TULSA, Okla., Nov. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Apco Oil and Gas International Inc. (NASDAQ: APAGF) today announced that for the three and nine-month periods ended Sept. 30, 2011, it generated unaudited net income attributable to Apco of $7.3 million and $23.1 million, or $0.25 and $0.79 cents per share, compared with net income of $6.6 million and $17.7 million for the same periods in 2010.
Net income increased quarter-to-quarter as the combination of higher revenues and greater equity income was partially offset by higher costs and operating expenses.
The increase in net income for the year-to-date period is primarily the result of higher average oil sales prices, greater equity income from Argentine investment and lower exploration expense. These favorable benefits were partially offset by higher non-exploration costs and operating expenses compared with the first nine months of 2010.
Higher average sales prices resulted in favorable impacts on revenues of $3.6 million for the third quarter and $9.1 million for the year-to-date period. Total sales volumes applicable to Apco's consolidated interest on a barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) basis were unchanged for the quarter and one percent higher for the first nine months of 2011.
Total costs and operating expenses for the quarter increased by $5.4 million primarily from higher production and lifting costs, depreciation, depletion and amortization expense and higher taxes other than income.
For the year-to-date period, the combination of higher production and lifting costs, taxes other than income and greater depreciation, depletion and amortization expense was partially offset by lower exploration expenses. The decrease in exploration expense reflects lower exploration activity including the absence of significant seismic acquisition investments made in Colombia during the first half of 2010.
The benefits of higher average sales prices also led to greater equity income from Argentine investment for the third quarter and first nine months of 2011 compared with the same periods of 2010.
2011 Capital Program
Capital expenditures during the first nine months of 2011 were $26 million. The major component of Apco's capital program for the period was development and exploration drilling in its Neuquen basin properties including its newest property – the Coiron Amargo exploration permit – where Apco completed its drilling commitments to earn a 45 percent interest in the third quarter.
Third-quarter exploration activity in the Neuquen basin properties included a deep exploration well in the Entre Lomas concession targeting natural gas in the Molles formation and other secondary objectives, two exploration wells in the western portion of our Bajada del Palo concession known as "Aguada del Poncho" and a well-deepening in the Bajada del Palo concession targeting natural gas in the Lotena formation.
One of the Aguada del Poncho wells discovered oil in the Quintuco formation and was successfully completed and put on production in the fourth quarter. The remaining exploration wells are scheduled to be tested in the fourth quarter. Apco has also tested natural gas in the Lotena formation in development wells that have been placed on production from the Tordillo formation.
"We are pleased with our exploration activities to date in the Neuquen basin. In our Coiron Amargo permit – after drilling four successful exploration wells since late 2010 – we hope to complete our collaboration with the province in November to determine how much of the area will be converted to an exploitation concession and how much acreage, if any, will have to be relinquished," said Thomas Bueno, Apco's president and chief operating officer.
"Once those efforts are complete, we anticipate conducting further exploration activities targeting both the Tordillo and Vaca Muerta formations before year-end, and will prepare to commence development activities in early 2012," Bueno added.
Coiron Amargo is located in the Neuquen basin adjacent to Apco's core properties of Entre Lomas, Bajada del Palo, Charco del Palenque and Agua Amarga. The southern portion of the permit is situated in the deepest portion of the basin near the Loma de la Lata concession.
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About Apco Oil and Gas International Inc. (NASDAQ: APAGF)
Apco Oil and Gas International Inc. is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with interests in eight oil and gas concessions and two exploration permits in Argentina, and three exploration and production contracts in Colombia. More information is available at www.apcooilandgas.com. Go to http://www.b2i.us/irpass.asp?BzID=1671&to=ea&s=0 to join our e-mail list.
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- Availability of supplies (including the uncertainties inherent in assessing, estimating, acquiring and developing future oil and natural gas reserves), market demand, volatility of prices, and the availability and cost of capital;
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- The strength and financial resources of our competitors;
- Development of alternative energy sources;
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- Acts of terrorism; and
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In addition to causing our actual results to differ, the factors listed above may cause our intentions to change from those statements of intention set forth in this announcement. Such changes in our intentions may also cause our results to differ. We may change our intentions, at any time and without notice, based upon changes in such factors, our assumptions, or otherwise.
Investors are urged to closely consider the disclosures and risk factors in our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on Mar. 10, 2011, and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q available from our offices or from our website at www.apcooilandgas.com.
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