Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. Announces Record 2011 Earnings, Substantial Reserve Increase and Closing of Syndicated Credit Facility

WAYZATA, Minn., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. (NYSE/AMEX: NOG) ("Northern Oil") today announced 2011 fourth quarter and full year financial results and year-end proved reserves and provided an operational update.

2011 Highlights:

  • Proved reserves increased 198% year-over-year to 46.8 million barrels of crude oil equivalent ("BOE")
  • PV10% value of proved reserves increased 273% year-over-year to $1.1 billion
  • 117% production growth compared to 2010 (21% sequential quarter-over-quarter production growth in fourth quarter)
  • Total revenues of $149 million, representing a 235% year-over-year increase
  • Grew Adjusted EBITDA 138% year-over-year to $112.3 million in 2011
  • Net income increased to $40.6 million in 2011

Expanded Credit Facility

On February 28, 2012, Northern Oil completed a syndication of its senior secured revolving credit facility that increased its maximum facility size to $750 million and current borrowing base to $250 million.  The applicable interest rate margin of the credit facility ranges from LIBOR plus 1.75% to LIBOR plus 2.75%, depending on the amount drawn at any given time.  The credit facility is governed by a semi-annual borrowing base redetermination derived from Northern Oil's total proved crude oil and natural gas reserves.

Royal Bank of Canada serves as the "Administrative Agent" under the syndicated credit facility, with SunTrust Bank serving as the "Syndication Agent," and Bank of Montreal, KeyBank N.A. and U.S. Bank N.A. serving as "Co-Documentation Agents."  RBC Capital Markets and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey served as "Joint Lead Arrangers."  Participating banks in the credit facility include Capital One, N.A., Bank of Scotland plc, Bank of Oklahoma, BB&T Capital Markets, Cadence Bank N.A. and Macquarie Bank Limited.

Management Comment

Michael Reger, CEO, commented: "Operationally, our 2011 performance reflects another year of successfully executing our strategy of developing our acreage position and building a long-life reserve base.  Our success enabled us to increase proved reserves by 31.1 million BOE in 2011, representing approximately a 1,700% replacement of our 2011 produced reserves. During 2011, production increased 117% to 1.9 million BOE as compared to 2010 production of 0.9 million BOE.  Record 2011 production was driven by a 123% increase in net producing wells to 57.9 net wells at December 31, 2011.  We are also pleased with the expansion and syndication of our credit facility.  With our increased borrowing capacity, we are well positioned to continue our growth and expansion.  We continue to be impressed by the extensions of the field and the infill drilling potential that is now clearly evident.  We wish to thank all the operators with which we have participated for their innovation in this premier oil resource play."

Full Year 2011

The following tables summarize the full-year operating and financial results for 2011 as compared to 2010:



Year Ended December 31,


2011


2010


Change

Net Production:






Crude Oil (Bbl)

1,791,979


849,845


111%

Natural Gas and other liquids (Mcf)

800,207


234,411


241%

Barrel of Crude Oil Equivalent (BOE)

1,925,347


888,914


117%







Average Daily Production:






Crude Oil (Bbl)

4,910


2,328


111%

Natural Gas and other liquids (Mcf)

2,192


642


241%

Barrel of Crude Oil Equivalent (BOE)

5,275


2,435


117%







Average Sales Prices:






Crude Oil (per Bbl)

$       86.01


$       68.27


26%

Effect of crude oil hedges on average price (per Bbl)

(7.48)


(0.55)


(1260%)

Crude Oil net of hedging (per Bbl)

78.53


67.72


16%

Natural Gas and other liquids (per Mcf)

6.63


6.26


6%

Realized price per BOE(a)

75.85


66.39


14%







Average Production Costs (per BOE of production):






Production Expenses

$       6.77


$       3.70


83%

Production Taxes

7.43


6.16


21%

General and Administrative

7.08


8.10


(13)%

General and Administrative-non-cash stock based compensation(b)

3.20


4.01


(20)%

Depletion, Depreciation, Amortization and Accretion

21.38


19.22


11%

Interest Expense

0.30


0.66


(54)%







(a) Realized prices include realized gains or losses on cash settlements for commodity derivatives.

