Press Releases

Nov 07, 2008
Rex Energy Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Nov 7, 2008 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Rex Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:REXX) announced today results for the third quarter of 2008.

On September 3, 2008, the company announced its plans to divest its operations in the Southwestern Region, which are located predominately in the Permian Basin. Pursuant to accounting rules for discontinued operations, Rex Energy Corporation has classified all 2008 and prior period amounts related to its operations in the Southwestern Region as discontinued operations. Tables are presented below that reconcile the reported GAAP amounts to the amounts that would have been reported if Southwestern Region operations were included in continuing operations.

Highlights for the third quarter of 2008 include:
  • Production volumes in the third quarter 2008 increased to 238,564 BOE, up 6.8% from the same period in 2007;
  • Revenues for the third quarter 2008 increased to $18.7 million, up 40.7% from the same period in 2007; and
  • On August 21, 2008, the company completed the sale of approximately 79,000 net undeveloped acres in Indiana and certain related non- producing wells for approximately $8.4 million; and
  • As of September 30, 2008, the company continued to maintain a debt free balance sheet with cash on hand of approximately $25.6 million, with a borrowing base on its line of credit of $90 million.

Third Quarter 2008

Production in the third quarter of 2008 totaled 238,564 BOE, of which approximately 82.5% was attributable to oil. Production volumes increased approximately 6.8% from the same period in 2007. The company's Illinois Basin operations contributed 82.5% to third quarter production, while the company's Appalachian Basin operations contributed 17.5%.

Operating revenues for the third quarter of 2008 were $18.7 million, representing a 40.7% increase from revenues of $13.3 million in the third quarter of 2007.

The average realized oil price in the third quarter 2008, before the effect of derivatives, was $115.32 per barrel ("Bbl"), up 62.9% from $70.79 per Bbl in the third quarter of 2007. The company's average realized natural gas price in the third quarter of 2008, before the effects of derivatives, was $10.30 per thousand cubic feet ("Mcf") of natural gas, an increase of 59.7% from $6.45 per Mcf of natural gas in the third quarter of 2007.

Total operating expenses for the third quarter 2008 were $17.2 million, up from $12.2 million in the third quarter of 2007. Production and lease operating expense was $7.6 million for the third quarter of 2008, up from $5.3 million for the same period in 2007. General and administrative expenses were $3.8 million in the third quarter of 2008, up from $1.6 million in the third quarter of 2007. Non-cash compensation expenses accounted for approximately $464,000 of the total general and administrative expenses in the third quarter of 2008. The company did not incur any non-cash compensation expense in the third quarter of 2007.

The company incurred approximately $1.1 million in exploration expenses during the third quarter of 2008 primarily due to expenses associated with reservoir characterization and geologic modeling. The company did not incur any exploration expense for the third quarter of 2007. Depreciation, depletion, amortization, and accretion ("DD&A") expenses were $4.4 million in the third quarter of 2008, down from $5.2 million for the third quarter of 2007.

The company reported net income from continuing operations before minority interests and income taxes of $61.7 million in the third quarter of 2008 as compared to a net loss of $2.1 million for the same period in 2007, an increase of approximately $63.8 million. The increase was primarily due to the company's unrealized gains on derivatives. These non-cash gains are associated with the mark-to-market adjustments on the company's outstanding derivatives which grew predominantly as a result of the significant decrease in oil and natural gas prices this quarter. The unrealized gain on oil and gas derivatives was partially offset by a provision for income tax expense amounting to $25 million.

Net income comparable to analyst estimates, a non-GAAP financial measure of net income which excludes deferred tax expenses and benefits, dry hole and impairment expenses, gains or losses on the sale of assets, unrealized gains or losses from financial derivatives and non-cash compensation expenses, was $1.7 million, or $0.05 per basic share, down from $2.0 million for the third quarter of 2007. (See the accompanying table reconciling this non-GAAP financial measure.)

EBITDAX, a non-GAAP financial measure, was $7.7 million for the third quarter of 2008. This represented an increase of 18.1% from the third quarter of 2007 (See the accompanying table reconciling this non-GAAP financial measure). Cash flows from operations for the three months ended September 30, 2008 grew approximately 33.1% to $10.0 million in the third quarter of 2008, up from $7.5 million in the third quarter of 2007.

