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Comstock Resources, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial and Operating Results

FRISCO, Texas, April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Comstock Resources, Inc. ("Comstock" or the "Company") (NYSE: CRK) today reported financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2012. 

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012

Comstock reported net income of $6.9 million or 14 cents per diluted share for the first quarter of 2012 as compared to net income of $2.4 million or 5 cents per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2011.  The first quarter of 2012 results include a gain of $26.6 million ($17.3 million after tax, or 37 cents per diluted share) from sales of marketable securities and a gain of $6.7 million ($4.4 million after tax or 9 cents per diluted share) from the sale of oil and gas properties.  The Company also had impairments of unevaluated acreage of $1.3 million ($0.9 million after tax, or 2 cents per diluted share) included in the first quarter results.  Results for the three months ended March 31, 2011 included a gain on sale of marketable securities of $21.2 million ($13.8 million after tax or 30 cents per diluted share), impairments of unevaluated acreage of $9.5 million ($6.1 million after tax or 13 cents per diluted share), and a loss on early extinguishment of debt of $1.1 million ($0.7 million after tax or 2 cents per diluted share).

Comstock's production in the first quarter of 2012 of 506 thousand barrels of oil and 22.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas or 25.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent ("Bcfe") increased 28% over the 19.9 Bcfe produced in the first quarter of 2011.  Oil production increased 267% over 2011's first quarter.  Oil production in the first quarter, which averaged 5,600 barrels of oil per day, grew 48% from the 3,800 barrels per day produced in the fourth quarter of 2011. 

Low natural gas prices continue to adversely impact the Company as natural gas prices continued to weaken further in the first quarter of 2012.  Comstock's average realized natural gas price decreased 34% to $2.63 per Mcf for the first quarter of 2012 as compared to $3.96 per Mcf for the first quarter of 2011.  Oil prices continued to improve in this first quarter. The Company's average realized oil price improved by 16% to $104.02 per barrel for the first quarter of 2012 as compared to $89.94 per barrel for the first quarter of 2011.  Comstock's higher oil production more than offset the effect of lower natural gas prices as oil and gas sales for the first quarter of 2012 increased by 25% to $110.3 million as compared to 2011's first quarter sales of $88.0 million.  Oil sales made up 47% of total sales in the quarter as compared to only 14% in the first quarter of 2011.  Operating cash flow (before changes in working capital accounts) of $66.8 million in the first quarter of 2012 was 19% higher than operating cash flow of $56.1 million for the first quarter of 2011, and EBITDAX, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization, exploration expense and other noncash expenses, of $79.0 million in the first quarter of 2012 increased 21% over EBITDAX of $65.2 million in the first quarter of 2011.

2012 Drilling Results

Comstock reported on the results to date of its 2012 drilling program.  During the first three months of 2012, Comstock spent $173.4 million on development and exploration activities and $8.2 million on acreage acquisitions.  Comstock drilled 22 wells (15.0 net) and had seven wells (4.6 net) drilling at March 31, 2012.  The wells drilled in the first quarter included eight (5.7 net) oil wells in West Texas, seven (5.9 net) oil wells in the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas, and seven natural gas wells (3.4 net) in its East Texas/North Louisiana region.  At the end of the first quarter of 2012, the Company's six operated drilling rigs were all drilling oil wells in South Texas and West Texas as the Company has suspended its natural gas drilling operations until natural gas prices improve.

Since the beginning of 2012, the Company has completed 18 oil wells, ten in the vertical Wolfbone program in its West Texas region and eight in the horizontal Eagle Ford shale program in the South Texas region.  The eight Eagle Ford shale wells that were completed had an average per well initial production rate of 498 barrels of oil equivalent ("BOE") per day.  These wells were primarily drilled in the Company's northern acreage in Atascosa, La Salle and McMullen counties to earn acreage.  Later in 2012 Comstock plans to begin developmental drilling which will allow for cost efficiencies from pad drilling.  These wells are being produced under the Company's restricted choke program.  Longer term production results from the first nineteen Eagle Ford shale wells have confirmed the benefit of this program.  The first nineteen wells, which have been producing for more than 90 days, had an average initial production rate of 782 BOE per day.  The 30 day per well production rate for these wells averaged 584 BOE per day and the 90 day per well production rate averaged 514 BOE per day, or 68% of the initial 24 hour test rate.