(b) Costs associated with stock compensation and restricted stock amortization, which have been reflected in the categories associated with the direct personnel costs, which are combined with the cash amounts in Northern Oil's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.




In 2011, crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids ("NGL") sales increased 168% from 2010, driven primarily by a 117% increase in production and partially aided by a 14% increase in realized prices taking into account the effect of settled derivatives.  Production volumes increased in 2011 primarily due to the addition of 32.3 net wells during the year, and higher crude oil prices favorably impacted the realized price per BOE in 2011.

As a result of oil price derivative activities, Northern Oil incurred a net cash settlement loss of $13,407,878 in 2011, compared to a loss of $469,607 in 2010.  As a result of forward oil price changes, mark-to-market derivative gains and losses resulted in non-cash gains of $3,072,229 in 2011 compared to a non-cash loss of $14,545,477 in 2010.  Most of Northern Oil's derivatives are not designated for hedge accounting and are accounted for using the mark-to-market accounting method whereby gains and losses from changes in the fair value of derivative instruments are recognized immediately into earnings.  

Production expenses were $13,043,633 in 2011, compared to $3,288,482 in 2010.  Northern Oil experiences increases in aggregate operating expenses as it adds new wells and maintains production from existing properties.  On a per unit basis, production expenses per BOE increased from $3.70 per barrel sold in 2010 to $6.77 in 2011.  This year-over-year increase was primarily due to increased costs associated with higher amounts of water hauling and disposal costs, inclement weather during the first half of 2011 and workover expenses as wells are placed onto pumping units.

Northern Oil pays production taxes based on realized crude oil and natural gas sales.  These costs were $14,300,720 in 2011, compared to $5,477,975 in 2010.  Production taxes were 9.0% and 9.2% in 2011 and 2010, respectively.  The 2011 average production tax rate was lower than the 2010 average due to well additions that qualified for reduced rates or tax exemptions during 2011.  

General and administrative expense was $13,624,892 for 2011 compared to $7,204,442 for 2010. The 2011 increase of $6.4 million when compared to 2010 is due to higher salaries and benefits ($0.9 million), increased share based compensation expense ($2.6 million), higher legal and professional expenses ($1.3 million) and higher office and other administrative expenses due to the addition of employees ($1.6 million).  As a result of Northern Oil's growth, the number of employees increased by 122% in 2011 as compared to 2010 to provide additional staffing in the legal, finance and land departments.  

Depletion, depreciation, amortization and accretion ("DD&A") was $41,169,618 in 2011, compared to $17,082,913 in 2010.  The increase in aggregate DD&A expense for 2011 compared to 2010 was driven by a 117% increase in production.  Depletion expense, the largest component of DD&A, was $21.20 per BOE in 2011, compared to $18.99 per BOE in 2010.  Additionally, depletion rates rose in 2011 due to an increase in future development cost estimates to reflect the changes in well completion methodologies (for example, more stages per well due to longer lateral extensions).  

The provision for income taxes was $26,835,300 in 2011, compared to $4,419,000 in 2010.  The effective tax rate in 2011 was 39.8%, compared to an effective tax rate of 39.0% in 2010.  Due to higher pre-tax income levels, Northern Oil increased its federal statutory rate from 34% to 35% in 2011.  The effective tax rate was different than the statutory rate of 35% primarily due to state tax rates of 3.6% and 4.6% in 2011 and 2010, respectively.

Net income was $40,611,492 in 2011, compared to $6,917,300 in 2010.  The increase in net income was driven by higher production levels and higher average sales prices received in 2011 as compared to 2010.  The increased production expense, production taxes, general and administrative expenses and depletion expenses in 2011 described above partially offset higher oil and gas revenues.  Higher net income levels increased diluted net income per common share to $0.65 in 2011, compared to $0.14 in 2010.  

