November 8, 2017

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

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Nov. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:TNP) (NYSE American:TAT) (the "Company" or "TransAtlantic") today announced the financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and provided an operations update. Additional information can be found on the Company's website at http://www.transatlanticpetroleum.com.

Summary

  • As of September 30, 2017, the Company had no long-term debt and $12.4 million in short-term debt, as compared to $3.8 million in long-term debt and $38.2 million in short-term debt as of December 31, 2016. During the quarter ended September 30, 2017, the Company repaid $14.1 million in debt as it continues to focus on deleveraging its balance sheet.
  • Revenues for the third quarter of 2017 were $12.7 million, as compared to $12.3 million for the second quarter of 2017 and $16.7 million for the third quarter of 2016.
  • The Company's operating loss for the third quarter of 2017 was $0.3 million, as compared to operating income of $2.1 million for the second quarter of 2017 and operating income of $1.0 million for the third quarter of 2016.
  • Net loss from continuing operations was $4.4 million for the third quarter of 2017, as compared to net income of $0.6 million in the second quarter of 2017, and a net loss of $4.6 million in the third quarter of 2016.
  • Adjusted EBITDAX from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2017 was $7.3 million, as compared to $6.8 million for the second quarter of 2017 and $12.8 million for the third quarter of 2016.1
  • The Company's average daily net sales volumes from continuing operations were approximately 2,862 barrels of oil equivalent per day ("Boepd") in the third quarter of 2017, as compared to 3,833 Boepd in the second quarter of 2017 and 4,335 Boepd in the third quarter of 2016. Current daily net sales volumes from continuing operations are approximately 2,900 Boepd.

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

Third Quarter 2017 Results of Continuing Operations 
  
  For the Three Months Ended 
  September 30, 2017  June 30, 2017  September 30, 2016 
Net Sales:            
Oil (Mbbl)  254   314   329 
Natural gas (Mmcf)                                                          58   184   391 
Total net sales (Mboe)  263   345   395 
Average net sales (Boepd)  2,862   3,833   4,335 
Realized Commodity Prices:            
Oil ($/Bbl unhedged) $47.88  $47.26  $40.67 
Oil ($/Bbl hedged) $47.88  $47.26  $41.38 
Natural gas ($/Mcf) $4.82  $4.96  $7.08 
             

Total revenues were $12.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, as compared to $12.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and $16.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016. For the three months ended September 30, 2017, the Company had a net loss from continuing operations of $4.4 million, or $0.09 per share (basic and diluted), as compared to net income from continuing operations of $0.6 million, or $0.01 per share (basic and diluted), for the three months ended June 30, 2017, and a net loss from continuing operations of $4.6 million, or $0.10 per share (basic and diluted), for the three months ended September 30, 2016. Capital expenditures, including seismic and corporate expenditures totaled $6.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, as compared to $4.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and $1.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016. 

Adjusted EBITDAX from continuing operations for the three months ended September 30, 2017 was $7.3 million, as compared to $6.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and $12.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016.

Operational Update

The following summarizes the Company's operations by location during the third quarter of 2017:

Southeastern Turkey

Testing continued on the Bahar-11 well throughout the third quarter of 2017 in the Bedinan, Dadas, and Hazro formations. Commercial oil was discovered in all three formations with a combined test rate of 280 Boepd. The well was brought on production in October 2017.

Testing continued on the Cavulsu-1 well throughout the third quarter of 2017.  The well flowed high API gravity hydrocarbon in two Bedinan benches. Testing will continue throughout the fourth quarter of 2017 to establish the potential of these intervals as well as up-hole potential in the Dadas, Hazro, and Mardin formations.

Operations on the Pinar-1ST well were temporarily suspended during the third quarter of 2017 due to priority repair and maintenance workover operations in the Bahar and Selmo fields. Testing will resume in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Bulgaria

The Company continues to evaluate its position in Bulgaria with updated geologic models and continues to market a joint venture exploration program for its assets in Bulgaria.

