EPL Announces Second Quarter and First Half Results for 2013

EPL Announces Second Quarter and First Half Results for 2013            Record Oil Production Drives 2Q13 EBITDAX to $132 million   Increasing 2013 Production and EBITDAX Guidance & Raising 2013 Capex Budget  HOUSTON, Aug. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EPL Oil & Gas, Inc. (EPL or the Company) (NYSE:EPL) today reported financial and operational results for the second quarter and first half of 2013.  Highlights    *2Q13 EBITDAX rose 84% versus 2Q12 to $131.6 million and adjusted non-GAAP     net income of $35.8 million ($0.91 per diluted share) respectively (see     reconciliation of EBITDAX and adjusted non-GAAP net income in the tables)   *2Q13 discretionary cash flow was $121.6 million, or $3.09 per share (see     reconciliation of discretionary cash flow in the tables)   *2Q13 oil production at 17,851 Bbls of oil per day, in the upper end of     Company guidance and new Company record high (83% higher than 2Q12)   *2Q13 total production at 23,940 Bbls of oil equivalent per day, above     Company guidance (91% higher than 2Q12)   *Solid first half production performance and ramp up of production expected     in 2H13 leads to increased annual oil production guidance to between     17,750 and 18,750 Bbls per day (up from 17,000 to 18,500 Bbls per day)   *EBITDAX guidance range increased to between $500 million and $550 million     (up from $475 million to $525 million)   *1H13 Capital expenditures of $170 million; 25 successful projects to date     (83% success rate)   *Expanding 2013 capital budget to $330 million (up from $300 million) to     accommodate additional oil weighted development projects, expected to     drive oil production momentum for year-end 2013 into 2014   *Continued focus on free cash flow with midpoint of guidance at $105     million, supported by a strong oil hedge position   *Low leverage and growing liquidity: current net debt to projected 2013     EBITDAX estimated at 1.2x; liquidity in the form of cash plus undrawn     revolver availability estimated at $315 million   *Expanded share repurchase program from $40 million to $80 million; to date     the Company has spent $29.7 million repurchasing shares (1,799,000 total     shares repurchased, with 333,700 of those shares repurchased during 2Q13)  Financial Results  Revenue for the second quarter and first half of 2013 was $184.1 million and $366.4 million, respectively. Revenue for the second quarter and first half of 2013 both increased 85% versus prior periods, driven by higher realized oil production from the Company's oil-weighted acquisitions and organic exploitation projects.  For the second quarter of 2013, EPL reported net income to common stockholders of $69.6 million, or $1.75 per diluted share, compared to net income of $35.4 million, or $0.90 per diluted share for the same period a year ago. The net income for the quarter included $26.9 million total gains on sale of assets, mainly comprised of the previously announced divestiture of non-operated Bay Marchand assets. Net income for the second quarter of 2013 also included $34.7 million of non-cash unrealized gains on derivative instruments and $8.4 million of non-cash costs attributable to a small gas field impairment, dry hole costs and loss on abandonment activities. Excluding the impact of these items, EPL's adjusted second quarter net income, a non-GAAP measure, would have been $35.8 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, compared to $21.4 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, for the same period a year ago.  For the six months ended June 30, 2013, net income was $98.6 million, or $2.48 per diluted share, compared to net income of $36.9 million, or $0.94 per diluted share for the same period a year ago. Net income for the first half of 2013 included $26.9 million total gains on sale of assets, $27.3 million of non-cash unrealized gains on derivative instruments and $11.3 million of non-cash costs attributable to property impairments of small gas fields, dry hole costs and loss on abandonment activities. Excluding the impact of these items, EPL's adjusted net income for the first half of 2013, a non-GAAP measure, would have been net income of $71.3 million, or $1.82 per diluted share compared to $36.5 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, for the same period a year ago.  For the second quarter of 2013, EBITDAX was $131.6 million and discretionary cash flow was $121.6 million, or $3.09 per share (see reconciliation of EBITDAX and discretionary cash flow in the tables). Cash flow from operating activities in the second quarter of 2013 was $114.2 million, compared with cash flow from operating activities of $51.1 million in the same quarter a year ago.  For the first half of 2013, EBITDAX was $255.2 million and discretionary cash flow was $235.0 million, or $5.98 per share (see reconciliation of EBITDAX and discretionary cash flow in the tables). Cash flow from operating activities in the first half of 2013 was $192.5 million compared to $108.2 million in 2012.  