130           4,502,454        20,959,357        13,817,447 
Operating income (loss)           (722,519)             716,740         (2,442,113)          6,111,333 
Other income (expense):            
Interest income                 4,724                38,618                39,294              127,906 
Interest expense             (28,629)             (29,416)             (84,952)             (86,035)
Gain on derivative contracts             419,879           1,270,494           2,055,548           3,494,727 
Other income (expense)                       —                          1                (2,228)                     456 
Other income, net             395,974           1,279,697           2,007,662           3,537,054 
Income (loss) before income tax expense           (326,545)          1,996,437            (434,451)          9,648,387 
Income tax expense (benefit)             (33,762)             543,139              114,067           2,983,555 
NET INCOME (LOSS) $         (292,783) $        1,453,298  $         (548,518) $        6,664,832 
Currency translation adjustments                 2,273                    (900)                 8,291                10,944 
NET COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) $         (290,510) $        1,452,398  $         (540,227) $        6,675,776 
Net income (loss) per share, basic $                (0.01) $                  0.05  $                (0.02) $                  0.24 
Net income (loss) per share, diluted $                (0.01) $                  0.05  $                (0.02) $                  0.24 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding, basic       23,955,619        27,060,387        25,550,194        27,218,162 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding, diluted       23,955,619        27,094,391        25,550,194        27,240,117 


Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
 (All amounts stated in US$)


     September 30,     December 31, 
  2020  2019 
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $                 11,580,278  $                 14,052,417 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $819,000 at September 30, 2020 and nil at December 31, 2019                     3,652,036                      4,296,917 
Fair value of derivatives                          20,258                      1,999,802 
Prepaid income taxes                     2,091,399                      1,641,501 
Other current assets                        511,483                         433,687 
Total current assets                   17,855,454                    22,424,324 
Non-current assets      
Property and equipment:      
Oil and gas properties, successful efforts method      
Proved properties                 133,138,412                  130,819,256 
Unproved properties                   21,448,546                    21,047,512 
Accumulated depletion, depreciation, amortization and impairment                 (96,864,983)                 (89,255,035)
Total oil and gas properties, net                   57,721,975                    62,611,733 
Gathering system                   41,912,242                    41,445,225 
Accumulated depletion, depreciation, amortization and impairment                 (31,697,749)                 (29,961,690)
Total gathering system, net                   10,214,493                    11,483,535 
Land                        637,464                         375,314 
Buildings and other property and equipment, net                        343,677                         211,879 
Total property and equipment, net                   68,917,609                    74,682,461 
Other assets:      
Restricted cash      565,049     561,294 
Prepaid drilling costs    1,341                             1,124 

Total non-current assets
     69,483,999    75,244,879 
Total assets $                 87,339,453  $                 97,669,203 
Current liabilities      
Accounts payable trade $                   1,638,763  $                   2,828,495 
Royalties payable                     1,046,899                      1,306,922 
Accrued capital expenditures                          95,237                         627,356 
Accrued gathering fees                        529,722                         373,929 
Other accrued liabilities                     1,427,489                         858,188 
Asset retirement obligation                     1,581,561                      1,503,978 
Total current liabilities                     6,319,671                      7,498,868 
Non-current liabilities      
Asset retirement obligation                     1,489,386                      1,405,877 
Deferred income taxes                   12,201,046                    12,401,464 
Total non-current liabilities                   13,690,432                    13,807,341 
Total liabilities                   20,010,103                    21,306,209 
Commitments and contingencies      
Shareholders' equity      
Common shares, no par value, unlimited shares authorized and 23,817,470 issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020 and 26,790,985 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019.                 131,730,401                  140,808,923 
Additional paid-in capital                     7,614,593                      7,029,488 
Accumulated deficit                 (81,834,413)                 (81,285,895)
Accumulated other comprehensive income                     9,818,769                      9,810,478 
Total shareholders' equity                   67,329,350                    76,362,994 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $                 87,339,453  $                 97,669,203 





Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 (All amounts stated in US$)

