May 10, 2017

TransAtlantic Petroleum Announces First Quarter 2017 Financial Results and Provides an Operations Update

HAMILTON, Bermuda, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:TNP) (NYSE-MKT:TAT) (the "Company" or "TransAtlantic") today announced the financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, and provided an operations update. Additional information can be found on TransAtlantic's website at http://www.transatlanticpetroleum.com.

Summary

  • TransAtlantic successfully completed the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Thrace Basin Natural Gas (Turkiye) Corporation ("TBNG") in February 2017.
  • Revenues for the first quarter of 2017 were $16.4 million, as compared to $18.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 and $15.6 million for the first quarter of 2016.
  • Operating income for the first quarter of 2017 was $4.5 million, as compared to $0.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 and an operating loss of $2.5 million for the first quarter of 2016.
  • Net loss from continuing operations was $16.0 million for the first quarter of 2017, of which $15.2 million was from the sale of TBNG, as compared to $5.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $5.6 million in the first quarter of 2016.
  • Adjusted EBITDAX from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2017 was $9.4 million, as compared to $9.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 and $8.6 million for the first quarter of 2016.1
  • TransAtlantic's average daily net sales volumes from continuing operations were approximately 3,833 barrels of oil equivalent per day ("BOEPD") in the first quarter of 2017, as compared to 4,335 in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 4,787 in the first quarter of 2016.
  • TransAtlantic's 2017 year-to-date daily net wellhead production is approximately 3,500 BOEPD, comprised of 3,380 barrels of oil per day ("BOPD") and 0.8 million cubic feet of natural gas per day ("MMCFPD").

                                             

1 Adjusted EBITDAX is a non-GAAP financial measure.  See the reconciliation at the end of the press release. 

First Quarter 2017 Results of Continuing Operations

 For the Three Months Ended 
 March 31, 2017  December 31, 2016  March 31, 2016 
Net Sales:           
Oil (MBBL) 314   352   356 
Natural gas (MMCF) 184   279   478 
Total net sales (MBOE) 345   399   436 
Average net sales (BOEPD) 3,833   4,335   4,787 
Realized Commodity Prices:           
Oil ($/Bbl unhedged)$47.26  $44.50  $31.33 
Oil ($/Bbl hedged)$47.26  $44.50  $34.78 
Natural gas ($/MCF)$4.96  $5.65  $7.05 

Total revenues were $16.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017, compared to $18.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and $15.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016. For the three months ended March 31, 2017, TransAtlantic had a net loss from continuing operations of $16.0 million, or $0.34 per share (basic and diluted), compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $5.7 million, or $0.12 per share (basic and diluted), for the three months ended December 31, 2016, and a net loss from continuing operations of $5.6 million, or $0.14 per share (basic and diluted), for the three months ended March 31, 2016. The net loss for the first quarter of 2017 included a $15.2 million loss on the sale of TBNG. Capital expenditures totaled $6.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017, compared to $4.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and $2.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016.

Adjusted EBITDAX from continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2017 was $9.4 million, compared to $9.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and $8.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016.

Sale of TBNG

During the first quarter of 2017, we completed the sale of TBNG.  We received gross proceeds of $20.7 million and net cash proceeds of approximately $16.1 million.  For the three months ended March 31, 2017, we recorded a net loss on the sale of TBNG of $15.2 million. The accounting loss was due to the recognition of $23.1 million of accumulated foreign currency losses related to TBNG at the time of sale.  The TBNG foreign currency losses had accumulated over time within shareholders' equity on our consolidated balance sheet.  Prior to the application of the accumulated foreign currency losses, the sale of TBNG resulted in a gain of approximately $7.9 million.

Operational Update

During the first quarter of 2017, we completed the Selmo 86-H2 well in the Middle Sinan Dolomite formation. The initial production rate on the Selmo 86-H2 well was approximately 75 barrels of oil per day ("BOPD"). In March 2017, we drilled the Bahar 11H well and the completion of this well is currently in process. Due to issues that were encountered while drilling the well's horizontal curve, the well was drilled vertically.

We have made significant progress in expanding our Bahar Central Facility. The expansion will collect and recover associated natural gas, which will be used to generate power to electrify the field, significantly reducing our lifting costs. We believe this expansion will lay the foundation for two future revenue streams in power generation and liquids recovery.

TransAtlantic's 2017 year-to-date daily net wellhead production has been approximately 3,500 BOEPD, comprised of 3,380 BOPD and 0.8 million MMCFPD.

We also plan to extend our existing 3D seismic survey by moving into the permitting phase. We expect the project will move into the acquisition phase in the second half of 2017.

2017 Annual Meeting

TransAtlantic will host its 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Tuesday, May 23rd at 10:00 a.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. Eastern) at its U.S. headquarters, which is located at 16803 Dallas Parkway, Addison, Texas, 75001. After the meeting, the Company will offer an audio recording of the Annual Meeting. To listen to the audio recording, please visit the Company's website at www.transatlanticpetroleum.com, click on "Investors" and select "Annual Meeting."

