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Aug 06, 2008
Rex Energy Reports Record Second Quarter and First Half 2008 Results
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 6, 2008--Rex Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:REXX) today announced results for the second quarter and first half of 2008. Highlights include:
  • Production volumes for the first half of 2008 increased to 516,784 barrels of oil equivalent "BOE", up 5.5% from the same period in 2007;
  • Revenues for the first half of 2008 increased to $38.8 million, up 46.3% from the same period in 2007;
  • EBITDAX(1) for the first half of 2008 increased to $18.2 million, up 71.9% from the same period in 2007;
  • Production volumes in the second quarter 2008 increased to 259,413 BOE, up 7.9% from the same period in 2007;
  • Revenues in the second quarter 2008 increased to $20.4 million, up 52.1% from the same period in 2007;


EBITDAX(1) in the second quarter 2008 increased to $9.5 million, up 76.5% from the same period in 2007. (1) EBITDAX is a non-GAAP measure. We reported a net loss of $38.0 million in the second quarter of 2008 compared with a net loss of $2.6 million in the second quarter of 2007. The loss was significantly impacted by our unrealized, or non-cash, losses on oil and gas derivatives due predominately to the significant increases in oil prices during the first half of 2008. A reconciliation of net loss to EBITDAX can be found in the accompanying tables at the end of this report.

Second Quarter 2008

Production in the second quarter of 2008 totaled 259,413 BOE, of which approximately 77.1% was attributable to oil. Production volumes increased approximately 7.9% from the same period in 2007. The Company's Illinois Basin operations contributed 73.1% to second quarter production, while the Company's Appalachian Basin operations contributed 17.3% and the Company's southwestern region supplied 9.6% to second quarter production. Production in the second quarter of 2008 continued to be adversely affected by flooding in certain areas of the Illinois Basin. As a result of this flooding, net oil production was affected by approximately 7,500 barrels. Most of the Company's oil properties are now back in production and operating normally. This temporary shut-in of production during the second quarter of 2008 did not impact our ASP project activity in the Lawrence Field; however, it has caused delays in our conventional drilling programs in the basin which is expected to adversely affect our anticipated oil production in the third quarter of 2008.

Operating revenues for the second quarter of 2008 were $20.4 million, representing a 52.1% increase from revenues of $13.4 million in the second quarter of 2007.

The average realized oil price in the second quarter 2008, before the effect of derivatives, was $120.48 per barrel ("Bbl"), up 98.5% from $60.70 per Bbl in the second quarter of 2007. The company's average realized natural gas price in the second quarter of 2008, before the effects of derivatives, was $10.96 per thousand cubic feet ("Mcf") of natural gas, an increase of 45.9% from $7.51 per Mcf of natural gas in the second quarter of 2007.

Total operating expenses for the second quarter 2008 were $17.9 million, up from $12.9 million in the second quarter of 2007. Production and lease operating expenses were $7.2 million for the second quarter of 2008, up from $6.3 million for the same period in 2007. General and administrative expenses were $4.1 million in the second quarter of 2008, up from $1.6 million in the second quarter of 2007. Non-cash compensation expenses accounted for approximately $736,000 of the total general and administrative expenses in the second quarter of 2008. We did not incur any non-cash compensation expense in the second quarter of 2007 which was prior to our reorganization and initial public offering.

We incurred approximately $969,000 in exploration expenses during the second quarter of 2008 primarily due to seismic expenses and expenses related to geological mapping, compared to $1.1 million for the second quarter of 2007. Depreciation, depletion, amortization, and accretion ("DD&A") expenses were $5.6 million in the second quarter of 2008, up from $3.8 million for the second quarter of 2007.