Fourth Quarter 2011

The following tables summarize Northern Oil's fourth quarter operating and financial results for 2011 as compared to 2010:



Quarter Ended December 31,


2011


2010


Change

Net Production:






Crude Oil (Bbl)

588,922


323,173


82%

Natural Gas and other liquids (Mcf)

303,076


107,405


182%

Barrel of Crude Oil Equivalent (BOE)

639,435


341,074


87%







Average Daily Production:






Crude Oil (Bbl)

6,401


3,513


82%

Natural Gas and other liquids (Mcf)

3,294


1,167


182%

Barrel of Crude Oil Equivalent (BOE)

6,950


3,707


87%







Average Sales Prices:






Crude Oil (per Bbl)

$       86.94


$       72.03


21%

Effect of crude oil hedges on average price (per Bbl)

(4.61)


(4.25)


8%

Crude Oil net of hedging (per Bbl)

82.33


67.78


21%

Natural Gas and other liquids (per Mcf)

6.72


5.92


13%

Realized price per BOE(a)

79.01


66.09


20%







Average Production Costs (per BOE of production):






Production Expenses

$       7.04


$       3.84


83%

Production Taxes

6.43


6.46


-%

General and Administrative

5.49


5.75


(5)%

General and Administrative-non-cash stock based compensation(b)

0.96


2.45


(61)%

Depletion, Depreciation, Amortization and Accretion

23.42


25.47


(8)%

Interest Expense

0.25


0.37


(33)%







(a) Realized prices include realized gains or losses on cash settlements for commodity derivatives.

(b) Costs associated with stock compensation and restricted stock amortization, which have been reflected in the categories associated with the direct personnel costs, which are combined with the cash amounts in Northern Oil's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.




In the fourth quarter of 2011, crude oil, natural gas and NGL sales increased 123% compared to the fourth quarter of 2010, driven primarily by an 87% increase in production and partially aided by a 20% increase in realized prices taking into account the effect of settled derivatives.  Production volumes increased in 2011 primarily due to the addition of 32.3 net wells during the year, and higher crude oil prices favorably impacted the realized price per BOE in 2011.

As a result of derivative activities, Northern Oil incurred a net cash settlement loss of $2,712,872 in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to a loss of $1,372,553 in the fourth quarter of 2010.  As a result of forward oil price changes, mark-to-market derivative gains and losses were non-cash losses of $23,602,774 in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to non-cash losses of $11,356,283 in the fourth quarter of 2010.  Most of Northern Oil's derivatives are accounted for using the mark-to-market accounting method whereby gains and losses from changes in the fair value of derivative instruments are recognized immediately into earnings.  

Production expenses were $4,500,872 in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $1,309,956 in the fourth quarter of 2010.  Northern Oil experiences increases in aggregate operating expenses as it adds new wells and maintains production from existing properties. On a per unit basis, production expenses per BOE increased from $3.84 per barrel sold in the fourth quarter of 2010 to $7.04 in the fourth quarter of 2011.  This increase was primarily due to increased costs associated with higher amounts of water hauling and disposal costs and workover expenses as wells are placed on to pumping units.

Northern Oil pays production taxes based on realized oil and gas sales.  These costs were $4,112,412 in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $2,203,224 in the fourth quarter of 2010.  Production taxes were 7.7% in the fourth quarter of 2011 and 9.2% in the fourth quarter of 2010.  The 2011 average production tax rate was lower than the 2010 average due to well additions that qualified for reduced rates/or tax exemptions during 2011.  

General and administrative expense was $3,510,897 for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $1,961,860 for the fourth quarter of 2010.  The fourth quarter of 2011 increase of $1.5 million when compared to the fourth quarter of 2010 is due to higher compensation expense ($0.4 million), higher legal and professional expenses ($0.5 million) and higher office and other administrative expenses due to the addition of employees ($0.6 million).  As a result of Northern Oil's growth, the number of employees increased in the legal, finance and land departments.  