Gary C. Hanna, the Company's Chairman, President and CEO, stated, "We remain focused on achieving organic growth in terms of production, reserves, and inventory expansion from our high quality acreage. The integration of the Hilcorp acquisition is behind us and our total company assets are performing even better than we anticipated. We are raising our 2013 annual production, EBITDAX and capital budget guidance as we expect to ramp up oil production and maintain high activity levels throughout the remainder of this year. With our growing liquidity and continued free cash flow generation, we are squarely focused on executing our balanced acquire and exploit strategy.  "We are working the reprocessed seismic over our new Hilcorp properties, which started coming in-house late second quarter. Our initial review of the high quality data and ongoing field studies focused at Ship Shoal 208 and South Pass 78 is encouraging. We have already seen our total company drilling inventory in the shallow depths expand to 79 projects, up 36%, and we are confident that we are just scratching the surface."  Production and Price Realizations  Oil production for the second quarter of 2013 averaged 17,851 Barrels (Bbls) per day, which was at the high end of the Company's guidance range and a new record high for the Company. Oil production volumes were 83% higher than in the comparable quarter last year, primarily as a result of organic oil production growth within EPL's existing core fields and the recent Hilcorp acquisition of oil-weighted properties that closed late last year.  Natural gas production averaged 36.5 million cubic feet (Mmcf) per day in the second quarter of 2013, which was above the Company's guidance range. EPL has continued its focus on oil development opportunities that have higher revenue generation potential than natural gas. With minimal expenditures, the Company has realized solid performance from its natural gas assets during the first half of this year.  Price realizations for the second quarter of 2013, all of which are stated before the impact of derivative instruments, averaged $107.34 per barrel for crude oil and $4.04 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) of natural gas, compared to $110.33 per barrel of crude oil and $2.29 per Mcf of natural gas in the same quarter a year ago. The Company's crude oil is advantaged by receiving Heavy Louisiana Sweet and Light Louisiana Sweet crude oil basis differentials.  Oil production for the first half of 2013 averaged 17,591 Bbls per day, which was 84% higher than the comparable period a year ago. Natural gas production averaged 34.4 Mmcf per day, compared to 15.8 Mmcf per day for the first half of 2012. Price realizations, all of which are stated before the impact of derivative instruments, averaged $109.60 per barrel for crude oil and $3.86 per Mcf of natural gas in the first half of 2013, compared to $112.54 per barrel of crude oil and $2.38 per Mcf of natural gas in the same period a year ago.  Operating Expenses  Lease operating expenses (LOE) for the second quarter of 2013 totaled $42.8 million, including approximately $4.5 million of non-routine workover expenses. The necessary expense workovers contributed to the record oil production for the quarter, providing a restored initial rate of 150 Bbls of oil per day. General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $7.4 million during the second quarter of 2013. Reported G&A expenses include non-cash stock based compensation recorded during the quarter of $1.8 million.  LOE for the first half of 2013 totaled $84.4 million, while G&A expenses were $14.5 million for the same period. Reported G&A expenses for the first half of 2013 include non-cash stock based compensation of $3.4 million. Reported LOE and G&A increased over the same periods a year ago mainly due to property acquisitions.  Capital Expenditures and P&A Operations  During the first half of 2013, costs incurred for development and exploration activities totaled approximately $169.3 million, which combined with $1.2 million spent on seismic purchases, resulted in a total expenditure of $170.5 million. So far to date this year, the Company has conducted 30 operations, including 9 successful sidetracks and drillwells and 16 successful workover and well reactivations, with an overall 83% success rate. Additionally, EPL was recently informed that it has been awarded all 5 leases (13,892 acres for a total of approximately $2.1 million) it was high bidder on during the most recent Gulf of Mexico shelf leasehold sale.Over the last two years, EPL has purchased approximately 41,000 acres of leasehold that has enhanced the acreage position surrounding its prolific core field areas.  The Company has increased its 2013 capital budget to total approximately $330 million from $300 million in order to accommodate additional development activities in the later part of the year. The 2013 expanded budget includes approximately 60 development and exploration projects intended to drive production growth and organic reserve replacement. Development and infield exploration spending is budgeted primarily in the West Delta, East Bay, South Timbalier, and Ship Shoal core field areas. The Company has continued its active drilling program with five rigs currently working within its core field areas. EPL has secured the barge, hydraulic workover and jack-up rigs necessary to execute its capital program for 2013. In addition, EPL has expanded its budget for plugging and abandonment and other decommissioning activities to approximately $45 million from $30 million, to accommodate more wells and platform work than originally planned. The Company spent approximately $26.8 million in the first half of 2013 on these activities.  