We reported a net loss of $38.0 million in the second quarter of 2008 compared with a net loss of $2.6 million in the second quarter of 2007. The loss was significantly impacted by our unrealized losses on oil and gas derivatives of $65.9 million. These non-cash losses are associated with the mark-to-market adjustments on our outstanding derivatives which grew predominantly as a result of the significant increases in oil prices this quarter. The unrealized losses on oil and gas derivatives were partially offset by an income tax benefit of approximately $25.8 million.

Net income comparable to analyst estimates, a non-GAAP financial measure of net income which excludes deferred tax 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 $3.0 million, or $0.09 per fully diluted share, up from a loss of $716,000 in the second quarter of 2007. (See the accompanying table reconciling this non-GAAP measure.)

EBITDAX, a non-GAAP measure, was $9.5 million for second quarter of 2008. This represented an increase of 76.5% from the second quarter of 2007, and an increase of 10.1% from the first quarter of 2008 (See the accompanying table reconciling this non-GAAP measure). Cash flows from operations for the three months ended June 30, 2008 grew approximately 321% to $7.6 million in the second quarter of 2008, up from $1.8 million in the second quarter of 2007.

Capital expenditures for drilling & development in the second quarter 2008 were approximately $19.0 million, which funded the drilling or recompletion of 23 gross (22 net) wells and related improvements to infrastructure. Of the wells drilled or recompleted, 13 gross (12 net) wells were completed and are producing and 10 gross (10 net) wells are expected to be productive, but are awaiting completion. Additionally, $26.7 million was invested in acquisitions, leasing, leasehold improvements, and technology equipment during the second quarter of 2008.

First Half 2008

Production for the six months ended June 30, 2008 was 516,784 BOE, of which approximately 77.6% was attributable to oil. Production volumes increased approximately 5.5% from the same period in 2007. The Company's Illinois Basin operations contributed 73.1% to the first half of 2008 production, while the Company's Appalachian Basin operations contributed 16.6% and the Company's southwestern region 10.3% supplied for first half 2008 production.

Revenues for the first six months of 2008 were $38.8 million, representing a 46.3% increase from revenues of $26.5 million for the six months of 2007.

The company's average realized oil price for the first half of 2008, before the effect of derivatives, was $106.73 per barrel ("Bbl"), up 86.2% from $57.31 per Bbl for the first half of 2007. The Company's average realized natural gas price for the first six months of 2008, before the effects of derivatives, was $9.76 per thousand cubic feet ("Mcf") of natural gas, up from $7.05 per Mcf of natural gas in the first six months of 2007.

Total operating expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2008 were $35.0 million, up from $25.7 million for the same period in 2007. Production and lease operating expenses were $13.9 million for the first six months of 2008, up from $12.4 million for the same period in 2007. General and administrative expenses were $7.6 million for the first half of 2008, up from $3.6 million in for the first six months 2007. Non-cash compensation expenses accounted for approximately $1.1 million of the total General and Administrative expenses in the first half of 2008. We did not incur any non-cash compensation expense in the first half of 2007, which was prior to our reorganization and initial public offering.

Exploration expense during the first half of 2008 was $2.4 million, which was the result of the expense of three Indiana New Albany Shale wells drilled during 2006, an exploratory oil well in the Company's southwestern region drilled during 2007, and seismic and geological mapping expenses. DD&A expenses were $11.1 million for the first six months of 2008, up from $7.9 million in same period for 2007.

We reported a net loss of $45.1 million in the first half of 2008 compared with a net loss of $4.8 million in the first half of 2007. The loss was significantly impacted by our unrealized losses on oil and gas derivatives of $75.8 million. These non-cash losses are associated with the mark-to-market adjustments on our outstanding derivatives which grew due predominately to the significant increases in oil prices this quarter. The unrealized losses on oil and gas derivatives were partially offset by an income tax benefit of approximately $30.6 million.

Net income comparable to analyst estimates, a non-GAAP financial measure of net income which excludes deferred tax 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 $5.5 million, or $0.17 per fully diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2008, up from a net loss of $1.9 million for the same period in 2007. (See the accompanying table reconciling this non-GAAP financial measure.)