Conference Call               

The Company will host a live webcast and conference call on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. Central time (9:00 a.m. Eastern) to discuss first quarter 2017 financial results and provide an operations update. Investors who would like to participate in the conference call should dial (877) 303-1405 or (678) 809-1005 approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and ask for the TransAtlantic conference call. The conference ID is 16834435.

A live webcast of the conference call and replay will be available through the Company's website at www.transatlanticpetroleum.com. To access the webcast and replay, click on "Investors", select "Events and Presentations", and click on "Listen to webcast" under the event list. The webcast requires iOS, Microsoft Windows Media Player or RealOne Player.

A telephonic replay of the call will be available through May 12, 2017 and may be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406. The conference ID is 16834435.

Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q

On May 10, 2017, TransAtlantic filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.


TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) (Unaudited)
(U.S. Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
  
 For the Three Months Ended 
 March 31, 2017  Dec 31, 2016  March 31, 2016 
Revenues:           
Total revenues$16,436  $18,672  $15,566 
Costs and expenses:           
Production 3,087   3,343   2,886 
Exploration, abandonment and impairment 106   2,999   1,305 
Cost of purchased natural gas 568   1,154   896 
Seismic and other exploration 15   20   66 
General and administrative 3,590   4,919   4,843 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 4,497   5,972   7,966 
Accretion of asset retirement obligations 48   88   92 
Total costs and expenses 11,911   18,495   18,054 
Operating income (loss) 4,525   177   (2,488)
Other (expense) income:           
Loss on sale of TBNG (15,226)      
Interest and other expense (2,371)  (2,735)  (2,656)
Interest and other income 293   1,135   212 
Gain (loss) on commodity derivative contracts 988   (838)  771 
Foreign exchange (loss) gain (2,123)  (3,212)  342 
Total other expense (18,439)  (5,650)  (1,331)
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (13,914)  (5,473)  (3,819)
Income tax expense (2,135)  (226)  (1,747)
Net loss from continuing operations (16,049)  (5,699)  (5,566)
Net income from discontinued operations       15 
Net loss (16,049)  (5,699)  (5,551)
Other comprehensive income (loss):           
Foreign currency translation adjustment 20,919   (15,449)  2,974 
Comprehensive income (loss)$4,870  $(21,148) $(2,577)
            
Net loss per common share           
Basic net loss per common share           
Continuing operations$(0.34) $(0.12) $(0.14)
Discontinued operations$  $  $0.00 
Weighted average common shares outstanding 47,298   46,880   40,738 
Diluted net loss per common share           
Continuing operations$(0.34) $(0.12) $(0.14)
Discontinued operations$-  $-  $0.00 
Weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding   47,298   46,880   40,738 


           

TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.
Summary Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
 
  
 For the Three Months Ended Mar 31, 
 2017  2016 
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations$1,859  $6,509 
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities from continuing operations(1) 13,407   (8,963)
Net cash used in financing activities from continuing operations (11,379)  (2,609)
Net cash used in discontinued operations -   (84)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (172)  6 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents$3,715  $(5,141)
                           
       
(1) Includes changes in the Company's restricted cash balance.



TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.
Summary Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars, except share data)
  
 March 31, 2017  December 31, 2016 
ASSETS(unaudited)     
Current assets:       
Cash and cash equivalents$15,300  $10,034 
Restricted cash    2,555 
Accounts receivable, net       
Oil and natural gas sales 16,428   17,885 
Joint interest and other 5,216   3,230 
Related party 791   762 
Prepaid and other current assets 6,239   4,756 
Derivative asset 126    
Inventory 3,527   3,647 
Assets held for sale    25,217 
Total current assets 47,627   68,086 
Property and equipment:       
Oil and natural gas properties (successful efforts method)       
    Proved 192,761   197,214 
    Unproved 24,821   21,109 
Equipment and other property 18,723   20,273 
  236,305   238,596 
    Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization (121,362)  (120,638)
Property and equipment, net 114,943   117,958 
Other long-term assets:       
Other assets 2,208   2,725 
Note receivable - related party 7,405   7,624 
Derivative asset 24    
Total other assets 9,637   10,349 
Total assets$172,207  $196,393 
LIABILITIES, SERIES A PREFERRED SHARES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY       
Current liabilities:       
Accounts payable$5,667  $7,036 
Accounts payable - related party 1,961   1,844 
Accrued liabilities 12,390   12,492 
Derivative liability    596 
Loans payable 25,950   34,750 
Loan payable - related party 525   3,444 
Liabilities held for sale    15,938 
Total current liabilities 46,493   76,100 
Long-term liabilities:       
Asset retirement obligations 4,701   4,833 
Accrued liabilities 8,304   8,126 
Deferred income taxes 19,077   18,806 
Loans payable 4,125   3,750 
Derivative liability    242 
Total long-term liabilities 36,207   35,757 
Total liabilities 82,700   111,857 
Commitments and contingencies       
Series A preferred shares, $0.01 par value, 426,000 shares authorized; 426,000 shares issued and outstanding with a liquidation preference of $50 per share as of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 21,300   21,300 
Series A preferred shares-related party, $0.01 par value, 495,000 shares authorized; 495,000 shares issued and outstanding with a liquidation preference of $50 per share as of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 24,750   24,750 
Shareholders' equity:       
Common shares, $0.10 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 47,312,231 shares and 47,220,525 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 4,731   4,722 
Treasury stock (970)  (970)
Additional paid-in-capital 573,370   573,278 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (119,397)  (140,316)
Accumulated deficit (414,277)  (398,228)
Total shareholders' equity 43,457   38,486 
Total liabilities, Series A preferred shares and shareholders' equity$172,207  $196,393 