DD&A was $14,972,645 in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $8,688,786 in the fourth quarter of 2010.  The increase in aggregate DD&A expense for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to the fourth quarter of 2010 was driven by an 87% increase in production.  Depletion expense, the largest component of DD&A, was $23.23 per BOE in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $25.31 per BOE in the fourth quarter of 2010.  

The provision for income taxes was $1,110,000 of expense in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $1,011,000 of benefit in the fourth quarter of 2010.  The fourth quarter of 2011 reflects an increase in the tax provision rate to 35% and certain non-deductible expenses for federal income tax purposes.

Net loss was $1,380,788 in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to net loss of $1,750,422 in the fourth quarter of 2010.  The non-cash losses on mark-to-market of derivative instruments of $23,602,774 in the fourth quarter of 2011 and $11,356,283 in the fourth quarter of 2010 unfavorably impacted each quarter's results.  Additionally, increased production expense, production taxes, general and administrative expenses and depletion expenses in each of the respective periods were partially offset by higher oil and gas sales as described above.  Net loss per fully diluted share was $0.02 in the fourth quarter of 2011 and $0.03 in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Adjusted EBITDA

Northern Oil's Adjusted EBITDA for 2011 was $112.3 million, which represents a 138% increase over Adjusted EBITDA of $47.1 million for 2010.  Northern Oil's Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $39.1 million, which represents a 114% increase over Adjusted EBITDA of $18.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2010.  

Northern Oil defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income before (i) interest expense, (ii) income taxes, (iii) depreciation, depletion and amortization, (iv) accretion of discount on asset retirement obligations, (v) gain (loss) on mark-to-market of derivative instruments and (vii) non-cash expenses relating to share-based payments recognized under ASC Topic 718.  Net income excluding unrealized mark-to-market hedging gains or losses and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures.  A reconciliation of these measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measure is included in the accompanying financial tables found later in this release.  Management believes the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors to gain an overall understanding of current financial performance.  Specifically, management believes the non-GAAP results included herein provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses and unrealized commodity gains and losses that management believes are not indicative of the Company's core operating results.  In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures are used by management for budgeting and forecasting as well as subsequently measuring the Company's performance, and management believes it is providing investors with financial measures that most closely align to its internal measurement processes.  

2011 Year-End Reserves

Northern Oil's estimated total proved reserves at December 31, 2011 were approximately 46.8 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe), a 198% increase as compared to 15.7 MMBoe at December 31, 2010.  Approximately 34% of Northern Oil's proved reserves at December 31, 2011 are categorized as either proved developed producing or proved developed non-producing, meaning behind pipe.  Approximately 66% are classified as proved undeveloped.

Northern Oil's estimated future cash flows, discounted at an annual rate of 10 percent before giving effect to income taxes (commonly known as Pre-Tax PV10% value), for proved reserves at 2011 year-end was $1.1 billion, a 273% increase as compared to $295.5 million at 2010 year-end.  Please see below for further information regarding the Pre-Tax PV10% value.

Proved Reserves Summary at December 31, 2011(1)


Reserve Category


Crude

Oil

(MBbls)


Natural

Gas

(MMcf)


2011

MBOE(2)


2010

MBOE(2)


%

Change


2011 Pre-

Tax

PV10%

($MM)(3)

Proved Developed Producing


13,308


7,779


14,605


5,307


175

%

$  534.5

Proved Developed Non-Producing


1,030


673


1,142


1,119


2

%

17.1

Proved Undeveloped


27,538


21,217


31,074


9,309


234

%

549.7

Total Proved


41,877


29,669


46,822


15,735


198

%

$ 1,101














(1) Northern Oil's reserves estimates are based on reports prepared by Ryder Scott Company, L.P., independent reserve engineers.  Crude oil and natural gas reserve quantities and related discounted future net cash flows as of December 31, 2011 are estimated assuming a constant realized price of $90.17 per barrel of crude oil and a constant realized price of $6.18 per Mcf of natural gas, using a BTU factor of 1.5 to reflect liquids and condensates.  Under SEC guidelines, these crude oil and natural gas prices were based on an unweighted arithmetic average of the applicable first-day-of-the-month price for each month from January 2011 to December 2011.