  Nine months ended September 30, 
     2020     2019 
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net income (loss) $           (548,518) $          6,664,832 
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depletion, depreciation, amortization, and accretion            7,761,339             5,630,368 
Impairment of proved properties            1,760,000                          — 
Bad debt expense               819,000                          — 
Gain on sale/disposal of properties                         —           (1,375,000)
Gain on derivative contracts          (2,055,548)          (3,494,727)
Cash received from settlements of derivative contracts            4,035,092             1,344,690 
Stock-based compensation expense                585,105                401,161 
Deferred income tax expense (benefit)             (200,418)               853,116 
Changes in assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable             (174,119)            1,869,411 
Prepaid income taxes and other current assets             (527,694)                 19,321 
Accounts payable, royalties payable and other accrued liabilities               639,224           (1,422,238)
Income taxes payable                         —             1,338,225 
Net cash provided by operating activities          12,093,463           11,829,159 
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Acquisition of unproved oil and gas properties                         —              (596,500)
Additions to unproved oil and gas properties             (401,034)             (919,873)
Additions to proved oil and gas properties          (4,238,580)          (5,452,166)
Additions to gathering system properties             (436,111)             (238,823)
Additions to land, buildings and property and equipment             (415,674)                         — 
Prepaid drilling costs                     (217)                  (1,739)
Proceeds from sale of leases                         —             1,375,000 
Net cash used in investing activities          (5,491,616)          (5,834,101)
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Buyback of common shares          (9,078,522)          (1,714,291)
Exercise of stock options                         —                  54,250 
Net cash used in financing activities          (9,078,522)          (1,660,041)
Effect of currency rates on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash                    8,291                  10,944 
Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash          (2,468,384)            4,345,961 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period          14,613,711           14,959,518 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period $        12,145,327  $        19,305,479 
Supplemental cash flow disclosures:        
Income taxes paid $             760,000  $             733,200 
Interest paid $               84,952  $               89,817 
Non-cash investing activities:        
Change in proved properties accrued in accounts payable and accrued liabilities $        (1,926,910) $          1,129,972 
Change in gathering system accrued in accounts payable and accrued liabilities $               30,906  $                (1,142)
Asset retirement obligation asset additions and adjustments $                  7,487  $                  9,997 


Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
 (All amounts stated in US$)


  Three months ended September 30, 
  Nine months ended September 30, 
     2020    2019    2020    2019 
Net income (loss) $         (292,783) $        1,453,298  $         (548,518) $        6,664,832 
Add Back:                
Net interest (income) expense               23,905                (9,202)               45,658              (41,871)
Income tax expense (benefit)             (33,762)             543,139              114,067           2,983,555 
Depreciation, depletion, amortization, and accretion          2,769,193           1,851,466           7,761,339           5,630,368 
Impairment expense                       —                        —           1,760,000                        — 
Stock based compensation expense              239,134              133,720              585,105              401,161 
(Gain) loss on derivative contracts net of cash received or paid on settlement          1,237,444            (113,223)          1,979,544         (2,150,037)
Foreign currency translation (gain) loss                       —                        (1)                 2,228                    (456)
Adjusted EBITDA $        3,943,131  $        3,859,197  $     11,699,423  $     13,487,552 

Epsilon defines Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before (1) net interest expense, (2) taxes, (3) depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion expense, (4) impairments of natural gas and oil properties, (5) non-cash stock compensation expense, (6) gain or loss on derivative contracts net of cash received or paid on settlement, and (7) other income. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance as determined under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for net income or cash flow measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP 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 its ability to service debt and to fund capital expenditures. It further provides investors a helpful measure for comparing operating performance on a "normalized" or recurring basis with the performance of other companies, without giving effect to certain non-cash expenses and other items. This provides management, investors and analysts with comparative information for evaluating the Company in relation to other natural gas and oil companies providing corresponding non-U.S. GAAP financial measures or that have different financing and capital structures or tax rates. These non-U.S. GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, measures for financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Free Cash Flow Reconciliation
 (All amounts stated in US$)

  Three months ended September 30,
  Nine Months ended  September 30,
     2020     2019     2020     2019  
Net cash provided by operating activities $        3,791,378  $        3,793,714  $     12,093,463  $     11,829,159  
Less: Net cash used in investing activities (Capital Expenditures)        (1,366,451)        (1,234,796)        (5,491,616)        (5,834,101) 
Free cash flow $        2,424,926  $        2,558,918  $        6,601,847  $        5,995,058  

Epsilon defines Free cash flow (“FCF”) as net cash provided by operating activities in the period minus payments for property and equipment made in the period. FCF is considered a non-GAAP financial measure under the SEC’s rules. Management believes, however, that FCF is an important financial measure for use in evaluating the Company’s financial performance, as it measures our ability to generate additional cash from our business operations. FCF should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, net income as a measure of our performance or net cash provided by operating activities as a measure of our liquidity. Additionally, our definition of FCF is limited and does not represent residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures due to the fact that the measure does not deduct the payments required for debt service and other obligations, payments made for business acquisitions, or amounts spent to buys back shares. Therefore, we believe it is important to view FCF as supplemental to our entire statement of cash flows.