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Erin Energy Announces Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2017 Results

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Provides Operational Update on its West and East Africa Operations

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Erin Energy Corporation (Erin Energy or the Company) (NYSE American:ERN) (JSE:ERN) announced today unaudited financial and operational results for the year ended December 31, 2017. The Company intends to file its audited financials and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 with the Securities and Exchange Commission after close of market on Friday, March 16, 2018.

“During 2017, we produced approximately 1.7 million net barrels of oil and generated revenues of more than $101 million”

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2017 Highlights:

  • Crude sales volumes of more than 1.8 million net barrels of oil;
  • $101.2 million in revenue, a 30% increase over 2016;
  • Total production of approximately 1.7 million net barrels of oil;
  • Spudded successful Miocene exploration well offshore Nigeria.

“During 2017, we produced approximately 1.7 million net barrels of oil and generated revenues of more than $101 million,” said Femi Ayoade, Chief Executive Officer. “2017 had its challenges for our industry and our company, but Erin Energy’s perseverance and some stabilization of the commodity price, allowed for good progress in many of our efforts.”

Ayoade continued, “The most exciting accomplishments were the farm out to FAR, and more recently PETRONAS, to our offshore blocks in The Gambia and our Miocene discovery with the Oyo-NW well.”

Operational Update

Average net daily production for 2017 was approximately 4,900 bopd compared to approximately 4,800 bopd for 2016. For the fourth quarter 2017, net daily production was approximately 4,000 bopd compared with 5,800 for the comparative period in 2016. The average price received for 2017 was $54.84 per barrel compared to $45.45 in 2016.

Net production volumes for the year were approximately 1.7 million net barrels of oil compared to approximately 1.8 million net barrels in 2016. The Company’s crude oil inventory was approximately $3.6 million at December 31, 2017.

The Company announced early this year that it had successfully completed the drilling of the Oyo-NW exploration well and that it had discovered hydrocarbons in the Miocene Formation. The well is located approximately 9.5 kilometers northwest of the Oyo Central field on the Company’s offshore Nigeria block 120.

Oyo-NW was drilled to a total vertical depth subsea of 12,218 feet and penetrated multiple sand units with total gross thickness of 260 feet in the depth range from 7,052 – 10,873 feet TVDSS as interpreted from wireline log data including approximately 115.2 feet of gross hydrocarbons in the two Miocene targets, U7.0 and U8.0.(1)

The Company is now planning an appraisal of the discovery for the second-half of 2018, subject to the availability of capital and drilling services.

In The Gambia, the Company completed a farm-in agreement in early-2017 with FAR Ltd., an ASX listed company, which has seen successful offshore in Senegal with its SNE field discovery and subsequent appraisal program. The Company recently announced that a subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) has also farmed into The Gambia blocks and that the joint venture plans to drill the Samo-1 prospect, which as reported by our partner FAR is estimated to contain unrisked mean prospective resources of 825 million barrels of oil volume*.

In Ghana, Erin Energy announced that the Final Judgement was issued by the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea on Maritime Boundary Arbitration between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. The maritime boundary delimited by the Special Chamber’s decision ruled in favor of Ghana and had no material impact on the Company’s Expanded Shallow Water Tano block.

Erin Energy has re-commenced work with the Government of Ghana and its joint venture partners to progress operational activities and is planning a 3D marine seismic survey acquisition later this year. We plan to tender the 3D seismic survey once we receive government approval.

The Company’s year-end 2017 SEC proved oil reserves were 7.1 million barrels (MMbbls). The Company’s reported reserves are prepared by DeGolyer and MacNaughton.

Financial Summary

Full year 2017 revenues were $101.2 million, up approximately 30% from $77.8 million in 2016. Fourth quarter 2017 revenues were $21.7 million compared to $21.1 million for the same period in 2016.

The Company reported a net loss of $151.9 million or a loss of $0.71 per share for full year 2017 compared with a net loss of $142.4 million or a loss of $0.67 per share for full year 2016.

Exploration expenses totaled $4.6 million for the full year. As of December 31, 2017 cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash were approximately $33.8 million.

The Company’s audited financial statements will contain an unqualified audit opinion from its independent registered public accounting firm that included a going concern emphasis of matter paragraph. This disclosure is made pursuant to NYSE American Company Guide, Section 610(b), which requires separate disclosure of receipt of an audit opinion containing a going concern qualification.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

The Company will host a conference call on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. CT (11:00 ET) to discuss the results and update its current operations.