(2) Barrels of crude oil equivalent ("BOE") are computed based on a conversion ratio of one BOE for each barrel of crude oil and one BOE for every 6,000 cubic feet (i.e., 6 Mcf) of natural gas.

(3) Pre-tax PV10% value may be considered a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission and is derived from the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows, which is the most directly comparable standardized financial measure. Pre-tax PV10% value is computed on the same basis as the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows but without deducting future income taxes. As of December 31, 2011, the Company's discounted future income taxes were $262.6 million and the standardized measure of after-tax discounted future net cash flows was $838.7 million.  Management believes pre-tax PV10% value is a useful measure for investors for evaluating the relative monetary significance of the Company's crude oil and natural gas properties. Management further believes investors may utilize pre-tax PV10% value as a basis for comparison of the relative size and value of the Company's reserves to other companies because many factors that are unique to each individual company impact the amount of future income taxes to be paid. Management uses this measure when assessing the potential return on investment related to crude oil and natural gas properties and acquisitions. However, pre-tax PV10% value is not a substitute for the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows. Pre-tax PV10% value and the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows do not purport to present the fair value of the Company's crude oil and natural gas reserves.




The table above assumes prices and costs discounted using an annual discount rate of 10% without future escalation, without giving effect to non-property related expenses such as general and administrative expenses, debt service and depreciation, depletion and amortization, or federal income taxes.  The "Pre-tax PV10%" values of proved reserves presented in the foregoing tables may be considered a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by the SEC.

The following table reconciles the pre-tax PV10% value of Northern Oil's SEC Pricing Proved Reserves to the standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows.


SEC Pricing Proved Reserves

(in thousands)

Standardized Measure Reconciliation

Pre-tax Present Value of estimated future net revenues (Pre-tax PV10%)

$    1,101,333

Future income taxes, discounted at 10%

262,636

Standardized measure of discounted future net cash flows

$       838,697




Uncertainties are inherent in estimating quantities of proved reserves, including many risk factors beyond Northern Oil's control.  Reserve engineering is a subjective process of estimating subsurface accumulations of crude oil and natural gas that cannot be measured in an exact manner.  As a result, estimates of proved reserves may vary depending upon the engineer valuing the reserves.  Further, Northern Oil's actual realized price for crude oil and natural gas is not likely to average the pricing parameters used to calculate proved reserves. As such, the crude oil and natural gas quantities and the value of those commodities ultimately recovered from Northern Oil's properties will vary from reserve estimates.

Acreage and Drilling Update

As of December 31, 2011, Northern Oil controlled approximately 168,000 net acres targeting the Williston Basin Bakken and Three Forks plays.  In 2011, Northern Oil acquired leasehold interests covering an aggregate of approximately 43,239 net mineral acres in its key prospect areas, for an average cost of $1,832 per net acre.  These acquisitions consisted of an average of approximately 244 net mineral acres per transaction. In the fourth quarter of 2011, Northern Oil acquired leasehold interests covering an aggregate of approximately 12,651 net mineral acres in its key prospect areas at an average price of $1,851 per acre.  

As of December 31, 2011, Northern Oil had approximately 82,395 net acres developed, held by production or held by operation, which represented approximately 49% of Northern Oil's total Bakken and Three Forks position.  Northern Oil currently has approximately 17,700 net acres undeveloped with expirations in 2012.  Of that acreage, approximately 10,000 net acres are currently either permitted to drill, drilling or can be extended at Northern Oil's option, which limits 2012 acreage expiration risk to less than 5% of Northern Oil's overall Williston Basin position.  

In 2011 Northern Oil spud approximately 40 net wells, consistent with its prior forecasts, and added 32.3 net wells to production.  Northern Oil added 14.9 net wells to production in the fourth quarter of 2011, representing a record quarter for net well completions.