Liquidity and Capital Resources  As of June 30, 2013, the Company had cash on hand of $55.6 million and long-term restricted cash of $6.0 million. The Company recently completed its semi-annual redetermination under its $750 million credit facility and the borrowing base was reaffirmed at $425 million. During the second quarter, EPL reduced its borrowings under its credit facility from $185 million to $165 million. As previously announced in April 2013, EPL sold certain shallow water Gulf of Mexico shelf oil and natural gas interests located within the non-operated Bay Marchand field to the property operator. The sale was comprised of $51.5 million in cash and the buyer's assumption of liabilities recorded on its balance sheet of $11.3 million resulting in total consideration of $62.8 million, subject to customary adjustments to reflect the January 1, 2013 economic effective date. From time to time, EPL may decide to divest of certain assets that do not meet its capital expenditure risk, rate of return, operational control or other criteria in an effort to high-grade its overall portfolio of assets.  EPL's current liquidity, in the form of cash plus undrawn revolver availability is approximately $315 million. Based on the solid performance of its assets, EPL has increased its 2013 EBITDAX range to $500 million to $550 million versus previous guidance of $475 million to $525 million.EPL's current leverage remains low, estimated at 1.2x net debt to projected 2013 EBITDAX using the midpoint of the guidance. (See the guidance section contained in this press release and the discussion of EBITDAX in the tables).  2013 and 2014 Hedge Position  The Company has layered in downside protection to protect its cash flow in the form of swaps and collars for 2013, and recently added to its hedge position in 2014 using Brent swaps. For full year 2013, EPL has a total of 11,157 Bbls of oil per day hedged, the majority of which is hedged using Brent swaps at a fixed price averaging $106.01 per Bbl. For full year 2014, EPL has a total of 10,500 Bbls of oil per day hedged, all of which is hedged using Brent swaps at a fixed price averaging $100.94 per Bbl. For full year 2013, EPL has a total of 9,562 Mcf per day of gas hedged, all of which is hedged using swaps at a fixed price averaging $3.51 per Mcf. For full year 2014, EPL has a total of 5,000 Mcf per day of gas hedged, all of which is hedged using swaps at a fixed price averaging $4.01 per Mcf.  Share Repurchase Program  EPL's Board of Directors has recently authorized an increase in its share repurchase program of EPL's outstanding common stock from $40 million to $80 million. Prior to the authorization the Company worked with its lending group to amend EPL's credit facility to accommodate the increased program. Under the program to date, the Company has repurchased 1,799,000 shares at an aggregate cash purchase price of approximately $29.7 million, including 333,700 shares purchased for approximately $9.6 million during 2013. These shares are held in treasury and could be used to provide available shares for possible resale in future public or private offerings and our employee benefit plans. The repurchases have been, and will be, carried out in accordance with certain volume, timing and price constraints imposed by the SEC's rules applicable to such transactions. The amount, timing and price of purchases otherwise depend on market conditions and other factors.  Third Quarter and Full Year 2013 Guidance  Hanna concluded, "Based on the solid performance of our organic asset base we are increasing our 2013 forecasted oil production to between 17,750 and 18,750 Bbls of oil per day. We are also increasing our total annual production to between 22,750 and 24,750 Bbls of oil equivalent per day. Given our outlook for second half of the year oil production growth, we are increasing our EBITDAX guidance range to between $500 million and $550 million using prevailing oil prices, with our free cash flow expected to be in excess of $100 million using the midpoint of our estimates."  ESTIMATED PRODUCTION & SWAP HEDGE VOLUMES                    Net Production (per day)                  3Q 2013          Full Year 2013 Oil, including NGLs (Bbls)                17,500 - 18,500   17,750 - 18,750 Natural gas (Mcf)                         30,000 - 36,000   30,000-36,000 Boe                                       22,500 - 24,500   22,750-24,750 % Oil, including NGLs (using midpoint of  77%                77% guidance)                                                             Swap Contracted Volume                                       Oil (barrels)                             7,985              10,157 % of Oil swap contracted                  46% - 43%          57% -54% % of Boe swap contracted                  35% - 33%          45%-41% Average Swap Price Level                  $104.72            $104.62 ESTIMATED EXPENSES (in Millions, unless                      otherwise noted) Lease Operating (including energy         $37.0 - $42.0   $155 -$165 insurance) General & Administrative (cash and        $7.0 - $7.5     $28.5-$29.5 non-cash) Taxes, other than on earnings (% of       1% - 3%            1%-3% revenue) Exploration Expense                       $2 - $8         $12-$20 DD&A ($/Boe), excluding accretion         $23.00 - $ 26.00 $23.00-$26.00 Interest Expense (including amortization  $12.5 - $13.5   $51-$53 of discount and deferred financing costs)                                                             ESTIMATED EBITDAX RANGE: $500 Million to   $550 Million (Midpoint: $525 million) ESTIMATED FREE CASH FLOW: $80 Million to   $130 Million (Midpoint: $105 million)  Conference Call Information  EPL has scheduled a conference call for today, August 1, 2013, at 9:30 A.M. Central Time/10:30 A.M. Eastern Time to review results for the second quarter 2013 and to discuss its outlook for 2013. To participate in the EPL conference call, callers in the United States and Canada can dial (866) 845-8624 and international callers can dial (706) 634-0487. The Conference I.D. for callers is 22236522.  The call will be available for replay beginning two hours after the call is completed through midnight of August 15, 2013. For callers in the United States and Canada, the toll-free number for the replay is (855) 859-2056. For international callers the number is (404) 537-3406. The Conference I.D. for all callers to access the replay is 22236522.  The conference call will be webcast live as well as for on-demand listening at the Company's website, www.eplweb.com. Listeners may access the call through the "Events and Webcasts" link in the Investor Relations section of the site.  Description of the Company  Founded in 1998, EPL is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company headquartered in Houston, Texas with an office in New Orleans, Louisiana.The Company's operations are concentrated in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico shelf, focusing on the state and federal waters offshore Louisiana.For more information, please visit www.eplweb.com.  Forward-Looking Statements  This press release may contain forward-looking information and statements regarding EPL. Any statements included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that EPL "expects," "believes," "plans," "projects," "estimates" or "anticipates" will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.We believe these judgments are reasonable, but actual results may differ materially due to a variety of important factors.Among other items, such factors might include: hurricane and other weather-related interference with business operations; the effects of delays in completion of, or shut-ins of, gas gathering systems, pipelines and processing facilities; stock market conditions; the trading price of EPL's common stock; cash demands caused by planned and unplanned capital expenditures; changes in general economic conditions; uncertainties in reserve and production estimates, particularly with respect to internal estimates that are not prepared by independent reserve engineers; unanticipated recovery or production problems; changes in legislative and regulatory requirements concerning safety and the environment as they relate to operations; oil and natural gas prices and competition; the impact of derivative positions; production expenses and expense estimates; cash flow and cash flow estimates; future financial performance; drilling and operating risks; our ability to replace oil and gas reserves; risks and liabilities associated with properties acquired in acquisitions; integration of acquired assets; volatility in the financial and credit markets or in oil and natural gas prices; and other matters that are discussed in EPL's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. (http://www.sec.gov/)  EPL OIL & GAS, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands) (Unaudited)                          Three Months Ended         Six Months Ended                          June 30,                   June 30,                          2013          2012         2013         2012 Revenue:                                                        Oil and natural gas       $183,001     99,249      $363,985    198,021 Other                     1,086        21          2,451       45                          184,087      99,270      366,436     198,066                                                                Costs and expenses:                                             Lease operating           42,793       18,661      84,372      37,072 Transportation           693          99          1,343       250 Exploration expenditures  6,530        2,587       8,463       16,896 and dry hole costs Impairments               2,129        3,394       2,171       5,708 Depreciation, depletion   53,336       27,918      99,858      51,826 and amortization Accretion of liability for asset retirement      6,166        3,411       12,198      6,559 obligations General and               7,409        5,654       14,501      10,998 administrative Taxes, other than on      2,739        2,904       5,599       6,645 earnings Gain on sale of assets    (26,856)     -           (26,856)    - Other                     3,596        3,443       6,543       3,618 Total costs and expenses  98,535       68,071      208,192     139,572                                                                Income from operations    85,552       31,199      158,244     