August 6, 2015

TransAtlantic Petroleum Announces Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results, Provides Operational Update and Announces Appointment of General Counsel

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Aug. 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. (NYSE MKT:TAT) (TSX:TNP) (the "Company" or "TransAtlantic") today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, provided an update on its operations and announced the appointment of its Vice President and General Counsel.

Second Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Revenue of $28.5 million, a 6% increase from $27.0 million in the first quarter of 2015
  • Adjusted EBITDAX from continuing operations of $17.2 million, a 2% decrease from the first quarter of 2015 (Adjusted EBITDAX is a non-GAAP financial measure that is defined and reconciled to net income at the end of this press release)
  • Average net sales production of 5,868 BOEPD, a 4% decrease from the first quarter of 2015 and a 17% increase over the second quarter of 2014 (comprised of 4,626 BOPD, a 2% decrease from the first quarter of 2015 and 7.4 MMCFPD of natural gas, an 8% decrease from the first quarter of 2015)
  • Net loss from continuing operations of $7.3 million, or $0.18 per share (basic and diluted)

Hedge Update

Throughout 2015, TransAtlantic has had hedges in place with a floor price of $85.00 for a portion of its Turkish oil production through March 2019. On June 10, 2015 the Company placed additional zero premium collars with a floor price of $66.50 for a portion of its Turkey oil production through 2016. On August 3, 2015 the overall hedge portfolio was valued at approximately $45 million. The Company continues to monitor the commodity price environment and will adjust its position as opportunities arise.

Second Quarter 2015 ResultsFor the Three Months Ended
 June 30, 2015 March 31, 2015 June 30, 2014
Net Sales:   
Oil (MBbls) 421 429 318
Natural gas (MMCF) 676 733 821
Total net sales (MBOE) 534 551 455
Average net sales (BOEPD) 5,868 6,122 5,000
Realized Commodity Prices:      
Oil ($/Bbl unhedged) $ 53.81 $ 47.97 $ 104.53
Oil ($/Bbl hedged) $ 60.61 $ 58.19 $ 98.93
Natural gas ($/MCF unhedged) $ 7.84 $ 8.30 $ 8.77
Natural gas ($/MCF hedged) $ 7.84 $ 8.30 $ 8.77

Total revenues were $28.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015, compared to $27.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and $41.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014. For the three months ended June 30, 2015, TransAtlantic generated a net loss from continuing operations of $7.3 million, or $0.18 per share (basic and diluted), compared to net loss from continuing operations of $5.5 million, or $0.13 per share (basic and diluted), for the three months ended March 31, 2015, and net income from continuing operations of $1.4 million, or $0.04 per share (basic and diluted), for the three months ended June 30, 2014.

Net income for the second quarter of 2015 included a $3.3 million loss on commodity derivative contracts (of which $6.1 million was an unrealized mark-to-market loss partially offset by a $2.8 million realized gain) and impairment expense of $4.1 million of which $0.4 million was cash spent during the second quarter.

Adjusted EBITDAX from continuing operations for the three months ended June 30, 2015 was $17.2 million, compared to $17.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and $27.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014.

Capital expenditures, including seismic and corporate expenditures, totaled $10.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 ($4.6 million in Turkey, $6.3 million in Albania), compared to $7.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and $28.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014.

Impact of Foreign Currency Exchange

During the three months ended June 30, 2015, Accumulated other comprehensive loss increased $4.9 million to a total of $107.8 million due primarily to foreign exchange rate changes in Turkey compared to the US Dollar. The financial statement impact is 100% non-cash and is reflected in Other Comprehensive income (loss) on the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income (loss) and Shareholder's Equity on the Consolidated Balance Sheet. This adjustment impacts the value of Comprehensive Income and Shareholders' Equity but does not impact Net Income nor Earnings Per Share.

For more information related to the impact of foreign exchange on TransAtlantic's consolidated financial statements please refer to our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Operational Update

TransAtlantic's current daily net production as of July 31, 2015 is approximately 5,500 BOE, and is comprised of approximately 4,300 BOPD and 7.3 MMCFPD. The Company is presently operating one drilling rig in the Molla Area. In addition, TransAtlantic is expanding its waterflood program in the Selmo field and continues to improve artificial lift capabilities in the Albanian oil fields with the installation of 13 pumps to date.

Southeastern Turkey - Şelmo Field Redevelopment

The Company continues to see positive response from its waterflood program in the Selmo field. To date, TransAtlantic has added approximately 200 BOPD above established decline through waterflooding. TransAtlantic expects to initiate the waterflood in the western part of the field in September and to expand the waterflood in the southwestern part of the field near the end of the year.

Southeastern Turkey - Molla Drilling

TransAtlantic reached total depth of approximately 10,900 feet on the Bahar-9 (100% working interest), a vertical well in the Bahar field, early in the third quarter of 2015. Initial log analysis on the Bahar-9 indicates prospective pay as projected. The Company expects to complete the Bahar-9 and the South Goksu-1 (50% working interest) in the third quarter of 2015 and to sidetrack the Pinar-1 in the second half of 2015.