EBITDAX, a non-GAAP financial measure, was $18.2 million for the first half of 2008, up from $10.6 million for the same period in 2007. This represented an increase of 71.9% from the first six months of 2007 (See the accompanying table reconciling this non-GAAP financial measure.). Cash flows from operations grew approximately 313% to $16.8 million in the first six months of 2008, up from $4.1 million in the first six months of 2007.

Capital expenditures for drilling and development for the six months ended June 30, 2008 were $34.7 million, which funded the drilling or recompletion of 43 gross wells (40 net wells) and related improvements to infrastructure and facilities. Of the wells drilled or recompleted, 33 gross wells (30 net wells) are producing and 10 gross wells (10 net wells) are expected to be productive, but are awaiting completion. Additionally, the Company expended $30.1 million on leasing and acquisitions during the first half of 2008.

Operations Update

During the second quarter of 2008, the Company drilled or participated in three gross (two net) conventional natural gas wells in the Appalachian Basin, one gross (.2 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 is pleased to announce that it has achieved its minimum leasing goal for the year, which as previously announced was to end the year with between 60,000 and 80,000 net Marcellus Shale prospective acres. As of August 4, 2008 the Company's Marcellus Shale prospective acreage has grown to approximately 85,000 gross (61,000 net) acres.

The Company is pleased to announce that initial production flow tests on its first two vertical Marcellus Shale wells averaged approximately 675 Mcf per day of natural gas per well. Production from the first two wells was determined to have a heating value of approximately 1,200 British Thermal Units ("BTU") and contained condensate liquids. The company is currently in the process of designing a treatment plant in order to market these liquids and the natural gas in this project area.

The Company is also pleased to announce that, on August 5th, 2008, the Company executed a letter of intent to acquire a 50% interest in approximately 22,700 gross (11,350 net) acres from its partner in the project area in which the Company drilled its first two vertical Marcellus Shale wells. The Company currently owns the remaining 50% interest in the acreage. Closing of this lease acquisition is expected to occur on or about September 30th, 2008.

The Company has spud the first of three additional vertical test wells in its second project area in southwestern Pennsylvania, and continues to anticipate drilling an additional 5-7 vertical wells sufficient to test each of its Marcellus Shale project areas by year end.

In the Illinois Basin, the Company drilled or recompleted approximately 17 gross (17 net) oil wells during the second quarter of 2008, nine gross (nine net) wells are producing, and eight gross (eight net) wells are expected to be completed and put into production during the third quarter of 2008.

The Company is continuing to inject Alkali-Surfactant-Polymer ("ASP") chemicals into its two pilot projects in the Lawrence field. In the Company's Cypress Sandstone ASP Pilot, the Company believes it is experiencing an initial response to the ASP chemical injection as indicated by an increase in the oil cut ratio. Chemical injection in Company's Bridgeport Sandstone pilot is continuing as planned. Although it remains premature to estimate ultimate response or ultimate recoveries in either of the Company's ASP pilots, the Company is encouraged by both the rate of injection in the Bridgeport Pilot and the initial positive response in the Cypress Pilot which appears to have occurred ahead of schedule.

Management Comments

Benjamin W. Hulburt, Rex Energy's President and CEO, commented, "I am very pleased with the progress our team is making in both of our main projects, the Marcellus Shale and the Lawrence Field ASP project. This is a very momentous year for Rex Energy and I am very enthused by our team's ability to execute on our plan on time and on budget."