The dial-in number to access the conference call is 1-844-883-3907 in the United States or 1-412-317-9253 internationally. Participants should ask the call operator to be placed on the “Erin Energy Results Conference Call.”

For those unable to participate in the Company’s conference call, a replay will be available for audio playback until March 23, 2018. The number to access the conference call replay is 1-877-344-7529 or outside the US 1-412-317-0088. The passcode for the replay is 10117494.

Erin Energy Corporation

Erin Energy Corporation is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company focused on energy resources in sub-Saharan Africa. Its asset portfolio consists of 5 licenses across 3 countries covering an area of 6,100 square kilometers (~1.5 million acres), including current production and other exploration projects offshore Nigeria, as well as exploration licenses offshore Ghana and The Gambia. Erin Energy is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and is listed on the New York and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges under the ticker symbol ERN.

For more information about Erin Energy or to request a hard copy of the Company’s most recent complete audited financial statements free of charge, please call +1 713 797 2940 or visit

(1) Source: Based on management estimates.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, concerning activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect.

The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated or implied in these forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including the Company’s ability to successfully finance, drill, produce and/or develop the wells and prospects identified in this release, and risks and other risk factors discussed in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their respective dates. The Company undertakes no duty to update these forward-looking statements.

*Prospective Resource Estimates Cautionary Statement

With respect to the Prospective Resource estimates contained within this report, it should be noted that the estimated quantities of Petroleum that may potentially be recovered by the future application of a development project may relate to undiscovered accumulations. These estimates have an associated risk of discovery and risk of development. Further exploration and appraisal is required to determine the existence of a significant quantity of potentially moveable hydrocarbons. The Prospective Resource estimates provided in this report are Low Estimate, Best Estimate and High Estimate and represent that there is a 90%, 50% and 10% probability respectively that the actual resource volume will be in excess of the amounts reported.

(In thousands, except for per share amounts)
Years Ended December 31,
2017 2016 2015
Crude oil sales, net of royalties $ 101,173 $ 77,815 $ 68,429
Operating costs and expenses:
Production costs 80,912 94,607 90,079
Crude oil inventory (increase) decrease 2,093 (1,469 ) (2,502 )
Workover expenses (713 ) 7,860 972
Exploratory expenses 4,577 39,269 16,437
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 55,342 58,051 97,179
Accretion of asset retirement obligations 1,933 1,867 1,931
Impairment of oil and gas properties 78,711 645 261,208
Loss on settlement of asset retirement obligations 205 3,653
General and administrative expenses 11,053 13,772 15,905
Total operating costs and expenses 233,908 214,807 484,862
Loss on disposal of other property and equipment 148
Gain on sale of oil and gas properties (2,348 )
Operating loss (130,535 ) (136,992 ) (416,433 )
Other income (expense):
Currency transaction gain 5,241 15,674 2,520
Interest expense (27,656 ) (21,924 ) (17,986 )
Gain on fair value of derivative liability 36
Total other expense, net (22,379 ) (6,250 ) (15,466 )
Loss before income taxes (152,914 ) (143,242 ) (431,899 )
Income tax expense
Net loss before non-controlling interest (152,914 ) (143,242 ) (431,899 )
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest 1,022 841 962
Net loss attributable to Erin Energy Corporation $ (151,892 ) $ (142,401 ) $ (430,937 )
Net loss attributable to Erin Energy Corporation per common share:
Basic $ (0.71 ) $ (0.67 ) $ (2.04 )
Diluted $ (0.71 ) $ (0.67 ) $ (2.04 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:
Basic 213,713 212,318 211,616
Diluted 213,713 212,318 211,616
(In thousands, except for share and per share data)
As of December 31,
2017 2016
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 22,134 $ 7,177
Restricted cash 11,694 2,600
Accounts receivable – trade 6,676
Accounts receivable – partners 1,779 674
Accounts receivable – related party 2,926 1,956
Accounts receivable – other 67 29
Crude oil inventory 3,604 9,398
Prepaids and other current assets 2,452 872
Total current assets 51,332 22,706
Property, plant and equipment:
Oil and gas properties (successful efforts method of accounting), net 199,402 265,713
Other property, plant and equipment, net 359 716
Total property, plant and equipment, net 199,761 266,429
Other non-current assets
Other non-current assets 35 66
Other assets, net 35 66
Total assets $ 251,128 $ 289,201
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 277,404 $ 244,963
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities – related party 40,483 29,513
Accounts payable – partners 249

