Dune Energy Signs New Credit Facility, Updates Mid-Year Reserves and Planned Drilling

Dec 07, 2010, 13:44 ET from Dune Energy, Inc.

HOUSTON, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dune Energy, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: DUNR) today announced the following:

New Credit Facility

Dune has replaced its $40 million revolving credit facility with Wells Fargo Capital Finance, LLC with a new $40 million term loan facility from Wayzata Opportunities Fund II, L.P.  The new facility will mature on March 15, 2012.  Major terms of the new facility are that Wells Fargo Capital Finance, LLC will remain agent for the facility, the $8.5 million of standby Letters of Credit for P&A bonds will now be cash collateralized through the bonding agent, the June 2011 bond interest payment of $15.75 million will be held in escrow until due.  The primary negative covenant of the term loan is that the total present value of future net revenues discounted at 10%, or PV-10%, of the proved developed reserves must be greater than two (2) times the value of the face amount of the term loan.  The mid-year, June 30, 2010 unaudited internally prepared reserve report PV-10 using Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, price assumptions was $149.9 million or 3.7 times the value of the revolver.

Mid-Year Reserves

Mid-year reserves, as reflected in our June 30, 2010 unaudited internally prepared report reflected total proved reserves of 93.1 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe) consisting of 6.2 million barrels of oil (MMbo) and 56.0 Bcf of natural gas.  Sixty percent of these reserves were natural gas.  The PV-10 based on SEC pricing of $75.15 per barrel of oil and $4.24 per thousand cubit feet (Mcf) of natural gas of these reserves is $248.3 million.  Proved reserves at year end 2009 were 105.5 Bcfe, based on SEC pricing of $58.05 per barrel of oil and $4.135 per Mcf of natural gas with a PV-10 of $212.3 million.  During the first half of the year we sold 11.9 Bcfe of proved reserves and produced 3.8 Bcfe.  The increase of 3.3 Bcfe over sales and production reflected minor net upward revisions in several wells within our fields.

2011 Drilling Operations

Dredging operations are scheduled to commence at our 19,500 foot Garden Island Bay SL 214 No. 1 subsalt well in early December with the rig scheduled to commence drilling around mid January 2011.  The well is anticipated to take approximately 90 days to drill and another 30-45 days to test.  Initially Dune will have a 15% working interest in the well escalating to a 26% working interest after the first 3 million gross barrels of oil equivalent are produced.  Gross prospect reserves are estimated to be in excess of 100 MMboe.

Utilizing available cash flow and funds from the new term loan we anticipate drilling one to two shallower oil wells within our Garden Island Bay field along with a continuing workover recompletion and PUD drilling within our other fields.

James A. Watt, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, "Our new term loan facility coupled with cash flow provides us the liquidity to test the deep potential of Garden Island Bay and resume drilling and recompletion programs in several of our Gulf Coast fields.  We believe that success in these drilling ventures will position the company to evaluate restructuring its balance sheet prior to the June 2012 maturity of the 10 1/2% Senior Secured Notes."

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