Capital expenditures for drilling & development in the third quarter 2008 were approximately $18.9 million, which funded the drilling of 24 gross (24 net) wells and related improvements to infrastructure. Of the wells drilled, 14 gross (14 net) wells were completed and are producing and 10 gross (10 net) wells are expected to be productive, but are awaiting completion. Additionally, $6.7 million was invested in acquisitions, leasing, leasehold improvements, and technology equipment during the third quarter of 2008.

Operations Update

During the third quarter of 2008, the company drilled or participated in six gross (six net) conventional natural gas wells in the Appalachian Basin, four gross (four net) wells are producing, and two gross (two net) wells are expected to be completed and put into production during the third quarter of 2008.

The company has drilled three vertical test wells in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, two of which were fractured stimulated during October and are currently flowing back and undergoing initial testing. The third is expected to be fracture stimulated during November. The company anticipates drilling an additional two vertical test wells in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania during the fourth quarter of 2008, and participating for 50% with its partner in two vertical wells in Butler County, Pennsylvania.

In the Illinois Basin, the company drilled or recompleted approximately 16 gross (16 net) oil wells during the third quarter of 2008, 10 gross (10 net) wells are producing, and six gross (six net) wells are expected to be completed and put into production during the third quarter of 2008.

Chemical injection continues into the company's two ASP Flood pilots in the Lawrence Field in Illinois. The oil cut is continuing to slowly rise in both pilot areas. The Bridgeport pilot reached an aggregate oil cut level of up to 6% and the Cypress pilot reached an aggregate oil cut level of up to 5% during the third quarter. Additionally, each pilot area had individual wells whose oil cut exceeded 10% during the quarter. Oil cuts for both pilots at the time ASP injection was initiated were less than 1%. Although it still remains premature to estimate ultimate response or ultimate recoveries in either of the company's ASP pilots, the company continues to be encouraged by the response in both the Bridgeport and Cypress pilots.

Management Comments

Benjamin W. Hulburt, Rex Energy's President and CEO, commented, "I continue to be encouraged by our progress on each of our major initiatives despite the current economic conditions, and feel we are well positioned both financially and operationally to successfully implement our business plan. Our ASP project continues to progress and show encouraging initial results. Our Marcellus Shale projects are transitioning from a leasing phase to an accelerated drilling phase. I continue to believe strongly that we will be successful in divesting our Southwestern Region assets during the fourth quarter, which will enable us to narrow our focus to our two largest upside opportunities. Our balance sheet remains conservative with no debt as of September 30, 2008, and our line of credit with an initial borrowing base of $90 million remains intact. Looking forward into 2009, our current oil and gas hedging position will provide us with a floor price on approximately 66% of our current natural gas production of approximately $7.00 per mcf, and a floor price on approximately 77% of our current oil production of approximately $64.00 per barrel."

Production & Capital Expenditure Guidance

On November 6, 2008, the Board of Directors approved a capital budget for 2009 of $115 million. The company's 2009 capital budget is allocated 49% towards its Marcellus Shale projects, 38% towards its Lawrence Field ASP project, and approximately 13% towards its developmental drilling projects in the Illinois Basin. During the year, the company's two major objectives are to operate one rig drilling horizontally in the Marcellus Shale throughout the year, and to commence chemical injection in the company's first operational unit in the Lawrence Field ASP project.

The company is revising its previously issued guidance for production in the fourth quarter of 2008 to account for the discontinued operations in the Southwest Region and providing the following update to its forecasts for capital expenditures, production and production exit rates for the first quarter of 2009, based upon the information available at the time of this release. Please see the forward-looking cautionary statement at the end of this release for more discussion of the inherent limitations of this information.

                                         Fourth Quarter Ending
                                           December 31, 2008
                                           -----------------
 Production:
   Oil (Mbl)                               184 - 205
   Gas (MMcf)                              250 - 278
   Oil Equivalent (MBOE)                   226 - 251
   Avg. Daily Production
    of Oil Equivalent (MBOE)               2,457 - 2,728
   Capex Budget (in millions)              $50 - $60


                                           First Quarter Ending
                                           March 31, 2009
                                           --------------
 Production:
   Oil (Mbl)                               169 - 192
   Gas (MMcf)                              272 - 309
   Oil Equivalent (MBOE)                   214 - 243
   Avg. Daily Production of
    Oil Equivalent (MBOE)                  2,380 - 2,704
   Capex Budget (in millions)              $20 - $30


WEBCAST INFORMATION

A conference call to discuss the third quarter and year-end results is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time ("EST") on November 7, 2008. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and a replay will be accessible on the investor relations page of the company's website: www.rexenergy.com. A taped replay of the conference call will be accessible by dialing 888-286-8010 (toll free) or (International) 617-801-6888 and entering passcode 57936909, from 12:30 p.m. EST November 7, 2008, until 11:59 p.m. EST November 14, 2008.