Albania

TransAtlantic commenced a workover program late in the second quarter of 2015 with the installation of 13 new pumps in the Company's three oil fields in Albania. The Company has seen positive results to date from the installation of the pumps. In July, the Delvina-34H1 well was suspended and the rig was released due to unresolved gas contract issues and the Company's desire to redirect capital investment.

Appointment of Vice President and General Counsel

TransAtlantic announced that its board of directors has approved the appointment of Chad Burkhardt, 41, as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary effective August 24, 2015. Since 2008, Mr. Burkhardt has served as Partner in the Corporate department of Baker Botts L.L.P. where he advised clients on various corporate transactions including corporate securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and various public company filings. Mr. Burkhardt brings significant cross-border and international transaction experience from a variety of industries ranging from oil and gas exploration, midstream, and oil field services to high-tech and start-up transactions. Mr. Burkhardt is a graduate of Duke University School of Law.

Second Quarter 2015 Earnings Conference Call

The Company has scheduled a conference call for Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. Central (8:30 a.m. Eastern) to discuss second quarter 2015 financial results.

Investors who would like to participate in the conference call should dial (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 84927277. A replay will be available through August 8, 2015 and may be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406. The conference ID is 84927277.

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

Third Quarter 2015 Operations Update

TransAtlantic expects to issue a quarterly operations update for the Third Quarter of 2015 during the week of October 5, 2015. 

TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive (Loss) Income
(U.S. Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
 For the Three Months Ended June 30,For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 2015201420152014
Revenues:(unaudited)(unaudited)
Total revenues $ 28,490 $ 41,061 $ 55,486 $ 74,707
Costs and expenses:        
Production 6,760 4,666 12,689 8,797
Transportation costs 337 -- 404 --
Exploration, abandonment and impairment 4,093 3,775 4,440 7,916
Cost of purchased natural gas 469 440 735 925
Seismic and other exploration 93 892 151 4,186
Revaluation of contingent consideration -- -- -- (2,500)
General and administrative 7,844 7,460 16,463 14,012
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 9,591 12,588 21,169 22,678
Accretion of asset retirement obligations 107 106 218 204
Total costs and expenses 29,294 29,927 56,269 56,218
Operating (loss) income (804) 11,134 (783) 18,489
Other income (expense):        
Interest and other expense (3,673) (1,769) (6,983) (2,972)
Interest and other income 1,168 327 1,821 600
Gain on commodity derivative contracts (3,274) (9,522) 538 (8,560)
Foreign exchange gain (loss) 147 2,494 (5,001) 1,150
Total other expense (5,632) (8,470) (9,625) (9,782)
(Loss) income from continuing operations before income taxes (6,436) 2,664 (10,408) 8,707
Income tax expense (814) (1,227) (2,336) (3,277)
Net (loss) income from continuing operations (7,250) 1,437 (12,744) 5,430
Loss from discontinued operations before income taxes -- -- -- (20)
Net (loss) income (7,250) 1,437 (12,744) 5,410
Other comprehensive (loss) income:        
Foreign currency translation adjustment (4,917) 5,092 (28,536) 1,797
Comprehensive (loss) income $ (12,167) $ 6,529 $ (41,280) $ 7,207
         
Net (loss) income per common share        
Basic net (loss) income per common share        
Continuing operations $ (0.18) $ 0.04 $ (0.31) $ 0.15
Discontinued operations $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00
Weighted average common shares outstanding 40,973 37,411 40,870 37,402
Diluted net (loss) income per common share        
Continuing operations $ (0.18) $ 0.04 $ (0.31) $ 0.14
Discontinued operations $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00
Weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding 40,973 37,411 40,870 37,402
Note: On March 4, 2014, the Company's shareholders approved a 1-for-10 reverse stock split, which became effective March 6, 2014. As a result, all common share amounts and transactions described herein have been adjusted to reflect the 1-for-10 reverse stock split.

 

 
TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.
Summary Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
 
 For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 20152014
 (unaudited)
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations $ 21,808 $ 41,460
Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations (20,419) (65,582)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities from continuing operations (15,940) 16,044
Net cash provided by discontinued operations -- 436
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (1,258) (78)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents $ (15,809) $ (7,720)

 

 
TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.
Summary Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars, except share data)
 
