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Sep 05, 2007
Rex Energy Reports Solid 2007 Second-Quarter and First-Half Results

  • Second-quarter Revenues Increase 61% over Prior-year Period
  • First-half Revenues Increase 64% over Prior-year Period
  • Second-quarter Production Increases 44% over Prior-year Period
  • First-half Production Increases 48% over Prior-year Period
  • Results Reflect Continued Growth and Expansion

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 5, 2007--Rex Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:REXX) today announced results for the second quarter and first half of 2007.

SECOND-QUARTER RESULTS

For the quarter ended June 30, 2007, revenues, excluding unrealized gains or losses from derivatives, increased 61% to $13.4 million from $8.3 million in the second quarter of 2006. Production in the second quarter of 2007 totaled 240,373 barrels of oil equivalent ("BOE"), of which roughly 80% was oil and the balance was natural gas. The average realized oil price, before the effect of hedging, was approximately 8% lower on a year-over-year comparison at $60.70 per barrel ("Bbl") in the second quarter of 2007 from $66.07 per Bbl in the second quarter of 2006. The average realized natural gas price, before the effect of hedging, rose approximately 14% in the second quarter of 2007 to $7.51 per thousand cubic feet ("Mcf") of natural gas from $6.56 per Mcf of natural gas in the second quarter of 2006. The average realized price per BOE after adjustment for hedging was $55.20 per BOE during the second quarter of 2007, up approximately 13% over the year-ago figure.

Production expenses were approximately $6.3 million in the second quarter of 2007 compared with $3.0 million for the same quarter in 2006. This increase in cost per BOE was due predominantly to the acquisitions of certain fields under waterflood in the Illinois Basin, which were completed during 2006.

The company reported a loss before minority interests of $5.1 million in the second quarter of 2007, compared with net income before minority interests of $0.9 million in the second quarter of 2006. Factors that affected income in the 2007 results include an unrealized loss of $3.3 million associated with the mark to market of the company's hedging positions and $1.1 million of non-recurring exploration expenses. Additionally, the company paid $2.3 million in interest payments on its credit facilities in the second quarter of 2007, the outstanding balances of which were reduced from approximately $102 million prior to the company's initial public offering ("IPO") to approximately $15 million with the proceeds from the offering.

All of the minority interests shown on the company's financial statements in the second quarter of 2007 were acquired as part of its IPO and reorganization, which closed July 30, 2007.

FIRST-HALF RESULTS

For the six months ended June 30, 2007, revenues, excluding unrealized gains or losses from financial derivatives, climbed 64% to $26.5 million compared with $16.2 million in the first half of 2006. Production in the first half of 2007 totaled 489,624 BOE, of which 81% was oil, compared with 329,464 BOE, of which 71% was oil, for the first half of 2006. The average realized oil price, before the effect of hedging, was approximately 8% lower on a year-over-year comparison at $57.31 per Bbl in the first half of 2007 from $62.26 per Bbl in the first half of 2006. The average realized natural gas price, before the effect of hedging, was approximately 8% lower on a year-over-year basis at $7.05 per Mcf in the first half of 2007 from $7.66 per Mcf in the first half of 2006. The average realized price per BOE after adjustment for hedging was $53.73 during the first half of 2007, up approximately 11% over the first half of 2006.

The company reported a loss before minority interests of $10.1 million in the first half of 2007, compared with net income before minority interest of $2.7 million in the first half of 2006. Factors that affected the company's first-half income include an unrealized loss of $6.7 million associated with the mark to market of the company's hedging positions and $1.7 million of non-recurring exploration expenses. Additionally, the company paid $4.3 million in interest payments on its credit facilities in the first half of 2007, the outstanding balances of which were reduced from approximately $102 million prior to its IPO to approximately $15 million with the proceeds from the offering.

"We are pleased with our second-quarter and first-half results, which were driven by a 48% increase in production over the first half of 2006," said Benjamin Hulburt, Rex Energy's chief executive officer.

Hulburt noted that the company's EBITDAX (earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation expense, depletion expense, amortization expense, exploration expense and unrealized gains/losses) climbed 19% over the second quarter of 2006 to $5.4 million in the second quarter of 2007 and increased 17% over the first half of 2006 to $10.6 million in the first half of 2007.

"We believe that EBITDAX is a useful measure in evaluating our operational trends," said Hulburt. "This is particularly true in light of our use of debt financing during the first half of the year prior to our initial public offering, which allowed us to reduce our debt." Rex Energy's initial public offering of its common stock was completed on July 30, 2007.