Conference Call                     

The Company will host a live webcast and conference call on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. Central time (9:00 a.m. Eastern time) to discuss third quarter 2017 financial results and provide an operations update. Investors who would like to participate in the conference call should call (877) 878-2762 or (678) 809-1005 approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and ask for the TransAtlantic conference call. The conference ID is 8898817.

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 November 10, 2017 and may be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406. The conference ID is 8898817.

Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q

On November 8, 2017, the Company filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

 
TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive (Loss) Income (Unaudited)
 (U.S. Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
 For the Three Months Ended  For the Nine Months Ended 
 Sept 30, 2017  Sept 30, 2016  Sept 30, 2017  Sept 30, 2016 
Revenues:               
Total revenues$12,675  $16,659  $41,452  $49,923 
Costs and expenses:               
Production 2,997   3,070   8,798   9,025 
Exploration, abandonment and impairment 141   1,531   249   2,964 
Cost of purchased natural gas    1,027   568   3,264 
Seismic and other exploration 2,966   3   3,046   84 
General and administrative 2,532   2,659   9,303   11,401 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 4,272   7,280   13,024   23,053 
Accretion of asset retirement obligations 49   97   144   285 
Total costs and expenses 12,957   15,667   35,132   50,076 
Operating (loss) income (282)  992   6,320   (153)
Other (expense) income:               
Loss on sale of TBNG       (15,226)   
Interest and other expense (2,322)  (3,836)  (6,981)  (9,106)
Interest and other income 182   1,009   663   1,411 
(Loss) gain on commodity derivative contracts (1,365)  (187)  299   (2,419)
Foreign exchange loss (48)  (390)  (1,055)  (659)
Total other expense (3,553)  (3,404)  (22,300)  (10,773)
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (3,835)  (2,412)  (15,980)  (10,926)
Income tax expense (518)  (2,224)  (3,856)  (5,820)
Net loss from continuing operations (4,353)  (4,636)  (19,836)  (16,746)
Income from discontinued operations before income taxes    6,886      5,830 
Gain on disposal of discontinued operations    9,419      10,168 
Income tax benefit          204 
Net income from discontinued operations    16,305      16,202 
Net (loss) income (4,353)  11,669   (19,836)  (544)
Other comprehensive (loss) income:               
Foreign currency translation adjustment (1,223)  (3,986)  21,828   (3,277)
Comprehensive (loss) income$(5,576) $7,683  $1,992  $(3,821)
                
Net (loss) income per common share               
Basic net (loss) income per common share               
Continuing operations$(0.09) $(0.10) $(0.42) $(0.39)
Discontinued operations$(0.00) $0.35  $(0.00) $0.38 
Weighted average common shares outstanding 47,725   46,854   47,480   42,879 
Diluted net (loss) income per common share               
Continuing operations$(0.09) $(0.10) $(0.42) $(0.39)
Discontinued operations$(0.00) $0.35  $(0.00) $0.38 
Weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding 47,725   46,854   47,480   42,879 
                


  
TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.
Summary Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
 
  
  For the Nine Months Ended Sept 30, 
  2017    2016 
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations $                  16,079  $                19,607 
Net cash provided by investing activities from continuing operations(1)  4,872   2,699 
Net cash used in financing activities from continuing operations  (29,661)  (7,842)
Net cash used in discontinued operations  -   (822)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash  (118)  (517)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                                               $(8,828) $13,125 
         
(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)
 