58,494                                                                Other income (expense):                                         Interest income           17           50          27          88 Interest expense          (13,098)     (5,093)     (26,193)    (9,967) Gain on derivative        36,930       30,305      22,979      10,243 instruments                          23,849       25,262      (3,187)     364                                                                Income before income      109,401      56,461      155,057     58,858 taxes Provision for Income                                            taxes: Current                   (50)         -           (150)       (300) Deferred                  (39,772)     (21,060)    (56,291)    (21,654) Total provision for       (39,822)     (21,060)    (56,441)    (21,954) income taxes                                                                Net income               $69,579      35,401      $98,616     36,904                                                                Net income, as reported   $69,579      35,401      $98,616     36,904 Add back:                                                       Unrealized gain due to the change in fair value  (34,683)     (30,500)    (27,300)    (13,958) of derivative instruments Gain on sale of assets    (26,856)     -           (26,856)    - Dry hole costs            3,778        1,536       3,691       4,173 Impairments               2,129        3,394       2,171       5,708 Loss on abandonment       2,460        3,233       5,420       3,401 activities Deduct:                                                         Income tax adjustment for 19,355       8,332       15,606      252 above items                                                                Adjusted Non-GAAP net     $35,762      21,396      $71,348     36,480 income                                                                EBITDAX Reconciliation:                                                                                                        Net income, as reported   $69,579      35,401      $98,616     36,904 Add back:                                                       Income taxes              39,822       21,060      56,441      21,954 Net interest expense      13,081       5,043       26,166      9,879 Depreciation, depletion, amortization and          59,502       31,329      112,056     58,385 accretion Impairments               2,129        3,394       2,171       5,708 Exploration expenditures  6,530        2,587       8,463       16,896 and dry hole costs Loss on abandonment       2,460        3,233       5,420       3,401 activities Gain on sale of assets    (26,856)     -           (26,856)    - Less impact of:                                                 Unrealized gain due to the change in fair value  (34,683)     (30,500)    (27,300)    (13,958) of derivative instruments                                                                EBITDAX                   $131,564     71,547      $255,177    139,169                                                                Weighted average dilutive 39,383       39,027      39,302      39,132 common shares outstanding                                                                                                                               EBITDAX is defined as net income (loss) before income taxes, net interest expense, depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion, impairments, exploration expenditures and dry hole costs, loss on abandonment activities, gain on sale of assets, loss on early extinguishment of debt and cumulative effect of change in accounting principle, and further deducts the unrealized gain or loss on our derivative instruments. We have reported EBITDAX because we believe EBITDAX is a measure commonly reported and widely used in our industry as an indicator of a company's ability to internally fund exploration and development activities and incur and service debt.EBITDAX is not a calculation based on generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States and should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for net income, as an indication of operating performance or cash flows from operating activities or as a measure of liquidity.Investors should carefully consider the specific items included in our computation of EBITDAX.Investors should be cautioned that EBITDAX as reported by us may not be comparable in all instances to EBITDAX as reported by other companies.In addition, EBITDAX does not represent funds available for discretionary use.   