Coastal Energy Announces First Quarter 2013 Financial Results & Operations Update

Coastal Energy Announces First Quarter 2013 Financial Results & Operations

HOUSTON, May 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coastal Energy Company (the
"Company" or "Coastal Energy") (TSX:CEN) (AIM:CEO), an independent exploration
and production company with assets in Southeast Asia, announces the financial
results for the three months ended March 31, 2013. The functional and
reporting currency of the Company is the United States dollar.

Q1 2013 Financial Highlights

  *The Company reported Q1 total production of 23,163 boe/d, up from year ago
    levels of 22,773 boe/d. Offshore production totalled 20,460 bbl/d, a
    slight decrease from year ago levels of 21,031 bbl/d. Offshore production
    was impacted by several factors, including longer than expected completion
    times for the hydraulic fracturing program at Bua Ban South, delayed
    production from two horizontal wells at Bua Ban North due to the initial
    installation of "swelling packers" designed to reduce water production and
    the Songkhla A-10 well being down for a majority of the quarter awaiting
    pump replacement. Onshore production was 2,703 boe/d, up from 1,742 boe/d
    in the same period last year due to stronger gas demand in Thailand.
  *EBITDAX for Q1 2013 was $152.5 million, 19% higher than the $128.4 million
    recorded in Q1 2012.Revenue and EBITDAX were driven higher by increased
    lifting volumes.Crude oil inventory was approximately 188,115 barrels at
    March 31, 2013, the revenue from which will be recognized in the second
  *Operating costs declined 8% year over year on a per barrel basis to $19.90
    / bbl as the Company realized the benefits of costs reductions related to
    the purchase of previously leased production facilities.
  *The Company announced successful discoveries at Songkhla A in two
    exploration wells which were drilled into previously untested fault blocks
    on the western side of the platform.

Operations Update

The Company recently completed the drilling of one exploration well at the
Songkhla M prospect and one appraisal/exploration well in the Bua Ban North
and Bua Ban Terrace Area.

Bua Ban Terrace

The Bua Ban Terrace A-01 well was drilled to a depth of 5,900 feet TVDSS. The
well penetrated the Miocene interval within the existing Bua Ban North field.
The Miocene contained 52 feet of net pay with 26% average porosity, which was
thicker than the 40 feet of prognosed pay. The well then penetrated the Lower
Oligocene and Eocene intervals on the western side of the fault in the Terrace
area and encountered 7 feet of net pay in the Lower Oligocene reservoir with
16% porosity. The Eocene contained 313 feet of net sand with an average
porosity of 18.2 %. Very high gas readings persisted throughout drilling of
the Eocene sections. Although, the majority of the zones in the Eocene were
water-bearing, there were several zones with log indications of high oil
saturation levels.These log readings, in conjunction with the pay zone in the
Lower Oligocene and high gas readings throughout the Eocene, further confirm
oil migration in the Terrace area.

Songkhla M

The Songkhla M-01 well was drilled to a depth of 9,200 feet TVDSS. The well
encountered an extensive section of excellent quality Miocene reservoirs which
were water bearing. The well also encountered 57 feet of net sand in the
Eocene reservoir with pervasive oil shows. The Eocene sand section had
average porosity of 11%, which is below the Company's conventional
commerciality threshold.

Randy Bartley, President & CEO of Coastal Energy commented:

"Coastal Energy had another successful quarter in the first three months of
2013.The second quarter has also started well with offshore production
averaging 22,800 bbl/d and total Company production averaging 25,700 boe/d
during the month of April.The Company drilled two successful exploration
wells at Songkhla A, making discoveries in two previously untested fault
blocks on the western side of the platform.

"The results of both exploration wells yielded positive data points for our
exploration portfolio.