ABOUT REX ENERGY CORPORATION

Rex Energy is an independent oil and gas company operating in the Illinois Basin, the Appalachian Basin and the Southwestern Region of the United States. The company has pursued a balanced growth strategy of exploiting its sizable inventory of lower-risk developmental drilling locations, pursuing its higher-potential exploration drilling and enhanced oil recovery projects and actively seeking to acquire complementary oil and natural gas properties.

The Rex Energy logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=5489

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Except for historical information, statements made in this release, including those relating to significant potential, future earnings, cash flow, capital expenditures, production growth and planned number of wells, are 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. These statements are based on assumptions and estimates that management believes are reasonable based on currently available information; however, management's assumptions and the company's future performance are subject to a wide range of business risks and uncertainties, and there is no assurance that these goals and projections can or will be met. Any number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the volatility of oil and gas prices, the costs and results of drilling and operations, the timing of production, mechanical and other inherent risks associated with oil and gas production, weather, the availability of drilling equipment, changes in interest rates, litigation, uncertainties about reserve estimates, environmental risks and the occurrence of any unanticipated acquisition opportunities. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. Further information on risks and uncertainties is available in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are incorporated by reference.

The company's internal estimates of reserves may be subject to revision and may be different from estimates by the company's external reservoir engineers at year end. Although the company believes the expectations and forecasts reflected in these and other forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance they will prove to have been correct. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties.

                        REX ENERGY CORPORATION
                    CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                         ($ in thousands)


                                              September     December
                                               30, 2008     31, 2007
                                             (unaudited)    (audited)
                                              ---------    ----------
   ASSETS
 Current Assets
   Cash and Cash Equivalents                  $  25,666    $    1,085
   Accounts Receivable                            9,795         8,805
   Short-Term Derivative Instruments                 43            20
   Deferred Taxes                                 7,300         4,700
   Inventory, Prepaid Expenses and Other          1,683         1,388
                                              ---------    ----------
     Total Current Assets                        44,487        15,998
 Property and Equipment (Successful
  Efforts Method)
   Evaluated Oil and Gas Properties             200,800       171,095
   Unevaluated Oil and Gas Properties            62,819        31,834
   Other Property and Equipment                  18,595         4,397
   Wells and Facilities in Progress              20,380        10,457
   Pipelines                                      1,824         2,193
                                              ---------    ----------

     Total Property and Equipment               304,418       219,976
   Less: Accumulated Depreciation, Depletion
    and Amortization                            (41,432)      (28,805)
                                              ---------    ----------
     Net Property and Equipment                 262,986       191,171
   Assets Held for Sale                          27,464        26,361
   Intangible Assets and Other Assets - Net       1,779         2,034
   Long-Term Derivative Instruments               2,119            --
   Goodwill                                      32,700        32,700
                                              ---------    ----------
 Total Assets                                 $ 371,535    $  268,264
                                              ---------    ----------
   LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 Current Liabilities
   Accounts Payable                           $  10,150    $    7,152
   Accrued Expenses                               5,691         2,662
   Short-Term Derivative Instruments             19,408        10,893
   Current Portion of Long-Term Debt                 --            29
                                              ---------    ----------
     Total Current Liabilities                   35,249        20,736
   Senior Secured Line of Credit and
    Long-Term Debt                                   --        27,207
   Long-Term Derivative Instruments              24,375        18,843
   Deferred Taxes                                27,220        30,300
   Other Deposits and Liabilities                 7,275           345
   Liabilities Related to Assets Held for Sale    1,148         1,099
   Future Abandonment Cost                        5,648         5,297
                                              ---------    ----------
 Total Liabilities                            $ 100,915    $  103,827
 Commitments and Contingencies (See Notes)
 Owners' Equity
   Common Stock, $.001 par value per share,
    100,000,000 shares authorized and
    36,569,712 shares issued and outstanding
    on September 30, 2008 and 30,794,712
    shares issued and outstanding on
    December 31, 2007.                               37            31
   Additional Paid-In Capital                   289,602       175,170
   Retained Deficit                             (19,019)      (10,640)
   Other Comprehensive Loss                          --          (124)
                                              ---------    ----------
     Total Owners' Equity                       270,620       164,437
                                              ---------    ----------
 Total Liabilities and Owners' Equity         $ 371,535    $  268,264
                                              =========    ==========


