RELEASE: February 19, 2010
HKN Announces Annual
Results for 2009
Dallas, Texas – February 19, 2010 – HKN,
Inc. (NYSE Amex: HKN) (”HKN”) today reported its annual financial results for
the year ended December 31, 2009. HKN reported a net loss of $3.3 million during
2009 as compared to a net loss of $27 million during 2008.
2009 Recap and 2010 Outlook
During 2009, commodity
pricing for both crude oil and natural gas averaged well below pricing from the
respective prior year period. In 2009, industry-wide drilling costs did not reduce
in comparison to the dramatic drop in commodity prices. In order to
continue generating cash flow from operating activities, we focused on reducing
our costs and were able to cut our operating expenses by 20% and our general
and administrative costs by 39% over prior year. However, oil and gas
commodity prices during the year averaged approximately 43% and 60% lower,
respectively, than 2008. In 2010, our objective is to maintain our working
capital while continuing to seek opportunities to increase our operating margin
as compared to prior year. We continue to believe in the long-term
fundamentals of our industry.
we used our discretionary cash to simplify our capital structure by redeeming
the remaining 44 thousand shares of our Series M Preferred Stock and 600 shares
of our G1 Preferred Stock for a total of approximately $4.4 million. The
Series M Preferred had an 8% cash coupon rate which was scheduled to increase
to 10% in October 2009. As of December 31, 2009, our Series M Preferred is no
longer outstanding. In accordance with our share buyback program, in 2009, we also
repurchased 708 thousand of our common shares in the market (approximately 7%
of our outstanding shares) at a total cost of approximately $1.9 million.
During 2009, we enhanced the value of our Main
Pass 35 field which is located offshore Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, by
performing various process and structural upgrades and improvements to the
facility and its equipment. We believe our Main Pass 35 asset has unique
characteristics such as low-decline oil production, behind-pipe development
potential as well as third-party oil, gas and water processing and handling
services for neighboring fields in the area. We consider our Main Pass 35
field a strategic asset for us in 2010. In addition to our Main Pass 35
expenditures, we also deployed capital expenditures of approximately $1.3
million for oil and gas exploratory and development drilling at our Creole Field,
as well as other projects.
Also during 2009, we acquired an interest in a private
company, BriteWater International, LLC (“BWI”), formerly known as UniPureEnergy
Acquisition Co, LLC, which holds patents to the 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 has been successfully tested using a mobile OHSOL unit in a
demonstration in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, which demonstrated the effectiveness of
the OHSOL emulsion breaking technology to recover valuable hydrocarbons and
reduce wastes. BWI is currently pursuing opportunities to commercialize the
OHSOL technology by performing emulsion testing of the OHSOL plant equipment
both internationally and domestically.
continue to have access to capital, and we have a discretionary cash balance of
approximately $7 million at December 31, 2009 with no debt. 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 2010, prices for oil and
natural gas are expected to increase as compared to the prior year. In addition,
with savings expected due to cost-cutting measures implemented during 2009, we believe
our 2010 operations will remain cash-flow positive.
HKN’s operating results for the years ended December
31, 2009, 2008 and 2007 are as follows: (in thousands except for share and
per share amounts)
Balance 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.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE
Reconciliation of Operating Margin to Net Income (in thousands)
believes the presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure, in connection
with the results for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, 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 management of investments in 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, such as “future opportunities,” 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 19, 2010. HKN undertakes no duty to update or revise any
forward-looking statements. Actual results may vary materially.