OPERATIONS ACTIVITIES

The company's production results are detailed in the table below:

For the Three    For the Six
                                        Months Ended    Months Ended
                                          June 30,        June 30,
                                       --------------- ---------------
                                        2007    2006    2007    2006
                                       ------- ------- ------- -------

Production:
   Oil (Bbls)                          197,174 121,210 398,594 234,637
   Natural gas (Mcf)                   259,197 274,958 546,182 568,965
      Total (BOE)(a)                   240,373 167,036 489,624 329,464

Average daily production:
   Oil (Bbls)                            2,167   1,350   2,202   1,298
   Natural gas (Mcf)                     2,848   3,055   3,018   3,143
      Total (BOE)(a)                     2,641   1,859   2,705   1,822

Average sales prices:
   Oil (per Bbl)                        $60.70  $66.07  $57.31  $62.33
   Natural gas (per Mcf)                 $7.51   $6.56   $7.05   $7.66
      Total (per BOE)(a)                $57.89  $58.65  $54.51  $57.61

Average NYMEX prices(b)
   Oil (per Bbl)                        $65.03  $70.70  $61.65  $67.09
   Natural gas (per Mcf)                 $7.56   $6.82   $7.26   $7.95

(a)Natural gas is converted at the rate of six Mcf to one BOE and oil
 is converted at the rate of one Bbl to one BOE.
(b)Based upon the average of bid week prompt month prices.


Capital expenditures year to date for the development of oil and natural gas properties totaled $12.3 million, which funded the drilling of 26 gross wells (15.1 net), 10 recompletions (8.6 net) and related improvements to infrastructure. Of the wells drilled, 25 were productive, resulting in a 96% success rate. Additionally, $4.5 million was spent on oil and natural gas acquisitions and acreage purchases.

For the year, Rex Energy anticipates participating in the drilling of 105 gross (80 net) wells and undertaking 37 gross (32 net) recompletions as part of the company's $42.7 million capital budget.

During the second quarter of 2007, Rex Energy continued to expand several of its key drilling areas, including such high-potential projects as its Alkali-Surfactant-Polymer Project ("ASP") in Lawrence County, Illinois, and its New Albany Shale formations in southern Indiana.

The goal of the company's ASP project in the Lawrence Field is to replicate the results of two successful surfactant-polymer tests completed in the field by Marathon Oil Company in the 1980s. To date, the Lawrence Field has produced approximately 400 million barrels of the estimated 1 billion barrels of oil originally in place. The company is implementing two pilot tests in the field to test the applicability of the ASP enhanced oil recovery technique, which the company believes can potentially recover a significant portion of the remaining 600 million barrels of oil in place. During the third quarter of 2007, the company completed the drilling of the remaining 15 pilot wells, and expects to make a final determination of the optimal ASP chemical mixture to be used in the pilot injections. Current plans call for the company to begin injection of the ASP chemicals in the pilot areas by late 2007 or early 2008.

During the second quarter, the company also participated in the drilling of five New Albany Shale horizontal wells in Greene and Knox counties, Indiana. Of these wells, one, the Corbin #1h, has been completed, tested and is awaiting a hookup to a pipeline. The other four wells are being tested and evaluated to determine optimal stimulation and completion techniques.

"The early test results on the Corbin #1h have been very encouraging," said Hulburt. "We are further evaluating the results and are in the process of testing certain stimulation techniques on the wells drilled to date, along with high-grading the prospective areas of our large acreage position. Likewise, we are assessing additional drilling and gas sales infrastructure within this project."

In its Illinois Basin oil operations, the company drilled seven wells during the first six months of 2007, all of which were successful and are currently producing. Rex Energy expects to increase its oil-drilling activities in the Illinois Basin through the end of 2007, including 25 to 30 (24 to 29 net) wells, and to recomplete 11 to 15 gross (10 to 14 net) wells.

In its Appalachian operations, the company drilled eight natural gas wells during the first six months of 2007, all of which were successful and are currently producing. Plans call for drilling activities to increase in the Appalachian Basin through the end of 2007, including 25 to 30 gross (20 to 24 net) wells.

According to Hulburt, "Our production in the Appalachian Basin declined in the second quarter of 2007 from the prior quarter due to market restrictions in our Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, field. Although these seasonal restrictions are no longer affecting our production, we are in the process of extending our natural gas gathering system in this area to a new market outlet, which we believe will enable us to avoid curtailments in the future and increase our realized gas price. We anticipate completing this pipeline extension by the first quarter of 2008."

In its Southwestern region, the company drilled one exploratory well, which was determined to be dry and classified as an exploration expense of approximately $585,000 in the first quarter of 2007 and $1.1 million in the second quarter of 2007. The company expects to drill nine to 15 gross wells (8 to 14 net) and perform an additional 14 to 17 gross recompletions (11 to 14 net) by the end of 2007.

