RELEASE: August 7, 2009
HKN Announces Small Net Loss for the Second Quarter 2009 and
New Investment Opportunity
Texas – August 7, 2009 – HKN,
Inc. (NYSE Amex: HKN) (”HKN”)
today reported its interim financial results for the three and six months ended
June 30, 2009. HKN reported a reduced
net loss of $159 thousand during the second quarter of 2009 as compared to a net
loss of $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2009.
Focus on Efficient Operations:
During the first half of 2009, oil and natural gas
prices have declined sharply as compared to the prior year period. In response
to this challenge, we have worked to reduce our controllable costs in order to
maintain positive cash flow from operations even during a low commodity pricing
environment. We have no debt outstanding, and we have a cash balance of
approximately $12.4 million at June 30, 2009. We anticipate our operating cash
flow and other capital resources, if needed, will adequately fund our planned
capital expenditures and other capital uses over the near-term. Based on
industry outlook for 2009, prices for oil and natural gas could remain reduced
as compared to the prior year with the perception of future worldwide demand
being altered by turmoil in the financial markets.
2009, our oil and gas revenue has been comprised of approximately 78% from oil
sales and 22% from natural gas sales.
During the six months ended June 30, 2009, oil commodity pricing was
approximately 57% lower than the prior year period, and natural gas commodity
pricing was approximately 63% lower than the prior year period. Our oil and gas
revenues are generated from operations in onshore and offshore areas of the Texas and Louisiana
In conjunction with lower oil and gas commodity pricing during the second
quarter 2009, our oil and gas revenues decreased from $7.7 million in the second
quarter 2008 to $2.8 million for the second quarter 2009. This decrease was primarily due to the
significantly lower oil and gas prices received during the period.
Our oil and gas operating expense decreased 18%,
decreasing from approximately $2.4 million during second quarter 2008 to $2
million during second quarter 2009 due primarily to lower operating costs at
our Main Pass 35 field and lower production taxes which resulted from lower
prices realized on our oil and gas sales during the current quarter.
General and administrative
expenses decreased 40% from $1.1 million for the second quarter 2008 to $638
thousand for the second quarter 2009 primarily due to overall lower salary and
personnel costs along with decreased professional fees.
the second quarter 2009, we acquired an interest in a private company,
UniPureEnergy Acquisition Co., LLC, (“UniPure”) with a patented emulsion
breaking “OHSOL” technology. This
environmentally-clean process can be used to purify oilfield emulsions by
breaking and separating the emulsions into oil, water and solids. This technology was successfully tested with
a mobile OHSOL unit in a demonstration in Prudhoe
Bay, Alaska, proving
the effectiveness of the OHSOL emulsion breaking technology to recover valuable
hydrocarbons and reduce wastes. During
the last half of 2009, we will focus on emulsion testing the OHSOL plant currently
located in Texas
and commercializing the OHSOL technology.
Under the UniPure Operating Agreement, effective June
30, 2009, we are the Managing Member of UniPure and, as such, possess the legal
power to direct the operating policies and procedures of UniPure. Therefore, we
have consolidated the assets and liabilities of UniPure as of June 30, 2009,
the acquisition date. We did not consolidate the results of operations for the
one day ended June 30, 2009, as it was determined to be immaterial.
the remainder of 2009, we will continue to seek and identify further investment
opportunities in undervalued energy-based companies which could provide future
value for our shareholders.
results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008 are as
thousands except for share and per share amounts)
Sheet Summary (in thousands)
(1) Current ratio is calculated as current assets
divided by current liabilities.
(2) Working capital is the difference between
current assets and current liabilities.
of Operating Margin to Net Income (Loss) (in thousands)
believes the presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure, in connection
with the results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008,
provides useful information to investors regarding our results of operations.
Management also believes that this non-GAAP financial measure provides a
picture of our results that is comparable among reporting periods and provides
factors that influenced performance during the period under the report. This non-GAAP financial measure should be
considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, financial measures
prepared in accordance with GAAP.
HKN, Inc. is an
independent energy company engaged in the development and production of crude
oil, natural gas and coalbed methane assets and in the active management of investments
in the energy industry. Additional information may be found at the HKN Web
site, www.hkninc.com. Please e-mail all
investor inquiries to HKNinquiries@ctaintegrated.com.
Certain statements in
this announcement and inferences derived therefrom may be regarded as
“forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act
of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are based on the opinions
and estimates of management at the time the statements are made. Management’s current view and plans,
however, are subject to numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties and
other factors that may cause the actual results, performance, timing or
achievements of HKN to be materially different from any results, performance,
timing or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements. The various uncertainties,
variables, and other risks include those discussed in detail in the Company’s
SEC filings, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 18,
2009. HKN undertakes no duty to update or revise any forward-looking
statements. Actual results may vary