"The Bua Ban Terrace well was drilled into the same Terrace fault block as the
previously drilled Bua Ban North A-02 well, which penetrated the Lower
Oligocene to the south of this location and contains a massive section of high
quality, water bearing Lower Oligocene sands. The encounter of Lower Oligocene
net pay in this well, combined with the A-02 results, points to a potential
stratigraphic trap in the Terrace fault block that is pinched out between the
Terrace A-01 well and the Bua Ban North A-02 well.

"At Songkhla M, we encountered oil shows in both the Miocene and Eocene
intervals. The Miocene had high levels of oil saturation, providing further
confirmation of oil migration in this high potential section on the eastern
side of the Songkhla basin. The M prospect is located at the southern limit of
our existing legacy 3D survey. However, the 3D survey acquired last year
extends much further to the south and a trend of Eocene closures has been
identified over a 2000 acre area. Given our success in hydraulically
fracturing the Eocene interval with similar characteristics on the western
side of the basin we feel that we have identified a significant trend for
hydraulic fracture development in the Eocene."

The following financial statements for the Company are abbreviated versions.
The Company's complete financial statements for the three months ended March
31, 2013 with the notes thereto and the related Management Discussion and
Analysis can be found either on Coastal's website at or
on SEDAR at All amounts are in US$ thousands, except share and
per share amounts.

Three Months Ended March 31,                     2013       2012
Revenues and Other Income                                    
Oil sales                                        226,800     189,079
Royalties                                        (26,310)    (20,243)
Oil sales, net of royalties                      200,490     168,836
Reimbursement of expenses under Malaysia risk    2,285       --
service contract
Other income (Note 12)                           261         (10,171)
                                                203,036     158,665
Production                                       42,933      36,210
Malaysia risk service contract                   2,285       --
Depreciation and depletion (Note 7)              23,305      20,044
Net profits interest (Note 13)                   1,926       --
General and administrative                       7,781       8,327
Debt financing fees                              528         281
Finance                                          1,215       1,006
Gains on disposal of property, plant and         (19)        --
                                                79,954      65,868
Net income before income taxes and share of      123,082     92,797
earnings from Apico LLC
Share of earnings from Apico LLC (Note 8)        5,218       4,007
Net income before income taxes                   128,300     96,804
Income taxes (Note 15)                                       
Current                                          45,065      36,608
Deferred                                         30,239      11,703
                                                75,304      48,311
Net income and comprehensive income              52,996      48,493
Net income and total comprehensive income                    
attributable to:
Shareholders of Coastal Energy                   52,079      48,135
Non-controlling interest                         917         358
                                                52,996      48,493
Net income per share:                                        
Basic (Note 14)                                  0.46        0.42
Diluted (Note 14)                                0.45        0.40
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed interim      
consolidated financial statements.

As at                                       March 31      December 31,
                                            2013          2012
                                           $           $
Current Assets                                           
Cash                                        23,549       63,897
Restricted cash (Note 4)                    6,484        6,452
Accounts receivable (Note 5)                145,710      56,848
Derivative asset (Note 11)                  131          132
Crude oil inventory                         9,204        15,611
Marine fuel inventory                       4,742         5,245
Prepaids and other current assets           1,557        628
Total current assets                        191,377      148,813
Non-Current Assets                                       
Exploration and evaluation assets (Note 6)  62,921       118,350
Property, plant and equipment (Note 7)      688,724      560,493
Investment in and advances to Apico LLC     63,144       60,266
(Note 8)
Deposits and other assets                   6,271        6,271
Total non-current assets                    821,060      745,380
Total Assets                                1,012,437    894,193
Current Liabilities                                      
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities    247,216      217,757
(Note 9)
Current portion of long-term debt (Note 11) 34           34
Current portion of derivative liabilities   973          1,372
(Note 11)
Total current liabilities                   248,223      219,163
Non-Current Liabilities                                  
Long-term debt (Note 11)                    95,594       95,066
Non-current portion of derivative           683          502
liabilities (Note 11)
Derivative liability - Warrants (Note 10)   3,596        3,784
Deferred tax liabilities                    128,662      98,423
Decommissioning liabilities                 48,302       46,726
Total non-current liabilities               276,837      244,501
Shareholders' Equity (Note 14)                           
Common shares                               215,141      213,260
Contributed surplus                         20,269       18,940
Retained earnings                           245,902      193,877
Total Shareholders' Equity                  481,312      426,077
Non-controlling interest                    6,065        4,452
Total equity                                487,377      430,529
Total liabilities and equity                1,012,437    894,193
Commitments and contingencies (Note 17)                                     
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed interim
consolidated financial statements.