EPL OIL & GAS, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES (In thousands) (Unaudited)                                                                                                                                                       Three Months Ended          Six Months Ended                         June 30,                    June 30,                         2013          2012          2013         2012 Cash flows from                                                 operating activities: Net income               $69,579       35,401       $98,616     36,904 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash                                          provided by operating activities: Depreciation, depletion  53,336       27,918       99,858      51,826 and amortization Accretion of liability for asset retirement     6,166        3,411        12,198      6,559 obligations Unrealized gain on       (34,683)     (30,500)     (27,300)    (13,958) derivative contracts Non-cash compensation    1,836        1,327        3,448       2,318 Deferred income taxes    39,772       21,060       56,291      21,654 Exploration expenditures 3,778        1,536        3,691       4,173 Impairments              2,129        3,394        2,171       5,708 Amortization of deferred financing costs and      1,337        504          2,655       1,004 discount on debt Gain on sale of assets   (26,856)     -           (26,856)    - Other                    2,460        3,233        5,420       3,401 Changes in operating                                            assets and liabilities: Trade accounts           (3,787)      3,417        (10,260)    901 receivable Prepaid expenses         (7,524)      (3,291)      (5,857)     1,820 Other assets             74           (74)         284         (78) Accounts payable and     26,249       (5,950)      4,888       5,297 accrued expenses Asset retirement         (19,632)     (10,264)     (26,771)    (19,346) obligation settlements                                                                Net cash provided by     $114,234     51,122       $192,476    108,183 operating activities                                                                Reconciliation of                                               discretionary cash flow: Net cash provided by     114,234      51,122       192,476     108,183 operating activities Changes in working       4,620        16,162       37,716      11,406 capital Non-cash exploration expenditures and         (5,907)      (4,930)      (5,862)     (9,881) impairments Total exploration expenditures, dry hole   8,659        5,981        10,634      22,604 costs and impairments Discretionary cash flow  $121,606     68,335       $234,964    132,312                                                                The table above reconciles discretionary cash flow to net cash provided by or used in operating activities. Discretionary cash flow is defined as cash flow from operations before changes in working capital and exploration expenditures. Discretionary cash flow is widely accepted as a financial indicator of an oil and natural gas company's ability to generate cash which is used to internally fund exploration and development activities, pay dividends and service debt. Discretionary cash flow is presented based on management's belief that this non-GAAP financial measure is useful information to investors because it is widely used by professional research analysts in the valuation, comparison, rating and investment recommendations of companies within the oil and natural gas exploration and production industry. Many investors use the published research of these analysts in making their investment decisions. Discretionary cash flow is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities, as defined by GAAP, or as a measure of liquidity, or an alternative to net income. Investors should be cautioned that discretionary cash flow as reported by the Company may not be comparable in all instances to discretionary cash flow as reported by other companies.   EPL OIL & GAS, INC SELECTED PRODUCTION, PRICING AND OPERATIONAL STATISTICS (Unaudited)                                                                                                                                                            Three Months Ended       Six Months Ended                            June 30,                 June 30,                            2013          2012       2013          2012                                                                 PRODUCTION AND PRICING                                           Net Production (per day):                                                                                                        Crude Oil (Bbls)            17,103       9,382     16,898       9,155 Natural Gas Liquids (Bbls)  748          386       693          422 Oil (Bbls)                  17,851       9,768     17,591       9,577 Natural gas (Mcf)           36,534       16,658    34,352       15,804 Total (Boe)                 23,940       12,544    23,316       12,211 Average Sales Prices:                                            Crude Oil (per Bbl)         $107.34     110.33    $109.60     112.54 Natural Gas Liquids (per    36.70        45.02     38.28        47.56 Bbl) Oil (per Bbl)               104.38       107.75    106.79       109.68 Natural gas (per Mcf)       4.04         2.29      3.86         2.38 Average (per Boe)           84.00        89.94     86.25        89.10 Oil and Natural Gas                                              Revenues (in thousands): Crude Oil                   $167,056    94,198    $335,203    187,517 Natural Gas Liquids         2,500        1,581     4,800        3,659 Oil                        169,556      95,779    340,003      191,176 Natural gas                 13,445       3,470     23,982       6,845 Total                      183,001      99,249    363,985      198,021                                                                 Impact of derivative instruments settled during                                       