                            REX ENERGY CORPORATION
              CONSOLIDATED AND COMBINED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
        (Unaudited, $ and Shares in Thousands Except per Share Data)


                                                          Rex Energy
                              Rex Energy                 Corporation
                              Corporation                Consolidated
                   Rex       Consolidated      Rex            and
                  Energy     and Combined     Energy       Combined
               Corporation    Predecessor  Corporation    Predecessor
               Consolidated    Companies   Consolidated    Companies

               For the Three Months Ended   For the Nine Months Ended
                     September 30,               September 30,
                   2008          2007          2008          2007
               ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
 OPERATING
  REVENUE
  Oil and
   Natural Gas
   Sales       $     25,275  $     14,831  $     70,765  $     39,412
  Other Revenue          29            26            93            77
  Realized Loss
   on
   Derivatives       (6,640)       (1,593)      (17,704)       (1,975)
               ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
   TOTAL
    OPERATING
    REVENUE          18,664        13,264        53,154        37,514

 OPERATING
  EXPENSES
  Production
   and Lease
   Operating
   Expenses           7,637         5,315        20,416        16,920
  General and
   Administra-
   tive Expense       3,759         1,556        10,882         4,847
  Accretion
   Expense on
   Asset
   Retirement
   Obligation           285           125           561           343
  Exploration
   Expense of
   Oil and Gas
   Properties         1,113            --         2,395            --
  Depreciation,
   Depletion,
   and
   Amortization       4,425         5,160        13,800        11,909
               ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
   TOTAL
    OPERATING
    EXPENSES         17,219        12,156        48,054        34,019

   INCOME FROM
    OPERATIONS        1,445         1,108         5,100         3,495

 OTHER INCOME
  (EXPENSE)
  Interest
   Income               137             2           320             3
  Interest
   Expense             (291)         (935)       (1,026)       (5,285)
  Gain (Loss)
   on Disposal
   of Assets         (6,274)            3        (6,426)           22
  Unrealized
   Gain (Loss)
   on
   Derivatives       66,744        (2,361)      (12,112)       (9,095)
  Other Income
   (Expense)            (79)           88           (61)          (21)
               ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
   TOTAL OTHER
    INCOME
    (EXPENSE)        60,237        (3,203)      (19,305)      (14,376)

 INCOME (LOSS)
  FROM
  CONTINUING
  OPERATIONS
  BEFORE             61,682        (2,095)      (14,205)      (10,881)
 MINORITY
  INTEREST AND
  INCOME TAXES

 MINORITY
  INTEREST
  SHARE OF NET
  LOSS                   --           878            --         6,152
               ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------

 INCOME (LOSS)
  FROM
  CONTINUING
  OPERATIONS
  BEFORE
  INCOME TAX          61,682       (1,217)      (14,205)       (4,729)

   Income Tax
    Benefit
    (Expense)       (24,899)          143         5,789           143
               ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
 INCOME (LOSS)
  FROM
  CONTINUING
  OPERATIONS         36,783        (1,074)       (8,416)       (4,586)
               ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
 Income (Loss)
  From
  Discontinued
  Operations,
  Net of Income
  Taxes                 (28)          264            37        (1,054)
               ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
 NET INCOME
  (LOSS)       $     36,755  $       (810) $     (8,379) $     (5,640)
               ============  ============  ============  ============

 Earnings per
  common share:
  Basic -
   income
  (loss) from
  continuing
  operations   $       1.01  $      (0.03) $      (0.25) $      (0.15)
  Basic -
   income
   (loss) from
   discontinued
   operations          0.00          0.01          0.00         (0.03)
               ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
  Basic - net
   income
   (loss)      $       1.01  $      (0.02) $      (0.25) $      (0.18)
               ============  ============  ============  ============
  Basic -
   Weighted
   average
   shares of
   common stock
   outstanding       36,570        30,795        33,914        30,795