Northern Oil participated in the first of several planned Three Forks "Lower Bench" test wells with Continental Resources.  Northern Oil is optimistic about the potential of these new production horizons.  The Charlotte 2-22H, located in McKenzie County, North Dakota, had a 1,396 BOE per day IP rate and produced approximately 45,000 BOE in the first three months of production, according to Continental Resources' February 23, 2012 earnings call.

Capital Expenditures

Northern Oil's total capital expenditures were approximately $414 million for the year ending December 31, 2011. Northern Oil expects to spend approximately $60 million to $80 million on acreage acquisitions during 2012 and approximately $325 million on drilling during 2012.

Derivative Activity

Northern Oil had the following oil price derivative contracts outstanding as of February 15, 2012:


Weighted Average Prices of Costless Collars ($/Bbl)

Type


Remaining Term


Floor


Ceiling


BOPD


Total Barrels

2012











Costless Collar


10 Months (Mar-Dec)


$    85.00


$      95.25


368


112,738

Costless Collar


10 Months (Mar-Dec)


90.00


103.50


673


206,060

Costless Collar


10 Months (Mar-Dec)


90.00


106.50


681


208,361

Costless Collar


10 Months (Mar-Dec)


90.00


110.00


880


269,296

Costless Collar


10 Months (Mar-Dec)


95.00


107.00


982


300,630

Total 2012 Collars




$   90.86


$   105.78


3585


1,097,085










2013











Costless Collar


12 Months (Jan-Dec)


$   85.00


$     98.00


2,084


760,794

Costless Collar


12 Months (Jan-Dec)


90.00


103.50


410


149,515

Costless Collar


12 Months (Jan-Dec)


90.00


106.50


383


139,791

Costless Collar


12 Months (Jan-Dec)


90.00


110.00


616


224,900

Costless Collar


12 Months (Jan-Dec)


95.00


107.00


499


182,269

Total 2013 Collars




$   88.02


$   102.36


3,993


1,457,269





Weighted Average Prices of Commodity Swaps ($/Bbl)

Type


Remaining Term


Swap Price


BOPD


Total Barrels

2012









Commodity Swap


4 Months (Mar-Jun)


80.00


762


93,000

Commodity Swap


4 Months (Mar-Jun)


81.50


1,066


130,000

Commodity Swap


4 Months (Mar-Jun)


85.50


328


40,000

Commodity Swap


10 Months (Mar-Dec)


95.15


1,101


337,000

Commodity Swap


10 Months (Mar-Dec)


100.00


654


200,000

Total 2012 Swaps




$       91.90




800,000




FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR 2011 EARNINGS RELEASE TELECONFERENCE CALL

In conjunction with Northern Oil's release of its financial and operating results, investors, analysts and other interested parties are invited to listen to a conference call with management on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Central Standard Time.  Details for the conference call are as follows:

    Dial-In Number:  (888) 244-2521 (US/Canada) and (913) 312-1447 (International)

    Conference ID:  6300458 - Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2011

    Replay Dial-In Number:  (888) 203-1112 (US/Canada) and (719) 457-0820 (International)

    Replay Access Code:  6300458 - Replay will be available through March 14, 2012



ABOUT NORTHERN OIL AND GAS

Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. is an exploration and production company based in Wayzata, Minnesota.  Northern Oil's core area of focus is the Williston Basin Bakken and Three Forks trend in North Dakota and Montana.  

More information about Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. can be found at www.NorthernOil.com.

SAFE HARBOR

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and future results that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act").  All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this report regarding the Company's financial position, business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations, industry conditions, and indebtedness covenant compliance are forward-looking statements.  When used in this report, forward-looking statements are generally accompanied by terms or phrases such as "estimate," "project," "predict," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "target," "plan," "intend," "seek," "goal," "will," "should," "may" or other words and similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes.  Items contemplating or making assumptions about, actual or potential future sales, market size, collaborations, and trends or operating results also constitute such forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and important factors (many of which are beyond the Company's control) that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements, including the following, changes in crude oil and natural gas prices, general economic or industry conditions, nationally and/or in the communities in which the Company conducts business, changes in the interest rate environment, legislation or regulatory requirements, conditions of the securities markets, the Company's ability to raise capital, changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines, financial or political instability, acts of war or terrorism, and other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory and technical factors affecting the Company's operations, products, services and prices.  