 June 30,December 31,
 20152014
ASSETS(unaudited) 
Current assets:  
Cash and cash equivalents $ 19,323 $ 35,132
Accounts receivable, net    
Oil and natural gas sales 25,537 29,673
Joint interest and other 6,858 19,918
Related party 554 602
Prepaid and other current assets 9,045 8,930
Deferred income taxes 604 329
Derivative asset 10,377 12,518
Restricted cash 1,868 1,917
Assets held for sale 27 28
Total current assets 74,193 109,047
Property and equipment:    
Oil and natural gas properties (successful efforts methods)    
Proved 384,929 424,031
Unproved 66,323 65,438
Equipment and other property 40,192 42,343
  491,444 531,812
Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization (143,093) (141,977)
Property and equipment, net 348,351 389,835
Other long-term assets:    
Other assets 8,380 8,836
Note receivable - related party 11,500 11,500
Derivative asset 14,499 19,069
Deferred income taxes 787 1,181
Goodwill 5,987 6,935
Total other assets 41,153 47,521
Total assets $ 463,697 $ 546,403
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $ 30,327 $ 39,407
Accounts payable - related party 11,282 18,488
Accrued liabilities 25,184 31,238
Deferred income taxes 1,448 2,138
Asset retirement obligations 270 323
Loans payable 31,601 45,806
Loan payable - related party -- 6,800
Liabilities held for sale 6,421 6,928
Total current liabilities 106,533 151,128
Long-term liabilities:    
Asset retirement obligations 9,938 11,053
Accrued liabilities 12,397 12,336
Deferred income taxes 51,613 54,430
Loans payable 90,648 85,192
Loan payable - related party 20,800 20,800
Total long-term liabilities 185,396 183,811
Total liabilities 291,929 334,939
Commitments and contingencies    
Shareholders' equity:    
Common shares, $0.10 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 40,994,565 shares and 40,708,120 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively 4,099 4,071
Additional paid-in-capital 572,706 571,150
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (107,846) (79,310)
Accumulated deficit (297,191) (284,447)
Total shareholders' equity 171,768 211,464
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 463,697 $ 546,403

 

 
Reconciliation of Net (Loss) income to Adjusted EBITDAX (Unaudited)
(in thousands of U.S. Dollars)
 
 For the Three Months Ended June 30,For the Six Months Ended June 30,
 June 30, 2015June 30, 2014June 30, 2015June 30, 2014
 (unaudited)(unaudited)
Net (loss) income from continuing operations $ (7,250) $ 1,437 $ (12,744) $ 5,430
Adjustments:        
Interest and other, net 2,505 1,442 5,162 2,372
Income tax expense 814 1,227 2,336 3,277
Exploration, abandonment, and impairment 4,093 3,775 4,440 7,916
Seismic expense 93 914 151 3,951
Foreign exchange (gain) loss (147) (2,494) 5,001 (1,150)
Share-based compensation 597 317 864 713
Loss (gain) on commodity derivative contracts 3,274 9,522 (538) 8,560
Cash settlements on commodity derivative contracts 2,864 (1,781) 7,248 (2,533)
Accretion of asset retirement obligation 107 106 218 204
Depreciation, depletion, and amortization 9,591 12,588 21,169 22,678
Revaluation of contingent consideration -- -- -- (2,500)
Net other items 706 442 1,538 442
Adjusted EBITDAX from continuing operations $ 17,247 $ 27,495 $ 34,845 $ 49,360

Adjusted EBITDAX is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents earnings from continuing operations before income taxes, interest, depreciation, depletion, amortization, impairment, abandonment, and exploration expenses, unrealized derivative gains and losses, foreign exchange gains and losses, non-cash share-based compensation expense and significant non-recurring expenses.

The Company believes Adjusted EBITDAX assists management and investors in comparing the Company's performance and ability to fund capital expenditures and working capital requirements on a consistent basis without regard to depreciation, depletion and amortization and impairment of oil and natural gas properties and exploration expenses, 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 also widely used by investors and rating agencies. 

Adjusted EBITDAX is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP. Accordingly, it should not be considered as a substitute for net income, income from operations, or cash flow provided by operating activities prepared in accordance with GAAP. Net income, income from operations, or cash flow provided by operating activities may vary materially from Adjusted EBITDAX. Investors should carefully consider the specific items included in the computation of Adjusted EBITDAX. The Company has disclosed Adjusted EBITDAX to permit a comparative analysis of its operating performance and debt servicing ability relative to other companies.

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, Albania 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 acquisition and processing of seismic data, secondary recovery operations, the holding of an earnings conference call, the issuance of an operational update, the holding of an annual meeting of shareholders, 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. In addition to other assumptions identified in this news release, assumptions have been made regarding, among other things, the ability of the Company to continue to develop and exploit attractive foreign initiatives.

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, 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, including actions by insurgent groups or other conflict; outcomes of litigation; the negotiation and closing of material contracts; shortages of drilling rigs, equipment or oilfield services.

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 barrel of oil. A BOE conversion ratio of six MCF to one barrel 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.

CONTACT: Lizzy Chesnut

         Investor Relations

         (214) 265-4716

         

         Wil Saqueton

         Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

         (214) 220-4323

         

         TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.

         16803 Dallas Parkway

         Addison, Texas 75001

         http://www.transatlanticpetroleum.com


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