Reconciliation of Net Loss from Continuing Operations to Adjusted EBITDAX from Continuing Operations (Unaudited)
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
  
 For the Three Months Ended 
 Mar 31, 2017  Dec 31, 2016  Mar 31, 2016 
Net loss from continuing operations$(16,049) $(5,699) $(5,566)
Adjustments:           
Interest and other, net 2,078   1,600   2,444 
Current and deferred income tax expense 2,135   226   1,747 
Exploration, abandonment, and impairment 106   2,999   1,305 
Seismic and other exploration expense 15   20   66 
Foreign exchange loss (gain) 2,123   3,212   (342)
Share-based compensation expense 136   133   178 
(Gain) loss on commodity derivative contracts (988)  838   (771)
Cash settlements on commodity derivative contracts -   -   1,228 
Accretion of asset retirement obligation 48   88   92 
Depreciation, depletion, and amortization 4,497   5,972   7,966 
Loss on sale of TBNG 15,226   -   - 
Net other items 30   -   225 
Adjusted EBITDAX from continuing operations$9,357  $9,389  $8,572 

Adjusted EBITDAX from continuing operations ("Adjusted EBITDAX") is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents net loss from continuing operations plus interest and other, net, current and deferred income tax expense, exploration, abandonment and impairment, seismic and other exploration expense, foreign exchange loss (gain), share-based compensation expense, loss (gain) on commodity derivative contracts, cash settlements on commodity derivative contacts, accretion of asset retirement obligation, depreciation, depletion and amortization, loss on sale of TBNG, and net other items.

The Company believes Adjusted EBITDAX assists management and investors in comparing the Company's performance on a consistent basis without regard to depreciation, depletion and amortization and impairment of oil and natural gas properties and exploration expenses, among other items, which can vary significantly from period to period. In addition, management uses Adjusted EBITDAX as a financial measure to evaluate the Company's operating performance.

Adjusted EBITDAX is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP. Accordingly, it should not be considered as a substitute for net income or income from continuing operations prepared in accordance with GAAP. Net income or income from continuing operations may vary materially from Adjusted EBITDAX. Investors should carefully consider the specific items included in the computation of Adjusted EBITDAX.

About TransAtlantic

TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. is an international oil and natural gas company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas. The Company holds interests in developed and undeveloped properties in Turkey and Bulgaria and an operated interest in a joint venture in Albania.

(NO STOCK EXCHANGE, SECURITIES COMMISSION OR OTHER REGULATORY AUTHORITY HAS APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN.)

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains statements concerning the drilling, completion and cost of wells, the production and sale of oil and natural gas, planned operations, the holding of an earnings conference call, as well as other expectations, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions or information about future events, conditions, results of operations or performance that may constitute forward-looking statements or information under applicable securities legislation. Such forward-looking statements or information are based on a number of assumptions, which may prove to be incorrect.

Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements or information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements because the Company can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements or information are based on current expectations, estimates and projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the Company and described in the forward-looking statements or information. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, access to sufficient capital; market prices for natural gas; natural gas liquids and oil products; estimates of reserves and economic assumptions; the ability to produce and transport natural gas, natural gas liquids and oil; the results of exploration and development drilling and related activities; economic conditions in the countries and provinces in which the Company carries on business, especially economic slowdowns; actions by governmental authorities, receipt of required approvals, increases in taxes, legislative and regulatory initiatives relating to fracture stimulation activities, changes in environmental and other regulations, and renegotiations of contracts; political uncertainty and civil unrest, including actions by insurgent groups or other conflict; outcomes of litigation; the negotiation and closing of material contracts; and other risks described in the Company's filings with the SEC.

The forward-looking statements or information contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

Note on BOE

Barrels of oil equivalent, or BOE, are derived by the Company by converting natural gas to oil in the ratio of six thousand cubic feet ("MCF") of natural gas to one BBL of oil. A BOE conversion ratio of six MCF to one BBL is based on an energy equivalency conversion method primarily applicable at the burner tip and does not represent a value equivalency at the wellhead. BOE may be misleading, particularly if used in isolation.

Chad D. Burkhardt
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
(214) 265-4705

TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.
16803 Dallas Parkway
Addison, Texas 75001
http://www.transatlanticpetroleum.com


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