OUTLOOK

Rex Energy provides the following forecast for capital expenditures, production and production exit rates, based upon the information available at the time of this release. Please see the forward-looking statements at the end of this release for more discussion of the inherent limitations of this information.

                                  Third Quarter Ending    Year Ending
                                 September 30, 2007  December 31, 2007
                                -------------------- -----------------
Production:
  Oil (MMbl)                         200 - 205           800 - 830
  Gas (MMcf)                         260 - 280         1,000 - 1,200
  Oil Equivalent (MBOE)              243 - 252          966 - 1,030
  Exit Rate Oil Equivalent
   (MBOE)                          2,730 - 2,820       2,800 - 3,300
  Capex Budget (in millions)          $12-$15            $40 - $45

"We are pleased with our performance to date and excited about our long-range prospects," Hulburt said. "Our second-quarter and first-half results reflect our continued growth and expansion through our successful acquisition and drilling efforts, which have enabled us to grow our proven reserve base, revenues and cash flows considerably over the past three years. With the proceeds from our IPO, we have strengthened our balance sheet and increased our discretionary cash flow. This improved financial flexibility will allow us to accelerate our plan for organic growth. We have a solid foundation and organization in place, which we believe will enable us to continue executing our growth plan."

WEBCAST INFORMATION

A conference call to discuss the second-quarter results is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, September 5, 2007. 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 1-617-801-6888 or 1-888-286-8010 (toll free) and entering passcode 47052085, from 1 p.m. Eastern time September 5, 2007, until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time September 12, 2007.

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.

CONTACT: Benjamin Hulburt, chief executive officer,or Thomas Stabley, chief financial officer, at 814-278-7267 or via e-mail at investorrelations@rexenergy.com.

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 and environmental risks. 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.

Rex Energy's internal estimates of reserves may be subject to revision and may be different from estimates by our external reservoir engineers at year end. Although we believe the expectations and forecasts reflected in these and other forward-looking statements are reasonable, we 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.

              FOUNDING COMPANIES OF REX ENERGY CORPORATION
                       COMBINED BALANCE SHEETS
                           ($ in Thousands)

                                               June 30,   December 31,
                    ASSETS                       2007         2006
                                              (Unaudited)  (Audited)
                                              ----------- ------------
Current Assets
    Cash and Cash Equivalents                   $    602     $    600
    Related Party Receivable                         133            2
    Accounts Receivable                            6,500        6,884
    Short-term Derivative Instruments                183        1,275
    Inventory, Prepaid Expenses and Other          2,601        1,520
                                              ----------- ------------
          Total Current Assets                    10,019       10,281
Property and Equipment (Successful Efforts
 Method)
    Evaluated Oil and Gas Properties             136,485      127,370
    Unevaluated Oil and Gas Properties            12,093       14,569
    Other Property and Equipment                   3,868        4,182
    Wells in Progress                              3,253        2,844
    Pipelines                                      2,148        1,765
                                              ----------- ------------
          Total Property and Equipment           157,847      150,730
    Less: Accumulated Depreciation, Depletion
     and Amortization                            (24,674)     (17,715)
                                              ----------- ------------
          Net Property and Equipment             133,173      133,015
Other Assets
    Other Assets - Net                             1,146        1,172
    Long-term Derivative Instruments                   -          143
                                              ----------- ------------
          Total Other Assets                       1,146        1,315
                                              ----------- ------------
Total Assets                                    $144,338     $144,611
                                              =========== ============
 LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current Liabilities
    Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses       $  9,493     $  8,336
    Short-term Derivative Instruments              3,507        2,978
    Accrued Distributions                              -          102
    Lines of Credit                               39,631       37,581
    Current Portion of Long-term Debt             24,035        2,867
    Related Party Payable                             50        1,820
                                              ----------- ------------
          Total Current Liabilities               76,716       53,684
Long-term Liabilities
    Long-term Debt                                34,900       44,961
    Other Loans and Notes Payable - Long-term
     Portion                                         386          481
    Long-term Derivative Instruments               6,668        1,698
    Participation Liability                        2,141        2,141
    Other Deposits and Liabilities                   429          405
    Asset Retirement Obligation                    5,985        5,269
                                              ----------- ------------
          Total Long-term Liabilities             50,509       54,955
                                              ----------- ------------
Total Liabilities                               $127,225     $108,639
Minority Interests                                22,021       36,589
Owners' Equity
    Common Stock                                       1            1
    Additional Paid-in Capital                     1,460        1,460
    Accumulated Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)      (393)        (581)
    Partners' and Members' Equity (Deficit)       (5,976)      (1,497)
                                              ----------- ------------
          Total Owners' Equity (Deficit)          (4,908)        (617)
                                              ----------- ------------
Total Liabilities, Minority Interests and
 Owners' Equity (Deficit)                       $144,338     $144,611
                                              =========== ============
              FOUNDING COMPANIES OF REX ENERGY CORPORATION
                   COMBINED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
                     (Unaudited, $ in Thousands)