Production & Capital Expenditure Guidance

Due predominately to the flooding in the Illinois Basin and the need to construct a gas treatment plant in our first Marcellus Shale project area, the Company is revising its initial production guidance for the third quarter of 2008 and is providing the following update to guidance for the fourth quarter of 2008 based upon the information available at the time of this release. Please see the forward-looking statements cautionary statement at the end of this release for more discussion of the inherent limitations of this information.
                                                Third Quarter Ending
                                                 September 30, 2008
                                                 ---------------------
Production:
  Oil (Mbl)                                      205 - 220
  Gas (MMcf)                                     330 - 370
  Oil Equivalent (MBOE)                          260 - 282
  Avg. Daily Production of Oil Equivalent (MBOE) 2,825 - 3,065
  Capex Budget (in millions)                     $30 - $40


                                                 Fourth Quarter Ending
                                                 December 31, 2008
                                                 ---------------------
Production:
  Oil (Mbl)                                      216 - 229
  Gas (MMcf)                                     360 - 390
  Oil Equivalent (MBOE)                          276 - 294
  Avg. Daily Production of Oil Equivalent (MBOE) 3,000 - 3,200
  Capex Budget (in millions)                     $25 - $35


WEBCAST INFORMATION

A conference call to discuss the second quarter and year-end results is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Eastern time on August 6, 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 web-site: 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 92392306, from 12:30 p.m. Eastern time August 6, 2008, until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time August 13, 2008.

ABOUT REX ENERGY

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 pursues 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.

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)


                                     June 30, 2008  December 31, 2007
                                      (unaudited)       (audited)
                                     -------------  -----------------
   ASSETS
Current Assets
   Cash and Cash Equivalents         $      39,841           $  1,085
   Accounts Receivable                      12,398              8,805
   Short-Term Derivative Instruments            --                 20
   Deferred Taxes                           18,260              4,700
   Inventory, Prepaid Expenses and
    Other                                    1,454              1,388
                                     -------------  -----------------

       Total Current Assets                 71,953             15,998
Property and Equipment (Successful
 Efforts Method)
   Evaluated Oil and Gas Properties        223,371            200,962
   Unevaluated Oil and Gas
    Properties                              71,803             33,074
   Other Property and Equipment             16,005              4,397
   Wells in Progress                        13,602             10,773
   Pipelines                                 1,798              2,194
                                     -------------  -----------------

       Total Property and Equipment        326,579            251,400
   Less: Accumulated Depreciation,
    Depletion and Amortization             (43,534)           (33,868)
                                     -------------  -----------------

       Net Property and Equipment          283,045            217,532

   Intangible Assets and Other
    Assets - Net                             1,861              2,034
   Goodwill                                 32,700             32,700
                                     -------------  -----------------

Total Assets                         $     389,559           $268,264
                                     =============  =================


   LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current Liabilities
   Accounts Payable                  $      10,662           $  7,152
   Accrued Expenses                         10,675              2,662
   Short-Term Derivative Instruments        43,990             10,893
   Current Portion of Long-Term Debt             -                 29
                                     -------------  -----------------

       Total Current Liabilities            65,327             20,736

   Senior Secured Line of Credit and
    Long-Term Debt                               -             27,207
   Long-Term Derivative Instruments         64,374             18,843
   Deferred Taxes                           13,300             30,300
   Other Deposits and Liabilities            6,483                345
   Future Abandonment Cost                   6,720              6,396
                                     -------------  -----------------

Total Liabilities                    $     156,204           $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 June
    30, 2008                                    37                 31
   Additional Paid-In Capital              289,092            175,170
   Retained Deficit                        (55,774)           (10,640)
   Other Comprehensive Loss                      -               (124)
                                     -------------  -----------------

       Total Owners' Equity                233,355            164,437
                                     -------------  -----------------

Total Liabilities and Owners' Equity $     389,559           $268,264
                                     =============  =================


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

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

                   For the Three Months Ended For the Six Months Ended
                            June 30,                  June 30,
                       2008         2007          2008        2007
                   ------------ ------------- ------------ -----------
OPERATING REVENUE
   Oil and Natural
    Gas Sales          $27,996  $     13,916  $    49,597  $   26,691
   Other Revenue           142           113          256         213
   Realized Loss
    on Derivatives      (7,783)         (647)     (11,064)       (383)
                   ------------ ------------- ------------ -----------
      TOTAL
       OPERATING
       REVENUE          20,355        13,382       38,789      26,521