  Diluted -
   income
   (loss) from
   continuing
   operations  $       1.00  $      (0.03) $      (0.25) $      (0.15)

  Diluted -
   income
   (loss) from
   discontinued
   operations          0.00          0.01          0.00         (0.03)
               ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
  Diluted -
   net income
   (loss)      $       1.00  $      (0.02) $      (0.25) $      (0.18)
               ============  ============  ============  ============
  Diluted -
   Weighted
   average
   shares of
   common stock
   outstanding       36,784        30,795        33,914        30,795


                    CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
                                 (Unaudited)

                               For the Three        For the Nine
                                Months Ended        Months Ended
                                September 30,       September 30,
                             ------------------  ------------------
                               2008      2007      2008      2007
                             --------  --------  --------  --------
 Production:
  Oil (Bbls)                  196,780   192,686   574,690   573,421
  Natural gas (Mcf)           250,704   184,702   764,293   557,455
                             --------  --------  --------  --------
   Total (BOE)a               238,564   223,470   702,072   666,330

 Average daily production:
  Oil (Bbls)                    2,139     2,094     2,097     2,100
  Natural gas (Mcf)             2,725     2,008     2,789     2,042
                             --------  --------  --------  --------
   Total (BOE)(a)               2,593     2,429     2,562     2,441

 Average sales prices:
  Oil (per Bbl)              $ 115.32  $  70.79  $ 109.65  $  61.73
  Natural gas (per Mcf)      $  10.30  $   6.45  $  10.14  $   7.20
   Total (per BOE)(a)        $ 105.95  $  66.51  $ 100.79  $  59.15

 Average NYMEX prices(b)
  Oil (per Bbl)              $ 118.52  $  75.38  $ 113.48  $  66.19
  Natural gas (per Mcf)      $   9.00  $   6.03  $   9.73  $   6.78


 (a) Natural gas is converted at the rate of six Mcf to one BOE and
     oil is converted at a rate of one Bbl to one BOE

 (b) Based upon the average of bid week prompt month prices

                            Production and Revenue by Basin
                   --------------------------------------------------
                    For Three Months Ended     For Nine Months Ended
                         September 30,             September 30,
                   ------------------------  ------------------------
                       2008         2007         2008         2007
                   -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

 Appalachian
  Revenues -
   Natural Gas     $ 2,582,720  $ 1,191,948  $ 7,747,630  $ 4,014,531
  Volumes (MCF)        250,704      184,702      764,293      557,455
  Average Price    $     10.30  $      6.45  $     10.14  $      7.20

 Illinois
  Revenues - Oil   $22,692,083  $13,639,380  $63,016,941  $35,397,245
  Volumes (BBL)        196,780      192,686      574,690      573,421
  Average Price    $    115.32  $     70.79  $    109.65  $     61.73


                          REX ENERGY CORPORATION
                         OIL AND GAS DERIVATIVES
                  (Unaudited, As of September 30, 2008)

                                                       Average
  Period         Contract Type        Volume       Derivative Price
 --------        -------------    --------------   ----------------
 Oil
 ---
 2008               Swaps           51,000 Bbls       $ 65.58
 2008              Collars         105,000 Bbls    $ 65.46 - 84.00
 2009               Swaps          192,000 Bbls       $ 64.00
 2009              Collars         410,000 Bbls    $ 64.16 - 73.73
 2010               Swaps          180,000 Bbls       $ 62.20
 2010              Collars         408,000 Bbls    $ 62.94 - 86.85
 2011              Collars         444,000 Bbls    $81.08 - 157.41
                                  --------------
                    Total         1,790,000 Bbls
 Natural
 -------
 2008              Collars         240,000 Mcf      $ 7.00 - 9.26
 2009              Collars         840,000 Mcf      $ 7.14 - 9.29
 2010              Collars         840,000 Mcf      $7.79 - 11.11
 2011              Collars         720,000 Mcf      $8.00 - 14.75
                                  --------------
                    Total         2,640,000 Mcf