Since closing on the acquisition of acreage in Reeves County in West Texas, Comstock has completed seven operated Wolfbone vertical wells.  These wells were drilled to total depths of 11,477 to 12,170 feet and completed with 5 to 9 frac stages.  These wells have an average per well initial production rate of 347 BOE per day (80% oil).  The first three wells averaged 262 BOE per day.  Comstock changed its completion techniques and had improved results with the last four wells which averaged 410 BOE per day, including the Jessie James 4 #1 well which had an initial production rate of 539 BOE per day.  This well is one of the top vertical wells in the Wolfbone play.  Comstock also participated in the completion of three non-operated Wolfbone wells which averaged 322 BOE per day.

Comstock has planned a conference call for 9:30 a.m. Central Time on May 1, 2012, to discuss the operational and financial results for the first quarter of 2012.  Investors wishing to participate should visit the Company's website at www.comstockresources.com for a live web cast or dial 1-866-271-0675 (international dial-in use 617-213-8892) and provide access code 91001330 when prompted.  If you are unable to participate in the original conference call, a web replay will be available approximately 24 hours following the completion of the call on Comstock's website at www.comstockresources.com.  The web replay will be available for approximately one week.  A replay of the conference call will be available beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET May 1, 2012 and will continue until 11:59 p.m. May 8, 2012.  To hear the replay, call 888-286-8010 (617-801-6888 if calling from outside the US).  The conference call ID number is 77364920.

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those described herein.  Although the Company believes the expectations in such statements to be reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.

Comstock Resources, Inc. is an independent energy company based in Frisco, Texas and is engaged in oil and gas acquisitions, exploration and development primarily in Texas and Louisiana.  The Company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CRK.


COMSTOCK RESOURCES, INC.
OPERATING RESULTS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 



Three Months Ended March 31,



2012



2011










Revenues:









Oil and gas sales


$

110,335


$

88,038

Gain on sale of oil and gas properties



6,727



-

Total revenues



117,062



88,038








Operating expenses:







Production taxes



3,637



726

Gathering and transportation



7,892



5,628

Lease operating



14,749



11,548

Exploration



1,353



9,537

Depreciation, depletion and amortization



79,097



60,325

Impairment of oil and gas properties



49



-

Loss on sale of oil and gas properties



-



109

General and administrative



8,798



8,428








Total operating expenses



115,575



96,301








Operating income (loss)



1,487



(8,263)








Other income (expenses):







Interest expense



(13,237)



(10,284)

Gain on sale of marketable securities



26,621



21,249

Other income (expense)



(23)



310








Total other income (expenses)



13,361



11,275








Income before income taxes



14,848



3,012

Provision for income taxes



(7,989)



(608)

Net income


$

6,859


$

2,404








Net income per share:







Basic


$

0.14


$

0.05

Diluted


$

0.14


$

0.05








Weighted average shares outstanding:







Basic



46,372



45,974

Diluted



46,372



45,974

 

 

COMSTOCK RESOURCES, INC.
OPERATING RESULTS
(In thousands)

 



Three Months Ended March 31,



2012


2011










OPERATING CASH FLOW:


















Net income


$

6,859


$

2,404

Reconciling items: 








Deferred income taxes



8,072



449

Depreciation, depletion and amortization



79,097



60,325

Dry hole costs and impairments



1,364



9,454

Gain on sale of assets



(33,348)



(21,140)

Debt issuance cost and discount amortization



944



1,465

Unrealized loss on derivative financial instruments



262



-

Stock-based compensation



3,535



3,162

Operating cash flow



66,785



56,119

Excess income taxes from stock-based compensation



1,405



487

(Increase) decrease in accounts receivable



1,815



(5,299)

Increase in other current assets



(199)



(1,116)

Increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses



63,374



736








Net cash provided by operating activities


$

133,180


$

50,927








EBITDAX:














Net income


$

6,859


$

2,404

Interest expense



13,237



10,284

Income taxes



7,989



608

Depreciation, depletion and amortization



79,097



60,325

Exploration



1,353



9,537

Impairments



49



-

Gain on sale of assets



(33,348)



(21,140)

Unrealized loss on derivative financial instruments



262



-

Stock-based compensation



3,535



3,162








EBITDAX


$

79,033


$

65,180









As of March 31,



2012


2011










BALANCE SHEET DATA:


