OPERATING EXPENSES
   Production and
    Lease
    Operating
    Expenses             7,249         6,318       13,916      12,424
   General and
    Administrative
    Expense              4,124         1,632        7,597       3,614
   Accretion
    Expense on
    Asset
    Retirement
    Obligation             171           130          353         254
   Exploration
    Expense of Oil
    and Gas
    Properties             969         1,119        2,402       1,704
   Depreciation,
    Depletion, and
    Amortization         5,417         3,705       10,718       7,654
                   ------------ ------------- ------------ -----------
      TOTAL
       OPERATING
       EXPENSES         17,930        12,904       34,986      25,650
                   ------------ ------------- ------------ -----------

      INCOME FROM
       OPERATIONS        2,425           478        3,803         871

OTHER INCOME
 (EXPENSE)
   Interest Income         176             -          183           1
   Interest
    Expense               (299)       (2,272)        (735)     (4,349)
   Gain (Loss) on
    Sale of Oil
    and Gas
    Properties            (194)           15         (192)        192
   Unrealized Loss
    on Derivatives     (65,857)       (3,298)     (78,856)     (6,734)
   Other Income
    (Expense)               15           (41)          20         (85)
                   ------------ ------------- ------------ -----------
      TOTAL OTHER
       EXPENSE         (66,159)       (5,596)     (79,580)    (10,975)

NET LOSS BEFORE
 MINORITY INTEREST
 AND (PROVISION)
 BENEFIT FOR TAXES     (63,734)       (5,118)     (75,777)    (10,104)

MINORITY INTEREST
 SHARE OF NET LOSS           -        (2,546)           -      (5,274)
                   ------------ ------------- ------------ -----------

      NET LOSS
       BEFORE
       INCOME TAX      (63,734)       (2,572)     (75,777)     (4,830)
      Income Tax
       Benefit          25,773             -       30,643           -
                   ------------ ------------- ------------ -----------
         NET LOSS     $(37,961) $     (2,572) $   (45,134) $   (4,830)
                   ------------ ------------- ------------ -----------



Basic and fully
 diluted earnings
 per share         $     (1.11)               $     (1.39)
Weighted average
 shares of common
 stock outstanding      34,349                     32,572


                       REX ENERGY CORPORATION
                 CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
                             (Unaudited)

                                     For the Three      For the Six
                                      Months Ended      Months Ended
                                        June 30,          June 30,
                                    ----------------  ----------------
                                     2008     2007     2008     2007
                                    -------  -------  -------  -------

Production:
Oil (Bbls)                          199,913  197,174  401,276  398,594
   Natural gas (Mcf)                356,997  259,197  693,046  546,182
                                    -------  -------  -------  -------
      Total (BOE)(a)                259,413  240,374  516,784  489,624

Average daily production:
   Oil (Bbls)                         2,197    2,167    2,205    2,202
   Natural gas (Mcf)                  3,923    2,848    3,808    3,018
                                    -------  -------  -------  -------
      Total (BOE)(a)                  2,851    2,642    2,840    2,705

Average sales prices:
   Oil (per Bbl)                   $ 120.48 $  60.70 $ 106.73 $  57.31
   Natural gas (per Mcf)           $  10.96 $   7.51 $   9.76 $   7.05
      Total (per BOE)(a)           $ 107.92 $  57.89 $  95.97 $  54.51
Average NYMEX prices(b)
   Oil (per Bbl)                   $ 124.26 $  65.03 $ 110.97 $  61.60
   Natural gas (per Mcf)           $  11.47 $   7.55 $  10.10 $   7.16