The Company has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations and assumptions about future events.  While management considers these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks, contingencies and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control.  

CONTACT:

Investor Relations
Erik Nerhus
952-476-9800

NORTHERN OIL AND GAS, INC.

STATEMENTS OF INCOME










Three Months Ended


Year Ended









December 31,


December 31,









(Unaudited)













2011


2010


2011


2010

REVENUES










Oil and Gas Sales


$  53,235,604


$  23,913,044


$ 159,439,508


$ 59,488,284


Loss on Settled Derivatives


(2,712,872)


(1,372,553)


(13,407,878)


(469,607)


(Loss) Gain on Mark-to-Market of Derivative Instruments


(23,602,774)


(11,356,283)


3,072,229


(14,545,477)


Other Revenue


66,250


37,784


285,234


85,900









26,986,208


11,221,992


149,389,093


44,559,100
















OPERATING EXPENSES










Production Expenses


4,500,872


1,309,956


13,043,633


3,288,482


Production Taxes


4,112,412


2,203,224


14,300,720


5,477,975


General and Administrative Expense


3,510,897


1,961,860


13,624,892


7,204,442


Depletion of Oil and Natural Gas Properties


14,852,963


8,632,410


40,815,426


16,884,563


Depreciation and Amortization


83,932


65,398


298,137


176,595


Accretion of Discount on Asset Retirement Obligations


35,750


(9,022)


56,055


21,755




Total Expenses


27,096,826


14,163,826


82,138,863


33,053,812
















INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS


(110,618)


(2,941,834)


67,250,230


11,505,288
















OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)










Interest Expense


(160,295)


(127,672)


(585,982)


(583,376)


Interest Income


125


169,052


567,452


472,912


Gain (Loss) on Available for Sale Securities


-


139,032


215,092


(58,524)




Total Other Income (Expense)


(160,170)


180,412


196,562


(168,988)
















INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES


(270,788)


(2,761,422)


67,446,792


11,336,300
















INCOME TAX PROVISION (BENEFIT)


1,110,000


(1,011,000)


26,835,300


4,419,000
















NET INCOME (LOSS)


$   (1,380,788)


$   (1,750,422)


$   40,611,492


$    6,917,300
















Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share - Basic


$            (0.02)


$            (0.03)


$              0.66


$             0.14
















Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share - Diluted


$            (0.02)


$            (0.03)


$              0.65


$             0.14
















Weighted Average Shares Outstanding – Basic  


62,028,912


55,854,487


61,789,289


50,387,203
















Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted


62,028,912


55,854,487


62,195,340


50,778,245




NORTHERN OIL AND GAS, INC.