Short-term note payable – related party 200
Current portion of long-term debt, net 78,183 12,627
Derivative liability 1,799
Total current liabilities 398,318 287,103
Long-term notes payable – related party, net 129,830 129,796
Long-term debt, net 61,349 74,446
Asset retirement obligations 24,409 22,476
Total liabilities 613,906 513,821

Commitments and contingencies

Capital deficiency:
Preferred stock $0.001 par value – 50,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively

Common stock $0.001 par value – 416,666,667 shares authorized; 215,093,647 and 212,622,218 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively

215 213
Additional paid-in capital 807,473 792,972
Accumulated deficit (1,170,184 ) (1,018,292 )

Treasury stock at cost, 307,843 and 99,932 shares as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively

(945 ) (228 )
Total deficit – Erin Energy Corporation (363,441 ) (225,335 )
Non-controlling interests 663 715
Total capital deficiency (362,778 ) (224,620 )
Total liabilities and capital deficiency $ 251,128 $ 289,201
(In thousands)

Years Ended December 31,

2017 2016 2015
Cash flows from operating activities
Net loss, including non-controlling interest $ (152,914 ) $ (143,242 ) $ (431,899 )

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation, depletion and amortization 55,342 58,051 97,179
Impairment of oil and gas properties 78,711 645 261,208
Write-off of suspended exploratory well costs 33,031
Asset retirement obligation accretion 1,933 1,867 1,931
Amortization of debt issuance costs 4,496 3,615 2,766
Loss on settlement of asset retirement obligations 3,653
Unrealized currency transaction gain (2,536 ) (15,674 ) (2,520 )
Loss on disposal of other property and equipment 148
Gain on sale of oil and gas properties (2,348 )
Gain on fair value of derivative liability (36 )
Share-based compensation 1,932 2,941 5,027
Payments to settle asset retirement obligations (16,640 )
Settlement of accounts payable and accrued expenses (10,189 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
(Increase) decrease in accounts receivable (3,492 ) 630 (804 )
(Increase) decrease in crude oil inventory 2,093 (1,469 ) (2,502 )
(Increase) decrease in prepaids and other current assets (1,456 ) (187 ) 746
Increase in accounts payable and accrued liabilities 54,373 66,147 84,000
Net cash provided by operating activities 26,057 6,355 2,145
Cash flows from investing activities
Capital expenditures (61,015 ) (19,293 ) (84,039 )
Net cash used in investing activities (61,015 ) (19,293 ) (84,039 )
Cash flows from financing activities
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options and warrants 364 1,855
Payments for treasury stock arising from withholding taxes upon restricted stock vesting and exercise of stock options (717 ) (228 )
Proceeds from MCB Finance Facility 65,736
Repayments of MCB Finance Facility (141 )
Proceeds from JSC 2017 Note 11,687
Repayments of term loan facility (9,101 ) (5,968 ) (337 )
Proceeds from note payable – related party, net 6,829 61,815
Proceeds from short-term note payable 504
Proceeds from short-term notes payable – related party 200
Repayment of short-term note payable (449 )
Debt issuance costs (8,655 ) (1,040 )
Funds released from restricted cash, net 6,061
Funds restricted for debt service (9,094 )
Funding from non-controlling interest 553
Net cash provided by financing activities 49,915 6,073 63,886
Effect of exchange rate on cash and cash equivalents 5,679 1,228
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 14,957 (1,186 ) (16,780 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 7,177 8,363 25,143
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 22,134 $ 7,177 $ 8,363
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information
Cash paid for:
Interest, net of amounts capitalized $ 11,022 $ 10,407 $ 11,114
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:
Issuance of common shares for settlement of liabilities $ 3,527 $ $ 125
Discount on notes payable pursuant to issuance of warrants $ 10,785 $ 53 $ 4,911
Reduction in oil and gas properties arising from settlement of accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 11,478 $ 10,048 $

Reduction in accounts payable from settlement of Northern Offshore contingency

$ $ $ 24,307
Receivable from non-controlling interest $ $ $ 552
Shares issued for services $ 93 $ $
Change in asset retirement obligation estimate $ $ $ (4,284 )


Erin Energy Corporation
Lionel McBee, +1 713-797-2960
Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
[email protected]

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