the period^(1): Oil (per Bbl)               $1.74       (0.23)    $(1.21)     (2.14) Natural gas (per Mcf)       (0.17)       0.01      (0.08)       -                                                                 OPERATIONAL STATISTICS                                           Average Costs (per Boe):                                         Lease operating expense     $19.64      16.35     $19.99      16.68 Depreciation, depletion and 24.48        24.46     23.66        23.32 amortization Accretion expense           2.83         2.99      2.89         2.95 Taxes, other than on        1.26         2.54      1.33         2.99 earnings General and administrative  3.40         4.95      3.44         4.95                                                                 ^(1)The derivative amounts represent the realized portion of gains or losses on derivative instruments settled during the period which are included in Other income (expense) in the consolidated statements of operations.                                                                  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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands, except share data) (Unaudited)                                                     June 30,     December 31,                                                     2013         2012                                                                  ASSETS                                                            Current assets:                                                   Cash and cash equivalents                            $3,885     $1,521 Restricted cash                                      51,757      - Trade accounts receivable - net                      75,421      67,991 Fair value of commodity derivative instruments       10,758      3,302 Deferred tax asset                                   -           3,322 Prepaid expenses                                     15,730      9,873 Total current assets                                 157,551     86,009                                                                  Property and equipment                               2,152,483   2,025,647 Less accumulated depreciation, depletion,            (515,136)   (427,580) amortization and impairments Net property and equipment                           1,637,347   1,598,067                                                                  Restricted cash                                      6,023       6,023 Fair value of commodity derivative instruments       7,600       211 Deferred financing costs --- net of accumulated      11,564      12,386 amortization Other assets                                         2,660       2,931                                                     $1,822,745 $1,705,627                                                                  LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                              Current liabilities:                                              Accounts payable                                     $32,985    $34,772 Accrued expenses                                     135,800     117,372 Asset retirement obligations                         28,162      30,179 Fair value of commodity derivative instruments       1,208       10,026 Deferred tax liabilities                             2,601       - Total current liabilities                            200,756     192,349                                                                  Long-term debt                                       661,106     689,911 Asset retirement obligations                         199,005     204,931 Deferred tax liabilities                             118,062     67,694 Fair value of commodity derivative instruments       -            3,637 Other                                                1,191       1,132                                                     1,180,120   1,159,654                                                                  Commitments and contingencies                                                                                                     Stockholders' equity:                                             Preferred stock, $0.001 par value per share. Authorized 1,000,000 shares; no shares issued and    -           - outstanding at June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012 Common stock, $0.001 par value per share. Authorized 75,000,000 shares; shares issued 40,912,718 and 40,601,887 at June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012,   40          40 respectively; shares outstanding 39,202,605 and 39,103,203 at June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively Additional paid-in capital                           514,410     510,469 Treasury stock, at cost, 1,710,113 and 1,498,684 shares at June 30, 2013and December 31, 2012,       (26,382)    (20,477) respectively Retained earnings                                    154,557     55,941 Total stockholders' equity                           642,625     545,973                                                     $ 1,822,745 $ 1,705,627                                                                   CONTACT: Investors/Media          T.J. Thom, Chief Financial Officer          713-228-0711          tthom@eplweb.com  EPL Oil & Gas, Inc. Logo