BALANCE SHEETS









December 31,  








2011


2010

CURRENT ASSETS





Cash and Cash Equivalents

$               6,279,587


$     152,110,701


Trade Receivables

51,418,830


22,033,647


Advances to Operators

17,530,474


13,225,650


Prepaid Expenses

486,421


345,695


Other Current Assets

317,460


475,967


Short - Term Investments

-


39,726,700


Deferred Tax Asset

4,472,000


5,100,000

Total Current Assets

80,504,772


233,018,360











PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT





Oil and Natural Gas Properties, Full Cost Method of Accounting







Proved

566,195,321


158,846,475




Unproved

137,784,903


136,135,163


Other Property and Equipment

2,988,641


2,479,199

Total Property and Equipment

706,968,865


297,460,837


Less - Accumulated Depreciation and Depletion

63,265,919


22,152,356

Total Property and Equipment, Net

643,702,946


275,308,481











DEBT ISSUANCE COSTS

1,386,201


1,367,124











TOTAL ASSETS

$           725,593,919


$     509,693,965











LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES





Accounts Payable

$           110,133,286


$       48,500,204


Accrued Expenses  

131,012


2,829


Derivative Liability

9,363,068


11,145,319


Other Liabilities

33,229


18,574

Total Current Liabilities

119,660,595


59,666,926











LONG-TERM LIABILITIES





Revolving Credit Facility

69,900,000


-


Derivative Liability

2,574,903


5,022,657


Other Noncurrent Liabilities

959,366


477,900


Deferred Tax Liability

35,929,000


9,167,000

Total Long-Term Liabilities

109,363,269


14,667,557

Total Liabilities

229,023,864


74,334,483

























STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY





Preferred Stock, Par Value $.001; 5,000,000 Authorized,






No Shares Outstanding  

-


-


Common Stock, Par Value $.001; 95,000,000 Authorized,

(12/31/2011 - 63,330,421 Shares Outstanding and 12/31/2010 –

62,129,424 Shares Outstanding)

63,330


62,129


Additional Paid-In Capital

448,198,350


428,484,092


Retained Earnings

48,370,684


7,759,192


Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

(62,309)


(945,931)

Total Stockholders' Equity

496,570,055


435,359,482











TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$           725,593,919


$     509,693,965




NORTHERN OIL AND GAS, INC.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA

(UNAUDITED)




Three Months Ended


Year Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2011


2010


2011


2010

Net Income (Loss)


$   (1,380,788)


$ (1,750,422)


$    40,611,492


$      6,917,300

Add Back:









Income Tax Provision (Benefit)


1,110,000


(1,011,000)


26,835,300


4,419,000

Depreciation, Depletion, Amortization and Accretion


14,972,645


8,688,785


41,169,618


17,082,913

Share Based Compensation


612,079


835,354


6,164,324


3,566,133

Loss (Gain) on Mark-to-Market of Derivative Instruments


23,602,774


11,356,283


(3,072,229)


14,545,477

Interest Expense


160,295


127,672


585,982


583,376

               Adjusted EBITDA


$    39,077,005


$  18,246,672


$  112,294,487


$    47,114,199




NORTHERN OIL AND GAS, INC.

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Net Income Excluding

Unrealized Mark-to Market Derivative Gains and Losses

(UNAUDITED)








Three Months Ended


Year Ended







December 31


December 31







2011


2010


2011


2010

Net Income (Loss)





$   (1,380,788)


$   (1,750,422)


$  40,611,492


$   6,917,300

Loss (Gain) on Mark-to-Market of Derivative Instruments



23,602,774


11,356,283


(3,072,229)


14,545,477

Tax Impact




(8,948,000)


(4,429,000)


1,223,000


(5,649,000)

Net Income without the Effect of Certain Items


$ 13,273,986


$   5,176,861


$ 38,762,263


$15,813,777














Net Income Per Common Share - Basic



$            0.21


$            0.09


$            0.63


$           0.31

Net Income Per Common Share - Diluted



$            0.21


$            0.09


$            0.62


$           0.31














Weighted Average Shares Outstanding – Basic  


62,028,912


55,854,487


61,789,289


50,387,203

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted


62,436,366


56,287,837


62,195,340


50,778,245














Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share - Basic



$          (0.02)


$           (0.03)


$            0.66


$           0.14

Change due to Mark-to-Market of Derivative Instruments


0.38


0.20


(0.05)


0.28

Change due to Tax Impact




(0.15)


(0.08)


0.02


(0.11)

Net Income without Effect of Certain Items Per Common Share - Basic

$            0.21


$            0.09


$            0.63


$           0.31














Net Income (Loss) Per Common Share - Diluted

$          (0.02)


$           (0.03)


$           0.65


$           0.14

Change due to Mark-to-Market of Derivative Instruments


0.38


0.20


(0.05)


0.28

Change due to Tax Impact




(0.15)


(0.08)


0.02


(0.11)

Net Income without Effect of Certain Items Per Common Share - Diluted

$            0.21


$            0.09


$           0.62


$           0.31




SOURCE Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.



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