Cash and cash equivalents


$

3,750


$

4,196

Marketable securities



17,154



80,956

Other current assets



155,895



55,782

Property and equipment, net



2,517,672



1,904,818

Other



16,201



17,481








Total assets


$

2,710,672


$

2,063,233















Accounts payable and accrued expenses


$

241,928


$

145,564

Other current liabilities



8,132



16,014

Long-term debt



1,207,042



596,506

Deferred income taxes



208,078



216,381

Other non-current liabilities



18,135



9,360

Stockholders' equity



1,027,357



1,079,408








Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

2,710,672


$

2,063,233


 

 

COMSTOCK RESOURCES, INC.
REGIONAL OPERATING RESULTS
(In thousands, except per unit amounts)

 

 




For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012



For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2011





East Texas/

North

Louisiana



South

Texas



West

Texas



Other



Total



East Texas/

North

Louisiana



South

Texas



Other



Total































Oil production (Mbbls)



27



403



73



3



506



34



94



10



138


Gas production (MMcf)



19,100



2,660



127



535



22,422



15,444



2,865



800



19,109


Total production (MMcfe)



19,263



5,075



566



554



25,458



15,647



3,431



857



19,935































Oil sales


$

2,751


$

42,474


$

7,113


$

303


$

52,641


$

2,945


$

8,639


$

806


$

12,390


Oil hedging losses



-



(1,129)



(225)



-



(1,354)



-



-



-



-


Total oil sales



2,751



41,345



6,888



303



51,287



2,945



8,639



806



12,390


Natural gas sales



47,502



9,136



804



1,606



59,048



58,610



13,150



3,888



75,648


Total oil and gas sales


$

50,253


$

50,481


$

7,692


$

1,909


$

110,335


$

61,555


$

21,789


$

4,694


$

88,038

























































































Average oil price (per barrel)


$

101.49


$

105.52


$

97.12


$

94.88


$

104.02


$

87.16


$

91.61


$

83.46


$

89.94


Average oil price including hedging (per barrel)


$

101.49


$

102.71


$

94.05


$

94.88


$

101.35


$

87.16


$

91.61


$

83.46


$

89.94


Average gas price (per Mcf)


$

2.49


$

3.43


$

6.33


$

3.00


$

2.63


$

3.80


$

4.59


$

4.86


$

3.96


Average price (per Mcfe)


$

2.61


$

10.17


$

13.99


$

3.45


$

4.39


$

3.93


$

6.35


$

5.48


$

4.42


Average price including hedging (per Mcfe)


$

2.61


$

9.95


$

13.59


$

3.45


$

4.33


$

3.93


$

6.35


$

5.48


$

4.42































Production taxes


$

801


$

2,291


$

390


$

155


$

3,637


$

29


$

382


$

315


$

726


Gathering and transportation


$

6,833


$

772


$

177


$

110


$

7,892


$

5,076


$

457


$

95


$

5,628


Lease operating


$

8,661


$

3,719


$

1,291


$

1,078


$

14,749


$

7,199


$

3,367


$

982


$

11,548


Production taxes (per Mcfe)


$

0.04


$

0.45


$

0.69


$

0.28


$

0.14


$

-


$

0.11


$

0.37


$

0.04


Gathering and transportation
(per Mcfe)


$

0.35


$

0.15


$

0.31


$

0.20


$

0.31


$

0.32


$

0.13


$

0.11


$

0.28


Lease operating (per Mcfe)


$

0.46


$

0.74


$

2.28


$

1.94


$

0.58


$

0.47


$

0.99


$

1.14


$

0.58




























































Oil and Gas Capital Expenditures:




























Acquisitions


$

-


$

-


$

3,333


$

-


$

3,333


$

-


$

-


$

-


$

-


Exploratory leasehold



1,595



1,488



3,543



-



6,626



10,845



1,680



-



12,525


Development leasehold



345



1,216



-



-



1,561



130



-



-



130


Exploratory drilling



368



405



-



-



773



16,844



20,428



-



37,272


Development drilling



68,208



64,438



34,516



-



167,162



95,588



11,538



98



107,224


Other development



1,026



719



224



149



2,118



853



94



94



1,041


Total


$

71,542


$

68,266


$

41,616


$

149


$

181,573


$

124,260


$

33,740


$

192


$

158,192


 

 

                                                                                                                          

SOURCE Comstock Resources, Inc.

Roland O. Burns, Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Comstock Resources, Inc., +1-972-668-8800