                                    For the Three      For the Six
                                     Months Ended      Months Ended
                                       June 30,          June 30,
                                    2007     2006     2007      2006
                                  -------- -------- --------- --------
OPERATING REVENUE
  Oil and Natural Gas Sales       $13,916  $ 9,812  $ 26,691  $18,980
  Other Revenue                       113      124       213      251
  Realized Loss on Hedges            (647)  (1,631)     (383)  (3,021)
  Unrealized Loss on Hedges        (3,298)    (694)   (6,734)    (574)
                                   ------- --------  -------- --------
       TOTAL OPERATING REVENUE     10,084    7,611    19,787   15,636

OPERATING EXPENSES
  Production and Lease Operating
   Expenses                         6,318    2,973    12,424    5,417
  General and Administrative
   Expense                          1,632      812     3,614    1,655
  Accretion Expense on Asset
   Retirement Obligation              130       67       254      165
  Exploration Expense of Oil and
   Gas Properties                   1,119        -     1,704        -
  Depreciation, Depletion and
   Amortization                     3,705    1,734     7,654    3,701
                                   ------  --------  -------  --------
       TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES    12,904    5,586    25,650   10,938
                                   ------  --------  -------  --------

       INCOME (LOSS) FROM
        OPERATIONS                 (2,820)   2,025    (5,863)   4,698

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
  Interest Income                      (0)      40         1       76
  Interest Expense                 (2,272)  (1,199)   (4,349)  (1,965)
  Gain on Sale of Oil and Gas
   Properties                          15       91       192       91
  Other Income (Expense)              (41)     (54)      (85)    (167)
                                   ------- --------  -------- --------
       TOTAL OTHER INCOME
        (EXPENSE)                  (2,298)  (1,122)   (4,241)  (1,965)

NET INCOME BEFORE MINORITY
 INTEREST                          (5,118)     903   (10,104)   2,733

MINORITY INTEREST SHARE OF NET
 INCOME (LOSS)                     (2,546)     629    (5,274)   1,551
                                   ------- --------  -------- --------

       NET INCOME (LOSS)          $(2,572) $   274  $ (4,830) $ 1,182
                                  ======== ======== ========= ========

    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 our management team and by other users of our financial statements, such as our commercial bank lenders, to analyze such things as:

  • Our operating performance and return on capital in comparison to those of other companies in our industry, without regard to financial or capital structure;
  • The financial performance of our assets and valuation of the entity, without regard to financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis;
  • Our ability to generate cash sufficient to pay interest costs,support our indebtedness and make cash distributions to our 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 our 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 our statements of cash flows.

We have reported EBITDAX because it is a financial measure used by our existing commercial lenders and under our proposed senior credit facility, and we believe 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 our computations of EBITDAX. While we have disclosed our EBITDAX to permit a more complete comparative analysis of our operating performance and debt servicing ability relative to other companies, you are cautioned that EBITDAX as reported by us 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.

We believe EBITDAX assists our 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 we may borrow money to finance our operations, interest expense is a necessary element of our costs and our ability to generate cash available for distribution. Because we use capital assets, depreciation and amortization are also necessary elements of our costs. Additionally, we are required to pay federal and state taxes, which are necessary elements of our costs. Therefore, any measures that exclude these elements have material limitations.

To compensate for these limitations, we believe it is important to consider both net income determined under GAAP and EBITDAX to evaluate our performance.

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

                                  Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended,
                                      June 30,           June 30,
                                 ------------------  -----------------
                                    2007      2006     2007      2006
                                 ----------- ------ ----------- ------
Net Income (Loss) before
 Minority Interests                 $(5,118) $  903 $  (10,104) $2,733
   Add Back Depletion,
    Depreciation & Amortization       3,835   1,801      7,908   3,866
   Add Back Interest Expense          2,272   1,199      4,349   1,965
   Add Back Exploration &
    Impairment Expenses               1,119      --      1,704      --
   Less Interest Income                  --      40          1      76
   Add Back Unrealized Losses
    from Financial Derivatives        3,298     694      6,734     574

EBITDAX before Minority
 Interests                          $ 5,406  $4,557 $   10,590  $9,062
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CONTACT: Rex Energy Corporation
Benjamin Hulburt, Chief Executive Officer, 814-278-7267
or
Thomas Stabley, Chief Financial Officer, 814-278-7267
investorrelations@rexenergy.com