Non-GAAP Financial Measures 

EBITDAX 


"EBITDAX" means, for any period, the sum of net income for such period plus the following expenses, charges or income to the extent deducted from or added to net income in such period: interest, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization, unrealized losses from financial derivatives, exploration expenses and other similar non-cash charges, minus all non-cash income, including but not limited to, income from unrealized financial derivatives, added to net income. EBITDAX, as defined above, is used as a financial measure by the company's management team and by other users of its financial statements, such as the company's commercial bank lenders, to analyze such things as:
  • The company's operating performance and return on capital in comparison to those of other companies in its industry, without regard to financial or capital structure;
  • The financial performance of the company's assets and valuation of the entity, without regard to financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis;
  • The company's ability to generate cash sufficient to pay interest costs, support its indebtedness and make cash distributions to its stockholders; and
  • The viability of acquisitions and capital expenditure projects and the overall rates of return on alternative investment opportunities.


EBITDAX is not a calculation based on GAAP financial measures and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) in measuring the company's performance, nor used as an exclusive measure of cash flow, because it does not consider the impact of working capital growth, capital expenditures, debt principal reductions, and other sources and uses of cash, which are disclosed in the company's statements of cash flows.

The company has reported EBITDAX because it is a financial measure used by its existing commercial lenders, and because this measure is commonly reported and widely used by investors as an indicator of a company's operating performance and ability to incur and service debt. You should carefully consider the specific items included in the company's computations of EBITDAX. While the company has disclosed its EBITDAX to permit a more complete comparative analysis of its operating performance and debt servicing ability relative to other companies, you are cautioned that EBITDAX as reported by the company may not be comparable in all instances to EBITDAX as reported by other companies. EBITDAX amounts may not be fully available for management's discretionary use, due to requirements to conserve funds for capital expenditures, debt service and other commitments.

The company believes that EBITDAX assists its lenders and investors in comparing a company's performance on a consistent basis without regard to certain expenses, which can vary significantly depending upon accounting methods. Because the company may borrow money to finance its operations, interest expense is a necessary element of its costs and its ability to generate cash available for distribution. Because the company uses capital assets, depreciation and amortization are also necessary elements of its costs. Additionally, the company is required to pay federal and state taxes, which are necessary elements of its costs. Therefore, any measures that exclude these elements have material limitations.

To compensate for these limitations, the company believes it is important to consider both net income determined under GAAP and EBITDAX to evaluate its performance.

The following table presents a reconciliation of the company's net income to its EBITDAX for each of the periods presented ($ in thousands):

                              Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
                                September 30,       September 30,
                             ------------------  ------------------
                               2008      2007      2008      2007
                             --------  --------  --------  --------
 Net Income (Loss) From
  Continuing Operations      $ 36,783  $ (1,074) $ (8,416) $ (4,586)
  Add Back Depletion,
   Depreciation &
   Amortization                 4,425     5,160    13,800    11,909
  Add Back Accretion
   Expense on Future
   Abandonment Obligations        285       125       561       343
  Add Back Non-Cash
   Compensation Expense           464        --     1,567        --
  Add Back Interest
   Expense                        291       935     1,026     5,285
  Add Back Exploration &
   Impairment Expenses          1,113        --     2,395        --
  Less Interest Income           (137)       (2)     (320)       (3)
  Add Back (Gain) Losses
   on Disposal of Assets        6,274        (3)    6,426       (22)
  Add Back Unrealized
   (Gains) Losses from
   Financial Derivatives      (66,744)    2,361    12,112     9,095
  Add Back Minority
   Interest Share of Net
   (Loss)                          --      (878)       --    (6,152)
  Less Income Tax
   (Benefit)                   24,899      (143)   (5,789)     (143)
                             --------  --------  --------  --------
 EBITDAX From Continuing
  Operations                 $  7,653  $  6,481  $ 23,362  $ 15,726
  Add EBITDAX From
   Discontinued Operations      1,208     1,032     3,898     2,185
                             --------  --------  --------  --------
 EBITDAX                     $  8,861  $  7,513  $ 27,260  $ 17,911


EARNINGS COMPARABLE WITH ANALYST ESTIMATES

"EARNINGS COMPARABLE WITH ANALYST ESTIMATES" means, for any period, the sum of net income for such period plus the following expenses, charges or income to the extent deducted from or added to net income in such period: minority interest share of net income which were acquired as part of the company's reorganization on July 31, 2007, deferred income taxes, unrealized gains or losses from financial derivatives, minus gains from unrealized financial derivatives, minus deferred income tax benefits, added to net income. Earnings Comparable with Analyst Estimates, as defined above, is used as a financial measure by the company's management team and by other users of its financial statements, to analyze its financial performance without regard to minority interests which were all acquired as part of the company's reorganization on July 31, 2007, non-cash deferred taxes and non-cash unrealized losses or gains from oil and gas derivatives. Earnings Comparable with Analysts Estimates is not a calculation based on GAAP financial measures and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) in measuring the company's performance.