 September 30, 2017  December 31, 2016 
ASSETS(unaudited)     
Current assets:       
Cash and cash equivalents$2,757  $10,034 
Restricted cash    2,555 
Accounts receivable, net       
Oil and natural gas sales 12,891   17,885 
Joint interest and other 1,914   3,230 
Related party 1,063   762 
Prepaid and other current assets 2,557   4,756 
Inventory 3,613   3,647 
Assets held for sale    25,217 
Total current assets 24,795   68,086 
Property and equipment:       
Oil and natural gas properties (successful efforts methods)       
     Proved 204,895   197,214 
     Unproved 25,730   21,109 
Equipment and other property 19,399   20,273 
Total property and equipment 250,024   238,596 
     Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization (132,899)  (120,638)
Property and equipment, net 117,125   117,958 
Other long-term assets:       
Other assets 2,104   2,725 
Note receivable - related party 7,027   7,624 
Total other assets 9,131   10,349 
Total assets$151,051  $196,393 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY       
Current liabilities:       
Accounts payable$3,518  $7,036 
Accounts payable - related party 4,363   1,844 
Accrued liabilities 8,660   12,492 
Derivative liability 571   596 
Loans payable 12,375   34,750 
Loan payable - related party    3,444 
Liabilities held for sale    15,938 
Total current liabilities 29,487   76,100 
Long-term liabilities:       
Asset retirement obligations 4,940   4,833 
Accrued liabilities 9,138   8,126 
Deferred income taxes 20,494   18,806 
Loans payable    3,750 
Derivative liability    242 
Total long-term liabilities 34,572   35,757 
Total liabilities 64,059   111,857 
Commitments and contingencies       
Series A preferred shares - third-parties, $0.01 par value, 950,000 shares authorized (third-parties and related parties),
  426,000 shares issued to third-parties and outstanding with a liquidation preference of $50 per share as of September
  30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively
 21,300   21,300 
Series A preferred shares - related parties, $0.01 par value, 495,000 shares issued to related parties and outstanding
  with a liquidation preference of $50 per share as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively
 24,750   24,750 
Shareholders' equity:       
Common shares, $0.10 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized; 47,727,772 shares and 47,220,525 shares issued
  and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively
 4,773   4,722 
Treasury stock (970)  (970)
Additional paid-in-capital 573,691   573,278 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (118,488)  (140,316)
Accumulated deficit (418,064)  (398,228)
Total shareholders' equity 40,942   38,486 
Total liabilities, Series A preferred shares and shareholders' equity$151,051  $196,393 
        


Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income from Continuing Operations to Adjusted EBITDAX from Continuing Operations (Unaudited)
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
 
  For the Three Months Ended  For the Nine Months Ended 
  Sept 30, 2017    June 30, 2017    Sept 30, 2016  Sept 30, 2017    Sept 30, 2016 
Net (loss) income from continuing operations                                               $(4,353) $566  $(4,636) $(19,836) $(16,746)
Adjustments:                    
Interest and other, net  2,140   2,100   2,827   6,318   7,695 
Current and deferred income tax expense  518   1,203   2,224   3,856   5,820 
Exploration, abandonment, and impairment  141   2   1,531   249   2,964 
Seismic and other exploration expense  2,966   65   3   3,046   84 
Foreign exchange loss (gain)  48   (1,116)  390   1,055   659 
Share-based compensation expense  142   278   142   556   496 
Loss (gain) on commodity derivative contracts  1,365   (676)  187   (299)  2,419 
Cash settlements on commodity derivative contracts  -   32   2,729   32   4,188 
Accretion of asset retirement obligation  49   47   97   144   285 
Depreciation, depletion, and amortization  4,272   4,255   7,280   13,024   23,053 
Loss on sale of TBNG  -   -   -   15,226   - 
Net other items  -   -   64   30   582 
Adjusted EBITDAX from continuing operations $7,288  $6,756  $12,838  $23,401  $31,499 
                     

Adjusted EBITDAX from continuing operations ("Adjusted EBITDAX") is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents net (loss) income 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 (gain) loss, 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

The Company 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.

(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, the marketing of joint venture transactions, the holding of an earnings conference call, and the issuance of an operations update, as well as other expectations, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions, and information about future events, conditions, results of operations, and 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 products; 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; renegotiations of contracts; political uncertainty, 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 of natural gas ("Mcf") to one stock tank barrel, or 42 U.S. gallons liquid volume ("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.

Contacts:       

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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