(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 Six Months Ended
                               June 30,                June 30,
                        ----------------------  ----------------------
                           2008        2007        2008        2007
                        ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Appalachian
   Revenues - Natural
    Gas                $ 3,053,208 $ 1,373,096 $ 5,164,815 $ 2,798,792
   Volumes (MCF)           270,036     172,650     513,588     372,768
   Average Price       $     11.31 $      7.95 $     10.06 $      7.51

Illinois
   Revenues - Oil      $22,821,047 $11,496,657 $40,324,858 $21,814,865
   Volumes (BBL)           189,551     189,330     377,908     380,733
   Average Price       $    120.40 $     60.72 $    106.71 $     57.30

Permian
   Revenues - Oil      $ 1,264,901 $   472,356 $ 2,505,085 $ 1,027,654
   Volumes (BBL)            10,362       7,844      23,369      17,861
   Average Price       $    122.07 $     60.22 $    107.20 $     57.54

   Revenues - Natural
    Gas                $   857,325 $   573,918 $ 1,601,906 $ 1,049,567
   Volumes (MCF)            86,958      86,550     179,454     173,424
   Average Price       $      9.86 $      6.63 $      8.93 $      6.05


                       REX ENERGY CORPORATION
                       OIL AND GAS DERIVATIVES
                  (Unaudited, As of March 31, 2008)

                                                         Average
   Period      Contract Type          Volume        Derivative Price
------------ ------------------ ------------------ -------------------
Oil
2008               Swaps           102,000 Bbls          $65.58
2008              Collars          212,000 Bbls      $65.47 - 83.99
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          1,948,000 Bbls
Natural gas
------------
2008              Collars          480,000 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          2,880,000 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  Six Months Ended
                                      June 30,           June 30,
                                 ------------------ ------------------
                                   2008     2007      2008      2007
                                 --------- -------- --------- --------
Net Income (Loss)                $(37,961) $(2,572) $(45,134) $(4,830)
   Add Back Depletion,
    Depreciation & Amortization     5,417    3,705    10,718    7,654
   Add Back Accretion Expense on
    Future Abandonment
    Obligations                       171      130       353      254
   Add Back Non-Cash
    Compensation Expense              736        -     1,104        -
   Add Back Interest Expense          299    2,272       735    4,349
   Add Back Exploration &
    Impairment Expenses               969    1,119     2,402    1,704
   Less Interest Income              (176)       -      (183)      (1)

   Add Back Unrealized Losses
    from Financial Derivatives     65,857    3,298    78,856    6,734
   Add Back Minority Interest
    Share of Net Income (Loss)          -   (2,546)        -   (5,274)
   Add Back (Less) Income Tax
    Expense (Benefit)             (25,773)       -   (30,643)       -
                                  --------  -------  --------  -------
EBITDAX                          $  9,539  $ 5,406  $ 18,208  $10,590


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  Six Months Ended
                                      June 30,           June 30,
                                   2008      2007     2008      2007
                                 --------- -------- --------- --------
Net Income (Loss)                $(37,961) $(2,572) $(45,134) $(4,830)
Adjustment for certain non-cash
 items
     Minority Interest Share of
      Net Income (Loss)                 -   (2,546)        -   (5,274)
     Unrealized (Gain) Loss on
      Derivatives                  65,857    3,298    78,856    6,734
     Exploration and Impairment
      Expense                         (13)   1,119     1,122    1,704
     Non-cash Compensation
      Expense                         736        -     1,104        -
     (Gain) Loss on Sale or
      Disposal of Assets              194      (15)      192     (192)
     Deferred income tax asset    (25,773)       -   (30,643)       -
                                 --------- -------- --------- -------

Net Income (Loss) Before Income
 Taxes Comparable to Analysts
 Estimates, a non-GAAP measure   $  3,040  $  (716) $  5,497  $(1,858)


CONTACT: Rex Energy Corporation 
Joseph DeSimone, 814-278-7267
Director of Investor Relations
jdesimone@rexenergycorp.com