The company has reported Earnings Comparable with Analyst Estimates because it believes that this measure is commonly reported and widely used by investors as an indicator of a company's operating performance. You should carefully consider the specific items included in the company's computations of this measure. You are cautioned that Earnings Comparable with Analyst Estimates as reported by the company may not be comparable in all instances to that reported by other companies.

To compensate for these limitations, the company believes it is important to consider both net income determined under GAAP and Earnings Comparable with Analyst Estimates.

The following table presents a reconciliation of the company's net income to its Earnings Comparable with Analyst Estimates for each of the periods presented ($ in thousands):

                                Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended
                                  September 30,       September 30,
                                 2008      2007      2008      2007
                              ---------------------------------------
 Net Income (Loss)            $ 36,783  $ (1,074) $ (8,416) $ (4,586)
 Adjustment for certain
  non-cash items
  Minority Interest
   Share of Net Income
   (Loss)                           --       878        --     6,152
  Unrealized (Gain) Loss
   on Derivatives              (66,744)    2,361    12,112     9,095
  Exploration and
   Impairment Expense               --        --        --        --
  Non-cash Compensation
   Expense                         464        --     1,600        --
  (Gain) Loss on Sale or
    Disposal of Assets           6,274        (3)    6,426       (22)
  Deferred income tax
   asset                        24,899      (143)   (5,789)     (143)
                              ---------------------------------------

 Net Income (Loss)
  Before Income Taxes
  Comparable to Analysts
  Estimates, a
  non-GAAP measure            $  1,676  $  2,019  $  5,933  $ 10,496


DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

On September 3, 2008, the company announced its plans to divest its operations in the Southwestern Region, which are located predominately in the Permian Basin. Pursuant to accounting rules for discontinued operations, the company has classified all 2008 and prior period amounts related to its operations in the Southwestern Region as discontinued operations.

As of September 30, 2008, the company has not recorded any gain or loss associated with these planned sales. Summarized financial information for discontinued operations is set forth below ($ in thousands):

                               Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended
                                  September 30,      September 30,
                               ------------------  ------------------
                                 2008      2007      2008      2007
                               --------  ------------------  --------
 Revenues:
  Oil and Gas Sales            $  1,934  $  1,760  $  6,041  $  3,869
  Other Revenue                     112       104       304       266
                               --------  --------  --------  --------
   Total Operating Revenue        2,046     1,864     6,345     4,135
                               --------  --------  --------  --------
 Costs and Expenses:
  Production and Lease
   Operating Expense                631       594     1,769     1,413
  General and Administrative
   Expense                          207       235       680       558
  Accretion Expense on Asset
   Retirement Obligation              4        29        81        65
  Exploration Expense of Oil
   and Gas Properties             1,074        --     2,195     1,704
  Depreciation, Depletion and
   Amortization                     177       640     1,519     1,545
  (Gain) Loss on Sale of Oil
   and Gas Properties                --        --        41      (173)
  Other (Income) Expense             --         3        (2)      (21)
                               --------  --------  --------  --------
   Total Costs and Expenses       2,093     1,501     6,283     5,091
                               --------  --------  --------  --------

 Income (Loss) from
  Discontinued Operations
  Before Income Taxes               (47)      363        62      (956)

   Income Tax Expense (Benefit)     (19)       98        25        98
                               --------  --------  --------  --------

 Income (Loss) From
  Discontinued Operations, net
  of taxes                     $    (28) $    265  $     37  $ (1,054)
                               ========  ========  ========  ========

 Production:
  Crude Oil (bbls)               11,085    15,395    34,452    33,256
  Natural Gas (mcf)              80,379   114,973   259,835   288,790
                               --------  --------  --------  --------
   Total (BOE)                   24,482    34,557    77,758    81,388


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SOURCE: Rex Energy Corporation

Rex Energy Corporation 
Joe DeSimone
814-278-7129