Three Months Ended March 31,                        2013        2012
Operating activities                                             
Net income                                          52,996       48,493
Share of earnings from Apico LLC                    (5,218)      (4,007)
Unrealized (gain) loss on derivative instruments    (217)        4,007
Depletion and depreciation                          23,305       20,044
Finance expenses                                    1,215        1,006
Amortisation of debt financing fees                 528          281
Share-based compensation                            2,484        2,991
Deferred income taxes                               30,239       11,703
Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss             (1,020)      92
Gains on disposal of property, plant and equipment  (19)         --
Income taxes paid                                   (6,984)      --
Interest received                                   27           2
Interest paid                                       (1,118)      (721)
Dividends received from Apico LLC                   2,340        --
Change in non-cash working capital:                              
Accounts receivable                                 (88,862)     (15,537)
Inventory                                           6,910        (5,476)
Prepaids and other current assets                   (929)        748
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities            (6,846)      (19,357)
Current income taxes payable                        44,974       36,608
Cash flow provided by operating activities          53,805       80,877
Financing Activities                                             
Issuance of common shares, net of issuance costs    1,288        992
Cash settlement of restricted stock units           (156)        --
Borrowings under long-term debt                     15,000       --
Repayment of long-term debt                         (15,000)     (30,000)
Loan arrangement fees                               --           (746)
Distributions to non-controlling interest           (1,293)      --
Contributions from non-controlling interest         1,989        --
Cash flowprovided by (used in) financing           1,828        (29,754)
Investing Activities                                             
(Increase) decrease in restricted cash              (32)         22,036
Expenditure on property, plant and equipment        (95,972)     (45,229)
Acquisition of increased ownership interest in      --           (9,250)
Apico LLC
Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and       533          --
Cash flow used in investing activities              (95,471)     (32,443)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash             (510)        (775)
(Decrease) increase in cash                         (40,348)     17,905
Cash - Beginning of period                          63,897       22,995
Cash - End of period                                23,549       40,900
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed interim
consolidated financial statements.

Randy Bartley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and a
member of the Society of Petroleum Engineering and Jerry Moon, Vice President,
Technical & Business Development, a member of the American Association of
Petroleum Geologists, a Licensed Professional Geoscientist and a Certified
Petroleum Geologist in the state of Texas, have reviewed the contents of this

Additional information, including the Company's complete competent person's
report may be found on the Company's website at or may
be found in documents filed on SEDAR at

This statement contains 'forward-looking statements' as defined by the
applicable securities legislation. Statements relating to current and future
drilling results, existence and recoverability of potential
hydrocarbonreserves, production amounts or revenues, forward capital
expenditures, operation costs, oil and gas price forecasts and similar matters
are based on current data and information and should be viewed as
forward-looking statements. Such statements are not guarantees of future
results and are subject to risks and uncertainties beyond Coastal Energy's
control. Actual results may differ substantially from the forward-looking

CONTACT: Enquiries:
         Coastal Energy Company
         +1 (713) 877-6793
         Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated Adviser)
         Rory Murphy / Andrew Emmott
         +44 (0) 20 7409 3494
         Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited (Broker)
         Jeffrey Auld
         +44 (0) 20 3037 2000
         FirstEnergy Capital LLP (Broker)
         Hugh Sanderson / Travis Inlow
         +44 (0) 20 7448 0200
         Tim Thompson / Ben Romney
         +44 (0) 20 7466 5000

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