Rosetta Resources Inc. Net Income And Earnings Surge To Company Record For 2006
Rosetta Resources Inc. (Nasdaq:ROSE) (“Rosetta” or the “Company”) announced today that net income for 2006 was $45 million compared to net income of $18 million for the six months of 2005 that Rosetta was a stand-alone company. Diluted earnings per share for 2006 were $0.88 versus 2005 earnings per share of $0.35. In the fourth quarter of 2006, production and net income were at their highest levels for the six quarters that Rosetta has been an independent company. Production was 98 MMcfe/d and net income was $13 million, up 44% compared to net income of $9 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. Fourth quarter diluted earnings per share were $0.26 in 2006, up 37% compared to $0.19 in the fourth quarter of 2005.
Total revenue for 2006 was $272 million compared to $113 million for the six months of 2005 that Rosetta was a stand-alone company. Fourth quarter 2006 revenue was $73 million, up 33% versus fourth quarter 2005 revenue of $55 million.
Rosetta’s average sales price, including the effects of hedging, for the full-year 2006 was $8.13 per Mcfe, which includes a $0.88 per Mcfe benefit from the Company’s hedging program.
The Company realized a $30 million gain from its hedging activity during 2006 and has increased hedge volumes to 65 BBtu/d for the April - December 2007 period. This includes 55 BBtu/d of fixed price swaps at an average price of $7.79 per MMBtu and 10 BBtu/d of price collars with floor and caps of $7.19 per MMBtu and $10.03 per MMBtu, respectively. For 2008, 50 BBtu/d of fixed price swaps are currently in place at an average price of $7.62 per MMBtu.
As previously reported, Rosetta’s production for 2006 increased to 33.4 Bcfe for an average rate of 92 MMcfe/d versus the 73 MMcfe/d reported for the second half of 2005, and its total proved oil and natural gas reserves as of December 31, 2006, were 407.8 billion cubic feet of gas equivalents (Bcfe) versus 359.0 Bcfe at December 31, 2005. The Company’s 2006 production rate increased by 26% versus 2005, and the year-end 2006 reserve number increased 14% over the year-end 2005.
For 2007, the Company’s capital budget is $250 million for organic projects in existing areas of activity.
In the Sacramento Basin, the Company has drilled four successful wells, of which only one has been completed. The other three wells are in various stages of completion and are expected to be on production and producing at a combined net rate of 2 MMcfe/d by the end of March 2007.
In its DJ Basin Niobrara Play, the Company has drilled 13 Niobrara wells which have all been successful. These wells, together with remaining wells from last year’s program, have been tied into the gathering system in March, bringing Rosetta’s total net DJ production from 1 MMcf/d up to 6 MMcf/d from 69 wells.
Rosetta has drilled nine wells in the LOBO play in 2007, including two which were drilling at year-end. Seven of these wells were productive, four of which are currently producing approximately net 4 MMcfe/d from the lower zones only.
Two new Perdido wells that were drilled in 2006 are now on production. After the initial rapid decline, the wells are producing at a combined net rate of approximately 4 MMcfe/d. We have recently drilled a successful vertical well and have also spudded one new horizontal well.
In the Gulf of Mexico, Grand Isle 72-1 was put on production in March and is currently flowing with net production to Rosetta at approximately 1.0 MMcfe/d. Main Pass 118 and 29 are scheduled to be producing to sales by the end of March with production rates of approximately 9 MMcf/d net to Rosetta. Additionally, the South Timbalier 293-1 well is currently drilling to a proposed total depth of 12,000 feet. Rosetta has a 50% working interest in this block.
The Sabine Lake State Track 30-1 well in Texas State Waters was drilled to a total depth of 13,400 feet and is currently being completed. The rig will be moved to the State Track 30-2 offset location to test the Hackberry and the deeper Vicksburg sands.
Bill Berilgen, Rosetta’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer said, “2006 was our first year as a stand-alone-company, and we generated strong results in terms of growth in reserves, production, net income, and organic finding and development costs. With a $250 million capital budget for 2007, we are off to a solid start for the new year and expect to continue the trend of strong performance. The majority of our capital budget will be allocated to exploitation projects in our core areas in the Sacramento Basin, South Texas and the DJ Basin, with the remainder of our capital program allocated to high potential exploration projects in Texas State Waters and the Gulf of Mexico.”
2006 FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS
Rosetta’s production for the fourth quarter 2006 was 9.0 Bcfe or an average of 98 MMcfe/d. Average realized gas prices for the quarter were $7.92 per Mcf, including the effect of our hedges; and realized oil prices averaged $57.85 per Bbl.
Revenues for Rosetta totaled $72.6 million, including positive effects from our hedges of $9.8 million.
Total lease operating expense (“LOE”), which includes direct LOE, workover, ad-valorem taxes, and insurance, was $8.9 million or $0.99 per Mcfe. Direct LOE was $5.3 million or $0.59 per Mcfe and workover costs were $2.4 million or $0.26 per Mcfe for the period. Production taxes were $0.11 per Mcfe and treating, transportation and marketing charges were $0.13 per Mcfe. Depreciation, depletion and amortization was $28.3 million, based on a DD&A rate of $3.15 per Mcfe.
General and administrative costs were $8.6 million for the fourth quarter, including non-cash stock compensation expenses of $1.4 million, costs associated with the process of becoming a public company, SOX Compliance expenses and costs associated with the Calpine bankruptcy.
Net Income for the period was $13.2 million or $0.26 per share.
TOTAL YEAR RESULTS
Rosetta’s production for the total year 2006 was 33.4 Bcfe or an average of 92 MMcfe/d. Average realized gas prices for the same period were $7.85 per Mcf, including the effect of hedges; and realized oil prices averaged $63.97 per Bbl.
Revenues for the year were $271.8 million, including positive effects from our hedges of $29.6 million.
Total LOE, which includes direct LOE, workovers, ad-valorem taxes, and insurance, was $36.3 million or $1.09 per Mcfe. Production taxes were $0.19 per Mcfe; and treating, transportation and marketing charges were $0.14 per Mcfe. Direct LOE was $21.6 million or $0.65 per Mcfe for the period.
General and administrative costs were $33.2 million, including non-cash stock compensation expenses of $5.7 million and other costs associated with the process of becoming a public company.
Net income for the year was $44.6 million or $0.88 per share on a diluted basis.
Net cash provided by operating activities was $199.6 million; and capital expenditures, including property acquisition costs of approximately $35 million, were $240.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2006.
Rosetta’s 2006 revenues, reserves and production do not include consideration of non-consent properties as defined in its transaction with Calpine that closed on July 7, 2005.
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