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Abraxas Announces Third Quarter 2018 Financial and Operating Results

November 7, 2018

SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 7, 2018--Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:AXAS) today reported financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.

Financial Highlights for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2018

The three months ended September 30, 2018 resulted in:

Production of 926 MBoe (10,070 Boepd) Revenue of $41.6 million Net income of $1.8 million, or $0.01 per share Adjusted net income (a) (excluding certain non-cash items) of $8.6 million, or $0.05 per share EBITDA (a) of $22.3 million Adjusted EBITDA per bank loan covenants of $22.4 million (a)

Operational Highlights for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2018:

Williston Basin, North Dakota

Drilling operations on the Abraxas four well Lillibridge NW Pad continued as planned. On the four well Ravin NE Pad, the fracture treatment (frac) is expected to be completed this week despite road closures caused by weather. Once the Ravin NE Pad fracture treatment is complete, Abraxas will place back on production the six remaining wells shut-in for frac protection along with the eight new wells on the Ravin Central and Ravin NE Pads.

Delaware Basin, West Texas

Drilling operations on the Abraxas two well Creosote Pad continued as planned. Abraxas owns approximately 80% working interest in the Creosote Pad. The two well Mesquite Pad, in which Abraxas owns 73% working interest, is producing approximately 1,800 Boepd. The fracture treatment on the one well Pecan 47 Pad, in which Abraxas owns 100% working interest is scheduled to commence this week. All these pads call for 4,800′ laterals.

Abraxas continues to acquire bolt-on acreage to its existing acreage block. With transactions currently in progress, Abraxas now holds over 11,000 net acres, excluding over 2,200 acres of minerals owned in southern Pecos County.

Capital Budget

The Board of Directors of Abraxas have approved a Capital Budget for 2019 of $108 million. The budget entails a continuation of a one rig program in the Bakken to drill and/or complete 13 wells ($39 million), a continuation of a one rig program in the Delaware Basin to drill and/or complete 12 wells ($58 million), and $11 million for acreage and facilities. This budget is designed to generate free cash flow during 2019. Abraxas plans to issue additional guidance for 2019 when results from the recently completed Bakken wells and one soon to be completed Delaware well are known. 

2018 Production and Guidance Update:

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

On November 6, 2018, the Board of Directors of Abraxas Petroleum (“Abraxas” or the “Company”) named Steven P. Harris as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the company.

Mr. Harris will continue to report to Bob Watson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Abraxas. Mr. Harris joined Abraxas on June 19, 2018, as Director, Finance and Capital Markets. Mr. Harris brings over 20 years of financial and leadership experience to Abraxas. Most recently, Mr. Harris was with Sundance Energy where he assisted Sundance’s Business Development and Investor Relations efforts. From 2008 through 2017, Mr. Harris was a Managing Director and headed the U.S. Energy Investment Banking division of Canaccord Genuity in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining Canaccord Genuity, Mr. Harris served in the Business Development Group at El Paso Exploration and Production. Mr. Harris earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from the Rice University Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management.

Bob Watson, President and CEO of Abraxas, commented, “Since joining the Company, Steve has been instrumental in sourcing and evaluating various forms of financing, negotiating certain acquisitions and divestitures across the Company’s portfolio of assets, and establishing significant capital market relationships to further enhance the Company’s strategic growth objectives.”

Conference Call

Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:AXAS) will host its third quarter 2018 earnings conference call at 3 PM ET on Thursday November 8, 2018. To participate in the conference call, please dial 844.347.1028 and enter the passcode 9385155. Additionally, a live listen only webcast of the conference call can be accessed under the investor relations section of the Abraxas website at www.abraxaspetroleum.com. A replay of the conference call will be available through December 8, 2018 by dialing 855.859.2056 and entering the passcode 9385155 or can be accessed under the investor relations section of the Abraxas website.

Abraxas Petroleum Corporation is a San Antonio based crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company with operations across the Permian Basin, Rocky Mountain, and South Texas regions of the United States.

Safe Harbor for forward-looking statements: Statements in this release looking forward in time involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Abraxas’ actual results in future periods to be materially different from any future performance suggested in this release. Such factors may include, but may not be necessarily limited to, changes in the prices received by Abraxas for crude oil and natural gas. In addition, Abraxas’ future crude oil and natural gas production is highly dependent upon Abraxas’ level of success in acquiring or finding additional reserves. Further, Abraxas operates in an industry sector where the value of securities is highly volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond Abraxas’ control. In the context of forward-looking information provided for in this release, reference is made to the discussion of risk factors detailed in Abraxas’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission during the past 12 months.

ABRAXAS PETROLEUM CORPORATION RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

To fully assess Abraxas’ operating results, management believes that, although not prescribed under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) in the United States of America, EBITDA is an appropriate measure of Abraxas’ ability to satisfy capital expenditure obligations and working capital requirements. EBITDA is defined as net income plus interest expense, deferred income taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization expenses, impairments, unrealized gains and losses on derivative contracts, and stock-based compensation. EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure as defined under SEC rules. EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other financial measurements prepared in accordance with GAAP or as a measure of the Company’s profitability or liquidity. EBITDA excludes some, but not all items that affect net income and may vary among companies. The EBITDA presented below may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

We have also disclosed Adjusted EBITDA per bank loan covenants. Adjusted EBITDA per bank loan covenants is a non-GAAP financial measure as defined under SEC rules. Our management believes that information regarding Adjusted EBITDA per bank loan covenants is material to an understanding of our financial condition and liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA per bank loan covenants should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other financial measurements prepared in accordance with GAAP or as a measure of the Company’s profitability or liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA per bank loan covenants presented below may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

The following table provides a reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net income for the periods presented.

This release also includes a discussion of “adjusted net income, excluding certain non-cash items,” which is also a non-GAAP financial measure as defined under SEC rules. The following table provides a reconciliation of adjusted net income, excluding ceiling test impairment and unrealized changes in derivative contracts. Management believes that net income calculated in accordance with GAAP is the most directly comparable measure to adjusted net income, excluding certain non-cash items. The calculation of adjusted net income, excluding certain non-cash items presented below may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Unrealized gains or losses on derivative contracts are based on mark-to-market valuations which are non-cash in nature and may fluctuate drastically from period to period. As commodity prices fluctuate, these derivative contracts are valued against current market prices at the end of each reporting period in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification 815: Derivatives and Hedging as amended and interpreted, which requires Abraxas to record a gain or loss based on the calculated value difference from the previous period-end valuation for open contracts. For example, NYMEX oil prices on September 30, 2017 were $51.67 per barrel compared to $73.25 on September 28, 2018; therefore, the mark-to-market valuation changed considerably from period to period.

Liquidity is calculated by adding the net funds available under our revolving credit facility and cash and cash equivalents. We use liquidity as an indicator of the Company’s ability to fund development and exploration activities. However, this measurement has limitations. This measurement can vary from year-to-year for the Company and can vary among companies based on what is or is not included in the measurement on a company’s financial statements. This measurement is provided in addition to, and not as an alternative for, and should be read in conjunction with, the information contained in our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP (including the notes), included in our SEC filings and posted on our website.

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CONTACT: Abraxas Petroleum Corporation

Steven P. Harris, 210-490-4788

Vice President - Chief Financial Officer

sharris@abraxaspetroleum.com

www.abraxaspetroleum.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA TEXAS

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENERGY OIL/GAS

SOURCE: Abraxas Petroleum Corporation

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